North Bergen voting information on Nov. 8

The polls in North Bergen for the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 8 are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in numerous locations. To find your voting location, call the Township Clerk at (201) 392-2025.

Guttenberg changes half its voting locations

Guttenberg voters on Nov. 8 should be aware that three of its six voting centers have changed.
The new polling places are in Districts 1, 3 and 4, officials from Hudson County Board of Elections said, and are located in federally-funded senior citizen buildings for the first time.
The polling locations this year are the Galaxy Mall, 7000 Blvd. East; Herman Kelin Towers, 7005 Blvd. East; Centennial Towers, 136 69th St.; Public School No. 1, 301 69th St.; Macaluso Towers, 4000 68th St., and the fire house at 6801 Madison St. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find the location where you vote, please call the Town Clerk at (201) 868-2315.

CarePoint Health to open nine satellite emergency departments

Nine new satellite emergency departments have been proposed by CarePoint Health for various locations in northern New Jersey, according to an Aug. 4 CarePoint presentation to the state that was reported last week.
CarePoint Health has applied with the state Department of Health to open facilities in Hudson County, Bergen County, and Passaic County.
CarePoint made a 40-page presentation in hopes of placing satellite departments in Jersey City (one on the downtown waterfront and one in Greenville), Union City, Edgewater, North Bergen, Palisades Park, Carlstadt, Lodi, and Clifton.
According to the document, the satellite emergency departments will increase population access to ERs, relieve overcrowding of existing ERs, reduce costs, and allow the area to address the increased need of ERs because of an increase in elderly population.
The planned CarePoint ER would be on Warren Street and Kellogg Street in Jersey City. 56th Street in Union City, and on River Road in North Bergen.
A letter at the end of the presentation from Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Kirat Kharode addressed to Cathleen Bennet, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health, states the need for the departments.
“The need for emergency care in these communities is based on a diverse range of factors, including the overutilization of hospital based emergency rooms, population growth, low socioeconomic status and an increasingly aging population,” wrote Kharode. “By creating additional access points to emergency care, patients in the target communities will have the opportunity to obtain necessary emergency care in a timely manner.”

Missing dancer for Beyonce and Rihanna located

North Bergen Police said late on Tuesday that resident Shirlene Quigley, 32, who had been missing since the morning of Sunday, Oct. 23, was located at a medical facility after a three-day search. On Tuesday Oct. 25 she was reportedly hospitalized after someone reported she was walking in traffic in Manhattan.
On Thursday, Oct. 27 Quigley thanked North Bergen Police officers for bringing her home.
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 had started an online campaign to look for her.

North Bergen man killed in car crash on Rt. 120

On Sunday, Oct. 30 a man died after his car crashed into a divider on Route 120. East Rutherford Police Officers withheld his name until his family was notified on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Officers identified the man as Mario Fuentes, 44, of North Bergen.
Fuentes was traveling from Route 3 west to Route 120 north. His vehicle crashed into a divider when he lost control of it at about 2:33 a.m., reports state.

Santa Parade will be Dec. 11

The North Hudson Firefighter’s Association along with the North Hudson Fire Officers Association will present their 17th Annual Children’s Santa Parade on Sunday Dec. 11, starting at 12 p.m. on Bergenline Avenue from 85th Street to 32nd Street. The parade will feature fire engines, bands, marching units, floats, and, of course, a visit from Santa and his helpers.
Tax deductible contributions to the parade can be made, payable to North Hudson Firefighters Association, P.O. Box 7631, North Bergen NJ 07047.
For additional information call Firefighter Rafael Albarran at (201) 401-0828, or Capt. Luis Morales, (201)988-7990.

Free community health screenings will be Nov. 19

On Saturday, Nov. 19, HackensackUMC Palisades and health organizations will offer free health screenings at Grove Reformed Church, 1132 46th St. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there are scheduled free screenings for HgbA1c diabetes, breast cancer, eye exams, blood pressure, and heart rate, percentage of oxygen in the blood, peak flow, BMI, and lead testing. There will be certificates for mammography, prostate, and HIV testing. Information will also be available on charity care, the SNAP-ED program, and human trafficking.
For more information, please call Suleima Rosario-Diaz at (201) 854-5793.

Free health seminar on weight loss surgery options

Medical Staff from HackensackUMC Palisades will hold a free health seminar on weight loss surgical options on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at HackensackUMC Palisades. Check-in begins at 6 p.m. and the seminar starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission, refreshments, and parking is free. HackensackUMC Palisades is on 7600 River Road. To register contact Nikki Mederos at 201-854-5702.
More than 60 percent of the U.S. population is overweight and about 30 percent are classified as obese. Today, there are many bariatric surgical options for people who have been unable to achieve significant weight loss through diet and exercise. Featured seminar speakers will include medical professionals from HackensackUMC Palisades, who have helped patients in our area lose the weight and keep it off.

Shelter looking for appropriate home for ‘happy’ pit bull

Even healthy pit bulls have a hard time finding a home. According to Save-a-Bull Rescue, a nonprofit organization, pit bulls and pit bull mixes are the number one dog that people breed in America, but they sometimes end up on the street after being used for fighting or as guard dogs. About 75 percent of animal shelters euthanize pit bulls upon arrival, a euthanasia rate of about 93 percent. Only one in 600 pit bulls find a home, according to a study done by the organization Animal People.
Maribella, a 4-year-old brown and white pit bull at the Secaucus Animal Shelter, needs a home with owners who have no cats. She was almost euthanized because her previous owners, who dropped her off, claimed she had an infection in her uterus. But after she was examined by the doctor at the Secaucus Animal Shelter, the doctor said she was perfectly fine.
The animal hospital usually does adoptions for cats, but Proenza said they’re making an exception for Maribella, because she is loving, cuddly, and sweet.
“We’re trying to find her a good home,” Veterinary Technician Proenza said. “She’s a happy dog with lots of energy. She’s super-friendly, and a big mush who can lay on you to pet her all day.”
Since the hospital is also currently home to many cats, Proenza and the staff know Maribella isn’t good with them. Maribella is sociable with adults, and the team is unsure about children.
Donations to help pay for the emergency medical bill are being accepted at
For more information, call 201-867-4795.

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