Library begins registration for Circle Time and Story Time classes
The Weehawken Library begins its registration this Monday, Sept. 30, for Circle Time and Story Time.
Residents can register either in person or by calling the Library at 201-863-7823 beginning promptly at 9:30 a.m. It is open to Weehawken residents only; proof of residency and the child’s birth certificate or passport are also required. If you register over the phone you must bring these documents to the first class.
Two Circle Time program classes are offered: Circle Time Junior (for ages 6 to18 months; Wednesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.) and Circle Time Senior (ages 19 to 24 months; Thursdays,10:30 to 11:30 a.m.) Classes limited to 15 participants.
Two Story Time Tuesdays program classes include Story Time Tuesday AM (for ages 2 to 3 years; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.) and Story Time Tuesday PM (for ages 2 to 3 years; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.) Classes limited to 15 participants.
The Story Time Saturday program for ages 3 to 4 years is a structured class that provides an early intro to the alphabet, numbers color recognition and more. Saturdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. from October to June. Limited to 20 participants.
For more information please contact the Library at 201-863-7823 and ask for the second floor Circulation Desk.
Assembly Transportation Committee holds hearing on jitneys; Ramos, Sacco introduce legislation in Trenton
HOBOKEN – The New Jersey State Assembly Transportation Committee convened in Hoboken on Monday to discuss the ongoing issues of unregulated jitney buses throughout Hudson County, which have created what chairman and Hoboken mayoral candidate Ruben Ramos referred to as a “drag race atmosphere.”
The hearing was held a month after an 8-month-old North Bergen resident, Angelie Paredes, was killed on Boulevard East in West New York when a jitney driver, allegedly using his cell phone, hit a street pole, which struck the child.
Since then, various elected officials, including U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D – NJ) and Representative Albio Sires (D – 8th Dist.) have called for federal legislation regulating jitneys, and state legislators have introduced bills into the state Senate and the Assembly that would hold jitneys to stricter standards.
The hearing on Monday was called to hear testimony on an Assembly bill that would demand that jitneys adhere to stricter insurance guidelines and more licensing regulations. A similar bill has been introduced in the state Senate by Sen. Nicholas Sacco, who is also the mayor of North Bergen.
“The business practice … is why we see the Wild West, goosechases to pick up fares throughout the day every day, [and] why we see the drag race atmosphere on Bergenline Avenue, Boulevard East, Summit Avenue and Palisades Avenue and taking place throughout our roads in Hudson County,’’ Ramos said, according to a report on NJ.com. “This has to be addressed."
According to NJ.com, the jitneys are subject to biannual inspections, but limited insurance, more similar to taxi regulations than those of commuter buses. – Dean DeChiaro
Help foster children by attending CASA information session Oct. 8
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, Oct. 8 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Room #400 of the Hudson County Administration Building at 595 Newark Avenue in 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.
>Animal League holds wine tasting fundraiser
The Hudson County Animal League is inviting everyone to help them celebrate their 20th Anniversary of saving the lives of homeless and abused animals through a wine tasting event sponsored by Bridgeview Liquors of Bayonne.
The wine tasting will be held on Nov. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Bayonne Museum, 8th Street and Broadway in Bayonne.
Tickets, at $15, can be purchased in advance by contacting Barbara at email@example.com or (201) 436-1848. You can also pay through PayPal by visiting the group’s “Donate” page. Tickets, at $20, can also be purchased the day of the event.
You can also help the Hudson County Animal League with the cost of caring for homeless felines by clipping cat food and litter coupons. Send them to P.O. Box 4332, Bayonne, NJ 07002 or P.O. Box 3589 Jersey City, NJ 07303.
People are being sought to foster an animal until their permanent home is found. For more information on this, call Kathleen at (201) 895-3874 or Charlene at (201) 200-1008.
Youth group members are also being sought. If interested in completing 20 hours of volunteering, contact Lorma at (201) 437-7263. Adults can call the same number to volunteer.
PSE&G to offer STEM grants
To further strengthen its commitment to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs, the PSE&G Foundation will award $160,000 in grants to afterschool, summer, and youth development programs that develop or enhance educational opportunities in the STEM fields.
The Foundation will award funding to organizations serving youth in PSE&G's electric and gas service territory in New Jersey. Applications must be completed and submitted by Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 by 5 p.m. All applicants will receive notification about funding decisions in late November.
A national assessment conducted in 2011 by the U.S. Department of Education found that less than one-third of eighth graders in the United States show proficiency in math and science. This is a problem, as jobs amongst those who excel in STEM subjects are among the best the economy offers. And as issues such as climate change, energy independence, and national security demand comprehensive and technical solutions, the need for people with knowledge in these areas is growing at a fast clip.
Applicants may apply directly through PSEG's online application. To apply, visit www.pseg.com/info/community/education/education.jsp.