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N.J. pets in need: October 2018

If you're interested in helping homeless animals but aren't able to adopt one, there are a number of other ways you can be of assistance. Here are some suggestions for ways people who want to help in caring for homeless animals: NJ Pets in Need

Heights Branch Library: October events: click here

 Coffee with a Cop—Oct. 25 @ Square 1

The 3rd Thursday, as always!

The Mayor’s Ward D / Heights Community Meeting: moved to Saturday, December 1st, 9 AM until Noon.

31st Annual Flea Market and Park Fest

RNA Presents the 31st Annual Flea Market and Park Fest in Riverview Park in the JC Heights. Enjoy a day in the park with great bargain hunting, live music and DJ's, breakfast and lunch 

VENDORS WANTED - REGISTER HERE:
http://riverviewneighborhood.org/2018-flea-market-park-fest/

Parking Permit application form

In certain neighborhoods in Jersey City and during certain times, parking permits are required for any vehicle parked over 2 hours (zone parking).


Please use the form below to apply for a resident or non-resident vehicle parking permit. Any temporary, visitor passes, or transfers of existing passes to a different vehicle must be done in person at the Division of Parking @ 394 Central Avenue.

If you have any questions, please call the Division of Parking Enforcement at (201) 547-5538 ext 3.


PARKING PERMITS

This form is private and secure. However, if you feel uncomfortable sending this information digitally, you can visit the office and bring these documents in person.

The office is open from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday. It is located at 394 Central Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07307


If you have any questions, please call (201) 547-5538.

Music and Peach Pie on August 4th

7th Annual Perfect Peach Pie Contest! Riverview Farmers Market presents the bake-off on August 5th, 10 AM to 3 PM. In addition to the contest and tasting afterward, we'll have kids' activities and lots of peach-themed items from our vendors. See flyer below. Apply here. There will also be free outdoor music by The Fuzzy Lemons at 12:30 and by Joe Taino & Dave Post at 2 PM. Both acts appear as part of this year’s Music in the Park series.

Join the Jersey City Office of Sustainability for these upcoming events:

How  Residents can Save Money on Energy Costs 

on Wednesday, July 25, at 6:30 PM in City Hall Council Chambers. 

• Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs for Residents: Renters and homeowners • Save money when you replace appliances • Weatherization • LED’s, and other Low-Cost Ways to Save Energy.
How to Support Renewables and Go Solar in Jersey City

on Thursday, August 2 at 6:30 PM, City Hall Council Chambers 

• Clean Energy Campaign • Renters and Homeowners: How can you support the transition to renewable energy? with the New Jersey Sierra Club Get Paid for going solar • Join Your Neighbors and Get Solar for Less with the New Jersey Solar United Solar Cooperative Program.
• Learn more at our brand new energy education website. All participants receive free sustainability office giveaways! www.jcmakeitgreen.org

Save the Date—July 31st: 
Introducing the Pershing Field Neighborhood Association ...

... a new neighborhood association formed to give the Heights community more of a say on decisions that affect the quality of life—from controlling development and gentrification to protecting our old growth trees—generally, working to improve life in all the Heights neighborhoods. The First General Meeting will be on Tuesday, July 31 at 7 PM, at the Vietnam Vets Memorial Building in Pershing Field Park. Membership is open to residents in the association area (see below), but all are welcome to attend!

Leonard Gordon Master Plan 
The next meeting is July 26th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the  Pershing Field Community Center

Summer Days: Kayak the Reservoir!

Saturday, July 21st and 28th

Saturdays at The Reservoir, the 21st and 28th of July. Spend the day kayaking, fishing*, hiking, and playing in nature at Jersey City's 13-acre open-air reservoir; be prepared to get wet! This is a free event open to the public to explore and enjoy all the offerings of Jersey City Reservoir #3. Summer Days events will be held at the Jefferson Avenue Entrance, but the gate at Pershing Plaza and Summit Ave. will be open for entry at its regular 9 to 5 schedule. *(adults only)

Washington Park Wednesdays

The event is located at the newly renovated picnic area in Washington Park on New York Avenue between Paterson Plank Road and 2nd Street.  No need to cook as there will be food trucks there. Enjoy a night out with the family, bring your chairs and enjoy! 

Journal Square CSA

My first Farmer's market was the Greenmarket at Union Square. Back then there were real farmers making the trip into the city, plus a few vendors—the crabcake guys come to mind—they really were from Baltimore. Many of the vegetables were a bit scruffy looking; I swear that made them even more delicious.

    

To get that dirty, deliciousness today you're better off joining a CSA: Community Supported Agriculture. It's also a fabulous journey of surprise as you learn to cook with what shows up in your box or bag—only the fruits and vegetables that are in season. That's pretty cool, right?


The Journal Square CSA has been in operation for several years now. They will be coming to our meeting this Thursday at 7 PM, with sign-up sheets and talking about the importance of supporting local agriculture. It's a good thing. JSCSA

Building relationships, one cup at a time.

This March 8th found Coffee with a Cop at the new Paulie's Brickhouse at 264 Central Avenue. The mission of these get-togethers is to break down barriers and allow us to get to know the officers in our neighborhood. 

March 15 Meeting Thursday at 7 PM

Our Guest Speakers will be Kern Weissman, President of the Riverview Neighborhood Association and Anthony Romano, County Freeholder. Kern will be speaking on the proposed amendments to the R2 Zoning for Palisade Avenue as well as the proposed development at 418-432 Palisade Ave. Anthony will be discussing County Government.


EVENTS & CAUSES:


Mayor Fulop requests your presence at the STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS | Ward D  Tuesday, March 20th at 6:30 PM. Christa McAuliffe School P.S. 28, 167 Hancock Ave.

CivicJC will host another tax appeal workshop. This event is free and open to all JC residents. Thursday, March 15th 6:30 pm, Council Chambers City Hall, 280 Grove St. For more: [email protected]

Safe Streets: Jersey City has adopted the Vision Zero initiative,
adding Jersey City to a list of more than 30 U.S. municipalities that have employed the traffic safety strategy. The order establishes a 13-member task force charged with creating a comprehensive plan to eliminate car crashes that result in fatalities and severe injuries by 2026. Full story here.

FREE Income Tax preparation at United Way Hudson County! Starting now through April 13th, 2018 No age or income requirements! You can have your Federal and State income taxes electronically prepared and filed by IRS certified volunteers all for FREE. United Way of Hudson County is teaming up with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program and HOPES to provide this free service to anyone in the Hudson County area. No Appointment Needed! 855 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City, Wednesdays and Fridays from now until April 13, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM Call 201-468-8805 to schedule an appointment.

There is also FREE Income Tax service from the Brian Stack Civic Association on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 PM and on Saturdays from 10 AM to 3 PM. 811 West Street, Union City. Call 201-686-9399 or 552-225-6489 to make an appointment. Electronic filing is available! 

FREE "Please be a Good Neighbor, Clean up after your Dog" Signs
Signs are now available at Councilman Yun's office at 366 Central Ave. You can pick up anytime. Dog waste has become a big problem in the Heights as some dog owners are irresponsible and do not pick it up. Dog poop is dirty, smelly and transmits disease! Let's work together to make the Heights a cleaner and healthier place to live! We all must have HEIGHTS' PRIDE! 201-222-3534 or

St. John's Food Pantry offers bags of groceries or sandwiches to people in need on the 2nd Saturday of every month! Hours are 8 am - 12:30 pm. St. John's Lutheran Food Pantry, 155 North Street - Tel. (201) 589-1781

AARP Monthly Meeting Chapter 5102
St. John’s Parish Hall, 155 North St., off Summit. 1 to 3 PM on the first Saturday of the month.

Animals need help, too. For any animal in trouble: dogs, cats, raccoons, possum, skunks call Animal Control:  201-547-4888. Our AC is top notch and really do care about animals. Feral or stray cats are better served with local rescues like Pad for Paws: 917-225-7707, Neighborhood Cats: 201-204-8514. For injured birds, large or small, contact The Raptor Trust: 908-647-2353 or  [email protected]. All these groups will tell you what to do to help. 

Monthly Service Reports: Our Police and the Resident’s Response Center are among the Community Resources that attend; City Program applications etc. can be found at each and every meeting. Join us for coffee and get involved. 

"Mosquito Park" 
Planning Meeting

The City of Jersey City seeks input and neighborhood suggestions regarding a master plan to revitalize and renovate Leonard Gordon Park. Input is needed to ensure that the legacy of this park will endure for generations to come. Please come on Saturday, March 24, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 PM at Leonard Gordon Park (no meeting point specified).

N.J. pets in need: March 12, 2018

Pets in need: Go to the link at left to find information on how to adopt these animals, along with several more. There are 36 in all.  By Greg Hatala  The Star-Ledger

Heights Branch Library March Events

Movies: Thursdays at 1:00 PM
• MARCH 15      THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Oscar winners. Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell. 2017.  Rated R. 
• MARCH 22    MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case. Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams. 2017 PG-13.
• MARCH 29    DARKEST HOUR Winston Churchill must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler. Oscar Winner. Gary Oldman 2017 PG-13.

Special Programs for Children and Young Adults
• GUESS THE JELLY BEAN CONTEST. WINNER ANNOUNCED ON March 28
 Easter Craft – Friday, March 23 at 3:30 PM Pre-Registration required, Limit of 30 children Ages 5 up.
Ongoing Adult Program: Crochet Club – Thursdays at 3:30 PM

FREE INCOME TAX PREPARATION

Free Income Tax preparation at United Way Hudson County! Starting February 7th, 2018 through April 13th, 2018 No age or income requirements! You can have your Federal and State income taxes electronically prepared and filed by IRS certified volunteers all for FREE. United Way of Hudson County is teaming up with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program and HOPES to provide this free service to anyone in the Hudson County area.  No Appointment Needed! 

    855 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City, Wednesdays and Fridays from now until April 13, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm • Call 201-468-8805 to schedule an appointment.


There is also FREE Income Tax service from the Brian Stack Civic Association on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 PM and on Saturdays from 10 AM to 3 PM. 

    811 West Street, Union City. Call 201-686-9399 or 552-225-6489 to make an appointment. Electronic filing is available! 

Hello, Pedestrians!

JC Walks is working hard to put together recommendations for improving the walking environment in Jersey City. They plan to present recommendations based on the Fall workshops soon. In the meantime, the JC Walks Team wants to know: Where is your favorite place to walk in Jersey City? JC Favorite Walks If you'd rather send us a photo of your favorite street, you can tag us on Instagram at @jcwalkspedplan

FREE “Be a Good neighbor” Dog Signs

FREE HEAVYWEIGHT SIGNS

"Please be a Good Neighbor, Clean up after your Dog" signs are now available at Councilman Yun's office at 366 Central Ave. You can pick up anytime. 

   Dog waste has become a big problem in the Heights as some dog owners are irresponsible and do not pick it up. Dog waste is dirty, smelly and transmits disease. Let's work together to make the Heights a cleaner and healthier place to live! We all must have HEIGHTS' PRIDE!


Mike Santasieri
June 19, 1934
 - December 14, 2017 

Michael Santasieri, 83, of Lyndhurst, formerly of Jersey City, New Jersey, passed away on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Mr. Santasieri was a member of the High Hopes Block Association in Jersey City and the Metro I.L.A. Union. 


Funeral Service Wednesday 1PM at the Ippolito-Stellato Funeral Home, 425 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends will be received Wednesday 10AM-1PM. Full obituary here.

Annual Holiday Party

Thursday, December 21st at 7 PM until....?  as always at Renato'sOnly $25.00 for a festive and fabulous meal with friends and neighbors. Must sign up asap!

JC Shovels Volunteer Application

Fill out this form to be listed as a volunteer for the City of Jersey City’s program: JC SHOVELS. Volunteers are to provide their services to help disabled and senior homeowners that cannot shovel snow. Volunteers are to abide by the following guidelines:

1. Participation is voluntary and unpaid; no volunteer should solicit money from resident receiving the service.
2. Volunteer must be 16 year and older
3. Volunteers should wear proper winter clothing when shoveling.
4. Shoveling should be done no more than 24 hours after snow fall.
5. Volunteers are only to shovel the sidewalk, pathway to the entrance of the home; and place salt.
6. Salt should only be used on the sidewalk of residents receiving the service, no other property.
7. Shovels and salt need to be returned to their storage location.

Application.

Coffee with a Cop!

Always a good event; this time at the newly renovated Pizza Masters. Wednesday, October 25th, 287 Central Avenue at 7 PM until 9 PM. 

A Ward C City Council Forum will be held on Tuesday, October 24th at 7 to 9 PM at PS 28 Christa McAuliffe School 167 Hancock Avenue in the auditorium.

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This event is proudly co-sponsored by Riverview Neighborhood Association, Heights Votes, Heights Community Coalition, Washington Park Association, Pershing Field Garden Friends, Farms in the Heights, Nelson Avenue Block Association,Pershing Field Garden Friends.

FREE Expungement Clinic:
Clearing Your Criminal Record

Find out how to clear your criminal record in NJ. An attorney will present an overview of New Jersey expungement law, review the kinds of offenses that can and cannot be expunged, and provide step-by-step instructions for filing an expungement petition with the court.  This is a free legal workshop for low-income and other qualifying residents. To register: (973) 247-8651 

Live on the Palisades

September 1 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Live at the Lumberyard has transformed into Live on the Palisades. Come on out for awesome music and food! Bring a lawn chair or blanket and come early to pick out a good spot with an amazing view.


7:00 PM  Keith Kenny
8:00 PM  Sea of Otters
9:00 PM  By Design
DJ in between sets 


Special thanks to sponsors:
Yoga in the Heights
Fox and Crow
Guitar Bar Drum Den
Friggin Fabulous Productions
Remco Press of NJ
107 Bowers Gallery & ArtSpace

No alcohol is permitted at this event.

College Application & Scholarship help 

QuestBridge connects the nation's brightest students from low-income backgrounds to top colleges across the United States. We have two programs, the National College Match for high school seniors, and the College Prep Scholars Program for high school juniors. When you refer students to QuestBridge, we will send them information about our programs so they can start their path to a top college. Referrals help us reach more students, but they are not required to apply. Students can opt out of our communications at any timeYou can refer younger students and we will contact them when they become eligible to apply for our programs. 

Learn more about who we are looking for >
Program Deadlines:

  • National College Match: Application Period: Early August - Late September
  • College Prep Scholars Program: Application Period: Mid-February - Late March

Local Events

Riverview Jazz Festival 

Wednesday June 7th

Pershing Fields Jazz in the Park Eric Zolan Quartet 6:30 pm 

Outside the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Community Center in Pershing Field.

The Hutton Ian Kenselaar Trio featuring Mark Gross 

9 - 11pm 225 Hutton St., Jersey City, NJ


Friday June 9th:
RNA & The Statuary Presents at Historic Holland Street
The Vault Allure    7:30pm - 10pm Holland Street corner of Bowers & Palisade.
Fox and Crow  KJ Denhert  10:00 pm DJ Jose Ray  midnight
594 Palisade Ave., Jersey City Heights, NJ

Saturday June 10th:
2 stages 12:00 - 8:00 pm 
Holland Street Stage: 
Ted Chubb, Camille Thurman, Snarky Horns (from Snarky Puppy), Moore's Lounge All-Stars feat Wycliffe Gordon
Ogden Avenue Stage Riverview- Fisk Park :
Beninghove's Hangmen, Charenée Wade,
Stephane Wrembel Band, International Jazz Quartet feat. Jimmy Cobb, The Fania Project and DJ Prestige 
Fox and Crow Official RJF After-Party Jam Session w/ George Coleman Jr. 9:30pm 594 Palisade Ave., Jersey City Heights, NJ

Do good at breakfast.

Car Show

Come one Come all to Junk Box Car Show. All types of Cars walk around and check them out. There will be Food and Music. Music by. DJ Ricky3. Bring the whole family. Part of the proceeds will benefit St. John's Food Pantry. PLEASE COME OUT TO HELP SUPPORT THIS EVENT.  May 20th. Time 11AM to 1PM. 155 North Street Jersey City In the St. John's Parking Lot., off Summit Ave.

2nd Annual Great Jersey City Cleanup  

The Cleanup will be held in honor of Earth Day on April 29, 2017 and will take place throughout Jersey City. Leonard Gordon Park and St. Anthony Park to be cleaned, meet @ 9 AM. Volunteers need to register! More information, and a registration form is online at volunteer or you can email [email protected] for details.

Community Meetings: Rezoning the Heights

The Jersey City Board of Education is hosting four community forums to give you a presentation regarding the district's redistricting proposal for the schools located in The Heights (PS #6, 8, 25, 26, 27, and 28).  In addition, you will have an opportunity to ask questions or provide feedback on the proposal. See below for the dates, times, and locations.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm at PS #28, 167 Hancock Avenue
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm at PS #6, 100 St. Paul's Avenue
Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm at PS #25, 3385 John F. Kennedy Boulevard; and,
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm at PS #27, 201 North Street

Mark your calendars and invite other parents as well.
IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND: Here is a copy of the proposal: Jersey_City_Rezoning_FINAL_PPT_3-14-17.pdf               
Joel Torres

Pets in Need in New Jersey

Pulaski Skyway full closure this weekend 

Deck panel installation requires full closure during off peak hours: more info here - State Department of Transportation.

Get to Know the Candidates

It's an election year here in Jersey City and we have a whole new batch of candidates for Mayor on down. We will be posting events and fundraisers where you can go and listen to the candidates and get to know how they think. Posting an event is not an endorsement, it is a means to let you become an informed voter.


NJ Pets in Need! 

While no one can say that every pet adopted from a shelter or rescue will work out perfectly, it's important to remember that the more questions you ask, and the more time that you can spend with the animal before committing, is a good way to insure a great fit.


Here's a gallery of pets in New Jersey in need of adoption. Enable captions to get all their information. More pets in need of homes can be seen here and here.

Hudson County Winter Emergency  Where to go for Help:  Shelter, Warming Stations, etc.

The Hudson County Winter Emergency System will be in effect continuously from November 15, 2016 - March 31, 2017. The system may also be enacted before or after this time period if the forecast calls for temperatures below 32 degrees. The intent of the system is to provide shelter for those who seek it, and provide outreach to engage those who typically refuse shelter with the goal of preventing anyone from sleeping on the street throughout the winter months. Official System Protocols

Christmas Tree Pick up for Jersey City

Put out curbside Wed night for Thurs AM pickup. This will happen for the entire month of January.

Christmas Party!

Our Christmas Party is December 15th, at Renato?s behind Pizza Masters. 7pm until ? $25.00 per person.

Need a Job? Extra cash for the Holidays?

Seasonal Positions The Council for Airport Opportunity is currently recruiting for Seasonal Package Handlers for Newark Liberty International Airport.

The salary is $12.50 per hour. Weekly pay on Fridays / Must pass drug screening and background check. Must have steel toe boots. Apply at 17 Academy Street 5th Floor Newark,  Monday-Friday:  9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Bring original social security card, valid photo I.D.

Leaf Bags are Here!

Come to the meeting on November 17th and grab some. Pick up days for the North District are: November 17th, December 1st, December 15th, December 22nd. Put bags at curbside Wednesday night for Thursday morning pick up

Holiday Talent Show Fundraiser

St. John's Food Pantry is hosting this charity fundraiser on Saturday, November 19th. We have a full and fun entertainment lineup for you. Comedy, Bands, Solo Singers and Duets, Spoken Word Poetry, Dancers, and more. Doors open at 5:30 p.m show time 6:30 p.m. This Charity Fundraiser is being held so St. John's Food Pantry can continue to help the community by making nutritious food available. To many families are in food insecure homes. One out of 5 children will go bed hungry. How can we ask them to learn on a empty stomach? How can we let them live that way?

Tickets are $25 in Advance; $30 at the Door. Discounts for Seniors & Children under 16. You can purchase tickets on Eventbrite.com or contact Debra: 201.589.1781  Bring a New or 'gently used' unwrapped toy or donate a a warm coat.  COAT GIVEAWAY will be held on December 10th 2016. TOY GIVEAWAY   will be held on December 17th 2016.

Board of Education Candidate's Forum 

Save The Date Monday, 24 October 2016. Board of Education Candidate Forum in The Heights! 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the Hope Center, 112 Cambridge Avenue. Doors Open to the Public @ 6:30pm.

Heights Parking Committee Meeting

The first Heights Parking Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 18 at PS 28 the ChristaMcAuliffe school, 167 Hancock Street. Doors open at 6:30 and the meeting will start promptly at 7 pm. The purpose of this meeting will be to review solutions to the parking issues in the Heights, explore what other cities have done and start to move some of these ideas forward.

JCPC Octreeber FREE Tree Giveaway 

FREE TREES! The Jersey City Parks Coalition (JCPC) has been chosen to receive a 2016 Tree Giveaway Award to distribute 150 FREE trees to the residents of Jersey City. This award is made possible through a partnership with CSX Transportation and the Arbor Day Foundation through its Alliance for Community Trees program. 

Apply for a FREE tree here: http://jcparks.org/about/city-of-trees

Heights Branch Library October Events

Movies | Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.
October 13     LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP
The beautiful widow Susan Vernon has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society.
Starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny. 2016. Rated PG. 93 minutes.          
 
October 20     ME BEFORE YOU
With no clear direction in her life, a quirky and creative 26-year old goes from one job to the next in order to make ends meet. Taking a job at the local 'castle'
she becomes caregiver and companion to Will Traynor, a wealthy young banker who became wheelchair bound in an accident. Embarking together on a series of adventures, both Lou and Will get more than they bargained for.
Starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Clafin. 2016. Rated PG-13. 110 minutes.
 
October 27     GHOSTBUSTERS
Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan b
and together to stop the otherworldly threat.
Starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristin Wiig. 2016. Rated PG-13. 117 minutes.
 
Saturday Afternoon at the Movies for Children and Young Adults
October 8, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
? Angry Birds Movie
On an island populated (almost) entirely by happy, flightless birds, Red, a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck, and the volatile Bomb have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.
Starring the voices of Jason Sudeikis and Josh Gad. 2016.  Rated PG. 97 minutes.
 
Special Halloween Programs
Halloween Craft ? Friday, October 28 at 3:30 p.m. ? Registration is required ? Limit of 30 children ages 5 and up
 
Guess the Halloween Candy Contest ? Grades K to 8 ? Starts October 10 until October 24 ? Winner will be announced on October 26
 
Other Special October Programs:

? Breast Health for Women in Jersey City ? Thursday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m. - Conducted by Michelle Ashley, RN, MS/MPH, CN-BN, CTTSMichelle is the Oncology Nurse Navigator at JCMC, RWJ Barnabas Health  Learn the Facts about Breast Cancer! Healthy habits that may reduce the risk for breast cancer - Changes in your breast to discuss with your doctor - When to start having a mammogram - Where to get a mammogram and find support groups in the community

? DIWALI ?THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS?  - Saturday, October 22 at 2:00 p.m.
Presented by Neena Sonik Sarin, MAT
Diwali, the ? festival of lights? is India?s biggest and most important holiday of the year celebrated in October or November each year. The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance, although the actual legends that go with the festivals are different in different parts of India.  
 
? Crochet Club ? Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.
Bring your own projects or learn with Monika Nahar

RNA Park Fest & Flea Market: CANCELLED

"After much thought and a thorough review of our commitments for the remainder of 2016, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year's Flea Market and Park Fest. We have recently received the construction schedule for the gazebo rebuild and there are also plans in the works to renovate Riverview Park as well. These upcoming improvements, in addition to our other projects and commitments were all factors in this decision. 

We will, of course, provide refunds of confirmed payments and we appreciate your understanding and continued support."

~Sincerely, Kern Weissman, President RNA |  More Info HERE

Ward D Town Hall Meeting September 21st.

The purpose of the meeting if to get a sense of the issues facing our Heights community as we head into the Fall season, and 2017. Open Meeting, all invited. Hosted by Michael Yun, Councilman Ward D. 

Wednesday, Sept. 21 @7pm P.S. #28 Auditorium 167 Hancock Ave., Jersey City.

Annual Coat Drive | St. John's Pantry

Help put a smile on someone?s face and warm a heart this Winter Season!  New or gently used, and clean: Coats, Hats, Gloves & Scarves for Men, Women & Children are greatly needed! New Socks are also needed!  Please drop off your donations at St. John's Lutheran Church. Located at 155 North Street, Jersey City. Sundays from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon through December 4, 2016 or call 201.589.1781.

If you would like to make a non-perishable food donation or a monetary donation for this winter Season--help put food on someone?s table, please call 201.589.1781. Sponsored by St John's Community Food Pantry.

Hunger Has No Season!

Coffee with a Cop

Save the Date: THURSDAY OCTOBER 13TH at Wonder Bagel, 321 Central Avenue from 7 to 9 pm. "Building relationships one cup at a time."

City Planning and The Heights

here will be a Master Plan meeting in the Heights area thanks to Councilman Michael Yun, who looks forward to seeing you there. The meeting will take place next Tuesday, September 27th, from 6:30-8pm, and it will be held in the cafeteria of PS #28 on Hancock Ave. Additionally, the Planning Department is conducting a public survey regarding the Master Plan. It can be found, until September 30th, by following this link  jerseycitynj.gov/masterplan/

Height Branch Library | September Events

 14 Zabriskie Street, Jersey City  •  201-547-4556  •  [email protected]

Get on the Bus! The 119 that is.

As of June 25, 2016, the #119 will begin providing 24-hour service on weekdays and Saturdays, with overnight frequencies operating every hour at some times, and approximately every 2 hours later in the overnight.  119 Bus Schedule.  Please support this new, expanded service - it will make a big difference as go forward and ask for more improvements in our transportation system. Read more in the NJ.com article here.

Summer Flicks

Dashboards: Useful Information

These maps provide synthesized insights and easier understanding of the most important and relevant information: from shooting incidents to tax abatements to bike lanes and light rail stops. And street closings! This is where the Affordable Housing Navigator, see below, is located. Jersey City OPEN DATA. See: Police Calls by Neighborhood.

June Pets in Need!

June Pets from the Star-Ledger

Affordable Housing Navigator

This map provides information on City-funded affordable housing units throughout Jersey City. Navigator dashboard.

See, Click, Fix for Jersey City

Jersey City’s one-stop app for City services. iPhone only, to date. Get the App here.

There will be more Parking discussion! Stay tuned.

Click to add text, images, and other content

Low-cost Pet Wellness Clinic

We want to help you keep your pet healthy!  Liberty Humane Society offers low-cost preventative pet health services to the public every Wednesday from 4pm-6pm.  Pets are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. 

June 22, 2016 at 4pm – 6pm and every Wednesday at Liberty Humane Wellness ClinicDirections

2nd Annual Heights Civic Engagement Forum

The Great Jersey City Clean-up  April 23

The Great Jersey City Cleanup will be held in honor of Earth Day on April 23, 2016 and will take place throughout Jersey City.  We hope to mobilize thousands of residents alongside neighborhood and civic organizations, community leaders, and elected officials to roll up their sleeves and help clean our City on a single day! More info HERE

"March Pets in Need"

Here's a gallery of photographs of animals who need homes: Slideshow. More adoptable pets can be viewed here and here. From The Star-Ledger, on Facebook, by Greg Hawala, [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala

Women of Action 2016 Awards

he Jersey City Women's Committee has planned a month-long series of events to celebrate Women's History Month, which started with the annual Women of Action Awards ceremony on this past Tuesday night, March 1st. Among this year’s honorees is Theresa Heywood, who many of us know well - both through her attendance at most of our local community meetings, and more so for her tireless dedication to getting things done. We applaud her finally getting this award after so many years of being the "Woman of Action" for many of us. Special thanks to Councilwoman Joyce Watterman for all her work pulling this together.

The other well deserving honorees are: Kathy Mazza, deceased, who received a special tribute for her heroic actions on 9/11, Noemi Velazquez, Mira Prinz Arey, Lilia R. Diaz, Cheryl DB Murphy, Pamela Nicole Johnson, Cleotilde Beltran, Asheenia Johnson, Virginia Calabrese, Rosalind Castagna, Gaye Dunstan, Sandra Sung, Maria Pilar Salamanca, Bernadette Lynch, Maria Elena Aguilar-Ambrossi, Mamta Singh, Michele LaMonica Egar, Shantá T. Pressley, and Barbara T. Ervin. Other events for Women's History Month can be found here: jerseycityculture.org/events 

Join us for a serious conversation on the future of Central Avenue.

For more information and to register go HERE.

Property Reval 101: Equalization Ratio

This the first post in a series about property revaluation in Jersey City by Brigid D'Souza who blogs about property taxes, public schools, and local government.

Jersey City has been growing at a breakneck speed for the past fifteen years.  As a city grows, it is required to stop along the way and revalue its real estate.  This process is termed “revaluation.”  Revaluation is about ensuring that tax assessed values – the number you see on your tax bill – are equal to current market values.  As Jersey City has grown, it has failed to revalue itself. As a result, current market values have been allowed to grow grossly out of synch with outdated tax assessed values.  But iNovember 2015, Jersey City’s 15-year joyride was put on notice: NJ treasury officials turned on their proverbial police car sirens and ordered Jersey City to pull over.  The charge: Jersey City was deemed to be “dramatically out of compliance with Constitutional and statutory provisions requiring fair and uniform property tax assessments.” MORE 

Volunteer form for JC Shovels

Fill out this form to be listed as a volunteer for the City of Jersey City’s program: JC SHOVELS. Volunteers are to provide their services to help disabled and senior homeowners that cannot shovel snow. Click here for online application.

NY Times article on Liberty State Park

"Yet the park has been a battleground since it opened. Developers’ attempts to build a golf course, an amusement park and condominiums have all been defeated. Now, according to some supporters of the park, there is a new threat: a last-minute addition to a bill passed by the New Jersey Legislature shortly before Christmas that proposes a merger of two agencies....." Full article.

JC Heights Townhall Meeting with the Mayor

Attention Heights Residents: Your attendance is requested!
This is your opportunity to pose community questions and provide feedback in person. Brought to you by the Washington Park Association and Riverview Neighborhood Association

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 155 North Street, Jersey City, NJ 07307 
Enter North Street, Upstairs gymnasium, Free parking in the lot on Summit Ave.

Also! Bring donations to support the St John’s Food Pantry!
Coats, warm clothing, non-perishables, toiletries, toys…

Also! Sock Hop 1950s DANCE Food Pantry Fundraiser! Feb. 6 from 6 to 10 PM Only $25.00 and all proceeds benefit the Food Pantry. Tickets here.

Workshop: Using Yelp™ to Grow your Business

Join Sara Mutnik, Yelp New Jersey Community Manager, in the second business development workshop from the Office of Innovation!

As part of this new, twice monthly series throughout 2016, Sara will be discussing using Yelp to grow your business!

 

January 27, 3 to 5 PM at 280 Grove St., Jersey City City Hall

RNA Holiday Party December 8 ~ 7:30 PM

TUESDAY 8 December @ 7:30pm a 178 Ogden Avenue All Are Welcome!

Live music from composer/guitarist Terrence McManus and The Ground Floor Trio will be playing Jazz with Catering by Patsey's

RNA will also be accepting nominations for their 2016 RNA Board

November 19 Monthly Meeting

SPEAKER: Michael Yun will join us to answer questions and speak about the new Central Avenue Redevelopement Plan. There will be a discussion on what is in the Plan, and why, and what it means to the rest of the Heights.

Neighbors helping Neighbors: The Holidays are here!  Can & Clothing Drive: Please bring cans and clothing to donate to St. John's Lutheran Church Food Pantry. They will assemble holiday packages so we all can celebrate, and they always offer bags of groceries or sandwiches to needy people on the 2nd Saturday of every month but will be.  Hours are 8am - 1:30pm. If you can volunteer, or donate food or money please contact St. John's Lutheran Church Food Pantry, 155 North Street: 201-589-1781

The North District Captain’s meeting is scheduled for Wednesday November 18th and will be held at School No. 7. The meeting will begin at 7pm. School No. 7 is located at 222 Laidlaw avenue between Summit avenue and Collard street. Please invite a friend or neighbor! Come voice your compliments and concerns!

LEAF BAGS ARE IN! ...and still available; Leaf Pick-up dates are November 19, and December 3, 17 and 24. Put out the evening before for early morning pick-ups. 

Our Annual Christmas Party! Sign up for the holiday dinner at Renato's Restaurant on December 17th from 7 pm until? Only $25.00 

For no-cost Senior Snow Shoveling, P. [email protected]

Last month's Captain's Meeting in the Park: good information, good coffee and even some good laughs

Monthly Meeting Thursday the 15th at 7 pm

GUEST SPEAKERS: There will be two representatives from the Department of Public Works, who will speak and answer questions. Sonia Dublin is the Operations Manager, and Brooke Hansson is the mural coordinator for the City, and is involved in all of DPW’s quality of life improvements.  Senator Brian Stack will NOT be speaking.
 
Neighbors helping Neighbors: St. John's Lutheran Church Food Pantry offers bags of groceries or sandwiches to needy people on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Hours are 8am - 1:30pm. If you can volunteer, or donate food or money please contact St. John's Lutheran Church Food Pantry, 155 North Street - 201-589-1781

• Food Pantry Can Drive: Local Taverns will be collecting canned goods one day a Month in October and November, possibly December. Details at the meeting. 

• Art Auction Fundraiser for St. John’s Food Pantry | Help us to continue to help others. October 17, 2015, 6 pm to 9 pm - 198 Old Bergen Road, Jersey City. Admission Free! Come out and enjoy the Jazz Music, Hors D'oeuvres, Champagne, Wine & other Beverages, along with so many pieces of Art. This event will be a Semi-Formal Affair!  Parking on Premises and the 87 Gates Ave and the Bergen Ave Bus both stop in front of St. Ann's
 
LEAF BAGS ARE IN! ...and will be available, along with Leaf Pick-up dates.

Tour of Loew's Theatre - details at meeting! Be sure to attend, and sign up if you are interested.

Our Annual Christmas Party! Sign up for the holiday dinner, Renato's Restaurant, from 7 pm until? Only $25.00

Monthly Service Reports | Our Police, and the Resident's Response Center are among the Community Resources that attend the meeting - they keep us up-to-date on what the City is doing that affects us; they take questions and also take reports on problem areas and police concerns.  

Special Captain's Meeting on Holiday Safety

The North District Police Department and the City of JC are scheduling a united meeting of our community groups and neighbors in the Heights on Thursday evening October the 22nd at 7PM. 

Captain Martinez from the North District and his team will be providing valid information regarding Holiday safety in the Heights and how we can accomplish a strategic alliance between the community and law enforcement. Warm refreshments will be provided. There will also be a light tower as it begins to get dark earlier. We want to get as many people to this meeting as possible! 

Heights Branch Library: October events

Movies | Thursdays 1:00 p.m.
October 8        Beetlejuice
October 15      Little Shop of Horrors
October 22      Practical Magic
October 29      Witches of Eastwick
 
Good Posture Workshop | Thursday, October 8 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Do you have poor posture, but don't know how to change it? Does your neck, back and shoulders hurt causing you to slump? In this evening’s workshop, Nationally Certified Alexander Technique teacher, Morgan Rysdon,
will introduce you to the tools you need to improve your posture and sustain a natural, upright poise. Learn how to use your body with more ease and freedom to get the posture you want!
 
Guess the Halloween Candy Contest October 12 to 26
Winner will be announced on Wednesday, October 28
Open to Children from Kindergarten through 8th Grade: Only one entry per child
 
Saturdays at the Movies for Children and Young Adults
October 10      Nightmare Before Christmas
October 25      Cinderella (2015 Live Action)
 
Special Program for Children and Families
Halloween Pajama Night and Movie Time | October 22 6:30 p.m.
We invite children and parents to come hear Halloween themed stories and to watch the Halloween classic, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.
Halloween Craft for Children and Young Adults | Friday, October 30 at 3:30 p.m. Pre-Registration is Required- Limit of 30 children ages 5 and up

September Meeting

• Brian Stack, N.J. State Senator & Union City Mayor will be at the October meeting.

• Leaf Bags and Pick-up dates will be at the October meeting, too. 

• Jersey City Art & Studio Tour 2015 Kick-off weekend: Oct. 3rd & 4th | Celebrating Jersey City Arts through the month of October.  We will post the Heights locations and events on the website as soon as we get more info.

• Annual Christmas Party at Renato’s December 17th, 2015 from 7 pm until?  $25.00 per person. The food is great and it’s a lot of fun!

• The Food Pantry at St. John's Lutheran Church distributes bags of groceries and/or sandwiches on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Bring a donation, large or small, to the meeting or we will pick it up from you! Neighbors help neighbors - that’s what we do! Hours are 8am - 1:30pm. If you can volunteer, please contact St. John's Lutheran Church Food Pantry, 155 North Street - 201-589-1781 

• Monthly Service Reports Our Police and the Resident’s Response Center are among the Community Resources that attend the meeting every month.

• AARP Meetings are the first Saturday of each month. The AARP bus trip to Atlantic City is Monday October 12th, and leaves at 8:30 am from the corner of Summit Ave. and North Street.

Citibike JC is here!

This is a new, affordable transportation option for Jersey City that will be linked with New York City’s CitiBike program. Local bike stations are at Riverview Park, the Light Rail Elevator at Congress, Pershing Field, North Street at Central Avenue as well as Christ Hospital and Oakland Avenue. More information at click here.

Apple Dessert Contest - Must use Jersey apples!

• The competition is open to everyone (amateurs and professionals).

• Any dessert is welcome (cakes, pies, muffins, etc.) as long as it uses New Jersey apples.
• The public will judge! Anyone who wants to taste and vote just needs to come to the RFM InformationTable to obtain a voting wristband and tickets to use for voting ($5 suggested donation). (All funds collected will benefit future Market events.)
• Every participating taster will vote for his/her favorite desserts by “ballot.”

If you’d like to compete, you should bring enough of your dessert to make 50-75 small samples and you should bring a label or sign noting the name of your dessert in large type (to be placed next to your dessert). The Market will provide cups/utensils for attendees to use for sampling.

Feel free to repost this announcement and to help spread the word! We’ll be looking forward to seeing many of you and your apple creations on October 4th.

2nd Kayaking event at the reservoir August 22nd

The Jersey City Reservoir is hosting Kayaking Days in August! The final event is August 22nd (Saturday)

From 10AM - 3PM. As always, kayaking is free at the JC Reservoir but donations are always appreciated and help us to fund more of these events for the community to enjoy!


For anyone unfamiliar with Kayaking Day at the Reservoir, the event is operated on a first come first serve basis. There are both single and tandem boats available for use for periods of fifteen-twenty minutes (if no one is waiting for a boat you may stay in the water longer). A life jacket will be provided which all paddlers must wear at all times in the water. All participants must also sign a waiver prior to getting in the water. Anyone under the age of 18 must have an adult, parent or guardian, sign their waiver as well as be accompanied by an adult. Personal kayaks are not allowed in the Reservoir. More information on the website www.jcreservoir.org

The National College Match application is Open

This year marks the first time QuestBridge is able to launch their National College Match application EARLY for applicants. The application is now open and is due on September 28, 2015, to give you and your students more time to complete it. 

This month features several brand new videos featuring Quest Scholars and admissions officers, with more to come over the next couple months. For more information go to the website www.questbridge.org

Library

HEIGHTS BRANCH EVENTS IN AUGUST

Movies – Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.

August 6         Woman in Gold

August 13       Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

August 20       Longest Ride

August 27       Spare Parts

Movies for Children and Young Adults

Children’s Movie – Paddington –Tuesday, August 4 at 10:30 a.m.

YA Movie – Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – Wednesday, August 5 at 2:30 p.m.

 

Two Special Programs for Children

Friday, August 7 at 1:00 p.m 

Presley and Melody Children’s Music Program

Presley and Melody Interactive Musicals deliver the performing arts in a magical and whimsical, hands-on, musical experience that creates smiles for miles!   Their musical and educational format showcases the performing arts and promotes the love of reading and learning with live music, and projected graphics with lyrics.  An instantaneous audience connection transforms fans from spectators to participators, as children become stars on stage in this unique and creative concert experience.  Get ready to sing, dance, and “rock n roll” to creative originals and favorite pop tunes.

 

Thursday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Sleepy Time Pajama Movie and Story Night

We invite children and parents to come hear and see classic bedtime stories including Bark, George, Dot the Fire Dog, and No Roses for Harry.  Children are welcome to come in their pajamas!

Bike Map of Jersey  City Downtown and Hoboken

A DOT map showing designated bike lanes - if you are in the Heights take the Congress Street Light Rail elevator down to 9th Street and jump on the route! For the Map for the tour click here!

Live at the Lumberyard 

Palisade Lumber, 432 Palisade Ave., 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Copied from the Jersey Journal.

This Jersey City Heights concert series started out a couple years ago as a small outdoor affair and has grown into a full-blown sensation, with about 300 attending last year's season finale. Organizer Nick Ciavatta says there's no way but up from here.

"We're putting on a bigger show. We need more people, more equipment, we'll have local projection artists beaming their work on the walls, local food trucks at every concert. It's really, really blown up," said Ciavatta

"The Heights, which everyone used to forget about, has become a music mecca. There's acoustic music at the Distillery, blues and rock bands at the Lincoln Inn...there's stuff going on everywhere in Jersey City now, not just downtown." Full article here.

Liberty State Park "Picnic-in"

Join the "PICNIC-IN" at Liberty State Park on Saturday, May 16, Noon to 2pm. 

 Liberty State Park is for picnics, not privatization. That's the central message of the Friends of Liberty State Park's "picnic-in" protest set for May 16, when the park advocacy group and community take a stand against potential privatization plans for the park. Rain or Shine.

"We hope people come to have picnics or just to hang out to make the statement that Liberty Park is for picnics, not privatization," said Sam Pesin, president of the Friends of Liberty State Park. 

The concerns of the park's large scale commercialization have arisen in recent months. Gov. Chris Christie recently signed a bill into law called the Hackensack Meadowlands Agency Consolidation Act, whose main purpose is to combine the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission into a new agency. ~ via nj.com

No Left Turns at Palisade Avenue and Route 139

For the safety of pedestrians and the motoring public, left turns will no longer be permitted at the intersection of Palisade Avenue and Route 139. This prohibition affects all approaches at Palisade Avenue. Traffic will be permitted to continue to make right turns or travel straight through the intersection. A new pedestrian push button has been installed at the southeast corner and an additional crosswalk has been added for pedestrians.

This change will go into effect the evening of Friday, April 24th at the request of Jersey City Police. Please obey all traffic laws and travel safely through work zones.

LOOK AHEAD:
Please be reminded that the intersection of Palisade Avenue and Route 139 will be taken out of service in late spring/early summer for reconstruction.
If you have any queries, please contact the Community Outreach Advisory at [email protected]

Reservoir 3 Breakfast Fundraiser @ Applebees

Breakfast Fundraiser for Reservoir 3 at Applebees. May 2nd from 8 to 10am at Applebees, 700 Route 440. The cost is $13.00 per person, $9.00 of which goes directly to the Reservoir to help fund all events.• Reservoir 3 will reopen Saturday, April 4. Like facebook.com/jcreservoir for info. 

Town Hall Meeting on Western Side Parking

Thursday, April 16 at 7 PM  Location: Christa McAuliffe Elementary (P.S. 28) School Auditorium, 167 Hancock Ave, Jersey City Heights

There will be a Town Hall meeting on Heights’ Western Side Parking: We need community input on Residential Parking: from Manhattan Ave. to Paterson Plank Road  And Central Avenue to J.F.Kennedy Blvd. Organized by Councilman Michael Yun.

Food Pantry

Neighbors helping Neighbors: St. John's Lutheran Church Food Pantry offers bags of groceries or sandwiches to needy people on the 2nd Saturday of every month! Hours are 8am - 1:30pm. If you can volunteer, or donate food or money please contact 

St. John's Lutheran Church Food Pantry, 155 North Street - Tel. (201) 589-1781 

Pulaski Skyway outbound in closing for 8 weekends

The Pulaski Skyway southbound will be shut down for eight weekends this spring, starting at 9 p.m. this Friday, March 27 so that floor beams can be installed on the 83-year old string of bridges between Jersey City and Newark. Details here: nj.com.

Traffic leaving the Holland Tunnel will have two choices of detour around the Skyway. Drivers may stay to the far right and take the NJ Turnpike-Hudson County Extension to connect to I-78 and the Turnpike mainline.

Traffic can also keep left and follow signs for Route 139 West, then stay left to get on Route 1&9 Truck south towards Newark, and to access Route 7 and I-280. Motorists should avoid the upper level of Route 139. Heavy congestion is expected at the Tonnelle Circle.  ~ all infer from nj.com

Women's History Month @ Heights Branch Library

Breast Health for Women in Jersey City – Saturday March 28 at 2:00 p.m
Salud de los Senos para Las Mujeres en Jersey City,  Sabado March 28 a las 3:00 p.m.

Conducted by Michelle Ashley, RN, MS/MPH & Amanda Mia Marin-Chollom
Michelle is the Oncology Nurse Navigator at Jersey City Medical Center & Amanda is a PhD candidate in Psychology and Curémonos Community Research Advisor

Learn the Facts about Breast Cancer!
• Healthy habits that may reduce the risk for breast cancer 
• Changes in your breast to discuss with your doctor
• When to start having a mammogram
• Where to get a mammogram and find support groups in the community

Presentado por Michelle Ashley  & Amanda Mia Marin-Chollom
Michelle es una enfermera de oncología de Jersey City Medical Center & Amanda es una estudiante de doctorado en Psicología y Asesor de la Comunidad para Curémonos

¡Aprenda la información sobre el cáncer de seno!
• Los hábitos saludables que pueden reducir el riesgo de cáncer de seno 
 Los cambios en el seno que usted debe discutir con su médico
• Cuando empezar a hacerse malograrías
• Donde obtener una mamografía y encontrar grupos de apoyo en la comunidad

Jersey City Free Public Library
14 Zabriskie Street, Jersey City   201-547-4556    l[email protected]

Annex Update

 The City Council approved a $35 million plan to build a City Hall Annex on Martin Luther King Drive. The 7-2 vote came after a roughly two-hour public hearing.  We will have more information on the ramifications of the deal at the meeting. Details here.

North District Captain's Meeting

The North District’s Police Captain’s Meeting will be held this Wednesday March 18th, 2015. It will take place at Public School No. 7,  located at 222 Laidlaw Ave . The meeting will start at 7pm and end at 8pm. Please attend if possible and tell a friend. Contact: P.O. Dave Calton, JCPD North    

Nelson Avenue Block Association

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 • 7:00 PM • Centennial Hall 

Saint Anne's Church, Congress Street / Nelson Ave


This month our special quest will be Mr. James Shea,  Director of Public Safety which includes the Police Department, Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (O.E.M.) and the Jersey City Parking Authority 


THE MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Light refreshments will be served

HEIGHTS LIBRARY EVENTS IN MARCH

Movies, Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.
March 5 Dolphin Tale 2
March 12 The Judge
March 19 Gone Girl
March 26 Best of Me
 
Children’s Movie, Saturday March 14 at 2:00 p.m
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

 
St. Patrick’s Day Craft, Friday March 13 at 3:30 p.m.
Registration is required – Limit of 30 children ages 5 and up
 
Special Program Celebrating Dr. Seuss
1 Fish, 2 Fish Guessing Contest for grades Pre-K to 8, Guess the number of fish in the bowl Closest answer will win!
Program runs March 2 to March 21 • Winner will be announced March 25

Special Programs for Women’s History Month

Celebrating Women’s Health and Wellness!
Women’s Health 2015 – Thursday March 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Join the Heights Branch Library & Vibrant Life Holistic for a discussion on Women’s Health including… Preventing illness by eliminating toxins in our lifestyle
Hormonal Health • Moon Cycle and honoring our bodies
 
Breast Health for Women in Jersey City – Saturday March 28 at 2:00 p.m
Salud de los Senos para Las Mujeres en Jersey City,  Sabado March 28 a las 3:00 p.m.

Conducted by Michelle Ashley, RN, MS/MPH & Amanda Mia Marin-Chollom
Michelle is the Oncology Nurse Navigator at Jersey City Medical Center & Amanda is a PhD candidate in Psychology and Curémonos Community Research Advisor

Learn the Facts about Breast Cancer!
• Healthy habits that may reduce the risk for breast cancer 
• Changes in your breast to discuss with your doctor
• When to start having a mammogram
• Where to get a mammogram and find support groups in the community

Route 3 East Bridge over Hackensack River closed 10 PM Saturday, February 14th to 10 PM Sunday 2/15

Free Tax Prep for Seniors!

From Councilman Michael Yun: Seniors are important to society for various reasons and they can also be our most vulnerable citizens. So my Council office and team have arranged for free tax preparation for senior citizens and free tax filing for those with income less than $7,500. 

This service is ongoing and will end on March 15, 2015 at 366 Central Ave, 2nd floor. If you have any queries, please contact my aide, Tamia @ 201-222-3534 

Heights  Library February Events

Movies Thursdays 1:00 p.m. Celebrating Black History Month

February 5 Stormy Weather

February 12 Belle

February 19 Secret Life of Bees

February 26 Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

 

Movies for Young Adults

February 14 Guardians of the Galaxy

February 28 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

 

Valentine’s Day Craft for Children and Young Adults 

Ages 5 and Up • Friday, February 13 at 3:30 p.m.

Registration is required: Please come in to sign up.

 

Black History Month Essay Contest

To honor African-Americans and their contributions, please choose one African-American and write an essay of no less than 150 words on how that person has impacted our history and society. Essays will be judged on wording, spelling, and facts.

 

Three Age Groups:
Grades 1-3 • 
Grades 4-6 • Grades 7-8

Prizes will be awarded to the top two essays in each age group. 

Please include name, school, grade and phone number on the essay.

Essays are due on 2/20 and winners will be announced on 2/27

"Boondoggle" vote postponed!

The vote will not be before the City Council this Wednesday, the 17th: A petition to "Protect Jersey City Taxpayers from Variable Interest Rates and Inflated Rent Costs” was posted on the page Annex FactsIt was forwarded along with several letters from members of community, and it seems to have raised a few questions. The fight is not over, so stay tuned. In the meantime the City Council can’y vote on what was not approved. Jersey Journal story.

NB: it needed approval from the State's Local Finance Board because the financing was, well, unusual. 

Homeless in Jersey City

Great article; what can we do? If we can waste over $20,000,000.00 on rent surely there is a way to find funds to do something? Homeless.

For local resources and ways to help, contact Riaz Wahid

$45 million dollar Boondoggle?

The vote is scheduled for December 17th. If you are trying to sort through the complex financial proposal, this site breaks out it out clearly and stresses the questionable parts of this deal civicparent.orgMore to come!

JCMC wins EMS Contract

Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health EMTs, officials and supporters applauded, shouted and jumped from their seats tonight, Nov. 12, 2014, after the Jersey City City Council awarded the hospital the city's emergency medical services contract over CarePoint, which had partnered with McCabe Ambulance of Bayonne. Story HERE.

Interview with The Mayor

"Many people ask about Jersey City's growth, the PATH system, the abatement program and this was an interview that explains some of our focus. Granted, at a high level but certainly explains how we are looking at issues." ~ Mayor Fulop

Full article: click here.

Kids Art Contest Deadline is December 15 2014

5th Annual Frogs Are Green Kids Art Contest
Calling All Kids ages 3-16 to enter the 5th Annual Frogs Are Green Kids Art Contest. Last year we received 450 entries from children around the world, and the year before over 500! Frogs, Amphibians and their Environment!

Theme: Your artwork can be about frogs, amphibians, rainforests, climate change, pollution, etc., and how you (or all of us) can help them. Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2014 and the winners will be announced by January 15, 2015. The winners will be featured in a post and their artwork shared online and through social media. We’re looking for drawings, paintings, sculpture, collage, or whatever format helps you express yourself. For more info click HERE. 

City Hall Annex plans

The City Hall Annex Ordinance that was originally introduced, and tabled, will be brought back before the City Council for a rereading and passage. The Council paid no attention to Councilman Yun's alternative proposal, or any other civic opposition to this plan.

Ambulance service contract to be voted on November 12 after being tabled earlier.

EMS debate and vote is back for a vote this Fall A representative for JCMS EMS spoke at our meeting last winter. The other bidders were invited to come and declined). This is a meter of live and death so you might want to check out this link: Save Our EMS

A second Jersey City councilman to abstain on ambulance contract vote The contract will be voted on as a resolution which only requires a simple majority to pass. A post from the first time this issue was on the table is reposted, below.

The EMS Vote is postponed but the issue is Looming

It was a very well attended meeting on Tuesday the 16th, and the discussion on the contract for EMS providers got heated. Roger Luckritz from Jersey City Medical Center spoke and answered questions; no one came from McCabe. The basic information that emerged, both from the meeting's attendees as well as our speaker, is as follows:

  • JCMS will continuing doing the service it has been providing at no cost to the city as it has been doing for 130 years
  • they have a fleet of 39 ambulances, a 6 minute response time which has been documented by independent agencies (9 is the national average)
  • they have a computerized system that "predicts" where ambulances will be needed most at any given time
  • JCMS a NON-Profit healthcare, is operating in the black and plans to reopen it's Greenville branch in the near future.

McCabe's information, albeit in absentia is:

  • they will pay the City 2.6 million to get the contract (every year, it seems)
  • they have 17 ambulances (and no documented response time)
  • they are located in Hoboken and are associated with the FOR-PROFIT CarePoint system  
  • they were significant backers of the Mayor's bid for election
Jersey Journal coverage. There is more on this local message board created for this issue: saveourEMS.org  as well as their Facebook page

Denial to CarePoint's Application for a Managed Healthcare Contract: Response from the State of New Jersey. Excerpt:

"Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS) remains concerned about CarePoínt’s continuing pattern of misrepresentation to State agencies about: its readiness, its Competencies, its corporate ownership and its failure to accept responsibility for prior misrepresentations. Given the importance of this contract to thousands of New Jersey's poorest and most vulnerable Citizens and the impact on their health care and decisions about their health care, DMAHS cannot Currently grant CarePoint a MCO Contract"

Washington  Park  LIVE!

 A One Day Celebration of Art, Music and Community 

Saturday, September 20, 2014
10 AM - 6 PM | Free Event
(Rain date: September 27th) 

Details on website www.wpanj.org

Flyer with times and locations: 

First Meeting of the Fall: September 18th @ 7 PM!

Welcome Back! Ward D Councilman Michael Yun will speak on a variety of hot topics: the EMS contract and the proposed City Hall Annex among them. Elections! We will have a petition supporting The Friend’s of Loew’s. Plus the usual monthly service reports from our police and the Mayor's Response Team.

Wittpenn Bridge to Close

For those that use the Rt. 7 Wittpenn Bridge between Jersey City / Kearny / North Arlington: here's the phone number to call prior to venturing out only to find out the bridge is closed and there's a detour.  Whittpenn-Rt.7 Office (201) 795-0631

EMS debate and vote is back for a vote this Fall

A representative for JCMS EMS spoke at our meeting last winter. The other bidders were invited to come and declined). This is a meter of live and death so you might want to check out this link: Save Our EMS

Art! Music! Nature! At the Reservior

- Friday, September 5th - 5:30-7:30pm

JC Friday's at the Reservoir is finally here! Come out tomorrow from 5:30-7:30pm to the Reservoir (Pershing Plaza/Reservoir Avenue) in the Jersey City Heights. The JC Department of Recreation will be providing free transportation (white vans) between the Heights and Downtown Jersey City during the event.

Noted:

There will be no Homestead Rebates this year. Why? Our top investigative team is looking for answers and will have an update.

Support the Farmer’s Market in the Park! Vegetables, baked goods, information tables and more! Riverview Park Sunday mornings until 2 PM.

2014 June Trail Clean Up Come out to help keep your local Reservoir beautiful for all to enjoy! When: Saturday, June 21, 10:00am to 12:00pm. Get involved!

From Councilman Yun: NJ Transit will be providing reduced fare for people with disabilities. If you qualify, you can come to my 366 Central Avenue office location starting Monday, June 9 and pick up an application, or you can email me, [email protected] and I will forward the application to you.

The Food Pantry at St. John's Lutheran Church distributes bags of groceries and/or sandwiches on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Bring a donation, large or small, to the meeting or we will pick it up from you! Neighbors help neighbors - that’s what we do! St. John’s is at 155 North Street, Jersey City. Tel. (201) 798-0540

Pulaski Shutdowns

The Affordable Care Act [Obamacare] Parts 2, 3 & 4

Plenty of time to get all the answers and help you need: 

The Affordable Care Act [Obamacare] Q & A

The Heights Branch Library in conjunction with The Urban League of Hudson County presents ACA, The Affordable Care Act: A program of Questions and Answers. Guest speaker: Niyonu Boateng, Project Director ACA Navigator Program (ULOHC)

Attend the program to find out more about the Health Insurance Marketplace in New Jersey • Thursday, December 5, 2013 • 6:00 PM

Events

Saturday, Dec. 7th from 11AM -5PM, Farms in the Heights hosts the Heights Holiday Market featuring local crafts and food vendors, kids activities, music and more. It will be held at The Elks Club, 83 Hutton St (corner of Hutton & Cambridge). RNA is pleased to be a sponsor of the Heights Holiday Market. For more information call 510-452-7178 or emailf[email protected] 

• Our annual Christmas Party Thursday December 19th, at Renato’s, 7 pm through...? Cost $25.00 per person

• The Christmas Toy Distribution is Dec. 15, 2pm to 5pm at 346 Central Avenue. 

The Annual Turkey Give-Away was this Saturday, November 23rd at Michael Yun Club at 366 Central Avenue.

Food Pantry at  St. John's Reopens 

The Food Pantry at St. John's Lutheran Church offers bags of groceries or sandwiches to needy people on the 2nd Saturday of every month! If you would like to help our neighbors in need by making a Monetary Donation or If you would like to Volunteer please contact Debra Goidel at [email protected]. St. John’s is at 155 North Street, Jersey City. and the phone is  201.589.1781

Neighborhood Spotlight: The Heights

STEEPED IN HISTORY, FORMER ‘HUDSON CITY’ THRIVES IN THE 21ST CENTURY Many Jersey City residents know the Heights dates back to the 1600s, but a lesser-known fact is that this district was actually an independent municipality. Situated at the north end of the city, atop the New Jersey Palisades and overlooking Hoboken, the neighborhood comprising most of the Heights was originally known as “Hudson City” from 1855 to the time it merged with Jersey City in 1873. Read the full article in the Jersey City Independent.   Note: The Jersey City Independent is on hiatus now through January 1st, 2014. 

Also check out Atlantic Monthly's Cities article on JC:  Jersey City: Cheaper, Yes, But Also a Real Sense of CommunityPhoto © dajamist

Pedestrian Street Smart Safety Pilot Program

A Pedestrian Safety Education & Enforcement Campaign is taking place in Jersey City, one of five municipalities participating in a statewide program to pilot and evaluate a pedestrian safety education and enforcement campaign. For more info go to bestreetsmartnj.org or contact Police Officer Jaclyn Marcazo, Jersey City Police Department. Phone: (201) 547-4736 Email: [email protected]

Big Dig! Volunteers Needed

As you know the JC Parks Coalition will be holding it's 3rd ANNUAL BIG DIG next Saturday October 26th from 9am-12pm

Tomorrow, October 19th we are in need of PREP WORK at Hudson Gardens located at 27-29 Palisade Ave on the corner of Newark Ave. The soil needs to be turned in the various planting beds for next week. We can use 10-20 people - adults or teens. Community service hours will be given for students. PLEASE circulate this within your respective groups and spread the word. Please ask anyone that is interested in participating to respond to this email.PREP WORK will begin at 9 AM. Thanks!

Annual National Night Out focuses on Crime & Drug Prevention

On Tuesday, August 6, 2013, neighborhoods throughout Jersey City are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities for the “Annual National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event.  Our intent is to involve each and every citizen of Jersey City in the events whether as individuals or, more hopefully, as part of an organized activity. The event is also intended to promote Police Community Partnerships, Violence Prevention, Safety and Neighborhood Unity.

Additionally, there will be free food, beverages, giveaways, entertainment, and an awards ceremony. It will be a night focused on crime prevention, but will also be a fun event for families and individuals alike.  The Heights sponsored event is taking place at Pershing Field. We hope to see you at the park,
 
P.O. David  Calton, 
JCPD, North District Community Relations Office

Next Meeting June 20th

Meet Mayor-elect Fulop and his transition team: it includes two former governors along with notable academics, community leaders, and professionals. This is the complete list of transition meetings that the new Mayor has scheduled:

  • June 5, 7pm City Hall Council Chambers, 280 Grove   
  • June 13, 7pm Bethune Center, 140 MLK Dr.                                  
  • June 20, 7pm Christa McAuliffe School 28, 167 Hancock                  
  • June 2, 7pm Gallo Center in Lincoln Park  

June 11th Run-off Elections

We're not done yet! Eight council positions are still open, the most important for us, of course, is our own Councilperson for Ward D. The race between Sean Conners on the Fulop ticket and Independent local activist and community leader Michael Yun is close. With the State primary today (June 4th) it's a lot to ask but every vote counts, so just do it! While your at it, spend a few minutes considering the best candidates for the At-Large Council seats and vote as if it makes a difference. It does.

It's Election Time: the Debates are Scheduled

Several community organizations are coming together to hold both a Mayoral and a City Council debate. Both debates will be held on our regular meeting nights, the third Thursday of the month at 7pm in our usual location. The Mayoral Debate will be on March 21st, and the City Council debate will be on April 19th. 

The sponsors are: Central Ave Special Improvement District, Farms in the Heights, Heights Community Coalition, Hope Center, Pershing Field Garden Friends & Jersey City Parks Coalition, Heights Arts District, Riverview Community Garden, Riverview Neghborhood Association, and the Washington Park Association. 

Volunteer opportunities are available - a complete list and who to contact are in the Breaking News Blog, tab to the left.

Jersey City holding Gun Buyback Saturday Jan. 5th

As part of continuing efforts to reduce crime in the city, a gun buyback will be held tomorrow at a local church.Officials say residents can turn in rifles for $100, handguns and automatic weapons for $150, respectively, with no questions asked at the buyback. The event will be held at the Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church at 661 Montgomery St. from 12 pm noon to 4:30 pm. Story JC Independent

First Meeting of 2013!

Thursday, January 17th at 7 PM. Location: PS 28 Christa McAufiffe School at 167 Hancock St., in the Auditorium. Details to come - the Mayoral race is going to start heating up, so stay tuned for dates for debates, and more information on all of the local races. 

New Elementary School in the lot next to the Reservoir

State officials are planning on constructing Jersey City’s 15th elementary school, on a lot at Summit and Laidlaw avenues that was once set for a Stop and Shop grocery store. Full story from the Journal here: New School in Heights

Free legal advice Heights Library Dec. 20th

The Jersey City Free Public Library is holding monthly workshops where residents can get free legal information from a local law firm. Each monthly session is held at a different branch from 5 to 7 p.m., capped by two workshops, one in English and one in Spanish, at the Main Library. The law firm of Omojola & Associates will cover three topics: foreclosure defense and bankruptcy in the first hour and immigration law in the second hour. Each workshop will include a question-and-answer session.

Dec. 20: Heights branch, 14 Zabriskie St. • Jan. 14: Five Corners branch, 678 Newark Ave. • Feb. 13: Miller branch, 489 Bergen Ave. • March 5: Greenville branch, 1841 Kennedy Blvd. • April 3: Main Library (Biblioteca Criolla) 

For further information, contact Omojola & Associates at (973) 955-4721 or by e-mail at [email protected]associates.com  

Holiday Party December 20th!

Our Annual Christmas Party is this December 20th at Renata's Restaurant, which is Pizza Masters dining room, from 7 PM on. We have our annual get-together instead of a monthly meeting. Join us!

Free Legal Hotline for Sandy survivor legal & FEMA questions

Free legal hotline for Hurricane Sandy survivors opened November 12th. New Jersey State Bar Association, ABA Young Lawyers Division and FEMA set up a toll-free legal aid line is now available for people facing legal issues due to Hurricane Sandy. Residents who cannot afford to pay an attorney can call the help line to request free legal assistance at 888-541-1900 For more info go to www.njsba.org

Meeting Thursday November 15

Mayor Healy attended, and thanked us along with our police, fire and emergency workers for making it through the storm. 

Liberty State Park needs volunteers!

From the Jersey City Independent: Volunteers are asked to come on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 9 am to get teamed up with others. They should wear sturdy boots, bring work gloves if possible and bring water and snacks. They are seeking volunteers ages 15 and older, but teens must be accompanied by a parent. Each volunteer is asked to give as much time as they can. For more info click here

RNA president speaks out on Washington Park

"The Washington Park Association of Hudson County has been addressing other concerns with Mayor Stack in regards to landscaping, lighting, bathroom facilities, ADA accessibility, parking, and noise and light pollution, and we support them in their continued efforts. We ask Mayor Stack (our State Senator) to work with all concerned Jersey City and Union City residents to address our legitimate issues. By working together we can all improve our community." ~ Becky Hoffman

Letter to the JC Independent

Washington Park | Public Meetings

We only found out on Sunday that these meetings were planned for this week. This has been discussed at many local Neighborhood groups along with our own, and we were told we would be kept informed.  Please show up if you can - as our sister group RNA points out: "Several groups in our area are working hard to call attention to the planned destruction of open green space and 43 trees in Washington Park in order to expand the current Little League Field. (Park No. 3)"

Your voice, "yay" or "nay" either way, matters!

September Meeting Preview:

GUEST SPEAKER: Laura Skolar of the Jersey City Parks Coalition will speak on The Big Dig 2012 a citywide event for National Make A Difference Day.

The 100 Steps: Riverview Neighborhood Association is asking for sister neighborhood associations, such as ours, to e-mail our elected officials at citizenspeak.org and tell them to enforce the agreement to rebuild the 100 Steps.

The 100 Steps: Riverview Neighborhood Association is asking for sister neighborhood associations, such as ours, to e-mail our elected officials at citizenspeak.org and tell them to enforce the agreement to rebuild the 100 Steps.
bSPEAKER: Laura Skolar of the Jersey City Parks Coalition will speak on The Big Dig 2012 a citywide event for National Make A Difference Day.
The 100 Steps: Riverview Neighborhood Association is asking for sister neighborhood associations, such as ours, to e-mail our elected officials at citizenspeak.org and tell them to enforce the agreement to rebuild the 100 Steps.GUEST SPEAKER: Laura Skolar of the Jersey City Parks Coalition will speak on The Big Dig 2012 a citywide event for National Make A Difference Day.
The 100 Steps: Riverview Neighborhood Association is asking for sister neighborhood associations, such as ours, to e-mail our elected officials at citizenspeak.org and tell them to enforce the agreement to rebuild the 100 Steps.

We extend our condolences to the family of Joan Balans who passed away September 4th. Joan was one of the Founders of the Heights Hope Neighborhood Association and a vital and active member of her community. Thanks Joan, and we will miss you.

Columbus Day Casino Trip. AARP has  arranged for an Atlantic City bus ride to the Showboat Casino this October 8th. Cost $25.00. Bus leaves from the corner of Central Ave. and Bowers St. at 8:30 AM. 

Leaf Bags and Schedules available at the October 18th meeting. It's that time again!

Our Annual Christmas Party is this December 20th at Renato’s Restaurant, from 7 PM on. Sign up early!

Next Meeting Thursday,  September 20th!

It's Fall and it's time to get serious. Election Day is only a 8 weeks away, and there are issues and platforms to discuss.

Meantime there is Taste of the Heights sponsored by our friends at Riverview Neighborhood Association; Friday Game Night on Sept. 14 and the 26th Annual Flea Market & Festival this Saturday, the 15 at Riverview-Fisk Park.

Everything JC Festival 2012

New photos have been placed in the Photo section of this site. Maybe there is one of you!

 We will be putting up information on some of the local groups and vendors that participated along with contact information. It was a great day and the festival was a great success.

Public Safety Town Hall Meeting this Monday!

Jersey City is hosting a town hall on public safety Monday night at School 28, the fourth in a series of meetings called to address complaints about city crime. Mayor Jerramiah Healy and Police Chief Tom Comey will discuss how they have addressed fears of crime, which include sending police detectives regularly to local community meetings and implementing an online police blotter so residents can track arrests.

 The meeting will begin Monday, April 30th, at 6 p.m. at School 28, 167 Hancock Ave., in The Heights. Read coverage from the last, third, meeting in Bergen-Lafayette.

The meeting will begin Monday at 6 p.m. at School 28, 167 Hancock Ave., in The Heights.

Hudson Hospital Holdco to buy Christ Hospital

Federal Judge Selects Hudson Hospital Holdco Bid for Christ Hospital: Save Christ Hospital posted the following on their website:

"The sale now includes a lengthy commitment to operate as an acute care hospital, retention of 100% of nurses and 90% of all staff, and assumption of accrued paid time off. Holdco also committed to reach agreements with all Medicaid HMOs, helping ensure coverage for many low-income patients."

Jersey City Police have a new online presence

The Police Department announced their new online resource for reporting non-emergency issues.  You can check crime statistics with the Compstat page, pay a ticket, find  precencts and phone numbers, and get the latest updates and tips. Come meet our new neighborhood liaison, Detective Silver, at the next meeting.  JCPD Online

Neighborhood Block Watch Training Set For Monday, February 6th, At The Old Bergen Church    

A Highland Avenue victim*, Hanussak, reached out to the Jersey City Police department about setting up a meeting between the police and residents to assist with neighborhood block watching training. The meeting will be held Monday, February 6th, in the Old Bergen Church (1 Highland Avenue) at 7 pm. While the meeting will be open to the public, Hanussak requests attendees RSVP to [email protected] ahead of time.

More: Concerned Residents Plan Crime Rally At Council Meeting On Wednesday, Feb. 8th 

Next Meeting February 16th at 7 pm

Tax Revaluation Summit! Come and get some answers to your questions! Details to come and watch for the flyer. Tell your neighbors!

Save Christ Hospital  forms  Community Oversight Board

Christ Hospital’s plan to abandon its charitable mission and sell the hospital to a for-profit corporation calls for substantial community involvement and oversight. Save Christ Hospital has drawn together 14 community organizations and formed a community board to represent ordinary residents of Hudson County in the plans to sell this important community asset.

 The Episcopal Church founded Christ Hospital 139 years ago to serve the critical medical needs of the north Hudson area. The City of Jersey City, Hudson County, and the State of New Jersey have invested in that mission, provided direct financial support and forgiven taxes on the hospital’s real estate and business operations. As a not-for-profit institution, Christ Hospital’s duty has been to put its patients and community first, and reinvest any surplus into that mission.

  1. An open, transparent review process with substantial and meaningful public participation; A community needs assessment to determine essential services that must be provided;
  2. A formal bid process that state government, local government, and the public can see prior to any sale; and 
  3. That any sale completely meet CHAPA standards of no negative impact on the public interest, and that the state impose strong conditions to ensure:
  • continued access to all existing healthcare services for at least 10 years
  • quality health care and health care outcomes
  • access to services for the uninsured
  • protection of existing staffing levels and workplace rights for employees
  • the use and governance of this important non-profit community asset based on community need. 

Save Christ Hospital will work with Governor Christie, the Attorney General, and the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services to safeguard the public interest as required by the Community Health Care Assets Protection Act (CHAPA) , and with the Hospital and potential buyers to help preserve the hospital’s and its historic mission of quality healthcare accessible to the whole community.

About us: Save Christ Hospital is a grassroots organization focused on the preservation of community-based health care in Hudson County. For more information contact Paul Bellan-Boyer:  201.238.5987 or [email protected] 

Welcome, Central Avenue SID:

The Central Avenue Special Improvement District has joined forces with us. Welcome Michael Yun and William Clarke! Come meet them at our next meeting on Thursday, January 19, 2012 or find everything you need, and much more at the excellent C.A.S.I.D. website: www.jcheights.com

December 15th is our annual Holiday Party instead of our Meeting. Come on out and enjoy our community!

Meantime come to our annual Holiday Party at Renata's on Thursday, December 15th at 7pm. Call Vinnie to reserve (201 656-2076) There will be no regular meeting in December, the next scheduled meeting is January 19th, 2012. See you there!

Central Avenue Bus Update

 • The 99S is now the 119 - the service is limited to rush hours with no service on Central to NYC after 10am until 4pm to 9pm. For schedule, click: Timetable.  If you would like to have expanded service, sign CASID's online petition here: Petition or sign the petition at DC Travel, where you can also purchase a 10 pack.

• In addition to the 119 Bus there is now the 88C bus line that runs down Central from North Bergen to Journal Square during midday on weekdays and every 90 minutes on the weekend.

Reminder: Old TVs and other electronics Trash

Effective January 1, 2011 residents are no longer permitted to place E-Waste (Electronic Waste) at the curb with their regular garbage.

Residents have two options: Effective January 1, 2011 residents are no longer permitted to place E-Waste (Electronic Waste) at the curb with their regular garbage. This includes: old computers, televisions, stereos, radios, copy machines, fax machines.

1. Drop-off their E-Waste at the JCIA, 501 Route 440, Jersey City, New Jersey, Monday thru Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Proof of residency is required; i.e. utility bill, driver's license. 

2. Call the JCIA Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
201-432-4645 ext. 600 to schedule a pickup.

Regular October Meeting Tonight! 

Come and discuss how well you think the Candidates did at last Thursday’s Special Election Event forum. The Special Election for the two At-Large City Council seats is Tuesday, November 8th!

The Big Dig - Volunteer This Saturday Volunteers needed this Saturday, Oct 22nd, to plant flower bulbs as part of The Big Dig, a city-wide effort to plant a minimum of 17,000 flower bulbs in parks and open spaces throughout Jersey City.  Nearby parks are Riverview-Fisk and Janet Moore.For other locations in Jersey City please contact:  Laura 201-259-1800 / [email protected] or Charlene 201-344-2060 / [email protected] or [email protected] A volunteer appreciation luncheon hosted by Liberty Science Center will follow the planting.
The Big Dig - Volunteers needed this Saturday, Oct 22nd, to plant flower bulbs as part of The Big Dig, a city-wide effort to plant a minimum of 17,000 flower bulbs in parks and open spaces throughout Jersey City.  Nearby parks are Riverview-Fisk and Janet Moore.For other locations in Jersey City please contact:  Laura 201-259-1800 / c21plazas[email protected] or Charlene 201-344-2060 / [email protected] or [email protected].
A volunteer appreciation luncheon hosted by Liberty Science Center will follow the planting.
 
99s to become the 119, operated by Academy Bus for NJ Transit. Service will be limited to Rush Hours. More details to come.
 
Updates on the Pipeline: the last public hearing on the Spectra proposition was last night. More info on the No Gas Pipeline website or Spectra Energy.
 
Upcoming:
Leaf bags and pickup dates at October meeting. 
• Our annual Christmas Party Thursday December 15th, Renato’s, details soon! 
• Updates on proposed recreational facility in Washington Park.  
 
For email announcements please send us your contact information or sign up at left.
Candidates Forum: Special Election Event on Oct 13, 2011 Thursday
Join the Jersey City Independent, Riverview Neighborhood Association, Washington Park Association and the Heights Community Coalition for a forum featuring candidates running for 

Join the Jersey City Independent, Riverview Neighborhood Association, Washington Park Association and the Heights Community Coalition for a forum featuring candidates running for two At-Large Seats in the November 8 special election.

Christa McAuliffe Elementary 
(P.S. 28) School Auditorium, 

Christa McAuliffe Elementary (P.S. 28) School Auditorium, 167 Hancock Av, Jersey City Heights  7 PM Click for More info

We will still have our regular monthly meeting on Thursday, October 20th at 7 pm.

Pipeline update: FERC announces dates for Public Hearings

Any person wishing to comment on the draft EIS may do so. The public comment deadline is October 31, 2011. In addition to or in lieu of sending written comments, FERC staff invites you to attend one of the public comment meetings conducted in the Project area, the one for Jersey City is scheduled as follows:

Wednesday October 19, 2011 7:00 p.m. @ James J. Ferris High School in the Auditorium,
 35 Colgate Street, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302 

For more information and other area hearing dates go to the Sane Energy Project by clicking www.saneenergyproject.com

Central Avenue Parking Nightmare!

Dear Jersey City Heights residents, businesses, and community leaders:

Three years after the installation of the parking pay station machines on Central Avenue, businesses and shoppers continue to express their extreme dissatisfaction with the system. For this reason, we seek your assistance in a campaign to remove the pay stations once and for all and return the coin meter heads. The CASID did meet with the parking authority on this issue in April 2011 without results. Since that meeting, NO action has been taken or a meaningful timeline established implicating the issue has been postponed indefinitely. 

Join the campaign, sign the online petition now (visit JCHeights.com for more info) and an email will be automatically delivered to City officials. 
 
Have something you want to say to the JCPA? 
Email a video/ youtube link to [email protected]

Official campaign kicks off 5:00 PM on Tuesday September 27th at 394 Central Avenue, Jersey City. Please bring your picket signs!
Best, David Diaz, 
District Manager, Central Avenue S.I.D. Management Corporation
366 Central Avenue, Suite 201, Jersey City, NJ 07307
 
Ph: 201.656.1366  •  Email: [email protected]  •  www.CentralAveSID.org

Notes from the last Meeting

• Police are cautioning women, especially, to be careful about taking the Light Rail alone at night. Try to have a traveling companion if you must take the LR.

• ReVal has started - you can find the current status of our Jersey Revaluation and a list of authorized inspectors, with photos, by going to their website or clicking here:  Field Inspector Identification

First Fall Meeting Thursday, September 15th! 7 pm

Christa McAuliffe Elementary (P.S. 28) School Auditorium,167 Hancock Ave, Jersey City Heights, NJ 07307 

Monthly Service Reports Our Police, the NID and the Mayor's Action Committee are among the Community Resources that attend the meeting - they keep us up-to-date on what the City is doing that affects us; they take questions and also take reports on problem areas and police concerns.

Tax Revaluation:  Appraisals have begun in the Jersey City Heights. For more information call 201.867.3870 or 201.547.5101 (Jersey City) for information. 

Information about the AVIA Prescription Drug Card will be available at the meeting, thanks to Flo Lockheed.  This card can save up to up to 75% on Rx drugs.

Upcoming: 

Upcoming Events: 

RNA’s Flea Market, Riverview Park September 17th - info & forms on website.

Leaf bags and pickup dates at October meeting.

AARP bus to Showboat Casino, Tuesday October 18th - corner of Bowers & Central 8:30 AM. Cost: $25.00, receive $25.00 back.

• Our annual Christmas Party Thursday December 15th, Renato’s, details soon!

• Union City Mayor Brian Stack has received the funding to make plans for the proposed recreational facility in Washington Park. Updates to follow. 

RNA's  Sunday Farmer's Market 

Theresa Hayward

Theresa Haywood, from Mayor's Action Bureau, was slated to be laid off on June 30th. Thanks to our neighborhood community groups taking action and writing letters of support, along with some fortuitous shuffling - Theresa will be continuing on as our Mayoral liaison. The letter we sent read in part: 

The Board and Members of the Heights Community Coalition are asking Mayor Healy, The City of Jersey City and the members of the City Council of Jersey City to reconsider the layoffs planned for the Mayor’s Action Bureau.

 

Theresa Hayward attends our monthly neighborhood meetings and is our direct conduit to all the City Departments and their Directors. She answers all questions, and when a matter requires further action she notes details and phone numbers and resolves the issue in a timely fashion. She is extremely knowledgeable on Jersey City regulations, resolutions and ordinances and brings us information about City, State and Federal programs that benefit our members and neighborhoods.


Our organizations, as well as the taxpaying members, will be much the poorer for losing these dedicated and valuable public servants.

 

We are very grateful to have her in our community!

The Embankment Coalition needs your support!

Vote for the Embankment! [click here]The National Trust for Historic Preservation selected the Embankment for the "This Place Matters" Community Challenge.

YOUR VOTE will help us win $25,000 to preserve the Embankment. Voting ends June 30th. Anyone with a vaild email address may vote. You do not need to live in NJ! Please vote, and then forward.The grant money is nice, but the National recognition would be a real boost to this project, and this project would be a real asset for Jersey City. For background, the JC Independent has been covering the project [click here!] extensively. 

History Buff's special tonight @ RNA 

Bob Murgittroyd, a founder of the Hudson County Genealogical and Historical Society, will present The Greening of Hudson City. Between 1897 and 1927, four major parks were established in what was then known as the Hudson City section of Jersey City: Riverview Park, Leonard Gordon Park, Washington Park and Pershing Field. Bob will present the story of the struggles and triumphs of the citizens who worked to make these parks a reality.

Bob Murgittroyd is a life-long resident of Hudson City. He has been an active local genealogist and one of the founders and first president of the Hudson County Genealogical and Historical Society. He is also active with the Pershing Field Garden Friends. Bob's presentation will include historical photos and documents from the period. All are welcome. 

Meeting Details
Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 • Time: 7:30 PM

Harbor View Health Center, 178 Ogden Ave, 1st Floor Cafeteria 

riverpk
June RNA Meeting
June 14 , 2011

We have a very special presentation at our monthly meeting tonight on the history of Riverview-Fisk Park and other Heights Parks.


Bob Murgittroyd, a founder of the Hudson County Genealogical and Historical Society, will present The Greening of Hudson City-1897 to 1927.

Between 1897 and 1927, four major parks were established in what was then known as the Hudson City section of Jersey City: Riverview Park, Leonard Gordon Park, Washington Park and Pershing Field. Bob will present the story of the struggles and triumphs of the citizens who worked to make these parks a reality.

Bob Murgittroyd is a life-long resident of Hudson City. He has been an active local genealogist and one of the founders and first president of the Hudson County Genealogical and Historical Society. He is also active with the Pershing Field Garden Friends. Bob's presentation will include historical photos and documents from the period. Don't miss it! All are welcome. 

riverpk
June RNA Meeting
June 14 , 2011

We have a very special presentation at our monthly meeting tonight on the history of Riverview-Fisk Park and other Heights Parks.


Bob Murgittroyd, a founder of the Hudson County Genealogical and Historical Society, will present The Greening of Hudson City-1897 to 1927.

Between 1897 and 1927, four major parks were established in what was then known as the Hudson City section of Jersey City: Riverview Park, Leonard Gordon Park, Washington Park and Pershing Field. Bob will present the story of the struggles and triumphs of the citizens who worked to make these parks a reality.

Bob Murgittroyd is a life-long resident of Hudson City. He has been an active local genealogist and one of the founders and first president of the Hudson County Genealogical and Historical Society. He is also active with the Pershing Field Garden Friends. Bob's presentation will include historical photos and documents from the period. Don't miss it! All are welcome. 

Farmer's Market, Flea Market and more.

Check out some of the good stuff going on around here at RNA's website.

 

Tax Revaluation featured at May 19th Meeting

Mark Duda from Realty Appraisal, the firm hired to do the appraisals for the Tax Revaluation, was our guest speaker at the coming May 19th meeting. He had a very informative presentation, and stayed quite a while answering the many questions. Ed Toloza, CTA, Jersey City Assessor, was also there to help clarify the evaluation process. Realty Appraisal Company

Property Revaluation - An Overview and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

From the Jersey City Independent: In a letter submitted to the county Board of Taxation, Mayor Healy has announced that his administration will soon begin the process of a citywide property revaluation. If the board approves the plan, it will be the first revaluation in Jersey City since 1988.

The assessor’s office has also implemented a Reval Hotline at 201-547-4538 to answer residents’ questions and to meet needs that may come up during the process, such as scheduling property inspection appointments and verifying the identity of inspectors. Morrill also noted that representatives from the city and from the valuation firm may attend block and neighborhood association meetings* and that city-owned cable access station JC1TV will carry information about the reval. 

Inspections are expected to get rolling around November and last through the end of April 2012. Taxpayers’ new assessments will kick in at the start of 2013.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Spring at the Reservior!

For upcoming events and more info go to the website. At 1pm we’ll have a tour, as nature unfurls her petals and invites us outside. Also come fish at the Jefferson Avenue gate and try your luck for sunnies and large-mouth bass, with Andy and the Department of Recreation. 

2nd Annual Bike Tour June 4th

Jersey City will be having their second annual bicycle tour presented by BIKE JC on Saturday June 4th. Information the following links: www.bikejc.org/WardTour  and Bike Tour jconline

Hudson's Poor Health

Hudson County is the 16th healthiest of New Jersey’s 21 counties, according to a new study released this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. That’s a drop of two spots from its rank on 2010′s survey. JC Independent story.

Jersey City Crime Statistics

The COMPSTAT (Computer Statistics) program is a tool used by the Jersey City Police Department in our efforts to reduce crime. The computer statistics system is utilized to track crime incidents, generating electronic pin maps of crime locations. The police department is then able to analyze this information and develop strategies to structure a response utilizing appropriate resources.

Website: www.njjcpd.org (Comstat link is on the right hand side of the page)

More and Bigger  Ballfields in Washington Park ?

Hudson County is planning a multi-purpose sports complex in the 100 year old historic Park. "Under Union City’s proposal, the tract known as Washington Park Number Three, which includes the Cal Ripken Little League Field, would be gutted, enclosed by 20-foot-high concrete walls, and flooded with stadium lighting."

If you would like to have a forum to have your input and opinions heard, sign the petition linked below. We hope to have  printed copies to sign at the next meeting November 18th.

Monthly Meetings:  Monday, April 4,  2011 • 7:30 pm • St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 
155 North St. Jersey City, NJ 07307    www.wpanj.org

FYI: Pipeline inches forward

Spectra's website, in answer to Newport concerns, has all the legal updates and proceedngs. Yes Gas Pipeline!

February RNA Meeting: Recall Healy Committee Reps
February 8, 2011

RNA Monthly Meeting tonight! Representatives from the "Recall Healy" Committee will speak and answer questions. Mayor Healy states that his administration will respond at a later date. RNA remains nonpolitical but, in the interest of keeping the public informed, offers balanced candidate forums and speakers related to current civic matters. RNA always extends invitations to both sides of a given debate.

Meeting Details
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: Harbor View Health Center, 178 Ogden Ave (at Franklin) 1st Floor Cafeteria

 

  • RNA Board Nominations Continue
  • Quality of Life Issues
  • Police Updates

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to visit RNA's website!
See you tonight!February 8, 2011

RNA Monthly Meeting tonight! Representatives from the "Recall Healy" Committee will speak and answer questions. Mayor Healy states that his administration will respond at a later date. RNA remains nonpolitical but, in the interest of keeping the public informed, offers balanced candidate forums and speakers related to current civic matters. RNA always extends invitations to both sides of a given debate.

Meeting Details
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: Harbor View Health Center, 178 Ogden Ave (at Franklin) 1st Floor Cafeteria

 

  • RNA Board Nominations Continue
  • Quality of Life Issues
  • Police Updates

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to visit RNA's website!

See you tonight!

February RNA Meeting: Recall Healy Committee Reps
February 8, 2011

RNA Monthly Meeting tonight! Representatives from the "Recall Healy" Committee will speak and answer questions. Mayor Healy states that his administration will respond at a later date. RNA remains nonpolitical but, in the interest of keeping the public informed, offers balanced candidate forums and speakers related to current civic matters. RNA always extends invitations to both sides of a given debate.

Meeting Details
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: Harbor View Health Center, 178 Ogden Ave (at Franklin) 1st Floor Cafeteria

 

  • RNA Board Nominations Continue
  • Quality of Life Issues
  • Police Updates

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to visit RNA's website!

See you tonight!

February RNA Meeting: Recall Healy Committee Reps
February 8, 2011

RNA Monthly Meeting tonight! Representatives from the "Recall Healy" Committee will speak and answer questions. Mayor Healy states that his administration will respond at a later date. RNA remains nonpolitical but, in the interest of keeping the public informed, offers balanced candidate forums and speakers related to current civic matters. RNA always extends invitations to both sides of a given debate.

Meeting Details
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: Harbor View Health Center, 178 Ogden Ave (at Franklin) 1st Floor Cafeteria

 

  • RNA Board Nominations Continue
  • Quality of Life Issues
  • Police Updates

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to visit RNA's website!

See you tonight!

RNA hosted NO Gas Pipeline Founders 

From RNA: Founders Dale Hardman and Stephen Musgrave gave a presentation about the proposed pipeline and answered questions at our meeting.

For more information visit No Gas Pipeline (www.nogaspipeline.org)

 ONLINE PUBLIC SAFETY ALERTS!                  

Register for a great new service. It's called Nixle (www.nixle.com) and you should register too. It immediately connects you to trusted, important information by text message, email, and over the web. By registering, you not only get your police department alerts and advisories, but you get to send messages to your neighbors and connect with any community groups that you are involved with. Nixle.

 

Guest Speaker on Gang Behaviors and Activity

Our Gang Specialist, Det. Benjamin Wilson Jr., was terrific - clear and informative with a no-holds-barred approach to a tough subject - he left us with new insights on a growing problem, and a feeling that we can help by being aware and reporting any bit of gang related activity we see. For more information and resources, or to check out what you missed, go to http://datsgangster911.com. Lots of good stuff on this sharp website.

Tips from the North Precinct

  • Lock up when you park your car - it's easy enough as it is, why extend an invitaion? And car thefts are up.
  • Call in graffiti when it appears, it will be photographed for possible gang links and then removed. Let the gangs and graffiti markers know we are watching!
  • Cars are legally parked when they are 25 feet from the corner curb. Closer they are a hazard and will be ticketed, whether the curbs are painted, or not.
  • Loud music is not allowed anytime, not just at night. For details check out: City Codes - Chapter 222 Noise
  • If you see any suspicious or unusual activity the Police want you to report it - they need our help.

Working together for a Pleasant, Cleaner, Greener and Safer Jersey City! 

Location: Christa McAuliffe Elementary (P.S. # 28) School Auditorium,

167 Hancock Ave, Jersey City Heights, NJ 07307

Meetings at Pershing Field and P.S.#8 will no longer continue. 

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