Expansive dog run opens in Braddock Park

Four-legged residents can now enjoy Braddock Park as much as the two-legged ones do.
Freeholder Anthony Vainieri recently presided over the opening of a new dog run near the Bruin Stadium parking lot. Separated into two sections – one for smaller dogs and one for the big fellas – the grounds are covered with synthetic grass, which is better for dogs to play on and easier to maintain and keep clean.
Water fountains are installed at pooch level.
A see-saw and various play stations are scattered throughout, to keep the dogs active and happy, although the dogs seem happiest just chasing each other playfully around the large lot. On a recent afternoon, when Freeholder Vainieri visited with Commissioners Julio Marenco and Allen Pascual, half a dozen large dogs were cavorting across their new playground, while a smaller dog gleefully taunted them from his (safe) side of the fence.
Construction on the dog park began earlier this summer and was completed in time for a Labor Day opening.

NB’s Food Truck Festival spans the globe

From Italy to India, Peru to far-flung Tibet, there was food from all corners of the globe at North Bergen’s second annual Food Truck Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15. Whether you wanted a simple chili dog, a spicy brick-oven pizza baked on the spot, or a dessert crepe, there was a vendor on hand to comply.
While several bands played free concerts on a stage in the parking lot of Food Bazaar, and kids played in the bounce house and enjoyed free popcorn, cotton candy, and balloon animals, patrons sampled the many treats on offer from some of the area’s food trucks.
Vendors included Aumm Aumm, The Corn Guy, Dosa Spot, Empanada Mania, Good Humor, The Kuba Kitchen, The Lomo Truck, Modern Spin, Mom’s Momo, and Relish the Dog.
The Hudson County Sheriff brought an armored vehicle that was open for visitors to climb aboard.
Coordinated by Commissioner Marenco, the annual North Bergen Food Truck Festival has already grown considerably from last year’s debut offering. The township continues to add events at downtown locations so residents throughout all areas of North Bergen have the opportunity to easily and conveniently participate in community activities.
The event drew local officials including Mayor Nicholas Sacco, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, and Congressman Albio Sires, who couldn’t resist trying out the empanadas. Also enjoying the festival were Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez and Assemblyman Pedro Mejia; Commissioners Hugo Cabrera, Frank Gargiulo, Julio Marenco, and Allen Pascual; Freeholder Anthony Vainieri, and Parking Authority Director Robert Baselice.
Scheduled to end at 5 p.m., the event stayed open late as patrons insisted on indulging themselves.

Mayor denounces racist flyer found in North Bergen

North Bergen Mayor and State Sen. Nicholas Sacco has denounced a flyer from the alleged “New Jersey European Heritage Association” that a former resident says he found on the corner of 73rd Street and Bergenline Avenue in North Bergen on Sept. 12.
The flyer says, “The White European Peoples in America and abroad are racing towards the cliff of extinction.” It adds, “The future of our world is a dark one, literally and figuratively. The non-whites who will come to replace us will recreate the countries they have fled.”
The group also has a white supremacist website on-line.
Sacco denounced the flyer in a statement, and said it is under investigation.
“North Bergen residents have always been proud of our township’s diversity, which makes this kind of rhetoric extremely troubling,” Sacco said. “The views expressed in this flier have no place in our community and I am hopeful that the North Bergen Police Department will find whoever is distributing it.”

Kickoff Dance launches football season

The North Bergen Recreation Department officially launched the football season with a kickoff dance on Friday night, Sept. 14.
Or, more accurately, two kickoff dances, as the younger teams – the Little Giants and Packers (ages 7-9) – gathered at 6 p.m., followed by the Raiders, Eagles, and Giants (ages 10-14) at 8 p.m.
Both dances took place in the Recreation Center, with snacks and a live DJ. More than 300 football players and cheerleaders attended the two events and had a great time. The event marked the return of the seasonal kickoff dance, a tradition from the past that had not been held for a number of years.

North Bergen Housing Authority awarded $1M grant

The North Bergen Housing Authority (NBHA) has been awarded the Lead-Based Capital Fund Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the amount of $1 million.
The grants, totaling $18 million nationwide, were offered to only 20 public housing agencies across the country as part of HUD’s plans to both identify and eradicate lead-based dangers in public housing.
The money will be put toward removing lead around windows and door frames that had been encapsulated 20 years ago at NBHA’s Meadowview Village, which contains eight multi-story buildings, housing 178 units. Current requirements call for complete removal, rather than encapsulation.
NBHA expects to put the project out to bid in early 2019 and reach completion within three years.

Schedule of upcoming free Community Health screenings

The following is a schedule of Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center’s free Health Screenings that will be held in our local communities in the coming months. For more information, please call Suleima Rosario-Diaz at (201) 854-5793.

The free screenings include HgbA1c diabetes, blood pressure, heart rate and percentage of oxygen in the blood, vision and Body Mass Index. Flu vaccines will be provided by ShopRite with insurance card, or reduced fee will be applied with no insurance card, and certificates for mammogram and prostate cancer screenings.  Come interact with a variety of organizations providing information on insurance, family resources, medical resources and much more.

Sunday, Oct. 6,10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saint Joseph of the Palisades Church – Upper Community Room, 320 64th St., West New York

Wednesday, Oct. 10,6 p.m. to 8 p.m.,

Guttenberg’s Resource Center, Galaxy Towers Mall, 7002 Kennedy Blvd. East, Unit M4, Guttenberg

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., St. Augustine Church – Gymnasium, 3900 New York Ave., Union City

Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dvine Konektion, 611 56th St., West New York

Saturday, Nov. 3,10 a.m. to 2 p.m., North Bergen Public Library, 8411 Bergenline Ave., North Bergen

Saturday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Dvine Konektion, 611 56th St., West New York

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