Teacher allegedly slapped student, suspended with pay

According to a source, last week a North Bergen High School student who had been misbehaving was allegedly slapped by a teacher.
According to North Bergen Township Spokesperson Phil Swibinksi, the teacher, who was not identified, has been indefinitely suspended with pay due to the incident that occurred on Jan. 24. He said that there is no other official comment at this time.
Swibnski said New Jersey’s Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) has been notified.
He confirmed that it was an art teacher who was non-tenured and hired in September 2009.
According to Commander of the Detective Bureau Lt. Frank Cannella, police investigated the incident but the family has not yet signed a criminal complaint against the teacher for simple assault.

Sacco-sponsored motorcycle bill signed into law

A bill sponsored by Sen. Nicholas Sacco (D-Hudson/Bergen) that would establish safety guidelines for new motorcycle riders was signed into law by Gov. Christopher Christie on Jan. 31.
“As motorcycles continue to grow in popularity, more and more people are getting into accidents involving motorcycles on our roadways,” said Sacco.
The bill (S-736) would prohibit a person issued a motorcycle license for an engine less than 231 cubic centimeters from operating a bike with an engine displacement of more than 500 cc’s. Sacco said this law will prohibit inexperienced riders from operating bikes with engines too powerful for their skill level.
This bill creates a new category for low-speed motorcycles as well, and prohibits these bikes from being operated on limited-access interstate highways or public roads with speed limits in excess of 35 miles per hour.
It also allows the Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to waive requirements for a motorcycle license or endorsement for holders of an examination permit if that person completes a recognized motorcycle safety education course.
All riders under the age of 18 have to complete a motorcycle safety program as a condition for receiving the license or endorsement. The bill also clarifies when new riders can operate a motorcycle and prohibits them from doing so at night, carrying passengers, or operating a bike on the state’s toll roads or limited access highways.

Prostate health seminar at PMC

P alisades Medical Center, located at 7600 River Road, is scheduled to host a free prostate health seminar on Feb. 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Parking, food, and refreshments are free, along with transportation, which will be provided from 60th street and Bergenline Avenue at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, call Nikki Mederos (201) 854-5702.

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