‘Hola! North Bergen’ is first Spanish-based municipal Facebook page in NJ, officials say

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“Hola! North Bergen” is the first Spanish-based municipal Facebook page in New Jersey, which was created to provide COVID-19 updates for Hispanic residents, officials said this afternoon.

Screenshot via Facebook.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month 2019, the Township of North Bergen expanded its community outreach by launching “¡Hola North Bergen!,” the first official Spanish-language Facebook page produced by a municipality in New Jersey.

“Strong communication with our residents has always been a key objective of my administration, and ¡Hola North Bergen! is designed to strengthen the ties and transparency with our Hispanic community,” Mayor Nick Sacco said in a statement.

“I’m pleased to have launched this initiative to provide timely news, resources, and information in a format that is easily accessible to our Spanish-speaking residents, providing for greater safety and well-being within our community.”

With the outbreak of the coronavirus/COVID-19, the page aims to be a critical portal for distributing information in Spanish about the efforts the township is making to address the crisis.

Important information is posted daily about school and municipal closures, parking regulations, Health Department updates, business and tenant resources, and much, much more.

“Everyone knows how social media is a vital way to keep connected to what is going on around us,” Commissioner Julio Marenco added.

“With this Spanish-language page, the lines of communication are greatly expanded and available 24/7 to keep everyone up to date on upcoming activities, policy issues, police and safety concerns, and much more.”

The page is updated with detailed information about the township and including the Police, Health, Parking, Public Works, Recreation, Departments – among others.

In a critical situation it’s vital for residents to be able to receive information quickly, and through ¡Hola North Bergen! The township is able to keep residents updated on a minute-by-minute basis.

Residents can find photos and news about everything in the public interest, ranging from job postings and road closures to social events like Winterfest or National Night Out.

¡Hola North Bergen! joins the township’s existing social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as the website, Help Desk, and NB Connect, in ensuring that North Bergen residents are safe, well-informed, and have round-the-clock access to timely resources, news, and information.