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Broadway’s Mandy Gonzalez will headline HRPAC’s Annual Benefit Gala at the Chart House on Saturday, April 26. (See brief.)
Broadway’s Mandy Gonzalez will headline HRPAC’s Annual Benefit Gala at the Chart House on Saturday, April 26. (See brief.)
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Tickets on sale for Taste of Weehawken

Tickets are now on sale for the 14th Annual Taste of Weehawken Tuesday, April 29, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Food Court at Lincoln Harbor.

The evening of food, fun, and fundraising benefits the Weehawken Free Public Library. Dozens of restaurants and eateries will be on hand for the Taste. Plus, Giannone Wine will once again be hosting wine and craft beer tasting stations. New this year will be cordials tastings!

Preview Hour tickets are $60 per person for 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This includes not only the extra hour but also door prizes including gift certificates and gifts from several restaurants and businesses, dinner at Masina Tratoria, and an overnight stay at the Sheraton Lincoln Harbor, as well as a private wine tasting for the winner and 30 of his or her guests. It includes two hours sampling of up to 15 different wines along with a pairing of gourmet cheeses, meats and assorted breads, compliments of Giannone Wine & Liquor Company.

General Admission tickets are $35 per person for entry from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

All tickets can be purchased at the Weehawken Free Public Library, 49 Hauxhurst Ave. Cash, check or money order only. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com, (online ticket purchases subject to a 7 percent service fee.) Tickets purchased at the door are subject to a $5 additional charge per ticket.

For additional information call the Library at 201.863.7823, visit http://www.weehawken-nj.us/library.html, like Taste of Weehawken on Facebook or follow on Twitter @weehawkennj

Broadway star headlines HRPAC benefit concert

The Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center, Inc. (HRPAC) will host its annual benefit gala at the Chart House Restaurant on Saturday, April 26 at 6 p.m. The evening will start off with a cocktail hour and silent auction to be followed by dinner and a concert featuring Broadway singer and actress Mandy Gonzalez.

Gonzalez is a winner of Drama Desk and Obie Awards and has starred in the hit Broadway musicals, “Wicked” and “In The Heights.” She is known for her exceptional vocal skills giving her one of the biggest and best voices on Broadway.

Mandy’s special guest will be leading man, Jeremiah James, who is currently starring as El Gallo in “The Fantasticks” on Broadway. Aside from his work here in the states, Jeremiah has an international reputation from his work on the London Stage and also as a member of the singing group, Teatro.

Through its two concert series, “Summer Concerts on the Hudson” and the UBS Atrium Series, HRPAC has developed an excellent track record for bringing diverse programming to the North Hudson region. HRPAC has additionally presented educational programs to thousands of students in eight of Hudson County’s school districts. Over its ten year history, HRPAC has presented scores of concerts and shows of the highest caliber, featuring hundreds of musicians, dancers, and actors, including Grammy and Tony winners.

These presentations, which are presented free of charge to the general public, have attracted thousands of fans from Hudson County and the New York metropolitan area.

For more information on the benefit, including how to purchase tickets, please visit HRPAC’s web site at www.hrpac.org or call the HRPAC office at (201) 430-6881.

First event of annual program of Hudson River ‘Walk the Walkway’ is April 27 The Hudson River Waterfront Conservancy (HRWC) is pleased to announce the fourth annual “Walk the Walkway” series on the Hudson River Walkway. The first of seven walks will occur on Sunday, April 27 and will last about two hours. Participants meet in the South Cove Plaza Parking lot at 1 Le Fante Way off Route 440 in Bayonne. A donation of $5 is suggested. Pre-registration is also suggested but is not required. A total of seven events will occur this year each featuring two to three miles of easy pacing. In addition to Bayonne, walks will also occur in Edgewater, Jersey City, Hoboken and Weehawken.

The Hudson River Walkway runs along the Hudson River Waterfront through nine communities in Hudson and Bergen counties. It extends from the Bayonne Bridge to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee. The 18.5 linear mile walkway is 85 percent complete. Mile-long sections are complete in Jersey City, Hoboken, Weehawken, West New York and North Bergen. New segments of the walkway are under construction in Jersey City, Edgewater, North Bergen and Guttenberg. Reconstruction of damages from Hurricane Sandy is continuing in Edgewater.

Go to www.hudsonriverwaterfront.org to register and for details about the other events or contact Don Stitzenberg at destitz@yahoo.com or call (201) 519-7057.

Hudson Chamber of Commerce welcomes Federal Reserve Bank economist

The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce will host a senior economist from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York at a special business networking event on Wednesday, April 30 at the University of Phoenix. Richard Peach, a senior vice president at the New York Federal Reserve who specializes in macroeconomic and monetary studies, is the featured speaker.

The goal of the event is to provide businesses a forecast for the regional, state, and national economy directly from an expert at the largest reserve bank in the United States.

“While the economy has certainly improved greatly since the financial crisis of 2008, there’s still a lot of uncertainty as to strength of the ongoing recovery and labor markets,” said Maria Nieves, the chamber’s president and CEO. “In presenting an economist from the New York Fed, we hope to provide our members with an idea of where the regional economy is heading through the remainder of 2014. It’s also a great opportunity to learn about what tools the Fed uses to manage U.S. economic policy, which impacts all of us.”

This special business networking event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the campus of host sponsor the University of Phoenix at 100 Town Square Place in Jersey City. Provident Bank is also sponsoring the event.

Founded in 1888, the Hudson County Chamber is one of the state’s oldest regional chambers of commerce. It currently represents more than 350 members, facilitates forums with local, state and federal officials, and provides a platform for business networking and partnerships.

For reservations to this special business networking event, call (201) 386-0699 x 27 or visit the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce website at www.hudsonchamber.org.

CarePoint funds projects to help young people and seniors

The CarePoint Health Foundation has awarded three local organizations $5,000 each to fund important projects to help young people and senior citizens in Hudson County. The three non-profit groups that received the donations were AngelaCARES, Concordia Learning Center and New City Kids. The donations represent a commitment on the part of CarePoint Health to reach out to the needs of patients and families in the communities served by Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital, and Hoboken University Medical Center.

AngelaCARES, serves young people and senior citizens and is headquartered in Jersey City. Their Here4Seniors program provides direct services and wellness workshops to Hudson County seniors. Their programs include Thanksgiving dinners for the homebound, a yearly “Senior Prom,” and walking groups to encourage activity and socialization. Their workshops and seminars offer topics of interest to seniors including “Addiction and the Older Adult” and “Understanding the Changes Associated with Aging.”

Concordia Learning Center, located in Jersey City at St. Joseph’s School for the Blind, provides specialized services for children with multiple disabilities and is the only school for the blind in New Jersey. The CarePoint Health Foundation funded support for an on-line, ‘cloud-based’ standards-based curriculum for students with special needs. Individualized assessment tools, goals and resulting work plans are aligned with the Common Core Standards and the materials are adapted by the teachers to meet the needs of their students and families.

The mission of New City Kids, established in 2000 in Jersey City, is “Loving Kids for Change.” Their programs, including the After School Program for Academic Excellence, Teen Life Internship Program, summer camp and City Sail, are for children aged six through eighteen. Over the past six years, 90 percent of New City Kids alumni attended college or have graduated.

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