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PANORAMIC VIEW – The New York City skyline, seen from Boulevard East in Guttenberg on Sept. 15.
PANORAMIC VIEW – The New York City skyline, seen from Boulevard East in Guttenberg on Sept. 15.

Free breast cancer program at library

A free breast cancer informational event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at the North Bergen Free Public Library, 8411 Bergenline Ave.

Oncologist Yadyra Rivera will discuss the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. This event is made possible by the Hispanic Outreach Program and Holy Name Medical Center for Wellness Wednesdays.

For more information, call (201) 869-4715.

Flu shots for Guttenberg residents on Oct. 9

Mayor Gerald Drasheff and the Town Council, in conjunction with the North Hudson Community Action Corporation, will be holding a free flu vaccine program for Guttenberg residents on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

There will be two sites and times for the program. One will be the Municipal Building’s 2nd floor courtroom, 6808 Park Ave., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The other will be the Galaxy Mall, Lower Level, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

“Protect yourself and your family from the flu this winter by participating in this program,” said Mayor Drasheff. “Your participation contributes to a happier and healthier Guttenberg community.”

For more information, call Marisol Acosta at (201) 868-2315, ext. 152.

NAMI Hudson holding presentation Oct. 8

NAMI Hudson, a nonprofit group for loved ones of people with mental illness, will hold a presentation, “Plan NJ,” on Oct. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hoboken Community Mental Health Center, 506 Third St. Parking is available behind the center.

Plan NJ (Planned Lifetime Network of NJ) is a non-profit organization that helps consumers and their families answer the question, “Who will care for my loved one when I am gone?” Plan NJ can help families with monitoring, advocacy, guardianship, coaching, guidance, permanent repository, community and private trust administration, and benefits administration.

“Plan NJ can help with a one-time effort that will assist in helping with the financial, legal, and social resources needed for the consumer's future,” said Agnes Byrne of NAMI. “After the plan is created, there is an opportunity to update as needed.”

There is a cost involved, but it is within the reach of most families, according to Byrne. Financial assistance and scholarship may be available.

For more information, call Kristiana Kalab at (862) 754-6654 or for more information.

Volunteers wanted for Hudson Medical Reserve Corps

If you would like to volunteer during public health emergencies and natural disasters in Hudson County or elsewhere, the Hudson Regional Health Commission (HRHC) Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is looking for you.

MRC units are made up of locally based volunteers (with or without a medical background). They include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, mental health professionals, dentists, veterinarians, and epidemiologists. Other community members, such as interpreters, chaplains, office workers, and legal advisers, fill vital support positions.

Volunteers give a minimal amount of time and have the choice to respond locally only or to be deployed outside the county. MRC volunteers were an important part of the Superstorm Sandy response. They gave more than 450 hours, helping at shelters and acting as translators.

Volunteers participate in various trainings and drills throughout the year, enhancing their preparedness skills, and heightening their ability to respond to many different types of events.

Hudson County’s Emergency Management, police, fire, EMS, and public health professionals are working hard to identify, train for, and respond to emergencies that could impact those who live and work here, but more help is needed.

For more information, visit the HRHC website at and click on “Medical Reserve Corps” on the menu bar on the left. Interested individuals can also call Monique Davis, Hudson County MRC coordinator, or Christina Butieb-Bianco, assistant MRC coordinator, at (201) 223-1133 or email

North Bergen Concerned Citizens offers five free classes in next week

The North Bergen Concerned Citizens Group offers a roster of free social services in an effort to fulfill its commitment of providing assistance and resources to township residents.

Upcoming events are: ESL Classes - Level 2, from Oct. 8 to Dec. 12, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Affordable Care Act, presented by Tatiana Castrillon, Hudson County coordinator,, on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m., 1110 13th St.; and United States Citizenship Seminar, from Oct. 11 to Dec. 7, on Fridays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Also, Tribuna De La Palabra Spanish Literature Club, authors Jose Rodriguez and Jorge Luis Seco, sharing inspirations, thoughts, and emotions, and meeting once a month, on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m., and North Bergen Chess Club (beginners, intermediate, and advanced), every Sunday from Oct. 13 to Dec. 15., from 1 to 6 p.m.

For further information or to register, call (201) 766-4108 or email:

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