first_imgFuneral services were held Aug. 6 for Joseph Klima, 39, of North Bergen. He passed away July 26. He was born in Secaucus and lived for most of life in North Bergen. Joseph was an electrician and a member of IBEW Local 164 in Paramus. He was the husband of Tara Papelette and the grandson of Rudy Klima. He was the brother of Bryan Klima and uncle of Jason, Cassandra and Fiona.Services arranged by the Leber Funeral Home, Union City.last_img


first_imgGet ready for NB’s Food Truck Festival on Sept. 15Get your appetites ready, food fans. North Bergen is bringing back its popular Food Truck Festival from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 in the Food Bazaar parking lot, 1425 Kennedy Blvd.Last year’s inaugural event brought a wide selection of treats from some of the area’s vendors.This year even more eateries will be showcasing their wares, while attendees enjoy free musical performances by several bands.Presented by Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Board of Commissioners, the 2nd Annual Food Truck Festival will feature appetizing selections from Aumm Aumm, The Corn Guy, Empanada Mania, The Kuba Kitchen, Lomo Truck, Modern Spin, Relish the Dog, Taco Truck, and more. Flu vaccines available to residents through OctoberFlu vaccines for 2018 will be available at nine locations throughout the township in September and October. This program is provided by Mayor Nicholas Sacco, Health Officer Janet Castro, and the North Bergen Health Department.Proof of residency is required. Please bring your insurance card (if applicable). For information on this program call (201)392-2085.Times and locations are as follows:Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.-12 p.m. — Floral Gardens Basement Community Room, 2625 Kennedy Boulevard.Sept. 25 at 4 p.m.-6 p.m. – Lawler Towers Community Room, 6121-6131 Grand Ave.Sept. 28 at 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Cullum Tower Lower Lobby Community Room, 6299 Grand Ave.Oct. 1 at 9 a.m.-11 a.m. – Nutrition Center, 1441 45th St.Oct. 5 at 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Westview Towers Community Room, 6115 Granton Ave.Oct. 12 at 2-4 p.m. – Kennedy Branch Library, 2123 Kennedy Boulevard (downtown). Oct. 17 at 5-7 p.m. – Library Main Branch, 8411 Bergenline Ave. (uptown).NB C.A.R.E.S. provides scholastic supplies for township kidsNB C.A.R.E.S., in conjunction with the Nicholas J. Sacco Foundation and the Township of North Bergen, held their annual back-to-school drive in August, distributing thousands of school supplies to local children on Wednesday, Aug. 29.The giveaway is held each year shortly before school starts, with residents invited to the Recreation Center to pick up whatever they need for the school year.Kids got to choose their own backpack from among hundreds of options, and fill it themselves with pens, pencils, markers, folders, notebooks, glue, erasers, sharpeners, scissors, rulers, and more.They picked up new uniforms, or traded in their old ones.Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Park and Public Property Commissioner Hugo Cabrera were on hand to open the doors to the Rec Center and meet with the hundreds of residents who lined up throughout the day to prepare for the school year.Funded largely by grants and donations, the event received contributions this year from CrossCountry Mortgage, Eye Contact Vision Center, Women of the Moose, and other local businesses and organizations.Present at the giveaway to provide free children’s book and other items were volunteers from the Frank A. Pinto Foundation. Sanitas Medical Center was also on site, providing free blood pressure and glucose checks and distributing free rulers, mouse pads, hand sanitizers, and bags.NB C.A.R.E.S. was prepared to provide school supplies to more than 400 families this year. Anything left over at the end of the event was presented to the schools for distribution.County contract with ICE to be terminated – eventuallyAlthough the details have to be worked out, an agreement between the Hudson County Board of Freeholders and religious leaders who are suing them should lead to the termination of the county contract to house immigration detainees at the county jail and end the lawsuit challenging the validity of the contract. The approximately 800 detainees are there while waiting hearings on alleged immigration issues. There are also approximately 400 criminals in the jail.Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise announced on Friday that the county would initiate a “Path to Exit” from its contract to hold detainees for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE).The detainees are awaiting hearings on alleged violations of federal immigration laws.Religious leaders from Jersey City and elsewhere filed suit against the county in Superior Court in late August, claiming the county violated the state’s Open Public Meetings Act when the freeholders voted in July to approve the 10-year contract.The freeholders had originally announced they would delay the vote, then suddenly reversed themselves and put the measure up for a vote without allowing members of the public and immigrant advocates time to comment. Many activists demanded that the county use an opt-out clause to void the contract.The “Path to Exit” would have the freeholders void the 10-year then vote on a new contract that would phase out the detainee program over a two-year period, with the goal of having no detainees housed in the jail by the end of 2020.The jail was built to house about 2,000 criminal inmates. Bail reform and other programs have caused the criminal jail population to fall to about 400. The contract with ICE, at $120 per day per detainee, had partly been used to offset the reduction of prisoners at the jail because the facility remains fully staffed. The deal was expected to provide an estimated $35 million a year to the county.Correctional officers unions and others have raised concerns about doing away with the ICE contract because it would likely lead to significant layoffs.To compensate for the loss of the detainee population, the county will seek to make agreements with other entities, such as the New Jersey Department of Corrections to house state prisoners in Hudson County instead of immigrants. By seeking agreements to house other prisoners, the county might be able to maintain the current work force.Freeholder Bill O’Dea warned the county that it may have to reduce staff in the future anyway, because there is a trend away from incarceration and towards providing other means of detaining prisoners such as house arrest and electronic monitoring.The freeholders anticipate voting on a resolution at their Sept. 13 meeting that would prohibit ICE detainees to be housed at the jail beyond 2020 “without freeholder consent.”The plan will also direct additional funds from the contract to be spent on services for ICE detainees during this transition period. Presently, free Legal Services are provided to all detainees for their civil detention cases.The amount, and into what areas those dollars will go, will be worked out in future meetings with the administration, members of the freeholder board and advocates for the detainees. A survey of detainees conducted by advocates may be authorized as part of the plan.“Just a month ago, I did not see a path that would allow us to move forward on a path to exit,” said County Executive DeGise. “I’m pleased that after what I have heard from state and federal leaders, I believe we have a consensus on how Hudson County can exit the contract in a responsible manner.”Freeholder Board Chairman Anthony Vainieri, who attended all of the discussions with County staff and the advocates, welcomed the Path to Exit plan.“Over the last month the county executive, my fellow freeholders, state and federal leaders and local advocates for detainees have worked constructively to make this exit plan possible, and I am proud of the work that has been done to arrive at this point,” said Vainieri. “I will urge my colleagues to support this plan because it represents a humane, reasonable approach.”One of the most prominent elected officials critical of the county’s contract with ICE, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, welcomed the announcement from the county executive today.“With this action, the county executive and the freeholders have begun the work of dealing with this issue in keeping with our values, while dealing with the difficult realities of governing at the local level, and I applaud that,” said Mayor Bhalla.NB C.A.R.E.S. donates to Newark student programWhen Principal Akbar Cook of West Side High School in Newark discovered that a large number of students were chronically missing school because they were unable to afford to wash their clothes, he established a free laundromat right in the school.And when NB C.A.R.E.S. heard about the program, they immediately donated a large amount of detergent and brand new clothing to support the initiative. NB C.A.R.E.S. Coordinator Aimee Focaraccio traveled to Newark with the items on Thursday, Aug. 30 and delivered them free to the school.North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, as a politician, an educator, and a father himself, offered high praise for the program and for Principal Cook, pledging to continue working with the school to make life easier for the students.Registration open for fall programs at the LibraryThe North Bergen Free Public Library’s fall program registration for the main library, the Kennedy Branch, and the Guttenberg Resource Center began on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.Registration is open to North Bergen and Guttenberg residents. Proof of residency and library card are required. Registration is limited.Programs are available for adults and for children of all ages from babies to teens. Registration is open until Sept. 29. Programs run from Sept. 17 to Nov. 17.For more information contact the North Bergen Public Library at (201) 869-4715 or visit www.nbpl.org.The main library is located at 8411 Bergenline Ave. The Kennedy branch is at 2123 Kennedy Blvd. The Guttenberg Resource Center is in the Galaxy Towers Mall at 7002 Kennedy Blvd., Guttenberg.NBPD detective promoted to sergeantPolice Det. Edgar Mendez is now Det. Sgt. Edgar Mendez, after being promoted in a ceremony inside town chambers on Sept. 5. Mayor Nicholas Sacco presided over the swearing-in along with Police Chief Robert Dowd.Joining them in offering high praise for Sgt. Mendez were Freeholder Anthony Vainieri and Commissioners Julio Marenco and Allen Pascual. Friends and family members filled the chamber, alongside many members of the NBPD and the State Police, with whom Mendez also served while on loan from the township.A martial artist and skilled instructor, Mendez has worked undercover and narcotics. 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