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North Bergen celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights, last month. (see brief)
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Last month Alzheimer’s New Jersey®, a non-profit battling Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, held the “Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s®” in Jersey City at Liberty State Park in which over 700 people attended.  To donate or to learn more, visit
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North Bergen celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights, last month. (see brief)
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Last month Alzheimer’s New Jersey®, a non-profit battling Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, held the “Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s®” in Jersey City at Liberty State Park in which over 700 people attended.  To donate or to learn more, visit

Police seek information on fatal Jersey City shooting 

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and Jersey City Police Department seek information from the public on a fatal shooting that occurred on Saturday,  Nov. 2, at approximately 12:30 a.m., near Bergen and Lexington avenues in Jersey City.

Members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to a report of shots fired but did not find a victim at that location. A man, later identified as Sirheen Walker, age 30, of Jersey City, was found to have been privately transported from that location to Jersey City Medical Center.

Walker was pronounced dead at approximately 12:45 a.m.

The cause and manner of death are pending the findings of the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department are investigating this case and no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip at: All information will be kept confidential.

North Bergen Thanksgiving drive

NB C.A.R.E.S. will host its annual Thanksgiving drive until Nov. 22. The organization will collect nonperishable holiday items for families in need throughout the Township of North Bergen.

There will be a giveaway of all donated items on Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the North Bergen Recreation Center. Proof of residency is required.

For more information about donating or receiving donations, call Aimee Focaraccio at 201-392-2000 or email to register.

Drop-off locations include the Boulevard Diner, 9201 Bergen Blvd.; Bottle Co., 5665 Kennedy Blvd.; North Bergen Town Hall Chambers, 4233 Kennedy Blvd.; North Bergen Public Libraries, at 8411 Bergenline Ave. and 2123 Kennedy Blvd.

Hoboken’s Little City Books to host author talk with Mark Pinsky

Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St. will host a talk with author Mark Pinsky in conversation with former Editor-in-Chief of New York magazine Adam Moss on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.

Pinsky is coauthor of ORGANIZED MONEY: How Progressives can Leverage the Financial System to Work For Them, Not Against Them, with Keith Mestrich, president of Amalgamated Bank.

The conversation, which will be about aligning capital with social, economic, environmental, and political justice, will be broadcast by C-SPAN
For more information visit

Diwali lights up North Bergen 

Local Hindus and others gathered at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in North Bergen to celebrate Diwali, a five-day festival of lights.

The event culminates with the Annakut celebration, a decorative offering of vegetarian food and sweets, on the Hindu New Year’s Day.

Mahant Swami Maharaj, guru and president of BAPS Swaminarayan sanstha, offered prayers for devotees’ spiritual, personal, and professional growth.

Officials included North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, and Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli.

“I’m really happy that I’m able to celebrate this festival so beautifully here, thousands of miles away from India,” said attendee Mittal Patel.

Three weeks after opening, theme park hikes prices

The Nickelodeon Universe theme park at the American Dream mega mall in East Rutherford just hiked its prices.

The largest indoor amusement park in the country opened on Oct. 25. The price right now for a ticket to the park is $49.99, with a $39.99 ticket price for guests under 4 feet tall.

Those prices will jump to $79.99 and $59.99 respectively on Nov. 15, according to the mall.

Parking rates start at $3 for the first three hours, and go up to $24 for eight hours.

‘In Their Footsteps’ makes Jersey City debut 

In Their Footsteps, a documentary-theater piece exploring the lives of women veterans of the Vietnam War will make its Jersey City debut in a special co-presentation of Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) and Salons for Life (SLF) at Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Ave on Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.

The piece, based on interviews, portrays the traumas the women endured and their journey to healing.

Following the performance, veterans and civilians will reflect on what we mean when we say “Thank you for your service.”

For more information or to purchase tickets visit

Jersey City Library to host a slew of events in November 

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the Cunningham Branch at 275 Martin Luther King Dr. will have a Mental Health Information and Q&A Session presented in collaboration with the Mental Health Association of New Jersey.

On Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. the Morgan Branch at 1841 Kennedy Blvd. will have a FAFSA (federal funding) workshop for prospective college students.

A variety of Jersey City locations will offer Thanksgiving crafts.

On Thursday, Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m. children can participate in Thanksgiving crafts at the Gardner Main Library Bonetti Children’s Room at  472 Jersey Ave.

On Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. Thanksgiving crafts will be offered at the Morgan Branch.

On Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 3:30 p.m. children can craft at the Heights Branch at 14 Zabriskie St. Register by calling 201-547-4556.

On Friday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. the Pavonia Branch at  326 Eighth St. will have Thanksgiving crafts. Register at the children’s desk.

On Nov. 22 Thanksgiving crafts will be offered at the West Bergen Branch at 546 West Side Ave., at 3:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 23 Thanksgiving crafts will be offered at the Cunningham Branch at 1 p.m.

Hackensack Meridian Health hosts free screenings

Hackensack Meridian Health will host free screenings for hearing, cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen content, HgbA1c diabetes, and certificates for mammography and prostate screenings.

The first will be on Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at Dvine Konektion, 611 56th St. West New York.

The second will be at Holy Redeemer Parish, Padre Pio Center, 569 65th St., West New York, from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 19.

Dvine Konektion will host the third screening, on Dec. 21, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Alleged Bronx Zoo Lion Woman appeared in Hudson County court  

Myah Autry, 32, who appeared in a viral video allegedly climbing into a lion exhibit at the Bronx Zoo, appeared in Kearny municipal court on Oct. 31, for a charge of shoplifting less than $200 worth of items from a store, court records show.

After that appearance, Autry spoke with reporters from NBC New York about why she allegedly climbed into the exhibit.

“I would say it’s a lot more spiritual,” Autry said. “I am the lion now, can’t you tell? Have you ever heard of reincarnation? Do your history.”

She told reporters that she plans to turn herself in to the NYPD, which named her as the suspect of the criminal trespass in the viral video.