Police and College students squared off in a basketball game to raise funds for the Special Olympics.
Police and College students squared off in a basketball game to raise funds for the Special Olympics.

Cuban Parade coming to North Bergen

The 20th annual Cuban Parade will take place in North Bergen on Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. The parade, a celebration of Cuban heritage throughout the state, will make its way down Bergenline Avenue, starting at the 79th Street intersection at the edge of James J. Braddock Park. There will be temporary road closures in place throughout the event, which finishes at the intersection with 43rd street in Union City.

The organizers of the parade, which started in 2000, expect over 100,000 spectators this year.

Job fair at North Hudson Community Action Corporation

People Ready, an employment agency, will be the host to an open house at North Hudson Community Action Corporation, 400 38th Street, Suite 214 in Union City, on May 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. People Ready is seeking applicants for positions including construction, hospitality, transportation, manufacturing and logistics, warehousing and distribution, waste and recycling, and auto auction drivers. Interested applicants should bring two forms of identification.

Police, HCCC raise funds for Special Olympics at Basketball game

The North Bergen Police Department faced off against Hudson County Community College on Thursday, April 25 in a game of basketball to raise funds for the New Jersey Special Olympics.

The match-up in the North Bergen Recreation Center gym pitted members of the police department against HCCC faculty and students in Professor Richard Walker’s criminal justice class, culminating in the students pulling ahead for a 69-65 victory.

Public Safety Commissioner Allen Pascual was on hand to cheer on the players, along with Finance and Revenue Commissioner Julio Marenco, who picked the winner of the 50/50 raffle.

About $800 was raised for the Special Olympics thanks to the efforts of the department and the school.

Meet your local police and share your concerns 

The North Bergen Police Department will hold community meetings in May to get to know local residents. The meetings will be held at different locations throughout the township, where residents can meet the officers who patrol their neighborhoods and share any local concerns.

The meetings are part of a program known as N.B. TAPS (North Bergen Township Alternative Policing Strategy) designed to enhance police-community relations in the township. Residents get to meet and discuss issues face to face with officers who serve their immediate community, and the officers get to learn about any matters of concern directly from the residents.

All meetings will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. The dates and locations are as follows:

– May 9, Our Lady of Fatima Church, lower level, 8011 Kennedy Blvd.
– May 13, Uptown Public Library, 8411 Bergenline Ave.
– May 21, North Bergen Town Hall Chambers, 4233 Kennedy Blvd.

Spring Festival on North Bergen waterfront

Palisades Medical Center will sponsor a Spring Fest on its waterfront campus on May 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are both free for all, and there is access to the hospital campus along the Hudson River walkway.

Festivities will include meeting New York professional sports alumni, inflatable rides for kids, caricatures, face painting, health screenings, wellness information, food, DJ music, and more.

Palisades Medical Center is at 7600 River Road in North Bergen. Preregistration for the Spring Fest is suggested but not required. All who preregister will be entered into a raffle for four tickets to see a New York Red Bulls soccer game. To preregister, call 201-854-5008 or visit

Hudson County celebrates Holi

Hoboken and Jersey City will be in partnership to hold one of the country’s largest Holi festivals. The day-long event on June 15 will promote peace, equality, and unity through cultural diversity. There will be color play, a color walk, live performances, cultural, educational, and interactive workshops, interactive art, food and drink vendors, a children’s area, a DJ, dancing, and more.

The festival will begin at 10 a.m. in downtown Jersey City with the Hudson River Fitness Color Walk. It will feature yoga, fitness, dance, and drumming. Health professionals and organizations will offer workshops, lectures, and fitness demonstrations. The walk will continue along the Hudson waterfront route to Pier A in Hoboken, where the Spring Festival of Colors will begin at noon.

Menendez and others advocate national Latino museum 

U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and John Cornyn (R-TX) were joined by a bipartisan group of senators to introduce the National Museum of the American Latino Act. The measure would create a museum to educate current and future generations on the vast political, social, cultural, and economic contributions to American life by Latino Americans.

Similar legislation was also introduced in the House of Representatives.

“It’s hard to believe that in the year 2019, a museum devoted to Latino history does not already exist,” Menendez said. “From day one, Hispanics have shaped this nation in countless ways— as military leaders, as pioneers in business and the arts, as activists and elected officials— all of them committed to the American dream. Our legislation will establish a National Museum of the American Latino right where it belongs, here in our nation’s capital alongside the Native American Museum, the Africna American Museum, and the Smithsonian’s many other fine institutions.”