SECAUCUS BRIEFS

Secaucus is looking to find a location to display this larger than life nature painting.
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Secaucus is looking to find a location to display this larger than life nature painting.

Comicon is coming

East Coast Comicon will be held on May 17 to 19 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus. The event features presentations by some of the top comic artist in the country, discussion panels and other events. There will be more than 850 exhibitors.

Hours are 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Parking is free.

Tickets cost $20.50 for Friday, $38.50 for Saturday and $33.50 for Sunday. For tickets and more information go to http://www.eastcoastcomicon.com/

Organizers, however, warn guests to not bring any weapons real or fake. Do not bring spears, bats, knives, swords, staffs, or any other items blunt or pointed.

Secaucus holds Memorial Day parade on May 18

The Memorial Day Parade will take place in Secaucus on May 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marchers will meet at the Masonic Building on Paterson Plank Road at 9 a.m. and go to the staging area at 10:15 a.m. The parade itself will start at noon. Hot dogs, burgers and drinks will be available afterwards at the Masonic Building.

Pascrell votes to lower prescription drug pricing

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) has applauded the House passage of two bills that would improve transparency for prescription drugs.

H.R.1503, the Orange Book Transparency Act of 2019, would help to ensure that the FDA Orange Book, which lists approved prescription drugs, provides up-to-date information on brand drug and patent exclusivity. This change will make it easier for generic companies to carve out pathways for cheaper versions of drugs to come to market. Similarly, H.R.1520, the Purple Book Continuity Act of 2019, which also passed on Wednesday, would ensure that approved biological products are listed in the Purple Book in similar format as the Orange Book.

“The House is committed to lowering health care costs for the American people” said Rep. Pascrell. “Specifically, the spiraling cost of too many prescription drugs is an epidemic itself. As long as it is unaddressed, Americans in need of medication will continue to suffer. These measures pave the way for cheaper alternatives to come to market and are a step in the right direction. Affordable prescription drugs remains at the top of my priorities in Washington and I’m glad to see my House colleagues are with me in this endeavor.”

Spring school concerts

The Secaucus High School Spring Band Concert will take place at the Arthur F. Couch Performing Arts Center, 11 Millridge Rd., on May 21 at 7 p.m. The Huber Street School and Clarendon School Spring Band/Chorus Concert will be held at 7 p.m. on May 22. For information, go to http://pac.sboe.org/