Secaucus celebrates Middle School Teacher of the Year
In a recent announcement, the Secaucus Public School District celebrated its 2016-17 Middle School Teacher of The Year, Toni-Ann Palmisano. The seventh grade math teacher at Secaucus Middle School doesn’t just teach arithmetic. She also serves as an advisor for the Middle School Student Government Organization, managing public relations and community outreach. Her position allows her to help students develop their communications skills. Palmisano also works as an advisor for the Middle School Yearbook and the High School Unico-Youth Club. “Each day, Ms. Palmisano touches the lives of all students at Secaucus Middle School,” the announcement said. “She is passionate about teaching and her caring and encouraging personality has a positive impact on her students. Ms. Palmisano sets high standards for her students and goes above and beyond to help them reach their goals both in and out of the classroom.”
Township hires four new officers for 2017
The Secaucus Police Department recently hired four new officers to begin serving the township in fall 2017. The officers are Michael Lyons, son of retired Jersey City Detective Michael Lyons; Jonathan Padron; Dillon Genatt, and Mare O’ Keefe. The latter is only the fifth female officer ever hired by the department. The hires are expected to begin their training at the academy Jan. 20. “It really brings us to the maximum number of officers we’re allowed to hire,” said Mayor Michael Gonnelli about the new additions. “This will let us do so, so much more. We’ll be able to break off cops into different categories, start different things up, things that we never got to do before.”
Retired Secaucus officers bring Christmas joy to disabled kids
A local PBA group ensured a family from Elmwood Park and their young boys had a merry Christmas. Former Secaucus Police Captain Joseph Kickey took action after watching a news story on Jeff and Deena Leider, per NJ.com. Two of their three children are afflicted with Hunter’s syndrome. Known medically as mucopolysaccharidosis II, the genetic disease is caused by a missing or damaged enzyme. As a result, it often damages organ function and physical and mental capabilities. Kickey involved his entire Secaucus PBA Local 84 to help purchase Christmas toys for the boys, delivering them Dec 23. “I contacted the (Eyewitness News reporter) and she notified the family of our intentions,” Kickey mentioned in the article. “We asked for and received a ‘wish list’ of five items for each of the children and purchased everything on their lists, as well as adding some other toys generously donated to our annual toy drive.” The officers also helped the family with a donation for their financial issues. Anyone interested in donating to the family can do so mailing checks noted “Leider Family” to the Secaucus PBA, P.O. Box 1038, Secaucus, NJ, 07096-1038.
Secaucus Library launches documentary film and discussion series
The Secaucus Public Library is launching a new monthly film and discussion series. “Conversation Starters” will feature recent, award-winning documentaries on a variety of topics and issues, according to Jenifer May, director for the library. The series was launched due to high demand from local bibliophiles, excited over the library’s ongoing independent, highly-successful film series, run by the Friends of The Library, May said.
That series, however, largely focuses on feature films; other library goers wanted to “edge on the side of non-fiction,” May said. “We thought this would be a fun one to start – a documentary, followed by discussion.” The series will take place on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, contact May at (201) 330-2084.