Free craft kits for North Bergen kids!
The kits will be available by door-side pickup at all branches of the North Bergen Free Public Library on the first three Mondays in December. Upon arriving, call 201-869-4715 or knock on the door.
Santa Claus coming to Secaucus
Santa will ride atop a Secaucus Fire Truck at the following schedule:Dec. 10, 6 to 8 p.m., County and Centre to Fifth St; Dec. 12, 4 to 9 p.m., the North End; Dec. 13, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Harper from 1st to 3rd Ave., and First St. to Fourth St.; Dec. 16, 6 to 8 p.m., Washington Ave. to Louis St. and Xchange; and Dec. 19, 6 to 9 p.m., Fourth to Tenth St.
A complete list of directions will be posted on https://secaucusnj.gov/santa ahead of each visit.
Hoboken storefront decorating contest launches
The Hoboken Business Alliance (HBA) launched its holiday window decorating contest to showcase Hoboken businesses.
Prizes include 20 $100 gift cards, or a Swag Bag and a dinner for two at Halifax restaurant in the W Hoboken, or a two-night “Spectacular Room” accommodation at W Hoboken.
To be eligible, post a photo to Facebook or Instagram with #HobokenHolidays in the caption. Follow the Hoboken Business Alliance on Facebook or Instagram and tag both the featured business and Hoboken Business Alliance (@hobokenalliance on Instagram) in the photo.
The winning business will receive a $2,000 grand prize.
The winners, chosen by the HBA, will get a $1,000 prize and be notified by Jan. 15.
For more information, visit hobokenbusinessalliance.com
North Bergen MVC closes again
The Motor Vehicle Commission’s licensing center in North Bergen will be closed until Dec. 17.
Information sought in Jersey City hit and run
The Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit is investigating a hit and run in which a 26-year-old man was struck and seriously injured while riding a street-legal dirt bike at the intersection of MLK Dr. near Wade St. in Jersey City around 8 p.m. on Nov. 27.
The victim was reportedly traveling northbound on MLK Dr. when an Infiniti traveling southbound made a left turn eastbound onto Wade St. striking the victim.
The driver fled the scene in a vehicle described as an older model silver, Infiniti M45 S.
Anyone with information is asked to call 201-915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.
All information will be kept confidential.
Union City food pantries
La Esperanza at 7th Day Adventist, 2410 West St., is open every other Wednesday at 5 p.m.; call 201-726-6838.
Brian Stack’s Food Pantry, 811 West St., is open Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. for the first 200 families; call 201-376-0804.
The Salvation Army, 515 43rd St., is open Thursdays from 8 to 10 a.m. for Union City residents only; call 201-867-4093.
Hoboken Girl Scouts launch hygiene care kit drive
Girl Scout Cadette Troop 12022, in partnership with Hoboken and the Hoboken Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), kicked off a city-wide hygiene care kit drive to benefit individuals experiencing homelessness.
During December, the troop will collect hygiene care kits with a goal of collecting 250.
Kits include masks, thermometer, hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, and socially distant activities such as playing cards, and more.
For more information, visit http://www.hobokencert.org/.
Secaucus Light decoration contest, Dec.10-24
Residents are encouraged to decorate their front yards and or exterior of homes.
A panel of residents will select the best decorations in three categories: “Martha Stewart,” “Clark Griswold,” and “Best Block.”
Winners will be announced at the January Town Council meeting.
North Bergen food pantries
Woodcliff Christian Harvest, 7605 Palisade Ave., is open the first and third Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; call 201-869-4555.
Gospel Tabernacle, 5029 Kennedy Blvd., is open the third Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; call 201-863-1000.
Holy Redeemer Church, 569 65th St., is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; masks required.
Hoboken and Jersey City receive perfect scores on Municipal Equality Index
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, released its ninth annual Municipal Equality Index.
This year, Hoboken and Jersey City received perfect scores.
The full report is available at www.hrc.org/mei.
Book club meeting in North Bergen
The current selection of the North Bergen Free Public Library’s Virtual Adult Book Club is “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah.
The next virtual meeting is at 3 p.m. on Dec. 16. Register at www.nbpl.org/calendar.
Copies are available at the main library and Guttenberg Resource Center. The e-book is available on Libby.