Hoboken Communications Manager Marilyn Baer and Mayor Ravi Bhalla (SEE BRIEF)
Hoboken Communications Manager Marilyn Baer and Mayor Ravi Bhalla (SEE BRIEF)

Former staff writer movin’ on up

Marilyn Baer, former staff writer for the Hudson Reporter for over five years, has been named the Hoboken Communications Manager by Mayor Ravi Bhalla. The Hudson Reporter wishes her the best of luck in her new endeavor.

Summer music returns to Barrow Mansion

Artists perform on the porch at 83 Wayne St., Jersey City, 6-8 p.m., Wednedays: Aug. 4, Mary Aiken’s Band; Aug.11, Nobuki Takamen’s Band; Aug.18, Bryan Beninghove’s Band; and Aug. 25, Andrea Brachfeld’s Band.

Jersey City Library hosts virtual town hall

The meeting is August 18 at 6:30 p.m. Hear about back-to-school initiatives, Biblioteca Criolla, and the Johnston Avenue Branch project. Also meet JCFPL’s social worker Jessica Campbell. Submit questions in advance to or live during the Zoom event.

NJ Transit funds local transportation 

NJ Transit has earmarked $49.7 million in federal and state funds for local transportation programs, providing services for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, the economically disadvantaged, and rural residents.

NJ Transit partners with all 21 counties to assist nonprofit organizations, counties, municipalities, and county improvement authorities.

Hoboken budget sees tax reduction

The city council recently passed the municipal budget amendment with a reduction in taxes of 2.8 percent. The city will “maintain important projects, including water main upgrades, funding for parks, and improvements to critical infrastructure,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla.

Register for JC Library Summer Reading program

Explore new books and adventures, and join the Jersey City Public Library for virtual and outdoor programs and events, now through August 13. Visit

HHA residents get Citi Bike discounts

Hoboken Housing Authority residents and SNAP recipients will receive reduced Citi Bike memberships for $60 a year, or $5 a month. To sign up, go to

Amnesty event at North Bergen libraries

Return overdue items in July or August at any library, and fines will be forgiven. Only applies to items owned by the North Bergen library. Overdue fines only; does not apply to lost items.

The main library is at 8411 Bergenline Ave. The Kennedy Branch is at 2123 Kennedy Blvd. The Guttenberg Resource Center is downstairs in the Galaxy Towers Mall at 7002 Boulevard East.

For more information call 201-869-4715 or visit

Union City hosts Moroccan Cultural Day 

The free Moroccan Cultural Day Festival & La Fête du Trône will be July 31 at Jose Marti STEM Academy, 1800 Summit Ave., 12 to 8 p.m.

NBPD officer becomes Drug Recognition Expert

North Bergen Police Officer Bryan Suarez has been certified as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).

A DRE detects individuals under the influence of drugs, and the category of drug causing the impairment.

Secaucus residents can register for small business loans

Preregistration is open for Phase 2 of the NJEDA Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program through 5 p.m. on July 30. Visit

Colombian Flag raised in North Bergen

The flag waved over Town Hall in honor of the 211th anniversary of Colombia’s Independence Day, on July 20. Numerous officials and residents attended.