West Side Light Rail returns.
West Side Light Rail returns.

West Side Ave. light rail restored

NJ Transit has resumed service at the West Side Avenue Station on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) along the West Side Avenue Branch following the completion of required utility work by the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority (JCMUA).

Trains will continue operating on a single track with three trains per hour on the West Side Avenue Branch through Friday, May 29.

Residents warned to social distance in Braddock Park

The roads leading into Braddock Park were closed late in the day on Saturday, May 16, after incidents of overcrowding. People were not respecting social distancing and being disrespectful to sheriff’s officers, according to the North Bergen Township.

Nobody was asked to leave, although additional vehicular traffic was prohibited from entering. Groups were asked to break up into groups of less than 10.

The governor’s executive order is still in effect, advising everyone to practice social distancing. Roads in the park were scheduled to reopen on Sunday; however, they are subject to closure if similar situations occur.

Virtual concert raises over $100,000 for Hoboken businesses and residents

On Saturday, May 16 Hoboken held a virtual relief concert to help raise money for the Hoboken Relief Fund.

According to Councilman Phil Cohen, who co-chairs the fund with Council President Jen Giattino, the concert which was streamed live on the city’s Facebook page helped raise more than $100,000.

The Hoboken Relief Fund has a goal of raising $2 million to help support independently-owned Hoboken businesses and Hoboken residents who have been negatively impacted economically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Free virtual zoo!

The North Bergen Free Public Library has announced a new special event for families, taking place at noon on Saturday, May 30.

Eyes of the Wild will host an Animal Show on Zoom featuring amazing animals.

To join the fun, register at

North Bergen Housing Authority receives smoke-free grant

The North Bergen Housing Authority received a visit this week from National Regional Coordinator Elise McGaughran of The Center for Prevention and Counseling, who brought with her a care package of supplies for NBHA’s maintenance workers to ease their burden during the pandemic.

McGaughran delivered a $2,000 stipend for promoting and reinforcing smoke-free living environments.

The Housing Authority will launch smoke-free seminars for residents once the pandemic is over.