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East Rutherford police have arrested a North Bergen lieutenant for alleged DWI and suspected cocaine possession. (See brief)
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North Bergen police lieutenant arrested for alleged DWI, suspected cocaine possession

Police in East Rutherford arrested a North Bergen police lieutenant on Saturday Aug. 11 for alleged DWI and suspected cocaine possession, according to a police press release.

Local police responding to a report of a man in a vehicle needing assistance arrested Alex Guzman, who they identified as a lieutenant with the North Bergen police.

Officers transported him to police HQ, where they processed him and issued motor vehicle summonses for violations of driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle while in possession of narcotics. Guzman also received a criminal summons for possession of CDS (controlled dangerous substance), a 3rd degree crime.

Guzman was released and was scheduled for an initial court appearance in Hackensack’s Central Judicial Processing Court on Aug. 22.

Leonard Bernstein to be celebrated at Summer Concerts on the Hudson

To mark the 100th birthday of one of America’s greatest composers and conductors, Summer Concerts on the Hudson will present “A Musical Tribute to Leonard Bernstein” on Monday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. This free concert will feature almost twenty singers, dancers, and musicians in an evening of instrumental and vocal music. The groundbreaking music from Bernstein’s Broadway shows, “On the Town,” “West Side Story,” and “Candide” will be highlighted, featuring piano-percussion duo Synchronicity, concert pianist and Hoboken resident Gleb Ivanov and a cast of Broadway performers.

Among many others, the cast includes William Michals, who last month received rave reviews as Captain Hook in a revival of Bernstein’s “Peter Pan”; Mikaela Bennett, who earlier this month starred as Maria in a concert version of “West Side Story” at the London Proms concerts; Adam J. Levy who is currently performing in the new musical Dave at the Arena Stage; Weehawken resident Patrick Boll, who was featured on Broadway in “Mamma Mia”; and Danny Gardner, who starred in ”Crazy For You” at the Signature Theatre and received a Helen Hayes nomination for his performance.

Emmy winner Nancy Giles will emcee the evening.

These free concerts take place at Lincoln Harbor Park, just north of the Chart House restaurant on the Hudson River in Weehawken. Free parking is available and public transportation, including NJ Transit bus 158 from the Port Authority and Hudson Bergen Light Rail, will bring concertgoers to Lincoln Harbor. Please use 1700 Harbor Boulevard for GPS directions.

HRPAC’s concerts are family friendly and free of charge to the general public. Limited seating is available, however, audience members are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket, if possible, and encouraged to picnic on the lawn.

For more information including the full summer concert schedule, directions, updates, and rain date info, please check the HRPAC website,, or call the concert info line at (201) 716-4540.

Free educational program offered for relatives of the mentally ill

If you have a loved one living with a mental illness, you may benefit from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family-to-Family free education program. Locally, the English-speaking program starts Sept. 18 and the Spanish-speaking program starts Sept. 24.

The classes consist of 12 2.5-hour classes for families and caregivers of adult individuals living with a mental illness, with a focus on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

The course will be given by family members of individuals with a mental illness that have been trained by NAMI as educators of the Family-to-Family Program.

To register for either program, contact Martha Silva at (201) 861-0614 or

Third annual ‘Out of The Darkness’ walk to be held Sept. 9

The third annual “Out of the Darkness “ walk to fight suicide will take place in Braddock Park in North Bergen on Sept. 9, at 1 p.m. North Bergen daughter and mother duo Jeannette and Maria Sanchez started the walk after Jeanette’s brother killed himself in 2012. In 2016, the two women teamed up with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for the first walk. It also honors those who have lost their lives to suicide. Proceeds from the event will go to the AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

To register for the walk, visit For more information, contract Maria or Jeanette at,, or call (201) 978-1115.

Kyle Anderson hosted ‘Celebrate Life Day’ basketball tournament & clinic

NBA basketball player Kyle Anderson of the Memphis Grizzlies hosted his annual Celebrate Life Day Basketball Tournament & Clinic in the North Bergen Recreation Center on Saturday, Aug. 11. Hundreds of kids from many municipalities bused to North Bergen to participate in this special event.

Anderson, a former North Bergen resident, hosted the basketball clinic in the morning, followed by a basketball tournament in the afternoon and evening. Boys and girls ages 7 years old through high school participated in the annual event.

Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Freeholder Anthony Vainieri dropped by to show their support for and to thank Anderson for his public service. Previously held in Braddock Park, the event was moved inside the Rec Center this year due to inclement weather.

The Celebrate Life Day Basketball Tournament & Clinic was established to honor Anderson’s childhood friend Paul Kim and to raise awareness of suicide prevention.

Swimming, tennis, and volleyball players celebrated at annual dinner

Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Commissioners Hugo Cabrera and Julio Marenco hosted North Bergen’s annual dinner honoring participants in the township’s summer tennis, volleyball, and swim programs.

The event was held on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Recreation Center. About 180 kids from the three sports attended the awards dinner. Volleyball has been offered in North Bergen for about six years to kids in grades 6 through 8, while the tennis program for ages 9 to 14 is about 10 years old and continues to grow.

These programs are noncompetitive and instructional, and feature lessons in how to play as well as recreational games throughout the summer.

About 70 kids ages 5 through 18 participated this year in the five-week swimming program. The program offered instruction, recreational swimming, and competitive meets in the Cross-County Swim League against rivals Secaucus, Union City, and Jersey City.

Attendees at the annual event were treated to a meal, and everyone received a medal for participating in their chosen sport. Special thanks are due to the parents for their support of the program and for making time in their own schedules to ensure their kids are able to participate.

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