UC resident will be awarded “Hometown Hero Award”

Union City resident and Jersey City activist Eileen Markenstein will be recognized on Sept. 18 for her community service to Jersey City. The award is given by The Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum in New York City. The ceremony will be held at the Intrepid Battleship Museum and is open to the public. Eileen, currently disabled, has led the volunteer initiative to save and preserve 350 years of Jersey City history and nature by maintaining the Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery since it was abandoned three years ago.
The historic cemetery, 435 Newark Ave., is operated entirely by volunteers currently transforming the site into a memorial park, a 6-acre green open space that hosts historic walking tours, educational programs, military tributes for the veterans, and cultural art and music events for the community. To donate to the historic cemetery restoration project, visit

Free local business expo scheduled

The Hispanic Mercantile Association will host a business expo on Saturday, Sept. 17 from noon until 5 p.m. The event will take place at 4113 Palisades Ave., Union City. For more information please call (201) 865-0500.

Arts and crafts festival to be held

The eighth Annual Union City Arts and Crafts and Music Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Ellsworth Park, New York Avenue and 24th Street. There will be food vendors, activities for children, live music and performances. Admission is free.

Run benefits cystic fibrosis cure

A 5-mile run was scheduled to take place on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 9:30 a.m. in Union City and West New York. O’Connell’s Run was expected to feature a police division. Several members of the Union City Police Department decided to run this year. All proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Center at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson.

Free suggestions, help from lawyers on ‘day of service’

The Hudson County Bar Association and Foundation, in conjunction with several state and county bar associations, will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with a day of service.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 12 within the Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Courthouse at 583 Newark Ave., Jersey City. Then, educational programs will also be offered at 5 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. within the courthouse. Topics include social security, foreclosure, expungement of a criminal record, municipal courts, landlord/tenant issues, immigration, family issues, and bankruptcy. All events are open to the public.
To register contact the Hudson County Bar Association at (201) 798-4708.

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