Grand jury declines to charge responding officers in 2019 Jersey City shooting

A state grand jury has declined to charge a number of Jersey City police officers that responded to a shooting at a kosher supermarket in 2019. The suspects in the shooting killed a Jersey City officer before killing three others in the market before being killed by police.

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Hoboken Business Alliance taps new executive director

The Hoboken Business Alliance has tapped Steven Welliver to become the new executive director. He previously worked for the Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. business improvement district since 2013. Natalie Chape was also announced as their new district manager.

North Bergen Winterfest

Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Township Commissioners invite all North Bergen residents to celebrate the holiday season at the annual Winterfest celebration taking place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2.

Winterfest begins with a parade down Bergenline Avenue followed by entertainment for all ages, including rides, games, ice skating, rock climbing, a petting zoo, horse and buggy rides, food, music, giveaways, face painting, and other activities including photos with Santa at Atlantic Carpets, 77th and Bergenline Avenue. Other characters will be there including Mickey and Minnie, Elsa, The Grinch, The Black Panther, Alvin, and others.

Festivities take place on Bergenline between 85th and 76th Streets. Shuttles are available from other locations in town.

Christmas tree lighting in Secaucus

There will be a Christmas Tree lighting in Secaucus on Dec. 4. The Santa Parade begins at The Library at 7 p.m. and ends at the Plaza Center.Christmas music and the tree lighting will follow. Light refreshments will be provided.

West New York tax sale

The town of West New York has announced the sale of 2021 and prior year delinquent taxes and other municipal charges through an on-line auction on Dec. 16 at 9 a.m. For a listing of all parcels, delinquencies and costs, along with bidding instructions, visit

Authorities investigating bus crash

A Hudson County Schools of Technology bus crashed in North Bergen on Nov. 16, according to Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari. Just prior to 4 p.m., the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a bus involved in a crash on Paterson Plank Road and Columbia Avenue in North Bergen.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found a white Toyota Camry, driven by Pascual Caba of New York, spun around under a traffic light pole that had fallen on top of his car, according to Schillari. Additionally, officers found a Hudson County Schools of Technology bus, driven by Maria Diaz of North Bergen, lodged into the front of a home on Paterson Plank Road, Schillari said. In addition to the driver of the bus there was a bus aide and two school children ages 9 and 10.

All individuals involved were evaluated by North Bergen EMS at the scene. The driver of the Toyota, Caba, was transported to the hospital after suffering head and neck injuries considered to be non-life threatening. According to Schillari, all other persons involved refused medical attention.

At this time the Hudson County Sheriff’s Crash Unit is working on determining the cause of the incident.

Mark Koosau, Staff Writer
Mark Koosau, Staff Writer
Mark Koosau is a staff writer for the Hudson Reporter, covering Jersey City and Hoboken since 2021. He also covers esports, with bylines on for Overwatch esports and for Valorant esports.
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