Hudson County Parks Host Free Outdoor Movies All SummerHudson County is hosting a free “Movies in the Park” series again this summer, bringing 14 big features to seven parks throughout the region. Next up is “The Batman LEGO Movie” at Lincoln Park in Jersey City on July 19.North Bergen residents can look forward to “Moana” on Friday, July 21 and “Alice through the Looking Glass” on Friday, Aug. 18. Both films will be shown outdoors on a big screen in James J. Braddock North Hudson Park.All movies are free, and so is the popcorn. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy an evening outdoors with your friends and neighbors. Movies start at sundown. All events are wheelchair accessible.For more information visit www.hudsoncountynj.org . Guttenberg residents celebrate the town’s first annual Independence Day Barbeque and Pig Roast (see briefs for more information). Meet the North Bergen P.D. at local meetings in JulyThe North Bergen Police Department is hosting community meetings throughout the township in July. 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 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, July 19: Our Lady of Fatima Church, Lower Level, 8101 Kennedy Blvd.• Thursday, July 20: Uptown Public Library, 8411 Bergenline Ave.• Tuesday, July 25: North Bergen Town Hall Chambers, Lower Level, 4233 Kennedy Blvd.Guttenberg Holds First Annual Independence Day Barbecue and Pig RoastGuttenberg held its first ever Independence Day Barbecue and Pig Roast on July 4. Mayor Gerald Drasheff and the town council greeted hundreds of community members, who spent a relaxing day enjoying one another’s company.Delicious ribs and pulled pork sandwiches were served, along with barbecued burgers and hot dogs. The free event took place in Veterans Park, alongside the Anna L. Klein School. The street was closed from Palisade Avenue to Hudson Avenue for the celebration, with activities for kids and a DJ providing musical entertainment.North Hudson Community Action Corporation will receive $18,348 HUD grantThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $716,894 in housing counseling grants to nine local organizations in New Jersey to help families and individuals with their housing needs and to prevent future foreclosures. In Hudson County, North Hudson Community Action Corporation will receive $18,348 for Comprehensive Counseling.North Hudson Community Action Corporation (NHCAC) was founded in 1965 as a Community Action Agency (CAA) to address the immediate needs of low-income residents, to continue assistance until stability and eventual self-sufficiency is achieved. Residents throughout Hudson County who need medical services on a sliding scale should contact their local office.With this grant, recipients address the full range of families’ housing counseling needs. This includes helping homebuyers evaluate their readiness for a home purchase, understand their financing and down payment options, and navigate what can be an extremely confusing and difficult home buying process. The organization also help households find affordable rental housing and offer financial literacy training to individuals and families struggling to repair credit problems that restrict their housing options.In addition to providing counseling to homeowners and renters, these organizations assist homeless persons in finding the transitional housing they need to move toward a permanent place to live. Finally, grantees also assist senior citizens seeking reverse mortgages. Hudson Shakespeare Company offers a 1990s inspired ‘Romeo and Juliet’The Hudson Shakespeare Company returns for the final installment in its 26th annual Shakespeare in the Parks tour of Hudson County parks and libraries with a 1990s inspired “Romeo and Juliet”. Admission is free to all shows.The show will be touring to the following locations:Saturday, July 15 @ 3 p.m., Van Vorst Park, (Rain Location Park Gazebo), Montgomery Street and Jersey Avenue, Jersey CityMonday, July 17 @ 7 p.m., 522 Frank Sinatra Drive, Frank Sinatra Park, HobokenThursday, July 20 @ 7 p.m., Hamilton Park (9th St and Jersey Avenue) (Rain Location Park Gazebo) Jersey CityThursday, July 27 @ 6:30 p.m., Hoboken Public Library, 500 Park Ave. Hoboken“Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare is the most famous love story in the English language and has been adapted in a variety of settings, from a straight Elizabethan presentation with Franco Zefferelli to a musical romp in “West Side Story.” It’s a story that most people think they know quite well, a story of ideal young love and perfectly matched lovers whose love is denied by their warring families and which leads to their tragic ends.However, the innocent pair of Romeo and Juliet are just the tip of the iceberg in a world filled with scheming, opportunistic parents; violent, self-destructive rebels and the true parental figures who try to keep the couple out of harm’s way. Director Noelle Fair wanted to look beyond a production that just focused on the lovers or their warring families and examine what drives the unstoppable hatred and violence that happens in the play. What can it say about how we treat each other today where fights can spark online or in public for little to no reason?A lawn chair and blanket are recommended for all outdoor showings. For more information on the show, please visit www.hudsonshakespeare.com or call (973) 449-7443.Healthcare reform study assesses job stress and organizational readinessYou can join a unique PhD research study assessing the human impact of Healthcare Reform. Ongoing changes to health care have triggered new demanding challenges for health care professionals working with diverse populations in U.S. health care systems. 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Cooplands of Doncaster has warned staff that jobs are now at risk, as it enters a consultation period with a restructuring company. The bakery chain employs 550 staff across its 88 Yorkshire branches, as well as a further 200 at its Doncaster head office in Wharf Road. Cooplands produces fresh bread, sandwiches, savouries and confectionery every day for the retail stores, Bap Vans and for some wholesale customers. The company was founded in 1932.The company is now being run by ReSolve, a London-based corporate restructuring specialist, according to the Sheffield Star.British Baker contacted the company this morning and a spokesperson, who would not give their name, said the company was now in “consultation” and had been told that more information would be provided at the end of the week.He added: “They have just said there will be job losses across the whole estate, but they haven’t made any specifics in departments or areas.“I’ve been told it will probably affect over 100 people, I get the impression it won’t be everyone, but it will definitely have a big impact.“The shareholders have been keeping everything to themselves, and have said they will inform us when they are ready to tell us what is happening. It’s quite concerning for most of us, but in general the atmosphere here is better than you would expect.“It’s not very good for Doncaster at all – we’ve already lost 200 jobs at Tesco, so it’s bad news. Plus, business has not really picked up around here anyway; hence we are in the situation we are in.”British Baker has also contacted ReSolve and is awaiting a response.Last week, the Sheffield Star claimed staff at the bakery chain had received a letter saying the company lost money last year and has continued to see a decline in sales.The letter said: “We have all worked hard over the last 12 months to try and stem the losses, but unfortunately everybody’s efforts have been in vain.“Unfortunately the result of this is that the business cannot sustain its current cost base and this has an impact on the number of employees that we can employ in the foreseeable future.“Regrettably we now therefore have to consider the loss of job roles across all areas of the business.”Do you work at Cooplands? If so contact us on [email protected] or tweet us via @britishbaker
The Batesville Freshman defeated the Indian Creek Braves Monday night 42-35.Gunner Olsen paced the Bulldog offense with 18 points. Peyton Meyer added 14 in the winning effort. Other scorers for Batesville included Zach Britton (6), Zach Prickel (2), and Alex Roell (2).“It was a tale of two halves for us tonight. We came out flat on both ends of the floor and found ourselves down big early. We were fortunate enough to chip away at their lead in the 3rd quarter before going into the 4th within striking distance.” Batesville Coach ben Siefert.After trailing by 6 heading into the final period, Batesville held the Braves to just 2 points, both on free throws, in the 4th quarter. The Bulldog defense allowed just four field goals in the second half.“The defense stepped up. That second half is exactly how we want to play on that end. Limit them to tough shots, closeout possessions with a rebound, and go down on offense and score. That was an effort to be proud of in the second half. Our kids really answered the bell.” Batesville Coach Ben Siefert.With the win, the Bulldogs move to 3-1 on the season. They will be in action again Thursday night, when they travel to East Central for an EIAC Conference matchup. Game time is scheduled for 7:30pm following that evening’s girl’s game.Submitted by Batesville Coach Ben Siefert.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa lawmakers head into the third week of the 2020 legislative session and school funding has already become a key topic. The state has increased spending for K-12 students in recent years, but education advocates are convinced state leaders could be doing more.The past few school-funding increases have been between 1% and 2%. Roark Horn, executive director of School Administrators of Iowa, says people in charge of the school districts are telling him that isn’t enough to keep up with their annual costs.“You think about the increase in health insurance costs, [that] would be an example,” says Horn. “Those are not something districts can necessarily contain.”Horn’s group is asking for a 3.75% increase in state funding to help with those rising expenses. In a statement, Gov. Kim Reynolds says she’ll propose a 2.5% hike, but declined to say whether she’d endorse anything beyond that amount.She says her increase builds on “historic investments in K-through-12 funding.” But those who want to see more school spending say that can be misleading – since recent hikes don’t match with inflation.Horn says the school administrators realize that what the governor is proposing is a larger increase than what they’ve seen in recent years. But they still feel they owe it to students and parents to ask for more.“It’s really not enough to be able to provide the education that I think Iowans expect out of their schools,” says Horn.After accounting for salaries, he adds, most districts only have about 20% of their funds left to deal with extra – but important – costs, such as health insurance and facilities. He says cutting into salaries, which are negotiated, is hard because they want to attract quality teachers.