first_imgAt approximately 11:12 p.m. that evening, East Rutherford police responded to reports of the crash. Sgt. Mark Zeitounian, 44, lost his life in the incident. He was originally from Lyndhurst, and reportedly headed to start his shift.Officials treated five other people for non-life threatening injuries. They also determined that four vehicles were involved in the collision.Zeitounian joined the department in 1999, according to a tribute post on the UCPD’s Facebook page. He served his entire career in the department’s patrol division. He is survived by his wife, Debbie; his son, Jason; and his sister, Maria.“From the moment that Mark was hired in 1999 until last night, we were always by his side. We will always be by your side. UCPD Sgt. Mark Zeitounian #350 your watch has ended we’ve got it from here. May you rest in eternal peace!” the tribute reads. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office is still investigating the cause of the crash. No criminal charges have been filed against any of the drivers.18-story, 260-unit mixed-use development proposed for Union CityA new high-rise mixed-use project has been proposed for 2207 Summit Ave. and 23rd Street in Union City’s Roosevelt Stadium Redevelopment Zone, according to a story on the website Jersey Digs, a real estate news and marketing organization covering Northern New Jersey.The story quotes Jerry Gippetti of Bay Shore, New York-based PBG Realty, which has owned the property since 1980 and is the developer of record, who described the proposal, which is still in the site plan approvals process, as 18 stories tall with 260 residential units.Roughly 10,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space are planned for the ground floor, and the rooftop will feature an indoor pool and gym/recreation room with outdoor seating around the perimeter for residents to enjoy the views of the Manhattan and Jersey City skylines as well as the Meadowlands and the Watchung Mountains.There are plans for approximately 300 parking spaces for residents as well as for the retail and restaurant spaces on the lower six floors of the building, which is expected to be completed in 2019.Gippetti said in an interview with Jersey Digs that the project will attract additional businesses to the area such as coffee shops, restaurants, and dry cleaners.Originally, the project was slated to be 22 stories tall and was known as ‘The Summit.’ Although the height of the proposed building is down to 18 stories, the number of units, 260, has remained the same. There will be a mixture of one-bedroom and two-bedroom units in the development designed by Hoboken-based Minervini-Vandermark Architecture.Gippetti expects the residential units to attract a combination of existing Union City residents as well as people from other parts of the region. “They want the views and they want access to the city but they don’t want to pay what you are going to pay for Jersey City and Hoboken.”NY Waterway President Imperatore named to New Jersey Hall of FameNY Waterway President & Founder Arthur E. Imperatore was among those inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame Sunday, May 7 during a gala red carpet ceremony at the Asbury Park Convention Hall May 7.Imperatore was honored for his more than 70 years as a successful entrepreneur in the garden state, including his leadership of NY Waterway, which he founded 30 years ago.When Imperatore started NY Waterway with one ferry on Dec. 3, 1986, government leaders and others doubted the effectiveness of commuter ferries. But Imperatore built a transportation system of 31 ferries and 80 buses, carrying more than 30,000 passengers per day, the largest privately operated commuter ferry system in the U.S.  “Induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame is the highest civilian honor that our State can bestow on someone,” said John Keegan, Chairman Emeritus of the NJHOF Foundation Board.  “It’s a celebration of New Jersey and its greatest achievers, and a recognition of role models for our next generation.  This is New Jersey’s version of the Academy Awards, so attendees can expect some surprise celebrity appearances.”“I want to thank two women who played an important role in my life, my mother and my wife, Mei Ling,” Imperatore said in accepting the honor.   He also thanked “the people who made my business a success,” his employees.For more information, call 1-800-53-FERRY or visit, or University will honor Union City teacher at 2017 commencementPeter Drozd of Union City High School will be among four secondary school teachers honored at Princeton University’s 2017 commencement ceremony on June 6.The teachers were selected for the award based on nominations from public and private schools around the state. The teachers will each receive $5,000, as well as $3,000 for their school libraries.“All the finalists were distinguished in their own unique way,” said Christopher Campisano, director of Princeton’s Program in Teacher Preparation, which administers the award program. “The four we honor with this award are truly extraordinary. A teacher’s presence and work have a special impact on the school community that transcends the classroom. Each teacher fills a void believing in the power of their students to make a better world.”The staff of the Program in Teacher Preparation, in reviewing the applications, considers recommendations from colleagues and students as well as evidence of the teachers’ accomplishments in the school and the community. From the initial pool of applicants, 10 finalists are selected and visited at their schools by Rosanne Zeppieri, a member of the program staff. The award winners are then selected by a committee that includes, in addition to Campisano, university faculty members Joshua Katz and Stanley Katz; Steve Cochrane, superintendent of the Princeton Public Schools; and Laura Morana, New Jersey state Department of Education acting chief academic officer.Princeton has honored secondary school teachers since 1959 after receiving an anonymous gift from an alumnus to establish the program.The other honorees are Emily Rock of Oakcrest High School in Mays Landing, Colleen Tambuscio of New Milford High School and Cory Terry of Ocean City Intermediate School.American Dream project (formerly Xanadu) should open in 2019The Triple Five Group of Cos. Has announced it has obtained the $1.67 billion private construction financing it needs to continue construction of the American Dream mall/entertainment project on Route 3 in the Meadowlands, according to local media.“We are pleased to have worked with JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs on the financing for this transformational project,” Don Ghermezian, CEO and president of American Dream, said. “The construction loan paves the way for the completion of American Dream and allows us to aggressively move forward with the construction and opening of the project.”The firm had previously scheduled completion for fall 2018. Triple Five said American Dream is now slated to open in March 2019.Despite the stoppage of construction, American Dream continued its leasing efforts. Kidzania, DreamWorks Water Park, Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park, Cinemex and Legoland Discovery Center have already signed up to be a part of the 3 million-square-foot project.Triple Five has also owns Mall of America in Minnesota and Edmonton Mall in Canada. ×  1 / 2  St. Augustine School seventh and eighth graders used K’nex in their science lab as part of their Engineering program (STEM). Some were solar powered. Engineers of the future?  2 / 2  St. Augustine School seventh and eighth graders used K’nex in their science lab as part of their Engineering program (STEM). Some were solar powered. Engineers of the future? ❮ ❯ 1 / 2  St. Augustine School seventh and eighth graders used K’nex in their science lab as part of their Engineering program (STEM). Some were solar powered. Engineers of the future?  2 / 2  St. Augustine School seventh and eighth graders used K’nex in their science lab as part of their Engineering program (STEM). Some were solar powered. Engineers of the future? ❮ ❯center_img Union City in mourning after police officer killed in highway crashThe Union City Police Department is still in mourning after a Union City police officer died in a multi-vehicular crash in East Rutherford on Route 3 May 13.last_img read more