× A pair of Union City High School students are prepared to leave their urban environment for a little ivy. The district recently announced that seniors Joan Martinez, 17, and Giselle Pena, 17, have received early admission to Columbia, a competitive Ivy League school in New York City. Also, Isaac Ortega, 18, the class valedictorian, will head to another top college: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Ortega, Martinez (ranked eighth in his graduating class), and Pena, (ranked 14th), are part of the school’s Academy for Enrichment and Advancement, which holds classes for scholars interested in science and engineering. All three students, the children of immigrants, are excited to head into a prestigious and intense learning environment. At least two of them were raised by single parents whose sacrifices they said were factors in their success. Click here for more. Although Jersey City taxpayers may start singing a different tune in 2018 after the state-mandated revaluation of properties kicks in, they can breathe a sigh of relief because the 2017 municipal budget will have no tax increase. For the fourth year in a row, the Fulop administration has introduced a no new tax budget at the City Council meeting on March 22 as outlined by Mayor Steven Fulop during his recent State of the City addresses. The 2017 budget holds taxes flat for a fourth consecutive year following a 2.13 percent tax reduction in 2014, the first Fulop administration budget year. When the City Council introduced the $572 million budget, it began the long process of review that will eventually lead to the adoption of the budget at some point in May or June. Click here for more.Hudson County and the City of Hoboken recognized the men and women who served the country during the Vietnam War with a ceremony at the memorial on Pier A Park on Wednesday, March 29. The ceremony was one of several organized around the county by JoAnn Northgrave, who works for the Hudson County Department of Veterans Affairs. Led by Northgrave, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Freeholder Anthony Romano, Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro, and Commander John Carey of American Legion Post 107, the event included local high school students, veterans, and police officers. Click here for more.