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July will be a good month to clean out your home in Union City.
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July will be a good month to clean out your home in Union City.

Union City announces Clean Out Week 

The Union City Department of Public Works announced that it will host Clean Out Week throughout the city. Residents are encouraged to clean out basements, attics, yards, closets, and spare rooms to eliminate both clutter and fire hazards.

Residents may bring anything besides paint to the curb on regularly-scheduled garbage nights after 8 p.m.

The program is broken up into three time spans:

– 2nd to 21st Streets will have pickups on July 21 and July 24.
– 21st to 36th Streets, including Summit Ave., will have pickups on July 22 and July 25.
– 36th to 49th Streets will have pickups on July 23 and July 26.

Union City Theatre Festival 

The 17th annual Union City Theatre Festival will feature performances at War Memorial Plaza, at 46th Street and Broadway. All performances will take place on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m.

Admission is free, and chairs will be provided.

For the full lineup of events through July, August, and September, visit ucnj.com.

Union City hosts police community meetings 

Officers of the Union City Police Department will host a huge lineup of community meetings in locations throughout Union City. The department and Mayor Brian Stack wold like to hear from residents with concerns, complaints, problems, suggestions, and constructive criticism.

The meetings will be outdoors, and are guaranteed to be near all Union City residents at some point throughout the summer.

To find out the times and locations for the meetings, visit ucnj.com.

West New York announces free summer lunch program 

West New York’s Division of Recreation kicked off its free summer lunch program. Free lunch is currently being served to all West New York residents ages 18 or under at Miller Park, Donnelly Park, Fillmore Park, Dewey Park, and Washington Park Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m.

This program will be offered until Friday, Aug. 16.

Cultural Affairs launches Creative Series

West New York’s Division of Cultural Affairs launched its Creative Series. For local artists who would like to see their work shine, the town is inviting community members to have their art put on display throughout the town.

The projects will be collaborative from a pool of interested artists. To apply, contact the Cultural Affairs Department at 201-295-5101, or by email at tmarcano@westnewyorknj.org.

Menendez, Booker, six other senators introduce Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act 

Senators Bob Menendez and Corey Booker joined six other Senate Democrats in introducing the Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act. The legislation would reform how children are treated between the moment they arrive at the U.S. border to claim asylum, and the resolutions of their asylum cases.

Among other measures, the bill would ban for-profit contractors from operating new Office of Refugee Resettlement shelters or influx facilities. Investigative studies concur that the nearly billion-dollar for-profit industrial complex that detains children charges several hundred dollars per day for every child detained, while engaging in cost-cutting measures that directly impact detainee’s quality of life, health, and safety.

The bill would end family separations except when authorized by a state court or child welfare agency, or when Customs and Border Protection and an independent child welfare specialist agree that a child is a trafficking victim, is not the child of an accompanying adult, or is in danger of abuse or neglect.

The bill would also require access to hygiene products such as toothbrushes, diapers, soap, and showers, a prompt medical assessment by trained medical providers, and three USDA-approved meals for children.

The bill would remove some roadblocks to placing unaccompanied children with sponsors by lowering case manager workloads, lowering staffing ratios, and ending the information sharing agreement between the Office of Refugee Resettlement and ICE.

More than three dozen senators co-sponsored the bill