Police need help identifying body pulled from the river

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, shortly after 12:30 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department received a report of a body floating in the Hudson River near Newport Marina in Jersey City.

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Responding Jersey City Police Officers found the body which was badly decomposed, and the Jersey City Fire Department removed it from the water, according to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 12:45 p.m. Her identity is unknown.

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

The Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit is actively investigating the case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department.

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

On Oct. 1, police pulled the body of a woman from the river off Hoboken. That victim has yet to be identified.

Construction begins on Newark Street redesign in Hoboken

Over the next four months construction will take place as part of the Newark Street Complete Street Redesign Project.

The project, partially funded by a $450,000 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant, will include safety improvements along Newark Street between Jefferson Street and Willow Avenue.

This includes four new high-visibility crosswalks, 10 new curb extensions, a new mid-block crosswalk between Adams Street and Jefferson Street with a pedestrian island and rectangular rapid flashing beacon (RRFB) signs, new ADA compliant crosswalk ramps, an eastbound protected bike lane, and loading zones on the north side of Newark Street.

Local Police join No Shave November for cancer awareness

North Bergen Police officers and other first responders will sport beards and moustaches through November to spread awareness for their annual fundraiser for a nonprofit called Fight Colorectal Cancer.

Colorectal cancer is preventable and treatable if detected early. The number of cases in people over 50 has decreased due in part to increased screenings.

One in three adults over 50 are not being screened.

The month will end in a Nov. 27 shave-off at North Bergen’s Eye Contact Vision Center, the sponsors of the event. For more information, or to donate to the cause, visit

Fund for a Better Waterfront annual party Nov. 14

On Thursday, Nov. 14 Hoboken’s Fund for a Better Waterfront will host its annual fundraiser.

It will take place at the Elks Club at 1005 Washington St. from 7 to 9 p.m.

An open bar of beer, wine, and soda and music performed by the Bryan Beninghove Trio will be provided.

The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, bucket raffle gifts, and prizes for FBW’s First Annual Hoboken Waterfront Trivia Contest.

FBW will present the 2019 Riparian Award to the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association, which helped start the riverkeeper movement, and has been fighting to protect the Hudson River for more than 50 years.

For more information or to purchase a ticket go to

Support the Liberty Humane Society

Exchange Physical Therapy Group will host a fundraiser for the Liberty Humane Society on Nov. 14 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Harborside Atrium, 210 Hudson St. in Jersey City.

Funds raised will support the Society’s $10 spay & neuter program.

In its first year, the program provided reduced-cost spay/neuter to 1,089 cats and 413 dogs. Next year’s goal is 2,000 animals in Hoboken and Jersey City.

The surgeries take place on a surgical truck, which is staffed by nonprofit partner People for Animals.

The fundraiser is dedicated in memory of Chloe Fulop, Jaclyn Fulop’s dog, who inspired the creation of this spay/neuter program. Chloe passed away on Oct. 18. Jaclyn Fulop is founder of Exchange Physical Therapy Group and a society board member.

Tickets can be purchased online at:

Free CPR and Heimlich course in Union City

Family and Friends will host several courses throughout the city on CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver that will involve discussions and hands-on practice.

The free events are sponsored by the city. They will take place on Nov. 20 from 6-8 p.m. at the Bruce D. Walter Recreation Center, 507 West St.; on Dec. 4 from 6-8 p.m. at Robert Waters Elementary School, 2800 Summit Ave.; and on Dec. 11 from 6-8 p.m. at the Veterans School, 1401 Central Ave.

Discussion on Parkinson’s Disease community resources

Dr. Elena Clar, a neurologist at North Jersey Brain and Spine, will discuss community resources for Parkinson’s Disease at an event called “Be Stronger, Live Longer” at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 16, at the Teaneck Marriott, 100 Frank W Burr Blvd.

The presentation will include the latest research in nutrition, exercise, and physical, occupational, and speech therapy. There will also be demonstrations from Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, Delay the Disease, Rock Steady Boxing, the Parkinson’s Foundation, and the American Parkinson’s Disease Association.

What grade did your hospital get?

The nonprofit Leapfrog Group evaluates hospitals across the United States to assess the rates of errors, injuries, accidents, and infections, and make them public, along with a grade based on those rates.

Hudson County hospitals that earned a B: CarePoint Health Bayonne Medical Center, CarePoint Health Hoboken University Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center, and Jersey City Medical Center.

Hospitals that earned a C: Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus, and CarePoint Health Christ Hospital, Jersey City.

Leapfrog’s data is based on patient surveys and self-reported data from hospitals. Their reports can be viewed at

Arrest made in Jersey City hit and run

Jersey City resident Luis Rodriguez-Santana, 31, was arrested and charged for his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run collision with a pedestrian at the intersection of Christopher Columbus Drive and Grove Street in Jersey City on Halloween night. The collision resulted in the pedestrian being hospitalized with serious injuries.

The investigation by the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit determined that the striking vehicle was a 2008 Chrysler Town & Country minivan owned by Rodriguez-Santana

On Nov. 6, , at approximately 11:10 p.m., Rodriguez-Santana was arrested without incident on Greene Street in Jersey City.

Rodriguez-Santana was charged with knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash resulting in serious bodily injury.

He was also charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries.

He is scheduled to make his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City at 1 p.m. on Dec.3.

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