WEEHAWKEN BRIEFS
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FAREWELL TO DUTY – On his last tour of duty, North Hudson Fire Captain Ed Diaz (center) paused to say goodbye to his fellow firefighters, Mark Rehfeld (left) and Frank Baker (right). Capt. Diaz spent 14 years with the Union City Fire Department and 13 years with North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue, a total of 27 years of service.
FAREWELL TO DUTY – On his last tour of duty, North Hudson Fire Captain Ed Diaz (center) paused to say goodbye to his fellow firefighters, Mark Rehfeld (left) and Frank Baker (right). Capt. Diaz spent 14 years with the Union City Fire Department and 13 years with North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue, a total of 27 years of service.
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‘Sock Hop’ coming Tuesday

Weehawken Recreation has announced a "Sock Hop on the Waterfront” on Tuesday, July 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Sock Hop will take place at the Waterfront Complex and is open to all ages and is for Weehawken residents only.

Pull out those poodle skirts and get ready to dance the night away to some of the best rock-n-roll around. Vintage 50′s dressing is encouraged but not required at all.

Come out and enjoy a good, old-fashioned sock hop, complete with a hula hoop contest and dance contests. There will be also be trivia games, name that tune, and a few classic cars. Light refreshments and some extra special treats during the night. Come dressed in your ’50s outfits and you may win a prize for best dressed contest.

Raindate is Tuesday, Aug. 6. For additional information, please contact the Recreation Dept. at 201-319-6061. The event is sponsored by Mayor Richard F. Turner and the Township Council.

Governor doubtful ‘American Dream’ will open in time for Super Bowl

Gov. Chris Christie says he currently has no power to affect the completion of the American Dream entertainment complex on Route 3, and is doubtful it will premier by the time the Meadowlands hosts the 2014 Super Bowl in East Rutherford on Feb. 2, according to a report by Bloomberg online.

“I personally can’t do anything more than what’s already been done,” the governor told the media on July 17. “We’re within a window now where I think it would be very difficult to have anything significant open in time for the Super Bowl.”

The $3.7 billion mega entertainment and retail center, in planning stages for 10 years, was the victim of the recession, as well as squabbling over traffic issues with the two nearby NFL teams, other lawsuits, and delays due to financing, labor contracts, and property control.

The project has already had three developers and two names. Four New Jersey governors have been involved with it. Christie, who had signed off on the project, originally expected the mall and sports center to open prior to the Super Bowl.

The former Xanadu project is located across from MetLife Stadium, where the New York Giants and Jets both play. The teams are suing, saying the complex will adversely affect its fans attending games. American Dream officials feel the opposite, contending it will give those fans alternative entertainment and shopping options on game days.

Oktoberfest-in-August celebration set for Aug. 17 and 18

The annual Oktoberfest-in-August celebration sponsored by the Plattduetsche Volksfest-Vereen (PVV) of New York and New Jersey will be held in the Grand Ballroom in Schuetzen Park, 3167 Kennedy Blvd., as well as outdoors in the park on Saturday, Aug. 17, and Sunday, Aug. 18.

The festival opens at noon on both days, with activities scheduled starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

“As one of the largest German-American cultural and charitable organizations in New Jersey, we are always grateful to greet people of German extraction, as well as others of other ethnic and racial backgrounds,” said President Teri Nemeth.

Food stands will feature homemade potato pancakes and other delicacies. In addition, there will be an array of display stands that will offer German souvenirs.

Profits from the festival will be donated to the Fritz Reuter Altenheim Home and other charities.

There will be a German church service in the home chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Guided tours of the home will be conducted both days.

For more information on the celebration, call (201) 864-3245.

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