Independence Day fireworks and concert on July 2
Good Vibrations, the Beach Boys tribute band, will play at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 2 at Secaucus Swim Club. Come celebrate with food, amusements, entertainment, and fireworks. The event begins at 4 p.m. for Secaucus residents and their guests only. ID is required to enter the swim complex. (Rain date, July 3.)
Cancer survivors and families convene in Secaucus for Keys of Hope celebration
In recognition of National Cancer Survivors Day on June 7, the American Cancer Society and Extended Stay America, the largest owner-operated hotel brand in the U.S., celebrated survivorship with a Cancer Survivors Reunion weekend for guests impacted by Keys of Hope – the partners’ flagship program. Through the Keys of Hope program, Extended Stay America provides free and deeply discounted hotel stays to cancer patients who face the financial challenges and stress of receiving lifesaving treatment far away from home. To date over 45,000 hotel rooms have been donated, impacting more than 6,700 lives and saving families nearly $1.2 million in costs associated with traveling for necessary cancer treatments.
In honor of the program’s two-year anniversary, families from across the country convened in Secaucus and spent much of the first night in the area, then traveled to the city for events on the second day. Included was a special keynote and lavender carpet experience with “Good Morning America” host and cancer survivor Amy Robach, who shared powerful testimony about her courageous and public battle with cancer.
“A survivor is defined as anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life,” said Kristen Solt, managing director of the Hope Lodge Network, American Cancer Society. “For America’s 14.5 million cancer survivors, every day is a day of hope.”
For information about American Cancer Society programs and services, including the lodging program, visit cancer.org or call (800) 227-2345. To join Extended Stay America and the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer, visit ExtendedStayAmerica.com or call (800) 804-3724.
Esther Suarez nominated to be Hudson County Prosecutor
Superior Court Judge Esther Suarez was nominated as the new Hudson County prosecutor on Wednesday by Gov. Christopher Christie.
Suarez, a native of Bayonne, served as counsel for the city of Hoboken before moving on to become a superior court judge in Passaic County. She will serve a five-year term as prosecutor.
Hudson County has been without a prosecutor since early June, 2012, when two-term prosecutor Ed DeFazio was appointed as a judge.
“I am proud to support Esther Suarez’s nomination to become the next Hudson County Prosecutor because she is not only eminently qualified, but also because her confirmation will be a historic moment as she will become both the first woman and the first person of Hispanic heritage to serve in the position,” said North Bergen Mayor and State Sen. Nicholas Sacco. “Esther is a Hudson County native and a Superior Court Judge with an impeccable record and unimpeachable integrity. She will bring a strong background of legal experience to the office and will ably represent the diversity that makes Hudson County great.”
Fiesta in America to showcase Asian American products and services at Expo Center
Experience Asia for two exciting days in Secaucus, home to many Asian households and businesses. Fiesta in America, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit company, is behind the event scheduled for Aug. 15 and 16 at the Meadowlands Expo Center.
Fiesta in America has been holding Philippine Fiesta, the largest indoor gathering of Filipinos in the northeast, for the past 17 years. This time, it’s rallying all other Asian communities together under the banner “Asians Mean Business,” the central theme of Fiesta in America.
“We are showcasing the best of Asian products, services, culture, and entertainment this year to serve both sides – to address the needs of companies targeting all Asians as one group, and for Asian companies to find out how to best position themselves in the mainstream market,” said Len Manansala, vice president of marketing for Fiesta in America.
Fiesta in America will allow Asian and American brands to interact through the products and services they offer, and offer business seminars that aim to be informative and relevant to the exhibitors and attendees.
For more information or to reserve a spot, call (212) 682-6610 or visit fiestainamerica.com.
Take the farmers market survey
The Town of Secaucus is exploring options for a farmers market this summer/fall. You can help by taking a very brief survey to supply your opinions and suggestions. Visit secaucusnj.gov and click on the link under “News and Announcements.”
Girl Scouts art supply drive benefits hospitalized kids
Your donation will help entertain children who are stuck in the hospital all day. This art supply drive is a Bronze Award project for Girl Scouts Alexandria, Athanasia, and Samantha.
Donation boxes are located at the Secaucus Public Library, Huber Street School, Clarendon School, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the farmer’s market, and the Recreation Center on Koelle Blvd.
Boxes will be available through July 4. With your help, enough art supplies can be collected to give to every single child in a local hospital.
Attend a discussion on the natural history of the Meadowlands on June 29
Natural Resources Specialist Brett Bragin will discuss how the Meadowlands was formed 20,000 years ago during the last ice age, and how nature and humanity have since impacted the region. He will also lecture on the remarkable comeback of fish and other wildlife in the Meadowlands.
The free event takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Meadowlands Environment Center, Two DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst. Call (201) 460-1700 or register at www.njmeadowlands.gov.
Independence Day Concert on July 1
Wear your red, white and blue and celebrate America’s independence with a fun night of free music on Wednesday, July 1 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Back by popular demand, the North Jersey Concert Band will perform a selection of rousing patriotic songs.
Registration is required at www.njmeadowlands.gov. The event will take place at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst. Information: (201) 460-1700.
Sixth Annual Butterfly Day is July 26
The highly-anticipated Butterfly Festival is back. Join a fun-filled day of butterfly walks and identification techniques, plus many free activities for the kids on Sunday, July 26. Children 12 and under can join a butterfly costume contest. Butterfly Day is co-sponsored by the Bergen County Audubon Society and the North American Butterfly Association.
This free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Meadowlands Environment Center,
2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst.