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Re: Updated Flood / Evacuation maps?
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Forget the New York Times.

FEMA releases updated flood maps for 4 New Jersey counties
http://www.nj.com/monmouth/index.ssf/ ... 06/fema_flood_maps_1.html



Actually, this is really helpful. Interesting to see that FEMA has reduced the flood areas of JC a bit.

I wouldn't expect anything from JC on disaster planning at this point. But as a good citizen, I'll let Fulop know that I think this is an area where the city is sorely lacking.

Posted on: 2013/6/19 13:46
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Updated Flood / Evacuation maps?
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New York City just updated its flood zone evacuation maps based on hurricane Sandy information. Does anyone know if JC plans to do the same?

http://maps.nyc.gov/hurricane/

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/19/nyr ... -city-residents.html?_r=0

Posted on: 2013/6/18 19:24
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Re: Rumi Turkish Grill construction?
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oh, thanks. It looks like they are creating some outdoor seating which would be nice.

Posted on: 2013/6/11 13:03
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Re: Goldman Sachs Scaffolding
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This is such an eyesore. I wish they could be forced to fix it up.

Posted on: 2013/6/10 20:45
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Rumi Turkish Grill construction?
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Does anyone know what's going on/in at the corner where Rumi Turkish Grill is located? It looks like they are either changing the storefront or else splitting the place into two.

Posted on: 2013/6/10 20:43
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Re: Construction at Colgate Clock
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The park is looking very nice now, especially the part in front of Liberty Terrace. Does anyone know when it is supposed to open?

Posted on: 2013/6/10 19:59
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Re: Day Care
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When they closed after Sandy, I called Hudson Country and their answer was essentially - no, they really can't charge you unless it's stated in the contract. but they can also drop you from their school at any time and you'd be without day care at all so maybe you don't want to make a big deal of it. So we sucked it up as we had no where else to send the kid.


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You're right if YOU choose to go on vacation / keep the child home. But the scenario here is that the daycare was not open for whatever reason to take care of the children. Therefore the parents either need to stay home themselves, or find and pay for alternative arrangement. I'd agree that if the daycare if not open, then they should not charge and/or refund.

Imagine you pay for an airline ticket to go somewhere, but the plane is broken and cannot fly you there, and the airline refuse to refund you or put you on another plane - would you say that is fair?

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Welcome to the wonderful world of raising a kid! Yes, you have to pay for days off including if your childcare provider goes on vacation,if you go on vacation, or if your kid was out sick. I often hear first time parents freak out about this. If you just expect to do these things, you won't feel taken advantage of. It will be par for the course and you will have a much easier time getting along with and trusting the person/s who you are relying on to love and take care of your child.
I know at my job, I get paid for my days off, sick time, etc. so why should I expect it to be different for a daycare?

Posted on: 2013/5/24 18:12
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Re: Nursery School/Day Care
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I have to present the darker side of Baby Galileo. While the are very reasonably priced and overall we had a good experience, the management is pretty awful.

First of all - almost all their staff are minimum wage hourly staff. This means lots of turnover and low morale. They cut the staff like they are waiters. We've overheard the staff begging not to be cut early so they could have more hours. If you don't arrive by 9am, they call you (sometimes repeatedly) to see if your child is coming in so they can cut staff. Meanwhile, you are still paying for the day. BTW, this information is from a former employee of theirs who told us and verified by another employee we asked to confirm.

During emergencies, they have been really terrible. After Hurricane Sandy, they shut down for over a week. They never gave advance notice, only telling parents the morning of. They also charged full price for this time. Oh, and not a single employee got paid for a single hour while they were closed! This is probably the thing that upsets me the most about them.

Even though this is my first post online about them, we received an email from them threatening action if people talk about them on social media. I guess someone else complained on facebook or something.

They have closed other days due to various reasons - the A/C in particular had many problems last summer. You always have to pay for the day when they close no matter the reason.

Finally, we absolutely loved Yanet who is one of the few longer term employees there. She is loving, attentive and remembers the things you ask of her. But Yanet is typically given the new children and you are told that she is your child's primary caregiver, but they move your child to another caregiver without telling you. They even tried to make us think Yanet was our child's caregiver long after they had switched him to someone else.

Baby Galileo is one of those places where you get what you pay for. It's very reasonable and it was our favorite place we found in the price range we wanted for daycare. But when it came time to move up to kiddie galileo, we left.

One final thing, which is a tiny bit of hearsay, but a former employee told us that at kiddie galileo, they limit your child's dining time and take away their food if they haven't eaten after 30 minutes.


Posted on: 2013/5/23 13:23
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Re: Review of Early Learning Academy on Marin Blvd in jersey city
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We recently put our toddler into ELA and have actually been quite thrilled. He loves it there. The teachers are incredibly nice and caring. He has been learning and developing quite rapidly. The security is great. We get nice weekly reports. I like very much that they have lunches you can purchase, which has really helped us out. I can't say that I've experienced issues, and have met both the owner and the owner's husband (who was helping out at the front desk one afternoon and handing out stickers to the kids as they left).

Our son has had a couple of small accidents - one he got bit and another time he bumped into a table. Both times we received detailed written reports within the hour.

My little one is so excited every day to go to ELA. He grabs his little coat and bag and runs merrily down the hall. He doesn't even say goodbye once he arrives anymore.

I haven't had to try and deal with financial problems, but our last place was such a nightmare regarding that, so I imagine they all are quite strict about their financial policies.

Maybe I'm just more easy-going, but compared to our last place which seemed like a prison yard for small children, ELA is a dream. For those of us who can't wait on a two year list for River School, I would certainly recommend them.




Posted on: 2013/5/22 20:02
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Re: Buying A home in jersey city?
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Uh Oh. You're in for it now...just wait for the debate...

There is a new building on Warren close to completion.

Posted on: 2013/5/21 16:31
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Re: advice for owner on renting out apt?
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I've been thinking about this same thing for down the line if we leave JC and want to keep our place. The best idea I could come up with for maintenance would be to find a local handyman/handywoman that could act as your "super" - fixing problems and such for a fee.

Finding people I haven't yet dealt with.

Posted on: 2013/5/14 13:18
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Re: know any charities that'll do a home pick-up?
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Try the Vietnam Vets: http://www.scheduleapickup.com/


thanks! but VVA is not a very highly-rated charity, with only about 25% of proceeds going to programs that help vets, and a whopping 69% going to fundraising (the rest goes towards administration).



the USO, by comparison, spends 17% on fundraising.

was hoping someplace like the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation would do pickups, but looks like they only take cars.

will keep looking.



Where are you getting this information? VVA's annual report (http://www.vva.org/OrgDocs/VVA_AR_2011.pdf) shows that they spend $27M a year - $20M on these recycling services, $4M goes to veteran programs, and only $750K goes to fundraising. that's actually a 3% fundraising ratio - making then one of the most fundraising efficient charities in the country.

I've never heard of VVA until just now and can't locate them on Charity Navigator, but before you trash an organization - especially on something as superfluous as their admin/fundriaisng ratio - you should consider the overall good that they do. This furniture would go to the needy, no? Isn't that the real bottom line?


Maybe take more than just the VVA's word for it?

http://www.charitywatch.org/articles/ ... AmericaRecycleDebunk.html

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2667904/posts


I see your point that it costs a lot to sell that furniture donation - the charity makes a mere 30% profit on the whole endeavor. But the charities you compared - USO, Cystic Fibrosis - they don't do recycling programs because it would cost them a lot to do them too. I'm not sure, but I would guess this is how all those "donate your cars for kids" fundraising programs work.

It's tough to raise money as a non-profit. Some fundraising methods cost more than others and that necessarily doesn't make them bad if they work.


fair enough.


Now you've piqued my interest...I'm trying to find out how these other non-profits do.

But already found this scary thread of information about "Kars 4 Kids":

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index ... earch.summary&orgid=11555

I've found their 990 tax return on guidestar (they are actually a non-profit called Joy for Our Youth). It looks like kars4kids takes in $30M a year, $17M of which they give to another NGO (Oorah) for helping children. [Not that this should matter, but oorah exclusively to help jewish children.]

Oorah, it seems from their 990 (they don't publish any financial statements so you have to look at their tax return - http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/22-3746051/oorah.aspx). spends only about half of what they take in from the kars4kids campaign. Then it looks like only about 1/3 of those funds actually go to youth programs - the rest to administration or outreach. Now, take all this with a grain of salt since it's not that easy to gleam information from a non-profit tax return.

My takeaway on all these alternative revenue programs is that you really need to drill into them. Places like Goodwill don't just resell your donated stuff - they employ disabled people as well, so their administrative costs are actually still part of their cause. I've seen youth centers that own ice cream parlors where the kids can work - another great way to help your goals while raising money for the charity.

These donating furniture ones - maybe you're right, maybe they aren't really worth while. Maybe we'd be better off selling it on craigslist and just donating the proceeds directly.


Posted on: 2013/4/22 13:32
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Re: know any charities that'll do a home pick-up?
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Try the Vietnam Vets: http://www.scheduleapickup.com/


thanks! but VVA is not a very highly-rated charity, with only about 25% of proceeds going to programs that help vets, and a whopping 69% going to fundraising (the rest goes towards administration).



the USO, by comparison, spends 17% on fundraising.

was hoping someplace like the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation would do pickups, but looks like they only take cars.

will keep looking.



Where are you getting this information? VVA's annual report (http://www.vva.org/OrgDocs/VVA_AR_2011.pdf) shows that they spend $27M a year - $20M on these recycling services, $4M goes to veteran programs, and only $750K goes to fundraising. that's actually a 3% fundraising ratio - making then one of the most fundraising efficient charities in the country.

I've never heard of VVA until just now and can't locate them on Charity Navigator, but before you trash an organization - especially on something as superfluous as their admin/fundriaisng ratio - you should consider the overall good that they do. This furniture would go to the needy, no? Isn't that the real bottom line?


Maybe take more than just the VVA's word for it?

http://www.charitywatch.org/articles/ ... AmericaRecycleDebunk.html

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2667904/posts


I see your point that it costs a lot to sell that furniture donation - the charity makes a mere 30% profit on the whole endeavor. But the charities you compared - USO, Cystic Fibrosis - they don't do recycling programs because it would cost them a lot to do them too. I'm not sure, but I would guess this is how all those "donate your cars for kids" fundraising programs work.

It's tough to raise money as a non-profit. Some fundraising methods cost more than others and that necessarily doesn't make them bad if they work.

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Re: know any charities that'll do a home pick-up?
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Try the Vietnam Vets: http://www.scheduleapickup.com/


thanks! but VVA is not a very highly-rated charity, with only about 25% of proceeds going to programs that help vets, and a whopping 69% going to fundraising (the rest goes towards administration).

the USO, by comparison, spends 17% on fundraising.

was hoping someplace like the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation would do pickups, but looks like they only take cars.

will keep looking.



Where are you getting this information? VVA's annual report (http://www.vva.org/OrgDocs/VVA_AR_2011.pdf) shows that they spend $27M a year - $20M on these recycling services, $4M goes to veteran programs, and only $750K goes to fundraising. that's actually a 3% fundraising ratio - making then one of the most fundraising efficient charities in the country.

I've never heard of VVA until just now and can't locate them on Charity Navigator, but before you trash an organization - especially on something as superfluous as their admin/fundriaisng ratio - you should consider the overall good that they do. This furniture would go to the needy, no? Isn't that the real bottom line?

Posted on: 2013/4/19 20:40
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Re: Orale Mexican Kitchen
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Wife and I ate here over the weekend. Got in early (6pm) so there was no wait. My honest feeling is that I'm happy this place is here, but I don't think I'll be going back. It's a nice touch to the area - a real hipster quasi-upscale restaurant going in right where it's supposed to. Ambiance is very nice for JC. Contributes to the feeling that DTJC is really turning a corner on development.

But the food was trying too hard to be posh, without being delicious. Combine that with very small portions and high prices and you have some sort of Mexican fusion tapas bistro. For the record, we ate the guacamole sampler, several tacos and an enchilada. Also lots of Sangria, which was very good.

What I really want from a Mexican place is something like Charritos in Hoboken or Taco Chulo in Williamsburg - which both serve up great portions while still being incredibly delicious. For now, I'll stick with Viva Mexican Kitchen.

Posted on: 2013/4/15 15:23
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Re: NYTimes: THE HUNT - Downtown Jersey City 2-Bedroom With a Home for the Car
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Bill is correct. It's a big hassle to drive around Hoboken then DTJC. Plus we have super highways as you and others have mentioned. Plus Hoboken has much better bike infrastructure than JC. I have only seen bike lanes on Grove so far. Apart from that we should have some stop signs on Erie to make that area more pedestrian friendly. While walking, I am most afraid of the folks from the suburbs who work in those office towers.


Sometimes those people come speeding down and it's pretty scary. But I would saying DTJC is drive-able almost all the time as long as you don't want to leave JC. Leaving or entering JC on a Friday or Sunday afternoon is generally horrible.

I like this article for making me feel good about my real estate decision. I was even tempted to trash the choice for the same reasons listed above. but hey, if people are willing to pay this, then that means they should be willing to pay more for my property with it's incredible superiority, right? :)

Posted on: 2013/4/10 14:57
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Re: Nursery School/Day Care
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I'm looking for daycare/nursery school recommendations for infant care. Also, most places do not public tuition online, but can anyone tell me approximately what to expect in cost? Thank you.


Baby Galileo near Grove St charges $270 per week for 9-10 hour days.

Posted on: 2013/3/18 15:40
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Re: Jehovah's Witnesses recruiting in the PATH station
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Well, personally, I am offended by the JW people facing me down every day in an environment that I believe should be free from religion. The separation of Church and State matters a lot to me.

I realize they must have a permit, but does anyone know about PATH's policy on religious organizations? I feel that they should take their anti-gay apocalyptic message elsewhere.




I believe that religious proselytizing is a protected form of free speech. just like begging. We may not agree with what they say, but we should defend to the death their right to say it. :)

Posted on: 2013/3/15 20:08
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Re: Honey Bakery - McGinley Square
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I'll give a shout out to honey bakery. I stopped by there after visiting the thriftstore/flea market across the street. Really nice folks, delicious food. It's nice to see in the neighborhood and deserves to be supported.

Posted on: 2013/3/13 13:29
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Re: Jersey City - downtown/paulus hook nanny questions
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Well congratulations I suppose. I've seen nanny's charge $10-$15 per hour, especially for part time work. We had a nanny who did $100 for 10 hour days and also did light housework including walking the dog and making the beds.

What I have learned is that there are plenty of hard working childcare people in JC who would happily work for minimum wage. I've talked to people who work at some of the less expensive day care places and hear stories of them wanting to get a nanny job. Unfortunately, finding them is word of mouth.

I would try craigslist.

There are contracts you could borrow if you google. If you wanted to do it really right, you'd probably need a labor lawyer to draw up a contract and an accountant to handle the payroll matters.

Posted on: 2013/3/6 14:04
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Re: Ribs?
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I have an inbox? Neat!

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check your inboxes. ive messaged most of you about ribs

Posted on: 2013/3/5 14:31
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Re: Apartment Building Security Camera solution
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OK, I'm replying to my own post. I see many solutions available on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/ ... ref=pd_zg_hrsr_e_1_3_last

Can anyone recommend a contractor to install one of these?

Posted on: 2013/3/4 17:17
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Apartment Building Security Camera solution
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I live in a small apartment building (under 20 units) and after a couple of thefts and vandalism episodes, we are trying to find a reasonable security solution. We ideally would have a camera at each of the four entrances (two garages, two doors) feeding to a backup system. Online access would be even better.

Has anyone had good success with a particular solution? What about contractors?

We'd ideally prefer something that we weren't having to pay each month to service.

thanks!

Posted on: 2013/3/4 16:04
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Re: Ribs?
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Thanks Everyone! So greatly appreciated. I'm going to try these places out.

Posted on: 2013/3/4 16:01
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Ribs?
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Is there anywhere to get ribs in JC? Besides Chili's. Yelp doesn't seem to be of much help here.

Posted on: 2013/3/4 2:53
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Re: Jersey City election 2013: Transit workers union backs Healy
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Are these transit unions related to the PATH system? If so, then I don't blame them for supporting the guy who covered for them and called their 4 month timeline to fix the PATH a "Home Run".

Posted on: 2013/3/1 21:15
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Re: JC landlord registration?
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Did it come in registered mail? Maybe you can just ignore it?


I would not ignore it, It takes 10 min.

By law, every landlord of a dwelling, except owner-occupied
premises with not more than two (2) rental units, must file
with the clerk of the municipality in which the residential
property is situated, or with the Bureau of Housing Inspection
in the Department of Community Affairs, a certificate of
registration.


Good advice. thanks!

Posted on: 2013/2/26 21:40
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Re: Carpet Cleaners
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I highly recommend A&K Carpet and Upholstery. The owner, Jay, is very honest and hardworking and really knows his stuff when it comes to cleaning. Since it's a small business, you aren't paying overhead.

He's done wonders for some major problems of mine and I know he professionally handles jobs big to small.

(516) 359-0559

http://www.cleancarpetsny.com/



May I ask what the quote was like just to have an idea?


He cleaned all the carpets and furniture on our two bedroom apt for $150, getting out some serious stains.

Posted on: 2013/2/26 13:53
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Re: Grove PATH Bike parking
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My wife once saw a locked bike get stolen early in the morning on Essex St in Paulus Hook. The thief lifted it over the signpost to which it was locked, using a tree for help. My wife didn't realize what was going on until the guy already rode away (it was early), but I think bikes will get messed with / stolen eventually if you park them outside for long enough anywhere in JC.

Posted on: 2013/2/26 1:17
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Re: Chromium removal at Metropolis towers to begin soon
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will they be building bright, shiny new towers after the chromium is cleaned up at the metropolis site?


Actually, I think they will be but they'll be squeezed in. Apparently there is room on site for two new towers and to ring most of the property with retail of some kind.


I get angry almost every day walking by this waste of space. Retail around the ring where all the fences are would be a great use of space and a huge boon to creating an actual neighborhood.

Posted on: 2013/2/25 18:39
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