Fulop campaign to return Suez donations
Jul 24, 2017 | 208 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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JERSEY CITY – At the same moment the campaign for Mayor Steven Fulop boasted about out-fundraising its competition in the upcoming mayoral election, it also announced that Fulop's re-election campaign and the Jersey City Democratic Committee are returning $11,800 in donations to Suez, the company that manages the city's water system. Suez had donated to Fulop's campaigns since his 2013 election, but are returning donations from May 12 and June 28. The donations were controversial because Fulop, when still a councilman, had been instrumental in crafting the city’s pay-to-play laws, which restrict most donations from vendors doing business with the city. Fulop’s campaign announced this week that it ended the second fundraising quarter of the year with total of $360,000 raised among Team Fulop, Fulop for Mayor, and the Jersey City Democratic Committee. These accounts received donations from over 500 individuals. Since they have been open, these accounts have cumulatively received contributions from over 3,000 unique individuals.
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Hoboken plans National Night Out against crime
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HOBOKEN-- On Tuesday, Aug. 1, The Hoboken Police Department and Stevens Police Department will host the “National Night Out in Hoboken.” National Night Out, also known as America’s Night Out Against Crime, is an annual, nationwide event that allows the community workers to give back to their community. The annual event will take place in Church Square Park at the corner of Fourth and Garden Streets from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will include youth-oriented activities. The Hoboken Police Department’s new Emergency Services Truck will be on display and Disney princesses will be making a visit to take pictures with everyone in attendance. The event will include bounce houses, water slides, a photo booth, free food, and giveaways throughout the night and more. Giveaways include baseball tickets, gift cards, and autographed sports memorabilia. There will also be free child car seat inspections conducted inside the parking lot of the AJ Demarest building at 158 Fourth St. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in, local anticrime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. The National Night Out event is celebrated by over 37 million participants and over 16,000 communities across the United States. For further information or to set up a table or make a donation for the event please contact Sergeant Melissa Gigante at gigantem@hobokenpd.org or visit www.Hobokenpd.com.
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July 23, 2017
The Reporter staff are going to be honored on May 24??? Then how they'd take the photo above? What did they use, a DeLorean? :-)
Ready to serve the United States
Menendez and freeholders honor local kids accepted in military academies
by Al Sullivan
Reporter staff writer
Jul 23, 2017 | 520 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A REAL HONOR – Erin Durak, a member of the Jersey City Civil Defense Patrol, was nominated to attend The United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez.
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U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez hosted a reception in June in his Newark office to celebrate 20 kids from around the state nominated to prestigious military academies.

Erin Durak of Bayonne was appointed to United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School and Kevin Hernandez of Union City was accepted into West Point Preparatory School.

“Our military academies accept only the best of the best to become the next generation of officers to lead our forces in the protection of our nation and our freedoms,” Menendez said. “I am so proud of these extraordinary young New Jerseyans willing to serve our country. They will represent our state well, and I wish them the very best of luck as they embark on this new adventure.”

At his graduation from Union City High School, Hernandez, led the auditorium in singing the National Anthem and gave a few words to his classmates.

“We are all America, because we are all striving for a better tomorrow,” Hernandez said, “never forgetting how lucky we are to be in a country others will never see. We are America not because we are the people who have the right to do what we want, but the people who have the opportunity to do what is right.”

Durak, a graduate of Bayonne High School, was nominated to the academy by Menendez and Rep. Donald Payne Jr.

During her high school career, Durak was a member of the Bayonne High School Academy for Fine Arts and Academics, National Honor Society, Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society and the Italian Honor Society. She received the Future Diplomat Award during the 2017 BHS Commencement.

Durak also participated in a number of athletic and extracurricular activities, including International Model United Nations, We the People Constitution Competition, BHS varsity soccer, and the basketball and track teams.

Durak is a member of the Jersey City Civil Air Patrol and has interned at Morristown Municipal Airport.

‘Prep’ for the U.S. Air Force Academy

The U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School, popularly known as the “Prep School,” prepares a diverse group of cadet candidates to succeed and lead at the Air Force Academy. Students at the prep school are addressed as “cadet candidates.” Each year, approximately 240 students between 17 and 22 years old begin the program in late July.

The school’s program emphasizes the same core four areas as the academy.

First, the academic program is rigorous and specifically designed to transition students from a high-school academic environment to the world-class collegiate academic program at the academy.

The second core area, military training, is centered on the Air Force Core Values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do. Military training is a part of a cadet candidate’s everyday life.

The third key area is athletics. The school’s athletic department’s mission is to prepare cadet candidates for the rigors of athletic competition and the physical conditioning required of all cadets. The Prep School athletic program also provides cadet candidates with a realistic leadership experience in a mentally and physically challenging environment.

The fourth core area is character development, the process that builds and reinforces the traits which form a cadet candidate’s commitment to personal excellence and produces quality officers to lead the Air Force. Implementation of this program is through a 10-month comprehensive process, which focuses on the Honor Code and character and leadership development.

A great honor

Durak, who flew to the academy Colorado in early July, replied to questions from the Hudson Reporter about the process and her future goals.

“It was a great honor (to be accepted) and I’m grateful for the opportunity,” Durak said, noting that she aspired to attend the academy when in high school.

“At the very beginning of junior year, I decided it would be a good fit for me,” she said. “Knowing how rough college applications were going to be in the future I started thinking ahead. Many people know for a long time that they want to attend a military academy. But I became interested in the fall of junior year, applied to USAFA summer seminar, and went out to Colorado the end of my junior year to immerse myself in the lifestyle.”

She said she said her siblings were her role models.

“They all have advanced college degrees and solid careers and I can see how their hard work and preparation has paid off,” she said.

She described the application process as “intense.”

“I had a lot of support from my teachers at Bayonne High School. Every teacher I crossed paths with had an impact on me, also my mentors and senior members from the Civil Air Patrol squadron in Jersey City.” – Erin Durak

“There are doctor appointments, fitness assessments, interviews, questionnaires, and so on. It takes a lot of time and patience to complete. In addition to that I had applications and interviews to complete with congressional staffs,” she said. “I was fortunate to receive two nominations, one from Senator Menendez and one from Congressman Payne Jr.”

She hasn’t yet determined what her ultimate goal is.

“I want to do good work, whatever that is. And that good work will involve serving the United States, so I think it’s pretty solid.”

Were there teachers or others who you can look back to as helping you along the way?

“I had a lot of support from my teachers at Bayonne High School. Every teacher I crossed paths with had an impact on me, also my mentors and senior members from the Civil Air Patrol squadron in Jersey City.”

She added:  I think more people should be aware of military academies and what their purpose is. I want more kids to have the opportunity that I have.”

Al Sullivan may be reached at asullivan@hudsonreporter.com

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Pets visit peers
Grade school leaders support humane enforcement
Jul 23, 2017 | 248 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Towel Tower

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Weehawken fifth grade Peer Leaders hosted a visit to the Theodore Roosevelt School on June 2. As they have in the past, the Peer Leaders built a “Towel Tower” filled with gently used towels, plus pet supplies, bagged and canned food, and toys, which were presented to Bergen County Humane Enforcement, a pet shelter, and their furry friends.

Bergen County Humane Enforcement is a private organization that also serves Hudson County. Its goal is protecting and rescuing as many lost, unwanted, and stray domestic animals as possible.

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