North Bergen resident to walk in German-American Parade in New York

The German-American Steuben Parade Committee of New York announced on May 16 the selection of the new Miss German-America & Her Court 2016. They have chosen Rebecca Joy Koehler, a resident of North Bergen. Koehler is a student of Interior Design and Real Estate Photography. Koehler will be in the German-American Steuben Parade’s “Queen’s Float” on Fifth Avenue in NY on Sept. 17 with her court.
On May 15 the pageant took place in Liederkranz of New York City, located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The pageant included three finalists who ran for the title, and six contestants initially registered. Koehler received a $5,000 scholarship at the end of her term, while each of the two princesses received a $2,500 scholarship.
Each contestant was interviewed by a panel of six judges. After the judges cast the initial vote, each contestant was then introduced to the audience, who also had an opportunity to cast a vote for the queen.
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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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