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Hudson County’s culture, amenities, views, and transportation make it a great place to live and work.
In fact, a bevy of unique new businesses have landed in or expanded in this area this year.
Each year, the Reporter provides a rundown of what’s new in development, economics, education, and health care in the county. Find out about the county’s progress by looking for the Impact inside this week’s edition.
Mayor Gonnelli discusses planned sale of Meadowlands Hospital
Recently, media outlets reported that multimillionaire real estate developer Yan Moshe—who owns surgery centers throughout Bergen County—is on track to purchase Meadowlands Hospital for $5 million.
Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli briefly discussed the reported sale last week, revealing that his administration knows little about it. “I really don’t know anything about it, which I find to be very odd,” the mayor told the Secaucus Reporter. “Typically, the state or someone would get in touch with us about it. They haven’t been in touch at all.”
Regarding his hopes for the hospital’s future, Gonnelli said, “I want it to remain a full-service hospital the way it currently is. I want to get local doctors in there. I want the emergency room to be top notch, like it already is. The program that negotiated with us on the ambulance contract, no one has even called me back yet—that concerns me a little bit.”
Gonnelli also shared that the hospital provides free EMS services for Secaucus residents. Previously, under the Elwell administration, the hospital charged the town $700,000 annually to have ambulance stations in the town, Gonnelli said.
But some have said that the hospital is underserving the area and is not needed. The county has seven hospitals (see related story in the Impact section).
Former councilman denies rumors of challenging Gonnelli in November
Richard Kane, who resigned from his Secaucus council position in 2009, recently denied rumors he plans to challenge Mayor Michael Gonnelli in the November elections.
“No!” Kane exclaimed with surprise as a reporter asked him if the rumors were true on Tuesday. “No intentions whatsoever. There’s no news there.”
The former Democratic 1st Ward councilman stepped down after he got a job in Connecticut. The new position required extensive commuting, leaving him unable to fulfill his council duties.
That year was a reelection year for former Mayor Dennis Elwell, who soon stepped down after federal agents arrested him on corruption charges. In a turning of the Democratic tides that once ruled Secaucus, Gonnelli easily won election that November, along with his Independent “Take Back Secaucus” slate. Since then, the Independents have enjoyed considerable popularity among local residents.
The deadline for any Democratic or Republican slates or individuals to run in the June primary was April 3. So far, no slates or individuals have publicly announced their intentions to enter the race.
Gonnelli has been a member of the town’s Independent party for many years.
Secaucus School District honors Hudson County Consumer Bowl Champions
The members of the Hudson County Champion Consumer Bowl and their advisor, Ms. Alexis Chisari, were honored at the Board of Education’s Showcase of Success.
The New Jersey High School Consumer Bowl is an educational competition for high school students across the state to educate young adults on a variety of consumer issues.
This past January, Secaucus High School won the Hudson County competition for the fifth consecutive year, defeating Dickinson High School, Liberty High School, High Tech, and County Prep.
Earlier this month, they competed in the Northern Region Competition, defeating Passaic County Technical Institute and Belvidere High School to advance to the final round for the first time in the school’s history. Secaucus High School took second place in the competition, just behind four-time Consumer Bowl State Champions Irvington High School.
The Secaucus High School Consumer Bowl competition team consists of team captain Kaitlyn O’Connell, Zishan Patel, David Perez, Nader Alkhabbaz, and Kendryck Ceballos.
At the Board of Education’s Showcase of Success, Interim Superintendent Kenneth Knops congratulated team members. Secaucus High School Principal Dr. Robert Berckes extolled the hard work and success of the team and Advisor Alexis Chisari, and Board of Education President Jack McStowe presented Certificates of Merit to members of the Secaucus High School Consumer Bowl team.
Kindergarteners learn from worms, and first graders participate in learning centers
Students are naturally curious about the world around them. Therefore, it is important to provide students with the opportunity to pose questions and discover answers on their own. The kindergarten teachers at Clarendon School in Secaucus did just that. Students in Lisa Jaramillo, Maleesa Lamatina, Manal Abuhouran and Anna Falco’s kindergarten classes at Clarendon School got a chance to meet a real worm. The students ventured out to various dig sites around the school.
Students made predictions and wrote in their journals about their observations. They learned that worms are all decomposers or living things that eat organic matter. This was an exciting activity enjoyed by all the kindergartners.
Meanwhile, Dawn Leon’s first grade students at Huber Street Elementary School have been working collaboratively in differentiated small groups on a daily basis. Each day Mrs. Leon creates centers that support guided reading instruction while integrating interdisciplinary activities. The students enjoy working collaboratively on various activities that are related to the current lessons of the week and reinforcing previously taught skills. Students are able to ask questions, investigate, explore and examine the tasks they are asked to work on.
‘Charlotte’s Web’ weaves its way through first grade class
Students in Mrs. Anna Critelli’s third grade class in Huber Street Elementary School are reading the classic novel Charlotte’s Web written by E.B. White. Students are in the process of learning how lessons of friendship, loyalty and truth bind this story together and show readers that friends come in all shapes and sizes.
Mrs. Critelli integrates literature circles into her classroom, providing students the opportunity to read a chapter, then to write down several questions that they have about the book, as well as their predictions for what they think will happen. Mrs. Critelli is using this questioning strategy to get the students in the mindset of the book; this strategy will help expand their thinking through peer discussions.