Hudson County Community College Responds to Executive Orders on DACA and Undocumented Students

October 4, 2017, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) has established clear guidelines as to what it will – and will not do – with regard to the White House’s executive order to rescind the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program instituted under executive order in 2012.

Last week, at a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill, California Senator Kamala Harris questioned Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke about the concern that the personal information of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children could be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency tasked with removals.  Acting Secretary Duke stated that she could not guarantee that the information of young immigrants who applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would not be turned over to immigration and customs authorities.

HCCC President Glen Gabert, Ph.D. said the College wants to reassure students protected under DACA.  “At Hudson County Community College, we are dedicated to assisting and caring for all of our students. We will continue to counsel and advocate on behalf of our DACA students,” he said.

Shortly after the executive order was issued, Hudson County Community College issued the following statement to define how the College is responding to executive orders concerning DACA and undocumented students:

Hudson County Community College will provide support on immigration-related concerns.
Hudson County Community College will counsel those impacted with resources for educational and living expenses for which they are legally eligible.
Hudson County Community College will vigorously investigate and prosecute anyone who threatens, intimidates or harasses any member of our community.
Hudson County Community College will intensify its long-standing advocacy for expanded access to higher education for all our students.
Hudson County Community College will not voluntarily disclose immigration and/or citizenship status to federal authorities absent a court-issued subpoena.
Hudson County Community College will not ask questions regarding immigration and/or citizenship status except when relevant to the service being provided.
Hudson County Community College will not voluntarily disclose immigration and/or citizenship status information to federal authorities unless necessary to comply with a federal regulation or to protect a person’s safety. 

Dr. Gabert reminded that Hudson County is the most ethnically diverse area of the United States. “Our students represent more than 90 different nationalities and 58% of them speak a language other than English in their homes. More than 50% of our students identify as being of Hispanic heritage (can we get most recent figures for the other students?). Our students are the future of this area and our country.  They are industrious, dedicated men and women who are working to create better lives for themselves, their families and our community,” he said.

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Hudson County Community College 2017 -2018 Lecture Series

Hudson County Community College to welcome Grant Imahara,

Martha Raddatz, and B.D. Wong in 2017-2018 Lecture Series

Series begins in November; the events are open to the general public and there is no charge for admission.

October 4, 2017, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) has announced the lineup for its 2017-2018 Lecture Series. The featured lecturers include animatronics engineering expert and former host of Discovery’s MythBusters Grant Imahara; ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent and co-anchor of This Week Martha Raddatz; and actor and activist BD Wong.

The events will be held the College’s Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street in Jersey City – just two blocks from the Journal Square Transportation Center. All are open to the general public and there is no charge for admission. Tickets for the events are available on a first-come-first-served basis, and may be obtained by visiting

The first lecture on Wednesday, November 29 at 11 a.m. will feature Grant Imahara, who was also a model-maker and animatronics engineer at George Lucas’s Industrial Light and Magic. While there, he worked in special effects on eleven feature films – Star Wars: Episodes 1 – 3, Artificial Intelligence: AI, and The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

Martha Raddatz will appear in the second segment of the series on Thursday, March 8 at 6 p.m. Ms. Raddatz has served as ABC News’ chief White House correspondent during the last term of President George W. Bush’s administration, and received Peabody and Emmy awards for her coverage of presidential campaigns and the September 11 attacks.

The final lecture will take place on Thursday, April 5 at 6 p.m. and will feature BD Wong, the award-winning actor who has appeared on Law& Order: SVU, Oz, Mr. Robot, Gotham, Jurassic Park, and Jurassic World. Mr. Wong also appeared in the Broadway production of M. Butterfly, for which he earned a Tony Award, Theatre World
Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Drama Desk Award.

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Breast Cancer Seminar Set for October 25 at Palisades Medical Center

Palisades Medical Center’s Breast Cancer Education Seminar

Featured Speakers:
Medical Professionals from the Palisades Women’s Group

Palisades Medical Center Auditorium, 7600 River Road, North Bergen, NJ

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
6:00 p.m.

FREE Admission.  FREE refreshments will be provided.  FREE Transportation Available.

Contact to Attend:
Nikki Mederos (201) 854-5702

Additional Info:
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide.  In fact, 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.  During National Breast Cancer Awareness
Month, Palisades Medical Center is pleased to invite the public to a FREE Breast Cancer Education Seminar.  Attendees will hear experts from Palisades Women’s Group discuss early detection and prevention, treatment options, and the latest research on breast

About Hackensack Meridian
Health Palisades Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian
Health Palisades Medical Center is located at 7600 River Road in North Bergen, NJ, and it serves a population of 450,000 in Hudson and southern Bergen counties.  The not-for-profit medical center is a part of Hackensack Meridian Health, and it features
a 202-bed hospital and The Harborage, a 245-bed nursing home and rehabilitation center.  Palisades Medical Center is ranked as one of the top hospitals of its size in New Jersey by
Inside Jersey magazine and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.  The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) has honored Palisades Medical Center with its prestigious
Community Outreach Award for its year-round commitment to educate residents, improve access to care, and reduce health disparities.  Palisades Medical Center is the largest employer in its service area with more than 1,300 employees.  For more information,
please call 201-854-5000 or visit


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Port Authority warns of Severe Congestion Issues Gridlock Alert

Gridlock Closure route 139 Jersey CIty

Holland Tunnel Due to Lane Closures on Route 139

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has issued the following press release:

Motorists strongly urged to use mass transit and consider alternate routes; PATH rail to add extra trains during peak hours on all lines

Drivers who typically commute through the Holland Tunnel are urged to use mass transit –particularly during the morning and evening rush hours — due to fire damage to the nearby Route 139 ramp in Jersey City that is maintained by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

The extensive structural damage to the ramp has resulted in closures to three of five lanes nearly back to the tunnel, with the 60-percent capacity reduction expected to cause significant delays for westbound traffic in Jersey City and Hoboken. Lower Manhattan also can expect backups on local streets accessing the tunnel entrance to New Jersey, particularly if one of the tunnel’s two westbound lanes must be closed if gridlock occurs on the New Jersey side.

Drivers should use mass transit, consider alternate work hours or telecommute if possible since other crossing like the Lincoln Tunnel may face delays due to the diverted traffic.

The Port Authority and NJ DOT have activated their Offices of Emergency Management to continuously monitor the situation and streamline communications with other state and local officials. Agency officials are working on traffic management plans to lessen potential congestion impacts and will coordinate implementation with counterparts at NJ DOT, NJ Transit, New Jersey State Police, Jersey City, Hoboken and Manhattan, New York City officials, as well as New York Waterways ferry service.

PATH rail is poised to add two extra trains hourly during the morning and evening rush hours on each of its three lines: Newark to World Trade Center, Hoboken to World Trade Center and Journal Square to 33rd Street starting Monday morning.

Travelers to Newark Liberty International Airport are encouraged to use NJ Transit rail service from New York Penn Station to access the Newark AirTrain to the airport’s terminals.

Along with urging drivers to use mass transit options and seeking ways to increase rail, bus and ferry capacity, the Port Authority is taking other significant steps to help its state and local partners alleviate the anticipated problems. Ongoing construction work on the Bayonne Bridge, for example, has been suspended to help ease regional traffic.

“The Port Authority is urging travelers to use mass transit and consider alternate work hours and telecommuting to help minimize the anticipated gridlock at the Holland Tunnel until repairs are made to New Jersey’s nearby Route 139 ramp,’’ said Diannae Ehler, the Port Authority’s Director of Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals. “The agency will assist our transportation partners to help minimize congestion around the tunnel, and we have offered engineering help if needed to evaluate and speed repairs on the state’s ramp.”

Agency, state and local officials are conferring on opening a third lane before the Monday morning rush along the Holland Tunnel’s westbound exit lanes if feasible, while also adding additional police officers, closing certain side roads and adjusting traffic light patterns to help move traffic more efficiently.

On average, more than 2,600 vehicles per rush hour and 46,000 vehicles daily travel from Manhattan to New Jersey via the Holland Tunnel.

Port Authority Police are currently staffing intersections to optimize and balance traffic flow on both westbound 14th street and the local north/south roadways. This presence will be maintained through the weekend, with needs reassessed for the start of Monday’s weekday travel patterns.

The Port Authority’s Engineering Department has offered the support of staff and its resources to assess the extent of ramp damage and assist with implementation of a repair strategy.

For the most up-to-date traffic and transit information, please see use the following links: 

NY Waterway has morning and evening rush-hour service between Port Liberty and Liberty Harbor in Jersey City and Manhattan. Both terminals are accessible from the New Jersey Turnpike and have parking.

Ferry terminals at Paulus Hook and Harborside in Jersey City and the Hoboken Rail/Ferry Terminal all are served but the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail.

Visit for complete information or call 1-800-53-FERRY.

For full details, view this message on the web.

Sent by City of Hoboken, NJ 94 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030


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Frank Sinatra & Jimmy Van Heusen: A Musical Journey Friendship & Collaboration

Mayor Dawn Zimmer & The City of Hoboken
Sat. Oct. 7th – Doors open at 6:30pm
Kicks off at 7pm sharp
DeBaun Auditorium, 5th & Hudson St. Hoboken, NJ

On the campus of Steven’s Institute of Technology
Admission is Free

For information contact Geri Fallo: 201-420-2000 Ex. 5100

Featuring performance by:
•  The Swingadelic Big Band,
•   Sinatra Idol Winners: Peter Cafasso & Jerry Pearce

and special guest singers: 

•   A.J. Lambert. Granddaughter of Frank Sinatra & daughter of Nancy Sinatra, AJ Lambert’s style & interpretations of both standards and modern music alike is truly her own.
•   Phil Crosby: Grandson of Bing Croby

In addition, a round table panel discussion with:
•    filmmaker Jim Burns,
•   writer Will Friedwald,
•   A.J. Lambert &
•   Bob Foster, director of the Hoboken Historical Museum. 

Discussion will include film clips from Jim Burns film:
“Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin’ with Frank & Bing” & slide presentation exploring the friendship & musical collaboration between SInatra & composer Jimmy Van Heusen.

Will Friedwald: writes about music & popular culture for The Wall Street Journal & Vanity Fair. He also is the author of eight books including the award-winning A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers and Sinatra: The Song is
You. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant & curator for Apple Music.

Jim Burns: With New York-based Burns Media, he produces and directs long and short form documentaries, as well as multimedia programming for advertising and major live events. Burns directed “Jimmy Van Heusen – Swingin’ with Frank and Bing.”
Produced for PBS, the film tells the story of the remarkable life & music of the 4-time Oscar winning songwriter whose timeless classics are some of the most beloved of the Great American Songbook. Van Heusen’s longtime musical partnership with Frank Sinatra
resulted in all-time hits such as “Love & Marriage,” “Come Fly with Me” & “All the Way.” Burns is currently directing and producing “She’s Got Jazz – New York Nights” a film featuring the music of several young, rising stars who are changing the face of jazz
and electrifying the music scene for a growing, equally young following. 

Bob Foster, Director of the Hoboken Historical Museum

Swingadelic Big Band: Based in Hoboken, bandleader Dave Post and Swingadelic will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in May 2018. The band has performed at concerts & events from Boston to Atlanta & released 7 CDs. Swingadelic was featured
at the Hoboken Sinatra Centennial Birthday event at Stevens Institute in 2015.

For information contact Geri Fallo: 201-420-2000 Ex. 5100
Presented by Mayor Dawn ZImmer & the City of Hoboken

This program is made possible by a grant from
The New Jersey State Historical Commission, a division
of the Department of State, and administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County County Executive and Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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Now in its  Fourth  week Music Broadway Bayonne sponsored by Bayonne Mayor James Davis and the Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone brings Music back to Broadway combining excellent venues with exceptional entertainment to make your Friday night out fun and local 

See who’s performing at these  six   participating  restaurants and Bistro and Tavern  for Friday, September 29th


Music Broadway Bayonne

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City of Hoboken Auctioning Abandoned Bicycles September 25 – October 13

Hoboken Abandoned Bike Auction
this photo does not show actual bikes at auction

The City of Hoboken is auctioning off abandoned bicycles via starting September 25th and ending October 13th. To view photos and descriptions of bicycles and to place a bid, visit:

The bicycles being auctioned do not match descriptions in police reports for stolen bicycles.

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Passantino Wins Eight Awards from New Jersey Journalism Organization

BAYONNE, NJ – Freelance journalist Joseph Passantino won eight awards from the Garden State Journalism Association in its 70th Annual Memorial Journalism Awards competition.

Three of his honors were for work performed for the Hudson Reporter newspaper group, and five were for the TAPinto Bayonne news website.

Passantino received the Hildy Johnson Award for his story, “Smack Surges in Hudson County,” which appeared in The Weehawken Reporter. The GSJA bestows the honor for the “outstanding print or broadcast news story of the year.”

Along with Hudson Reporter colleague Al Sullivan, Passantino took home a second-place award in the Print/Investigative Reporting category for “Electronic Cheating? School District Investigates Possible Smart Phone Cheats.” The story ran in the Bayonne Community News.

Passantino wins eight  awards
“Snow Daze”- Photo by Joe Passantino

Passantino won second place in the Photography, Essay category for “Snow Daze; After the Blizzard,” which ran in the Bayonne Community News. The photo series chronicled the city following a 20-inch snowfall.

For TAPinto Bayonne, Passantino won in the photography categories of Spot News, General News, and Portraits & Personalities.

In Spot News, he won first place for his photo titled “Sad Day,” taken following an apparent suicide in a downtown Bayonne park.

In General News, Passantino took both first and second places for “Just Super,” a picture of a super moon taken from The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, and for “A Tale of Two Bridges.”

Passantino wins eight awards
“My Turn” photo by
Joe Passantino
Passantino wins eight  awards
“May I Help You”
photo by Joe Passantino

In Portraits & Personalities, he again took the two top spots; for “My Turn,” where he captured the image of a child waiting anxiously for his father to share ice cream, and “May I Help You?”, a shot of a dog “manning” the counter in a veterinarian’s office.

The honors were presented for work completed in 2016.


  • 1. Snow Daze
  • 2. My Turn
  • 3. May I Help You?
  • 4. Just Super
  • 5. Sad Day
  • 6. A Tale of Two Bridges


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Help Puerto Rico and Mexico Hurricane and Earthquake Victims

Donate Essential Items at Jersey City Community Event


Additional Drop Off Locations Citywide to be
Announced in Coming Days    

With the residents of Mexico and Puerto Rico experiencing this week two

 of the worst natural disasters to befall their countries, the Jersey
City community is banding together to help collect much-needed relief
items.  The first of several donation
drives will be held from 6 p.m. to 11:30
p.m. Saturday during a community event hosted by Councilman-At-Large Daniel
Rivera on Grove Street.  The event, a Latin Jazz night, will also
serve as a drop off point for relief items where attendees or the community at
large can donate goods.

Community leaders will also be holding a meeting Saturday morning
to coordinate logistics for citywide donation sites for next week.  That information will be made available
following the meeting, so please stay tuned for additional information.

of needed items are: bottled water, non-perishable food items, batteries and
flashlights, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, lotion, toothbrush/paste, mouthwash,
soap, body wash, baby wipes, hand sanitizers, diapers, first aid kits, phone
chargers. No clothing or bedding at this time please. 

“Jersey City has one of the largest Puerto
Rican communities outside of Puerto Rico, with deep ties to the island where
many family members still live,” said Mayor
Fulop.  “We also have a large Mexican
community and know that both countries need help to recover from these
devastating disasters.  The Jersey City
community is one that always comes together to support those in need and we will be working together
 to help Puerto Rico and Mexico.”

“With the island without power and very
little news being delivered, our Puerto Rican community here in Jersey City wants
to get to action as quickly as possible to help loved ones and those affected
by this hurricane,” said Councilman
Rivera.  “The devastation is absolute
and we saw this as an opportunity to kick off our relief mission as we all
continue to pray for the people of Puerto Rico and Mexico.”

          6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017

Where:           Grove Street, between Newark
Avenue and First Street City City of Jersey City

 Mayor Steven M. Fulop

 Councilman At Large
Daniel Rivera

Members of the Municipal
Council Jersey City

 Jersey City community

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Bayonne and Amazon

Bayonne  Mayor James Davis announced recently that the City plans to respond to the request for proposals (RFP) issued by Amazon for the creation of the second headquarters in the United States.

Mayor Davis stated, “Given the fact that the City of Bayonne has over 200 acres of undeveloped land on the former Military Ocean Terminal-Bayonne (MOTBY), I believe we are uniquely positioned to respond to this request.” Bayonne’s ongoing transformation from a city of industry to a city of innovation and technology fits perfectly with Amazon’s objectives and, quite frankly, the City of Bayonne meets or exceeds every one of the logistical, cultural, communal and operational criteria set forth in Amazon’s RFP.  Simply stated, “I believe there are no other municipalities offering anything close to what Bayonne has to offer.”


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