Holiday Hudson Reporter advertising, editorial deadlines

Because of the holidays over the next two weeks, the Hudson Reporter newspapers will have special advertising and editorial deadlines.
For the Wednesday, Dec. 22 edition of the Bayonne Community News and the Thursday, Dec. 23 Midweek Reporter, the editorial deadline is Monday, Dec. 20 at 9 a.m. and the classified deadline is 12 noon. The Midweek’s display ad deadline is Monday, Dec. 20, at 12 noon.
For the Sunday, Dec. 26 editions of the Reporter newspapers, the display ad and classified deadline is 12 noon on Tuesday, Dec. 21.
The office will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 23, and Friday, Dec. 24. It will reopen Monday, Dec. 27.
For the Wednesday, Dec. 29 edition of the Bayonne Community News and the Thursday, Dec. 30 edition of the Midweek Reporter, the classified and display advertising deadline and editorial deadline is 12 noon on Monday, Dec. 27.
For the Sunday, Jan. 2 editions of the Reporter newspapers, the editorial deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 9 a.m., and the advertising and classified deadline is 12 noon.
That week the office will be closed on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31.It will reopen on Monday, Jan. 3.
If you have questions about these deadlines or any other issue, please call (201) 798-7800. Also check www.hudsonreporter.com.

Connors School coat drive through Jan. 13, 2011

Connors School, located at 201 Monroe St., is hosting a coat drive until Jan. 13, 2011. Slightly used coats or jackets are being accepted at the security desk. The drive is sponsored by the Multi-Cultural Committee.

Commuter parking alternative introduced for Hoboken residents

The city of Hoboken is now offering a new garage parking plan for residents who commute out of the mile-square city.
The option, called “Monthly Limited,” offers a reduced rate of $140 per month for parking in Garage D (215 Hudson St.), the Midtown Garage (371 Fourth Street) and $180 to park in Garage B (28 Second Street). However, cars must be out of the garage on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The option also allows for two weekdays per month, which can be “rolled over” from month to month, in which cars are allowed in the garage during the otherwise prohibited daytime hours.
It’s been a busy two weeks for the Hoboken Parking Utility, as two other alternative parking options were also recently introduced.
“Last week, businesses were introduced to a new free permit option that can save employees over $1,000 per year, and residents were informed of the new ‘Vacation Spot’ discount that makes it possible to park in a city garage while on vacation for $5/day,” noted a city release.

Assemblyman Ramos (D-Hoboken) co-sponsors legislation to help spread Amber Alerts

A bill co-sponsored by Assemblymen Ruben Ramos (D- Hoboken) to help widen the quick dissemination of Amber Alerts in the event of a missing child received final legislative approval on Monday.
The bill (A-2781/S-1431) would require certain public employees or officers of the state who possess publicly-issued wireless devices to enroll in the national Wireless Amber Alerts Initiative to receive Amber Alert text messages.
“This bill will help cast a wider net over those who receive Amber Alerts so that hopefully we can save the lives of many more innocent children,” Ramos said.
This requirement would apply only to employees or officers using a wireless telephone or electronic communication device 1) issued by a public entity that has contracted with a wireless telephone company that participates in the national Wireless Amber Alerts Initiative; 2) that is capable of receiving text messages; and 3) that is subscribed to or enrolled in a plan that allows the telephone or device to receive text messages.

Stack, Sacco texting legislation heads to Governor

If passed by Gov. Christopher Christie, proposed legislation would make it a disorderly persons offense for public transit operators to talk or send text messages with a cell phone. The legislation was sponsored by Sens. Nicholas Sacco (D-Hudson/Bergen) and Brian Stack (D-Hudson) and passed the Senate in October, before being approved by the Assembly on Dec. 13. It now awaits the governor’s signature.
“We know that texting while driving is extremely dangerous, but doing it while operating a public transit vehicle, when the lives of so many people are at stake, is completely unacceptable,” said Sacco.
If the bill is passed, public transit operators of light rail, trains, and busses that are charged with the offense would face up to six months of jail time and/or a fine up to $1,000. Exceptions include phone calls or messages sent during an emergency or a radio communication failure.
“This bill will ensure that bus and train operators who test message while on the job face severe penalties for their actions, and it will put drivers on notice that we are serious about riders’ safety,” said Stack.

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