Annual Hudson County Fair stretches to two weekends

The annual Hudson County Fair is returning to Braddock Park. This time, the fun and activities will last two weekends instead of one.
The events begin Friday, Sept. 29, from 5 to 10 p.m., and the 30 and 1, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. That schedule will repeat itself for the following weekend, beginning Oct. 6 through 9. The fair will feature food, rides, and a 90 foot Ferris wheel. Live bands, including The Nerds, Under Pressure, and Men of Horses, will perform.
“It went over so well that everybody keeps asking us to do it twice a year,” said Freeholder Anthony Vainieri, who was instrumental in reviving the festival in 2015 after it went defunct in the 1970s.
“This way, if people go away one weekend, or if they’re not around, they can maybe make it to next weekend,” he said. “That’s why we extended it a weekend before.”
The fair originally launched as a celebration for Christopher Columbus, the freeholder said.
“This is something that people came up to me and said, ‘Why don’t we have an Italian parade? Why don’t we have a Columbus Day Parade?’” Vainieri said. “So, I said, ‘Well, let’s bring the carnival back and make it a Columbus Day feast.’”

Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteers
Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help local 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, Oct. 3 at 6:30 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

Hackensack Meridian Health community fair

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center will present a Community Health Fair on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the North Bergen Public Library, 8411 Bergenline Ave. The event is free and open to the general public.
Free health tests and screenings will include: Blood test for Diabetes (A1c), Pulmonary Function Test, and Vision Screenings (attendees MUST call 201-854-5702 to pre-register for vision tests). Free information will also be available on the following: Certificates for mammograms and prostate screenings, Alzheimer’s & Dementia, Mental Health, Health Insurance Options, WIC Program, and AARP.
Free giveaways & refreshments will also be provided. For more information, please call Nikki Mederos at (201) 854-5702.

Officials in NB, UC facititate donations for recent hurricane, earthquake victims

North Bergen’s NB C.A.R.E.S. is collecting supplies for Puerto Rico from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Items can be dropped off at North Bergen Town Hall, 4233 Kennedy Blvd. Following the devastating weather events that struck Puerto Rico, the township is working with a direct source in Puerto Rico’s relief centers and they are only collecting certain supplies which the centers specifically requested. The only supplies they are accepting at the moment are baby bottles, diapers, formula, baby wipes, diaper rash cream, baby clothes (washed and folded), blankets, tools, nails and screws, and work gloves.
The town is also collecting nonperishable food that does not need to be cooked, but no cans (for shipping purposes). For questions contact Aimee at 201-392-0299 or
State Sen. Brian Stack has also issued a call for donations to the Red Cross to aid the victims.
Stack, who is also mayor of largely-Hispanic Union City, called the Red Cross a “reputable organization” and said he has witnessed their “honorable” work at the local level.
“As you know,” he said in a statement, “two regions recently suffered great devastation from natural disasters – Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and Mexico from a catastrophic earthquake. Our region has many residents with both friends and family in these nations. If you wish to donate to the Red Cross, more information may be found at or call (1-800-733-2767).

Local author 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 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 for $5 off the nominal fee. But space is limited, so register using the link below or check the events page of
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, 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
There is a nominal fee for the one-shot program, and it’s lower for those who are just auditing. For more information, click or contact Lissner via her website, .

Gubernatorial candidates voice support for Puerto Rico hurricane relief

The two leading gubernatorial candidates have come together to voice support of a statewide charity designed to raise funds for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.
“New Jersey for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief” is sponsored and spearheaded by the Puerto Rican Congress of New Jersey and leaders of New Jersey’s half-million-strong Puerto Rican community to rally behind friends and family on the island suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and former Ambassador Phil Murphy both urged New Jerseyans to support the relief fund.
To learn more about the relief fund, as well as the board members involved, please visit Donations are now being accepted through the site. Supporters can also call 1-833-NJ-HELPS.