Acting State Health Commissioner approves $12.2 million Medowlands Hospital saleActing State Health Commissioner Christopher Rinn has approved the sale of Meadowlands Hospital in Secaucus to Long Island developer Yan Moshe, according to a letter sent to the hospital’s acting CFO Friday.In his letter, Rinn says he “evaluated” Moshe’s application and believes it is consistent with state standards.Rinn’s approval clears the final hurdle for transferring hospital ownership from MHA, LLC to NJMHMC. Moshe is principal owner of NJMHMC. Moshe said he plans on keeping the same number of services the hospital has currently, and improving on them in the future.Rinn also said in the letter that Moshe’s application “expresses its commitment to the continuity of services in Hudson County.” He noted that at a November meeting with the state health planning board, Moshe said that “the hospital has been a greatly underutilized asset and there’s much more that can be done to enable it to achieve its full potential.”At that same meeting, according to Rinn’s letter, Secaucus Town Administrator Gary Jeffas, on the town’s behalf, spoke positively of the application to purchase the hospital.At a public hearing regarding the sale in October, 12 of 13 people who spoke favored the application, helping sway Rinn’s decision, according to the letter. According to Rinn’s letter, Moshe will put up $5 million for the hospital’s $12.2 million purchase price. The remaining $7.2 million will come via loan. North Bergen woman arrested for allegedly striking cop during Hoboken SantaConHoboken police arrested a North Bergen woman after she allegedly struck an officer during the Hoboken SantaCon last weekend, according to a police report.Three officers were patrolling near 228 Washington St. when they observed Janelle Chirino, 21, exiting a bar. The restaurant’s staff told the officers they were having an issue with Chirino.Officers Kyle Seper and Matt Rossi attempted to calm Chirino, who was allegedly intoxicated at the time. She allegedly became agitated and unruly, the report said. Both officers requested medical attention. She allegedly hit Seper and a responding EMT in the face as they tried to put her on a stretcher.The officers eventually left Chirino in the care of the Hoboken University Medical Center. She is charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest. She received a summons to appear in court for the charges.This year’s SantaCon proved heavily controversial. The Hoboken Police Department reportedly made 17 arrests during the event, many for assault and disorderly conduct. Mayor Elect Ravi Bhalla is considering action against future SantaCons. On Dec. 17, he re-Tweeted a petition calling on the city to ban the event.Street sweeping suspended on XmasNorth Bergen will suspend street sweeping Dec. 25. The regular schedule will resume on the 26th.Free two-hour parking at meters Dec. 18 to Jan. 1Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Parking Authority Executive Director Robert Baselice are pleased to offer free two-hour parking at all meters for North Bergen shoppers. The free two-hour parking extends from Dec. 18 through Jan. 1, 2018. Metered parking enforcement will resume on Jan. 2, 2018.North Pole comes to North Bergen for library holiday eventSanta Claus just can’t get enough of North Bergen’s kids. He once again took time out during his busy season to stop by the main branch of the North Bergen Free Public Library on Friday, Dec. 15 to greet a huge crowd of local children and regale them with tales from his storybook. After that Mr. Claus posed for photos with each and every kid and their families.Mayor Nicholas Sacco was on hand to introduce Santa, along with Commissioners Hugo Cabrera and Julio Marenco, Freeholder Anthony Vainieri, Library Director Sai Rao, and a healthy selection of elves and volunteers.Meanwhile the back room of the library was transformed into a busy game room, complete with table competition, mini-hoops, and DDR. Everyone who attended got to take home a goodie bag filled with treats.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, Jan. 9 at 6:30 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 information 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.