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Officials and residents in West New York celebrated the opening of a new splash park. (See brief)
Officials and residents in West New York celebrated the opening of a new splash park. (See brief)
West New York officials cut ribbon on new splash park

Mayor Felix E. Roque, Parks and Public Property Commissioner Margarita Guzman, and the Town of West New York Board of Commissioners celebrated the opening of a brand new splash park on Thursday afternoon.

The new facility at Miller Park (between 57th and 59th streets) is 16,000-square-feet with over 30 active play water-spraying features, including water cannons, waterslides, a rain tunnel, and a monsoon 40 gallon dumping bucket. The facility is designed for children of all ages with overlapping splash pads and incorporates a 6,000-gallon recirculation system reduce the use of water.

The opening for the new play area, which is dedicated to the children of West New York, marks the completion of phase one of the park’s renovation. Phase two of the project will include the construction of a new playground, neighborhood garden, and dog park.

Free educational program offered for relatives of the mentally ill

If you have a loved one living with a mental illness, you may benefit from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family-to-Family free education program. Locally, the English-speaking program starts Sept. 18 and the Spanish-speaking program starts Sept. 24.

The classes consist of twelve 2.5-hour classes for families and caregivers of adult individuals living with a mental illness, with a focus on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

The course will be given by family members of individuals with a mental illness that have been trained by NAMI as educators of the Family-to-Family Program.

To register for either program, contact Martha Silva at (201) 861-0614 or

Hudson County CASA is seeking 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 the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. Rm. 901 on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 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

HCCC offers degree for addiction counseling

To help address a national and global issue, Hudson County Community College (HCCC) will offer a new Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program with a Human Services option in Addiction Counseling starting this September.

In the HCCC degree program, students will learn the skills needed to fulfill the educational requirements for becoming a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). These include assessment, counseling, case management, client education, and professional responsibility. Students will also develop an understanding of addiction, gain knowledge of the fundamental effects of addiction on drug/alcohol users and their families, and learn the biophysical impact of substance abuse. While in the program, students can also begin to fulfill the 3,000 hours of related work experience required for certification.

After earning this degree, students may gain employment at substance abuse treatment facilities, including drug/alcohol treatment clinics, mental health centers, community health centers, prisons, and private practices. The HCCC program also prepares graduates to transfer to four-year institutions for baccalaureate degrees in Human Services/Social Work, or other related fields.

Proposed development for LSP raises concerns

Friends of Liberty State Park are concerned about a race track proposed for adjacent to the park and the lack of intervention by Gov. Phil Murphy to block it.

Like a classic horror movie in which the threat keeps coming to life after it is thought to have been avoided, friends of the park have been battling threat after threat, including potential development hotel and other facilities proposed under GOP Gov. Christopher Christie, and later, the construction of a luxury marina for the south end of the park.

A 2015 study done on behalf of Christie said the park has potential to generate revenue that would off-set the millions spent in upkeep.

The latest proposal would allow the park’s roadways to be used for auto racing.

Sam Pesin, president of the Friends of Liberty State Park, is trying to get state legislators to pass legislation that would end this proposal as well as other proposals that would alter the passive recreational uses at the park.

The current proposal for a Formula One racetrack would include grandstands for spectators as well as use of the fields for cricket matches. While most of this would be on privately-owned land bordering the park, the proposal needs to use about 20 acres of the park. In exchange the developers would pay for the environmental cleanup of 200 acres the state has failed to clean up and is currently fenced off for public use. The developers are also offering to allow the public to use the race facilities for charity and other events on days when races are not being conducted.

Hoboken festival headliner announced: Marshall Crenshaw and the Smithereens

Fans of rock music from the '80s are sure to be impressed -- the headlining band for the Sept. 30 Arts and Music Festival in Hoboken is going to be the Smithereens, featuring Marshall Crenshaw.

Crenshaw had a hit in 1982 with the song "Someday, Someway."

The Smithereens were formed in Carteret, N.J. They had a number of popular songs in the 1980s, including "A Girl Like You," "Only a Memory," "Too Much Passion," and "Behind the Wall of Sleep" and "Blood and Roses." Former lead singer Pat DiNizio passed away last December.

For more information on the free event, click and keep watching for news for Hoboken, Jersey City, and other Hudson County, N.J. towns.

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