On Friday, a judge suspended a three-year prison sentence against a former North Bergen DPW deputy director who had pleaded guilty to having employees run political errands on duty.
A press release from the Office of The Attorney General said that Superior Court Judge Margaret Foti handed down the suspended sentence on Dec.8 to Timothy Grossi, 77. It was suspended due to Grossi’s deteriorating health.
On Oct. 20, Grossi plead guilty to third-degree misapplication of entrusted property and property of government. As a result, Grossi is permanently barred from public office and employment in New Jersey.
In his guilty plea, Grossi admitted to directing on-duty DPW workers in township vehicles to perform errands related to political activity in North Bergen.
Make a difference this Christmas: contribute to North Bergen’s Annual Toy Drive
North Bergen’s 2017 Toy Drive is drawing to a close, and toys are still being collected for local children in need. The drive continues through Dec. 18 with collection points located at multiple locations throughout North Bergen.
Please bring new, unwrapped toys to one of the following sites: North Bergen Health Department, 1116 43rd St., second floor, North Bergen Town Hall (Chambers), 4233 Kennedy Blvd.; North Bergen Police Department, 4233 Kennedy Blvd 2nd floor, North Bergen Parking Authority, 4225 Bergen Tpk.; North Bergen Public Library, 8411 Bergenline Ave.; North Bergen Public Library, 2123 Kennedy Blvd.; Broadway Pharmacy, 7211 Broadway, and all North Bergen schools.
The giveaway will be held on Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the North Bergen Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave.
If you are a family in need of a meal or toys for the Holiday, call Aimee Focaraccio at (201) 392-0229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Win $1,000 in Home Holiday Decorations Contest
The fourth annual “North Bergen’s Best Christmas Decorated Home Contest” is underway, with three big prizes of $1,000 each plus commemorative plaques for most outstanding decorations. But enter soon: the deadline is Sunday, Dec. 17.
Home spotters are currently crisscrossing the township looking for notable holiday home decorations.
Be sure you’re not overlooked by sending your address to hmgtvshows.com or tweeting to JCHudsonMedia. All homes entered in the contest will be included in a North Bergen Christmas Special airing 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on Cablevision channel 18.
Helpful hints: Use colored or multicolored lights, don’t cover your address, decorate the windows, don’t overdo it with inflatables, turn on the lights from 6 p.m. to midnight (use a timer), and don’t have Santa in the nativity scene.
High Tech hosts second ‘Havoc on the Hudson’ robotics competition
High Tech High School teams in Robotics, under the supervision of facilitators Alba Simon and Harry Peles, hosted their second “Havoc on the Hudson” competition involving sixteen high schools, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, principal of High Tech.
The Robotics competition proved highly successful, thanks to the great collaboration between FIRST FTC and High Tech teams 9554, 7994, and 10633.
“Our robotics coaches, mentors, parents and students worked hard to prepare for this great competition,” says Jamie Velazquez, college articulation liaison at the Digital Design and Fabrication Academy (D|FAB) at High Tech High School.
Students who participated in the Robotics Competition gained skills such as teamwork, problem solving, programming, and engineering design that will continue to be employed and developed throughout the competition season.
New study names North Bergen among NJ’s Safest Cities
North Bergen was just named among New Jersey’s safest cities, according to a survey from SafeHome.org. It was the highest ranked municipality in Hudson County.
SafeHome’s national survey looked at several factors to calculate a safety score for mayor cities in the U.S.
According to their site, “First and foremost is the FBI’s latest report of how many and what types of crimes occurred in each city over a single year. The city’s crime trends are also considered; in other words, cities where crime is on the decline are given a higher safety score and vice-versa. We also look at the number of law enforcement officers compared to the population.”
Demographics such as population density, population trends, unemployment rate, etc. were also factored into the score. The survey found that the top 10 safest cities in New Jersey are clustered around the New York City metropolitan area and the northern Jersey Shore area.
This study comes on the heels of a report from the National Home Council for Home Safety and Security naming North Bergen the 52nd safest place in America.
‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign begins
North Bergen Police Department officers are cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual year-end “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. Continuing through Jan. 1, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
“During the last five years New Jersey has experienced nearly 40,000 alcohol-involved crashes resulting in more than 750 fatalities,” said Police Chief Robert Dowd. “This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent.”
Last year, 20 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol-related. Nationally, more than 10,000 people die each year in drunk driving crashes.
Some suggestions for the holiday season: Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
Spend the night where the activity or party is held.
If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement; your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.