Losing the baggy pantsUC man says ‘From G’s to Gents’ changed his life

After recently appearing on the MTV reality series “From G’s to Gents,” a once misdirected Union City man says he is now on his way to turning his life around. Steve Bula, 22, who used the stage name Prote‘Ge,’ said he was addicted to drugs and nearly homeless when he auditioned for the show last …

Free book with kids’ health check-upNJ group promotes local reading program

One thousand children’s books were recently donated to a local health clinic by a statewide association of pharmaceutical and medical technology companies to support a reading program for kids. Members of the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) delivered the books, for ages 6 months to 5 years, to the North Hudson Community Action Corporation, …

Residents get tax billsSpending rises in proposed $69.15M budget

Even though West New York residents were told in a public meeting last fall that taxes would rise due to the proposed $69.15 million budget, residents were surprised last week to get their estimated tax bills including the increase. “Nobody knew that this was going to happen,” said a female West New York resident who …

‘The Handyman in Your Home’Radio host Ino Gomez tells how he reached his American dream

Almost 30 percent of the Latino population of the United States has tuned in, at some point or another, to “El Handyman En Su Casa” (The Handyman in Your Home), according to marketing company World Hispanic Omnitel. But the handyman himself, North Bergen resident Ino Gomez, chalks his popularity up to luck. “The only difference …

More demand, more serviceNorth Hudson clinic offers extra hours for needy mothers

A local health agency will soon begin extending the hours of its nutrition program for needy kids and pregnant women due to a recent increase in demand. North Hudson Community Action Corporation’s WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program will remain accessible during its regular hours, which are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to …

Friends of Delle Donnas appalledMedrano allowed to work; could be campaign strike against Christie

A week ago Thursday, Luisa Medrano, a Hudson County bar owner who pleaded guilty to a role in an international human smuggling ring in 2006, was granted probation by U.S. District Judge Joel Pisano in Trenton and allowed to return to work, rather than spend the 24 to 30 months in jail she’d been facing. …

On the beatLocal student joins Scholastic Kids Press Corps

A ninth grader from West New York says he wants a shot at interviewing former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and now, as a Scholastic Kids Press Corps member, he may get the chance. Ash Proenza, 14, was recently selected to join the young press team. “Kid Reporters” for Scholastic, a national publisher of children’s …

Yardley Soap bldg. may be demolishedStructure on Palisade hills may be replaced by up to 29 stories

An old soap and perfume factory that can be seen on the hills above Hoboken and Weehawken may be demolished and replaced by towers of up to 29 stories as part of a redevelopment plan. The Yardley building, constructed in 1916 on Palisade Avenue in Union City, may have to make way for two new …