County fair and car show

Freeholder Chair Anthony Vainieri and the North Bergen Education Foundation are hosting the 5th annual Hudson County Fair in James J. Braddock Park.

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The event will take place over two weekends, from Oct. 4-Oct. 6, and from Oct. 11-Oct. 14.

There will be carnival rides, games, food, and live entertainment. This year’s live music will be performed by The Past Masters, The Koots, and the Matt O’Ree Band.

On the two Fridays, festivities will begin at 6 p.m. On the weekends, and on Columbus Day, the fair opens at 2 p.m.

Vainieri and the North Bergen Police Department are also sponsoring North Bergen’s 4th annual car show, set to take place on Oct. 13, from noon to 5 p.m.

The car show will benefit the 2019 New Jersey Special Olympics Fund. The registration costs per vehicle are $20.

For information on the car show, or to register, call 201-589-0941, or send an email to

Hoboken meeting on bike lanes tonight
Hoboken will host a community meeting on Thursday Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at Wallace School, 1100 Willow Ave. to review proposed designs for protected bike lanes on  Clinton Street, Grand Street, Jefferson Street, and 11th Street as a part of Hoboken’s Vision Zero campaign.
The protected lanes will reduce injury rates, provide safer streets, increase spending at local businesses, and reduce the risk of bike riding on sidewalks, according to the city.
Earlier this year, Mayor Bhalla signed an executive order establishing Hoboken’s Vision Zero program to eliminate all traffic fatalities and injuries by 2030.

Jersey City pastor convicted of sexual assault

On Thursday, Sept. 19, Orlando Martinez-Chavez, 48, of Jersey City, was convicted of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

The jury deliberated for approximately three hours before returning its guilty verdict to the two-count indictment.

Martinez-Chavez was a pastor at the Iglesia Pentecostal Lirio de los Valles church on Summit Avenue in Jersey City when he sexually assaulted a 10-year old female member of the church in 2013, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

Martinez-Chavez faces up to 10 years in state prison for the sexual assault conviction and must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

He faces five years on the endangering the welfare of a child conviction.

The conviction will subject Martinez-Chavez to registration under Megan’s Law and Parole Supervision for life. He is scheduled to be sentenced on December 13.

Federal grant for Secaucus firefighters

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, announced that the Department of Homeland Security has awarded a $10,816 federal grant to the Secaucus Fire Department, through a program established by the congressional FIRE Act.

“Situated in a primary transportation hub and only minutes from Manhattan, Secaucus’ firefighters must have top-notch equipment and training as they continue to keep our communities safe,” Pascrell, who is a FIRE Act author, said in a statement.

Pascrell also authored the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, which established a national registry for firefighters diagnosed with cancer. He was a primary author in the House of Representatives’ SAFER Act, which became law in 2003, to establish grant eligibility to local fire departments if they hire personnel required to maintain safe staffing levels.

Human Values festival at North Bergen Library

The North Bergen Public Library will host a “Human Values” festival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28.

The festival celebrates the five universal human values inherent in all of us: love, truth, right action, peace, and nonviolence.

The festival celebrates expanding noble human qualities, sound character, and the practice of community service.

The event will feature activities for all ages. Free pizza and beverages will be served. The library is at 8411 Bergenline Ave. For more information, call 201-869-4715.

Art exhibit opens at Hudson County Community College 

The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Department of Cultural Affairs highlights emerging and established New Jersey artists of worldwide acclaim in the new exhibition, “Relatable.”

The exhibition will be on Oct.4 at noon with an artists’ discussion in the Dineen Hull Gallery, at 71 Sip Avenue, Sixth Floor. HCCC Professors Michael Aaron Lee and Jon Rappleye, and HCCC alumnus Freddy Samboy, will be joined by fellow artists Beth Achenbach, Pat Lay, Ibou Ndoye, Taezoo Park, and Jim Watt.

Admission is free.

The exhibition, which will be on display through Nov. 19, is part of the Jersey City Art and  Studio Tour, Oct. 3 to Oct. 6.

Hoboken University Medical Center and Christ Hospital to Hold annual public meetings

The public is notified and invited to attend the upcoming Annual Meetings at Hoboken University Medical Center and Christ Hospital in Jersey City. Hoboken University Medical Center Annual Meeting Monday, October 7, 2019, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Assumption Hall, 308 Willow Avenue, Hoboken, NJ 07030.

Christ Hospital Annual Meeting, Wednesday, October 16, 2019, from 5 to 6 p.m. 176 Palisade Avenue, Staff Room A/B Jersey City, NJ 07306

North Bergen celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Through Oct. 15

North Bergen is once again celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with cultural events, activities, and a parade on Bergenline Ave.

The celebration honors the contributions of Hispanic people throughout our history.
The township and North Bergen Free Public Library are sponsoring other fun activities during the month. A full calendar of events is available here.


Jersey City Medical Center Welcomes Hundreds of Families at 4th Annual Baby Fair

In September, Jersey City Medical Center, a RWJBarnabas Health facility, showcased services for new and expectant families.

Attendees took maternity tours, which educated parents-to-be. JCMC will add 20 additional private mother-baby rooms with the new Lord Abbett Maternity Wing scheduled to open in January 2020.

Participants took turns attending workshops on baby and child CPR, “daddy bootcamp,” and more.

Port Authority unanimously approves toll hikes

On Sept. 26, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey unanimously approved several toll and fare hikes, which will be phased in by November.

Tolls at the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel, and other crossings will be raised a dollar.

E-Z Pass discounts will drop by a quarter.

Taxi, for-hire rides, and AirTrain fares to the airport will go up.

The biggest increases will be in the crossing tolls buses pay, and multi-trip PATH fares, but the single trip will remain at $2.75.

The fare hikes will help pay for several major construction projects. 

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