It’s time to get busy decorating for the fourth annual “North Bergen’s Best Christmas Decorated Home Contest.”
Home spotters will begin crisscrossing the township on Dec. 8 looking for outstanding holiday home decorations. Three grand prizes winners will receive $1,000 and a commemorative plaque.
Helpful hints: Use colored or multicolored lights; all white ain’t right. Don’t cover your address. Decorate the windows. Don’t overdo it with inflatables. Turn on the lights from 6 p.m. to midnight (use a timer). Don’t have Santa in the nativity scene. Don’t depend on home spotters to find your home; send your address to hmgtvshows.com or tweet to: JCHudsonMedia.
North Bergen Library’s annual holiday celebrations
The North Bergen Free Public Library will host its annual Holiday Celebration at the Main Library, 8411 Bergenline Ave., on Friday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. There will be a Santa meet and greet, games, and more. The Kennedy Branch, 2123 John F. Kennedy Blvd., is holding its fifth annual holiday celebration Dec. 13 at 4 p.m.
For more information on both events call (201) 869-4715 or visit www.nbpl.org.
Get pet photos with Santa and donate for pet adoption
All that animals want for Christmas is a home. You can help raise funds for their care and adoption by participating in a pet photo fundraiser at Fussy Friends, 7731 Bergenline Ave. in North Bergen from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17.
Donate anything, including food, leashes, blankets, etc., and you and your pet can have a digital photo taken with Santa to create holiday memories. All donations and proceeds will be given to Brick City Rescue. For more information call (201) 694-7048.
‘Christmas Town’ live performance coming Dec. 8-10
The North Bergen Players are once again offering a special holiday musical celebration with live performances of “Christmas Town” at the North Bergen Mini Theater, 8411 Bergenline Ave. Special guest Santa Claus will be making an appearance.
Show times are 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9, and 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. General admission is $15, including refreshments.
For more information contact Maurena Luzzi at (201) 854-7074 or (201) 401-9722.
Two NB officers honored for service in Puerto Rico
Two North Bergen police officers were honored for deploying to Puerto Rico to assist with humanitarian aid projects in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Police Officers Robert Garcia and Johnny Sanchez, along with members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office and NJ State Police and other emergency responders and soldiers, deployed to Bayamon and San Juan, Puerto Rico to perform law enforcement functions and deliver humanitarian aid for two weeks.
In recognition of their service, and for placing the lives and well-being of the people of Puerto Rico before their own personal safety and comfort, the two officers were honored with a proclamation from Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the North Bergen Board of Commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 21.
Officers Garcia and Sanchez worked under the direction of the state police as part of an operation called NJ PRIDE – Puerto Rico Integrated Deployment Effort. The proclamation congratulated and commended them “for their selfless, dedicated, and heroic service to the people of Puerto Rico in the name of the Township of North Bergen, and its accredited police department which they serve.”
NJ Sharing celebrates 30 years of saving lives
NJ Sharing Network, the nonprofit organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for New Jersey residents, celebrated its 30th anniversary with a gala held on Thursday, Nov. 9 at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City.
With the generous support of Presenting Sponsors Novartis and Mitch and Ali Kogen in memory of Riley Kogen, Platinum Sponsors MTF Biologics and RWJ Barnabas Health, and numerous Gold, Silver, Bronze and Table Sponsors, NJ Sharing Network was able to raise almost $400,000, supporting the Foundation in exceeding its annual $1.8 million fundraising goal.
The evening celebrated the past 30 years of saving lives, the future of innovative transplant research and education and the continued effort to raise awareness on the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
In attendance were transplant recipients, living donors, families of organ and tissue donors, NJ Sharing Network volunteers, board members and staff who work to facilitate life-saving organ and tissue transplants every day.
Presenting Sponsors Mitch and Ali Kogen spoke in memory of their late daughter, Riley Kogen. Riley gave the gift of life as an organ donor and saved the lives of two women. After losing their daughter at only five years old, Mitch and Ali started Riley’s Dance, a program of the NJ Sharing Network Foundation, in hopes of improving the quality of life for transplant recipients and those waiting to receive transplants. They do so by providing funds to struggling families in need of medical coverage and financial aid.
The event’s venue, Liberty Science Center, is also home to an Interactive Exhibit on Organ and Tissue Donation as well as a “Live From” Surgery Program where high school students observe a living donor kidney transplant or deceased donor heart transplant from partner physicians and hospitals.
Today, there are over 120,000 people waiting for a transplant and 22 die each day, but one donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can restore health to over 75 others. In New Jersey, one person dies every three days waiting for an organ transplant. NJ Sharing Network saved more lives than ever before by making 613 transplants possible in 2016, a 16 percent increase from 2015. Tissue donation also helped an unprecedented number of patients with a 10 percent increase from 2015.
New Jersey residents can help save lives by registering as an organ and tissue donor, having a conversation with family and friends and joining NJ Sharing Network at its upcoming events. To learn more and register as an organ and tissue donor, visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org.