Fire memorial project to conclude on YouTube

This past March, Hoboken’s All Saints Episcopal Parish began a three-part series of events to remember those who died in the devastating fires between 1978 and 1983 in the city. A virtual service for the final piece of this fire memorial project will launch on YouTube on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. The series is lead by the Rev. Elaine Thomas.

The first part of the project was a community conversation where the public listened to stories of those who lived through the events and also featured a dramatic recounting of one of the fires in a new play by local playwright Joseph Gallo. The following week, a prayer walk was held to several fire locations, offering prayers, reading names, and placing irises as a memorial.

The third part of the series was to have been a Sunday afternoon Interfaith Service of Remembrance, with music and candle-lighting, readings, and reflection. The event was cancelled as in-person worship services were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the final offering of the series will be held in a virtual service.

The participants in this service will mirror those who gathered at fire locations to hold informal memorials in the days following the fires, including the Hoboken Clergy Coalition and children from the Mustard Seed School.

The link for the virtual service on YouTube can be found at

AAHGS meeting to take place on Zoom

The Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society will be meeting on Zoom on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 11 a.m. Interested participants are welcome to email AAHGS for the Zoom access information at [email protected]

The meeting will feature a special guest presentation by la Brenda Garret-Nelson; author, teacher, certified genealogical lecturer, and certified genealogist, titled “DNA Specifics – Genealogy Standards.”

Blood drive will offer free screenings for stroke prevention, cholesterol

A blood drive sponsored by Enterprise Lodge #31, Plaridel Lodge #302, and Hippocrates Lodge #304 will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge at 87 Hutton St., Jersey City. Appointments are highly recommended and can be made by calling 201-251-3703 or visit

Free screenings for stroke prevention and cholesterol are also available. Donor guidelines are the following: you must weigh at least 110 lbs., eat before donation, bring ID, and drink plenty of water before and after donation. COVID-19 precautions will be taken.

HCCC to host “Afro-Latino travels with Kim Haas”

The Hudson County Community College Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development is inviting students, teachers, and community members to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a video screening and discussion of Afro-Latino culture and identity on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Those interested may register for the live Webex event at Kim Haas, executive producer, creator, and host of the new Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) travel series, Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas, will present episode clips spotlighting the historical and cultural contributions of African descendants from Latin America. She will also lead an interactive discussion about the benefits of positive, inspirational images of Afro-Latinos; what it means to be Afro-Latino; how history and culture enlighten and strengthen humanity; and the Afro-Latino role in the development and growth of Latin America.


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