Residents can vote in statewide races
Residents have several reasons to go to the polls on Tuesday.
The state 33rd Legislative District has one state senator and two Assembly representatives. Democrat Brian Stack, who also serves as mayor of Union City, is up for re-eleciton to his state Senate seat. He faces Republican challenger James Sanford of Hoboken. Stack has held his seat since 2008. Sanford is the former head of the Hudson County Young Republicans.
Stack is running on a ticket with the two Democratic nominees for the Assembly, Carmelo Garcia of Hoboken, who is the paid director of that city’s federally funded Housing Authority (HHA) projects, and Raj Mukherji, a Deputy Mayor of Jersey City.
They face two Republicans– Jude Anthony Tiscornia and Armando Hernandez, of Jersey City and Union City respectively. Tiscornia is an attorney while Hernandez is a former municipal judge. They described their campaign as a mission to give a voice to “urban conservatives.”
Residents may also vote on county sherrif and governor. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
Six-week exercise program offered
CarePoint Health Hoboken University Medical Center and the Arthritis Foundation will provide a six-week exercise program for people living with arthritis. Each hour-long exercise session provides participants with improved joint mobility, muscle strength, and endurance through various exercises lead by certified Arthritis Foundation Exercise Trainer, Kathy Geller. Additionally, participants also learned pain and stress management strategies, facts about arthritis, medications, and current treatments. Through this program, participants learned techniques on to how to stay active with arthritis by enabling them to improve their performance in daily activities.
The program takes place at CarePoint Health - Hoboken University Medical Center, Assumption Hall, 308 Willow Ave., Hoboken, throughout October from 2 to 3 p.m., and Nov. 5 from 2:45-3:45 p.m.
For more information, please contact CarePoint Health Public Relations Department at 201-418-2335.
Woman’s Club to meet
The Woman's Club of Weehawken is hosting its next meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 at the Weehawken Senior Nutrition Center, 210 Highwood Ave. Hear about the club and its charitable events. Light supper is provided. For more information, please call Carol Kravitz at 201-951-1114 or go to www.Womansclubofweehawken@gmail.com.
Garden State Episcopal Community Development Center and PERC announce merger
In a major move between two Hudson County nonprofits, Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation (GSECDC) of Jersey City and Palisades Emergency Residence Corp. (PERC) of Union City announced their alignment on Oct. 24. Under the terms of agreement, PERC is now a subsidiary of GSECDC.
“GSECDC and PERC are a great fit, and we are committed to growing our common mission,” said Carol Mori, now executive director of both agencies. “Our merger will improve services to all of the people we serve, creating a stronger continuum of caring, which leads from emergency relief to housing stability.”
Since 1986, GSECDC continues to be a regional leader in affordable housing development, social services, and supportive housing. Founded in 1981, PERC is Hudson County’s first homeless shelter. PERC provides emergency shelter, a soup kitchen, food pantry, and other social services, including PERC Kids Homework Club.
The Rev. Birgit Solano, past president of the PERC Board of Trustees, said the idea for the merger began more than two years ago when the agency was struggling financially with reduced federal and foundational support at a time of dramatically increasing need.
“The board met to explore options and concluded that its primary duty was to ensure the long term continuation of its mission,” Rev. Solano said.
“In the past four years, PERC nearly doubled the number of shelter nights provided, the number of meals served, and we have tripled the number of families receiving groceries through our food pantry,” Rev. Solano continued. “This merger will provide stability to PERC, and more importantly, improved services to the community.”
Mori said that the agencies worked closely for the last couple of years, leading to better client outcomes. “We are very excited about our future together. GSECDC continues to expand our housing and program services. North Hudson County is an important part of this strategy, and we will continue to provide the same or better levels of supportive services to this area.”
Palisades Medical Center holding community health screening
Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen takes an active role in the community by partnering with the North Hudson Community Action Corporation, Christ Hospital School of Nursing, and Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey to provide free health screenings and education programs.
The next of these events is Sunday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church, 615 8th Street, Union City.
There will be free screenings and information on: blood pressure, heart rate, percentage of oxygen in the blood, peak flow/respiratory, body mass index, sugar, and cholesterol.
Palisades Medical Center’s community outreach and education programs are funded in part by the TD Charitable Foundation, Abbott Nutrition, the Aetna Foundation, The Provident Bank Foundation, and Schering-Plough Corporation.
For more information, call Joanne Riggs at (201) 854-5793.
Child advocate group holding informational session on Nov. 12
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.
Learn about those little swine
The Meadowlands Environment Center (MEC) will present “New Jersey Swine – Bringing Home the Bacon,” a program for all ages, on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst.
“New Jersey pigs, or swine as they were called, were much sought after in colonial and early America for their lard and meat, and our state was known to have the biggest and best pigs,” said Brian Aberback, MEC spokesman. “Find out more about the Burlington Ham, also known as Newbold Ham – a little-known and forgotten delicacy – as presenter Judith Russo explains why New Jersey swine were so special.
Tickets are $5 for the public; $4 for MEC members.
For more information, call (201) 460-8300 or visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec.