NJ Rental Assistance Program

The state announced a short-term rental assistance program to help residents affected by COVID-19.

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The program will provide rental assistance to low- and moderate-income households that have experienced a substantial reduction in income.

The website will launch on June 15.

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 Jersey City man pleads guilty to Union City bank robbery

On May 26, a Jersey City man admitted his role in two bank robberies and one attempted bank robbery and to impersonating a federal agent, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

William “Cherif” Tedeschi, 48, pleaded guilty to bank robbery charges and impersonating a federal agent, which carry prison time and fines. He will be sentenced Oct. 1.

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Hudson Theatre Works streams Weehawken play

Hudson Theatre Works presents PlayWorks readings of new plays online. A YouTube video of “Bird in a Box,” by Weehawken resident Joanne Hoersch has been released.

The readings can be viewed on Youtube at:

Donations will go to the Weehawken Emergency Service Volunteers.

The reading will feature Hoersch and Gloria Lamoureux, directed by Weehawken’s Frank Licato, produced by Adrian Wattenmaker with music by Donald Stark and Zachary Licato.

The play will be staged at Hudson Theatre Works in the fall, pending pandemic strictures.

Hoboken blood drives 

The next city-sponsored blood drive is scheduled for June 10 from 12 to 6 p.m. at the Multi Service Center, 124 Grand St.

Appointments and face masks are required. If prospective donors are symptomatic or have been exposed to a confirmed case, they cannot donate.

To sign up go to

On June 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the All Saints School will host a blood drive  at 701 Washington St. To make an appointment go to 

Elizabeth Fulop, grandmother of Jersey City mayor, lost to COVID-19

Jersey City Mayor Steven Flop lost his 95-year-old grandmother Elizabeth Fulop to COVID-19 last week, according to a Tweet posted by Fulop on May 26.

She had lived independently in Bloomfield until she was 94.

She and her husband Bentsy left their native Romania after being forced to live in a Jewish ghetto during World War II, moving first to Israel, then to Essex County NJ.

She worked with her husband and her oldest son Arthur, at the family-owned Newark deli next to city hall.

Hudson County inspector charged with alleged bribery

Barry Smith, 52, of Bayonne, was charged with bribery, theft by extortion, and official misconduct after allegedly accepting cash to delete construction violations, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

The arrest occurred after he allegedly asked for and accepted a cash payment to delete violations he may have issued regarding construction in the area of Kennedy Blvd. and 15th Street.

It’s also alleged that he accepted a similar cash payment in December of 2019.

Possible victims should call 201-795-6400, ext. 6724 or 6727.

The above charges are merely accusations. Smith is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Alleged Secaucus car thief nabbed

The parking lots at the Secaucus “Exchange” apartment complex have been the scene of numerous vehicle burglaries.

Police say they observed Ahmed Abid, 25, of Edison, allegedly attempting to enter several vehicles. He was subsequently placed under arrest, identified as the person who also allegedly stole two vehicles.

These charges are merely accusations. Abid is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Anyone with further information should call (201) 330-2052 or email

Call (201)-330-2049, email, or submit anonymously at

 Childcare centers to open; grant funding available

Childcare centers can reopen on June 15 with social distancing and additional health requirements, according to Gov. Phil Murphy.

Funding is available for childcare centers and youth camps to purchase cleaning equipment, PPE, and other COVID-19-related items.

To apply visit

To view safety guidelines, go to

Governor permits outdoor graduation ceremonies 

Gov. Phil Murphy announced that school districts and universities can hold modified in-person outdoor graduation ceremonies beginning July 6.

Ceremonies must adhere to social distancing and observe capacity restrictions, which may mean that schools hold multiple ceremonies.

Commencements must be held only for graduation from middle school or high school, and not for ceremonies that mark promotion from one grade to the next.

Only virtual ceremonies can be held prior to July 6.


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