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SIMPLE SOLUTION? This sign in an apartment building on Park Avenue near Route 495 can be seen from the Weehawken/Union City border. How hard can it be to follow the advice?
SIMPLE SOLUTION? This sign in an apartment building on Park Avenue near Route 495 can be seen from the Weehawken/Union City border. How hard can it be to follow the advice?

UC kids play music in NYC

The Union City Music Project (UCMP) announced that its young musicians have been invited to perform in a concert for the 2013 Fashion District Art Festival at the New York/New Jersey Port Authority Bus Terminal’s North Building at 4 p.m. on Oct. 24.

The UCMP is a bilingual educational organization that uses music as a vehicle for social change for at-risk children and youth in Union City by providing low-cost afterschool orchestral, vocal, and movement instruction and performance.

“It is a great honor for us to be part of the Fashion District Arts Festival and share what our young students have been able to learn in the last year,” said Melina Garcia, UCMP’s Founder and Executive Director.

As part of the Festival, NY-metro area commuters can also view a floor-to-ceiling exhibit about the Union City Music Project at the Ninth Avenue entrance to the Port Authority’s South Wing on 40th Street. Illuminated with the charming faces and colorful paper violins of UCMP’s students, the display explains the unique philosophy and history of this orchestral music program that’s changing children’s lives in New Jersey and around the world.

UCMP is inspired by El Sistema, an orchestral training program that for decades has changed the lives of thousands of youth around the world. Created in 1975 by Venezuelan José Antonio Abreu, El Sistema has spawned more than 285 youth orchestras serving over 400,000 Venezuelan children from poor socio-economic backgrounds.

October also marks the return of UCMP’s Annual Fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Union City’s popular Park Avenue Grill (3417 Park Ave.) The cocktail reception will feature performances by renowned NYC-area musicians and UCMP students. All proceeds from this event will go to the UCMP. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to

Community blood drives in UC, JC

The Super Bowl Host Committee and New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), a division of the New York Blood Center (NYBC) are partnering for a series of community blood drives. The drives will be held at the following locations:

• Thursday, Oct. 17: Newport Towers, Jersey City, 525 Washington Blvd., 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, Oct. 23: Harborside Center Plaza, Jersey City, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

• Friday, Oct. 25 in Union City at Union City High School, 2500 Kennedy Blvd. from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Thursday, Oct. 31: Hudson County Community College, 70 Sip Avenue, Jersey City, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All presenting donors at these blood drives will receive a red community blood drive wristband and will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win two tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. Walk-ins are welcome, but donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance: by calling (800) 933-BLOOD or by visiting

Conference to help NJ and NY businesses and towns make the most out of Super Bowl

A Conference, the kick-off event of “The Conference/The Party,” will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Maritime Parc, 84 Audrey Zapp Dr., Liberty State Park, Jersey City.

The affair is an event for New Jersey and New York businesses, government, community, tourism, and civic organizations to educate them on how to leverage the influx of more than 200,000 spectators for Super Bowl XLVIII and provide the tools they need to stimulate immediate growth and future opportunities.

The conference provides opportunities for attendees to network and engage in broader discussions on how hosting an event like the Super Bowl can impact the region, enhance its position as a global destination, and translate into doing business beyond its borders.

Speakers include Soledad O’Brien, an award winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer; Jim McGreevey, former governor of New Jersey and executive director of the Jersey City Employment and Training Commission; Tracye McDaniel, president and chief executive officer of Choose New Jersey; Wayne Hasenbalg, president and chief executive officer of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority; and experts in social media, customer service, and economic development.

For more information, or to register, visit or contact Radia Funna at or (201) 706-3686.

Environmental Center hosting program on bats, spiders, and snakes

Get ready for Halloween with the Meadowlands Environment Center’s “Bats, Spiders and Snakes – Oh My!” program on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst.

New Jersey’s “Batman,” Joe D’Angeli, will be the presenter.

“Meet these not-so-scary creatures up-close and learn about local bat species, the environmental benefits of bats and recent threats to their survival,” said spokesman Brian Aberback. “D’Angeli will also bring along some other creatures that might be out and about on Oct. 31!”

People of all ages are welcome to attend.

The program is $5 per person for the public, and $4 for MEC members.

For more information, call (201) 460-8300 or visit

County Animal League holds wine tasting fundraiser

The Hudson County Animal League is inviting everyone to help them celebrate their 20th Anniversary of saving the lives of homeless and abused animals through a wine tasting event sponsored by Bridgeview Liquors of Bayonne.

The wine tasting will be held on Nov. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Bayonne Museum, 8th Street and Broadway in Bayonne.

Tickets, at $15, can be purchased in advance by contacting Barbara Devaney at or (201) 436-1848. You can also pay through PayPal by visiting the group’s “Donate” page. Tickets, at $20, can also be purchased the day of the event.

Palisades Medical Center holding community health screening

Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen takes an active role in the community by partnering with the North Hudson Community Action Corporation, Christ Hospital School of Nursing, and Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey to provide free health screenings and education programs.

The next of these screenings is Sunday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at St. Rocco Roman Catholic Church, 4206 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Union City.

Free screenings and information on will be available on blood pressure, heart rate, percentage of oxygen in the blood, peak flow/respiratory, body mass index, sugar and cholesterol.

For more information, call Joanne Riggs at (201) 854-5793.

Palisades Medical Center’s community outreach and education programs are funded in part by the TD Charitable Foundation, Abbott Nutrition, the Aetna Foundation, The Provident Bank Foundation, and Schering-Plough Corporation.

Park Players presenting ‘Wizard of Oz’ in November

The Park Players, formerly of The Park Theatre in Union City & Weehawken, has announced their fall production of "The Wizard of Oz” will be held on Nov. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 10 and 17 at 5 p.m., at The Church of the Good Shepherd, 1576 Palisade Ave., Fort Lee.

The performance includes many residents of Hudson County, including North Bergen, Guttenberg, and Union City.

Ticket prices are $16, $14 (students/seniors), and $12 (groups of 10 or more). For reservations, call (201) 941-6030. Tickets can also be purchased by visiting or the Players’ website,

Union City Chamber Players to kick off second season on Nov. 10

The Union City Chamber Players announced this week that it will perform the first concert of its second season, a program featuring Schubert’s sparkling “Trout” Quintet, on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 1516 Palisade Ave.

Guest artists Blanca Ugelli, piano; Robert Lawrence, violin; E. Zoe Hassman, cello, and Jules Hirsh, double bass, will join violist Peter Borten for this popular early Romantic masterwork. Mezzo-soprano Bernadette LaFond and pianist Marina Korsakova-Kreyn will also perform Schumann’s haunting song cycle Frauenliebe und –leben.

Tickets can be purchased for $10 on the day of the concert at the door. Children may attend at no charge. Audience members are welcome to join the artists for a free reception following the concert.

Schubert’s famous Trout Quintet, written when he was only 22, was the product of an unusually happy three-month escape in the summer and autumn of 1819 to the Austrian countryside, which he called “inconceivable lovely.” The music’s expansiveness and joviality owe much to the young composer’s sense of being freed from the drudgery of teaching and to the company of his new friend Johann Vogl, a successful singer who loved to perform Schubert’s songs with him. Before the carefree finale comes a dazzling set of variations on the famous theme from Schubert’s song Die forelle—The Trout.

The mission of the Union City Chamber Players is to unite locally-based professional musicians and guest performers to bring low-cost, high-quality performances of classical chamber music to the Union City community and beyond. UCCP is currently in residence at St. John’s thanks to sponsorship from the Arts at St. John’s. Together with the Union City Opera, Union City Philharmonic, and—in collaboration with the Union City Music Project—with outreach to the children of our community, UCCP is an important part of the new classical music scene in Hudson County.

The program will also be presented on November 5 at 7:30 P.M. at Crane’s Mill, 459 Passaic Ave, West Caldwell, NJ.

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