County Executive Thomas DeGise, Mayor Nicholas Sacco, and Freeholder Anthony Vainieri invite everyone to attend a festive tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on Nov. 29 in James J. Braddock North Hudson Park.
Santa Claus will be attending and the North Bergen High School Chorus will sing carols. Hot chocolate and pastries will be served.
The tree is a 22-foot Norwood Spruce that was just planted near the Palisade Avenue entrance and decorated for the holidays. The 22-foot size was chosen because it should adapt well and grow significantly in the years to come.
North Bergen named among most desirable places to live in NJ
Investment website NuWire Investor has named North Bergen as being among the most desirable places to live in New Jersey that are close to New York City. In an article posted in November, the website listed North Bergen second (after Edgewater) and stated, “The North Bergen area is known for its affordability, and many North Bergen apartments are being built along the Hudson River, boasting spectacular city views at ‘see it to believe it prices.’ ” The article goes on to state that “…it is no wonder North Bergen is luring young professionals working in New York City.”
Other towns listed include West New York, Weehawken, and Secaucus.
Judge blocks executive order restricting funds to sanctuary cities
A federal judge in San Francisco permanently blocked the enforcement of Donald Trump’s executive order on Monday, Nov. 20 that called to restrict federal grant money from so-called “sanctuary cities.”
U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick ruled the order unconstitutional for violating separation of powers and due process of law, because the president does not have the authority to deprive local jurisdictions of funds allocated by Congress.
A “sanctuary city” is not legally defined, but is generally considered to be a local jurisdiction that does not comply with requests from federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in detaining undocumented persons unless they are involved in a serious crime. Over 200 localities refused to cooperate in 2015, and the number has increased, according to congressional testimony from the Director of ICE.
Jersey City and Union City adopted sanctuary city ordinances in 2017, while other Hudson County leaders have voiced opposition to Trump’s rhetoric and actions.
Mayor Steven Fulop said in January, “Jersey City was founded as a city of immigrants, and we are unwilling to be part of orders that break families apart or harm immigrants who are in this country.”
When Union City passed on ordinance declaring sanctuary city status in February, Mayor Brian Stack said, “I don’t believe that the president of the United States could make local police enforce immigration laws that are supposed to be federally enforced. Second, I don’t believe the court system will allow it. I think that common sense will prevail, and they won’t allow it.”
The litigation over the executive order will continue in federal appellate court, and possibly the Supreme Court, if either case makes it that far.
Hudson County CASA seeks volunteers
Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St, Hoboken, NJ on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children.
CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives.
They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.
For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.
Library to hold free citizenship courses starting Dec. 1
The North Bergen Free Public Library will offer free 15-week citizenship courses from Dec. 1 to March 2018. Classes will be held at both the Main Library and the Kennedy Branch and are funded by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security.
The program is designed to help promote prospective citizens’ assimilation into American civic life by funding educational programs designed to increase their knowledge of English, U.S. history, and civics. Classes will include ESL instruction, special guest speakers, and trips to historical places of interest.
Registration is required and must be completed by Nov. 30. Bring your green card when you register. For more information, visit www.nbpl.org or call (201) 869-4715.
Should the PATH run to Newark Airport? Let the Port Authority know!
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will hold two public hearings regarding a possible PATH extension near Newark Airport.
The first hearing will take place Nov. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Weequahic Park Sports Authority Community Center, 92 Carmichael Dr., Newark.
The second hearing will happen Nov. 30, also from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Hilton Newark Penn Station’s Garden State Ballroom, 1048 Raymond Blvd.
If everything goes as planned, the new station will be located on off-airport property east of Frelinghuysen Avenue (at Noble Street), per the Port Authority website. It would also be near the Newark Liberty International Airport New Jersey Transit station and PANYNJ monorail station in Newark.
“The purpose of the proposed project is to improve transit access to employment centers in Newark, Jersey City, and New York City for New Jersey commuters and increase transit options to EWR for air travelers and airport employees,” the expansion website says.
For more information, contact the project team at (917) 933-7440, or email PATHextension@panynj.gov.
Gala to be held for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, so it’s appropriate that the Act Now Foundation will celebrate its second anniversary on Thursday, Nov. 30 with a “Music and Memories Gala” from 6 to 10 p.m. at St. Peter University Sky Room, 47 Glenwood Ave., Jersey City.
Come join the Act Now Foundation’s Alzheimer’s Resource Center of NJ in presenting Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise with the first annual “Isa Legacy Award” for his commitment and dedication in helping create a dementia-friendly Hudson County.
The night of big-band music and dancing will feature the John Christian Orchestra with a special appearance by Giselle. Cocktails and hors d’eouvres at 6 p.m. will be followed by culinary stations at 7, an open bar, and a silent auction featuring a signed guitar from Bon Jovi. Tickets cost $125 and are available at ActNow-MusicandMemories.Eventbrite.com.
Foreclosures can now be registered online
North Bergen has just made it easier to register a foreclosure or vacant property. You can now register online through the township website by clicking on the button labeled “Register a Foreclosure” in the right column or under Township Links.
Township ordinance 325-17, adopted earlier this year, requires that upon default by a mortgagor, the mortgagee must perform an inspection of the property to determine vacancy or occupancy, and within 10 days register the property with the Township Building Department and indicate whether the property is vacant or occupied.
Any questions about registration requirements, registration status, etc. should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Ready for Winterfest on Nov. 30
Mayor Nicholas Sacco invites all North Bergen residents to celebrate the season at Winterfest 2017, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30. Festivities will take place on Bergenline Avenue between 76th and 85th Streets. The rain date is Dec. 1.
Learn about ‘Dealing With Grief’ at the North Bergen library on Dec. 6
Grief has a way of presenting itself during the holiday season. Attend this free session at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6 to learn about the definition and stages of grief, coping mechanisms, and how to care for grieving persons.
This event is part of the Well-Being Wednesdays series that offers a new health seminar every month at the main library, 8411 Bergenline Ave. It is presented in collaboration with Hackensack Meridian Health. Refreshments will be provided.
To register call Nikki Mederos of Hackensack Meridian Health at (201) 854-5702. Transportation will be provided from the Kennedy Branch at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the event. Registration for the bus is required. Contact the library to put your name on the list.
Two NB officers honored for service in Puerto Rico
Two North Bergen police officers were honored for deploying to Puerto Rico to assist with humanitarian aid projects in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Police Officers Robert Garcia and Johnny Sanchez, along with members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office and NJ State Police and other emergency responders and soldiers, deployed to Bayamon and San Juan, Puerto Rico to perform law enforcement functions and deliver humanitarian aid for two weeks.
In recognition of their service, and for placing the lives and well-being of the people of Puerto Rico before their own personal safety and comfort, the two officers were honored with a proclamation from Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the North Bergen Board of Commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 11.
Officers Garcia and Sanchez worked under the direction of the state police as part of an operation called NJ PRIDE – Puerto Rico Integrated Deployment Effort. The proclamation congratulated and commended them “for their selfless, dedicated, and heroic service to the people of Puerto Rico in the name of the Township of North Bergen, and its accredited police department which they serve.”