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North Bergen Police Detective Benitez and Police Office Rahbari taught the library staff CPR and defibrillator use on Jan. 9.

Jersey City school board sued over 2016 sexual assault

An unidentified former Jersey City middle school student and her guardian are suing the Jersey City School district charging it and its officials with negligence.

The lawsuit claims that students forced another student identified only as I.H., who was 13 at the time, to perform oral sex on other students at Ezra L Nolan Middle School 40 in October 2016.

The complaint, filed Dec. 5 in Hudson County Superior Court, names the Jersey City Board of Education, the district’s superintendent, former Middle School 40 Principal Francine Luce, Vice-Principal Jason Justino, teachers, and several John Does as defendants.

“The defendants … caused plaintiff substantial and unnecessary physical, emotional, developmental, financial, psychological, and/or psychiatric harm,” the complaint states.

Charges against the district and school officials include three counts of negligence and two counts of state constitutional rights violations.

TAPS Meetings with North Bergen Police

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

The third meeting will take place on Thursday, Jan. 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Municipal Building at 4233 Kennedy Blvd.

The final meeting will be held on Jan. 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. on the lower level of Our Lady of Fatima Church at 8011 Kennedy Blvd.

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the NAACP

The Jersey City Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will celebrate its 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on Jan. 18, at the Marriott Hotel Newark-Liberty International Airport at 8 a.m.

This year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Image Award will be presented to Jersey City School District Superintendent Franklin Walker, who has served the school system for more than 45 years.

The guest speaker will be Kevin Powell, a civil rights activist, author, poet, film maker, and journalist.

For ticket information contact Theresa Ferguson, at (201)669-9803 or Verna Sims at (551) 655-4829.

Comedy Knight returns to Secaucus

The Secaucus Knights of Columbus Council 12769 will hold its annual Comedy Knight on Jan.18 to benefit autism programs and the NJ Special Olympics.

The event will be held at Immaculate Conception Church Auditorium, 760 Post Place at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30 and include two comedians, a roast beef dinner, beverages, and dessert. Contact Grand Knight Richard Steffens at 201-867-0057, PGK Sal Manente at 201-866-2988, or PGK Neal McGarrity at 201-575-9984 mcgarritye@aol.com.

Open house for choral program in Jersey City 

On Wednesday, Jan 22 at 6:30 p.m. Nonprofit Schola Cantorum on Hudson will host an open house at 411 Monmouth Street.

The nonprofit offers after school choral arts, leadership training, music theater study, and vocal technique for students in grades 8-12.

Singers in in Hudson County interested in auditioning for the choral ensemble program, Phoenix Singers, must visit www.scholaonhudson.org/education.html.

Hoboken Man charged with two counts of burglary and theft

The Hoboken Police Department arrested resident David Diaz, 36, on Jan. 9 at 4:01 p.m. and charged him with two counts of burglary and theft.

According to a press release from the department, on Dec. 23 at about 3:38 a.m. Diaz allegedly entered a residential building near Second and Grand streets where he allegedly placed several packages in a duffel bag and carried two other boxes into a garage.

He then allegedly opened the boxes, removed the items, and placed them into his bag before exiting the building through the garage.

On Dec. 27 at approximately 4:46 a.m. Diaz allegedly entered a residential building near Fourth and Jefferson streets with a duffel bag and began to sift through packages in the building’s lobby.

He then allegedly opened the packages and placed their contents into his duffel bag.

The officers arrested Diaz, and he was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Center.

Diaz is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Secaucus swears in six new officers

Secaucus’s finest gained some new members at the Town Council meeting on Jan. 7.

The six new officers are Peter Maraldo, Christopher Miller, Dwight Wise, David Delseni, Michael Borrelli, and Jason Mitchell.

Looking to start a career in solar?

The Solar Training Grant Program will host recruitment events at the Hudson County One Stop Career Center at 530 48th  Street, 6th floor, Union City.

Every Thursday in January from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., program members can learn how to “design and install photovoltaic systems, calculate and perform energy conservation and analysis” while preparing for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Exam.

Admission requirements include high school diploma, GED, equivalent. A driver’s license is considered a plus.

The training is provided by Eferon Solar Solutions at 910 Bergen Ave., Suite 201 in Jersey City. Upcoming recruitment dates are Jan. 16, 23 and 30.

For additional information, email John Toscano, Business Customer Representative at john.toscano@dol.nj.gov or call (201) 369-5205 ext. 3756.


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