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Xavier Rodriguez of West New York celebrates his 8th grade graduation from West New York Middle School. Taken by his mother, Victoria Bermudez after lunch at Son Cubano in West New York.
Xavier Rodriguez of West New York celebrates his 8th grade graduation from West New York Middle School. Taken by his mother, Victoria Bermudez after lunch at Son Cubano in West New York.
West New York road paving will run throughout the summer

West New York, in conjunction with Public Service Energy & Gas, will mill and pave roads throughout the summer that have undergone work through PSE&G’s gas infrastructure replacement project. Paving began on June 19 from Bergenline Avenue to JFK Boulevard between 62nd Street and 66th Street. Streets that will be worked on are 65th Street between JFK Boulevard and Polk Street, 64th Street between Polk Street and Bergenline Avenue, Jackson Street from 62nd Street to 65th Street, Polk Street from 62nd Street to 66th Street, and Madison Street from 62nd Street to 65th Street.

SUEZ Water has also coordinated with the municipality to improve water delivery infrastructure in two sections of the town.

Funding for these projects are from various sources, including the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the Community Development Block Grant.

For a full street list of roads to be worked on, including the timeframe for completion, please visit

Union City man killed in Route 80 motorcycle crash RR

A Hudson County man was killed in a motorcycle crash on Route 80 Sunday afternoon, State Police said.

According to, Luis Santana, 20, of Union City, was traveling east on Route 80 at 4:57 p.m. when his Yamaha motorcycle traveled off the road to the right near mile-marker 28.2, State Police spokesman Lt. Ted Schafer said.

Santana's motorcycle struck a guardrail and he was thrown from the bike, Schafer said.

Santana, who was wearing a Department of Transportation-approved helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation by the State Police.

Route 80 was shut down for about three hours on Sunday, resulting in heavy delays.

Less than two hours later, a 58-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Jefferson.

Fire-damaged Union City church to be rebuilt

Cardinal Joseph William Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, today announced to the people of Ss. Joseph and Michael Parish in Union City that their church building, which was damaged severely from a fire that also caused the death of a 2 year-old boy, injured many others, and ravaged homes and the church in the area surrounding Central Avenue and Summit Avenue on the night of March 4, will be rebuilt.

In a letter written in English and Spanish and distributed to parishioners at Masses this weekend, the Cardinal stated: “I know that the Union City community continues to feel pain from the events of March 4. I met many of you the night of the tragedy and we shared our fears, asking Christ the Redeemer for guidance and support. Today, I am happy to report that we will rebuild Ss. Joseph and Michael.”

The project, estimated to cost some $5 million and take about 16 months to complete, will restore the interior and exterior of the Church, and replace the liturgical vessels, vestments, statuary and other items that were lost in the fire. Funds for the project will come from insurance coverage.

The Cardinal also referenced in his letter the contributions of many individuals in the government and administration of Union City for their support on the night of March 4 and the months since the tragedy. “I wish to take this opportunity to express my personal gratitude to Mayor Brian Stack and Martin Martinetti of the city government, as well as Police Chief Richard Molinari and all of the members of Union City’s Emergency Management and Public Safety staffs, for their caring, professionalism and dedication to the people of the community,” he wrote. “We could not announce this new start for St. Joseph and Michael without their energy, cooperation and steady support.

Concluding his message to the people of Ss. Joseph and Michael Church, Cardinal Tobin wrote “We have all prayed strongly and fervently during the past four months for this day. Our prayers have been answered.”

Margaux Fragoso, memoirist who wrote of sexual abuse, dies at 38

Margaux Fragoso, the Union City native who published a controversial 2011 memoir set in that city about her 15 year relationship with an older man who sexually abused her, died June 23 on June 23 in Mandeville, La., at the age of 38.

According to accounts on and in The New York Times, the cause of death was ovarian cancer.

She started writing her only published book, “Tiger, Tiger,” the summer after the death of Peter Curran, whom she met when he was 51 and she was seven years old and had a relationship with for 15 years, right up until he committed suicide at the age of 66.

Her book raised more questions than it answered, and reviews ranged from livid indictments of what was dismissed as exploitive pornography to ringing endorsements of her bravery as a catharsis for herself, and a cautionary tale for children and their parents. It was listed by several publications as one of the notable books of the year. The book is set in Union City, where Fragoso lived in a one-bedroom apartment with her mentally ill mother, a former teacher at a day care center, and her abusive, alcoholic father, a jeweler.

Fragoso was born on April 15, 1979, in West New York, to Wilford Fragoso and the former Carol Brubaker. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from New Jersey City University in 2002 and a master’s and a doctorate in English from Binghamton University in central New York. Her first marriage, to Steven McGowan, ended in divorce. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Alicia McGowan, from her first marriage.

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