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Hoboken has launched a second survey to get feedback on the Sinatra Drive Redesign Project. Photo provided by the City of Hoboken.

Hoboken launches second survey for Sinatra Drive Redesign Project

The city of Hoboken launched their second online survey to get feedback on the preliminary design concepts for the Sinatra Drive Redesign Project, with the city looking to upgrade the waterfront road. For more info, visit hudsonreporter.com/2022/06/03/city-of-hoboken-seeks-community-input-on-sinatra-drive-redesign-concepts/

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North Bergen gives out T-Ball awards

About 110 kids ages 4 to 6 received participation awards in a ceremony at the Recreation Center on Wednesday, June 1 as T-Ball season reached its end. Mayor Nicholas Sacco presented the awards, along with township Commissioners Hugo Cabrera, Frank Gargiulo, Julio Marenco, and Allen Pascual, and Nick Sacco, Jr., who runs the program. All kids received presentation awards and photos with the mayor and commissioners, after which everyone got to enjoy snacks including hot dogs, chips and drinks.

Secaucus swears in third generation firefighter

Eric Kosky was sworn in as a firefighter with the Secaucus Volunteer Fire Department at the Town Council meeting in May. He will represent the third generation of the Kosky family to serve the Department. His father, Ex-chief Ronald Kosky Jr., is a firefighter with Engine Co. No. 1 and his late grandfather, Ronald Kosky Sr., was with Tower 2. His late Uncle Kevin Kosky also served in the Fire Department with Engine 1 and Tower 2. Eric joins Tower 2 and has been assigned his grandfather’s number.

Tennis court and pool access at Stevens for fully vaxxed and boosted

The city of Hoboken announced that fully vaccinated and boosted residents over the age of 5 can access the tennis courts and indoor swimming pool at Stevens Institute of Technology free of charge. The tennis courts can be accessed from June 6 to Aug. 28, while the pool will be available year-round.

Residents that want to sign up for access must first register at www.hobokennj.gov/stevenstennis to provide information and proof of full vaccination and booster dose. After approval from the city, residents must then register with Stevens at stevens.dserec.com/online/membership.

North Bergen sixth-graders celebrate anti-drug graduation

North Bergen’s sixth-grade students celebrated their graduation from the L.E.A.D. Program on Wednesday, June 1. L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) is a program designed to educate kids about the dangers of drug use by promoting healthy and safe lifestyles.

The annual celebration made a comeback on Stan Newman Field at 64th Street field after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 500 sixth graders in North Bergen, who were unable to celebrate last year as fifth graders, participated in the program and were rewarded with a day of bounce houses, rock-climbing, water slides, games, activities, pizza, ice cream, and more.

Popular entertainer Lori Michaels, who has been part of the program every year since the beginning 22 years ago, was back again this year, leading the crowd in spirited singalongs. Dancers from her entertainment group also performed, to the delight of the crowd.

Officer Joe Sitty, who runs the L.E.A.D. program in North Bergen, served as host for the event and introduced the noted guests, including Mayor Nicholas Sacco, Commissioners Hugo Cabrera and Allen Pascual, Police Chief Peter Fasilis, and School Superintendent Dr. George Solter, all of whom congratulated the kids on their achievements. Joining them were many other township officials and administrators. The festivities included a raffle for six bicycles and many more prizes.

Secaucus Memorial Day parade returns

The 2022 Annual Memorial Day Parade in Secaucus was held on May 21. Despite soaring temperatures reaching well into the 90s, residents of all ages lined the streets to wave to veterans, marching bands, school and town organizations, and Mayor Gonnelli and members of the Town Council who marched to commemorate those lost in service to our nation. WWII Navy veteran Emmett Thompson was the honored Grand Marshall and Senior of the Year Renate Kern was the honored special guest.

Residents lined the streets to view the Parade that started at the Huber Street Municipal Parking Lot, proceeded to the Plaza, up Front Street,
Fifth Street and Centre Avenue and ended at Buchmuller Park. At the entrance of the park, spectators cheered as the Secaucus Concert Band played patriotic tunes. Hotdogs and much needed cold water were served to all those who attended. Children lined up for face-painting, bounce houses, petting zoos, and balloon art giveaways. Live music was provided by Broken Friday, that kept the crowds tapping their dancing feet.

Earlier in the day, the Fire Chiefs, Mayor Gonnelli and members of the Town Council gathered at Town Hall to place wreaths and honor Secaucus firefighters lost in the line of duty.

Retiring North Bergen police sergeant honored with ‘walkout’

A large crowd of police officers, township officials and employees, and residents stood outside North Bergen Police Station headquarters on Wednesday, June 1 to honor Sgt. Peter Insetta with a “walkout” on his last day with the department. Insetta began his career with the NBPD in 1994 after serving in the US Army Reserves.

Insetta’s specialized in conducting Missing Person Cold Case Investigations and training includes Arson Investigation, working with North Bergen Fire Prevention and North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue for over 10 years. He is also assigned to the Hudson County Prosecutors Office Arson Task Force. Insetta has been awarded with 32 department commendations – most notably a Class A award for the shooting investigation at 26th Street and Grand Avenue which resulted in the arrest of the Jersey City homicide suspects.

North Bergen police honor Insetta with a ‘walkout’ on June 1.