×Mayor Nicholas Sacco visits with local housing seniors at the Uptown Library Aug. 21. See briefs for more information. Mayor Nicholas Sacco visits with local housing seniors at the Uptown Library Aug. 21. See briefs for more information. Learn ways to care for your feet and understand the signs and symptoms of diabetic foot conditions at the Foot Health and Diabetes seminar on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. The featured speaker is Demetrios S. Econopouly, D.P.M.To register, call Nikki Mederos at 201-854-5702. Refreshments will be provided.This seminar is part of the North Bergen Free Public Library’s ongoing series of Well-being Wednesdays, and will take place at the uptown library located at 8411 Bergenline Ave. Transportation will be provided from the Kennedy Branch at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the event. Registration for the bus is required. Contact the library to put your name on the list. Chocolate party at the library on Sept. 8Come to the North Bergen Free Public Library’s main branch for a chocolate party at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8 in celebration of the One Book North Bergen featured children’s book selection, Roald Dahl’s classic, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”All ages are welcome to participate in the chocolate party. North Bergen or Guttenberg children ages 6 to 14 who attend the event will have a chance to win two tickets to the hit Broadway musical, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Some restrictions apply.The main library is located at 8411 Bergenline Ave. For more information visit www.nbpl.org or call 201-869-4715. The library is not responsible for any allergic reactions due to food served.‘We Were Liars’ author e. lockhart coming to the library on Sept. 9Come to the North Bergen Free Public Library’s main branch at 12 p.m. on Sept. 9 for a very special event featuring e. lockhart, the author of “We Were Liars,” “Fly on the Wall,” “Dramarama,” The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks,” and the Ruby Oliver quartet: “The Boyfriend List,” “The Boy Book,” “The Treasure Map of Boys,” and “Real Live Boyfriends.”“We Were Liars” was the young adult selection for the One Book North Bergen reading program. Copies are available for borrowing at both library locations today. Books will be available for purchase at the event.Call 201-869-4715 for more information.Meet the North Bergen P.D. at four local meetings in SeptemberThe North Bergen Police Department is hosting four community meetings throughout the township in September.These informal sessions are a great forum for North Bergen residents to voice any concerns and discuss issues in person with members of the police department.The program, known as N.B. TAPS (North Bergen Township Alternative Policing Strategy), was initiated last year by Chief of Police Robert Dowd in order to enhance police-community relations.Residents get to meet the officers who patrol their neighborhoods, and the officers get to learn about any matters of concern directly from the residents.All meetings will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. The dates and locations are as follows:Wednesday, Sept. 13: Uptown Public Library, 8411 Bergenline Ave.Wednesday, Sept. 20: Downtown Public Library, 2123 Kennedy Blvd.Thursday, Sept. 21: Our Lady of Fatima Church, Lower Level, 8011 Kennedy Blvd.Tuesday, Sept. 26: North Bergen Town Hall Chambers, Lower Level, 4233 Kennedy Blvd.Bestselling author of ‘Orphan Train’ coming to libraryMeet bestselling author Christina Baker Kline at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9 at the North Bergen Free Public Library’s main branch. Kline’s “Orphan Train” spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list.Copies of “Orphan Train” are available for borrowing at both library locations today. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Mayor extends free English classes for seniorsMayor Nicholas Sacco visited the North Bergen Free Public Library on Aug. 21 to meet with seniors from housing. The seniors expressed their thanks for the English classes provided free by the township at the library.Based on their enthusiastic feedback the mayor requested that the housing authority and library extend the classes for a few more months.Library now offering WiFi hotspot rentalsThe North Bergen Free Public Library now offers WiFi Hotspot rentals to North Bergen and Guttenberg residents.Hotspots provide you with wireless internet connectivity for your mobile device. You can take the hotspot anywhere and use it to access your email, play games, stream video, and download content. A hotspot will provide your device with Internet access in places that your regular Internet provider cannot usually reach. Use it at the shore or on vacation.A valid library card is required to check out a hotspot. See the circulation desk for rules. For more information visit www.nbpl.org or call 201-869-4715. Donations needed for Texas flood victimsNB CARES is collecting supplies for Texas flooding victims at North Bergen Town Hall, 4233 Kennedy Blvd. between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. They have teamed up with a representative from the Houston mayor’s office and volunteers. They have opened their convention center as a shelter and are in need of supplies.The ONLY supplies they are accepting at the moment are the following:NEW socks and underwear, blankets, towels, long sleeve shirts, toothpaste/toothbrushes, feminine products, bar soap, medical gloves, first aid supplies.If you have any questions contact Aimee at 201-392-0229 or [email protected] health and diabetes seminar coming to the library on Sept. 6
WATERLOO — A new advocate for Iowans with disabilities will be chosen next weekend in Waterloo.The Ms. Wheelchair Iowa Contest is scheduled for March 7th and contestants are still welcome to apply and compete for the crown. Jenn Wolff, of Waverly, is a former titleholder and is one of this year’s event organizers. She says you need to be a U.S. citizen who’s at least 21 and have lived in Iowa at least six months.“We are looking for women who use wheelchairs 100% of the time for mobility,” Wolff says. “We’re hoping that they want to educate the general public, advocate for others with disabilities. We’re really hoping to build this competition into a stronger community of women with disabilities.” Wolff says the winner will be picked based on her accomplishments since the onset of the disability.She notes it’s not a beauty pageant so there’s no swimsuit competition and contestants don’t need to perform some sort of talent.Wolff says, “It is really more focused on building education and empowerment and advocacy, in building a person’s confidence, public speaking ability, and civic engagement.”The winner’s duties will revolve around her platform and her ability to travel — which may take her from local parades, churches, civic groups and schools to the state capitol, the governor’s office and beyond. Wolff, who was Ms. Wheelchair Iowa 2011, says being the titleholder had a profound impact on her life — for the better.“There is power in the tiara! It gets you into rooms that you might not be able to otherwise get into to speak,” Wolff says. “It really, really helped my confidence and ability to public speak. Going to nationals is unlike anything else because you’re in a room full of women in wheelchairs and you will never, ever get that experience anywhere else. It was amazing.”The Iowa winner will represent the state at the Ms. Wheelchair America event, scheduled for August in Little Rock, Arkansas. To apply for the state contest, search for “Ms. Wheelchair Iowa Contest 2020” on Facebook and scroll down to find a link to the application.