Libraries holding holiday celebrations
Mayor Nicholas Sacco invites the public to the North Bergen Free Public Library's annual Holiday Celebration at its main branch, 8411 Bergenline Ave., on Friday, Dec. 20, at 4 p.m.
Library Director Sai Rao announced that the first holiday celebration at the library’s Kennedy Branch, 2123 Kennedy Blvd., will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 5 p.m.
Both events will feature photos with Santa, goodie bags, and more.
For more information on either, call (201) 869-4715 or visit www.nbpl.org.
Bill creating ‘cyber harassment’ crime approved by Senate budget panel
Legislation sponsored by State Sen. Donald Norcross and State Sen. Nicholas Sacco to create the crime of cyber harassment, which would close a loophole in state law that prevents the criminal prosecution of online harassment of minors by their peers and by adults, was approved Dec. 5 by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
“We have to make sure that here in New Jersey, our children are protected by the law from online attacks,” said Sen. Sacco (D-Hudson/Bergen). “Creating the crime of cyber harassment will ensure that those who participate in this activity are held accountable. It will also provide that any adult that poses as a child in an effort to torment a young person will be met with severe penalties.”
Under the bill (S-2469), a person will have committed a crime of cyber harassment if, while online using any electronic device or using a social networking site and with the purpose to harass another, that person: 1) threatens to injure or harm a person or that person’s property; 2) knowingly sends or posts any lewd, indecent, or obscene material to or about a person with the intent to emotionally harm a person or place a person in fear of physical or emotional harm; or 3) threatens to commit a crime against a person or his or her property.
The bill heads to the full Senate for consideration.
Artists, musicians, other talents invited to join North Hudson Creative Alliance
Are you an artist, photographer, dancer, actor, writer, musician, DJ, or filmmaker? If so, you may join a new arts group now forming to showcase local talents, and bring more exciting cultural events to the area.
Open to adults over 21 only, the North Hudson Creative Alliance will host open microphones, dances, live performances, art exhibits, and unique multimedia venues.
“The main goal is to establish a thriving arts scene, where individuals can share their creativity and exchange ideas in a positive, uplifting environment,” said group spokeswoman Lynn Earley.
“If you believe that the arts are vital to a vibrant, progressive community, and wish to get involved, please contact me.”
Earley’s address is firstname.lastname@example.org.