Secaucus Street Fair is this weekend

The annual Secaucus Street Fair began on Friday, June 6, and runs through Sunday. Over 100 vendors will be participating – a record number for the fair.

Also featured will be live music from numerous bands, including Juke Junction, Slick, and The Group Therapy Band. Magicians and clowns will provide entertainment, while activities for children include bouncy houses, rock climbing, mechanical bull rides, skill games, and more.

The three-day free event takes place in Buchmuller Park on Paterson Plank Road in Secaucus. Sunday hours are from 12 to 8 p.m. For information, visit

Secaucus Business Breakfast & Brainstorm on June 11

Mayor Michael Gonnelli and the Town Council invite Secaucus businesses, restaurants, and organizations to participate in an exchange of ideas addressing the concerns of the Secaucus business community on Wednesday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The objective is to improve community relations with local businesses while presenting opportunities to increase visibility and profitability.

Participants will network with Secaucus community leaders, business owners, managers, and local organizations over coffee and breakfast. Learn about exciting upcoming events and amenities that are available to businesses and their employees as part of the community.

The agenda includes presentations by State Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Meadowlands Regional Chamber CEO Jim Kirkos, Meadowlands Hospital CEO and President Tom Considine, and Meadowlands Hospital COO Lynn McVey. There will be a question and answer session with Mayor Gonnelli, and town officials from various departments will be staffing information tables.

The event will take place at the LaQuinta Hotel, 350 Lighting Way in Secaucus. It is free but participants must RSVP in advance to Regina Bator at (201) 330-2007. For more information contact Community Outreach Coordinator Lee Penna at or (201) 330-2000 ext. 3409.

Panasonic warehouse leased to plumbing supplier

A warehouse vacated by Panasonic when they relocated to Newark last year has been refurbished by property owners Hartz Mountain Enterprises and a portion of the space leased to plumbing supplier Ferguson Enterprises.

Hartz is in the process of completing a comprehensive overhaul of the 650,000-square-foot building, raising the ceiling from 24 feet to 32 feet and making other improvements.

Ferguson, designated the largest wholesale plumbing distributor in the United States and the third-largest distributor of heating and cooling supplies, is leasing 450,000 square feet of the warehouse, which is located at 100 Meadowland Parkway. The building will serve as their warehouse as the Virginia-based company expands into New York metropolitan region. It will also serve as a shop for professional contractor customers.

Hartz intends to market the remaining 200,000 square feet of warehouse space to other clients. Two additional office buildings were razed when Panasonic moved from the location.

Hundreds of noise complaints remain from MetLife Stadium concert

Because of excessive noise levels from the Electric Daisy Carnival held at MetLife Stadium over the Memorial Day Weekend, the Town of Secaucus issued summonses for 31 complaints of noise in excess of allowable limits to MetLife Stadium, Insomniac, Inc. (the event promoter), and The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. Additionally, Mayor Michael Gonnelli sent a letter to Brad Mayne, president of MetLife Stadium, demanding a plan to eliminate disturbances to the residents of Secaucus in the future.

Mayor Gonnelli stated, “It wasn’t like there was noise coming from MetLife for a few minutes. This ruckus went on for hours and I literally received more than 100 complaints from residents. We understand that MetLife Stadium is next door but that doesn’t mean it can spew noise indiscriminately that affects our neighborhoods.”

Hudson County Patriotic Home Contest is now on

The third annual Hudson County Patriotic Home Contest invites you to run the grand old flag up the pole, dust off the Statue of Liberty, get George and Abe on the porch, put some stars in your windows, and place the Liberty Bell on the lawn. It’s time to show off your pride in America.

Tweet three photos of your decorated home and address to JCHudsonmedia or e-mail them to Three grand prize winners will each receive $500 cash.

All photos must be received by June 27. Be creative. Last year more than 50 homes were entered in the contest.

Governor names Hoboken labor leader to PA board of commissioners

Gov. Chris Christie has named George Laufenberg of Hoboken, administrative manager of New Jersey Benefits for the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, to fill a vacancy on the Port Authority board of commissioners left by the resignation of Anthony Sartor in April, according to a report on

Christie has also formally named John J. Degnan, a former New Jersey attorney general, to head the bi-state agency’s 12-seat board of commissioners in the wake of the resignation of David Samson amid investigations by state and federal prosecutors into possible conflicts of interest involving his law firm, Wolff and Samson. The firm represented clients with Port Authority-related business. Those investigations grew out of the broadening probe into politically motivated lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in September.

Workshop on securing procurement business is on June 25

Have you ever considered how to grow your business by successfully winning procurement contracts? It may be easier than you’ve imagined. Join the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce for a workshop on how to develop your company’s access to public and private-sector procurement opportunities. 

Featured speakers will be Rebecca Moll Freed, Esq. and Michael Winter. Freed, from Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster, helps companies assess and evaluate their current and prospective procurement opportunities, and assist with the preparation of responsive RFPs and RFQs. She will speak about the preparation of RFPs and RFQs on the state and local levels. 

Winter is the chief administrative officer of Choose New Jersey, a nonprofit that works to drive economic growth for New Jersey. Winter will provide a hands-on overview of RFP Watch 2.0, an online database that offers access to more than 7,000 contract leads posted each month, and more than $2 billion in contracts awarded each week. Learn how RFP Watch can help take your business to the next level and how to customize this search engine for your specific needs.

The workshop will take place from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 25 at the Culinary Conference Center at Hudson County Community College, 161 Newkirk St., Jersey City. The event is free to Hudson County Chamber of Commerce members and $35 to nonmembers. Continental breakfast will be served.

State bar foundation sponsoring free seminar on wills and estate planning

As a public service, the New Jersey State Bar Foundation presents a free public seminar on wills and estate planning on Thursday, June 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center, One Constitution Square off Ryders Lane in New Brunswick.

Topics of discussion examine estate-planning basics, including wills, elder law planning, Medicaid eligibility and guardianships. A question-and-answer period follows the presentations.

Guest speakers are Crystal West Edwards, Esq., and Farah N. Ansari, Esq., attorneys with the Florham Park law firm of Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP.

The seminar is free and open to the public; however, advance registration is required. To register, visit the Foundation online at or call (800) FREE-LAW. The Foundation’s seminar series is made possible by funding from the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey. 

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