Athlete is honored
Anthony Giraldo makes North Bergen history
by Vanessa Cruz
Reporter Staff Writer
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BREAKING THE ODDS – Commissioners Allen Pascual, Frank Gargiulo, Mayor Nicholas Sacco, Commissioners Theresa Ferraro, Hugo Cabrera along with Anthony Giraldo (in yellow) surrounded by his wrestling coaches and his mother as he holds the proclamation given to him by the township.
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The township honored wrestler Anthony Giraldo with a proclamation during the Wednesday, March 27 commissioners meeting. He was cheered on by family, his fellow North Bergen wrestlers, coaches, and teachers. He is a Guttenberg resident and a junior at High Tech High School in North Bergen.

The proclamation says he is the second person in the high school’s history to win a state championship.

“Anthony’s Giraldo’s wrestling career began when he was a fourth grade student at Anna L. Klein School in Guttenberg,” says the proclamation. “Anthony Giraldo’s high school resume includes Bergen County Tournament Championship, fourth and fifth place at The Beast of the East Tournament, and fifth, fourth and first place in the state in different weight categories. This record-breaking achievement is attributed to the talents and skill of hard work, dedication and the love of sports which has earned him the recognition he is deserving of.”

Mayor Nicholas Sacco, along with commissioner and Superintendent of High Tech High School Frank Gargiulo, boasted about their hometown record-breaking legend.

“What made this more remarkable is that according to experts Anthony was not supposed to win the championship; he was supposed to place somewhere around fifth,” said Mayor Sacco. “It’s a phenomenal career so far and there’s a lot more to come.”
“It’s a phenomenal career so far and there’s a lot more to come.” – Mayor Nicholas Sacco
“I’m the commissioner in North Bergen and the superintendent so I take two thirds of the credit for Anthony,” said Gargiulo. “I congratulate him, his parents, the wrestling team and High Tech High School for your support of Anthony and Anthony’s support of us.”

The wrestler humbly accepted the proclamation that celebrated his achievement.

“I love the support and it’s a great community,” said Giraldi. “Once again thank you. I love you guys.”

Other business

Also at the meeting:

Two resolutions were passed authorizing PSE&G to install lights at 2501 71st St.

An ordinance was introduced setting rates for off-duty police officers. Hourly rates for those doing non-road details will be $48 for officers and $50 for supervisors. Hourly road details are $60 for officers and supervisors.

An ordinance was introduced to prohibit entry from Secaucus Road to Bove Terrace and from Secaucus Road onto Liberty Avenue from Monday through Friday between the hours of 4 to 7 p.m. The penalty for violation of the ordinance will be a fine of $61 and $24 for court fees.

An ordinance was introduced regulating the issuance of permits for parades. Permits must be obtained 30 days in advance of the proposed parade, procession, or pedestrian demonstration. Applicants must obtain a Certificate of Insurance in the amount of $1 million designating the township as insured with respect to any liability occasioned by the parade. Once the permit is issued the parade’s route, start and end time will be designated. Anyone who violates the provisions of this ordinance will receive a fine not to exceed $500 or imprisonment for a term no longer than 30 days, at the discretion of the municipal court judge.

An ordinance was adopted to place a stop sign at Gehr Place and Grand Avenue on Gehr Place facing northbound traffic.

An ordinance was adopted to place a stop sign at 86th Street and Durham Avenue on 86th Street facing westbound traffic.

An ordinance was adopted to place a No Left Turn sign on 52nd Street and Tonnelle Avenue. No left turns can be made onto Tonnelle Avenue.

Awarded contracts

Lowest bidder Cutting Edge Lawn Service from Pine Island, N.Y. was awarded a contract in the amount of $56,833.30 for sports field maintenance plan for 46th and 76th Street fields.

A contract was also awarded in the amount of $2,331,137.25 to lowest bidder Z-Tech Contracting of Summit for Phase II of the Waterfront Park which will be a joint park for the Town of Guttenberg and North Bergen.

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