The first building in the Jersey City's Bayfront project will be constructed along the Hackensack Riverfront. Photo provided by the City of Jersey City.

Jersey City cannabis board approves three applicants

The Jersey City Cannabis Control Board has approved the applications of three retail cannabis operations, tabling two others for a later date.

The three applicants approved by the board on Oct. 17were Golden Door Dispensary in Journal Square, Kushklub NJ on Tonnelle Avenue, and Community Wellness Center of NJ, which is right under the Pulaski Skyway. The two tabled were Legacy to Lifted, which could be located on the West Side, and Lifted Vision, which could be in the Heights.

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Jersey Joint cannabis store gets Hoboken Planning Board approval

The Hoboken Planning Board meeting approved Jersey Joint for a retail cannabis store at 1427 Grand Street at 15th Street near the industrial north end of the city. They had previously received approval by the Cannabis Review Board in May, and also obtained a conditional license by the state Cannabis Regulatory Commission last month.

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First Jersey City Bayfront building approved by Planning Board

The first building in Jersey City’s ambitious Bayfront redevelopment project was unanimously approved by the city’s Planning Board on Oct. 11, bringing a total of 210 units within a six-story mixed-use building.

The building, which had a redevelopment agreement for it approved back in July, will obtain the address of 445 Route 440 and Kellogg St., and will be developed by Bayfront Development Partners, a joint venture between Pennrose and Omni America, at the beginning of 2023, according to the city.

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JC Writers looking to recruit new members

JC Writers are looking to recruit new members such as aspiring or budding writers, poets, playwrights and novelists. Those who are interested in joining can log in at /the-jersey-city-writers- meetup-group/ to become a member and to sign up for events.

North Bergen declares October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Board of Commissioners have issued a proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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North Bergen’s annual Trunk or Treat set for October 29

North Bergen’s annual Trunk or Treat event will take place from 12 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 29 outside the Recreation Center at 6300 Meadowview Avenue. Residents will be decorating their cars with a Halloween theme and distributing candy to children. Only people interested in decorating their car need to sign up in advance by emailing or calling 201-392-0229.

Children are encouraged to dress up in their best costumes to trick-or-treat in a secure location. There is no need to register kids to participate, just show up on the day of the event with proof of residency.

The North Bergen Police Department’s Community Police Unit will also sponsor a pumpkin patch so kids can pick their own pumpkin to take home. This event is sponsored by Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Board of Commissioners, the North Bergen Police Department, and NB C.A.R.E.S. The rain date is Sunday, October 30.

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North Bergen to hold more COVID-19 vaccine clinics

The North Bergen Free Public Library, in conjunction with the Hudson Regional Health Commission, is hosting vaccination clinics at the library over the next few months. The clinics began at the Kennedy Branch of the library and continue at the new downtown Community Center and Library.

The clinics will continue on Tuesday, November 15 from 1 to 3:45 p.m. at the new Community Center and Library. There will be another clinic the following month on Tuesday, December 20 from 1 to 3:45 p.m. at the Community Center and Library.

Anyone ages six months or older is eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine. All vaccines and boosters are available Preregistration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. To preregister or for more information, go to

North Bergen’s Kennedy Library branch is located at 2123 Kennedy Boulevard and the Community Center and Library is located at 13th Street and Kennedy Boulevard. For more information, go to

Hispanic State Parade of New Jersey marches down Bergenline

Bergenline Avenue was host to the massive 47th Hispanic State Parade of New Jersey on Sunday, October 16, after the event was postponed from two weeks earlier. A tradition since at least 1976, the parade is one of the many ways that North Bergen and the other North Hudson municipalities celebrate Latin culture and history during Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Union City will retain part of former bus garage property

The old New Jersey Transit bus garage, currently used by the Union City Department of Public Works (DPW), is set to be demolished. However, the city will keep a portion of the property for municipal purposes, according to Mayor Brian Stack.

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Real estate executives charged for alleged Ponzi scheme

The president and a top officer of the Secaucus-based real estate investment company National Realty Investment Advisors LLC (NRIA) have been charged for their roles in a scheme to defraud more than 2,000 investors in a $650 million Ponzi scheme, and with conspiring to evade $26 million in tax liabilities, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger has announced.

Thomas Nicholas Salzano, aka “Nicholas Salzano,” a 64-year-old of Secaucus, and Rey E. Grabato II, a 43-year-old of Hoboken and the Republic of the Philippines, are charged in an 18-count indictment unsealed on October 12. Previously, in June the New Jersey Bureau of Securities issued a Summary Cease and Desist Order to NRIA.

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Authorities investigating hit and run on Tonnelle Avenue

The Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the North Bergen Police Department are actively investigating a hit-and-run collision, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. The hit-and-run occurred on Thursday, October 13, on Tonnelle Avenue in North Bergen.

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North Bergen boxers win NJ Diamond Gloves championships

North Bergen boxers had a successful run at the 2022 New Jersey Diamond Gloves tournament, winning four championships at the North Bergen Recreation Center this past weekend.

Jean Pierre Valencia (165-pound novice), Peter Roldan (203-pound open), Erick Rivera (112-pound sub novice) and Luis Aybar (147-pound novice) all brought home championships in the amateur tournament, while Jimmy Martinez finished as the runner-up in the 147-pound open class final. All of the boxers represent Little Mac Boxing in North Bergen.

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Hudson County Fair owner donates to North Bergen Education Foundation

McCaffrey Enterprises, owner and operator of the Hudson County Fair, has donated $10,000 to the North Bergen Education Foundation. County Commissioner Anthony Vainieri presented the check on Tuesday, October 18 to Township Commissioner Hugo Cabrera, president of the Foundation.

The Foundation gives out scholarships to local students going off to college as financial assistance to help them with their expenses. Despite some weather challenges, officials say this year’s County Fair was a tremendous success with a very high turnout. It is estimated that thousands of attendees enjoyed the fair and the many activities available.