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Re: DMV Question
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When I first moved to Jersey City, a service station wanted to charge me $75 for an inspection fee to get my NJ sticker. I then discovered the state's drive-through inspection station in Secaucus where they look at your car for free. Thought I'd pass that along - you never have to pay to get your inspection sticker!

Posted on: 2007/12/12 23:17
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Re: NJ School Kids Forced to Have FOUR New Immunizations
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My, my, my, this is timely...

Merck Recalls Children's Meningitis Vaccine, CDC Says

By Justin Blum and Beth Jinks

Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Merck & Co. recalled 1.2 million doses of a childhood vaccine against pneumonia and meningitis after manufacturing equipment was found to be contaminated.

None of the vaccine was found to be contaminated and there were no reports of injuries, U.S. health officials said in a conference call today.

The recall affects Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine, or Hib, said Mark Feinberg, vice president of medical affairs and policy for Merck vaccines, by telephone today. The company hasn't identified any contaminated vaccines, Feinberg said. About 14 million doses are used in the U.S. each year, health officials said.

``This is not a health-threatening situation in the short run, but it is an inconvenience,'' said Julie Gerberding, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the conference call.

Sanofi-Aventis SA makes a similar vaccine, and Gerberding's agency will work with the French drugmaker on increasing its production. The U.S. is ``confident'' that than be done, said Anne Schuchat, director of immunization programs at the centers.

``We do expect there to be a shortage in terms of a mismatch between supply and demand,'' she said. ``The extent of that is what we're trying to sort out.''

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More than 28 million doses of the vaccine have been sold in the U.S. over more than 15 years, according to Merck's Web site. Infections with the Hib bacteria lead to about 386,000 deaths each year, mainly children younger than 5 years old, according to the World Health Organization.

A bacterium called bacillus cereus, associated with food poisoning, was found on some equipment used to make the vaccine at Merck's plant in West Point, Pennsylvania, Feinberg said.

Merck said it may take as long as a year to resolve the manufacturing problems at the plant and resume production.

Merck rose to $59.90 in extended trading. Earlier it fell 68 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $59.72 in regular New York Stock Exchange composite trading.

To contact the reporters on this story: Beth Jinks in New York at bjinks1@bloomberg.net ; Justin Blum in Washington at jblum4@bloomberg.net .

Last Updated: December 12, 2007 17:46 EST

Posted on: 2007/12/12 18:19
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Re: NJ School Kids Forced to Have FOUR New Immunizations
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I'm sure that scenario covered under the federally mandated Family Medical Leave Act:

http://www.dol.gov/esa/whd/fmla/

But your statement is precisely why I continue to freelance. You can just see the eyes roll to the back of the head of prospective employers when you mention you have young children. I wish more local employers would offer on-site childcare (I don't know of any nearby).

Posted on: 2007/12/11 10:05
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Re: NJ School Kids Forced to Have FOUR New Immunizations
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From what I've read, the state health commissioner Fred Jacobs holds an appointed position - and he is a LAWYER by trade, not a physician. Good to know our kid's lives are in the hands of an attorney. JM

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Council Approves Vaccine Plan...(From NJ.com)

Children as young as six months will be required to get annual flu shots to attend preschool or day care following a vote today by the Public Health Council. The council also mandated three other vaccines, including two for sixth-graders.

The vote makes New Jersey the first state to require annual flu shots for children attending preschool or day care. State health officials say the new vaccine mandates -- which take effect in the 2008-09 school year -- will reduce disease, hospitalizations and the need for parents to stay home with sick children.

The council approved the measure 5-2, with one abstention, despite protests from parents concerned about vaccine dangers. The new regulations will not be finalized until state health commissioner Fred Jacobs signs the measure. However, Jacobs has been supportive of the new rules and is expected to sign them soon.

Opponents of the measure say there is inadequate proof the vaccines are both safe and effective. Opponents include the New Jersey Alliance for Informed Choice in Vaccination.

The new rules say:

--Children aged 6 months to 59 months (four years and nine months) must get the flu shot each year to attend preschool or day care.
--Children two months to 59 months old also must get the pneumonia, or pneumococcal, vaccine.
--A Diptheria-Pertussis-Tetanus (DPT shot) booster is now required for sixth-graders to attend school.
--A meningitis shot also is now required for sixth-graders.

Read more in Tuesday's Star-Ledger.

Posted on: 2007/12/10 17:41
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Re: NJ School Kids Forced to Have FOUR New Immunizations
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Okay Scott, then take a look at the FDA's VAERS online database where Gardasil adverse reports are available to the public.

There's also an interesting piece about a growing concern between Guillain Barre Syndrome and Menactra, a meningococcal vaccine. In fact, one of the deaths reported from Menactra was in a young girl who had also been immunized with Gardasil during the same doctor's visit.

www.vaers.hhs.gov

According to my search, responsible physicians reported that after a vaccine with Gardasil, patients had reactions of the following severity:

Death - 5
Life Threatening - 43
Permanent Disability - 60
Hospitalized - 128
Hospitalized, Prolonged - 34
Emergency Room - 1,906

If five children died from a toy that was on the market, the general public would be demanding action. Perhaps that's not a responsible apples-to-apples comparison, but we're talking largely about teenage girls who are getting this vaccine - in addition to other vaccines simultaneously - without proper long-term studies.

When you're layering vaccine upon vaccine with children (and when the vaccines contain mercury and other heavy metals) that's when I get concerned.

Posted on: 2007/12/9 21:47
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Re: NJ School Kids Forced to Have FOUR New Immunizations
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Please don't insult my intelligence or the concern I hold for my children.

A flu shot for a preschooler that is not in a "high risk" category is unwarranted. There have been no long-term studies documenting that flu shots for a widespread pediatric population (when combined with the full roster of shots our youngsters already receive) are effective or safe.

I am not anti-innoculation - I don't like Gov Corzine regulating what goes into my child's body without a way for me to opt out if I feel that is what's best for my child.

Check out the side effects of the "safe" HPV vaccine that is being forced upon teenage girls:

http://www.judicialwatch.org/6428.shtml

Posted on: 2007/12/9 18:31
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NJ School Kids Forced to Have FOUR New Immunizations
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While I am for sensible immunizations in children, I am completely against this new proposal that FORCES me to pump my preschooler with a flu immunization - in addition to three more immunizations before he's eleven. This is almost as bad as the forced immunization of young girls with the HPV vaccine. It's intrusive government ala Corzine!

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By Linda A. Johnson - Associated Press

TRENTON - Parents concerned about possible vaccine dangers and government intrusion are trying to block New Jersey from becoming the first state to require annual flu shots for children in licensed preschool or day-care centers.
The Public Health Council is set to consider on Monday whether the state should mandate flu shots as well as three other vaccines. State health officials also want to require a pneumococcal vaccine for preschoolers, a booster shot to fight whooping cough for sixth graders, and meningitis shots for schoolchildren as young as 11.

According to the deputy health commissioner, Dr. Eddy Bresnitz, the requirements have been approved by the state health department and Gov. Corzine. They are expected to be approved by the council on Monday.

Bresnitz said that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supports the requirements and that public health officials in other states are likely to follow suit.

He said he is convinced that the vaccines will reduce the incidence of the diseases, preventable hospitalizations, and parents' staying home with sick children.

"It's a great day for public health in New Jersey," he said.

But some parents say there is inadequate proof that the vaccines are safe and effective.

At a Statehouse news conference yesterday, about a dozen parents protested the new measures and urged people to call the governor's office to ask him to stop the vote on Monday.

"This will be the first jurisdiction anywhere in the world to make the flu shot mandatory" for school attendance, said Jon Gilmore, a board member of Advocates for Children's Health Affected by Mercury Poisoning. He blames his 7-year-old son's autism on vaccines.

Bresnitz said he did not know whether foreign jurisdictions require flu shots for schoolchildren.

The parents yesterday also urged support for a bill that would give parents the right to "philosophical objection" to vaccine mandates. The bill has sat in a committee for four years.

"It is not right for the government and unelected councils to dictate what we put into our children," said Sue Collins, cofounder of the New Jersey Alliance for Informed Choice in Vaccination.

When asked about the mandates yesterday, Corzine said he didn't want to "speak to the specifics."

Several parents noted that unlike other common vaccines, most of the influenza vaccine available contains mercury, a toxic heavy metal that some have called a cause of autism despite the lack of any evidence.

A few speakers also said there is no research showing that it is safe to give children the more than 30 vaccines required in New Jersey today.

"They're really being treated as guinea pigs, and not all children can handle all vaccines," said Assemblywoman Charlotte Vandervalk (R., Bergen), sponsor of the philosophical-objection bill.

The new vaccines that New Jersey backs are recommended by the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics and other medical groups.

Posted on: 2007/12/9 10:21
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Hoboken hospital in lockdown after boy, mom, bring bomb
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Hoboken hospital in lockdown after boy, mom bring bomb
by The Star-Ledger Continuous News Desk

Thursday December 06, 2007, 4:58 PM

Hoboken University Medical Center is in lockdown with the Jersey City bomb squad en route this afternoon after a woman who discovered her son with what appeared to be a bomb brought him - and it - to the hospital, the Jersey Journal reports.

Details are still sketchy, but the woman and her son, who may be from North Hudson, came in this afternoon and are now in the emergency room, hospital spokeswoman Joan Quigley said.

It was unclear why the woman brought him to the hospital. Quigley said the hospital is now using the same security procedures it has rehearsed for terrorist attacks.

Posted on: 2007/12/6 17:28
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Re: recommendation: health clinic-sliding scale?
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Dr. Abubakar on Central Avenue in the Heights charges $40 or $50 for a visit. He's a bit brusque, but efficient, and if you tell him you have no insurance, he will often give you sample prescriptions in enough quantity to get you well. The downside is, you have to get there early and sit in the office until he can see you (usually a good one to two hour wait). The office staff is nice. 452 Central Ave 201-222-0821. You don't have to be an established patient to be seen.

I also recently saw a CVS quick-clinic in Hoboken. It's the new CVS near the end of Washington, near 14th Street (sorry, don't know the exact address).

If your friend is very ill, though, don't hesitate to go to an emergency room. "Flu like symptoms" can mean many things and can be dangerous. HUMC in Hoboken is decent - avoid Christ if you can - JC Medical Center is just okay. A hospital must see you in the ER without an initial upfront charge. If your friend has no insurance, he or she can apply for charity care to eliminate the bill (if they qualify), or arrange a "payment option" with the hospital for charges.

Good luck and I hope your friend feels better soon.

Posted on: 2007/12/6 11:42
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Re: Dance Lessons or Dance Classes??
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The spot JerseyGirl mentioned is always busy - and the dancers look like they're having a lot of fun! I never took classes here, but what a nice addition they are to the Heights neighborhood.

Posted on: 2007/11/12 22:01
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Re: Police Outside Portside Today?
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Highrise murder victim was shot in the head, police say
by Michaelangelo Conte
Thursday November 08, 2007, 1:47 PM

An autopsy has determined the man found dead in a Jersey City luxury high rise yesterday had been shot in the back of the head, as well as bludgeoned, as was initially reported.

"We believe the suspect was acquainted with the victim and that this could have been a dispute over money owed," Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said of the murder of Michael Marro, 39.


Marro was found dead in his 15th floor apartment in Portside Tower at about 3 p.m. yesterday by his father, who was checking on Marro because he had not shown up for work yesterday, DeFazio said.

Marro works at a South Kearny trucking company owned by his father, DeFazio said, adding that he lived alone.

When homicide detectives arrived at the bloody scene they found Marro's badly beaten body near a door in the apartment leading to a balcony, DeFazio said. The bullet wound was not found until an autopsy was performed at the state Regional Medical Examiner's Office in Newark, DeFazio said, adding that his office was notified by the medical examiner this morning.

The preliminary autopsy report is expected later today, DeFazio said, adding that the cause of death will be determined by the autopsy.

Investigators recovered security video from the high-rise and DeFazio said the images captured were helpful but do not give a positive identification of the killer, at least not at this point.

He would not give further details.

Homicide detectives think the murder occurred late Tuesday night and say Marro was seen earlier that evening, DeFazio said. Studio apartments in the 17-story building begin at $1,800 a month and apartments run from $2,400 to $6,000, according to the Web site for the building.

"We are working with police and have no information to release," Building Leasing Consultant Mike Leibowitz said this morning. "As soon as we do, we will release it to residents and will make it avalable to the press."

Posted on: 2007/11/8 14:26
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Re: Police Outside Portside Today?
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Yes - my thoughts exactly Robin. The deli is on the corner of the building, closest to the Dudley/Warren Street intersection. Portside is also a quick jump from the drunk driving accident on Halloween that also occurred on Warren.

Posted on: 2007/11/8 7:05
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Re: Police Outside Portside Today?
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Imagine if you had a child in that school that's attached to the building.

Posted on: 2007/11/7 20:36
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Re: Police Outside Portside Today?
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Update: Man found bludgeoned in high-rise home
by Michaelangelo Conte

Wednesday November 07, 2007, 7:00 PM

A man was found today bludgeoned in his high-rise home near the Jersey City waterfront, officials said.

Michael Marro, 39, was found around 3 p.m. in his apartment on the 15th floor of the Portside Tower building at the foot of Warren Street on the Morris Canal, near Liberty State Park, Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said.

Marro's body was found by his father near the door leading to the luxury apartment's balcony, DeFazio said. The elder Marro went to check on his son, who did not show up for work today. Marro and his father worked together, but officials would not say what kind of work they did. Marro dead

He had visible blunt force trauma to his head and face and was apparently bludgeoned to death, but investigators are not yet sure what weapon was used, DeFazio said. The motive for the murder has not yet been determined and robbery has not been ruled out, DeFazio said, adding that there were signs of struggle.

There are numerous security cameras in the building and homicide detectives are in the process of getting the security camera recordings, DeFazio said, adding that there is a doorman, but there is more than one exit.

There were no signs of forced entry into the apartment, DeFazio said, adding that Marro lived alone and he was seen in the building on Tuesday night. It is not yet clear if the crime was committed by one person or by more than one person, DeFazio said.

The cause of death will not be known definitively until an autopsy is performed at the state Regional Medical Examiner's Office in Newark.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office's Homicide Squad at (201) 915-1345.

Posted on: 2007/11/7 19:34
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Live Election Results Here...
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Only a 14% voter turnout in Hudson County. Jeez.

Get up-to-the-minute results here:

http://www.hudsoncountyclerk.org/cgi-bin/election.pl

Posted on: 2007/11/6 21:08
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Re: RIP Ray Ray - Jersey City Heights Murder on Palisade?
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Ray-Ray was a reputed gang member killed in a payback murder in the late summer of 2005. My daughter, who was four at the time, heard the shooting. As a result of our conversations following Ray Ray's death, I wrote the following piece. It gives the perspective of another type of victim of urban violence - the children who witness the crimes around us. You will also find these gang memorials on Franklin Avenue, the closest corner to Webster.
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My young daughter was poised at her desk, coloring the whimsical pictures conjured up in the minds of little girls when the shots echoed into her bedroom.

Pajama-clad feet padded quickly down the staircase and her anxious face greeted me in the living room. “Mama, I heard a gun.”

Ray-Ray had barely shed the skin of his teenage years when six bullets stole his last breath steps from our house in Jersey City Heights. The day after his death, I walked by the spot on Palisade Avenue where his bloody body had fallen to the sidewalk, the hard faces of kids who were too young for such loss stared back at me like some kind of unwelcomed stranger.

But their pain, was my pain, and as I soon discovered, my daughter’s. “Mama, did the boy down the street die?” By now, I had to tell my little girl that a bad person had shot someone to death. She had heard the sirens, heard the sobs of Ray Ray’s people wrap around him like a burial shroud.

My daughter, who wasn’t allowed to watch violent television shows or play with toy guns, who had been sheltered and protected as much as a mother could in a place like Jersey City, was suddenly enrolled in a crash course about gang warfare and murder. And I reluctantly became her professor.

I chose my words carefully and tried to deliver the facts as gently as I could. The newspapers reported that Ray-Ray may have had a beef with a local gang, and his murder was payback for some incident from the past. A life snuffed out in a minute. My daughter wanted to know if he would go to heaven. “Of course,” I reassured her. And then a quiet pause came as she thought some more. “What about the man that shot him?” she wondered aloud to me. “Will he go to heaven?”

A profound sadness snatched my voice and twisted my gut into knots. “It’s too damn early for this talk,” I cried silently. “She’s four, she’s four years old. Why should I have to be explaining death, and heaven, and hell, and the meaning of gangs to a child?”

And with her brown eyes searching mine, I took a breath and continued.

“No, honey, the bad man probably won’t be going to heaven. Only good people go to heaven,” I told her patiently.

Her wheels were turning now. She wanted to know about hell, what it looked like, what it felt like, and who all got in. Then as quickly as we covered that, she wanted to know about heaven. “Can you talk underwater in heaven?” she wondered to me. “Of course,” I told her. “You can do whatever you want in heaven.” “Even have lollipops for breakfast?” she asked. “Yup,” I said solemnly, thinking that if I could run away from this conversation, I would, soon and fast.

And if bad people go to hell, what about everything else? Just when you think you can shield your children from the world, wrap your hands over their eyes, and close their ears to harm, you learn, that somehow, they figure out the world pretty much by themselves. “What about the pit bulls, Mama?” her small voice asked next. “You know you tell me to stay away from them, and that they’re bad,” she told me. “Mama, do the pit bulls go to heaven?”

Posted on: 2007/11/2 21:38
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Portside Deli Robbed on Warren St. - Paulus Hook
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This morning around 8:30 am there was a JCPD BCI truck parked outside of the Portside Deli on Warren Street. It seems they were robbed overnight? They weren't letting anyone into the store.

Does anyone know anything about this? Thanks.

Posted on: 2007/11/1 10:45
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Re: ARSON TO BLAME? Top-floor blaze is being probed as 'suspicious'
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Can someone with insight into these matters explain why the feds would be called in? Why couldn't this be handled on a state or local law enforcement level? What type of involvement does this potentially indicate?

Posted on: 2007/10/18 13:55
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Re: Greenville: Driver in fatal crash, killing a 7-year-old Jersey City boy is also a confessed burg
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If you've ever been in a car with kids - especially when you're rushing to get to school/work in the morning, it can be a major challenge. The mom was just backing out of her driveway when the accident happened. Perhaps she was running late - "Okay kids, get those belts on now" - as she's rolling down her driveway. Maybe the kids were just getting settled in and started buckling up. Perhaps they weren't wearing seat belts at all. Regardless, this Mom carries a heartbreak with her forever - and a little sister has lost her big brother.

Do we judge too quickly? Remember the mom who ran downstairs and left her toddler in the tub; the mom who had the infant on her lap in the backseat of a car rammed by a drunk ex-cop; the mom with the baby who tumbled from an apartment window; the mom who didn't buckle up her school-age kids - all recent JC accidents - all but one leading to tragic death. Why did these moms make these choices? In hindsight, don't these terrible accidents all sound preventable? But if you ask any normal mother who has a child over the age of two to share a "near tragedy" raising-a-baby story with you, chances are they'll tell you more than one.

I don't have an easy answer. This accident has struck such a chord in me, though. I look at that little boy and see my own son. I cannot even imagine being able to live without him.

Posted on: 2007/10/18 0:45
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Re: Greenville: Driver in fatal crash, killing a 7-year-old Jersey City boy is also a confessed burglar
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So this guy will be out of jail, potentially, to celebrate his 30th birthday? "Death by Auto" vs. another means is still death - what would the comparable sentence be for manslaughter? The reckless and tragic death of this young boy should carry a more severe penalty, IMHO.

Posted on: 2007/10/16 10:19
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Re: Jersey Journal & Star Ledger: BIG FEATURES ON CRIME & LOCATIONS -- SEE LINKS
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Wow - what a great piece - thanks for the heads-up Grove. And don't you love the milk-toast quotes from our fearless leaders? Finally some numbers to back what real citizens have been observing and commenting on for years. And look how close we are to Newark's stats! Yikes.

Posted on: 2007/10/15 12:14
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Re: Another Child Dies - Not Buckled Up!
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Can someone let me know if the kids are back for another season of fundraising? I've posted about this before on another thread - it was interesting to read the original postings. The kids at Erie are so small - and it pisses me off to see their parents/supervisors lounging on the median while the little tikes dodge SUVs. I haven't seen them for a while - but if they're there again, I'd like to look into it a bit more. Thanks!

Posted on: 2007/10/15 7:39
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Re: Another Child Dies - Not Buckled Up!
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Thanks for the replies. I read a very interesting article today about the subject. According to the 2004 piece, "motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death and acquired disability for children between the ages of 4 and 8 years old."

Children should stay in a booster seat until the adult belt fits - usually when they are approximately 4'9" in height and 8 to 12 years of age.

Here's the link to the article (and tips on how to use a booster properly):
http://www.chop.edu/traumalink/download/2004/pcps_cpsreport.pdf

And here's a peak at NJ booster/safety seat laws for kids:

Children up to age 8 or 80 pounds must ride in a safety or booster seat in the rear seat of the vehicle. If there is no rear seat, the child must sit in the front seat secured by a safety or booster seat.

Children under age 8 who weigh more than 80 pounds must wear a seat belt anywhere in the vehicle.

Passengers age 8 to 18 (regardless of weight ) must wear a seat belt anywhere inside a vehicle.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children between ages 4 to 14.

More than 1,700 children under age 15 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2000, with the majority not in a safety seat or seat belt.

Posted on: 2007/10/13 18:07
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Another Child Dies - Not Buckled Up!
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My heart breaks as I read ANOTHER child in Jersey City has died from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. The 7-year-old boy in yesterday's Fulton Avenue accident passed away this morning - his 5-year-old sister has serious injuries. They were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

PLEASE WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT and make sure that your children/passengers in the back seat of your car are wearing their belts, too. Children too old for a traditional car seat should be in a properly fitted booster seat.

Many people are under the impression that children in the back seat are safe - by virtue of being in the back seat of a car. I had a nanny from overseas who was well educated, but unaware that wearing a seatbelt in the back seat was the safest way to travel. It is a common practice in the country where she is from to not wear seat belts at all - a child seat is rare, too.

And remember, if a child is on your lap, they become your airbag in the event of a crash.

Not for a second - even if your kids are fussy - keep them in their car seats and seat belts.

Link to JJ story: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2007 ... y_boy_dies_from_inju.html

Posted on: 2007/10/13 11:14
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Re: 77 Hudson is on fire
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Can anyone tell me what the "frozen zone" is around the fire? Is Warren Street open? How is the traffic downtown this morning?

Thank you!

Posted on: 2007/10/9 8:23
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Legal Question - Can Regular Folks Sue Over JC Ticket-Fixing?
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Now that ANOTHER JC judge has resigned due to improperly handling parking tickets (see below), a question comes to mind. Has there ever been a prior legal precedent where the public overturned their "guilty" pleas and recovered the fines they paid since the professionals ajudicating their cases were not acting in good faith (ie; were corrupt).

Just curious, since I probably financed at least one wing of the municipal court on ALL of the parking tickets I've paid over the years.

JUDGE ARTICLE - SOURCE: JJ
Another judge leaves the bench in wake of ticket-fixing scandal
by Ken Thorbourne
Monday October 01, 2007, 3:14 PM

Yet another Jersey City municipal court judge has stepped down from the bench in the wake of an ongoing investigation into the improper dismissal of tickets.

Late Friday, Judge Pauline Sica requested an immediate "leave of absence" in a letter sent to Mayor Jerramiah Healy and state Superior Court Assignment Judge Maurice Gallipoli, said Trial Court Administrator Joseph Davis.

Davis refused to comment further, saying "the matter is still under investigation, including by the state Attorney General's Office."

Sica, 55, couldn't be reached for comment.

Appointed July 23, 2001, Sica earns $42,623 annually as a part-time municipal judge, according to city records.

Chief Municipal Court Judge Wanda Molina resigned Sept. 20 in the wake of allegations she improperly disposed of parking tickets issued to her female companion, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

Then on Sept. 26, Municipal Court Judge Erwin Rosen took an unpaid leave of absence as a result of allegations he "improperly dismissed one of his own parking tickets," officials said.

The Attorney General's Office is also investigating Municipal Court employees Victor Matos and Virginia Pagan, who were suspended based on allegations that they fixed their own tickets, officials said.

Posted on: 2007/10/1 18:04
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Re: Downtown: 'All-girl' wolfpack robbery
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Okay - we need the ingredients for the new beverage "Punkette." I know someone clever will think of something. (I still chuckle at the Pakistini one of you guys came up with - sorry, can't remember, and am new to the list).

Posted on: 2007/9/27 18:01
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Re: Looking for advice - Webster & Hutton
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It's all sidewalk. During the winter, most times, unless it's improved since I moved, the sidewalks down the serpentine road (I think the street is called Hope Street?) are not plowed and are often very, very icy.

Posted on: 2007/9/24 7:42
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Re: Looking for advice - Webster & Hutton
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You might want to ask the unit's owner about the robberies in your building last year. Your building condo owners were so concerned about the crime in the area (and the frequent illegal dumping that occurs on the corner of New York & Hutton) that they installed a close circuit camera system (about a year prior to the robberies). You can see the small cameras on the front and sides of the building.

There used to be a Webster Avenue community group - don't know if there still is.

Small "quality of life" crimes are frequent and annoying - my car was broken into a number of times as well as dented a lot; our shed was robbed; flowers were taken from our porch, etc. Getting a cop to respond in that area basically took a report of bloodshed and an automatic weapon. No offense to the POs, but that's the reality that I experienced.

I moved from that area a little over a year ago due to a gang murder on Palisades, near Hutton. In October of 2005, a young man was gunned down in front of the barbershop. My daughter was 4 at the time and heard the whole thing. I had had enough and relunctantly moved away in early 2006 from a great house we had just renovated with our blood, sweat and tears.

Franklin is a magnet for gangs and drugs. It gets pretty shady at night. Central Ave is good for your basics. ShopRite in Hoboken delivers - and you can order over the internet. And I agree with the poster about Gino's - we still schlep there to get our pizza.

Your building is amazing - the units are gorgeous. Queen Latifa used to live at 126 - she was very cool. You will have some wonderful neighbors in the building. Outside, you'll see a couple of old guys that hang out on Hutton all day, next to the empty lot. They are pretty much the eyes and ears of the neighborhood. Interesting crew.

I think as a Mom with two small children, it was a tough area to be in. Maybe as a single person it would be easier. I just think the area hasn't seen the upturn it so badly needs to be a great place to live. Time will tell. Good luck.

Posted on: 2007/9/23 22:00
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Re: Healy: Wolf pack collared
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Can someone please help explain something to me - perhaps point out what I'm missing here?

How is supplying the public with the names of teenage thugs going to "help" the community and "punish" the offender? Is this supposed to deter our city's youth from continuing to roam in wolf packs and brutalize innocent civilians? Healy seems to be touting this as a powerful solution of some kind - an effort worth his focus and the focus of legislators.

I have been told that juvie street dealers in JC know EXACTLY how many vials of crack they can be caught with without fear of major prosecution. So if you deal drugs in our fair city, and are a kid, you'll probably be let off pretty easily. The kids in our city already know what they can get away with - a lot - without punishment. Yup, but if little Johnny gets his name in the JJ, he's going to think twice?
And if I know Johnny's name and what he looks like, I'm going to be better prepared - to do what?

The problems run so much deeper and require far more than a BandAid like this.

Posted on: 2007/9/20 21:01
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