Secaucus’ Lewinski family pleads not guilty to animal cruelty
Martin, Joe and Mary Lewinski pleaded not guilty last week in Secaucus Municipal Court to alleged animal cruelty. The three were charged with animal cruelty, maintaining a nuisance, failing to register their animals, and possessing more pets than the six allowed by town ordinance, after the town discovered 37 allegedly malnourished and dehydrated cats in the family’s home on Centre Avenue on Sept. 26. Eighteen of the 37 cats were euthanized because they could not be saved, according to officials. The cats were initially discovered after an area gas main break in which residents were asked to leave their homes.
Secaucus Junction to receive $4.6M in federal funding
Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9th Dist.) announced a $4,662,000 Federal Transit Administration grant for the Frank R. Lautenberg Secaucus Junction Station last week. Rothman, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, said in a statement, “Every federal dollar that is brought back for important local projects like this one is one less dollar that the already overburdened local taxpayers have to take out of their pocket.” The Bus Livability Program makes funds available to public transportation providers to finance capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities.
The project was selected on a competitive basis through the FY 2011 Bus Livability Program. With the funding, New Jersey Transit will build a ground transportation facility at Secaucus Junction to replace the current curb-side operation for buses. The project will also include pedestrian connections to the rail terminal and signage improvements. The new ground transportation facility will relieve traffic congestion and create a safe and pedestrian friendly environment.
Ghosthunting event at the Secaucus public library
Adults and teens over the age of 15 are invited to attend Secaucus Public Library’s very first Ghost Hunting Presentation featuring L’Aura Hladik of the New Jersey Ghost Hunter Society. The event will take place on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. Hladik, author of “Ghosthunting in New Jersey” and “Ghosthunting in New York,” is an experienced ghost hunter. Youth under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call (201) 330-2083.