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ASSEMBLY SPEAKER VINCENT PRIETO IS ELC GUEST – On March 26, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Secaucus resident, spoke at a luncheon of the Hudson County Employer Legislative Committee (ELC). Prieto represents the 32nd District with parts of both Hudson and Bergen County. From left: Kevin O'Connor (United Water), Mark Bocchieri (Verizon), Dave Hollenbeck (PSE&G), Speaker Vincent Prieto, Bette Spinelli (HCEDC), Caren Freyer DeSouza (PSE&G), and Dave Brogan (NJBIA).
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Holi – Indian Festival of Colors celebration on April 6

Holi hai! The Town of Secaucus and The Indian Caucus of Secaucus welcome all to attend Holi, the Festival of Colors. Originally scheduled for last month, the event was postponed due to weather. The vibrant celebration will now take place on Sunday, April 6 from 12 to 2 p.m. at Mill Creek Point, Millridge Rd. All are invited to attend this exciting festival.

First-time home buyers seminar at library on April 8

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8 the Secaucus Public Library is partnering with TD Bank to present a free information session for first-time home buyers and anyone interested in obtaining a first-time mortgage.

The seminar will last an hour and a half and will introduce attendees to some of the key issues for first-time home buyers. According to Jessica Campbell, assistant vice president and store manager at TD Bank in Secaucus, “Our discussion will cover what a person should consider when they are ready to buy a home. We will talk about the costs associated with buying a home and how to begin the mortgage application process. We will also discuss the loan process, including what lenders look for when approving a loan and what the closing entails.”

Campbell will be joined by TD Bank representatives who specialize in mortgages, including Samara Martinez, a product relationship manager at the bank. This seminar is intended to be the first in a series of personal finance workshops provided by TD Bank as part of their ongoing commitment to making a meaningful and positive contribution to the individuals, families, businesses, and communities within their marketplace.

As noted by library director Jenifer May, the mortgage process can be mystifying and challenging for many people, especially first-time buyers.

Registration is not required, but is suggested for seating arrangements. To register, call the library at (201) 330-2083 or visit their online calendar at

New ‘e-waste’ recycling for North Jersey

Morgen Industries Inc. announced recently that it will offer electronics waste drop-off at its Secaucus recycling facility. Businesses, local municipalities, and residents can call to schedule drop off of obsolete servers, switches, computers, LCD monitors, laptops, printers, cables, scanners, VCRs, cell phones, and other types of electronics otherwise known as “e-waste.” Certain types of electronics such as CRT monitors may incur a service fee.

The retired equipment will be properly de-manufactured and recycled following strict environmental and safety guidelines.

Based in Secaucus, Morgen Industries Inc. works in the Information Technology sector, specializing in data center relocation and decommission of all types of IT equipment. Morgen Industries Inc. is an NJDEP class D solid waste licensed facility that is compliant with federal and state regulations.

Public or private events such as street fairs or corporate employee events can also sponsor an

“E-waste Collection Day.” Contact Morgen Industries to schedule set up of disposal bins and pick-up.

Morgen Industries, Inc. is located at 7 Penhorn Avenue, Building 7, Secaucus. For information call (201) 223-0072 or visit

Woman sentenced to prison for sending threatening letter to Secaucus

Karen Waller, 50, of Irvington was sentenced on March 27 to more than eight years in federal prison for mailing a threatening letter to the Town of Secaucus. She was arrested in July by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force on charges of mailing more than 50 threatening letters to various recipients, including the U.S. Supreme Court, Rutgers University, Woodbridge Town Hall, Millburn police, and an insurance company, according to reports. The letters allegedly threatened to injure and kill unspecified people.

Ms. Waller pleaded guilty in November 2013 to writing and sending a letter to Secaucus that included threatening language about bomb attacks and warned against underestimating her.

She was ordered to undergo mental health treatment and alcohol abuse treatment as part of her sentence, and serve three years of supervised release after completing her prison term.

Hudson County Bar Foundation awarding scholarships to law students

The Hudson County Bar Foundation will award scholarships to students who are attending law school or who have been accepted to law school for the September 2014 to May 2015 term.

The Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship Fund is one of the oldest providers of financial assistance to Hudson County law students. Esteemed members and families of the Hudson County legal community have funded these 45 scholarships.

Students must be bona fide residents of Hudson County, must demonstrate financial need, must provide two current letters of recommendation, and must account for appropriate academic standards.

Interested applicants can write to the Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship Committee, 583 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306, or call (201) 798-4708, send an e-mail to, or visit web site for an application. All applications must be received on or before April 30.

Hackensack Riverkeeper accepting scholarship applications for local high school seniors

Hackensack Riverkeeper is accepting applications for the 2014 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship. Now in its fourteenth year, the program was created to support college-bound high school seniors who excel academically while demonstrating a strong commitment to the natural world and environmental protection.

All applicants who apply must either live within the 210-square mile Hackensack River Watershed or attend a school located within that region. North Bergen and Secaucus are eligible municipalities, along with certain parts of Jersey City, Bayonne, and Union City.

Teachers and guidance counselors are invited to submit applications on behalf of deserving students, and each school may nominate one student. A panel of Hackensack Riverkeeper trustees and staffers led by Captain Bill Sheehan and Program Director Hugh Carola will review each application. The panel will consider the applicant’s academic achievements, environmental extra-curricular activities and future plans. The $1,000 scholarship is unrestricted and can be used for any required purchases during the student’s first year at college.

Full scholarship application criteria are available online at or by calling (201) 968-0808. Applications must be postmarked no later than Earth Day, April 22. The winner will be chosen no later than June 1.

The late Ronald Vellekamp was a science teacher in Ridgefield, New Jersey. During his life he also served as a Palisades Interstate Park ranger and Boy Scout leader, and was a founding trustee of Hackensack Riverkeeper. The scholarship that bears his name is fitting tribute to an educator whose life was lived in the service of others.

WNY Cuban Lions Club Health Fair on April 13

The West New York Cuban Lions Club has teamed with Palisades Medical Center to present its annual Community Health Fair. The event, which is free and open to the general public, will be held on Sunday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the New Community Room, 514 52nd Street (Between Bergenline Ave. & Kennedy Blvd.) in West New York.

Free health tests and screenings will include blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol, dental, eye/vision information, physical therapy, percentage of oxygen in the blood, diabetes, sleep disorder information, glaucoma screening, and more. Several physicians will be in attendance to answer questions. Attendees will receive free samples and giveaways.

For more information, contact Manny Reyes (201) 424-1201 or Nikki Mederos at (201) 854-5702.

Two nature events at Meadowlands Environment Center on April 6

Enjoy early April out of doors by joining the “First Sunday of the Month Bird Walk” in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst. Participants in the free two-hour guided nature walk will visit parts of the park, looking for spring arrivals, bald eagles, and other birds. The walk starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 6 outside the Meadowlands Environment Center (MEC).

The free two-hour “Birding for Beginners (Bird IDs)” class on Sunday, April 6 at 1 p.m. starts with a short session on basic bird identification at the MEC, followed by a nature walk in the park.

Both events are collaborations between the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) and the Bergen County Audubon Society (BCAS). Check for last-minute weather updates. Participants will have to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To RSVP, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at or (201) 230-4983. The MEC is at 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst.

Mixed Media Nature Sketching – Teens and adults

Field sketching is a time-tested way of interacting with and “capturing” the world. Any teen or adult who wants to try this spontaneous method of drawing nature is invited to join this session on Saturday, April 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) Science Center. No experience is necessary. Explore and experiment with pencil, charcoal, ink, and watercolor pencils to capture the essence of the season. Weather permitting, participants will go outside, so bring a chair if you’d like. Borrow basic art supplies for the session, or bring your own. Cost is $20 per person or $16 for MEC members. Registration is recommended and appreciated. To register, visit The NJMC Science Center is at 3 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst.

Artist’s tribute to Anne Frank at Secaucus Library in April

Local artist and art teacher Doug DePice began this series of artworks, a combination of drawings and paintings and three-dimensional mixed media sculpture, because he wished to give some artistic expression to the life of Anne Frank, and in particular, her words: “I feel the suffering of millions.”

The three-dimensional installation is composed of burnt wood and books with torn pages bearing the words of Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel. It is augmented by readings of Anne Frank’s writings selected by local high school students.

“This is a time that was brutally imprinted into our history,” DePice said, “and it belongs to our collective memory. The current rash of anti-Semitic activities regarding the Holocaust and Anne Frank shows there are people who still want to plunge the world into an eternal night. I hope these artworks serve as a light to the darkness of ignorance and hate.”

DePice and Library Director Jenifer May chose April as the month to display this installation as a way to observe both Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month and Holocaust Remembrance Week, which begins at sundown on April 27. May expressed her hope that members of the community will see the art work and come back to the library for the art reception on the evening of April 28 in order to share their thoughts and reactions to the exhibit. To RSVP for the reception, visit the library’s online calendar at or call the library at (201) 330-2083.

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