Frank Gargiulo is North Bergen’s Veteran of the Year

North Bergen Commissioner Frank Gargiulo has been named the township’s Veteran of the Year for 2022, having reached the rank of Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He was selected and honored by the County of Hudson and received a citation from County Executive Thomas DeGise on Veterans Day, November 11, 2022.

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Man arrested for fatal shooting in Jersey City

On Thursday, November 17, members of the United States Marshals Service of New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with the fatal shooting of Jovahn Horne in Jersey City, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

Roger Pickett Jr., of Newark, is charged with first-degree Murder; first-degree Murder During the Commission of a Robbery; first-degree Inflicting Bodily Injury while Committing a Robbery; second-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose; and second-degree Unlawful Possession of Weapon.

He was arrested at his residence on Evergreen Avenue in Newark and transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility pending his first court appearance.

On Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at approximately 9:05 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department received a report of shots fired on Dales Avenue. Upon arrival, responding officers located a male victim, later identified as Jovahn Horne, a 23-year-old of Tenafly, in the area of 74 Dales Avenue with an apparent gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 9:41 p.m.

Prosecutor Esther Suarez credited the HCPO’s Homicide Unit, the Jersey City Police Department, and the United States Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force with the arrest and investigation. The above charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Christmas Bazaar in Secaucus

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church is holding its Christmas Bazaar on December 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch, baked goods, raffles, jellies, handmade gifts, and more will be available at 800 Roosevelt Avenue.

Ban approved on vehicle coverings in public streets and parking lots

North Bergen has banned covering vehicles on public streets and in public parking lots because the covers interfere with enforcing parking regulations. Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Board of Commissioners adopted an ordinance at the November 9 meeting after it was introduced in October.

The Parking Authority utilizes automated license plate reading technology to enforce its parking requirements. The ordinance states that when a person covers their vehicle when it is parked on the public street or highway, or in public parking lots, the license plate becomes obstructed and inhibits the Parking Authority’s ability to enforce parking requirements.

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Union City to hold annual Winter Coat Drive

Union City is set to hold its annual Winter Coat Drive from November 21 through December 30, hosted by the Union City Office of Community Relations by Director Mercedes Joaquin.

The past few years the Office of Community Relations has been conducting the Winter Coat Drive for needy students in the school district those families can’t afford to buy them a winter coat due to financial hardship.

For a child, a brand new coat not only helps to keep them warm, but also can change a child’s life and empower them with greater self-confidence, peer acceptance, and increase school attendance and overall wellness.

Drop off locations are Union City Public Schools, with collection boxes located at the entrance of each school. Items needed include: coats, gloves, scarves, socks, hats, and sweaters. All sizes are requested, from toddler, to children, to juniors, and adults.

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North Bergen opening registration for Recreation Wrestling and Basketball

Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Commissioner Hugo Cabrera invite children ages six through 14 to register for North Bergen Recreation’s Wrestling and Basketball programs. Registration for both opens on Monday, November 21 at the North Bergen Recreation Center, second floor, or the downtown Recreation Center and Library on the third floor.

Register children from ages six through 14 for Wrestling and children  for through 18 for Basketball between 2 and 9 p.m. Registration is open to elementary school students only and high school students cannot be enrolled.

A $35 non-refundable registration fee is required, along with a birth certificate or passport and recent utility bill. Driver’s licenses and ID will not be accepted. Exact cash, debit or credit, money order, and checks are accepted.

The North Bergen Recreation Center is located at 6300 Meadowview Avenue. The downtown Recreation Center and Library is located at 1231 Kennedy Boulevard. For more information, call the Recreation Center at 201-861-9601 or the downtown Recreation Center and Library at 201-875-9130.


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