Enjoy: Palisade Magazine
When you open your Hudson Reporter this week, you’ll find the summer issue of Palisade Magazine, the Hudson Reporter’s glossy lifestyle magazine that connects the communities of Edgewater, Guttenberg, Hoboken, Jersey City, North Bergen, Secaucus, Union City, Weehawken, and West New York.
If you don’t see a copy of Palisade Magazine in this newspaper, free copies are available at public libraries – in Jersey City the main branch – and at the Hudson Reporter, 1400 Washington St., Hoboken.
Palisade Magazine comes out quarterly. In September, look for the fall issue as an insert in your Hudson Reporter.
Free summer programs begin at NB Library
The North Bergen Free Public Library will host its annual summer programs starting on July 6. The programs are open to residents of North Bergen and Guttenberg, from the ages of 2 1/2 to adult. Registration begins on Monday, June 21 at 9 a.m. Those interested should bring a proof of address and their children’s birth certificate with them. The library will also be hosting an end of summer talent show.
For a complete listing of programs and more information, visit www.nbpl.org or call (201) 869-4716 at Ext. 5.
Senate approves expanding DNA Database
A bill sponsored by Sen. and North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Sen. John Girgenti will expand New Jersey’s DNA law requiring samples from individuals arrested on suspicion of certain violent crimes. The bill passed through the state Senate by a vote of 33 to 2 last week and will next be voted on by the Assembly.
The current law only requires samples to be taken from individuals convicted of certain violent crimes. The approved bill would amend the “DNA Database and Databank Act of 1994” to expand this to anyone who is arrested on suspicion of murder, manslaughter, second degree aggravated assault, when a person attempts to cause serious bodily injury, when a person causes serious bodily injury while attempting to flee law enforcement kidnapping, luring or enticing a child, aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact, criminal sexual contact, or by attempting to commit any of these offenses.
“By expanding the law to include anyone arrested on suspicion of these crimes, New Jersey joins a growing legion of roughly 20 other states that have made this move in an effort to bring wanted criminals to justice,” said Sacco. “Studies show that there is a 40 percent chance that burglaries and other nonviolent crimes are being committed by someone who has already committed a violent crime.”