HS Marching Band hosts 10 bands in festival Nov. 1

The Weehawken High School Marching Band will host its seventh annual marching band festival on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. at Weehawken’s Louis A. Ferullo Stadium, located on Park Avenue, Weehawken. Tickets are available for a $5 donation (children age 5 and under are free). Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the event.

Weehawken green roofs keep growing

The installation of 21,600 square feet of the hardy sedum plant, which grows in rocky, sunny places, started this week on the roof of an upcoming 103-unit luxury development at 1200 Avenue at Port Imperial in Weehawken.
NJ Advance Media reported that Tim Symanski, the project’s landscape architect, said Weehawken requires “a 50-percent green roof” on all developments in the waterfront redevelopment area.
“It’s a fantastic element to have with this redevelopment area, green roofs,” he said, pointing out the Manhattan skyline rooftop views. “We are seeing cities across the country doing it as well. Chicago, Philadelphia, those are two major players in the green roof movement.”
Apparently there is no ordinance requiring the green roofs, but the requirement might be in the developer’s agreement.
For cities like Weehawken — which has a combined sewer/storm water system — green roofs reduce storm water runoff that could otherwise overwhelm the sewage system, according to Paul Cook, who manages sales for Creek Hill Nursery, which provided the plants.
“(Green roofs are) becoming more and more common especially in the Weehawken area where the storm water runoff is a serious issue,” said Cook. ”If you’ve got a lot of greenery and flowers, it tends to be very calming. You’re looking at the scenery of Manhattan. By making that a usable space, it becomes very appealing.”

Atrium series features Flamenco guitarist Nov. 4

The UBS Atrium Series returns Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 12:30 p.m. with The New Flamenco Trio starring Juanito Pascual. The concert will take place in the Atrium at 1000 Harbor Boulevard in the Lincoln Harbor section of Weehawken.
Juanito Pascual has been called “one of the hottest flamenco guitarists in recent years” by National Public Radio. His sound combines traditional and contemporary flamenco with influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead to Miles Davis and J.S. Bach.
His newest project features two highly versatile and dynamic musicians, Grammy-nominated percussionist Tupac Mantilla and bassist Brad Barret. Last year, the trio released its debut CD to critical acclaim and it was included in NPR critic Milo Miles’ Top World Music Albums of 2014.
For further info, call (201)716-4540 or visit www.hrpac.org

Free health fair coming to St. Joseph of the Palisades Church on Oct. 24

A family health fair will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24 at St. Joseph of the Palisades Church in West New York from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Palisades Medical Center and St. Joseph of the Palisades Church are teaming up to sponsor the fair, which will feature free health screenings and information, as well as free activities and attractions for children.
All health screenings and evaluations are open to the public and will be provided free of charge. Health information will be available in English and Spanish and bilingual medical professionals will be on hand to answer questions. Health test and screenings will include blood pressure, heart rate, percentage of oxygen in the blood, peak flow/respiratory, Body Mass Index – BMI, HgbA1c blood test for diabetes, eye exams for vision and glaucoma, SNAP-ED program, diet information and demo, breast exams with certificates for referral for mammography, and blood tests for lead levels.
Children will also enjoy the many games and activities at the family health fair, including face painting, a bounce house, and more. St. Joseph of the Palisades Church is located at 6401 Palisade Ave. For more information call (201) 854-5793.

Eighth Annual NoHu International Short Film Festival begins Oct. 19

The City of Union City will host the eighth Annual NoHu International Short Film Festival. The week kicks-off with an elegant red carpet event on Monday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., with the festivities beginning at 8 p.m. The opening night event will feature live music by Nuevo Flamenco Guitarist, Jonathan Fritz; a wine and cheese reception; and the world premiere screening of the film “La Academia” written and directed by Antonio Landeo Vega. The director, producers, and many of the cast and crew of “La Academia” will be present on opening night.
The closing night festivities will take place on Thursday, Oct. 22 with a red carpet at 7 p.m. and the ceremony commencing at 8 p.m. The event will feature live music by The James Austin Trio; a wine and cheese reception; screening of the winning short films and awards presentation; and special guest speakers including writer/director Dan Goggin, who will also receive the “Key to the City” the highest honor given by the City of Union City; Broadway and TV producers Melissa Pinsly and Franklin Zitter; and music producer and owner of Water Music, Rob Grenoble.
Admission to the festival is free. So is parking on Monday and Thursday at the Colin Powell School inside garage, entrance on Palisade Avenue and 15th Street.
All screenings will be at the William V. Musto Cultural Center, 420 – 15th St., Union City. For the screening schedule please visit www.NoHuFilmFestival.blogspot.com.

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