James J. Braddock Park is set to undergo a $4 million renovation. See brief for more information.

Braddock Park renovations announced

Hudson County freeholder Anthony Vanieri recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for lake renovations in James J. Braddock Park. Workers will completely replace the park’s lake during the nine-month project. It is scheduled to begin shortly, and will finish by Oct 1.

The lake will be drained, with enough remaining water for residing wildlife. A path around the lake will also receive renovations during the $4 million project. The lake’s center island will be cleaned up, and new benches, trash receptacles, and signage will be added to its perimeter.

Mayor cuts ribbon for car wash

Mayor Nicholas Sacco, joined by Commissioners Hugo Cabrera and Julio Marenco and Freeholder Anthony Vainieri, cut the ribbon for Hudson View Car Wash on River Road on Jan. 27.  Owner Chang Bok Lee purchased the establishment late last year and spent three months completely renovating the premises, installing new machinery and awnings.

In addition to full-service hand washes, Hudson View provides oil changes and lubes, auto detailing, and sells car accessories.

Union City achieves sanctuary city status

 Union City has become the second municipality in Hudson County – after Jersey City — to designate itself a sanctuary city in the wake of an executive order by Donald Trump banning refugees from seven majority Muslim countries and pressuring municipalities to report undocumented immigrants.

Dozens of cities across the country have designated themselves “sanctuary cities,” meaning that unless a serious crime has been committed, the mayor will not direct local police to help federal immigration officials look for undocumented immigrants. In the past, Stack has expressed fear of local families being torn apart.

The Union City Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution establishing the city as a sanctuary at its Feb. 7 meeting. A week earlier, the mayor of Jersey City signed an order to become the first on Friday, Feb. 3.

“We thank the undocumented,” Mayor Brian Stack said during the meeting. “If it wasn’t for the undocumented [residents] reporting crimes, whether they’re the victim of a crime or they ‘see something, say something,’ our crime would be much higher in the city.”

“For a city with so many different religious backgrounds, so many ethnic backgrounds, everyone gets along so well,” he added. “We’re very proud of the immigrant population. [If] the president wants to look at a city and how well it gets along and how well people are functioning together, he should look no further than Union City.”

Hudson County CASA needs volunteers to help kids

The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association is seeking new community volunteers in Hudson County. The organization will be holding an information session Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Little City Books in Hoboken—located at 100 Bloomfield St.–at 7 p.m.

CASA is a non-profit organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the county. Their volunteers work to ensure these children receive necessary social services and assistance, all while attempting to place them in permanent housing. Judges rely on information from the volunteers in court to make the best choices for the children. For further information, visit

Hudson County Chamber of Commerce business meeting

The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce will host over 100 community leaders at its Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Maritime Parc, 84 Audrey Zapp Dr., in Jersey City at 11 a.m. The focus of this year’s event is “Growing New Jersey Business.” Choose New Jersey President & CEO Michele Brown is the featured speaker. The event will serve as a platform for business dialogue and showcase the products and services of over 20 local companies and organizations.

“With 40 percent of the nation’s population within a day’s drive of New Jersey, how can we continue to take advantage of our location and the other assets that set the Garden State apart?” asked Maria Nieves, the chamber’s president and CEO, in a press release.

“The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce is committed to being the leading resource for driving economic growth—providing education, advocacy and access to our members within and throughout each community in Hudson County. This event brings all our stakeholders together to showcase our unique assets, build important linkages and discuss ways to help the County reach its full potential.” To make a reservation for the meeting, call 201-386-0699 ext 220 or visit


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