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Mayor Michael Gonnelli (pictured right) gave a key to the city to 1960s musician Micky Dolenz (pictured left) of the Monkees. But the picture caused some controversy. See briefs for more information.
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Mayor gives key to the city to a Monkee

Mayor Michael Gonnelli gave a key to the city to Micky Dolenz during a Make-A-Wish fundraiser Dolenz held at the Charlie’s Corner bar last weekend. Dolenz is best known as a drummer and singer for “The Monkees,” a popular 1960s band created for a TV show. A woman named Jodi Ritzen posted a picture of Gonnelli’s encounter with Dolenz on the mayor’s Facebook page.

However, there was some controversy over the image. A New York-area radio station lambasted Gonnelli for the image, thinking the New Jersey mayor’s Secaucus Patriots jacket was one for the New England Patriots. They made fun of him for supporting the Pats in a town near Giants stadium. The mayor took their Pats faux pas in stride.

Seals found near Trolley Park

In a sign that spring has finally sprung, residents spotted two seals surfacing on a dock by Trolley Park on April 23. Mayor Gonnelli confirmed the spotting. Trolley Park is a riverfront playground at the end of Paterson Plank Road by the Hackensack River.

Gonnelli showed a picture of the seals at the April 24 Town Council meeting. “I haven’t seen them since, so they went back in the river,” he later said to The Secaucus Reporter.

Fire breaks out at Harmon Cove Towers

A fire broke out in an apartment at the Harmon Cove Towers Monday evening, April 30, according to Town Administrator Gary Jeffas, who was on the scene. No deaths or injuries were reported, and residents were safely evacuated, he noted.

The fire began in one fourth story unit. Firefighters contained it there, Jeffas said. A unit directly above that one sustained broken windows after firefighters used it to add ventilation to prevent the blaze from spreading. At least one unit below the fire-damaged apartment reportedly sustained water damage.

The family residing in the unit was not home at the time, Jeffas said. But the damage will likely displace them, he added.

Officials have not determined a cause yet, but are investigating. Secaucus Volunteer Fire Department officials were not immediately available for comment.

Open call for art works

Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University-Newark is seeking proposals from artists whose work uses food as a medium or subject matter.

The 2019 Main Gallery, Express Newark exhibition will center on food as a social, political, and bodily phenomenon.

Specifically, the exhibition will consider food as a commodity; the relationship between food, death, sex, and the abject; food’s relationship to global economics and geo-politics; food and its likeness as a medium for artistic experimentation; the food chain and the environmental impacts of food production; and food justice.

Paul Robeson Galleries is seeking proposals from artists whose work uses food as a medium or subject matter. The exhibition will be on display January through December 2019 and will be accompanied by a catalog. You must be able to loan your work for that period of time.

Apply online at

Town looking for part-time crossing guard

Secaucus is seeking a part time, relief crossing guard for its students. The position’s responsibilities include placing caution signs at designated points before going on duty, verbally directing children and pedestrians across the street, and stopping speeding vehicles. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent education. Shifts run from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., and 2 to 4 p.m. Pay is $20/hr. Apply in person at Secaucus Town Hall Human Resources, fourth floor, or email Visit the town’s municipal website at for more information on the position.

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