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Mack-Cali hosts Thanksgiving food drive

This holiday season, Mack-Cali, in partnership with Jersey City Medical Center, hosted a Thanksgiving Food Drive to collect non-perishable foods for people with food-related illnesses in Hudson County. can have a healthy Thanksgiving meal.

Volunteers helped fill more than 500 holiday meal bags to distribute to local homeless shelters and patient populations. In addition to non-perishable food items, this year’s holiday bags also included turkey gift certificates.

Woodcliff Church serves Thanksgiving meals

The Woodcliff Community Reformed Church recently hosted its 13th Thanksgiving Luncheon, where it served lunches to the community and provided dinners for the PERC Hideaway on 37th Street in Union City.

This year the church had two leaders who came together to help prepare meals, Jimmy Tarruella and John Burnett.

Jersey City National Guard soldier promoted

New York State Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Ray Shields announced the recent promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their ability to take on additional responsibility and leadership.

Aliyan Nathaniel of Jersey City, and assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Signal Expeditionary Battalion, was promoted to Specialist.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability and development potential. These promotions also recognize the most qualified soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for careers in the New York Army National Guard.

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HCCC Board of Directors Welcomes Alumni Representative

The board of trustees of Hudson County Community College (HCCC) sworn in Jasmine Ngin as the board’s new alumni representative on November 23 at the annual reorganization meeting.

Ngin received his Associate of Science (AS) degree in computer science from the college in May. As a student, she was recognized on the Dean’s List and served as the Director of Finance for the Student Government Association. She was also a member of the HCCC cohort of the Goldman Sachs Local College Collaborative and the HCCC Achieving the Dream Student Leader Strategy team. Ngin has worked throughout her HCCC experience as a Health Insurance Producer at UnitedHealthcare / Optum, Data Entry Technician at Gourmet Home and Billing Specialist at Bronx Foot Care.

Ngin was deeply involved in the activities of the HCCC and established links throughout the college. Her advocacy and leadership led her to lead the launch of a transfer partnership between HCCC and New York University. She was also involved in conversations and planning a program for inmates to earn an HCCC degree. Currently, she attends Rutgers University where she is doubly specialized in business analysis information technology and finance.

Unit 305 “Scouting for Food” replenishes the pantry

Scouts and leaders from Unit 305 went “foraging” to restock the pantry shelves at St. Stephen’s Church in Kearny. Parishioners at each of the weekend masses in early November contributed 2,059 non-perishable food items, the second highest amount collected to date. This year the largest number of volunteers attended, including 34 Scouts and Leaders who helped for two days.

Over the Halloween weekend, Boy Scouts handed out yellow “Search for Food” bags after the five Masses at St. Stephen’s Church, along with a suggested shopping list of items most needed to help. to fill the baskets for Thanksgiving. During the first weekend of November, the Scouts collected the bags filled with non-perishable food for the pantry before each mass. Scouts and leaders spent nearly 100 hours in total collecting items, sorting them into categories, rearranging shelves and restocking food. pantry with donated goods.

“Scouting for Food” as a Boy Scouts of America service project began in 1988 to respond to the growing number of families with children requesting emergency food. Over the years, as more families struggled for food, Scouts continued their efforts to help feed the hungry.

St. Stephen’s Church, sponsor of Unit 305, hosts its pantry year round and works with the Kearny Food Pantry Network run by volunteers attached to the First Presbyterian Church. Donations can continue to be made at any Mass and deposited in the large plastic bins located inside the lobby of St. Stephen’s Church.

Troop / Pack 305 was organized in 1933 and continues to remain active while following safety protocols during service projects, Troop / Pack outdoor meetings, day hikes, and overnight camping. For more information on youth leadership training, advancement through the ranks and to join, visit and subscribe to the newsletter.

Students win awards from VFW

The following Bayonne students have been announced as the 2021-2022 recipients of the VFW Patriot’s Pen Award: David Ghaly, Mateo Acosta, Alyssa Palomino, David Kamel and Desiree Okonkwo.

Preksha Agarwal also won an honor in the VFW’s Voice of Democracy 2021-22 competition.

NJCU and ‘NJCU Votes’ win awards

The University of New Jersey City (NJCU) and its “NJCU Votes” initiative have won a Bronze Seal award from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for efforts to promote non-partisan voter turnout for students in the 2020 Presidential Election.

Under the leadership of NJCU President Sue Henderson and Dr. Jodi Bailey, Vice President of Student Affairs, as well as collaboration from the Offices of Marketing and Communications, Student Affairs, the Center for Leadership and Engagement (CLE ) and Knight Student Media, the NJCU launched a voting and civic awareness campaign in 2020. As a result of these efforts, NJCU increased its voting rates by approximately eight percent.

The efforts included launching an NJCU Votes website, which featured voting information and, thanks to a grant from the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition, first gained access to TurboVote, which helped the college community. with election reminders and easy voter registration. “NJCU Votes” and the university’s social media platforms also featured student video testimonials on the importance of voting and a student film on immigrants and voting.

Meanwhile, Knight Student Media hosted a webinar with the League of Women Voters – New Jersey section and published several articles in the student newspaper The Gothic Times on first-time voters and the importance of voting.

NJCU Votes continued to involve students in local and national elections during the 2021 races, including a recent interview with a first candidate for mayor in Jersey City. Theta Pavis, Director of Student Media, Dr. Louise Stanton, Professor of Political Science, and Rob Quinones, Deputy Director of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE), continue to promote voter registration on campus, including in class and during Constitution Day events. every year.

NJCU also competed in the New Jersey Ballot Bowl and Campus Voting Challenge, in partnership with the New Jersey State Department.

The 2020 presidential election engaged the largest and most diverse group of students in U.S. history, with more than 840 institutions registering nearly nine million students to participate in the ALL IN Challenge.