State Senator Brian Stack has issued a call for donations to the Red Cross to aid victims of the devastating hurricanes in Puerto Rico and Mexico.
Stack, who is also mayor of largely Hispanic Union City, called the Red Cross a “reputable organization” and said he has witnessed their “honorable” work at the local level.
“As you know,” he said in a statement, “two regions recently suffered great devastation from natural disasters – Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and Mexico from a catastrophic earthquake. Our region has many residents with both friends and family in these nations, so in addition to watching the suffering and damage on the news, many local residents were personally affected by these tragedies…If you are able to donate to the victims of these tragedies, the Red Cross is a reputable organization and I have witnessed their honorable work at the local level. If you wish to donate to the Red Cross, more information may be found at www.Redcross.org or call (1-800-733-2767).
Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteers
Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. room 901 on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.
For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.
West New York settles lawsuit from employee
West New York recently reached a $150,000 agreement with an employee who sued the town, as well as West New York Mayor Dr. Felix Roque and former Business Administrator Joseph DeMarco.
As part of the agreement, the female plaintiff who brought the suit has to resign from her position in the town on the date at which the settlement is issued to her lawyer.
The agreement is not an admission of guilt by the defendants, and is “being entered into solely for the purpose of economic expediency,” according to a copy of it obtained by the Reporter.
Local author offers one-shot writing class to get your story onto paper
Do you have a piece of writing, or an idea for a piece of writing (memoir, novel, script), and you need feedback on it or ideas on how to get it published? Now you can learn how in your own back yard. Local novelist (and Reporter editor) Caren Lissner is doing a one-shot writing (and publishing) class at Little City Books in Hoboken on the evening of Nov. 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It’s open to all stages, ages, and genres – from memoirs to fiction to scripts. The store is just five blocks from the Hoboken train station.
Those who’ve written their story, essay, poem, novel excerpt, or screenplay can bring 1 to 5 double-spaced pages, or those who just want to participate in discussion (auditors) can come and sit in. But space is limited, so register using the link below or go to “events” at littlecitybooks.com.
Lissner’s funny first novel, “Carrie Pilby,” was just turned into a comedy movie starring Nathan Lane, currently on Netflix. She has also published articles, essays, and satire in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, and National Lampoon.
Lissner has run publishing/writing seminars for adults and teens at the Secaucus Library, in other libraries and bookstores, and as part of a Scholastic Inc. program in Westchester County. Find out more at carenlissner.com.
There is a nominal fee for the one-shot program, and it’s lower for those who are just auditing. For more information, click http://www.littlecitybooks.com/get-it-out-reader or contact Lissner via her website, carenlissner.com.
Gubernatorial candidates voice support for Puerto Rico hurricane relief
The two leading gubernatorial candidates have come together to voice support of a statewide charity designed to raise funds for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.
“New Jersey for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief” is sponsored and spearheaded by the Puerto Rican Congress of New Jersey and leaders of New Jersey’s half-million-strong Puerto Rican community to rally behind friends and family on the island suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and former Ambassador Phil Murphy both urged New Jerseyans to support the relief fund.
To learn more about the relief fund, as well as the board members involved, please visit nj4pr.org. Donations are now being accepted through the site. Supporters can also call 1-833-NJ-HELPS.