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CULTURAL EXCHANGE – Mayor Michael Gonnelli on Sept. 19 welcomed a group of nearly two dozen government officials from China during their visit to the United States. The delegation toured COSCO Container Line Americas on Lighting Way with the mayor and
stayed at the Empire Meadowlands Hotel during their time in the New York area.
CULTURAL EXCHANGE – Mayor Michael Gonnelli on Sept. 19 welcomed a group of nearly two dozen government officials from China during their visit to the United States. The delegation toured COSCO Container Line Americas on Lighting Way with the mayor and stayed at the Empire Meadowlands Hotel during their time in the New York area.

Benefit for victims of two fires being held Oct. 13

“After the Blaze,” a benefit for displaced families from two recent town fires, will be held on

Sunday, Oct. 13, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the Arthur F. Couch Performing Arts Center, 11 Millridge Rd.

“We have a whole line up of entertainment,” said Mayor Michael Gonnelli.

Darius Kaleb, a star of the hit Broadway show, “Motown, the Musical,” will headline the fundraiser. Kaleb plays a young Michael Jackson in the production, singing six of the King of Pop’s early hits. He will perform a couple of numbers at After the Blaze.

Other entertainment will include: Lyle Leeson, members of Secaucus’ own “CAST,” town musical group “The Faculty Meeting,” Radio Nashville, Lisa Howard of the “Twilight” series, and The Lifters.

“There will also be celebrity guest appearances,” Gonnelli said.

The afternoon will be hosted by Brian Thompson of WNBC News.

Food will be available from Carrabba’s Italian Restaurant, Civic Duty Partners, Filipino Society, Mamajuana Café, Maschio’s Food Service Inc., and Mausam.

In addition, a silent auction and 50/50 raffle will be held.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

The event is sponsored by the Town of Secaucus, Hartz Mountain, the Secaucus Board of Education, the Secaucus Emergency Fund, and the Secaucus Fire Department.

Proceeds will benefit families affected by fires at Harmon Cove and on 4th Street.

For more information, call (201) 330-2034.

‘What's that Jazz About’ for kids at the library

Secaucus residents ages 5 to 12 are invited to attend an interactive jazz program at the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m.

Youth Services Librarian Lanora Melillo explained that the program is geared toward children from grades kindergarten through 4, however is open to children of all ages.

“In the past we have had salsa and windpipe musicians do various programs for children at the library,” Melillo said. “The children’s department staff and I are excited to now offer a jazz program for kids with saxophonist Shenole Latimer.”

The jazz workshop, led by Latimer, will focus on listening games, dynamic storytelling, group participation, and an introduction to the musical genre. Children will also learn about jazz legends Miles Davis and John Coltrane during the workshop.

Parents who are interested in signing up their children for the event can do so by visiting the library website at or by calling Melillo at (201) 330-2083, ext. 4005.

Art of Living Course offered at senior center

The Art of Living Course “Practical Wisdom for Improving the Quality of Life” will be offered from Oct. 24 to 28, weekdays from 7 to 10 p.m. and on the weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Secaucus Senior Center, 101 Centre Ave.

The course will include instruction on how to eliminate stress and on improving relationships at home and work. It will also feature interactive yoga, stretching, and relaxation exercises, and meditation and breathing techniques.

To register, call Ruchika Misra at (908) 235-8481 or email her at

An early bird discount for the course ends Oct. 10.

Animal Shelter hosting annual costume dinner dance

The Secaucus Animal Shelter will hold its third annual Halloween Costume Dinner Dance on Friday, Oct. 25, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., at La Reggia Restaurant, 40 Wood Ave.

The night will include non-stop music, psychic readings, raffle prizes, a 50/50 drawing, and a prize for best costume.

The cost is a $50 per person donation (tax deductible). The price includes dinner, dancing, entertainment, and beer and wine.

Costumes are optional.

For tickets, call (201) 893-5448.

Checks should be made payable to Friends of the Secaucus Animal Shelter.

All proceeds will benefit the shelter.

MHMC Education Center offering free, monthly CPR Classes for Secaucus residents

The Education Center at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center (MHMC) is offering free hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes for Secaucus residents on the second Sunday of each month.

Attendees can choose from three time options for the two-hour class – 10 a.m., or 1 or 3 p.m. The Education Center is located at the MHMC campus in Secaucus.

“Having a strong knowledge of CPR can mean the difference between life and death for a member of your family, a neighbor, or someone you pass in the course of daily life,” said Lynn McVey, MHMC’s chief executive officer.

CPR can be useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, in which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped. When the heart stops, the lack of oxygenated blood can cause brain damage in only a few minutes.

Seating is limited for each class, so registration is required. Interested residents can sign up by calling the Education Center at (201) 250-4626, via mail, or online at

Craft events for kids being held at the library

Children between the ages of 8 and 12 are invited to stop by the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center to create their own Do It Yourself crafts on Oct. 21.

Tweens can stop by the library to create Baby Matchbox Monsters in honor of Halloween.

The craft program starts at 3:30 p.m., and children may arrive up to 4:30 to make their creations.

For additional information about the program or any others, contact Youth Services Librarian Lanora Melillo at No registration is required for the program.

NAMI Hudson holding presentation Oct. 8 in Hoboken

NAMI Hudson, a nonprofit group for loved ones of people with mental illness, will hold a presentation, “Plan NJ,” on Oct. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hoboken Community Mental Health Center, 506 Third St. Parking is available behind the center.

Plan NJ (Planned Lifetime Network of NJ) is a non-profit organization that helps consumers and their families answer the question, “Who will care for my loved one when I am gone?” Plan NJ can help families with monitoring, advocacy, guardianship, coaching, guidance, permanent repository, community and private trust administration, and benefits administration.

“Plan NJ can help with a one-time effort that will assist in helping with the financial, legal, and social resources needed for the consumer's future,” said Agnes Byrne of NAMI. “After the plan is created, there is an opportunity to update as needed.”

There is a cost involved, but it is within the reach of most families, according to Byrne. Financial assistance and scholarship may be available.

For more information, call Kristiana Kalab at (862) 754-6654 or for more information.

Volunteers wanted for Hudson Medical Reserve Corps

If you would like to volunteer during public health emergencies and natural disasters in Hudson County or elsewhere, the Hudson Regional Health Commission (HRHC) Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is looking for you.

MRC units are made up of locally based volunteers (with or without a medical background). They include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, mental health professionals, dentists, veterinarians, and epidemiologists. Other community members, such as interpreters, chaplains, office workers, and legal advisers, fill vital support positions.

Volunteers give a minimal amount of time and have the choice to respond locally only or to be deployed outside the county. MRC volunteers were an important part of the Superstorm Sandy response. They gave more than 450 hours, helping at shelters and acting as translators.

Volunteers participate in various trainings and drills throughout the year, enhancing their preparedness skills, and heightening their ability to respond to many different types of events.

Hudson County’s Emergency Management, police, fire, EMS, and public health professionals are working hard to identify, train for, and respond to emergencies that could impact those who live and work here, but more help is needed.

For more information, visit the HRHC website at and click on “Medical Reserve Corps” on the menu bar on the left. Interested individuals can also call Monique Davis, Hudson County MRC coordinator, or Christina Butieb-Bianco, assistant MRC coordinator, at (201) 223-1133 or email

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