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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE COUNTY PARK SYSTEM – West New York, Union City, Weehawken and North Bergen are full of places for kids to play. Recently, the large county park at 88th Street in North Bergen, Braddock Park, saw the construction of a completely rebuilt children’s playground. (Photo courtesy Jose Chinea.)
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE COUNTY PARK SYSTEM – West New York, Union City, Weehawken and North Bergen are full of places for kids to play. Recently, the large county park at 88th Street in North Bergen, Braddock Park, saw the construction of a completely rebuilt children’s playground. (Photo courtesy Jose Chinea.)

Give clothing in Union City to help others in need

Federacion Mercantil Hispana is hosting an old jacket and coat drive to benefit the needy of the area until Friday, Sept. 13.

“Remember, there are many people who could probably use a helping hand, and you can make a difference,” said a group spokesman.

Donations can be brought or sent to Orlando Bru, 2112 Bergenline Ave., Basement, Union City, NJ 07087. All clothing will be distributed on Sept. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at 4113 Palisade Ave., Union City.

For more information, call (201) 865-0383.

Community Blood Services hosting Union City and North Bergen drives

Community Blood Services is hosting drives at the Jose Marti Academy, 1800 Summit Ave., Union City, on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at the Palisades Medical Center, 7600 River Rd., North Bergen, on Friday, Sept. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. All blood types are needed.

Donors will receive a $5 Subway Gift Card for their participation. Donors will also be eligible to win two tickets to the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in February, as well as receive complimentary non-fasting cholesterol and glucose screenings.

The Union City drive also includes a free health fair.

Any healthy individual, ages 17 through 75 (16 with parental permission), and weighing at least 110 pounds, can donate blood. Donors should eat a moderate meal before donating and must bring identification showing signature. No Social Security number is needed.

Blood donors participating will help ensure that the transfusion needs of area patients are met.

To schedule an appointment, call Community Blood Services at (201) 251-3703.

Volunteers wanted for Hudson Medical Reserve Corps

If you would like to volunteer during public health emergencies and natural disasters in Hudson County or elsewhere, the Hudson Regional Health Commission (HRHC) Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is looking for you.

MRC units are made up of locally based volunteers (with or without a medical background). They include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, mental health professionals, dentists, veterinarians, and epidemiologists. Other community members, such as interpreters, chaplains, office workers, and legal advisers, fill vital support positions.

Volunteers give a minimal amount of time and have the choice to respond locally only or to be deployed outside the county. MRC volunteers were an important part of the Superstorm Sandy response. They gave more than 450 hours, helping at shelters and acting as translators.

Volunteers participate in various trainings and drills throughout the year, enhancing their preparedness skills, and heightening their ability to respond to many different types of events.

Hudson County’s Emergency Management, police, fire, EMS, and public health professionals are working hard to identify, train for, and respond to emergencies that could impact those who live and work here, but more help is needed.

For more information, visit the HRHC website at and click on “Medical Reserve Corps” on the menu bar on the left. Interested individuals can also call Monique Davis, Hudson County MRC coordinator, or Christina Butieb-Bianco, assistant MRC coordinator, at (201) 223-1133 or email

Unique concert at UC church

A unique concert will be held Sept. 20 at St. John’s Church. Three talented blues and roots artists, Bill Sims Jr., Hugh Pool, and Christine Santelli will perform. It will be a fun filled night of Delta Blues, Field Hollering, Gospel and Americana. Opening the show is local basketball star, actor musician, Mike Frensley, accompanied by Sean Daly. There will also be an art exhibit by local artist Adam Ahl. Tickets are $17 in advance and $22 at the Door. It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance as this show is expected to sell out. Beverages are available for purchase. Tickets are available at or 800 838-3006. St. Johns Church is located at 1516 Palisade Ave. Union City, N.J.

Big Brothers Big Sisters host second Bowl for Kid’s Sake

On Sunday, Sept. 15, Eagle Rock Lanes in West Orange will be the site of Bowl for Kids’ Sake, an event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties.

More than 1,000 community members will enjoy food, music, prizes, and bowling to celebrate their achievement in raising much needed funds for this organization that matches children facing life’s challenges with caring, supportive adults for one-to-one mentoring.

Members of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties Leadership Council urged all who can to participate or donate.

For more information, or to register a team, visit the group’s website at, call Sandra Ehrlich, Bowl for Kids’ Sake coordinator, at (973) 273-6311, or email

Who will care for your loved one(s) after you’re gone?

NAMI Hudson, a nonprofit group for loved ones of people with mental illness, will hold a presentation, “Plan NJ,” on Oct. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hoboken Community Mental Health Center, 506 Third St. Parking is available behind the center.

Plan NJ (Planned Lifetime Network of NJ) is a non-profit organization that helps consumers and their families answer the question, “Who will care for my loved one when I am gone?” Plan NJ can help families with, monitoring, advocacy, guardianship, coaching, guidance, permanent repository, community and private trust administration, and benefits administration.

“Plan NJ can help with a one-time effort that will assist in helping with the financial, legal, and social resources needed for the consumer's future,” said Agnes Byrne of NAMI. “After the plan is created, there is an opportunity to update as needed.”

There is a cost involved, but it is within the reach of most families, according to Byrne. Financial assistance and scholarship may be available.

For more information, call Kristiana Kalab at (862) 754-6654 or for more information.

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