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Mayor Michael Gonnelli poses with members of Boy Scout Troop 22 during Secaucus’ Memorial Day celebration at Town Hall.
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A memorial to deceased veterans outside Secaucus Town Hall on Memorial Day.
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The mayor and town council host a ribbon cutting for Towne BBQ and Deli. (See briefs)
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Huber Street School third graders celebrate Red Nose Day to bring attention to childhood poverty. Pictured are members of Ms. Celebrano’s class. (See briefs)
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Mayor Michael Gonnelli poses with members of Boy Scout Troop 22 during Secaucus’ Memorial Day celebration at Town Hall.
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A memorial to deceased veterans outside Secaucus Town Hall on Memorial Day.
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The mayor and town council host a ribbon cutting for Towne BBQ and Deli. (See briefs)
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Huber Street School third graders celebrate Red Nose Day to bring attention to childhood poverty. Pictured are members of Ms. Celebrano’s class. (See briefs)

Mayor and council open new local deli

Towne BBQ & Deli recently hosted Mayor Michael Gonnelli and members of the Town Council for the eatery’s ribbon cutting at 1554 Paterson Plank Rd. The family-owned establishment is a product of “Just Dogs” that began operating in Buchmuller Park two years ago. Chef Matt Gerbasio has an extensive education and experience in the culinary arts that began at the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan. His experience continued as a chef at the exclusive Saint Andrew’s Golf Club in New York. Matt has created what Secaucus doesn’t have: a smoked barbeque and extensive deli menu, and you can sit down, take your food on the go, or have your favorite meal delivered right to your door. Menu and more information can be obtained at TowneBBQ.com.

Students fight poverty with red noses

Big change starts with small steps. Red Nose Day in School is just one element of the broader Red Nose Day Campaign, which launched in the United States in 2015 with a mission to end child poverty. Third grade students in Karen Celebrano’s class at Huber Street School participated in the third annual Red Nose Day on May 25, raising awareness dedicated to ending child poverty in the US and in some of the poorest communities in the world. Money raised for the campaign goes to the Red Nose Day Fund, which supports programs that keep children in need safe, healthy and educated, both in America and abroad.

“My students are aware of the fact that many children do not have access to food, shelter, clothing, housing, or more, and have a genuine desire to help. The Red Nose Challenge is a perfect opportunity to put their heart and their ideas into action, and have fun doing it!” commented Celebrano.

Students host living wax museum

What do Martin Luther King, Jr., Oprah Winfrey, Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Elvis Presley, Lady Gaga and Princess Diana all have in common? Third grade students at Huber Street Elementary School portrayed these famous figures among many others at the school’s second annual Living Wax Museum. Students in classes taught by Kelly O’Connor, Anna Critelli, Stephen Mastro and Karen Celebrano were responsible for choosing a figure that made a positive impact on the world, reading at least one appropriate biography about that person, creating a timeline of the person’s life and major accomplishments, and presenting a speech during the Living Wax Museum.

”The children chose a person of interest to portray and did extensive research on that person,” said third grade teacher Critelli.

“The students were super excited and parents told us they were talking about the project for weeks,” said third grade teacher Mastro. Each “wax” figure would recite a 20-30 second speech about themselves when the “press here” button on the floor was pressed. Each student prepared a display board and props which contained photos and information about the current or historical person they were portraying.

The students dressed up as their famous historical figures, presented how they made a difference in the United States or world, and then “froze” into a wax figure pose. Parents, teachers, administrators, Board of Education members, and students from other grades were invited to visit the wax museum throughout the day.

There were over 76 lifelike displays to view. “This was a lot of fun,” said Praise Malapile, who portrayed Oprah Winfrey. “I learned that Oprah Winfrey is best known for her talk show ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show,’ which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago.”

“The students put a lot of effort into this project and it shows,” said third grade teacher Celebrano. “This interactive learning made a big difference in the children’s interest level.”

Students win big in Hudson County Academic Bowl

Recently, students from both Clarendon and Huber Street Elementary Schools participated in the Hudson County Academic Bowl at the Woodrow Wilson School in Weehawken.  

The competing districts in attendance were North Bergen, Weehawken, Secaucus, Harrison, Bayonne, Union City, Hoboken, and Kearny. Each district arrived with a team of five academic bowl competitors and one alternate competitor.

The students representing the Secaucus School District were the only fifth grade academic bowl team completing against all sixth grade teams. The Secaucus Team was comprised of Clarendon School students Jake Salvatore, Gabriela Romanelli and Leoul Melis; and Huber Street School Students Andrew Kashian, Mykailla Harper, and Matthew Kashian.

The event consisted of three rounds of middle school-level questions and each round consisted of 25 questions. During round one, Secaucus competed against Hoboken and moved onto the next round based on this win. In round two, Secaucus competed against Weehawken and advanced to the finals based on this victory. In the final round, Secaucus and Union City took the stage one last time. During the finals, Secaucus placed second to Union City. The following districts were awarded medals and trophies for excelling in this event: Union City First Place, Secaucus Second Place and Weehawken Third Place.

Hudson County receives $3 million in DOT grants

Eleven Hudson County municipalities have been awarded Local Aid and Economic Development grants from the NJ Department of Transportation as part of $78.5 million distributed to 373 municipalities across the state.

The grants are for various roadway improvements and to help facilitate and assist transportation projects. The county’s share of the total grant funds are determined by population and geographic length. The NJDOT gives some preference to municipalities that adopt Complete Streets policies as part of their transportation plans, and considers past performance of projects completed efficiently and on time.

Jersey City received $470,000; Hoboken and Harrison each received $330,000; West New York, $315,000; Bayonne, $314,687; and North Bergen, $310,000. Kearny received 290,000, while Weehawken, Union City, Secaucus, and Guttenberg each received $290,000.