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Students from Union City’s St. Augustine School were on hand at Weehawken’s UBS Atrium for the Django Festival All-Stars, who brought music of the legendary Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) fully into the 21st century. This internationally renowned group prominently features one of Europe's greatest musical families--guitarist Dorado Schmitt, and his two sons. In recent years, the Django Festival All-Stars have played top venues around the world, including the Kennedy Center, the Newport Jazz Festival, and the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Students from Union City’s St. Augustine School were on hand at Weehawken’s UBS Atrium for the Django Festival All-Stars, who brought music of the legendary Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) fully into the 21st century. This internationally renowned group prominently features one of Europe's greatest musical families--guitarist Dorado Schmitt, and his two sons. In recent years, the Django Festival All-Stars have played top venues around the world, including the Kennedy Center, the Newport Jazz Festival, and the Montreal Jazz Festival.
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West New York among most desirable places to live in NJ

Investment website NuWire Investor has named West New York among the most desirable places to live in New Jersey that are close to New York City. In an article posted in November, the website said that the Hudson County area “is known for its affordability, and many … apartments are being built along the Hudson River.”

Other towns listed include North Bergen, Weehawken, and Secaucus.

Judge blocks executive order restricting funds to sanctuary cities

A federal judge in San Francisco permanently blocked the enforcement of Donald Trump’s executive order on Monday, Nov. 20 that called to restrict federal grant money from so-called “sanctuary cities.”

U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick ruled the order unconstitutional for violating separation of powers and due process of law, because the president does not have the authority to deprive local jurisdictions of funds allocated by Congress.

A “sanctuary city” is not legally defined, but is generally considered to be a local jurisdiction that does not comply with requests from federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in detaining undocumented persons unless they are involved in a serious crime. Over 200 localities refused to cooperate in 2015, and there have been more since then, according to congressional testimony from the Director of ICE.

Jersey City and Union City adopted sanctuary city ordinances in 2017, while other Hudson County leaders have voiced opposition to Trump’s rhetoric and actions.

Mayor Steven Fulop said in January, “Jersey City was founded as a city of immigrants, and we are unwilling to be part of orders that break families apart or harm immigrants who are in this country.”

When Union City passed on ordinance declaring sanctuary city status in February, Mayor Brian Stack said, “I don’t believe that the president of the United States could make local police enforce immigration laws that are supposed to be federally enforced. Second, I don’t believe the court system will allow it. I think that common sense will prevail, and they won’t allow it.”

The litigation over the executive order will continue in federal appellate court, and possibly the Supreme Court, if either case makes it that far.

Hudson County CASA seeks volunteers

Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St, Hoboken, NJ on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children.

CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives.

They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.

For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.

Should the PATH run to Newark Airport? Let the Port Authority know!

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will hold two public hearings regarding a possible PATH extension near Newark Airport.

The first hearing will take place Nov. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Weequahic Park Sports Authority Community Center, 92 Carmichael Dr., Newark.

The second hearing will happen Nov. 30, also from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Hilton Newark Penn Station’s Garden State Ballroom, 1048 Raymond Blvd.

If everything goes as planned, the new station will be located on off-airport property east of Frelinghuysen Avenue (at Noble Street), per the Port Authority website. It would also be near the Newark Liberty International Airport New Jersey Transit station and PANYNJ monorail station in Newark.

“The purpose of the proposed project is to improve transit access to employment centers in Newark, Jersey City, and New York City for New Jersey commuters and increase transit options to EWR for air travelers and airport employees,” the expansion website says.

For more information, contact the project team at (917) 933-7440, or email PATHextension@panynj.gov.

Gala to be held for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, so it’s appropriate that the Act Now Foundation will celebrate its second anniversary on Thursday, Nov. 30 with a “Music and Memories Gala” from 6 to 10 p.m. at St. Peter University Sky Room, 47 Glenwood Ave., Jersey City.

Come join the Act Now Foundation’s Alzheimer’s Resource Center of NJ in presenting Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise with the first annual “Isa Legacy Award” for his commitment and dedication in helping create a dementia-friendly Hudson County.

The night of big-band music and dancing will feature the John Christian Orchestra with a special appearance by Giselle. Cocktails and hors d’eouvres at 6 p.m. will be followed by culinary stations at 7, an open bar, and a silent auction featuring a signed guitar from Bon Jovi. Tickets cost $125 and are available at ActNow-MusicandMemories.Eventbrite.com.

Learn about ‘Dealing With Grief’ at the North Bergen library on Dec. 6

Grief has a way of presenting itself during the holiday season. Attend this free session at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6 to learn about the definition and stages of grief, coping mechanisms, and how to care for grieving persons.

This event is part of the Well-Being Wednesdays series that offers a new health seminar every month at the main library, 8411 Bergenline Ave. It is presented in collaboration with Hackensack Meridian Health. Refreshments will be provided.

To register call Nikki Mederos of Hackensack Meridian Health at (201) 854-5702. Transportation will be provided from the Kennedy Branch at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the event. Registration for the bus is required. Contact the library to put your name on the list.

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Matt Lauer
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November 30, 2017
Obviously Nu Wire Investments Executive Board never set foot in WNY. If they had, they’d know that it’s a Third World hovel that’s a proud Sanctuary City where the dead vote early and often and always Democrat. But that said, they do have the best Police Department money can buy.