2 May

NORTH BERGEN BRIEFS

first_imgSpeaking 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 volunteersLearn 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 terminationTwo 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. ×North Bergen residents recently enjoyed a free swimming night at the municipal pool on Aug. 16. (See briefs). Photo by Art Schwartz North Bergen residents recently enjoyed a free swimming night at the municipal pool on Aug. 16. (See briefs). Photo by Art Schwartz center_img A perfect night for a free swimMore 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.last_img read more

6 Oct

Tropical glass house combines location with eco-friendly features

first_img12 Wongaree Way, Currumbin Valley is on the market for $1.5 million.FORGET the saying about living in glass houses — with this hidden gem built of recycled timber and located in an award-winning ecovillage, the only criticism you might face is from your bank balance.The property is called Hideaway Point and lives up to its name; you travel past tumbling creeks and a woodland forest before reaching the transparent walls of this stunning home. Currumbin Eco Village has accumulated 33 awards.Currumbin Ecovillage boasts 33 environmental accolades, including the title of World Best Environmental Development in 2008. The village offers communal facilities including a pool, oval, library, playground, gym, community hall, cafe and recycling centre. Hideaway Point in Currumbin Valley.Bright green tangles of foliage brush up against the floor-to-ceiling windows of rooms including a bathroom and a living room, while the glass on the other side of the house frames wide vistas of Currumbin Valley.Cypress timber floors are used to span the main living area of the house, and the rest has been hand crafted and designed using raw and recycled materials. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago The trees offer natural privacy. Raw and recycled timber has been used at the property. The property sits on a 6909sq m parcel of land. Imagine waking up to this view.Elsewhere, four-metre high ceilings soar over a seamless designer kitchen while a wrap around timber balcony beckons to be relaxed upon. There’s also a second residence — a studio — on the property, and an array of fruit and nut trees, vegetable garden and vertical herb garden. In keeping with its location in the Currumbin Ecovillage, the property features solar panels and water storage. last_img read more