Weehawken Briefs

Elisabeth Morrow School will provide kids with free lessons for string instruments at the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal on Feb. 10.
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Elisabeth Morrow School will provide kids with free lessons for string instruments at the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal on Feb. 10.

Elisabeth Morrow School hosts musical “petting zoo”

On Feb. 10, from 1-3 p.m., The Elisabeth Morrow School will host a free musical “petting zoo” at the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal, at 4800 Avenue at Port Imperial. Children can play real musical string instruments with professional music instruction on the instruments of their choice. The event will be commemorated with photos. There will also be a performance from the Elisabeth Morrow School Orchestra. The event will also include ice cream, face painting, balloon artists, STEAM activities, and more. The event is free for children of all ages. For more information, contact admissions@elisabethmorrow.org

Waterfront fields closed for resurfacing

An announcement was made by the township that all public waterfront fields will be closed for a resurfacing project, expected to be completed by March 1.

Hackensack Riverkeeper now accepting scholarship applications

Hackensack Riverkeeper, the citizen-steward of the Hackensack River watershed, is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for the 2019 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship. The program is named in honor of the late Ridgefield science teacher and founding Riverkeeper trustee, and helps support college-bound high school seniors who excel academically and who have a strong commitment environmental protection.

Seniors at 66 high schools in Bergen, Hudson, and Rockland counties are eligible to be nominated by a teacher or guidance counselor for the award. Applications must be postmarked no later than Earth Day, April 22, 2019. A panel of Hackensack Riverkeeper trustees and staffers led by Captains Bill Sheehan and Hugh Carola will review each application and consider the students’ academic achievements, environmental extracurricular activities, and future plans. The winner of the $1,000 unrestricted award will be announced by June 1, 2019.

Additional information and full application criteria are available at www.hackensackriverkeeper.org by emailing Carola at Hugh@hackensackriverkeeper.org; or calling him at 201-968-0808 x102.

NJDOT announces Winter Weather Congestion Alert communications campaign

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti has announced a new communications campaign to help the public make better traveling decisions during winter weather events to improve safety and the department’s ability to clear snow.

New Jersey is the most congested state in the nation; a relatively routine winter weather system can wreak havoc in New Jersey when it occurs between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“In order for NJDOT to clear highways of snow and ice, we need roads free from traffic so our trucks can get through and do their job,” Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. “Our Winter Weather Congestion Alert plan is designed to alert the media and public when forecasted weather may cause congestion, and provide tips on what to do so our crews can get through to keep the roads clear, open, and safe.”

The alerts may provide general tips such as to consider telecommuting if possible or more specific recommendations to avoid certain highways with inclines that are often problematic during a storm, such as I-280 or parts of I-78 in western New Jersey. The media and public will be alerted through press releases, the NJDOT Facebook page, Twitter @NJDOT_info, VMS boards, and www.511nj.org.

NJDOT will encourage people to telecommute, travel before the winter weather starts, and stay put while the winter weather is occurring. Wait a few hours for the storm to subside before heading out. If you are traveling during the winter weather, pull off somewhere safe and wait it out. Always stay clear of plowing and spreading trucks.  If they are behind you, let them pass. Do not pass between trucks that are in a plow formation.

NJDOT will be using Variable Message Signs to alert motorists of the campaign. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information.