Friends of Liberty State Park announced a rally to support the protection of Liberty State Park from privatization. (see brief)

Rally for Liberty State Park 

A rally is scheduled for Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. to support the protection of Liberty State Park.

Parts of the park are under threat of privatization because neighboring Liberty National Golf Course wants to expand into Caven Point.

The Liberty State Park Protection Act, which would protect the park from privatization, cleared a New Jersey Senate Committee and is being considered by the full state Senate.

The rally, organized by the Friends of Liberty State Park, will begin at the Flag Plaza at 200 Morris Pesin Dr.

Hoboken to enforce dual-stream recycling

Full enforcement of dual-stream recycling began this week, according to the city.

Hoboken switched to dual-stream recycling in September, where recyclables are separated into a “co-mingled” stream of glass, aluminum, containers, cartons, and plastics numbered 1, 2 or 5 which are picked up on Monday nights. A paper and cardboard stream is picked up on Thursday nights. Initial enforcement began in November.

For information on when and how to recycle, visit or contact Hoboken’s Recycling Coordinator, David Calamoneri, at 201 420-2000 ext. 4000 or

North Bergen library offers programs

The North Bergen Free Public Library has released its schedule of programs for Winter 2020.

Classes are available for babies and toddlers to tweens and teens. Programs include chess, Minecraft, video game club, homework help, and reading enrichment.

Adults can take an ESL workshop, learn sign language, acquire basic computer skills, take up knitting, join a book club, and much more.

Registration began on Dec. 30. Programs begin on Jan. 12 and end on March 21.

Classes are open to North Bergen and Guttenberg residents only, with certain exceptions. Proof of residency and a library card are required.

Enrollment ends Jan. 9 for Hoboken’s charter schools

The three free public charter schools in Hoboken, Elysian Charter School, Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HOLA), and Hoboken Charter School, are accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year.

Applications must be submitted to each school no later than 5 p.m. on Jan. 9 to be entered into each school’s random lottery.

More information on each school as well as their applications can be found on their websites.

Secaucus PD busts NJ man with alleged stolen gun

The Secaucus Police Department stopped a car driven by Sharome Neals, of Carteret, for having tinted windows on Dec. 30, 2019. The police located a loaded handgun reported as stolen from North Carolina.

Police say they also detected the smell of “raw marijuana” coming from the car.

Neals is in custody at Hudson County Jail, facing charges of unlawful possession of a handgun, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and other gun charges.

Get your tickets for the Snow Ball

The 14th Annual Snow Ball Gala will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. at 262 17th St, Jersey City.

The black-tie gala benefits Art House Productions’ Non-Profit Performing and Visual Arts Programs.

Regularly $150, a limited number of $55 Artist and ADA/Access tickets will be available for people with disabilities.

All tickets include buffet, cocktail bar, wine and beer, live entertainment from Forget The Whale & DJ Paul Mendoza, silent and live auctions, and a costume contest.

For more information go to For questions about accessibility email

Symposia Books to host signing by Kiran Bhat

 A book signing of the soon-to-be-published “We of the Forsaken World” by Kiran Bhat will take place on Monday Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at Symposia Books at 510 Washington St.

The book is structured as a linguistic chain comprising the accounts of 16 people, who witness four narratively and geographically diverse story lines.

For more information contact Bhat at

Hackensack Riverkeeper accepting applications for scholarship 

Hackensack Riverkeeper, the citizen-steward of the Hackensack River Watershed, announced it is accepting applications for the 2020 Utzinger-Vellekamp Scholarship.

The Utzinger-Vellekamp Scholarship helps support college-bound high school seniors who excel academically and who have a strong commitment to environmental protection.

Seniors at 66 high schools in Bergen, Hudson, and Rockland counties are eligible to be nominated by a teacher or guidance counselor for the award.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Earth Day, April 22, 2020. A panel of Hackensack Riverkeeper Trustees and staffers led by Captains Sheehan and Carola will consider the students’ academic achievements, environmental extracurricular activities, and future plans.

The winner of the $1,000 unrestricted award will be announced by June 1, 2020.

All applicants must live within the 210-square-mile Hackensack River Watershed and/or attend a school within that region.

Additional information and full application criteria are available by emailing Carola at or by calling him at 201-968-0808.

Louisiana man sleeping in vehicle found with drugs, loaded gun in Secaucus

A Louisiana man with a loaded gun and illegal prescription drugs was arrested in Secaucus on Dec. 30, 2019.

Police found him allegedly sleeping in his vehicle outside a Secaucus furniture store, authorities said.

Hunter Regan, 28, of Metairie, Louisiana, was charged with numerous drug and gun offenses.

JC man allegedly commits credit card fraud at Bayonne QuickChek

Bayonne police arrested a Jersey City man, Edwin Rivera Jr., on Dec. 27, 2019 for alleged credit card fraud and shoplifting at the QuickChek on 53rd Street. According to Sgt. Daniel Murphy, the police discovered credit cards in the possession of Rivera that allegedly did not belong to him.

Officers found that Rivera allegedly used one of the stolen credit cards to make a purchase at the QuickChek.

Rivera faces charges of theft, credit card theft, and fraudulent use of a credit card.

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