× North Bergen’s annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony took place at 10 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2018 in the veterans’ memorial area within James J. Braddock Park. Freeholder Anthony Vanieri served as master of ceremonies.Mayor Nicholas Sacco offered solemn reflections on the events of 9/11/01 and honored four North Bergen residents who lost their lives in the tragic events of that day: Christopher Amoroso, NBHS Class of 1990; Robert Cirri, NBHS Class of 1980; Sal Edward Tieri, NBHS Class of 1978; and David LaMagne. The ceremony also honored Sgt. Marcos Gorra, NBHS Class of 2005, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010.A joint presentation of colors was provided by the North Bergen Police Honor Guard and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Honor Guard, followed by the North Bergen High School Advanced Chorus singing the National Anthem and “God Bless America.”Father Yuvan Alvarez presented the invocation and benediction. Also offering remarks were Superintendent of Schools George Solter, who spoke about the importance of teaching the significance of 9/11 to students who were not yet born when the tragedy occurred; Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari, expressing his appreciation for law enforcement officers who lost their lives on that day or later endured hardships as a result of being first responders; and County Executive Thomas DeGise, with personal reminiscences of the event and its immediate impact.Among the many other dignitaries attending the event were Commissioners Julio Marenco, Hugo Cabrera, Allen Pascual, and Frank Gargiulo, Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez and Assemblyman Pedro Mejia, Parking Authority Executive Director Bob Baselice, DPW Supervisor John Shaw, Library Director Sai Rao, and many other township officials and administrators.Women’s group donates school supplies to Fulton AnnexMayor Nicholas Sacco was on hand Friday, Sept. 7 to express the township’s appreciation to the women of GEMS, a local social group that raised funds and donations to provide school supplies and uniforms to students at Robert Fulton Annex.Kids from all grades were invited to come pick out backpacks and supplies from among the different designs.The donations were intended to provide assistance to the students of Robert Fulton Annex, many of whom are immigrants, as they cope with the challenge of an academic career in an unfamiliar language.GEMS conducted fundraising events and solicited donations earlier this year, raising about $1,000 in addition to the supplies. The money is going toward school uniforms for students who need them.The women’s group holds drives or social programs several times a year to give back to the community in various ways. This was their first such function at Fulton Annex.Museum passes available free at the LibraryNorth Bergen and Guttenberg residents can now reserve and borrow museum passes for free at the library and resource center.Library members can currently reserve free passes to the Newark Museum, Grounds for Sculpture, and the Garden State Discovery Museum.Passes are available to borrow for three days (including pick-up and return), and there is a $20 refundable deposit required at the time of pick-up.Call 201-869-4715 ext. 3 with any questions. North Bergen celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15There’s an event almost every day during Hispanic Heritage Month in North Bergen. From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the township will hold dozens of cultural and educational events to highlight and promote the contributions Hispanics have made throughout our history to keep our community strong.The North Bergen Free Public Library is hosting a vast array of events and activities, in addition to the parades and other fun celebrations taking place during the festive month. Among the many events scheduled are dance classes, Spanish films, art programs, cooking demonstrations, family activities, a carnival, and more. A full calendar of events taking place throughout the township is available at http://www.northbergen.org/_Content/pdf/HispanicHeritageMonth2018.pdf.National Hispanic Heritage Week was established in 1968 and expanded to National Hispanic Heritage Month in 1988. The month includes the anniversaries of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Chile, Belize, and Mexico.North Bergen hosts a thriving and robust Hispanic community comprising individuals from many countries who have made enormous contributions to our diverse society by sharing their talents, culture, traditions, and their deep connection to family values. The township strongly supports this celebration of the rich cultural traditions and significant achievements of our Hispanic and Latin American communities.Ceremony in Braddock Park honors 9/11 victims on 17th anniversary
The No. 7 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (4-2-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten) has impressed in a major way through the first few weeks of the new season, but without the Crease Creatures and the rest of the Kohl Center faithful, their success may not have come to fruition.Behind star freshmen Alex Turcotte and Cole Caufield, the Badgers wouldn’t be standing as the potential team to beat come conference play in November. But it’s impossible to give credit to the team without the fans and the atmosphere of the Kohl Center.Formed as a student organization in 2017, the Crease Creatures have increased the gameday atmosphere during home hockey games for several years now. Unlike previous years, however, the Creatures are now a full-fledged organization that is being supported by the UW Athletic Department and the hockey team, including student giveaways.“The difference is this year, our adviser, Allison [Minisce] came to us and she’s like ‘What could we do for a student giveaway,’ and we ended up deciding on red glow sticks and red student t-shirts for the home opener,” Director of Gameday Atmosphere Jack Pientka said.Crease Creatures: the story behind UW’s first hockey student orgWhen you’re standing in the student section of the Kohl Center, it can be easy to feel distant from all Read…With the leadership of organizational board members — including President JT Nejedlo, Vice President Ashley Cherney, Secretary Kaitlin Indermuehle and Pientka — the club has found their sweet spot in 2019.In their first meeting, the group said they had about 25 members come to learn more about what the Creatures are all about. They also stated there are approximately 45 members in their club group chat.With the help of these “official” members and the rest of the student section, the Crease Creatures successfully cheered the Badgers to a home sweep against the two-time defending NCAA Champion Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.In game one of the weekend matchup, the Badgers scored three goals in the third period to win 6–2. To follow up that performance, the Badgers came out Saturday night and put the Bulldogs away with two goals in the second period en route to a 3–1 victory. The atmosphere of both games was truly insane and much of that energy can be chalked up to the Crease Creatures and the rest of the student section.“[Coach Granato] says it, and he’ll say it again: The energy in the Kohl Center comes from the student section,” Cherney said. “And that’s why we definitely need people to pack those stands.”Men’s Hockey: Badgers dominate reigning NCAA Champion Minnesota-Duluth in home-opening sweepThe No. 6 ranked University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (3-1-0) made a big statement this past weekend in front Read…The Crease Creatures were created as a way to both increase attendance and interaction with the men’s hockey team. Today, it’s safe to say that goal has been met.Between the planning of student giveaways and the annual “Skate with the Badgers” event, the connectedness of the hockey community has steadily risen for the past several years, even with teams that have underperformed.Despite this lack of success, this season provides hope for fans as the team finds themselves with several top draft picks from the 2019 NHL Draft and stands as the No. 6 team in the country to this point. In their home-opening weekend, the Badgers displayed their incredible scoring ability against one of the best teams in the country, reinforcing the hope in longtime Badger fans.“We haven’t made it to the NCAA Tournament and that feels like something that we should’ve been in some years, but we haven’t been in it for awhile now,” Pientka said. “So with all the talent we have on the team I think that getting into that tournament should be the hope at a minimum.”Men’s Hockey: Badgers NHL draftees set to take off in freshman seasonFollowing an NHL Draft that featured four Badgers, the University of Wisconsin squad is loaded with young talent. Alex Turcotte, Read…What separates the Crease Creatures from a conventional hockey fan is their vested interest and love for the game. The Creatures are an organization for hockey fans who want to be part of more than just a game and care about making the gameday experience and atmosphere better.Many of the Crease Creatures weren’t even that into hockey before coming to UW. In fact, both Ashley and JT came from backgrounds that didn’t involve watching much hockey, professionally or collegiately.“I watched professional hockey a little bit in middle school, but I’ve never had a connection to any sort of team,” Nejedlo said. “I came here and I thought the games were a lot of fun, so that’s pretty much the only hockey that I watch.”With the help of the Crease Creatures, the student section and the rest of the mass of fans that enter the Kohl Center each night, expect Wisconsin to continue to thrive in home matchups all season and hopefully make a return to the NCAA Tournament come April.You can learn more about the Crease Creatures by following them on Twitter @CreaseCreatures or you can attend a UW men’s hockey game and search for the loudest fans in the student section.