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Re: please help= animal emergency
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Nice response from JClisters. Thank you for being there to care and give of your hearts.

Erin - You did everything you could for the poor cat - I hope that brings comfort to you.

Posted on: 2009/6/3 9:44
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Re: Where Did These Nick Names Come From?
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See below for some good background info about Mosquito Park (did you also know that JC had a championship minor league baseball team known as The Jersey City Skeeters)?

Mosquito Park Overview:
The Dr. Leonard J. Gordon Park at Jersey City Heights is best known for the sculptures of Buffalo and Bears (c. 1907) that one sees when passing on Kennedy Boulevard as well as for its nickname "mosquito park" after the pesky New Jersey insect.

Its development took place at the time of the "City Beautiful" movement in the United States at the turn of the twentieth century. The movement's purpose was to revitalize industrialized communities with public spaces for recreational purposes. The Jersey City Charter Company owned the undeveloped hillside woodland site with stone boulders and sold it to Jersey City for $46,000 on September 19, 1907.

The 5.7 acre park was designed by the landscape architect John T. Withers who left much of the rocky terrain as he found it. Appointed by Mayor H. Otto Wittpenn as the municipal landscaper, Withers was also responsible for the Mary Benson Park on Newark Avenue and the Bayside Park in the Greenville section of Jersey City. According to local historian J. Owen Grundy, "Withers had made quite a reputation in Jersey City at the turn of the century by giving illustrated lectures before various organizations showing how attractive a city could be if the citizens and public officials cared" (Grundy).

The larger-than-life stone statues of the buffalo and bear were the work of sculptor Solon Hannibal Borglum (1868-1922). As an artist he was influence by the many years he spent on the Western plains of Utah and later Nebraska, where his father owned a ranch. It allowed him to foster an appreciation for the peoples and animals of the land. He visited the Sioux, who revere the buffalo, at their South Dakota reservation; it resulted in his work Sioux Indian Buffalo Dance (1899).

Art commentator Meredith Bzkakm remarks that "Borglum's Buffalo and Bears are unusual works for their time. The animals are depicted in a naturalistic fashion, lying directly on the grass and therefore completely within the space of the viewer; they are unencumbered by a base or pedestal. These works . . . typify his spontaneous style. Forgoing strict anatomical illustration, Borglum preferred to simply suggest an animal's form and to infuse the work with a sense of movement" (Bzdak 57). Among his other works are Lassoing Wild Horses (1898) and On the Border of the White Man's Land (1899); they represent his theme of frontier life recurrent in his work. Borglum's brother, Gutzon, is the noted sculptor of Mount Rushmore and the statue of Abraham Lincoln in front of the Essex County Court House in Newark.

According to Grundy the naming of the new park came from the opinion of William H. Richardson. He was a member of the city's Board of Shade Tree Commission and "believed that all city parks should be named to honor distinguished citizens" (Grundy). Two years prior to the founding of the park, Dr. Leonard J. Gordon (1844-1905) had died, and city leaders agreed that his legacy to the city merited the park naming. Mayor Mark M. Fagan said at a memorial for Dr. Gordon, "No better man or more useful citizen ever lived in this city" (Quoted in Grundy).

Dr. Gordon, a New York native, served in the Union army during the Civil War. After moving to Jersey City, he obtained his medical degree from Bellevue in 1875 and completed his internship at the Jersey City Charity Hospital that predated the Medical Center. His contributions to his adopted city were the placement of the sculpture Soldiers and Sailors Memorial by Philip Martiny in front of City Hall and the advancement of the Free Public Library of Jersey City. He championed the founding of a public library for the city, coming up against the vote of a municipal referendum. When the approval and appropriations for the library were finally granted, Dr. Gordon became the president of its board of trustees and then the library's director. His brick, Queen Anne-style home by the architect William Milne Grisnell, built in 1888, was at 485 Jersey Avenue, not far from the library at 472 Jersey Avenue. A memorial window and a bust of Dr. Gordon at the entrance of the main library on Jersey Avenue and were donated by local residents in February 1907.

An iron fence that is anchored in concrete piers surrounds the urban park. In the center is a circular gazebo or bandstand. On November 9, 1930, the Hudson City Soldiers and Sailors Welfare League, Inc. placed a World War I memorial statue Dough Boy in the park. There is also an American eagle atop a granite shaft that was placed there by the Raymond Sipnick Post of the Jewish War Veterans.

Posted on: 2009/5/26 12:13
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Re: Testing of the new County- Wide Alert Notification System 5/15/09
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I was in Bayonne today and the siren was very quiet. It also resembled a fire truck siren - it really wasn't a distinctive sound rising above the noise of the city designed to catch your attention. If I didn't know there was testing today, I wouldn't have even paid attention to it.

Posted on: 2009/5/15 22:32
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Re: Downtown: Canada geese family brings Jersey Avenue traffic to a halt
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That's a huge brood for just one mama goose...I wonder if that's a JC gosling daycare outing?

Posted on: 2009/5/15 10:54
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Re: 'No sex offenders' zones KO'd -- NJ Supreme Court: Megan's Law already restricts residency
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The sex offender internet sites are not a representation of every perp that has ever been convicted of a sex crime, as many people believe.

In Hudson County, the prosecutor's office decides how an offender is tiered (one for the least likely to re-offend; two for mid-range offender; three for most likely to commit another act). It is at the discretion of the prosecutor who gets put on the list - mostly tier two's and three's.

I know personally of an offender who raped and impregnated an 11-year-old NJ girl and was never placed on the Meghan's Law list.

Another man (who used to live on my block) was listed as an offender in NY, but not in NJ (he was arrested on his way to an encounter with a 13-year-old he propositioned online).

Plus, the registration requirement for offenders can be manipulated as demonstrated in the article I link to below. The article provides a pretty good overview of the holes in the Meghan's law program in New Jersey, including the significant delays in listing newly released offenders online.

Look on the right sidebar for more useful resources.

If you're doing a search in your area, visit the larger Meghan Law sites like the one mentioned above and go to the NJ Sex Offender registry also. They list the photos (not always - and they're not always clear which is irksome to me) and describe the tier and offender profile. It's very disturbing stuff to read.

Meghan's Law Article

Posted on: 2009/5/9 15:07
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Re: Election Gets Nasty: Embankment's Developer, Steve Hyman Launches $150G "Anyone-but-Healy" Campaign!
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The first wave of fliers, Hyman said, cost him $50,000. Between now and next Tuesday's election, he said, he plans to spend another $100,000 for more fliers and anti-Healy robo-calls. And if there is a runoff election, he's prepared to spend another $100,000, he said.


Wow - what a waste of paper and resources. Imagine the impact Hyman could make with a $150,000 donation to a recreational, after-school, summer camp or gang prevention program to benefit the community he is trying so "benovolently" to assist.

Posted on: 2009/5/6 11:33
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Tent & Party Table Rentals/Kid's Party Talent
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Does anyone have any experience with renting party tents and tables locally? I could use a good resource.

Also helpful would be any positive referrals for talent for a children's party (clown, face painter, balloon maker, etc).

Thank you!

Posted on: 2009/5/5 16:55
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Re: PSE & G
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It takes about a minute to process a move order online. Go to the website, register and then follow the prompts for a change in service - you don't need to speak to a customer service person to do this.

It is taking about a 20 to 30 minute wait to get a live operator on PSEG. I just put my phone on speaker and waited and waited and waited....

Posted on: 2009/5/5 10:32
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Re: Recycling old computer
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The JC Police Activity League (PAL) runs a great program in the Bergen/Lafayette area. They may need items like this for their homework help program.

I know they've been hit quite hard by the economy - a lot of their main contributors are now out of business or reducing their donations significantly.

Call Sgt. Frank Williams at (201) 434-3366. They are currently seeking items for use by their after school or sports programs (art supplies, sports equipment, etc), volunteers and cash donations.

Posted on: 2009/5/4 14:30
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Re: Boycott A-1 Deli
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Maybe someone should tip the boys at A-1 off to this thread - perhaps if they see their dishonest ways in print, they'll know their ripoff scheme has been discovered.

It's a shame that they behave this way.

Posted on: 2009/4/25 19:03
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Re: 50 arrested in raids throughout Greenville and Lafayette sections of Jersey City
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NJ.com has a video of the event (don't pop the popcorn - it's not that great) - glad of the raid outcome and hope there is a lot more of this to come. Thanks JCPD et al.

http://videos.nj.com/jersey-journal/2009/04/vest.html

Posted on: 2009/4/21 19:09
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Re: Ob/Gyn and a place to deliver a baby
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I've probably said this before, but it's worth repeating. Because you never know what might happen during birth (or after), you want to make sure you're in a hospital with a top rated NICU (neo-natal intensive care unit) and ob/gyn surgical team.

Small local hospitals, while convenient and cozy, just don't have the facilities and skilled docs that larger NYC or equipped NJ hospitals (like Hackensack) have.

After two births, both with unexpected delivery outcomes, I was glad to be at a larger, baby-centric facility (NYU and then Hackensack). I thought Hackensack was the better of the two.

Good luck with your search.

Posted on: 2009/4/20 14:31
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Re: Harissa - anyone know of a store downtown that has it?
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You'll have a difficult time finding this downtown. The best place is Little India (Newark Ave, Journal Square).

Posted on: 2009/4/8 12:02
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Re: Absentee Ballots - can candidates collect them?
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I just spoke to a very helpful woman at the Hudson County Clerk's office.

She is getting back to me with specifics but there are two things to consider.

Is the candidate handing out an APPLICATION for an absentee ballot or an actual absentee ballot?

If it's an actual absentee ballot (which you can see on the clerk's website at www.HudsonCountyClerk.org) then the answer is no, they cannot do that. In fact, this is considered being a "messenger" which is prohibited - and it's written in large red letters on the ballot.

If it's an APPLICATION for an absentee ballot, she was getting back to me on specifics, but she didn't think that there was the same prohibition.

More to follow...

Posted on: 2009/3/31 13:53
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Re: Son of Jersey City schools chief Charles Epps Jr. in stable condition after car incident
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Condolences to the family. So tragic.

Posted on: 2009/3/29 22:05
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$1000 Fines For Hoboken St. Pat's Partiers - Tomorrow
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From Hoboken411.com:

With the “biggest” partying day of the year to kickoff bright and early tomorrow morning - here’s some last minute information to help you out:

It costs money to be stupid

The Hoboken Police have a “zero tolerance” policy on St. Patrick’s Day. That means that if you act like a moron (drink on the street, pee where you’re not supposed to, or act “uncivilized” or unruly) you will be fined to the max. That includes $1000 tickets! (over 500 issued in 2007!)

Posted on: 2009/3/6 14:20
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Re: Save the Jersey Journal - are we just gonna let it die?
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Let it die or change. Paper news (or anything printed) is archaic and wasteful.


Jeez - have we forgotten about those amongst us that are not plugged-in, nor ever care to be, particularly senior citizens in our area? They read "The Jersey" and rely upon the paper for their local connections.

Posted on: 2009/2/21 23:49
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Re: Pedestrians beware....Renegade City Buses
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I'm not sure if it's anecdotal, but I've noticed people driving aggressively more all over.

I drive the NJ Turnpike every weekend and have seen far more speeders/bad drivers out there than usual. Perhaps the stress of our current times?

Complain About NJ Transit Busses Here

Complain About PATH Service Here

Posted on: 2009/2/18 19:25
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Re: Torico's Ice Cream
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Best news of the day! The woman who owns Torico's is one of the nicest people I know.

Posted on: 2009/2/16 22:18
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Re: gynecoloigist?
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Dr. Manny Alvarez - Hackensack University Medical Center - specializes in high risk, too

He's the Dr. Manny seen on Fox News. One of the best OB/GYNs ever. And their maternity unit is fantastic. It's where my son was born.

Posted on: 2009/2/13 15:52
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Re: New Healy campaign commercial
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Re: Shoes on the Power Lines
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A Wiki about "shoefiti."

(Hmmm, now which JC park would benefit from the shoe tree idea? )

Posted on: 2009/2/10 16:23
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Re: INS taking Illegal Immigrants on Journal Square
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JerseyGirl - any update on this story? Was more than one business impacted by the raids? Thanks.

Posted on: 2009/2/5 23:13
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Re: Downtown: One dead in shooting on Coles Street in Jersey City this morning
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Does anyone remember the scores of mountain bikes the JCPD bought in the not too long ago and officers would ride up and down the streets able to maneuver easily...It was a friendly presence


I remember shortly after we bought our house in the Heights, foot patrols and bike patrols were put into place. It was great (we lived a block away from the notorious Franklin Street) - and a welcome presence. I don't know who the PD chief was back then, but crime definitely took a hike for a good long time. Then the patrols suddenly stopped. Good luck getting a decent response time. Now it's back to the old days of graffiti tags, gang violence, drug dealing - the works. All, and I mean all of the young families I knew who bought houses have moved out of the Heights (me included) for safety and school issues.

This death is another senseless tragedy - my heart and prayers go out to this family.

Posted on: 2009/1/27 21:21
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Re: Renting to Section 8 in JC
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Start with this guide, courtesy of the state of New Jersey:

Section 8 Housing - Landlord's Guide

Posted on: 2009/1/26 16:38
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Re: JC Math Teacher/Coach Arrested for "Relationship" with 16 Year Old
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I think this should answer your question (I didn't write this - I grabbed it verbatim from the Internet - it was posted by a police officer on another site). The first story posted indicates the victim was 15 when this relationship started - therefore the teacher is in violation. In addition, he was a teacher, or in a position of authority over the victim.

Here's the NJ Criminal Code, I'll follow it with a short summary:

"2C:14-2. Sexual assault. a. An actor is guilty of aggravated sexual assault if he commits an act of sexual penetration with another person under any one of the following circumstances:
(1)The victim is less than 13 years old;
(2)The victim is at least 13 but less than 16 years old; and
(a)The actor is related to the victim by blood or affinity to the third degree, or
(b)The actor has supervisory or disciplinary power over the victim by virtue of the actor's legal, professional, or occupational status, or
(c)The actor is a resource family parent, a guardian, or stands in loco parentis within the household;
(3)The act is committed during the commission, or attempted commission, whether alone or with one or more other persons, of robbery, kidnapping, homicide, aggravated assault on another, burglary, arson or criminal escape;
(4)The actor is armed with a weapon or any object fashioned in such a manner as to lead the victim to reasonably believe it to be a weapon and threatens by word or gesture to use the weapon or object;
(5)The actor is aided or abetted by one or more other persons and the actor uses physical force or coercion;
(6)The actor uses physical force or coercion and severe personal injury is sustained by the victim;
(7)The victim is one whom the actor knew or should have known was physically helpless, mentally defective or mentally incapacitated.
Aggravated sexual assault is a crime of the first degree.

b.An actor is guilty of sexual assault if he commits an act of sexual contact with a victim who is less than 13 years old and the actor is at least four years older than the victim.

c.An actor is guilty of sexual assault if he commits an act of sexual penetration with another person under any one of the following circumstances:
(1)The actor uses physical force or coercion, but the victim does not sustain severe personal injury;
(2)The victim is on probation or parole, or is detained in a hospital, prison or other institution and the actor has supervisory or disciplinary power over the victim by virtue of the actor's legal, professional or occupational status;
***(3)The victim is at least 16 but less than 18 years old and:
(a)The actor is related to the victim by blood or affinity to the third degree; or
(b)The actor has supervisory or disciplinary power of any nature or in any capacity over the victim; or
(c)The actor is a resource family parent, a guardian, or stands in loco parentis within the household;
(4)The victim is at least 13 but less than 16 years old and the actor is at least four years older than the victim.***
Sexual assault is a crime of the second degree.

L.1978, c.95; amended 1979, c.178, s.26; 1983, c.249, s.2; 1989, c.228, s.3; 1997, c.194, s.1; 2001, c.60; 2004, c.130, s.13."

I put the specific part you are concerned with between sets of ***. The law does not specifically say that a person can legally have sex at 16, but what it does is provide a penalty for anyone having sex with someone under 16. It also provides penalties for having sex with someone who is 16-18, but only under the specific circumstances. So, unless the older person is related to, in charge of, or in a position of authority over the 16 year old, then the law does not provide a penalty for the act.

Posted on: 2009/1/26 10:39
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Re: JC Math Teacher/Coach Arrested for "Relationship" with 16 Year Old
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H.S. TEACHER JAILED AGAIN
Monday, January 26, 2009
By CHARLES HACK
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A Hudson County Prep High School teacher is back in an Ocean County jail after being charged with stalking the 16-year-old girl he was accused last month of having a year-long sexual relationship with, officials said.

Ocean County Superior Court Judge James Den Uyl ordered Gustavo Bordenabe, 44, of Point Pleasant Borough, to be held without bail at the Ocean County Jail Friday pending a court appearance tomorrow, Ocean County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Michael Mohel said.

The judge will determine if Bordenabe is in violation of Nicole's Law, which prevents someone charged with sexual assault from having any contact with the victim, Mohel said.

Bordenabe was re-arrested Thursday after allegedly following the girl to her Point Pleasant home that day, officials said. According to published reports, he followed her from a bus stop, making eye contact with her.

The math instructor and girls' soccer and softball coach had been released from Ocean County Jail after making $200,000 bail following his arrest in December, when he was charged with sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact, officials said.

The tenured Bordenabe, who has worked for County Prep for six or seven years, is accused of having a sexual relationship for more than a year with the Point Pleasant girl, officials said. No further details were provided about the relationship.

He was suspended without pay after his December arrest.

Posted on: 2009/1/26 8:15
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Re: PLANE CRASH IN THE HUDSON RIVER
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Crash showed people at their best … and worst
By Dan Jennings - Las Vegas Sun

Wed, Jan 21, 2009 (12:21 p.m.)

You may not have heard about the actions of two passengers who came dangerously close to hindering the evacuation and sinking the aircraft.

One passenger, a woman in her 60s, calmly removed her overhead baggage and proceeded up the aisle, as if to disembark at a terminal with suitcase in tow. Once she exited the aircraft, she grasped the wing and refused to let go of her luggage. Saner passengers forced her onto a life raft as her luggage sank to the bottom of the Hudson River. She obviously had not grasped the severity of the situation, or the frigidness of the river, as she angrily screamed about her lost luggage.

A sole flight attendant at the rear of the aircraft made the correct decision to keep the rear exits closed. However, a woman decided that one of the rear doors would be ideal for personal use and attempted to open it. The alert flight attendant was able to secure the door despite a rush of icy water into the plane.

I do not personally know the two passengers in question. However, I bet that when they arrive at their destinations and drive home, they will occupy the fast lane while driving much slower that the speed limit. They will block the grocery aisle with their carts as they examine a product on the opposite side. They will answer their cell phones in the movie theater during critical dialogue. They will ... I think you get the picture.

Perhaps I am being a bit harsh on two people whom I do not know. No, if I were being harsh, I would recommend that both be banned from flying on commercial aircraft for life.

Despite the borderline catastrophic actions by two passengers, the majority of folks kept their cool and paid attention to the trained professionals during this critical incident. The actions of 148 of the 150 passengers ensured that the miraculous landing on an icy river had a happy ending.

Posted on: 2009/1/21 16:55
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Unleashed Mastiffs Attack JC Man
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Cops: Man attacked by unleashed dogs in Downtown Jersey City

by Michaelangelo Conte/The Jersey Journal
Monday January 19, 2009, 6:14 PM

A Jersey City man was attacked by two mastiffs in the city's Downtown neighborhood this morning, and the owner of the dogs was issued two summonses for failing to keep them on leashes, officials said.

Susan Clob, 58, of Dudley Street, was issued the summonses after the 7 a.m. attack at Christopher Columbus Drive and Washington Street, police said.

The 24-year-old victim, a resident of Brunswick Street, was taken to the Jersey City Medical Center in stable condition and appears to have suffered injuries to his arm, officials said.

When police responded they saw the dog owner leading the mastiffs into a nearby building and a witness flagged down the cops and pointed out the victim who had run into a nearby lobby, reports said.

The victim said Clob unleashed the large male and smaller female dogs, which then ran across the street, police said. The male bit his arm, then the female bit him as well.

Clob tried to pulled them off the victim but they were both dragged to the ground, police said.

A witness tried to scare the dogs off by driving his car toward them but that did not work, police said.

Construction workers at a nearby project approached the dogs and banged their helmets on the ground to scare them as the larger one was going for the victim's neck, police said.

The dogs let up enough for the victim to run to the safety of a nearby building with the larger dog on his heels, police said.

Clob was issued the summonses but the dogs were not taken away, officials said.

Posted on: 2009/1/19 19:27

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Re: Play and Learn School in J. City
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I've heard wonderful things about Garden Preschool as well as the Hamilton Park Montessori School - also in the same location.

I would highly recommend sitting in the classroom and observing to see what the environment is like. Most reputable schools will allow you to do so. It will give you a flavor of the environment.

Another often overlooked item when considering a school is parental involvement. Ask if parents are encouraged to participate in the decision-making of the school. Is there a parent board, PTA, or other parent oriented group that is active in the school? No parental involvement (if it's a school environment - not daycare) is usually a sign of a dictator-like director and that is bad news, in my humble opinion.

Posted on: 2009/1/11 20:52
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