Elementary school bus stuck for 5 hours during snowstorm
A combination of unexpectedly bad road conditions and a tractor trailer accident on County Avenue led to a 5 hours-long trip home for students during the Nov. 15 snowstorm, according to Secaucus Superintendent Jennifer Montesano.
She was quoted in local reports saying the bus transporting approximately 30 Huber Street school students was stuck in traffic between the school and the Xchange at Secaucus Junction for more than 5 hours.
Although the bus departed the school at its normal time of 3:10 p.m., it did not reach the residential complex three miles away until 8:45 p.m., Montesano said.
Parents were notified of the bus’s whereabouts and a school aide on board the bus called each parent individually, she added.
“We did have several parents that had shared that they didn’t receive notifications and we’re looking into that,” Montesano said. “We pride ourselves on communication, so we were communicating throughout the entire time. So if anyone did not get that call we’re as interested as anyone finding out why and fixing that problem.”
Montesano said another bus that left Huber Street School was delayed, but not nearly as long as the first. Instead of an early dismissal, Secaucus schools had what’s called a rapid dismissal, in which all after-school activities were cancelled.
“I think part of the problem was that nobody anticipated that amount of snow,” Montesano said.
Stranded commuters took ferry during snowstorm
Hudson River ferries worked overtime on Nov. 15 thanks to an early snowstorm that took commuters and motorists by surprise.
During a storm that shut down the Bayonne Bridge and turned roads in Hoboken and neighboring towns into parking lots, NY Waterways reported the company took 3,500 passengers across the river on trips between New Jersey and New York, according to local reports.
NJ Transit dealt with a pileup of problems from the storm, but the ferry company cross-honored rail and bus tickets. It was the third time in November that the company has been asked to do so, NY Waterway stated.
According to NY Waterway, its ferries ran past midnight during the snowstorm. Some took commuters from Manhattan’s West 39th Street Ferry Terminal to the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal in Weehawken, where passengers continued their trips on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail or by bus or private car or cab.
Other ferries took stranded commuters to the Edgewater Ferry Landing, Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken, Hoboken/14th Street, the Hoboken/NJ TRANSIT Terminal, Harborside, Paulus Hook, Liberty Harbor and Port Liberte′ in Jersey City and Belford/Middletown in Monmouth County, the company said.
All ferries ran on or close to schedule, according to the company, with additional ferry trips to ensure passengers arrived at their desired locations, although the company’s free bus connections were hampered by the unexpectedly heavy snow fall.
Secaucus Fire Department rescues trapped puppy
The Secaucus Fire Department rescued a puppy trapped in a drain pipe in Laurel Hill Park on Saturday, Nov.17. Rescue efforts were complicated by a retaining wall that had to be reinforced before Fire Department personnel could dig to get closer to the puppy.
Rescue operations continued the next morning, and the puppy was freed and reunited with owner Kristie Ramos after a 20-hour ordeal. “The Secaucus Fire Department did a great job in rescuing the trapped puppy. Seeing the happy pet and owner was really heartwarming,” said Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli.
Secaucus park and sports facility gets $950,000 from the county
The Town of Secaucus has been awarded funds for the Meadowlands Parkways Indoor Sports Facility and Laurel Hill Park Shoreline Improvements in the amount of $950,000.
Earlier in November, the Hudson County Board of Freeholders approved over $6,830,488 to 16 Open Space Trust Grantees for numerous recreation/ park improvements and historic preservation projects throughout Hudson County.
Kennedy Dancers host dance workshops at Secaucus library
Thanks to a grant from the Hudson County Community Development Block Grant, The Kennedy Dancers, Inc. is hosting free dance workshops at the Secaucus Public Library on Mondays from 4:30–5:30 p.m. for young dancers ages 7- 17 years old.
This program, now underway, is being hosted in hopes of garnering interest in the company’s Inner City Youth Dance Scholarship, which was recently expanded from Jersey City to Secaucus and other Hudson County towns. The company is holding open enrollment at Secaucus library for the free class and further eligibility into the Inner City Youth Dance program at their studio on 79 Central Ave., Jersey City. This gives young dancers 7-17 years old the opportunity for a trial class to explore their interest in dance and further their education in the performing arts if they choose. All exceptional and eligible participants are given the opportunity to apply to the Kennedy Dancers Inner City Youth Program Scholarship.
The Secaucus Public Library is at 1379 Paterson Plank Rd., Secaucus, and the workshops are under the direction of Jenifer May.
9-year-old girl recalls Sandy, helps California fire victims
A 9-year-old girl who used to live in Weehawken and remembers when her family was forced to evacuate during Superstorm Sandy is turning those memories into aid for California residents fleeing the wildfires there.
News 12 New Jersey reports that when a recent family trip to Disneyland was canceled, Gabriela used the money to buy food for first responders and victims of the wildfires.
She says she remembers when her family had to evacuate Harbor Boulevard in Weehawken.
Jersey City Medical Center announces community events calendar
JCMC has announced its most recent calendar of community events, open to the public and covering everything from support groups for cardiac and cancer patients, shopping for healthy food on a budget, quitting smoking and, of course, BINGO. For more information on the medical center’s community events, visit https://www.rwjbh.org/site-search/?C=community+events.
The General Cancer Support Group, beginning Nov. 21, meets from 1-2 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, and is designed to provide positive support for women who are currently being treated for, or are survivors of breast cancer. For more information, call Katherine Fromm (201) 915-2073.
The Let’s Talk Nutrition Healthy Shopping Nutritional Support Group (Bilingual), beginning Nov. 21 and meeting from 12 -1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month. For more information, call Candice Pimentel (201) 984-1591 or (201) 424-3226.
The Thanksgiving Feeding Program with the Philippine Nurses Association takes place on Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, contact Cristina.Campaner@rwjbh.org
The Jersey City Medical Center Cardiac Support Group begins meeting on Nov. 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on the last Monday of every month. For more information, contact Susan Weiss, RN, MS: at (201) 384-2751 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The hospital’s Bingo Night Social hosted by JCMC Patient Navigation begins Nov. 29 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. and meets on the fourth Thursday of every month. For more information, call Kimberly Dawson at (201) 388-6000.
Hudson County Community College to offer $15 minimum wage
After Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise issued an executive order granting a $15 per hour minimum wage for all non-union county employees, Hudson County Community College (HCCC) President Chris Reber announced the university has done the same.
HCCC adopted a resolution to pay all non-union employees – including part-time staff – the $15 per hour minimum pay. The HCCC Board of Trustees approved implementing the wage increase resolution at its Nov. 20 meeting.
The increase, which will be retroactive to Nov. 1, will impact 199 non-union, part-time HCCC employees at an additional cost to the college of $476,000 a year.