Family held captive in home invasion; father breaks free and alerts police
Police said lats week that a North Bergen man was tied up in his home along with his wife, two children and the wife’s 65-year old father. The man was pistol-whipped before breaking free and calling for police, at which point the assailants fled.
The incident appears to be a case of mistaken identity, as the four men who broke into the home and woke the sleeping family demanded money and drugs, evidently thinking it was the home of a drug dealer, police said in media accounts.
The victim was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, where he was treated for cuts and head wounds. Police are investigating evidence left behind by the robbers and have released a sketch of one of the assailants.
Anyone with information should call the North Bergen Police Detective Bureau at (201) 392-2092 or the North Bergen Police Department at (201) 392-2100.
Pellet guns found in Guttenberg school lockers; 8 boys charged, according to police
Based on a tip, school administrators at the Anna L. Klein school in Guttenberg searched student lockers last week and discovered pellet guns belonging to eight boys.
The police were present while school security conducted the search.
“The police and administration acted swiftly to ensure the safety of the school,” said Superintendent of the Guttenberg School District Michelle Rosenberg. “At no time were the kids in danger.”
All the weapons were found by school security personnel.
The school sent out a reverse 911 call notifying all parents immediately after the incident, according to Police Captain Joel Magenheimer, who said the eight boys were charged with possession of a weapon.
“Anything that looks like a weapon is considered a weapon so we treat it as such,” said Rosenberg, who added that the school has a “zero tolerance” policy toward incidents of this sort.
The boys range in age from 10 to 13 years old. The matter will be handled in Hudson County Family Court.
Sacco- sponsored ‘Angelie’s Law’ signed by governor
In response to a tragic crash that resulted in the death of an 8-month-old infant from North Bergen, Senator Nicholas Sacco sponsored legislation establishing strict guidelines for autobuses aimed at improving safety for pedestrians, commuters and all residents of areas where the vehicles operate. The bill was signed into law last week by the governor.
Angelie Jiang Paredes was tragically killed when an operated autobus jumped the curb along Boulevard East in West New York last year, knocking down a light pole, which fell and crushed the 8-month old in her stroller. It is alleged that the driver of the vehicle was using his cell phone at the time of the accident and he is facing up to ten years in prison on various charges.
The law, S-3082, establishes a bill of rights – called the Bill of Rights for Customers of Certain Autobuses – providing customer protections, obligations of the owners and operators of certain autobuses and basic level of expectations and guarantees of health, safety and welfare of autobus operators. Second, it imposes fines of up to $5,000 on the owner of an autobus company for allowing drivers without a valid commercial license. Prior to this measure, New Jersey law imposed fines on the vehicle operator, not the company. It further requires owners to post telephone numbers on the inside and outside for passengers and pedestrians to report unsafe driving. Lastly, the law allows police officers to obtain a blood sample from an autobus operator, if the vehicle was involved in an accident resulting in the death or serious bodily injury of any person.
North Bergen to partner with North Hudson Community Action to offer Obamacare Seminars
North Bergen Township and North Hudson Community Action Corporation (NHCAC) are partnering to present three free informational seminars on the Affordable Care Act to residents. The seminars will be run by a certified outreach specialist employed by NHCAC and will give participants a chance to learn about the law and how it affects them, see what kind of tax credits or assistance they are entitled to, and sign up for insurance coverage.
The first informational seminar will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the North Bergen Free Public Library main branch, 8411 Bergenline Ave. The next event will be on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the North Bergen Library’s Kennedy branch, 2123 Kennedy Blvd. The final seminar will be on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at North Bergen Township Hall, 4233 Kennedy Blvd.
Stress Management seminars at library
Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Library Director Sai Rao announced that the North Bergen Free Public Library in conjunction with New Jersey Hope and Healing and FEMA will offer free seminars at both the main library and the Kennedy branch. The second topic in the series will be “Stress Management.” It will take place at the Kennedy branch on Monday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. and at the main library on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. For more information call the library at (201) 869-4715 or visit www.nbpl.org.
The main library is at 8411 Bergenline Ave. The Kennedy branch is at 2123 Kennedy Blvd.
Health seminar on weight loss surgical options at Palisades Medical Center
On Thursday, Feb. 6, the Palisades Medical Center will host a health seminar on weight loss surgical options. Today, there are many bariatric (weight loss) surgical options for people who have been unable to achieve significant weight loss through diet and exercise.
Featured speaker Stefanie Vaimakis, M.D., F.A.C.S, F.A.S.M.B.S., is a board-certified general surgeon, fellowship trained in advanced laparoscopy and bariatric surgery. Dr. Vaimakis has achieved expertise in laparoscopic gastric bypass as well as the “Lap Band” with over 600 procedures performed.
The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m., with registration/check-in at 6:30. Admission and parking are free. Food and refreshments will be served.
Palisades Medical Center is at 7600 River Road, North Bergen. Free transportation will be available from 60th St. & Bergenline Ave. starting at 5:30 p.m.
Free Vein Screening at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
The Center for Vein Disease at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (EHMC) will offer free vein screenings on March 22, 24 and April 3 to men and women with visible, abnormal leg veins such as bulging varicose veins or spider veins. Those who experience leg pain or have a history of blood clots are encouraged to attend. Most vein problems can be managed on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia.
Patients with varicose veins should know the early warning signs of vein disease to help prevent potential complications. Symptoms include aching, throbbing or swelling in the legs, ankles or feet. Patients with previous blood clots should also be screened.
The screening includes a physical examination and a thorough review of medical history and treatment options. If further evaluation is needed, a follow-up appointment for non-invasive testing can be scheduled.
Screenings will take place on Saturday, March 22 and Monday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Thursday, April 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Call (866)-980-3462 or visit www.englewoodhospital.com and click the “Classes and Support Groups” tab.
The Center for Vein Disease is on the third floor of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center at 350 Engle Street, Englewood.
Stretch and flex classes for seniors
Gina Jackson, Founder/Director of locally owned/operated Pilates4Fitness studio, will be offering a 30-minute class in Guttenberg, twice weekly, designed expressly for the senior adult population, beginning Feb. 3.
The exercises of the “Senior's Move” class–all Pilates based and/or inspired–use graceful, fluid movements to increase and maintain muscle and joint flexibility as well as support balance and coordination.
Classes will meet Tuesday and Thursday at 9:15 a.m. for 30 minutes. Limited slots are available and reservations can be made via the studio online scheduler at $9 per class for 10 classes or single classes for $12 per class.
For more information call 201-305-0270 or visit www.Pilates4Fitness.com. The Pilates4Fitness Movement Space is at 7000 JFK Blvd East, Mall at the Galaxy, Suite M6.