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Events for Thursday October 25, 2012

Computer Savvy Seniors

Computer Savvy Seniors

Thursday October 25, 2012

This beginners program is for seniors with little or no experience using computers. The seven week series will begin with learning mouse skills and will include instruction in windows management, Word, the keyboard, the internet, and email. The final session will be an open lab to review all the previous classes. This program is designed with beginners in mind and will include lots of review. Registration is required and is for the whole seven week program. Registration begins on Monday, August 29. Please call the Reference Department at 973-538-2592 to register or for more information.

3 to 5 year old story time

Three to Five Year Old Story Time

Thursday October 25, 2012
10:00 AM
Come every week and listen to a variety of stories with other children your age through November 15th. Registration is required and can be done in person or by telephone at 973-538-6161.

The Cradle

The Cradle: America's First Soccer Neighborhoods of Kearny, Harrison and Newark

Thursday October 25, 2012
7:00 PM
Historian Thomas McCabe will be discussing New Jersey's influence on American soccer which has been significant and consequential.

McCabe’s lecture will document how certain Jersey neighborhoods have cradled the game stateside, from the very first soccer neighborhood all the way to the World Cup.

What child or teen has not run up and down the 100-yard soccer field for a traveling team, intramural team or even in Soccer Players on FieldPhys-Ed class. Though it may seem that present-day soccer moms are unique in busing their ten year-olds to games all over Morris County, soccer actually dates back farther than the current craze among Millennials and the MLS. No one is quite sure where soccer was first played in the United States, but one of the first places the global game took root was in New Jersey during the late 1800s! In fact, the towns of Harrison, Kearny, and Newark have been labeled “the cradle of American soccer,” and Kearny itself has been named “Soccer Town, U.S.A.”

Historic Soccer TeamThe long-forgotten “Cooper’s Block,” a Kearny neighborhood along the Passaic River, helped shape American soccer at the turn of the twentieth century. It was a place where neighborhood boys played in sandlots and alleyways and became some of the early greats of the American game. Many played in the local amateur and professional leagues and some even represented the United States in the Olympic Games and the World Cup. Players from Archie Stark and Shamus O’Brien to Tab Ramos and Tony Meola, have solidified the reputation of the Garden State in soccer circles. When the United States Men’s National Team qualified for the 1990 World Cup after a 40-year hiatus, three men from Kearny represented the Stars and Stripes. Thus, the strong tradition of New Jersey and soccer has continued!

Tom McCabe is a Visiting Professor in the History Department at Rutgers University-Newark. McCabe, an award-winning teacher and author, teaches courses on American history, cities and suburbs, and the history of soccer. He received his doctorate from Rutgers University. Miracle on High Street, his history of St Benedict's Preparatory School, an over 140 year old catholic prep school in Newark, was published by Fordham University Press in 2010. Currently he is working on a book project about the history of soccer in the Garden State, and especially about the soccer-loving towns of Kearny, Harrison and Newark.

Refreshments will be served.


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