In what should have been a straightforward reorganization meeting on Jan. 9, the board – split politically 5 to 4 against Superintendent Dr. Marcia Lyles – postponed more items on the agenda than they actually passed, managing to somehow swear in newly-elected board members before engaging in combat over electing a new president and vice president.
Sudhan Thomas was named president and Lorenzo Richardson was named vice president in a 5 to 4 party line vote, after which nearly every item on the routine agenda was excruciatingly examined and put off to the Jan. 15 caucus meeting so that new members might get up to speed. Click here for more.
A domino tournament, an Argentinean classical guitar recital, morning art, and meetings of science fiction book and movie discussion groups are some of the first programs that will utilize the Hoboken Library’s newly-opened programming facility.
With a grand unveiling on Thursday, the library, originally built in 1897, celebrated the space’s opening in its lower level after undergoing a rehabilitation and preservation renovation.
“I am so glad there is now this new programming space,” said 13-year resident Shana Wright. “We have come to a couple of programs here, they have a lot of different programs, and I think this new space really lends itself to that well. I can’t believe how good it looks.” Click here for more.
The Secaucus Volunteer Fire Department will now be open to residents with legal status – meaning not only citizens, but people who may have a green card or work/student visa -- after the Town Council adopted an ordinance at its Jan. 9 meeting to allow them.
The council had previously tabled the ordinance at its Dec. 20 meeting after a few local firefighters showed up to denounce it. Complaints ranged from lack of transparency between department chiefs and firefighters over the ordinance, to arguments that only U.S. citizens should become Secaucus firefighters.
The council had amended the requirements because state and federal laws ban discrimination based on national origin. Officials also said that two probationary hires to the department—one of whom currently works for the town — were legal residents but were not U.S. citizens. They are now allowed to volunteer to serve their community. Click here for more.