A fun fundraiser by the Secaucus Rotary Club will allow people to play poker for a good cause.
A fun fundraiser by the Secaucus Rotary Club will allow people to play poker for a good cause.

The Secaucus Rotary Club Poker tournament

The Secaucus Rotary Club has been involved in the community for several decades.  They have helped build a gazebo at the Secaucus Library, contributed Rosetta language CDs, purchased body armor for police, donated bikes for traffic officers, contributed to Secaucus Food Pantry, annually gave dictionaries to all third grade students, provided scholarship funding to graduating students and now they are holding a Poker Tournament on Wednesday, May 22, at La Reggia in Secaucus from 6 to 11 p.m.

The buy in is $100 or $125 at the door for unannounced players. The event is licensed by the State of NJ with licensed dealers. Top players will receive a portion of $3,000 in gift cards and donated prizes valued at over $250.

The town of Secaucus has been a juggernaut in raising funds for St. Jude’s Research.  In fact, Secaucus students, parents and teachers have raised close to $500,000 over the years and in 2018 the school district was first in fund raising for St. Jude’s in New Jersey and second in all of America.  Part of the proceeds of the Poker Tournament will be sent to the St. Jude’s Committee.  Potential players should contact Rotarian Don Evanson at to preregister or call 201-902-9742.  They need 90 players, hopefully you will be one of them.

Pet owners beware

Town officials are warning owners of small pets not to leave them unattended in their yards. Recently, a hawk or eagle attempted to make off with a small dog near Pandolfi Avenue. Officials said this is not the first event of this kind. At least four eagles have been sighted in Secaucus area.

Fishing derby set for May 5

The Secaucus Fishing Derby will be held at The Duck Pond on Metro Way on May 5. Registration is at 8 a.m. The event starts at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to kids in various categories. “We’ve already stocked the pond,” said Mayor Michael Gonnelli.

Fundraiser for Special Olympics

The Special Olympics basketball game will pit members of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association against staff of Hudson Regional Hospital on May 15 at the Secaucus Recreation Center on Koelle Blvd. The game is from 6 to 8 p.m. Those wishing to attend can donate $10 at the door. Because seating is limited, only the first 75 guests will be allowed into the gym. Marat Rysmendiev, Marketing Manager of HRH, has been practicing with his HRH team because they know the PBA has several good ball players.

For several years the Secaucus police have supported Special Olympics. They have done fund raisers, individual officers have pledged dollars and local companies donated funds because they want to provide children an opportunity to show their skills during the annual Special Olympics which this year will be held on June 7 to 9 in Ewing, NJ.

Captain Carlos Goyenechea and other Secaucus police officers, along with teachers from Secaucus schools and volunteer firefighters, organize a Torch Run to raise awareness about the Special Olympics. In June, police officers will volunteer to run in Secaucus and contribute money for the Torch Run.

It starts at Clarendon, where police greet students and teachers who will join them in running about a quarter of a mile with firefighters in fire trucks blocking traffic to protect the runners. The students drop off and the police runners and teachers move to Huber Street where another group of students join in and run a short distance. The police officers, teachers and firefighters then jog over to the Middle and High School where older students begin the last leg of the Torch Run.

Through this and other fund raising events, the Secaucus police in 2018 raised close to $7,500 which went directly to the Special Olympics to provide uniforms and transportation to the athletes and their families. This year, the staff of the Hudson Regional Hospital and the Secaucus PBA will participate in a charity basketball game.

If you or your company would like to make a donation to the Special Olympics, make your check out to Secaucus PBA Civic Association Secaucus PBA P.O. Box 1038 Secaucus, NJ 07094 All funds raised go directly to the Special Olympics to support the athletes and their families from June 5 to 7, 2019. The Secaucus Spectator is hosting the event and is helping to raise corporate donations to see if the Secaucus community can help the PBA raise $10,000 this year.

Pascrell announces $1.3M federal grant for superstorm Sandy recovery

Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Bergen, Passaic) announced the awarding of a $1,393,991 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to New Jersey which will be used to restore Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) property damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The funding, made available under the Robert T. Stafford Act, will provide contractors and resources for the repair of facilities still not at full capacity since the storm.

“Hurricane Sandy caused severe damage across North Jersey, including an interruption of Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission services. These federal funds will help restore the damage done and prepare PVSC for potential future storms,” said Rep. Pascrell. “Wastewater treatment facilities like PVSC provide a critical service in protecting our environment and the public’s health, so we must ensure they are fully functional. As families, businesses, and utilities continue to rebuild from the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy, every federal dollar remains crucial in our state’s recovery efforts.”

The grant will assist PVSC with the repairs to the Administration and Control Building which were damaged by the storm.

Menendez, Booker join effort to fund Northeast Rail Infrastructure Program

U.S. Senators Robert Menendez, ranking member of the Senate’s transit subcommittee, and Cory Booker in mid-April joined six other senators in requesting $500 million for the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program to reduce the repair backlog along the Northeast Corridor. The Trump Administration has proposed zeroing out funding for this vital program.

“Amtrak and commuter railroads on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) transport 800,000 people daily, and the workforce that travels on the NEC contributes roughly $50 billion to the economy. However, the specter of the state of good repair backlog causing delays or track closures is a constant concern,” the senators wrote in a letter to Senators Susan Collins and Jack Reed, chairwoman and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies. “Given this impact on the regional and national economy, restoring the NEC and other rail networks to a state of good repair must be one of our top priorities.”

Menendez has been a leading voice in Congress to ensure the Gateway Project is funded and completed. In the 2019 budget, he fought to secure $650 million in Amtrak Northeast Corridor funding, a portion of which will be dedicated to Gateway, and an additional $130.1 million in transit formula grants that can be used to advance the project.