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Hailey Arnago, volunteer dance teacher at Union City’s Saint Augustine School, leads the children’s warm up before dance rehearsal. The students are preparing to perform "The Nutcracker" on Dec. 14 in the school gym.
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Hailey Arnago, volunteer dance teacher at Union City’s Saint Augustine School, leads the children’s warm up before dance rehearsal. The students are preparing to perform "The Nutcracker" on Dec. 14 in the school gym.

Rebuild by Design Project moves forward

Gov. Phil Murphy has announced the final alignment of the Rebuild By Design project, which will protect parts of Hoboken, Jersey City, and Weehawken from flooding caused by storm surges.

The project –funded with $230 million the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – will be constructed along Weehawken Cove to the north, and in and around NJ Transit’s Hoboken Rail Yard, located at the southern portion of Hoboken’s waterfront.

The project calls for construction of flood structures and storm water control systems to protect areas vulnerable to flooding.

“This design selection is a win for Hoboken – now and in the future,” said Gov. Murphy in a press release. “It provides a reasonable, cost-effective system that will protect the city’s residents from flooding from the next major storm.”

The southern alignment is a “middle ground” between the two alignments considered in the feasibility phase.

It was chosen after a review of the project’s budget and federally-mandated 2022 completion deadline, as well as discussions with NJ Transit and local officials.

The option selected will protect the NJ Transit’s Maintenance of Way building, parking areas and other infrastructure without permanently removing any tracks from service. This option will also reduce the visual impacts of the structure on Observer Highway and provide a redevelopment opportunity in the area.

“As the former mayor of Hoboken during Superstorm Sandy, I am incredibly grateful to Governor Murphy and his administration for prioritizing the public safety and resiliency of our region with this carefully evaluated decision,” said former Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “[This] ensures that Rebuild by Design will remain on track for completion by 2022.”

The DEP is continuing to work on designing the project, with construction expected to begin in early 2020.

For more project information, visit: www.nj.gov/dep/floodresilience/rbd-hudsonriver.htm.

Weehawken building climber released on bail

Justin Casquejo, 20, who tangled with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2014 when he dangled from the new World Trade Center when he was 16, was released on $5,000 bail last week after being charged with allegedly hanging off a construction crane at the top of a 38-floor West Side condo building eight months ago, the New York Daily News reported.

Casquejo is seen in a video “climbing to the very top of the crane and standing at the edge of it” on March 18 at Two Waterline Square on West 61st St., according to court documents. A criminal complaint, which was filed Oct. 18 by the building management company, said “The defendant is seen taking photographs of himself and two other individuals who are with him.”

Casquejo is serving three years probation stemming from his arrest for scaling the Paramount Tower, a 52-story residential building on East 39th Street near Second Avenue in June 2017.

A few months after his World Trade Center climb, Casquejo was also charged with scaling the Weehawken water tower and in December 2016 he was arrested again in New York for climbing buildings.

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center releases schedule of parenting classes

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center will be holding a variety of parenting classes. For more information, contact the hospital, in North Bergen.

For the Childbirth Education Series, a two-day course, the cost is $125 per couple if delivering at Palisades Medical Center; $150 if delivering elsewhere. It runs December 2018 Series, classes on Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. January 2019 Series, classes on Jan. 12 and Jan. 19, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. February 2019 Series, classes on Feb. 16 and Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For Newborn Baby Care Classes, the cost is $35 per couple if delivering at Palisades Medical Center; $50 if delivering elsewhere. It runs Dec. 18, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 11, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

For Keys To Successful Breastfeeding, the cost is $35 per couple if delivering at Palisades Medical Center; $50 if delivering elsewhere. It runs Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 28, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. March 2, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For Sibling Preparation for Birth Classes, the cost is $25 per family.

To register or for more information about these courses, please call Robin Petrick at (201) 295-4823.

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