Author holds local reading and Q&A

The public is invited to meet and greet author and Weehawken resident Theresa “Terrie” Borrelli as reads from her book “A Mountain Always Climbed,” which she describes as “a flow of charismatic poetry ranging from nature, friendship, love, philosophy and much more.” The reading will be Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m., at the Weehawken Public Library, 9 Hauxhurst Ave. Weehawken.
Borrelli, a poet, writer, and former DJ and college professor, has lived in West New York and North Bergen, and has written about bullying and other issues.

Help foster children find permanent homes Nov. 1

Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. You may attend an information session at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. Rm. 901 on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.

Eighth Weehawken Invitational Band Festival showcases New Jersey high school bands

The Weehawken High School Marching Band will host its eighth Annual Marching Band Festival on Sunday, Nov. 6 at Weehawken’s Louis A. Ferullo Stadium at 1p.m., located on Park Avenue in Weehawken. Tickets are available for a donation of $5 each (children age 5 and younger are free). Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the event.
Approximately 10 high school bands from all around New Jersey will perform, finishing with a performance by the award-winning Weehawken High School Marching Band.
The students and staff have been working extremely hard this year. In addition to supporting the football team each week, the group competes in band competitions almost every weekend. So far, they have placed well at every competition this season.

Henley on Hudson preconstruction sales to launch shortly

Lennar will launch pre-construction sales later this year for the final phase of luxury condominium residences at Henley on Hudson, a Weehawken waterfront community.
Construction is underway on the new collection of 67 residences which will feature spacious layouts with spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. The homes will be situated in two buildings of four and six stories above a private parking garage. Initial occupancy is scheduled for early 2018.
Homeowners will enjoy private amenities including a cardio fitness room, children’s playroom, lobby lounge and an outdoor garden terrace. In addition, residents will have access to the Club at Henley, a private 6,000 square-foot clubhouse with a club room, theater room, billiards and gaming lounge, state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga/pilates room, children’s pay studio and an outdoor, resort-style infinity pool.

Hudson participates in prescription drug take-back day

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day that took place recently, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, provided citizens with a safe, convenient, and responsible means for disposing prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse.
The Hudson County Coalition for a Drug-Free Community (HCCDFC) focuses on reducing youth substance use in Hudson County. Yaisa Coronado, program director for the Coalition said, “Prescription drug take back days are an easy, yet important way to improve the quality of life in our communities. By safely disposing of unused and expired prescription medications, there is less availability and access for potential misuse and abuse.”
Collection sites were set up in Secaucus, West New York, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department offices, North Bergen, and Union City.
Additional temporary collection sites were set up across Hudson County, in many police stations, neighborhood pharmacies, schools and senior citizen centers.
Erin Delaney, coordinator for the coalition commented, “Take Back Days are significant not only because they bring awareness to the emerging health concern of prescription drug abuse, but they lessen the possibility of youth experimenting with forgotten prescriptions left in homes.”
In 2014 the Hudson County Coalition conducted a school survey and middle and high school students self-reported that 15.5 percent of Rx users got their drugs from “my home without permission.” 61 percent of the students surveyed thought it was “not likely at all” or “somewhat not likely” to be caught by police if they took some prescription drugs not prescribed to them.
The Hudson County Coalition encourages residents to take inventory of their prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Some helpful tips include:
• Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed, do not share prescriptions.
• Secure medicines in a locked chest, this will help curtail theft from those who might abuse or sell the medicine.
• Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
The Coalition appreciates and wants to thank all of the Hudson County municipalities that participated in the Take-Back Day. For additional information on the Hudson County Coalition visit HudsonCountyCoalition.org or contact Erin Delaney, Coalition Coordinator, at Partners in Prevention at (201) 552-2264.

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