No one was reportedly injured after a garbage truck struck two homes in North Bergen on June 11. (see brief)
No one was reportedly injured after a garbage truck struck two homes in North Bergen on June 11. (see brief)

Garbage truck damages two North Bergen homes

A late-night accident on June 11 in North Bergen left structures on 51st heavily damaged. According to Mayor Nicholas Sacco, a North Bergen Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) garbage truck crashed into two homes. No major injuries were reported.

The cause of the crash has not been determined.

Governor increases gathering limits 

Gov. Phil Murphy has raised the limits on outdoor and indoor gatherings, and open pools effective June 22.

Indoor gatherings are limited to 25 percent of the capacity of the room, but never more than 50 people.

Face coverings must be worn, and social distancing must be observed in all cases. Physical items may not be shared.

Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100.

Outdoor swimming pools can open as of 6 a.m., June 22, provided they comply with DOH policies.

Work places are still required to accommodate their workforce for telework or work-from-home arrangements.

North Bergen’s Bruin Stadium Track reopens

The track inside Bruin Stadium in Braddock Park has reopened. Residents should continue to maintain social distancing and wear face coverings.

The exercise area in Bruin Stadium as well as all other municipal parks will remain closed.

Bergen County surpasses Hudson County for most COVID-19 cases

Bergen County has surpassed Hudson County for the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state, as of June 10. Bergen County currently has 18,667, and Hudson County has 18,647.

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Hoboken offers free rabies vaccines and dog licenses

Hoboken will host its annual free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats on June 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Multi-Service Center at 124 Grand St.

Dogs must be leashed or in a carrier, and should have a dog license which can be obtained at the clinic. Dogs whose rabies vaccination expires in the 2020 licensing cycle cannot obtain a 2020 dog license.

Face coverings must be worn.

If the dog does not need a vaccination to renew the license, fill out this form and mail it or bring it to the Bureau of Vital Statistics at 124 Grand St.

Jersey City graduates celebrated 

On June 18 at 4 p.m. high school graduates of the class of 2020 in Jersey City will be celebrated by the Jersey City Public Library online at 

‘Clawback’ measure rescinded

The PATH Labor Coalition said the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has agreed to union demands to eliminate a controversial new “clawback” policy.

Last month PATH management implemented a new policy that would permit PATH employees only 10 paid sick days to recover from COVID-19.

The Port Authority has agreed to give employees 20 working days to recover without using personal, sick, or vacation time.

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North Bergen Recreation offering refunds for spring sports

North Bergen was one of many towns that cancelled spring sports due to COVID-19. Refunds will be processed for anyone who paid for the spring season, once the state decides how to proceed with children’s sports for the upcoming seasons.

Hudson County pizzerias violate emergency orders

Iris Diaz, 51, was charged on May 24 by the Union City Police for allegedly not requiring that masks be worn by employees at her restaurant, Punto de la Baleada on 37th Street.

Jonathan Cozzino, 21, was charged on May 19 by the Union City Police with violating the face mask emergency order. Cozzino was the manager on duty at the Dominos Pizzeria in Union City at 524 31st Street, where two employees were allegedly not wearing masks.

Mario Albunia, 63, was charged on May 21 by the Hoboken Police Department with violating the emergency orders, allegedly opening his restaurant, Mario’s Pizza, for onsite dining.

Corona party in Guttenberg

Guillermo Garcia-Guzman, 27, from Guttenberg, was charged on May 18 by the Guttenberg Police with possession of the controlled substance ketamine and violating the emergency orders regarding gatherings.

Police responded to Garcia-Guzman’s apartment in the 100 block of 70th Street, observing 15 to 20 people allegedly with a DJ, ketamine, and alcoholic beverages, according to the New Jersey Attorney General.

Spitting on officers

Jose Ruiz, 51, of Jersey City, was charged on May 15 with a number of offenses, including throwing bodily fluids at an officer after he was arrested by the Jersey City police for allegedly committing three separate armed robberies.

At the time of his arrest, implying he had COVID-19, Ruiz allegedly spat in an officer’s face. There have been a number of such incidents in Hudson County.

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