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LOOKING FOR PREY – Dinosaurs on the prowl like this Apatosaurus are among those that can be seen at Field Station: Dinosaurs in Secaucus (see briefs).
LOOKING FOR PREY – Dinosaurs on the prowl like this Apatosaurus are among those that can be seen at Field Station: Dinosaurs in Secaucus (see briefs).

Hurricane Sandy grants for homeowners available

The Secaucus Town Government and the Governor’s Office have announced that homeowner grants are available to assist residents whose homes sustained damage from Hurricane Sandy. “We encourage any affected residents to apply,” said Councilman Gary Jeffas. Information can be found at

Frankie Valli sound, fireworks at town pool

“Ragdoll, a Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons” is on tap for Tuesday, July 2, at 6 p.m. at the town pool in Secaucus. A fireworks display will follow the performance (see cover story).The event is free, and open to Secaucus residents. It is part of the Music & Movie Summer Series presented by Mayor Michael Gonnelli and the Town Council.

For more information on this concert, or the summer series, call the township at (201) 330-2000.

Volunteers sought to aid foster care children

Are you interested in helping children in the foster care system? If so, Hudson County CASA (court appointed special advocate) is recruiting volunteers to assist in advancing the 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,” said spokeswoman Meghan Garcia.

An information session will be held Tuesday, July 9, from 6 to 7 p.m., Room 400, at the Hudson County Administration Building, 595 Newark Ave., Jersey City.

CASA and its volunteers speak for children in court, serve as fact finders for judges, and advocate for children while they are in the foster care system. Hudson County has nearly 700 children in foster care; most have been removed from their homes for abuse or neglect.

To learn more about CASA, call (201) 795-9855, e-mail or visit

Elephant and Piggie Day at library

On Saturday, July 13, families are invited to visit the Secaucus Public Library’s Youth Department for Elephant and Piggie Day, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. According to youth services librarian Lanora Melillo, the event will feature hourly story times, craft projects, game challenges, an interactive Twitter wall and raffle prizes, co-sponsored by the local Cups Frozen Yogurt - That’s Hot.

Elephant and Piggie are two fictional characters from the popular children’s author Mo Willems, who also wrote Don’t Let the Pigeon on the Bus.

“We are very excited to have a family event that focuses on two very popular characters in children’s literature,” Melillo said. “The Youth Department will be broken up into several different stations, where families can participate in several different activities or just come for one of our story time sessions.”

“I am thrilled that Cups Frozen Yogurt has agreed to sponsor five of our raffle prizes,” she said. “We are also going to be raffling off copies of Willems’ books and plush characters of Pigeon, Elephant and Piggie.”

Elephant and Piggie Day is one of many programs being offered this summer at the library. For more information about upcoming events and book reading challenges, contact Melillo at or (201) 330-2083.

Dozin’ with Dinos at Field Station: Dinosaurs

Field Station: Dinosaurs is a 20-acre outdoor Jurassic expedition in Secaucus where explorers come face-to-face with a “living, breathing” 15-foot Mighty T-Rex, wander among 32 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, and participate in dozens of scientific shows and games.

An upcoming special event at the park is Dozin’ with Dinos, on Sat., July 13—On this overnight adventure and camp out, participants will explore the lantern-lit dinosaur trails, see Dinosaurs Alive! 3D, share s’mores and songs by the campfire with the Dinosaur Troubadour, sleep under the stars, and awake to a spectacular New York City skyline sunrise. A healthy breakfast will be provided courtesy of Whole Foods Market, Paramus.

Vendor space still available for library fair/used book sale

Vendors planning to participate in the 16th annual Friends of the Secaucus Public Library Mini-Fair/Used Book Sale on Sept. 21 can still reserve their space now.

To reserve one, forms are available at the library’s front desk or by contacting Library Director Jenifer May at (201) 330-2083, ext. 4011, or

Vendors provide their own tables and chairs. If you are unable to provide one, a small number of tables and tents may be available for a $10 rental fee each. Arrangements for a table, tent or any other accommodations must be made in advance through May.

The fair will be held at the library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rain date is Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

State Fair to put on two nights of fireworks for holiday

Still searching for a place to catch a great fireworks show this Fourth of July? Look no further! This year, State Fair Meadowlands will display one of the biggest and best fireworks shows this side of the Hudson.

Now it is easier than ever to enjoy the fireworks, thrilling rides, live animal shows, circus, and entertainers that the fair has to offer. NJ Transit will provide frequent shuttle buses to take train or bus riders from Secaucus station to and from the Meadowlands Fairgrounds, next to the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, on July 3 and 4. Shuttles will run from 6 p.m. to midnight on July 3 and from 4 p.m. to midnight on July 4.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to come and enjoy State Fair’s colorful, loud, and magnificent fireworks,” said Al Dorso, president of State Fair Meadowlands. “Secaucus Junction is just a 10-minute ride from New York Penn Station, Port Authority and Newark Penn Station, and a short trip from other cities and towns.”

Families in New York and New Jersey can take advantage of NJ Transit’s off-peak rates and free rides for children under 12 who are accompanied by a parent. For further information about fares and schedules, visit or call (973) 275-5555.

Those traveling by car will also find convenient parking available for just $4 on July 3 and 4.

The fair will be open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on July 3 and from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. on July 4. Fairgoers will be able to enjoy the fair before and after the fireworks show, which will take place at 10:30 p.m. Purchasing a hand stamp with admission allows for unlimited rides all day.

State Fair will be open through July 7. Regular fair hours are Monday through Thursday, 6 p.m. to midnight; Fridays 6 pm to 1 am; Saturdays 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Sundays 2 p.m. to midnight.

For more information about the State Fair Meadowlands, visit

Seniors Independence Concert at Environment Center

Seniors can get their Independence Day holiday started early with a free performance by the North Jersey Concert Band on Tuesday, July 2 at 7 p.m. at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst.

The group will play a selection of music connected with America’s history. Wear your red, white and blue, bring a flag, and enjoy the festivities.

For more information, call 201-460-8300 or view

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