A new bill will give benefits to first responders.
A new bill will give benefits to first responders.

Secaucus’s Hudson Regional Hospital remodels surgical areas

Hudson Regional Hospital’s Institute for Robotic Surgery (IRS) and operating rooms have been open since May 27, with 303 patients treated so far. It features technologically-advanced equipment for spinal, knee, hip, and gynecological, general, bariatric, and urological elective surgeries.

The IRS, operating rooms, pre-op and post-acute after surgery areas have been remodeled.

North Bergen reopens parks

North Bergen has reopened municipal parks, including the park’s playgrounds, sports courts, and exercise equipment.

Spray parks will be monitored for 25 percent capacity.

Policeman’s Park on 38th Street has undergone an overhaul and will reopen in this month with new features. The township will open a new park on Paterson Plank Road within the next few weeks.

Parks will be open from dawn to sundown. Residents are urged to maintain social distancing.

James Braddock Park has been open for some time.

Jersey City’s Via rocks!

The first-quarter numbers for Jersey City’s subsidized ride-sharing service with Via, which launched on February 25, have been released.

Vias provides an on-demand point-to-point micro-transit system for about $2 a ride.

Between its launch and May 22 the service completed 35,526 rides.

There was a peak average of 3,649 rides over a five-day period.

Passengers can use the Via mobile app, or if they don’t have smartphones, call (201) 514-6228.

The service operates Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Man arrested for Hoboken burglaries

A man who allegedly committed a series of burglaries and thefts on Hoboken’s west side has been arrested.

According to a press release from the HPD, Jersey City resident Juan Jimenez, 42, was wanted for seven separate incidents of burglary and theft from June 6 until June 24. Most of the alleged thefts involved stealing packages from the lobbies of buildings.

On June 25, Jimenez was processed on all charges and was committed to the Hudson County Correctional Facility. He is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Taking care of first responders

State legislators have unanimously passed a bill that will extend eligibility for accidental disability and death benefits to certain first responders who contract COVID-19.

Law enforcement officers, state troopers, firefighters, and emergency medical responders enrolled in one of the three retirement systems associated with these professions are eligible for accidental disability benefits if they sustain a permanent and total disability resulting from a traumatic event that occurred on the job.

Their beneficiaries are eligible for accidental death benefits if the first responders lose their lives in the line of duty.

The bill, sponsored by Assembly Democrats Carol Murphy (Burlington), Annette Chaparro, and Raj Mukherji (Hudson) would extend eligibility for these benefits to first responders who become disabled or die as a result of contracting COVID-19.

To qualify, employees would have had to begin showing symptoms within 14 days of interacting with the public or supervising other personnel who interacted with the public during the public health emergency declared by the governor in March.

Proof that the first responder “more likely than not” contracted the disease in the line of duty would no longer be required, but documentation proving the positive COVID-19 test would be.

Testing in West New York

On June 24, COVID-19 and antibody testing was available at West New York’s Senior Nutrition Center (SNC) at 515 54th Street. To get tested at the SNC, residents must visit or to register.

Both tests offer rapid results.

To get tested, you must be a West New York resident with a valid ID and proof of residence.

Tests are covered under all private health insurance plans as well as Medicare and Medicaid.

Residents without health insurance can be tested at no cost.

Testing continues to take place for residents at the Parkview Towers.

For questions, call 201.295.5271.

Join North Bergen library’s book club

The North Bergen Free Public Library’s book club is back. The virtual meeting is at 3 p.m., July 15.

This month’s book is “Sold on a Monday” by Kristina McMorris.

Register here: