North Bergen Briefs

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill changing the structure of NJ Transit management for improved customer service and transparency.
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Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill changing the structure of NJ Transit management for improved customer service and transparency.

Newspaper Media Group taps veteran editor for Hudson County papers

As part of Newspaper Media Group’s ongoing commitment to serving Hudson County’s thriving communities, NMG has tapped Bruce Moran as Department Editor. Moran, a veteran journalist, was bureau chief/editor at Dorf Feature Service/Star Ledger for 30 years and has served as news editor and sports editor for NMG since 2015.  He’s currently Department Editor for Central New Jersey as well. “Hudson County is an exciting market,” Moran said. “I look forward to working with our talented editorial and graphics staff, based in our Bayonne office.” In June, NMG, which publishes more than 50 weeklies in Southern and Central New Jersey, bought the Hudson Reporter Associates. Said Moran, “Our mission is to cover the politics, arts, news, and culture that affect the everyday lives of people in Hudson County’s diverse communities.”

Left turn lane installed at River Road and Churchill Road

The Hudson County Board of Freeholders approved a left turn lane installation at the intersection of River Road and Churchill Road, which is a county-owned roadway. The left turn lane will be installed in accordance with the state’s Department of Transportation standards, in order to ensure safety for members of the public traveling through North Bergen.

North Bergen hosts free citizenship classes at public library

The North Bergen Public Library will be hosting free 15-week citizenship courses, which will be taking place in the Main Library at 8411 Bergenline Ave., the Kennedy Branch Library at 2123 Kennedy Blvd., in North Bergen, and the Guttenberg Resource Center at 7002 Blvd. East, Unit M4 in Guttenberg. The deadline for registration is Jan. 11. The courses are funded by the Department of Homeland Security, in a grant which aims to promote citizens’ assimilation into American civic life. Those who wish to register should bring a green card and $50 refundable attendance deposit in the form of a check or money order. Beginner’s level classes will take place at both the Main Library and Kennedy Branch on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. High Intermediate-Advanced Level courses will take place at the Main Library and Guttenberg Resource Center on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Courses will be open to anyone, including nonresidents.

North Bergen Public Library- Winter 2019 adult programs

The North Bergen Public Library began registration for its adult programs on Jan. 7 for classes and recreational clubs, which begin on Jan. 14 and run through Mar. 23.

The Main Library will host classes in basic computers in English and Spanish, tech help, beginner’s sign language, advanced sign language, coding (C++), basic English, basic Spanish, conversation café, conversational/ advanced English, and citizenship one-on-one tutoring.

Recreation programs will include the knitting club, adult book club,  senior movie matinee, yoga, meditation, zumba, and well-being Wednesday.

The Main Library will also host career coaching courses.

The Kennedy Branch Library will host classes in basic computers, basic English, basic Spanish, conversational/ advanced English, citizenship one-on-one tutoring, and career assistance. The Kennedy Branch will host recreational programs including the knitting club, Saturday family movies, and family crafts.

At the Guttenberg Resource Center, classes in basic computers, basic English, basic Spanish, conversational/ advanced English, and career assistance will be held. This location will also host knitting club, afternoon movies, and an adult book club.

For more information on which days of the week and times classes will be held, visit www.nbpl.org, or call (201) 869-4715.

North Bergen Public Library- Winter 2019 children’s programs

The Main Library will host classes for various age groups. For babies and toddlers, classes include bilingual story time, toddler times, baby story time, pre-k prep, sensory story time, and S.T.E.A.M. story time. For K-12 groups, activities include Minecraft, chess, coding, makers club, teen advisory board, video game club, sign language, homework help, and reading enrichment.

The Kennedy Branch Library will host S.T.E.A.M. story time, family crafts, coding class, bilingual story time, video game club, homework help, and reading enrichment.

The Guttenberg Resource Center will host story time and crafts, puzzles, baby story time, Play-Doh time, and homework help.

For information on hours and days of the week for classes, or ideal age groups for classes, visit www.nbpl.org, or call (201) 869-4715.

Hackensack Riverkeeper now accepting scholarship applications

Hackensack Riverkeeper, the citizen-steward of the Hackensack River watershed, is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for the 2019 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship. The program is named in honor of the late Ridgefield science teacher and founding Riverkeeper Trustee, and helps support college-bound high school seniors who excel academically and who have a strong commitment to environmental protection.

Seniors at 66 high schools in Bergen, Hudson, and Rockland counties are eligible to be nominated by a teacher or guidance counselor for the award. Applications must be postmarked no later than Earth Day, April 22, 2019. A panel of Hackensack Riverkeeper Trustees and staffers led by Captains Bill Sheehan and Hugh Carola will review each application and consider the students’ academic achievements, environmental extracurricular activities, and future plans. The winner of the $1,000 unrestricted award will be announced by June 1, 2019.

Additional information and full application criteria are available at www.hackensackriverkeeper.org by emailing Carola atHugh@hackensackriverkeeper.org; or calling him at (201) 968-0808 ext. 102.

Gov. Murphy signs NJ Transit Reform Act; NJ Transit installs new safety tech

Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation on Dec. 20 to reform NJ Transit’s governance and management to improve its service for New Jersey commuters. The bill includes reforms to the board of directors, expands public and legislative oversight over NJ Transit, institutes more regular disclosure of accident and safety performance reports,  strengthens whistleblower protections, and creates two positions within the agency: Customer Advocate and Chief Ethics Officer.

Primary sponsors of the bill include Senators Loretta Weinberg, Thomas Kean, and Linda Greenstein; Assemblymembers John McKeon, Daniel Benson, and Patricia Egan Jones; and former Senator Robert Gordon.

Another measure to improve commutes through New Jersey took place on Dec. 20. The Department of Transportation awarded NJ Transit nearly $6,550,000 in grants to install Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation. NJ Congressman Albio Sires said, “I commend DOT for awarding NJ Transit this grant to get PTC up and running through its system. This technology is tailored to prevent accidents that injure people and take lives.”

State AG against proposed law for state probes of police-involved shootings

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has spoken out against a proposed new law that would require his office, rather than county prosecutors, to lead investigations into police-custody deaths involving municipal officers. Grewal testified in December against the pending bill, now poised for full legislative approval. The attorney general told the Assembly Appropriations Committee that the legislation would “undermine public trust in law enforcement and will replace a system that already does everything that the sponsors seek to accomplish and more.” This legislation (A3115) has been a proposal dating back to 2016, when Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, introduced a prior version in response to concerns about the often long-delayed results of county-prosecutor-led probes into several deaths in South Jersey at the hands of local police officers.