Hudson Reporter Briefs

Death of Jersey City, 17, girl under investigation

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department are investigating the death of a Jersey City girl who was shot in the area of Martin Luther King Drive and Forrest Street on April 1.

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A male victim, 18, who had sustained gunshot wound(s) was treated at Jersey City Medical Center.

The 17-year-old female sustained a gunshot wound. She was treated at the medical center and released. According to the HCPO, she went to the hospital again on April 2, where she was pronounced dead.

No arrests have yet been made. Anyone with information should call the Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip at:

All information will be kept confidential.

Hoboken urges residents to complete the census

As of April 1, only 39.7 percent of Hoboken households had responded to the 2020 Census.

Residents can respond by phone, by mail, or online at The self-response period runs until August 14.

““Hoboken will be asking for its fair share of funding from the state and federal government to help with the COVID-19 crisis, and the population determined by the census will have a major impact in determining what we receive,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla “This is an easy way for residents to help our city while self-isolating, and I encourage everyone to complete the questionnaire as soon as possible.”

Response rates are updated daily at

North Bergen library available online

The North Bergen Free Public Library now as an online social center, greatly expanding its virtual services.

They include classes and programs, tutoring and test preparation, language courses, and arts and crafts.

North Bergen and Guttenberg residents without a library card can apply for one online at the library website. An email must be included.

Residents can call the library at 201-679-0826, email at or chat at, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fatal shooting in Jersey City under investigation

On March 31, just after 8:30 p.m., the JCPD responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Cator Avenue and Rose Avenue, according the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

The victim, Jersey City resident Damone Smith, 25, was transported to Jersey City Medical Center in a private vehicle.

He sustained gunshot wound(s) and was pronounced dead on April 1. No arrests have yet been made.

Anyone with information should contact the Prosecutor’s Office  at 201-915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip at:

All information will be kept confidential.

Hudson County food pantries open

The following food pantries are available:

Gospel Tabernacle in North Bergen will be open on the third Thursday of every month from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The next opening date is April 16. For more information call 201-863-1000.

The Sharing Place in Jersey City is open to all Hudson County residents on the third Saturday of every month. The next opening is April 18. For more information, call 201-963-5518.

The Salvation Army is open in Jersey City by appointment only. Call 201-435-7355. The Salvation Army at 515 43rd Street in Union City is open to residents only every Thursday from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.  For more information, call 201-867-4093.

Our Lady of Sorrows, at 93 Clerk Street in Jersey City, will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m., by appointment for Jersey City residents only. Call 201-433-0626.

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