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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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PATH introducing cellphone service to underground stations

Updated 6:45 PM; Posted 6:45 PM

By Patrick Villanova
The Jersey Journal

Underground PATH stations are officially joining the 21st century.

The Port Authority announced Tuesday that cellphone service is being added to nine underground PATH stations, with connectivity from major carriers phased in over the course of the rest of the year and into early 2019.

As of Tuesday, AT&T and T-Mobile cellular service is available at underground PATH stations in New York, while cell service from both providers will expand to New Jersey's PATH stations in the next three weeks. Verizon Wireless and Sprint customers will see system-wide cellular service in both New York and New Jersey's underground PATH stations early next year.

Cellular connectivity will be available on platforms and throughout underground stations.

"We want to upgrade service to the traveling public at all our facilities," Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said in a statement. "Access to cell coverage is an important expectation of PATH customers."

PATH follows in the footsteps of New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority, which finished adding cellphone service to all of its subway stations in January 2017.

The PATH stations in New York with the new cellular coverage are: 33rd, 23rd, 14th, Ninth, and Christopher streets. The World Trade Center PATH station has had cellular coverage since it opened in 2016. ... d.html#incart_river_index

Posted on: 11/6 19:49

Re: Resource Center
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York Street Project is also accepting donations.

York Street Project
89 York Street
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Posted on: 11/4 10:52

Re: New Vote-By-Mail Law Raises Concerns Over Confusion
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Hudson County Clerk's office to stay open late Sunday for vote-by-mail applications

Updated 10:54 AM; Posted 10:54 AM
By The Jersey Journal

The Office of Hudson County Clerk will offer extended hours on Sunday to accept vote-by-mail applications for the upcoming general election.

The office, located on the fourth floor of the Hudson County Plaza building in Jersey City, will be open from 1 to 6 p.m., Hudson County Clerk E. Junior Maldonado said.

Voters who wish to cast their vote on Sunday must bring a valid New Jersey-issued identification card (state, government, or local ID) that contains the person's photo, address, and signature. The address the ID must match their ballot address.

The office is located inside the Hudson County Plaza, 257 Cornelison Ave. in Jersey City.

For more information on election services provided by the Office of the Hudson County Clerk, call 201-369-3470 and selection option No. 6. ... d.html#incart_river_index

Posted on: 9/20 11:17

New Vote-By-Mail Law Raises Concerns Over Confusion
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New Vote-By-Mail Law Raises Concerns Over Confusion

New Jersey's vote-by-mail system is changing under a new law enacted last month that some lawmakers and county officials are warning could spark confusion.

Sept. 12, 2018, at 4:35 p.m.

New Vote-By-Mail Law Raises Concerns Over Confusion

By MIKE CATALINI, Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's vote-by-mail system is changing under a new law enacted last month that some lawmakers and county officials are warning could spark confusion.

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed the new law in August, and it's going into effect in time for this year's closely watched midterm elections, in which one Senate seat and all 12 House posts are on the ballot.

Under the law, voters who requested mail-in ballots for all future elections will continue to get them until they opt out. That's a change from previous law that required officials to check in with mail-in voters to ask if they want to continue after the fourth general election since they signed up.

But the law also made another change, which clerks say has resulted in frustration and a dash to inform voters about their status.

The new law mandates that voters who signed up for and got mail-in ballots for the 2016 general election will continue to be sent those ballots for all future elections, unless they opt out.

That means that voters who wanted to vote absentee in 2016 but expected to vote at a machine this year in person might be surprised when they turn up at the polls.

Read more here: ... s-concerns-over-confusion

Posted on: 9/12 20:58

The New Yorker: Alex Honnold Tests the Peaks of Jersey City
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Alex Honnold Tests the Peaks of Jersey City

The “free solo” climber has ascended the granite face of El Capitan. Next up: a luxury apartment building.

By Charles Bethea

It’s hard to get permission to climb skyscrapers without ropes. Recently, Alex Honnold got lucky. “It’s cooler here than I thought,” he said. He’d flown in from Seattle, and was sitting in a Jersey City diner wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Beside him was a worn backpack containing what he called “my light setup”—including a fifty-five-metre length of rope—and a copy of “Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism.” Honnold, who is thirty-three, with a boyish face and huge hands, specializes in “free soloing,” climbing without any ropes or safety gear. That’s how he ascended El Capitan, the three-thousand-foot granite face in Yosemite National Park, last summer—an event that the Times called “one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever.”

A National Geographic documentary about the climb, “Free Solo,” débuts this month. Honnold was making a detour before attending a screening of the film, in Manhattan, to “check out the local peaks,” by which he meant the Jersey City skyline. He has surveyed climbable buildings from Denver to Dubai. “New York is basically Yosemite,” he said. “Chicago is pretty legit, too.” Jersey City is more modest. The terrain included Trump Plaza, a brick high-rise that Honnold deemed “super boring.” In his opinion, the city’s most interesting steel-and-glass mountain is a seventy-story luxury apartment building called the Urby. Built two years ago, it is made up of a half-dozen cantilevered cubes, like a rickety tower of Jenga blocks.

“The position is sort of mega,” Honnold said. “Very exposed. It looks like I’d mostly be climbing the outside arête,” or corner. Some dangling would be involved. He’d scrutinized the windowsills earlier. “The edges are like the width of this fork,” he said. “Adequate, not great.”

Honnold had secured access to the building by accident, a few months earlier, when a friend invited him to a private ski club in Montana. “The mayor of Jersey City was there,” Honnold recalled. “We did archery together and had dinner. It was chill. At one point, he was, like, ‘Do you climb buildings ever? I’ve got a big building for you.’ ”

“I was drunk,” Mayor Steven Fulop explained, an hour later. He was pacing back and forth on an outdoor terrace adjacent to the ninth floor of the Urby. “That’s the honest truth. But I texted my friend, the developer—I said, ‘Dave, I’ve got this idea that’ll be good for the city. I’m gonna send you some YouTube videos’—and here we are.” Fulop wore a suit and was accompanied by a security detail. A few feet away, Honnold was preparing for a scouting climb before a small crowd of observers: a National Geographic staffer; David Barry, the developer; and Art Miccio, his construction supervisor. After putting on his climbing shoes and chalking his hands, Honnold conferred with Miccio about his potential routes.

“You’ve gotta remember, this was built by a bunch of union guys who might have been hung over,” Miccio warned. “You never know how something was fastened. Don’t take nothing for granted.” On the plus side, he said, “we’ve had enough storms these past few years that anything loose would have come off.”

“Right on,” Honnold said. He walked to the side of the building and started climbing, unroped, and assessing holds—“putzing around,” as he called it later.

“I have a place in Jackson Hole,” Barry said. “So I knew of Alex. But”—he pointed to the building behind him—“I don’t know how the hell you—”

Honnold dropped back onto the terrace. “It definitely goes,” he said, confirming the building’s climbability. “It’s kind of awesome. I can get from one window frame to the top of the next sill.”

The climb was scheduled for two weeks later. Miccio had sent Honnold the building’s plans, and Barry had assured him that window washers wouldn’t interfere. Residents, however, still needed to be sent a note of warning. “Once I decide what to tell them,” Barry said.

“Jersey City might send a swat team,” Miccio said.

“Not with the mayor on board,” Barry said. Fulop grinned.

Miccio made another suggestion: “I wouldn’t grab any of the H.V.A.C. units.”

Honnold was getting antsy. “Can I play around off the roof?” he asked. “Rappel in? Touch some stuff?” Everyone boarded an elevator.

On the roof, Honnold tied his rope to a steel stanchion, harnessed up, re-chalked his hands, and dropped off the side of the building. The group leaned over a barrier to watch.

“I’m appreciating his skill,” Barry said, nervously, as Honnold dangled alongside the building’s top floor, groping things.

He pulled himself back onto the roof fifteen minutes later. “It’s pretty engaging,” he said. “Non-trivial, for sure. This is totally changing my opinion of New Jersey.” He turned to Barry. “Your tenants have amazing taste.”

“Furnished models,” Barry said.

Honnold was staying at a hotel near the Empire State Building, and he paid it a visit before the evening screening. Looking up at the hundred-and-two-story structure, he couldn’t discern a viable way up. He shook his head. “Empire is officially on the back burner now.” ?

This article appears in the print edition of the September 10, 2018, issue, with the headline “Going Up.” ... -the-peaks-of-jersey-city

Posted on: 9/6 8:37

Re: 4th of July in JC @ Exchange Place - Featuring Snoop Dog
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Snoop Dogg’s Fourth of July performance enrages NJ parents

By Elana Fishman July 5, 2018 | 12:57pm

Snoop Dogg’s headlining performance at Wednesday’s Jersey City Fourth of July Experience went into D-O-double-overtime, infuriating parents whose small children just wanted to see the fireworks.

The 46-year-old rap legend was scheduled to take the stage at 8:30 p.m., according to Jersey City’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and wrap up by 9:20 p.m., with the fireworks display slated to begin immediately following his performance.

But Snoop’s set, which included hits like “Gin and Juice” and “The Next Episode,” started nearly an hour late. It also lasted longer than planned, due to an appearance by surprise guest Akon.

By the time the fireworks finally started at around 10:15 p.m., many impatient parents had already headed home with their kids — but not before tweeting their disapproval at both the “Drop It Like It’s Hot” rapper and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.

“Epic fail tonight at @jerseycity waterfront,” one Twitter user wrote. “@SnoopDogg started late & pushed back the fireworks show. Thousands of JC parents & kids await fireworks. School night. The ppl of JC are super annoyed & bummed and r bailing. @StevenFulop ur residents are not ur biggest fan right now.”

Another user tweeted, “hey Mr. Mayor, half of our party and thousands of other little kids had to go home because the fireworks were so late due to Snoop Dogg?”

Fulop later addressed the scheduling snafu on Twitter, writing: “We do our best. That’s all we can do. I know after 5 years in this job that I can sadly never please everyone as sometimes issues surface. All in all I think people had a great time – it was a long day with lots to juggle.”

A Jersey City spokeswoman confirmed to Page Six that Snoop Dogg’s performance was the reason for the delayed fireworks display.

Page Six has reached out to Snoop’s rep for comment. ... ce-pisses-off-nj-parents/

Posted on: 7/7 10:13

Re: 4th of July in JC @ Exchange Place - Featuring Snoop Dog
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From New York's perspective:

Notification issued 07-03-2018 at 3:00 PM.

There will be a fireworks display over the Hudson River near southern Manhattan tomorrow, 7/4, at approximately 9:30 PM. In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks display will take place on 7/5.

Posted on: 7/3 17:17

Re: 4th of July in JC @ Exchange Place - Featuring Snoop Dog
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What to bring and what not to bring:

Posted on: 6/18 16:41

Re: Fleet Week - Parade of Ships Begins at 10am Today
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From Notify NYC:

Notification issued 05-22-2018 at 12:00 PM.
There will be a fireworks display over the Hudson River off Pier 90 in Manhattan tomorrow, 5/23, at approximately 10:15 PM.

Notification issued 05-23-2018 at 9:00 AM.
On 05-24-2018, at 8:45 AM, six U.S. Navy Blue Angel F/A-18 jets will be conducting a flyover in the vicinity of Manhattan, The Bronx and Queens. The aircraft is expected to over the Hudson River, north to the Tappan Zee Bridge and then to LaGuardia Airport.

Posted on: 5/23 9:35

Re: Okay, so who here thinks the Katyn monument needs to go?
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“The people who actually built this monument, who actually put the blood and sweat into it, agreed to it,” said Polish Consul General Maciej Golubiewski. “They think it’s the best solution, the best compromise.”

Posted on: 5/14 23:48

Re: Kushner in New Jersey unraveling
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Michael Cohen steered prominent EB-5 exec to Squire Patton Boggs

USIF's Nick Mastroianni paid the law firm $370,000 to lobby Congress, the White House on investor visa issues

By Will Parker | May 10, 2018 11:05AM

Nicholas Mastroianni, the founder of the U.S. Immigration Fund regional center for EB-5 investment, was brought to the Squire Patton Boggs law firm as lobbying client by Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal attorney.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Mastroianni paid Squire Patton Boggs $370,000 to lobby Congress and the Trump administration on EB-5 matters.

Mastroianni confirmed he is one one of five clients that U.S. prosecutors for the Southern District of New York said were steered to Squire Patton Boggs by Cohen during a short-lived “strategic alliance” with the firm. Mastroianni told the Journal that he met with Cohen sometime last year at his Rockefeller Center office and was later put in touch with lobbyist Edward Newberry. Cohen is being investigated for potential fraud and other matters related to his $130,000 payment of hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniel, who alleges she had an affair with the president.

Cohen, who received $500,000 a year to bring clients to Squire Patton Boggs, has not been indicted on any charges by prosecutors. On Tuesday, it was revealed that Cohen’s firm Essential Consultants received a $500,000 payment last year to a fund linked to a Russian oligarch with ties to the Kremlin.

In a February 2017 interview with The Real Deal after Trump took office, Mastroianni said that his company had thus far received little indication on policy positions related to EB-5 from the White House. Squire Patton Boggs filed its first lobbying report for work it completed for U.S. Immigration Fund in June of that year.

The revelation that Mastroianni is a Squire Patton Boggs client is also notable given his connection to Kushner Companies and the investigations open against the real estate company for its use of the EB-5 program. U.S. Immigration Fund was working to bring Chinese investors to Kushner’s One Journal Square project in Jersey City, but Mastroianni called it off after a presentation by Jared Kushner’s sister in Beijing referenced the family’s ties to the White House. The presentation caused international controversy and ultimately led to a still-pending investigating by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn.

In January, TRD reported that Mastroianni’s firm and Kushner Companies had long abandoned their plans to raise EB-5 financing from China for 1 Journal Square. The company has raised EB-5 funds for HFZ Capital Group, Steve Witkoff, Durst Organization, Forest City Ratner and others. ... c-to-squire-patton-boggs/

Posted on: 5/12 20:54

Port Authority tests new security scanners at WTC PATH station
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Port Authority tests new security scanners at WTC PATH station


MANHATTAN — The Port Authority is testing new security scanners at the World Trade Center PATH station Thursday and Friday in order to evaluate its latest potential resource to detect firearms, explosives and other weapons.

The so-called Evolv Edge, a "high-tech body scanning unit" meant to detect detect firearms, explosives and other weapons, will be tested Thursday and Friday at the WTC PATH site from 8 - 10 a.m. and 4 - 6 p.m.

Public participation in the testing is completely voluntary, according to Port Authority officials.

“The idea behind this pilot program is to evaluate another resource available to us in the effort to ensure the continuing protection and security of the traveling public,” Port Authority Chief Security Officer John Bilich said.

The "pilot security screening program" is "part of the Port Authority’s ongoing evaluation of new technology to ensure the highest level of safety for the traveling public across all agency facilities," officials said.

The Evolv Edge can screen up to 600 people per hour. About 250,000 commuters — 125,000 each way — pass through the World Trade Center PATH station every day, however.

The station would need about 200 scanners to screen every commuter.

Chris McLaughlin, with Evolv Edge, tells PIX11 that isn't practical, and although the way in which scanners are used is up to Port Authority officials, his advise is to use fewer scanners and move them around in order to randomly screen people.

The scanners, McLaughlin points out, can be set up within minutes.

Commuters can also pass through the scanners with coffee and hand, and keys, phones and other common objects in their pockets, McLaughlin said.

Whether or not commuters will need to show officials their purses and large bags will be up to Port Authority officials.

When asked if the extra security measure is worth the potential slowdown it may cause commuters, several locals told PIX11 it is.

"I mean, the commute sucks as it is now, with just the trains and the delays, but it’s a preventative thing. If something happens, everybody’s gonna go, why wasn’t more put in place?" Juvember Andrews, of Jersey City, said.

The scanners are already set-up at stadiums, performance centers and airports across the country, and have previously been tested at the Port Authority Police Department headquarters in Jersey City. ... ners-at-wtc-path-station/

Posted on: 5/10 9:25

Re: NBC antenna relocation and signal
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Did you see their video?

How to Rescan Your Television to Receive NBC New York's Signal
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Posted on: 4/2 20:14

Girl who died of flu sent home from hospital with 104 degree fever, family says
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Girl who died of flu sent home from hospital with 104 degree fever, family says

Updated 8:23 AM; Posted Feb 15, 4:53 PM

By Caitlin Mota
The Jersey Journal

NORTH BERGEN – Stephanie Conteron had plans to take her daughter Nevaeh to see "Aladdin" on Broadway tonight.

But instead of enjoying the show with the beloved 6-year-old, Conteron and her grieving family are preparing for the girl's funeral this weekend.

Nevaeh Hernandez, a kindergarten student at Lincoln School, is the second child in New Jersey to die of the flu this season and her family says her tragic death likely could have been prevented, had she not been sent home from the hospital with a fever near 104 degrees.

The 6-year-old came home from school Friday afternoon and said she had a headache, family attorney Louis Zayas said during a press conference today. Nevaeh's mother, Stephanie Conteron, gave her daughter some medicine but soon noticed her temperature began to rise. She took her to Hoboken University Medical Center that night.

After more than three hours, Nevaeh was seen by a nurse and a physician's assistant and was told both strep throat and flu tests came back negative, Zayas said, adding that she was sent home despite having a high fever.

Conteron, an emergency medical technician, knew something was still wrong Saturday. Navaeh's temperature spiked to over 105 degrees and her family brought her to Hackensack University Hospital where she was diagnosed with the flu within an hour of arriving, Zayas said.

There, the girl had four seizures, slipped into a coma, and died Monday, the attorney said.

Navaeh's father, Gabriel, is in the Army and was stationed in Germany. He was rushed home, escorted to the hospital by police, but didn't make it back in time to see his daughter before she died.

"The purpose here is to alert the public how dangerous this flu strain is, that even if your child has been given the flu shot, that this flu shot may not be sufficient to warn off this particular strain," Zayas said.

Navaeh was given the flu shot in December, her family said.

Sandra Rivera, the 6-year-old's maternal grandmother, is now reminding parents they have a right to ask for a doctor to see their child and to stay at a hospital until they feel they have received the best care.

"Only a parent knows how your child is feeling," Rivera said. "Stay there, request whatever you need. Ask for a doctor, (say) 'I don't feel right, I'm not going anywhere,' because we feel (Navaeh's) death could have been prevented"

CarePoint Health, which operates the Hoboken hospital, said in a statement it will be cooperating with the state's mandatory review of health records and lab testing, which is required for pediatric flu deaths.

"We join the entire Hudson County community in mourning the tragic death of Nevaeh Hernandez," spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said. "Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family and friends. While privacy laws strictly prohibit our commenting on individual patient conditions, testing, or treatments, Hoboken University Medical Center meticulously follows all CDC guidelines and protocol related to the flu or possible flu cases."

But as Nevaeh's family searches for answers, her mother says she's really missing the sassy, intelligent little girl who had every Disney princess dress and loved going to her ballet class.

"She would knock on the door while I was in the bathroom, telling me that she loves me, and then coming back five minutes later to tell me she loves me and ask if I'm okay in there," Conteron said.

A wake is scheduled for Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Vainieri Funeral Home on Kennedy Boulevard in North Bergen. Those attending are asked to wear pink, Nevaeh's favorite color. A funeral service will be held Saturday at St. Augustine Church in Union City at 10 a.m. ... e_from_hospital_with.html

Posted on: 2/16 19:37

Re: help reading appraisal from revaluation
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Upcoming community meetings with the Downtown councilman will be held:

February 12 – Village Neighborhood Association, Casa Columbo (380 Monmouth St.), 6:45-8 p.m.

February 12 – Harsimus Cove Association, Grace Van Vorst Church (Entrance on 2nd St.), 8:15-9:30 p.m.

February 20 – Van Vorst Park Association, Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne St.), 7:30-9 p.m ... on-what-you-need-to-know/

Posted on: 2/11 10:21

Re: pre-paying 2018 taxes
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City of Jersey City:

IMPORTANT: While the Republican tax plan is terrible for working families, we are going to try to minimize damage. We will now allow residents to pre-pay 2018 property taxes so that they can capitalize on existing laws. You can do so at City Hall between now & the end of 2017 .

4:29 PM - 21 Dec 2017

Posted on: 12/21 16:42

Re: Elevation Certificate - notice from FEMA
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Try City Hall first.


If you are starting the Elevation Certificate procedure from scratch, check with your municipal government for any elevation information or certificate on file for your property. If none is available, you may have to contract a state-licensed surveyor, architect or engineer to do an Elevation Certificate. " ... ood-elevation-certificate

Posted on: 12/20 21:21

Western hemisphere's largest planetarium set to open in Jersey City
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Western hemisphere's largest planetarium set to open in Jersey City

By Amy Freeze
Updated 2 hrs 4 mins ago

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (WABC) -- Eyewitness News is taking you inside a new planetarium that's truly out of this world.

It turns out the sky is not the limit as the Liberty Science Center is set to unveil an out of this world planetarium in Jersey City this weekend.

"It is huge, it's the largest and most advanced tech planetarium in the western hemisphere, you have to go to Japan or Beijing for a larger one," said Paul Hoffman, Liberty Science Center.

Size matters with a planetarium because it simulates what happens in the night sky, so the illusion of a horizon enhances the experience.

It's done on a scale that's never been seen on this side of the planet!

"It's 60 from the bottom to top, it's 88 million pixels like HDTV quality," Hoffman said. "Its diameter of the screen is 89 feet, the entire building with the Hayden building can fit inside this theater."

To grasp the height of the screen, stack four giraffes on top of each other, the size is 13,000 square feet which is a quarter of an acre.

"We can open a screen size of a movie theater with an astronomer sharing her discovery, another window show the images, and another screen with the astronomer reacting," Hoffman said.

From space to movies, 10 projectors run by a super computer put out a state of the art experience.

The system can display 280 trillion different color possibilities.

The $5 million planetarium was funded by philanthropist Jennifer Chalsty to fall in line with the center's mission to inspire a new generation of scientists. At least 250,000 school children will see the planetarium annually.

"Breaking news and on Saturday we are doing that for the first time. You will fly through the Orion nebula," Hoffman said.

It's the first of many chances to travel to worlds beyond!

"Up close and personal with moons, stars, planets and latest discoveries of astronomy," Hoffman said.

For more information please visit: ... et-to-open-in-nj/2748491/

Posted on: 12/6 20:53

Re: Man Found Stabbed in the Chest in Jersey City (Newark ave between Grove and Erie)
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Since they moved to Secaucus, there seemed to be less reporting of crime in Jersey City, especially on the weekends. Does any of the reporters live in Jersey City?

Posted on: 2017/11/20 19:39

Re: Child fatally struck by car in Jersey City, sources say
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His coach said that he mistakenly ran into the street when he heard someone said "Go".


Child struck, killed by car in Jersey City

Posted: Oct 28, 2017 10:20 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 28, 2017 10:38 PM EDT

An 8-year-old boy was fatally struck by a car in Jersey City Saturday afternoon.

The child, identified as Jerry Grant, was part of a championship double Dutch team named the Honey Bees, which had performed on The Tonight Show over the summer.

Team founder Takeria Clark, told News 12 that they were crossing the street at Christopher Columbus Drive and Grove Street when Grant ran into the road and was struck by a red Jeep.

Grant's death was confirmed by Clark, who was with the family at Jersey City Medical Center.

Authorities say the Jeep, which stayed at the scene, had the right of way at the time.

Police towed the Jeep away as part of their investigation into the incident.

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Posted on: 2017/10/29 10:20

Child fatally struck by car in Jersey City, sources say
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Child fatally struck by car in Jersey City, sources say

Updated on October 28, 2017 at 7:07 PM Posted on October 28, 2017 at 6:55 PM

By Caitlin Mota
The Jersey Journal

JERSEY CITY - A child about 8 years old was fatally struck by a vehicle at one of Downtown's busiest intersections on Saturday evening, sources with knowledge of the investigation said.

City officials confirmed a child was struck near Grove Street and Christopher Columbus Drive at about 4:30 p.m. The child was rushed to Jersey City Medical Center in serious condition.

Sources told The Jersey Journal the child died at the hospital a short time later.

It's unclear if the child was a boy or a girl, but witnesses say a group of mostly girls were walking together at the time of the crash.

Paul Ferreira was working at a nearby store when he heard commotion. Ferreira walked out by Columbus Drive and saw a child who he believed was a girl lying in the middle of the intersection.

A grandfather of a 7-year-old girl, Ferreira said he was shaken up by the crash.

"I saw (the child)," he said. "It's sad."

The driver drove about 100 feet up the roadway before stopping. Ferreira said the driver didn't realize he had hit a child.

Officials are not classifying the crash as a hit-and-run and said the driver is cooperating with the investigation. About an hour after the crash, the driver could be seen still sitting in his car.

Another witness, who only identified himself as Moe, said the children were all wearing the same color.

"The child was just laying there, kind of lifeless," he said.

Additional information was not immediately available.

This crash marks ninth person to be killed in crashed in Hudson County since Sept. 1. Ten days ago to Dickinson High School students were fatally struck in a hit-and-run in the Heights.

Pedestrians have complained for years about the intersection of Grove Street and Columbus Drive. City officials in recent years have re-timed when pedestrians are permitted to cross Columbus Drive to make the intersection safer. ... it.html#incart_river_home

Posted on: 2017/10/28 19:12

New Amazon Key lets the delivery driver leave packages inside the front door
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New Amazon Key lets the delivery driver leave packages inside the front door

Elizabeth Weise, USATODAY Published 7:00 a.m. ET Oct. 25, 2017 | Updated 10:23 a.m. ET Oct. 25, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — No more getting packages stolen. No more worries about being there to receive them. Starting next month, people in 37 U.S. cities can have Amazon drop their package inside their front door, without ever giving anyone a key.

On Nov. 8, Amazon will begin offering a secure-lock service, called Amazon Key, that will give Amazon Logistics delivery personnel permission to unlock a customer's door for 5 minutes. Using a new Amazon device, the Cloud Cam, the entire delivery will be live-streamed to the customer's devices and also sent as a video snippet.

The service is an effort to thwart one of the problems of Amazon's popular package delivery service — package theft — as well as give users "choice, peace of mind and convenience," in the words of Peter Larsen, Amazon's vice president for delivery technology.

The company has been testing Amazon Key for several months at various sites around the country and thinks it's going to be a game-changer.

"This is not a trial. This is the fundamental way we think customers are going to order and receive their goods," Larsen said.

The new service could represent a shift in how consumers think of Amazon. Not just as the source of packages left on their porch, but as an entity they're comfortable letting into their homes. Available only to Prime customers, it's also another way to knit them more tightly into the ever-growing Amazon ecosystem.

How it works

The company demonstrated the service to reporters at a rental house in San Francisco on Tuesday.

The customer first buys a smart lock and the Cloud Cam camera. The starting price is $249 for the camera and smart lock. The Cloud Cam is also available for purchase as a stand-alone security camera for $119.99. Both will be available for purchase beginning Wednesday and can be installed by the customer or for free by a professional Amazon technician.

The camera is set up to show the front door from inside the house, allowing the customer to watch on the Amazon Key app to see whoever opens it. The smart locks, from Yale and Kwikset, come in several colors, variations and price points.

Once signed up for the free program, when customers go to purchase something on Amazon, they will see all items available for Key delivery marked with the designation "In-home delivery."

The day the ordered item is set to arrive, a customer gets a note on her phone, saying an in-home delivery will come that day and a time window during which to expect it.

When the delivery person arrives, the app sends the customer another note saying the delivery person is at the door.

Using a list that appears on the app, the delivery person is first instructed to knock on the door or ring the doorbell.

If no one answers, the delivery person swipes a button in the app that sends a message up to the cloud, which sends a message down to the customer's Amazon-enabled smart lock. This allows the delivery person to swipe a button on the app that unlocks the door.

"Note that the delivery person never touches the lock and doesn't have a key or a code," said Larsen.

The delivery person opens the door "just a crack," puts the package inside the door and then closes the door, he said. The worker then swipes another button on the app that automatically locks the smart lock. He must confirm that the door is closed and locked before leaving.

The code the system sends to the lock is for one time only, and is only valid for five minutes after the delivery person first arrives at the door. Via the app and the lock, the system even knows how close he is to the door and may prompt him to step closer to the door before sending the signal to unlock the door.

After five minutes the door automatically locks itself even if the delivery person hasn't locked it. If there is any problem with the lock or the service, the app instructs him to stay at the doorway and call Amazon customer service to ensure that the door is closed and locked before leaving, said Larsen.

The customer can watch the entire delivery in real time on a phone, via the Cloud Cam that is aimed at the door. He or she is also sent a time-stamped video delivery snippet on the phone to watch it later, as well as a message when the package is delivered and the door re-locked.

The video can also be watched live or later on an Amazon Echo Show, Echo Spot or Fire TV.

Amazon Key deliveries will only come through Amazon Logistics, not via UPS, FedEx or the U.S. Postal System, all of which also deliver Amazon packages.

The Amazon Logistics drivers who will have access to the Amazon Key Service all work for local delivery services that have contracted with Amazon and have been "thoroughly vetted and background-checked," said Larsen. They will not come from Amazon Flex, which allows individuals to sign up to deliver packages in their free time.

Until the moment the door is unlocked, the customer always has the option of hitting a "Block Access" button on the app that immediately changes it to traditional delivery, with the driver ringing the bell and then leaving the package outside the door.

The system can also be set up to grant a one-time access code to friends or family, or give them ongoing access should the user choose to. Customers will also be able to set up access for workers from its Amazon Home Services program, as well as, a dog-walking service, and Merry Maids, a house cleaning service.

"We will be adding more later," said Larsen. ... ide-front-door/796780001/

Posted on: 2017/10/25 11:02

Nonprofit offers free IT training to these tech-savvy New Yorkers
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Nonprofit offers free IT training to these tech-savvy New Yorkers

By John Aidan Byrne
October 22, 2017 | 3:50am

Jason Vega, a former low-income worker, is living proof of a new America Dream thrusting hundreds of once-struggling tech-savvy New York residents into the ranks of the middle class.

And it doesn’t demand four years of expensive college and a lifetime of crippling student debt.

Actually, it’s free to qualified students.

Vega is a graduate of NPower, a nationwide nonprofit offering a free 22-week IT training program, from tech networking to Web design, and with some 530 students currently enrolled at classes in Brooklyn, Harlem and Jersey City.

Now Vega, 27, of South Brooklyn, is a skilled cyber-security operations engineer, who works for Morgan Stanley in downtown Manhattan, earning great benefits and a salary that will help finance his plans for a spanking new condo. He recently bought his first car.

It’s a long way from his former life.

The high cost of college was too much for Vega to bare, and his ailing grandmother and family needed him at home.

“It’s amazing, how my quality of life has skyrocketed, and my income has more than quintupled since then,” Vega told The Post, noting how this more than five-fold growth from his last salary as a service rep, still makes him smile.

Vega, who’s single, went from $14 an hour as a customer service rep to a well-paid member of a crack-troop IT team on Wall Street.

Vega is not the only one. He’s one of a growing number of young professionals (and even military vets) landing well-paid tech careers, thanks to unconventional programs, many serving poor neighborhoods like Vega’s. And many are sponsored by Wall Street and big-business tycoons, who keep close contact with professionals like Vega in these programs, and open their doors to them after graduation.

NPower was officially launched in the early part of the century. JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Dell Technologies are among the prominent underwriters and partners.

The real push to recruit and train IT workers, however, has come through corporate funding in the past 12 months as US companies scramble to fill open jobs, according to an NPower spokesman.

New programs recently started in Harlem and Jersey City to complement existing programs out of the Metrotech Center in Brooklyn. They have an acceptance rate of 50 percent, with an age limit of 25 (but no age limit for military veterans).

The only educational requirements to apply are a high-school diploma or GED — and, of course, an aptitude for technology. More than 80 percent of graduates find work after graduation or move on to higher education.

The program is free, including mentoring by experienced IT pros from the industry.

The program targets lower-income inner city kids as a great demographic to fill vacant IT jobs, and at the same time the program provides a boost to inner city economies.

It’s well known that more than half of all US jobs call for some tech and digital skills. But there will be only a pool of 3.3 million domestic workers to fill the 6 million jobs that require some level of technology and digital abilities in the coming years, according to the US Department of Labor.

“It can be really frustrating to try to find a large enough pool of qualified technology talent in the US,” said recruiter Hetal Parikh, president of Rangam Consultants in Somerset, NJ. “The challenge we have is to match the right talent, with the right skills, with the employer.”

NPower aims to have graduated 15,000 students within the next five years.

“I would not be in the same position I am today financially, emotionally or mentally without the blessings I received from NPower,” said Vega, who sailed into the program partly because of his natural talent for technology.

When Vega officially started work at Morgan Stanley last November, after a paid internship, he was dizzy with excitement. He had successfully completed his intensive IT training at NPower, and had all his certifications.

His rags-to-riches story is a familiar one at the program. Single mother Ateika Samuel worked as a waitress before she enrolled in NPower. Today, she’s an IT professional at Bank of America, making $50,000 a year.

Vega has no regrets about dropping out of college. “I wouldn’t have done this in any other way,” he said. “Sadly, college grads are a dime a dozen, trying without success to get in the front door at firms on Wall Street.” ... to-lower-income-students/

Posted on: 2017/10/23 0:32

NYTimes: Would You Buy a Condo From the Trumps?
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Would You Buy a Condo From the Trumps?


Until their father’s personal lawyer intervened, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. were under criminal investigation by Manhattan prosecutors for possibly defrauding buyers of units in the Trump SoHo development, according to an investigation by ProPublica, WNYC and The New Yorker. An email showed the siblings “discussed how to coordinate false information they had given to prospective buyers,” according to the report.

The Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., acknowledged that he dropped the case after a visit from President Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz, who has contributed to Mr. Vance’s political campaign, but said he did so because it was the right thing to do.

Perhaps it was, and perhaps the president’s son and daughter did nothing criminal. But the deceptive behavior at the heart of the case would be familiar to anyone who’s observed Mr. Trump’s business career. The hustler is in the White House now, and the young members of the Trump family, with the cloud of suspicion that now constantly surrounds them, are top advisers.

It’s recently come to light that Ms. Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, both top administration officials, have been using at least three different personal email accounts for some government business, in potential violation of federal records acts.

Mr. Kushner didn’t reveal his use of private email in a lengthy interview with Senate investigators who are looking into the possibility of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in undermining the 2016 election. USA Today revealed on Wednesday that shortly after Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating those possible ties, asked for related White House records, the couple rerouted personal email accounts to Trump Organization servers.

The White House levied small fines on both Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump in late August for filing late updates to their financial disclosures, McClatchy reported this week. Such fines are rare, but this was a second fine for late filing by Mr. Kushner.

Mr. Kushner has repeatedly botched legally required disclosures of his business assets, and omitted Russian contacts on his security clearance form, asserting that despite the assistance of a cadre of experienced lawyers, he just can’t seem to get the paperwork right. Some national security experts have said that if he weren’t the president’s son-in-law, Mr. Kushner would have been denied clearance under such circumstances.

Since Ms. Trump entered the White House, her apparel brand has benefited or sought to benefit from trademark decisions in China, Japan, Kuwait, Qatar, Panama, Brazil and elsewhere.

Ms. Trump and Mr. Kushner like to be seen as moderating influences in the chaos of the Trump White House. John Kelly, the president’s chief of staff, appears to recognize that Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump are a drag on a White House already plagued by problems. Let’s also hope that he can persuade the Trump family members to deal more forthrightly with the American public than they did with their investors. ... ld-trump-condo-fraud.html

Posted on: 2017/10/5 17:01

Re: Certificate of occupancy during closing
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A condo requires a fire extinguisher. I don't know about a house.

Posted on: 2017/10/3 19:17

Jersey City donations stuck in United States with no way to Puerto Rico
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Jersey City donations stuck in United States with no way to Puerto Rico

By Darla Miles

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (WABC) -- There is an outpouring of generosity from people in the tristate to their fellow Americans in Puerto Rico.

But sadly, folks are being turned away with their goods because there's no way to get the donations to the island.

Donated goods sit at the San Juan Airport because there are no trucks to deliver them to the people.

It is a tragedy what's happening there.

"We were all systems go for Friday to have our shipment go to Kennedy Airport via FEMA and they just canceled on us and we're on hold," said Daniel Rivera, Jersey City Council Member At Large.

On hold in Jersey City are two 53-foot trailers with more than 100,000 pounds of water and supplies.

"Completely unacceptable. I mean there are people in Puerto Rico that are in trouble, they are devastated, and they need these resources ASAP," Rivera said.

This is the tip of the iceberg for the handful of non-profit organizations and regular old New Jersey residents who have been laboring to try to fill every single need of Puerto Ricans who lost every single thing in Hurricane Maria.

"We've been here for the past four days, 18-hour days, 16-hour days, we have been religiously here," Rivera said.

Gathering donations isn't the problem, but getting them there is.

In Brooklyn Wednesday afternoon, activists practically begged the U.S. government move supplies just sitting at airports and port.

"What we've learned, as predicted, the situation is worsening. It's already bad enough that a week later," a volunteer said.

"You have a family-owned trucking company and you are volunteering your trucks to take it to Puerto Rico and they are still not getting it," Eyewitness News Reporter Darla Miles asked.

100 percent accurate," said Bryan Hermann, of Hermann Transportation.

Hermann, who is also a Jersey City firefighter, wants the U.S. to issue a cargo waiver to the Jones Act, so he can transport donations like he did after hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

"The federal government relaxed some of the DOT laws for relief aid going to the affected areas," Hermann said.

"I'm very optimistic that this is going to go out, and when it goes out we're just going to send it out, we're not going to stop," Rivera said.

They're not stopping. Even late into Wednesday night, the sorting will continue until they get the greenlight from FEMA or they are able to put these supplies on a cargo ship. ... y-to-puerto-rico/2462126/

Posted on: 2017/9/27 23:02

Re: Jersey City getting fourth ferry terminal
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There used to be a ferry terminal there after 9/11. ... ges-and-Opportunities.pdf

Posted on: 2017/9/27 14:46

NYTimes: High Tea on the Lower East Side
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Looks like Janam Indian Tea, formally of 353 Grove St, made it to the Big Apple.


High Tea on the Lower East Side

Neighborhood Joint

Above a burger place, brassy swing tunes filled a private room located behind a vault door and up an old staircase, left over from when the building was a bank.

Along the bar, in front of the booze, sat a line of orange ceramic teapots and jars of dark leaves.

“This is from the highest-altitude tea garden in north India,” said Amy Dubin, 44, as she grabbed one of the jars from the bar to show a group of men in golf shirts and button-downs. “These are handpicked leaves.” Tea is different every year and every season, she explained.

“It smells delicious! Look at the color!” said Alex Chan, a teacher from Queens “in his 40s” and a member of the New York Tea Society, which meets here on a semiregular basis.

By night, this parlor, Victorian in décor with gold wallpaper, purple velvet benches and a stately little library, is Garfunkel’s, a speakeasy-style cocktail lounge at 67 Clinton Street on the Lower East Side. By day, it is the home of Janam Tea, which is run by Ms. Dubin and offers a proper tea service with cucumber sandwiches, scones, clotted cream and unlimited tea.

Ms. Dubin visits India regularly to select tea from private growers. Janam serves Indian tea exclusively.

It’s a favorite spot for the Tea Society, which until recently was called the Men’s Tea Social. The group changed its name to welcome all tea lovers.

“Gay men who are into tea, that’s kind of huge,” said the group’s founder, Roy Lamberty, 49, the executive chef of Fatty Fish, a restaurant on the Upper East Side.

Afternoon tea is dismissed as a ladies’ thing, Mr. Lamberty said. “I don’t feel we should stick to stereotypes.”

Nearby, a group of women in satin dresses sat against the windows, chatting in Russian at their bridal shower. They watched the bride-to-be, Alexsandra Lerner, 24, of Manhattan Beach, as she pulled a lace-trimmed short silk kimono from a box.

Reading a card, tears fell down her cheeks. “I should get married every year,” Ms. Lerner said.

Back at Mr. Lamberty’s table, Mr. Chan inquired about the provenance of the green tea.

“The state of West Bengal is basically shaped like Idaho. At the very top is Darjeeling,” Ms. Dubin said. “Due to some, let’s say, civil unrest, to get tea from this area is very difficult.”

The bridal shower selected the unlimited Champagne option, an add-on to the regular tea service, which costs $35 per person and includes the delivery of a tiered tray stocked with treats like smoked-salmon sandwiches, buttermilk cupcakes and blood-orange frozen yogurt.

“Besides the jam and scones, I made it all myself,” said Ms. Dubin, originally from Cleveland.

When it comes to clotted cream, she instructed, “Don’t dab; be decadent.”

Mr. Lamberty said he hopes for a tea revolution. He does not drink coffee or alcohol. “Tea gives you that clearheaded awareness, without the jitters,” he said.

Benjamin Wagstaff, 25, was seated nearby. He wore orange leather slip-on shoes and an open shirt. He lives down the street and visits often.

Touching a silver necklace, a gift from his British grandmother, Mr. Wagstaff, a tech entrepreneur, reminisced about afternoon tea with her. “It was definitely something to look forward to,” he said.

“I like the idea of stopping what you are doing and having conversation,” Mr. Wagstaff said. “There’s a brunch culture in New York. Why can’t there be an afternoon tea culture? It’s not easy to find somewhere comfortable that wouldn’t rush the process.”

It was 3:30 p.m. and Mr. Lamberty’s group, having arrived at 1, was preparing to leave.

“The greatest thing about tea is that I can drink a lot of it, and drive,” said Mr. Chan. “And not get arrested.” ... -east-side-speakeasy.html

Posted on: 2017/9/27 12:38

Re: Jersey City Mayor Seeks to Limit Chain Stores Downtown
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I saw a sign at Trump Bay Street that says that a CVS Pharmacy is coming.

Trump Bay Street
65 Bay St
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Posted on: 2017/9/13 18:59

PATH wants to hear from riders like you!
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PATH wants to hear from riders like you!

PATH riders have a lot of great suggestions to share. The PATH Riders’ Council (PRC) is a standing advocacy group that meets with PATH management year-round to ensure PATH riders have a voice in system design and operations decision-making.

PATH is currently accepting applications to fill six PRC vacancies to supplement the existing Council membership.

Eligibility Requirements

Must use the PATH system regularly
Must reside/travel within the PATH service area
Must be 18 years of age or older
Port Authority of NY & NJ employees (PANYNJ), PATH employees, and PANYNJ and/or PATH contractors are not eligible to apply for PRC membership.

How will PRC members be selected?

PATH, along with the existing Rider's Council, will appoint candidates in the PATH service area representing a cross section of riders from different geographic locations and demographics. Due to the limited number of PRC seats, not every applicant can be accepted.

Why should I participate?

If selected, you will be provided opportunities to recommend ways to improve PATH service. Serving on the PRC is a volunteer (unpaid) role. However, you will have the chance to help make a difference in the way PATH serves the region.

How do I apply?

Fill out the Application Form and send to PATH by mail, email, or fax:

PATH Riders’ Council
PATH Marketing & Customer Services
One PATH Plaza - 10th Floor
Jersey City, NJ 07306


Fax: 201 595-4001

All applications, must be received by 8 P.M. Friday, September 29, 2017.

Posted on: 2017/9/12 8:06

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