BOE to Appoint Superintendent, ‘Hudson Lights’ Memorialization, More

The Week Ahead: a look at just some of what’s coming up this week in Fort Lee.

The will hold a Tuesday at which appointment of a superintendent and an assistant superintendent are expected, bringing to an end months of speculation as to who would be in charge of the district once Interim Superintendent Steven Engravalle’s interim status expires at the end of June.

The board’s choices are to appoint a permanent superintendent—whether Engravalle or the one other finalist—or extend Engravalle’s interim status.

At a meeting on June 11, the that the search for a permanent superintendent was down to two finalists for the position. School board member and chair of the personnel committee Peter Suh said the board had interviewed one of the finalists earlier that day, and that they didn’t feel they needed to meet with the other candidate.

He also said that the board needs county approval on a superintendent’s contract so if Engravalle were appointed, he would likely need to be extended as interim superintendent until that approval came through.

He added that the “worst case scenario” would be a straight extension of Engravalle’s status as interim superintendent for now.

The school board’s special public business meeting is Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the auditorium.


On Monday, the Fort Lee Planning Board will hold a special meeting of its own, the purpose of which is to discuss and memorialize Tucker Development Corporation’s approval of its mixed-use site plan for the western half of Redevelopment Area 5, or what the developer is calling “Hudson Lights at Fort Lee.”

“It’s never been closer in its 46-year, tattered past,” Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich said of Redevelopment Area 5 the day after . “It’s never been vetted more; it’s never been analyzed more.”

Tucker had been seeking final approval for a plan that includes more than 165,000 square feet of retail space, a 175-room hotel, about 477 residential units and parking for an estimated 1,200 cars.

The Planning Board’s special meeting is Monday at 7:30 p.m. in ’s Council Chambers.


Shakespeare in the Park continues Tuesday at , where the Hudson Shakespeare Company will perform for the second and final time this season. The performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the park; remember to bring your lawn chairs or blankets.

“Othello” is the first of three plays the company will perform this summer in Fort Lee. Hudson Shakespeare returns with “a 1940s Looney Tunes version” of "Comedy of Errors" in July and what it calls the “lost” Shakespeare play “Cardenio” in August.


On Thursday, the will be screening the film, The Gay Divorcee (1934), starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

Showtime is 2 p.m. Thursday in the library’s lower level meeting room.

Also at the library, there will be a for the third “Students of Florence Katz, Richard A. Nest Senior Center Exhibit,” which is currently on view at the gallery on the lower level of the library.

The reception is Wednesday at 6 p.m. and provides the opportunity to meet Katz and many of her students—the artists themselves.


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William Mays June 26, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Yay, this week we get to see Engravalle's coronation ceremony.


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