Multi-alarm fire displaces five families on Park Avenue
Five families were displaced and lost many of their belongings in a devastating fire at Park Avenue and 74th Street on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Everyone made it out safely thanks to the swift response of North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue and the North Bergen Police Department. One firefighter was injured and one resident was treated for smoke inhalation.
Firefighters responded to the scene about 10:30 a.m. and were met with heavy flames coming from the three-story residence. Residents of the buildings on either side were evacuated while the firefighters battled the blaze. Fire departments from Jersey City and Bayonne were on hand to assist with mutual aid.
Mayor Nicholas Sacco visited the scene of the tragedy and met with the families along with Commissioner Hugo Cabrera and Freeholder Anthony Vainieri. The families were relocated and the American Red Cross made resources available in their time of need.
Hospital asks for help identifying unknown elderly woman
Hoboken University Medical Center and the police department need assistance identifying a woman who has been at the hospital for the past 40 days. According to a police release, the female has a life threatening illness and may suffer from dementia.
The patient believes she is of Italian descent and is described as a white 65-year-old woman approximately 5 feet tall with brown hair dark eyes and weighing roughly 100 pounds.
The woman believes her name could be Mary Ford with her possible date of birth being either Sept. 9, 1950, 1951, or 1961.
The woman is believed to be homeless and may have lived in North Bergen at one time.
If you know this woman please contact the Hoboken Police Department at (201-) 420-2100 or Hoboken University Medical Center at (201) 418-1336.
Meet the North Bergen Police Department at Four TAPS Meetings in November
The North Bergen Police Department will host four informal community meetings throughout the township in November. North Bergen residents are encouraged to voice their concerns and discuss issues in person with members of the police department.
The initiative, known as N.B. TAPS (North Bergen Township Alternative Policing Strategy), was initiated earlier this year by Chief of Police Robert Dowd in order to enhance police-community relations. Residents get to meet the officers who patrol their neighborhoods, and the officers learn about any matters of concern directly from the residents.
All meetings will take place from 7 to 8 p.m.
The first is Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Main Library on 8411 Bergenline Ave. On Thursday, Nov. 17 it takes place in North Bergen Town Hall Chambers, Lower Level, at 4233 Kennedy Blvd. On Wednesday, Nov. 23 the meeting is in Applied Housing Community Room at 2615 Kennedy Blvd. On Monday, Nov. 28 the meeting is at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Lower Level, on 8101 Kennedy Blvd.
Foreign film screening at the library
Join the Kennedy Branch Library for a screening of the Bollywood film “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” on Friday, Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Admission and refreshments are free. The Kennedy Branch is at 2123 Kennedy Blvd. For more information call (201) 869-4715 x6.
Free monthly Tai Chi class at the library
The Main Library has a free Tai Chi class on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. The Main Library is at 8411 Bergenline Ave. This class will be held the third Wednesday of every month. For more information contact the library (201) 869-4715.

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