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Five-alarm fire tears through North Bergen building, displacing 12 families

A five alarm fire displaced 12 families after tearing through a multi-unit residence on 26th Street Friday, March 2, according to North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue (NHRFR) Battalion Chief Mark Lorenz, speaking at the scene.

According to a press release from NHRFR spokesman Dan Knitzer, the fire broke out at 1200 26th Street just before 11:45 a.m. Frigid wind and rain conditions contributed to it becoming a five-alarm blaze, Knitzer said.

Officials safely evacuated everyone in building 1200 and two buildings next door, Knitzer said. However, one firefighter was treated for a minor burn, he said. The two other buildings also sustained structural damage to a lesser degree, Knitzer said.

The visible body of fire was knocked down at 1:23 p.m. NHRFR dispatched 15 pieces of equipment, including engines, ladders, a rescue company and a safety company, and deployed a deputy chief and three battalion chiefs to the site. Hoboken, Jersey City, and Kearny Fire Departments brought in a combined four engines and two ladders to assist.

"We have no idea how it started," Lorenz said around 3 p.m., when the fire had already been fully extinguished.

"Right now, we have one building with serious damage," he said. "We have a minor extension into the building next door. There was some damage there."

First responders from Union City, West New York, and the Hudson County Sheriff's Office also offered help at the scene.

“The Township of North Bergen is working closely with the American Red Cross and NB CARES to get any families affected into hotels and get them the supplies needed as soon as possible," said North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, in a statement.

The town also ordered lunch for the residents while the North Bergen Police Department secured the area and North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue battled the fire, Sacco said.

Local community assistance program NB CARES is also offering assistance to the affected families, according to NB CARES coordinator Aimee Focaraccio.

"I just saw a lot of smoke coming from the next building," said Alex Garcia, who resides in the 1210 26h St. building next door, after his safe evacuation. He said he left the building at 12:30 p.m., but was not sure whether or not his apartment was safe.

"Not to my knowledge," he said.

Meet police and share concerns at three sessions in March

The North Bergen Police Department regularly hosts community meetings to get to know local residents. This March they will host three meetings at different locations throughout the township, where residents can meet the officers who patrol their neighborhoods, and share any local concerns.

The meetings are part of a program known as N.B. TAPS (North Bergen Township Alternative Policing Strategy), designed to enhance police-community relations in the township. All meetings will take place from 7 to 8 p.m.

The dates and locations are as follows: Wednesday, March 14: Uptown Public Library, 8411 Bergenline Ave; Tuesday, March 20: Downtown Public Library, 2123 Kennedy Blvd; Tuesday, March 27: North Bergen Town Hall Chambers, Lower Level, 4233 Kennedy Blvd.

Public invited to talk on ADHD and mood disorders

On Wednesday evening, March 28, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) will feature at its monthly meeting Bruce P. Friedman, M.D. Dr. Friedman treats children, adolescents and adults.

He was magna cum laude at Duke University, earned his medical degree at University of Arizona, was chief resident at NYU/Bellevue, and has been recognized for clinical excellence for NYU Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

He is a Diplomate in Adult & Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & TMS Neuromodulation. His private practice is in Montclair.

Dr. Friedman’s presentation will be, “An update on AD/HD medication strategies in children, adolescents and adults. Facts vs. Fads.” It will be followed by an “Ask the Doctor” session on mood disorder topics for all ages.

These educational meetings of the organization take place on a Wednesday every month at 7:45 p.m. using the facilities of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road (about one block east of the Morris Museum), in Morristown.

The public is cordially invited to attend all meetings; a nominal donation is requested from non-members, when possible. Free literature is available to all attendees and there is an extensive lending library of educational audiotapes, CD’s and videotapes, also free.

In addition to the lecture series, peer group support sessions led by experienced facilitators are held every Tuesday evening of the month, also using the facilities of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship in Morristown at 7:30 p.m.

Separate groups for young adults are held every Tuesday evening and separate groups for friends and family are held periodically. All are always welcomed.

Visit the Website of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance/Morristown Area at http://dbsanewjersey.org/morristownarea to learn more about the support group and to view links to other sources of helpful information. For further local information, call (973) 994-1143.

Allstate agency owners earn $253,000 grant

Allstate agency owners from across New Jersey recently joined with others from across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to secure a $253,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant to benefit 15 domestic violence nonprofits in nine states and the District of Columbia, including the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV).

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), a network of state domestic violence coalitions, accepted the grant and distributed the funding to each of the local domestic violence nonprofits.

The New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence will receive $48,000 and will use the grant to support its mission to provide services to help end domestic violence and financial abuse throughout the state.

Allstate volunteers earned the $253,000 grant for their local domestic violence organizations by collecting much-needed items during a supply drive held in November and December, coinciding with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The supply drive was part of a multi-state Allstate Foundation Purple Purse effort that benefitted nonprofits supporting survivors of domestic violence throughout the Northeast.

“With 1 in 4 women experiencing domestic violence in her lifetime, this is an issue that affects every community in New Jersey,” said Joyce Buford, Allstate New Jersey Corporate Relations division manager.

Participating Allstate agency owner volunteers in Hudson County include Rossana Benavides, West New York; Rosemary Kellner, Bayonne; and Manuel Sanchez, Secaucus.

The New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence is a statewide coalition that provides leadership, support, and resources on the prevention of domestic violence in New Jersey through advocacy, training, public awareness and research.

Public invited to talk on ADHD and mood disorders

On Wednesday evening, March 28, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) will feature at its monthly meeting Bruce P. Friedman, M.D. Dr. Friedman treats children, adolescents and adults.

He was magna cum laude at Duke University, earned his medical degree at University of Arizona, was chief resident at NYU/Bellevue, and has been recognized for clinical excellence for NYU Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a Diplomate in Adult & Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & TMS Neuromodulation. His private practice is in Montclair.

Dr. Friedman’s presentation will be, “An update on AD/HD medication strategies in children, adolescents and adults. Facts vs. Fads.” It will be followed by an “Ask the Doctor” session on mood disorder topics for all ages.

These educational meetings of the organization take place on a Wednesday every month at 7:45 p.m. using the facilities of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd. (about one block east of the Morris Museum), in Morristown. The public is cordially invited to attend all meetings; a nominal donation is requested from non-members, when possible. Free literature is available to all attendees and there is an extensive lending library of educational audiotapes, CD’s and videotapes, also free.

In addition to the lecture series, peer group support sessions led by experienced facilitators are held every Tuesday evening of the month, also using the facilities of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship in Morristown at 7:30 p.m. Separate groups for young adults are held every Tuesday evening and separate groups for friends and family are held periodically. All are always welcomed.

Visit the Website of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance/Morristown Area at http://dbsanewjersey.org/morristownarea to learn more about the support group and to view links to other sources of helpful information. For further local information, call (973) 994-1143.

Allstate agency owners earn $253,000 grant

Allstate agency owners from across New Jersey recently joined with others from across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to secure a $253,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant to benefit 15 domestic violence nonprofits in nine states and the District of Columbia, including the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV).

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), a network of state domestic violence coalitions, accepted the grant and distributed the funding to each of the local domestic violence nonprofits.

The New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence will receive $48,000 and will use the grant to support its mission to provide services to help end domestic violence and financial abuse throughout the state.

Allstate volunteers earned the $253,000 grant for their local domestic violence organizations by collecting much-needed items during a supply drive held in November and December, coinciding with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The supply drive was part of a multi-state Allstate Foundation Purple Purse effort that benefitted nonprofits supporting survivors of domestic violence throughout the Northeast.

“With 1 in 4 women experiencing domestic violence in her lifetime, this is an issue that affects every community in New Jersey,” said Joyce Buford, Allstate New Jersey Corporate Relations division manager.

Participating Allstate agency owner volunteers in Hudson County include Rossana Benavides, West New York; Rosemary Kellner, Bayonne; and Manuel Sanchez, Secaucus.

The New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence is a statewide coalition that provides leadership, support, and resources on the prevention of domestic violence in New Jersey through advocacy, training, public awareness and research.

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