Secaucus teen Harvey Krishnan stars with some of Broadway’s best

Secaucus teen Harvey Krishnan got her first major theater break this week starring with a host of Broadway stars.

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A musical major at Secaucus High Tech High School, 17 year-old Krishnan was among the top four leads in “MIDTERMS,” which was penned and scored by her HTHS peer and budding Jersey City-based playwright Isabel Kate Culpepper.

The musical, which tells the tale of four star-crossed lovers in a college setting filled with a comically-inept faculty, had a staged reading that took place at Hi-Arts in New York City.

Starring with Harvey and Isabel were Broadway’s Alex Boniello and Michael Lee Brown, both of “Dear Evan Hansen” fame, along with other theater luminaries that included Kevin Mambo (“FELA!,” “The Color Purple”), Daphne Rubin-Vega (“Rent!”), David Andrew Laws (“Drunken Shakespeare”), Sean Fletcher (“Rhinoceros”) and Analisa Velez (“Queen Latina,” “Power Posse”).

The musical was co-produced by Hi-ARTs and Developing Artists, where both Isabel and Harvey have been long time members.

Jill DeArmon, Artistic Director of Developing Artists, directed the feature.

File that could save your life

Hudson Regional Hospital, in partnership with Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli and the town of Secaucus, has improved first responder-patient communications by creating a File Of Life emergency medical information card program for Secaucus citizens.

Registration in the national File of Life program involves filling out a foldable card with pertinent medical information. The card is placed in a red magnetic file that first-responders are trained to look for on the refrigerator or in the freezer that assists them in providing care to patients even if they are not able to communicate at the time of the emergency.

File of Life has been providing its life-saving information cards for more than two decades and is in 18 million homes nationwide.

Hudson Regional Hospital’s healthcare professionals will be available to assist residents in filling out their own free File of Life cards and provide free health screenings to anyone who registers at a series of Community Registration Events.

The program officially began after it was announced at the Secaucus Mayor and Council Caucus meeting on Feb. 26.

“It’s a simple way for citizens to ensure they are getting the best possible care in a medical emergency, and a great step towards building a healthier Secaucus,” said Mayor Michael Gonnelli.

“Medical emergencies can happen to anyone at any time, and a patients’ confusion, panic or inability to provide information on current medical issues can interfere with their care,” said Kristin Hyman, Chief of EMS for Hudson Regional Hospital. “The File for Life card can speak for them and can tell public safety dispatchers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics what steps to take to save their lives.

Registration events will be held throughout the year at large residential complexes, public gathering places, and local businesses with the goal to have all Secaucus residents enrolled by the end of 2019. The hospital’s Community Outreach Team representatives will come to the homes of any Secaucus residents who are unable to attend these events due to mobility or health issues.

Hudson Regional Hospital is the first hospital in Hudson County to offer the File for Life emergency medical card program. It intends to work with municipal and county officials to have all Secaucus residents registered by the end of 2019.

A full list of Community Registration Events can be found at

For- and non-profit organizations interested in hosting an on-site Community Registration Event, or those requesting a free File for Life information packet can call or text 201-687-1107 or e-mail

Goya donates food to Venezuela

Goya Food has announced its commitment to donate 200 metric tons of food, equivalent to 440,000 pounds of food, to the people of Venezuela.

In collaboration with the United States government, Goya is working to coordinate the delivery of the truckloads of product from Goya’s Houston, Texas facility to Colombia before entering the border of Venezuela.

“We unite with our brothers and sisters in Venezuela to bring nourishing food during a time of desperate need,” said Bob Unanue, president of Goya Foods. “I commend the support of the United States and other countries, private and public entities, and individuals who are also working diligently to ensure that the people of Venezuela receive food, water, and aid.”

The donation of Goya Black Beans (Caraotas Negras), a Venezuelan staple, is part of Goya’s charitable arm, Goya Gives, a global initiative committed to promoting and supporting the overall well-being of communities through social responsibility, environmental initiatives, and company values.

Goya supports over 300 organizations, events, and scholarships worldwide and has always played an active role in providing food donations during times of crisis in the United States, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Mexico, Haiti, Chile, Peru and El Salvador among others.

For more information, please visit,

Console and Associates announces 2018-2019 legal scholarship

For the past few years, Console and Associates, P.C. has offered a legal scholarship for any college student or accepted high school senior planning to pursue a law-related degree. They are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 scholarship.

Since establishing his practice, Richard Console has looked for ways to give back to his community. Creating an annual scholarship was an easy answer for him to reach.

“I received a scholarship to attend law school, and it changed the course of my life,” Console said. “It is important to me to pay it forward.”

Console welcomes all who are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Current undergraduate students are eligible to apply as are high school seniors with a college acceptance, and students currently pursuing their law degree.

Requirements include a 3.0 or higher GPA and currently pursuing or planning to pursue a law-related degree. You must also be a US citizen and provide all application documentation via email.

You must provide an unofficial transcript, current proof of enrollment, and an introduction essay.

All applications are due by June 15 and the winner will be notified by July 17.

For more information, please visit the scholarship information page.


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