first_imgNorth Bergen truck driver charged with sexually assaulting childThe Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (BCPO) has charged a North Bergen man with allegedly sexually assaulting a child, according to a BCPO press release.The North Arlington Police Department arrested Luis Lozano, of North Bergen on March 16.The arrest came about a month after North Arlington police received a report alleging that Lozano sexually assaulted a juvenile female multiple times in 2017 and 2018 in the borough, the release says.Both police and the BCPO’s Special Victims Unit launched an investigation leading to Lozano’s arrest.He is charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, both second degree crimes.North Bergen school reps to donate funds for colorectal cancer awareness On March 28, educators from the North Bergen school district will make a donation to Fight Colorectal Cancer (FCC), a non-profit fighting to end the disease. The donation will happen at the Eye Contact Vision Center, 7733 Bergenline Ave., at 10 a.m. Owner Bob Ceragno, a colorectal cancer survivor, began collecting funds for FCC in 2016, and will be on hand.His store holds its annual fundraiser in March to raise funds for awareness. The donation will come from a dress down day the district planned for Friday, March 23. For more info please contact Bob at (201) 868-0768.Omnibus spending bill could include infrastructure funding for Hudson River Tunnel ProjectAmtrak is set to receive $541 million from the White House’s $1.3 trillion omnibus spending plan, according to reports. That money could go towards upgrades on the agency’s Northeast Corridor (NEC) which would include Amtrak’s Hudson Tunnel Project.The project aims to rehabilitate the North River Tunnel running between New York and New Jersey, and add additional tunnels between the states. It is part of the larger Gateway Program, which seeks to improve capacity on the NEC, between New York and Newark Penn Station. The Hudson Tunnel Project is set to cost around $12.7 billion; the overall Gateway Program could cost $29 billion.The omnibus also includes money in discretionary grants that could be partially used to fund Gateway, according to sources who spoke with one news outlet.The allocation could be a way to subvert Donald Trump, who has opposed the project, even saying he would veto the spending bill if it included a $900 million direct earmark for the tunnel.At press time, Congress had not passed the omnibus bill. Friday, March 23, was the deadline for them to do so to avert a government shutdown.Firefighters douse four-alarm fire at Woodcliff PlantJust as the most recent nor’easter began lashing the area with high winds and heavy snow, firefighters were called to the Woodcliff Treatment Plant on River Road to extinguish a four-alarm fire. The fire was apparently started accidentally by contractors engaging in renovations at the site at about 9 a.m.When the workers were unable to extinguish the fire themselves they called in the fire department. North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue had to deal with both smoke and blinding snow conditions but were able to get the fire under control within about two hours, with mutual aid on site from Jersey City, Bayonne, Hoboken, and other locales.Residents in neighboring communities were initially advised to keep their windows closed due to the smoke. Jersey City provided hazmat units to monitor the air and officials advised that no hazardous materials were involved in the incident.The fire was contained to the building where it began, with firefighters successfully keeping it from impacting neighboring buildings which power the plant.Registration opens March 26 for spring programs at the LibraryThe North Bergen Free Public Library’s springtime program registration for both the main library and the Kennedy branch begins on Monday, March 26. Registration is open to North Bergen and Guttenberg residents. Proof of residency and library card are required. Registration is limited.Programs are available for adults and for children of all ages from babies to teens. Registration is open until April 7.Programs run from April 2 through June 9. For more information contact the North Bergen Public Library at (201) 869-4715 or visit The main library is located at 8411 Bergenline Ave. and the Kennedy branch is at 2123 Kennedy Blvd.Township provides free flu vaccinations to over 1400 KidsThe North Bergen Health Department recently arranged to secure flu vaccinations for any resident children who remained unvaccinated, resulting in the township providing more than 1,400 free vaccinations in nine schools.Although flu vaccinations are recommended to everyone at the beginning of the flu season in autumn, many children did not receive shots this year. After a local child died tragically of pediatric flu-related issues on Feb. 12, the township secured a special rush delivery of vaccines. Voluntary vaccinations were given for free to local children beginning Feb. 15 and continuing through early March.An average of 20 percent of the school population in the district received the free vaccines over a span of about two weeks.In some individual schools the rates were as high as 42 percent receiving shots during that period, indicating just how low the rates of vaccination were earlier in the season. In addition, approximately 400 adult flu vaccines were given out in October 2017 at 10 sites, as part of the township’s annual free vaccine program.The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. For more information on the North Bergen Health Department and the programs they offer visit or @NorthBergenHealthDepartment on Facebook. John Belluardo Honored as Educator of the YearNorth Bergen’s John Belluardo received the highly prestigious honor of New Jersey Educator of the Year at the third annual 21st Century Drug and Violence Prevention Conference and Marijuana Symposium in Atlantic City.Belluardo is the supervisor of the student assistance resource program for the North Bergen School District and has been involved in drug and violence prevention for more than 20 years, first with DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and now with LEAD (Law Enforcement Against Drugs), organizers of the annual conference.The organization presented Belluardo with a plaque that commends him “for his commitment in fighting the epidemic of drug abuse and violence” in local communities. He was presented with the plaque by former North Bergen Police Officer Joe Sitty, who runs the LEAD program for the township. 1 / 2  The North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue successfully doused a four alarm fire at the Woodcliff Treatment Plant in North Bergen March 21. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz)  2 / 2  North Bergen school administrator John Belluardo recently earned the prestigious New Jersey Educator of the Year award. See briefs for more information. ❮ ❯center_img ×  1 / 2  The North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue successfully doused a four alarm fire at the Woodcliff Treatment Plant in North Bergen March 21. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz)  2 / 2  North Bergen school administrator John Belluardo recently earned the prestigious New Jersey Educator of the Year award. See briefs for more information. ❮ ❯last_img

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