Hit and run victim’s family looking for leads in the death of Omar Monroig, reward is now $20,000
Omar Monroig was struck by a car at the intersection of 51st and Tonnelle Avenue on March 23, and died on April 1, just days after his 42nd birthday. The driver is still at large. Monroig’s family and friends are still trying to obtain any leads that would result in the capture of the driver who ended Omar’s life.
Marybell Monroig and his family have announced the increase of the reward from $10,000 to $20,000.
“My hope is that this will create leads for the North Bergen Police to further investigate this fatal accident,” said Marybell Monroig. “Our son, myself, and the family are trying to bring awareness to this case. Hopefully, someone who may have missed the article or the news has information to share to help solve it.”
A sketch was distributed to the media on April 13 from a witness account which has yet to lead to the driver in question. North Bergen police have notified body shops, glass shops and other locations about the vehicle they are seeking, which is a dark-colored 2001 to 2004 Toyota Camry. They have checked video footage from Tonnelle Avenue, which is how they obtained a description of the vehicle. A list has been generated of all vehicles that met the criteria which was later expanded.
Anyone with any information is encouraged to call the North Bergen Police Department at (201) 392-2100.
Vitamin Shoppe makes charity donation
The Vitamin Shoppe at 2101 91st Street has made a $15,000 donation to the Hudson County Special Olympics team. The money was donated by health enthusiasts who work at the Vitamin Shoppe in the North Bergen corporate office and by the company itself. The Vitamin Shoppe has been donating to Hudson County Special Olympics for more than five years.
Recreation Halloween Parade will be Oct. 31
Boys and girls from infants to 9 years old are invited to attend the Halloween Parade at the softball field on 64th Street on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. It is only open to North Bergen residents. Children will be treated to a petting zoo, the parade, pumpkin picking and goodies. They are encouraged to wear their costumes and the parade will begin at 6 p.m. It will take place rain or shine.
New Jersey Meadowland Commission Events
NJMC offers a Family Science Night program on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. called Astounding Adaptations for families of children and young adults with special learning needs. Guests will learn what helps animals and plants survive in the wild. Participants will also investigate movement, protection, feeding simulations that shall include live animal interaction, tool manipulation and cooperative work. This program is an extension of the MarshAccess program for students with disabilities, and they encourage strong families with special learning needs to come and enjoy the modified educational program. Admission is $5 per person and $4 for MEC members. The program is geared toward ages 6 to 12 but families are welcome to bring children of all ages. It will be at Meadowlands Environment Center, Two DeKorte Park Plaza in Lyndhurst.
To register, call (201) 460-4623 or visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec.
Fur, Fins and Feathers: Watercolor Pencils for Kids will be on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. It is open to ages 8 to 12 that must be accompanied by an adult. Parents can watch their child become a wildlife artist, study live as well as preserved animals and use watercolor pencils to draw, paint their shapes, colors and textures. Take-home art supplies are included. Admission is $10 per child and $8 for MEC members. It will be held at Meadowlands Environment Center at Two DeKorte Park Plaza in Lyndhurst.
For more information call (201) 460-8300 or visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec.
Girls Recreation Basketball Traveling Team Tryouts are Nov. 3 and 4
Tryouts for the Girls Recreation Basketball Traveling Team will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4 at the North Bergen Recreation Center on 6300 Meadowview Ave. for grammar school girls in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8. For grades 5 and 6 it will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. For the remaining grades, 7 and 8, it will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. A non-refundable registration fee of $35 is required along with a birth certificate and proof of residency.