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A four-legged art lover on Belmont Avenue on Jersey City’s West Side. Photo courtesy of Charlene Burke
A four-legged art lover on Belmont Avenue on Jersey City’s West Side. Photo courtesy of Charlene Burke

RE/MAX Gold Coast Realty donates $10K to family of girl fighting cancer

Agents and staff at RE/Max Gold Coast Realty this fall held a fundraiser to benefit 4-year-old Ari-Anna Jiménez, who has been diagnosed with cancer. While the realty firm had set a target of $5,000, the company was ultimately able to raise a total of $10,000 through a fundraiser, donations, and matching contributions for Jiménez and her family.

Jiménez’s battle with cancer began in March 2013 when she was diagnosed with Wilms’ Tumor, which is a cancer of the kidneys that typically occurs in children and is diagnosed in only approximately 500 patients per year in the U.S. With early detection and immediate medical attention, the cancer is highly responsive to treatment with survival rates as high as 90 percent, five years out. Jiménez has already endured several surgeries, transfusions, and chemotherapy. At present, she is doing well, but it is imperative that she continues receiving intense medical care, which Remax hopes to help make possible through its donation.

Anyone who did not attend the fundraiser, but who would still like to donate, visit:

Speaking of RE/MAX… Realty company gears up for record-breaking annual turkey drive

As part of its ongoing “Caring for the Community” program, the realtors and staff members of RE/MAX Gold Coast Realty are getting into the holiday spirit and collecting food and funds for its upcoming fifth annual turkey dinner drive with the goal of feeding 100 families this year. Last year, the office put together 90 meals for area families in need with all the fixings, from the turkey to trimmings, spices to stuffing, and potatoes to pie. The firm was able to accomplish this with help from friends, family, local business owners and clients.

To ensure the 100 families this year receive the same complete Thanksgiving dinner, Re/Max created an easy-to-follow grocery list to make it easy for people wanting to take the time and actually do the shopping themselves. For people too busy to shop, financial donations are welcome and will be used to purchase as many additional Thanksgiving dinners as the money will buy.

Non-perishable food and/or donations can be dropped off at Re/Max Gold Coast Realty at 56 Newark St. in Hoboken between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, or 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Donated turkeys (whole, frozen only, please) labeled “Re/Max Turkey Drive” can be dropped off on Monday, Nov. 25 at Pilsener Haus Biergarten, 1422 Grand St., in Hoboken.

Weichert Realtors to host toy drive

Companies associated with Weichert Realty recently announced the start of the 35th Annual Weichert Toy Drive. Members of the community are invited to drop off new, unwrapped toys at the company’s sales offices through Friday, Dec. 13. The toys will be delivered throughout the holidays in conjunction with local charities that assist financially and physically disadvantaged children.

To make a donation, visit any Weichert, Realtors sales office. To find your local office, visit

Local writers group to host self-publishing panel

Jersey City Writers (JCW) will host a self-publishing panel on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Indiegrove, 121 Newark Ave., fifth floor, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The panelists includes Laryssa Wirstiuk, author of The Prescribed Burn; Lana Rose Diaz, author of Guerilla Poet Tree; Patricia McFerren, author of The Seer (Guy LeBlanc Mysteries); and Jamie Godfrey, author of West of Me. The panel will be moderated by local writer and JCW member Adriana Rambay Fernández.

Come out to hear local Jersey City writers and poets discuss their experiences with self-publishing. The panelists will explain why they choose the self-publishing route, rather than a traditional publisher for their work. They will also provide an overview of the process, services, tips for new authors, and the true cost of self-publishing.

The event is open to the general public. There is a suggested donation of $10 to attend. RSVP strongly advised. To RSVP, visit

For more information regarding JCW, visit the group’s web site: (

Hudson Animal League announces holiday events, meeting, ‘Santa Paws’

The Hudson County Animal League will be sponsoring its annual “Santa Paws Tree Lighting” 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Bayonne Library, 31st Street and Avenue C.

“Honor your pet, living or in loving memory, by helping us to decorate the tree,” said spokeswoman Maureen Gallagher. “The star at the top of the tree will signify hope for the area’s homeless animals. And a picture or name ornament will be created of your beloved pet for a donation of $5 or more.”

The tree will be displayed until Jan. 3. For more information, contact Gallagher at (201) 471-7638.

The league will be hosting a Holiday Gift Extravaganza Tricky Tray on Friday, Dec. 6, at St. Michael’s Community Center, 21 East 23rd St., Bayonne, from 7 to 10 p.m. Doors open at 6:30.

Admission is $12, plus a can or more of cat food, and, if possible, a non-perishable item (or more) for the group’s food bank to benefit the needy during the holiday season.

For tickets or more information, call (201) 332-7612.

The league’s next Jersey City meeting is 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Pershing Field Community Center.

Animal lovers and others interested in helping homeless animals in Hudson County are invited to attend.

Social service group seeking help to end homelessness

The Garden State Episcopal CDC is seeking the public’s help for its “Longest Night Campaign: Ending Homelessness, One Life at a Time.”

“We will launch this season of giving on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. at Casino in the Park in Jersey City,” said Executive Director Carol Mori.

Garden State Episcopal CDC, based in Jersey City and Union City, provides social services and housing for people touched by homelessness and loss.

The group is also collecting food and clothing donations for its Homeless Memorial Service, the week of Dec. 21, to be distributed to people who are displaced or homeless.

For more information on how you can help, call (201) 209-9301.

CrossFit to hold fundraiser for boy with aplastic anemia

This Saturday, Nov. 16 CrossFit Jersey City will be asking people to join the National Bone Marrow Registry in an effort to help Owen Hogan, a 2-year-old who has severe aplastic anemia and who is in need of a bone marrow transplant. CrossFit Jersey City is located at 109 Columbus Dr.

The fitness facility is also raising money to help the Hogan family offset Owen’s medical expenses. Organizers are trying to raise at least $10,000 for Owen’s medical expenses.

Riverside Medical Center expanding

On Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m., Riverside Medical Group will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its 20th office, located at 46 Essex St. Participants will include officials from Palisades Medical Center and Hackensack University Medical Center.

The new location will offer a family medicine division, on-site laboratory and testing capabilities, and extended hours six days a week.

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