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SITTING PRETTY – A gull takes a moment atop a post in the Kill Van Kull on a spring day.
SITTING PRETTY – A gull takes a moment atop a post in the Kill Van Kull on a spring day.

Bike ‘rodeo’ to be held this weekend at park

“Stride & Ride!,” a bicycle rodeo, will be held in Stephen R. Gregg Park, at the 37th Street and Kennedy Boulevard entrance (near the running track) on Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Among the day’s activities will be bike races, obstacle courses, bicycle training for adults and children, and walking races. There will also be cycling and walking safety tips, entertainment, informational booths, and free T-shirts and other giveaways.

Kids are asked to bring their own bikes, and adults can bring theirs too.

The rain date is Saturday, June 14.

For more information, visit

Elks Lodge to hold Flag Day event

The Bayonne Elks Lodge 434, in collaboration with the Bayonne Memorial Day Committee, invites the public to its annual Flag Day ceremony on Saturday, June 14 at 4 p.m. at 16th Street Park, by the amphitheater.

As part of the event, the Bayonne Memorial Day Committee will retire flags that are no longer serviceable. Residents can drop old, tattered flags that they would like to have laid to rest in the ceremony at the Bayonne Elks Lodge 434, 364 Broadway, up until June 13, according to Lisa DiLorenzo, public relations liaison.

The ceremony will include a display and a brief history of flags that has been used since the inception of the United States.  

Residents should come early to ensure seating.

Veterans are invited back to the Elks Lodge to enjoy a small barbecue following the ceremony.

The ‘silent epidemic’: Why baby boomers should get tested for hepatitis C

The health care professionals at the New Jersey AIDS/HIV/STD Hotline are calling attention to the silent epidemic affecting the baby boomer generation.

While anyone can get hepatitis C, more than 75 percent of adults infected are baby boomers, those born from 1945 through 1965. Most people living with hepatitis C don’t know they are infected because it is often asymptomatic; people can live decades without ever having symptoms and feeling sick.

Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis C virus primarily through blood to blood contact. The longer the virus goes undetected and thus untreated, the greater a person’s risk for developing serious liver damage, cirrhosis, or liver cancer. In fact, hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver cancer. Early detection and treatment are key to preventing the further spread of the virus and saving lives.

Testing is important because it will help identify hidden infections and get those infected the immediate care and lifesaving treatment they need. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers an online hepatitis risk assessment tool that may help people gauge their risk for hepatitis infection:

Call (800) 624-2377 or text/email for more information or to find a testing site near you. Calls are free and confidential.

Child advocate group holding informational session 

Are you interested in helping children in the foster care system? If so, Hudson County CASA (court appointed special advocate) is recruiting volunteers to advance the best interests of abused and neglected children.

An informational session, addressing the program and the role of its volunteers, will be held on Tuesday, June 10, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Room 400 of the Hudson County Administration Building, 595 Newark Ave., Jersey City.

For more information, call (201) 795-9855, e-mail or visit

Meadowlands center hosting seniors program                                                

The Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, will host a free program for seniors on Lenape-Delaware Indian heritage on Wednesday, June 11 at 1 p.m.

John T. Kraft, director of Lenape Lifeways Inc., will present a slide program and discussion that provides a comprehensive overview of the life of the Lenape-Delaware people who once populated New Jersey.

The program will help audiences separate fact from fiction by examining Lenape daily life, legends, art, religious beliefs, customs, traditions, and systems of government. 

Registration is recommended. To register, call (201) 777-2431 or (201) 460-8300.

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