Holiday Hudson Reporter editorial and advertising deadlines
Because of the Labor Day holiday, some of the Hudson Reporter newspapers will have special advertising deadlines.
For the Sept. 8 edition of the Bayonne Community News, the display ad deadline is 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2. The classified deadline is noon on Friday, Sept. 3.
For the Sept. 9 edition of the Midweek Reporter, the display ad deadline is 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2 and the classified deadline is 12 noon on Friday, Sept. 3.
The office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 6 for the holiday. It will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 7. If you have questions about these deadlines or any other issue, please call (201) 798-7800. Also check www.hudsonreporter.com.
Former candidates in UC race not indicted on some charges; other charges remain
According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, last month a grand jury decided not to indict a group of opponents to Union City Mayor Brian Stack on charges of harassment, falsifying of records, and forgery, but two other charges still remain.
Union City residents Frank Scarafile, Justo Delgado, Armando Hernandez, Carlos Lopez, and West New York resident Emilio Lopez were arrested in a Union City bank parking lot on Dec. 4, 2009 for allegedly handing out bilingual flyers that resembled official correspondence from Stack. The six were charged with forgery, falsifying records, harassment, and violation of the city’s ordinance against distribution of flyers. After their arrests, they were reportedly held for six hours as they were processed and issued summonses.
Scarafile went on to lead a slate of candidates, which also included Carlos Lopez for the Board of Commissioners in Union City, against Stack and the incumbents in the election this past May, but they were defeated.
On Thursday, Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio confirmed that the grand jury handed down a “No Bill” on the harassment, falsifying of records, and forgery charges.
“There are other charges that will proceed concerning a violation of the election law and the ordinance violation,” said DeFazio. “Those charges are still outstanding and are going to be heard in a municipal court outside of Hudson County.”
DeFazio said the change of venue from Hudson County to Union County was based on the fact that Mayor Stack is also a state Senator from Hudson County. DeFazio said the decision to hear the matter in another county was made by the assignment judge in Hudson County.
According to DeFazio, a status hearing will be held on Sept. 19 in Summit Municipal Court to find out whether the matter can be resolved and if not, there will be a discussion of pre-trial issues on that date.
Although the venue has been changed, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office will still be involved and Assistant Prosecutor Leo Hernandez will continue to handle the case.
WNY police arrest state employee on prostitution allegation
According to the West New York Police, on Aug. 19, their department made two prostitution-related arrests, and one of the individuals arrested turned out to be an employee of the state of New Jersey.
Police Director Albert Bringa said that the department received information about an advertisement on a website; when officers checked it out, they discovered that it was a solicitation for prostitution.
Officers then called the number to arrange a meeting at an undisclosed location on Palisade Avenue and 58th Street.
After an exchange of money for agreed-upon sexual services allegedly took place, the officer identified himself, and Heather Huziarski of Belleville was arrested and charged with prostitution.
The man who had allegedly driven her to the meeting place and was waiting outside, Ewar E. Solis, of Newark, was also arrested and charged with promoting prostitution.
Solis was later identified as a clerk typist employed with the state Department of Law and Public Safety.
According to police, Huziarski also had outstanding warrants from other municipalities but they could not confirm whether Solis had outstanding warrants or a prior record.
Bringa has repeatedly touted the success of the police department’s hotline, (201) 295-5047, where residents can report suspected crimes without leaving a name, address, or any personal information.
According to police, the hotline has been the source of many tips that have yielded arrests on crimes related to quality of life in town, such as prostitution and drugs.
“I applaud the residents of this town,” said Bringa. “The information we’re receiving on this tip line is phenomenal.”
NHCAC to provide free health screenings in September
North Hudson Community Action Corporation’s health centers will be providing free health screenings and free health literacy education programs throughout September at five locations in Hudson County.
Free blood pressure screenings and education will be available at the West New York Health Center, 5301 Broadway, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sept. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23.
Free glucose and cholesterol screenings will be available at the Union City Health Center, located inside Union City High School, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.
Free obesity screenings will be available on Sept. 2 at the West New York Center from 10 a.m. to noon; at the Union City Center on Sept. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to noon; at the Jersey City Center, 324 Palisade Ave., on Sept. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to noon; at the Hoboken Center, 124 Grand St., on Sept. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; and at the North Bergen Center, 1116 43rd St., on Sept. 23 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Free Health Literacy Education programs will be available at the West New York Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29.
For more information, please go to www.nhcac.org.
All blood types are needed for UC blood drive
Union City Spanish Adventist Church, in conjunction with Community Blood Services, will be holding a blood drive on Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, located at 1910 Kerrigan Ave. Any healthy individual, age 17 through 75, and weighing at least 110 pounds can donate blood. All blood types are needed, especially Types O- and O+.
To schedule an appointment, please call Community Blood Services at (201) 251-3703. Donors should eat a moderate meal before donating, and must bring identification showing signature. All donors receive complimentary cholesterol and glucose screening with every blood donation.
Free bus service to NY Waterway
In the hopes of attracting more ferry riders, NY Waterway will be launching a free bus service from North Bergen to the Weehawken Port Imperial ferry terminal.
According to NY Waterway President and Founder Arthur Imperatore, beginning on Sept. 13 NY Waterway will operate busses for commuters that are currently being served by NJ Transit’s B-23 bus. This trip usually costs riders $1.50 one-way.
Imperatore said that these busses will run every 10 minutes during morning and evening rush, and every 20 minutes during off-peak hours from Bergenline and Woodcliff Avenue in North Bergen. Commuters can take them to the Port Imperial, where departing ferries will take them to West 39th Street, Lower Manhattan’s World Financial Center, and Wall Street’s Pier 11.
From West 39th Street, free busses will bring riders across and downtown.
“To assure that our customers are enjoying the most seamless, most pleasant commute at the best possible price, we decided to provide this new bus service,” Imperatore said. “We are proud of our 23-year commitment to customer service.”
For more information, call 877-53-BUSES or visit www.nywaterway.com.
Volunteers sought to help foster care children
Hudson County CASA is currently recruiting volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) 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.
CASA and its volunteers speak for children in court, serve as fact finders for the judges, and safeguard the interests of the children while they are in the foster care system.
Information sessions regarding the program and the role of its volunteers will be held on Sept. 7 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Room 901 of the Hudson County Administration Building at 595 Newark Ave. in Jersey City.
Hudson County has over 750 children in foster care; most have been removed from their homes for abuse or neglect. For further information, please call (201) 795-9855, e-mail email@example.com, or visit our website at www.hudsoncountycasa.org.
In an article that ran in the entertainment section last weekend about Beth Rooney and Anthony Picone, the title of their film should have been “The Long Road Home,” not “The Long Way Home.”