Town Hall Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

AAA - 10/20/2017 3:42:00 PM

Workers at Guttenberg Town Hall showed their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by dressing in pink and holding a day-long health session in town chambers. They were joined by representatives from North Hudson Community Action Corporation, North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue, and the Guttenberg Police Department for a day devoted to overall health awareness.

Residents stopped by to get their blood pressure and cholesterol checked, and to get information on breast cancer and other health issues. Several breast cancer survivors were among those who participated alongside their fellow employees. Marisol Montanez coordinated the event with the strong support of Mayor Gerald Drasheff, the Town Council, and Town Administrator Cosmo Cirillo.

The activities continue on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 with a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk commencing at 10 a.m. at Town Hall, 6808 Park Ave., preceded by coffee and donuts at 9 a.m.

Public Invited to Domestic Violence Forum at St. Peter’s on Oct. 30

Police Department - 10/19/2017 1:34:00 PM

The Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor and the Guarini Institute for Government and Leadership invite the public to an empowerment forum on domestic violence from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City. The forum is titled “Women Standing Against Violence.”

The forum is being held in October to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month and features a guest panel that will explore domestic violence issues and how our society can empower people to fight this serious epidemic.

Panelist include Margaret Abrams of WomenRising Inc.; Beth Adubato, assistant professor of criminal justice at St. Peter’s University; Pamela Johnson, executive director of Jersey City Anti-Violence Coalition Movement; Najma Rana, assistant prosecutor for the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor; Bertha Reels of Sarah’s Daughters Ministries; and Sarah David, administrator of the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women.

Additional remarks will be made by Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, N.J. State Senator Sandra Cunningham, guest speaker Cathy DeFazio McBride, and Tamika McReynolds from the Jersey City Department of Recreation.

This free event is open to the public and will be held at Dinneen Hall in McIntyre Rooms B & C on the SPU campus, 2641 Kennedy Blvd. Parking is available at 686 Montgomery St. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information contact Roua Mohamed at 201-761-6049 or

Participate in a Guttenberg Arts Project

AAA - 10/17/2017 3:37:00 PM

Elisabeth Smolarz is an artist with a mission: to capture in photographs the community of Guttenberg and its residents. The first local-based artist-in-residence at Guttenberg Arts, she has embarked on a project entitled “The Encyclopedia of Things,” intended to portray neighbors and area residents by photographing the objects they hold most dear, creating a still-life portrait representing that individual.

Smolarz is visiting the homes of 200 Guttenberg residents to photograph collections of their most beloved and meaningful items. The project will continue through 2018 and once completed there will be a printed catalog, with the photographs becoming part of a traveling exhibition. Anyone interested in participating can submit their name online at

The project is funded in part by a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA’s national “Our Town” program is intended to “transform communities into lively, beautiful and resilient places,” according to their website. “This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create or preserve a distinct sense of place.”

For more information on this and other art initiatives from Guttenberg Arts, visit

Free Movie of the Month is ‘Frankenweenie’ on Oct. 21

AAA - 10/17/2017 2:21:00 PM

Everyone is invited to come see the all-ages movie “Frankenweenie” for free at the North Bergen Free Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided for free.

The North Bergen Free Public Library is located at 8411 Bergenline Ave. Call 201-869-4715 for more information.

PSE&G Warns Customers: Scammers Can Use Fake Caller IDs

AAA - 10/17/2017 11:35:00 AM

Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G) urges customers to be alert to payment scams. In the most common scam, phony callers lie and say there is an unpaid balance and demand immediate payment with a prepaid card. Recently the utility has received reports that scammers are using fake caller ID information to trick customers into thinking they are speaking with PSE&G.

The only way to protect yourself against scams is to be cautious. “Just because the caller ID says it’s PSE&G, doesn’t mean it’s PSE&G,” said Greg Dunlap, PSE&G vice president of customer operations. When in doubt, hang up and call the number listed on your bill or the PSE&G website.

While PSE&G accepts credit cards, prepaid cards, and money transfers to pay bills, they never demand a specific type of payment or threaten immediate service termination. Before terminating service, PSE&G alerts customers in a number of ways: messages on their bill, letters, and phone calls.

Report all scam attempts by calling your utility and local police department and file a complaint with the FTC at

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