Mayor confident town will get Super Bowl bucks
During a Town Council meeting held last week, Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli said,
“we are pretty confident that we are going to be successful in getting this reimbursement,” as it pertains to emergency services provided during the Super Bowl 2014, which is scheduled to take place at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2.
Gonnelli, Carlstadt Mayor William Roseman, and three other Meadowlands area mayors have gone on the offensive in recent weeks announcing that their towns would not provide police, fire, Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and other municipal services during the Super Bowl.
The mayors took that stance after a long history of dealing with NFL teams they said “have never been good corporate neighbors to the region.”
According to a statement issued by the mayors last month, MetLife Stadium, owned by the New York Jets and the New York Giants, has done little to help offset any costs for the surrounding communities when larger events occur at the stadium.
Gonnelli said during the council meeting that four more police officers and firefighters will be trained for incidents that my take place at the train station on Super Bowl day.
“I don’t want anyone to believe that we are against the Super Bowl,” said Gonnelli.
“I don’t think the Super Bowl has been played [in an area] where most of your [municipal] services are volunteer…it’s going to be a strain on all of us.”
After meeting with Gonnelli and Roseman, New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) President Wayne Hasenbalg said two weeks ago that he is open to providing some form of compensation to towns like Secaucus and Carlstadt. MetLife Stadium CEO Brad Mayne was also present at the meeting.
Hasenbalg has agreed to meet with all of the Meadowlands area mayors to further discuss the matter.
He said, “We are not in a position to negotiate a deal because we don’t have all the info we need, but I am completely open…I am not closing the door on the possibility because this is a special event and there might be impacts that warrant us for providing some form of compensation.”
Construction on American Dream to resume in March
American Dream Project Director Tony Armlin said Wednesday that work at the American Dream site would begin early in March and that the megamall and entertainment center on Route 3, formerly known as Xanadu, will open at the Meadowlands Sports Complex by autumn 2014, according to The Record.
According to the report, Armlin made an informal appearance before the Bergen County Improvement Authority and also said that crews would begin work before the financing structure for the project was in place, which is expected to be completed by May.
The $3.7 billion American Dream project, on Route 3 by the MetLife Stadium, includes a mega mall, entertainment center, and indoor ski park. The project had been stalled since 2009 due to financial woes until the developer Triple Five stepped in. The developer plans to expand the park to include a water park and amusement park.
Denver firm purchases Secaucus building for $18.4 million: plans for data center
Denver firm CoreSite Realty Corporation purchased a two story, 283,215-square-foot industrial property in Secaucus for $18.4 million that it plans to convert to a data center according to an announcement made Tuesday by commercial real estate services provider HFF. HFF closed the sale of 2 Emerson Lane.
HFF marketed the leasehold interest on behalf of the seller, Hartz Mountain Real Estate. The facility at 2 Emerson Lane is located on a 10-acre site about 10 minutes from midtown Manhattan in the Meadowlands submarket of Secaucus. The property is close to the New Jersey Turnpike, Interstate 495, Newark Liberty Airport and Port Newark. The two-story industrial property has office and showroom space plus a six-story, 634-space parking garage. It was purchased vacant.
Second annual dinner for UNICO
The Secaucus Chapter of UNICO will host their Second Annual St. Joseph Meets St. Patrick Dinner at LaReggia on Saturday, March 16 at 7 p.m. The event will include a buffet of corned beef, cabbage, and Italian food favorites as well as beer, wine, beverages, and special desserts. Tickets are $55. For more information or to purchase a ticket, contact Melissa at: (201) 469-6677.
LibertyHealth Foundation donates to Emergency Fund
The LibertyHealth Foundation recently donated $35,231 to the Secaucus Emergency Fund, a non-profit organization. President and CEO of Liberty Healthcare System and Jersey City Medical Center Joseph F. Scott, and LibertyHealth Foundation Executive Director Regina Andriolo presented the check to Emergency Fund Chair Lisa Snedeker during a special ceremony. The money is earmarked exclusively for projects related to the improvement of the delivery of emergency health care services to Secaucus residents who lack the financial means for medical assistance including medical care, prescription drugs, and medical appliances. The donation was made according to the court-directed terms of the December 2010 sale of Meadowlands Hospital by Liberty Healthcare System.
Stress and adrenal dysfunction workshop
The Friends of the Secaucus Public Library will hold a general membership meeting at 7 p.m. at the library on March 14 that will feature guest speaker Dr. Leat Kuzniar, who will speak about stress and adrenal dysfunction. Kuzniar is a naturopathic doctor and an expert in complementary and alternative medicine who specializes in science-based natural medicine. Her areas of expertise include clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathic medicine, preventive medicine, weight management and stress-related conditions. Members and non-members of the Friends of the Library are welcome to attend.
Kuzniar’s presentation will define stress and discuss the elements which constitute the life-preserving stress response. She’ll also address the many debilitating health effects of chronic stress, including the connection between stress and weight gain, energy levels and cognitive function. Through her presentation she’ll describe adrenal insufficiency, which is the result of chronic stress, and outline many natural ways to support the stress glands and manage stress.
The Friends will hold a short business meeting prior to Kuzniar’s talk. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is suggested but not required to ensure a sufficient number of informational handouts. To register, call the library at (201) 330-2083.