The Office of Property Maintenance would like to remind residents that snow and ice must be removed from sidewalks 24 hours after a snowfall.
In residential areas, the passageway must be at least 24 inches wide. In business districts, the passageway must be at least 42 inches wide. Never throw, shovel, or push any snow or ice on or across cleaned streets. Failure to remove snow and ice as described above may result in the issuance of warnings, summonses or penalties. For more property maintenance information, visit www.secaucusnj.gov/property, or call (201) 330-2031.
Secaucus Recreation Center to hold open gym sessions for kids
The Secaucus Recreation Center will hold open gym/pool sessions for kids every Sunday in January. The sessions will be for kids grades K through 8. The center is located at 1200 Koelle Blvd. Contact (201) 330-3299 for more information.
Kids night in, parents night out
Parents! Leave those adorable (but stressful) little tykes at the Secaucus Recreation Center for a movie night Jan. 12. The flick of choice is “Despicable Me 3.” The event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Children ages 5 to 14 are welcome. Cost is $5 per child; parents can sign up through the Secaucus Community Pass.
St. Matthew’s offers wine and paint party
Saint Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church will sponsor a wine and paint party on Jan. 26 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets will cost $25 per person. Bring your own wine to share. The congregation will provide paint supplies. The church is located at 800 Roosevelt Ave. Contact (201) 865-4185 for more information.
Do you have a story, novel, essay, or script in your head, or on paper?
Novelist, essayist, and Reporter editor Caren Lissner is bringing her one-shot writing and publishing class to Little City Books in Hoboken, five blocks from the train station, later this January. Do you have an idea for a novel, story, memoir, essay, or script, or have something partly written but don’t know the next steps? You can bring up to two pages, double spaced (500 words) for critique and publication advice, or just sit in on the class and participate in the discussions, without bringing anything. There’s a nominal fee for those bringing work to read, and a lower fee for those who just want to sit in and listen.
The next “Get It Out” class takes place Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the bookstore, walking distance from the Second Street Light Rail and Hoboken terminal stations.
“There are so many ways to get published these days,” said Lissner. “Anyone who’s working on a piece of writing is a writer. They shouldn’t be shy about getting their work out there. I’ve known people who went from having never been published to publishing in a major newspaper or website.”
Lissner’s humorous first novel, Carrie Pilby, was published in 2003, sold 74,000 copies worldwide, and was released as a movie this year (it’s currently airing on Netflix). The book is available new on Amazon, as is the movie DVD. She has also published serious essays, articles, and humor writing/satire in the New York Times, Atlantic.com, McSweeney’s, Harper’s, LitHub, and National Lampoon. Read more of her writing and advice on carenlissner.com.
Those with questions can reach her via carenlissner.com. The link to sign up for the class is http://www.littlecitybooks.com/event/get-it-out-writing-and-publishing-workshop-caren-lissner (as a reader or as an auditor), or stop by Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St., corner of First and Bloomfield, Hoboken. (201) 626-READ.