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WINNING TEAM – Mayor Michael Gonnelli (right) and his slate of “Take Back Secaucus” candidates, running unopposed, were elected on Tuesday. From left are Councilman Robert Costantino, Councilman-elect Mark Dehnert, and Councilman William McKeever.
WINNING TEAM – Mayor Michael Gonnelli (right) and his slate of “Take Back Secaucus” candidates, running unopposed, were elected on Tuesday. From left are Councilman Robert Costantino, Councilman-elect Mark Dehnert, and Councilman William McKeever.

Assemblyman Prieto selected to serve as next Speaker

The incoming Assembly Democratic Majority on Thursday, Nov. 7 chose Vincent Prieto to serve as the new Assembly Speaker.

Prieto will become the 215th Assembly Speaker on Jan. 14, when the chamber reorganizes.

The Secaucus resident will preside over the 80-member General Assembly. Democrats have held the majority since 2002.

“I am humbled and honored to receive the support of the Assembly Democratic majority,” Prieto said. “ … I am excited by the opportunity ahead.”

Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) will succeed Sheila Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic), who served as Speaker since 2010.

Prieto, of Secaucus, was first sworn into the New Jersey General Assembly in 2004. He became Assembly Budget chairman in 2012.

He represents the 32nd Legislative District, which includes the Hudson County municipalities of East Newark, Guttenberg, Harrison, Kearny, North Bergen, Secaucus, and West New York.

Secaucus Emergency Fund sponsoring event

The Secaucus Emergency Fund will present Casino Night on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the La Quinta Inn & Suites, 350 Route 3, Secaucus. The fund benefits local families in need.

Tickets are $50, and will include $250 in “funny money.” Light refreshments are included. For tickets, or for more information, call Lisa Snedeker at (201) 921-7678.

Social worker to lead discussion on bullying at Friends of Library meeting

The Friends of the Secaucus Public Library will hold its fall general membership meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. The meeting, open to all residents, will feature a presentation by Rosa Calderon, a licensed clinical social worker and president of the Bilingual Mental Health Services Corporation (BMHS Corp.), on the topic of bullying.

According to Friends president Zinnia Miller, BMHS Corp. was founded by Calderon to provide training for preschool teachers and guidance for parents and caregivers on how to address challenging behavior in young children.

“The Friends are very excited about this program, because we know that bullying is an ongoing challenge not only for children, but for parents, caregivers, teachers, and many others,” Miller said.

“Ms. Calderon hopes to address bullying as it happens outside the school, including cyber-bullying and bullying among siblings,” Miller said. Following the talk, there will be a question and answer session with the speaker.

The event will take place at the library. Calderon’s presentation will follow a brief business meeting.

Registration is not mandatory, but is appreciated. For more information, email or call (201) 330-2083.

‘Abha & Tom’ musical blends Indian & Secaucus heritages

An original musical which combines the cultures of the Indian community and the town of Secaucus premieres 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Arthur Couch Performing Arts Center.

The production is the result of the partnership of Archana Athalye Hrishikeah, the owner of Kulture Kool, and Harmon Cove resident Don Evanson. They produced “Abha & Tom,” utilizing 11 songs and eight dance numbers in the 80-minute extravaganza.

The musical includes a cast of 80, including professional Indian dancers, sitar and tabla players, Secaucus cheerleaders, Robotics Club members, and third through fifth graders from Clarendon and Huber Street elementary schools.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. for the performance.

“Abha & Tom is a community fundraiser, since all tickets sold by the Secaucus schools and clubs are theirs to retain for their own projects,” Evanson said. “The more tickets residents purchased, the better for our students.”

To purchase tickets, call (201) 902-9742 or email Advance purchase prices are $20 for adults and $10 students/seniors. Door price are $25 and $15.

Display your talent: November is Youth Art Month

November is Youth Art Month at the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center. Youths from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade are invited to display their art throughout the Children’s and Young Adult Department. The exhibition will be held through Dec. 5.

On Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m., a reception for all participating artists and their families will take place.

Library director Jenifer May said that all types of art are welcome, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, and crafts.

Certificates and awards, donated by the Friends of the Library, will be presented to each participant.

All photographs must be framed or mounted before being brought in. The name, age, phone number, and/or e-mail address must be printed on the back of each submission.

Submissions cannot be brought in on Nov. 11, Veteran's Day, as the library will be closed.

For more information, contact May at (201) 330-2083.

‘Where the Wild Things Are’ to be performed for children

The Secaucus Public Library's Children's Department announced that Tempest Production, Inc. will be presenting “Where the Wild Things Are,” an interactive story time for children, on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.

“”Where the Wild Things Are’ is part of Tempest Production's Storybook Theatre program, which brings professional actors from the Hudson County-based, not-for-profit theater company into schools and libraries with the purpose of bringing familiar books and stories to life,” said Ceil Mucciolo, Children's Department supervisor.

The program will focus on Maurice Sendak’s popular picture book, which tells the story of a young boy’s imagination when sent to bed without dinner. As the Tempest Production Players recreate the tale, the children become an integral part of the story by singing, dancing, whistling, and humming along with the characters.

Mucciolo said this program is particularly noteworthy because it will feature an American Sign Language interpreter.

The Tempest Production Players performed two other plays earlier in the year. All three of the programs were made possible through funding from the New Jersey Council of the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, County Executive Thomas A. DeGise, and the Board of Freeholders.

Participants may register through the library’s calendar located at

For more information, call (201) 330-2085 or email

Social service group seeking help to end homelessness

The Garden State Episcopal CDC is seeking the public’s help for its “Longest Night Campaign: Ending Homelessness, One Life at a Time.”

“We will launch this season of giving on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. at Casino in the Park in Jersey City,” said Executive Director Carol Mori.

“This event will kick off one month of raising awareness on the plight of homelessness, raising funds to end this crisis and collecting much-needed supplies, all culminating in our annual Homeless Memorial Service, which will be held during the week of Dec. 21, 2013 – the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, and the national homeless memorial.”

Garden State Episcopal CDC provides social services and housing for people touched by homelessness and loss. For the Homeless Memorial Service, the group is collecting food and clothing donations to be distributed to people who are displaced or homeless.

For more information on how you can help, call (201) 209-9301.

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