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The town council honored Olivia Fox, who was elected to next year’s Governor of the Mid-Atlantic States, as part of the Junior State of America organization. She is the first student in Secaucus history to achieve a position at that level.
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The town council honored Olivia Fox, who was elected to next year’s Governor of the Mid-Atlantic States, as part of the Junior State of America organization. She is the first student in Secaucus history to achieve a position at that level.

Dr. Christopher Conzen appointed executive director of HCCC Secaucus Center

Hudson County Community College (HCCC) President Dr. Chris Reber has announced that Dr. Christopher Conzen has been named executive director of the new Secaucus Center at the Frank J. Gargiulo Campus of Hudson County Schools of Technology (HCST). Dr. Conzen will begin working in this new position on May 20.

In this role, Conzen will oversee operational management of the college’s Secaucus Center, serving as the primary liaison between HCCC and HCST. In this capacity, he will identify and maintain clear, early-college pathways for HCST students to pursue at the HCCC Secaucus Center.

He will also oversee HCCC evening and weekend offerings at that center beginning in September. Offerings will include first-semester classes for any HCCC major, as well as classes for full degrees in A.A. Liberal Arts (General) and A.S. Business Administration studies, with additional program offerings to be added in the future.

Frank J. Gargiulo Campus awarded Gold Level LEED Rating by U.S. Green Building Council

The Hudson County Schools of Technology’s Frank J. Gargiulo Campus has been awarded a gold level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating by the U.S. Green Building Council. The campus, at Laurel Hill Park, includes a hydroponics lab, a green roof, and LED lighting throughout the building. Achieving the rating was made possible through HCST’s partnership with Hudson County and the Hudson County Improvement Authority.

“Building the Frank J. Gargiulo Campus in partnership with Hudson County and the Hudson County Improvement Authority has proven to be an incredible investment for students, both young and old,” said HCST School Board President Craig Guy. “I look forward to celebrating more accomplishments with the district and students for years to come.”

High Tech High School students awarded Community Service Merit Scholarships

High Tech High School students Cindy Chung of Bayonne and Abakir Hanna of Jersey City were each awarded $2,000 Community Service Merit Scholarships from Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center. The students earned the scholarships as part of Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center’s Community Service Merit Scholarship Program that provides $32,000 in scholarship funding for students at eight local high schools in the hospital’s primary service area. The scholarships recognize and reward high school seniors who have demonstrated significant accomplishments in community service while maintaining academic success.

The online application process was conducted in February and March.  Recommendations were made by high school guidance counselors. Scholarship applications were reviewed by a committee of community volunteers.

Pascrell cosponsors Huntington’s Disease Parity Act

U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16) and Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) reintroduced the Huntington’s Disease Parity Act in early May, which would ensure Medicare coverage for people with Huntington’s Disease immediately after qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance.

Huntington’s is a hereditary nervous system disorder that causes total physical and mental deterioration. This degenerative disease affects tens of thousands of people across the United States, with more than 200,000 Americans at risk today. Today, 30,000 Americans are known to have HD and an additional 200-250,000 children of a parent with Huntington’s disease have a 50 percent chance of inheriting the deadly gene from an affected parent.

“The Huntington’s Disease Parity Act is a crucial bill to improve the lives of everyone affected by HD and their families,” said Louis Vetter, president and CEO of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, which raises awareness about the disease and advocates for greater research into brain cells. “Right now, HD families must wait two years to access Medicare benefits after being qualified as disabled. In two years with HD, an individual can go from being functional to completely bedridden and under 24-hour care. This is unacceptable, and the bill MUST be passed.”