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Re: Pushed Around? JCPD and Manners
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I understand that you were upset that a man shoved you, and that he was somehow affiliated with the police in which case you felt your voice was not heard, I get that. What I don't understand is why this became such a big deal. You asked him to move, he made a choice and said no, that sucks for you but that was his choice. Yes it's rude and mean, but do you know how many rude and mean people there are in this world. If we called the police everytime someone was rude or mean it would cause complete chaos. He should not have shoved you, but the whole situation could have been avoided had you just said to yourself "this guys an a$#hole" and moved on.

Posted on: 2009/2/20 10:49
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Re: Pedestrians beware....Renegade City Buses
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I know this question is going to make me sound like a ditz, but is the bus company NJtransit or mta?

WHAT? MTA? For Christ Sake!. MTA? Do you know where you are? MTA is the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. It is a NYC agency. When you cross the river going west, you are in NJ. There is no MTA here. Here's a helpful tip. You see the NJ in front of NJTransit? That's a hint. It means New Jersey. Get it?


WOW fasteddie I have never seen you so enraged before. Maybe they were confused

Posted on: 2009/2/19 1:49
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Re: Unleashed Mastiffs Attack JC Man Downtown this Morning
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That is good news! Hopefully they will be adopted by a responsible owner.

Posted on: 2009/2/18 22:30
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Re: Pedestrians beware....Renegade City Buses
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I had a close call yesterday at about 5pm. I was crossing Christopher Columbus going towards Montgomery on Newark. The light changed and as I went to step into the crosswalk a bus came flying down Columbus and made a right turn without even stopping. Not only did he do this without stopping and looking to make sure it was safe to turn on red, but he was going really fast and almost hit me and almost caused an accident. It was crazy! What an a-hole.

Posted on: 2009/2/18 22:25
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Re: Downtown: 100 bags of heroin seized during Wayne st drug bust
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JCPD + 1
I am glad that they got these scumbags. I can only imagine what that man will find on his computer. I wish they could put them in jail and throw away the key.

Posted on: 2009/2/18 1:54
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Re: Enforcement of anti-smoking laws in JC
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The thing that annoys me the most is parents that smoke in their cars with their kids are in the back seat - I call that neglect and endangering children. The fines should be in the $1000's.


That drives me crazy as well. I also get annoyed when I see parents carrying their children with a cigarette hanging out of their mouth. I just feel that the cigarette can wait until after the child is home or far enough away that they will not be inhaling the second-hand smoke. My dad smoked around me all the time when I was younger and I remember him taking me to the doctor for a sore throat or a cough and he would be smoking in the car. It would make me feel even more sick and it hurt my throat real bad. I smoked up until a year ago and I never would smoke around kids. Even passing them on the street I would move away and switch the cigarette to the opposite hand. Smoking parents need to put their child's health before their addiction.

Posted on: 2009/2/15 15:13
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Re: Think again before running that red light
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Great idea, hopefully this will stop some of the insane driving in JC. The other day I actually saw a car at a red light go into the left lane (as if when the light turned green he was going to go left), then proceed to move over to the right lane to get into the front of the line, and then make a right turn on red at a light where it is not allowed. He almost hit a man with two small children and a crossing guard. Never seen that one before.

Posted on: 2009/2/2 10:42
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Re: Hit & Run: Ederly Woman with Walker ??
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IMO walking in JC is a bit scary and I follow the rules (walk in the crosswalk when I have the sign, look both ways before crossing the street etc). On Grand it is definitely a bit scarier. Whether or not this person was on their cell phone is irrelevant. You do NOT hit something and then leave. Both drivers should get jail time for their indifference to someones life.
(side note)
IMO the victim may not like being called "elderly" being that she is only 48, but I know when the thread was started the age was not known.

Posted on: 2009/2/1 15:21
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Re: Downtown: One dead in shooting on Coles Street in Jersey City this morning
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I love Jersey City in the few months I've been here. But the level of apathy among the government (and many of the people is shocking). I have no idea what to do, but speaking from experience, block meeting don't do anything. But I'd don't see the point in wearing goofy berets and baseball jackets.

I want to nip this crap (like people saying drug dealers hang on their stoop or the local parks) in the ass, but there seems no way to do it, and if the cops are as bad as they everyone says they are (which I don't exactly buy...) I don't know where to start.

Thanks for all the feedback!

There seems to be a lot of surprise reactions from the wide-eyed new residents of Jersey City. Perhaps they should have done their homework prior to setting up camp here. On the surface J.C. looks like a paradise, what drew these new residents here in the first place? Bret Schundler a complete opposite of what J.C. resembled at the time of his first election put J.C. on the map. But with mixed income neighborhoods it's going to be tough to live side by side with the haves & have nots.


I moved from NYC and I knew all about JC because my boyfriend had been living here for awhile. I love living here and I love the area. Of course when I hear about horrific crimes like the needless killing of this man it makes me a little nervous. What drew me here was my boyfriend (now fiancee), the closeness to the city, the diversity, and the rent prices. Although things like this crime are scary, I wuldn't want to live anywhere else at this point in my life.

Posted on: 2009/1/28 14:22
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Re: Honest Jersey City pot smoker -- just being Blunt in Bayonne!
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Wow what kind of pot was he smoking that it made him so messed up he was walking in the middle of the road. I love his reply though, "I'm not gonna lie to you..."
When it was pretty obvious.

Posted on: 2009/1/28 1:23
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Re: Downtown: One dead in shooting on Coles Street in Jersey City this morning
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My son, a junior at McNair, said the owner remembered each time the way my son liked his sandwiches.


I read through this whole thread, but this one post got me the most. I really feel bad for this man's family, and for the kids who lives he has been a staple in for years. I just want to add something about the amount of cops around JC. I have been living here since August and maybe will see a cop car once a week in JC.
Now I know Newark has a higher crime-rate but I just want to state that the few times I have been in Newark for a few hours I have seen at least 3 or 4 cops, EVERYTIME.
I work in Paterson and will see 2-3 cops a day. These are just some things I have noticed since living here. The police presence in JC really is lacking.

Posted on: 2009/1/27 23:57
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Re: Renting to Section 8 in JC
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Not all section 8 tenants are bad, but the majority are and they most likely will destroy her property. I would tell your friend to steer clear of it for now.

Posted on: 2009/1/26 21:35
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Re: Cops: Teen, buddy mugged in broad daylight in Journal Square McDonald's
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There's a freaking police station 4 or 5 buildings from this, unbelievable!


I think they have a supect.

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LOL!!!!!!

Posted on: 2009/1/25 14:04
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Re: Cops: Teen, buddy mugged in broad daylight in Journal Square McDonald's
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14 year old kids...REALLY? Isn't the purpose of robbing to acquire a significant amount of money? This guy got $16, that should get him 2 items a day off the dollar menu for a week.

Posted on: 2009/1/23 10:47
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Re: Bergen Lafayette: Shots kill during daytime robbery at bodega by "young adults"
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I hope they catch these little a%$holes. This man loses his life for a small chunk of change.

Posted on: 2009/1/23 10:40
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Re: Journal Square: Woman, 23, shot in head and a masked man flees
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A killer with a conscience, unbelieveable!

Posted on: 2009/1/20 10:53
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Re: Unleashed Mastiffs Attack JC Man Downtown this Morning
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WOW what a crazy story! I feel so bad for the victim, and I wonder what made this woman take her dogs off their leash? I don't know about this breed of dog, but it's my personal belief that vicious dogs that attack for no reason are taught to be vicious by their owners. That being said, I don't know if their was a reason for this attack. I feel for the victim though, it's not fun being bit by a dog.

Posted on: 2009/1/20 0:48
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Re: White Star Waiter - Best In Class
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Thats nice to hear and I hope he is a member on this message board so he can see your post. Compliments are never given enough.

Posted on: 2009/1/17 19:10
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Re: Greenville: Woman shoveling shot 3 times with BB gun
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OUCH! I have been shot with a BB gun before and it hurts.

Posted on: 2009/1/17 14:15
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Re: JC - Some positive things...
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I have only been here since August, but my BF has been here for about 4 years. We really like Triumph, Amelias, and Hard Grove. For breakfast I like The Beechwood, but haven't been there in awhile because the service tends to be real bad. I enjoy living in Jersey City. I am a member at Brickhaus and I love it there! I heart JC!

Posted on: 2009/1/16 23:44
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Re: Landlords warned on legal temperatures (70 degrees days - 65 degrees overnight)
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70?! I'm not running a friggin nursing home here! Can't I just supply the tenents with THESE and keep the heat at 55??

Apparently the Snuggies do not have a back to them as my friend unfortunately found out, thus making them inadequate in extreme cold.

Posted on: 2009/1/16 23:35
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Re: Hights: Boy, 15, swings at cop calming dispute with his eight-months-pregnant girlfriend
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That so is sad, 15 years old, soon to be dad, and acting like that.

Posted on: 2009/1/14 1:25
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Re: Play and Learn School in J. City
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Do they still make the kids stand in a square that's taped on the floor as a punishment?


I really hope that they are not doing that as punishment. As a preschool teacher myself I find that highly unacceptable. Abbott programs are good because they get a good amount of state aid, but definitely stay on top of everything that goes on in the classroom. Also, ask what curriculum they use and what there method is of dealing with children who misbehave. Time-out can be used successfully, but making a child stand in a square is not an appropriate use of time-out.

Posted on: 2009/1/11 21:08
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Re: Greenville Mom tracked down son's mugger
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One victim, a 16-year-old, told police that on New Year's Eve he was going to a store with his cousin when a man approached them at Ocean and Bidwell avenues and pointed a handgun at them saying ,"Y'all wanna die right here?" reports said.


Real tough guy going after a couple of teenage kids. Whats with the dramatics, does he think he is in a crime-drama? I am glad this scumbag was caught.

Posted on: 2009/1/10 15:16
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Re: Greenville Mugging witness finds suspect on Internet
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Wilson has been arrested 18 times in New Jersey and has been convicted on charges including robbery, burglary, receiving stolen property, theft and five counts of drug possession, police said.


So this could make 19. Does the 20th victim get a door prize?

How about some stronger sentences for violent repeat offenders?


Agreed. They just give him a short sentence, slap on the wrist, and then he is free. Come on this is ridiculous, after ten at least just lock him up for good.

Posted on: 2009/1/10 15:12
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Re: Christ Hospital apparently threw out dead baby's body with trash
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I am in shock! Really this happened? Wow, that poor family and that poor baby for having to be put to rest like that. They better find him and give him the proper burial he deserves.

Posted on: 2009/1/6 22:26
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Re: New York Times: Apartment Hunters chose $1,850 small two bedroom - Downtown on Mercer Street
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Cutting edge news, I am glad that an apartment search by a couple (so uncommon) made the NY Times.

Posted on: 2009/1/4 20:55
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Re: Woman attacked, robbed in Downtown Jersey City
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This poor woman, I hope she is okay. She is probably going to be scared to even leave her apartment after that. I really hope they catch these guys.

Posted on: 2008/12/27 15:12
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Re: Bergen Lafayette: Hero cops save Jersey City woman from sex attack, police say
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I am glad they caught him, good for them. It seems like he may have known her since they chased him away and he came back. What a scumbag, and who does PCP anymore get with the times dude.

Posted on: 2008/12/27 15:09
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Re: JC Schools Report Card - Of Sorts - And It's AWFUL
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The principal at Learning Community Charter School explained it to me -- but I am not an educator or statistician. This excerpt from "Small is Volatile" by Wayne Au does a good job of it.

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Big Trouble for Little Schools

"High-stakes standardized tests like the ones Bush is proposing can only mean big trouble for small schools. All other arguments about testing aside, small schools are extremely "volatile" when it comes to measuring their progress statistically through standardized test scores. To be volatile in a statistical sense means that you may be subject to wild swings in test scores from year-to-year, grade-to-grade, and school-to-school.

In their oft-cited article "Volatility in School Test Scores: Implications for Test-Based Accountability Systems," education researchers Thomas Kane and Douglas Staiger found that in North Carolina, the smallest schools had 50 percent more variability in test scores than the largest schools. In layperson's terms, this means small schools had swings in their scores that were 50 percent "wider" than large schools.

If you take a moment to think about it, the logic of this test score volatility makes absolute sense. Say you have a small high school or school-within-a-school of 200 students (50 per grade). In one year, you may have recruited 20 students who achieve higher test scores relative to the rest of their grade. Because your high school is small, and these 20 students (fully 10 percent of your total small school population) did well on a test, your school will show strong gains in test scores and AYP. Kudos for you and your school.

But say that in your next year, you recruited 20 more students who perform poorly on standardized tests. Suddenly, this new group of students' test scores, because they represent 10 percent of your student population, will have a drastically negative impact on your school's overall test scores. Whoops! You've shown a drop in scores, didn't meet your AYP, and are now placed on the NCLB school watch list where, if you don't improve in three years, you could be privatized or reconstituted.

Perhaps one of the twisted implications of small school volatility has to do with its impact on diversity. From the angle of high-stakes tests scores, small schools are better off having homogenous populations. If a small group of either high-scoring or low-scoring students can have such a drastic impact on your school's high-stakes test scores, and the future of your small school depends on the standards set by AYP, then it serves a small school's interest to keep low-scoring students out. Because we know that statistically black, Latino, and low-income students perform poorly on the high-stakes tests relative to white and middle-class populations, there is an incentive for small schools to keep poor students of color out of their schools for fear of having scores that don't meet AYP.

A similar logic extends to other, non-racial, subgroups that are counted for AYP. If, for instance, you have a significant number of bilingual or English as a second language (ESL) students, then you have to show AYP on test scores for that subgroup. If you don't have any bilingual or ESL students, then you have no reason to show improvement in that category because the subgroup simply does not exist for you. The more subgroups you have, the more ways there are for you to fail to meet AYP. In an article in Education Week, "Subgroup Reporting and School Segregation," authors Amy Ellen Schwartz, Leanna Stiefel, and Colin Chellman note, "Ironically, be-cause of the way the law is written, the schools and districts that could end up being most heavily penalized are those that are the most heavily integrated." Looking at it from the other direction, homogeneously tracked or privileged small schools can insulate themselves from NCLB's "close the gap" mandate by avoiding student populations with test-score gaps in the first place.

Small schools may be able to sneak under the subgroup reporting radar, however. If you are a small school and you have just enough diversity, but not enough to be required to report subgroups under NCLB, then it is possible that you might avoid having to report test-score data for any group at all. Many states have set their magic number at around 30 to 40 students in any one subgroup to be counted for AYP, but predominately rural states like South Dakota cannot work with subgroup reporting numbers that high, since many of their schools are so small that they have no "official" test scores to report for AYP.

High-Stakes Battle

Many of us who have taken up small schools reform have done so for the best of reasons. I know that I loved working in a small school. I knew my students' home and life situations, I knew their academic histories, and best of all, I knew them personally. Small schools hold the promise of building community and allowing us to create institutions of learning that are not as alienating and inhumane as the large factory-school prototype.

But NCLB and its focus on high-stakes testing and AYP puts a stranglehold on small schools' abilities to work effectively with kids, especially if we build our small schools around diverse student populations. Issues like social justice, equity, and opportunities to learn don't count for much on the tests. Thus we are faced with having to wedge our schools into a behemoth assessment and "accountability" system that is structured for standardization, not creativity and social justice.

Many people have already been resisting high-stakes testing in high schools. A coalition of more than 45 education, civil rights, child advocacy, disability, and religious organizations including the NAACP, the Children's Defense Fund, the National Education Association, and the National Alliance of Black School Educators recently sent a letter to Congress protesting Bush's new plan to increase high school testing. This same group of organizations released a "Joint Organizational State-ment" in October 2004 calling for substantial changes to NCLB. Addition-ally, small schools in New York waged a fierce battle against the Regents tests, touting a portfolio assessment system that was far more rigorous than the tests [See "Standardizing Small," page 15.] Even though policy-makers ignored the power of portfolios, this spirited and organized resistance shows that communities are standing up to the tests.

To add fuel to our fires, and maybe to "empirically" prove what many of us already knew, a recent study by the Northwest Evaluation Association found that the high-stakes tests weren't really working anyway. This study, which used data from more than 320,000 students in 23 states, found that test-score gains have slowed greatly, and improvements may be attributed to students getting used to taking tests as they grow up in an educational era dominated by NCLB. Additionally, this study found that test-score gaps between students of color and white students were still widening, instead of closing. "

It's not that all standardized tests are bad - not at all - but the way these tests are used, and the conclusions that are required to be drawn from NCLB laws are the problem.


This article sums it up well. We all know that standardized testing is not going to vanish because schools need to be held accountable, but there needs to be reform. NCLB did not work, lets move on.
Those tests are hard. Think about when you had to take them in high school, then put yourself into the shoes of a student living in poverty, with no stablility at home. Not only do these students have to think about these tests, but they have their survival to worry about.
Also. testing in Kindergarten...really?

Posted on: 2008/12/20 3:20
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