Register for free classes in the performing arts on Sept. 21

ace Theatre Workshop will hold registration for its professional theatre training program for children ages 8 years old and up on Mondays through Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. at Jose Marti Freshman Academy, 1800 Summit Ave., Union City. Registration begins on Monday, Sept. 21.
Unlimited free classes are available in Ballet, Hip Hop, Salsa, Tap/Rhythm, Singing, and Acting.
Registration fee is $30 per student. To register, kids must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No special clothing or equipment needed. All of the instructors are professional performers. Open to all residents of Hudson County.
For information, go to

Art exhibit celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

“Emergence,” an art exhibit presented by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, will be open to the public until Oct. 15 in The Brennan Gallery of the William J. Brennan Courthouse, 583 Newark Ave., Jersey City.
Curated by Christina Soto, art works ranging from modern, abstract, contemporary to photo-realism, mixed media and photography, presented by young, emerging Hispanic artists who work and live in Hudson County, are exhibited as a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Artists represented include Cheese, Christina Soto, Fermin Mendoza, Leandro Comrie, Martin Ramone Delossantos, Miriam Untoria , Rascal, Santiago Cohen and Sueworks.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Brennan Gallery is funded by Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive, Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs / Tourism Development.

Mack-Cali to sell office buildings outside of Hudson, build more residential

Mack-Cali Realty Corp., an Edison-based real estate investment trust, has launched a new three-year plan to focus on transit-oriented office building projects and multi-family development. Media reports say they may sell some offices outside of Hudson County and focus on investing in waterfront properties in Jersey City, Weehawken, Hoboken, and West New York.
According to a report in the Record, “Most of that money will go to Mack-Cali’s Roseland subsidiary for residential construction, especially in Jersey City, Weehawken, Hoboken and West New York. The company also will develop more offices along the waterfront.”
The company said it would earmark $600 million to $800 million in assets to help pay for capital improvements and continued expansion in those areas.
They will also move some of their own offices to Jersey City next year.

Palisades Medical Center releases schedule

Throughout the year, Palisades Medical Center’s staff takes an active role in local communities to provide free health screenings and education programs. The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) recognized Palisades Medical Center’s Community Outreach Program with its Community Outreach Award for its unique and effective methods of reaching out to better serve the healthcare needs of area residents. The following is a schedule of Palisades Medical Center’s free health screenings that will be held in local communities in the coming months. For more information, please call Joanne Riggs at (201) 854-5793.
Next up, Sept. 27: Holy Family Church, 530 35th St., Union City, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free screenings for: blood pressure, heart rate, percentage of oxygen in the blood, peak flow/respiratory, Body Mass Index – BMI, HgbA1c blood test for diabetes. Blood test for lead levels and charity care registration. Certificates for mammography, prostate screening, HIV testing for those who are eligible.

Memorial HS Class of 1965 reunion is scheduled

The reunion of West New York’s Memorial High School Class of 1965 will take place on
Oct. 10 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Sheraton Lincoln Harbor, Weehawken. For information, contact Frank Soldano at (916) 955-9315 or at

Wine tasting event to support Palisades Medical Center Foundation set for Sept. 24

Cork Wines and Spirits Co-founders Mike Garcia and Debbie Kemp will spearhead a special wine tasting event to support the Palisades Medical Center Foundation on Sept. 24, at the Waterside Restaurant in North Bergen from 6 to 10 p.m.
Attendees will sample from 100 select imported and domestic wines. Hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner, and desserts are included. Shuttle buses will leave Cork’s Hoboken location at 1450 Washington St.
Tickets for the wine tasting are $100 each. They can be purchased by calling (201) 854-5008 or online at

HCCDFC will take back unwanted prescription drugs on Sept. 26

On Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Hudson County Coalition for a Drug-Free Community (HCCDFC) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will partner to launch the 10th Take Back Day event.
Take Back Day is an opportunity for the public to dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs, further preventing pill abuse and theft.
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Bring your pills for disposal at the following locations:
• Hoboken Police Department, 400 1st St., Hoboken
• Hoboken Police Department, 106 Hudson St., Hoboken
• Hoboken Police Department, 221 Jackson St., Hoboken
• Hoboken Police Department, 311 13th St., Hoboken
• Kearny Police Department, 237 Laurel Ave., Kearny
• Bayonne Police Department, 630 Avenue C, Bayonne
The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
“Preventing prescription drug abuse is a high priority for Hudson County,” said Robin F. James, Administrator of Behavioral Health and Addiction Services at the Hudson County Department of Health & Human Services. “The Hudson County Department of Health and Human Services encourages residents to help us prevent the abuse or misuse of prescription drugs by properly disposing of your unused or expired prescriptions on Sept. 26. Taking the time to drop off unused or expired prescriptions could potentially save a life and ensure the health of the community.”
Last September, Americans turned in 309 tons of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.8 million pounds of pills.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Office of Diversion Control site or visit

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