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Secaucus will hold a community outreach meeting July 12 regarding the upcoming Route 495 bridge construction project. See briefs for more information.
Secaucus will hold a community outreach meeting July 12 regarding the upcoming Route 495 bridge construction project. See briefs for more information.
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Police arrest man who allegedly had over 40 bags of heroin

On June 27, Secaucus police arrested a man allegedly in possession of over 40 bags of suspected heroin, according to a department press release.

Alejo Burgos, 44, from Trenton, is charged with possession of heroin and possession with the intent to distribute heroin, according to the release.

He also had two outstanding warrants totaling $1,233 from Camden and Pennsauken, according to police. They transported him to Hudson County Jail.

Secaucus police arrest two North Bergen teens in connection with stolen car

The Secaucus Police Department arrested two North Bergen teenagers who were allegedly in possession of a stolen vehicle, according to a North Bergen Police Department press release.

On June 27, officers responded to a call of a possible stolen Honda Accord from Union City around 200 Mill Creek Drive. They arrested the two juveniles shortly afterwards. Officials charged a 17-year-old with receiving stolen property and unlawful taking of means of conveyance. They also charged a 16-year-old with unlawful taking of means of conveyance. They were released to their parents’ custody.

Police withheld their names because they’re under 18.

Community outreach meeting on 495 project July 12

A community outreach meeting on the Route 495 construction project is scheduled for July 12 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, located at 1203 Paterson Plank Rd., to update residents on expected detours and road closures.

The project will rehabilitate the Route 495 bridge, which carries traffic over the NYS&W and Conrail rail lines as well as Route 1&9, Paterson Plank Road, and the North Bergen Park and Ride bus terminal. The bridge has been rated structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. Work on the project’s second phase is set for mid-summer 2018.

One lane of traffic will be closed in each direction on Route 495 and construction-related traffic impacts during the peak period will continue for approximately two and a half years. During this time, travelers are urged to switch to public transportation, join a carpool or vanpool, adjust travel times around peak morning and evening travel periods, telecommute or work at other sites their employer may have available, and use the George Washington Bridge or the Holland Tunnel if those are options.

First permits issued for North Bergen power plant

The state's Department of Environmental Protection on June 26 issued the first permits to begin construction of a gas-fired power plant in North Bergen. It will be built on a 15-acre parcel of land near Railroad Avenue in the northwestern section of town.

The facility would generate power for New York City through cables under the Hudson River. The plant would not provide power to New Jersey.

Representatives of environmental groups who gathered near the site on May 8 argued it will hasten greenhouse gas emissions that pose a danger to the earth’s atmosphere and people’s health. They called on Gov. Phil Murphy to take action against the plant, but the governor said on May 8 he hadn’t formed an opinion yet.

A total of 45 state organizations are pushing for him to do so, said the protestors.

The permits authorize the construction of a gas turbine, two storm water outfall structures, and the installation of the cables under the Hudson River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers still needs to approve the plan.

North Bergen officials support the plan, predicting the project will create hundreds of union construction jobs and generate millions of dollars in tax revenue. The $1.8 billion project is being proposed by California-based Diamond Generating Corp. Officials with the company previously said the plant would be the cleanest and most efficient in the region.

In addition to the environmental protestors, officials in Ridgefield adjacent to the proposed plant do not support the plan and approved a resolution denouncing the plan at a June 20 meeting.

North Bergen Liberty Generating, the company behind the plant, says that using natural gas will lead to fewer emissions than other types, and can provide more electricity with less land use than renewable options. Natural gas is considered a fossil fuel contributing to global warming, although at a lower level than coal or oil.

“These people will tell you that this is the best deal that we can get, and it’s not,” said Hackensack Riverkeeper Bill Sheehan, at the conference in Ridgefield, just across the Hackensack River from the North Bergen site. “What we’ll get is the CO2. We will get the other impacts, and we will get none of the energy benefits.”

Sheehan said he found out about the plant before it was officially announced, which led him to organize other groups to resist. He first got in contact with Matt Smith, a senior organizer with Food and Water Watch, a national organization that protects clean and healthy drinking water and food.

Smith said certain people will be affected even more by the emissions.

“It’s really those who are most vulnerable,” Smith said. “Children, mothers, and outdoor workers who would suffer the worst effects of that pollution.”

For more, look at past stories about the plant in the Reporter (hudsonreporter.com).

Hudson County hosts Latina music and dance concert

Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and the Board of Freeholders have announced an evening of live music Wednesday, July 18 from 7- 9 p.m. in the rotunda of the Brennan Court House, 583 Newark Ave., Jersey City.

The evening will open with a performance by the Brazilian singer/songwriter Monika Oliveira. Born in Belem do Para and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Oliveira has been performing in the New York area for more than twenty years. She combines her love of Brazil’s musical heritage with a mastery of Jazz to create what critics describe as a “sultry variation on both … that is at once moving and rhythmic, pure and passionate.” Joined by the Brazilians Trio, she will take the stage at 7 pm.

At 8 p.m., Flamenco Flavor will follow with a fresh take on traditional Spanish rhythms with an urban twist, presenting Latin choreography paired with the voice and guitar play of David M. Castellano.

Placed on the Register of Historic Places in 1970 and saved from demolition, the 108 year-old William J. Brennan Courthouse is a working civil courthouse and seat of county government during the day. But by night, its four-story marble rotunda has become home to a range of musical acts and visual arts exhibits presented by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs that are promoted by “Visit Hudson,” the office’s tourism development arm.

This concert is the first of what is expected to become a new series entitled “Live At Brennan’s.”

Doors for this event will open at 6:30. Tickets are $20. The price includes parking in the courthouse lot and light refreshments between acts.

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