Holiday Hudson Reporter advertising, editorial deadlines
Because of the holidays over the next two weeks, the Hudson Reporter newspapers will have special advertising and editorial deadlines. In addition, the office will be closed on three days for holidays.
The office will close Friday, Dec. 23, and Monday, Dec. 26. It will reopen Tuesday, Dec. 27. The office closes again on Monday, Jan. 2, and reopens Tuesday, Jan. 3.
For the Wednesday, Dec. 21 edition of the Bayonne Community News and the Thursday, Dec. 22 Midweek Reporter, the editorial deadline is Monday, Dec. 19 at 9 a.m. and the classified and display advertising deadline is 12 noon.
For the Sunday, Dec. 25 editions of the other Reporter newspapers, the editorial deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 9 a.m. and the display ad and classified deadline is 12 noon.
For the Wednesday, Dec. 28 edition of the Bayonne Community News and the Thursday, Dec. 29 edition of the Midweek Reporter, the editorial deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. The classified and display advertising deadline is 12 noon on Thursday, Dec. 22.
For the Sunday, Jan. 1 editions of the Reporter newspapers, the editorial deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 9 a.m., and the advertising and classified deadline is 12 noon.
For the Wednesday, Jan. 4 edition of the Bayonne Community News and the Thursday, Jan. 5 Midweek Reporter, the editorial deadline is Friday, Dec. 30 at 9 a.m. and the classified and display advertising deadline is 12 noon that day.
If you have questions about these deadlines or any other issue, please call (201) 798-7800. Also check www.hudsonreporter.com regularly for information and for breaking news.
Appeals court upholds discrimination suit over fire dept. hirings
A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue squad's hiring policy discriminates against African-Americans, because it only allows residents of local towns to apply, and local towns are predominantly Latino and caucasian.
The ruling was the latest move in a longstanding dispute over whether the regional department -- which formed by merging five local towns' fire departments in 1999 -- should allow applicants from outside towns.
According to a story on NJ.com, "Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Newark branch of the NAACP, which brought the initial lawsuit in 2007 on behalf of firefighter candidates Allen Wallace, Lamara Wapples, and Altarik White."
The NHRFR covers West New York, Union City, Weehawken, North Bergen, and Guttenberg. Those towns were approximately 70 percent Latino and only 3.4 percent African-American, according to the 2000 Census.
The department has 14 days to appeal.
Four hearings to be held on extending Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to Englewood or Tenafly
The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail train currently runs from Bayonne through Hoboken, Jersey City, Weehawken, and Union City, and into North Bergen. But it doesn't continue to Bergen County like it was expected to.
Yet, plans are about to move forward.
The federal government has finally released an environmental impact statement about extending the route from 85th Street in North Bergen for eight miles to Englewood or Tenafly. The route would travel through Fairview, Ridgefield, Palisades Park, and Leonia, over old CSX tracks.
NJ Transit has scheduled four public hearings on the environmental statement, which will be presented formally at each of the hearings.
The hearings will be held Jan. 24 and Jan. 26, and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on both days. They will be held in Tenafly on Jan. 24 and Englewood on Jan. 26.
The statement and information is available at http://northernbranchcorridor.com/docs.html.
North Bergen town meetings
North Bergen Township will hold two meetings next week. A Board of Commissioners meeting will take place Wednesday, Dec. 21 in Town Hall at 11 a.m. A North Bergen Rent Leveling Board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 in Town Hall at 4233 Kennedy Boulevard.
Library will hold English classes
The North Bergen Public Library, at 8411 Bergenline Ave., will begin a course for Spanish speakers who desire to learn English.
The 10-week course, to begin Saturday, Jan. 21, will be held every Saturday until March 24. The courses are offered by Elke Bachi, who also offers intermediate and advanced courses. For more information, visit the library website at www.nbpl.org, or read the earlier September feature in The Reporter on Bachik.