Slow down on Kennedy Boulevard!

Union City Mayor and State Sen. Brian Stack has issued a campaign called “Give us a break – slow down” urging residents to use caution and observe 25 m.p.h. limits on local streets, and 15 m.p.h. near schools. In a letter to the community, Stack said the Police Department and commissioners took the pledge to slow down. He says he hopes residents will also.
The Police Department, commissioners, and Stack are working on safety improvements from Fifth to 49th streets on Kennedy Boulevard to ensure that drivers remain at a safe speed.
Stack’s letter says that the Police Department issued hundreds of summons for speeding on Kennedy Boulevard.
State said in the letter, “The extra few minutes it takes us to get to our destinations when we do not speed could mean saving a life.”
In the last year, there have been several serious accidents on Kennedy Blvd., including a hit-and-run that killed two local teenagers in March.

Students at Memorial High shoot video about Sires

As part of Optimum Community’s “Student Lens” program, 10th- through 12th-grade students at Memorial High School in West New York recently screened of a student-produced short video chronicling a day in the life of U.S. Rep. Albio Sires. “Student Lens” was filmed and edited by students with technical guidance supplied by Cablevision’s Local Programming Department.
Following opening remarks from Principal Scott Wohlrab and Superintendent Clara Brito Herrera, Cablevision MC Shawna Ryan spoke about the opportunities provided by the “Student Lens” project. Rep. Sires discussed his experiences working with the students. Media students Maria Rodriguez (Talent), Luna Vivar (Editor), Jocelyn Cruz (Narration Writer) and Daniel Cordova (Production) also spoke about their involvement with the project and Sires participated in a Q&A with audience members.
“I’d like to congratulate the students involved in this project,” said Sires. “They were a pleasure to work with … professional, knowledgeable and truly interested in capturing an insider’s view of a day in the life of a public official. Politics is a broad, complicated subject. Programs such as this make it come alive and help young people better understand what is involved in public service. I would also like to thank Optimum Community for making this program available to our young people.”

UC Public Library Diversity Celebration Days are April 25 to 29

From April 25 to 29, the Union City Public Library will celebrate diversity with multicultural music, food, and storytime. Newborns and toddlers up to 5 years old are welcome, with their parents or caregivers.
The first day at 11 a.m., children can participate in activities revolving around engineering and community building. Children can enjoy sing-a-longs and stories of different languages at 11 a.m. on April 27. Award-winning musician Jesse Rivera will perform live music at 3:20 p.m. on the 28th. On the last day at 11 a.m., children may play with bubbles and instruments and participate in math and movement activities.
The Union City Public Library is on 324 43rd St. and can be contacted at (201) 866-7500 for more information.

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