One Book North Bergen comes to a close
The North Bergen Free Public Library’s “One Book North Bergen” series comes to a conclusion Sept. 19, with the Field Guide Party and Scavenger Hunt honoring Tony Diterlizzi’s “The Field Guide.” Launched this summer, the town-wide reading initiative selected five books for residents to read, with the hopes of encouraging them to bond through literature. Throughout September, the library hosted events honoring the reading selections.
One of them featured author Christina Baker Kline, who read her “Orphan Train” to kids at the library Sep. 9.
At the “Chocolate Party” event Sept. 8, kids entered a raffle to win golden tickets to the “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory” Broadway show.
In July, Library Director Sai Rao told The North Bergen Reporter she plans to make the initiative annual, if enough interest is shown. For more information on the event, contact Tracy Rivera at (201) 869-4715.
Mayor holds 25th Annual Senior Citizen Picnic
Mayor Nicholas Sacco recently hosted the 25th Annual Senior Citizen Picnic Sep. 12 in Schutzen Park’s Ballroom.
Sacco launched the event shortly after he first became mayor in 1991. Reflecting on a quarter-century since the picnic began, he said, “It was much smaller in the beginning. It was scheduled to be outside, but it happened to rain that day, so we came inside.”
The 2001 picnic co-incidentally happened on the same day as the 9/11 attacks, he also revealed. “We decided to go ahead with it,” he said. “It was a very patriotic event that day. Much more somber. It was very difficult.”
The picnic is only open to North Bergen seniors. It is held each September.
Five special law enforcement officers sworn in at latest commissioners meeting
Mayor Nicholas Sacco swore-in five special law enforcement officers to the department at the Sep. 13. Board of Commissioners meeting. They included Byron Dominguez, 26; Paul Martinez, 24; Drew Micucci, 22; John Solan, 33; and Jon Nunez, 22. As special law enforcement officers, the men are only part time, and will work no more than 24 hours weekly, without benefits. See next week’s North Bergen Reporter for more information.
Farmers Market open through September
The farmers market in Braddock Park is running opposite the Veterans’ Memorial in Braddock Park, near the corner of 90th Street and Bergenline Avenue.
In addition to Jersey farmers providing fresh, locally-sourced produce and other goods, the market attracts a rotating selection of vendors each week. Cooked food is available, along with other treats.
The market takes place every Sunday at 10 a.m. through Oct. 1. Plenty of free parking is available.
Town launches National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations
North Bergen declared its support for National Hispanic Heritage Month at the Sep. 13 Board of Commissioners meeting. The commissioners adopted a resolution for a proclamation supporting the month, which runs from Sep. 15 through Oct. 15. The town will be holding around 15 events at various locations to mark the month.
“This administration is already very diverse,” said Commissioner Julio Morenco, himself of Hispanic heritage, after the meeting. “This is just another way that we continue to show more diversity, more acceptance in the community. It’s a great reflection of the township.”
President Lyndon B. Johnson established a week in September as National Hispanic Heritage Week in September 1968. In 1988, it was expanded to a 30-day period nationally.
PSE&G reminds you that buildings must supply heat in October, and more
The calendar still says summer, but chilly weather will be here before you know it. Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G) encourages its residential gas heating customers to test their heating system now, so they can be confident it will operate safely and efficiently when temperatures begin to drop.
“Our town has a local heat ordinance in place and any landlord who does not comply with the ordinance will face summons and fines,” said Mayor Felix E. Roque. “Housing Code Inspectors and Health Officers will make it a priority to inspect any and all complaints received for lack of heat.”
Landlords and owners of buildings are required to supply heat from Oct. 1 of each year until May 1 at a temperature of at least 68°F at all times and on a constant 24-hour basis whenever the outside temperature falls below 55°F during any 24-hour period.
If there is a problem starting the system a PSE&G service technician will come out to start the unit. To make an appointment, customers can call 1-800-436-7734, or schedule online at pseg.com/myaccount1.
Complaints for lack of heat can be made on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. by calling the Health Department at (201) 295-5070. Complaints can be made during the evening or on weekends by calling the Police Department at (201) 295-5000 or the Fire Department at (201) 854- 1212. Complaints will be forwarded to a Health Investigator who will investigate immediately. If your furnace is not working properly, PSE&G customers can call 1-800-350-PSEG (7734) or go to www.pseg.com to register their account and schedule repair services online.