Council swears in firefighter with legal status

Also at meeting: town audit updates and upcoming events

The Secaucus Town Council has sworn in to active duty one of two firefighters behind a previous controversy regarding who can legally serve the town’s volunteer fire department. Oscar Oliveros was one of the individuals who inspired a council ordinance amending the Secaucus Volunteer Fire Department to allow anyone with legal status, someone who may have a work visa or green card but isn’t a U.S. citizen, to join.
Oliveros, who along with the other firefighter has legal status, is now officially one of its newest firemen. He also works for the town as a custodian.
An ordinance was adopted at the Jan. 9 council meeting, despite some reservations from local firemen at a December council meeting. The ordinance placed the town in compliance with state and federal laws banning employment discrimination based on national origin.

Could Golden Avenue see new parking meters?

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An ordinance the council introduced would add five new parking meters around Golden Avenue. The meters would be located on different areas of the Golden Avenue and Front Street intersection.
Another introduced ordinance would create a 15 minute parking space for the S&S Auto car repair shop at 1620 Paterson Plank Rd.
The space would allow for faster circulation of cars in and out of the shop, the council says.
Public hearings on both ordinances will be Feb. 13.

Checks and honors

The council presented a $1,743 check to Secaucus grammar school teachers, a reward to their children who helped raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The money will go to take the children skating, according to the council.
The council also presented $283 checks to both S.A.I.L. and the Hygiene Project, monies raised during the town’s annual Restaurant Night in September. S.A.I.L. is a learning initiative teaching local students to be more community-service oriented. The Hygiene Project distributes hygiene kits to those in need through 16 states and 10 countries.
January will now be known as School Board Recognition Month in Secaucus, after the council issued a proclamation at the meeting.
They urged “all residents to join in commending the dedication of our local school board members, past and present, as we work together to improve educational opportunities for our children.” Secaucus school board members were on hand to accept a commemorative plaque from the council.

An ordinance was adopted Jan. 9, despite reservations from local firemen at a December council meeting, placed the town in compliance with state and federal laws banning employment discrimination based on national origin.


Lock those doors!

Councilman John Gerbasio read a message from the town’s police chief, urging residents to keep their car doors locked, whether parked on the street or in a driveway. These help prevent so-called “crimes of opportunity.”
“It is an inconvenience,” Gerbasio said. “We would prefer not to have things like this.”

Annual financial statements

The town is beginning to work on its annual financial statements for 2017 with auditors, according to the council. This will help in determining the town’s budget, officials said.

Other information

Boy Scout Troop 22 will hold its annual pancake breakfast on Feb. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., according to Councilman James Clancy. It will be at the Masonic Temple, located at 1422 Paterson Plank Rd.
Donation is $8, and children ages eight and under get in free.
The Guma Foundation is holding its 14th annual Casino Night on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at La Reggia Restaurant, 40 Wood Ave. The ticket price is $125 per person. It will include casino-style gambling, prizes and music.
To register, visit Proceeds will go to the Tomorrow’s Children Fund.
A St. Patrick’s Day event will take place at the Recreation Center on March 10, according to Councilwoman Orietta Tringali. The event will feature Irish dancing lessons and face painting.

Pantry seeks donations

The Secaucus Food Pantry is looking for canned vegetables and soup donations for February, according to Councilman William McKeever. Interested parties can drop off the items at the Secaucus Senior Center, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those with questions should call (201) 330-2014 for more information.
The center is located at 101 Centre Ave.
Secaucus senior citizens are also invited to a special Valentine’s Day breakfast Feb. 13 at the Clarendon School at 9 a.m. Call (201) 865-4422 to make your reservation.

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