Guttenberg couple flip car on River Road

A Guttenberg couple driving south on River Road flipped their vehicle last Wednesday after swerving to avoid an oncoming vehicle, said police.
According to Traffic Commander Lt. James Somers, Lacarrubba Bearman, 80, was driving with her husband Edward in the passenger seat when a silver vehicle pulled out of a carwash on River Road. In an attempt to avoid the vehicle, the Bearmans’ Lexus jumped a curb, struck a utility pole and hit a parked Honda before flipping over onto its roof.
Somers said that both Bearmans were wearing their seatbelts and that they were not ejected from the vehicle. An unidentified Good Samaritan cut Mrs. Bearman out of her seatbelt, while Mr. Bearman was removed when police officers arrived on the scene.
Both were taken to the Hackensack University Medical Center to be treated for minimal, non-life threatening injuries, said Somers.
The accident occurred around noon, closing River Road between Ferry and Bulls Ferry roads.
Somers said the investigation is ongoing.

‘Miracle on the Hudson’ survivors to attend book signing event

On Jan. 14, several passengers from the “Miracle on the Hudson” flight will be present at a special book signing event at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at 465 River Rd., Edgewater.
The free event will run from 7 to 9 p.m.
Released on the one-year anniversary of the emergency Hudson River landing of US Airways Flight 1549, “Brace for Impact,” by Kevin Quirk and Dorothy Firman, includes the words of 25 survivors. It details the event’s impact on their lives.

Free H1N1 shots for North Hudson residents

On Jan. 18, local residents can receive free immunization shots to prevent the H1N1 Virus, or Swine Flu, at St. Joseph of the Palisades Roman Catholic Church in West New York.
Medical professionals from Palisades Medical Center will be administrating the shots from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., or until supplies run out. The shots will be given out on a first come, first serve basis.
The immunization will take place at the church’s lower community center, at 320 64th St. in West New York. For more information, please call Joanne Riggs at (201) 854-5793.

Letter drive by High Tech’s Junior State of America

Members of High Tech High School’s Junior State of America (JSA) held a successful letter drive last month.
The JSA students set up a table at the school’s campus and collected letters for U.S. Marines currently stationed overseas. They stopped students who passed by and asked them if they would like to write a letter to a serviceman in Iraq who would not be home for the holidays.
Many students and those who passed by agreed to write, taking anywhere from five minutes to two hours to compose their writing. Some JSA students assisted those writing their letters.
Topics ranged from gratitude for their service in Iraq, local sports updates, recent news, snow fall, and even jokes to raise spirits.
“We’re usually thought of as just a student-run debate group,” said Leora Rosenberg, High Tech’s JSA chapter president. “This year, though, we’re really focused on making sure our political ideals don’t just die in debate. We want to use them to make a difference in our community.”
At the end of the two-day drive, JSA students had collected over 84 letters to mail to a unit of 48 New Jersey Marines stationed in Iraq. They hope to host more, larger drives in the future, including one at an upcoming JSA convention.

Upcoming weight loss seminar at Palisades

On Jan. 14, Palisades Medical Center will host a free weight loss surgical options seminar from 7 to 9 p.m.
The event will have free admission, food and refreshments and parking. Free transportation will be available from 60th Street and Bergenline Avenue from 5:30 p.m.
With more than 60 percent of the U.S. population categorized as overweight and 30 percent of those classified as obese, Bariatric (weight loss) surgical options are for people who are unable to lose weight purely through diet and exercise.
Stefanie Vaimakis, a board-certified general surgeon trained in advanced laparoscopy and bariatric surgery, will be the featured speaker. She has achieved expertise in laparoscopic gastric bypass as well as the “Lap Band” with over 600 procedures. She speaks fluent English, Spanish and Greek.
For more information, call Nikki Mederos at (201) 854-5702.

‘The Passion Play’ to host auditions

The 95th anniversary of “The Passion Play – The Musical” will be held this year at the Park Performing Center, 560 32nd St., Union City, on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from March 13-27.
The long-standing production is currently casting for the musical adaption of the historic play.
Rehearsals will be held on evenings and weekends in Union City starting around Jan. 27.
Director Carl Gonzalez is seeking all types and ethnicities, which include eight male principal singer/actors (Apostles, Jesus, Judas, Pilate, etc.) eight female singer/actors, two child-singer/actors, 13 non-singing male roles and ensemble. A stipend is available for some roles.
Auditions are held by appointment on Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 6-9 p.m. and on Jan. 16 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Actors unable to make either date should send their picture and resume to for consideration.
Those auditioning should prepare a short classical/semi-classical monologue. Those auditioning for singing roles should also prepare a ballad. An accompanist will be provided.
To schedule an appointment, call (201) 865-6980 at ext. 10 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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