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Walkers and runners from throughout the Metropolitan Area are stepping out on October 29th to support kids and adults with epilepsy at the 2016 Glow Walk Run at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.

The event will include a Family Fun Walk, a 5K USATF sanctioned run, music, information vendors, food trucks, and a costume catwalk contest. It benefits the Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey. Continue reading HALLOWEEN WALK & RUN FOR EPILEPSY

President Declares Disaster for the State of New Jersey

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of New Jersey to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe winter storm and snowstorm during the period of January 22-24, 2016. Continue reading President Declares Disaster for the State of New Jersey

SBA to Close Some Recovery Centers in New Jersey; Last Chance for One-On-One Assistance

The U. S. Small Business Administration announced today that due to a steady decrease of activity, the Recovery Centers located in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union counties will cease operations on Feb.  11.  The Centers located in Atlantic, Monmouth and Ocean counties will remain open until further notice.  However, in observance of Presidents’ Day, the Centers located in Atlantic and Ocean counties will be closed on Friday, Feb. 12 and Monday, Feb. 15; the Monmouth County Center will be closed on Feb. 15 for the holiday.  Continue reading SBA to Close Some Recovery Centers in New Jersey; Last Chance for One-On-One Assistance

Uber & NJ NAACP to Recruit 3,000 New Drivers from Low Income NJ Communities

Uber New Jersey announced a new partnership with the New Jersey NAACP to recruit 3,000 new drivers from low income communities throughout New Jersey by the end of June 2016. Working with local government officials and community organizations, Uber will host a series of driver education events to inform residents about partnering with Uber and connecting with flexible economic opportunities.
“Creating jobs in low income communities through shared economic platforms and strong partnerships like this is critical to providing support to New Jersey families who need it most while strengthening our region’s economy,” said Senator Cory Booker. “Fostering the creation of new wage-earning opportunities in some of New Jersey’s most underserved communities opens doors that will help preserve the corps of our neighborhoods and build an economy that works for everyone.”

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Jackson is Gone at Hudson Theatre Works | Wednesday, 4 Nov – Saturday, 21 Nov Only!

In Jackson is Gone, Natalie and Sam Grayson are out for a quiet Sunday morning walk when they find themselves embroiled in an argument with a stranger who kidnaps their dog, Jackson. They report the incident to the police, and their case is assigned to a friendly but vaguely threatening sergeant who insinuates himself into the most hidden parts of their lives. The play examines the nature of irreparable loss, the consequences for our lives, and the slow disappearance from the world of the ancient touchstones we have always relied on for comfort and sustenance.
Nomiated for the 2015 New Jersey Stage Award as one of the “Best Places to See a World Premiere”,Hudson Theatre Works is a not for profit, equity theatre committed to ensemble collaboration as well as artistic risk through its work with its permanent company, guest artists, partner institutions and the surrounding community.  It is dedicated to a rugged aesthetic and seeks to tell stories, both new and old, classic and contemporary, which reflect our lives, relationships and world today. Past productions have included “Of Mice and Men”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, the original play “3 Men’ which will be performed at this years’ Solo Fest, and the New Jersey Premiere of Neil Labute’s “Bash”. The company operates out of two venues, the theater at Weehawken High School and the intimate Weekhawken Water Tower. For more, visit
Performances run Wednesday, 4 November 2015 through Saturday, 21 November 2015
Theater at Weehawken High School 53 Liberty Place, Weehawken, NJ
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Showtimes: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM
Tickets $25 general admission
Brown Paper Tickets: 1-800-838-3006,
For Students with Student ID and seniors 65 and older tickets are $15 at all times.
Weehawken Residents with proof of address are $15 every Wednesday and Thursday.
Running time:  2 hours including intermission.

Continue reading Jackson is Gone at Hudson Theatre Works | Wednesday, 4 Nov – Saturday, 21 Nov Only!

Häagen-Dazs® Coming to Newport Centre

Häagen-Dazs®, a world-renowned ice cream brand, is coming to Simon’s Newport Centre just in time to cool mall shoppers down during the hot summer months.  The 1,112 square foot store is expected to open in early July on Level 2, near Kohl’s.

Häagen-Dazs® products include ice cream, gelato, sorbet, frozen yogurt, cups and bars in a variety of hard to resist flavors.  Its philosophy is to find the purest and finest ingredients in the world and craft them into the best ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt available.

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“We are thrilled that Häagen-Dazs® will be added to our dynamic retail selection,” commented Jill Daniel, director of marketing and business development for Newport Centre.  “We anticipate it will become a popular destination for shoppers who will certainly enjoy its great selection of delicious goodies.”


Häagen-Dazs® dates back to the early 1920s where its creator, Reuben Mattus, started selling ice cream pops on the streets in the Bronx, New York. Eventually, his only three flavors were being sold at gourmet shops in New York City. It wasn’t long until the brand spread throughout the United States.  Then in 1982, after being sold to The Pillsbury Company, Häagen-Dazs® became a global phenomenon and is now available in 50 countries. To this day, the brand remains committed to developing exceptional new super-premium frozen dessert experiences, releasing new flavors every year.


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National Multiple Sclerosis Society HOSTS FIRST EVER MS CLIMB TO THE TOP

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Volunteers from New York Sports Club test out the MS Climb to the Top course at Mack-Cali’s Harborside Plaza 5 in Jersey City. The event will take place on November 15.











The New Jersey Metro Chapter, of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society will host its first Climb to the Top race on November 15, 2014 at Mack-Cali’s Harborside Plaza 5 Building to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Climb to the Top challenges stair-climbers and exercise enthusiasts alike to climb 33 flights of stairs in a chip-timed event to help raise money for local programs and services for those affected the disease and to support cutting-edge research and treatments to stop progression, restore function, and end MS for future generations.

The Climb takes place at Mack-Cali’s Harborside Plaza 5, 185 Hudson Street in Jersey City. The site will open at 12PM and the first wave will go off at 1PM. Waives will be assigned approximately one week prior. Medals and prizes are awarded for top times and fundraisers. Each entrant pays a $35 registration fee, and is required to raise at least $250 in contributions. There are general, competitive, and firefighter divisions at scheduled, pre-assigned intervals. Following the climb, participants and their friends/families will celebrate their accomplishments at an after-party at Henry’s on the Hudson across the street to enjoy food, drinks, and a view of the NYC skyline. Individuals and teams can register to climb online, at, or by calling 1-800-344-4867. Volunteers are also needed.

Multiple Sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and body and can stop people from moving forward in their lives. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, but teenagers and even children as young as 2 have developed the disease. More than twice as many women as men have MS, which affects 2.3 million people worldwide.

The National MS Society helps each person address the challenges of living with MS. The New Jersey Metro Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS living in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren counties and raise funds for critical MS research.

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at, or 1-800-344-4867.


Mack=Cali's Harboside Plaza 5 building will host the upcoming MS Climb to the Top event on November 15.

Grant to Secaucus Provides Town’s Firefighters

An award from the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program will outfit 46 volunteer firefighters in Secaucus, New Jersey with personal protective equipment, in addition to funding advanced firefighter training.

The new equipment, which includes coats, pants, boots, gloves, suspenders, helmets, hoods, and facial shields, will replace 10- to 14-year old gear that has become too worn or damaged to offer the required level of safety for the town’s 90 volunteer first responders.  The new gear complies with the standards of both the National Fire Protection Association and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The federal grant will also fund training for 55 volunteers to achieve Firefighter II status, through a course providing them with sufficient knowledge and skill to function in an emergency without direct supervision and to be capable of making on-duty decisions.

The federal grant comes to $132,027, with the applicant’s share amounting to $6,948.

The announcement was made here today by Ms. Dale McShine, Director of Grants for Region II of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which administers the AFG program.

“This grant is truly a lifesaver,” said Michael Gonnelli, the mayor of Secaucus, who is also the town’s former fire chief and serves with the department’s volunteers.  “Secaucus is one of the last fully volunteer fire departments in Hudson County,” he added, emphasizing that “firefighter safety is our primary aim.  The additional training covered in this grant follows the same path.”

The Town of Secaucus, with a population of roughly 18,500 – which grows by some 100,000 during work hours – responds annually to an average of 700 incidents, ranging from those taking place in 25-story structures, 300,000 square-foot warehouses, and marsh fires to single family homes.  These responses include fire suppression, hazardous materials, extrications, technical rescue, structure-collapse rescue, natural disasters, and emergency medical service.

The Bergen County Fire Academy, adjacent to Hudson County, will offer the Firefighter II course, which, in addition to practical exercises, features lectures, overheads, audiovisual presentations, and a final practical evaluation.  The course involves 37 three-hour courses.

“We are very pleased to have been involved in this grant,” FEMA’s Ms. McShine noted.  “Our foremost goal of first-responder safety coincides precisely with Mayor Gonnelli’s.”

FEMA’s AFG program has been aiding firefighters and other first responders since 2001.  “The program provides critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards,” said Tania Hedlund, FEMA’s Grants Branch Chief.  In 2012, the AFG provided funding of $25,340,000 for FEMA’s Region II (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands).

For further information, please contact William H. Douglass at FEMA: 212-680-3665 or 917-561-3223.

Red Cross: Add Blood Donation To-Do List

The American Red Cross asks blood and platelet donors to help prevent a summer shortage by making an appointment to roll up a sleeve around the Independence Day holiday.

With blood and platelet donation appointments currently lower than what is needed to maintain a sufficient blood supply, donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative.

The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients across the country. This can be challenging during the summer months of June, July and August, when an average of two fewer donors schedule an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This seasonal challenge can be overcome if just two more donors – above what is expected – make an appointment and give blood at each Red Cross blood drive the rest of the summer.

“Vacations and other summer activities often conflict with donation appointments for regular blood donors, which makes summer a very difficult time to collect blood donations,” said Anthony C. Tornetta, External Communications Manager, Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region. “Donations decline further near summer holidays like Independence Day. A blood or platelet donation now can help sustain an adequate blood supply this summer.”

To encourage more people to make time to donate blood before and after Independence Day, all presenting blood and platelet donors from June 30 through July 7 will receive a commemorative Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to find a nearby blood donation opportunity or schedule an appointment.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at@RedCross.