North Bergen cooling centers open Aug. 26 to Aug. 31

North Bergen’s three designated cooling centers will be open this week due to the forecasted high temperatures. The centers are available from Friday, Aug. 26 through Wednesday, Aug. 31. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at all locations except for Sunday. On Sunday, Aug. 28 only the Recreation Center location will be open.

The three cooling center locations are the Main Library on 8411 Bergenline Ave., the Kennedy Branch Library on 2123 Kennedy Blvd., and the Recreation Center on 6300 Meadowview Ave.

Guttenberg Police find bags of heroin, three guns in North Bergen residence

According to Guttenberg Lt. Juan Barrera, on Tuesday, Aug. 23, Guttenberg Police and NJ State Police Gang Unit conducted a search warrant in North Bergen as part of a narcotics investigation.

The investigation was initiated by Guttenberg Police Department, and once the search warrant was executed, numerous bags of heroin were seized, two handguns, and a sawed off shotgun, according to Barrera. The suspects were a male, 41, and female, 40, and placed in custody. They were transferred to the Bloomfield barracks to be processed, Barrera said. The investigation started in Guttenberg, Barrera said, and lead to North Bergen. The North Bergen Police Department was also advised of the investigation.

The members of the Guttenberg Police Department that were involved included Dt. Sgt. Jeff Lugo, Dt. Steve Diaz, and Dt. Frank Pelaez.

The Police Department declined to release their names due to the ongoing investigation.

Women’s health seminar at Library Sept. 7

Residents can speak with doctors from Palisades Medical Group for a free seminar at the main library on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Learn more about the symptoms and treatments of menopause and urinary incontinence.

Menopause is the time of life when menstrual cycles cease.  Although menopause is a normal event for women, individual experiences vary. Common symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, mood changes, fatigue, stress, tiredness, and vaginal dryness and itching.

Nearly 40 million Americans suffer from Overactive Bladder. This common, sometimes disabling, condition sends signals to your bladder at the wrong time, resulting in urine leakage, the strong sudden need to “go right away,” and “going” far too often. There are many treatment options available, including the latest advance in using Botox to treat overactive bladder symptoms.

The admission is free with free food and refreshments provided. There’s also free parking at the main library on 8411 Bergenline Ave. The check-in time is 6 p.m. and the seminar starts 6:30 p.m. To register contact Nikki Mederos at 201-854-5702.

Sunday Farmers Market Going Strong in Braddock Park

North Bergen’s annual farmers market is once again a popular attraction in James J. Braddock North Hudson Park. Hundreds of residents and visitors have been turning out each weekend since July 24 to enjoy the selection of farm-fresh goods and other treats.

 In addition to delectable locally grown produce, vendors offering tasty treats include Big Papa Smoke’m, Lizzmonade, and Gourmet Nuts & Dried Fruit LLC. Visitors can buy roasted corn, freshly grilled burgers, dogs, shish kebabs, fresh mozzarella and imported Italian delicacies, or gourmet pickles and olives.

The farmers market will continue to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday through Sept. 25, sponsored this year by the Nicholas J. Sacco Foundation and Freeholder Anthony Vainieri. This year the market is located near the north entrance of the park, across from the veterans’ memorial at Bergenline Avenue and 90th Street. The market was moved here from its prior location at the traffic circle because the new space offers more plentiful parking and ample room for vendors.

North Bergen Police Department works toward accreditation

A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police will arrive on Sunday, Aug. 28 to examine all aspects of the North Bergen Police Department’s policies, procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Robert Dowd announced in a press release.

According to Dowd, this is a voluntary process to achieve accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professionalism.

As part of this final on-site assessment, employees and members of the general public are invited to provide comments to the assessment team. They may do so by telephone or email.  The public may call (201) 422-7560 on Aug. 29, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Email comments can be sent to

Telephone comments are limited to five minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards.  A copy of the standards is available for inspection at the North Bergen Police Department, 4233 Kennedy Blvd., North Bergen, NJ.  Please contact the Chief’s Office at 201-392-2134.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the North Bergen Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation can email the Accreditation Program manager at or write the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053.

The North Bergen Police Department must comply with 105 standards in order to achieve accredited status. Accreditation is valid for a three-year period during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to their continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

Attention parents, kids, and pirates! Fishing Derby set for Sept. 24

According to a press release from the Hackensack Riverkeeper, pirates are welcome to come to the new event called RiverFest-Pirates of the Hackensack to take place along the river in Secaucus next month. All participants can dress and talk like a pirate at the event on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Laurel Hill County Park on Laurel Hill Road from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Catch-and-release fishing will be strongly promoted and encouraged. All proceeds raised will benefit Hackensack Riverkeeper and its ongoing mission to protect, preserve, and restore the Hackensack River.

Residents and children from local communities will compete in the Riverkeeper’s first Hackensack River Fishing Derby. Residents can learn the importance of clean water, and other issues facing the Hackensack River and its wildlife. Prizes will be awarded for Best Pirate, First Fish, Biggest Fish, Most Fish and more. Many children will go home with their very own fishing rod.

The Riverkeeper also offers free mini Eco-Cruises aboard their custom-built pontoon research vessels under the command of Captains Bill Sheehan and Hugh Carola. Adults have the opportunity to kayak for free, courtesy of the organization’s Paddling Center staff.

The derby will take place on the newly constructed Laurel Hill promenade located directly on the river at the southern end of Laurel Hill Park. The promenade is the Hackensack River’s newest public access point.

According to the release, this is also the first SPLASH event in the country to focus on fishing.

Those seeking additional information about RiverFest or to sign up for the FREE event should visit or call (201) 968-0808.

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