Country music concert at Harmon Meadow Plaza

On Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m., the sounds of “Radio Nashville” will be heard at the Harmon Meadow Plaza as part of the 2013 Secaucus Music & Movie Summer Series.
“They’ll play modern country hits from Keith Urban to Carrie Underwood,” said Deputy Mayor John Bueckner about Radio Nashville.
In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the Arthur F. Couch Performing Arts Center, 11 Mill Ridge Rd.
The series is sponsored in part by The Hudson Reporter.

Final days to submit your do-it-yourself comic at library

Children aged 6 to 16 have an opportunity to win a signed copy of The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney, from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, at the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center. Interested youths may enter the contest until Sept. 8.
To enter, children must create an original comic on one side of an 8.5-inch by 11-inch piece of white paper. The comic must include the name, phone number and/or e-mail address, and birthday on the back side and must be delivered in person to the Children’s Department.
Judges will be looking for creativity, originality, humor, and the message conveyed through the comic. The winner will be announced during the library’s annual mini-fair on Sept. 21.
For more information about the contest, visit the library website at or contact Lanora Melillo, youth services librarian, at

MHMC Education Center offering free, monthly CPR Classes for Secaucus residents

The Education Center at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center (MHMC) is offering free hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes for Secaucus residents on the second Sunday of each month.
Attendees can choose from three time options for the two-hour class – 10 a.m., or 1 or 3 p.m. The Education Center is located at the MHMC campus in Secaucus.
“Having a strong knowledge of CPR can mean the difference between life and death for a member of your family, a neighbor, or someone you pass in the course of daily life,” said Lynn McVey, MHMC’s chief executive officer.
CPR can be useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, in which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped. When the heart stops, the lack of oxygenated blood can cause brain damage in only a few minutes.
Seating is limited for each class, so registration is required. Interested residents can register by calling the Education Center at (201) 250-4626, via mail, or online at

Tech club for youth resuming

The Tween Tech Club will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 17, a library spokesperson announced. The Club is open to Secaucus residents between the ages of 8 and 12, and meets twice a month from 4 to 5 p.m.
Created in 2011, the club teaches youth basic animations, website design, and photo manipulation techniques. Starting this fall, instructors will be showing participants how to create web comics and online book trailers, according to Youth Services Librarian Lanora Melillo.
Due to limited space, interested youths are encouraged to register online through the library’s Calendar of Events page located on the main website at, or by e-mailing Melillo at Registrants must return a signed permission wavier to use certain Internet applications. The form is available on the Tech Club website at or can be picked up at the library.

Volunteers wanted for Hudson Medical Reserve Corps

If you would like to volunteer during public health emergencies and natural disasters in Hudson County or elsewhere, the Hudson Regional Health Commission (HRHC) Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is looking for you.
MRC units are made up of locally based volunteers (with or without a medical background). They include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, mental health professionals, dentists, veterinarians, and epidemiologists. Other community members, such as interpreters, chaplains, office workers, and legal advisers, fill vital support positions.
Volunteers give a minimal amount of time and have the choice to respond locally only or to be deployed outside the county. MRC volunteers were an important part of the Superstorm Sandy response. They gave more than 450 hours, helping at shelters and acting as translators.
Volunteers participate in various trainings and drills throughout the year, enhancing their preparedness skills, and heightening their ability to respond to many different types of events.
Hudson County’s Emergency Management, police, fire, EMS, and public health professionals are working hard to identify, train for, and respond to emergencies that could impact those who live and work here, but more help is needed.
For more information, visit the HRHC website at and click on “Medical Reserve Corps” on the menu bar on the left. Interested individuals can also call Monique Davis, Hudson County MRC coordinator, or Christina Butieb-Bianco, assistant MRC coordinator, at (201) 223-1133 or email

Donate ‘good stuff’ for ‘Trash ’n Treasure’ table at fundraiser

The 16th annual Friends of the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center’s Mini-Fair and Used Book Sale is quickly approaching. The event will be held at the library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 21, with a rain date of Sept. 22.
One of the most popular events at the mini-fair is the Trash ‘n Treasure Table and the library is currently seeking “gently used” items for it.
“The items can be brought to the library to be stored until the mini-fair,” said Lee Penna, who is coordinating the event. “If you have an item that you’re not sure we’ll want for the sale, or an item too big or heavy for you to carry in, you can contact me at (201) 330-2083 to arrange for a pickup and/or for more information.”
Vendors and volunteers are still needed to make the event a success. Vendor forms are available at the library. Space for a table up to 8-feet long is $25, and space for a table up to 16-feet long is $45. Sellers requiring electricity must get prior approval because there are few electrical opportunities on site. For more information, contact May at (201) 330-2083.

NJMC to rededicate World Trade Center Memorial Cove on Sept. 11

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) will rededicate its World Trade Center Memorial Cove on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 8:46 a.m., the time that the first hijacked jetliner hit the North Tower of the Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
The memorial, located in DeKorte Park at the edge of the marsh next to the NJMC administration building, provides a clear view of the Lower Manhattan skyline, including the new One World Trade Center. The memorial sustained significant damage from Superstorm Sandy and has been reconstructed.
“The World Trade Center Memorial Cove provides a tranquil place to reflect upon and honor the nearly 3,000 brave men and women who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and it is was very important to the commission following the damage from Superstorm Sandy that this hallowed spot be restored,” said Marcia Karrow, NJMC executive director. “It is with heavy hearts that we commemorate this sad day in our nation’s history by rededicating this memorial.”
The Memorial Cove consists of a free-form wooden deck with two projecting piers, suggesting shadows of the fallen towers. The piers are proportioned after the World Trade Center, and each one has 110 boards representing the 110 floors of the towers. The memorial also includes a steel silhouette of the towers and a spot from which visitors can view where the towers stood against the Manhattan skyline. NJMC’s 9/11 Memorial was originally dedicated in 2003.
Flooding from Superstorm Sandy ripped the deck and projecting piers from their supporting pilings, requiring the entire deck to be rebuilt. The dedication plaque and serpentine benches were salvaged and reinstalled. Plantings at the site have been redesigned, using mostly native species, to add color and to attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.

Big Brothers Big Sisters host second Bowl for Kid’s Sake

On Sunday, Sept. 15, Eagle Rock Lanes in West Orange will be the site of Bowl for Kids’ Sake, an event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties.
More than 1,000 community members will enjoy food, music, prizes, and bowling to celebrate their achievement in raising much needed funds for this organization that matches children facing life’s challenges with caring, supportive adults for one-to-one mentoring.
Members of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties Leadership Council urged all who can to participate or donate.
For more information, or to register a team, visit the group’s website at, call Sandra Ehrlich, Bowl for Kids’ Sake coordinator, at (973) 273-6311, or email

Who will care for your loved one(s) after you’re gone?

NAMI Hudson, a nonprofit group for loved ones of people with mental illness, will hold a presentation, “Plan NJ,” on Oct. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hoboken Community Mental Health Center, 506 Third St. Parking is available behind the center.
Plan NJ (Planned Lifetime Network of NJ) is a non-profit organization that helps consumers and their families answer the question, “Who will care for my loved one when I am gone?” Plan NJ can help families with, monitoring, advocacy, guardianship, coaching, guidance, permanent repository, community and private trust administration, and benefits administration.
“Plan NJ can help with a one-time effort that will assist in helping with the financial, legal, and social resources needed for the consumer’s future,” said Agnes Byrne of NAMI. “After the plan is created, there is an opportunity to update as needed.”
There is a cost involved, but it is within the reach of most families, according to Byrne. Financial assistance and scholarship may be available.
For more information, call Kristiana Kalab at (862) 754-6654 or for more information.

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