North Bergen honors veterans at annual ceremony
Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Board of Commissioners hosted North Bergen’s annual Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 in the Recreation Center.
Don Deleo served as the master of ceremonies, with Mayor Sacco offering tributes to the many men and women who have served our country over the years, including those who lost their lives. Also sharing their best wishes for the veterans were Freeholder Anthony Vainieri and Commissioners Hugo Cabrera and Julio Marenco.
Numerous veterans of different foreign wars participated in the proceedings, while two members of the North Bergen High School band played “Taps.” Pastor Paul Haviland of Hudson Vineyard Church offered the invocation and benediction.
Contribute to North Bergen’s Annual Toy Drive
Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Board of Commissioners have announced the 2018 Toy Drive benefiting local children in need. The drive will be held until Dec. 19 with collection points located at multiple locations throughout North Bergen. Please bring new, unwrapped toys to one of the following locations:
- North Bergen Health Department, 1116 43rd St., 2nd fl.
- North Bergen Town Hall (Chambers), 4233 Kennedy Blvd.
- North Bergen Police Department, 4233 Kennedy Blvd 2nd fl.
- North Bergen Parking Authority, 4225 Bergen Tpk.
- North Bergen Public Library, 8411 Bergenline Ave.
- North Bergen Public Library, 2123 Kennedy Blvd.
- Broadway Pharmacy, 7211 Broadway
- All North Bergen schools
The giveaway will be held on Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the North Bergen Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave.
If you are a family in need of a meal or toys for the holiday, call Aimee Focaraccio at (201) 392-0229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library Hosting 3 Nights of Holiday Fun & Festivities
The North Bergen Free Public Library is offering great seasonal activities for the whole family at all three locations for the holidays. Take a photo with Santa Claus and more. Events will take place at the following locations:
- Friday, Dec. 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. – Main Library, 8411 Bergenline Ave., North Bergen
- Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Kennedy Branch, 2123 Kennedy Blvd., North Bergen
- Thursday, Dec. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. – Guttenberg Resource Center, Galaxy Towers Mall, 7002 Blvd. East, Guttenberg
The library’s holiday fun & festivities are brought to you by North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, Guttenberg Mayor Wayne Zitt, and Library Executive Director Sai Rao.
2019 ACA Open Enrollment Fair Coming to the Library on Two Dates
Healthcare is required by law in the State of New Jersey. Open enrollment officially ends on Dec. 15, 2018. Visit the main library on either of the two dates listed below to receive free enrollment services.
- Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Thursday, Dec. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Horizon Blue Cross & Blue Shield will also be participating in the enrollment fair on Dec. 8 and will provide screenings of blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol.
The library is at located 8411 Bergenline Ave.
Broadway Gains 40+ new Parking Spots
As the final stage of a community improvement project to make North Bergen’s Broadway business district more attractive and inviting to visitors, the township has made adjustments to street parking, adding 42 new spots to the area.
The additional spots were the result of switching from parallel parking to angled parking on the east side of Broadway between 72nd and 79th Streets. A portion of the funding for this project was provided by the State of New Jersey, and based on state requirements the spots are angled for rear-in parking rather than front-in parking.
Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Parking Authority Director Robert Baselice visited the area to review the changes on Nov. 28, joined by Freeholder Anthony Vainieri, Township Administrator Chris Pianese, DPW Superintendent John Shaw and Deputy Director Frank Englese, and other officials. They met with numerous local business owners, who were delighted with the new parking arrangement.
As part of the upgrade to the area, the township also repaved Broadway and made all the street corners handicap-compliant.
79th, 80th & 81st Streets now One-Way
The North Bergen Police Department, in coordination with the Department of Public Works and the New Jersey and Hudson County Departments of Transportation, changed 79th, 80th, and 81st Streets from two-way to one-way thoroughfares in November.
- 79th Street is now one way eastbound from Tonnelle Avenue to Kennedy Boulevard
- 80th Street is now one way westbound from Kennedy Boulevard to Tonnelle Avenue
- 81st Street is now one-way westbound from Bergenline Avenue to 2nd Avenue
Following an extensive period of study and assessment, these changes were implemented to address issues of traffic congestion and parking in the area, and to increase safety for motorists and pedestrians.
Representatives from the Police Department along with Freeholder Anthony Vainieri met with local residents on Nov. 20 to discuss the changes, explain the benefits of the new arrangement, and gather feedback.
Numerous street signs have been installed to notify drivers of the changes. The NBPD will continue to monitor vehicular traffic flow throughout the holiday season and beyond to ensure the new patterns are better serving the area and the township.
Shave-Off’ event closes month-long fundraiser to fight cancer
“No Shave November” concluded with a “shave-off” event on Thursday, Nov. 29, with barbers from The Jagged Edge Spa & Salon pruning the collective whiskers of North Bergen’s finest.
About 80 officers in the North Bergen Police Department participated in the fundraiser this year, growing their beards and contributing to Fight CRC, an organization dedicated to raising money for research and awareness about colorectal cancer. Although CRC is the number 2 cancer killer among men and women combined in the U.S., the disease is treatable if caught early, so the NBPD urges everyone to get screenings.
It was an early screening that identified the disease in Bob Ceragno, owner of Eye Contact Vision Center in North Bergen, and allowed him to get life-saving treatment several years ago. Since then he has been a vigorous advocate for Fight CRC, and has sponsored No-Shave November and the annual Shave-Off for the past three years.
This year about $5,000 was raised between the NBPD, Guttenberg PD, North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue, Englewood Hospital, and other donors.
Police Chief Robert Dowd strongly encouraged police officers to participate in the drive as part of his focus on health and well-being in the department. Public Safety Commissioner Allen Pascual was among the individuals who let their beards grow for the month.
The Shave-Off saw numerous local and regional media descend on Eye Contact vision center to watch participants file up, take their seats in the barber chair, and walk away clean-shaven.
Holiday season kicks off with tree lighting in Braddock Park
Santa Claus rode into Braddock Park on Wednesday, Nov 28, not on a sleigh pulled by reindeer but on a Hudson County Sheriff’s vehicle, waving to the revelers who came for the 2nd annual holiday tree lighting.
Despite a frosty pre-winter chill, a sizable crowd gathered to watch Santa and his pal, Freeholder Anthony Vainieri, throw the switch to illuminate the 22-foot Norwood Spruce at the Palisade Avenue entrance to the park.
The North Bergen High School Chorus regaled the crowd with joyful holiday carols, while under a large tent Rose’s Italian Deli dispensed free hot chocolate, cookies, and pastries. The festivities ended with families snapping photos under the tree alongside Santa and Mayor Sacco.
Library announces December programs for kids and adults
The North Bergen Free Public Library has released its schedule of programs for December, including both activities for children and educational classes for adults.
Among the programs available for kids are chess, Minecraft, and video game club, while adults can take an ESL workshop, learn PowerPoint, take up knitting, or more. No registration is required, but some activities only accept the first 20 participants who arrive.
Programs run from Monday, Dec. 3 through Friday, Dec. 14. Visit the township website at www.northbergen.org for more details.
Learn About Healthy Eating for the Holidays on Dec. 10
The North Bergen Free Public Library is hosting a free lecture and tasting event at their Kennedy Branch at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10.
Everyone is invited to join the timely program “Healthy Eating for the Holidays,” held in conjunction with ShopRite on Columbia Park, North Bergen.
The Kennedy Branch Library is located at 2123 Kennedy Blvd. For more information visit www.nbpl.org or call (201) 869-4715.
Free Movie of the Month is ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ on Dec. 22
Everyone is invited to come see the movie “Daddy’s Home 2” at the North Bergen Free Public Library at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22.
Having finally gotten used to each other’s existence, Brad and Dusty must now deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays.
Admission, popcorn, and drinks are free. The North Bergen Free Public Library is located at 8411 Bergenline Ave. Call 201-869-4715 for more details.
FBI and NJ ask public to help curb hoax threats
New Jersey’s Homeland Security director announced Thursday that the state is working with the FBI to launch #ThinkBeforeYouPost, an anti- “hoax threat” awareness campaign. False or non-credible threats have affected Lakewood, where a student was arrested; Mahwah, which added extra patrols to a school; and Paterson, where 15 schools undertook emergency precautions on Halloween. Hoax threats made in texts, emails, or social media are a crime that can be prosecuted federally, with up to five years in prison.