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WALK AMONG THE PARAKEETS ON MOTHER’S DAY – The free two-hour event begins at 10 a.m. on May 11 at the Ridgefield Nature Center in Ridgefield and features a walk around the 5.4-acre natural area (once the home of the Great Bear Bottled Water Co.) and a visit to Skeetkill Creek Marsh in Ridgefield, with a stop to see Monk Parakeets on the way. This sixth annual walk is sponsored by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society. Check for last-minute weather updates. To register, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at or (201) 230-4983.
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Vote for Secaucus High School

As part of a campaign to promote safe driving for teens, Secaucus High School Media Academy is participating in a safe driving contest sponsored by 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 can be viewed on YouTube by searching “Secaucus High School Drive Safe.”

Residents can help the school win a contest sponsored by UGotBrains by voting for Secaucus at Voters can vote as many times as they like. Polls are open until May 19. The winning school will receive a $22,000 driving simulator.

Library to host seminar on hearing and hearing loss

If you are among the growing number of adults with hearing loss, join the Secaucus Public Library’s informative discussion with certified audiologist Dr. Susan Woods of Speech and Hearing Associates of Secaucus.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Woods at our library to talk about not only how hearing works, but also how to know if you may be suffering from hearing loss,” said library director Jenifer May. “While hearing loss is seldom reversible, Dr. Woods will also talk about the many treatment options and ways to cope with a hearing impairment.”

Dr. Woods is licensed both as an audiologist and a hearing aid dispenser. Her specialties include assessment of peripheral and central auditory processing disorders and hearing aids.

The seminar will take place at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 12 in the second floor meeting room of the library. Registration is highly recommended. For more information or to register, call the library at (201) 330-2083 or sign up online using the event calendar at

Library offers Mah-Jongg Classes for Adults

The Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center is offering adults ages 18 and older the opportunity to learn the ancient Chinese game of Mah-Jongg, starting on Monday, May 12.

Local resident Sandy Hicks will teach the fundamentals of the game over the course of several weeks. As part of the classes, attendees will also learn a little bit about the history, Chinese characters, and traditions behind the game.

According to Hicks, “Mah-Jongg is a game of skill, strategy, calculation and, to some degree, luck. While it first began in China, it has been played around the world since as early as the seventeenth century, when it was adopted by Portuguese missionaries and brought to Europe. Mah-jongg boards and tiles were first brought to America in 1920 by Abercrombie and Fitch, and its popularity continues to grow even today. It truly has a universal appeal.”

Classes will run every Monday from 2:30 to 4 p.m., starting May 12. The classes are geared towards beginners, but experienced players are also welcome to join. Registration is highly recommended, and can be done by calling the library at (201) 330-2083 x4011 or by signing up using the library’s online calendar of events at

Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Secaucus Public Library on May 16

The Secaucus Public Library and Kulture Kool are partnering again to present a celebration of Cinco de Mayo for library users of all ages. The festivities, which will include traditional Mexican music performances, food, and crafts, will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 16 in the library’s Panasonic Meeting Room. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

According to Archana Athalye, co-founder of Kulture Kool, “Cinco de Mayo is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, commemorating the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. While Cinco de Mayo literally means ‘fifth of May’ in Spanish, we will be celebrating the holiday a bit later this year, in order to accommodate the schedules of the library and our featured musicians.”

The celebration will include a special musical performance by Mariachi Citlalli, performing both traditional Mexican songs and more recent music in a wide variety of styles. The members of Mariachi Citlalli have performed at Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Theater for Performing Arts, Shea Stadium and the United Nations. They have also appeared on numerous television shows and performed for celebrities including former President of the United States George Bush, former President of Mexico Lic. Ernesto Cedillo, former leader of Dominican Republic Pena Gomez, and famed Mexican writer Octavio Paz.

Children under the age of seven who wish to attend must be accompanied by an adult throughout the event. Also, those who arrive late to the event will be admitted at the discretion of library staff, so as not to disrupt the performance already in progress. Registration is suggested due to limited seating. To register, visit the library’s online calendar at or call the library’s circulation desk at (201) 330-2083.

High Tech High School production nominated for seven awards

High Tech High School earned seven nominations and an honorable mention in the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards for their recent production of “Spring Awakening,” presented by the HT Musical Theatre Department.

Among the top nominated high schools, High Tech received nominations for Best Overall Production, Best Direction (Alex Perez), Best Supporting Actress (Ana Beliakova), Best Chorus, Best Student Orchestra (led by Rod Shepard), Best Lighting Design (Jams Bonkosky), and Best Scenic Design (Greg Cilmi), with an honorable mention in Choreography (Alex Perez).

The Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards are modeled after the Tony Awards. Paper Mill Playhouse’s program serves the entire state of New Jersey with nearly 100 entered productions from public, private and parochial high schools. Paper Mill Playhouse conceived and created the awards in 1996 to give schools the opportunity to showcase their musical arts programs on a statewide level. The musicals are adjudicated by Paper Mill Playhouse throughout the spring by a group of 70 evaluators, with each school receiving four independent evaluations.

As one of the nation’s leading regional theaters and producing partners for Broadway, Paper Mill Playhouse has a well-earned reputation for launching both performers and shows for Broadway. Since their inception in 1996, the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre have ignited the careers of many notable performers, all of whom attended high school in New Jersey.

The 2014 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards ceremony will take place at Paper Mill Playhouse on Tuesday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. Schools nominated for Outstanding Overall Musical and Leading Actor/Actress nominees perform at the event and award recipients are presented with an engraved crystal award from Tiffany & Co.

Mobile health screenings for May

The North Hudson Community Action Corporation provides free health screenings throughout Hudson, Bergen, and Passaic counties. Their mobile van will be at the following locations in May to offer free hearing testing and blood pressure testing on the spot.

May 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Women’s Health Event, 407 39th St., Union City

May 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. – 2-4 Potter Place, Weehawken

May 14 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. – 525 Gregory Ave., Weehawken

May 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Floral Garden, 1108 26th St., North Bergen

May 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Xchange, 5000 Riverside Station, Secaucus

May 17 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. – 9th Annual Community Health Fair, Mama Johnson Ball Field, corner of 4th and Jackson, Hoboken

May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – North Hudson Rotary Club and Palisade Medical Center Health Fair, Jose Marti School, 1800 Summit, Union City

May 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Save Latin America, 138 39th St., Union City

May 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. – Jersey City Early Childhood Family Fitness Fair, corner of Dunkin Ave. and Route 440, Jersey City

Integrity House annual Golf Classic to be held on May 19

Integrity House, a nationally recognized substance abuse rehabilitation center with locations in Newark and Secaucus, will host its annual Golf Classic at the Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell on Monday, May 19. The event will benefit Integrity House’s Bate Adolescent Program, a residential setting which helps youths from ages 13 to 17 to address substance abuse and redirect their lives by providing academic and career-training, age-appropriate treatment, and family therapy groups.

Integrity House is celebrating more than 45 years of providing substance abuse treatment and support services for over 2,400 adult and adolescent addicts annually. “The annual Golf Classic brings awareness to the disease of addiction and the effects it has on individuals and their families, while raising the funds necessary to allow us to provide critical services to a number of underserved populations,” said Robert Budsock, CEO & president of Integrity House. “We are very thankful for the ongoing support of many generous business and community leaders who will once again participate in the Golf Classic and support our mission of helping individuals reclaim their lives.”

Mountain Ridge Country Club is one of the most prestigious private clubs in the Northeast. Through the Integrity House Golf Classic, serious golfers have the opportunity to play this very exclusive course, which was recently improved to meet the precise requirements and standards of the 2012 USGA Senior Amateur Open, which was played on the course.

The event will commence at 10:30 a.m. with a registration and practice range, BBQ lunch and putting contest, followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Attendees will enjoy a reception and silent auction followed by dinner and awards later in the evening.

If you would like to show support but cannot attend the Golf Classic, Integrity House accepts donations of prizes and merchandise for the silent auction.

For more information or to register, visit or call (973) 623-7246.

Workshops for writers

Jersey City Writers plans to host a number of workshops and special events this spring in Jersey City. These events are designed to inspire writers in a fun and social setting to write. They include the following:

Full Story Launch Event/Mixer, Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Zepplin Hall, 88 Liberty View Dr. This free launch event is in the form of “Speed-Dating” for novelists. Come prepared to give a 30-second pitch about your novel. For more information visit

Yoga & Writing: Ignite your Creative Fire, Saturday, May 17 from 4 to 6 p.m., Yoga Shunya, 275 Grove St., 3rd Fl. Get your creative juices flowing with basic yoga postures, breathing exercises, and meditation. Cost is $10 at the door. To learn more or to register for the event, visit

Non-Fiction Night, Monday, June 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., John’s Kitchen Cafe, 109 Columbus Dr. This free bi-monthly workshop will help writers produce compelling nonfiction. For more information visit

If you have any questions regarding any of the Jersey City Writers events, contact Jim DeAngelis: For more information about Jersey City Writers, visit

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