North Bergen skateboarder in critical condition after being hit by ice cream truck

Union City police said that on Monday evening, they found a 20-year-old North Bergen man unconscious on Bergenline Avenue in Union City where – while riding his skateboard – he had apparently been struck by a Mr. Softee truck.

“At 10:30 p.m., Monday night Union City Police, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, Union City EMS and Jersey City Medical center Paramedics responded to Bergenline Avenue & 30th Street on the report of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle,” said Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari in a release. “He was was riding a skateboard on the sidewalk, south on Bergenline Avenue, when he continued into the intersection and was struck by a Mr. Softee truck that was travelling east on 30th Street. The driver of the truck, 64, of Cliffside Park, remained at the scene.”

The young man was transported by Union City and Jersey City EMS to the Jersey City Medical Center where he had to undergo emergency surgery and is currently listed in critical condition.

Crash Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office are reviewing the evidence and video from local businesses in the area.

The truck appeared to have the right of way. The victim was wearing earbuds at the time of the crash.

The crash is still under investigation and no charges are pending at this time.

Water main construction to impact traffic around 43rd-44th streets

Construction will begin on Monday, Aug. 15 to replace water mains in the area of 43rd and 44th streets, according to a statement from the township Department of Public Works. This may cause a temporary inconvenience for access to and from residences and businesses. The DPW said every effort will be made to assure that the inconveniences are minimal. The anticipated duration of this project is eight weeks, and all work will be completed as quickly as possible.

Work will occur on 44th Street between Grand Avenue and Durham Avenue, as well as Cottage Avenue and Meadowview Avenue at 44th Street, and on Newkirk and Durham Avenues between 43rd and 44th streets.

“No Parking” signs will be posted. If a street is posted on a day for garbage pick-up, residents should have their garbage at the curb by 6 a.m.

Additional information can be found on the township website at Any questions or specific concerns may be addressed by contacting DPW Superintendent John Shaw at (201) 392-2071.

North Bergen Police Department announces September dates for TAPS Initiative

The North Bergen Police Department will host four community meetings, known as North Bergen Township Alternative Policing Strategy, or NB TAPS, in separate areas of the township in the month of September.

The initiative helps bring the Police Department into the community with informal meetings, where North Bergen residents can voice their concerns and issues in person.

All meetings are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Wednesday, Sept. 14, they’ll meet in the downtown library on 2123 Kennedy Blvd. On Thursday, Sept. 15, they’ll meet in Town Hall on 4233 Kennedy Blvd. Meet officers on Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the uptown library on 8411 Bergenline Ave. The last meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 22, at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 8101 Kennedy Blvd.

David Lopez and friends star at free Summer Concerts on the Hudson Wednesday, Aug. 17

David Lopez is a rising star and singing sensation in Panama who performs a variety of Latin American musical styles. He recently performed for tens of thousands in China and has played venues in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Panama. David will give a free concert on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Harbor Park, located on the river in Weehawken. He will perform Latin and American standards, both classic and pop, as well his own material. This concert marks his debut in the United States as a headliner.

Lopez will be joined by special guests, Soul/R&B/Pop singer Riquel V, Latin Pop diva Francheska, and Bachata stars Mickey & Joell of the group 24 Horas.

Free parking is available and public transportation, including NJ Transit bus from Port Authority and Light Rail, can bring concertgoers to Lincoln Harbor. Please use 1600 Harbor Boulevard for GPS directions.

Limited seating is available; however, audience members are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket, if possible, and encouraged to picnic on the lawn. A rain date, if needed, will be scheduled for the following night. For more information including the full summer concert schedule, directions, updates, and rain date info, please check the HRPAC website…… or call the concert info line at (201) 716-4540.

Free movie at the Recreation Center Aug. 25

Enjoy the movie “Batman vs. Superman” on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. Admission, snacks, and transportation are free. The Recreation Center is located at 6300 Meadowview Ave. in North Bergen. For more information, call (201) 861-9601.

Healthy lifestyle workshop meets on Thursday

How healthy are you? Do you have a healthy diet? Do you exercise regularly? Do you drink at least eight glasses of water a day? Do you get enough sleep every night? The National Association of Professional Women of Hudson County and Employee Awareness invite you to RSVP to a “Living A Healthier Lifestyle Workshop” with Dr. Roger Sahoury and a group of positive-thinking women. The event takes place Thursday, Aug. 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Nazrine Financial Services, 35 Journal Square, fourth floor, Jersey City. Please RSVP at Refreshments and a raffle are included.


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