Town to hold Sept. 11 memorial ceremony
Secaucus will hold its Town Memorial Ceremony in remembrance of 9/11 on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the monument on the grounds of the library at 8:30 a.m. The ceremony is expected to last an hour.
Members of the police and fire departments, armed forces, Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Town Council, family members of victims, clergy, Boys and Girls Scouts, residents, and officials are expected to attend the ceremony to take a moment to remember the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Secaucus lost six people who either grew up or lived in the town during the attack on the World Trade Center. During the ceremony, a local resident will read the names of the victims, which are: Arlene Babakitis, Richard Cudina, Nancy Perez, Kenneth Simon, Steven Strobert, and Michael Tanner.
Artists display works at local arts festival
Secaucus ARTS 2012, an annual arts and music festival, will be held on Sept. 8 at Buchmuller Park. Over a dozen New Jersey artists will display and sell their work between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The event will also feature performances by local musicians Hard Bargain, Nikki Armstrong, Stacia Hobdy and Free, and Dara and Frank. CAST and Dance Power Studio will also perform. The festival is sponsored by the Town of Secaucus and the Secaucus Public Library.
Secaucus Fire Department receives federal grant to fund fire safety
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-8th) has announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded a new federal Firefighter Investment Response Enhancement (FIRE) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to the Secaucus Fire Department in the amount of $61,071. The grant, made through the Fire Prevention & Safety program (FP&S) and the only funding awarded to New Jersey in this cycle, will be used to purchase a safety trailer that will serve as a tool to teach residents how to evacuate a burning home. The total amount of FP&S grants awarded nationally was $4,326,769 for this cycle.
“Fire prevention starts in the home and providing residents the proper training to keep their families safe is critical,” said Pascrell, who introduced the original FIRE Act in March 1999. “The FIRE Act was written here in northern New Jersey with the purpose of helping communities like Secaucus improve public safety and support their first responders. For too long, the federal government turned a deaf ear to the pressing needs of fire safety. This grant demonstrates that through the FIRE Act, we have changed that shortsighted policy. I commend the Secaucus Fire Department on its application and its commitment to the safety of local residents.”
Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli, a volunteer firefighter who previously served as fire chief for six years, said the funding will be used to purchase a safety trailer that will be outfitted to serve as a simulated burning home. The trailer, which will be shared with surrounding communities on a rotating basis, will be used as an educational tool to teach residents how to escape a burning home.
“I have been working my entire career, first as a council member, then fire chief and now mayor, to secure this grant for the Secaucus Fire Department, to no avail,” said Mayor Gonnelli. “Without Congressman Pascrell’s efforts, this would have never happened and I thank him for his commitment to public safety.”
Harlem Wizards are coming to Secaucus
The Secaucus Board of Education has approved a “fun-raiser” featuring the world-renowned Harlem Wizards basketball team scheduled for Oct. 8 at the Secaucus High School gymnasium. The Harlem Wizard players will entertain the audience by playing against Secaucus All Stars comprised of local teachers, parents, members of school PTAs, and residents.
To tune up for the game, the Harlem Wizards are holding a Basketball Clinic on Sept. 15 at the Secaucus Recreation Center. The morning session runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for children 6 to 9 years old. The afternoon workout is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for students 10 to 15 years old.
A registration fee of $45 covers three hours of intense instruction, a free Harlem Wizard t-shirt and a free ticket to the Oct. 8 charity game. Parents are encouraged to register either boys or girls by picking up forms at the Secaucus Recreation Center, calling Kelsy Reitz at the Harlem Wizards (201) 271-3600 or registering online at: http://camps.harlemwizards.com/.
Several community-minded organizations are lending their support to cover the cost of the event including: PNC Bank, Meadowlands Audi, Xchange and Natoli’s.
The Harlem Wizards are based in Secaucus and are celebrating their 50th year entertaining audiences worldwide on and off the basketball court. All ticket sales for the Oct. 8 game go to underwrite social activities for students at Clarendon, Huber Street, the Secaucus Middle and High Schools.
Goya Foods Inc. breaks ground on new facility in Jersey City
Goya Foods Inc. broke ground in Jersey City on Wednesday on what will be the company’s new 615,000 square foot headquarters on County Road.
The company, the largest Latino-owned company in the U.S., is expanding its operations beyond it current facility on Seaview Drive in Secaucus.
Gov. Christopher Christie, whose administration offered Goya tax incentives to stay in New Jersey, was on hand for the groundbreaking. Christie was joined by officials from Goya, the state’s Economic Development Authority (EDA), Jersey City, Secaucus, and the Rockefeller Group, which owns the property at 350 County Rd., where the new headquarters will be built.
Last year, the EDA approved $81.9 million in tax breaks for Goya through the state’s Urban Transit Hub Tax Program, which offers tax breaks to companies that move to designated transit hubs in the state. Proponents of the deal said it was necessary to keep Goya based in New Jersey.
More than 500 current Goya employees will be transferred from the company’s facilities in Secaucus and Long Island to the new Jersey City headquarters, company president Joseph Unanue said at the groundbreaking, and about 80 new jobs will be created. In addition, 150 temporary construction jobs will be created during the construction phase of the project.
Secaucus Housing Authority taking applications for ‘For-Sale’ units
The Secaucus Housing Authority announced last month that it is taking applications for its “for-sale” affordable housing programs, which are located in the town of Secaucus. All units will be sold to eligible low and moderate income applicants. Currently, there are 12 units that were developed by Baker Residential that are located at Riverside Court, and 11 Mallard Place. Income levels and pricing have been established in accordance with the requirements of the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing for re-sale units. All applications must be filed by Friday, Sept. 14 by 4 p.m. Eligible applicants will be randomly selected and placed on a chronological waiting list for consideration for all re-sales units and new units. Applications are available at the Secaucus Housing Authority, the Secaucus Public Library, and the Municipal building. To get the income level qualifications, applications, or for more information, please call: (201) 867-5473.
Kids’ Book Bingo at the Library
Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center invites youth ages 5 to 10 to play the “literary version” of bingo on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. Instead of numbered cards, this game will feature favorite children’s authors, book characters and book titles from classic to newly popular. Youths will have a chance to win bookmarks and other various prizes. Each participant will go home with a list of the books used and their synopsis. For more information, visit: http://secaucus.bccls.org or e-mail SPLYouths@gmail.com.
September movies at the Secaucus Public Library
Free movies for Secaucus’ adult residents are shown at the Secaucus Public Library on most Tuesdays, beginning at 1 pm. This month the library offers, on Sept. 4, “Act of Valor”; Sept. 11, “Battleship”; Sept. 18, “Five Year Engagement”, and Sept. 15, “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”
Family workshop at the Library
Dr. Zhen Sullivan will host a workshop at the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center on Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. The workshop, “You are the Best Teacher of Your Children,” will bring together local parents and teachers to discuss family involvement in children’s education. The workshop will be held in the Panasonic Room on the library’s second floor.
All are invited to join local parents and teachers who will share their views on the importance of family involvement in children’s education. Those taking part in the workshop will share their stories of raising successful children. Featured speakers joining Sullivan in the workshop are Dr. Eleni Arapaki, Mr. Rajat Bhu, Mrs. Lauren Malanka, Mrs. Rita Ting and Mrs. Pavlina Zavorotnyaya. To register for the “You are the Best Teacher of Your Children” workshop, call (201) 330-2083 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Book Clubs at the Library
The Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center will host three book club events throughout September and October. Book Worms for second and third graders will be held on Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. Book Buddies for fourth and fifth graders will be held on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. and Mid-Grade Book Club for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders will be held on Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. Youths interested in participating in these book clubs should register online by accessing the calendar through the library’s Calendar of Events page located through the main website at http://secaucus.bccls.org/ or by e-mailing SPLYouths@gmail.com. Registration for Book Buddies and the Mid-Grade clubs should be done early so books can be requested.