×The NJ Department of Transportation has given Secaucus a $2.5 million grant to repave Meadowlands Parkway. See briefs for more information. (Photo from Google Maps) The NJ Department of Transportation has given Secaucus a $2.5 million grant to repave Meadowlands Parkway. See briefs for more information. (Photo from Google Maps) NJ DOT gives Secaucus $2.5 million grant to repave Meadowlands ParkwayThe New Jersey Department of Transportation has given Secaucus a $2.5 million grant for a repaving project on Meadowlands Parkway.“This is huge, and we have been fighting for this for many months,” Town Administrator Gary Jeffas said in an email.The grant is part of Gov. Phil Murphy’s new Local Freight Impact Fund program, which has disseminated $30.1 million to 16 state municipalities to help them provide for safe movement of large truck traffic.Under the program, projects that fall into four categories are eligible for funding: bridge preservation, new construction, pavement preservation, and truck safety and mobility.Work on the repaving is likely to begin sometime next year, Jeffas said.Secaucus wasn’t the only Hudson County town to get assistance. North Bergen received $555,960 in grant money for the Dell Avenue Improvement Project. The state also gave Bayonne $5,783,240 for its Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor Port Access Road Project. Hudson County government received $5,334,764.95 for various county road improvements. Federal government gives Fire Department a grant for $346,410The Secaucus Volunteer Fire Department will purchase a new marine vessel with a $346,410 FEMA grant. The vessel will be used to combat fires along the Hackensack and Passaic Rivers.“These funds will go a long way in increasing firefighting capabilities in one of our nation’s largest transportation hubs,” said U.S. Rep Bill Pascrell Jr., in a press release announcing the funds.“As co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, I will continue to fight for federal support of our community’s firefighters and first responders.”“I want to thank Congressman Pascrell for fighting on behalf of firefighters in Washington,” Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli said, in the release. “This grant money is extremely important to our work in Secaucus. With this money, we will obtain a new firefighting boat to continue protecting our coasts. All the credit to the congressman, for making this possible.”As a major transport hub, Secaucus serves as first responder to fifteen bridges along the Passaic River and fourteen bridges along the Hackensack River, including the 104-year old Portal Bridge. Secaucus’ new fire rescue boat will have modern fire detection equipment to provide rapid emergency response along its coasts while meeting today’s firefighting vehicle safety standards. Secaucus Restaurant Night returns Sept. 27The annual Secaucus Restaurant Night returns to the Secaucus Ice Rink on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will feature food from local spots such as Bareli’s, Jersey Mikes and Houlihan’s. Each sampling is $5. Contact (201) 330-2000 for more information. The ice rink is located at 150 Plaza Center, by Buchmuller Park.