Sentencing postponed for ex-Housing Authority official
The sentencing for the former North Bergen Housing Authority director of operations who pleaded guilty to extortion, scheduled for last week, has been postponed.
John T. Kennell of North Bergen was arrested in August of last year and charged with extortion under color of official right and by fear of economic harm. He pled guilty on Dec. 20 to extorting employees of a maintenance company contracted by the authority, according to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman in a press release released at the time.
According to the press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, “While the director of operations for the NBHA, Kennell used his official position to extort cash payments from employees of a company (Company One) that provided repair and grounds maintenance services. Kennell, who supervised the employees of Company One working for the authority, accepted cash payments in amounts ranging from $100 to $400 from employees for, among other things, securing additional paid vacation days for these employees. Kennell assisted in securing these additional paid vacation days by falsely reporting to Company One that the employees were working at the NBHA, when they were, in fact, traveling outside of the United States. Between February 2008 and June 2011, Company One compensated employees for approximately 80 days of unauthorized vacation, totaling $12,498, because of Kennell’s actions.”
The North Bergen Housing Authority oversees the town’s federally assisted public and senior housing.
Young hoopsters honored in Guttenberg
On Tuesday, May 28, the Town Council lauded the efforts of the Anna Klein School Mustangs at its regular meeting. The grammar school basketball team finished first in the North Bergen Youth Basketball League, according to a town spokeswoman.
Free health seminar on June 6
A free health seminar on weight-loss surgical options will be held on Thursday, June 6, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Palisades Medical Center, 7600 River Rd., North Bergen.
The featured speaker will be Stefanie Vaimakis, MD, FACS, FASMBS, a board-certified surgeon, fellowship-trained in advanced laparoscopy and bariatric surgery.
More than 60 percent of the U.S. population is overweight, and about 30 percent are classified as obese, according to Vaimakis. There are many surgical options for people who have been unable to achieve significant weight loss through diet and exercise. This event will address them.
Those attending must check in at 6:30. The seminar will run from 7 to 9, and will be presented in English and Spanish.
There will be free refreshments and parking. Free transportation will be available from 60th Street and Bergenline Avenue starting at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Nikki Mederos at (201) 854-5702.
Student to study at prestigious summer camp
Jenny Quispe of North Bergen, a student at the Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest, has been awarded a scholarship to attend the Advanced Space Academy 2013 Summer Camp in Huntsville, Ala., from July 7 through 12.
The intensive, five-day program emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and math skills that are integral to preparing the next generation of space scientists and explorers.
The program is accredited by the University of Alabama-Huntsville, and participants in the Summer Academy earn one hour of freshman-level science credit for their successful completion of the program. Quispe will be among students representing the Archdiocese of Newark.
The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children awarded Quispe the funding.