Hudson County Prosecutor Office officials have arrested a North Bergen man for alleged intent to distribute crystal methamphetamine, according to a press release. The prosecutor’s Narcotics Task Force took Christopher Durkin, 55, into custody at their Jersey City office on July 31, without incident. The arrest came after a vehicle and residential search allegedly lead to the recovery of over 20 ounces of crystal meth, and $3,500.
The meth allegedly had a street value of $59,000. Durkin is charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute, one count of conspiracy to distribute, one count of possession with intent to distribute within 500 feet of public property, one count of possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of school property, and one count of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.
Route 495 lane closures could impact traffic for 2-3 years
Lincoln Tunnel-area commuters, brace yourselves. The state Department of Transportation was scheduled to close traffic lanes on Route 495, starting Aug. 10, according to a press release.
The headaches commence with the closure of the 31st Street ramp from JFK Boulevard to 495 westbound in North Bergen on the 10th. Traffic will be detoured onto Paterson Plank Road. On the 17th, one lane on 495 will be closed 24/7 in both directions. This will severely limit roadway capacity.
The shutdowns are part of a massive $90.3 million, state-funded rehabilitation project on the Route 495 Bridge.
Work on the span includes repairing and reconstructing the bridge deck, replacing and strengthening its deteriorated structural steel, and repairing and painting the substructure. The project's first phase began in September of 2017 with local street improvements.
The entire project is projected to finish around summer 2021. Motorists are advised to consider alternative routes during that time, such as the George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel, public transportation, or carpooling. For more information, email the DOT at DOTOutreachRT495@dot.nj.gov, or call (201) 408-8495.
Tax bills mailed; deadline extended to Aug. 22
Attention, North Bergen Township taxpayers: tax bills have been mailed. If you do not receive your tax bill by Wednesday, Aug. 8, contact the tax office at (201) 392-2017 and a duplicate will be mailed.
An extension of time has been granted for making your third quarter tax payment. The payment is due Aug. 22.
State of New Jersey law requires that interest be charged retroactive to Aug. 1, 2018 to any taxpayers who fail to remit third quarter payments by Aug. 22. The payment must be received by the tax office no later than Aug. 22 to avoid interest.
Township Holding Back-to-School Drive for Needy Families
NB C.A.R.E.S. is hosting a back-to-school drive/uniform exchange for families in need throughout the township. New school supplies are currently being collected, along with new or gently used school uniforms. All kinds of school supplies are needed, including backpacks, notebooks, binders, pens and pencils, rulers, calculators, glue sticks, markers, and more.
Residents can help out by contributing items between now and Tuesday, Aug. 28. The items will then be distributed on Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the North Bergen Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave.
Drop-off locations are North Bergen Town Hall Chambers, 4233 Kennedy Blvd; North Bergen Health Department, 1116 43rd St., 2nd floor; North Bergen Municipal Pool, 2111 91st St.; North Bergen Police Department, 4233 Kennedy Blvd, 2nd floor; North Bergen Parking Authority, 4225 Bergen Tpk.; North Bergen Main Library, 8411 Bergenline Ave.; North Bergen Kennedy Branch Library, 2123 Kennedy Blvd.
Please call Aimee Focaraccio at (201) 392-0229 with any questions.