Learn about the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. ‘Obamacare’)
A program called “Understanding the Affordable Care Act” was planned for this Saturday in Union City from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., sponsored by Union City Mayor Brian Stack, the Board of Commissioners, Save Latin America, and Horizon NJ Health.
There will be free health screenings, massages, and information. A light breakfast will also be available from 9:30 to 10 a.m.
The act is better known as “Obamacare.”
Reservations are strongly suggested: 201-271-7474 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call if you plan to attend.
Free vaccines and tests at event
Horizon Health, a subsidiary of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, is offering anyone with their health plan, over the age of 19, free influenza vaccinations aboard the Horizon NJ Health Care-A-Van on Saturday.
Those without Horizon can still get glucose and blood pressure screenings.
Vaccinations will be administered at select Care-A-Van locations by a Horizon NJ Health nurse or licensed health care professional. Appointments or reservations are not necessary for the shot. The Care-A-Van’s flu shots have been scheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Dvine Konektion Community Development Corporation in West New York.
Dvine Konektion, which serves the needy population, is located at 611 56th St. The event takes place 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Medical center foundation to honor Arthur E. 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.