Friends of the Library meeting will feature jazz saxophonist and singer Sandy Jacobs

Singer and jazz saxophonist Sandy Jacobs will perform at the Friends of the Library meeting on Thursday, May 8. Her performance will follow a brief business meeting at 7 p.m. in the Panasonic Room at the Secaucus Public Library. The performance is open to the public and attendees do not have to be members of the Friends of the Library.
Jacobs is returning for an encore performance following a very successful concert at the library in 2012. She will be performing a full range of classic and original jazz selections and standards.
“Sandy’s musical background is incredible, and I am so happy to have her as the featured performer at our spring meeting,” said Friends’ president Zinnia Miller. “Sandy took full advantage of the rich music culture of New York City by playing in genres ranging from rock and blues to jazz. She performed in many of the hot spots at the time such as CBGBs, Maxwell’s, and The Bitter End. Her credits include working on projects with the Henson family of Muppet fame as well as with bands backed by Warner Brothers Records. Sandy has performed with a variety of different bands including Billy Holliday’s trumpet player Roy Eldridge.”
Registration for this event is strongly encouraged. To register or for more information, call the library at (201) 330-2083 or email

Board of Education members elected, school tax increase approved

Incumbent Joseph Lewis was reelected to the Secaucus school board last week. Also elected were Lance Bartletta and Ruby Pantoliano, both new to the board.
Thomas Troyer, who served on the board several times in the past, was a candidate this year as well. He was not elected.
Voters also approved a school operations tax levy of $32.7 million for the coming year. This levy will result in an increase of approximately $40 to a property owner’s tax bill, based on an average of $175,000 assessment per home.

Votes sought for Secaucus High School

As part of a campaign to promote safe driving for teens, Secaucus High School Media Academy is participating in a safe driving contest sponsored by and the NJ Brain Injury Alliance. The winning slogan in a school-wide contest, “I would hate to meet you by accident,” is the campaign theme. A video was created that can be viewed on YouTube by searching “Secaucus High School Drive Safe.”
Residents can help the school win a contest sponsored by UGotBrains by voting for Secaucus at Voters can vote as many times as they like. Polls are open until May 19. The winning school will receive a $22,000 driving simulator.

Library offers Arabic language classes for children

The Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center is offering students the opportunity to learn Arabic, beginning in May. According to Library Director Jenifer May, this latest opportunity is in keeping with the library’s effort to present multi-cultural programs for the patrons. This program is in addition to the popular Chinese and Hindi language classes that launched earlier this year.
Professor Ghada Badawi, a lecturer of Arabic at Columbia University and native Arabic speaker, will teach the language to students between the ages of five and ten, on five alternating Sundays in May and June. The classes begin on Sunday, May 4 at 12 noon. Professor Badawi, a resident of Secaucus, said she will begin with the alphabet and lead into writing and speaking common Arabic words and simple phrases.
The director noted that the library would like to offer additional programs like these. “If there is anyone interested in volunteering their time to share their multi-cultural talents or skills, please contact me so we may discuss the opportunity,” she said.
Those interested in attending the hour-long classes should call the children’s department of the library at (201) 330-2083 x4004 to register, or sign up using the library’s online calendar of events at

Progress at American Dream megamall

Gov. Christopher Christie appeared at the signing of a labor agreement on Monday, April 28 involving the American Dream megamall in East Rutherford. The agreement, between the Bergen County Building and Construction Trades Council and mall developers the Triple Five Group, was a significant step forward for the troubled enterprise.
“One of the first projects is going to be getting that ugly outside of the building the hell off of this building,” the governor told attendees.
The orange and blue exterior of the building has frequently been cited as an eyesore. Triple Five plans to replace it with a sleek, glass façade.
In addition to a shopping mall, the complex will include an amusement park and an indoor ski slope and water park.
The mall, once known as Xanadu, encountered trouble almost from inception in 2003, with two developers exiting the project after spending nearly $2 billion.
Most recently a protracted lawsuit with the NY Giants and Jets was settled by an agreement between the involved parties, clearing the way for Triple Five to move forward. They expect to spend almost $2 billion more to complete the project.
Gov. Christie estimated that 9,000 construction workers would be needed to complete the job, and 10,000 employees would be required to staff the complex, although other groups have placed the estimate at fewer than 6,000 construction jobs.

Free informational legal sessions provided at Jersey City courthouse

“Court Night” consists of a series of information sessions providing practical information and resource material promoting a greater understanding of the court’s function. Attorneys and court representatives will conduct the sessions and will be available to answer general questions from the public concerning each subject matter.
Topics include divorce, child support, landlord/tenant issues, expungement of criminal records, and caregiver law. Any personal information provided to the court is confidential and will not be shared with outside agencies.
Sessions will take place at the Justice William J. Brennan Courthouse, 583 Newark Ave. in Jersey City from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21. Registration begins at 6 p.m.
Court night is free but reservations are requested. To reserve a seat, e-mail or call (201) 217-5109. When registering via e-mail or phone, please provide your name, telephone number, and the workshop you would like to attend.

New ‘e-waste’ recycling for North Jersey

Morgen Industries Inc. announced recently that it will offer electronics waste drop-off at its Secaucus recycling facility. Businesses, local municipalities, and residents can call to schedule drop off of obsolete servers, switches, computers, LCD monitors, laptops, printers, cables, scanners, VCRs, cell phones, and other types of electronics otherwise known as “e-waste.” Certain types of electronics such as CRT monitors may incur a service fee.
The retired equipment will be properly de-manufactured and recycled following strict environmental and safety guide lines.
Based in Secaucus, Morgen Industries Inc. works in the Information Technology sector, specializing in data center relocation and decommission of all types of IT equipment. Morgen Industries Inc. is an NJDEP class D solid waste licensed facility that is compliant with federal and state regulations.
Public or private events such as street fairs or corporate employee events can also sponsor an
“E-waste Collection Day.” Contact Morgen Industries to schedule set up of disposal bins and pick-up.
Morgen Industries, Inc. is located at 7 Penhorn Avenue, Building 7, Secaucus. For information call (201) 223-0072 or visit

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