Oritani Bank collecting donations for Union City fire victims
The Oritani Bank branch at 4200 Bergenline Ave. will be collecting and matching donations to assist the victims of the fire in Union City March 4. The four-alarm blaze killed one-year-old Eddie Gonzalez Jr. and briefly hospitalized his parents; it also displaced over 50 different people. Oritani Bank will match all cash donations up to a total of $10,000.
“This terrible fire has affected many innocent individuals of our community and it is our duty to help them,” said Kevin J. Lynch, Oritani’s president and CEO. Donations can be made by mail or in person at Union City town hall, 3715 Palisade Ave., 3rd floor, Union City, NJ, 07087. Any checks or money orders must be made out directly to the City of Union City Fire Victims Fund at the town hall’s address.
Hudson Chamber to open small business workshops
The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce will introduce a series of small business workshops on Wednesday, March 22. Called “Introduction to Franchising,” it is the first of a series of four workshops to be offered this spring in partnership with the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation and the Union County Economic Corporation. The small business workshops are free and open to the public. “With a growing number of start-ups and small businesses choosing to make Hudson County their home, the chamber is expanding our educational offerings and focusing on topic areas we believe are highly relevant for business owners,” said Maria Nieves, chamber president and CEO. The workshops will take place from 6-8 pm on the following days: March 22 and April 19, at Hudson County Plaza; May 10, at the North Bergen Public Library; and June 7, at the Kearny Public Library. For more information about these workshops, please call (201) 386-0699 x 220 or visit the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce website: www.hudsonchamber.org.
U.S. premiere of film to be held in Union City
On Saturday, Apr. 8, 7 p.m., the 2017 NoHu International Film Festival will present the U.S. premiere of “Ameluk”, a film by Mimmo Mancini. This free event, presented in Italian with English subtitles, takes place at the Union City Performing Arts Center, at 2500 Kennedy Blvd. The film features Ameluk, a man in a small Italian city who plays Jesus Christ in a re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross. As it so happens, though, Ameluk is Muslim, which sharply divides public opinion on whether or not it is appropriate. For more information on the screening, visit http://www.unioncitypac.com/.
Second annual car show coming to North Bergen
The North Bergen Classic Car and Bike Show will return to town for a second year June 25, according to a recent press release. The show will run from 12-5 p.m. at 7900 Bergenline Ave. It will feature live DJ’s, guest judges, raffle prizes, and more. The Hoboken Cruisers will award trophies to the best vehicles in show. A $20 registration fee for each vehicle will apply. All proceeds will go to the 2017 New Jersey Special Olympics Fundraiser. For more information, or to register your vehicle, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (201) 589-0941.