By Jordan Coll and Daniel Israel

Winterfest returns to North Bergen

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North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Board of Commissioners invite residents to come out and celebrate the season at the annual Winterfest celebration taking place on Thursday, December 1.

Winterfest is one of the major events of the year in the township, starting with a parade down Bergenline Avenue and continuing with family-friendly entertainment for all ages including ice skating, rock climbing, rides, food, and giveaways. Residents can also take a free family photo with Santa at Atlantic Carpets, 77th and Bergenline Avenue, courtesy of Sacco.

An array of characters will be there, including Mickey and Minnie, The Grinch, Black Panther, Iron Man, Minions, and all their friends. Festivities will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Bergenline between 85th and 76th Streets.

Grand Jersey Redevelopment Plan approved unanimously

The Jersey City Planning Board has approved the Grand Jersey Redevelopment Plan, a project which would make changes to the street grid near Liberty State Park. The plan was unanimously approved with a (9-0) vote from the board.

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Hoboken unveils ‘Technicolour,’ a mural by Michelle Hoogveld

Mayor Ravi Bhalla, the Hoboken Business Alliance, and the Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee recently unveiled “Technicolour,” a 60-foot-tall, 225-foot-wide mural on the western façade of Garage B, by world-renowned artist Michelle Hoogveld.

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Register for North Bergen Christmas Party

Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Commissioner Hugo Cabrera invite children ages infant through nine years old to North Bergen Recreation’s Christmas Party at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 3 at the Recreation Center.

Registration is required to attend. Registration is open from 2 to 9 p.m. at the Recreation Center at 6300 Meadowview Avenue on the second floor or the downtown Recreation Center and Library at 1231 Kennedy Boulevard on the third floor.

The event is limited to the first 500 children. Bring the most recent utility bill and birth certificate. Driver’s licenses and passports will not be accepted. For more information, call the Recreation Center at 201-861-9601 or the downtown Recreation Center and Library 201-875-9130.

Gang task force recovers two handguns and high capacity magazines

On Wednesday, November 16, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Gang Task Force recovered two handguns, high capacity magazines, and arrested a 27-year-old man following a motor vehicle stop, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.

Mark Peralta of Nutley is charged with two counts of second-degree Possession of a Weapon (Handgun), two counts of fourth-degree Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Devices (High Capacity Magazine), two counts of second-degree Certain Persons Not to Have a Weapon, two counts of first-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon Having a Prior NERA Conviction, and Resisting Arrest, a Disorderly Persons Offense.

Shortly before 7 p.m., the Gang Task Force conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of Liberty Avenue and 41st Street. Peralta was found to have an open warrant out of Jersey City and was placed under arrest.

Detectives recovered two loaded handguns and two high capacity magazines from the vehicle. The above charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Union City Christmas Tree Lighting

Union City will hold its Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 1 at 6 p.m. in Washington Park, located on New York Avenue between Paterson Plank Road and 2nd Street by the picnic tables. There will be live music and free admission for the event hosted by Mayor Brian Stack, the Union City Board of Commissioners, Hudson County, and the Washington Park Association.

Jersey City mayor announces new redevelopment community project

Mayor Steven Fulop has announced the redevelopment of a former industrial site on three acres of land in the city’s Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood can finally move forward to construction. A Superior Court Judge’s ruling to dismiss a “meritless” lawsuit filed by June Jones and the Morris Canal Redevelopment Area Community Development Corporation has cleared that legal obstacle to the project beginning.

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Christmas at Ellsworth Park

Union City Mayor Brian Stack and the Board of Commissioners invite residents to Christmas at Ellsworth Park, located at 24th Street and Palisade Avenue, at 6 p.m. on; Friday, December 2; Thursday, December 8; and Thursday, December 15. There will be live entertainment and free admission.

Riverview Farmers Market to host holiday market pop-up 

On Saturday, December 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Riverview Farmers Market will be bringing the Heights Holiday Market, a brand new holiday market pop up, to Jersey City Heights.

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North Hudson municipalities give out meals for Thanksgiving

In 2022, politicians across northern Hudson County gave out meals to those in need for Thanksgiving, as they do each year.

In Union City, Mayor Brian Stack continued a decades old tradition in conjunction with the Brain Stack Civic Association by distributing anywhere from 25,000 to 30,000 turkeys and hams for residents of the 33rd Legislative District. He did so alongside members of the Board of Commissioners and other city officials on Sunday, November 20 at the Union City Police Garage on Kerrigan Avenue near Union City High School.

In North Bergen, in conjunction with NB C.A.R.E.S. Mayor Nicholas Sacco, along with Public Safety Commissioner Allen Pascual and Hudson County Commissioner Anthony Vainieri helped give out over 4,000 turkeys, pernils, and bags of trimmings as part of the annual Thanksgiving giveaway on Monday, November 21 at the North Bergen Recreation Center at 6300 Meadowview Avenue. In addition, meals were brought to senior citizens by NB C.A.R.E.S. and the North Bergen Housing Authority.

On Thanksgiving Day, November 24, Weehawken gave away 250 complete meals to families and seniors in need distributed from the Gregory Apartments at 525 Gregory Avenue. At the distribution was Mayor Richard Turner, Township Manager Gio Ahmad, Deputy Mayor Carmela Silvestri-Ehret, Councilman Robert Sosa, and Councilman David Curtis, as well as volunteers from the Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue, Department of Public Works, local EMTs, and members of the Weehawken High School Peer Leadership program.

Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli and town officials, the Secaucus Rotary Club, and Hudson Regional Hospital gave out Thanksgiving meals to 200 pre-selected residents in need. The hospital also provided free turkeys to 200 staff members on Monday, November 21 and will donate another 200 at the Meadowlands food distribution to occur on Wednesday, December 21.

West New York distributed a number of turkeys to residents on Saturday, November 19 at noon at the 55th Street and Hudson Avenue Municipal Lot. Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez and town officials were joined by outgoing Rep. Albio Sires of the 8th Congressional District among others to hand out the food.

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