Medical center foundation to honor Arthur Imperatore Sr. & Dr. Samir R. Amin
The Palisades Medical Center Foundation’s (PMC) 2013 Star Stream Ball will celebrate the North Bergen hospital’s 35th Anniversary on the Hudson River waterfront on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m., at The Venetian in Garfield.
Each year, this black-tie dinner event unites hundreds of business leaders, public officials, and local residents to support the work of the medical center and The Harborage nursing center.
This year’s event will honor Arthur E. Imperatore Sr., founder and president of New York Waterway, and Samir R. Amin, MD, PMC medical staff president.
Imperatore was instrumental in selecting the current waterfront site for Palisades Medical Center, according to a hospital spokesman.
“Through his business and philanthropic interests, he has made a lasting imprint on the Gold Coast,” said Gary Mignone.
“In his role as medical staff president, Dr. Amin has provided the leadership in increasing the number of practicing physicians at PMC,” Mignone said. “His support and guidance have helped to advance patient services and programs to better serve the community.”
An extensive renovation of patient rooms and is under way at PMC. Proceeds from the ball will be used to support these upgrades.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (201) 854-5008 or visit www.palisadesmedicalfoundation.org.
Park Players perform last ‘Wizard of Oz’ show on Sunday
The Park Players’ production of the “Wizard of Oz” will have its last performance at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1576 Palisade Ave., Fort Lee, on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m.
Ticket prices are $16, $14 (students/seniors), and $12 (groups of 10 or more).
Tickets can also be purchased by visiting www.brownpapertickets.com or the Players’ website, www.parkplayers.com.
Hospital sponsoring two community health screenings
Palisades Medical Center will be sponsoring two free health screenings the weekend of Nov. 23 to 24.
Both will feature screenings on blood pressure, heart rate, percentage of oxygen in the blood, peak flow/respiratory, body mass index, sugar and cholesterol
The first is on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Woodcliff Community Reformed Church, 7605 Palisade Ave., North Bergen.
The second is Sunday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Sacred Heart Church, 9034 Barr Pl., North Bergen.
For more information, call Joanne Riggs at (201) 854-5793.
Prieto announces widespread support for NJ Dream Act from Hudson Democratic leaders
Assembly Speaker-elect and Hudson County Democratic Chairman Vincent Prieto (D-32) has announced the support of Hudson County mayors, state legislators, and Democratic leaders for the New Jersey Dream Act.
The measure, pending in the State Senate and the Assembly, would provide children of undocumented immigrants with the same right to in-state tuition at state colleges and universities as other young adults. Assemblyman Prieto is a sponsor of the bill and has been advocating for its passage for several months.
“Our state should be doing everything it can to encourage young people to attend college and become successful members of society,” said Assemblyman Prieto. “Many of these men and women came here at a young age and they deserve the same opportunity for a college education that anyone else has.”
The Assembly version of the bill passed in the Budget Committee in June. The Office of Legislative Services determined that it would have no impact on the state budget because tuition revenues are not part of state budgeted expenditures.
“As an educator I have seen these children grow up in our communities right alongside their friends and peers who were born here,” said State Sen. and North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco (D-32). “They are no different and should be given the same chance at an affordable college education.”
Other supporters of the legislation include: State Sen. and Union City Mayor Brian Stack (D-33), State Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-31), Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith, Guttenberg Mayor Gerald Drasheff, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, and West New York Mayor Felix Roque.
Hudson Animal League announces holiday events, meeting, ‘Santa Paws’
The Hudson County Animal League will be sponsoring its annual “Santa Paws Tree Lighting” 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Bayonne Library, 31st Street and Avenue C.
“Honor your pet, living or in loving memory, by helping us to decorate the tree,” said spokeswoman Maureen Gallagher. “The star at the top of the tree will signify hope for the area’s homeless animals. And a picture or name ornament will be created of your beloved pet for a donation of $5 or more.”
The tree will be displayed until Jan. 3. For more information, contact Gallagher at (201) 471-7638.
The league will be hosting a Holiday Gift Extravaganza Tricky Tray on Friday, Dec. 6, at St. Michael’s Community Center, 21 East 23rd St., Bayonne, from 7 to 10 p.m. Doors open at 6:30.
Admission is $12, plus a can or more of cat food, and, if possible, a non-perishable item (or more) for the group’s food bank to benefit the needy during the holiday season.
For tickets or more information, call (201) 332-7612.
The league’s next Jersey City meeting is 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Pershing Field Community Center.
Animal lovers and others interested in helping homeless animals in Hudson County are invited to attend.
Meadowlands Pet Expo featuring new entertainment and pet acts
The 6th Annual Meadowlands Pet Expo returns this year with new attractions and pet entertainment at the Meadowlands Expo Center at Harmon Meadows, 355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 to 24.
“The expo is designed to educate and entertain the public about the wonderful world of pets,” said spokeswoman Nancy E. Hassel.
The event will feature educational and entertaining performances, special attractions, animal petting opportunities, pet adoptions, and holiday shopping for pet lovers.
New acts will include Beefy the Skateboarding Bulldog, John Lege – “That Guy with the Birds” – and his interactive Parrot program, and New Jersey’s own “Bat-Man” Joe D'Angeli, bringing his informative “bat cave exhibit” to the show.
Also in the arena will be: Diana Frohman and her Dancing Dogs; Classic K9 Dog Show with Frisbee-catching tricks; a rainforest reptile show; a parade of breeds on Nov. 23; and a Pet Fashion Show and costume contest on Nov. 24.
Attendees can also enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides, and learning about and meeting Alpacas. There will also be many area rescue and adoptions groups with adoptable pets available.
Attendees are allowed to bring their well-behaved leashed pets.
The Pet Expo will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids 4 to 11, and free for children 3 and under.
Visit www.meadowlandspetexpo.com for discount coupons or to purchase discount tickets online.
For more information, call (631) 423-0620, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.FamilyPetShows.com.