Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hackensack holds opening day

Today, the Hackensack Recreation Department hosted their annual opening day for the youth baseball and softball programs at Foschini Park.

Girls Tee Ball Teams were sponsored by: 
Carvel of Hackensack 
The Hackensack Volunteer Ambulance Corps

Boys Tee Ball Teams were sponsored by: 
The Lodi Moose in Hackensack 
Hackensack Rotary
Hackensack UNICO

The 7-8 Year Old Teams were sponsored by: 
Hackensack Late Nite Pizza and Steak
The First Presbyterian Church 
Hackensack Troast Athletic Club
Toyota of Hackensack

The 9-10 Year Old Teams were sponsored by:
The Hackensack Chamber of Commerce
The Hackensack Volunteer Ambulance Corps
Hackensack PBA Local #9
ShopRite of Hackensack (Inserra Supermarkets)

The 11-12 Year Old Teams were sponsored by:
Citizens for Change
The Hackensack Elks #658
Blue Dog Graphics

The 13-15 Year Old Teams were sponsored by:
 Pro-Player Baseball Academy
The Hackensack FOP

The Girl's Softball Team was sponsored by:
Parisian Beauty Academy

Saturday, April 5, 2014

HFD hosts MDA day


Hackensack Professional Firefighters, Locals 2081 & 3172, in coordination with the Muscular Dystrophy Association of New Jersey hosted their 2014 fill the boot kick off campaign today.

Children and their families got to talk with firefighters, were given a tour of the firehouse, got to take home some fire safety items, and enjoyed a pizza lunch which was provided by IAFF locals 2081 & 3172.

“The smiles on the kid’s faces were priceless” said Hackensack Firefighter and IAFF local 2081 MDA coordinator Timothy Rice.

Hackensack firefighters have been working with MDA for over 35 years raising money to support MDA families.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Hackensack gets ready to "Slam Dunk the Junk"

Hackensack's annual "Clean-Up Day" will be taking place on Saturday, April 26th, RAIN OR SHINE.  

Check-in for volunteers will be held at 9am at Java's Brewin' (270 Main Street). Volunteers will help clean up parks, schools, and other public areas from 10am to noon.  A barbecue for the volunteers will be hosted by the Hackensack Elks at noon (37 Linden Street).

You (or your group) can register to participate in this annual clean up day by calling the Clean Communities Coordinator at 201-646-3920 x2013.  You can also fill out this form and submit it to

Pictures from the 2013 "Clean-Up Day"

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

YMCA of Greater Bergen County to host Healthy Kids Day®

On Saturday, April 12th, the YMCA of Greater Bergen County (360 Main Street, Hackensack) is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® , the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features games, healthy eating, demonstrations, arts and crafts and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.  

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,600 Ys across the country, aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long – a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health. Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year.

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:

·         High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development.
·         Foster an Early and Onging Passion for Books – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
·         Team Up for Athletic Events – Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs. Bike rides, etc.
·         Volunteer Together – Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.
·         Lead By Example – Be a good role model – kids can be influenced by seeing how hard their parents work at home or on the job, and how rewarding that experience is.

The YMCA of Greater Bergen County’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at 360 Main street, Hackensack NJ. from 10:00am to 1:00pm and features fun, active play and educational activities as well as an opportunity for the YMCA to recognize key leaders in the community. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hackensack Elks take forty children from youth home to the circus

Thanks to the Elks National Foundation (ENF), funds are available for Elks to invest back into and build stronger communities.  With the support of ENF, the Hackensack Elks took forty children from the Youth Consultation Services (YCS) of Bergen County, which is located in Hackensack, to the circus.

The children of the YCS group home, located in Hackensack, were able to enjoy an afternoon filled with fun and excitement.  The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey show "Legends" featured performances with elephants, lions, tigers, and horses.  There were also performances by the trapeze artists the Tuniziani Troupe, the China National Acrobatic Troupe,  the Torres Family performing motorcycle stunts, and Alexander Lacey the lion and tiger tamer.

YCS, a 501(C)3 organization, was founded in 1918 to help the women and children left alone and/or abandoned by the aftermath of World War I.  Programs and services grew from this beginning and today YCS maintains programs throughout the state for children with special needs, from birth to 25 years of age.  Programs include: educational, psycho-therapeutic and psychiatric services in home and in our residential facilities, crisis intervention, foster care and treatment home placements, as well as our newest in home and residential programs for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  If you, your company, or organization would like to make a donation to or get involved with the YCS Foundation you can contact Kathy Mongon at

The Elks is a national service organization with a 140+ year history and nearly one million members in 2,000 lodges around the country.  Local lodges invests in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet needs, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.  The Order of Elks spends more than $80,000,000 per year in charitable programs.  If you are interested in becoming an Elk you can contact the Hackensack Lodge at 201-487-0658.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Hackensack Rotary holding raffle for High School Scholarship Fund

The Hackensack Rotary Club is holding their annual raffle to benefit the High School Scholarship Fund.  Hackensack Rotary scholarships are made available to graduating seniors who are residents of Hackensack.  Scholarships are also presented to children of Hackensack firefighters from a special fund created after the tragic loss of five Hackensack firefighters in the Ford Dealership fire on July 1, 1988. Last year, the Scholarship Fund awarded $20,000 in scholarships to local High School seniors.

Raffle tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any Hackensack Rotarian, or by emailing  Each raffle ticket has six chances to win.  Drawings to win $200 will be held on April 24, May 8, May 15, May 22, and June 12.  On June 19th, a $1,000 winner will be drawn.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Join HFD as they make a difference for those battling Muscular Dystrophy

The Hackensack Firefighters welcome you to support their efforts as they participate in the Annual MDA Muscle Walk on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at the Prudential Center in Newark.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. We do so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. It’s special work powered by special people who give generously. Visit and follow us at and @MDAnews.

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