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FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT – Union City student Alicia Maria Punales Morejon graduated from the Academy of Holy Angels with honors and will attend Columbia University in the fall. (See Brief.)
FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT – Union City student Alicia Maria Punales Morejon graduated from the Academy of Holy Angels with honors and will attend Columbia University in the fall. (See Brief.)

Reporter July 4 deadlines

The Hudson Reporter offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4 for Independence Day. Display advertising and classified deadlines are moved up a day to Tuesday at noon.

Please call (201) 798-7800 for more information. Watch for up to the minute breaking news and information.

Local real estate owner Robert De Ruggiero passes away at age 69

Local real estate agent Robert De Ruggiero, born July 16, 1942, passed away Thursday at age 69. He was the president & owner of Robert De Ruggiero, Inc. Realtors, and founded the company that began in Hoboken in 1969.

Headquartered in Union City, the company has offices, land, retail and investment properties in Weehawken, North Bergen, Hoboken, West New York, Jersey City, and other surrounding Hudson County towns.

He is survived by his wife Norma, children Alec, Jason, Erin, Felice, and stepson Jonathan, his five grandchildren, and his sister Ann.

Visitation will be held at Leber Funeral Home, 2000 Kennedy Blvd. at 20th Street in Union City on Saturday, June 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 1, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral service at Leber is scheduled for Monday, July 2 at 11 a.m. He will be buried at Hillside Cemetery in Lyndhurst.

UC Art Gallery to host Liza Calache

Union City will host its July art exhibit at the Union City Art Gallery with an opening reception on July 18 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 3715 Palisade Ave., on the first floor.

The art exhibit will feature artist Liza Calache. Curator Amado Mora and the Union City Artist Collective will organize the event, featuring live music. Refreshments will be served and admission to the event is free.

Artists that would like to be included in future exhibits should contact the Union City Office of Public Affairs at (201) 348-5746 for more details. The entire community is invited to attend.

For more information, visit

UC’s St. John’s to begin Summer Wellness Program

The Arts at St. John’s Summer Wellness Program will offer fitness, yoga, mediation and belly dancing classes Tuesday nights from July 17 through Sept. 4. All classes will be held at 1516 Palisade Ave. in Union City, with its entrance located on 16th Street.

Get healthy and support St. John’s at the same time. Class fees go to help keep St. John’s doors open. Become an ASJ wellness member by buying a five-class pack where each class is only $15. Walk in visits are $20 per class.

For more information, email or call (201) 301-8340.

Free help at Dvine Konektion’s community fair

The Dvine Konektion Community Development Corporation will hold a free community fair on the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 5516 Jefferson St. in West New York. Residents of West New York, North Bergen, Union City, Weehawken and Guttenberg are welcome to attend the next event on July 21. Groceries and baby supplies will be distributed, and various medical screenings and other services are offered.

NHCAC to host golf classic

The North Hudson Community Action Foundation’s seventh Annual Michael A. Leggiero Memorial Golf Classic will take place July 23 at White Beeches Gold and Country Club in Dumont.

Tickets to the event are tax deductible and the proceeds are to be used to help fund the agency’s capital campaign to purchase the building that houses its health center in West New York. The agency is one of the region’s largest non-profit organizations and it is the largest provider of federally qualified health care in New Jersey, with 11 health centers in Hudson, Bergen and Passaic Counties.

A brunch buffet begins at 9:30 a.m. for golfers and non-golfers, with a dinner reception to follow at 5 p.m. Attendees may golf, or use the tennis and swimming facilities, as well.

“This year’s Golf Classic is a wonderful opportunity to see old friends, make new friends, and help North Hudson continue to provide much-needed social services and health care to tens of thousands of people in the region,” says Christopher F. Irizarry, NHCAC president and chief executive officer.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call Odalys Valdes at (201) 210-0100, ext. 318.

Palisades Medical Center to hold health screenings

Palisades Medical Center’s staff has partnered with North Hudson Community Action Corporation, Christ Hospital School of Nursing, and Hudson Perinatial Consortium to provide free health screenings and education programs. The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) recognized Palisades Medical Center’s Community Outreach Program with its 2011 Community Outreach Award for its unique and effective methods of reaching out to better serve the healthcare needs of area residents.

Palisades Medical Center has scheduled a series of free health screenings over the coming months.

On July 28, a health fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Nazareth Baptist Church, 5800 Palisade Ave., in West New York.

For more information, please call Joanne Riggs at (201) 854-5793, call (201) 617-4484, or visit

House of Worship Ministries to host music festival

House of Worship Ministries will host the First Annual Freedom Music Festival on July 7, 6:30 p.m., at the Patricia McEldowney Park at 62nd Street and Boulevard East. Attendees will enjoy an evening of music, food, games, and community fellowship. For more information, visit or email

Legal Services of N.J. offers free or low cost divorce advice

While the U.S. Census recently reported that New Jersey has the lowest rate of divorce in the nation, experts say one reason is that the cost of a divorce in the Garden State is so relatively high. And for low-income people, as well as many other locals caught in broken marriages or failed civil unions that are beyond repair, the cost of a divorce is an especially daunting barrier.

Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) has published a brand new version of its popular manual, “Divorce in New Jersey: A Self-Help Guide,” that instructs people – step by step – on how to do their own divorce, especially if the issues are not complicated.

The publication is free for qualified low-income people eligible for Legal Services assistance. All others can secure the print edition of the 275-page manual for $50; the digital edition is $25. Detailed information for ordering online, by mail or by phone is available at Print editions can be ordered by calling (888) 529-8338. Low-income individuals who believe they qualify for a free copy should call Legal Services’ toll-free, statewide legal hotline at (888) 576-5529.

NHCAC announces registration for new programs

North Hudson Community Action Corporation celebrates National Community Action Month by announcing the beginning of its new programs.

They will offer two semesters of free English as a Second Language classes. The summer semester begins in June, and the fall semester in September. Call (201) 943-2410 for more information or to register.

They will also offer a financial literacy workshop series. Call (201) 866-9320, ext. 213, for more information. Both individual and corporate instruction is available.

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