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first_imgIn Secaucus, Joe Maldonado, 8, was having the time of his life when he joined Cub Scout Pack 87 last year. He felt natural, playing with other boys. The fact that he was born biologically female, but identified as a boy, was no issue to his peers. But three weeks after joining the Scouts, Joe was asked to leave by Pack leaders, according to media reports. Joe’s mother, Kristie, was quoted as saying that leaders said other parents complained. But last week, local officials and others said they had no problem with Joe’s identification as a boy. A state group, Garden State Equality, launched a petition last month that collected more than 2,300 signatures as of last week. And Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli told the Reporter last week, “He’s involved in an all-Secaucus boy [Scout] program. If that’s what he is, he’s a boy—he’s a boy, and that’s how we look at it. We don’t look at it in any other way whatsoever.” Click here for more. In Jersey City, Mayor Steven Fulop announced a partial ticket of City Council running mates last week, officially kicking off what many predict could be the most wide-open municipal election since the early 1990s. The race for mayor and all nine council seats takes place in November. Fulop, William Matsikoudis, and Charles Mainor have announced their intention to run for mayor, and Fulop’s is the first official slate to be announced. However, his announcement raises as many questions as it answers. Click here for more.In Hoboken, At the corner of 13th and Washington streets, the city’s former YMCA, once humming with tenants of the building and with city residents working exercising, waits silently as members of its board decide the next steps to refurbish a landmark that has fallen into disrepair. Until 2010, residents worked out at the facility, kids met up there to go to summer camp, and low-income tenants lived in the rooms. Tenants still live there, but the other services closed suddenly seven years ago when the board ran out of money. Click here for more. ×last_img