Adam Savage, known for his shows Mythbusters and Savage Builds, visited North Bergen High School. (see brief)
Adam Savage, known for his shows Mythbusters and Savage Builds, visited North Bergen High School. (see brief)

Adam Savage visits North Bergen High School to film segment

Adam Savage, known for his shows “Mythbusters” and “Savage Builds,” recently visited North Bergen High School to film a segment on the school’s art department, and the work they’ve done in the past few years.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to have Adam Savage feature our high school art department on his show,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. George Solter said. “The art department has been receiving a great deal of media coverage since our ‘Alien’ play production, and he is the main person to thank for this.”

Art teacher Steven Defendini led Savage on a tour of the school’s former projects and productions. Savage posted a rave review of online clips of NBHS’s on-stage production of ‘Alien’ last April, which generated so much traction that director Ridley Scott tipped his hat, and Sigourney Weaver, the star of the first three movies, visited the high school for its encore production, where she mingled with the cast.

Defendini accompanied Savage at New York Comic Con on Oct. 5 for a panel discussion called “Celebrating 40 years of Alien with Adam Savage.”

Hudson County ZIP codes are some of the states most expensive

According to a study by RENTCafé, several Hudson County municipalities have been ranked some of the most expensive.

The study analyzed 4,4000 ZIP codes in over 130 markets and created national, regional, and state ranking.

According to the study Hoboken’s ZIP code 07030 ranks the highest with an average rent of $3,531 after a 2.7 percent annual growth. Jersey City comes second in the list, as ZIP codes 07310 and 07302 boast average rents of $3,297 and $3,291, respectively.

Edgewater, Weehawken and Fort Lee make it to the top with ZIP codes 07020 ($3,219), 07086 ($3,005) and 07024 ($2,595), respectively. Weehawken also registers the highest annual increase — 3.9 percent.

Hoboken man arrested for allegedly scooting while intoxicated

Hoboken resident Nicholas Cutrone, 26, was arrested on Sunday, Oct. 6 at approximately 4:08 p.m. for allegedly driving a scooter while intoxicated, according to a press release from the Hoboken Police Department.

Cutrone was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and refusal to submit breath samples.

According to the release, Sargeant Nicholas Burke saw Cutrone, who was allegedly unsteady and staggering, unlock a scooter in the area of Newark Street and Park Avenue.

Burke provided a description of Cutrone and went around the block in an attempt to stop him. As Burke approached Cutrone, he allegedly began to ride the scooter away.

Burke followed him with his lights and sirens on, advising him to stop, and Cutrone allegedly continued to drive unsteadily, allegedly swaying back and forth “as if he was going to lose control at any moment,” according to the press release.

After driving a block, Cutrone was given a field sobriety test. Cutrone allegedly failed the test, conducted by Officer Edward Lepre, and was placed under arrest.

While at headquarters, Cutrone allegedly refused to provide breath samples, and he was charged accordingly. Cutrone was later released to a responsible party.

Jersey City man sentenced to 25 years in aggravated manslaughter case

On Friday, Oct. 4,  Superior Court Judge Mark Nelson sentenced Jersey City resident Kevin Hodges, 39,  to 25 years in state prison for two counts of aggravated manslaughter, according to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

Earlier this year, Hodges pleaded guilty to the charges related to the deaths of his mother, Rebecca Hodges, and grandmother, Dorothy Bradshaw, in the Arlington Gardens public housing complex in Jersey City on Dec. 5, 2016.

On Dec. 5, 2016, at approximately 8:25 p.m., Jersey City Police Officers responded to 305 Randolph Ave. in Jersey City concerning a report of a woman in distress. Officer arrived and found two unresponsive female victims who had both sustained multiple stab wounds.

The victims were later identified as Rebecca Hodges, age 56, and Dorothy Bradshaw, age 76, both of whom were residents at that address. They were pronounced dead later that evening. Hodges, who was reportedly covered in blood, was apprehended by Jersey City Police Officers approximately one block from the scene.

Hodges was sentenced to a 25-year prison term for the death of each victim, to be served concurrently. The sentence is subject to the No Early Release Act which requires Hodges to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Hodges, who prior to pleading guilty had pursued a diminished capacity defense, admitted to causing the death of his mother and grandmother under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life and while being under the influence of PCP.

Free Narcan Training

The Hudson Regional Health Commission announced that it will be hosting two free Naloxone (Narcan) training sessions. Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse the life-threatening effects of an opioid overdose.

The sessions will be held in collaboration with Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The first session will take place on Oct. 24 at the Kearny Health Deptartment, 645 Kearny Ave., at 6 p.m. The second session will take place at the Secaucus Public Library, 1379 Paterson Plank Rd., at 6:30 p.m.

Training will include overdose prevention strategies, signs and symptoms of overdose, how to administer Naloxone, rescue breathing, overdose prevention legal rights, information on support services, and free naloxone kits to the first 25 attendees.

For more information, contact Christina Butieb-Bianco at 201-223-1133 or

Celebrated jazz drummer Winard Harper to perform at Cathedral Arts Live

Cathedral Arts Live will welcome celebrated jazz drummer Winard Harper to the stage Oct.18, 2019 at 7 p.m at Grace Van Vorst Church, 39 Erie St., Jersey City.

A virtuoso on the drum set and the balafon, the West African equivalent of the marimba, Harper is a sought-after collaborator at home and abroad.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Hot food and cold beverages available for purchase. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information go to or to purchase tickets.

“Real Housewives of Secaucus” comes to Avenel Performing Arts Center

The “Real Housewives of Secaucus” a musical parody, will be showing at the Avenel Performing Arts Center at 150 Avenel St. in Woodbridge on Oct. 16, 17, and 18.

The play was created, written, and directed by three-time Emmy winner Anthony Wilkinson, and is a comedic spoof of outlandish reality TV shows.

Faux fur will fly, and actors will be dancing in the aisles in an interactive performance.

Nancy Levine (Laugh Out Loud Productions), Kim Marco Pirrella (Bravo TV’s ‘The Housewives of New Jersey’), Debra Toscano (Emmy Nominated ‘Tainted Dreams’), Tricia Gozzi Shutte (A&E) and Tina Jensen (The Glamazons) star in the musical.

Tickets are available for $39.50 on, or by calling 732-314-0500.

Houlihan’s in Weehawken closes abruptly

Popular Houlihan’s bar and restaurant closed abruptly in Weehawken on the morning of Oct. 8. The official Houlihan’s Twitter account responded to one inquiry about the location’s closure.

“Unfortunately, as a result of an ongoing dispute with the landlord, we had to close the Weehawken location,” Houlihan’s said on Twitter. “We hope that you will continue to visit us at one of our nearby locations.”

According to local sources, the restaurant’s employees were fired on the spot after they showed up for a regular shift. They were oblivious to the imminent shutdown.

“The Township of Weehawken has been informed of the abrupt closure of Houlihan’s as a result of an ongoing lawsuit with Hartz Mountain,” the Weehawken official Twitter account said.

“For any Weehawken resident who has not been offered employment at any of the other locations, the township is proud to provide the Weehawken Works program which will assist residents looking for employment in the Township.”

The restaurant was located at 1200 Harbor Boulevard.

Free parenting classes for new moms and moms-to-be

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center will be hosting parenting classes at the hospital. To register or for more information, call Parent Educator/Lactation Consultant Robin Petrick at 201-295-4823.

The childbirth education series is a two-day course. The October series will hold classes on Oct. 19 and 26, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and costs $150. The December series will run on Dec. 7 and 14 at the same times.

Newborn baby care classes will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., on Oct. 30, Nov. 20, and Dec. 18. They cost $50 per couple.

A class on keys to successful breastfeeding will take place on Oct. 23 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., on Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Dec. 11, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $50 per couple.

Classes teaching siblings ages three years and older all about babies will also be runnning, and the cost iis $25 per family. For more information or to register for sibling prep classes, call Robin Petrick at 201-295-4823.

Fundraiser for Fund for a Better Waterfront announced

On Thursday, Nov.14 from 7 to 9 p.m. Hoboken nonprofit the Fund for a Better Waterfront will host their annual fundraising party at the Hoboken Elks Club, 1005 Washington St.

The evening will feature an open bar, music from the Bryan Beninghove Trio, hors d’oeuvres, bucket raffly gifts and prizes for FBW’s first annual Hoboken Waterfront Trivia Contest and more.

FBW will also present the 2019 Riparian Award to Hudson River Fishermen’s Association, the group that helped start the “riverkeeper” movement, and have been fighting to protect the Hudson River for more than 50 years.

To buy tickets or learn more go to