Library Ice Cream Party launches Summer Reading ClubKids at both branches of the North Bergen Free Public Library walked away with books in one hand and dishes of ice cream in the other as the library held an ice cream party on Monday, June 25 to launch their Summer Reading Club.Kids had the option of chocolate or vanilla, plus a plethora of toppings such as gummy fish, M&Ms, cherries, sprinkles, crumbled cookies, syrup, whipped cream, and much more. (Disclosure: certain scheming adults managed to finagle their own dishes of dessert treats, despite not joining the reading club.)The Summer Reading Club is designed to keep students actively engaged in reading so that their reading and comprehension skills don’t fade over the months away from school. In addition to the ice cream party, kids receive a scratch-off coupon for each book they take out over the summer, up to one per day. Coupons entitle them to pick gifts from a selection of options including toys, candies, and other gifts.Upon receiving 10 coupons, they can redeem them for a 3D item of their choice created on the library 3D printer. For more information on the Summer Reading Club, visit www.nbpl.org or call (201) 869-4715.NB Health Dept. offers free Zika prevention kit for pregnant womenThe New Jersey Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend special precautions for pregnant women to protect themselves against Zika virus infection. If you are traveling to a high risk area please contact the North Bergen Health Department to pick up a free NJ Zika Prevention Kit for pregnant women. For more information and educational resources, contact the Health Department at (201) 392-2085.Beat the Heat at North Bergen’s three cooling centersNorth Bergen has three designated cooling centers available to all residents throughout the entire summer. Township residents who are feeling overheated are invited to come cool off during the hours the centers are operational. The cooling center locations are: Uptown library, 8411 Bergenline Ave.; Downtown library, 2123 Kennedy Blvd.; Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave. For the open hours at each of the centers call the library at 201-869-4715 or the Recreation Center at (201) 861-9601Community outreach targets health and diet of South Asian populationIn response to an increasing South Asian population in Jersey City and Hudson County, the Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) embarked on a community outreach program to continue the conversation and raise awareness of the prevalence of heart disease in the South Asian community. The risk of cardiovascular disease is four times greater in the South Asian population when compared with the general population. An offshoot of the hospital’s 2017 Red Sari campaign, the program’s goal is to help educate and reduce heart disease among South Asian families by stressing the importance of reducing sodium intake and getting your heart checked.Sharon Ambis, the Medical Center’s Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, who has traveled to India frequently, outlined the initiative, “Your heart doesn’t beat just for you. Get it checked,” at a lunch forum hosted by New Jersey City University (NJCU) in honor of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce 2018 Delegation.She noted, “Jersey City’s South Asian population appreciates our community outreach and educational programming to improve heart, health and well-being,” as part of her welcome remarks to the delegation.New Jersey’s Southeast Asian population has grown significantly over the past 10 years. The state now boosts more than 800,000 residents clustered in Hudson County, Middlesex County, Bergen County and Somerset County. With the highest educational achievements of any population sector and the highest median income of the state’s ethnic populations, the group contributes significantly to the stability of New Jersey.For information regarding any of the community outreach programming, contact Sharon Ambis, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at Jersey City Medical Center at [email protected] Meet your local police, share concerns at four sessions in JulyThe North Bergen Police Department regularly hosts community meetings to get to know local residents. This July they will host four meetings at different locations throughout the township, where residents can meet the officers who patrol their neighborhoods, and share any local concerns.The meetings are part of a program known as N.B. TAPS (North Bergen Township Alternative Policing Strategy), designed to enhance police-community relations in the township. Residents get to meet and discuss issues face-to-face with the officers who serve their immediate community, 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: Thursday, July 19: Uptown Public Library, 8411 Bergenline Ave.; Monday, July 23: North Bergen Town Hall Chambers, Lower Level, 4233 Kennedy Blvd.; Thursday, July 26: Downtown Public Library, 2123 Kennedy Blvd.Kids, get ready for ‘Fun with a Cop’ at the July 27 Water OlympicsKids in grades K through 5 are invited to spend the afternoon having “Fun with a Cop” at the Water Olympics on Friday, July 27.Get ready for a terrifically entertaining day of sports and entertainment, brought to you by the North Bergen Free Public Library, North Bergen Community Policing, and the Township of North Bergen. Dress for fun and expect to get very wet!The Water Olympics will take place at 11 a.m. in the soccer field in James J. Braddock Park. Transportation will be provided at 10:30 a.m. from the Kennedy Branch Library, 2123 Kennedy Blvd. Visit the Braddock Park Farmers Market every Sunday from 10 to 2The annual James J. Braddock Farmers Market is open for the season. Freeholder Anthony Vainieri hosted the 2018 grand opening on June 24, joined by a jazz band that entertained residents as they shopped for garden-fresh food and enjoyed the beautiful park. Fifteen vendors participated in the opening weekend and even more are expected on upcoming Sundays.Fresh locally-sourced produce is the centerpiece of the market, but much more is available, with a rotating lineup of vendors offering everything from hot food to desserts to craft gift items. Each week features something new and exciting.In addition there will be free cooking demos, free workout classes, free food sampling, live music, and more, so visit regularly to see what’s happening each week.The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday through the end of September at the Veterans Memorial near 90th Street and Bergenline Avenue.Some of the 2018 featured vendors include Aponi Soapery, The Corn Guy, Discovery Toys, Hand Rolled Cigars, IPrint NJ, Leah Guy The Modern Sage, Modern Spin, Nolasco Farms, Occasions Cupcakery, Organic WorldUS, Park Lane Jewelry, Petunias Petals, San Filippo di’Sicilia, Second Dibbs, Usbourne Books, and Wicked Sensations.