Weehawken collecting donations for hurricane and earthquake victimsWeehawken has organized a collection drive to benefit recent victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, in addition to victims from a recent earthquake in Mexico. Items being collected include batteries, bottled water, canned foods, flashlights, hand sanitizer and paper towels, among other non-perishables.Clothing will also be accepted, but it must be new. Donations can be dropped off from 10 am to 4 p.m. at the following locations through the 30th: Senior Building, at 525 Gregory Ave., Nutrition Center, at 201 Highwood Ave., and the Weehawken Elks Lodge, at 2-50th Street. Contact Janine Brancaccio at 201-319-6005 for more information. Library holds Baby & Me and Storytime registrationThe Weehawken Free Public Library will begin registration for the first session of the popular Baby & Me and Story Time classes on Monday, Oct. 2.Residents can register either in person or by calling the Library at (201) 863-7823 beginning promptly at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 2. This program is open to Weehawken residents only; proof of residency and the child’s birth certificate or passport is also required. Residents choosing to register over the phone must bring their documents to the first class.Five different programs are being offered by the library for Weehawken children between 6 months to 3 years of age.For more information please contact the Library at (201) 863-7823 and ask for the second Floor Circulation Desk.Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteersLearn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. Rm. 901 on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org. Local author offers one-shot writing class to get your story onto paper, and publishedDo you have a piece of writing, or an idea for a piece of writing (memoir, novel, script), and you need feedback on it or ideas on how to get it published? Now you can learn how in your own back yard! Local novelist (and Reporter editor) Caren Lissner, who lived in Weehawken and now lives in Hoboken, is running a one-shot writing (and publishing) class at Little City Books in Hoboken on the evening of Nov. 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It’s open to all stages, ages, and genres – from memoirs to fiction to scripts. The store is just five blocks from the Hoboken train station.Those who’ve written their story, essay, poem, novel excerpt, or screenplay can bring 1 to 5 double-spaced pages, or those who just want to participate in discussion (auditors) can come and sit in at $5 off the nominal cost. But space is limited, so register using the links on the store’s events page (linked below).Lissner’s funny first novel, “Carrie Pilby,” was just turned into a comedy movie starring Nathan Lane, currently on Netflix. She has also published articles, essays, and satire in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Harper’s, and National Lampoon.Lissner has run publishing/writing seminars for adults and teens at the Secaucus Library, in other libraries and bookstores, and as part of a Scholastic Inc. program in Westchester County. Find out more at carenlissner.com.There is a nominal fee for the one-shot program, and it’s lower for those who are just auditing. For more information, click http://www.littlecitybooks.com/get-it-out-reader or contact Lissner via her website, carenlissner.com.Stack urges contributions to hurricane victimsState Senator Brian Stack has issued a call for donations to the Red Cross to aid victims of the devastating hurricanes in Puerto Rico and Mexico. “Our region has many residents with both friends and family in these nations,” he said, “so in addition to watching the suffering and damage on the news, many local residents were personally affected by these tragedies…“If you are able to donate to the victims of these tragedies, the Red Cross is a reputable organization and I have witnessed their honorable work at the local level. If you wish to donate to the Red Cross, more information may be found at www.Redcross.org or call (1-800-733-2767).