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Posted on: 2012/1/18 23:11
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A Chain is Only as Strong as its Weakest Link..Jersey City is weak..
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For the last two decades, Jersey City has been undergoing a renaissance of sorts. Development is booming. Financial firms are relocating into our commercial space. New residents are moving in because of our strong transportation infrastructure and short distance to Manhattan.

These are all good things. They are good for Jersey City and good for our residents. But that doesn’t mean the prosperity of one part of our city should mean neglect for others.

That brings me to Greenville.

Goldman Sachs isn’t building towers in Greenville. Manhattanites aren’t relocating to apartments in this part of Jersey City. When you think about the Greenville section of Jersey City, you often think about the crime rate and the poor quality of life. The empty storefronts and damaged sidewalks.

Now I’m not saying all of these problems are the government’s fault. Our community needs to take responsibility and come together to stop the crime and keep kids off the streets. Community policing is a great place to start – but it is a long ways off. We can and must do other things. I know if we come together and attack this quality of life problem on several fronts we can solve it. We can take back Greenville.

With this in mind, I recently organized a group of volunteers and took to the streets – specifically to Van Nostrand Ave.

The reason for this particular block is that there is a park in the middle of it with a pretty recognizable name, Muhammad Ali Park. The only people that remember that the park is named for great boxing legend are the ones who attended the ribbon cutting back in the 1980s. Most people nowadays simply see a rundown park where a concrete slab lies on about two empty lots with a basketball hoop, a chess board and litter throughout. The sign that once read Muhammad Ali Park isn’t even visible anymore.

Now this isn’t to say Muhammad Ali Park hasn’t been the topic of revitalization discussions. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been any action on these plans aside from a new gate being put up. Jersey City’s website – specifically, the page of Ward A Councilman Michael Sottolano – lists this park under a “park renovation” header. He is touting an achievement where nothing has been done. And we can’t blame the economy or cutbacks for the failure to refurbish this park. Grant money has been awarded – grant money that most neighbors are unaware of. These are good people looking for a safe place their kids can play after school. Why isn’t the over $400,000 in grant money being spent?

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Until we start investing in Greenville, Jersey City will continue to be weak.
http://www.jerseycityindependent.com/ ... rong-as-its-weakest-link/

Posted on: 2012/1/18 21:00
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Will your taxes go up…or down?
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The city’s long-feared revaluation of privately-owned, taxable properties is now in full swing, with 22 inspectors canvassing neighborhoods in the Jersey City Heights and Greenville.

By the time the current months-long reval is complete, the vast majority of Jersey City’s approximately 54,243 taxable properties will have been evaluated.

The reval, which began last fall, is the city’s first since 1988 and will continue through the end of this year.

In a “reval,” a city reassesses all of its taxable properties so that they are paying taxes in line with the current value of the property. Because some properties (particularly older ones) are paying based on an assessment from more than two decades ago, they are paying a smaller share of the tax burden, whereas newer properties with a more recent assessment may be paying more. A reval equalizes the tax burden.


Read more: Hudson Reporter - Reval underway homeowners on edge Will your taxes go up…or down...
http://hudsonreporter.com/view/full_s ... ce=lead_story_left_column

Posted on: 2012/1/15 18:29
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Re: Guns seized during eight arrests over five-day period in Greenville
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Too bad this is not the norm for JCPD... I guess now that election time is coming up they want to look busy... Keep it up!

Posted on: 2012/1/13 10:48
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Bomb Threat on Newark Ave....
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A bomb threat has been called into the Hudson County Administration building on Newark Avenue in Jersey City, a police spokesman confirmed this morning.
The Sheriff's Office did not provide any information on the bomb threat, but a source with knowledge of the incident said that the Sheriff's officers are doing sweeps of the building, as well as sweeps of the old Brennan Courthouse next door on Newark Avenue.
The Hudson County Administration building houses the criminal, family and other courts, as well as county offices, including the offices of the Hudson County prosecutor.

Posted on: 2012/1/13 10:35
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Re: Downtown: 6pm at Dixon Mills Condos -- Teens threaten then push 68 year old woman
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well I stopped complaining and moved, it was just a rat infested dump. good luck!

Posted on: 2012/1/12 12:30
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Re: Greenville gets creative
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I will forward the links... Thanks ;)

Posted on: 2012/1/12 11:47
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Re: Greenville gets creative
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Posted on: 2012/1/11 18:09
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Re: Downtown: 6pm at Dixon Mills Condos -- Teens threaten then push 68 year old woman
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I lived there for 4 years as a renter and the guards are always asleep, drinking, or getting high... u wonder why this happened because you have guards making 8 bucks a hour and they don't give a sh*t... I was locked out of my apt once, and the guard in the little house barley spoke English, it took 6 hours before I could get someone to let me in my apt, shameful.

Posted on: 2012/1/11 18:01
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Re: Tell Trader Joe's to come near the Grove Station!
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The person I spoke with said the demographics are not there, due to the income and also the way Jersey city residents shop as a whole.... TJ is known for selling good, wholesome food, at a reasonable cost. When people make little money they are not going to buy organic products which may cost a little more... junk food is much cheaper than healthy food.

Posted on: 2012/1/11 17:55
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Smile your on camera :) West Side gets cameras
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six cameras to be installed along West Side Avenue between Communipaw and Clarke avenues.
At a meeting last month, Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy said the city allocated $300,000 for six cameras to go up in the area on West Side Avenue, but when the project was put out to bid, the bids came in around $100,000 over budget.
Donnelly said the new bids came in “far less” than last time and that he will continue to make sure the long-awaited cameras go in as soon as possible.
Susan Mariquit, a resident of Boyd Avenue, was relieved to hear cameras would soon be up and running. Two years ago, she said her son was a victim of a robbery and assault by a gang while walking in the area.
“I’m hoping now with a set of eyes watching at all times it will deter anyone thinking about committing a crime,” Mariquit said.
http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... p_of_west_side_resid.html

Posted on: 2012/1/11 17:10
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Re: Tell Trader Joe's to come near the Grove Station!
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I don't think TJ accept family first benefit cards and many shoppers in JC use this benefit.

Posted on: 2012/1/11 14:47
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Greenville gets creative
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Project Greenville is geared towards

having more events happening in the

Greenville section of Jersey City. It

would be great if, now and then, the

people of this neighborhood could take

a walk to go check something out right

in their own backyard instead of having

to get on the bus, Light Rail or into

their cars. More specifically these

would be events that got the

neighborhood together as well as drew

people in from other areas (like the

idea behind our first event, the Jersey

City photo contest & exhibit). If

there is enough interest and

participation, possibly art shows,

outdoor music or festivals etc. would

not be uncommon to find going on in

the Greenville section of Jersey City.

And when you have a neighborhood that

has fun, creative, community

based things to offer those who call it

home, as well as those who are not

familiar with the area, it can be shared

and nurtured more easily. http://www.projectgreenville.webs.com/

Posted on: 2012/1/11 14:29
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Re: Tell Trader Joe's to come near the Grove Station!
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TJ is not expensive I spend about $125 a week, I use the one in Millburn but if you are making 20k a year you are better off shopping at C-town where u can spend half that and have the same amount of groceries and Trader Joes knows this.

Posted on: 2012/1/11 14:15
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Re: Tell Trader Joe's to come near the Grove Station!
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Salaries are too low in JC the average salary in JC as a city is about 20K... I spoke with a rep from TJ and he said they will not be coming anytime soon.... downtown is nice, but mostly renters with very little income.

Posted on: 2012/1/11 13:58
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