North Bergen Police Department named Richard Rodriguez as Officer of the Year. (see brief)
North Bergen Police Department named Richard Rodriguez as Officer of the Year. (see brief)

NBPD names Richard Rodriguez Officer of the Year

Rodriguez has been a member of the North Bergen Police Department for two and a half years, performing exceptionally the Patrol Division in Squad 3. He was selected as Officer of the Month for January and May of 2020.

Jersey City library marks Women’s History Month 

The Jersey City Free Public Library marks Women’s History Month with virtual author talks, discussions, monologues, and performances celebrating women’s suffrage. For a calendar of events, go to 

North Bergen students recognized in art contest

Two North Bergen High School students received recognition in the 2021 NASA Langley Student Art Contest: Kimberly Madera, 12th Grade, third place; Camilla Garcia, 11th grade, honorable mention To view the entries, visit

Jersey City police officer charged in conspiracy to sexually assault underage girls

Law enforcement arrested a Jersey City Police Officer on charges that he went to Atlantic City to allegedly sexually assault two underage girls, according to Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

According to Grewal’s office, Officer Stephen Wilson, 34, of Bayonne, allegedly communicated on an incest chat app with adults who indicated they would give him access to two girls, ages 10 and 8, he could sexually assault in exchange for $200.

Law enforcement arrested Wilson on Feb. 27 in a parking area in Atlantic City, where he allegedly agreed to meet the adults who offered access to the girls.

Wilson allegedly agreed to bring condoms if he intended to engage in sexual intercourse with the children.

At the time of his arrest, he had condoms and more than $500 in cash in his possession.

He was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Human Trafficking, Attempted Aggravated Sexual Assault, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

The charges are merely accusations. Wilson is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Anyone with information about the distribution of child sexual abuse materials on the internet, or about suspected improper contact by unknown persons communicating with children via the internet, or possible exploitation or sexual abuse of children, should call the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Tipline at 888-648-6007.

Register for North Bergen’s Easter giveaway

North Bergen’s annual Easter Giveaway will be from 1 to 3 p.m. on March 27 for Children ages infant through nine. Register from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday or 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, between March 8, and 24, at the Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave. Must show child’s birth certificate and utility bill.

Senator Sandra Cunningham reportedly charged with DWI

According to reports, police arrested State Senator Sandra Cunningham last week charging her for allegedly driving while intoxicated after she allegedly hit two parked cars in Jersey City.

In November, 2005, Cunningham, who was not an elected official at the time, received a ticket from the New Jersey State Police for allegedly driving while intoxicated in Liberty State Park.

“This is out of character for me, and a mistake,” she said at the time.

Rec Center Lot off limits

Residential parking is no longer allowed in the North Bergen Recreation Center parking lot, now that the center is being used as a vaccine distribution site.


Free lecture on Art+Feminisim announced

In honor of Women’s History Month, Art House Productions, Hudson County Community College, and Seton Hall University present Art+Feminism Lecture on March 24 at 12:30 p.m. via Zoom.

To register for the free lecture go to

Shred documents in North Bergen

North Bergen residents can get documents shredded for free, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 13 in Braddock Park’s parking lot next to the soccer field. Use reusable bags. Remove large binder clips, 40-pound limit. Residents only; no businesses. Remain in the vehicle and place materials in the trunk.

Hudson County artists selected for Newark exhibit

Seven Hudson County artists have been selected to take part in The Newark Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition. They are Jersey City residents Nancy Cohen, Jaz Graf, Theda Sandiford, and Auguste Rhonda Tymeson; Hobo resident Judy Wukitsch; Guttenberg resident Lauren Krasnoff; and Kearney resident paulA neves.

The exhibition runs from June 17 to Aug. 22.

For more information, visit

Little City Books hosts 80s rock book launch

On March 16 at 8 p.m. Little City Books in Hoboken will host a virtual book launch for Nothin’ but A Good Time: the Uncensored History of the ’80s Hard Rock Explosion.

The free Zoom event with the authors and special guests will be moderated by Hoboken’s own James Mastro of the Bongos.

To RSVP email and include the subject Tom Beaujour.