Volunteers from Tory Burch wrapped presents last week, which were given away at Jersey City's annual Toy Drive.
Volunteers from Tory Burch wrapped presents last week, which were given away at Jersey City's annual Toy Drive.

Major movie filmed in Hoboken 

Scenes for “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” a new movie written and directed by Aaron Sorkin known for the West Wing, were shot in Hoboken on Sunday, Dec. 8 and Monday, Dec. 9.

The American crime drama tells the story of seven people on trial in 1969 for conspiracy against the U.S. government in their attempts to protest the Vietnam War at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

It stars Joseph Gordon Levitt, Yahya Abdul-Marteen II, Michael Keaton, and Sacha Baron Cohen.

It is scheduled to be released on September 25, 2020 by Paramount Pictures.

North Bergen holiday events

On Thursday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m., the annual toy giveaway with Mayor Sacco will take place at the North Bergen Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave. Also on the 19th, the Guttenberg Resource Center will be the venue for a holiday party, starting at 6 p.m. It’s at 7002 Boulevard east, Unit M4.  On Friday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m., there will be a senior holiday party at the Senior Center, 1441 45th Street.

Volunteer this Christmas

St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoboken needs volunteers for its Christmas Breakfast on Dec. 25 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers are welcome to come and help anytime during those hours. Volunteers are asked to bring donations of coffee, sugar, and socks.

St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church is at 57 Eighth St. at the corner of Eighth and Hudson streets.

The breakfast will take place in the parish hall, below the church and through the red door.

Metered parking will be available on Washington Street. Please email with any questions.

Funding announced for open space projects across the county

The Garden State Preservation Trust has approved and recommended to the New Jersey State Legislature nearly $87 million in Green Acres Program funding for projects to develop or update parks, playgrounds, and fields, across the state.

“Each of the projects recommended for funding by the independent Garden State Preservation Trust helps build New Jersey’s outstanding parks, recreation, and open space inventories,” said Gov. Phil Murphy. “These grants and loans will benefit urban and suburban communities across the state by giving people opportunities to engage in healthy activities, appreciate the outdoors, and enjoy time with their families.”

The Garden State Preservation Trust approved $26.4 million for municipal and county land acquisition projects, $46.3 million for local development of parks and recreation facilities, $5 million for local stewardship projects, $6.1 million for acquisition projects by nonprofit organizations, $1.9 million for recreational development, and $800,000 for nonprofit stewardship projects.

Major local projects approved for matching grants of $1 million or more include the addition of two basketball courts, six tennis courts, two volleyball courts, and an upgraded playground at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus; upgrades in Hoboken to transform Harborside Park into Cove Park by incorporating a bermed and terraced design, pathways, playground areas, active recreation space, dog park, and waterfront viewing areas; and the second phase of a three-phase project at South Park in Weehawken, which will include an ice rink with an interchangeable surface allowing for basketball in the summer, a pavilion and support building, great lawn, basketball court, and a tennis half-court.

The Green Acres Program, the oldest of its kind in the nation, was created in 1961 as the result of a bond referendum. The Green Acres Program has protected more than 700,000 acres of open space and provided hundreds of recreational facilities around the state.

For more information about the Green Acres Program as well as a more detailed listing of projects, visit

Local hospital layoffs

More than 2,000 CarePoint Health employees received layoff notices after CarePoint Health signed a letter of intent with RWJ Barnabas Health.

Under the agreement, Hoboken University Medical Center and Christ Hospital in Jersey City will become part of RWJBH.

As a result, CarePoint Health Management Associates in Jersey City could lose 241 employees, Hoboken University Medical Center could lose 1,038 employees, and Christ Hospital could lose 1,074 employees as of Jan. 13.

NJ Transit approves permanent bus service to American Dream

The pilot premium fare express bus service from New York City to the American Dream was made permanent after NJ Transit’s Board of Directors approved the plan this month as well as expanded service on a local bus route to include night and weekend service to American Dream.

“These routes will serve as an integral component of American Dream’s overall transportation plan as it fully opens and grows into a vital economic engine for the region,” said NJ Transit President and CEO Kevin Corbett. “When combining these permanent and expanded routes with the significant potential we’re seeing from the NJ Transit Innovation Challenge, I’m confident we’ll continue to effectively meet the expected travel demands to the Meadowlands and American Dream.”

NJ Transit began piloting the expansion of bus Route No. 772 service to the American Dream in late August and implemented the pilot premium fare service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) in New York City to the American Dream complex on opening day.

Following two public hearings and a review of the successful pilots, the routes were submitted to the Board of Directors for their review and approval.