Eurice E. Rojas received a lifetime achievement award for his numerous community health outreach efforts.
Eurice E. Rojas received a lifetime achievement award for his numerous community health outreach efforts.

‘Save Latin America’ honors Eurice E. Rojas

Save Latin America, Inc., the nonprofit that sponsors and plans the annual Cuban Day Parade, has honored Cliffside Park resident Eurice E. Rojas, vice president of Business Development at Hackensack Meridian Health, with its first-ever lifetime achievement award in recognition of Rojas’ leadership and commitment to improving the health and wellness of residents in North Hudson Communities.

Rojas received the award at Save Latin America’s cocktail reception fundraiser on June 13 at the Waterside restaurant in North Bergen.

“We are proud to recognize Eurice Rojas for his accomplishments, community advocacy and the positive impact he has made on the lives of so many in our community,” Antonio Ibarria, chairman of Save Latin America, Inc., said. “Eurice has a true fighting spirit that has always overcome challenges in his profession and in his life. Countless members of our community have benefited from his support, and he has made a positive impact on the quality of life for our area.”

Rojas was recognized for establishing local partnerships that address community health issues by educating local residents, improving access to care, and reducing health disparities. He led the development of Palisades Medical Center’s Community Health Needs Assessment, and spearheaded the hospital’s year-round outreach programs.

Terrace Apartments celebrates 48th anniversary

Mayor Nicholas Sacco hosted a party for the 48th anniversary of the Terrace Apartments building on June 11. Many of the senior residents attended for a buffet dinner in the community room, enjoying an mix of Italian and Latin delicacies. The meal, with a patriotic Flag Day theme, was capped with a red, white, and blue cake.

Commissioners Hugo Cabrera, Julio Marenco, and Allen Pascual, and Housing Authority Executive Director Gerald Sanzari were among officials wishing senior residents all the best.

During the party, a live DJ played a lineup of songs, and plenty of residents hit the dance floor.

Summer Music Camp registration is open soon

North Bergen’s Summer Music Camp, which is open to boys and girls in grades 4-12, is opening its registration on June 27 and 28 at the township’s Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave.

The program will run run from July 1 through Aug. 1, Monday-Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To register, applicants must bring a birth certificate and proof of residency, along with a $50 registration fee. For more information, contact Timothy Murphy at 201-295-2850.

We stand corrected

North Bergen Liberty Generating has not withdrawn its Clean Air Act permit application, according to the company’s spokesman, Brian Hague. Contrary to a former claim, the project’s application is still slated for DEP hearings.

Public notice of the company’s application was not listed on the DEP’s website, along with the other Clean Air Act applications that are currently pending in New Jersey. Hague said that despite this the company confirmed with DEP officials that public hearings on the Clean Air Act permit are still slated to take place locally in the near future.

Library’s summer reading programs kick off

Residents will be able to register children for the North Bergen Free Public Library’s summer reading program, on or after June 25. Those who register will receive a reading chart that will be kept at the library, and stickers will be added to the chart for every book that is read.

Prizes will be given out to anyone who reads five books, and those who fully complete the listed books on the reading chart will receive a gold star to be placed on the finishers’ wall. Those who earn a gold star will be entered to win a grand prize.

The program is open to children and teens up to 18 years old, and a library card is required.

The event will be kicked off with an ice cream party at all three branches of the library.

One party will be held at the Guttenberg Resource Center, 7002 Blvd. East on June 21 at 2 p.m..

The Main Branch and the Kennedy Branch of the library, at 8411 Bergenline Ave. and 2123 Kennedy Blvd., respectively, will be hosting ice cream parties on June 25th at 2 p.m.

Walgreens to host blood drive on June 22

Walgreens Pharmacy, 7401 River Rd., will host a blood drive on Saturday June 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is sponsored through Walgreens’ partnership with the American Red Cross and Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center.

New donors are needed, and the drive is open to the public.

The American Red Cross will have a blood donor bus on site. Appointments for the blood drive are preferred but not required. To schedule an appointment, visit or use the Blood Donor app and enter the sponsor keyword, “Walgreens North Bergen.”

Those that donate are urged to eat and hydrate beforehand.

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 information session will be at Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St, Hoboken, on Wednesday, June 19 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.

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.

Bill to ban 3D printed guns introduced

U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) and Congressmen Ted Deutch (FL-22) today introduced the 3D Printed Gun Safety Act, legislation to prohibit the online distribution of blueprints and instructions that allow for the 3D printing of firearms.

The legislation would ban any files that could program a 3D printer to produce or complete the manufacture of a firearm.

Last year, a US District Court judge settled a lawsuit against the federal government from Defense Distributed, an organization advocating for downloadable firearms which has posted blueprints for a handgun called “The Liberator,” which can be made out of the same plastic used in Lego blocks.

Because these firearms can be made out of plastic, these guns may be undetectable by metal detectors at security checkpoints, increasing the risk that a firearm can be smuggled onto an airplane or other high-security area. People legally barred from obtaining firearms could also manufacture one themselves.

These firearms are also physically untraceable, since they don’t have a serial number for law enforcement to reference. 3D printed guns could make it easier for people intending to commit gun crimes to avoid prosecution.

So far, 26 senators have joined as co-sponsors, and 28 members of the House of Representatives also joined in supporting the legislation.