Garbage and recycling schedules adjusted for holidays

There will be no garbage and recycling collection in North Bergen on New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1. Friday garbage and recycling will be collected on Saturday, Jan. 2.

MetLife Stadium to host three matches in historic international soccer centennial

MetLife Stadium will host three matches in the historic Copa America Centenario, announced the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) last week. The eyes of the world will focus on the Meadowlands for a first-round match (June 12), quarterfinal (June 17) and the final (June 26) of the 2016 Copa America.
The 2016 Copa America Centenario is the historic centennial edition of Copa America – the South American championship – and will be staged outside of South America for the first time. The tournament will feature six teams from CONCACAF and all 10 teams from CONMEBOL and will feature some of the world’s best teams and players competing from June 3-26, 2016 in the United States.
Due to the magnitude of this event, the State of New Jersey and the City of New York have joined forces to form a Host Committee, creating a network of local and state agencies, working together to provide tourism, marketing, and governmental support on both sides of the Hudson River. The Host Committee will support the efforts of the Local Organizing Committee, formed by tournament host U.S. Soccer, who are responsible for certain logistical and organizational facets of the competition.
Tickets will be available through Due to the expected high demand for the tournament, fans are urged to register early. More ticketing information will be released in the coming weeks. Follow the tournament news at the event’s official Twitter account and Facebook page.

Miracle on the Hudson survivor to sign new book on Jan. 19

Miracle on the Hudson flight survivor, inspirational speaker, and author Dave Sanderson will participate in a special book-signing event at Palisades Medical Center, 7600 River Rd., North Bergen on Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. to celebrate the release of “Moments Matter,” written by Sanderson with Cindy Wrightson. Refreshments will be served and attendees can get a signed copy of the book for a $20 donation to the Palisades Medical Center Foundation.
The book signing event coincides with the seven-year anniversary of the Miracle on the Hudson, when birds struck US Airways Flight 1549 and the crew was forced to ditch and land the plane in the Hudson River.
The last passenger off the flight that day was Dave Sanderson. He was responsible for helping many of his fellow passengers to safety, risking his own life in frigid water to help others off the plane. Sanderson and many other passengers were treated at Palisades Medical Center following the emergency landing.
Despite the hazards to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing. “Moments Matter” details his close encounter with death and how one defining moment can create a lifetime of purpose. The book’s inspirational message focuses on positive thinking, teamwork, and leadership. Readers will find the book to be helpful and inspirational in their own struggles for resilience and purpose. To RSVP or for more information call (201) 854-5008.

Kids ride the ferry free through Jan. 3

NY Waterway is letting “Kids Ride Free” from now until Jan. 3. Children under 12 can ride free at the Port Imperial, Lincoln Harbor, Hoboken/14th St., Edgewater, and Belford terminals. There is a two child limit with each paying adult fare. No physical tickets are required for a child. Families can also purchase tickets to select shows in New York and ride the ferry for free. Visit and enter code NYW while purchasing tickets to Elf or the Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes. Buyers must enter NYW upon checkout to receive ferry pass vouchers.

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