Is the Bon Jovi building in downtown Secaucus okay?.. Hartz converts Meadowlands Expo Center with huge solar installation… Local printer gets ink in Wall St. Journal… Sharpton targets WWOR owners…
Solar Flair: Hartz Mountain Industries held a publicity event with its PR firm Axiom Communications this morning to unveil a 65K-square-foot solar array on the roof of the Meadowlands Exposition Center. Hartz said it is the first of many solar installations planned for its buildings (it owns about 20M square feet in town) under PSE&G’s $105M Solar Loan Program.
PSE&G kicked in $1.62M in loans for the Expo Center panels and Hartz can monetize renewable energy credits it gets for the system to pay back the loan. The panels, produced by SunPower, will power 40 percent of the Expo Center’s electricity.
Power Placement: Greg Barber, president of “green” printing company Greg Barber Co. in Secaucus, got some nice exposure in today’s Wall Street Journal in a piece about how local chambers of commerce are helping small business in the economic downturn. He attended a December event hosted by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce that helped him get his website to show up high in search results online.
Quaking in Our Spoof: Online satirical news site TheSpoof.com riffed on the recent earthquakes in the Garden State to deliver a Secaucus-based piece on the new “California East.” In the story, the skyscraping Jon Bon Jovi Building in downtown Secaucus was hit with minor damage from the last quake. A local insurance salesman, whose wife was Miss Secaucus ’89, is said to be having a field day peddling earthquake policies.
Cartoon Fallout: Rev. Al Sharpton and New York city council members are upping the stakes in their protest of a recent New York Post editorial cartoon by petitioning the Federal Communications to revoke Post parent News Corp.’s waiver that allows it to own WNEW and Secaucus-based WWOR. Sharpton’s collecting signatures to force News Corp. to sell one of the stations under guidelines that limit ownership of media in the same market.
Sharpton and others are simmering over a Post cartoon that depicted President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan as a monkey getting shot by police, a reference to an incident that occurred in California last week when a simian attacked a person and was gunned down by police.<–>