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Re: 4 People Shot - Sip & Van Wagenen Aves
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Assuming these are bad guys shooting other bad guys.. Hell, talk about poor shooting -- the injured are shot in the leg and are still able to flee from police.

Posted on: 2015/7/13 19:11
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Re: Petition to rejuvenate Pershing Field Playground
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Signed. Good luck - I know parents have been complaining.

Posted on: 2015/7/12 19:09
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Re: Pershing Field Pool Members - JOIN the Fight for our Weekend Hours
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A BIG THANK YOU to Michael Yun, Rich Boggiano, and all members who voiced their dissatisfaction.
Michael Yun addressed the matter with Dept. of Recreation and the Pershing Field Pool should be open to members on weekends between 10AM and Noon, starting next weekend. Hopefully, Recreation will stick to their word -- we'll be watching.
Look forward to seeing you there!

Posted on: 2015/7/11 23:15
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Re: Pershing Field Pool Members - JOIN the Fight for our Weekend Hours
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It took a while last year, but we finally won. Hoping by starting earlier, we will get better results quicker. I agree the temperature has been quite variable - cool one day, last weekend was like a bath tub.

Posted on: 2015/7/10 15:54
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Pershing Field Pool Members - JOIN the Fight for our Weekend Hours
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For many years during the summer, Pershing Field Pool had early weekend swim hours for members from 9AM to Noon. This was well-managed in the past and would allow lap swimmers and others to have a couple of hours in the morning to get a swim in before the pool became very crowded. Beginning last year, this changed. Last summer, it was only after numerous member complaints that the Recreation Department finally caved in and granted us the priviledge of one extra hour (opened at 11AM) and that only began in mid-August when the summer was almost over.

Currently, both the Johnston St. and Pavonia Pools open at 10AM on the weekends, but Pershing Field Pool is still only opening at Noon.

Pershing Field Pool depends on the Recreation Department to fund the couple of measly additional hours we have always had the past. Calls from a couple of members to the Recreations Department have so far been unsuccessful -- so let's deluge them with complaints.


PLEASE CALL, FAX, or EMAIL THE DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION DIRECTOR, Ryan Strother, Tel: (201)547-5003 / 201-547-4537. Fax: (201)547-4586 rstrother@jcnj.org and let them know we want our weekend, member-only hours back. At a minimum, we should have the same weekend hours of Johnston and Pavonia Pools - Why is the Heights being forgotten? For Heights residents, recommend also emailing your City Council Member: Michael Yun (MYun@jcnj.org ) for Ward D and Rich Boggiano (RBoggiano@jcnj.org) for Ward C -- Let them know than the Recreations Department is once again overlooking the Heights.

Your support is appreciated.

Posted on: 2015/7/10 14:18
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Re: Home Inspection Recommendation
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Stongly recommend John Moss - He inspected our current house 10 year ago and just did another great job on another that we may be looking to buy. We would use him again and again as needed.

http://www.inspexbuildinginspections.com/

Posted on: 2015/7/2 15:34
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Re: Bicycle parking @ JSQ Path Station@8:30 am
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It can be tight but it is doable. In prior years, the police used to tag and, after several tags, clip those bike that are deserted. Seems like there are not doing that now and these peices of junk are taking up a lot of space. Really needs to be done again to free up space for regular commuters.

Posted on: 2015/6/30 13:35
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Re: Pershing Field Pool
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I usually don't go there on weekday mornings - Mao is more familiar. But, re: the summer weekend members-only hour(s) - this is NOT underway right now. In the past, they started sometime during July. Last year, Rec Dept. really screwed up and only started in mid-August and only after being pressured by members calling.

*** Encourage all members to call the Recreations Department / Ryan Strothers now and ask when they will begin "members-only" weekend hours -- Otherwise, I'm sure they will try to avoid the extra hours like they did last year - (201)547-5003 ****

During weekend regular hours (Noon - 5PM), half the pool is set up for lap swimming, half is set up for general swim. With the current heat conditions and until the all the public pools open, expect it to be pretty ugly (crowded and dirtier).

Posted on: 2015/6/12 16:53
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Re: Pershing Field Pool
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Couple corrections regarding JC Dweller's post- There is an entry fee for the pool, varying from $3-$5, depending on weekday/weekend. The membership just allows you to not pay for entry fee. In effect, with the membership, you are paying ahead and/or saving some money if you swim several times a week regularly. The "early hours" for members is not accurate, except that during the summer, there might be an extra "members-only" hour on weekends. In past years, the "member only" weekend hours were great - started during July and ran through Labor Day and were from 9AM to Noon. Last year, the Recreations Department in their vast wisdom, basically resisted do summer members-only weekend hours and finally gave us 1 hour (11AM to Noon) after being pressured by members -- but by the time they finally did so, the summer was almost over. And yes, I have a big gripe with this issue and Rec. Director, Ryan Strothers. Hopefully, he will be more responsive to members this summer.

It is just a pool (no fitness equipment). However, there are some fitness classes that are run out of the Pershing Field Community Center -- Also an art classs. You can get brochures on these programs at the pool. There has also been some discussions regarding fixing the track at Pershing Field thanks to Councilman Rich Boggiano

Anyway despite my gripe re: limiting of members only hours, it is a nice community resource - Pool is indoor, open year round. But remember it is a public pool (although not free) -- from now until July 4th when the free outdoor public pools open, it can be crowded, and at times, the cleanliness of the locker rooms/showers could be better (again, right now it's relatively heavy usage).

You will need proof of residency to join. Would recommend you pay one day to take a swim and see how you like it.

Posted on: 2015/6/11 14:14
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Re: Bayonne vs. The Heights
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I'll defer to others who know Bayonne much better than me. But, will just add that we moved to the lower west end of the Heights ("Sparrow Hill" section) several years ago and have found it to be safe and convenient for transportation, recreaton, and shopping. I bike down to Journal Square; but there are buses and jitneys that go to JS as well as to Port Authority. Some of the pluses are Pershing Field Pool and the Reservior (if you want to escape to nature). Some good neighborhood associations. Shop & Stop on Central Avenue is decent and has good prices. It's not nearly as congested as JS which we like (lot of private homes vs. large multi-family houses). Not a lot of night life, which again we like -- but Hoboken is not too far if you're looking to hang out on the weekends.

Posted on: 2015/6/10 14:03
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Re: $20K in jewelry snatched from Jersey City store: cops
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Pretty brazen given that the Police Station is about 2 blocks away.

Posted on: 2015/6/3 14:06
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Re: Electrician whose good with pulling/replacing active knob & tube wiring?
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Just resurrecting this chain in case anyone has worked with an electrician whom they can recommend.
Also, how much of breaking through walls was needed?
Many thanks!

Posted on: 2015/6/1 20:01
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Re: Annoying Direct Energy salespeople
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In terms of salesmenship, they are awful. I had 2 guys at my door last week when I arrived home. I assume one was training the other to be an ass, as first he said he was with PSE&G. I knew better and asked if their ID said PSE&G and then he backed off that line. Then he tried to tell me that I had not responded to their notices. After some back and forth (by now, he was beginning to tick me off), "their notice" was a statement in PSE&G bills that may make reference to being able to use other suppliers (I still haven't bothered looking for this on my bills). When I responded that I wasn't interested in switching, he repeatedly tried to tell me "it wasn't about my interest" but about responding to "their notice". By this point, even if I had the slightest interest in switching, I wouldn't. If this is how they try to bully perspective customers, you can imagine the bull___ they'll give you if you were an actual customer.

Hopefully, not many people will fall for their lines.

Posted on: 2015/5/27 17:14
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Re: Faith Matters: Mormons to build a flagship church in Jersey City
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Wow - Quiet, well-mannered, don't drink / smoke /party - WELCOME!! Do you need to rent an apartment - sounds like pretty good tenants.

Posted on: 2015/5/27 17:00
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Re: Noise Complaint, worth it to call in?
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Put it this way: If you don't call, it will continue and probably will get worse as the weather warms up.
Unfortunately, people don't call such issues and the problem neighbors end up doing what they want and getting more obnoxious.
I would also encourage you to go to your precinct's Captains' meeting. It does help and you can bring up such issues for special attention.
I'm in the Heights and police have been good with responding and as needed giving citations which will really nip the problem in the butt.
When you do call in, be as specific as possible (say what going on and where, e.g., partying / loud music in backyard). Otherwise, they may not hear anything in the front and may not pursue.
Good luck. We had several bad neighbors (loud and late partying); but thankfully, things have improved .. but only because of calling in complaints.


Posted on: 2015/5/22 18:10
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Re: Electrician whose good with pulling/replacing active knob & tube wiring?
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Can I ask who you ended up using? Our area is pretty small (maybe 18' X 18'). Hopefully, the cost is not too bad.

Posted on: 2015/4/10 1:59
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Electrician whose good with pulling/replacing active knob & tube wiring?
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Anyone know of an electrician who is good at replacing old knob & tube wiring? Still have it powering 1-2 rooms on our top floor. Knob & tube in attic crawlspace. Any ideas how costly the replacement it?
As always, thanks for feedback/experiences.

Posted on: 2015/4/8 21:24
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Re: Multiple Fights at Pershing Field Carnival - JJ
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During one of last year's carnivals, they had the "eye in the sky" tower with no trouble that I heard. They may need to bring it out again as a safeguard.

Posted on: 2015/4/8 21:15
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Re: Issues/Experiences with renting out a one-family house?
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Many thanks, Brewster! You always seem to have the answer.

Posted on: 2015/4/7 2:00
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Issues/Experiences with renting out a one-family house?
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Does anyone know the laws about renting out a one-family (non-owner occupied) house? If you do so, what are your rights (property owner rights) if you want to move back at some point or if you want to sell, assuming your renter is month-to-month? Any information is appreciated.

Posted on: 2015/4/6 22:10
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Any recommendations - Spray foam insulation?
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Has anyone had any experiences (good or bad) with installation of spray foam insulation? Recommendation are appreciated. We have a flat room with crawlspace that we would like to have done. Thanks!

Posted on: 2015/4/3 18:52
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Re: Political Insider: Does the Jersey City Recreation Department discriminate in its hiring?
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Interview with Diane Coleman regarding summer hiring program (see link below). Wonder if data on the number of applicants will be made available which would help shed light on the topic.
Given all the other accusations, still seems where there's smoke, there's fire. And there just seems to be too much smoke in the Recreations Department.

http://hudsoncountyview.com/councilwo ... ec-dept-fulop-leadership/

http://hudsoncountyview.com/court-cas ... ty-recreation-department/

http://hudsoncountyview.com/jc-recrea ... ice-disciplinary-reports/


Posted on: 2015/2/16 22:07
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Re: Political Insider: Does the Jersey City Recreation Department discriminate in its hiring?
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Below is a link to yet one more article regarding Ryan Strother's questionable behavior ... and at this point, I'm being very generous. This guy just doesn't seem to be able to keep himself or his family out of the headlines.

I have to ask is Fulop sound asleep or what gives??? Time to get someone qualified to really run this department in a professional manner. It just sounds like the fish is rotting from the head and Strother is creating or condoning an unhealthy work environment. It's time for him to go home and get his own house in order (maybe get rid of the handguns to begin with?) and let someone better qualified and at this point, less controversial, run Recreations.

http://hudsoncountyview.com/jc-recrea ... ice-disciplinary-reports/

Posted on: 2015/2/10 20:33
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Re: 50 Radio Shack stores closing in N.J.; Here are 13 vintage commercials to remember them by
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Too bad. I will miss them. Mike up in the Heights is very helpful. Sorry to see them leave.

Posted on: 2015/2/10 20:19
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Re: Report those who have not shoveled their properties
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Prodigal Son -- Thank you for reporting -- I guess 2 summons is better than none -- sorry that the owner hasn't learned yet. I sent an email to my Police district this morning and they responded within an hour indicating that they would be sending an officer over to the locations I listed. Not sure if a similar approach in your case may help?

I am hoping that people also call the RRC -- Not sure whether it will help immediately, but I'm hoping that the more calls they get, the more the City will start to take the issue more seriously.

With temperature rising tomorrow, I just think it's going to be a nightmare getting around because you'll have water on top of ice (which will later just freeze again to an even more slippery surface). May be a lot of emergency room visits (I just hope I'm not one of them).

Posted on: 2015/2/3 19:54
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Report those who have not shoveled their properties
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Before and after work, I've been shoveling my property and making sure there was no snow or ice build-up. I'm really sick and tired of so many property owners and businesses in Jersey City that have not even shoveled a small path during last week's and this week's storms. Over the next few days, I'm sure a lot of pedestrians will be slipping, falling and getting injured because of negligent owners.

If there are properties in your area that have not been shoveled, please be sure to report them to the Mayor?s Resident Response Center 201-547-4900 and/or to your local Police precinct. http://www.njjcpd.org/community-relations

Maybe if the landlords/businesses of these properties get some tickets, they'll pick up a shovel during the next snowfall.

Posted on: 2015/2/3 18:07
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Re: Summit Avenue Business JC Heights (Crowdsourcing)
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Coffee and pastries cafe where you could sit with friends get a quick sweet, etc. Internet access would be good. Books (donated) would also be nice. There really is nothing in the area along those lines. Maybe even include work from local artists and bulletin board for local events.

Posted on: 2014/11/24 22:41
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Re: Jersey City Recreation Director Ryan Strother
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While I voted for Fulop -- sorry to say, another disappointment. Not sure where Fulop got Strother; but looks like it is an example of the Peter Principle and Strother has reached far above his level of incompetence. As a Director of a department, you need to serve as a role model of how to act and need to be professional. I can understand his getting upset as a father; but that's when you take some time out and then deal with the situation as an adult and a leader. It's not a street brawl. Personally, I haven't seen improvements in the Recreaton programs that make this guy worth his salary. Most of the good programs were already in place prior to his taking over.
I think the City can do better.

Posted on: 2014/11/13 2:59
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Re: Moving to The Heights - Pershing Field area
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We moved to the Heights (West of Pershing Field) almost 10 years ago. We have managed without a car so I can't offer any advice on parking. But just want to mention that we have found this area much better than a lot of other areas in a similar price range. In addition to the track and baseball field, Pershing Field has a year-round, indoor pool and some adult exercise classes. Heights Hope is a very good neighborhood association that meets the 3rd Thursday of the month (http://www.centralavesid.org/community-block.shtml). There is also a Police Captain's meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of the month (at public school on Laidlow and Collard).
The area is fairly safe. Of course, as in any area, keep your eyes open if you are out late. Much of the Heights also has more of a neighborhood feel (1 and 2 family home, private owners) and is less congested than other areas of JC (which we like). Plus you have local shopping options (Shop & Stop has decent prices and selection) -- although it would be nice to see a wider selection of stores on Central Ave.
You are about 1 mile from the PATH (we bike), and there are jitneys on Kennedy Ave that go to Journal Square or Port Authority.
Hope you enjoy the area.

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Posted on: 2014/10/7 15:53
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Re: Join us in Fixing the PATH (Directly reply to join)
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Count me in too. If nothing else, I would like PATH leaders to have to hear the extent of our discontent. Fares keep increasing and service keeps decreasing. Years ago, there was some consumer group that PATH formed - not sure if it ever took off, but would be interesting to see and hear their experiences (was it just a PR move).
In the last several weeks, service has been incredibly poor. And, I'm a firm believer that if you accept SH-- quietly, you will keep getting SH-- (and the SH-- will get stinkier and stinkier).
How can we send you our emails?

Posted on: 2014/10/2 21:32
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