Science teacher Ms. Ricci DiGirolamo shows fourth graders Aylee Tardieu and Ameri Szczepanski how to navigate the class website at Huber Street Elementary School. See briefs for more information.

Huber Street scientists love technology

Students in Miss Ricci DiGirolamo’s fourth grade science class in Huber Street Elementary School have begun utilizing technology in their classroom. Huber Street School, and all Secaucus schools, use the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning’s online materials. The students view online slides, and then take notes alongside on printed slides. The students are starting with their first unit, which will focus on plant and animal structures and processes. The students are looking up their keywords for this unit on Miss DiGirolamo’s class website, where they can find their definitions, homework, and unit slides.

Secaucus police deliver baby at resident’s home

Local police officers helped deliver a baby girl at a resident’s home Sept. 3, according to a press release from the Secaucus Police Department.
Officers received a 911 call at 12:16 p.m. that day, of a woman in labor at her home on the 700 block of County Avenue. Sgt. Michael Simone and Police Officers Justin Restrepo and Sean Egan delivered the baby girl in the home.
Both mother and baby were transported to Hackensack University Hospital, where they were “doing well,” the release said.
“Chief [Kevin] Flaherty is thankful the mother and her baby are fine,” the release added. “He also comments all the officers involved and Dispatcher Thomas Meicke, who handled the initial 911 call.”
Last month, Secaucus police revived a two-week-old baby boy who had stopped breathing.

Police say Secaucus juvenile allegedly tried to rob cab

Police apprehended a 17-year-old male who allegedly tried robbing a taxi driver Sept. 17, according to a press release from the department.
After picking up the youth as a fare in the town’s Cedar Lane area that morning, the youth allegedly demanded the driver give him all his money, then produced a knife, the release said. He was allegedly dressed in all black and had covered his face with a t-shirt when entering the taxi, the release said.
However, the driver refused his demand, causing the teen to flee on foot, the release said. The driver then notified police.
Shortly afterwards, Detective Aniello Schaffer observed the male entering Buchmuller Park, the report said.
Once the teen saw Schaffer, he allegedly fled again. After a brief foot pursuit, Schaffer and Police Officer Robert Napolean took the teen into custody. During his arrest, the youth was allegedly found to be in possession of a folding knife.
The youth is charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, and resisting arrest. He was remanded to the Union County Youth Correctional Facility and awaits an appearance in Family Court.

Fifth grade engineers

Fifth graders at the Clarendon Elementary School began the school year by discovering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Mrs. Patricia Smeyers worked collaboratively with her students to complete various teamwork tasks.
The students were then ready for their first attempt of engineering using the design process. The students were instructed to create the tallest tower they could, using 20 strands of spaghetti, a marshmallow, a yard of string, and a yard of masking tape.
They had 30 minutes to complete the task. Each team was successful with constructing a tower that stood on its own. Although there was a clear winner, the students discussed that they were all winners and successful with the task.

Secaucus welcomes Dr. Jerome Kaiser as a new supervisor

This past July, Dr. Jerome Kaiser was appointed to be the next 6-12 Supervisor of Science, Family/Consumer Science, Business and Fine and Performing Arts in the Secaucus School District. Dr Kaiser was hired to fill a position vacated by the new Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Daniela Riser.
“We are excited to work closely with Dr. Kaiser this year to continue the exciting work that has been done at the middle and high school this past year,” said Dr. Riser.
Dr. Kaiser has over 35 years of experience in education, science, business, technology and management through positions held at the high school and university level and his extensive experience in the corporate world. He graduated from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England with a PhD in Physics. His dissertation focused on researching the “Positron-Electron Momentum Densities in Metals.” Over 17 scientific journal articles bear his name.

Netflix movie is based on local author’s book, and stars Nathan Lane

A comedy movie starring Broadway legend (and Jersey City native) Nathan Lane – based on a humorous novel by Hoboken resident (and Reporter editor) Caren Lissner – is available on Netflix as of Sept. 4. It has also been available on Amazon and iTunes, and the book is for sale on Amazon.
The film, “Carrie Pilby,” stars British actress Bel Powley as a 19-year-old genius who graduates from college three years early and moves to New York City. Her nerdy nature thwarts her when she attempts to make friends and date. She meets an unusual cast of characters as she tries to make sense of the hypocrisies of life. Her therapist, played by Nathan Lane, is the only person sharp enough to match wits.
The film also stars Gabriel Byrne (“The Usual Suspects”), Vanessa Bayer (“Saturday Night Live”), William Moseley, Jason Ritter, Colin O’Donoghue, and Desmin Borges.
The film opened in area theaters for a limited run in April and earned positive reviews from the Guardian, , and the Village Voice. It was directed by Susan Johnson.
Lissner, who has taught writing classes at the Secaucus Library in the past, will appear on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble in Paramus, N.J. as part of a teen book festival. She will discuss the novel, the adaptation process, how to get your work published, and any other matters of interest to attendees. See the Paramus Barnes and Noble website for more information.
Lissner will also host a writing class in Hoboken on Thursday evening, Nov. 2. For more information, contact her via .
The book has been translated into Spanish, Italian, French, Thai, and Malay.

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