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Jersey City marked the completion of improvements to the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza. Photo credit: Jennifer Brown/City of Jersey City.

Jersey City school business administrator sues, claiming work discrimination

Jersey City school business administrator Regina Robinson is suing the top leadership in the Jersey City school district, alleging that she was discriminated against because of her sex and race during her tenure and that the leadership broke state law while doing so.

Robinson notably saw her contract not renewed after the Board of Education voted it down back in April. Her contract was set to expire on July 1.

Read the full story at: hudsonreporter.com/2022/07/01/jersey-city-school-business-administrator-sues-claiming-work-discrimination.

North Bergen swears in four new police officers

Mayor Nicholas Sacco, Police Chief Peter Fasilis, and Public Safety Commissioner Allen Pascual presided over an Oath of Office Ceremony on Tuesday, July 12. During the ceremony, four new Special Law Enforcement Officer Class II Recruits (SLEO II) were sworn in to the North Bergen Police Department.

Read the full story at: hudsonreporter.com/2022/07/13/north-bergen-swears-in-new-police-officers.

Secaucus parks upgrades underway

With summer in full swing, Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli recently updated residents on the state of local parks, encouraging adults and youth alike to take advantage of the outdoors.

Read the full story at: hudsonreporter.com/2022/07/12/gonnelli-highlights-parks-upgrades-underway-in-secaucus.

‘Vesti La Giubba: A Clown is a Man’

SlaughterDK, an up-and-coming North Hudson artist also known as Kevin Diaz, returned to Greenhive Atelier for another solo exhibition. Born in North Bergen, raised in Guttenberg, and now with his own studio space in Union City, Diaz recently held another art show at Greenhive at 102 45th Street.

Read the full story at: hudsonreporter.com/2022/06/20/vesti-la-giubba-a-clown-is-a-man.

New Jersey Blood Services to host Hudson County blood drives

New Jersey Blood Services has announced a series of blood drives taking place in Hudson County in August.

The following drives are:

  • August 10: Hoboken Public Safety, 106 Hudson St, Hoboken from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • August 12: Newport Centre Mall, 30 Mall Drive West, Jersey City from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • August 16: Immaculate Conception Church, 780 Post Place, Secaucus from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • August 18: Senior Community Center at Story Court, 16 West 4th St, Bayonne from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • August 26: Newport Centre Mall, 30 Mall Drive West, Jersey City from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • August 30: Harrison Rec. & Community Center, 401 Warren St., Harrison from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

$353k in back wages recovered for T-Mobile sales associates

The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $353,945 in back wages and liquidated damages for 79 sales associates at 12 New Jersey T-Mobile locations whose owners willfully denied the employees overtime wages for hours over 40 in a work week. The Metro by T-Mobile locations included Bayonne, Union City, Colonia, Elizabeth, and Somerset.

Read the full story at: hudsonreporter.com/2022/07/11/353k-in-back-wages-recovered-for-t-mobile-sales-associates.

Secaucus eyes updates to flood plain management regulations

Secaucus is updating its town code to be on the same page as the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).

Read the full story at: hudsonreporter.com/2022/07/07/secaucus-eyes-updates-to-flood-plain-management-regulations.

Two dead in tragedy on the Hudson

NY Waterway joined the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Harbor Unit and the New York Police Department (NYPD) Harbor and Aviation Units in rescuing passengers from a boat that capsized on the Hudson River on July 12, in which two persons drowned.

Read the full story at: hudsonreporter.com/2022/07/13/two-dead-in-tragedy-on-the-hudson.

Jersey City mark completion of Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza improvements

Jersey City officials gathered on July 11 to mark the completion of $7 million in improvements for the Newark Plaza Pedestrian Drive. The upgrades includes an outdoor concert stage for community events, bike racks, benches, planters with built-in seating, tree plantings, and leveling of the street to remove curb drop-off for safer stroller and wheelchair accessibility.

The plaza had begun as a test program in 2014 before being established in 2015. It was expanded in 2018 as well as during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Security measures reviewed at Secaucus schools in wake of Uvalde shooting

In the wake of the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Mayor Michael Gonnelli and Secaucus Police Department Chief Dennis Miller reviewed the safety measures taken by the town.

Read the full story at: hudsonreporter.com/2022/07/06/security-measures-reviewed-at-secaucus-schools-in-wake-of-uvalde-shooting.

North Hudson mayors sworn in

In Weehawken, returning Mayor Richard Turner and the Township Council were sworn in on Friday, July 1. In Union City, Mayor and State Senator Brian Stack was also sworn in without a public ceremony.

Read the full story at: hudsonreporter.com/2022/07/05/mayor-richard-turner-and-weehawken-township-council-sworn-in.

Union City men plead guilty to running ‘Grandparent Scam’

Appearing before a federal judge in Providence, Rhode Island, three individuals have admitted that they participated in a “Grandparent Scam” that defrauded fourteen Rhode Island seniors out of a total of more than $350,000, announced U.S. Attorney for the District of Rhode Island Zachary A. Cunha. 22-year-old Bryan Valdez-Espinosa of Union City, 22-year-old Diego A. Alarcon of Union City, and Jason Hatcher, a 40-year-old of New York City, admitted that in June 2021, they traveled to New England to participate in the scam.

Read the full story at: hudsonreporter.com/2022/07/07/union-city-men-plead-guilty-to-running-grandparent-scam.

Hammonton man arrested for alleged sex crime in West New York

On Sunday, July 10, members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested Rogelio Rendon-Mejia, a 42-year-old of Hammonton. Rendon-Mejia was charged for committing a sex crime on a woman in West New York, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

Read the full story at: hudsonreporter.com/2022/07/11/hammonton-man-arrested-for-sex-crime-in-west-new-york.

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