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FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Meadowlands Parkway Dunkin’ Donuts store manager Maria Ferreira (left) hands Secaucus Councilwoman Susan Pirro a check for $425, the proceeds from the fundraiser the store ran on June 15 to benefit the Secaucus Animal Shelter. Pirro is the council liaison for the town-run shelter.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Meadowlands Parkway Dunkin’ Donuts store manager Maria Ferreira (left) hands Secaucus Councilwoman Susan Pirro a check for $425, the proceeds from the fundraiser the store ran on June 15 to benefit the Secaucus Animal Shelter. Pirro is the council liaison for the town-run shelter.
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FBI and Secaucus police seek bank robbers

Law enforcement officials are searching for two men who went into a Secaucus bank on Monday, July 22 and robbed it, according to an online report.

According to police, the duo entered the Sovereign Bank on Paterson Plank Road a little after 10:15 a.m. and said they were holding it up.

One of the two brandished a hand gun, and orderd bank executives to collect the money. After workers gave an undisclosed amount of money, the robbers fled.

Hospital owners paid $6 million over last year and half

Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center owners were paid $6 million over the last year and half, even while liens were put on the Secaucus facility for alleged unpaid federal withholding taxes and complaints were filed against it for alleged unpaid insurance claims and alleged bounced paychecks, according to a report on northjersey.com. The hospital paid off its IRS liens in April, according to the report.

In fact, in under three years since the for-profit company MHA LLC took over the 200-plus bed hospital, its owners have been paid $14.4 million, according to financial papers filed with New Jersey, the report said.

The financial information was released over a year late. It showed that in the new ownership’s first year, the company took a $10.4 million operations loss of its predecessors and turned it into an $11 million operations profit.

“Management has been aggressively, consistently, and successfully reinvesting in this hospital,” transforming it, hospital spokesman Ben Martin said in a statement.

Fabulous Greaseband next in Secaucus concert series

Hartz Mountain Industries and the Town of Secaucus planned to present The Fabulous Greaseband on Saturday, July 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Harmon Meadow Plaza Courtyard (near Houlihan’s) in Secaucus.

The mixed-use development, featuring several restaurants, stores, and the Kerasotes Showplace 14 Theaters, will be transformed into a high-energy party, featuring some of the greatest dance songs of the ‘50s through ‘90s, during this rock ‘n’ roll review.

The concert is subject to change. Call (201) 348-1200 for schedule updates and rain date information.

Temple holding Blood Drive on Sunday, Aug. 4

Every 2.5 seconds someone needs blood – it could be a friend, a family member, or maybe even you. The need is real.

Donors participating in the Secaucus Community Blood Drive and Community Blood Services event will help ensure that the transfusion needs of area patients are met. The drive will be held on Sunday, Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Shree SwaminaRayan Temple, 200 Penhorn Ave., Secaucus. All blood types are needed.

There will be free PSA testing for males over 40 and sickle cell testing for all donors.

Those able to donate on Aug. 4 will be eligible to win two tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2.

Any healthy individual, age 17 through 75 (16, with parental permission) and weighing at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Donors should eat a moderate meal before donating and must bring identification showing signature. No social security number is required. All donors receive complimentary, non-fasting cholesterol and glucose screening.

To schedule an appointment, please call Community Blood Services at (201) 251-3703.

Save the Date for Secaucus Restaurant Night

Mayor Michael Gonnelli and the Town Council will present the second Secaucus Restaurant Night on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 6 to 10 p.m. on Front Street.

“Once again Classic Party Rentals will transform Front Street from Golden Avenue to First Street into an elegant café-style atmosphere,” said Lee Penna, community outreach coordinator. “This year we are increasing the tent to a huge 300 feet, and with string lights, linen covered tables, chairs, center pieces, candles, and entertainment, it will create an unforgettable dining experience.”

Local restaurants will offer a menu of their appetizers, entrees, and desserts as the main attraction. The event will be similar to the Taste of Time Square in New York City, Penna said.

Tickets are $5, and can be purchased in advance at Town Hall in the Administration Office, or at the Recreation Center. They can also be bought on location the night of the event. Each ticket entitles the holder to a sampling of a restaurant’s signature item or items.

For more information, contact Penna at the Secaucus Public Library at (201) 330-2083, Option 2.

Kids gone batty at library

Nearly 50 children attended the “Bats, Bats, Bats!” event at the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center on July 11.

One of the library’s summer kick-off programs, “Bats, Bats, Bats!” was presented by licensed chiroptologist Joseph D’Angeli and his assistant, animal biologist Buket Hakanoglu. The program was an educational overview of the flying creatures who account for one quarter of all mammal groups.

More than 20 of the children were given the opportunity to feed the animals various fruits, according to Lanora Melillo, youth services librarian.

Swimmable Action Day held at Laurel Hill

The Hackensack Riverkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance joined together to host Swimmable Action Day on Thursday, July 25, at Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus.

The event was held so that attendees could watch or partake in some in- or on-the-water recreation.

“We asked people to come and take a dip in the river as we celebrate this day to advocate clean swimmable water,” said Sarah Menchise, Riverkeeper outreach coordinator.

Dinosaurs and trucks team up at Secaucus theme park Aug. 3 and 4

What's the best combo since peas and carrots? Dinosaurs and trucks!

They're both big and loud – and on display at Field Station: Dinosaurs – from compsognathus to Ford F-150 and everything in between. They will be paired together on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3 and 4, during LaQ DinoTrux Weekend.

LaQ expert builders will be on hand to help kids create an enormous dinosaur using LaQ, the new kids’ construction system.

Field Station: Dinosaurs is a 20-acre outdoor Jurassic expedition, where explorers come face-to-face with a 15-foot Mighty T-Rex, wander among 32 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, participate in dozens of scientific shows and games, and see Dinosaurs Alive!, a new 3D movie.

Field Station is located at One Dinosaur Way, Secaucus. (Exit 15X off the N.J. Turnpike, then left onto New County Road.)

Governor doubtful about entertainment complex’s early 2014 opening

Gov. Chris Christie says he currently has no power to affect the completion of the American Dream entertainment complex on Route 3, and is doubtful it will premier by the time the Meadowlands hosts the 2014 Super Bowl in East Rutherford on Feb. 2, according to a report by Bloomberg online.

“I personally can’t do anything more than what’s already been done,” the governor told the media on July 17. “We’re within a window now where I think it would be very difficult to have anything significant open in time for the Super Bowl.”

The $3.7 billion mega entertainment and retail center, in planning stages for 10 years, was the victim of the recession, as well as squabbling over traffic issues with the two nearby NFL teams, other lawsuits, and delays due to financing, labor contracts, and property control.

The project has already had three developers and two names. Four New Jersey governors have been involved with it. Christie, who had signed off on the project, originally expected the mall and sports center to open prior to the Super Bowl.

The former Xanadu project is located across from MetLife Stadium, where the New York Giants and Jets both play. The teams are suing, saying the complex will adversely affect its fans attending games. American Dream officials feel the opposite, contending it will give those fans alternative entertainment and shopping options on game days.

Butterfly Day at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst

The fourth annual Butterfly Day will take place on Sunday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Richard W. DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst.

This free, family-oriented event features butterfly walks, scavenger hunts for children, a slide show and talk on the butterflies of DeKorte Park, native plant walks, and door prizes. There will also be tables with binoculars, and information on butterfly identification and gardening to attract butterflies.

The event is sponsored by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, the Bergen County Audubon Society, and the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association.

The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 4.

For more information, call (201) 460-1700 or visit www.njmeadowlands.gov or www.meadowblog.net.

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