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The 18th annual Santa Parade headed down Bergenline Avenue Dec. 3. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz)
The 18th annual Santa Parade headed down Bergenline Avenue Dec. 3. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz)
‘Christmas Town’ live performance coming Dec. 8-10

The North Bergen Players are once again offering a special holiday musical celebration with live performances of “Christmas Town” at the North Bergen Mini Theater, 8411 Bergenline Ave. Special guest Santa Claus will make an appearance.

Show times are 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9, and 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. General admission is $15, including refreshments.

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

Bergenline hosts Santa and friends for annual parade

Santa Claus and all his friends – Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Snoopy, the Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer, Spider-Man, Batman, and many more – convened on Bergenline Avenue on Sunday, Dec. 3 for the 18th Annual Santa Parade.

Sponsored by the North Hudson Fire Unions Charitable Foundation, the parade brought delight to kids and families all along its route from Braddock Park to 32nd Street, passing through Guttenberg along the way.

Guttenberg participated with its usual float, crowded with town officials and residents including Mayor Gerald Drasheff and Council Members Monica Fundora, John Habermann, Wayne Zitt, Town Administrator Cosmo Cirillo, and many more.

Numerous other municipalities from the region also participated with lavishly decorated vehicles, and spectators received candy and treats from Santa’s elves and helpers.

Meet the North Bergen P.D. at local meetings in December

The North Bergen Police Department will host community meetings throughout the township in December. These informal sessions are a great forum for North Bergen residents to voice any concerns and discuss issues in person with members of the department.

The program, known as N.B. TAPS (North Bergen Township Alternative Policing Strategy), was initiated last year by Chief of Police Robert Dowd in order to enhance police-community relations. Residents get to meet the officers who patrol their neighborhoods, and the officers get to learn about any matters of concern directly from the residents.

All meetings will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. The remaining dates and locations are Dec. 12, Our Lady of Fatima Church, Lower Level, 8011 Kennedy Blvd. and Dec. 26, North Bergen Town Hall Chambers, Lower Level, 4233 Kennedy Blvd.

Annual Mayor’s Bowl Ends in 6-6 Tie

The annual Mayor’s Bowl took place on Monday, Nov. 21 at Bruin Stadium, with teams representing the north and south of town competing in an exciting match-up. The game ended in a 6-6 tie.

Players came from the Recreation teams, combined into regional lineups. Cheerleaders from the north and south offered enthusiastic support throughout the game.

Mayor Nicholas Sacco was among those cheering from the stands, along with Commissioners Hugo Cabrera and Julio Marenco, Freeholder Anthony Vainieri, and Parks and Recreation Deputy Director James Avella.

Donate clothes for adults, boys, girls as part of domestic violence drive

Allstate agency owners from across New Jersey are coming together to host a supply drive to benefit the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV). The donations will support the nonprofit’s mission to provide services to help end domestic violence and financial abuse throughout the state.

Now through Dec. 11, the public can participate by donating new winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves for women, boys and girls. A complete list of most-needed supplies can be found here: Through their volunteer efforts, each participating Allstate agency owner will secure a $1,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands® grant. The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) will accept the grants and distribute the funding to local domestic violence nonprofits. The dates of the donation drives align with the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, which NNEDV supports.

The following Hudson County Allstate locations are collecting items:

4914 Kennedy Blvd., West New York

315 Broadway, Bayonne

1317 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus

Contact Natalie Terchek at 312-558-1770 for more information.

Do you have a piece of creative writing in the works, or a story in your head?

Reporter, editor, and published novelist Caren Lissner is bringing her one-shot writing/publishing class to Little City Books in Hoboken again in January, just four blocks from the Hoboken train station. Do you have an idea for a novel, story, memoir, essay, or script, or have something partly written but don't know the next steps? You can bring up to two pages, double spaced (500 words) for critique and publication advice -- or just sit in on the class and participate in the discussions.

The next "Get It Out" class takes place Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the book store. There's a nominal fee for those bringing work to read, and a lower fee for those who just want to sit in and participate in the discussion.

"Anyone who's working on a piece of writing is a writer,” Lissner said. “They shouldn't be shy about getting their work out there, even if they’ve never been published before. There are a lot of opportunities these days."

Lissner's humorous first novel, Carrie Pilby, was published in 2003, sold 74,000 copies worldwide, and was released as a movie this year (currently airing on Netflix). She has also published both serious and humorous writing in the New York Times,, McSweeney's, Harper's, LitHub, and National Lampoon. Read more of her writing and advice on

Those with questions can reach her via her website. The link to sign up for the class is (as a reader or as an auditor), or stop by Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St., corner of First and Bloomfield, Hoboken, just four blocks from the light rail/PATH station. Call 201-626-READ to reach the bookstore.

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