Secaucus waterfront promenade project announced
County and local officials held a press conference in Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus on Thursday to construct a waterfront promenade as part of shoreline restoration project designated by the Hackensack Riverkeeper to enhance the Hackensack River.
The restoration project, funded through a $1.25 million legal settlement that Honeywell International, Inc. has put in escrow for the Hackensack Riverkeeper, will have angler amenities, will increase public access to the river, and will be fully ADA accessible (Americans with Disabilities Act).
County Executive Tom DeGise, at the request of the Hackensack Riverkeeper, is seeking approval from the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders to enter into a shared services agreement that designates control of the site for the purposes of constructing the promenade to the Hudson County Improvement Authority (HCIA).
“I fully support the partnership between the Hackensack Riverkeeper and the HCIA in order to build this new Hudson County public waterfront promenade,” said DeGise. “The Riverkeeper was looking for an entity with experience in the preservation and enhancement of environmentally sensitive areas of our county and no organization has more expertise in this arena than the HCIA.”
Hess ‘tank farm’ properties to be sold
Three waterfront properties owned by Hess Corp. are going on sale. The company has announced that it is in negotiations to sell terminal sites in Secaucus, Edgewater, and Bogota.
The Edgewater site is located at 615 River Road, alongside the Hudson River, a prime location for real estate development. According to reports the company closed tank operations at the 15-acre site about a year ago and drained the tanks.
The site in Secaucus consists of two parcels of land in the Harmon Cove development, located at 34 and 35 Meadowlands Parkway. Altogether these properties total about 9.5 acres, mostly fronting the Hackensack River. The tanks have been removed and the area cleared.
The final site totals about five acres at 229 West Fort Lee Road in Bogota, also fronting on the Hackensack River. The site was decommissioned last year.
Hess is selling the properties as part of its strategy to exit the terminal business. The company has also announced plans to divest its gas stations.
The terminal sites were originally chosen due to their proximity to water, facilitating freighter transportation. All three properties offer valuable opportunities for real estate development, although the land will require significant remediation and approval from local authorities for redevelopment.
Eight-week hospice training course beginning
Do you want to do volunteer work that really makes a difference in the lives of the terminally ill and their families? Volunteer roles include companionship for the patients, emotional support for patient and family, errands, and telephone reassurance.
This volunteer training program consists of eight classes on eight consecutive Tuesdays. Participants MUST attend all eight classes, beginning April 1 and ending May 20.
Classes take place on Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon or Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hudson Hospice Office, 93 Clerk St. in Jersey City.
For further information call Sister Carol at (201) 433-6225.
Wear Purple on March 26 to help raise awareness about epilepsy
On March 26, please join the Cieciuch family and people from around the globe in wearing purple to raise awareness about epilepsy.
In 2008, a Canadian fourth grade student named Cassidy Megan extended a challenge to people of the world to stand up and show their support for those living with this life-altering, neurological disorder. The day took on a more local note when Secaucus Mayor Mike Gonnelli and the town council officially proclaimed the day in 2012 in support of then nine-year-old Donald Cieciuch, who had been diagnosed with epilepsy when he was five. Now a sixth grade honor student at Huber Street School, Donald has become a spokesperson to not only bring awareness to the disease, but to ensure that people know what to do if they encounter someone having a seizure.
Epilepsy affects over three million people in the United States and 50 million people worldwide. That's more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson's disease combined. In addition, one in ten people will have a seizure during his or her lifetime.
Despite being a major national health concern, the public is often unable to recognize common seizure types or how to respond with appropriate first aid. Consequently, persons with epilepsy often face social stigma and discrimination.
Donations can be made directly to The Anita Kaufmann Foundation, PO Box 11, New Milford, NJ 07646 or by visiting the website www.akfus.org.
Survey addresses needs of those affected by Sandy
Superstorm Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012. The storm caused unprecedented damage to New Jersey’s housing, business, infrastructure, health, social service, and environmental sectors. After the initial response, there is a long-term need to ensure that the outstanding health, behavioral health, and social services needs of Superstorm Sandy survivors are identified and addressed.
Hudson Regional Health Commission (HRHC) has received a grant to conduct a health and wellbeing needs assessment for residents and business owners in Hudson County affected by Superstorm Sandy. Many people in Hudson County were affected by the storm to some extent, so HRHC encourages all residents and business owners to complete the short survey. This includes, but is not limited to, those who were victims of flooding, power loss, or are experiencing stress from the storm. Through this survey they hope to gain insight on the types of unmet needs that exist in the community. HRHC will then develop a plan to connect individuals to the services they may need for recovery.
If you are a resident or a business owner in Hudson County, your input is very important in order to ensure that any recovery efforts as a result of this survey are directed to all those affected by Superstorm Sandy. Please share your thoughts by completing the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HRHCsandysurvey.
HRHC will also be conducting focus group discussions about the storm. Participants are encouraged to share any experiences they may have about Superstorm Sandy. Food and refreshments will be served and transportation costs will be reimbursed.
If you have any questions, or would like to participate in a Sandy focus group discussion, contact Paul Teodoro, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program Representative, at (201) 223-1133 or firstname.lastname@example.org. HRHC thanks you in advance for sharing your thoughts and helping to build a stronger Hudson County.
Spring Awakening at High Tech High School
Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including best musical, Spring Awakening is a rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist play about the trials, tribulations, and exhilaration of the teen years. High Tech students will be not only acting, singing, and dancing, but also playing their own instruments and foraying into aerial work and tight choreography.
“The subject matter in Spring Awakening is mature and not recommended for anyone under 13, but hopefully with a powerful piece of theatre, we can enlighten, teach and appreciate the power and beauty of storytelling,” says Noah Dunton, junior from Jersey City. The musical is presented by the junior and senior majors of High Tech’s musical theatre department, who have also just been invited to represent the USA as one of 22 high schools across the country to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the summer of 2015.
Performances will take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 27-29, at 7 p.m., with an additional performance at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $15 at www.showtix4u.com.
The HT Musical Theatre is at 8511 Tonnelle Ave. in North Bergen.
This show is not recommended for anyone under 13.
Second evening of art and music to benefit Hudson Theatre Works
Hosted by CBS News Sunday Morning contributor Nancy Giles, the event will take place on March 26 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at Park Avenue Bar & Grill, 3417 Park Ave., Union City.
Performers include Anthony Bez, classical guitar; Jeff Foote, tap dancer; the Alan Brady jazz duo; readings by Nancy Giles and Mike Folie and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Enjoy fabulous food and drinks and win prizes in the silent auction. Valet parking is available.
Tickets are $75. Donations are welcome. For tickets and more information visit www.hudsontheatreworks.org or call (201) 401-3337.
Established in 2011, Hudson Theatre Works is a non-profit professional theatre company presenting affordable high-quality work with Off-Broadway values. Proceeds from the evening will benefit HTW’s mission of bringing professional theatre and education to audiences in Hudson County and North Jersey.
WNY Cuban Lions Club Health Fair set for April 13
The West New York Cuban Lions Club has teamed with Palisades Medical Center to present its annual Community Health Fair. The event, which is free and open to the general public, will be held on Sunday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the New Community Room, 514 52nd Street (Between Bergenline Ave. & Kennedy Blvd.) in West New York.
Free health tests and screenings will include blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol, dental, eye/vision information, physical therapy, percentage of oxygen in the blood, diabetes, sleep disorder information, glaucoma screening, and more. Several physicians will be in attendance to answer questions. Attendees will receive free samples and giveaways.
For more information, contact Manny Reyes (201) 424-1201 or Nikki Mederos at (201) 854-5702.
Bollywood films screened free every month
Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC), Hudson County’s only not-for-profit hospital, continues to bring its mission of “enhancing life” to Hudson County communities with its free Bollywood Film Festival, beginning March 22 at 6 p.m. with Salman Khan in Jai Ho.
The theater at the Jersey City Museum, currently JCMC’s offices at 350 Montgomery St., will welcome the South Asian community with the screening, and provide an opportunity to meet staff from the medical center.
“We’re extremely proud to offer this free event to the public. As part of our mission we’re always looking for ways to make sure we meet the needs of our patient population today and in the future,” said Joseph F. Scott, president & CEO. “We hope that this event will serve as a chance for us to connect with residents and provide any support needed.”
The growth of the south Asian population in Jersey City has been significant over the past decade, with Hudson County now home to the second largest population in the state.
“I have been in Jersey City for the past five years and am very happy to be part of an institution that has created a nice platform to engage the community,” said Dr. Pragnesh Gadhvi, a cardiologist at JCMC.
Named one of the area’s top hospitals, JCMC has received the coveted Magnet Award for nursing excellence as well as an “A” rating in safety.
The medical center will continue to screen a recently released Bollywood movie one Saturday every month for free as part of the Bollywood Film Series.