Secaucus Briefs

Although it's winter, the Secaucus Community Garden on Humboldt Street sits on the site of the former Keystone Chemical Plant, part of a public park that replaced the historic eyesore.
Although it's winter, the Secaucus Community Garden on Humboldt Street sits on the site of the former Keystone Chemical Plant, part of a public park that replaced the historic eyesore.

Newspaper Media Group taps veteran editor for Hudson County papers

As part of Newspaper Media Group’s ongoing commitment to serving Hudson County’s thriving communities, NMG has tapped Bruce Moran as Department Editor. Moran, a veteran journalist, was bureau chief/editor at Dorf Feature Service/Star Ledger for 30 years and has served as news editor and sports editor for NMG since 2015.  He’s currently Department Editor for Central New Jersey as well. “Hudson County is an exciting market,” Moran said. “I look forward to working with our talented editorial and graphics staff, based in our Bayonne office.” In June, NMG, which publishes more than 50 weeklies in Southern and Central New Jersey, bought the Hudson Reporter Associates. Said Moran, “Our mission is to cover the politics, arts, news, and culture that affect the everyday lives of people in Hudson County’s diverse communities.”

State AG against proposed law for state probes of police-involved shootings

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has spoken out against a proposed new law that would require his office, rather than county prosecutors, to lead investigations into police-custody deaths involving municipal officers. Grewal testified in December against the pending bill, now poised for full legislative approval. The attorney general told the Assembly Appropriations Committee that the legislation would “undermine public trust in law enforcement and will replace a system that already does everything that the sponsors seek to accomplish and more.” This legislation (A3115) has been a proposal dating back to 2016, when Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, introduced a prior version in response to concerns about the often long-delayed results of county-prosecutor led probes into several deaths in South Jersey at the hands of local police officers.

Hackensack Riverkeeper now accepting scholarship applications

Hackensack Riverkeeper, the citizen-steward of the Hackensack River watershed, is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for the 2019 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship. The program is named in honor of the late Ridgefield science teacher and founding Riverkeeper Trustee, and helps support college-bound high school seniors who excel academically and who have a strong commitment environmental protection.

Seniors at sixty-six high schools in Bergen, Hudson and Rockland Counties are eligible to be nominated by a teacher or guidance counselor for the award. Applications must be postmarked no later than Earth Day, April 22. A panel of Hackensack Riverkeeper Trustees and staffers led by Captains Bill Sheehan and Hugh Carola will review each application and consider the students’ academic achievements, environmental extracurricular activities and future plans. The winner of the $1,000 unrestricted award will be announced by June 1.

Additional information and full application criteria are available at by emailing Carola; or calling him at 201-968-0808 x102.

Library presents a bit of Cuban history

The Hudson County Genealogical and Historical Society will host a special presentation by Cuban Genealogist Brian Tosko Bello on the topic of Cuban Parish Records and Colon Cemetery, Havana on Saturday, Jan.12 on the second floor of the Secaucus Public Library, 1379 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus, at 11 a.m. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit