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COMING TO UBS ATRIUM – Fishtank Ensemble, a gypsy jazz band renowned in the USA and Europe, are coming to the Hudson River Performing Arts Centers UBS Atrium series on Wednesday, April 9. The lunchtime concert is free.
COMING TO UBS ATRIUM – Fishtank Ensemble, a gypsy jazz band renowned in the USA and Europe, are coming to the Hudson River Performing Arts Centers UBS Atrium series on Wednesday, April 9. The lunchtime concert is free.
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Register with Weehawken team for charity fun run through tunnel

This year marks the 28th Anniversary of the 5K challenge to walk or run through the Lincoln Tunnel on Sunday, April 27 – a benefit for the Special Olympics of New Jersey.

The Township of Weehawken will again sponsor the home team for the 2014 Lincoln Tunnel Challenge. Each year we assemble in a designated spot on that day and walk/run through the tunnel together. The township invites its residents to join the “Weehawken Home Team 2014” at the special pre-registration rate of $30 per person before April 16 in person at the Recreation Department. If you register from the SONJ website, the fee is $40, and after April 10, it’s $50.

The Recreation Department is located at 372 Park Ave. or Town Hall.

Cash, check, or money order for to be made payable to: SONJ (Special Olympics NJ) The deadline to register for our team is Monday, April 14.

For information on how to register with the Township’s team contact: Recreation Department at 201-319-6061 or e-mail: weehawkenrecreation@gmail.com.

NY Waterway offering morning and evening events at Port Imperial

Thousands of NY Waterway passengers will celebrate the long-awaited arrival of spring, after one of the toughest winters in memory, on Tuesday, April 8, from 7 to 9 a.m. as they pass through the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal in Weehawken, and again on Thursday, April 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. as they come home.

The morning celebration includes complimentary Greek breakfast pastries from Molos Restaurant at Port Imperial, coffee courtesy of Hudson Treats, dinner coupons from Robertos 2 in Edgewater, coupons for spa treatments at Massage Renu/Beach Bum Tanning of Edgewater, cookies and brownies from DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Jersey City, and more.

The evening festivities include more Greek goodies from Molos, passes from Can Do Fitness of Edgewater, sliders from Pier 115 of Edgewater, chips, salsa and other treats from Moe’s Southwest Grill of Edgewater, assorted appetizers from the Assembly Steak House in Englewood Cliffs, samples of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, cookies and brownies from DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Jersey City and more.

Commuters also can enter a drawing for ferry tickets, monthly passes and other gifts.

Call 1-800-53-FERRY or visit www.nywaterway.com for more information.

Woman’s Club hosts presentation on bullying

On Monday, April 14 at 7 p.m., the Woman's Club of Weehawken is presenting a Program on "Bullying: the Bullied and the Bullier" by Mark Somerville, Director of Mental Health Services at the Palisades Medical Center. The Program will be held at the Weehawken Nutrition Center, 201 Highwood Ave., Weehawken. All are welcome to attend. There will be a question and answer period after the talk. For more information, please call Carol Kravitz at 201-951-1114 or go to: www.womansclubofweehawken@gmail.com.

Fishtank Ensemble’s gypsy jazz to play UBS Atrium Series April 9



The UBS Atrium Series continues its midday music series with a concert by Fishtank Ensemble on Wednesday, April 9 at 12:30 pm at the Atrium, 1000 Harbor Boulevard, Weehawken.

LA Weekly calls them “...one of the most thrilling young acts on the planet.” Formed in 2005 and playing everywhere from the hippest LA clubs to festivals, cultural centers, museums, parades, and even on the street, this gypsy jazz band includes two explosive violins, the world’s best slap bass player, musical saw, flamenco and gypsy jazz guitar, opera, jazz and gypsy vocals, and one little banjolele, tackling everything from French hot jazz to wild Serbian and Transylvanian gypsy anthems, flamenco, and oddball originals.

All performances for the UBS Atrium Series begin at 12:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. For directions, late-breaking concert news, and other updates, please check the HRPAC website - www.hrpac.org - or call the concert hotline at (201) 716-4540.

Weehawken Library adds Career Cruising to online resources

Career Cruising, a comprehensive interactive career and education guidance resource to help research colleges, write resumes and explore careers, is now available at the Weehawken Free Public Library, it was announced by Councilwomen Rosemary Lavagnino.

Career Cruising is a comprehensive online college and career planner, vocational guide, employment-seeking reference database with a built-in resume builder. It features profiles and information on hundreds of occupations, 2- and 4-year college and universities, and financial aid, including scholarship opportunities. Suitable for anyone from 6th grade to adulthood, it is extremely user-friendly and requires no special training or expertise. Users can take tests to learn what professions their interests and skills make them well-suited for. There is also a test that helps users understand their preferred learning style and suggests study habits that fit that style.

The Employment section of Career Cruising offers an amazing amount of information for job-seekers. In addition to a resume builder, there are also in-depth guides to performing a job search, networking tips, letter writing, how to interview, negotiating job offers and what to do once you have the job.

The Education section provides upcoming college students many ways to learn about their potential schools. Search for schools in a number of ways – geographically, by degrees offered, and more. It can also compare several schools in a number of areas and suggest a timeline for getting ready to enter college that can start as early as 8th grade. There’s also information on financial aid

Career Cruising is available to any patron with a valid library card.

WNY Cuban Lions Club Health Fair on April 13

The West New York Cuban Lions Club has teamed with Palisades Medical Center to present its annual Community Health Fair. The event, which is free and open to the general public, will be held on Sunday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the New Community Room, 514 52nd Street (Between Bergenline Ave. & Kennedy Blvd.) in West New York.

Free health tests and screenings will include blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol, dental, eye/vision information, physical therapy, percentage of oxygen in the blood, diabetes, sleep disorder information, glaucoma screening, and more. Several physicians will be in attendance to answer questions. Attendees will receive free samples and giveaways.

For more information, contact Manny Reyes (201) 424-1201 or Nikki Mederos at (201) 854-5702.

Hudson County Bar Foundation awarding scholarships to law students

The Hudson County Bar Foundation will award scholarships to students who are attending law school or who have been accepted to law school for the September 2014 to May 2015 term.

The Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship Fund is one of the oldest providers of financial assistance to Hudson County law students. Esteemed members and families of the Hudson County legal community have funded these 45 scholarships.

Students must be bona fide residents of Hudson County, must demonstrate financial need, must provide two current letters of recommendation, and must account for appropriate academic standards.

Interested applicants can write to the Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship Committee, 583 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306, or call (201) 798-4708, send an e-mail to events@hcbalaw.com, or visit web site www.hcbalaw.com for an application. All applications must be received on or before April 30.

Palisades Medical Center announces schedule of upcoming maternity classes

Classes include Newborn Baby Care, Keys to Successful Breastfeeding, and a two-day course in Childbirth Education, covering the process of labor including understanding the labor process, breathing and relaxation techniques to work with your body, the role of the support person, options for pain medications and medical interventions, Caesarean birth, understand your changing body after birth, newborn appearance, and procedures after birth. The Childbirth Education series also includes a tour of Palisades Medical Center’s labor and delivery unit.

Costs range from $35 per couple to $150 per couple depending on the class. Additional information is available at www.palisadesmedical.org. The Palisades Medical Center is at 7600 River Road in North Bergen. To register or for more information, call Robin Petrick at (201) 295-4823.

Hackensack Riverkeeper accepting scholarship applications for local high school seniors

Hackensack Riverkeeper is accepting applications for the 2014 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship. Now in its fourteenth year, the program was created to support college-bound high school seniors who excel academically while demonstrating a strong commitment to the natural world and environmental protection.

All applicants who apply must either live within the 210-square mile Hackensack River Watershed or attend a school located within that region. North Bergen and Secaucus are eligible municipalities, along with certain parts of Jersey City, Bayonne, and Union City.

Teachers and guidance counselors are invited to submit applications on behalf of deserving students, and each school may nominate one student. A panel of Hackensack Riverkeeper trustees and staffers led by Captain Bill Sheehan and Program Director Hugh Carola will review each application. The panel will consider the applicant’s academic achievements, environmental extra-curricular activities and future plans. The $1,000 scholarship is unrestricted and can be used for any required purchases during the student’s first year at college.

Full scholarship application criteria are available online at www.hackensackriverkeeper.org or by calling (201) 968-0808. Applications must be postmarked no later than Earth Day, April 22. The winner will be chosen no later than June 1.

The late Ronald Vellekamp was a science teacher in Ridgefield, New Jersey. During his life he also served as a Palisades Interstate Park ranger and Boy Scout leader, and was a founding trustee of Hackensack Riverkeeper. The scholarship that bears his name is fitting tribute to an educator whose life was lived in the service of others.

Mayor’s Hudson-Bergen commission to push light rail expansion ENGLEWOOD — Englewood Mayor Frank Huttle III and Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop will co-chair a newly-formed mayors’ commission to spearhead an ambitious plan to extend the long-awaited northern portion of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line (HBLR) through Bergen County, Mayor Huttle’s office has announced.

The Mayors’ Hudson/Bergen Light Rail Commission is comprised of all of the mayors from Hudson and Bergen counties representing towns along the rail line and its proposed northward extension, including Englewood, Jersey City, Palisades Park, Fairview, West New York, Weehawken, Leonia, Ridgefield, North Bergen, Union City, Hoboken, and Bayonne.

The commission unifies the municipalities along the HBLR line so they “speak with one voice.” It will coordinate ground-up planning and consultation between the local government entities within each municipality, both counties, and amongst stakeholders, while providing a direct conduit to NJ Transit, the lead agency in the project.

Development, ‘smart growth’ are the goals

The move comes on the heels of Englewood’s recent adoption of a comprehensive new master plan that places a high priority on extending the light rail line through Bergen County and ending in Englewood in order to foster economic development and smart growth in one of the most densely-populated areas of the state.

“Hudson and Bergen counties are fully developed and host mature economies,” said Mayor Huttle. “For the most part, it’s not feasible to build new roads, bridges or tunnels for people to get to work between Hudson, Bergen and New York City. New Jersey is still struggling to rebound from the recession and lags behind New York and Pennsylvania in job growth. We need improvements in our transportation infrastructure to grow and create jobs in New Jersey and improve the quality of life for area residents. Light rail will do just that.”

Said Mayor Fulop, “We have seen the success the Light Rail has had in stimulating residential and commercial development in Jersey City and Hudson County, and know that a full expansion into Bergen County will only benefit Jersey City and add to commerce in our region.

“Providing more northern New Jersey residents access into Jersey City and Hudson County is good for development, job growth and small business alike. This commission will allow mayors along the route to have a more active role in this important transit system and its future growth.”

The restoration of passenger rail service to the Northern Branch of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail Line has been under discussion for years. Huttle noted that Englewood has been working extensively with NJ Transit in recent years to hone the project to adequately meet the needs of the eastern Bergen County region it is intended to serve.

“The light rail service, if accomplished properly, will transform the region for the better, easing congestion, raising property values and providing myriad other benefits,” added Huttle. “A coordination of planning and consultation between local government entities will ensure the light rail service will be the best it can be.”

The Mayors Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Commission will serve as a semi-permanent body to fulfill the needs of the line communities, individually and collectively, through the following primary objectives:

• Connection of the two largest and most congested counties in New Jersey to promote transportation to and from Englewood to North Bergen, Hoboken, Jersey City and Bayonne, as well as NYC;

• Creation of jobs and development along the line connecting all residents living in Bergen County to Hudson County and NYC; and

• Focus on economic growth.

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