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SWEET TREATS – Secaucus held its annual Food Day on Oct. 19 in Buchmuller Park. Pictured at the Dessert Contest table (from left) are: Tarun Badarvada, Betty Koster, Jhansi Badarvada, Marilyn DePice, and judge Peter Kern. The contest was to make a healthy dessert.
SWEET TREATS – Secaucus held its annual Food Day on Oct. 19 in Buchmuller Park. Pictured at the Dessert Contest table (from left) are: Tarun Badarvada, Betty Koster, Jhansi Badarvada, Marilyn DePice, and judge Peter Kern. The contest was to make a healthy dessert.

Prieto announces widespread support for NJ Dream Act from Hudson Democratic leaders

Assembly Speaker-elect and Hudson County Democratic Chairman Vincent Prieto (D-32) of Secaucus has announced the support of Hudson County mayors, state legislators, and Democratic leaders for the New Jersey Dream Act.

The measure, pending in the State Senate and the Assembly, would provide children of undocumented immigrants with the same right to in-state tuition at state colleges and universities as other young adults. Assemblyman Prieto is a sponsor of the bill and has been advocating for its passage for several months.

“Our state should be doing everything it can to encourage young people to attend college and become successful members of society,” said Assemblyman Prieto. “Many of these men and women came here at a young age and they deserve the same opportunity for a college education that anyone else has.”

The Assembly version of the bill passed in the Budget Committee in June. The Office of Legislative Services determined that it would have no impact on the state budget because tuition revenues are not part of state budgeted expenditures.

Other supporters of the legislation include: State Sen. and North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, State Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-31), Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, East Newark Mayor Joseph Smith, Harrison Mayor Ray McDonough, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Kearny Mayor Al Santos, and Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli.

Ni Hao, Secaucus! Chinese language classes for kids at library

Interested in having your child learn a new language? Children over the age of three are invited to attend “Ni Hao, Secaucus!,” free Mandarin Chinese language classes at the Secaucus Public Library and Business Center on Mondays, starting Nov. 18.

The class will be taught by Gengsheng Lu, Yang Lou, and Dr. Zhen Sullivan.

“We are thrilled to be offering this program for young children at the library,” Youth Services Librarian Lanora Melillo said. “After having so much success with our basic Spanish story time with Andrea Tropeano and our Gujarati classes with Bhikhubhai Patel, we are happy to offer Chinese classes for youths at the library.”

Caregivers and parents who are interested in their child attending must register at or e-mail Melillo at

Meadowlands Pet Expo featuring new entertainment and pet acts

The 6th Annual Meadowlands Pet Expo returns this year with new attractions and pet entertainment at the Meadowlands Expo Center at Harmon Meadows, 355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 to 24.

“The expo is designed to educate and entertain the public about the wonderful world of pets,” said spokeswoman Nancy E. Hassel.

The event will feature educational and entertaining performances, special attractions, animal petting opportunities, pet adoptions, and holiday shopping for pet lovers.

New acts will include Beefy the Skateboarding Bulldog, John Lege – “That Guy with the Birds” – and his interactive Parrot program, and New Jersey’s own “Bat-Man” Joe D'Angeli, bringing his informative “bat cave exhibit” to the show.

Also in the arena will be: Diana Frohman and her Dancing Dogs; Classic K9 Dog Show with Frisbee-catching tricks; a rainforest reptile show; a parade of breeds on Nov. 23; and a Pet Fashion Show and costume contest on Nov. 24.

Attendees can also enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides, and learning about and meeting Alpacas. There will also be many area rescue and adoptions groups with adoptable pets available.

Attendees are allowed to bring their well-behaved leashed pets.

The Pet Expo will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids 4 to 11, and free for children 3 and under.

Visit for discount coupons or to purchase discount tickets online.

For more information, call (631) 423-0620, email or visit

Vote for Secaucus resident in author contest

Melissa Pettignano is one of the 2013-2014 Finalists for the "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading" award run by The Author Show Book Club, and the final voting phase has begun.

“This is a new, clean slate, with another round of voting,” Pettignano said. “All previous votes don't apply to this phase. Everyone who already voted, please vote again.”

Balloting continues until Dec. 1, 2013, and can be done by using this link:

“You will be able to submit your vote via the link shown at the bottom of the list of participants,” Pettignano said. “Everyone is invited to support me and vote.”

Melissa has been a featured author on the radio book club.

The Top 50 will be announced after the final phase of voting concludes.

Social service group seeking help to end homelessness

The Garden State Episcopal CDC is seeking the public’s help for its “Longest Night Campaign: Ending Homelessness, One Life at a Time.”

“We will launch this season of giving on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. at Casino in the Park in Jersey City,” said Executive Director Carol Mori.

Garden State Episcopal CDC, based in Jersey City and Union City, provides social services and housing for people touched by homelessness and loss.

The group is also collecting food and clothing donations for its Homeless Memorial Service, the week of Dec. 21, to be distributed to people who are displaced or homeless.

For more information on how you can help, call (201) 209-9301.

Hudson Animal League announces holiday events, meeting, ‘Santa Paws’

The Hudson County Animal League will be sponsoring its annual “Santa Paws Tree Lighting” 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Bayonne Library, 31st Street and Avenue C.

“Honor your pet, living or in loving memory, by helping us to decorate the tree,” said spokeswoman Maureen Gallagher. “The star at the top of the tree will signify hope for the area’s homeless animals. And a picture or name ornament will be created of your beloved pet for a donation of $5 or more.”

The tree will be displayed until Jan. 3. For more information, contact Gallagher at (201) 471-7638.

The league will be hosting a Holiday Gift Extravaganza Tricky Tray on Friday, Dec. 6, at St. Michael’s Community Center, 21 East 23rd St., Bayonne, from 7 to 10 p.m. Doors open at 6:30.

Admission is $12, plus a can or more of cat food, and, if possible, a non-perishable item (or more) for the group’s food bank to benefit the needy during the holiday season.

For tickets or more information, call (201) 332-7612.

The league’s next Jersey City meeting is 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Pershing Field Community Center.

Animal lovers and others interested in helping homeless animals in Hudson County are invited to attend.

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