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St. Augustine School's students expressed their flair for creativity at the annual STREAM fair.

Winners from STREAM fair move on to regional expositions

St. Augustine School’s students participated in a STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Arts, and Math) fair, and families went to see student demonstrations at the school’s gym. All grades within the district, Pre-K to 8, participated in the event.

The winners will be heading with their projects to Kearny to participate in the Newark Archdiocese exposition and some of the students were selected to participate in an exposition at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City.

Parents who wish to find more information about the upcoming STREAM expositions can contact Vice Principal Sister Johanna Quinto at joquinto@optonline.net.

West New York soccer registration opens

Registration is now open for West New York’s 2019 summer soccer league. The program is available to all West New York boys and girls, ages 5-18.

A valid birth certificate or US passport, recently mailed proof of address, and West New York School District verification letter are all required in order to register. Parents must present a valid NJ Driver’s License with West New York address on it if the child does not attend a West New York school.

The recreation department requests parents to register as soon as possible. All applications are being accepted at the Town Hall Recreation Office (428 60th Street, Suite 7). Monday-Friday, 12-7:30 p.m. Practice and game information will be provided once schedules are created. The season starts in June and ends in August. All activities will take place at Centennial Soccer Field on the waterfront. The registration deadline is Friday, May 31, 2019.

Mayor Brian Stack holds constituent afternoon events

Mayor Brian Stack will be holding visits at various neighborhoods throughout Union City to have some conversations with residents.

“I will be in you r neighborhood visiting you, attempting to bring my office closer to you, as I try to do throughout the year,” Stack wrote. “Serving as your mayor is something I treasure and work hard to do effectively every day.”

The next constituent afternoons will both be at 4 p.m. The first will take place on March 19 at Washington School, 3905 New York Ave, and the second will take place on March 26 Welcome Center, 301 47th St.

NAMI offers family-to-family educational program

The National Alliance on Mental Illness chapter in Hudson County will offer free classes for families and caregivers of adults living with a mental illness beginning March 20. The program consists of twelve 2-½ hour classes that focus on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

The course will be given by family members of individuals with a mental illness, trained by NAMI as educators of the Family-to-Family Program. Many family members describe this experience as life changing. Thousands of families have gained information, understanding, and support through these programs.

The classes on Wednesday evenings begin March 20 and finish on June 5. Classes are from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Christ Hospital, 176 Palisade Ave., Jersey City. There is free parking at the hospital parking facility. Light snacks will be available.

The program and materials are free but registration is required. To register, contact Martha Silva at 201-861-0614 or email namihudson@msn.com.

Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteers

Learn how to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at Little City Books, 100 Bloomfield St., Hoboken, on Wednesday, March 20 at 7 p.m.

CASA is a nonprofit 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.

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.

Red Cross Month is now

March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross New Jersey Region asks people to be a hero for others by becoming a volunteer, learning lifesaving skills, donating blood or donating to the Help One Family campaign on Red Cross Giving Day, March 27.

March was first proclaimed Red Cross Month in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to raise awareness of the organization and its humanitarian mission.

During March, several New Jersey locations and landmarks will be illuminated red in recognition of Red Cross Month.

Volunteers are needed to help families affected by disasters, install smoke alarms to keep neighbors safe from home fires, provide emergency assistance for military members and veterans, or help reconnect families separated by international conflict. The Red Cross is also seeking volunteers to make appointments to donate blood or platelets, and is holding classes in first aid, CPR, and other skills.

Donations can be made at www.redcross.org/givingday, and will go toward providing urgent relief like food and shelter to help families during the first devastating hours of a disaster.

New Jersey residents can help support the Red Cross while filing their 2018 state tax returns, by checking box 64 on the NJ 1040 form and entering Code 14 for the American Red Cross- NJ Fund.

People can find more information about Red Cross Month events, volunteer opportunities, and other ways to support the work of the Red Cross by visiting www.redcross.org/NJ.


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