Weehawken elections to be held Tuesday

Although Mayor Richard Turner is running unopposed in the May 13 municipal election in Weehawken, two of his four Township Council candidates face opposition.
Deputy Mayor and 3rd Ward Councilman Robert Sosa is being challenged by Joseph Mendez and 2nd Ward Councilwoman Rosemary Lavagnino is being challenged by policeman Richard DeCosmis.
First Ward Councilwoman Carmela Silvestri-Ehret and Councilman-at-Large Robert Zucconi, along with Turner, are running unopposed.
In Weehawken, voters elect candidates to the council. The council then selects one of its own to serve as mayor. Turner has been mayor since he was first elected in 1990.
Voting hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to the town clerk’s office.

Woman’s Club holds Girl Scout program

On Monday, May 12, 2014, at 7 p.m., the Woman’s Club of Weehawken is hosting a program by Girl Scout Cadettes Troop12933 presenting individual videos of their Girl Scout adventures as part of their Digital Movie Maker Badge. The girls are in grades 6-8. The Program will be held at the Weehawken Nutrition Center, 201 Highwood Ave., Weehawken. All are welcome to attend and find out more about the Girl Scouts and the Woman’s Club. There will be a question and answer period after the talk.
For more information, please call Carol Kravitz at 201-951-1114 or go to: www.womansclubofweehawken@gmail.com.

High Tech High School production nominated for seven awards

High Tech High School earned seven nominations and an honorable mention in the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards for their recent production of “Spring Awakening,” presented by the HT Musical Theatre Department.
Among the top nominated high schools, High Tech received nominations for Best Overall Production, Best Direction (Alex Perez), Best Supporting Actress (Ana Beliakova), Best Chorus, Best Student Orchestra (led by Rod Shepard), Best Lighting Design (Jams Bonkosky), and Best Scenic Design (Greg Cilmi), with an honorable mention in Choreography (Alex Perez).
The Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards are modeled after the Tony Awards. Paper Mill Playhouse‘s program serves the entire state of New Jersey with nearly 100 entered productions from public, private and parochial high schools. Paper Mill Playhouse conceived and created the awards in 1996 to give schools the opportunity to showcase their musical arts programs on a statewide level. The musicals are adjudicated by Paper Mill Playhouse throughout the spring by a group of 70 evaluators, with each school receiving four independent evaluations.
As one of the nation’s leading regional theaters and producing partners for Broadway, Paper Mill Playhouse has a well-earned reputation for launching both performers and shows for Broadway. Since their inception in 1996, the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre have ignited the careers of many notable performers, all of whom attended high school in New Jersey.
The 2014 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards ceremony will take place at Paper Mill Playhouse on Tuesday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. Schools nominated for Outstanding Overall Musical and Leading Actor/Actress nominees perform at the event and award recipients are presented with an engraved crystal award from Tiffany & Co.

Palisades Medical Center announces schedule of upcoming maternity classes

Classes include Newborn Baby Care, Keys to Successful Breastfeeding, and a two-day course in Childbirth Education, covering the process of labor including understanding the labor process, breathing and relaxation techniques to work with your body, the role of the support person, options for pain medications and medical interventions, Caesarean birth, understand your changing body after birth, newborn appearance, and procedures after birth. The Childbirth Education series also includes a tour of Palisades Medical Center’s labor and delivery unit.
Costs range from $35 per couple to $150 per couple depending on the class. Additional information is available at www.palisadesmedical.org. The Palisades Medical Center is at 7600 River Road in North Bergen. To register or for more information, call Robin Petrick at (201) 295-4823.

Union Hill High School annual alumni dinner is on May 14

The UHHS alumni have been hosting annual dinners since 1998. The main goal of the dinner is to raise money that is donated to various scholarship funds for Union City High School students. It is also a dinner/reunion for all UHHS alumni. One of the highlights of the dinner is to honor the recent inductees into the UHHS Hall of Fame.
This year’s inductees are: Dr. Guy Orangio (Class of 1969), Luis Fraga (Class of 1989), Javier Romero (Class of 1990), Melissa Beyruiti (Class of 2005), and Alice Failla Aiello (Teacher).
The UHHS Alumni Dinner will be held on May 14 from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at La Fiesta, 255 Rt.17 South, Wood-Ridge. The price of $65 includes a cocktail hour, open bar, sit down dinner, and dessert. Tickets can be purchased by mailing a check/money order to the Union Hill Alumni Association, P.O Box 249, Union City, NJ 07087. Make checks payable to the Union Hill Alumni Association. Tables of 10 may be reserved in advance. Contact Marty Schade at (201) 401-4407 with any questions.

Health seminar on treatment options for overactive bladder

The Palisade Medical Center is presenting a free seminar about the many treatment options available for overactive bladders. Urogynecologist Sam Hessami, director of the Continence Center at Palisades and associate clinical professor at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, is the featured speaker.
The event will take place on Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and food and refreshments will be provided. Contact (201) 854-5702 to register.
Palisades Medical Center is located at 7600 River Road, North Bergen. Free transportation will be provided from 60th St. and Bergenline Avenue starting at 6 p.m.

Mobile health screenings for May

The North Hudson Community Action Corporation provides free health screenings throughout Hudson, Bergen, and Passaic counties. Their mobile van will be at the following locations in May to offer free hearing testing and blood pressure testing on the spot.
May 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Women’s Health Event, 407 39th St., Union City
May 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. – 2-4 Potter Place, Weehawken
May 14 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. – 525 Gregory Ave., Weehawken
May 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Floral Garden, 1108 26th St., North Bergen
May 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Xchange, 5000 Riverside Station, Secaucus
May 17 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. – 9th Annual Community Health Fair, Mama Johnson Ball Field, corner of 4th and Jackson, Hoboken
May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – North Hudson Rotary Club and Palisade Medical Center Health Fair, Jose Marti School, 1800 Summit, Union City
May 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Save Latin America, 138 39th St., Union City
May 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. – Jersey City Early Childhood Family Fitness Fair, corner of Dunkin Ave. and Route 440, Jersey City

Workshops for writers

Jersey City Writers plans to host a number of workshops and special events this spring in Jersey City. These events are designed to inspire writers in a fun and social setting to write. They include the following:
Full Story Launch Event/Mixer, Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Zepplin Hall, 88 Liberty View Dr. This free launch event is in the form of “Speed-Dating” for novelists. Come prepared to give a 30-second pitch about your novel. For more information visit http://on.fb.me/1fVGt9L
Yoga & Writing: Ignite your Creative Fire, Saturday, May 17 from 4 to 6 p.m., Yoga Shunya, 275 Grove St., 3rd Fl. Get your creative juices flowing with basic yoga postures, breathing exercises, and meditation. Cost is $10 at the door. To learn more or to register for the event, visit http://bit.ly/1kr2oqK
Non-Fiction Night, Monday, June 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., John’s Kitchen Cafe, 109 Columbus Dr. This free bi-monthly workshop will help writers produce compelling nonfiction. For more information visit http://bit.ly/1iVAG3X
If you have any questions regarding any of the Jersey City Writers events, contact Jim DeAngelis: jim@jerseycitywriters.org. For more information about Jersey City Writers, visit http://jerseycitywriters.org/.

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