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SNOW COMING BACK? Two photos of Weehawken in the snow earlier this month, sent by Robert and Angela de Zeeuw. The area was expecting another major storm Sunday evening into late Monday night, so bundle up! And if you’ve got cool photos, send to editorial@hudsonreporter.com and write “Weehawken snow” in the subject head. Let us know if you want a photo credit and a link to your website, if you have one.
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Saint Peter’s University to host Hudson County Regional College Fair

Saint Peter’s University will host the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC) Hudson County Regional College Fair on March 11 from 7 to 9 p.m in the Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J. Recreational Life Center located at 870 Montgomery St. in Jersey City. More than 75 colleges and universities will be in attendance. Saint Peter’s will also be hosting a financial aid information session during the event.

A wide variety of higher education institutions are participating in the Hudson County Regional College Fair, ranging from public and private universities to community colleges to service academies. The institutions in attendance are located as close as Hudson County as well as out-of-state universities based in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and more.

Students and their families will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with university representatives in one location at one time in order to begin a college search, narrow college options or to make a final decision. Participating schools will present information on tuition costs, programs of study, admission requirements, campus life and more. Attendees will also have access to the Saint Peter’s University financial aid team and will learn about the various types of financial aid, the awarding process, and how to file the FAFSA.

For more information visit www.njacac.org.

Awards for those who champion civil rights

USA Network in partnership with Cablevision announced the launch of the fourth Characters Unite Awards, a program to recognize extraordinary individuals who have made significant and lasting efforts to champion civil and human rights in their communities.

The nomination period for the 2014 Characters Unite Awards began Feb. 3 and runs through March 31. Entries, including a maximum 500-word essay on how the nominee meets the criteria of character, impact and influence, can be submitted online at charactersunite.com. Complete rules and regulations are also posted on the website.

Winners, announced in the spring, will receive $5,000 grants to support their project or related nonprofit organization and will be featured by USA on-air and online. They will also be honored this year at a ceremony presented by Cablevision and USA.

Last year, ten Characters Unite Awards recipients were selected from hundreds of nominees for their successful efforts to combat prejudice and discrimination in their communities. Teacher Linda Michalski from Benedictine Academy in New Jersey was honored by Cablevision and USA Network for her extraordinary efforts in motivating her students to help abolish human trafficking.

To learn more about previous Characters Unite Award recipients or to find more information on Characters Unite, visit charactersunite.com.

¡Que felices son las Barbies! premieres Thursday, March 6

¡Qué felices son las Barbies! (How Happy Barbies Are!) is an onstage journey based on the plastic surgery nightmares and obsessive dieting of Barbara Perez, a cabaret singer whose ultimate goal is to look just like the Malibu Barbie she played with as a child. The monologue is made up of a series of adventures and mishaps – from a childhood scarred by poverty, alcoholism and sexual violence to a parade of her many, many exes to the tune of traditional boleros and merengues.

This production has a powerful message that is universal, not just focused on Latinas, about self-image, plastic surgery addictions, and obsession with appearances. Because of this ultimately empowering and uplifting message, it is premiering during March, International Women’s History Month, with a limited run through April. The show is presented by Repertorio Español, the preeminent Spanish language theater in the U.S., with performances at the Gramercy Arts Theatre, 138 East 27th Street, New York.

The mind behind this piece is Wanda Arriaga, a resident of Hudson County. Ms. Arriaga is one of the Hispanic-American Community’s most accomplished stage actresses as well as a co-founder of the Teatro Círculo, a prestigious Spanish language theater in New York.

With sharp dialogue, witty humor, ingenious direction and live music, Ms. Arriaga defends womankind from the social pressures of what it means to be beautiful, displaying her many talents in this one-woman show.

Simultaneous English translations will be provided to those members of the audience who do not speak Spanish.

For information and show times call (212) 225-9999 or visit www.repertorio.org.

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