Hudson Reporter Briefs

Hudson Reporter Editor Kate Rounds and family members from Denver and Rhode Island enjoy an evening on the Hudson with Hoboken's Resilience Paddle Sports.
Hudson Reporter Editor Kate Rounds and family members from Denver and Rhode Island enjoy an evening on the Hudson with Hoboken's Resilience Paddle Sports.

American Red Cross needs blood donations

With many regular donors delaying giving blood to take final summer vacations and prepare for school, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage.

While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs.

More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.

Donations can be made in Jersey City at Christ Hospital at 176 Palisade Ave. on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and at 101 Hudson St. on Aug. 28, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donors can also make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 112 days.

With the help of a $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who donated blood between July 29 and Aug. 29 by giving them a $5 Gift Card via email.

(Restrictions apply; see More information and details are available at

15th Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Hoboken residents are invited to the 15th annual Spaghetti Dinner Block Party on Thursday, Aug. 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. along the waterfront walkway on Sinatra Drive between First and Second streets.

The evening will feature a musical performance and a dinner of four types of pasta, salad, meatballs, sausage, eggplant, assorted breads, Italian pastries, and cookies.

Beer, wine, soda, and water will be available at an additional charge with proceeds of the beverage sales going to support the Hoboken Ambulance Corps.

Seating is limited. Tickets must be purchased in advance at or at the Cultural Affairs Office on the third floor of city hall, 94 Washington St.

Friday, August 23, is the last date to purchase tickets. For more information, call (201) 420-2000 ext. 5100 or email

Unique Creatures coming to all North Bergen libraries 

There will be plenty of nature’s most unique snakes, lizards, insects, birds, and mammals at the North Bergen Public Library on Aug. 23.

The Unique Creatures exhibition will visit the branches of North Bergen’s library system to showcase a variety of things creepy, crawly, feathered, and colorful at the Guttenberg Resource Center at 11 a.m., the library’s Main Branch at 1 p.m., and the Kennedy Branch at 3 p.m.

For more information, visit

Guttenberg, Hudson Pride Center to host LGBTQ discussion panel 

On Aug. 19, Hudson Pride Center is teaming up with Mayor Wayne Zitt and the Guttenberg Town Council to host a panel discussion on LGBTQ+ community issues that impact North Hudson Communities.

The event will be at the Gerald Drasheff Community Center at 301 69th Street from 6-8 p.m.

The entrance will be on Hudson Avenue between 68th and 69th Streets.

Union City hosts Law Enforcement Exam prep course 

Union City will host a Law Enforcement Exam prep course at Union City High School, 2500 John F. Kennedy Blvd., on Sept. 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The prep course applies to applicants seeking to become police officers at the municipal and county levels, on college campuses, in human services, in sheriff’s departments, in correctional facilities, and in the Juvenile Justice Commission.

To register, visit

Hoboken residents to be featured in National Down syndrome Society’s annual video presentation in Times Square

The National Down syndrome Society will feature Hoboken residents Alicia Bello and Emma Stauber in its annual New York City Time Square Video presentation on Sept. 14.

The Times Square Video presentation kicks off Down Syndrome Awareness Month on the morning of the NDSS Buddy Walk® in New York City.

Every year on a special video presentation on a jumbo screen in the heart of Times Square, NDSS reminds the world about the gifts that people with Down syndrome bring to their communities.

These images promote acceptance and inclusion, which is the foundation of NDSS and the National Buddy Walk® Program.

Alicia and Emma’s photos were selected from more than 3,000 entries in the NDSS worldwide call for photos. Approximately 500 photos will appear in the Times Square video.

The video presentation will be followed by the 23rd Annual Flagship Buddy Walk in New York City.

This year, Rock the 21, a Hoboken-based nonprofit, will have a Buddy Walk team.

Rock the 21’s mission is to create social awareness of people with Down syndrome, encourage inclusion, and support people with Down syndrome and their families in our community.

Learn more about it at or join their team here:

Final “North Bergen Stories” session is Aug. 26

North Bergen has a rich history. During the “North Bergen Stories” sessions, residents will have a chance to be a part of its telling.

The oral history project aims to document, preserve, and celebrate the township’s past by collecting the stories of people who experienced it firsthand.

On Aug. 26, from 9 to 11 a.m., there will be a final meeting for residents to contribute to the project at the North Bergen Public Library’s main branch, 8411 Bergenline Ave.

Those who can’t make it to the event are encouraged to make arrangements with the township’s historian, Michael P. Maring, at

Union City’s summer celebrations continue through August 

Union City’s lineup of outdoor summer festivities will continue through August.

Theatre Festivals in the Park are slated to continue every Thursday until Sept. 12 at War Memorial Plaza. All events are scheduled for 7 p.m., with free admission and seating.

The final Jazz Night, featuring the James Austin Trio, will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Firefighter’s Memorial Park, 906 Palisade Ave., at 7 p.m.

The final Latin Night, featuring live music from Los Lozano, will take place on Aug. 26, at War Memorial Plaza, at 7 p.m.

Kids’ movie nights will continue on Fridays, 7 p.m. On Aug. 23, the city will be airing “Moana,” at Colin Powell Elementary School and on Aug. 30, there will be a showing of “Coco” at Edison School, 507 West St.

Democratic Bill to require mental health education in schools signed into law 

Mental health education will now be integrated into health and physical education classes for all K-12 students in New Jersey, under a bill Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law on Aug. 9.

The law requires health education programs in New Jersey schools to include age-appropriate instruction on mental health, including information on substance abuse.

The state Board of Education will review and update the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education. The state board will consult with mental health experts, including but not limited to those from the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.