William McMillin gave an engineering presentation to Grades 6, 7 and 8 at Saint Augustine School in Union City. The children were mesmerized. He talked about different kinds of engineers and what education is needed to pursue them. The children will be visiting the Hoboken Sewerage Authority very soon. They all want to be engineers!

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.

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North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue participates in drive to assist hurricane victims

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 philip.swibinski@vmmi.net.

Weehawken Library Hosts ‘History of Horror Film’ Special Event, Oct. 26

A special Halloween presentation of “The History of Horror Film” will screen at the Weehawken Library on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. Elliot Passantino, filmmaker and life-long fan of the genre, will discuss the roots and evolution of the horror film in this engaging multi-media presentation. Passantino’s lecture will take audiences on a fact filled tour of the horror film history. Passantino will also spotlight on the pioneers of horror films, including
Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff and the stories behind how their movies and careers were created. A SAG actor, rapper, award winning screenwriter and filmmaker the lecture is the result of Passantino’s five year research and coming book on horror films.
Suitable for high school students and older.

‘Parent University’ gave insight into what and how Weehawken students learn

Parents and guardians of Weehawken students gained insight into not only what, but how their children will be learning this year at workshops held at Weehawken High School, covering the spectrum of academics, support services and upcoming events at all of the district’s PK-12 schools. It’s the first time that the Weehawken District offered such a program.
The morning to afternoon program, called Parent EdCamp, which is part of the Weehawken School District’s Parent University series, was held Saturday, Sept. 9, with each workshop lasting about a half hour. Parent EdCamp’s keynote speaker was Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Robert R. Zywicki.
He said “Too often parents can be alienated by ‘edu-jargon’ and education-related acronyms. Our EdCamp provided the opportunity for deep conversations with parents about how we are personalizing instruction and assessment for each student.”
The talks included information on the new security upgrades in all three schools; school-wide enrichment programs; special education; the inclusion and co-teaching program; and how the district’s curricula were developed, and how parents can access the curricula online themselves.
There were also workshops for parents who wanted to help their children academically.
The next Parent EdCamp workshops will be held during the winter semester, and will be devoted to web-based instruction and assessment tools.
To learn more about Parent University, check out Parent University #WeeAreFamily on Twitter @WeehawkenTSD.

With $1 Million security upgrade, Weehawken schools ‘safest in Hudson County’

It’s going to be much harder for unwanted visitors to make their way into any of Weehawken’s schools, now that a $1 million installation of state-of-the-art security equipment is complete — “man traps” included. Dr. Thomas Gambino, a specialist in school preparedness and emergency planning from the New Jersey Department of Education, which regularly provides technical assistance pertaining to school safety, security and preparedness, recently accepted School Superintendent Robert. R. Zywicki’s invitation to observe the district’s newly implemented security system.
The new security systems included hidden cameras and an automated system which announced “Lock-Down,” repeatedly, reinforced by flashing blue strobe lights in the hallways, auditorium, and outside the building’s entranceways. Dr. Zywicki gave the visitors a tour of the newly created “visitor retention vestibules” — otherwise known as “man traps,” which do not allow for unidentified visitors to proceed into Weehawken’s schools.
Just as the strobe lights were installed at strategic areas both inside and outside the schools, automated announcements can be blasted not only within schools, but at outside areas where students congregate. For instance, students practicing marching band on Aricale Field — about two-tenths of a mile away — would be made aware of a lockdown through an automated message blaring from a wireless speaker on the field, urging them not to not return to Weehawken High School, but to go to the nearest designated safe place.
Instantaneous notification to police through various means is another feature. In the event of an emergency, school administrators can alert police through a number of methods: via strategically placed call-buttons; landlines; walkie-talkies or smartphones. “As soon as someone pushes that button, we’re going to be notified,” Weehawken Director of Public Safety Jeff Welz said.
The Weehawken School District has not just seen an upgrade in its technology, but in its emergency procedures and protocols as well. There will be far stricter controls on the comings and goings of non-school personnel into and out of all schools, Dr. Zywicki said.
The $16 million bond that Weehawken residents overwhelmingly approved last spring is what made these upgrades possible. The state of New Jersey paid for 40 percent, or $6.4 million of the facility upgrades price tag. Some of the upgrades were mandated by the state of New Jersey.