Weehawken PD seeking schizophrenic man

Police are searching for a schizophrenic man who was last seen on Sunday April 26, and is reportedly without his medication.
Police described Paul McKay, 21, of Dodd Street in Weehawken, as 5’9″ tall, weighing 150 lbs., with brown eyes and dark hair.
“Mr. McKay suffers from schizophrenia and is in need of medication,” the department said in a statement. “We are asking anyone with information to please contact the Weehawken Police at 201-863-7800.”
He was last seen at home on Sunday, dressed in blue jeans, a white t-shirt, a gray zippered sweatshirt, black Nike sneakers, and a gray wool hat.

Seminar on zika virus and pregnant women to be held at NB library in May

A health seminar on the zika virus and how it affects pregnant women and women of childbearing age is scheduled for Wednesday, May 4, at the North Bergen Public Library, 8411 Bergenline Ave., North Bergen.
Check-in time for this free seminar is 6 p.m. The featured speaker, Dr. Cecilia Trujillo, MD of the Palisades Women’s Group, will discuss the many symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options available for pregnant women and women of childbearing.
Free food and refreshments will be provided, and parking is free.
Zika Virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. On Feb. 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus a public health emergency of international concern. Local transmission has been reported in many other countries and territories. Zika virus likely will continue to spread to new areas.
To register, contact Nikki Mederos at (201) 854-5702.

Home energy assistance is available

P.A.C.O., a nonprofit community-based organization, reminds residents that assistance is available for energy costs for those who qualify.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) allows individuals meeting various income qualifications to apply for bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance, and energy-related home repairs. Monies are from the federally funded Department of Health and Human Services. LIHEAP bill payment assistance ends April 30.
Applicants for LIHEAP are simultaneously enrolled for the Universal Service Fund (USF), a state program aimed at making natural gas and electric bills more affordable for households. In some cases, residents may receive both LIHEAP benefits and assistance from USF. Applications for USF are accepted year-round.
New clients, as well as returning clients, can visit the P.A.C.O. Home Energy Assistance and Weatherization Office at 346 Central Ave., Jersey City, or contact (201) 217-0583 / 864-3774 or www.pacoagency.com for additional information, applications and income guidelines.

Sires votes for pipeline safety bill

Rep. Albio Sires says he voted in favor of the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016 in a Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure markup. The legislation authorizes $696 million over four years for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration’s (PHMSA) pipeline safety program, including $211 million in grants to states.
“I am pleased that the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure came together to pass this important bill with robust improvements to our pipeline safety program,” said Congressman Sires. “New Jersey is home to over 35,000 miles of pipeline that connect over 8.9 million residents to their energy needs. Ensuring the integrity of our pipeline infrastructure in high density areas like ours is vital to ensuring the safety of our communities.”
Specifically, the PIPES Act would provide the Secretary of Transportation with new authority to impose emergency safety measures on pipeline operators to address an imminent hazard. The bill would boost funding for grants to states to help administer pipeline safety programs and provide $1.5 million annually for grants to local communities and safety groups to conduct pipeline studies and public awareness campaigns. It would also direct DOT to establish safety standards for underground natural gas storage tanks.

Women in the arts fundraiser will be May 19

Dress for Success Hudson County will present the First Annual Women in The Arts Fundraiser and Cocktail Reception Art and Soul at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City on Thursday, May 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 16 professional and emerging female artists, many from the New York tri-state, will showcase and sell original works of art that include sculptures, mixed media, photography, paintings, water colors and hand-crafted jewelry. There will also be a Pop Up shop in the art gallery where event attendees can purchase various works of art from these artists.
“We are very excited about this up and coming first annual fundraiser for Dress for Success. Join us for an evening of art, style, and conversation. It promises to be a fabulous evening,” says Joy Devlin, Event Chair.
The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online at www.hudsoncounty.dressforsuccess.org. Tickets are also available the night of the event.

Lupus Y Latinos to honor Dr. Gilberto Gastell

May is Lupus Awareness Month, and the Union City-based Lupus Y Latinos Foundation will pay tribute to Dr. Gilberto Gastell of Union City at its fourth annual Lupus awareness benefit dinner next month.
Gastell, an internist, is celebrating his 30th year serving the North Hudson community in his doctors office located in Union City. His dedication to his profession along with his altruism has created one of the largest practices in the state of New Jersey, where he daily makes use of his motto, “I treat every patient as if they were my family”.
The event will be held on May 6 at 8 p.m. at La Fortuna, 430 Kamena St., Fairview. Tickets to the event are $75 per person. This includes buffet dinner, an open bar and live music by Maria “Azuquita” Rivas.
The Lupus Y Latinos Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to educating those about lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation, was founded by Armando Hernandez and Tania Arteaga. Hernandez’s and Arteaga`s daughter, Joamelly R. Arteaga, died nearly four years ago from the disease. She was only 22 years old and had recently graduated from college.
It is estimated that nearly 2 million people in the United States suffer from Lupus, and 71 percent of those are minorities.
For tickets and more information, call Armando Hernandez at (201) 751-4292 or send an email to lupusylatinos@yahoo.com.

Paramus Catholic High School to host prospective student open house

Paramus Catholic High School will host a prospective student open house on Wednesday, May 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. Prospective students and their families will be given a tour of the school, attend presentations on its challenging college preparatory curriculum, and hear about the many campus ministry, performing arts, and athletic programs available at the school.
The school is located at 425 Paramus Road, Paramus.
For further information call (201) 445-4466 or visit www.paramuscatholic.com.
Paramus Catholic is a co-educational high school of the Archdiocese of Newark offering 140 college preparatory courses, including 20 advanced placement courses, as well as many athletic, performing arts, and campus ministry programs. Over 1,500 students from towns throughout North Jersey and Rockland County, New York travel to the 27-acre campus and bus service is provided from most towns.

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