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Saint Augustine School in Union City recently held two Mini Olympics, for grades pre-K through third and grades four through six. The children raced, leap-frogged, hopped, raced on wheels, did tug-of-wars, and carried plastic eggs while walking.
Saint Augustine School in Union City recently held two Mini Olympics, for grades pre-K through third and grades four through six. The children raced, leap-frogged, hopped, raced on wheels, did tug-of-wars, and carried plastic eggs while walking.

Hackensack UMC Palisades announces community service scholarship

Community service-minded Hudson County students may apply for a new scholarship initiative from Hackensack UMC Palisades. The hospital recently announced a Community Service Merit Scholarship Program, which recognizes high school seniors who serve their community exceptionally, while balancing high grades. Two graduating seniors each from the following high schools will receive $32,000: High Tech High School, Hoboken Charter School, Hoboken High School, Memorial High School, North Bergen High School, Union City High School, and Weehawken High School.

“We are delighted to announce this scholarship program, which reflects the importance of civic engagement and giving back to our local communities,” said Bruce J. Markowitz, Hackensack’s president and CEO, in a press release.

“The HackensackUMC Palisades Community Service Merit Scholarship Program will reward high school seniors who share our hospital’s commitment to community service and caring for our neighbors. We know that paying for college can be challenging and hope that this Community Service Merit Scholarship will help lessen the burden for the deserving recipients.”

Students can find out more information and apply for the scholarship online through March 31, at, or by contacting their school guidance counselor. Winners will be announced May 5.

Gypsy Jazz up next at the UBS Atrium Series

Finnish guitarist Olli Soikkeli and French accordionist Julien Labro have joined forces to create a new take on traditional Gypsy Jazz. Their fresh approach to this iconic music has delighted audiences from Alaska to Bangalore.

The Olli Soikkeli and Julien Labro Quartet will be featured next at The UBS Atrium Series on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 12:30 p.m. in the Atrium, 1000 Harbor Boulevard, in the Lincoln Harbor section of Weehawken.

Olli picked up the guitar at age 12. He soon discovered the music of the legendary French guitarist, Django Reinhardt and since then has made Reinhardt’s music his main focus. After developing his talents at jazz clubs and festivals in his native land, he started playing across Europe with top musicians and moved to New York City in 2014. He has played marquis venues such as Birdland, The Blue Note, and Lincoln Center. Despite his young age he’s already played with stars such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Stochelo Rosenberg, Andreas Öberg, Cyrille Aimee, and Anat Cohen. The Wall Street Journal gave Soikkeli high praise when it said that his talents “place him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django.”

Born in France, Julien Labro has established himself as one of the top accordion, accordina, and bandoneón players in the classical and jazz genres. After graduating from the Marseille Conservatory of Music, Labro began winning international competitions but moved to the U.S. for further studies.

He has shared the stage and/or recorded with a myriad of eclectic artists including João Donato, Cassandra Wilson, Miguel Zenón, James Carter and Tommy Emmanuel to name a few.

Julien has played for audiences throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has also been enlisted as an arranger and/or soloist by the Spektral Quartet, Curtis On Tour, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and many more.

The quartet is rounded out by rhythm guitarist Max O’Rourke and bassist Eduardo Belo.

The concert is free and open to the general public. It is sponsored in part by the Hudson Reporter newspapers. For directions and more information, please check the HRPAC website - - or call the concert hotline at (201) 716-4540.

Hackensack UMC free health screenings

Hackensack UMC will host free medical screenings throughout Hudson County in the coming weeks. The screenings will check for conditions including diabetes, blood pressure, heart rate, percentage of oxygen in the blood, peak flow breathing, and body mass index. Locations and times for the screenings are as follows:

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

First United Methodist Church

2213 New York Ave., Union City

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

St. Augustine Church

3900 New York Ave., Union City

Sunday, March 19, 2017

10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Trinity Reformed Church, 401 60th St.,

West New York

Sunday, March 26, 2017

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

98 Columbia Terrace, Weehawken

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