Local Government Week kicks off in April

Roster of community programs in North Bergen

The North Bergen Public Library will host most of the Local Government Week events.
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The North Bergen Public Library will host most of the Local Government Week events.

The Hudson County League of Municipalities is kicking off its annual NJ Local Government Week on April 6. This year’s celebration is the first in which the Township of North Bergen will participate.

According to the League of Municipalities, the commemorative week is a time for municipal governments to “encourage civic education, community collaboration, volunteerism, and local pride.” The aim of the week-long event is to bring awareness to the role local governments play in the everyday lives of the residents they serve.

Local governments across the state are participating. One purpose is to highlight the extent to which residents can shape and influence their town governments.

What’s on the roster?

The town will celebrate from April 6 to April 13, with five events.

On April 6 from 1 to 4 p.m., the main branch of the North Bergen Free Public Library at 8411 Bergenline Ave. will host the North Bergen Rice Festival, to celebrate the social, religious, and cultural significance that rice has for roughly half the world’s population.

On April 8, an environmental cleanup organized by the North Bergen High School Environmental Club and Municipal Utilities Authority is on tap. The time and venue have not yet been announced. The North Bergen Environmental Club routinely hosts cleanups which involve trash collection, graffiti removal, and other beautification projects.

The later part of the week will see free workshops and panels sponsored by the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation (HCEDC) to provide resources and insight into opening and operating businesses in Hudson County.

At the main branch of the North Bergen Library, a workshop geared toward current business owners will be held from 6-7 p.m. on April 9. HCEDC representatives will discuss eligibility requirements for business certification programs, and the Hudson County Set Aside program for businesses owned by women, veterans, and minorities. The panel will discuss business loan options and eligibility requirements, and provide free skills training for business owners and their employees.

On April 10, HCEDC will host a workshop for beginning entrepreneurs, titled “Introduction to Entrepreneurship.” At the North Bergen Library’s main branch, from 6-8 p.m., HCEDC representatives will guide visitors through the planning process and introduce tools to get a business up and running.

Also on April 10, the North Bergen Public Library will host a trivia night at its main branch, based on the township’s history. The time has not yet been specified.

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