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PLAZA CANDY RIBBON-CUTTING – Gathered for a ribbon cutting on Dec. 11 for the opening of Plaza Candy and Perfume & Cosmetics Outlet are (left to right) Hartz Mountain Industries’ Maranda Ashkar, Smita Patel, Plaza Candy Owner Saroj Patel, Mayor Michael Gonnelli, Plaza Candy Owner Rohit Patel, Mina Patel, Prakash Patel, and Hartz Mountain Industries’ Deborah Stone.
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Two relocated stores celebrate move to Harmon Meadow

Plaza Candy and Perfume & Cosmetics Outlet both held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 11 to celebrate their relocation from Harmon Cove Outlet Center to the Harmon Meadow mixed-use development at 700 Plaza Drive. Mayor Michael Gonnelli joined Hartz Mountain Industries representatives to welcome the stores to their new location. Plaza Candy is a 495-square foot store offering candy and beverages, lottery tickets, newspapers and small gift items. Perfume & Cosmetics Outlet carries high end designer fragrances with brands like Chanel, Dior and Armani, and specializes in beauty supplies and cosmetics. The Harmon Cove Outlet Center was closed by Hartz Mountain in October.

New data center moving in

Internap Network Services Corp., an IT infrastructure and networking company, has signed a long-term lease at 1 North Enterprise Ave. according to news reports. The Atlanta-based company has locations throughout North America, Europe, and Asia and will occupy 100,000 square feet in a building owned by Prologis. Internap provides IT infrastructure, scalable colocation, managed hosting, dedicated hosting, and private or public cloud services.

NJAA Charitable Fund to host annual holiday kids’ party

The New Jersey Apartment Association’s Charitable Fund (NJAA) will transform the Meadowlands Exposition Center on Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. into a winter wonderland filled with gifts, entertainment and treats for the invitation-only 15th Annual Children’s Holiday Party for underserved communities in North Jersey. More than 1,000 children are expected to attend. The event includes dancing, face painting, balloon art, music, holiday treats, and a visit from Santa Claus. NJAA member properties and companies have been collecting thousands of gifts so that each child will leave the party with a present of their choice.

Free civics classes at the library

The Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center offers free civics classes to library patrons to help them prepare for the Citizenship Test. The course, taught by resident Dr. Dennis Pope, involves seven classes that will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on successive Saturdays, beginning Jan. 19 and ending Mar. 2. The classes are offered free to library patrons who have begun the process toward citizenship or are ready to begin.

Pope earned his doctorate in American Government and Constitutional Law from Rutgers University and taught on the university level for 36 years, including positions at Kean, Drew, Fairleigh Dickinson and William Paterson Universities. Pope is also a tutor in the library’s Literacy Program.

Those interested in attending the citizenship classes should contact Louise Rittberg at to register or visit the library to apply in person. Class size will be limited to 20 students and offered to Secaucus residents first, so those seriously interested should reserve their space early. A waiting list of non-residents will be kept and they will be invited to join the classes as space permits. For more information, call (201) 330-2083.

Special Winter Solstice celebration

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) invites people to welcome the first day of winter with an evening of astronomy and solstice traditions on Dec. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. Guests can build a comet, make a yule log, create and eat Asian rice-ball solstice treats, and much more. Adults must accompany children. Pre-registration is required; $5 per person; $4 per MEC members. The event is for all ages and will take place at the Meadowlands Environment Center, in Lyndhurst. For more information, call: (201) 460-8300 or visit:

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