• 17 Jun 2015 1:41 PM | Anonymous

    From Project Handshake:

    Jersey City’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, New Jersey City University, (NJCU) Starting Points and the Citi Foundation are conducting the first immigrant research study in Jersey City, Project Handshake.

    According to the United States Census, between 2009-2013, the foreign-born population of Jersey City represented 39% or 98,153 people.  Over the years, there has been no research about this immigrant population and its needs. By conducting this research project in the six wards of the city, we will gain a good snapshot of the foreign-born population.

    The City Council Members of Jersey City support this research and they have shared the names of some of the community leaders in each ward. We are looking for at least 6-10 volunteers to participate in a focus group in your ward.  This focus group is generally set up on Tuesday at 2-4 or 6-8 p.m.

    The design for Project Handshake consists of two focus groups (FG) per ward, two hours per focus group.  City Corps (community interpreters and translators) will provide the translation and interpretation as requested. NJCU student volunteers have been trained to document the information by the International Institute for Community Building of Starting Points who will also lead the FG discussions.

    I am asking for a diverse mix of immigrants (old, young, married, unmarried, newly settled in Jersey City or a longtime resident of the city) to participate in a focus group. After collecting the information from the focus groups, we will prepare a document which will be shared with the City Council of Jersey City, New Jersey City University and the Citi Community Development Fund.  No names will be mentioned in the report and comments will be made in confidence.

    If you have any questions about this project, please contact  ctansey@startingpoints.edu
  • 17 Jun 2015 1:32 PM | Anonymous

    Hudson County Center is asking us to help spread the word for the following events and sent us the following:

    Listed are upcoming activities that will be taking place at our Hudson County Center. Please help us promote these activities with people in our community. 

    1. English Conversation Circles for people who want to practice their English in a relaxed environment. This 10-week summer program will beginWednesday July 8th 2015.  
    2. Voter Registration Drive August 3rd - 7th 2015. We want to register as many eligible voters in Hudson County as possible. 
    3. Citizenship Preparation Classes. Our next session begins Tuesday July 28th 2015 (classes will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays). Registration is now open. Call to register. 

    Attached are flyers for these upcoming events; all of our programs are at no cost to the community of Hudson County. We are also accepting volunteers to help us run these programs.Contact us if you have any questions.  





  • 15 Jun 2015 10:38 AM | Anonymous

    The Jersey City Planning Board will review a report titled "Report Concerning the Determination of the City Hall Study Area as a "Non-Condemnation Area in Need of Redevelopment" at its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 5:30pm, 280 Grove Street.

    The JC Planning Division will present this report documenting the current conditions of the property mentioned above.  

    Click the following link for the pdf file of the full report:  City Hall Study Report

  • 25 May 2015 2:43 PM | Anonymous

    It's official!  The middle school, Explore 2000, will be moving to 180 9th Street.  

    Explore 2000, the county middle school serving students in grades 6-8, is moving to the Ninth Street facility.  This move will enable this STEM- focused and project-based school to grow from approximately 50 students to 240 students and create lab space for hands-on learning. The school has an excellent track record of preparing students for high-performing local high schools and its expansion will increase the availability of quality middle school options for Jersey City students. 

    In addition, the County will be offering a range of adult education courses at the facility, including advanced manufacturing, as well as ESL and GED classes. The gymnasium will be continue to be accessible to Jersey City organizations.



  • 20 May 2015 9:20 PM | Anonymous
    The Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association in conjunction with the Jersey City Art School are hosting a design idea competition for a Little Free Library, to be placed in Hamilton Park. 
    The HPNA is providing a $300.00 prize for the winning design! 

    DEADLINE: JUNE 15, 2015

    What is a Little Free Library?
    It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite books. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of literature and stories where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. There are tens of thousands of Little Free Libraries throughout the world. For more information on the Little Free Library movement, as well as useful information for designing one, see littlefreelibrary.org.

    Design requirements:
    Designed structure should hold a minimum of 30-40 books.It should have flexible Space to accommodate big books (children's book or oversize books)
    Height / Length: 5 ft maximum - Width / Depth: 2 ft. maximum.  Material specification is must. Be sure to design for protected use in all weather conditions, and have anti-vandalism features.
    Electronic entries are preferred, but designs can be sent via drawings or model as well. Be sure to include your name, phone number, e-mail, and address.

    Please send your entries to:
    Bhavana Ingale, HPNA Trustee, i.bhavna@gmail.com, or c/o PMB #166, 344 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302
    Any questions? Call Brigid Cahalan, HPNA Trustee at 646-784-5447






  • 19 May 2015 12:09 PM | Anonymous
    There is a development proposed that falls central to all of our downtown neighborhoods at Columbus & Barrow. The Van Vorst Neighborhood Association will be having the BNE Group speak tonight regarding their proposal for an 18 story building, currently zoned for 7 stories.

    Tuesday May 19th  @7:00pm
    Barrow Mansion  83 Wayne Street
    ~Free & Open to all~


    This is from the Van Vorst newsletter:

    The BNE Group is working on a proposed project for the Columbus Corner Redevelopment Plan (RDP).  This RDP has specific requirements regarding the rehabilitation of existing Historic resources and new construction located on Barrow Street within the Historic District.  Their proposal includes an 18 story residential tower in the Mixed Use portion of the RDP, which exceeds the allowable 7 stories (80') permitted by the current RDP.  Since a project of this scale will impact not only the immediate block, but also the surrounding blocks located within the Van Vorst Park Historic District, and would also require amendments to the current RDP, BNE is invited to receive community input/comment.

    2015.04.20 Columbus Corner - BNE Design Narrative.pdf

    Below is a link to the current Columbus Corner Redevelopment Plan that BNE Group is asking to be changed.

    2013.02.13 Columbus Corner RDP.pdf

  • 14 May 2015 1:47 PM | Anonymous
    This Spring the Hamilton Park Children's Community Garden will launch "Small Green Thumbs", a four week Children's Gardening Program to prep the garden for the summer months.  Throughout the four week program children and adults will learn what goes into caring for the garden and how proper maintenance can create a beautiful space for everyone to enjoy.


    The program is designed for children 5 and older.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


    Below is a rough schedule of activities for the four week program.  Depending on weather and needs of the gardening these activities may vary slightly.
    • Week 1: Deadhead spring bulbs and learn to braid daffodils, identify weeds and help to spread mulch 
    • Week 2: Identify and pull weeds, spread compost
    • Week 3: Label plants throughout the garden
    • Week 4: Join us for a wrap up of our mini garden program!


    Thursdays, 6-7pm May 21st, 28th, June 4th and June 11th

    Space is limited.  Contact Beth if interested in joining: bsmithmoncrief@gmail.com


  • 29 Apr 2015 1:18 PM | Anonymous

    The Department of Public Works proudly announces the 2015 Spring Tree Planting. In an effort to make Jersey City a Cleaner & Greener place, they are offering 3 ” to 4 1⁄2 " caliber trees for $200.00 dollars
    If you have any questions please call the Division of Parks Maintenance at 201-547- 4449.


    Ordering Instructions & Information:

    1. Ordering deadline May 22, 2015

    2. Trees will only be planted along curb line adjacent to owners property. No private property requests please.

    3. When ordering remember recommendation that trees be planted twenty feet (20') apart and five feet (5') from utilities.

    4. Final planting location will be determined by the Director of Park Maintenance or his designee.

      If you have a preferred location you may note it below in comments. Preferred location may be changed if utilities or other considerations warrant such action.

    5. Tree supply is limited and orders will be filled on a first come first served basis.

    6. Property owners are responsible for watering trees. (See accompanying instructions.) 



  • 27 Apr 2015 2:18 PM | Anonymous

    PSE&G anticipates that the bridge on Newark Ave., just east of Harsimus Cemetery and west of Division Street, will be closed for approximately 45 minutes this evening, possibly from 8:45 – 9:30 PM, to support the construction of the PSEG North East Grid electric transmission reliability project, www.pseg.com/negrid.

     

    The bridge work has been noted in the recent and daily PSE&G electric transmission construction updates under “Near 435 Newark Ave.”


  • 26 Apr 2015 5:06 PM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       

    April 24, 2015                                                                                                           

    Making New Jersey Energy Strong: PSE&G to upgrade gas facilities in Jersey City

    (April 24, 2015) – Under its Energy Strong program, Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G) is upgrading natural gas facilities in the following sections of Jersey City:

    ·      Christopher Columbus Drive to Grand Avenue

    ·      Varick Street to Warren Street

    ·      Division Street to Warren Street

    ·      Manila Avenue to 13th Street

    ·      Intersection of 13th Street at Monmouth Street

    Beginning on or about April 27, work will take place Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., conditions permitting.

    Before construction can start, the utility has been making test holes to verify the location of the existing gas main. After this work is complete, PSE&G will then begin installing new gas mains and upgrading associated service lines that carry the gas to homes and businesses.

    PSE&G has met several times with Jersey City officials to review the work and obtain all necessary permits. In addition, the company will host a meeting for residents in the affected areas 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2015 to explain the project in more detail. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 280 Grove Street, Jersey City.

     

    This upgrade is part of PSE&G’s Energy Strong program to strengthen and protect the state’s electric and gas infrastructure from severe weather. Customers will be notified when work is about to begin in their area and can find a list of streets at www.pseg.com/energystrong.  

    The gas main replacement portion of the work is expected to be complete in December. The paving and restoration of the streets is expected to be finished by the spring of 2016.  

    As part of Energy Strong, PSE&G is replacing 250 miles of older cast iron main with new plastic pipe in or near flood areas throughout its service territory. In 2014, the utility installed over 98 miles of new pipe in 34 towns throughout New Jersey. These new pipes will prevent water from entering the mains, increasing the reliability of gas service in these locations.

    “We’re working to build the resiliency into our systems needed to withstand the kind of severe weather that has devastated our state in recent years,” said Ralph LaRossa, PSE&G president and COO. “The gas pipes we are replacing were impacted by flood waters from Hurricane Irene or the storm surges from Superstorm Sandy. Once this work is done, our gas system in these areas will be better protected during future storms.”

    To upgrade the mains, it will be necessary to dig trenches in the roadway to install the new pipe. As a result, there may be road closures, detours and/or parking restrictions. Local police will be on the scene to direct vehicle and pedestrian traffic. At the end of each workday, the trenches will be filled in. Plates will be secured on any other open areas so people can safely drive and walk.

    Once the gas mains are upgraded, PSE&G will need to access customers’ homes to connect their service and meter to the new main. PSE&G will contact homeowners to arrange a date and time to do the work. During this reconnection, customers will be without gas service for approximately four hours. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

     

    For everyone’s safety, PSE&G crews will be using work area protection including traffic cones, utility work signs, and barriers to allow the job to be done safely. The utility reminds motorists to slow down and follow detour signs when driving through the construction area.

    Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey’s oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three-quarters of the state’s population. PSE&G is the winner of the ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability. PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a diversified energy company (www.pseg.com).



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