On the Streets Where We Live

A dynamic duo at North Hudson Community Action Coalition – Ann T. Dudsak, interim president/CEO, and Jeanne Zampaglione, executive assistant, are both celebrating their 40th and 33rd years of service anniversary respectively at this time-honored institution in north Hudson County, located in West New York. Both started at NHCAC when Nicholas Mastorelli of Union City was its executive director and its location was in Union City. Former Union City Commissioner Michael A. Leggiero, who also lived in Secaucus for a time and is now deceased, was the executive director until early 2005. Dudsak was the assistant executive director, until being elevated to her present title and position. Both believe in the adage of “people helping people,” which has made NHCAC grow from a small anti-poverty agency to a large corporation with a $37 million dollar budget, becoming the heartbeat of the North Hudson community, which was a dream now achieved through the vision of Mastorelli and Leggiero!

The lovely Dudsak has been married to former Guttenberg policeman John Dudsak for 56 years! They have three children; John III, Craig and Doreen, and three grandchildren, Megan, Kaitlin, and Craig Stephen. The Dudsaks live in Guttenberg.

The other lovely Zampaglione was raised in North Bergen and now lives in Union City. Her mother Terry still lives in North Bergen, and Zampaglione is the loving aunt of Frank, Eric, Amanda, Gianna and Florence Feroldi, the apples of her eye! Both tout their corporation’s activities in helping the community with such programs as: Women, Infants and Children; Food and Shelter; Community Health Center; Mental Health; Alcohol and Substance Abuse; Transitional Housing; Immigration and Naturalization; and Mobile Health Care Services.

Zampaglione, who works side by side with Dudsak, describes her colleague as the agency’s “mom” and a wonderful, caring person who watches over everyone’s welfare. Such dedication has no limits and is the reason why the North Hudson Community Action Corporation has remained a pillar of the community. Ladies, you both are to be commended. North Hudson County surely salutes you both! Keep up the fantastic work…

The match is on. Guttenberg Mayor David Delle Donna has been challenged to a dart board match by Weehawken Dentist Dr. Joseph E. Mauriello, who owns Global Dental Associates in Fort Lee. The match will be held in Guttenberg at the Wild Rover at Park Avenue and 71st Street at Sunday, Jan. 15, with referees Al Sullivan and myself. The battle begins at 1 p.m. We hear that Delle Donna is getting nervous but is ready to rumble…

The West New York Cubans Lions Club’s President Manny Reyes, former governor and former president Alberto Perez, and former president Ramon Villoslada are getting set for the holiday season with food drives and cash donations for the community in need. This is the season for giving…

This columnist has been asked if the owners of former Amato’s Bakery of North Bergen, which is now called Leo’s Bakery, were relatives of mine? The answer is probably “no,” as my family was from the Naples region of Italy and their family was from the Bari region. However, both bakeries bake delicious bread!

And so it goes, until next time. See you around town. Happy holidays.

Matt P.S. Readers who want to contribute to this column can submit your news items and photos with your name, address and telephone number to: Matthew Amato, columnist, The Hudson Reporter, 1400 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030.


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