The West New York Children First team recently donated over 500 books to the town’s library, according to a press release.
“We are delivering on our promise to build a better future for all West New York children,” said member Maite M. Fernandez. “These books will provide a wonderful resource for residents and our students to expand their opportunities as they explore the wonders of their imagination.”
The books range from children’s books to more advanced readings, such as “Game of Thrones” novels.
“Having access to brand new books will help foster a love of reading for our children, and in turn improve their future opportunities and the future of our community,” mentioned member Jonathan Castaneda. “Your reading level and the amount of reading you do has been a consistent indicator of academic and professional success, and we are proud to work with our library, which has a crucial role in the success of our students, to ensure that we are paving a brighter path for our students and their families.”
The slate said they plan on making the donation a yearly event, in addition to hosting annual book drives.
Children First is a political group that has put forth successful slates during the recent school board elections, endorsed by Mayor Felix Roque.
Gateway tunnel funding approved
The governors of New York and New Jersey came to an agreement that would pave the way for each state to pay its share of the proposed Gateway Tunnel.
This would follow guidelines originally set in 2015 which would have the federal government pay for 50 percent of the costs. New York will contribute $1.75 billion, NJ Transit $1.9 billion, and Port Authority, 1.9 billion towards the project.
This is considered an important next step in the construction of the Hudson River Tunnel Project which will run near Hoboken, Weehawken and North Bergen to eventually access Secaucus Junction rail terminal.
The $12.7 billion Gateway Hudson Tunnel Project will construct a new two track tunnel and eventually rehabilitate the existing Amtrak North River Tunnel which suffered significant damage during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteers
Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. Rm. 901 on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.
For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.
Hudson Bike Share installs eight new bike stations
Hudson Bike Share and Port Imperial have announced they will collaborate to provide bike sharing service, further improving the transportation options available to Port Imperial residents and the public.
Port Imperial will get eight bike stations, stretching along their Hudson River waterfront of Weehawken, West New York, and Guttenberg and expected to be completed by year end, connecting with 57 other stations throughout Hoboken, Bayonne, North Bergen, Weehawken, West New York, and Guttenberg.
In addition to Hudson Bike Share, Port Imperial provides a Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit Station, New Jersey Transit Bus service, New York Waterway ferry terminal and internal PIPOA shuttle bus transportation.
“Providing alternative means of transportation so that we can further support folks going to work or just taking a ride along the Gold Coast of N.J., is a true public private partnership,” said James F. Murphy, vice president of business development, and community relations for P3 Global Management.
Hudson Bike Share, a P3GM project, currently has over 20,000 members and provides for over 300,000 rides in its first two years of serving Hudson County.
Riders can use a smart phone or key card to unlock bicycles at any of the stations in the system. Once rented, the user will be given a code to unlock the bike, and begin their 30 or 45-minute ride. A highlight of the Hudson Bike Share system is the ability to park the bikes temporarily, as well as the ability for users to end their trip at a station that is already full. This feature, which is lacking in prior-generation bike sharing models, allows users to make stops mid-trip and eliminates the frustration of arriving at an already full station.
Hudson Bike Share is currently sponsored by Suez Water, Carepoint Health, Investors Bank, and Keller Williams Realty. To sign up for Hudson Bike Share visit HudsonBikeShare.com or download the NextBike app on your phone.
PSE&G to inspect gas meters in Hudson County
Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) will be inspecting natural gas meters in Hoboken, Weehawken and West New York to ensure the continued safety and reliability of gas services. People being visited should make sure the inspector displays proper ID.
“Customer safety is our number one priority,” said Joe Forline, vice president of gas operations for PSE&G. “It’s important for us to conduct safety inspections like these so that we can check for surface corrosion, leaks and other conditions that might require attention or repair.”
If a customer’s meter is inside, someone over the age of 18 will need to give our technicians access to the meter for a visual inspection. Meters that are located outside will also be inspected. Although technicians will be on your property, customers do not need to be home for outside meter inspections.
Important information about the inspection process:
• The inspection is free and will take about 10 minutes.
• Customers do not need to make an appointment at this time.
• Unless a meter requires immediate repair, there will be no interruption to service.
• Service will not be turned off during this inspection due to billing status.
PSE&G reminds customers to always ask for identification when a utility worker comes to the door. Employees carry a PSE&G photo identification badge, wear PSE&G logo apparel and drive PSE&G cars or trucks. If a customer is concerned in any way, they should call PSE&G’s customer service line at 800-436-PSEG (7734) to verify the identity of an employee.