PSE&G customers can apply for payment assistance with winter heating bills

With chilly weather here, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) reminds customers that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is accepting applications for the 2015/2016 heating season. LIHEAP is a program run by the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs that helps low-income residents with their heating and medically-necessary cooling bills.
“We want low income families to know that help is available,” said Greg Dunlap, vice president of Customer Operations for PSE&G. “Under LIHEAP, those who are income eligible may receive an average of $300 toward their heating bills.”
LIHEAP eligibility is based solely on the prior month’s household gross income and household size. To be eligible for LIHEAP benefits, the applicant’s household gross income must meet specific monthly income guidelines. For more information, to download a LIHEAP application, or to find out where to apply, visit or call the New Jersey Home Energy Assistance hotline at (800) 510-3102. Applications are also available at PSE&G’s 16 walk-in Customer Service Centers. Applications and copies of all requested documents must be submitted by April 30.
The LIHEAP application is also an application for the Universal Service Fund (USF). USF is a program created by the State of New Jersey that can lower the amount low-income households pay for gas and electric bills with a monthly credit of $5 to $150. Applications for USF are accepted year-round. Seniors over age of 65 or disabled adults collecting Social Security Disability may also be eligible for the New Jersey Lifeline Credit program. NJ Lifeline provides a $225 yearly credit on your PSE&G bill.
PSE&G households who are not eligible for low income programs and are behind in their PSE&G bill should visit for other programs like the PAGE and TRUE Grant or NJ SHARES.

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 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.

Ribbon cutting ceremony for veterans’ memorial in Braddock Park was Jan. 21

The grand opening of the new veterans’ memorial in James J. Braddock North Hudson Park took place at noon on Thursday, Jan. 21. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on the site of the former “dust bowl” at the north end of the park, across from the Burger King on Bergenline Avenue at 90th Street.
North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, County Executive Thomas DeGise, Freeholder Anthony Vainieri, and other officials were present. The new facility is dedicated to U.S. veterans.
A lunch vendor was present for anyone who wished to utilize their lunch hour.

15 Union City McDonald’s managers complete ‘English Under the Arches’ program

A graduation ceremony was held at the Quintana Organization in Union City on Dec. 22 to celebrate the most recent graduates of McDonald’s “English Under the Arches” (EUA), an English as a Second Language (ESL) program specifically designed to help employees advance in their careers. Celest and Jessica Quintana, a mother and daughter duo who own several McDonald’s restaurants in the area, honored fifteen of their managers for successfully finishing the eight-week curriculum. Ranging in age from their late 20s to late 50s, the graduates came from Central and South American countries.
Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D – 33rd Dist.) was in attendance to personally congratulate the class. He presented each graduate with official state proclamations in honor of their achievements and dedication to serving the community.
The fifteen graduates were Union City residents William De La Cruz, Jessica Gomez, Norma Navia, and Leyla Vargas; Jersey City residents Deisy Coello, Abigail Feria, Mercy Gomez, Juana Ortiz, Silvia Perez, Veronica Perez, Patricia Rosales, Lidia Sanchez, and Elizabeth Sanchez; Newark resident Petra Bonilla; and West Orange resident Estefania Andrade.
EUA courses are offered free of charge to eligible employees of independently owned and operated franchise restaurants and McDonald’s corporate owned restaurants. The courses teach students the English they need to communicate effectively and confidently with customers and staff on a daily basis. Employees who are selected to participate in EUA have been identified as high-potential managers who would provide continued value and progress rapidly with the aid of language training. Classes are held during work hours and student-employees receive regular wages for the time they spend in EUA.

St. Augustine’s offers 125th anniversary mass on Jan. 25

The Most Reverend Bernard Hebda, the coadjutor for the Archdiocese of Newark, will be celebrating Mass on Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. at St. Augustine’s of Union City, 3920 New York Ave.. Archbishop Bernard Hebda currently holds the title of “coadjutor” which means he is present in the archdiocese to assist the current Archbishop.
Archbishop Hebda will take over as the full-time Archbishop of Newark upon the retirement of Archbishop Myers later this year.
This Mass is the start of the 125th Anniversary celebrations at St. Augustine’s. All are invited to this celebratory Mass.

High Tech HS receives $20K grant from Verizon Innovative Schools Program

High Tech High School’s nationally recognized STEM program (science, technology, engineering, and math) received a funding boost thanks to a $20,000 grant from Verizon’s Innovative Schools Program. The occasion was marked with a ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the school.
The funds will be used to support High Tech’s “Project Lead the Way” curriculum, which aims to prepare students for the cutting edge careers of tomorrow with a particular focus on biomedical technologies. Verizon Director of External Affairs Mark Bocchieri was on hand to officially present the check to Hudson County Schools of Technology Superintendent Frank Gargiulo and High Tech High School Principal Dr. Joseph Giammarella. The event was also attended by school district leaders and students in the school’s STEM program.
“We are extremely proud of our teachers and students in our school’s STEM program,” said Gargiulo. “These students will be the scientists, engineers, and doctors of tomorrow, and this grant will further aid them in their career pursuits.”
While the grant is very competitive and numerous schools apply for an award, only five schools are chosen throughout the state of New Jersey to receive the grant in a competitive application process that was spearheaded by HCST Board Secretary Joseph Muniz and his staff.
“We are so happy that our program was chosen for this grant,” said Biology and Biomedical Science teacher Priscilla Isip. “It will help with many aspects of our STEM program, including with equipment and field trips. In particular, we hope students can visit hospitals to meet with doctors and pathologists, as well as local police stations to meet with sheriffs and learn about their CSI investigations.”

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