HRPAC’s annual benefit gala is May 2

The Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center (HRPAC) will hold its annual benefit gala at the Chart House on Saturday, May 2, at 6 p.m. A full concert and sit down dinner is included and the featured entertainment will be the Bria Skonberg Quintet and special guest Tony DeSare. Bria is a multi-talented vocalist and trumpet player who is regarded as a rising star in the jazz world. She has played to great acclaim all over the world and will be featured at the prestigious Newport Jazz Festival this summer. Tony DeSare is a first class pianist and singer-songwriter who has three top ten Billboard albums to his credit. Just last week he played Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops Orchestra in a centennial tribute to Frank Sinatra.
To purchase tickets and get more information, please go to or call the HRPAC office at (201) 430-6881.

Career Fair in Union City on April 29

The city of Union City in conjunction with the North Hudson Community Action Corporation is holding their 2015 Career Fair on Wednesday, April 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Union City
High School, 2500 Kennedy Blvd.
There will be over 20 vendors attending from different fields, including administrative, financial services, and home care. For additional information, contact Olga Velez at (201) 758-5511.

New Alumni Association at HCST

The new Hudson County Schools of Technology Alumni Association will promote communications and connect alumni not only with other alumni, but with current students to help them properly prepare for life after graduation. HCST class of 2005 member Vanessa Cirillo is heading up the formation of the association. “I am thrilled by the opportunity to spearhead the Alumni Association for a school district that gave me so much – I am honored to be able to give back,” commented Cirillo.
The Hudson County Schools of Technology Alumni Association is seeking resumes from graduates who wish to join and serve in an executive board capacity. Those who are interested can send a copy of their resume to Silverio A. Vega or Hilda Rodriguez at Tel: (201) 662-6766. Fax: (201) 854-8006.

Pontoon boat cruise and canoe tour season to begin in June

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority’s (NJSEA) 2015 guided pontoon boat and canoe tours of the Hackensack River are set to launch in June, giving visitors a unique opportunity to experience the amazing natural beauty and wildlife of the Meadowlands up-close while learning about the remarkable history of the river and the region.
For those who have glimpsed the Meadowlands only from the surrounding highways or the window of a commuter train, the NJSEA’s leisurely, two-hour boat tours and three-hour canoe trips reveal a whole new environment including acres of preserved wetlands and a thriving ecosystem, all framed by a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline.
Expert NJSEA staff narrates the tours. While talking about the Hackensack River estuary’s storied history they point out wildlife along the way. The Hackensack River is a great place from which to see many of the more than 280 bird species that have been documented in the Meadowlands, including 34 on New Jersey’s threatened, endangered and species of special concern lists.
Pontoon boat trips for ages 10 and up launch from River Barge Park in Carlstadt. Canoe tours launch from various locations in Secaucus and Carlstadt. Canoes hold up to three people, and at least one person should have canoeing experience. Reservations are recommended. Canoe tours are $15 per person and the suggested donation for pontoon boat rides is also $15 per person. For more information, call (201) 460-4677 or email
For a full schedule or to download a registration form, visit Registration sheets are also available at the NJSEA offices and the Meadowlands Environment Center, both located in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst.

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