More than 1,000 residents and guests visited the North Bergen pool for a free night of swimming and fun on Wednesday, Aug. 16. The second Open Pool Night of the year took place on a steamy summer evening – perfect weather for a dip in the pool.
Mayor Nicholas Sacco greeted residents and welcomed them to the pool complex, where they were entertained by music from a live DJ. Commissioner Hugo Cabrera and Freeholder Anthony Vainieri were on hand as well, making the rounds to ensure everyone had a good time.
Speaking of the pool…
Members will have two additional weekends to enjoy the North Bergen pool this year. Thanks to Mayor Nicholas J. Sacco and Commissioner Hugo D. Cabrera, the North Bergen Parks and Recreation Department will be keeping the pool open two additional weekends after Labor Day.
The pool will be open on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8 and 9 and 15 and 16 during regular weekend hours, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., for members only.
Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteers
Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. Rm. 901 on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable info to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures. For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.
Ex-EMTs sue North Bergen, EMS chief for alleged wrongful termination
Two former North Bergen emergency medical technicians have filed a lawsuit against the township and EMS Chief Dave Prina, alleging they were wrongfully terminated over an incident involving an allegedly drunken individual last year.
In the suit, plaintiffs Tamara Sepulveda and Luis Deleon claim the North Bergen Police Department called them to an emergency scene in August 2017. The two claim they encountered an intoxicated person who did not require their services. The individual also refused to go to a hospital when the two asked him if he wanted to, per state law, the suit claims.
But North Bergen police demanded the EMTs take the individual to the hospital against his will, the suit alleges. They refused the order, as they “believed that it is a moral, ethical and legal obligation to allow a person to refuse medical treatment if they are capable of making such a decision.”
The plaintiffs claim they have refused to transport people to the hospital after a police request before. They also complained to their superiors that their vehicles didn’t have enough radios and the officers were acting “unprofessionally” by distracting EMTs and dictating patient care without training, putting lives at risk, the suit says.
But for their actions, Deleon was terminated that same month, the suit alleges. Sepulveda was suspended Aug. 28, 2017, but was allegedly subject to a hostile work environment after returning to work, and resigned in January 2018, the suit says. The two are seeking compensatory and putative damages and legal fees and costs.
“This lawsuit has absolutely no merit and the township will be vigorously defending North Bergen taxpayers against it in court, as well as seeking frivolous litigation sanctions,” town spokesman Phil Swibinski said in a statement.