Union City/ West New York Briefs

West New York Police held their annual toy giveaway, delivering toys to random locations throughout town.
West New York Police held their annual toy giveaway, delivering toys to random locations throughout town.

Union City art exhibition holds free closing night reception

An exhibition featuring the works of local artist Hugo W. Morales will host a closing night reception on Jan. 18 at the Union City Museum of Art. The museum is in the William V. Musto Cultural Center at 420 15th St. in Union City. The exhibit is titled “Silent Screams: Where Desperation Meets Hope.” Admission to the reception is free, and free parking will be available at the Colin Powell School, on the corner of 15th Street and Palisade Avenue.

West New York Police hold annual ride-along toy giveaway

After West New York Police held an annual toy drive giveaway for children in need on Dec. 18, the department delivered an abundance of gifts not needed for the donation at random locations throughout town on Dec. 24. Each year, the department uses the Department of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) to determine which children in the neighborhood will be in need during the holiday season, and delivers gifts donated by West New York residents, police officers, American Training Academy members, and members of Women of West New York to DCPP’s office in Secaucus. The department gave special thanks to Roseland Properties program director Ann Wood.

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 two information sessions will be held at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave., Rm. 901, on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m., and at Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St, Hoboken, on Wednesday, Jan. 9 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

Tax amnesty program to NJ taxpayers ends Jan. 15

The New Jersey Division of Taxation is offering a limited-time opportunity for both individual taxpayers and corporations to file past tax returns and/or pay back taxes with no penalties and reduced interest, according to an announcement from John J. Ficara, director, Division of Taxation, N.J. Department of the Treasury.

The New Jersey Tax Amnesty program runs through Jan. 15, offering an opportunity for delinquent taxpayers to come into compliance and get a fresh start. Amnesty applies to individuals or businesses with outstanding tax filings or payments that are reportable on a tax return due on or after Feb. 1, 2009, and prior to Sept. 1, 2017.

Since Tax Amnesty is only offered until Jan. 15, taxpayers with an outstanding New Jersey tax liability are encouraged to take advantage of the program before the deadline so they don’t incur greater penalties.

For information regarding Tax Amnesty eligibility or process, call 1-800-781-8407 Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. or visit www.TaxAmnesty.nj.gov