The Secaucus Board of Education officially hired seven new teachers and three staff members at their June 15 meeting. (See briefs for more information.) Pictured, top row: Huber Street School Principal Linda Wilhelm, Clarendon School Principal Steve Viggiani, Secaucus Middle School Principal Robert Valente, Secaucus High School Assistant Principal Jeffrey Case, Secaucus High School Principal Dr. Robert Beckes, Director of Special Services Susan Smahl, Network Technician Justin Estrich, Secaucus Education President Nancy Lynch, and Interim Superintendent Kenneth Knopps. Bottom row: Secaucus High School chemistry teacher Brian Carson, Secaucus Middle School language arts teacher Julia Moore, Speech Therapist Olivia Wilson, Director of Curriculum Dr. Daniela Riser, Secaucus Middle School guidance counselor Samantha Boczon, Secaucus Middle School STEM teacher Antonia Ricciardi, and Speech Therapist Sammantha Griffin.

New staff added by Board of Education

At the Board of Education meeting on June 15, the board approved the hiring of seven new certificated staff members, a full-time network technician, and two full-time custodians.
Bryan Carson, a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Forensic Science with a concentration in Molecular Biology, will assume the position of chemistry teacher at Secaucus High School.
Joining the Clarendon School and pre-school communities are Speech Therapists Sammantha Griffin and Olivia Wilson.
Griffin received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology from LaSalle University and her Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Old Dominion University.
For the past two years she has been employed as speech teacher with the Elizabeth school district.
Wilson received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University, and obtained her Masters of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology. She has been employed as speech teacher with the Elmwood Park school district over the past two years.
Four new certified staff members joined the Secaucus Middle School faculty. Julia Moore will assume the position of Language Arts teacher. Moore earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and her Masters in English Education from Rutgers University. She completed a successful student teaching experience as a language arts teacher at the Herbert Hoover Middle School in Edison Township.
Appointed as new STEM Teachers were Antonia Ricciardi and Marissa Capobiano. Both are recent graduates of the College of New Jersey, where they received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Elementary Education and iSTEM. Ricciardi completed her student teaching experience at the Indian Fields School in Dayton, and Capobianco at the Bear Tavern School in Hopewell.
Assuming the position of guidance counselor at Secaucus Middle School will be Samantha Boczon.
Boczon is a graduate of Montclair State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Advocacy and her Masters in School Counseling from Montclair State University.
Boczon completed internships at the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health in Montclair and at Glen Ridge Middle School.
Also appointed at the June 15 meeting was Justin Estrich, who moves from part-time to full-time network technician. He is a graduate of Secaucus High School and is currently enrolled at the New Jersey Institute of Technology where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Information Technology with a specialization in Network Security and Information Systems.
Furthermore, two individuals, Cosimo Landolfo and Michael Sanzari, were appointed to the position of full-time custodians. Previously Landolfo had been in the district as a part-time custodian, and Landolfo as a per diem custodian.

Fourth of July Celebration will be July 3

The mayor and Town Council invite residents to the annual Fourth of July Celebration on July 3 at 4 p.m., at the Secaucus Swim Club, 145 Front St. Food, amusements, fireworks, and entertainment will be available for Secaucus residents and their guests only. Contact (201) 330-2000 for more information.

Mayor Gonnelli congratulates Mrs. Earth 2017

Mayor Michael J. Gonnelli has announced that Paris Keswani was crowned Mrs. Earth 2017. She is based in New York and not from Secaucus, but has been involved in town issues. Gonnelli extended his gratitude for Keswani because of her involvement with the town. She has been working with Mayor Gonnelli to support environmental projects and help children with special needs. She previously chose Secaucus to help her reach her goal of planting 10,000 trees worldwide.
She plans to launch a new jewelry line made out of 100 percent recycled materials.
The annual Mrs. Earth and Ms. Earth Pageant is the elite international pageant system for diverse and poised women and was held from June 8-12, at South Point Casino in Las Vegas. Thirty-eight women from different countries competed for the title of Mrs. Earth and Ms. Earth 2017.

American Dream will proceed after completing $2.77B financing

American Dream developer Triple Five has announced Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan have sold $1.1 billion in tax-exempt bonds required to fully finance the project in East Rutherford, according to, a real estate website.
The sale was completed almost one month after Triple Five closed a $1.67 billion construction loan provided by JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs.
β€œThe now-completed financing allows Triple Five to proceed with full construction of this unprecedented project, which will create tens of thousands of jobs, bring millions of tourists and billions of dollars in economic growth annually to Bergen County and the state of New Jersey,” Triple Five President Don Ghermezian said. β€œWe look forward to unveiling American Dream to the world in March 2019.”
The Triple Five president thanked the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, state Economic Development Authority and borough of East Rutherford for their help during the bond sale.

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