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Braddock Park is an oasis of calm at winter dusk
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Braddock Park is an oasis of calm at winter dusk

Four North Bergen T.A.P.S. meetings scheduled for March

The North Bergen Police Department is hosting four community meetings in March to get to know local residents. The meetings are held at various locations throughout the township. Residents can meet the officers who patrol their neighborhoods and share any concerns.

N.B. T.A.P.S. (North Bergen Township Alternative Policing Strategy) meetings allow residents to have face-to-face discussions with officers who serve their immediate community. This month’s meetings will take place from 7-8 p.m.

– Tuesday, March 5: Uptown Public Library, 8411 Bergenline Ave.
– Thursday, March 14: Downtown Public Library, 2123 Kennedy Blvd.
– Friday, March 15: Our Lady of Fatima Church, lower level, 8011 Kennedy Blvd.
– Tuesday, March 19: North Bergen Town Hall chambers, lower level, 4233 Kennedy Blvd.

Guttenberg’s St. Patrick’s Day parade and party March 16

The town of Guttenberg will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 16.

The parade begins at 1 p.m. at 68th and Madison streets, and circles through town, finishing at the Wild Rover Pub at 7103 Park Ave., where there will be a bandstand and live music from the band Finish This, and from local musician Mike Buscio, who is a High Tech High School teacher.

Everyone is invited for free food, entertainment, and giveaways.

Book Club featuring “The Light Between Oceans”

The current featured title for the North Bergen Public Library’s book club is “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman. Physical copies, eBooks, and audio book versions of the book are available through the library.

The book club meets on two different days in two different locations. The next meetings are at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, at the Guttenberg Resource Center at 7002 Kennedy Blvd. East in Guttenberg, and on Wednesday, March 13 in the main library, 8411 Bergenline Ave. in North Bergen.

For more information, contact the North Bergen Public Library at 201-869-4715, or the Guttenberg Resource Center at 201-868-2315 ext. 138.

HCCC Mardi Gras scholarship fundraiser

The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) foundation will host a Mardi Gras Celebration Fundraiser with a tricky tray and buffet from 12 local restaurants. The proceeds will provide scholarships to HCCC students from Guttenberg, Hoboken, North Bergen, Secaucus, Union City, Weehawken, and West New York. The $50 admission can be paid at the door.

The event will be held on March 7 at 6 p.m. at Hijos y Amigos de Fomento, 522 38th St. in Union City.

HCCC is a nonprofit organization giving tax-exempt status to contributors. Since the foundation was established, it has provided nearly $3 million in scholarships.

NJ Transit gets federal approval for PTC implementation

NJ Transit has received Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) approval on its Positive Train Control (PTC) alternative schedule, which allows for full PTC implementation by 2020. The request for an alternative schedule was made on Dec. 14 2018, and will allow for full PTC implementation by Dec. 31 2020.

To reach this approval, NJ Transit had to meet six criteria: installation of PTC hardware on 282 trains; acquiring wireless spectrum; training at least 823 employees; field functionality tests on a segment from Summit to Denville; creating the alternative schedule; and certifying that NJ Transit will be in full compliance with the requirements on or before a deadline.