Backup dancer for Beyonce and Rihanna, who lives in North Bergen, located

North Bergen Police said late on Tuesday that resident Shirlene Quigley, 32, who had been missing since the morning of Sunday, Oct. 23, has been located at a medical facility after a three-day search.
Before that, Quigley had last been seen at New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal, and her cell phone was found at a bridal shop in Chelsea.
As a professional dancer, she teaches a dance class in Manhattan, and has performed in music videos like “Crazy in Love” with Beyonce. Quigley has also appeared on the Grammys, Saturday Night Live, and more. Quigley is originally from Los Angeles. Her friends and family started an online campaign to look for her.
The police website said that she had been located at a facility, but did not give more information.

Join the Halloween parade Oct. 31

North Bergen Recreation presents its annual Halloween Parade on Monday, Oct. 31, sponsored by Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Commissioner Hugo Cabrera. Boys and girls ages infant through 9 years old are invited to join the festivities from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave.
Put on your costume and come on down for the parade. Take pictures with scary Halloween creatures. Enjoy the petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin picking, and more. Goodie bags will be given out.
This is a rain or shine event. North Bergen residents only.

Hudson participates in prescription drug take-back day

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day that took place recently, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, provided citizens with a safe, convenient, and responsible means for disposing prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse.
The Hudson County Coalition for a Drug-Free Community (HCCDFC) focuses on reducing youth substance use in Hudson County. Yaisa Coronado, program director for the Coalition said, “Prescription drug take back days are an easy, yet important way to improve the quality of life in our communities. By safely disposing of unused and expired prescription medications, there is less availability and access for potential misuse and abuse.”
Collection sites were set up in Secaucus, West New York, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department offices, North Bergen, and Union City.
Additional temporary collection sites were set up across Hudson County, in many police stations, neighborhood pharmacies, schools and senior citizen centers.
In 2014 the Hudson County Coalition conducted a school survey and middle and high school students self-reported that 15.5 percent of Rx users got their drugs from “my home without permission.” 61 percent of the students surveyed thought it was “not likely at all” or “somewhat not likely” to be caught by police if they took some prescription drugs not prescribed to them.
The Hudson County Coalition encourages residents to take inventory of their prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Some helpful tips are to take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed, do not share prescriptions; secure medicines in a locked chest, this will help curtail theft from those who might abuse or sell the medicine; and talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
The Coalition appreciates and wants to thank all of the Hudson County municipalities that participated in the Take-Back Day. For additional information on the Hudson County Coalition visit or contact Erin Delaney, Coalition Coordinator, at Partners in Prevention at (201) 552-2264.

Second Town-Stat meeting focuses on public safety and quality of life

The township hosted its second Town-Stat meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25 in the North Bergen Police Department’s Crime Prevention and Intelligence Center (CPIC), located at police headquarters.
The Town-Stat concept has been adopted by the township as part of a larger policing strategy that reinforces local partnerships and allows all municipal departments to participate in the common goal of increasing public safety, and in turn, the quality of life for the residents of North Bergen. Town-Stat meetings bring all municipal departments together to share their roles and discuss issues of concern. Facilitating collaboration between all of our municipal resources greatly enhances the police department’s ability to address crime and disorder before it becomes a public safety issue.
Attending the meeting were representatives from the Health Department, DPW, Parking Authority, Building Department, and more. Discussions ran the gamut of issues involving resident safety and quality-of-life issues throughout the township.

Register now for recreation basketball

Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Commissioner Hugo Cabrera invite boys and girls ages 5 through 16 to register for North Bergen Recreation Basketball.
Registration is held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the North Bergen Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave. Registration runs from now through Nov. 23.
A $35 non-refundable registration fee is required, along with a birth certificate and proof of residency. Cash or money order only.
No sign-ups Nov. 8 and 11. For more information call (201) 861-9601.

Guttenberg Arts to host charity poker tournament Nov. 18

Guttenberg Arts is inviting you to ante up to their first annual charity poker tournament on Friday, Nov. 18. This fundraiser is the first of its kind for the organization, and aims to raise $10,000 in a single night. The main event is a 50 person Texas Hold’Em Tournament, but participants will be able to take part in a number of raffles and an ongoing game of black jack as well. The minimum buy-in to participate in the tournament is $100. All proceeds will go towards Guttenberg Arts 2017 programming budget and top prize winners will receive one of a kind pieces of art, limited edition prints, gift certificates and more!
The tournament will consist of five tables with professional dealers and will be overseen by a tournament director. Participants will also get the chance to meet and play along side local celebrities like SiriusXM Radio personality Chris T. of ‘Freewheelin’ and Outlaw Country Radio. First place prize is a woodblock print by Justin Sanz titled “Tree of Hope.”
For more information you can visit For tickets visit Eventbrite at fundraiser-tickets-27610884900.
Guttenberg Arts is on 6903 Jackson St.

Free health seminar on hypertension, high blood pressure Nov. 2

Join Mark S. Gabelman, MD of HackensackUMC Palisades Medical Staff at the North Bergen Public Library for a free seminar on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Learn about causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of hypertension and high blood pressure. Admission, refreshments, and parking is free. The seminar begins at 6 p.m. Bus transportation will be provided from the Kennedy Branch on the day of the event. Please contact the library at 201-869-4715 to put your name on the list. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. To register contact Nikki Mederos at (201) 854-5702.

Free movie of the month at the library

Join the Main Library for a screening of “Alice Through the Looking Glass” starring Johnny Depp. The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 12:30 p.m. The Main Library is at 8411 Bergenline Avenue. Admission, popcorn, and drinks are free. Please contact the library at (201) 869-4715 for more information.

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