NORTH BERGEN BRIEFS

Senior citizens enjoy free giveaways at the North Bergen Housing Authority’s Senior Moments seminar, March 29. The project helps tenants with dementia receive treatment.

Correction

In last week’s North Bergen Reporter, we reported on the latest Board of Commissioners meeting. One section that discussed police vehicles in the township cited Police Chief Robert Dowd as saying there were only three cruisers back when he first became chief in 2012, and that officers had to take New Jersey Transit buses to get to their posts. The time period was incorrect. Chief Dowd was referring to the early to mid 1980s, before he first joined the department as a regular officer and before the administration of Mayor Nicholas Sacco. We regret any confusion this error may have caused.

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Early registration discounts for North Bergen pool

Early registration discounts for the North Bergen municipal pool are available beginning April 6. Register soon to receive discounts of as much as $50. Rates remain at the same level as last year, after being reduced by 25 percent across the board to make them more affordable. Discounts apply to individuals, families, or seniors. Members must be North Bergen residents with two forms of proof of residency. All children must be registered with birth certificates. Beginning April 6, residents can register from 2 to 9 p.m. at the Rec Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave., or from 4 to 9 p.m. at the pool, 2111 91st St. Registration will also be available at the pool from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. After May 6 prices return to the regular rates. For more information, contact the Recreation Center at (201) 861-9601.

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. You may attend an information session at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. Room 901 on Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30 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

St. Peter’s Prep students from North Bergen make honor roll

Saint Peter’s Prep Principal James C. DeAngelo recently announced the following North Bergen residents earned honor roll status and other academic awards for the third marking period of 2016-2017.

First Honors: Maximilian Contreras, ‘19.

Second Honors: David Espino, ‘17, Joaquin Harrell, ‘17, Ariel Herrera, ‘17, Noah Byrne, ‘18, Lorenzo Perez, ‘18, and Gabriel Orbe, ‘20.

Honorable Mention: Dylan Gudiel, ‘17, Andres Orbe, ‘18, Nicholas Ramirez, ‘18, and Andrew Santana, ‘20.

Aetna may split from Jersey City Medical Center

The contract between Barnabas Health, which includes Jersey City Medical Center, and insurance carrier Aetna will expire April 22, according to the March 17 letter the company sent to its subscribers who had been treated at a Barnabas hospital in the past year. 

The disagreement is over reimbursement rates, Aetna spokesman Walter Cherniak Jr. said Monday, as reported in NJ Advance Media.

Aetna is the second-largest health insurance company in New Jersey. The carrier notified 45,000 policy holders that contract negotiations will have to improve soon with Barnabas, the state’s largest hospital network, or else patients will have to pay more expensive out-of-network rates or select another hospital.

Cherniak claimed that RWJBarnabas, which is affiliated with 11 acute care hospitals, wants “a significant rate increase we do not believe can be supported in the market.”

Cherniak said the 1,267 doctors who hold admitting privileges exclusively at RWJBarnabas hospitals are also affected. Patients requiring hospital care would have to find another doctor if their physicians could not quickly obtain admitting privileges at other hospitals.

RWJ Barnabas Health’s spokeswoman Ellen Greene, called Cherniak’s letter a ”routine communication that HMOs and insurers must send to participants 30 days before the contract expires.”

“RWJBarnabas Health and Aetna continue to negotiate with the desire to create a new contractual agreement,” Greene’s statement said. “It is our goal and expectation that a new agreement will be reached with Aetna before our current contract expires on April 22. Aetna patients can still receive services at all RWJBarnabas Health facilities as contract negotiations continue.”

Aetna and Barnabas Health reached an impasse over contract negotiations two years ago, but the two sides reached a deal three days before the contract expired.

See a pothole in your neighborhood? Call the pothole repair hotline!

Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Public Works Commissioner Frank Gargiulo created a dedicated phone line for North Bergen residents to report potholes to the DPW. All you have to do is call 201-330-7263 and either speak to a representative or leave a message with your name, phone number, and the location of the pothole. All reported potholes will be tracked and prioritized based on size and location. Larger potholes on main roads will receive priority but all reported potholes on North Bergen streets will be tracked and filled. Potholes on state and county roads will be reported to the appropriate agency. The North Bergen DPW is already hard at work maintaining and repairing our streets following the recent winter storms. Call 201-330-7263 to notify them of a pothole in your neighborhood.