Two officials from JC based union arrested on embezzlement charges
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced Tuesday that the president and secretary-treasurer of Jersey City-based Local 148 of the Production Workers Union were arrested this morning on charges that they embezzled $375,000 from the union by giving themselves unauthorized salary increases, bonuses, and paid vacations.
Fishman said Stephen P. Arena, 55, of Nesconset, N.Y., and David J. Caivano, 55, of Bloomfield, N.J., were arrested at their residences by special agents from the Department of Labor–Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations. Both men are charged in a 29-count indictment.
The men are charged with giving themselves $300 a week salary increases and year-end bonuses.
The maximum potential penalty per defendant per charge is five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Saint Dominic Academy to hold Open House
Saint Dominic Academy will hold its Open House today, Sept. 26, from 1 – 3 p.m., and Tuesday, October 5, from 6 – 8 p.m. The school is located at 2572 Kennedy Blvd. in Jersey City.
Administration and faculty members will share information about SDA’s college preparatory academic program, including the Honors track, the International Baccalaureate program and the Advanced Placement program.
Representatives from sports teams, club activities and the prestigious choir program will be on hand. There will also be the opportunity to speak to someone about scholarship and financial aid information. All are welcome.
For more information, please call SDA Director of Admissions, Ms. Barbara Vergel at (201) 434-5938.

Cancer event set for Liberty State Park

The second annual “Celebrating Life and Liberty” event, sponsored by the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, will take place today, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Liberty State Park in Jersey City.
During the event, day-long festivities include live performance from The Infernos, interactive workshops such as Laughter Yoga, Qigong for Health & Healing, make-up and wig demos, quilting, decorating radiation masks.
For more information, visit the John Theurer Cancer Center’s website at

Remediation meeting at NJCU

Honeywell International will discuss its remediation of New Jersey City University’s West Campus property at a public meeting on Monday, Sept. 27 from 6 – 8 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Multipurpose Rooms B and C of NJCU’s Michael Gilligan Student Union, 2039 Kennedy Blvd. in Jersey City.
Honeywell began remediating the West Campus property, a former manufacturing site, located between Route 440 and West Side Avenue along Carbon Place. The 21-acre property is slated for mixed-use development.
The NJ Department of Environmental Protection approved a plan of the Honeywell’s remediation of parts of the property.

Housing Authority receives grant for anti-gang and anti-drug initiatives

The U.S. Department of Justice recently awarded the Jersey City Housing Authority (JCHA) a grant of $300,000 to administer a Drug Elimination Program at its public housing sites, pursuant to a Congressional appropriation in the federal budget.
The JCHA intends to target anti-gang initiatives with this funding, including the provision of site-based off-duty police officers at the family public housing sites and the creation of a program to involve site-based officers in establishing chess clubs for adolescents to provide additional constructive leisure activities for at-risk teens. This will also provide a forum for positive interaction between law enforcement and public housing residents.
Programs like this are meant to foster the participation of teens in an activity that stimulate thinking, develops analytical and decision-making skills while strengthening mental clarity, fortitude, stability, and overall health as well as non-threatening, non-confrontational setting between teens and police officers.

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