"The Human Condition" exhibit kicked off at Guttenberg Arts. Photo by Art Schwartz.
"The Human Condition" exhibit kicked off at Guttenberg Arts. Photo by Art Schwartz.

13 artists examine ‘The Human Condition’ at Gutenberg Arts

The group exhibition ‘The Human Condition’ is currently on display at the Gutenberg Arts Gallery. It features prints from the recent portfolio of the same name published by Paper Crown Press.

13 artists were invited to participate in the project. The results range in technique from silkscreen to lithographs, to various types of etchings.

Two years in development, the portfolio debuted at the Editions/ Artists’ Books Fair in New York, a renowned showcase for discovering new and contemporary prints and artists’ books, where it generated interest. All 13 prints, plus the cover collaboration between several of the participating artists, are on display at the Guttenberg Arts Gallery at 6903 Jackson St. through Saturday, March 23.

The gallery is free and open to the public by appointment Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment. For more information, contact or call 201-868-8585.

Public Hearing on upcoming NB Rec. Center

A public meeting will be held on March 6 at 5p.m. during the regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners meeting. The purpose of the hearing is to obtain public comment on a grant application to be submitted by the Township of North Bergen to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Acres Land Acquisition and Park Development Program. This application proposes construction of the North Bergen Recreation Center located at 1231 John F. Kennedy Blvd.

The meeting will take place in Township Hall Council Chambers, at 4233 John F. Kennedy Blvd. The director of the parks and recreation department will make a brief presentation followed by a question-and-answer period.

Energy bill assistance available

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is accepting applications for financial assistance with heating and cooling costs. the LIHEAP program is run by New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs.

LIHEAP eligibility is based on the most recent monthly household gross income and household size. To be eligible for LIHEAP benefits, the applicant’s household gross income must meet the monthly income guidelines.

Under LIHEAP, those who qualify may receive an average of $300 toward their heating bills and $200 toward medically-necessary cooling costs.

For more information, to download a LIHEAP application, or to find out where to apply, visit or call 1-800-510-3102, or 211. Applications and copies of all requested documents must be submitted by mail or in person to the designated LIHEAP intake agency by Aug. 31.

The LIHEAP application is also an application for the Universal Service Fund ( USF). USF is a program created by New Jersey that can lower the amount low-income households pay for gas and electric bills with a monthly credit. Applications for USF are accepted year-round.

Senate passes graduation testing bill

New Jersey Senate passed a bill on Feb. 21 that would allow for different rules about standardized tests administered by the state being required for high school graduation.

Previously, the state administered standardized PARCC exams, and passing the 10th Grade English and Algebra 1 exams was required in order to graduate. It was required that students took these exams in 11th grade.

On Dec. 31, a state appellate court ruled that this procedure was illegal.

Now, a bill passed with a 21-7 vote to allow for passing a set of state standardized test or tests as a requirement of graduating high school, but the requirement that students have to be in the 11th grade to take the tests has been scrapped.

NJ DEP prescribed burn program is underway

The state Forest Fire Service is setting prescribed burns to reduce undergrowth and other forest floor materials that have the potential to fuel wildfires.

Prescribed burns are carried out to protect property, lives, and infrastructure by creating defensible space and strategic fire breaks near developed areas. This can help prevent wildfires, reduce the intensity of fires, and make fire suppression more effective.

While prescribed burns take place, nearby residents should expect to see large plumes of smoke and may experience temporary impacts from smoke. Motorists should use caution when approaching areas where prescribed burns are taking place.

Prescribed burns take place when weather is appropriate. They generally occur during late winter months to reduce the amount of smoke produced, and because weather conditions tend to be more predictable for safer controlled fires.

To sign up for text or email notifications of prescribed burns, visit

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