West New York awarded $80,000 for clean communities initiatives

Mayor Felix Roque and the Board of Commissioners have announced that the Town of West New York was awarded a Clean Communities Grant from the state of New Jersey. The grant of $80,355.76 helps municipalities conduct litter cleanup efforts to facilitate the beautification of the West New York community.
The grant funds provide an opportunity for West New York to continue funding cleanup projects in town. The resources will be used for personnel and litter receptacles.
Mayor Roque said, “I am thrilled about the additional resources via the Clean Communities Grant that support the ongoing work to keep our town clean.”
“The funds will be tremendously helpful to supply the town with public garbage cans and the necessary street cleaning equipment,” added Commissioner of the Department of Public Works Gabriel Rodriguez.
According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the grant funds activities including community cleanups of public property, adoption and enforcement of local anti-littering ordinances, and litter collection equipment.

14 new sheriff’s officers sworn in

With dozens of proud family members in attendance along with Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari and local elected leaders looking on, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office officially swore in 14 new sheriff’s officers at a ceremony May 23 at the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City.
“We continue to maintain our promise to Hudson County residents of a diligent and properly staffed sheriff’s office,” said Sheriff Schillari. “These new officers are a welcome addition to our force as we boost up our number of officers to better serve and protect the people of Hudson County.”
The new officers are: Andew J. Conti Jr., Claudio Negron, Brandon Z. O’Boyle, Jennise L. Sarmiento, Emily A. Ramirez, Kristen A. Bronowich, Jeffrey A. Vega, Andres N. Belmonte, Gary R. Nahrwold, Jason A. Arnone, Timothy J. Ballance, Brian D. Vitali, Yadira Alfonso and Mohamed M. Elnaggar.
The new hires have all completed training at the Morris County Police Academy and will graduate on Thursday, joining the force within the upcoming days.

Memorial Day parade is Monday morning

Mayor Felix Roque and the West New York Board of Commissioners will host a town-wide Memorial Day Parade to honor the life and legacy of American soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
On Monday May 30, the parade steps off at 9:15 a.m. on the parade route commencing on 67th Street and Bergenline Avenue heading east on 60th Street and South on Boulevard East
towards a ceremony gathering at Veterans Park on 54th Street.

Benefit event to support Art Youth Group

The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc., will hold an annual Spring Cocktail Party on Friday, June 10 at 7 p.m. at the William V. Musto Cultural Center on 420 15th Street in Union City. The GTW is a not-for-profit youth based organization dedicated to providing free classes in the performing arts to children.
The event will feature live performances, food, and dance music. The organization will also be presenting Community Service Awards to individuals who contributed to the betterment of the community as a whole. Wear your best black & white outfit.
Donations for the Spring Benefit are $50.00 per person and can be purchased at
The Grace Theatre provides free classes in ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap/rhythm, folkloric dance/salsa, flamenco, singing, and acting to children from Hudson County as well as free admission to professional performances to the students and their families.
If unable to attend but would like to make a donation, please log on to or mail a check or money order payable to The Grace Theatre Workshop, P.O. Box 4412, Union City, NJ 07087. For more information, please visit

HackensackUMC Palisades hosts maternity, childbirth, CPR classes

HackensackUMC Palisades has five classes running throughout the year. To register for any classes or for more information, please call Robin Petrick at 201-295-4823.
The childbirth education series class is $125 per couple in delivering at HackensackUMC Palisades. If delivering elsewhere the classes are $150 per couple. Covered topics will include understanding the labor process, breathing and relaxation techniques, the role of support for each person, options for pain medications, Caesarean birth, the body after birth, newborn appearance, and procedures after birth. Two classes are in June, Saturday the 4 and Saturday the 11 both from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Newborn baby care classes cost $35 per couple if delivering at HackensackUMC Palisades, and $50 if delivering elsewhere. The class covers the basics of newborn care, starting with the appearance and characteristics of a newborn, bonding, understanding cues, crying, colic, safety measures, health and development, and sponge bathing and bathing. Practice also includes swaddling, dressing, and diapering. The class is on Monday June 6 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Keys to successful breastfeeding classes cost $35 per couple if delivering at HackensackUMC Palisades, and $50 if delivering elsewhere. Topics include the importance of skin-to-skin contact, latching techniques, supply and demand as it relates to breastfeeding, positioning for breastfeeding, indications for breast pumps, including a demo, dad’s role in the breastfeeding relationship, and community resources available post-delivery for breastfeeding assistance. Dads are encouraged to attend. The class is on Saturday June 25 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sibling preparation for birth classes cost $25 per family. This is a fun and effective way to teach soon-to-be-siblings (ages 3+) all about babies like holding the baby properly. For upcoming dates, please call Robin Petrick at 201-295-4823.
Friends & family CPR classes cost $50 per person. Three-hour course designed to teach lay rescuers the basics of CPR. Students will be taught adult, child, and infant CPR skills and choking relief. For upcoming dates, please call Robin Petrick at 201-295-4823.

Health seminar on treating high cholesterol June 1

At the North Bergen Public Library HackensackUMC Palisades, Jesus Alfonso, MD, will host a health seminar on the new advances in treating high cholesterol next month. Blood pressure screenings will also be provided to attendees by staff from HackensackUMC Palisades.
The seminar will be held on Wednesday June 1 at 6 p.m. on 8411 Bergenline Ave. Refreshments will be provided and transportation is available to and from the library.
Too much cholesterol in the blood can lead to cardiovascular disease. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Over 2,100 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of one death every 40 seconds.
To register contact Nikki Mederos at 201-854-5702.

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