Holiday Hudson Reporter advertising 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

Sacco, Stack 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.

New motorcyclist law passes Senate, Assembly

A bill that would prohibit new motorcyclists from operating larger, more powerful bikes passed the Assembly on Dec. 13.
Sponsored by Sen. Nicholas Sacco (D-Hudson/Bergen), it would prohibit new riders from operating a motorcycle with an engine displacement of more than 500 cc. New riders will obtain a license to drive a smaller-sized engine.
“The fact remains that a large-engine motorcycle is much harder to control than a small-engine motorcycle,” said Sacco.
The bill would also create a low-speed motorcycle category, which would prohibit these smaller motorcycles from public roads that have a speed limit in excess of 35 miles per hour.
While the bill was passed by the Assembly, it must be returned to the Senate in order to consider Assembly amendments that were “largely technical.” If the Senate approves these amendments, they will head to Gov. Christopher Christie for final approval.

High Tech to appear on TV

Next year, High Tech High School will compete on MSG Varsity’s high school quiz show “The Challenge.”
High Tech will be up against students from New Brunswick High School. The first round will air on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 5:30 p.m.
“’The Challenge’ features some of the brightest students from across the tri-state area, and we hope everyone will tune in to see them compete for the Tri-State Championship,” said MSG Varsity General Manage Theresa Chillianis.
High Tech will be represented by Team Captain Jessica Luo, Alex Mercuri, Omar Merdan, Jake Ohring, and Sandra Talbot.
For a complete listing of schools participating, visit

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