Library to hold Circle Time and Story Time registration

The Weehawken Free Public Library will begin registration for its winter session of the popular Circle Time and Story Time classes on Monday, Jan. 11. There are currently a limited number of spots available.
Residents can register either in person or by calling the library at (201) 863-7823 beginning promptly at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 11. This program is open to Weehawken residents only; proof of residency and the child’s birth certificate or passport are also required. Residents choosing to register over the phone must bring their documents to the first class.
Three different programs are being offered by the library for Weehawken children between 6 months to 3 years of age.
The Circle Time program classes, which run from January through March, are designed to encourage socialization and early learning skills through finger-play, music and dance. Classes are limited to 15 participants.
Also, two classes are offered: Circle Time Junior – ages 6 to 18 months; Wednesdays from10:30 to11:30 a.m. Seven seats are available. Circle Time Senior – ages 19 to 24 months; Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Seven seats are available.
The Story Time Tuesday’s program classes, which run from January through March, encourage creativity, socialization, early learning skills, along with the value of independent as well as together time. Classes are limited to 15 participants. Two classes are offered on Tuesdays. 14 seats are available.
For more information please contact the library at (201) 863-7823 and ask for the second floor Circulation Desk.

Check your detectors; 4 hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning

Residents are urged to make sure they have carbon monoxide detectors properly installed in their homes. Landlords are required to provide them by law. The odorless gas can seep into homes and make occupants feel tired at first, then can kill them quietly. If your detector goes off, the Fire Department can check to make sure to make sure the gas is not present.
On Tuesday, four residents of a house in the 2600 block of Palisade Avenue in Union City were taken to the hospital after being sickened by fumes from the odorless gas, NJ.com reported. The victims, between the ages of 40 and 80, were taken to Hoboken University Medical Center. Two were admitted and two were treated a released. Two police officers who responded complained of headaches and dizziness and were also treated.
Carbon monoxide is the gas byproduct of fossil fuel combustion that can be lethal in high concentrations, such as from gas or oil furnaces.

Solo exhibition by artist Sarah Nicholls at Guttenberg Arts Gallery

Sarah Nicholls is a visual artist who makes pictures with language, books with pictures, prints with type, and animations with words. She often uses found language and metal type, combining image, visual narrative, and time. “Reading Time,” a solo exhibition of her works, is a reading room installed in the gallery at Guttenberg Arts that invites visitors to engage with monologues, brochures, ephemera, manifestos, scientific matter, propaganda, and alternate histories in the form of printed language. Included are a range of publications and a selection of prints which collectively revolve around the authority of the printed word. Reading Time is on view from Jan. 7 through Feb. 6 at Guttenberg Arts, 6903 Jackson St.
Nicholls, currently an artist in residence at Guttenberg Arts, has written a collection of self-help aphorisms, publishes a series of informational pamphlets, and recently completed a field guide to extinct birds. Her limited edition artist books are in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Rutgers, Stanford, UCLA, and the University of Pennsylvania, among others. For 12 years, she ran the studio programs at the Center for Book Arts in NYC. Currently she teaches letterpress at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Community events to be hosted by Save Latin America

Save Latin America, Inc. is hosting three community events in Hudson County in January. These events offer the opportunity for the public to get information and enroll for A.C.A. (Affordable Care Act). There will also be other services, providers for screenings, and much more. For information call (201) 271-7474. The schedule for the three events is:
North Bergen: Saturday, Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at North Bergen High School
West New York: Saturday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at West New York Middle School.
Jersey City: Sunday, Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish.

Applications for Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship now being accepted

Hackensack Riverkeeper, the citizen-steward of the Hackensack River Watershed, is accepting applications for the 2016 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship. Now in its 16th year, the program, named in honor of the late Ridgefield, N.J. science teacher and founding Riverkeeper trustee, helps support college-bound high school seniors who excel academically and who maintain a strong commitment to environmental protection.
Seniors at 66 high schools in Bergen, Hudson, and Rockland Counties are eligible to be nominated by a teacher or guidance counselor for the award. Applications must be postmarked no later than Earth Day, April 22, 2016. A panel of Hackensack Riverkeeper trustees and staffers led by Captains Bill Sheehan and Hugh Carola will review each application and consider the students’ academic achievements, environmental extracurricular activities, and future plans. The winner of the $1,000 unrestricted award will be announced on June 1. Full application criteria are available online at hackensackriverkeeper.org or by calling (201) 968-0808.
All applicants must live within the 210-square mile Hackensack River Watershed and/or attend a school within that region. A list of watershed municipalities is available on the Hackensack Riverkeeper website. For those residing in bi-watershed communities like Jersey City, Paramus, or Ramapo, nominators are cautioned to ensure a student’s eligibility before submitting an application.
Those without a high school senior in the family but who support their local best and brightest students can participate in the program by making a donation to the scholarship fund. Donations to the Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship are tax-deductible and can be made by check or online. Fully 100 percent of all such donations will go to the fund.
For more information call Program Director/Scholarship Administrator Hugh Carola at (201) 968-0808 x102 or email Hugh@hackensackriverkeeper.org.

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