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March 28, 2018 | Media Coverage

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Students visit PVSC lab

Students in the Saint Dominic Academy Chemistry Honors and AP Chemistry classes had the opportunity to visit the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission on Feb. 1 for Lab Day.  Accompanied by Dr. Ronald Schreck and Ms. Cristina Manuel, the students toured the water treatment facility and the water analysis lab. The objective of the event was to showcase various careers within the sciences, raise awareness of the important role labs play in society, and educate the students regarding lab procedures and responsibilities.

Free tax preparation 

United Way of Hudson County is teaming up with the AARP foundation Tax-Aide program and provide a free service to anyone in the Hudson county area. You can have your federal and state income taxes electronically prepared and filed by IRS certified volunteers at no cost.

To be eligible you must be a New Jersey resident for all of 2017, have a Social Security or ITIN number that allows you to work in the US, you must work in New Jersey or New York, or have taxable income like pensions, IRA distributions, interest, or stock trades, and not have an income from a rental property or a business with employees, inventory, a loss, or over $25,000 in total expenses. 

To schedule an appointment, call 201-468-8805. 

Student earns Masters

Jia Wang, of Jersey City earned a master’s degree from Georgia State University during the Fall 2017 semester. More than 3,000 students were awarded degrees during ceremonies held in December.

Networking event to focus on leadership

The Bergen Volunteer Center’s Bergen LEADS program will host “Making Connections: An Evening of Networking and Learning” on March 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Woodstone Pizza Bar & Grill located on Passaic Street in Rochelle Park. The event is open to the public and will provide an opportunity for attendees to connect with current and former participants of Bergen LEADS, a learning and leadership program in its eighth year of preparing leaders equipped to tackle the challenges facing Bergen County.

Students named to dean’s list

The following students were named to the USciences Fall 2017 Dean’s List: Kisha Jeaul Beltran of Union City, Gretchen Casingal, Mohamed Elhakeem, and Christine Gayed of Jersey Ciy, Mohak Dave of Secaucus, Anthony Dimitrey and Hagar Tawfik of Bayonne, Daniel Lee and James Nowoslawski of Rutherford, and Maulik Patel, Shivangi Patel, and Ami Shah of North Bergen.

Aaron Clifford De Rosa, East Rutherford, has been recognized on the dean’s list at Norwich University for the fall 2017 semester.

SDA athlete honored

Nicolette Racz of North Bergen, a senior at Saint Dominic Academy, was honored at the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Racz, an honor student and vice president of Student Council, is a captain of the Swim Team and a member of the cross country and track teams. The event was held at Seton Hall University.

Public meeting for Northwest Resiliency Park

The Hoboken design team for the Northwest Resiliency Park has completed a report summarizing the information gathering and community input phase of the project. Based on the information, the team is completing two preliminary concepts for the Northwest Resiliency Park.

The concepts will be presented at a public meeting scheduled for Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Wallace School Cafeteria located at 1100 Willow Avenue, Hoboken. The entrance to the cafeteria is located behind the playground, along 11th Street mid-block between Willow Avenue and Clinton Street.

School remembers Lincoln

Soaring Heights Charter School will present “The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln” by Bob Gleason on Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. This program is free, open to the public, and is funded by the Public Scholars Project of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

The first person historical characterization covers Abraham Lincoln’s formative years, his courtship, the beginnings and development of his abolitionist view point, and his first trip to Congress. SHCS is located at 1 Romar Avenue in Jersey City.

RADI is JC Slam’s 2018 representative

RADI will be representing Jersey City in this year’s Women of the World Poetry Slam. RADI dominated the WOWPS qualifier slam held at LITM in Jersey City. 

$1.3 million awarded to local NJ agencies

The New Jersey Healthy Communities Network’s Community Grants Program recently announced that it awarded grants totaling $1.3 million to local New Jersey nonprofit organizations to increase healthy eating and active living.

Grantees include the Jersey City Department of Health, EZ Ride, Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, and the North Bergen Health Department. 

Hoboken and Jersey City seek input on bike share

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla are in discussions regarding the expansion of Hudson Bike Share into Jersey City and CitiBike into Hoboken. Potential expansion may include the addition of three stations in each city. Members of the public are invited to complete an online survey to provide input on possible locations for new bike share stations. The online survey is available at

Lawyer named to scholars program

Steven Llanes of law firm Lowenstien Sandler has been selected to the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a collaboration among the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson. This selective program brings together a group of leaders to strengthen their capabilities by learning firsthand from past American presidents, cabinet members, senior officials, and top academics. 

Medical Center celebrates cardiac rehab week

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center will give recognition to their team of Cardiac Rehab professionals in honor of National Cardiac Rehab Week. Palisades specialists help patients recover from heart attacks, heart surgery and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures such as stenting and angioplasty. Their Cardiac Care program provides education and counseling services to help heart patients increase physical fitness, reduce cardiac symptoms, improve health and reduce the risk of feature heart problems.


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