Cadette Girl Scouts need items to help homeless shelter
Three Secaucus Cadette girl scouts from troop 12163 are collecting arts and crafts supplies through May for the Palisades Emergency Resident Corporation’s (PERC) afterschool and summer programs. PERC is a homeless shelter in Union City that houses men, women and children.
Girl Scouts Abigail Collins, Emma Bowers, and Helen Grewe have placed drop-off boxes at the Town Hall, Secaucus Public Library, Secaucus Recreation Center, Clarendon and Huber Street Elementary Schools, Secaucus Middle School, and St. Matthew's Lutheran Church.
The girls are all in the eighth grade and have been in Girl Scouts for over eight years. They said they understand that buying supplies for after school craft activities or summer projects is usually the last thing on the list of families that find themselves in the unfortunate position of being in a homeless shelter.
“We know how much we enjoy doing arts and crafts projects and know that the children in the shelter would also like to do these things, if they were able to purchase the supplies. Through the generosity of our friends, neighbors and all residents, we hope to make it possible for them to have those supplies,” they said in a statement.
Once the Girl Scouts collect the items and deliver them to PERC, the girls have to prepare a project summary and analysis and submit it to the Girl Scout Council to be evaluated. They may win an award.
The following is a list of things the Girl Scouts are collecting: craft gems, pony beads, washable paint and paint brushes, glitter, ribbon, felt, sequins, buttons, magnet strips, colored and patterned duct tape, coloring books, pom-poms, pipe cleaners, jiggle eyes, children's scissors, craft foam pieces, craft ice cream pop sticks, and colored craft paper.
Artist’s tribute to Anne Frank at Secaucus Library in April
Local artist and art teacher Doug DePice began this series of artworks, a combination of drawings and paintings and three-dimensional mixed media sculpture, because he wished to give some artistic expression to the life of Anne Frank, and in particular, her words: “I feel the suffering of millions.”
The three-dimensional installation is composed of burnt wood and books with torn pages bearing the words of Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel. It is augmented by readings of Anne Frank’s writings selected by local high school students.
“This is a time that was brutally imprinted into our history,” DePice said, “and it belongs to our collective memory. The current rash of anti-Semitic activities regarding the Holocaust and Anne Frank shows there are people who still want to plunge the world into an eternal night. I hope these artworks serve as a light to the darkness of ignorance and hate.”
DePice and Library Director Jenifer May chose April as the month to display this installation as a way to observe both Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month and Holocaust Remembrance Week, which begins at sundown on April 27. May expressed her hope that members of the community will see the art work and come back to the library for the art reception on the evening of April 28 in order to share their thoughts and reactions to the exhibit. To RSVP for the reception, visit the library’s online calendar at secaucuslibrary.org or call the library at (201) 330-2083.
Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center appoints Neil M. Sullivan as general counsel
Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center (MHMC) announced last week that it has appointed Neil M. Sullivan, an accomplished attorney and healthcare expert, as its executive vice president and general counsel. Sullivan brings over three decades of experience in healthcare compliance, insurance, and government regulation to this new position.
Sullivan will function as the hospital’s primary counsel on all legal and compliance functions, while working directly with the hospital board on the development and implementation of new lines of service. He will also be responsible for the oversight and management of external legal counsel, participate in the development of hospital policies and procedures, and will represent the hospital before regulatory agencies and authorities.
Sullivan comes to MHMC from the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI) where he served as assistant commissioner for life and health. There he was responsible for the overall management of the department’s Office of Life and Health during a period of fundamental change in the insurance and healthcare sectors. His experience with DOBI brought him face-to-face with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, as well as placed him at the forefront of the emergence of new healthcare delivery and financial models including co-ops and accountable care organizations (ACOs), health system equity ownership and participation in insurance organizations, and the transition to electronic health records and the implementation of ICD-10.
Alzheimer’s support group meeting on April 7
The Alzheimer’s Association’s Caregiver Support Groups are designed to provide emotional and educational support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. Support groups provide an opportunity for caregivers, families, and friends to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, share their feelings and concerns, and support each other in coping with the effect of the disease.
The support group meets every first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Secaucus Library, 1379 Paterson Plank Road. Phone number (201) 340-2238.
Rice-Stack Bill to help clean up foreclosed properties advances
A bill sponsored by Senators Ronald L. Rice and Brian Stack is meant to help clean up foreclosed properties by allowing municipalities to penalize creditors that fail to remedy code violations in a timely fashion. It was approved by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee last week by a vote of 5-0.
“When a foreclosed home sits vacant within a community, it can become a magnet for criminal activity, and can deteriorate to cause an economic blight on the remaining homes within the community,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex.
“We’ve seen cases where abandoned foreclosed homes aren’t kept up and as a result create problems that affect the rest of the municipality,” said Senator Stack, D-Hudson. “Not only can these properties drag down home values but they also can create a financial burden on everyone else when towns are forced to conduct maintenance and police patrols of the area.”
The bill, S288, would authorize municipalities to impose penalties on creditors that fail to timely remedy code violations for residential properties in foreclosure for which the creditor is legally responsible. Under the bill, if the creditor fails to remedy the violation within a 30-day time period from receiving notice, then the municipality would be permitted to impose penalties as outlined for violations of municipal ordinances under current law.
The bill next heads to the full Senate for consideration.
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.
Free Vein Screening at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
The Center for Vein Disease at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (EHMC) will offer free vein screenings on April 3 to men and women with visible, abnormal leg veins such as bulging varicose veins or spider veins. Those who experience leg pain or have a history of blood clots are encouraged to attend. Most vein problems can be managed on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia.
Patients with varicose veins should know the early warning signs of vein disease to help prevent potential complications. Symptoms include aching, throbbing or swelling in the legs, ankles or feet. Patients with previous blood clots should also be screened.
The screening includes a physical examination and a thorough review of medical history and treatment options. If further evaluation is needed, a follow-up appointment for non-invasive testing can be scheduled.
Screenings will take place on Thursday, April 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Call (866)-980-3462 or visit www.englewoodhospital.com and click the “Classes and Support Groups” tab.
The Center for Vein Disease is on the third floor of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center at 350 Engle Street, Englewood.