Rev. Craig Harris, a Secaucus resident, was recently honored by the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (See Brief)
Rev. Craig Harris, a Secaucus resident, was recently honored by the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (See Brief)

Secaucus Resident Honored by Governor’s Council

Rev. Craig Harris, a Secaucus resident and member of the Secaucus Coalition, was honored on Sept. 25th in Hamilton as the Hudson County Municipal Alliance Volunteer of the Year by the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA). Craig was one of 19 people from around the state recognized for his volunteer service in working to reduce substance abuse in New Jersey.
Craig’s past work with addicts in a rehabilitation program at the Hudson County Correction Center and his current efforts with substance abuse patients at the Meadowlands Psychiatric Hospital have strengthened his conviction that preventing substance abuse before it starts is crucial.
“Craig’s compassion, dedication, and hard work make him a well-deserved recipient of the Hudson County Municipal Alliance Volunteer of the Year Award. I’m so thrilled he was recognized by the Governor’s Council,” said Dave Bratton, Secaucus Coalition Coordinator.
For more information about the Secaucus Coalition, please visit

Campaign to stop Meadowlands power plant heats up

Opponents of a gas-fired power plant proposed for North Bergen near the border of Bergen and Hudson Counties are intensifying their campaign to convince Gov. Phil Murphy to halt the project, citing the facility’s likely worsening of already poor regional air quality, and how its emissions, including a projected 3.5 million metric tons of C02 released per year, would exacerbate the climate crisis.

Over 50 residents and environmental activists rallied along with local political leaders in Ridgefield on Tuesday, Oct. 23. They unveiled a new billboard telling Gov. Murphy to stop the project. The state has already issued several key permits, though the governor has said it is “a long way from resolution.”

The proposed 1,200 MW gas-fired power plant would be built one mile from an existing PSE&G power plant that is already one of the largest sources of air pollution in the state. The proposed facility would sit in an environmentally sensitive area on the banks of Bellmans’ Creek, a tributary of the Hackensack River, threatening the historic environmental recovery underway in the New Jersey Meadowlands.

The proposal is to send 100 percent of the electricity to New York City via submarine cables under the Hudson River. Last month, the New York Public Service Commission denied the company’s request to bypass an important needs assessment, insisting that it must prove that the power from the plant is actually needed.

“The proposal to pipe dirty fracked-gas through the Meadowlands for a power plant that isn’t needed is corporate exploitation, plain and simple,” said Matt Smith, senior organizer at Food & Water Watch. ”If Governor Murphy really wants to protect our environment and fight climate change in New Jersey, he must start by rejecting this ill-conceived project.”

Don Torino of the Bergen County Audubon Society added, “The Meadowlands region is in the midst of a historic recovery. This power plant would be a huge step backwards, and we cannot go back.”

The power plant has been opposed by some but not all nearby municipalities, and local elected officials are joining the calls to stop the project. “The Meadowlands Power plant proposal is a direct threat to our public health, safety and environment, not just in Ridgefield but for the whole region,” said Ridgefield Mayor Mayor Anthony Suarez. “It’s mind boggling that in the year 2018 we have to demand that we want something as fundamental as clean air” added Glen Rock Mayor Bruce Packer.


Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteers

Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. Rm# 901 on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures. For further information, visit

WomenRising Hosts gala honors women and families

Over 300 community members gathered at The Liberty House Restaurant on Wednesday, Oct. 17 for WomenRising’s Annual Celebration of Service Gala, to celebrate the resilience of WomenRising’s clients and the dedication of their honorees.

Cindy Nan Vogelman, partner at Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, was the recipient of the Above and Beyond Award for her consistent commitment of time, talent and treasure to the organization. The Hoboken Girl team was presented with the Volunteer Service Award for their creative and consistent efforts to engage the community and support WomenRising in meeting the needs of women and families.

In a statement, the organization declared, “With all that has happened in regards to women this year, it has become more evident that organizations like WomenRising are absolutely necessary to protect and defend women. WomenRising is grateful to have supporters and community members who understand this. A $2,000 pledge from BCB at the event stimulated other donations and helped WomenRising’s Celebration of Service raise over $150,000 to continue to assist more than 10,000 women and families each year through crisis to self-sufficiency.”

“Before there was Harvey Weinstein or Donald Trump or Brett Kavanaugh or the #Metoo movement, there was WomenRising,” Cindy Nan Vogelman, Esq. explained. “For the past 113 years, WomenRising has provided direct services to women and their families, quietly, diligently, effectively, and with an incredibly dedicated and caring staff.”

The Dineen Hull Gallery is on the 6th floor of the Hudson County Community College’s Gabert Library Building, 71 Sip Avenue, just a block away from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center in Jersey City. For more information email or call (201) 360-5379