Food trucks on Wednesdays will offer international options
The Town of Secaucus has partnered with the New Jersey Food Truck Association to provide an array of culinary delights to tantalize everyone’s palate on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The food trucks will line up on Windsor Drive (the street behind Kane Stadium), beginning Aug. 13, with a rotation of award winning food trucks. Participating food trucks include The Dark Side of the Moo (burgers and exotic meats: elk, bison, camel, etc.), The French Quarter (New Orleans style cajun food), The Thai Elephant (authentic Thai food), The Empanada Guy (Cuban), Incrediballs (international meatballs), Polka-Dot Cupcake, and Sweet Spot Ice Cream. Other trucks may join the lineup. Along with the Food Truck Court, the farmers market is coming back, with R.H. Farms providing fresh organic produce.
MetLife agrees to monitor noise at future outdoor concerts
According to a recent press release, officials for the town of Secaucus, MetLife Stadium, and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) have agreed on a plan to address future noise concerns arising from concerts and other outdoor events at the stadium and IZOD Center.
The NJSEA and MetLife agreed to monitor sound levels during events and develop improved lines of communication so that concerns can be addressed immediately. They will also notify Secaucus in advance of events so that residents can be advised.
The discussion was prompted when the Electric Daisy Carnival held at MetLife Stadium over the Memorial Day weekend resulted in more than 100 noise complaints from the Town of Secaucus. Sound levels reportedly reached 90 decibels – 25 decibels above the allowable level after 10 p.m. Following the concert the town of Secaucus issued more than $15,000 worth of summonses for excess noise to NJSEA, MetLife, and the concert promoter, the aptly-named Insomniac, Inc.
Hartz sells 500 Plaza Drive for $69 million
The office tower at 500 Plaza Drive has been purchased from Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc. by a venture partnership between Marcus Partners and an institutional investor for a price of $69 million.
The 455,000-square-foot Class A office tower offers panoramic views of Manhattan. Currently located in the building are the global headquarters of The Children’s Place, along with two other tenants.
In a press release, Jeffrey Dunne of the CBRE Group, Inc., which represented Hartz in the sale, said, “The partnership plans significant capital investments to the lobby, building systems, amenities and common areas. The building’s vacancy will be the prime availability in the market offering a contiguous block of approximately 90,000 square feet on the top floors featuring incredible views of Manhattan.”
Mesozoic Movies! Free series celebrates 100 years of dinosaurs on film
Field Station: Dinosaurs is celebrating 100 Years of Mesozoic Movies with their first-ever family film festival devoted entirely to the legendary stars of the triassic, jurassic and cretaceous eras. The free festival runs for four nights, Aug. 12 to 15. All show times are 7 p.m.
The festival kicks off on Tuesday night with a silent double feature: William McKay’s cartoon classic “Gertie the Dinosaur” (1914) and Harry O. Hoyt’s groundbreaking “Lost World” (1925). Considered state-of-the-art in their day, both films have been deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress.
“King Kong” swings into action on Wednesday night. One of the most iconic movies in the history of cinema, this 1933 masterpiece features stegosaurus, apatosaurus, pteranodon and, of course, T-Rex.
Science meets camp and Jurassic Park meets Gumby in 1966’s “One Million Years B.C.” on Thursday night. Director Don Chaffey gets just about everything wrong, but Ray Harryhausen’s award-winning stop action animation brings the dinosaurs to life in magnificent Technicolor.
The festival closes on Saturday with Steven Spielberg’s “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” (1997) presented by The Town of Secaucus as part of its free summer movie series.
Mesozoic Movies are free and show time is 7 p.m. Gates will open at 6:45 p.m. Guests wishing to visit Field Station: Dinosaurs’ exhibits prior to the movie can buy special Twilight Tickets for $12. Twilight Tickets are good for entrance to the park after 5 p.m. and can be purchased at the Box Office at One Dinosaur Way in Secaucus. Seating for the movies is extremely limited.
Enjoy ‘Good Vibes for Good Times’ on Aug. 16
The J-Shine Fund is proud to bring “Good Vibes for Good Times” to Buchmuller Park on Aug. 16 for their fourth annual event.
Good Vibes for Good Times is an annual suicide/depression awareness event. It supports the J-Shine Fund, a foundation to support firefighters and musicians with scholarships and to help bring awareness to others about the problems involving depression and suicide.
Good Vibes for Good Times will take place on Saturday, Aug. 16 from noon until 8 p.m. in Buchmuller Park and feature eight bands, more than 15 vendors, and five food vendors. No tickets are needed. Donations are gladly accepted.
Assembly Speaker Prieto accepting private consulting work from Democratic political donors
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto has accepted work consulting with private clients, including major political donors, according to The Star-Ledger. Among his clients is All-Risk Property Damage Experts, a privately-owned disaster recovery business.
All-Risk’s owner, George Norcross, along with his wife, daughter, and the company itself have made nearly $85,000 in state and local political donations or loans to political organizations since 2000, the vast majority of them to South Jersey Democrats, the article states.
Prieto dismissed the suggestion that private consulting could make him susceptible to political pressure. The nature of Prieto’s consulting work was not specified, nor were the names of any other clients.
In addition to his role as assembly speaker, Prieto serves as code inspector for Secaucus and construction official in Guttenberg. A former plumber, he told the paper that he began consulting in the private sector this year for plumbers and other companies. “I will of course disclose all the relevant information as required in upcoming financial disclosure reports, all while continuing to properly balance my public service with my private business,” he said.
Secaucus juvenile arrested for possession of a handgun
A local juvenile (age 16) was arrested on July 30 for possessing a .45 caliber handgun, according to a press release. The release says that at approximately 1:30 p.m., Police Officer Marc Schoch observed a verbal dispute involving five individuals in the area of 493 County Ave. while he was on patrol in a marked police car. Upon investigating, he learned the juvenile had allegedly threatened one of the other individuals with a handgun. An empty pistol was subsequently recovered from the juvenile’s waistband. He was placed under arrest without incident and charged with various counts of unlawful firearms possession, terroristic threats, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana). He was remanded to the Juvenile Detention Center, pending an appearance in Hudson County Family/Juvenile Court. A second juvenile (age 17) from Saddle Brook was charged with being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana) and later released to a parent.
Acting Police Chief John Cerny commented, “We now have one less gun on the street that could have potentially harmed someone.” Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli stated, “Officer Schoch and the Secaucus Police Department have done an excellent job in handling the incident.”
Meadowlands CEO voluntarily taking new role
Thomas Considine is resigning voluntarily as CEO of Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, according to njbiz.com.
Earlier reports indicated that Considine, who took over as head of the hospital on May 1, had run into conflicts with Richard Lipsky, Meadowlands’ co-owner and board chairman. Considine was initially told he would be running the hospital without interference. Instead he found his decisions repeatedly challenged by Lipsky.
According to the njbiz article, the situation resulted in Considine leaving voluntarily to take on a role with TruPlan, a healthcare plan sponsored by Meadowlands that was spun off as a separate, independent entity.
TruPlan is designed to provide different levels of health services, some with no deductibles or copays for members who use the Meadowlands hospital and doctor network. Considine’s role with the company has not been announced. Nor have any settlement terms regarding his separation from his role as hospital CEO. When Considine took over three months ago he signed a three-year contract.
Concerts upcoming throughout town
The Secaucus 2014 Summer Concert Series continues on Aug. 14 with Showstoppers, the children’s summer program. The event will take place at the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m.
Then it’s over to Buchmuller Park for an Elvis tribute with Jeff Krick on Aug. 21, followed by The Cameos, New Jersey’s favorite oldies group, on Aug. 28. All shows start at 7 p.m.
The Summer Concert Series is co-sponsored by the Secaucus Reporter.
Back to School sale at United Way in August
Save big from Aug. 6 through 31 at the United Way of Hudson County Resale Store, 79 Metro Way. All kids’ clothing and designated items are $1.
All money raised goes to help the community through United Way’s many programs. A portion of all proceeds also benefits the Secaucus Emergency Fund. Help others, and get some great deals with low prices on housewares, décor, clothing, glassware, sofas, chairs, furniture, pictures, toys, and much more.
Kids invited to Truck Day 2014
Love trucks? Forget about your toy trucks for a day. Come have a seat and take a ride in some real trucks. Truck Day is for kids ages 4 to 8. It will take place in the high school parking lot on Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parental supervision is required.
Take a pontoon boat cruise on the Hackensack
Get an up-close view of the Meadowlands district’s spectacular scenic beauty and wildlife with a two-hour guided pontoon boat cruise of the Hackensack River and its surrounding marshes. Experienced New Jersey Meadowlands Commission staff will discuss the region’s human and environmental history and point out birds and other wildlife along the way.
Cruises take place on Aug. 15, 19, 21 and 27 at 5:30 p.m., and on Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. Cost is $15 per person; for ages 10 and up. Departs from River Barge Park, 260 Outwater Lane, Carlstadt. Pre-registration required. For a complete schedule of trips, directions, and to register, visit www.njmeadowlands.gov and go to the Parks & Nature Programs tab at the top of the page, or call (201) 460-4677.
Senior citizen boat cruise on Aug. 20
Once again the Hudson County Office on Aging and the Town of Secaucus invite Secaucus senior citizens, 62 and older, to a luncheon cruise on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Call (201) 865-4422 for information and reservations.