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MAKING THE NEWS – Mayor Michael Gonnelli appeared on Bloomberg TV to discuss Winter Blast recently.
MAKING THE NEWS – Mayor Michael Gonnelli appeared on Bloomberg TV to discuss Winter Blast recently.

Independent film screening and discussion series at library

The Friends of the Secaucus Public Library has announced the launch of a new independent film series at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23. The series, which is open to all residents, will begin with a showing of Enough Said, a 2013 romantic comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini. Following the movie, Friends’ president Zinnia Miller will lead an open discussion of the film.

New independent films will be shown at the library at 1 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month. While programs are open to all residents, parents and caregivers should keep in mind that many of the films shown contain adult themes and may not be appropriate for children and young adults. The first two films are rated PG-13, and feature storylines that likely would not appeal to younger viewers.

The film screening and discussion will take place in the Panasonic Meeting Room on the second floor of the library. Popcorn and other light refreshments will be served. Registration for each film is recommended, and can be done by calling the library at (201) 330-2083 or registering through the library’s online calendar at

10th Annual Guma Foundation ‘Casino Night’ on Feb. 22

The Guma Foundation will host its 10th annual Casino Night on Saturday, Feb. 22 at LaReggia’s Restaurant in the Meadowlands Plaza Hotel at 40 Wood Ave. in Secaucus. Tickets to the event, which starts at 7 p.m., cost $100 per person and entitle the bearer to an evening of casino-style gaming with casino chips, live music performed by “the Fez,” open bar and buffet, and prizes. Attire is business casual with jacket optional.

The Guma Foundation honors the lives of the late Ralph Guma Sr. and Ralph Guma Jr. Ralph Guma Jr. was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of nine and survived 23 years, during which time he attended local schools and earned a college degree.

Youngsters with brain tumors are the main recipients of The Guma Foundation’s donations. To date the Guma Foundation has contributed over $100,000 to the Tomorrows Children’s Fund at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC).

Proceeds from the Casino Night will benefit The Tomorrows Children’s Fund and children with brain tumors. To purchase tickets or for further information about the Foundation, visit

Free blood pressure and glucose screening

Walk in. No appointment needed. Free blood pressure and glucose screening. Also information regarding women and heart disease at all three Hoboken Family Planning sites on Thursday, Feb. 27, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The sites are located at: 124 Grand St., Hoboken; 1206 Summit Ave., Union City; 5305 Hudson Ave., West New York. Call 201-963-0300 for additional information.

Hudson County Animal League hosting February flea market

The Hudson County Animal League will be hosting a flea market at the old fire house and senior center, 27th Street and Broadway in Bayonne, on Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tables are available to rent for $10 each.

For more information, or to rent tables, call Chris at (201) 437-8732.

Awards for those who champion civil rights

USA Network in partnership with Cablevision announced the launch of the fourth Characters Unite Awards, a program to recognize extraordinary individuals who have made significant and lasting efforts to champion civil and human rights in their communities.

The nomination period for the 2014 Characters Unite Awards begins February 3 and runs through March 31. Entries, including a maximum 500-word essay on how the nominee meets the criteria of character, impact and influence, can be submitted online at Complete rules and regulations are also posted on the website.

Winners, announced in the spring, will receive $5,000 grants to support their project or related nonprofit organization and will be featured by USA on-air and online. They will also be honored this year at a ceremony presented by Cablevision and USA.

Last year, ten Characters Unite Awards recipients were selected from hundreds of nominees for their successful efforts to combat prejudice and discrimination in their communities. Teacher Linda Michalski from Benedictine Academy in New Jersey was honored by Cablevision and USA Network for her extraordinary efforts in motivating her students to help abolish human trafficking.

As part of USA’s ongoing public affairs campaign to address social injustices and bridge cultural divides, the program kicks off during Characters Unite Month in February, a time when the Network leverages all its platforms to shine a special spotlight on the importance of promoting greater tolerance, respect and acceptance. In addition to the awards, the month will also include new PSAs, original programming, the documentary “NFL Characters Unite,” digital content, events across the country, and more.

To learn more about previous Characters Unite Award recipients or to find more information on Characters Unite, visit

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