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Congratulations to Anna Delvescovo (Second from left), Weehawken's 2019 Senior Citizen of the Year!
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Congratulations to Anna Delvescovo (Second from left), Weehawken's 2019 Senior Citizen of the Year!

Weehawken Weekenders planning trips

The Weehawken Weekenders have two upcoming trips in the planning stages.

The Weekenders will visit the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, for six days and five nights, from July 28 to Aug. 2.

A second trip is to Finger Lakes in New York, which will take place from Sept. 16-18. This package includes two breakfasts, two dinners, a lake cruise, winery tour/tasting, and more.

For information on costs and registration, call the Weekenders’ office, at 201-319-6059. All Weekender events are sponsored by Mayor Richard Turner and the Weehawken Council. The trips are open to Weehawken residents and neighbors from surrounding communities, though township residents are given priority for reservations.

Funding for better power supply at Port Imperial Ferry Terminal

NJ Transit received $46 million in funding from the Federal Transit Administration to enter design and construction for the Distributed Generation Portion of the NJ TRANSITGRID project. The project is a microgram system capable of providing reliable power to support critical infrastructure during power brownouts or blackouts.

Part of the grant will fund developing electrical power systems at the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal, and the Secaucus Junction Station.

The two stations, along with the other five, will be equipped with localized power generation for use during commercial power disruptions.

This project is part of NJ Transit’s Resilience Program, an ongoing effort to make the transit system and infrastructure stronger and more reliable following Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Lost names of soldiers dedicated for Memorial Day

Through extensive research, the Weehawken Historical Commission found the names of nine World War I veterans, and one Korean War veteran, all of whom fought and died in the line of duty, who had been left off of two war memorials for nearly a century for reasons unknown. They were honored at this year’s Memorial Day parade.

The nine World War I soldiers are Corporal Fred A. Becker, Private Henry W. Betz, Private Dennis Liddane, Quartermaster Alexander Saldarini, Sergeant James T. Slamon, Private Fred E. Wildemann, Sergeant Fred Behrens, Private First Class Grover A. Hemmer, and Private Albert Holt.

The first six were killed in action, and the latter three died of war causes.

Lieutenant Solomon A. Bachrach was the serviceman killed in the Korean War who had just been discovered. After arriving in Korea, he was in an observer plane on a mission when the aircraft was shot down and crash landed in enemy territory in Kaochang-ni, Korea, killing both Bachrach and the pilot.

Bachrach’s daughter, Shelley Yablon, his grandchildren, and his great grandchildren were at the ceremony to represent him and attend the unveiling of the monument which now bears his name.

Thomas Heaney, a retired Weehawken firefighter who served in the Korean War in a tank support battalion,was the Grand Marshal of this year’s parade. David Laboy, was a former jet mechanic throughout his time as a Marine with the Second Marine Aircraft Wing’s fighter unit.

Walgreens to host blood drive on June 22

Walgreens Pharmacy, at 7401 River Rd., will host a blood drive on Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is sponsored through Walgreens’ partnership with the American Red Cross and Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center.

New donors are needed. The drive is open to the public.

The American Red Cross will have a blood donor bus on site. Appointments for the blood drive are preferred but not required. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or use the Blood Donor app and enter the sponsor keyword, “Walgreens North Bergen.”

Donors are urged to eat and hydrate beforehand.

Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteers

Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be at Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St, Hoboken, on Wednesday, June 19 at 7 p.m.

CASA is a nonprofit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes.

Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.

Bill to ban 3D printed guns introduced

On June 14, US Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass), and Congressmen Ted Deutch (FL-22) introduced the 3D Printed Gun Safety Act, legislation to prohibit the online distribution of blueprints and instructions that allow for the 3D printing of firearms. The legislation would ban files that could program a 3D printer to produce or complete the manufacture of a firearm.

Last year, a US District Court judge settled a lawsuit against the federal government, from Defense Distributed, which advocates for downloadable firearms and has posted blueprints for a handgun called “The Liberator,” which can be made out of the same plastic used in Lego blocks.

Because these firearms can be made out of plastic, these guns may be undetectable by metal detectors at security checkpoints, increasing the risk that a firearm can be sneaked onto an airplane or other high-security area. People legally barred from obtaining firearms could also manufacture one themselves.

These firearms are untraceable, because they don’t have a serial number for law enforcement to reference, which could make it easier for people intending to commit gun crimes to avoid prosecution.

Twenty-six senators have joined as cosponsors. Twenty-eight members of the House of Representatives supported the legislation.