Could the long discussed idea to bring New York City's No. 7 subway line to Secaucus become a reality? The Port Authority (PA) has sought Request For Proposals (RFPs) from consulting agencies last month to plan for a study assessing additional rapid trans-Hudson service.
The Port Authority is carrying out the 18-month study in collaboration with New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), NJ Transit, and New York City.
According to a study the PA commissioned in 2015, between 2010 and 2040, the agency expects a 50 percent increase in total peak-ridership using trans-Hudson transit. That same study also said that a No. 7 train extension could reduce demand for bus access to the Port Authority Bus Terminal by 25 percent by 2040.
The PA has previously studied extending the MTA's No. 7 train line from its Manhattan terminal at 34th Street between 11th and 12th Aves to Secaucus Junction. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg first proposed the idea in 2010. However, the MTA shot down the idea, saying it would be too costly. The PA will also look at additional options to improve transit between New York and New Jersey.
But with federal funding for the Gateway Program – a multi-state and agency effort to rehabilitate the current North River Tunnel, and add another trans-Hudson rail tunnel – not likely to materialize, could extending the No. 7 line be the best alternative? Possibly, but not anytime soon. According to Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton, speaking at a Crain's New York event Feb. 27, an extension probably wouldn't start until after the Gateway Project finishes in 2030. If it ever finishes, that is.
Town seeks summer camp directors
The Secaucus Recreation Department is seeking directors for its 2018 summer day camp programs. The day camp runs from July 2 to Aug. 17, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Available positions include directors for pee wee day camp (grades K to 2), junior day camp (grades 3 to 4), senior day camp (grades 5 to 9), and all abilities/special needs camp. Job responsibilities include managing a staff of camp counselors who are primary caregivers for each camper.
Applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree and/or certification in special education, along with experience working with children with a wide range of disabilities.
To apply, email your resume to Sandra Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes will be accepted until March 12. Visit http://secaucusnj.gov/ for more information.
Town also seeks administrative assistant for Police Department
The Secaucus Police Department needs a new administrative assistant, to work in Town Hall. The position’s purpose is to provide primary administrative support functions for off-duty traffic details, billing, collections, scheduling of staff assignments and other administrative functions, as may be assigned by a supervisor. Applicants must also be capable of working independently on routine and specialized tasks.
Job functions include answering phones and refering messages, responding to phone inquiries, and troubleshooting issues relating to billing, collections, and scheduling. A high school diploma is required. The salary level is $35,000. To apply, send your resume to email@example.com by 4 p.m. March 14. Visit http://secaucusnj.gov/ for more information.
Public invited to talk on ADHD and mood disorders
On Wednesday evening, March 28, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) will feature at its monthly meeting Bruce P. Friedman, M.D. Dr. Friedman treats children, adolescents and adults.
He was magna cum laude at Duke University, earned his medical degree at University of Arizona, was chief resident at NYU/Bellevue, and has been recognized for clinical excellence for NYU Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a Diplomate in Adult & Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & TMS Neuromodulation. His private practice is in Montclair.
Dr. Friedman’s presentation will be, “An update on AD/HD medication strategies in children, adolescents and adults. Facts vs. Fads.” It will be followed by an “Ask the Doctor” session on mood disorder topics for all ages.
These educational meetings of the organization take place on a Wednesday every month at 7:45 p.m. using the facilities of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd. (about one block east of the Morris Museum), in Morristown. The public is cordially invited to attend all meetings; a nominal donation is requested from non-members, when possible. Free literature is available to all attendees and there is an extensive lending library of educational audiotapes, CD’s and videotapes, also free.
In addition to the lecture series, peer group support sessions led by experienced facilitators are held every Tuesday evening of the month, also using the facilities of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship in Morristown at 7:30 p.m. Separate groups for young adults are held every Tuesday evening and separate groups for friends and family are held periodically. All are always welcomed.
Visit the Website of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance/Morristown Area at http://dbsanewjersey.org/morristownarea to learn more about the support group and to view links to other sources of helpful information. For further local information, call (973) 994-1143.
Allstate agency owners earn $253,000 grant
Allstate agency owners from across New Jersey recently joined with others from across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to secure a $253,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant to benefit 15 domestic violence nonprofits in nine states and the District of Columbia, including the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV).
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), a network of state domestic violence coalitions, accepted the grant and distributed the funding to each of the local domestic violence nonprofits.
The New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence will receive $48,000 and will use the grant to support its mission to provide services to help end domestic violence and financial abuse throughout the state.
Allstate volunteers earned the $253,000 grant for their local domestic violence organizations by collecting much-needed items during a supply drive held in November and December, coinciding with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The supply drive was part of a multi-state Allstate Foundation Purple Purse effort that benefitted nonprofits supporting survivors of domestic violence throughout the Northeast.
“With 1 in 4 women experiencing domestic violence in her lifetime, this is an issue that affects every community in New Jersey,” said Joyce Buford, Allstate New Jersey Corporate Relations division manager.
Participating Allstate agency owner volunteers in Hudson County include Rossana Benavides, West New York; Rosemary Kellner, Bayonne; and Manuel Sanchez, Secaucus.
The New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence is a statewide coalition that provides leadership, support, and resources on the prevention of domestic violence in New Jersey through advocacy, training, public awareness and research.