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first_imgThe Hudson County freeholders and other local officials took a tour of the under-construction High Tech High School campus in Secaucus on June 15. The school is on track to open September 2018, moving from High Tech’s current North Bergen campus. The school is a highly competitive public countywide high school that accepts students from all local towns. The current High Tech campus is set to become North Bergen High School some time in 2019. Officials from the Hudson County Schools of Technology also were on hand for the tour. The $160 million, 360,000 square foot school lies across 23 acres, and is located next to Laurel Hill Park. It will feature 100 classrooms, a green roof, swimming pool, geothermal heating, windmills, and a 398 seat gym, among other refinements. As a regional magnet school, High Tech is known as one of the more challenging schools to gain admission to in New Jersey. Click here for more. Hoboken residents will have several more mayoral candidates to consider this November after Mayor Dawn Zimmer made a surprise announcement Tuesday that she will not run for re-election in November. At a press conference on Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. (about which the media was notified only the night before), Zimmer said she wants to focus on fighting against climate change. She also endorsed Council President Ravi Bhalla for her seat. The haste of the announcement confused some of Zimmer’s supporters, and spurred others to action. Within two days of her announcement, another council ally of hers said she may run for mayor as well, as did Freeholder Anthony Romano. “I’m in shock,” said Assemblywoman and Zimmer ally Annette Chaparro on Tuesday after the announcement. “I’m completely surprised. This is going to take a while to digest.” At the press conference Tuesday, Zimmer referred to the current presidential administration’s intended withdrawal from international climate change agreements. “I’ve decided not to seek reelection this November,” said Zimmer. “It’s been a very difficult decision; however, as many people know, I consider the issue of climate change and resiliency to be an urgent issue facing our city, our state, and our nation. I’m certainly proud that Hoboken is on track to be protected from climate change [due to a federally approved funding plan called Rebuild by Design]. But while our city is on the right track, our country no longer is.” Click here for more.Reflecting a dramatic change in the direction of development for Journal Square over the last three decades, local developers and public officials cut the ribbon on June 21 on 3 Journal Square. For decades, city leaders envisioned Journal Square as a kind of back office location for businesses, so many developers proposed office space. This resulted in long delayed redevelopment of an area once considered the center of the city. But now the area – away from the waterfront, but including a hub for PATH trains and buses – is undergoing a renaissance. Mayor Steven Fulop said Journal Square became a focus of his administration and it was a priority to move development beyond the waterfront area to other parts of the city. Taking advantage of its proximity to the Journal Square transportation hub, this and other projects such as the Journal Squared project across the street focused on bringing residential development to the area. For 3 Journal Square, this has become a rebirth, and according to officials connected with the project, the latest sign of a renaissance underway in the neighborhood. Click here for more. ×last_img read more