Stack, other Democrats easily re-elected to their seats
In heavily Democratic Hudson County, it's usually a foregone conclusion that the Democrats will win the state Senate seat and two Assembly seats in each district.
On Tuesday, Sen. Sandra Cunningham was re-elected in the 31st District, Sen. Nicholas Sacco in the 32nd (including West New York), and Brian Stack in the 33rd (including Union City). All three won by a landslide against their Republican challengers.
Their two running mates for Assembly won also. Brian Stack took Carmelo Garcia of Hoboken and Raj Mukherji of Jersey City to the state Senate.
With Sacco, Angela Jimenez of West New York and Vincent Prieto of Secaucus were reelected.
For county sherrif, Democrat Frank Schillari of Secaucus was easily reelected.
Also, in Union City, Celin Valdiva was elected to replace outgoing commissioner Chris Irizarry. He amassed 6,198 votes, against 742 from the nearest challenger.
Child advocate group holding informational session
Are you interested in helping children in the foster care system? If so, Hudson County CASA (court appointed special advocate) is recruiting volunteers to advance the best interests of abused and neglected children.
An informational session, addressing the program and the role of its volunteers, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Room 400 of the Hudson County Administration Building, 595 Newark Ave., Jersey City.
CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Its volunteers speak for children in court, serve as fact finders for judges, and safeguard children’s interests while they are in the foster care system.
Hudson County has nearly 700 children in foster care; most have been removed from their homes for abuse or neglect.
For more information, call (201) 795-9855, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.
UBS Atrium Series presents the New Jersey debut of INFLAME: Indo-Flamenco World Fusion Music
The UBS Atrium Series kicks off its indoor lunchtime series with a free concert by the Indo-Flamenco group Inflame on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 12:30 pm at the UBS Atrium at 1000 Harbor Boulevard in Weehawken.
Inflame uses classical Indian and traditional Flamenco forms as a launching pad for adventurous improvisation. Seamlessly navigating these two musical forms, they take audiences on an exciting journey with rapid-fire guitar and mandolin runs, and layered percussive grooves in a variety of time signatures. The concert will feature the north Indian classical mandolin virtuoso Snehasish Mozumder, flamenco guitarist Cristian Puig, Ranendra Das on tabla and Peter Bogdanos on flamenco and world percussion. The group will perform music from their just released self-titled CD, recently debuted at New York City’s La Nacional.
Hailing from India, Bangladesh, Argentina and the United States, the group first performed in a one-off show at the Hispanic Society of America Museum in New York City in 2005. The musicians had no idea that they would spend the next seven years gradually understanding each other’s musical background, squeezing in time between busy touring schedules, eventually writing material that conveys the depth and creativity of these four masterful musicians.
This concert is a rare opportunity to hear this fresh and inspiring music.
All performances for the UBS Atrium Series begin at 12:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. For directions, late-breaking concert news, and other updates, please check the HRPAC website (www.hrpac.org) or call the concert hotline at (201) 716-4540.