U.S. Senator Bob Menendez announced the relocation of his office to Jersey City in a video message to constituents. (see brief)
U.S. Senator Bob Menendez announced the relocation of his office to Jersey City in a video message to constituents. (see brief)

Hoboken mayor condemns violence against Asians

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla condemned violence against Asian American Pacific Islanders after the eight spa murders in Atlanta, six of whom were Asian women.

“We in Hoboken condemn these abhorrent events and racism in all forms,” Bhalla said.

According to Stop AAPI Hate, Asian Americans have reported 3,795 complaints over the past year.

Jersey City teacher charged with sexual assault of student

Apparao Sunkara 67, a teacher at the Infinity Institute in Jersey City, has been charged with Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child for allegedly sexually assaulting his student, a girl, 11.

Call the Hudson County Prosecutors Office at (201) 915-1234 with information.

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

 NBPD seeks applicants

The North Bergen Police Department is accepting applications for Special Law Enforcement Officer Class II. Call Lt. Bronson Jusino at 201-330-7261 or email

Film Festival marks Women’s HERstory

The Hoboken Historical Museum and the Thomas Edison Film Festival celebrate Women’s HERstory Month with three free virtual shorts by women filmmakers.

To view the programs, go to

To donate to the film festival visit

To donate to the museum visit

Menendez opens Jersey City office 

Senator Bob Menendez moved his office from Newark to 210 Hudson St. Harborside 3, Suite 1000, reportedly marking the first time in 50 years that a U.S. Senate office has been in Hudson County, ensuring greater access to more constituents.

He was raised in the county, attended Saint Peter’s College, and is a former Union City mayor and school board member.

NBHS announces valedictorian, salutatorian

North Bergen High School congratulates this year’s valedictorian Vimbisai Basvi, and salutatorian Mishael Hernandez.

Jersey City MVC closed until April due to COVID-19

The Jersey City Vehicle Center is closed due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19, due to reopen on April 1.

The MVC offers about 75 percent of transactions at

Nearly all in-person transactions at Licensing Centers and Vehicle Centers must be scheduled at

North Bergen versus colorectal cancer

The town has declared March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, honoring resident Bob Ceragno. A survivor of the disease as a result of early screening, he raises funds and awareness.

A thief at the Welfare Office?

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office has charged a Hudson County Welfare Office employee, Herbert Thomas, 55, with 10 counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking for allegedly fraudulently accessing Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards and making cash withdrawals.

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

Awards for Hoboken High 

The Hoboken High School Model United Nations Team competed in the 2021 St. Peter’s University Model United Nations Debate Competition, earning the Best Overall School Delegation for its Outstanding Performance in Discourse and Diplomacy. Se3veral students won individual awards.

Jersey City man charged with sexual assault of boy

Francisco Espinal, 53, of Jersey City has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, among other charges, of a boy, 15, who was in his care when the assault allegedly took place.

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