County asks for one-day tribute.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
All Bergen County residents should fly their American flags on Thursday in memory of a North Arlington marine killed in action earlier this month. The Board of Freeholders has asked residents to display their flags as a sign of respect for Lance Corporal Osbrany Montes De Oca, a member of the II Marine Expeditionary Force who died in Afghanistan on February 10th. Montes De Oca, who enlisted with his identical twin brother and an older brother in 2010, was killed in combat Helmand Province. He was a three-sport athlete at North Arlington High School.
Unitarian Society screens 'The Beauty Academy of Kabul' in a gesture toward education on Afghanistan.
It is 2003, and a blond New Yorker named Teri stands in a market in Afghanistan, haggling over the cost of a sink. The merchant speaks English well—he has learned it through dealing with foreign occupiers. “Twenty years of war we had in Afghanistan,” he says to her. “Well, that’s why we’re here to help,” she returns. The exchange is one of the opening scenes of The Beauty Academy of Kabul, a documentary about the launch of the first post-Taliban beauty school in the country, screened at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood last night. And it was one of many that provoked probing questions about cultural norms, feminism, and the war in Afghanistan—all of which kept the Fellowship Room of the church abuzz with discussion long after the film …