Owners of allegedly illegal boarding house could face penalties over $33K
According to a press release from the Office of Mayor Michael Gonnelli, representatives of the Secaucus construction office, the Rooming and Boarding Division of the state Department of Community Affairs, and the Police Department responded last week to a one-family residence based upon residents’ complaints that the location was allegedly being used as a boarding house.
Upon inspection, the officials agreed that the registered one-family house appeared to be used as an alleged illegal unregistered rooming and boarding house.
In densely populated Hudson County, some property owners carve illegal apartments out of their homes, offering them to renters who need to save money. The tiny apartments may violate building codes, fire codes, and other codes meant to keep dwellers safe.
The press release alleged that there were two beds in the basement, a room on the first floor, and three separate bedrooms on the second floor. The state also identified at least three occupants staying at this house.
The state inspector found enough evidence to charge the owner with operating an illegal rooming and boarding house as well as various other state and local violations.
If convicted of these violations, the owners could face penalties in excess of $33,000.
PTA Tricky Tray fundraiser at Secaucus Middle School on March 14
The Secaucus Middle School PTA is holding a St. Patrick’s Day Tricky Tray fundraiser on Friday, March 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium.
Admission is $10 per ticket and includes dessert, tea, coffee, and three 1st level tickets.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more information call (201) 469-6677 or (201) 320-4586.
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Michele LaRue presents ‘Gettysburg: One Woman’s War’
Veteran actress Michele LaRue, a local resident, will perform her highly praised one-woman dramatization of “Gettysburg: One Woman’s War” at the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center on Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. The performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Secaucus Public Library in celebration of Women’s History Month. A brief Friends of the Library business meeting will take place prior to the performance.
Friends president Zinnia Miller explained that the performance chosen for this event is adapted from novelist Elsie Singmaster’s classic Gettysburg: Stories of the Red Harvest and the Aftermath. “LaRue discovered this work while searching for stories of the Civil War featuring women. She adapted it herself as part of her ongoing work to bring women’s history and literature to life for her audience.”
As with all Friends of the Library general membership meetings, this event is open to all members of the community; one does not need to be a member to attend. Registration is recommended and can be done by visiting the library’s online calendar at Secaucuslibrary.org, calling the library at (201) 330-2083, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Light refreshments will be served.
The Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center is at 1379 Paterson Plank Road.
Meadowlands workshop for a resilient future seminar on March 10
Mayor Michael Gonnelli invites interested residents and business owners to attend the NEW Meadowlands: Workshop for a Resilient Future seminar on Monday, March 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the town library. This public outreach program is being presented and sponsored by the Rebuild by Design team led by the firm OMA in partnership with Meadowlands municipalities. The Meadowlands is a most complex and promising geography – a dynamic intersection of productivity, nature, and the community. However, as demonstrated by Hurricane Sandy, it is also vulnerable to the force of nature.
The Rebuild by Design planning team will help identify short-term priority interventions and projects which are eligible for federal post-Sandy recovery grants. The team will begin by presenting an overview of the projects and will then ask participants to break out into smaller working groups to discuss the various proposed pilot projects. Finally, the groups will reassemble to summarize and share their findings. Refreshments will be served.
The Rebuild by Design team has launched a series of initiatives to outline a long-term vision that will guarantee the prosperity and quality of life in the region. The team also collaborates on this project with the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, Municipal Art Society of New York, Regional Plan Association, and Van Alen Institute.
The Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center is located at 1379 Paterson Plank Road.
March movie schedule at the library
Movies for Secaucus’ adult residents will continue through March at the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center on most Tuesdays, beginning at 1 p.m. The movies are selected by Richard Gantzhorn, technical service coordinator, and are shown on a large screen television in the second floor Panasonic Room. Light refreshments are provided.
The schedule for March is:
March 11: Rush, an R rated drama with Chris Hemdworth and Olivia Wilde (123 minutes)
March 18: Best Man Down, a PG-rated drama starring Justin Long and Tyler Labine (90 minutes)
March 25: All is Lost, a PG-rated drama starring Robert Redford (106 minutes)
PetSmart adoptions every Sunday, 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Hudson County Animal League’s adoption team are available every Sunday to introduce fabulous adoptable felines. Also, several cats are staying in PetSmart kitty condos and you can meet them any day of the week during business hours. Come on by -- you could meet a friend for life! PetSmart is at 400 Mill Creek Drive.
Hackensack Riverkeeper accepting scholarship applications for local high school seniors
Hackensack Riverkeeper is accepting applications for the 2014 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship. Now in its fourteenth year, the program was created to support college-bound high school seniors who excel academically while demonstrating a strong commitment to the natural world and environmental protection.
All applicants who apply must either live within the 210-square mile Hackensack River Watershed or attend a school located within that region. North Bergen and Secaucus are eligible municipalities, along with certain parts of Jersey City, Bayonne, and Union City.
Teachers and guidance counselors are invited to submit applications on behalf of deserving students, and each school may nominate one student. A panel of Hackensack Riverkeeper trustees and staffers led by Captain Bill Sheehan and Program Director Hugh Carola will review each application. The panel will consider the applicant’s academic achievements, environmental extra-curricular activities and future plans. The $1,000 scholarship is unrestricted and can be used for any required purchases during the student’s first year at college.
Full scholarship application criteria are available online at www.hackensackriverkeeper.org or by calling (201) 968-0808. Applications must be postmarked no later than Earth Day, April 22, 2014. The winner will be chosen no later than June 1.
The late Ronald Vellekamp was a science teacher in Ridgefield, New Jersey. During his life he also served as a Palisades Interstate Park ranger and Boy Scout leader, and was a founding trustee of Hackensack Riverkeeper. The scholarship that bears his name is fitting tribute to an educator whose life was lived in the service of others.