Girl Scouts distribute items to seniors
Secaucus Girl Scouts Sydney Weinowitz and Carolina Weinowitz are diligently working to achieve their Bronze Awards.
As part of this undertaking, the girls recently held a game day for their affiliated Brownies. In addition to the game playing, Sydney and Carolina provided their younger counterparts with homemade cupcake treats and goody bags.
Each game day participant was asked to bring an unused toiletry item as an "entrance fee." The Weinowitzs also asked church parishioners for donations.
They then gift-bagged the collected items and distributed them to seniors at a recent Monday night BINGO at the Secaucus Senior Center.
‘Buff’ your car and help the shelter
Get your car cleaned and improve the life of a shelter animal. That’s the scenario at Buff’s Car Wash, 60-68 County Ave., Secaucus, on Sunday, July 21, from noon to 4.
“Get your car squeaky clean and support the Secaucus Animal Shelter,” said Councilwoman Susan Pirro, liaison to the town-run shelter.
Twenty-five percent of all proceeds during the four-hour benefit will be donated to help the dogs and cats at the shelter. Those attending at that time will receive a Buff’s car wash litter bag with air freshener and magnet.
Interested parties can visit the shelter at 525 Meadowlands Pkwy., or call (201) 348-3213. The shelter is always looking for people to adopt, volunteer or donate.
‘British Invasion’ next on concert slate
On Thursday, July 25, at 7 p.m., the sounds of “British Invasion” will fill the air at Buchmuller Park as part of the 2013 Secaucus Music & Movie Summer Series.
“British Invasion is more than just the Beatles,” said Deputy Mayor John Bueckner, who planned the series.
Along with the free concert, there will be a classic cars show.
In the event of rain, the performance will be held at the Arthur F. Couch Performing Arts Center, 11 Mill Ridge Rd.
The concert series is sponsored in part by The Hudson Reporter.
For more information about the summer series, contact the town at (201) 330-2000.
Free training offered about caring for loved one with mental illness
The Hudson County NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family to Family education program is offering 12-week course for families and close friends of adults with mental illness on caring for their loved ones.
The course will be held on Mondays from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Sept. 9 through Nov. 25, at Jersey City Medical Center, 355 Grand Ave., Jersey City. Training is free, but registration is required.
The program is taught by trained volunteer family members who are experienced in caring for a loved one with serious mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.
Family to Family participants will receive information on: family responses to the trauma of mental illness; updates on several serious mental illnesses; and symptoms, medication and side effects.
Attendees will also practice problem solving skills and communication techniques; develop strategies for handling crisis and relapses; review local community resources; and support, and focus on self-care and coping with stress.
To register, call (201) 420-9270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator unveils legislation to aid adults affected by autism
In an effort to expand the nation’s understanding of – and services for – young adults and their families living with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez on Monday, July 15, unveiled legislation that would provide federal funding to research and evaluate services currently available for young people “aging out” of existing education and support systems, develop a national strategic action plan, and provide training grants to initiate action in helping to transition youth to lead independent lives.
“For too many young people with autism spectrum disorders, the end of high school means the end of the support and skills training they need to succeed in the new world of adulthood,” said Menendez. “We need a national response to ensure that resources are available to enable these young adults to lead the productive, fulfilling lives they deserve.”
The Assistance in Gaining Experience, Independence and Navigation Act of 2013 will address the needs of aging-out youth with ASD in two phases: The first is designed to identify the most effective interventions and existing support service infrastructure to develop a comprehensive training plan. The second phase puts this plan to action by providing grants to existing entities.
Each year, nearly 50,000 children with an ASD reach adulthood with few opportunities for continuing their education or finding employment. Less than half of transitioning youth are participating in either secondary education or employment within the two years after leaving high school, and only 35 percent receive any additional education within six years.
Moth Night part of Seniors Program
Learn all about moths – those amazing cousins of butterflies – at the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission’s second Moth Night on Monday, July 22, 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., at DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst.
“We’ll be hosting the folks from National Moth Week, who’ll present a short talk on moths and why they are so awesome yet misunderstood,” said NJMC spokesman Brian Aberback. “Then we’ll check out the NMW’s industrial-strength mercury vapor lamps and white sheets to identify and admire the various species. We'll also try ‘sugaring’ to attract moths as well.”
The goal of the event – part of National Moth week – is to raise awareness of these seldom seen insects.
This free, family-friendly event is sponsored by the NJMC and Bergen County Audubon Society. Check meadowblog.net for last-minute weather updates. To RSVP, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at email@example.com or (201) 230-4983. (The rain date is Tuesday, July 23.)
Local non-profit to enroll needy residents in affordable health insurance program
To encourage as many eligible persons as possible to enroll in affordable health insurance, the Obama administration is sending money to existing health centers for outreach. Funds were awarded to organizations based on their potential for increasing enrollment, including the local North Hudson Community Action Corporation, which provides health care for needy patients in Union City, West New York, North Bergen, Weehawken, Jersey City, and other Hudson County towns on a sliding scale.
Twenty health centers in New Jersey are splitting $3.4 million with NHCAC. NHCAC is the largest health center system in New Jersey, receiving the largest share, $484,000.
NHCAC hopes to put 10 employees into the field later this month to begin the outreach process. Six current employees have been transferred to the new program and one new employee was hired so far. They began training on July first.
Tommy Chin, Director of Human Resources for NHCAC, said there will be sweeping changes to health care in January and the enrollment specialists had to learn about eligibility rules, so he was glad he could reassign current employees who had a head start because they were already somewhat familiar with health care.
The federal government intends to set up a national hotline and a website to answer questions about health insurance, but often low-income people do not have access to computers and are not fluent enough in spoken or written English to ask the right questions and understand the answers/
Only persons living in this country legally are eligible to enroll in the insurance programs.
Christina Hernandez, one of the newly trained enrollment specialists, said she is excited to be able to tell people about the new opportunity to become insured.
She recalled when she was a newcomer to America from El Salvador, she was attending New Jersey City State University seeking her BA, and was advised by a friend to get her primary health care at NHCAC's West New York health center. She loved the program and decided she wanted to align herself with the organization and its mission.
"I am committed to working with the community, to helping people become more informed because being informed will enable them to improve the quality of their lives,” she said.
Prieto’s move may mean tax breaks for Union City
Assemblyman Vincent Prieto of Secaucus (D-Hudson) may have benefited a town in his home district and two in his county with last-minute wording changes to a bill that could eventually bring millions of dollars in tax breaks, according to a report in The Star-Ledger.
Prieto made a small amendment to the huge bill, which made changes to the way the state gives out economic incentives to businesses, the report said.
The minor adjustments could result in Harrison and Union City getting a portion of $250 million in tax incentives targeted at luring high-scale residential projects, the report continued. The changes were made to the “New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act,” which transforms the method in which New Jersey deals out incentives to entice developers and businesses.
Prieto, Assembly Budget Committee chairman, explained that he acted because it was his impression that Harrison has long been held back from receiving tax credits that comparable towns have benefited from through economic development programs in New Jersey.
The legislation provides for $250 million to stimulate development near train stations, in places destroyed or damaged by federally declared disasters, and in the working class, urban centers of Paterson, Passaic, and Trenton.