Will your TV work after Feb. 17? Area seniors, low-income people may be unprepared for conversion

In just a month, televisions across the country will convert to a new kind of broadcasting, leaving people only a few options to make sure their sets still work – and some are unprepared. Newly elected Pres. Barack Obama has asked the FCC to postpone the Feb. 17 date in which TV broadcasts will change …

In the runningAttorney/UNICO president announces candidacy for mayor

Even though the election for Secaucus mayor won’t take place until November, partisan primaries will be held this June. The race officially got underway last week after UNICO President and town Public Defender Peter Weiner announced that he will challenge Mayor Dennis Elwell in the Democratic primary. Weiner’s announcement, which came in the form of …

Brave heartSecaucus High grad launches nonprofit to save children

When Kim Shadek’s son Daniel was just 36 hours old, he was diagnosed with a serious and potentially fatal congenital heart defect. The diagnosis would later transform Shadek, a Secaucus native, into an advocate for children with heart defects. “Shortly after giving birth, I was holding Daniel and he went into respiratory distress,” his mother …

Can 10 Enterprise Ave. be affordable housing? Town submits plan for compliance to state

More than 300 municipalities, including Secaucus, have submitted plans to comply with new state affordable housing guidelines passed last year by the state’s Council on Affordable Housing (COAH). Under the new guidelines, known as Round III, municipalities are responsible for constructing one unit of affordable housing for every four units of market-rate housing built within …

New Reporter website now live! Read up-to-the-minute news, comment on stories, set up your business website, submit announcements

The Hudson Reporter newspaper group launched its new, completely redesigned website Jan. 1! Check it out at www.hudsonreporter.com. The site now brings you up-to-the-minute breaking news, allows local businesses to start their own websites, lets readers post comments, makes it easy to search for classifieds and stories, and invites everyone to submit photos, classifieds, sports …

Her turnDiDomenico named freeholder chairperson

The behind-the-scenes negotiations to get Bayonne Freeholder Doreen DiDomenico elected as chairperson of the Hudson County Board of Freeholders lasted until just minutes before she and others were scheduled to be sworn in for their new terms on Jan. 6. The nine-member freeholder board votes on matters related to policy and finance for the county’s …

SECAUCUS BRIEFS 1/11/09

Retiring library director to be honored This Sunday, Jan. 11 from noon to 3 p.m., residents are invited to say farewell to Katherine Steffens, who recently ended her tenure as director of the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center and who will be retiring later this month. The library is inviting the community out …

Brick by brick More development coming to Hudson in 2009

The resurrection of Journal Square, the possible rise of an 80-story office tower near the Hoboken train station, two new luxury hotels near the Hudson County waterfront, and the long-awaited opening of the retail and entertainment complex Xanadu in the Meadowlands will be the main topics of development discussion in 2009. The Hudson County waterfront …

BRIEFS

About this special issue This special “2009 Preview” issue of the Hudson Reporter replaces your regular issues in Hoboken, Jersey City, Guttenberg, North Bergen, Secaucus, Union City, West New York, and Weehawken. Next weekend, we resume regular production with the issue of Sunday, Jan. 11. Have you seen our new, frequently updated website? It’s been …

It’s coming up! What’ll be big news in your town in 2009

There will be budgets cut, political comings and goings, new developments, and demolitions of old buildings. Here are some of the issues that will be big news in Hudson County’s towns in 2009. GUTTENBERG New park: According to recently-elected Guttenberg Mayor Gerald Drasheff, one of his main priorities is a new waterfront park on River …