Board of Ed relocates from house
Also at town meeting: New volunteer firefighter sworn in
by Hannington Dia
Reporter Staff Writer
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Joseph Marchese is sworn-in as the newest member to the Secaucus Volunteer Fire Department.
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At the twice-monthly Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12, Secaucus Board of Education Business Administrator Grace Yeo stood up to thank the council for having let the Board of Education headquarter its offices in a house adjacent to Town Hall at 20 Centre Ave. for nearly 20 years. Now that there’s extra space at Clarendon School on Fifth Street, the board has moved its operations back to Clarendon’s administrative offices.

Previously, the board had been using the offices at Clarendon, before striking an agreement with the town to instead use the house, which the town owns, free of charge, according to Mayor Michael Gonnelli.

Town officials aren’t sure what they will use the building for, but will review options, Town Administrator Gary Jeffas said after the meeting.

“On behalf of the Board of Education and myself, we would like to thank you and the Town Council for your generosity in accommodating us for almost 20 years, and in helping us with this move.” Yeo said. “Thank you for the continued support.”

New firefighter

Also at the meeting, the Secaucus Volunteer Fire Department swore in its newest member, Joseph Marchese. He will serve in the town's Engine 2 stationhouse.


“Thank you for the continued support.” – Grace Yeo


Committee reports

Councilman John Gerbasio took time out to cite the Secaucus Police Department for its recent work in town.

“Several officers were involved in rescuing a baby, back in August,” Gerbasio began. “[In May] two officers made a traffic stop with a big gun arrest. And [Sept. 3], our officers were assisting in the delivery of a baby [at home]. [See briefs.] Those are the kinds of things that our police department does. I know they're well covered by the paper, but I want everybody to know, sometimes you don't see all the good things that are out there that they do.”

Councilman James Clancy read a reminder from PSEG to local customers to test their heating systems for the coming winter months. “PSEG is recommending that you call them to get your unit checked out to make sure there's no problems when the cold weather does approach,” Clancy said. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-436-7734.

Councilman William McKeever said the town will be holding a townwide garage on Oct. 7. To place your address on the list of participating homes, call Judy or Eileen before Oct. 2 at 201-330-2014.

New business

The Secaucus Senior Center, at 101 Centre Ave., will be hosting a job fair sponsored by Union Beer Distributors. It will be held over multiple days. They include Oct. 11 and 12 and Nov. 9 and 16 for most of the day. Visit for more information.

“They're union jobs and high paid,” said Gerbasio, who read the announcement.

The town's sixth annual Restaurant Night will take place Sep. 28 at the town's ice rink, located at 150 Plaza Center, at 6 p.m. Participating vendors will include Bonefish Grill, Bareli's, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Outback Steakhouse. Tickets can be pre-purchased for $5 at the town hall administration office and on-location on the event day.

Mayor Gonnelli also thanked Apex Trucking for providing transportation of goods the town collected for Hurricane Harvey victims in Katy, Texas (see the Sept. 10. cover story in the Secaucus Reporter).

Cars of the future

Local resident Don Evanson spoke of a positive meeting at the Harmon Cove Towers, where he revealed the building is looking at installing electric car charging stations. Evanson is president of the Harmon Cove Towers Condominium Association.

“We're talking about it,” said Evanson. “If we do, we’d probably do two in Tower one and two in Tower two.”

In August, the town installed the first of four electric car charging stations at the Secaucus Recreational Center.

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