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North Bergen held their annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Braddock Park last week.
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North Bergen held their annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Braddock Park last week.

Plan to Enhance Boonton Reservoir Approved by Jersey City Council

A plan developed by the Open Space Institute (OSI) to protect and improve passive recreational access to the Boonton Reservoir was approved by the Jersey City Council.

OSI and the Morris County Park Commission will proceed to the next phase in their creation of the “Boonton Reservoir Protection and Trail Project.”

The plan, approved on Dec. 4 , will create a new, 7.7-mile trail around the 1,300-acre Boonton Reservoir open to the public, which has been the primary water supply of Jersey City since 1904.

The project will also safeguard drinking water supplies by enhancing security, while installing new drainage solutions and native plantings to reduce stormwater runoff.

The Commission expects to open Phase 1 of the trail within a two-year timeframe.

Hoboken holiday happenings

Hoboken will host a slue of events throughout December to celebrate the holiday season.

Last week the festivities began with the Hoboken Christmas Tree Lighting in front of city hall with performances by School of Rock students, All Saints and Bold Arts, 2019 U.S. Finals Champions Challenge Division Grand Champions Cheer Dynamics All Stars Tiny Twinkles and Junior Jemz, Girl Scout Junior Troop 12563, Brownie Troop 10222 and Daisy Troop 10522, High School Select Band and Chorus, Middle School Chorus and flute Ensemble, Wallace, Connors and Brandt School Chorus,  and the HoliDates.

Then on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Hoboken City Hall Craft Fair took place at 94 Washington St. and next the Holiday Banding Concert will take place on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hoboken Elk’s Club at Tenth and Washington streets.

Local bands and musicians will perform holiday classics, including Tom Vincent and The Hoboken Holiday Banding House Band, Abbe Rivers, The Lemons, Jim Testa, Ed Fogarty, Deena & Jon of The Cucumbers, Elevator Pitch, Sensational Country Blues Wonders, Las Vandelays, Lloyd United, Jack Skuller, Gene D. Plumber, School of Rock, Sputnik, and Adam Wade.

Admission is $10. Proceeds support the Movies Under the Stars outdoor summer series.

Investigators seek information on West New York Hit-and-run

According to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, on Sunday, Dec. 1,  at approximately 4:40 p.m., the West New York Police Department responded to the area of 66th Street and Boulevard East on a report of an unconscious man on the ground.

Upon arrival, West New York Police Officers found that a man had been struck by a vehicle that allegedly left the scene of the collision.

The man has been identified as a 56-year-old from New York City, and he was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center, where he is currently being treated for life-threatening injuries. He remains in critical condition.

The initial investigation by the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the West New York Police Department determined that the man was a pedestrian and that he was struck while crossing 66th Street at the intersection of Boulevard East.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Investigators are currently asking that anyone with information about the collision to please contact the Regional Collision Investigation Unit at 201-915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s official website at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.

Jersey City announces holiday events

Jersey City will kicked off the holiday season at the City Hall Annex Dec. 3 with the City’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The ceremony rotates throughout the city every year so that more people can participate and spread the positive holiday spirit.

There is an array of free, family-friendly events happening citywide this month starting on Dec. 2 until Dec. 23.

The next holiday event will take place on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. there will be a toy drive at city hall. Jersey City residents must preregister to be part of the event.

On Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. the Mayor’s Holiday Concert will take place at the Landmark Loews Theater.

On Dec. 23 at 4 p.m. there will be a menorah lighting and Hanukkah Celebration at city hall at 280 Grove St.

For more information about these events, visit www.jerseycityculture.org.

AG’s Office investigates police-involved Secaucus shooting fatality

The NJ Attorney General’s Shooting Response Task Force is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Sunday evening, Dec. 1 in Secaucus.

According to a press release from the AG’s office, former Secaucus resident Anthony Rosso, 68, was allegedly armed with a handgun and died during the incident after he was shot.

Officers of the Secaucus Police Department responded to a residence in the 300 block of Sea Isle Key in the Harmon Cove development after receiving a 911 call at approximately 5:41 p.m. reporting a domestic incident with a shot fired.

Upon arrival, the officers encountered Rosso, who was outside the residence and was allegedly armed with a handgun.

During the incident, Rosso allegedly fired his gun, and multiple police officers fired their weapons.

Rosso was fatally wounded, and the origin of the fatal shot is under investigation.

Emergency medical personnel responded, and Rosso was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:14 p.m., and no one else was injured.

Members of the Hudson County Regional SWAT Team also responded, arriving at the scene after the officer-involved gunfire.

The investigation by the Shooting Response Task Force, which is part of the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability.

The investigation is being conducted according to a law enacted in January 2019, Senate Bill 1036, which requires that the Attorney General’s Office conduct investigations of a person’s death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody.

Legislation to Protect Liberty State Park Clears Committee

Legislation sponsored by Senator Sandra B. Cunningham and Senator Loretta Weinberg, which would preserve Liberty State Park as a public green open space and would protect the site from privatization and inappropriate development, cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

The bill, would also create the Liberty State Park Advisory Committee which would assist the Department of Environmental Protections (DEP) in conserving, preserving, protecting, and improving the park.

The bill would protect Liberty State Park from any future proposals to commercialize or privatize the park and prohibit the DEP from considering any proposal to commercialize, develop, or privatize Liberty State Park, except as provided in the bill.

Under the bill, the DEP would be allowed to approve a concession, conveyance, lease, or other agreement with a private entity to provide small-scale commercial activities that directly enhance the experience of a visitor to Liberty State Park.

The bill was released from committee by a vote of 8-2-3 and next heads to the full Senate for further consideration.

Holland Tunnel changes decorations in light of complaints

The Holland Tunnel holiday decorations are up and have been modified this year after tristate area residents complained about the placement of the tree and wreaths.

The wreath over the ‘O’ in “Holland” will remain but the Christmas Tree typically placed over the “N” in Tunnel will be moved to go over “A” the second wreath usually placed over the “U” in tunnel was completely removed.

A menorah will also be placed next to the toll plaza at the corner of Marin Boulevard and 12th Street.

This comes after an estimated 3,000 signed a petition last year to have the placement of the holiday decorations changed.

Mapping North Bergen: A Town History on Dec. 15

Join Township Historian Michael Maring and the North Bergen Free Public Library for “Mapping North Bergen: A North Bergen History Event” from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15.

The discussion will highlight the development of North Bergen through a series of maps. The maps will be interactively examined with histories of landmarks and explanations of the area’s development.

This event follows Maring’s hugely popular presentations on the UFOs of North Bergen, and on local ghosts and legends.

The library is located at 8411 Bergenline Ave. For more information visit www.nbpl.org or call 201-869-4715.

Hoboken’s transportation infrastructure gets more funding

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) awarded Hoboken $734,038 for transportation funding through the state’s 2020 “Municipal Aid Program.”

The funding will be used for various transportation infrastructure upgrades, including road repaving, as well as safety upgrades through Hoboken’s “Vision Zero” campaign.

“We are continuing to make major strides in upgrading our transportation infrastructure, and this funding will provide a significant boost to our efforts,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “In addition to contributing to our aggressive road repaving program, the grant will provide us with important resources to help implement our Vision Zero pedestrian safety plan on our roadways. Thank you to Governor Murphy and the State Department of Transportation for making this funding available to Hoboken.”

In coordination with Hudson County, PSE&G, and the North Hudson Sewerage Authority, Hoboken repaved or planned for the repaving of more than 100 blocks of roads.

Since January of 2018, Hoboken has been awarded more than $2,671,983 in funding from the state’s Municipal Aid Program.

North Bergen holiday film screenings

The North Bergen Free Public Library’s main branch will offer free movies on Mondays in December. Enjoy three different festive family films. Free cookies and hot chocolate will be served. Open to all ages.

Dec. 16: ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

Dec. 23: ‘Home Alone’

Dec. 30: ‘Frozen’

The North Bergen Free Public Library is at 8411 Bergenline Ave. Call 201-869-4715 for more details.

Meet North Bergen Police Officers

The North Bergen Police Department will host four community meetings in December to get to know local residents.

The meetings are held at different locations throughout the township, where residents can meet the officers who patrol their neighborhoods and share any local concerns.

The meetings are part of a program known as N.B. TAPS (North Bergen Township Alternative Policing Strategy), designed to enhance police-community relations in the township. Residents get to meet and discuss issues face-to-face with the officers who serve their immediate community, and the officers get to learn about any matters of concern directly from the residents.

All meetings will take place from 7 to 8 p.m.

The next meeting will be Thursday Dec, 12 at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 8011 Kennedy Blvd. followed by a meeting on Thursday, Dec. 19 at the North Bergen Town Hall Chambers, Lower Level, 4233 Kennedy Blvd.

 HCCCollege schedules 4th Annual Holiday Market

The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Department of Continuing Education invites the entire community to shop locally and enjoy free, family-friendly activities at the College’s Fourth Annual Holiday Market.

The event takes place on Saturday, December 14, 2019, from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Gabert Library, 71 Sip Avenue, where the sixth-floor, Gallery Atrium will be transformed into a winter wonderland.

For those who prefer to shop online, the College’s Online Small Business Pop Up Shop will be open until Jan. 31, 2020. It can be accessed at www.hccc.edu/holidays.

Those who plan on attending the Holiday Market are asked to register at www.hccc.edu/holidays.