Yardley soap bldg. may face demolitionLocal firm, UC work together for redevelopment

An old soap and perfume factory in Union City that has become a familiar sight on the Palisades may be demolished as part of a redevelopment plan. The Yardley building, constructed in 1916 on Palisade Avenue, may have to make way for two new residential towers, according to Union City Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Tom …

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 …

Petition to ‘heal’ West New YorkLocal doctor starts mayoral recall

A West New York physician recently offered to take over for the town’s mayor for no pay and said he wants to recall Mayor Silverio “Sal” Vega, who earns $15,000 for performing his duties. Dr. Felix Roque, the director of pain management at St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic and an Army reservist, started the recall …

Nationally recognizedLocal firefighter saves woman’s life, honored at televised game

When a local firefighter working overtime pulled an unconscious woman out of a West New York residence engulfed in flames last summer, he never thought he would be honored for what he says is just part of his job. However, Pete Mancini of North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue was recognized for this heroic deed …

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 …

Sex charges for ex-NB Little League prezHousing inspector arrested for crimes in three towns

A former North Bergen Little League president who was also training to be a housing inspector in the township has been charged with a carjacking and with two sex crimes in separate North Jersey towns. Julian Cosma, 48, of Moonachie was arrested by Lyndhurst Police on Dec. 27 after a Weehawken woman said that he …

Our slightly cracked predictionsReporter psychics tell you what’ll happen in 2009

Tired of straight news? Well, just for this story, we’re implementing a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and not checking the accuracy of the rumors below. After all, the internet does it as a matter of course; we only do this once a year! This is what we think may happen during the coming year. …

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 …

Hot political battles in 2009Mayoral elections in Hoboken, Jersey City, Secaucus, Guttenberg

Like rust, politics never sleeps. So in 2009, expect some significant political clashes – especially in Jersey City, Hoboken, and Secaucus, where mayoral races could alter the local political balance. Guttenberg also will hold a mayoral election in 2009, although most likely, Gerald Drasheff, who was elected in a special election in November, will carry …