Guttenberg Goes Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Recreation - 3/20/2018 11:26:00 AM

By any measure, Guttenberg’s second annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Party was a tremendous success. Bagpipers and a police color guard led the parade, with Mayor Zitt and the town council marching alongside honored dignitaries including State Senator Nicholas Sacco, Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez, Hudson County Schools of Technology Board Secretary Joseph Muniz, and many more. 

Behind them marched a swarm of residents and public servants, followed by vehicles from the town, North Hudson Regional Fire Department, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, and other agencies.

The parade began at 68th Street and Madison Street at a little past 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018 and zigzagged through the streets of town, greeting bystanders and kids waving and taking videos from sidewalks and hanging out of windows.

The party really got started once it hit Park Avenue, where a stage was set up outside Wild Rover Pub near 71st Street. Mayor Zitt got things rolling by introducing the parade’s grand marshal, popular 74-year-old Guttenberg resident Thomasena Fantry, and Guttenberg Businessman of the Year Sean Kerrigan, owner of the Wild Rover.

At times it seemed like every resident of Guttenberg and their extended families were packed inside the pub, sharing the complimentary corned beef and cabbage and enjoying themselves. Meanwhile the street outside was nearly as crowded with revelers in green getting their Irish on, to the celebratory sounds of local band Finish This.

Register for Free Citizenship Courses at the North Bergen Library

AAA - 3/19/2018 4:26:00 PM

The North Bergen Free Public Library is offering free 15-week citizenship courses to area residents. Beginner and high intermediate/advanced level classes are available.
The courses are funded through the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program, which was awarded to the library by the Department of Homeland Security. The grant aims to help organizations promote prospective citizens' assimilation into American civic life by funding educational programs designed to increase their knowledge of English, U.S. history, and civics.
Register by April 20, 2018 for the main library or May 25, 2018 for the Kennedy Branch. Bring your green card when you register. A $50 refundable attendance deposit is required (check or money order).
The North Bergen main library building is located at 8411 Bergenline Ave. and the Kennedy Branch is at 2123 Kennedy Blvd. For more information call 201-869-4715 or visit

Newest Issue of Guttenberg Brief is Now Online

AAA - 3/19/2018 12:28:00 PM

The newest issue of the Guttenberg Brief newsletter features the “Encyclopedia of Things” from Guttenberg Arts, a multi-year project that aims to depict the personality of the town and its residents in an ambitious series of portraits.

Also in this issue are stories on some of the events and activities the town provides, along with other valuable and informative articles.

Guttenberg Brief is published monthly by the mayor and town council to keep residents informed about what’s going on in town. Check out the back issues online for important information, interesting stories, and photos of people and places you know.

Assistance Available to Help Pay Your Home Energy Bill

AAA - 3/19/2018 12:16:00 PM

As winter bills arrive, PSE&G reminds customers that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is accepting applications until May 31 for financial assistance with heating and medically-necessary cooling costs. The LIHEAP program is run by the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. 

To be eligible for LIHEAP benefits, the applicant’s household gross income must meet monthly income guidelines. LIHEAP eligibility is based solely on last month’s household gross income and household size. As an example, a family of four with a monthly income of $4,100 or less per month may be eligible and should apply.

To receive LIHEAP assistance, customers may pay their heating costs directly, pay their landlord according to their usage, or have their heating included in their rent. Homeowners and those who rent are both eligible and should apply.To download a LIHEAP application visit For more information or to find out where to apply, visit or call 1-800-510-3102 or 211. 

The LIHEAP application is also an application for the Universal Service Fund (USF). USF is a program created by the State of New Jersey that can lower the amount low-income households pay for gas and electric bills with a monthly credit of $5 to $150. Applications for USF are accepted year-round.

PSE&G households that are not eligible for low income programs and are behind in their PSE&G bill should visit for other assistance programs. Seniors over age of 65 or disabled adults collecting Social Security Disability may be eligible for the New Jersey Lifeline Credit program, which provides a $225 yearly credit on your PSE&G bill.

Free Expungement Workshop Rescheduled to March 26

AAA - 3/19/2018 11:58:00 AM

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has announced that the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor has rescheduled their free workshop to Monday, March 26, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. at World Outreach Christian Church, 122 Grant Avenue in Jersey City. The workshop was originally scheduled for March 8.

The workshop, “Learn How to Erase your Juvenile/Criminal Record,” will be presented by Assistant Prosecutor Leo Rinaldi. The workshop will explain the process of expungement and the necessary steps an individual must take in order to have their criminal record expunged.

Additional attorneys will be available to offer free legal assistance in completing expungement applications.

The workshop is free and all residents of Hudson County are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

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