This is not the Hudson County we know and love

first_imgRon Bautista, Former Hoboken Mayoral CandidatePhil Cohen, Chair, Hoboken Democratic CommitteeCristin Cricco-PowellNora Martínez DeBenedetto, First Vice Chair, Hoboken Democratic CommitteeRachel Hodes, Recording Secretary, Hoboken Democratic CommitteeVera Sirota, Hoboken Democratic Committee MemberEytan Stern-Weber, Co-Founder, Hudson For All; Immigration Lead, Hudson CAN To the Editor:For decades, Hudson County has been a welcoming community and bastion of democratic values. But on Thursday, July 12, we were betrayed when the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in an astonishingly swift 5-2 vote, chose to contract once again with the federal agency of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. As you know, ICE is responsible for the recent rash of cruel, heinous, and inhumane practices inflicted on those seeking refuge and/or asylum. Make no mistake, Hudson County – with that vote, our Freeholders have made us all complicit in this machine which is tearing families apart on a daily basis. This is your tax dollars at work. The vote on this contract was put on the agenda at the last minute, in an attempt to prevent the public from taking notice and speaking out.This meeting took place at 1pm, on a weekday, at a time when activists and concerned citizens were unable to attend. We echo the sentiments of Sally Pillay, program director of First Friends of NJ and NY, “It was disappointing that the Freeholders rushed and voted to continue the IGSA agreement, without further review of what is written in the contract and without acknowledging Freeholder Torres’s request to table the item for further research and discussion. Clearly profits before humans were the driving point, given there are 800 ICE detainees to 400 inmates incarcerated in the facility.This is not the Hudson County we know and love. We are a place of acceptance; a place where those seeking refuge are welcomed with open arms; a place where diversity isn’t just tolerated, but celebrated. Today, we call upon County Executive Tom DeGise and the Board of Chosen Freeholders to utilize the 60-day opt-out clause in the contract and retract their agreement with ICE. We elected you to make moral judgments in the best interest of Hudson County, and this decision is in clear violation of your contract with your constituents.We must speak for those who cannot speak for themselves and we must fight for those who have nowhere else to go because that’s what America is all about.last_img read more

Country Cupcakes acquired by Bath baker

first_imgBath Cake Company has acquired past National Cupcake Competition award winner Country Cupcakes.Nikki Cameron, the founder of bath-based Country Cupcakes, is to hang up her piping bag in order to spend more time with her family. Bath Cake Company owner Celia Adams will run Country Cupcakes alongside her existing business in Lansdown Mews.Adams said the acquisition would enable her to grow the wedding side of her business. “It will also increase opportunities for making cupcakes for special occasions, running cupcake classes and children’s cupcake parties,” she said.Bath Cake Company produces cakes and traybakes for cafes such as the Egg Theatre Café and Café Lucca. Adams also hosts cake consultations for bespoke celebration and novelty cakes. Its shop is open to retail customers on Saturday morning, selling a range of sugarcraft equipment and products, alongside its sweet bakery offering. It also stocks bread from The Thoughtful Bread Company.Country Cupcakes was one of the winners of British Baker’s National Cupcake Competition 2009, for its Eat Your Greens’ cupcake. The 2009 competition saw bakers battle it out for a winning slot on one of British Baker’s Cupcake Week days. Eat Your Green’s was chosen to represent Moorish Monday.For a list of winners for the National Cupcake Championships 2011 click here.last_img read more