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BRIDGE DEDICATED TO FALLEN FIREFIGHTER – Firefighter Joseph F. Tagliareni Jr. was honored on June 13 by having a bridge dedicated to him. On May 31, 1999, Tagliareni suffered a massive heart attack while responding to a car fire on the New Jersey Turnpike. Before he lost consciousness, Tagliareni pulled the fire truck he was driving to the side of the road. Tagliareni remained in a coma for 13 days before passing away at the age of 34. The Town of Secaucus, his family and friends consider Tagliareni a hero because he had the presence of mind to stop the fire truck before he lost consciousness, preventing the truck from plummeting off the Paterson Plank Road bridge into oncoming traffic on Route 3. For this last heroic act, Tagliareni was awarded the William “Bo” Koenemund Award.
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Survey says Secaucus is No. 6 best place for homeownership in NJ

Consumer advocacy site NerdWallet recently researched and ranked locations across the country and named Secaucus as No. 6 on their list of “best places for homeownership in New Jersey.”

The overall score for each city was calculated from the following measures:

• homeownership rate

• selected monthly owner costs as a percentage of median household income

• median home value

• population change from 2010 to 2012

Seventy communities with 15,000 or more residents were included in the study. Places with higher-than-average crime and environmental hazards were excluded from the top 20 ranking.

Many of the highest ranking locations are within commuting distance to New York City. Home values in all top 20 cities are over $200,000, and residents of those cities spend over 30 percent of their income on monthly homeowner costs. The study noted that Secaucus’ population growth of 5 percent was the second highest on the list.

Secaucus is the highest ranking location in Hudson County, with Hoboken ranking No. 43, Bayonne at No. 50, Jersey City at No. 57, West New York at No. 63, and Union City at No. 67. The No. 1 location on the list is Williamstown, in Monroe Township.

The top 20 survey results can be found at

Hudson County Sheriff says ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign a success

Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari announced the success of the spring 2014 ‘Click It or Ticket’ seat belt safety campaign.

“Wearing a seat belt in a motor vehicle, regardless of age or seating position, increases the chances of surviving a crash by almost 75 percent,” said Schillari. “Our officers were successful in stopping and enforcing seat belt laws throughout the county and I am proud of their hard work.”

During the campaign, which lasted from May 19 to June 1, over 189 seat belt violation tickets were issued, including 12 for having unrestrained children in the vehicle. Violations were also issued for cell phone usage, suspended licenses, uninsured driving, uninsured vehicles and speeding– totaling over 266 summonses.

During one particular incident, a sheriff’s officer noticed a driver without a seat belt and signaled him to pull over. The driver proceeded to flee the scene while throwing several bags from the vehicle. After stopping the vehicle, officers returned to the area and recovered the bags, which were filled with a substance suspected to be marijuana. The driver was charged accordingly.

Sheriff’s officers will continue to enforce seat belt safety in Hudson County.

CarePoint gala raises over $642,000 for community programs

The CarePoint Health Foundation annual Spring Gala on Saturday, May 17 raised more than $642,000 and was attended by a sold out crowd of 530 people, including physicians, medical staff, donors and community leaders. Part of the event’s proceeds went to endow the new CarePoint Health Foundation College Scholarship fund and other Foundation efforts to assist those in need in Hudson County.

The Spring Gala program was led by CarePoint Health Foundation Vice President and Master of Ceremonies Paula A. Nevoso. The program included recognition of donors and sponsors, whose generosity make the mission of the organization possible. Individual and corporate sponsorship donations ranged from $2,500 to $30,000.

The CarePoint Health Foundation, Inc., is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that generates charitable dollars and makes strategic grants to support programs and services that advance its mission of improving access to health, wellness, health education, and future health professionals’ education services for residents of Hudson County, New Jersey.

For more information about the CarePoint Health Foundation Spring Gala, contact Paula A. Nevoso at (201) 795-8000 or

Workshop on securing procurement business is on June 25

Have you ever considered how to grow your business by successfully winning procurement contracts? It may be easier than you’ve imagined. Join the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce for a workshop on how to develop your company’s access to public and private-sector procurement opportunities.

Featured speakers will be Rebecca Moll Freed, Esq. and Michael Winter. Freed, from Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster, helps companies assess and evaluate their current and prospective procurement opportunities, and assist with the preparation of responsive RFPs and RFQs. She will speak about the preparation of RFPs and RFQs on the state and local levels.

Winter is the chief administrative officer of Choose New Jersey, a nonprofit that works to drive economic growth for New Jersey. Winter will provide a hands-on overview of RFP Watch 2.0, an online database that offers access to more than 7,000 contract leads posted each month, and more than $2 billion in contracts awarded each week. Learn how RFP Watch can help take your business to the next level and how to customize this search engine for your specific needs.

The workshop will take place from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 25 at the Culinary Conference Center at Hudson County Community College, 161 Newkirk St., Jersey City. The event is free to Hudson County Chamber of Commerce members and $35 to nonmembers. Continental breakfast will be served.

State bar foundation sponsoring free seminar on wills and estate planning

As a public service, the New Jersey State Bar Foundation presents a free public seminar on wills and estate planning on Thursday, June 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center, One Constitution Square off Ryders Lane in New Brunswick.

Topics of discussion examine estate-planning basics, including wills, elder law planning, Medicaid eligibility and guardianships. A question-and-answer period follows the presentations.

Guest speakers are Crystal West Edwards, Esq., and Farah N. Ansari, Esq., attorneys with the Florham Park law firm of Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP.

The seminar is free and open to the public; however, advance registration is required. To register, visit the Foundation online at or call (800) FREE-LAW. The Foundation’s seminar series is made possible by funding from the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey.

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