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5 Things For the Week Ahead

School's Back in Session, Welcoming Home a Marine Sgt. and Three Kings Day.

Here we go: Our first 5 Things of 2012, highlighting happenings around Belleville for this coming week.

  1. School is back in session starting Tuesday after an 11-day break. Parents around town are probably rejoicing, while their kids are dreading having to get reacclimated to classes, homework and waking up early.

  2. The boys and girls basketball teams, as well as its wrestling squad, are all home this week. Led by first-year coach and all-time great Liz Ramirez, the Buccaneers (1-4) will host Montclair Kimberley Academy tomorrow at 4 p.m. Belleville's wrestling team (6-1) will welcome Cedar Grove on Wednesday for a 5 p.m. Bout. And on Thursday, the BHS boys basketball (3-1) will look to continue its winning ways when it tips off at 7 p.m. against Immaculate Conception of Montclair.

  3. The Friends of Marine Sgt. Joe Longo III will sponsor a welcome home dinner Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the . Tickets are $25 per person and will include a buffet supper, beer, soda and dessert. All proceeds will benefit Sgt. Longo, a 2005 BHS graduate, for his upcoming wedding.

  4. The first Belleville Zoning Board meeting will be held Thursday, 7 p.m., at . We should learn more about the 's plan for expansion, which is being protested via a petition that began circulating recently.

  5. The annual will take play Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the . This is a free event that will include desserts, face painting, a magic show and presents.

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