Hoboken grants mask mandate exemption for exercise clubs with vaccine requirement

Hoboken is granting exercise clubs such as gyms, fitness centers, yoga studios, cycling studios, and others an exemption from the city’s indoor mask mandate if said establishments require vaccinations or a face mask for those that are unvaccinated.

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Jersey City schools to retain 10-day quarantine guidelines

Jersey City schools will be keeping the 10-day quarantine guidelines for students and staff who test positive for COVID-19, according to interim Superintendent Dr. Norma Fernandez. The district had considered state guidelines that reduced the period to 5 days.

West New York recreation to resume

The West New York Division of Recreation will resume its winter programs starting Monday, Jan. 24. This includes Recreation Basketball, Soccer and the Arts & Crafts Club. Call 201-295-5120 for all recreation inquires.

Hoboken to close roads for Rebuild By Design construction

Hoboken has closed Sinatra Drive from Newark Street to First Street and Newark Street from River Street to Sinatra Drive to vehicular traffic to install a large water-quality control unit as part of the Rebuild By Design project. Construction will take about six weeks.

Register for North Bergen soccer, baseball or softball

The opening of soccer, baseball, softball registrations are on Jan. 18.

For soccer, register either from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday at the Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave., or Monday to Friday between 5 and 8 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the white trailer by the soccer field in Braddock Park. Ages are 5 to 6 for co-ed clinics and 7 to 17 for the all-boys league or the all-girls league.

For baseball, register either from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday at the Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave., or Monday to Friday between 5 and 9 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 76th Street baseball complex.

For softball, register from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday at the Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave.

Registrants are required to provide proof of North Bergen residency and a birth certificate only, plus a current passport-size photo. There is a non-refundable $35 fee. All forms of payment are accepted.

All must register, including returning players. Registration ends on Mar. 4. For North Bergen and Guttenberg residents only. For more information call 201-861-9601.

Hoboken presents virtual screening of “A Mile Square of Music: 1960 to 1970”

Hoboken is inviting residents to a virtual screening of “A Mile Square of Music: 1960 to 1970,” which will offer a look into the city’s past music scene. The free virtual screening will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30, on the Hoboken Historical Museum’s Facebook and YouTube pages, with a live Q&A session with special guests after the film.

Union City man charged for distributing child sex materials

On Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Special Victims Unit, and the Union City Police Department arrested Mario Lopez Esquit.

Lopez Esquit, a 25-year-old from Union City, was arrested on charges involving the possession and distribution of videos depicting child sex abuse material.

Woman sentenced to prison for fatal North Bergen crash

On Jan. 6, Judge Vincent Militello sentenced Denisse Ortega, a 36-year-old from New Milford, to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison. Ortega was sentenced for causing the crash that killed Mario Santamaria Sr., age 66, on Sept. 29, 2019 in North Bergen.

Ortega previously pleaded guilty to first-degree Death by Auto – DWI while within 1,000 feet of school property and to motor vehicle summonses for Driving While Intoxicated and Speeding. The sentence is subject to the No Early Release Act and includes a consecutive 10 year driver’s license suspension and fines relating to the motor vehicle offenses. The Court also ordered the forfeiture of Ortega’s 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, the vehicle she was operating at the time of the crash, which was previously seized pursuant to a search warrant.

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 cover esports, with bylines on for Overwatch esports and for Valorant esports.
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