July 4 celebration rescheduled to Aug. 6
The mayor and the Town Council invite residents to the annual 4th of July celebration on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 4 p.m. at the Secaucus Swim Club, featuring the exciting island party band Alotta Colada. Come enjoy the food, amusement, entertainment, and fireworks.
The band will play at 7 p.m. and fireworks will take place after dark. All Secaucus residents and guests are invited. An ID is required to enter the swim complex.
Food truck court in Secaucus every Wednesday
Every Wednesday until the end of September, food trucks will arrive at 275 Hartz Way from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Trucks will rotate weekly.
This event is sponsored by the Town of Secaucus in conjunction with the NJ Food Truck Association.
Secaucus Farmers Market is every Friday afternoon
The Secaucus Farmers’ Market will be at the Secaucus Public Library, 1379 Paterson Plank Road, every Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be many vendors and a great selection of fruits and vegetables, including Maui Wowie smoothies, baked goods, organic beauty products, perfumes, and more. Come support the local Farmers’ Market.
Upcoming concerts in Buchmuller Park announced
The Secaucus 2014 Summer Concert Series continues on July 31 with British Invasion – More than Just the Beatles! The show will start at 7 p.m. in Buchmuller Park.
The Summer Concert Series is co-sponsored by The Secaucus Reporter.
Also upcoming are Athena as Lady Gaga, a Tribute Show on Aug. 5; and Beginnings, a Tribute to the Music of Chicago on Aug. 7.
Meadowlands Hospital CEO agrees that for-profit hospitals should disclose financials to public
On Friday, July 18 Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd issued a recommendation that all hospitals, including for-profit hospitals, should disclose their annual financial statements to the public. Thomas Considine, CEO of Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus, a for-profit facility, responded on Monday by saying, “We at Meadowlands are not opposed to the concept of transparency, but I believe transparency should extend through the health care sector,” according to njbiz.com.
Considine, who took over as CEO of Meadowlands on May 1, said he would expand the disclosure to include other aspects of the health care industry including health insurers, large physician practices, and more.
He stopped short of saying that Meadowlands Hospital would comply with the recommendations, saying he needed time to study them and review the consensus in the hospital community.
The majority of Hudson County’s six hospitals have switched from nonprofit to for-profit facilities within the past 10 years. Nonprofit hospitals are currently required to report their finances to the IRS annually. This information is available to the public. For-profit hospitals report their finances to the Department of Health. The public must file an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) to request this information.
Certain financial information from for-profits is considered proprietary and is not available to the public. O’Dowd’s recommendations did not require for-profit hospitals to disclose proprietary information to the public.
Seniors Program on July 29: A Brief History of New Jersey’s Lighthouses
The country’s oldest working lighthouse is in Sandy Hook, but why is it so far from the water? How could a single light be seen 70 miles offshore? U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Instructor Chet Nesley is back with more history from the shore, with Seeing the Light: A Brief History of New Jersey’s Lighthouses and the U.S. Life-Saving Service.
On Tuesday, July 29 at 6 p.m. at the Meadowlands Environmental Center in Lyndhurst, Nesley will give a free talk about New Jersey lighthouse locations, unique designs, and the evolution of lighthouse technology. He will also discuss the roles of lighthouse keepers and the U.S. Life-Saving Service, the predecessor to the U.S. Coast Guard. Registration is recommended and appreciated. Call (201) 777-2431 to register.
First Sunday-of-the-Month Bird Walk is Aug. 3
Enjoy summer nature by joining this free two-hour guided nature walk in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst. Participants will walk around parts of the park, looking for shore birds, raptors, and other birds. The walk, sponsored by the N.J. Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) and the Bergen County Audubon Society (BCAS), starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3 outside the Meadowlands Environment Center. Check meadowblog.net for last-minute weather updates. Participants will have to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To RSVP, call (201) 230-4983.
Hackensack Riverkeeper and United Water partner for a weekend of paddling
On Friday, July 25, local businesses will compete for the prestigious Corporate Cup beginning at 10 a.m. Competing will be teams from Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse, Excel Termite and Pest Control, Grand Dynamics International, PSE&G, Star Ravioli, TD Bank, and more. Then on Saturday, July 26 Lake Tappan will be open to the public for a day of paddling beginning at 9 a.m.
Lunches will be provided by Whole Foods and Shop Rite supermarkets. The event is presented by Hackensack Riverkeeper and United Water. All proceeds will go to support the efforts of Hackensack Riverkeeper – the Hackensack River Watershed’s preeminent advocate for fishable, drinkable and swimmable water.
The Lake Tappan Watershed Recreation Program entrance is off Washington Avenue North, Old Tappan. For more information, visit www.hackensackriverkeeper.org or call (201) 968-0808.