Hoboken homebound asked to preregister for the vaccine
Hoboken will offer door-to-door distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID 19 vaccine to homebound residents.
Any homebound Hoboken resident, or family member, or friend of the individual should pre-register to receive a vaccine at hobokennj.gov/vaccinesignup and select the new designation “homebound.”
Homebound residents or their family or friends may also pre-register by calling the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) hotline at 201-420-5621, and leaving a message with the homebound resident’s first name, last name, address, age, contact phone number and email, if available.
The message should also indicate that the pre-registration is for a homebound resident.
Parts of Central Avenue closed due to construction
Central Avenue between Hoboken Avenue and Newark Avenue will be temporarily closed to traffic for the installation of a gas line and a fiber optic conduit under Central Avenue.
The construction is expected to last approximately six weeks.
During construction, southbound traffic from Rt. 139 along Central Avenue will be detoured via Hoboken Avenue and Newark Avenue.
Central Avenue will be reopened to traffic when the utility work is completed.
For more information about the project go to www.hudsoncountycourthouse.com.
Student honored for community service
Hudson County Schools of Technology commended County Prep senior Joseph Marto for his ongoing commitment to community service. This past winter, Marto outfitted his pedal-driven go-cart with a snowplow to clear crosswalks and sidewalks around his neighborhood in North Bergen and in Jersey City where he works part-time.
In other seasons Marto replaces the plow with a broom or a leaf blower to help keep the neighborhood clean.
He’s been doing this for five years, stating, “It makes me feel better about myself when I help people.”
Marto’s career goal is to become a firefighter or police officer. The Township of North Bergen thanked him for his civic responsibility and dedication to his community and neighborhood.
Jersey City organizations receive funding for vaccine education
Local Jersey City organizations will receive mini-grants through a partnership between Uber and the city in order to help educate vulnerable populations about the COVID-19 vaccine.
$10,000 in grants will be distributed in equal $2,500 mini-grants to Hudson Pride, Greenville Neighborhood Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2294, and Welcome Home, according to a press release.
Left turn arrows added in North Bergen
New turning arrows were put into service on Monday, Mar. 22 on Kennedy Boulevard at 15th, 22nd, 46th, 47th, 60th, 61st, 68th, and 70th Streets.
Oncoming traffic will have a ten-second delay in order for cars to make a left-hand turn safely and to increase traffic flow.
Mayor Nicholas Sacco expressed his thanks to County Commissioner Anthony Vainieri for this major improvement, part of the safety program along the Boulevard that the county commissioners implemented along with several other modifications.
Latino leaders endorse Mayor Ravi Bhalla for reelection
President of El Circulo Hispano Americano Martin Peralta and President of Comite Internacional Pro-Ayuda al Municipo de Boca Chica Juan V. Serrano endorsed Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla for re-election.
They pointed to his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic as a major reason for receiving their backing, according to a press release.
North Bergen honors local vet
Mayor Nicholas Sacco presented a proclamation to resident Col. Elizabeth A. Casely honoring her for “her courage and dedication” on March 23.
Casely entered military service at the United States Military Academy West Point. She deployed twice to combat operations in northern Iraq, near Tikrit from 2008 to 2009 and Baghdad from 2010 to 2011. On both deployments, she was responsible for planning and managing the communications networks for military units in Northern Iraq and Central Iraq.
Upon her return from Iraq in 2011, she drove the establishment of the Indo-PACOM Joint Cyber Center for the United States Indo-Pacific Command, then commanded the 86th Expeditionary Signal Battalion in Fort Bliss, Texas. Following this she served as a mission command and defensive cyber program analyst in the Headquarters Department of the Army G8. Beginning in 2021, Casely was selected to serve in a Brigade Level position as the I Corps G6.
Teen fatally shot in Jersey City
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department are investigating the death of a 17-year-old Jersey City boy who was fatally shot on March 21 at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Martin Luther King Drive between Woodlawn and Fulton Avenues in Jersey City.
Officers found a 17-year-old male victim – later identified as Zaimier Bell – who had sustained gunshot wound(s) to the upper body.
He was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at 6:10 p.m.
The cause and manner of death are pending the findings of the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.
All information will be kept confidential.
Stack announces reelection bid
State Senator Brian Stack, who represents the 33rd Legislative District including Union City, Weehawken, Hoboken and parts of Jersey City, and is also the mayor of Union City, has announced he is running for re-election in the June 8 primary.
Stack is running on a ticket with Assemblyman Raj Mukherji and Assemblywoman Annette Chapparo who represent the 33rd Legislative District in the state Assembly.
Hoboken mayor signs wage ordinance for building service workers
Mayor Ravi Bhalla signed an ordinance into law establishing standard wages with benefits for all building service workers, such as janitors, concierges, security, and more at all developments receiving city subsidies.
The ordinance requires employers that are benefiting from city resources like tax abatements to pay standard wages, provide health benefits, and offer paid time off.
The ordinance also requires the use of competitive contracting for subcontracted building services and mandates minimum hourly rates of pay and benefits.