Costumes and balls
Council discusses holiday celebrations, parking for Little League field
by Hannington Dia
Reporter Staff Writer
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George Stafford, outreach director of the New Jersey Highlands Coalition, asks the mayor and town council to support the coalition’s efforts for groundwater recharge in New Jersey.
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Halloween fun and mystery is coming to Secaucus, according to the most recent Town Council meeting, Sept 26.

The Secaucus High School PTSA Halloween Paw-Rade for costumed animals will take place Oct. 14 at 10:30 a.m. at Mill Creek Park, located at 300 Mill Creek Point, according to Councilman Mark Denhert. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and a $10 entry fee will apply. Contact Secaucus High School at 201-624-2632 for more information.

There will also be a “Mystical Celebration” event at the Secaucus Senior Center Oct. 15, from 12 to 6 p.m. The $5 admission benefits the Secaucus Emergency Fund. Psychic tarot card readings will be offered for at least $25. Contact 201-330-2034 for more information. The Senior Center is at 101 Centre Ave.

Halloween-themed fun will continue this month with the annual Ragamuffin Parade, Oct. 29. The parade leaves the Clarendon Elementary School at 1 p.m., according to Councilman John Gerbasio. Contact the town at (201) 330-2000 for more information.


The state money would go towards purchasing a plot of land next to a Little League ballfield on First Avenue.


Council seeks parking lot for ballfield

The council adopted a resolution for a $398,425 loan and/or a $151,575 grant from the state’s Green Acres Program. The money will go towards purchasing a plot of land next to a Little League ballfield on First Avenue, and converting it into a parking area for the field, according to Town Administrator Gary Jeffas.

In addition, the council adopted a resolution to insert a $240,000 NJ DOT grant into the town’s 2017 budget. This will be used to repave Luhman Terrace and Garry Terrace, Jeffas said.


A state environmental coalition representative asked the mayor and town council at their Sept. 26 meeting to support their efforts for water preservation in New Jersey.

“We all know the state has a bunch of infrastructure problems, particularly for water,” said George Stafford, outreach director of the New Jersey Highlands Coalition, which works to protect and enhance natural and cultural resources statewide.

He estimated that the state loses around 25 percent of its treated water through leaks in its distribution system.

However, according to Stafford, “There's green infrastructure that we can purchase and hold on to which helps recharge groundwater.” Green infrastructure is open space that does not have to be maintained, Stafford said.

Stafford said he sent a resolution in support for the state buying open space to Town Clerk Michael Marra, and offered copies to the council. He also said that question 2 on NJ state voters' ballot this year will inquire about dedicating fines from environmental problems statewide, to pay for the issues that caused them in the first place. The state takes such fines and use them to balance the budget, he said.

Last year, Gov. Christie signed a bill authorizing state funding for its open space program.

The Coalition is building up support in different state municipalities, Stafford said. Eventually, they will go before the state legislature to show how much support the program has.

“We're a very green community,” Mayor Michael Gonnelli responded. “Rest assured, we'll be behind you 100 percent.”

How and when to put out your garbage

In committee reports, Councilman James Clancy urged residents to do a better job in helping keep the town clean. “In the past few weeks, the mayor's gotten calls in reference to residents putting out their garbage two days ahead of time,” Clancy said. “Many times, they're just putting out plastic bags and by that time [sanitation comes for pick up], animals get to it; there's garbage in sidewalks and on the streets. Garbage is not to be put out until after 6 p.m. the day before normal garbage pickup.”

It also needs to be put into containers to keep animals away, he added.

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