Sacco 5K race. Photo by Art Schwartz
Sacco 5K race. Photo by Art Schwartz

Annual Sacco 5K race supports local charity

The fifth annual Sacco 5K Charity run/walk will take place on Saturday, June 8, along a unique route with a spectacular skyline view of New York. The race begins in James J. Braddock Park and continues atop the Palisade cliffs facing midtown Manhattan on a course certified through USA Track and Field.

The event will take place rain or shine beginning at 10 a.m. at 79th Street and Bergenline Avenue, proceeding through the park and along Boulevard East, and ending at Bruins Stadium. The event will benefit the Nicholas J. Sacco Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides social services and charitable donations in North Bergen and surrounding communities.

Runners of all skill levels will participate. Awards will be given in numerous categories and age groups.

As in prior years, there will be an after-party with food, drink, and music. The party in the park kicks off at about 11 a.m.

In the first four years the race raised more than $100,000 to benefit those in need. Recently, activities funded by the foundation included tax services for senior citizens and various scholarships for North Bergen High School students. The foundation also offers emergency relief to fire victims, continually supports local food pantries, and provides meals for the needy during the holiday season.

Check-in and registration will take place from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Commemorative t-shirts will be available as long as supplies last. Visit for more information. To register, visit

North Bergen hosts ‘Entrepreneurship 101’ workshop

North Bergen continues its Business Smarts 2019 series with a six-week workshop for local businesses. “Entrepreneurship 101” will take place on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. between June 5 and July 17.

The event is designed for individuals contemplating starting a business, looking for information on their ideas, and owners of new businesses looking to add more structure and understanding. Topics covered in this class include guidelines for starting a business, legal structures for a business, developing a business plan, conducting effective business research, and developing cost, revenue, and cash flow projections.

A $225 registration fee is completely refundable for Hudson County residents upon completion of the workshop. Refreshments and a light meal will be served. Sessions will be held at the North Bergen Free Public Library, 8411 Bergenline Ave.

Seating is limited, so early registration is suggested. For more information, call Tammy Watterman at 201-369-4370. This event is planned and presented in cooperation with the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation.

North Hudson Fire Unions raise more than $8K for charity

The North Hudson Fire Unions Charitable Foundation held its second annual Gala Dinner Dance on May 10 at The Graycliff in Moonachie. The theme of the evening was “Celebrating a Night of Brotherhood.”

At the event, the NHFUCF presented a check for $6,500 to NephCure Kidney International, which accelerates research for effective treatments for kidney diseases and provides education and support to improve the lives of those effected by kidney diseases.

The money will go toward a treatment and cure for Gomerulosclerosis and Nephrotic Syndrome, a rare and debilitating kidney disease. Gala attendees raised another $1,721 during the festivities, bringing the grand total to $8,221.

Students receive scholarships from Palisades Medical Center

North Bergen High School students Riyakumari Jainwere and Hassan Nasser were each awarded $2,000 scholarships for community service from Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center.

The students earned the scholarships as part of Palisades Medical Center’s program that provides $32,000 in scholarship funding for students at eight local high schools in the hospital’s primary service area. The scholarships recognize and reward high school seniors who have demonstrated significant accomplishments in community service while maintaining academic success.

Sheriff’s Office, NBPD participating in ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign

Officers from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office will join agencies across the nation in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign. Running through June 2, the annual mobilization uses high-visibility seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, in combination with local and national publicity efforts, to reinforce the life-saving value of seat belts.

“My officers will be out, day and night enforcing the seat belt law,” Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari said. “Seat belts do save lives, and this campaign will help us remind people it is important to wear your seat belt. Cars are built a lot better than they were just 20 years ago, but many of those important safety measures are negated by an occupant failing to wear a seat belt.”

The Sheriff’s Office received a state grant to help fund the added patrols and will be joined by the Secaucus Police Department and the North Bergen Police Department.