‘Angelie’s Law’ signed by governor
In response to a tragic crash that resulted in the death of an 8-month-old infant from North Bergen, Senator Nicholas Sacco sponsored legislation establishing strict guidelines for autobuses aimed at improving safety for pedestrians, commuters and all residents of areas where the vehicles operate. The bill was signed into law last week by the governor.
Angelie Jiang Paredes was tragically killed when an unlawfully operated autobus jumped the curb along Boulevard East in West New York, knocking down a light pole which fell and crushed the 8-month old in her stroller. It is alleged that the driver of the vehicle was using his cell phone at the time of the accident and he is facing up to ten years in prison on various charges.
The law, S-3082, establishes a bill of rights–called the Bill of Rights for Customers of Certain Autobuses–providing customer protections, obligations of the owners and operators of certain autobuses and basic level of expectations and guarantees of health, safety and welfare of autobus operators. Second, it imposes fines of up to $5,000 on the owner of an autobus company for allowing drivers without a valid commercial license. Prior to this measure, New Jersey law imposed fines on the vehicle operator, not the company. It further requires owners to post telephone numbers on the inside and outside for passengers and pedestrians to report unsafe driving. Lastly, the law allows police officers to obtain a blood sample from an autobus operator, if the vehicle was involved in an accident resulting in the death or serious bodily injury of any person.
Union City nonprofit receives $25,000 grant
Union City-based Save Latin America received a $25,000 grant from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey to support its Diabetes Disparities Outreach and Education Initiative. This program will enable more at-risk children to be identified and receive treatment for diabetes, as well as provide diabetes information and education to parents and children.
Since its inception in 2004, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey has awarded 965 grants totaling more than $34 million to support New Jersey non-profit organizations. The Save Latin America grant was part of the Foundation’s final round of grants for 2013, giving $1,567,500 to 60 programs. With these awards, the Foundation made more than $4.2 million in grants to 142 non-profits in 2013.
Health seminar on weight loss surgical options at Palisades Medical Center
On Thursday, Feb. 6, the Palisades Medical Center will host a health seminar on weight loss surgical options. Today, there are many bariatric (weight loss) surgical options for people who have been unable to achieve significant weight loss through diet and exercise.
Featured speaker Stefanie Vaimakis, M.D., F.A.C.S, F.A.S.M.B.S., is a board-certified general surgeon, fellowship trained in advanced laparoscopy and bariatric surgery. Dr. Vaimakis has achieved expertise in laparoscopic gastric bypass as well as the “Lap Band” with over 600 procedures performed.
The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m., with registration/check-in at 6:30. Admission and parking are free. Food and refreshments will be served.
Palisades Medical Center is at 7600 River Road, North Bergen. Free transportation will be available from 60th St. & Bergenline Ave. starting at 5:30 p.m.
Free Vein Screening at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
The Center for Vein Disease at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (EHMC) will offer free vein screenings on March 22, 24 and April 3 to men and women with visible, abnormal leg veins such as bulging varicose veins or spider veins. Those who experience leg pain or have a history of blood clots are encouraged to attend. Most vein problems can be managed on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia.
Patients with varicose veins should know the early warning signs of vein disease to help prevent potential complications. Symptoms include aching, throbbing or swelling in the legs, ankles or feet. Patients with previous blood clots should also be screened.
The screening includes a physical examination and a thorough review of medical history and treatment options. If further evaluation is needed, a follow-up appointment for non-invasive testing can be scheduled.
Screenings will take place on Saturday, March 22 and Monday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Thursday, April 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Call (866)-980-3462 or visit www.englewoodhospital.com and click the “Classes and Support Groups” tab.
The Center for Vein Disease is on the third floor of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center at 350 Engle Street, Englewood.