HUDSON COUNTY– This weekend’s Hudson Reporter newspapers are full of the kinds of stories that are our specialty – they go the extra mile, reach for depths other papers don’t, and try to give you an experience far beyond what you’re accustomed to getting as “news.”
In our North Bergen, Union City and Weehawken papers, the members of the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue squad who played football as high school youths for legendary Coach Vince Ascolese offer testimonials about how the lessons they learned on the gridiron from their coach have helped shape and define their lives as men and firefighters.
In our Hoboken, Jersey City, Weehawken and Secaucus papers, in time for Veterans Day, you’ll read the moving story of a war-hero named Nicholas Oresko of Bayonne, who displayed such valor during the Battle of the Bulge that he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and at age 93 has lived to see a school named after him in his home town.
If the town is Hoboken, the subject is politics. The results of the 4th Ward election are in, and we take you out on the streets and inside the campaign headquarters on Election Night, then report on perhaps the shortest City Council meeting in recent memory. We’ll also bring you up to date on the effort to sell Hoboken University Medical Center, and look in on Mario Lepore as he readies his new chocolate store location for a grand opening.
The ARC tunnel is dead, and our report from North Bergen will describe what it’s going to take to put this mammoth project to rest (hint: it’ll be messy, and long.)
Our Jersey City paper takes another view of the approaching tax revaluation, this time by looking back to the fallout from the 1988 reappraisal, to see what the past might predict about the future.
In Union City, the Arts Echo Gallery is about to close its doors, a victim of escalating rents, and in West New York an upsurge of street crime has brought residents out into the streets to protest. And in both papers we’ll tell you the remarkable odyssey of Alberto “Kiko The Milkman” Gonzalez and his fight for justice after being unfairly incarcerated and losing his health and his business.
All this, plus Jim Hague’s sports reporting, “The Streets Where We Live” by Matt Amato, and “Between The Lines” by Al Sullivan, in this week’s Hudson Reporter newspapers.