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Weehawken graduate receives scholarship

Giovanna Notaro, a recent graduate of Weehawken High School, received the annual Lori Sorrentino Hennessey Scholarship of $5,000, donated by the Dante Alighieri Society of Jersey City. The scholarship is in memory of Pat Sorrentino, a longtime member of the Dante Alighieri Society, and Lori, the daughter of his wife Roselyn, an educator who died after a battle with cancer.

The scholarship is awarded annually to a young woman of Italian descent who is pursuing a career in education or social services.

Hudson County to upgrade Hoboken intersection

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and Commissioner Anthony Romano announced that Hudson County has begun construction of pedestrian safety and traffic signage improvements at the intersection of 14th Street and Hudson Street in Hoboken.

The project includes the following: curb extension rain gardens at all corners, ADA compliant curb ramps with detectable warning surfaces at all corners, high visibility crosswalks at all the approaches ; modern traffic lights with 12″ LED signal faces.

Construction of the traffic signal upgrades and pedestrian safety improvements at 14th Street and Hudson Street is expected to continue for approximately 8-12 weeks, which includes drainage work to construct the extension of the sidewalk, electrical work for the new traffic light, installation of wiring and new poles and energizing the new traffic light heads with PSE&G. Temporary no parking signs will be posted in areas adjacent to the Project to allow for construction.

In 2019, Bhalla signed an executive order designating Hoboken as a Vision Zero City, with the goal of eliminating all traffic-related fatalities by 2030. Focusing on safety improvements at hundreds of sites across the city, Hoboken has created a safer pedestrian experience for the most vulnerable in our community, including children and the elderly. Hoboken is one of very few cities of its size nationwide to achieve zero traffic-related deaths in the past four years.

Hoboken’s 20 MPH speed limit goes into effect

The City of Hoboken and Hudson County began installing new signs and tapes to reduce the citywide speed limit in Hoboken from 25 MPH to 20 MPH on Wednesday, September 14. The reduced speed limit aims to make streets safer for all modes of transportation as part of the city’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating all traffic-related deaths and injuries by 2030.

The city began installing eight speed feedback signs at Hoboken’s entry gates replacing the 25 mph speed limit signs with new 20 mph signs. Hudson County will also redesign portions of Willow Avenue to convert existing pavement markings from 25 mph to 20 mph. Police will be on site to mitigate temporary traffic impacts on Willow Avenue.

Combined with other safety improvements, such as sidewalk extensions, high-visibility crosswalks, natural lighting in corners, main pedestrian gaps and dedicated bicycle facilities, a reduced speed limit can help reduce the likelihood of accidents. When collisions do occur, research shows that even a small reduction in vehicle speed can have a significant impact on reducing their severity. The citywide speed limit reduction is recommended in the city’s Vision Zero action plan and is part of the “safe systems approach” used to reduce traffic accidents and fatalities on public roads.

The implementation of a 20 MPH speed limit was authorized by Hoboken City Council and signed into law by Mayor Ravi Bhalla in July. In addition to new signage, the change will include educational programs to help inform drivers and improve compliance rates through a partnership with the Hoboken Police Department and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department.

For more information on the city’s Vision Zero initiative, visit

Women Rising organizes an annual gala

Women Rising will hold its annual Celebration of Service Gala on Thursday, October 20 from 6-9 p.m. at the Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City.

The annual Women Rising Gala allows the organization to recognize those who have supported their mission and made a difference in the lives of women and children.

The 2022 winners of this year’s gala include Mita Mallick, Head of Inclusion, Equity and Impact of Carta Inc. Mallick will receive the Above & Beyond award. Lord Abbot & Co., a private investment management company, will be awarded the SUEZ Corporate Partner Award.

WomenRising, a community-based organization for women in Hudson County, provides supportive counseling, crisis intervention, workforce development and job placement, permanent supportive housing, shelter for survivors of domestic violence, awareness activities, advocacy, referrals, etc. for women and their families.

Liberty House Restaurant is located at 76 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City. Gala tickets are available at

Hoboken will distribute over $750,000 in grants

Hoboken Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla announced earlier this month that the city will provide more than $774,000 in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to nonprofits and public agencies in Hoboken, which provide a variety of services to low- and middle-income residents.

The Hoboken Housing Authority will receive $628,927 for capital upgrades to replace facility boilers, improve lighting and upgrade security systems.

The city will distribute the remaining $145,137 to the following nonprofits: Computers 4 People, The Hoboken Shelter, The Act Now Foundation, Community Lifestyle, HOPES, Hoboken Community Center, True Mentors, Hoboken Family Planning.

North Bergen students take honors from college board programs

Five North Bergen High School students have earned academic honors through the College Board’s National Recognition Programs, which provide underrepresented students with honors that can be included in college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them stand out during the admissions process.

The five students to receive honors are Amy Azogue Irigoyen, Ashley Cangana, David Chauca, Max Gargarita and Santiago Gonzalez for their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10 and/or AP exams.

Colleges and scholarship programs identify students with national African American, Hispanic, Native, and/or rural/small town recognition through the College Board’s Student Search Service. Eligible students have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and excelled in the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 or scored 3 or higher on two or more AP exams; and are African American or Black, Hispanic or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town.

Eligible students are invited to apply in their second or first year and will be awarded at the start of the next school year. Students will receive their awards in time to include them in their college and scholarship applications.

4th graders can enter the statewide record competition

The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) invites fourth-grade students to test their artistic skills for its annual fourth-grade record competition for the 2022-2023 school year. Each year, PDFNJ challenges New Jersey fourth graders to create anti-drug artwork related to the theme “Fun Things to Do Instead of Drugs”, with the winning artwork to be reproduced as a folder school distributed to classrooms across the state.

Last year’s competition attracted nearly 3,000 submissions, with 33 finalists selected and two grand prize winners chosen to have their works featured in the 40,000 entries. Makayla Craig of Thomas Jefferson School in Union City; and Siddhi Jain and Warta Kamble of PS #25 in Jersey City, were selected as contest finalists.

The Fourth Year Dossier Competition is accepting submissions until Wednesday, December 7. To learn more about the contest and to submit submissions, go to

The student obtains academic honors

Jersey City’s Ella Skinner has been named to the 2022 Spring Semester Dean’s List at Simmons University in Boston.