Salvation Army NJ Lists ‘Star Search’ Contest Winners
More than 200 elementary through high school youth involved in the Salvation Army’s NJ Corps music and creative arts programs recently participated in the “Star Search” music and creative arts talent contest.
The program began in the 1990s to encourage the development of arts and music for young people and showcases the talents of NJ youth in a wide range of areas: brass solos, guitar solos, vocal solos, monologues , dance solos, drum solos, piano solos, youth orchestra, youth choir, theater troupe. Category winners will compete with other regional bodies in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Saturday, June 11.
Hudson County winners, all from Kearny, include Bruce Chalco Leon (acoustic guitar), Kenneth Chalco Leon (acoustic guitar, lead piano), Evelyn Ovalles (lead vocals), and Allison Rouse (lead brass).
The bears organize a successful book drive
Unit 305’s Bear Den recently coordinated a book drive to promote literacy. The event was created by Bear Den Leader Diane Rodrigues, who along with her scouts led the collection of 500 new and lightly used books for this year’s community service project. It was designed as part of the demands of community and the adventure of duty to God to practice what the bears have learned about their faith.
The Bears worked together to create collection boxes for books donated by other Scouting families and other community members via a request on the Unit 305 Facebook page. Leaders, Scouts and parents have sorted the books by age and reading level and donated them to five organizations, all with different literary missions.
Operation Paperback sends reading materials to American men and women serving in the armed forces, veterans, and military families at home and abroad. Paperbacks and hardcover books for adults provide soldiers with new reading materials for mental escape and relaxation. Soldiers also received children’s books to read virtually to their sons and daughters while deployed. Pre-K and Kindergarten books allow Precious Angels Daycare of Kearny to expand their library collection for their growing program. Books for children and adults were donated to Intermountain Therapy Animals to support their Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) program to build confidence in literacy skills in non-judgmental team sessions. The child or adult reads aloud to a registered therapy dog under the supervision of a literacy mentor.
Books on a variety of subjects have been placed in Kearny Elks #1050 sponsored book corners near each school in Kearny. The Paterson Oasis, a shelter for battered women and children, also received a number of donations.
Professional boxers offer advice and inspiration to children’s classes in North Bergen
Top pro boxing prospects Emmanuel “Salserito” Rodriguez and Anthony Johns took time out of their fight preparations to provide helpful advice and inspiration to the next generation of boxers on Wednesday, May 11 at the State of Fitness Boxing Club in North Bergen.
The two professionals shared their experience with the gym’s children’s class, where children from elementary to high school can learn how to box every afternoon from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. under the tutelage of trainers Mike Pacheco and Michael Carvajal.
State of Fitness Boxing Club is located at 508 73rd St. in North Bergen. The gymnasium opened in 2016 and is owned by Desmond Boyle, senior firefighter with the North Hudson Regional Fire Department. The gym has developed many amateur champions from tournaments such as the Golden Gloves, Diamond Gloves and Battle on the Beach.
Opening of the Morahan Center
The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes (Morahan Center) at RWJBarnabas Health recently expanded its services to Hudson County at the Newport Center. To mark the grand opening of the new center, staff offered free heart screenings and concussions to young athletes.
There was a meeting with David Diehl – retired New York Giants offensive lineman and two-time Super Bowl champion and Ken Daneyko, former New Jersey Devils and three-time Stanley Cup winner.
NJCU grad student first American honored in Albania contest
Lazara Luisa Diaz, a graduate student pursuing a Master of Music in Classical Guitar Performance at NJCU, has become the first American to win an award at the Albania-based Marku Guitar Competition. The international competition took place from May 10 to 15.
The “Maku Guitar Competition” is a virtual competition open to professional classical guitarists regardless of their nationality. Diaz scored 86.79 points to claim third prize in Category V (no age limit). She competed against artists from several countries.
Diaz is originally from Havana, Cuba and she graduated from Universidad de las Artes in Cuba in 2013. At NJCU, she studied with Dr. Celil Refik Kaya – an international performer, composer, educator and recording artist from Naxos – who is the coordinator of Guitar Studies at NJCU, in the university’s Department of Music, Dance, and Drama. Diaz’s performance can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/QWVrPiUWOXU.
Jersey City student’s research presented at symposium
Simran Sanju Kadam of Jersey City was one of 170 undergraduate and graduate students who presented their research and creative scholarly work at the New York Institute’s Annual Symposium for Academic Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). of Technology (New York Tech).
Throughout the day, students shared their research projects in the form of oral presentations and posters. Research projects included topics such as 3D bioprinting of organs, neuromarketing, viral genome analysis, and robotics in medicine, among others.
Bayonne schools celebrate Cinco de Mayo and honor former Tuskegee airman
Miss Spann’s first graders at Mary J. Donohoe School celebrated Cinco de Mayo on May 5 by making the Mexican flag and a pinata. They also learned how Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Mexico and the United States.
Students of Ms Pecoraro and Ms McMonagle from William Shemin Midtown Community School, as well as students from Bayonne High School teaching social studies, Mr McCafferty’s classes, wrote birthday cards to the former Tuskegee Airman, Sgt. Victor Butler, who turned 100 on May 21.
Students graduate, earn honors
The University of the Cumberlands recently held commencement ceremonies to celebrate its new graduates. The following Jersey City residents who graduated are Gynaneshwar Rao Allakanti Narsing, Mihir Harishbhai Jinger, Junlian Liu, Praveen Kumar Nallabothu and Jil Rajeshbhai Shah.
Jersey City’s Carlos Pepin received a degree from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania during an commencement ceremony May 8 at Eiler-Martin Stadium.
Wilfried Bai of Jersey City graduated from Hofstra University in December 2021, earning a BS in Industrial Engineering.
Jersey City’s Alexandra Coulter received a bachelor’s degree during Assumption University’s 105th commencement drill on Sunday, May 8 at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester.