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North Bergen High School students joined local officials for Student Law Day on April 8. The annual event allowed students to take on the roles of municipal officials including Mayor Nicholas Sacco, Township Administrator Janet Castro, and the entire Board of Commissioners, among others for the day, in order to learn about their jobs and the responsibilities of North Bergen government.

Secaucus makes the Old Gray Lady

Former Editor-in-Chief of the Hudson Reporter and Bayonne Community News, as well as Bayonne: Life on the Peninsula Magazine, Jersey City Magazine, and 07030 Hoboken Magazine, Kate Rounds has recently published an insightful story in the New York Times about Secaucus.

Read it online at: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/06/realestate/secaucus-nj-the-commuter-town-with-a-suburban-vibe.

Eugene Mazo exits 8th Congressional District race

Eugene Mazo, a Seton Hill law professor from Newark, has withdrawn from the 8th Congressional District race after the Hudson County Democratic Organization challenged his nomination petitions for the Democratic primary.

Following he and fellow congressional candidate Brian Varela exiting the race, the Democratic primary is now between Robert Menendez Jr., David Grajales Ocampo and Ana Roseborough-Eberhard.

Former Jersey City BoE President Mussab Ali awarded Soros fellowship

Former Jersey City Board of Education President Mussab Ali was awarded $90,000 from the 2022 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. Ali, who was born in Pakistan, was awarded alongside 30 receipts who are immigrants or children of immigrants that are pursuing graduate school in the United States.

Hoboken Police Department to launch “Shut Off Your Engine” campaign

The Hoboken Police Department will be launching their “Shut Off Your Engine” campaign to educate the community on the hazards of leaving running vehicles unattended. Officers will raise awareness by contacting local business owners on educating delivery services and the general public, as well as handing out flyers to the public.

North Bergen library amnesty

The North Bergen Free Public Library has extended Amnesty week for the whole month of April for North Bergen and Guttenberg residents.

Return all your overdue North Bergen items between April 1 and 30 at any library location and the fines will be forgiven. This only applies to items owned by the North Bergen library. Overdue fines will be forgiven for North Bergen and Guttenberg residents. Amnesty does not apply to lost or damaged items

The main library is located at 8411 Bergenline Ave. The Kennedy Branch is located at 2123 Kennedy Blvd. The Guttenberg Resource Center is downstairs in the Galaxy Towers Mall at 7002 Boulevard East in Guttenberg. For more information call 201-869-4715 or visit www.nbpl.org.

LSC Science Camp open for registrations

LSC Science Camp at Liberty Science Center has opened registration for this summer’s camp season, which will run from July 11 to Aug. 8 for campers entering grades one through eight. For more details, visit lsc.org/camp, call 201-532-1380 or email at sciencecamp@lsc.org.

West New York offers open gyms

Free Registrations for the West New York Division of Recreation’s 2022 Spring Basketball Open Gyms Program are still being accepted. All participants ages 18 and up can play at the PS #1 Gym from Monday to Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.

A valid birth certificate, U.S. passport or NJ driver’s license or ID are required. Two pieces of mail received within the past 30 days are also required; no junk mail. Participants must live in town. Register at the Town Hall Recreation Office in Suite 7 at 428 60th Street from Monday to Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. PS #4 Gym is also available to participants between the ages of 10 and 17, from Monday to Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Call 201-295-5120 for all recreation info.

Union City jazz night

Union City is hosting live musical performances by The James Austin Jr. Trio. Upcoming dates include April 25 at 7 p.m. in Ellsworth Park and May 2 at 7 p.m. in Washington Park.

Hudson County Corrections Officer charged with forgery

A Hudson County Correctional Police Officer was arrested on April 13 on charges relating to falsified medical records he submitted to his employer, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. Marko Nakhla, 34-years-old, of Bayonne, is charged with one count of forgery, a crime of the fourth degree.

He was arrested without incident at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City and released on a summons. Nakhla is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Wednesday, May 4.

The investigation revealed Nakhla submitted falsified medical records to his employer to receive additional paid medical leave. The above charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

North Bergen’s monthly movie matinee

North Bergen is showing “West Side Story” for its monthly movie matinee on April 21 at 1 p.m. at the North Bergen Free Public Library at 8411 Bergenline Avenue. Free refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 201-869-4715 or go to www.nbpl.org.

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