Free health fair scheduled on Saturday, Aug. 3 in North Bergen
“From Head to Toe,” a free health awareness fair sponsored by Gospel Tabernacle Church and Casa Mama Dona, was scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gospel Tabernacle A/G, 5029 Kennedy Blvd., North Bergen.
The day’s roster of activities were all types of health screenings, a barbecue, and games, haircuts, and face painting for children.
For information, call Gospel Tabernacle (201) 863-1000 or visit www.gospeltab.org. To contact Casa Moma Dona, call Maria Perez at 646-379-4471.
Sen. Menendez calls for investigation following WNY jitney crash that killed baby
In the wake of the tragic death of 8-month-old Angelie Paredes, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) called upon federal transportation authorities to investigate Sphinx Transportation as to whether drivers are being properly trained to safely transport passengers commuting to New York City through New Jersey communities.
“As a father, I can’t help but feel the tragedy of Angela Paredes’ death very personally – and my deepest sympathies and prayers are with her family, who can only be heartbroken at this painful time,” said Menendez.
“While the driver is facing criminal charges, I have my own questions about the company that employed him. My staff has been in touch with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to make sure they are assisting the state and local investigations.
“We have been assured that FMCSA will be making a visit to the company soon and review all of their operations including their procedures to screen and train drivers. The people who walk along Boulevard East, and all people in New Jersey, deserve answers, and I am confident that local, state, and federal authorities working together will find those answers and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.”
National Night Out is on Tuesday
National Night Out in North Bergen is Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at three locations.
All North Bergen residents are invited to attend the free event. The event gives township residents a chance to meet members of the Police Department in a casual setting.
The locations are:
• Grand Avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets
• Broadway between 73rd and 76th streets
• Lawlor Senior Citizen Building, 6121-6131 Grand Ave.
All sites feature free food and beverages, rides and games for children, music, performances, giveaways, and raffles.
For more information on National Night Out, call the NBPD at (201) 392-2100.
Smooth music at summer concert series
The Town of Guttenberg will host “Smooth,” a Motown revue, as part of its summer concerts for residents on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. between 70th and 71st Streets on Boulevard East.
The talented band will take attendees through a recreation of the sounds of the Temptations, the Four Tops, and more.
For more information about the concerts, call (201) 868-2315, ext. 128.
Coupon book fundraiser
United Cerebral Palsy of Hudson County, Inc. in North Bergen is raising funds to support programs for the developmentally disabled by selling Entertainment Books.
The price is $25 for the Monmouth, Bergen, Essex, Morris and Middlesex counties books. Each edition includes hundreds of discount coupons.
For more information, or to order a book, call Peter LaBarbiera at (201) 662-8120.
Library offering concerts
The North Bergen Free Public Library presents "Love Is In the Air," a musical theater showcase, on Thursday, Aug. 8, and Friday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. in the North Bergen High School Auditorium, 7414 Kennedy Blvd., North Bergen. Admission is free.
On Saturday, Aug. 10, at 5 p.m., musician Brian Jarvis will perform in a free acoustic concert at the library. Jarvis will be performing popular cover songs and music from his new CD, “Beautifully Broken.” Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for this special presentation. Visit www.brianjarvismusic.com to find out more about the performer.
For additional information on both events, call the library at (201) 869-4715 or go to www.nbpl.org.
Schuetzen Park celebration Aug. 17 and 18
The annual Oktoberfest-in-August celebration sponsored by the Plattduetsche Volksfest-Vereen of New York and New Jersey will be held in Schuetzen Park, 3167 Kennedy Blvd., on Saturday, Aug. 17, and Sunday, Aug. 18.
The festival opens at noon both days, with activities starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
There will display stands that will offer German souvenirs. In addition, food stands will feature homemade potato pancakes and other delicacies.
Profits from the festival will be donated to the Fritz Reuter Altenheim Home and other charities.
For more information about the celebration, call (201) 864-3245.
Help children by attending CASA information session Aug. 6
Are you interested in helping children in the foster care system? If so, Hudson County CASA (court appointed special advocate) is recruiting volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.
An information session to learn more about the program and the role of its volunteers will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 6 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.
CASA and its volunteers speak for children in court, serve as fact finders for judges, and safeguard the interests of the children 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.
Meadowlands Commission offering canoe trip
The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission is sponsoring a three-hour guided canoe tour exploring the Hackensack River and its marshes on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 8:30 a.m.
Paddlers will learn the basics of salt marsh ecology and enjoy the natural and man-made scenery while rowing past wetlands and down creeks. The tour departs from Mill Creek Point Park in Secaucus.
The trip is $15 per person, and is for ages 10 and up. Pre-registration is required.
For more information, or to register, go to www.njmeadowlands.gov/environment/tours.html or call (201) 460-4640.
Butterfly Day a hit at NJMC
Nearly 600 people, from kids to amateur photographers to seasoned enthusiasts, attended the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission’s Fourth Annual Butterfly Day on Sunday, July 28, in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst.
The day’s activities included butterfly walks, talks, and crafts, scavenger hunts, and a butterfly costume contest.
A pipevine swallowtail and a spicebush swallowtail were among the most uncommon of the 17 species spotted.