North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue (NHRFR) is doing its part to help the millions affected by the devastating impacts of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Hurricane Maria. NHRFR is teaming up with the Mayors of Guttenberg, North Bergen, Union City, Weehawken and West New York, as well as the North Hudson Firefighters and Fire Officers unions in collecting emergency supplies for all victims.
“Like most Americans, our hearts were broken when we saw the footage of the destruction caused by these hurricanes,” said Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, who also serves as chairman of NHRFR’s Management Committee. “It’s hard to imagine a more worthy cause than this and all of the other mayors and I are honored to participate in this effort. We encourage all residents to participate along with us and contribute as much as they can.”
NHRFR is seeking donations of bottled water, nonperishable foods, baby food, diapers (baby and adult), baby wipes, soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, first aid kits, batteries, and insect repellent.
No clothing, shoes or blankets can be accepted.
Collections will be accepted every day of the week between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. NHRFR asks those dropping off donations to ring the bell to the firehouse and wait for a firefighter to greet them and accept the donations. In the event that the event that firefighters are out on a call, they will provide a box outside in which supplies may be left.
The firehouses accepting donations are Safety 1, 6801 Madison St., Guttenberg; Engine 13, 7507 Hudson Ave., North Bergen; Engine 4, 541 29th St., Union City; Engine 5, 4610 Park Ave., Weehawken, and Squad 7, 11 Port Imperial Blvd., West New York.
Residents seeking more information on donating can contact NHRFR Battalion Chief Alider Platts at (201) 601-3542. For any additional information contact Philip Swibinski at (201) 864-0600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RWJ Barnabas Health donates $10,000 to Puerto Rican relief fund
RWJBarnabas Health has donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross New Jersey Region for the Hurricane Maria Relief Fund for Puerto Rico, sponsored by Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz and Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka.
Mary Ellen Clyne, president and chief executive officer of Clara Maass Medical Center, presented the check at the ARC fundraising event in Newark at the Flamboyan Manor on Sunday, Oct. 8 hosted by community leaders.
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Albio Sires also attended. Across the RWJBarnabas Health system, monetary and non-perishable goods, toiletries, and medications continue to be collected and sent to areas that are experiencing devastating destruction.
Former resident offers one-shot writing class to get your story onto paper
Do you have a piece of writing, or an idea for a piece of writing (memoir, novel, script), and you need feedback on it or ideas on how to get it published? Now you can learn how in your own back yard. Local novelist (and Reporter editor) Caren Lissner, a former Weehawken resident, is doing a one-shot writing (and publishing) class at Little City Books in Hoboken on the evening of Nov. 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It’s open to all stages, ages, and genres – from memoirs to fiction to scripts. The store is just five blocks from the Hoboken train station.
Those who’ve written their story, essay, poem, novel excerpt, or screenplay can bring 1 to 5 double-spaced pages, or those who just want to participate in discussion (auditors) can come and sit in. But space is limited, so register using the link below or go to “events” at littlecitybooks.com.
Lissner’s funny first novel, “Carrie Pilby,” was just turned into a comedy movie starring Nathan Lane, currently on Netflix. She has also published articles, essays, and satire in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, and National Lampoon.
Lissner has run publishing/writing seminars for adults and teens at the Secaucus Library, in other libraries and bookstores, and as part of a Scholastic Inc. program in Westchester County. Find out more at carenlissner.com.
There is a nominal fee for the one-shot program, and it’s lower for those who are just auditing. For more information, click
http://www.littlecitybooks.com/get-it-out-reader or contact Lissner via her website, carenlissner.com.