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Residents enjoyed the town’s first annual Food Truck Festival Oct. 14. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz)
Residents enjoyed the town’s first annual Food Truck Festival Oct. 14. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz)
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Food Truck Festival brings great eats and entertainment to downtown

North Bergen held its first food truck festival in the parking lot of Food Bazaar at Kennedy Boulevard and 14th Street on Saturday, Oct. 14, and it was a day of food, fun, and free music.

Kids delighted in free face painting and pumpkin decorating, in addition to free popcorn. Adults enjoyed accomplished musical sets by Los Ciegos Del Barrio and The Nerds. Between the bands, Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Commissioner Julio Marenco greeted the large crowd and thanked them for making the event a huge success.

Food vendors included Aumm Aumm, The Corn Guy, Dark Side of the Moo, French Quarter, Good Humor Ice Cream, Ms. Fu’s Yummy Truck, Squeeze’d Juices and Smoothies, and Waffle De Lys. Other vendors included Hoboken Cigars and the Act Now Foundation Alzheimer’s Resource Center of NJ.

Live Comedy ‘Bubble, Bucks and Broadway’ Coming in October

Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the North Bergen Players present “Bubbles, Bucks and Broadway,” a comedy in three acts, at the North Bergen Mini Theater, 8411 Bergenline Ave.

Performances take place on Friday through Sunday, Oct. 20-22 and 27-29. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 7 p.m. General admission is $15.

For more information contact Maurena Luzzi at (201) 854-7074 or (201) 401-9722.

Library receives Citizenship Grant for Nearly $100K

The North Bergen Free Public Library has been selected to receive a two-year, $99,288 Citizenship and Assimilation Grant from the Department of Homeland Security. More than 120 applications from organizations were reviewed and evaluated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for this competitive grant.

The library was one of 45 selected to receive a grant to help permanent residents prepare for naturalization.

The grants will help these organizations promote prospective citizens’ assimilation into American civic life by funding educational programs designed to increase their knowledge of English, U.S. history, and civics.

Now in its ninth year, the program has helped more than 190,000 permanent residents prepare for citizenship.

The North Bergen library will use the funds to embark on a two-year program to improve citizenship services.

Improvements will include more classes at the main library and Kennedy Branch locations, additional teachers, textbooks, the inclusion of ESL training into classes, and trips outside the library to encourage civic assimilation.

The library hopes to have these classes available in late 2017. To register for classes, speak with a librarian or call the library at (201) 869-4715.

PSE&G warns customers: scammers can use fake Caller IDs

Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G) urges customers to be alert to payment scams. In the most common scam, phony callers lie and say there is an unpaid balance and demand immediate payment with a prepaid card. Recently the utility has received reports that scammers are using fake caller ID information to trick customers into thinking they are speaking with PSE&G.

The only way to protect yourself against scams is to be cautious. “Just because the caller ID says it’s PSE&G, doesn’t mean it’s PSE&G,” said Greg Dunlap, PSE&G vice president of customer operations. When in doubt, hang up and call the number listed on your bill or the PSE&G website.

While PSE&G accepts credit cards, prepaid cards, and money transfers to pay bills, they never demand a specific type of payment or threaten immediate service termination. Before terminating service, PSE&G alerts customers in a number of ways: messages on their bill, letters, and phone calls.

Report all scam attempts by calling your utility and local police department and file a complaint with the FTC at www.ftc.gov/complaint.

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