NORTH BERGEN BRIEFS

A member of the North Bergen High School Environmental Club paints over graffiti in downtown North Bergen. (See brief) Photo credit: Art Schwartz
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A member of the North Bergen High School Environmental Club paints over graffiti in downtown North Bergen. (See brief) Photo credit: Art Schwartz

Don’t miss the North Bergen Job Fair on June 1

Looking for a new job? Mayor Nicholas Sacco invites all residents to the North Bergen Job Fair on Thursday, June 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North Bergen Senior Center, 1441 45th St.

This event will feature diverse employers from various sectors, and is presented by the Township of North Bergen in partnership with the Hudson County Schools of Technology and Hudson County One Stop Career Center. Please dress business professional and bring copies of your resume.

A free shuttle will run every 30 minutes beginning at 5:30 p.m. from various locations throughout town. Visit the town website at northbergen.org for a full schedule of pick-up and drop-off spots. To reserve a spot on the free shuttle or for any questions call Yvette Thomas at (201) 631-6377.

NBHS Environmental Club cleans up downtown

The North Bergen High School Environmental Club has once again made their mark on the township, this time painting over random graffiti scrawled across various downtown walls. Five areas of town were beautified on May 20 when 22 kids from the high school brought out their paint buckets and rollers.

This was the second local clean-up project from the Environmental Club this year, which also participated in a recent clean-up event on the Jersey Shore and built a series of gardens in front of the high school.

Two walls on Fifth Street were repainted by the students over the course of the morning, along with a long wall on the ramp to Tonnelle Avenue and two walls on Tonnelle itself.

The project was made possible by support from the North Bergen Green Team, New Jersey Clean Communities, and Rutgers NJ SNAP-Ed, with coordination by Recycling Program Aide Tom Stampe, NBHS science teacher and Environmental Coordinator Dana Hojnowski, and North Bergen DPW Deputy Director Frank Englese. Also lending his support with logistics was Parking Authority Director Robert Baselice.

Sacco Foundation 5K event raises over $43K

The third annual Nicholas J. Sacco Foundation 5K Run was held May 13 and despite rainy conditions the event was the most successful yet, raising over $43,000 for the 501(c)3 charity. 

Held in James J. Braddock Hudson County Park, the event featured a run/walk with breathtaking Manhattan views and a post-race party with refreshments from several local businesses, music, prizes, games, and more. In total over 500 people registered for the event. 

“This event is becoming one of the highlights of the year and I am very proud that despite the rain we had such an excellent showing,” said Mayor Nicholas Sacco. “The money raised will help support the many activities undertaken by the foundation to help local residents and I would like to thank each and every participant and sponsor for their generous support.”

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center once again served as the primary sponsor of the event and was joined by dozens of other sponsors including local businesses and community organizations. 

The Nicholas J. Sacco Foundation provides direct support to local residents in need with several programs, including free income tax preparation for low-income seniors, scholarships for North Bergen High School graduating students, and assistance to victims of fires and other traumatic events. The foundation also supports the efforts of local food pantries and other organizations with monetary donations. 

American Dream project (formerly Xanadu) should open in 2019

The Triple Five Group of Cos. Has announced it has obtained the $1.67 billion private construction financing it needs to continue construction of the American Dream mall/entertainment project on Route 3 in the Meadowlands, according to local media.

“We are pleased to have worked with JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs on the financing for this transformational project,” Don Ghermezian, CEO and president of American Dream, said. “The construction loan paves the way for the completion of American Dream and allows us to aggressively move forward with the construction and opening of the project.”

The firm had previously scheduled completion for fall 2018. Triple Five said American Dream is now slated to open in March 2019.

Despite the stoppage of construction, American Dream continued its leasing efforts. Kidzania, DreamWorks Water Park, Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park, Cinemex and Legoland Discovery Center have already signed up to be a part of the 3 million-square-foot project.

Triple Five has also owns Mall of America in Minnesota and Edmonton Mall in Canada.

Football early registration begins June 1

Boys ages 7 to 14 years old (cannot be in high school) are invited to football early registration from June 1 to 10 at the North Bergen Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave. Registration is available from Monday to Friday, 2 to 9 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Required at registration are a passport picture, proof of residency, a birth certificate/passport, and $35 in cash, check, or money order. Registered players will be eligible to participate in organized conditioning sessions and clinics.