Safe driving campaign and contest sponsored by Secaucus High School
As part of a safe driving campaign for teens, Secaucus High School Media Academy is participating in a safe driving contest sponsored by UGotBrains.com and the NJ Brain Injury Alliance. The winning slogan in a school-wide contest, “I would hate to meet you by accident,” is the campaign theme. A video was created that will air on Comcast CH34 and the school’s YouTube channel. The video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/0EWL2-_Ewo4.
With a $1,000 stipend from the sponsor, the school purchased an LED sign for the campus to remind students to drive safely. Ten slogans will be posted on signs around town.
Part of the contest criteria is to spread information on safe driving for teens. The winning school will receive a $22,000 driving simulator. More information about this contest can be found at UGotBrains.com and the Secaucus High School Facebook, and Twitter accounts.
Library to be closed morning of April 24
The Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center will be closed from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 so that a staff development meeting can be held, according to library director Jenifer May. The library will open to patrons at 1 p.m. that day and remain open until its regular closing time of 9 p.m.
Library exhibit commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day
The community is invited to attend a multimedia art and literary exhibit to commemorate the Holocaust throughout the month of April. Art by local artist Doug DePice depicting Anne Frank is on display, along with a floor installation. The reception will take place on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Monday, April 28, from 6 to 9 p.m.in the Panasonic Room on the second floor of the library. At the reception, excerpts from Anne Frank’s diary will be read by high school students. Refreshments will be served. The Secaucus Public Library is at 1379 Paterson Plank Road.
Independent film screening and discussion series continues at library
The Friends of the Secaucus Public Library are hosting the third installment of their new independent film series at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. The event, which is open to all residents, will feature a screening of “Sarah’s Key,” a 2010 French drama based on the bestselling novel by Tatiana De Rosnay. Following the movie, Friends’ president Zinnia Miller will lead an open discussion of the film.
“Our intention in hosting an independent film series is to give adults in our community a monthly opportunity to see smaller-budget independent movies that they might have missed in wide-screen release or that might not have played locally,” said Miller. “‘Sarah’s Key’ is the story of a 10-year old girl whose life is turned upside down when she and her family are arrested by the French police during the Holocaust. Sarah makes a sudden, instinctive decision that has dire repercussions for her young brother and herself. We chose this film for April because the showing coincides with the start of Holocaust Remembrance Week.”
The film screening and discussion will take place on the second floor of the Secaucus Public Library. Popcorn and other light refreshments will be served. While Friends of the Library programs are open to all residents, parents and caregivers are urged to keep in mind that many of the films shown contain adult themes and may not be appropriate for children. “Sarah’s Key” is rated PG-13, and features storylines that might be very upsetting to younger viewers.
Registration for this event is recommended, and can be done by calling the library at (201) 330-2083 or registering through the library’s online calendar at secaucuslibrary.org.
Broadway star headlines HRPAC benefit concert
The Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center, Inc. (HRPAC) will host its annual benefit gala at the Chart House Restaurant on Saturday, April 26 at 6 p.m. The evening will start off with a cocktail hour and silent auction to be followed by dinner and a concert featuring Broadway singer and actress Mandy Gonzalez.
Gonzalez is a winner of Drama Desk and Obie Awards and has starred in the hit Broadway musicals, “Wicked” and “In the Heights.” She is known for her exceptional vocal skills giving her one of the biggest and best voices on Broadway.
Mandy’s special guest will be leading man Jeremiah James, who is currently starring as El Gallo in “The Fantasticks” on Broadway. Aside from his work here in the states, Jeremiah has an international reputation from his work on the London Stage and also as a member of the singing group Teatro.
Through its two concert series, “Summer Concerts on the Hudson” and the UBS Atrium Series, HRPAC has developed a track record for bringing diverse programming to the North Hudson region. HRPAC has additionally presented educational programs to thousands of students in eight of Hudson County’s school districts. Over its ten year history, HRPAC has presented scores of concerts and shows of the highest caliber, featuring hundreds of musicians, dancers, and actors, including Grammy and Tony winners.
These presentations, which are presented free of charge to the general public, have attracted thousands of fans from Hudson County and the New York metropolitan area.
For more information on the benefit, including how to purchase tickets, visit HRPAC’s web site at www.hrpac.org or call the HRPAC office at (201) 430-6881.
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.
Hackensack Riverkeeper offers 2014 eco-programs
Hackensack Riverkeeper, the clean water advocacy group, is poised to provide enjoyable and educational experience of the river, its watershed and wildlife. Combining hands-on environmental education with public service and fun, the 2014 season kicks off with EarthFest Overpeck the weekend of April 26-27, and runs through the end of October.
EarthFest Overpeck is Overpeck Park’s first-ever Earth Day celebration, a festival featuring a recycled regatta, fishing derby, green vendors, live music, food, pharmaceutical take-back, open kayaking, recovery and rescue demonstrations, beer garden and more.
River cleanup conservation events give people of all ages the opportunity to give back to the environment and their communities. River cleanups are scheduled at eight different waterside locations within the Hackensack River Watershed from April through November. Hackensack Riverkeeper provides cleanup tools and supplies as well as refreshments for all volunteers. All they ask is that everyone pitch in and help rid local waterways of litter and other debris. For more information about river cleanups including group participation and the organization’s Corporate River Stewardship Program, call Events and Outreach Coordinator Sarah Menchise at (201) 968-0808 or e-mail her at Sarah@HackensackRiverkeeper.org.
Learn about the NJ Invasive Species Strike Team on April 23
The Invasive Species Strike Team is a statewide cooperative effort to prevent the spread of emerging invasive species. These non-native species threaten our environment and natural resources. Learn how the Strike Team is working to address these threats and protect the future of our precious environment. The Strike Team consists of private individuals and more than 80 public and private partner organizations. The all-ages event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23 at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst. Cost is $5 per person or $4 for MEC members. Registration is recommended and appreciated. To register or for information, visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec or call (201) 460-8300.
Hudson Chamber of Commerce welcomes Federal Reserve Bank economist
The economic recovery continues, but where is our regional economy headed and what does it mean for your business? The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce will host an informative business networking event on Wednesday, April 30 and welcome the New York Federal Reserve Bank for a regional economic outlook. Richard Peach, a senior vice president within the Macroeconomic and Monetary Studies function at the N.Y. Fed, is the guest speaker.
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that make up the Federal Reserve System. The N.Y. Fed serves a regional territory that includes the 12 northern counties in New Jersey. Mr. Peach will provide an outlook for our regional economy. This is also an opportunity to learn about Fed monetary policy and how it impacts local economies and businesses.
The special business networking event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the campus of host sponsor the University of Phoenix at 100 Town Square Place in Jersey City. Provident Bank is also sponsoring the event. Appetizers and beverages will be served. Admission is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers, prior to the event. For reservations call (201) 386-0699 x 27 or visit the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce website at www.hudsonchamber.org.
Derby Day coming to Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment on May 3
On Saturday, May 3, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will present a full day of simulcast and live racing action, including the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., bettors can make their wagers and enjoy food and bourbon specials, as well as enter to win prizes all day in honor of Derby Day.
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will open at 9:30 a.m. with free admission and free T-shirts distributed to the first 8,000 guests. The Victory Sports Bar & Club will serve a continental breakfast from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and a derby themed buffet beginning at 11:30 a.m. for $39.95. Bourbon specials will be available all day around the complex, including mint juleps and other libations served in a commemorative derby glass (while supplies last).
Ladies are welcome to express their inner southern belle and enter the $500 Grand Prize Hat Contest with no boundaries on how stylish and over-the-top the headwear can go. Sign up between 2 and 4:45 p.m. with the judging at 5 p.m.
The best seat in the house may be the track’s apron and grandstand where the “140th Run for the Roses” will be simulcast on the 18’x48’ infield HD video screen.
After the derby, guests are welcome to enjoy a night full of live harness racing at the Meadowlands with the first post time set for 7:15 p.m. Prizes continue into the night with scratch-off cards where customers can win up to $500 instantly, and Horseplay Horses, both beginning at 6 p.m. Buy a horse for $1 with all proceeds in the month of May donated to the American Red Cross, and take a chance to win entry into the August 1 car drawing for a 2014 Toyota Scion.