The results are in: meet your newly elected officials

The positions up for grabs on Nov. 8 were county executive, county register, three state Senate seats, all six state Assembly seats, and all nine Board of Freeholder seats.
Democrats maintained their majority in the legislature for the seventh year in a row, and actually increased their foothold in the Assembly to 48-32. The Democrat Senate majority remained 24-16.
County Executive Thomas DeGise (D) beat out Stephen M. DeLuca (R) by 81.79 percent with 39,500 votes.
Weehakwen’s 33rd legislative district Senate seat was won by Union City Mayor Brian Stack (D) with 18,244 votes over Beth Hamburger (R, 2,815 votes). The two General Assembly seats were won by Ruben J. Ramos, Jr. (D, 15,706 votes) and Sean Connors (D, 15,372 votes) over Fernando Uribe (R, 2,804 votes) and Christopher Garcia (R, 2,896 votes).
Democrat Jose C. Munoz ran unopposed for the 7th freeholder district position and received 3,325 votes.

Weehawken establishments to hold Thanksgiving food drives, dinners

Weehakwen’s Senior Nutrition Center will hold a Thanksgiving luncheon on Sat., Nov. 19 at 12 p.m. at 525 Gregory Ave. There will be a thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings and music for those who attend. For more information, call (201) 330-7634.
Weehawken’s PERC branch located at 108 36th St. is accepting nonperishable food and paper good donations in preparation for Thanksgiving. They will also hold a Thanksgiving meal on Thurs., Nov. 24 at 5:30 p.m. for those in need. Donations can be dropped off at the shelter. For more information, please call (201) 348-8150 or visit www.percshelter.org.
There will also be a food drive held by the Good Shepherd Church located at 98 Columbia Terrace. They are in need of nonperishable food items—particularly baby food—and paper goods. Please call (201) 863-2029 for more information.

Weehawken appoints new school board member

Weehawken’s Board of Education appointed new member Donna Hochhauser Oct. 28 to fill the unexpired position left open by former member Paul Salandra, who moved to another district.
Hochhauser was asked by Mayor Richard Turner to serve on the board. Thanks to her two sons Leo (a sophomore) and Henry (a seventh grader), she served on the board of the Theodore Roosevelt School’s PTO and the Daniel Webster School’s PTPA for seven years. Her husband is a scout leader and founded Boy Scout Troop 223.
She has always been involved with the community and is friends with several of the board’s existing members.
“It’s exciting for me to join these other parents whom I’ve known for so long,” Hochhauser said. “I’m in a unique position to be able to deal with both parents and teachers and see what I can do to help.”
Hochhauser is an actor and a singer who has done commercials and voiceover work. In 2006 Mayor Turner went to see her perform in an off-Broadway production of the play “Talk of the Town.”
“Since I’ve officially retired from the PTO and the PTPA,” she said, “this appointment segues nicely into yet another phase of involvement with local education. I look forward to helping to bring about the changes that need to be affected.”

Giants wide receiver moves into Weehawken’s River Edge

Devin Thomas, New York Giants wide receiver, moved into a two-bedroom apartment in Weehawken’s Port Imperial complex Rivers Edge in October, according to a real estate publication. Thomas signed a one-year lease at $5,000 per month for a 1,400-sq.-ft. corner unit in the nine-story waterfront building that boasts a heated outdoor pool and waterfall and a fitness center and spa, the publication reported.
Rafael Soriano and Boone Logan, who are pitchers for the New York Yankees, also live in the building, which is popular for its proximity to the city.
Hudson County is home to a number of athletes. Most famously, Giants quarterback Eli Manning lives in Hoboken’s Tea Building. NBA star (and reality TV darling) Kris Humphries lived there until recently, as well.

Advanced Physical Medicine Center holds Thanksgiving food drive

The Advanced Physical Medicine Center of Fairview has announced the launch of its 19th annual Thanksgiving food drive to benefit the Fairview welfare department. Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected from Tuesday, Nov. 1 through Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Advanced Physical Medicine Center at 222 Bergen Blvd. in Fairview.
“We urge local residents to contribute whatever they can to this worthy cause by donating non-perishable food including canned and dry goods such as vegetables, soup, instant potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy and stuffing mix,” said Dr. Arber, clinical director of the Advanced Physical Medicine Center. “During these tough economic times, this is one small way to make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors who need it most.”
Dr. Arber and his team can be reached at (201) 945-BACK. For more information, visit www.201945BACK.com.

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