Dignity Memorial held a barbecue on May 25 for public servants in North Bergen. (SEE BRIEF)

Jersey City attorney Evelyn Padin confirmed as federal judge

Jersey City attorney and former municipal judge Evelyn Padin has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. She was nominated by President Joe Biden.

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Padin was previously the president of the New Jersey Bar Association, and was also on the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey and the Board of Governors for the New Jersey Association for Justice.

North Bergen Summer Camp registration open

Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Commissioner Hugo Cabrera invite boys and girls ages 6 to 12 to sign up for North Bergen’s summer camp program running from June 27 to July 29. Summer Fun 2022 registration will open from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday at the North Bergen Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave.

The Summer Fun program offers children the opportunity to stay active during the summer months at one of numerous locations throughout town. Activities include sports, painting, arts and crafts, games, field trips, and a pool party. Registration requirements are: a birth certificate; no passports, recent utility bill; no licenses or IDs, and $50 in check, credit card, money order, or exact cash. Limited to the first 100 registrations per site. For more information contact the Recreation Department at 201-861-9601.

Legal case over Councilman DeFusco’s campaign finances moved to June

A legal case over Hoboken Councilman Micahel DeFusco’s campaign finances will go to another hearing on June 21, due to a technical difficulty over DeFusco’s lawyer, Steven Kleinmann, not receiving documents from prosecutor Connie Bentley McGhee.

A decision on the complaint could determine whether or not the city’s own campaign finance laws itself would change. An ordinance adopted would allow labor unions an exemption from the laws, but will only go into effect if the court rules in this case that the laws are unenforceable or unconstitutional.

Dignity Memorial honors public servants

After a two-year hiatus, Garden State Crematory in North Bergen and their parent organization Dignity Memorial hosted their fifth annual barbecue and picnic to honor the public servants of North Hudson. All local police officers, firefighters, and EMS workers were invited to stop in on Wednesday, May 25 for freshly grilled hot dogs and burgers along with tasty macaroni and potato salads, beverages, and other snacks all for free courtesy of Dignity.

The annual barbecue was established as a way for Dignity Memorial to thank all first responders for their service and give back to the local community. The picnic is traditionally held under a large tent on the lawn of Garden State Crematory. Hundreds of burgers and dogs are given out, along with free t-shirts, pins, drawstring backpacks, and other gift items.

Joining Mayor Nicholas Sacco in attending were Commissioners Julio Marenco and Allen Pascual, County Commissioner Anthony Vainieri, and Chief of Police Peter Fasilis. Many local officers, administrators, and staff also visited over the course of the day to enjoy the hospitality and generosity organized by Dignity Memorial and Office Manager Dorothy Dankert.

Jersey City hosting Movies in the Park

Jersey City is hosting Movies in the Park, a series of movie airings across a number of parks in the city. All airings began at sundown at around 7:30 p.m.. For a full list of showings and locations, visit

Former Hoboken fire chief Mike Turner finishes in top three of “Survivor”

Former Hoboken Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Turner finished in the top three of “Survivor” Season 42 after the airing of the finale on May 25. The title of Sole Survivor went to Maryanne Oketch from Ontario.

North Bergen raises Cuban flag

Mayor Nicholas Sacco, Commissioner Julio Marenco, and numerous township employees raised the Cuban flag over North Bergen Town Hall in honor of Cuban Independence Day on Friday, May 20, 2022. The mayor and commissioners were proud to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Cuba and strongly support Cuban citizens in their ongoing pursuit of freedom and a more prosperous future.

Community takes advantage of health fair

About 500 people attended the North Bergen Health Department’s free Resource Fair on Saturday, May 14. Held at the Vaccine & Resource Center at 9243 Kennedy Blvd., the event featured an array of community service organizations offering information, giveaways, and services. Plenty of kids visited and enjoyed the activities and gifts, with a packed face-painting area and cool freebies including gift baskets filled with toys and candies. Also available were free kitchen items, clothing, picnic baskets, a raffle, free popcorn and pupusas, and more.

Participating vendors included Activeday, Aesthetic Dental, CareFinders Total Care, CEUS, Hoboken Family Planning, Hudson County One Stop Career Center, Hudson Pride, Hudson Speaks, Medicaid (Department of Health / Human Services), Mental Health Association of NJ/MHA Inspire, North Hudson Community Action Corporation, Our Team Works, Paco, Palisades Family Success Center, Urban League of Hudson County, and Wellcare. Attendees were able to get free blood pressure screenings, while the center provided free COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.