The Weehawken Board of Education elections are this Tuesday, April 17. Three incumbents—Board President Richard Barsa, Jennifer Bolcar, and Meg Carson—are defending their three-year seats on the nine-person board against two challengers. They are Monika Sikand and Elizabeth Chan.
To learn more, see the April 1 edition of the paper, or go to hudsonreporter.com.
Polls will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. Call Town Hall at 201-319-6000 for any voting inquiries.
Weehawken High School student wins engineering award
A Weehawken High School freshman has been granted an award by the New Jersey Society of Women Engineers at a STEM showcase sponsored by the Jersey City Medical Center RWJ Barnabas Health Corp.
The ninth-grader, Misha Nair, had created a design of a microfluidic apparatus. A microfluidic apparatus contains micro-miniaturized chambers and tunnels which allow for the flow of fluids in miniscule volumes (about a quadrillionth of a liter).
The 14-year-old Weehawken resident is planning on becoming a pediatrician, and became interested in microfluidic apparatuses because they can be used to build a “lab on a chip” which in can be used to detect pathogens, as well as to conduct DNA analysis.
5K run scheduled for May 27
Weehawken VFW Oulton-Kraft Post 1923 is pleased to announce our 1st Annual 5K Run/Walk on Sunday May 27 at 9 a.m. We welcome runners of all skill levels to participate as we honor our Veterans who have served our great country! Come join us for a run on the beautiful Weehawken Waterfront!Go to our website to register. http://www.vfwpost1923.org/.
Distracted driving enforcement and education campaign continues
The Hudson County Sheriff’s Office continues to down on distracted drivers during April as part of New Jersey’s UDrive UText UPay enforcement campaign.
Until April 21, the high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving. Federal grant money will allow the Sheriff’s Office to put extra officers on the road to target distracted drivers.
“Distracted driving is a serious issue on our roadways and has become one of the major contributing factors in motor vehicle crashes over the past several years” said Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari. “According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,477 people were killed and over 390,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.”
Despite the fact that using a hand held cell phone or texting while driving is illegal in New Jersey, the practice appears to be widespread.
The campaign is being carried out during the month of April, which the National Safety Council has designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The New Jersey campaign is modeled after similar successful high visibility enforcement programs such as Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
Company seeks to build $1.5B power plant in North Bergen
Los Angeles-based company Diamond Generating Corp – a subsidiary of Mitsubishi – is seeking to build a power plant in North Bergen, according to a spokesman. The plant would send its electricity to New York City.
The company has been meeting for several months with elected officials, state agencies, and community stake holders in both New York and New Jersey to determine if the project is environmentally and economically feasible.
If approved by the state, the North Bergen Liberty Generating Project would be located at an industrial site at 94th Street and Railroad Avenue.
Currently, the space is used for a construction demolition recycling company, according to Diamond, but is zoned for an electric plant.
Local officials are onboard with the plans because the proposed location is isolated from residential spaces, and could be a tax boon to the town.
The proposed project would cost $1.5 billion. It would consist of multiple components, according to an economic and fiscal analysis. They include the 1,200 mega watt combined cycle electric power generating facility itself; and a 6.5-mile, 345 kilovolt underground and submarine lead cable, which would traverse North Bergen and Bergen County and ultimately connect to a substation in Manhattan.
The plant would mitigate the need to run a new gas pipeline under the Hudson River, according to Diamond spokesman Brian Hague. He said the plant would be the “cleanest” electric-generating facility in the region. The plant would also “utilize the latest combustion turbine technology, which is 34 percent more efficient than the average existing power plant serving New York City,” Hague said in a statement.
It would bring in $53 million in tax revenue for both states, according to the economic analysis.
“While this project is still in the planning stages, we believe it represents a tremendous opportunity to secure the township’s tax base in the coming decades and continue to keep property taxes stable,” North Bergen spokesman Phil Swibinski said, in a statement.
New Jersey Audubon to celebrate 35 years of the ‘World Series of Birding’
Anyone involved in the “World Series of Birding” agrees: It’s an exhilarating way to spend 24 hours. At the stroke of midnight, participants begin an all-night, all-day journey to see or hear as many bird species as possible within the 8,732 square miles of New Jersey.
This treasure hunt of sorts, which serves as a key fundraiser for New Jersey Audubon, happens every year, this year on May 12, rain or shine. That’s when the last of the wintering birds are still here, and when new migrating and breeding birds arrive.
The World Series of Birding is open to anyone, at any age or skill level. Participants can join contest categories that would prompt them to travel up to 300 miles around the state in 24 hours.
Or, for a completely different experience, participants can join categories in which they are restricted to a county, or even within a 17-foot circle. You can be part of a car full of fellow birders, out on your own, or with others on bikes, on foot or by boat.
There are obvious and non-bending rules. For example, only birds found in New Jersey can be counted.
Great local spots are the Cape May Bird Observatory, Cape May Point State Park, or the NJ Audubon Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville, or Sandy Hook, Armstrong noted. There is also a separate competition for children, from grades 1-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. For a full list of competitions, and for further information, visit http://worldseriesofbirding.org/.
Fulop will be honorary chair for Race for the Cure
The Susan G. Komen North Jersey 11th Annual Race for the Cure at Liberty State Park is coming up on May 6, and everyone is gearing up to rally and raise awareness (and funds) in support of Komen’s bold initiative targeted at reducing the number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent by the year 2026 by improving access to quality and timely cancer care and enhancing Komen’s national research focus on the most lethal types of breast cancers.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop will take on the role of this year’s Honorary Race Chair. He has moved quickly to engage his city and help generate support for the Race and the fight against breast cancer. On Friday, April 13 at 10 a.m. the mayor will make an official appearance for a special press conference in the Harborside Atrium at the new NY Waterway Harborside Terminal, 210 Hudson Street. The event is being hosted by Mack-Cali and NY Waterway, the Race’s Official Transportation Sponsor.
“I am honored to stand with the local North Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen as the Honorary Chair of the 2018 Race for the Cure here in Jersey City,” says Mayor Fulop. “This is an organization that has offered support and guidance to countless individuals and families during the past two decades, and has proven its dedication to fighting breast cancer across the nation. I look forward to an incredible day at the Race for the Cure in our very own Liberty State Park as we celebrate all that this organization has accomplished.”
“Moving our Race to Liberty State Park last year was a huge success; people loved it,” says Kelly E. Nagle, executive director of Komen North Jersey. “Everyone running, walking and celebrating with the shared purpose of finding the cures for breast cancer was incredibly powerful. And with the singular backdrop of New York City and the Statue of Liberty, the day is picture perfect. We are grateful to Mayor Steven Fulop and Jersey City for their support of Komen North Jersey and our mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever. I’m looking forward to what is sure to be the best Race yet.”
Newport Centre-a Simon Mall will hosting an after party in the mall’s center court from 12 -2 p.m. Attendees will enjoy refreshments, interactive activities, instagrammable selfie stations, and receive special discounts from participating retailers. RPM Raceway will host a Racing for the Cure event at 12 noon.