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his special annual “Year in Review 2011” edition of the Hudson Reporter newspapers replaces your regular Sunday editions in Guttenberg, Hoboken, North Bergen, Jersey City, Secaucus, Union City, West New York, and Weehawken. Watch for another special “Year in Photos” edition next weekend, Jan. 1, 2012! We are still publishing breaking news continuously on our website,, and in our briefs. See briefs for our holiday deadlines and closures. Call 201-798-7800 if you have questions. Happy holidays!

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FAREWELL TO A LEADER – Former County Freeholder Maurice Fitzgibbons passed away Sunday night. See below.

Former freeholder, Democratic leader Maurice Fitzgibbons passes away ormer Hudson County Freeholder Maurice Fitzgibbons died late Sunday night, Dec. 18, at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City at the age of 57. A Hoboken native, Fitzgibbons worked in government for two decades before he decided to run for freeholder in 1993, a job in which he eventually served for 15 years. Fitzgibbons became Hoboken’s recreation director at age 20 and was the Hoboken Democratic chairman twice, from 1994 to 1998 and then again in 2008. Over the years, he also served as a trustee at the Jersey City Performing Arts Center in the Loew’s Theater. A proponent of the arts and local tourism, Fitzgibbons pushed for funding for the Hoboken Museum and for restoration of the Hoboken YMCA, as well as for the Boys and Girls Club, improvements to Columbus Park, and the now-ongoing reconstruction of the 14th Street Viaduct. Fitzgibbons was also recently renominated by Gov. Chris Christie for a role on the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Fitzgibbons ran a local public relations firm and went to great lengths each summer to publicize the popular St. Ann’s Festival in western Hoboken. Assemblyman Ruben J. Ramos (D – Hoboken) released a statement on Monday


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Some of this year’s biggest stories Hurricane, elections, scandals, and teacher tenure made local news this year

In September, cities and towns throughout Hudson County held ceremonies to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Pictured: Scenes from Jersey City’s 9/11 ceremony.

By E. Assata Wright and Stephen LaMarca Reporter staff writers

ur annual Year in Review issue contains rundowns of top stories in the areas of politics, development, business, entertainment, and sports, and there were several notable stories and events in 2011 that fell into those categories. But there were other notable stores this year. Here is a look at some of the major news stories that caught our readers’ attention in 2011. Read on for other big stories that fall into major categories.



G r a n d P r ix t o com e t o cit y st r eets – It was announced this year that an international road race will come to Weehawken and West New York in 2013. Each year the race is run on the streets of major cities, streets which will be blocked off during the event. Local officials expect to reap hundreds of thousands of dollars in added business and, so far, complaints from residents regarding the impending event have been minimal. Ten t h a n n iver sa r y of Sep t . 11 a t t a ck s – Every town in Hudson County commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The town of Weehawken unveiled a new memorial on the waterfront. Hoboken and Jersey City, which had the

most victims of all the Hudson County towns, hosted more than one major event in connection with the 10year anniversary. New Jersey also debuted Empty Sky, the state 9/11 memorial, in Jersey City’s Liberty State Park. H u r r ica n e I r en e a n d mu lt ip le sn owst or m s – In August, Hurricane Irene made second landfall on the New Jersey shore, a rare event and one that forced several local towns to announce mandatory evacuations for some of their residents. Hoboken and Jersey City told residents of low-lying areas to leave in advance of

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Pivotal year in politics

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2011 will be remembered for change

A divided HCDO

Hudson’s political titans – Brian Stack and State Sen. and North Bergen Mayor Nich ola s Sa cco.

By Al Sullivan Reporter staff writer

y far the biggest political story in Hudson County in 2011 was the victory of Dr. Felix Roque and his ticket in the West New York municipal election in May, a victory against the once insurmountable might of the Hudson County Democratic Organization. Roque’s defeat of incumbent Mayor Sa l Vega may be the biggest political defeat of the HCDO since the political maverick Bill O ’Dea beat the once all-powerful Democratic boss Bob J a n iszewsk i in a clash over O’Dea wanting to become a freeholder the late 1990s. Roque’s ticket won despite being vastly out spent by Vega, by drawing on the outraged public who were frustrated by higher taxes and other issues. Roque managed to frustrate some of the most savvy political consultants in the county – including the legendary P a u l Swib in k i, who later expressed his admiration for Roque’s ability to draw on the public anger and use it to win. Roque’s ticket also over came the GOTV(get out the vote) efforts of Tom Ba r t oli, a behind-the-scenes guru for Jersey City Councilman St eve F u lop and Hoboken Councilman M ich a el R u sso. (Roque probably got help from Union City Mayor and State Sen. Br ia n St a ck , R ep . Alb io Sir es, and others.) The Roque victory became a symbol of a decline in the fortunes of the HCDO, which has been suffering internal feuds for several years, including clashes between North


Redistricting changed political landscape, too Every decade following the federal census, political districts are realigned to reflect the current populations. This year, West New York was moved out of the 31st District, where Stack is senator, and put into the 32nd District, where Sacco is senator. Thus, Roque’s administration gives Stack a possible ally located in the heart of the Sacco camp.

The Jersey City council race left some unanswered questions. Redistricting, however, was not kind to Stack either, who lost reliable votes in West New York and gained virgin political territory in Jersey City, where there is the potential for future opposition. Redistricting also ended the Assembly career of J oa n Q u igley, who had served as Sacco’s loyal ally in the 32nd District since 1993. While Sacco retained Assemblyman Vincent

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Sacco, however, emerged in 2011 as a front line political power. Prior to this, Sacco has always been content to work in the background. But this year, he openly dealt with state-level operatives to get Prieto a chairmanship on state Assembly budget committee, and backed Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver for speaker of the Assembly. The latter move caused a rift with southern Hudson County when Assemblyman J a son O ’Don n ell of Bayonne voted against Oliver – partly because Oliver and state Sen. St eve Sween ey brokered an anti-union deal with G ov. C h r ist op h er C h r ist ie earlier in the year. This rift – if rumors are to be believed – could spell the end of Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith’s chairmanship of the HCDO in June 2012. Stack, meanwhile, inherited a potential rival in Sea n C on n or s of Jersey City as his Assembly running mate. While Stack retained Assemblyman Ruben Ramos of Hoboken, it is unclear what their relationship is, and whether Ramos will seek to run for Hoboken mayor against incumbent Dawn Z im m er in 2013. At that point, Stack could face another potential rival for his state Senate seat.

Christie gains support among some local Dems Sacco may have expanded his political geography in order to counter the trend among some mayors such as Stack, Zimmer, and possibly Roque, who have become allies of Republican Gov. Christie.

DAVID AND GOLIATH – Dr. Felix Roque pulled one of the biggest political upsets in modern history by beating the Democratic machine in the West New York elections.

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CHAMPIONSHIP YEAR – Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer lived up to the old cliché of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, frustrating her opponents in Hoboken on nearly every political turn. At the heart of the HCDO’s troubles in 2011 has been Christie’s ability to divide Hudson County’s political leadership – threatening to undermine the HCDO’s ability to get out the vote going into a presidential election in 2012. This division of Democrats in Hudson County could result in swinging New Jersey into supporting a Republican presidential candidate.

Zimmer’s victories in Hoboken Rivaling Roque’s victory as the most significant political story of 2011 has been the ongoing guerilla warfare between Zimmer supporters and the various factions that make up the anti-Zimmer block. The anti-Zimmer forces came into 2011 with high expectations after coming together to help T im O cch ip in t i beat incumbent M ich a el L en z in November 2010, hoping to retain control of the City Council after the May ward council races. Although these factions managed to beat Zimmer in a citywide vote, the Zimmer camp was able to squeak out a victory in two wards that allowed Zimmer to retain a one-vote majority on the City Council. Two political skirmishes highlighted the second half

of 2011 in Hoboken: Battles over alleged misuse of city e-mails and the sale of the Hoboken University Hospital to a private company. Gov. Christie, the former U.S. attorney, appears to have played a significant role in helping Zimmer in both instances, but more importantly in pushing ahead with the sale of the hospital. By year’s end, Zimmer appears to have won significant victories at a time when the rare unity of the opposition used to defeat Lenz has degenerated into petty divisions as each of the former anti-Zimmer allies gears up for a run for mayor in 2013. Expect 2012 to see these divisions widen, allowing Zimmer to build on her successes.

Jersey City elections set the stage for 2013 elections The third biggest political story in 2011 took place in Jersey City as powerbrokers tested the waters for a 2013 mayoral run, testing their political machines both in the battle over control of the Jersey City Democratic

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Rentals, trains, pipelines, and growth Biggest stories in Hudson County development and transportation in 2011

STILL RISING – 1450 Washington in Hoboken was nearly finished at the end of 2011.

By Ray Smith Reporter staff writer

pparently, the slow national economy hasn’t stopped people from wanting to live and do business in Hudson County. Several residential and commercial developments rose and were announced over the past year. In addition, there was a lot of transportation news – including the announcement of a new Amtrak tunnel, and progress on the waterfront walkway and a light rail bridge. Here are some of the biggest stories in local development and transportation.



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1) Train and tunnel projects move forward Because of a strong demand from North Jersey commuters heading into New York City, officials have hoped for another train tunnel under the Hudson River. A major state-funded project, the $8.7 billion Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) tunnel, was crushed by Gov. Christopher Christie in late 2010. Christie blamed cost overruns and the expense in general. But this past February, talks began that Amtrak would plan a tunnel to follow the same route as the ARC tunnel from Hudson County to New York City. The project, dubbed the “Gateway” tunnel, will allow eight more Amtrak trains and 13 more NJ Transit trains per hour to

take the route. The U.S. Senate approved $15 million in design and engineering funds. The $13.5 billion project will take approximately 10 years to complete. Also this year, local officials also jumped on the bandwagon in support of a New York City subway expansion project that may extend the No. 7 subway train to Secaucus and possibly Hoboken.

2) New residential developments even in economy; rents rise Several major development projects underwent construction this past year. In Hoboken, Toll Brothers is putting the finishing touches on 1450 Washington, a new mixed-use development site on uptown Washington Street near their luxury Tea Building complex. Meanwhile, down 14th Street, Advance Realty continues construction of 14 Willow, another mixed-use and residential building on Willow Avenue. Jersey City is seeing several areas of construction and future construction, including LeFrak expanding the Newport development, and the ongoing Van Leer Place development (438 residential units at the site of a former

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Remarkable triumphs, sadness mark top sports stories St. Anthony’s national title, North Bergen’s miracle head 2011 list By Jim Hague Reporter sports columnist

he calendar year of 2011 brought a lot of major headlines for the local sports scene. There were championships of huge magnitude and there was the sadness that came with the passing of several top sports personalities. Let’s take a look at the top 10 sports stories for 2011.


1. St. Anthony goes undefeated, wins T of C and national championship It was yet another dream season for the fabulous Friars of St. Anthony, who won all 33 of their games, including a major showdown against St. Patrick of Elizabeth, a game that for the first time ever pitted the No. 1-ranked and No. 2-ranked teams in the country for the NJSIAA Non-Public B North championship at Rutgers University. The Friars entered that

game as the No. 2 team, but soundly defeated the top-ranked and heavily favored Celtics, 6245, to win that championship. Then they won the final three games of the season to earn the national title. Along the way, legendary coach Bob Hurley won the 1,000th game of his storied career.

2. North Bergen wins Group IV football state championship It was an ending that even Hollywood moguls would reject as being too unbelievable if presented in a movie script. The North Bergen football team won the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group IV state championship by defeating heavily favored Montclair, 14-13. They won on the final play of the game in MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands on a 22yard touchdown pass from Sergio Rodriguez to Debray Tavarez. It was the final game of legendary coach Vince Ascolese’s 50-year career and came after the Bruins had won both of their playoff games in overtime.

FABULOUS FRIARS AGAIN – In March, the Friars of St. Anthony won the fourth national championship in the school’s history, defeating Plainfield to win the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions.

3. Hudson County mourns the loss of several major sports personalities Sadness prevailed throughout Hudson County during 2011 as several prominent sports people passed away. In April, the area said goodbye to a true Jersey City icon when Ed “The Faa” Ford, a longtime coach, instructor, and sports columnist, died. In October, West New York was saddened by the passing of long-time Memorial baseball coach Tony Ferrainolo, who earlier in the year had become

the all-time leader in New Jersey baseball coaching victories. Former Snyder All-County basketball player Clarence “Boo-Bee” Richardson passed away at age 49. Beloved Dickinson athletic director Gennaro “Roddy” Maffia also passed on. In a span of just two weeks, basketball legends and brothers George and Danny Waddleton both passed away. Longtime grid coach and Hall of Fame football player Bill Gargiulo also passed on. Weehawken’s most prominent coach, “The Big Laddie,” Howard Wolf, died as well.

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Top business stories of the year Hospitals went for-profit, new stores moved in, businesses got controversial tax credits By Adriana Rambay Fernández Reporter staff writer

espite a stagnant unemployment rate and poor national rankings, New Jersey businesses saw a second year of improved sales, profits, spending, and employment in 2011, moving the state one more step away from its recession low recorded in 2009, according to a New Jersey Business and Industry Association 2012 Business Outlook Survey. The state unemployment rate remained high in November at 9.1 percent, according to the Department of Labor. The Hudson County rate was 9.9 percent, while the national rate fell to 8.6 percent. Still, Hudson County managed to attract major retail chains like Walmart (Bayonne) and Office Depot (Hoboken). The county saw discussion over several big business stories and controversies this year. For one, several of the county’s six hospitals were recently sold or will be sold to for-profit companies who may be able to run them more efficiently, but might not be in-network with most insurance carriers and may drop certain services needed by the community.


Also in the county, several businesses changed locations with the help of a controversial tax credit meant to keep them in New Jersey. However, the credit only applies to businesses moving to certain urban areas, which means that other local towns lose out.

COMPANIES MOVE, GET CONTROVERSIAL TAX CREDITS Companies such as Goya Foods, Panasonic, and Pearson Education have benefited from the state’s Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit program, which was signed into law under former Gov. Jon Corzine’s administration in 2008 as a way to spur private capital investment, revitalize urban centers, and increase transit ridership. Jersey City, Hoboken, and Newark, which have major transit stations, are among the nine cities classified as urban transit hubs, while Secaucus is not. This factor resulted in loss of business to the town. Developers hoping to receive the tax credit must invest at least $50 million in a business facility located within one-half mile of a major transit station and employ at least 250 individuals full-time in one of the designated urban hubs. Thus, the




In November the Jersey City Council approved a controversial package of $81.9 million in tax breaks for Secaucus-based Goya Foods, Inc., which plans to build a facility in Jersey City. Panasonic company, which announced that it might leave the state, instead received $102.4 million to relocate from Secaucus to Newark and will move 806 jobs there. Secaucus officials were unhappy, saying the credit appeared to lure the company out of town. In addition, this past year, Goya received $81.9 million from the state and additional tax incentives from Jersey City to move more than 350 jobs from Secaucus and Bethpage, N.Y. The Jersey City location is less than a mile from Secaucus. However, Goya will maintain a manufacturing facility in Secaucus.



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morning: “Maurice was like family to me, but more so than anything, he was a mentor and a true guide. Maurice’s reputation as a freeholder extends far outside our city’s limits. Since I was elected to the Assembly, I haven’t met anyone in the State House who hasn’t experienced Maurice’s random acts of kindness and generosity. His loss is one that will ring throughout the state. Maurice ... fought relentlessly for the city of Hoboken.” Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer expressed her condolences to the family and friends of Fitzgibbons on behalf of the city of Hoboken. Among family members, Fitzgibbons was the brother of longtime city housing inspector Jude Fitzgibbons.

Zimmer said of Fitzgibbons, “He was a strong advocate of the arts, with a long history of service to our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.” Freeholder Anthony Romano said it was an honor to succeed Fitzgibbons in office. Romano was elected in 2008 after Fitzgibbons surprisingly decided not to seek another term as freeholder. “Maurice was a big influence in Hoboken all of his life,” Romano said on Monday morning. “He was always thinking of the people of Hudson County.” A funeral mass was held Thursday at St. Ann’s Church in Hoboken. Burial was in North Arlington.

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After two red-light cameras in JC record 16,000 violations, third one installed

GIFTS FOR THOSE IN NEED – Santa visited and handed out gifts to children and patients at the Women, Infants, and Children Center of Union City Thursday, Dec. 15. Pictured (from left): WIC Administrative Assistant Dorcas Gonzales, NHCAC Director Rosemary Lavagnino, Santa and patients, NHCAC CEO Chris Irizarry, and WIC Supervisor Michele Musunuci. See briefs.

J E R SE Y C I T Y – Officials from the Jersey City Police Department have announced that a third red-light camera began its trial phase at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at the intersection of Merseles and Montgomery streets. The camera, which is part of a New Jersey Department of Transportation program, will take video and photos of motorists who run through red lights.

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Under an agreement reached with the JCBOE, longtime School Superintendent Dr. Charles Epps agreed in October to leave his position on Dec. 31.



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the weekend storm. In the end, Hudson County was not hit as hard as other parts of New Jersey. Similarly, a rare October snowstorm blanketed local towns on Saturday, Oct. 29, causing power outages and downed trees throughout the state. Again, Hudson County was spared the worst damage. Last winter saw a series of major snowstorms as well, including a blizzard on Jan. 27 that closed schools and wreaked havoc. M or e h ea lt h ca r e for low-in com e r esid en t s – In October, the non-profit North Hudson Community Action Corporation (NHCAC) opened a brand new dental center in West New York. The center used a $1.2 million federal grant to turn a former 195 square foot office into a 2,400 square-foot suite, which could double the center’s 7,000 annual dental patients. The NHCAC provides screenings and medical services to needy residents throughout Hudson County.


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Galaxy Towers continues to make headlines The Galaxy Towers, a luxury waterfront condominium complex that contains most of the population of Guttenberg, has continually made headlines in 2011.

Perhaps most notable was the residents’ active involvement in a protest of a nearby proposed development. Residents were concerned that developers of the controversial Appleview, LLC condos will build them too close to a gas pipeline, and may remove too much of the Palisade hills. But the project was approved in October by the Hudson County Planning Board (see development story, inside). Other controversies at the Galaxy included a lawsuit by a former spa employee against the board, and the layoff of 60 unionized longtime employees in August. The former employees are awaiting the results of a hearing before the National Labor Relations Board.

HOBOKEN F BI invest iga t ion of e-m a il t a m p er in g – It all began with a phone call from Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who had reason to believe that someone in City Hall was intercepting her e-mails and giving them to others. In May, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents removed computers and other items from the city’s Information Technology office. In November, former Information Technology specialist Patrick Ricciardi surrendered and faced charges that he allegedly intercepted e-mails sent to and from Zimmer.

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of public forums for parents, teachers, and residents to discuss the superintendent search process.

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An FBI criminal complaint alleged that the emails had been seen by at least three other people in the city, although no further arrests have been made thus far. According to an FBI complaint, Ricciardi confessed on May 25 to allegedly setting up an “archive file” that would intercept Zimmer’s emails. He appeared in federal court in Newark on Nov. 9 to be read his charges, but has not entered a plea. He faces a potential maximum jail sentence of five years for each count. Pop u la r t ea ch er s d en ied t en u r e – At the end of the 2010-2011 school year, the Hoboken Board of Education denied tenure to two popular teachers, theater arts teacher Paula Ohaus and Cheng-Yen Hillenbrand, director of the gifted and talented program. Ohaus was credited with resurrecting the theater program in 1990, but ran afoul of Schools Superintendent Mark Toback after it was discovered that she had given students rides in her car and had allowed group sleepovers at her home. Ohaus responded that she had received parental consent for these activities and parents often accompanied their children to the sleepovers and outings. Many parents and students rallied to Ohaus’ defense. The controversy to deny tenure ultimately turned political, with allies of Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer supporting the denial of tenure and other school board members supporting tenure. R en t con t r ol ch a n ges/r efer en d u m – In November, Hoboken residents voted to keep changes that were made to the city’s rent control ordinance by the City Council earlier in the year. Hoboken’s rent control law, first enacted in 1973, limits the amount a landlord can raise the rent each year to a few percentage points (depending on economic indicators). There are exceptions built into the law for landlords who make improvements and for other matters. The law currently applies to most apartments built before 1987. However, a group of property owners believe the law is outdated. For two years, a City Council committee worked on minor changes

Union City Mayor Brian Stack with Police Chief Charles Everett, who retired in October after a News 12 investigation maintained he had earned thousands of dollars each year for off-duty police work. for a national search for a new school superinand unanimously approved them earlier this tendent. year. A main change limits the amount of time Over the last two years school reformers have in which a renter can be reimbursed if he or she won control of the Jersey City Board of discovers that the landlord has illegally jacked Education (BOE), thanks in part to the up rent. In the past, renters could win triple endorsement of Ward E City Councilman damages for having overpaid rent for many Steven Fulop. After the April 2011 Board of years. The changes limit the number of years Education election, five of the nine seats on the for which they can collect to two. Other BOE were held by education reformers who changes included rules regarding documentafavored conducting a national applicant search tion that landlords must provide. to replace Epps. Believing the changes to be unfair, tenants’ First appointed by the state to be school rights activists fought to put the changes on the superintendent when the state had control of ballot, hoping to repeal them. But on Election the local school system, Epps was a controverDay, 3,349 residents voted to keep the changes, sial figure during his 10-year tenure. while 1,563 people voted to repeal them. According to his supporters, the Jersey City Public School District made several improvements under his leadership. But his legacy also JERSEY CITY includes years of low test scores. Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, most Jersey Sch ool Su p er in t en d en t C h a r les E p p s City schools have failed to make Adequate r esign s – As a result of a coup years in the Yearly Progress, and the district has failed to making, longtime Jersey City School meet other federal benchmarks. Superintendent Dr. Charles Epps announced he This month the school board began a series will leave the district Dec. 31, opening the door

P r op er t y r eva l b egin s – In the fall, a controversial property revaluation officially began, leaving many longtime residents and small business owners fearful that their taxes will skyrocket once the reval is completed in 2012. In a reval, properties are reassessed so that owners pay taxes based on the current market value. Jersey City’s last revaluation was in the 1980s. Most municipalities in New Jersey, including other towns in Hudson County, have gone without a reval for 15 or longer, meaning many property owners are paying taxes based on outdated assessment values. Roughly a third of property owners are paying less than they should be in property taxes, while another third of property owners are paying too much. Still, many Jersey City homeowners are skeptical of the current revaluation process and fear their taxes are likely to go up while commercial property owners will see a drop. Several homeowners have predicted that people will be taxed out of the city.

NORTH BERGEN Sa cco win s h is 6th t er m a s m ayor – In May, longtime Mayor Nicholas Sacco and his Board of Commissioners were re-elected, capturing around 83 percent of the vote. In contrast to 2007, Sacco’s team actually had opposition. The opposing Citizens for Change ticket included five residents, one of whom was a former town employee who had filed a suit against the town for emotional distress (the town eventually agreed to a $90,000 settlement, although the lawsuit was thrown out). Both sides in the nasty election accused each other of campaign trickery. In North Bergen’s form of government, five commissioners run for office and then choose a mayor from among themselves. Sacco, who is also a state senator, was chosen once again.


For m er M ayor E lwell convict ed – After a two-week trial, former Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell was convicted in July of accepting a $10,000 bribe from FBI informant Solomon Dwek – who presented himself as a developer and offered bribes to politicians as part of a federal sting. A jury concluded that Elwell accepted the money through an intermediary, political consultant Ronald Manzo, who had pleaded guilty in May. He testified against Elwell. A federal jury didn’t believe Elwell’s defense that he thought the money from Dwek was

North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco gives his victory speech following his successful candidacy for reelection last May. meant to be a campaign contribution, rather than a bribe. Elwell’s attorneys tried unsuccessfully to have his conviction overturned. His sentencing has been postponed until 2012. The former mayor had been among 46 religious leaders and public officials arrested in the summer of 2009 as part of the FBI sting operation known as Operation Bid Rig. Among

the phony development projects Dwek said he wanted to build was a hotel in Secaucus. F ir efigh t er s n ot r ein st a t ed a ft er h a r a ssm en t con t r over sy – After a seven-month independent investigation, the Secaucus Town Council decided in February – on the advice of legal counsel – not to reinstate three former volunteer fire fighters who had been implicat-

ed in the notorious 2004 harassment of a gay couple who once lived in town. The February decision finally put an end to a long, ugly saga in Secaucus in which the gay couple had charged that they endured violent threats and other harassment at the hands of firefighters assigned to the North End firehouse, which was next door to their home. The couple moved away and won a hefty civil suit against the town in 2008. Three firefighters who had been accused in court testimony of taking part in one particularly violent attack resigned from the Fire Department in 2008 after the couple won their court case. The firefighters, however, claimed they were forced out of the department by then-Mayor Dennis Elwell and his allies on the Secaucus Town Council. The firefighters began a campaign to be reinstated after Michael Gonnelli – himself a member of the Secaucus Volunteer Fire Department – won the 2009 mayoral election. Their push for reinstatement opened old wounds surrounding the case and divided residents in town. But Mayor Gonnelli said he was determined to end the ongoing rancor surrounding the case and ordered an independent investigation to determine whether the firefighters should be reinstated. When the Town Council decided against reinstatement, some residents predicted there would be fallout since the firefighters’ supporters had threatened various reprisals. However, in the 11 months since, no such fallout has occurred.

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Mayor Nicholas J. Sacco invites North Bergen Seniors to enjoy a day at

Empire City Casino & Yonkers Race Track

Saturday, January 7th 9am - 5:30pm, $5.00pp (RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST! Payment must be made in advance.)

Receive $5 coin voucher & $10 food voucher. Seating is limited. Light snacks will be served on the return trip. For reservations or more information please call Linda Cecchini at 201.869.9595.

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Pa r k p r oj ect on Nor t h Ber gen /G u t t en b er g wa t er fr on t ga in s st ea m In December, Guttenberg and North Bergen officials formally approved a plan to build a waterfront park on River Road. The project will be largely funded through government grants such as the Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Acres Program. Guttenberg agreed to pay 27 percent of the costs associated with construction and maintenance, while North Bergen has agreed to pay the other 73 percent. Percentages were determined by the respective portions of the proposed park in each town. Among the many facilities in the park will be what officials call an “amphitheater,” a series of large curved steps that lead down to the river’s edge. Guttenberg Mayor Gerald Drasheff hopes the park will be open by spring 2013.

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Since becoming mayor, Gonnelli and his allies on the Town Council have instituted sensitivity training for all Secaucus employees and most municipal volunteers, including members of the volunteer Fire Department.

UNION CITY Va r iou s Un ion C it y sca n d a ls b r ou gh t t o ligh t Former Union City Deputy Police Chief Joseph Blaettler, a critic of Union City Mayor (and State Sen.) Brian Stack, brought to media attention several potential scandals in Union City this past year, and at least two of them resulted in an investigation and results. In June, Katia Stack, who is Union City Mayor and state Sen. Brian Stack’s ex-wife, paid back almost $750 for allegedly using a city vehicle and city gas for personal errands. The previous year, a “Shame on You” segment on FOX news followed Katia, who is the director of Union City’s day care program. The segment reported that Katia was unfairly using city

gas for personal and work errands. Mayor Stack responded that he had no knowledge of Katia’s actions and was “disgusted.” Then, Stack was forced to respond to a bigger scandal. In September, News 12 aired an investigative story maintaining that Chief Charles Everett of the Union City Police Department was paid tens of thousands of dollars each year for off-duty police security outside of his six-figure job. He earned money providing security at city pools and the Jose Marti Athletic Field, for which he earned $45,000 a year. News 12’s investigation alleged that Everett often showed up late and left early for his security work, and it aired a video purportedly showing Everett working out at a police gym during hours he was supposed to be at the field. Union City Mayor Brian Stack directed the city to hire attorney Walter Timpone, whose investigation found that police superiors manipulated the system so they would get the best off-duty jobs instead of offering them to the lower ranked officers. Everett retired a day before the report was made public. What’s worse, a followup report on News 12 showed that some of the off-duty work appeared to be billed twice, and alleged that Everett had claimed to have been watching the field during a major blizzard. The state Attorney General’s Office has followed up

with subpoenas of the city, hinting that there may be bigger charges revealed. But Stack got some good news in December when a state ethics committee voted not to follow up on a complaint originating with Blaettler, who charged that Stack was improperly using his legislative aide – paid for by state taxpayers – as a city spokesman as well. Stack did not deny using his aide in that manner, but said his aide did the extra work for no money as a public service to the city, rather than on state taxpayers’ dime.

WEEHAWKEN 1-m on t h -old b a by a b a n d on ed a t Weeh awk en H igh Sch ool A 1-month-old girl was found abandoned in June on the steps of the Weehawken High School. According to Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio, the baby sustained multiple life-threatening injuries “consistent with trauma” which appeared to be intentional, including a fractured skull. According to Weehawken Public Safety Director Jeff Welz, the baby appeared to be well-nourished otherwise. The mother, Tamara Reyes, a teacher from Memorial High School on maternity leave, was found a few blocks away allegedly driving erratically. After authorities stopped her, she allegedly admitted to having abandoned the baby. Reyes was charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and child abuse. A mother of three, Reyes was incarcerated at the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny and had received a psychiatric evaluation at Jersey City Medical Center.

WEST NEW YORK New m ayor, Dr. Felix R oq u e, q u ick ly m a k es waves In May, Dr. Felix Roque, a pain management specialist, engineered a shocking defeat of longtime Mayor (and former Assemblyman) Sal Vega and his Board of Commissioners. The mayor soon challenged several of Vega’s appointees and policies. In July, Roque alleged that Vega’s appointment of two school board members, Janet Passante, and Alex Locatelli, occurred past the April 15 state-imposed deadline. The two Board of Education members were replaced by Roque’s allies in October. In August, still within his first 100 days as Mayor, Roque made allegations that certain Town Hall employees were being paid for hours they did not work. Soon, three employees from the Recreation Department were arrested by local police. Within the same month, Roque alleged that under Vega, there had been a misuse of municipal property, such as using cell phones for personal calls. He also made allegations that a town employee had accumulated over $500,000 in fines for a housing violation from 2009. Following the replacement of the two Board of Education members, Roque turned his sights on replacing board president Cosmo Cirillo, who had been ordered by the state to step down after it was discovered that his full time job as a clerk with the West New York municipal court conflicted with his board membership. During a school board meeting, members of the board voted Cirillo off. Cirillo, a Vega ally, initially refused to leave the meeting. Town r a llies t o h elp h om eless wom a n a ft er Repor ter st or y In August, Danyse Johnson, a native of Spokane, Wash., travelled to Hudson County in order to find an affordable apartment with the intention of attending school in New York City. She had received a federal Section 8 voucher, and a federal official told her she could use it anywhere. But after lots of legal red tape and snafus, especially with the West New York Housing Authority, she found herself – along with three kids and a dog – down to her last penny in a local hotel. After a Reporter story ran, residents and Mayor Felix Roque asked how they could help. In the end, she was able to find her family a home for $1,150 per month, including utilities.

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LEADUP TO MAYORIAL ELECTIONS – The victory of Viola Richardson and Rolando Lavarro over candidates supported by Mayor Jerramiah Healy may signal the end of Healy’s hopes for re-election in 2013.


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organization in June, and later in the special election to fill two at-large council seats in a November special election. Fulop’s team outwitted supporters of incumbent Mayor J er r a m ia h H ea ly to take control of the city’s Democratic organization, and since this body will be in place prior to the 2013 municipal elections, its loss is a heavy blow to Healy – especially when it comes to raising money. Healy suffered an additional blow in the November special election when his two candidates lost to successful bids by Viola R ich a r d son and R ola n d o L ava r r o J r. Fulop’s people appeared to have stayed out of this race, partly because to back any candidates risked alienating future allies in Fulop’s all important bid for mayor in 2013.

from page 2 in school hall on the corner of Fifth and Willow Ave. No Bingo on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. For more information or to volunteer, call (201)6590369.

St . R occo’s C h u r ch will h old a n I n d oor F lea M a r k et Jan. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the parish social center, 42nd St. & Kennedy Blvd. North Bergen. Admission is free- vendors are needed- for more info (201) 8546507. I n t r od u ct ion t o J u d a ism will run from Nov. – June 2012 at Temple Beth El of North Bergen 300 75th Street. For info, call (201) 8699149.

Tr in it y Un it ed M et h od ist C h u r ch , 8541 Kennedy Blvd. North Bergen, is beginning its fa ll sch ed u le: Regular weekly Su n d ay ser vices 9:30 am; C h oir m eet s at 10:45 every Sunday except for communion Sunday (the first Sunday in each month); Bible cla sses Once per

month the first Tuesday of each month both at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. parsonage; P r iva t e voice lesson s by appointment; Aft er sch ool t u t or in g in Math and reading Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. by appointment, and E L S cla sses. All inquiries (201) 4729362. T h e R ea d er s’ C ir cle b ook gr ou p m eet s Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. in All Saints, 701 Washington Street, Hoboken, to discuss the novel Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. All book lovers are welcome. Free coffee and cake is served. Sodality of the Children of Mary of St. Teresa meet Friday, J a n . 6 at 3 p.m., Chapel of St. Peter Hall 2652 Kennedy Blvd. Jersey City, members will recite the “Little Office” followed by Mass at 3:30 p.m. Will gather again Saturday, J a n . 7 at 8:45 a.m. in St. Peter Hall Chapel for Mass, then monthly breakfast and meeting.

But the election left some unanswered questions such as whether or not state Sen. Sandra Cunningham will run for mayor in 2013 or whether Richardson’s success will allow Cunningham to back her instead.

Goodbyes In other news, the political world said goodbye this year to former Freeholder and Hoboken Democratic Party Chairman M a u r ice F it zgibb on s, and Hudson Reporter columnist and former Jersey City Democratic Party Zone Leader M a t t h ew Am a t o. To commen t on th is stor y on -lin e, go to ou r website, www.h u dson r epor ter .com. Al Sullivan may be reached at

J er sey C it y L ib r a r y 2011 Board Meeting: J a n . 10, 2012 is at the Five Corners Branch, 678 Newark Ave, and JC. All meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. Sh u t u p & L a u gh returns from its summer hiatus with a strong lineup of comedians. Shut up & Laugh is held the second Tuesday of the month from September to June at Lamp Post Bar & Grille (382 Second Street, in Jersey City). Shows start at 9 p.m. and are free. on goin g Chess Club, Meeting 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m., Monday Nights at Subway Sandwich Shop (Pathmark Shopping Center) in Weehawken. All ages welcome! Seca u cu s Sen ior Sh op r it e Food Sh u t t le runs Monday thru Thursday. Every Wednesday 9 a.m., runs to Walmart and Mill Creek Mall, reservations required for all shopping trips: (201) 865-4422.

Books purchased by the Secaucus library in individuals’ names are living tributes. A bookplate is inserted inside the front cover so each patron that checks out that book will see it was donated in someone’s name. For more information on how to d on a t e b ook s in a n in d ivid u a l’s n a m e, contact (201) 330-2083 or O u r L a dy of Fa t im a C h u r ch 8016 Kennedy Blvd. North Bergen will have Z u m b a C la sses on Monday’s at 5:45 p.m. in the church hall. Please contact Isabelle at (201) 925-8797 or for class prices. (Please bring a towel and water!) Every Monday there will be a “ H ea lt hy Bon es” cla ss from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the gallery of Bayonne Library, 697 Avenue C in Bayonne. There will be training for balance, weight training, and health and nutrition information. For questions, call (201) 436-1928.

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The camera will be given a four-week trial until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19. During this period motorists who run the red lights at Merseles and Montgomery will only receive written warning notices in the mail. Once the trial ends, however, motorists cited for running the red light will receive an $85 citation. Jersey City’s road safety program has been in effect since April 2011 and has already recorded over 16,000 violations at two other locations. The cameras are located at the intersection of Kennedy Boulevard and Communipaw Avenue and at the intersection of Jersey Avenue and 18th Street. Intersection safety cameras operate 24 hours a day and capture still images and video of red-light running violations. The road safety program is administered by American Traffic Solutions, Inc. (ATS) with each violation reviewed and approved by Jersey City’s Police Department prior to being issued.

Former Hoboken parking director pleads guilty H O BO K E N – John Corea, the ex-director of the Hoboken Parking Utility, pleaded guilty on Dec. 16 to official misconduct, according to a release from the New Jersey Attorney General’s office. Corea was indicted in 2009. Corea was implicated in an alleged scam in which $600,000 was allegedly taken by a Toms River contractor whose company was hired by the city to collect coins from city parking meters, according to the release.

MENORAH LIGHTING – The Secaucus Town Council, Mayor Michael Gonnelli, and others gathered Tuesday evening for the lighting of the first town menorah, a religious symbol in recognition of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah. Corea admitted that while he was the HPU director, “he steered three separate no-bid contracts” to the company “to collect, count, and manage the coins from the city’s parking meters. He admitted that he made false statements to the City Council about the qualifications and experience of the company, which is a coin-operated arcade game manufacturer.” The owner of the company already pleaded guilty in 2009, the release says. The state will recommend under the plea agreement that Corea be sentenced to eight years in state prison, including three years of parole ineligibility, according to the release. He must pay $300,000 in restitution to the city of Hoboken, and will be barred from public employment in New Jersey. Corea is scheduled to be sentenced in February 2012. The city has since switched to multi-space meters, which provide for greater accountability of parking meter funds, city officials said.

Union City kid suffers machete attack, in ongoing trend UNI O N C I T Y – Last January, an article in The Reporter noted that eight of 11 homicide victims in Union City were killed by machetes, and that in the four years before that, there were an additional 129 victims of machete violence. This prompted Union City’s Board of Commissioners to introduce an ordinance on Jan. 4 that prohibited the sale of machetes within the city. It stated that any store, individual, facility, or entity that attempted the sale of the weapon would receive up to a $1,000 fine, up to 90 days in jail, up to 90 days of community service, or any combination thereof as punishment for violating the ordinance. But the rules did not stop a Union City machete attack last week, according to a newspaper article. A 15-year-old was taken to Jersey City’s Christ Hospital after being cut by a machete found in the possession of a 19year-old Union City man, according to The man has been charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, obstruction of administration of the law and resisting arrest.

Jersey City school board member calls for prez to resign after e-mail from state J E R SE Y C I T Y – Outgoing Board of Education member Sean Connors continues to raise questions about an e-mail sent earlier this month to Board President Sterling Waterman by the state’s Acting Commissioner of Education, Chris Cerf. In an e-mail dated Dec. 2, Cerf wrote: “It is now abundantly clear to me that this board is not interested in pursuing an agenda of transformational change for the children of Jersey City. You are presented with a unique moment in time in which courageous leadership would make an extraordinary difference. Parochial concerns, interest group influence, and personal political ambitions need to give way to boldness and willingness to accept the inevitably challenging [consequences] of real reform.” Cerf encouraged Waterman to share his e-mail with the other members of the board, which Waterman did. The Jersey City school board is currently conducting a national search to replace School Superintendent Charles Epps, who will leave his position on Dec. 31. Cerf’s e-mail has raised questions among parents and several members of the board for two reasons. First, in his e-mail Cerf appears to be alluding to some problem regarding the candidate search for a new school superintendent. Second, as first reported by the Jersey City Independent, Waterman circulated two versions of Cerf’s e-mail to the remaining eight members of the board, one version of which was apparently altered. One version of the e-mail included the sentence, “Feel free to pass this on to your board and to Mr. Fulop,” referring to Ward E City Councilman and 2013 mayoral candidate Steven Fulop, who is allied with the new board majority. The other circulated version of Cerf’s e-mail had the Fulop reference removed. At the Dec. 15 school board meeting Waterman said he didn’t know what Cerf was referring to in his e-mail and did not know how the Fulop reference was removed from some versions of the correspondence. All of which has parents and board members scratching their heads. In a Dec. 18 letter addressed to Waterman and circulated to the school board, School Trustee Connors wrote: “It has become evident that you are clearly not the person who came to the public Board of Education expounding the needs of the children in Jersey City as a parent representative. You spoke transparency, yet you are the most secretive school board president in the history of our Jersey City Public School System. I still do not know what Acting Commissioner Cerf is talking about, but obviously you and he know exactly what he has communicated in an e-mail. It seems the commissioner is speaking in code to you, President Waterman.” Connor adds that several attempts by board members to get clarification on Cerf’s e-mail have not been fruitful. “If you are going to be a detriment to good relations in

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chocolate factory near the Jersey City/Hoboken border). In North Bergen, the AvalonBay project broke ground in June. The community, located near Kennedy Blvd. and 56th Street, will consist of 164 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments and an underground garage. The units will be a short walk from the Bergenline light rail station. In West New York, Roseland Property broke ground on the $120 million luxury project RiverTrace, a 316-unit rental building in the Port Imperial neighborhood on the waterfront. The ground breaking for RiverTrace came less than two weeks after Roseland began work further south along the waterfront on a new part of the Henley on the Hudson project in Weehawken. Meanwhile, the difficulties of getting a mortgage in this economy have led to more people renting, and thus, former condo projects have been turned into rentals. Also as a consequence, rents are high. Hudson County rents rose 7 percent this year, according to an article quoting Cushman & Wakefield’s analysis. Three-bedroom units in the county rent for an average of $3,848, according to the report, which is $1,200 more than surrounding North Jersey Communities.

3) Want to live near a gas pipeline? Several towns saw controversies regarding natural gas pipelines near residential development this year. The proposed Appleview development in North Bergen, near the Guttenberg border, got the municipal and county okay to build, despite protests from nearby residents. They said the project was too close to an existing gas pipeline, and they feared it would cut too far into the Palisade hills. In late October, the Hudson County Planning Board approved the five-story, 59-unit residential tower at 7009 and

7101 River Road, with some conditions. Meanwhile, in Bayonne, Jersey City, and Hoboken, residents protested a proposed gas pipeline that would run through the area and into New York. The proposed Spectra Energy pipeline would provide natural gas to customers of Con Edison. Spectra altered its route through Bayonne, satisfying many in that town. But officials in Jersey City and Hoboken remain opposed. The line would not run through Hoboken, but has a route near its border.

Other big development/ transit stories L igh t r a il get s lon ger. In May, the NJ Transit Board of Directors approved a plan to extend the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail into two parts of Jersey City: the Society Hill area, and the future 100-acre Bayfront development on the Hackensack River waterfront. The extension had been considered for two years. Hearings will soon be held to ultimately continue the line all the way into Bergen County. W h a t sh ou ld NJ Tr a n sit bu ild on H ob oken b or d er ? The city of Hoboken and NJ Transit have yet to agree on a plan for development of 52 acres owned by the transit company in downtown Hoboken along the border with Jersey City. In July, talks broke off between the two sides, at least temporarily. The argument over what should be built there has gone on since 2006, with the city saying at least one proposal contained towers that were too tall for the scale of town. Meanwhile, the city is currently undergoing several development studies, primarily for the once industrial western portion. Two t own s t o b u y r eser voir. In November, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner announced that a reservoir near the Weehawken/Union City border would be jointly purchased and preserved rather than be sold to developers. The decision also received the support of state Sen. Brian Stack, who is also the mayor of Union City. The reservoir is 14 acres, 100 years old, and will cost $11.3 million. A Green Acres

$2 million grant covered some of the cost, while the remaining $9.2 million was covered

C om p a ny a n n ou n ced in Decem b er th a t t h ey h a d for m ed a join t ven t u r e t o d evelop t wo

OBJECTING TO PIPELINES – In North Bergen, residents opposed a proposed development near a gas pipeline. The development was ultimately approved. by a DEP Environmental Infrastructure Trust grant procured by Union City and Weehawken. Wa t er fr on t wa lk way con t inu es. Progress continued on the Hudson River waterfront walkway. The final 30-foot portion of Weehawken’s section behind the Sheraton Hotel area was set to be complete by the end of 2011, according to Ron Simoncini, a spokesperson. According to New Jersey law, all developers along the river are responsible for contributing the section of walkway on their properties. H ist or ic fer r y ter m in a l r eop en s. NJ Transit officially reopened its historic ferry terminal in Hoboken in December after millions of dollars in renovations. The terminal is part of the Erie Lackawanna train terminal complex. ‘Br id ge t o Nowh er e’ will lea d som ewh er e. NJ Transit sought bids in December to finish a transit bridge from the Weehawken light rail station to the waterfront ferry terminal. It had been stalled for five years due to changes in the economy and development. 1,000 n ew u n it s t o b e b u ilt a t E xch a n ge P la ce – M a ck -C a li R ea lt y C or p or a t ion a n d t h e H ob oken -b a sed I r on st a t e Develop m en t

h igh -r ise t ower s of a p p r oxim a t ely 500 a p a r t m en t s ea ch on t h e J er sey C it y wa t er fr on t . The project will be built on land owned by Mack-Cali Realty Corporation within its Harborside Financial Center, adjacent to the Exchange Place PATH station. Fa r e h ikes ca u se a st ir – Despite protests from residents, the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved PATH, bridge, and tunnel fare hikes in August. The current $1.75 one-way PATH fare will increase by 25 cents for each of the next four years. Cars that use EZ Pass tags saw a $1.50 immediate hike at bridges and tunnels in 2011, and the tolls will increase by 75 cents per year until December 2015. Cars without EZ pass tags will see the same the increases, but will also be hit with a $2 penalty for paying with cash.

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SPORTS from page 10 4. Snyder’s Thomas, Prep’s Glass repeat as Meet of Champions gold medal winners In 2010, it was newsworthy when two Hudson County athletes captured gold medals in the NJSIAA outdoor Meet of Champions. Snyder’s Zamir Thomas and St. Peter’s Prep’s Najee Glass won their respective events – Thomas the 200-meter dash, and Glass the 400-meter run. But the idea of the pair actually repeating as state champs was unthinkable, especially when Thomas was battling injuries and was actually unable to compete in the county championships. But in June, both athletes and friends managed to repeat the feat and won those same events. It had never happened before that two Hudson County track athletes repeated as state champions in the same year.

5. Prep’s Fox wins the NJSIAA state wrestling championship Before last season, there were only two Hudson County wrestlers who ever won a state championship, namely John Bott of North Bergen in the 1980s and David Cordoba of Kearny in the 1990s. But James Fox of St. Peter’s Prep made it three in 2011, when the multi-talented Fox, also a great football player, won the 189-pound state title in Atlantic City, capping an undefeated season. Fox is now wrestling at Harvard University.

6. St. Peter’s College wins MAAC title, heads to NCAA Tournament

The Peacocks of St. Peter’s College entered the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament in early March as the fourth seed, but they defeated both top seeds, Fairfield and Iona, to win the third MAAC title in the school’s history and earned their first berth to the NCAA Tournament since 1995. The upstart Peacocks then went to Chicago to face Purdue in the first round and gave it a game effort before falling to the Boilermakers. But it was a solid season all around for Coach John Dunne and the Peacocks, making a little school history.

7. Prep wins fourth straight Hudson County basketball championship The Marauders of St. Peter’s Prep won their fourth straight Hudson County title, defeating Marist in the title game. It meant that three Marauder seniors, Kevin Walker, Keith Lumpkin, and Chase Fluellen, won county titles in all four years at Grand and Warren. After the season, Head Coach Mike Kelly, a Jersey City police lieutenant, stepped down from his position, turning over the program to top Assistant Coach Todd Decker.

8. Dickinson’s Veras enjoys a remarkable senior season It will be hard to top the senior year that Hudson Reporter Male Athlete of the Year Jose Veras enjoyed. In cross country, he won the Jersey City, South Hudson and Hudson County Track Coaches Association championships, finished sixth at the NJSIAA North 2, Group IV championships, and was 34th overall in Group IV. In indoor track, Veras won the HCTCA gold medals in the 55-meter hurdles, the long jump, the high jump, and the 800-meter run. In the North 2, Group IV championships he won the

A MIRACLE BRUIN – In December, the Bruins of North Bergen shocked everyone by winning the North 1, Group IV football title on the final play in Coach Vince Ascolese’s final game. hurdles, the high jump, and the 800-meter run. He finished third overall in the 800-meter run and fourth overall in the high jump at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions. In outdoor track, he won the HCTCA championships in the 110-meter high hurdles, 400meter intermediate hurdles, the 800-meter run, and the high jump, setting new meet records in the two hurdles races and the 800. He won the 1,600-meter run in the Jersey City meet as well as both hurdles races. At the NJSIAA North 2, Group IV sectionals, he won the 400-meter hurdles, the 400meter run (an event he hardly ever ran), the 800-meter run, and the high jump. He won the overall Group IV 800-meter gold medal and was second in the high jump and competed in three events at the Meet of Champions, finishing fourth in the 400-meter hurdles. It may be the best overall year in the history of Hudson County track and field.

9. Hoboken wins county baseball title in Matthews’ final year It was a great run at the end of the baseball season for the Hoboken Red Wings, who went from a bottom rung team in the regular Hudson County season to win the Hudson County Tournament championship in thrilling fashion. They scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to topple North Bergen in the title game. Pitcher Kenny Roder had a dream season, leading the Red Wings to the title. Long-time head coach Buddy Matthews announced his retirement soon after the title game.

10. NJCU wins the NJAC championship and head to NCAA Division III tourney The Gothic Knights of New Jersey City University pulled off the unthinkable by capturing the New Jersey Athletic Conference men’s basketball championship, defeating Montclair State in the final game. It capped a great run for coach Marc Brown’s squad, who won 13 of their last 14 games to get to their first NJAC championship and berth in the NCAA Division III tournament since 2004.

Just-missed list There were other big stories in the past year that just missed making the Top 10. St. Anthony basketball standout Kyle Anderson announced his intention to play at UCLA. The McNair Academic cross country team won their first-ever NJSIAA state sectional championship. Formula One auto racing announced plans to hold a race on the streets of West New York and Weehawken. Jersey City firefighter Kevin McSorley earned a right to qualify for the U.S. Open golf tournament. Jersey City native Bryan Haczyk was invited to the New Jersey Devils’ rookie camp and earned a spot on the Devils’ minor league roster. Secaucus’ Shannon Waters was named the Hudson Reporter Female Athlete of the Year. Former local grid standouts Kenny Britt and Will Hill ran afoul of the law. St. Peter’s Prep won the Hudson County Soccer Tournament, the first time since 2005. St. Mary’s High School in Jersey City closed its doors, ending its storied athletic history.

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from page 21 A com mu n it y P ila t es m a t cla ss will be held at Gallery1200, 1200 Washington St., Hoboken. Classes will be held every Saturday at 11a.m. This is an open level class. Bring your yoga mat. Suggested donation: $15. Sign up is required: J er sey C it y Fr ee Book s is a com mu n it y b ook exch a n ge located at Grave Robber Computer Repair 297 Griffith St. (just off of Kennedy Blvd. in the Jersey City Heights. A few blocks north of Manhattan Ave.) Open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by to pick up a book. Donate your books for others to use and enjoy. Friends of the Hoboken Library is having - Fr ee E n glish a s a Secon d L a n gu a ge C onver sa t ion C la sses. Began Oct. 5 and will meet every Wednesday from 6:307:30 the Hoboken Public Library (500 Park Avenue.) We n eed E SL st u d en t s a n d Volu n t eer E SL t u t or s to help people in Hoboken practice English! Contact Diana, or (732) 570-9841.

R a isin g H ea lt hy E a t er s Pa r en t Su p p or t G r ou p will meet weekly on Thursday at 10:00 a.m., The Crop Shop, 720 Monroe Street, Hoboken on the ground level. Come learn effective techniques to cope with a picky eater, move beyond the pizza-pastanugget-and-hot dog diet or whatever food problems plague your family. For info: contact Drop-ins welcome.

3rd degree black belt Howard Turoff, former head of the Hoboken YMCA martial arts program, teaches goj u -r yu k a r a t e a n d b a sic selfd efen se every Wednesday in Elysian Park from 7 to 9 p.m., class is free.. Beginners are welcome. No uniforms required - wear comfortable clothes. No class if it rains. For more info, call (201) 724-6787 or email

Au tism Su pp or t Gr oup will meet at the Bayonne Jewish Community Center, 1050 Kennedy Boulevard, Bayonne, on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. give and receive support from other parents experiencing the same struggles. T h e Fa m ily Su p p or t O r ga n iza t ion You t h Pa r t n er sh ip meets Mondays & Wednesdays from 5:00 to 7:30p.m. There is open enrollment and free membership. Also, offering a variety of fun and interactive activities, special events, field trips & workshops to support families facing difficult situations. We encourage youths ages 13 to 21 to join us. Please contact La-Trenda Rossat (201) 915-5140 x 15

Z u m b a C la sses are held every Monday and Thursday from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Parish Center, 411 Clinton St. 2nd Fl. Hoboken. Class is $10. For more information please contact certified Zumba Instructor, Megan Moffit at (201) 659-0369 or Bea con Societ y I nc. has a support group for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, Monday evenings at 6:30-8 p.m. except major holidays. At the corner of 6th and Garden Street in the community church of Hoboken, rear entrance. Facilitated by a professional. Light refreshments are served. Limited parking is available at rear of building. Contact Karen at (201) 200-0911. Donations are

greatly appreciated. Send correspondence to Beacon Society Inc. 606 Garden St., Hoboken. The Quality of Life Coalition H obok en SAA: Sex Ad dict s An onymou s meets Sundays and Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Matthew Trinity Parish Center, entrance on Washington at 8th St, Hob. Meetings are free and are open to all men and women who are concerned about their own compulsive sexual behavior. Call (201)459-8858 for more details. H a th a Yoga relaxation guaranteed or double your money back a t H obok en E L K S (1005 Washington St.) Wednesdays 7 – 8:30 p.m. $15. per student (no credit cards). Dress comfortably and bring a mat, avoid eating for 2 hours prior to class and arrive 10 minutes before class begins. No registration. No prerequisites. Walkins welcome. For more info call 866-YOGA JOE. (18 yrs or older) *With photo ID. Pa n ic R elief I n c. will have Panic Attack & Anxiety workshops on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. To join in the next workshop, visit www.panic or call our office at (732) 940-9658.

E ver y L itt le M ovem en t Aca demy of t h e Ar ts is offering F la m enco for C h ild r en classes, under way now. Kids will get to know and enjoy flamenco songs, dance and music. The classes are Thursdays for kids ages 6-12 from 3 to 5 p.m. The academy is also offering St or ytelling & T h eat er & M a sk Wor k sh op cla sses, also underway now, Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for ages 3 and up. Visit their website for fees and complete schedule at www.everylittlemovemen or register at register@everylittlemovement .com - subject: kids flamenco or theater. No drop-ins, please email or call first. All classes are held at the Church on St. John’s, 300 Bloomfield St. @ 3rd St., (enter the big church door on Bloomfield), Hoboken. T h e H ob oken E lysian et t es R u nn in g Societ y (H E R S) wom en ’s r u nn in g clu b provides a welcoming and supportive environment for runners, including beginning runners and those with experience. The club emphasizes training, development, and participation in local races. The group conducts five runs a week, with the most pop-

ular run beginning Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. at Church Square Park. For more information and a complete run schedule, visit or email elysianettes@ T h e Zen M ed it a tion G r ou p of Hob oken meets Monday evenings at 7 p.m. to learn about and practice Zen Meditation at the Zen Touch Studio 450 7th St. corner of Adams St. unit LL2 use entrance marked “Boys” Beginners are welcome. Meetings are free with suggested donation. For more info, go to www.zenmeditationhobo Adopt, foster, volunteer at L ib er t y Hu m a n e Society, 235 Jersey City Blvd, across the street from Liberty Science Center. Open Sun 12 noon – 4 p.m., Mon. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tues./Thurs. 11 a.m. -7 p.m., Weds. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (for volunteers), Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m. -4 p.m. Adoption includes one month pet health insurance. Fosters are eligible for tax deductions. Volunteer to socialize with our cats and dogs at your convenience. Seniors for Seniors adoption of pets over 6 by people 63 and over at reduced adoption fee and

with gifts. Support programs for Jersey City pets and their owners. Supplies of bleach, paper towels, latex gloves, large rawhide bones, electric heating pads and KMR kitten formula are always appreciated. Phone (201) 547-4147 or email at for details. L ib er t y Hu m a n e Societ y a n d T L C R escu e holds adoption events most Saturdays from 11:30 to 3:30 at PetSmart in the Mill Creek Mall in Secaucus. Come to our booth next to the Pet Hotel to meet the love of your life. Event Subject to cancellation during severe weather or holidays. Call 201- 892-8463 for more information or to confirm. Adop t ion Days a t th e H ud son C ou n t y S.P.C .A. 480 Johnston Ave., J.C. Cats, kittens, dogs & puppies. Micro chipping is available with free lifetime registration. Not for profit. Call (201) 435-3557 for more info. Adop t ion Days a t H CAL The Hudson County Animal League is looking for volunteers to help out on Adoption Days. Please call Franca

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Give my regards to Hudson County The three biggest arts and entertainment stories in 2011 By Gennarose Pope Reporter staff writer

udson County residents were certainly well-entertained in 2011, as almost every community hosted presentations of art, music, film, and theatre – and it wasn’t just in Hoboken and Jersey City. Towns including Union City, Secaucus, and North Bergen saw a burgeoning scene as well. Jersey City saw the debut of the four-day, star-studded Golden Door Film Festival in October. Hoboken’s art scene thrived with new galleries. Union City opened a new cultural center, and Park Performing Arts Center started a new Equity theatre production company. For more, see below!


GOLDEN DOOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL DEBUTS The inaugural four-day Golden Door International Film Festival, founded and organized by actor Bill Sorvino, came to Jersey City in mid-October. The event, co-sponsored by The Hudson Reporter, Provident Bank, and Panepinto Properties, was such a success that

Sorvino promised to bring it back to Jersey City in fall, 2012. Both veteran and new filmmakers premiered 40 independent films, both feature-length and shorts, at venues across the city such as the Bar Majestic, LITM, the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre, and Art House Productions. The festival also hosted several filmmaking seminars at the rotunda in City Hall. Between 1,200 and 1,500 people attended the event that concluded with a gala at the Landmark Loew’s, where the festival board presented awards in 18 categories.

NEW GALLERIES OPEN IN HOBOKEN, JERSEY CITY Mana Contemporary, Jersey City’s newest art complex and brainchild of modern artists Eugene Lemay and Yigal Ozeri, opened its doors at 888 Newark Ave. in May and kicked off the Artist Studio Tour in October. The space allows the public to view painters, sculptors, photographers, and performance artists in action during the process of creation as well as the presentation of their final product. Things looked grim for Hoboken’s Monroe Center – which houses artists’ studios and small

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Director Rohit Gupta (right) pictured here with actress Dipti Mehta, star of Gupta’s film “Life! Camera Action.” Mehta has been nominated as best actress. businesses – for a while, but this past July, for artists in North Hudson’s towns including Hershy Weiss of North Bergen’s Basad Realty Union City, North Bergen, Guttenberg, purchased the facility and plans to include Weehawken, Secaucus, and West New York. In Union City, Park Performing Arts Center’s rotating art exhibits. Further extending Hoboken’s artistic commu- Frank Licato, Karen Brady, and Gregory nity, the Lana Santorelli Gallery at 628 Erbach launched Hudson Theatre Works, the Washington St. opened in June, and Gallery county’s newest Equity, professional, non-prof1200 – sponsored by the Mason Family Civic it theatre company. Exempt from the pressure to League – opened on Washington Street in succeed often encountered in Manhattan, writers and performers are able to take artistic October. “risks.” In June, the William V. Musto Cultural Center NORTH HUDSON HAS opened in Union City. The center houses the BURGEONING ARTS AND Union City Museum of Art, the Union City Police Museum, the Union City Art Gallery and THEATER SCENE AS WELL Concert Hall, the Union City Museum of History, and a senior citizen center. It’s not just Hoboken and Jersey City that hold art exhibits, put on shows and concerts, and see ENTERTAINMENT page 28 host an arts community. It was an exciting year

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after a decade-long hiatus. Executive producers Pat DeFerrari and Joan Kashuba brought it back at the request of Mayor Michael Gonnelli with a performance of “The Show Must Go On,” which included a humorous show tune about the town itself. Secaucus, Weehawken, and Guttenberg have also hosted free outdoor concert series for area residents, just as Hoboken and Jersey City do.


• L oca l a r t ist s con t inu e t h e St u d io Tou r t r a d it ion . Jersey City and Hoboken continued their Artists Studio Tours, with Jersey City celebrating its 21st in October and Hoboken celebrating its 31st year in November. Residents are able to take twoday walking tours of local artists’ studios, group exhibitions, and public spaces. The events attracted thousands of spectators and featured hundreds of artists. Both events are sponsored in part by The Hudson Reporter.

North Bergen’s High Tech High School was the first school in New Jersey to perform the Broadway hit musical “Xanadu – the ‘80s Roller Boogie Musical” in November. In Secaucus, resident artist and teacher Melissa Dargan launched the town’s first rotating, curated art show. She collabENTERTAINMENT from page 27 orated with officials and renovated parts of Secaucus Town Hall North Bergen was also home to theatrical productions. This to prepare for the inaugural community-wide exhibition held in year marked a successful 27th year for their theater group, the March. North Bergen Players, lead by long time playwright, actor, and Secaucus also witnessed the revival of their community theater singer Maurena Luzzi. They produce two plays per year. group CAST (Community Arts Scholarship Theater) in October

• Nor t h Ber gen a r t ist R ob er t L ou gh lin p a sses away. Renowned fine artist Robert Loughlin – whom Andy Warhol dubbed “the Chairman” – was killed by a car while crossing Tonnelle Avenue in September after feeding stray kittens across the street from the trailer park where he lived. He is best known for his portrait of an iconic, square-jawed, smoking man called “The Brute.”

• H igh Tech H igh is f ir st t o p u t on ‘Xa n a d u ’ mu sica l. The county’s award-winning High Tech High School, based in North Bergen, was the first school in New Jersey to perform the Broadway hit musical “Xanadu – the ’80s Roller Boogie Musical” in November. Theatre Director Alex Perez was inspired to produce the show when he took his students to see the play in New York three years ago.

• W h a t ’s t o b ecom e of t h e J er sey C it y M u seu m ? Closed in December, 2010, the Jersey City Museum’s extensive (and expensive) art collection remains in the building as officials try to determine whom the artworks belong to – the museum board or the town. Jersey City Cultural Affairs Director Maryann Kelleher has been pushing to take inventory of the 10,000-piece collection. Earlier this year, Hudson County’s United Way expressed interest in purchasing the building and loaning back a portion to house the artwork, but they pulled out. Jersey City Medical Center also has expressed interest in the building, and would rent part of the space back to the museum.

• Ar t H ou se P r od u ct ion s a n d J C Fr id ays. Christine Goodman’s Jersey City-based Art House Productions celebrated its 10th year in September by once more organizing JC Fridays, a quarterly showcase of art-related events throughout the community. The event, which is sponsored in part by The Hudson Reporter, was initially created as a means to help locals grieve after Sept. 11, 2011. Since then, Art House has produced local theatrical performances, dance shows, visual art exhibits, and a weekly show on Comcast known as Art House TV.

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Center, to for-profit companies. Bayonne Medical Center was sold three years ago, and the owners of Christ Hospital in Jersey City are hoping to sell it to California-based Prime Healthcare Services. That would leave only Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen and Jersey City Medical Center as the county’s only not-for-profit hospitals. These sales come just a few years after the closures of Greenville Hospital and St. Francis Hospital in Jersey City. Hospitals face difficulties staying afloat when they are compelled to treat uninsured patients and compete with private facilities that perform MRIs and other specialized procedures. Private owners who have taken over non-profits have turned a profit by canceling contracts with insurance companies and renegotiating rates for various services. But that has sometimes put consumers in a difficult position. Bayonne and Hoboken’s hospitals, which have common ownership, are no longer in-network with many insurance plans, meaning patients don’t get the negotiated rates. The hospitals say they are negotiating to become in-network with more providers. All hospitals are required by state law to treat patients who come into the emergency room.

BIG BUSINESS DISTRICTS SEE UPS AND DOWNS Bayonne welcomed the arrival of 300 new jobs with the opening of the massive retail chain Walmart in October. Hoboken saw a portion of the former Barnes and Noble retail space, which had been vacant since January 2010, leased by Office Depot. Other businesses closed or are seeking new tenants, including the former Blockbuster

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Video store on Hoboken’s Washington Street, which is still vacant. Many towns sought to improve their business district, particularly Secaucus, which isn’t known for having a main drag like Hoboken’s Washington Street. But the mayor and Town Council would like to change that by making the Plaza area a town center. They have added a new town clock and gazebo and hosted many events in the area this past year.

OTHER BUSINESS DEVELOPMENTS Foodtown backed out of their commitment to open a supermarket at the Xchange development in Secaucus because they didn’t think they could generate enough sales. The town has been trying to draw a major supermarket for years, since the Acme closed in the center of town. The closest thing that residents have is the food section of the local Walmart. After a controversy between residents and business owners, Son Cubano restaurant in West New York near the waterfront will no longer stay open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. In response to complaints from residents of a nearby luxury development, the mayor and town commissioners voted in favor of an ordinance that will require any restaurant with a liquor license within 100 feet of any residence or condo within the “Controlled Waterfront Development District” to close by 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight on weekends. The only restaurant this affects is Son Cubano. After receiving more than $9 million in incentives from the New Jersey Economic Development Agency, Brooklyn-based Damascus Bakery broke ground in October on a new 117,000 square foot facility in Newark rather than in Secaucus. The wholesale pita bread company had for years planned to

Approximately 200 members of the public showed up for a public hearing in July regarding the sale of Hoboken University Medical Center to the owners of Bayonne Medical Center. expand its growing operations in Secaucus. But brothers and bakery owners David and Edward Mafoud were met with opposition from residents and officials in Secaucus who argued the business could be a safety hazard. The brothers had received approval to open in Secaucus from the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC), a state agency that has zoning jurisdiction over 88 percent of the town.

But town residents and officials were upset that they weren’t consulted. The bakery’s owners filed a lawsuit alleging they were subjected to “political maneuvering, stonewalling, and corruption” that held up the approval of their building permit. In August, 2010 a U.S. District Court judge threw out the Mafouds’ case and in February 2011 the court refused to reinstate it.


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Trenton and the state Board of Education, for the sake of the children and residents of Jersey City, I suggest you resign from your post immediately,” Connors concluded. The controversy over the e-mail threatens to undermine the search for a new school superintendent. Epps’ supporters were already unhappy with the superintendent’s resignation, which was forced by the Fulop-backed majority. And parents often question the motives of Fulop’s allies on the board, who include Waterman, Carol Lester, Suzanne Mack, Carol Harrison-Arnold, and Marvin Adames. Any superintendent candidate backed by this quintet could face an uphill battle winning the support of parents. The board has appointed Franklin Walker to be the interim school superintendent beginning Jan. 1. Connors’ tenure as a trustee also ends Dec. 31. Next month he will be sworn in as a state assemblyman for New Jersey’s 33rd District.

Fundraiser scheduled for Hoboken fire victims H O BO K E N – A fundraiser will be held on Friday, Dec. 30 at Room 84 (84 Washington St.) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the five Hoboken residents who lost their homes and belongings in the downtown fire on Dec. 17. The fundraiser will offer various silent auction items and raffle prizes, and all those who attend will be asked to make an unspecified monetary donation at the door. The organizers of the event are accepting new or gently worn clothing, new or used shoes, computers, laptops, household sundries, and electronics. According to a release: “We are searching for generous Hoboken residents who work in a field where they might be able to acquire items for our silent auction. Sporting event tickets, concert tickets, handbags, consumer goods and more are sought by the people of Hoboken. The more items we can auction and raffle off, the more money the victims of the fire will have. If you are unable to attend the event and have an item to donate please bring to the following locations. This list will expand as we await others to help participate as drop off centers.” Midtown Authentic: 728 Washington St. Tuesday, Dec. 20 to Sunday, Dec. 25 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. H-Mag: 80 River St, Penthouse North – Monday, Dec. 19 to Friday, Dec. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Case dismissed against Hoboken man who refused to give officer country of origin H O BO K E N – With little fanfare, the case against Vesselin Dittrich, a Hoboken man who said he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after refusing to tell a Port Authority police officer what country he was from, was dismissed on Tuesday morning in Hoboken court because a key witness did not appear. After Dittrich’s case was covered in The Hoboken Reporter , the case was also covered in The New York Times. Dittrich said he believes the media attention also led to the dismissal. Dittrich was arrested in August, 2010 in the Hoboken PATH station after he says he was staring at a woman with many tattoos. Dittrich said he has poor eyesight, and thought the woman looked blue. Dittrich said she took offense to the staring, and after a brief argument, police became involved. Dittrich said the Port Authority police officer asked for pedigree information, but said there would be no charges. However, after Dittrich was asked what country he was from, and he declined to tell, he says he was arrested for disorderly conduct. Dittrich speaks with an eastern European accent and is from Bulgaria. He is an American citizen. The woman with the tattoos was the key witness who did not attend the case on Tuesday morning, despite being asked to appear. The prosecutor and attorneys for the Port Authority, as well as police officers in the court, said they were ready to prosecute if the witness had appeared. However, Prosecutor Ron Venturi said the case would be dismissed based on the fact that the key witness was not present. Court transcripts show that Dittrich was told he could face jail time for the offense after he refused to plead guilty and accept a lower charge. Venturi referred questions to a city spokesperson following the dismissal on Tuesday morning. For Dittrich, a 16-month court battle has come to an end, and he was full of smiles as he exited the courtroom. “I can’t say I feel vindicated, because I didn’t have my day in court,” Dittrich said outside City Hall following the dismissal. He said there was no reason for him to be arrested in the first place, and that he wanted to prove it in court. Dittrich is a member of People for Open Government, a local government activist group. He said he believes his involvement in POG led to an aggressive case against him.


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Secaucus lights first menorah in the center of town

H O BO K E N – The council didn’t all come to them, so environmental service workers in Hoboken arrived with their outdated equipment parked in front of City Hall hoping to convince a supermajority (six of nine council members) to vote in favor of a $3 million capital improvement bond that had failed at two other meetings. On Wednesday night, they got their wish. The bond ordinance had previously been voted down at two other meetings by the four council opponents of Mayor Dawn Zimmer. After a brief plea from Police Chief Anthony Falco and a presentation by Environmental Services Director Leslie Shenkler, Councilwoman Theresa Castellano became the required sixth vote to jump on board and approve the measure aimed at updating outdated equipment for city workers and improving city facilities. Council members Beth Mason and Tim Occhipinti were not present for the vote. Council President Ravinder Bhalla and council members Jen Giattino, David Mello, Peter Cunningham, and Carol Marsh (Zimmer’s allies) voted in favor of the capital improvement bond with Castellano. Councilman Michael Russo voted no, and said he thinks the upgrades should be done with a large scale capital improvement plan, not by bonding. Falco said before the vote that the bond ordinance would “considerably help [him] in the Police Department.”

SE C AUC US – A small crowd of residents along with Mayor Michael Gonnelli and Town Council members gathered near the town center to light the first menorah on Dec. 20, the first day of Hanukkah. Children played in front and some were on hand to turn on the first light. Siblings Jonathan and Samantha Seelinger, 5 and 7 years old respectively, along with Alex Marra, 6, and Lia-Rose Caroll, 6, all students of Jewish faith from Clarendon Elementary school, stood in front of the large metal menorah for a picture before the ceremony. “This is wonderful. That is what I like about living in Secaucus – it is an ecumenical town,” said resident Jeri Garfield about the significance of having a menorah publicly displayed in the center of town for the first time. “It is nice for the children to celebrate all religions,” said Jodi Seelinger. “It is another representation of the holidays,” said Margot Steinberg, a resident of Harmon Cove that invited Jewish friends to join her for the ceremony. Resident Joe Israel said blessings read from the Book of Maccabees before the first candle was lighted. Hanukkah is also referred to as the Festival of Lights, and is observed for eight days. The menorah was provided by Jeremy Halpern, head of Fraternity Meadows, and the developer for the Xchange in Secaucus.

Former CEO of Hoboken payroll compa- Santa brings toys to UC WIC Center ny pleads guilty to attempted tax evasion patients NO RT H H UDSO N – Families and their children who visited the Women, Infants, and

H O BO K E N – The former chief executive officer of First Priority Pay, a payroll company based in Hoboken, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of attempting to evade taxes, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Jerry Carter Jr., 32, of Hillsborough, admitted to trying to evade almost $500,000 in tax payments, according to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman. Carter admitted, according to the release, that from 2007-2009, “He intentionally failed to provide the Internal Revenue Service with true, correct, and complete information” regarding income that he received in connection with his position. This is not the first time Carter has been in the news. In a bizarre case reported here and in other media, Carter was arrested by Hoboken police in 2009 facing allegations of kidnapping and harassment of a female employee, but the charges were dropped by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in 2010 after a legal review led to an administrative dismissal of the case. Carter had been praised as a self-made millionaire after he left a top payroll firm to start his own company in Hoboken. New Jersey Business Magazine named him one of their top “Movers and Shakers” in the state two years ago. Carter faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for March 27, 2012. Carter has agreed to make full restitution to the IRS, plus interest and penalties to be determined, according to the release.

Children Center in Union City eagerly waited in line to see Santa on Monday, Dec. 15. North Hudson Community Action Center donated around 1,300 toys for infants and toddlers that were distributed and given out at the WIC Center and several other NHCAC centers throughout the week. According to NHCAC Director Rosemary Lavagnino, since the WIC Center opened nine months ago, enrollment has increased by three percent to around 12,600. This accounts for about 88 percent of those eligible for the center’s services. “We’re looking to serve the other 12,” Lavagnino said.

Danny McDermott wins bout at Schuetzen Park with fourth round TKO NO RT H BE R G E N – Danny McDermott, a North Bergen native and lightweight boxer, ended his two-fight losing streak after a fourth round technical knockout Thursday, Dec. 15 over Bryan Abraham in Schuetzen Park. The fight was the main event of the boxing series, “Tommy Gallagher’s Winners Have Scars.” McDermott, now 9-3 (4KO), had been working with veteran Tommy Gallagher out of Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn.

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Hoboken council votes for capital improvements bond

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Library sets fee for Notary Services beginning in January SE C AUC US – Effective Jan. 1, the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center will be instituting a fee for individuals requesting notary services. Prior to this date, all notary services were provided at no charge. Library director Jenifer May said that the volume of notary requests at the library has increased tremendously, and due to the number of notarizations required per request the library has incurred the cost of having more staff certified as notaries and allotted more time to providing the service. May noted that the level of responsibility and liability to the notary has also increased, which requires additional time to gather more information from the applicant and to record it. The “first page” requiring the notarization of one or more signatures will continue to be free of charge. However, each additional page requiring that one or more signatures be notarized will cost $1. For more information, call Director Jenifer May at (201) 330-2083 or contact the director at

Guttenberg holds council meeting Monday G UT T E NBE R G – Guttenberg Township will hold two meetings on Monday. A council meeting will take place Monday, Dec. 26 in Town Hall. An Alcohol Beverage Control Board meeting will also take place Monday, Dec. 26. Both meetings are scheduled for 8 p.m.

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at (201) 926-5529 to find out how to get involved. Come to one of our meetings. The meetings are free and open to the public. All are welcome. If you are interested in becoming a member, please call Lorma Wepner at (201) 437-7263. If you have a car, truck, van, boat or RV and looking to donate to a charity, think of HCAL. Call (800) 320-0476 and reference The Hudson County Animal League. They will arrange pickup and we will receive the net proceeds. The donor will receive a tax deduction for their donations. Ad ult s & p a r en t s ar e welcom e to view a high impact med ia p r ogr a m gear ed t o r ea ch ou r yout h , where 1 out of 4 sexually active teens have an STD. Host a free Teen’s Parenting Workshop at your school, church or organization. Contact Linda Haft (201) 842-8863 or Ad ult s & p a r en t s in J C can view a high impact media program geared to reach our youth about HIV/STD awareness, early pregnancy prevention, conflict reduction skills, decision making & other relationship skills. Fr ee t een s pa r en tin g wor k sh op . Contact Linda Haft (201) 842-8863 or

Al-Alon m eet in g for the friends & families of alcoholics meets every Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the H ob ok en C a t h olic Acad emy, 408 Hudson St., & every Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Parish, corner of 8th & Washington. Mtgs. are free. Info: (973) 744-8686 or (800) 344-3729.

C u b Scout Pack 146 has a great program for boys in 1st5th grade, regardless of race or religion. The Pa ck m eets ever y Monday 7 to 8 p.m. in the HOPES Building, 301 Garden St. Come with your son or call for info at (201) 792-4055. C u b Scout Pack 18, sponsored by The United Synagogue of Hoboken, is op en t o boys in gr a d es 1-5; camping, hiking, games, community service. For more Info, call: Packmaster Norman Kasser at (201) 7924055.

Da nny’s Up st a ir s a t Tu t t a Past a , 200 Washington St., features some of the b est com edy a r ou n d . Created by actor Danny Aiello, shows are held every Thurs. at 8 p.m. Info call (201) 792-9603.

Food Add ict s in Recover y An onym ou s is a program for individuals seeking to recover from addictive eating, anorexia or bulimia. Meeting held once a week; no dues, fees or weighins. E ver y on e is welcom e. More info: call Fran (973) 2832057, Michelle (201) 444-4143 or Fr ee b r ea st ca n cer scr een ings ava il. at three locations in HC to u nin su r ed & u n d er in sur ed wom en a ges 40-64. Screening locations: Hoboken Family Planning, 124 Grand St., 1st flr., Hob.; Hoboken Family Planning Summit Center, 1206 Summit Ave., UC; Family Planning of West New York, 5305 Hudson Ave., WNY. P r ogr am is for r esid en t s of H C who meet specific criteria. Info call (201) 963-0300. G old C oa st Tr ia th lon C lu b offers free group bicycle rides & communal runs every weekend as well as swim classes at a local university pool. C lu b op en t o a ll a d ult s of a ll a ges. Yearly fee to join is $20. You can join the club by visiting the website & completing form Su p p or t /d iscussion gr oup for the gay & lesbian community meets the first Wednesday of the month a t G r a ce E p iscop a l C h u r ch , 39 Erie St., JC at 7:30 p.m. Call (201) 659-2211, ext. 5. T h e Heigh ts C ommu n it y Toa st m a ster s C lu b is seeking members for the newly formed Toastmaster Club. Meets are 6:30 p.m., 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month at the SeventhDay Adventist Church, 158 Congress St. JC. Info call (201) 424-9090. T h e Hob oken C ha p t er of Toa st m a ster s International Mile Square Toastmasters meets Mondays, 7:30 to 9 p.m. at The Hudson School, 214 6th St. Develop public speaking & leadership skills. See for more info. H ob oken Rot a r y C lu b m eets ever y Tu esd ay at 12 p .m . for lunch upstairs at The Brass Rail, 135 Washington St. Info call (551) 206 7010/ H ob oken UM C also sponsors an ongoin g St r oke Sup p or t G r ou p, which meets from 6 - 7 p.m. in Assumption Hall every second Thursday of the month. Registration is recommended by calling (201) 418-1509.

T he H oboken Wr iter s G r ou p meets monthly. Work is critiqued at each meeting. Please send an expression of interest with a sample of your writing to

J C H ist or ic Pr eser vat ion C om m ission m eet in gs are held on the 3rd Monday of the month unless otherwise noted at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers of City Hall, 280 Grove St. J.C.

The Tr a d it ion al La t in M a ss is offered each Sunday at 12:30 p.m. a t Holy R osa r y C h ur ch, 344 Sixth St., JC. Only Latin Mass authorized in all of HC. Free coffee & cake after every Mass.

Kelly Fam ily Ch ir op r act ic of H ob oken, 739 Bloomfield St., Hoboken, will hold new p a tien t wor k shop s ever y Tues., 7:30 to 8 p.m. The subject will be orientation to chiropractic care. Call (201) 533-9200 for info.

Hor izon Hea lt h C en t er will be sponsoring a fr ee HI V/AI DS Pr even tion Awa r eness Training Program...The program will be held in the Teen Center Building at 708 Bergen Avenue, J.C, every Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. All young adults between the ages of 12 to 19 years of life ar e welcom e to attend. Each participant will be given a free gift certificate, lunch & snack.

L ad ies Wor kout E xpr ess, 4801 Broadway, Union City, is offering ladies whose husbands are serving our country in the military overseas a fr ee memb er ship . (Proof of spouse’s military status is necessary.) Call (201) 348-3488 for info.

Hu d son C ou n ty An im a l Lea gu e invites you to do a good deed. We are looking for volunteers and foster parents. Even though you probably have a little sweetheart of your own, perhaps you can find it in your heart to foster a little one until their forever home is found. This would help us tremendously in achieving our real goal for a shelter to house our homeless ones. For more information, please call Phyllis at (201) 3394517. Hu d son C ou n ty CASA is r ecr u it ing volu n teer s to help children in the foster care system & advocate for the best interests of abused & neglected children. Info: call (201) 7959856. Hu d son C ou n ty Depr ession & Bip ola r Su p por t Allian ce meetin g will be held on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month, 7 to 9 p.m. at 880 Bergen Ave., Suite 601, JC. Call (201) 4208013 for more info. Ask for Wayne Vivian. Hu d son P r id e C on n ections, formerly JC Connections, Inc. serving the LGBT communities & people living with HIV since 1993, provides a safe space group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & questioning (LGBTQ) youth to hang out. Call (201) 963-4779. Ma ny su p por t gr ou ps offer ed . Th e I m migr an t M in ist r y of Ch r ist Unit ed Meth odist Ch u r ch has an ongoing program of immigration referrals, free seminars, retreat & other activities by appt. & schedule at 2811 Kennedy Blvd., J.C. Info call (201) 333-8832/(201) 9460996.

Residents who own a pet that is not spayed/neutered can call the L ib er ty Hu ma n e Societ y (201)547-4147 or stop by the shelter, 235 Jersey City Blvd. M ass & Noven a will be held every Tuesday, 6 p.m. a t St . Ant h ony’s RC C h ur ch , Monmouth & 6th St. Info call (201) 653-0343. M in ist r y for M en (21 or older & having problems coping with everyday living, etc.) Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center, 134-150 MLK Drive, every Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. Free adm. & refresh. Info call (201) 8730229. Pan ic Relief I nc. will h old p r ogr a ms Mondays & Wednesdays at 7 p.m. EST on a teleconference call. Learn how to manage & control panic attacks, stress & anxiety. To participate call (732) 940-9658. Sen ior Citizen s Fost er Adop tion P r ogr a m. For any potential adopters, we can put a loving pet in your foster care for a couple of weeks and be eligible for adoption or continued fostering. If you are interested in our program, please call or write to Lorma at (201) 4377263. T h e Sh a r in g Pla ce, a food pantry a t St. Pau l’s L ut h er a n C hu r ch , 440 Hoboken Avenue (five corners) Jersey City is seek in g volu nt eer s. We’re open the last two Saturdays of the month from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Flexible hours. No training necessary. Can be applied to high school community service requirements. For info: call Paul LaCourtna (201) 725-7202.

Jessica is a pretty girl – a gray short haired tabby. Born in 2004, this little sweetie has been spayed and is up to date on her vaccinations. All she needs in her life is someone to love! To adopt Jessica or Lizzie, please call The Hudson County Animal League at 201-200-1008


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As cute as her name, Lizzie is an adorable and white black female who was born in May 2006. Lizzie is happy, healthy and friendly.....and just waiting for a forever home. If you're interested in meeting Lizzie, why not give us a call!

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HOBOKEN LISTINGS BRIGHT STUDIO East facing sunny terrace off living area is large enough to entertain or just relax. High ceilings. Hwf. Low taxes. $220,000 RENOVATED 1BR DOWNTOWN Practical layout, exp brick. Newer ktch, storage & work space, Free laundry & common yard. $279,000 OLD WORLD MEETS CONTEMPORARY Beautifully refinished hwfs, orig decorative f/p, custom woodwork & newly renovated bath. $299,000 GORGEOUS 1BR AT THE HUNTINGTON! Unit has granite/ss ktch, ample closet space (bonus 2nd hall closet that's big!) approx 700sf, no wasted space, hwfs, w/d, gym, elev, crtyd & low maint. $339,900 1BR AT THE SKYCLUB Lrg windows throughout offering expansive western views. Ktch provides rec'd lghtg, granite & SS appls. $369,000 BEAUTIFUL 1BR+ DEN Just 1 flight up! Beautiful one bedroom plus den with dining room and lovely upgrades. Bank approval nec. $375,000 AIRY & LIGHT-FILLED 2BR LOADED W/ HISTORIC DETAIL Wide, living/ktch area, spa-like renov BA, and ultra quiet BRs located in the back of the home. Excellent storage & W/D in unit. $409,900 PRICED TO SELL! 2BR/2BA Over 1100SQ. FT. & 1 prkg spot incl! Bldg features common landscaped crtyd & exercise room. Near Trans! $450,000 SPACIOUS TOP FLOOR HOME 2BR/2BA w/ deeded rooftop deck, garage prkg & storage. 3 skylights. App 1360 sq ft $499,000 UPPER GRAND! TOP FLOOR, 2BR/2BA w/skylight & f/p, chef's ktch w/ xtra lrg granite brkfst bar, custom tile work - 1 prkg incl! $509,900 2BR/2BA IN THE WESTFIELD Open ktch w/ granite brkfst bar, BRs on oppsite ends, bay windows & W/D, incl prkg. Elev Bldg, w/ gym. $519,000 UNIQUE & SPACIOUS 2BR/2BA Designer ktch w/center island, granite cntrs, ss, wine cooler. Maple hwf, w/d, elev, common yrd, & prkg. $589,000 OVERSIZED CORNER UNIT @ THE HUNTINGTON 1346sqft 2BR/2BA option for 3rd BR/office. Open flrpln, spacious SS/granite ktch. W/D, Lrg Master BRuite. Metro Homes concrete/steel bldg, w/ concrete /steel for superior sound quality, 2 gyms, deeded pkg & crtyd. $639,900 BRAND NEW CONSTRUCTION 2 & 3 BR units w/ top of the line finishes: Pella windows, private terrace, custom cabinets, SS, granite counters, bamboo HWFs, whirlpool tub, & much more! $617,500 METICULOUSLY RENOVATED 1FAM Master suite w/ double vanities, steam shower, & granite. Main floor boasts granite & ss eik, lrg LR & radiant floors, beautiful yard, too much to list. $1,099,000

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LISTINGS IN SURROUNDING AREAS LARGE RENOVATED STUDIO HWF, Lots of closet space, New SS ktch w/brkfst bar located in a full amenity community!! $89,000 1BR + OFFICE W/ DEEDED PRIV DECK & YARD Granite cntr, hwf, CAC, sliding glass door leading to outdoor space. Great location. $115,000 1BR CONDO BEAUTIFULLY GUT RENOVATED HWD floors, stainless & granite in kitchen, gorgeous new bathroom. $119,000 MODERN 2BR CONDO Open layout & convenient location! Custom crown molding, cac/h, bldg w/ laundry, priv storage, roof w/ views $139,000 THE VERSAILLES Great building on Blvd East. Nice sized rooms, spacious closets & terrace. $170,000 FULLY DETACHED ROWHOUSE Renov needed but has a lot to offer! Lrg rms w/ high ceilings. Windows & furnace replaced & new roof. $175,000 DESIRABLE RIVERGATE BLDG 2BR, new ktch w/ granite countertops, SS., HWF, storage, common outdoor space, excellent location. $175,000 UPDATED & SPACEOUS 2BED/1BA This home features high ceilings, ktch w/ granite cntrs & ss & tiled BA w/ high end finishes. $179,000 PERFECT STARTER HOME! Single fam home renov in '10. Many new appls & features. Low taxes, only $3,200 per year. Large backyard. $198,500 TROLLEY HOUSE LOFTS Brand new condo conversion steps from NYC trans & lightrail! 14' ceilings, elev & huge common rooftop ter. w/ NYC views. Prkg can be purchased for 14 condos & rented for others. All homes have S.S, polished concrete or hwf & high end finishes! Starting at $199,000 GREAT SPACE! Renov unit on scenic Blvd E. SS appl & granite cntrs. New flrs, tiled ter w/ views. Extra rm used as a 2BR / den. $219,900 FAMOUS PINK HOUSE Great 2BR/2Bth features granite counter, lovely terrace w/NYC views & conveniently close to NYC transportation. $249,000 NEW TO MARKET! FANTASTIC SUNDRENCHED UNIT Prestigious Ariston pre-war bldg. Fully renov eik w/ GE profile appls & granite. Over sized LR. Could be 1 or 2 BR w/ either formal d/r or 2nd BR/den. $249,999 SHORT SALE Fantastic 2 fam house w/ finished bsmnt. Located on quiet tree lined st, near Lightrail. Sep utilities, 2 car prkg. $250,000

CORNER UNIT FACING NORTH, EAST & WEST NYC views at the Doric! Completely renov w/ bamboo flrs, ktch w/ granite & SS. $255,000 FULLY RENOVATED 2FAM HOME NEAR LIGHT RAIL Great income.1st flr 3BR w/ access to yard. W/D & addt'l storage in bsmnt. $269,000 GREAT 1BR ON SCENIC BLVD EAST Direct NYC views from every window! Renov ktch w/ granite cntrs & SS appls. Updated BA, huge terrace. Onsite gym & garage (extra fee), pool, 24 hr. concerige. $275,000 BEAUTIFUL 2BR ON BLVD EAST Hwf, w/d, EIK w/ granite cntrs, lots of cabinets & top appls. CA closets, exp brick. NYC/River views. $285,000 1466 SQFT DUPLEX W/ 2 TERRACES Great unit upper floor, centrally located in the bldg. Deeded covered prkg. 24hr drmn, pool, gym! $299,000 4BR/2BA SINGLE FAMILY HOME LR is on 2nd flr. Ktch on ground flr leading to priv yard. Private driveway. Bus is across the street. $320,000 1 FAMILY TUDOR STYLE HOME w/Garage - 3B/R, 2.5BA on 3 fls - Over 2,400sf of living space. $339,000 ADORABLE 3BR STARTER HOME! Lrg corner lot, open layout & lots of natural light, sep. DR area w/ sliding doors to patio & priv bkd. Full finished bsmnt w/ full BA. Garage & paved drive. $379,000 NEW LISTING! 3BR/2.5BA TOWN HOME 1953sqft of living space, open flrpln w/ spacious LR, & d/r nook & sliders that lead to balcony. SS, granite, w/d. 1st fl bonus fam room w/ .5 bth. Easy NYC commute. $389,900 LEGAL 3 FAMILY W/ EXCELLENT INCOME Totally gutted & fully renovated. Fully occupied, tenants pays ALL utilities. Min maint. $398,500 PRISTINE 2BR/2BA HOME W/ PRIVATE PATIO Open flrpln stylishly designed LR & DR, w/d. Luxury elev bldg w/ deeded garage pkg. $399,900 UNIQUE CARRIAGE HOUSE CONDO 3Bed/3Baths w/ large eat in kitchen w/ granite & SS appliances,enormous dining, living and entertaining room & private back deck. $419,000 GRANDVIEW II Kit w/ cherry cabinets, granite, ss app, & island; spacious living/dining area; private balcony & parking. $419,000 1BR CORNER HOME WITH NYC VIEWS! Exposures E., N., & W. Granite cntrs, SS, HWf, w/d. Concierge, pool, sauna, sun deck, gym, community rms, virtual golf. Rental prkg avail. $440,000

Hope your holidays are decorated with the laughter of loved ones, the warmth of good cheer, and every joy of the season. ~ RE/MAX Gold Coast Realty

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HOLIDAY HOURS: Dec. 19 thru 24 9am-10pm Christmas Day 12 noon-6pm

Delivery available to Hoboken & Downtown Jersey City!

575 Manila Ave. Jersey City NJ across from the Holland Tunnel Home Depot • 201-239-1200 Dogfish Head World Wide Stout



12 oz. bottle

Corona Extra or Light



24 pk. 12 oz. loose btls.

with 5 case cash purchase

Bailey’s Irish Creme & All Flavors








2/12 Pk. 12 oz. btls.

with 5 case cash purchase






Ruffino Chianti Gold Label




Must present coupon for this price. Exp. 12/31/11. Only valid at participating retailers.


with your CLUB CARD

Smoking Loon All Types




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J. Walker Red label Scotch


00 1.75L

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Silver Oak Alexander Valley ‘07







Antinori Tignanello ‘06






Toasted Head All Types




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Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila


09 1.75L

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Barefoot Cellars All Types




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Ketel One Vodka 80 Proof


Villadoria Barolo ‘07 92 pts. WS




Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz ‘06 95+ pts. WA




Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino Reserva ‘04 96 pts. WA


Courvoisier XO Cognac

with your CLUB CARD





Atteca Garnacha ‘09 90 pts. WA 750ML

Oca Ciuca Brunello di Montalcino ‘06 93 pts. WS

Hennessy Black Cognac

Glenfiddich 15 Yr. Old Malt Scotch

as allowed by law

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with your CLUB CARD

Bodegas Atalaya Almansa ‘08 91 pts. IWC

Sam Adams Lager, Lt. Lager & Seasonal

24 pk. 12 oz. loose btls.

We will match e ic r p d e is t r e v d a y n a in New Jersey 09


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Heineken Reg. or Lt.


Double Cross Vodka

Jim Beam White Label Bourbon



24 pk. 12 oz. btls.



Holiday Gift Baskets Available!

Bud & Bud Lt.

J. Walker Double Black



Miller Lite

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Joseph Phelps Insignia ‘09 95-97 pts. RP




Yellow Tail All Types


39 1.5L

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J. Walker Blue Label Scotch




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