Santa and Mrs. Claus made an appearance at the parade at this year's Winterfest in North Bergen.
Santa and Mrs. Claus made an appearance at the parade at this year's Winterfest in North Bergen.

Jersey City minimum teacher salaries increase

The Jersey City Board of Education has raised the minimum teacher salary from $54,700 to $61,000. The raise was made in part of a deal between the Board of Education and the Jersey City Education Association union.

Hoboken partners with Weather and Climate Security Platform

Hoboken has partnered with the Weather and Climate Security Platform from to predict and respond to future storm events in a one year program. The program will offer real-time hyperlocal information such as wind direction, precipitation, temperature, air quality, up-to-the-minute flooding data at specific city intersections, and more.

Winterfest returns to North Bergen

A crowd of thousands of local residents and guests came out for North Bergen’s 27th annual Winterfest celebration on Thursday, Dec. 2.

After being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, this year’s event was the largest ever. Families enjoyed a tremendous variety of free entertainment, including dozens of activities and games, giveaways, a climbing wall, petting zoo, train and pony rides, ice skating, and carriage rides in Braddock Park.

The festivities kicked off as always with a parade down Bergenline Avenue led by Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Board of Commissioners, joined by Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez, County Commissioner Anthony Vainieiri, Police Chief Peter Fasilis, Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari, and many others.

After the parade, there was a series of musical performances by many of the township’s school choruses. Meanwhile, popular characters mingled with the crowd while with professional photos with Santa were given out free as souvenirs to families.

WNY holiday decorating contest

Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez, Commissioner Margarita Guzman, and the Board of Commissioners invite residents to participate in the town’s Holiday Decorating Contest. Prizes will be given for: Best Decorated Home, Best Decorated Window, Best Decorated Building Lobby, and Best Decorated Block. Anyone interested in signing up, call Cultural Affairs at 201-295-5270 or 5101, or email

Hoboken passes resolution supporting Medicare for All

The Hoboken City Council passed a resolution to support Medicare for All, a bill in the U.S. Congress that would provide universal health care in the United States.

Coat drive in Union City

All Union City Public Schools will be holding a coat drive until Jan. 14, hosted by the Office of Community Relations. Donate coats, gloves, scarves, socks, hats, and sweaters of all sizes from toddlers to adults.

Holiday toy drive in Secaucus

The town will be holding a holiday toy drive until Dec. 10. Bring all new, unwrapped toys for children between ages 1 to 14 to the Community Center at 145 Front Street, the Recreation Center at 1200 Koelle Boulevard, or the Secaucus Library at 1379 Paterson Plank Road. For more information, call 201-330-2014.