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Do you know this woman? The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office Homicide Unit detectives seek the public's help in identifying her. Her body was found in the Hudson River Oct. 1 near the Lackawanna Terminal. (See brief)
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Do you know this woman? The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office Homicide Unit detectives seek the public's help in identifying her. Her body was found in the Hudson River Oct. 1 near the Lackawanna Terminal. (See brief)

Prosecutor’s office seeks help identifying mystery woman 

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit detectives who have been investigating the death of a woman found floating in the Hudson River on Oct. 1 about 3 p.m. in Hoboken are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying her.

The woman was pronounced dead at approximately 4:30 p.m.

The investigation has revealed that the woman was dark-skinned and approximately 35 to 55 years old. She was approximately 5 feet tall and weighed approximately 130 pounds.

According to the press release from the prosecutor’s office, the woman had a distinctive marking on her back, as well as a lengthy scar on her back. It is believed that she may have worn hair extensions.

At the time she was found, the woman was wearing black pants, a black long-sleeved sweater and a light-green shirt containing a swirling/flowery bead pattern.

The New Jersey State Police Department Forensic Photography & Composite Artist Unit developed a composite sketch of the woman.

Investigators are providing photographs of several pieces of unique jewelry she was found to be wearing at the time of her death, as well as a pair of black Puma sneakers.

“We are urging anyone with information that would assist us in identifying this woman to please come forward,” said Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. “Something that may seem insignificant to you, no matter how small of a detail, might prove to be significant.”

Anyone with information as to the identity of the woman in the composite sketch or with knowledge concerning a woman gone missing within the last two months is asked to contact the Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Prosecutor’s Office official website at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.

North Bergen Mayor honors two locals for contributions to Hispanic community

Mayor Nicholas Sacco presented a proclamation to Johnny Torres and Antonio Ibarria for their contributions to the Hispanic community and their accomplishments and careers.

Ibarria, a Cuban native, came to the United States with no possessions in 1955. He held down many jobs and sponsored thousands of newly-arrived Cuban families by co-signing their credit applications. In 1961, he was elected president of the Cuban Club and created the Information Center for Immigrants.

He also created a Spanish weekly paper, distributing 320,000 copies each Friday. Ibarria founded Save Latin America, Inc., a nonprofit that provides free access to education, medicine, and opportunities to immigrant families from Latin America.

Johnny Torres was born in Puerto Rico, and moved to New York City at age 14. After operating a bodega with his brother, Torres founded the Metropolitan Spanish Merchants Association. He also founded the Institute for Human Development, which creates programs for Spanish-speaking business groups and others. He’s also executive director of Save Latin America, Inc.

NJ TRANSIT Sandy Resiliency project to start construction

The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors has awarded Walsh Construction Company a $40 million contract for the construction of Phase One of the Long Slip Fill and Rail Enhancement project adjacent to the Hudson Bergen Light Rail and the Hoboken Yards.

“The Long Slip project will reduce the impact of future storms and flooding on our services out of the Hoboken Yard,” said NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin Corbett.

The storm surge from Superstorm Sandy caused the Long Slip canal to overflow.  The project will eliminate it as a conduit for flood water.

Phase Two, expected to be awarded in 2021, will install six new tracks over the filled canal to service three boarding platforms above expected flood levels.

For more information about the projects, visit http://njtransitresilienceprogram.com

North Bergen and Guttenberg are ready for Halloween

Halloween festivities include:

 

On Oct. 26 from 1-3 p.m., a Trunk or Treat will be held at the North Bergen Recreation Center, at 6300 Meadowview Ave. On Oct. 28, there will be a Spooktacular Haunted House at the North Bergen Free Public Library, from 5-8 p.m., at 8411 Bergenline Ave. On Oct. 29, from 6-8 p.m., a Halloween Magic Show will be presented at the Guttenberg Resource Center, 7002 Boulevard East. On Oct. 30, from 5-7 p.m., a Fang-tastic Senior Halloween Party will be held at the Guttenberg senior building, 7005 Blvd. East. A Doggie Halloween Party will be held at the dog run in James J. Braddock Park at 6 p.m.

On Oct. 31 at 4 p.m., there will be a Halloween Magic Show and Pumpkin Decorating at the North Bergen Kennedy Branch Library, 2123 Kennedy Blvd. At 6 p.m. The North Bergen Recreation Center will host a Halloween parade and party. A trunk or treat, haunted hallway, pumpkin patch, and petting zoo will be held at Guttenberg Town Hall, 6808 Park Ave., from 6-8 p.m.

Carpenters union urges ‘No’ vote on JC Municipal Question 1

The Keystone + Mountain + Lakes (KML) Regional Council of Carpenters Local 253 support Jersey City’s short-term rental community, urging members and residents to vote No on Municipal Question 1 on Nov. 5 which would uphold new additional regulations on Airbnb properties and other short-term rentals.

“There is no doubt that this ordinance is a ban on short-term rentals and a burden on working families,”  Local 253’s statement read in part.

Graeme Zielinski, spokesperson for the Keep Our Homes campaign which is against the new regulations, said, “ … The union knows too well that its members and this city’s working families rely on the short-term rental economy to pay their bills … ”

Earlier this month, public safety officials and unions urged residents to vote yes for more regulations, citing several safety concerns.

For more information visit hudsonreporter.com.

Affordable health care sessions in North Bergen
The North Bergen Public Library will host information sessions on affordable health care at the main branch, 8411 Bergenline Ave., from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 22, Oct. 24, and Oct. 29. Open affordable healthcare enrollment starts Nov. 1 and ends Dec. 15.

To register, contact Argelys Morel at 862-576-0245.

Sports Authority appeals closing of Keegan landfill

A Hudson County judge recently ruled that the Keegan Landfill in Kearny must close permanently, determining it presents a clear and present danger.

According to the state Department of Environmental Protection, the landfill had been emitting dangerously high levels of hydrogen sulfide prohibited by air regulations. The noxious gas causes nausea, headache, dizziness, and shortness of breath.

The New Jersey Sports and Exhibition Authority (NJSEA), a state agency that oversees planning and zoning in the Meadowlands District, appealed the decision.

The NJSEA raked in millions in tipping fees each year from the landfill. “It is shameful that a state agency who is supposed to work for and protect the public is siding with special interest groups and the garbage industry,” said New Jersey Sierra Club director Jeff Tittel.

Union City to host Breast Cancer Awareness event
A free informational and entertainment event called “Let’s Tie One More Ribbon for Breast Cancer” will be held on Oct. 24 at Colin Powell Elementary School, 15th Street and New York Avenue, at 7 p.m.

Transportation will be provided from several locations. Visit ucnj.com.