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LUNCHEON – The Hudson County Economic Development Corporation held its March luncheon. From left to right: Kevin O’Connor, United Water; Mark Bocchieri, Verizon; Dave Hollenbeck, PSE&G; Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto; Bette Spinelli, HCEDC; Caren Freyer DeSouza , PSE&G, and Dave Brogan, NJBIA.
LUNCHEON – The Hudson County Economic Development Corporation held its March luncheon. From left to right: Kevin O’Connor, United Water; Mark Bocchieri, Verizon; Dave Hollenbeck, PSE&G; Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto; Bette Spinelli, HCEDC; Caren Freyer DeSouza , PSE&G, and Dave Brogan, NJBIA.
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Weehawken runs Kite Night on Tuesday

The Weehawken Department of Recreation will run “Kite Night” again this Tuesday, April 22.

The event takes place 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Participants must be Weehawken residents. Call recreation at (201) 319-6061 to register.

Township runs program so you can safely unload your expired prescription drugs

The Township of Weehawken and Weehawken Police Benevolent Association have announced a joint prescription drug take back program. At the urging of Councilwoman Rosemary J. Lavagnino at the Township Council meeting of April 9, the two parties started working on the program.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

The usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, pose potential safety and health hazards.

Bring your pills for disposal to The Weehawken Elks (2 50th St.) or to Weehawken Senior Housing (525 Gregory Ave.) on April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

For questions, contact the Weehawken Department of Public Safety Office – Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (201) 319-6046.

Broadway star headlines HRPAC benefit concert

The Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center, Inc. (HRPAC) will host its annual benefit gala at the Chart House Restaurant on Saturday, April 26 at 6 p.m. The evening will start off with a cocktail hour and silent auction to be followed by dinner and a concert featuring Broadway singer and actress Mandy Gonzalez.

Gonzalez is a winner of Drama Desk and Obie Awards and has starred in the hit Broadway musicals, “Wicked” and “In The Heights.” She is known for her exceptional vocal skills giving her one of the biggest and best voices on Broadway.

Mandy’s special guest will be leading man, Jeremiah James, who is currently starring as El Gallo in “The Fantasticks” on Broadway. Aside from his work here in the states, Jeremiah has an international reputation from his work on the London Stage and also as a member of the singing group, Teatro.

Through its two concert series, “Summer Concerts on the Hudson” and the UBS Atrium Series, HRPAC has developed a track record for bringing diverse programming to the North Hudson region. HRPAC has additionally presented educational programs to thousands of students in eight of Hudson County’s school districts. Over its ten year history, HRPAC has presented scores of concerts and shows of the highest caliber, featuring hundreds of musicians, dancers, and actors, including Grammy and Tony winners.

These presentations, which are presented free of charge to the general public, have attracted thousands of fans from Hudson County and the New York metropolitan area.

For more information on the benefit, including how to purchase tickets, please visit HRPAC’s web site at www.hrpac.org or call the HRPAC office at (201) 430-6881.

Palisades Medical Center announces schedule of free health screenings



Throughout the year, Palisades Medical Center’s staff partners with North Hudson Community Action Corporation, Christ Hospital School of Nursing, and Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern N.J. to provide free health screenings and education programs. Screenings and information include blood pressure, heart rate, percentage of oxygen in the blood, peak flow/respiratory, and Body Mass Index (BMI). Free health screenings will be held in the following communities in the coming months.

April 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

First United Methodist Church, 407-23rd St., Union City

May 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Our Lady of Sorrows, 654 Ocean Ave., Jersey City

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

NY Waterway offers combo tickets to NY International Auto Show

NY Waterway offers combination tickets including a ferry ride to the annual New York International Auto Show and admission to the show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City from Friday, April 18 through Sunday, April 27.

Show-goers can save time and money by purchasing a discounted combo ticket that includes round-trip ferry travel to Manhattan’s West 39th Street Ferry Terminal and Auto Show admission. The combo tickets are $31 for adults and $17 for children.

The ferry terminal at West 39th Street is conveniently located across the street from the Javits Center. NY Waterway offers ferry service to West 39th Street seven days a week from Port Imperial Weehawken and Hoboken 14th Street. Weekday rush hour service is also available from Edgewater, Paulus Hook, Lincoln Harbor, and Belford Middletown in Monmouth County.

The Auto Show is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Parking is available at the Belford Middletown and Port Imperial terminals, and NJ Transit rail and bus connections are available at Port Imperial and Paulus Hook Jersey City. Free NY Waterway shuttle bus service is available in New Jersey and Manhattan.

For complete information and to purchase NY Waterway Auto Show Combo Tickets visit www.nywaterway.com/autoshow or call (800) 53-FERRY.

Free health seminar on weight loss surgical options at Palisades Medical Center

On Wednesday, April 30, the Palisades Medical Center will host a free health seminar on weight loss surgical options. Today, there are many bariatric (weight loss) surgical options for people who have been unable to achieve significant weight loss through diet and exercise.

Featured seminar speakers will include medical professionals from The Weight Loss Institute at Palisades Medical Center. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with registration/check-in at 6 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Food and refreshments will be served. For registration information contact Nikki at (201) 854-5702.

Palisades Medical Center is at 7600 River Road, North Bergen. Free transportation will be available from 60th St. and Bergenline Ave. starting at 5:30 p.m.

Derby Day coming to Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment on May 3

On Saturday, May 3, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will present a full day of simulcast and live racing action, including the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., bettors can make their wagers and enjoy food and bourbon specials, as well as enter to win prizes all day in honor of Derby Day.

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will open at 9:30 a.m. with free admission and free T-shirts distributed to the first 8,000 guests. The Victory Sports Bar & Club will serve a continental breakfast from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and a derby themed buffet beginning at 11:30 a.m. for $39.95. Bourbon specials will be available all day around the complex, including mint juleps and other libations served in a commemorative derby glass (while supplies last).

Ladies are welcome to express their inner southern belle and enter the $500 Grand Prize Hat Contest with no boundaries on how stylish and over-the-top the headwear can go. Sign up between 2 and 4:45 p.m. with the judging at 5 p.m.

The best seat in the house may be the track’s apron and grandstand where the “140th Run for the Roses” will be simulcast on the 18’x48’ infield HD video screen.

After the derby, guests are welcome to enjoy a night full of live harness racing at the Meadowlands with the first post time set for 7:15 p.m. Prizes continue into the night with scratch-off cards where customers can win up to $500 instantly, and Horseplay Horses, both beginning at 6 p.m. Buy a horse for $1 with all proceeds in the month of May donated to the American Red Cross, and take a chance to win entry into the August 1 car drawing for a 2014 Toyota Scion.

Hudson Chamber of Commerce welcomes Federal Reserve Bank economist

The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce will host a senior economist from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York at a special business networking event on Wednesday, April 30 at the University of Phoenix. Richard Peach, a senior vice president at the New York Federal Reserve who specializes in macroeconomic and monetary studies, is the featured speaker.

The goal of the event is to provide businesses a forecast for the regional, state, and national economy directly from an expert at the largest reserve bank in the United States.

“While the economy has certainly improved greatly since the financial crisis of 2008, there’s still a lot of uncertainty as to strength of the ongoing recovery and labor markets,” said Maria Nieves, the chamber’s president and CEO. “In presenting an economist from the New York Fed, we hope to provide our members with an idea of where the regional economy is heading through the remainder of 2014. It’s also a great opportunity to learn about what tools the Fed uses to manage U.S. economic policy, which impacts all of us.”

This special business networking event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the campus of host sponsor the University of Phoenix at 100 Town Square Place in Jersey City. Provident Bank is also sponsoring the event.

Founded in 1888, the Hudson County Chamber is one of the state’s oldest regional chambers of commerce. It currently represents more than 350 members, facilitates forums with local, state and federal officials, and provides a platform for business networking and partnerships.

For reservations to this special business networking event, call (201) 386-0699 x 27 or visit the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce website at www.hudsonchamber.org.

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