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Re: Grove Pointe Starbucks
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According to this, the Health Department shut them down. ... _shut_down_by_the_health/

You can searching JCList using Google: " starbucks".

Posted on: 1/23 12:51

NJ family says they received used diapers in nightmare Amazon delivery
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NJ family says they received used diapers in nightmare Amazon delivery

Posted: 7:01 PM, Jan 10, 2020 Updated: 7:01 PM, Jan 10, 2020
By: Andrew Ramos

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — It’s a mystery that has rattled Nassly Sales and her family.

The Jersey City mom had ordered two boxes of diapers from Amazon as she does every month for her two daughters, purchasing the items from the site’s “Amazon Warehouse” section, where open-box and returned items are sold at a discounted rate.

When the package arrived this week, she said nothing could’ve prepared her for what she says she found inside.

“I picked up the diapers and it was a little bit heavy, I was half asleep the lights were off,” she explained. “At that point, I turn on the light and that’s when I noticed these diapers are neatly-folded and they are soiled.

The shocking discovery prompted the mom to immediately disinfect her nursery, even wiping down her 19-month-old daughter with rubbing alcohol.

The child, a micro preemie, was born 26 weeks premature, weighing a little over a pound, making her immune system compromised. According to Sales, the baby was just inches away from what she believed was a health hazard.

Speaking to an Amazon customer service representative later that evening didn’t exactly put the family at ease.

“They were like ‘OK sorry for your inconvenience, we will give you a refund. You’re more than welcome to keep the stuff, you don’t need to return it,’” Sid Mukherje, the children’s father, told PIX11.

“And my thought was "Wow, you are not understanding what I’m saying.”

While the family has not officially sent the substance to be tested, they say it bears a strong resemblance and odor to fecal material.

What they want now is a better explanation from Amazon about the mishap.

According to their website, the company inspects and certifies all open-box products before re-selling them, something Sales says obviously did not happen.

In a statement to PIX11, an Amazon spokesperson said "We are investigating the situation and in contact with the customer to make it right." ... nightmare-amazon-delivery

Posted on: 1/11 1:08

Jersey City Shooting: Immigrant With ‘Big Dreams’ Was Among Victims
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Jersey City Shooting: Immigrant With ‘Big Dreams’ Was Among Victims

He was a beloved worker at the market who had emigrated to New Jersey with his family from Ecuador.

By Andrea Salcedo
Dec. 12, 2019
Updated 7:08 p.m. ET

Douglas Miguel Rodriguez did not always make sandwiches and stock shelves at a kosher supermarket in Jersey City.

Thousands of miles away, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, his hometown, Mr. Rodriguez was a middle-class family man who worked as a financial manager for an insurance company, his brother, William Rodriguez Barzola, said.

But he lost his job when the company went under and Mr. Rodriguez, struggling financially, moved to New Jersey with his wife and daughter.

His lack of English proved a barrier to a white-collar job in his adopted home, his brother said, so he had to settle for whatever he could get to pay his bills.

That is why he was working inside the JC Kosher Market on Tuesday afternoon when two assailants armed with high-powered weapons stormed the store. Mr. Rodriguez, 49, was killed along with Leah Mindel Ferencz, who owned the market and Moshe Deutsch, a rabbinical student from Brooklyn.

In the days since the rampage, much of the focus has been on Jersey City’s small but growing Hasidic community, after investigators said that the kosher market had been intentionally targeted and that one of the assailants had made anti-Semitic comments online.

But Jersey City is one of the most diverse communities in New Jersey, with about 40 percent of the city’s population born outside the United States, according to the census. Many neighborhoods in the city have become attractive enclaves for immigrant workers, like Mr. Rodriguez.

“It’s a city of Chinese grocers and Indian shopkeepers and recent college graduates, all striving for a better life in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty,” New Jersey’s Attorney General, Gubrir S. Grewal, said at a news conference on Wednesday.

But Mr. Rodriguez was not just a regular worker at the store, Mr. Rodriguez Barzola said. He was friends with the owners of the store, Moishe Duvid Ferencz and his wife Mrs. Ferencz, as well as many of the clientele.

“Customers would know him as the man with the nice smile,” said Mr. Rodriguez Barzola in a telephone interview from Ecuador. “He would always wear a smile of love and care.”

For Mark Schwartz, a regular customer who would often duck into the market twice a day, Mr. Rodriguez was the man who would prepare his lunch, remember his favorite snacks or help him find an item when he was having trouble.

“This guy, he knew everybody by their name,” Mr. Schwartz said. “He was a wonderful guy.”

Mr. Rodriguez would talk about his personal life and share pictures of his wife, Martha, and their 11-year-old daughter whenever Mr. Schwartz would stop in.

Mr. Rodriguez told him he had waited some 10 years to become a father, which he said was one of his greatest accomplishments, Mr. Schwartz said. They named their daughter Amy Milagros, miracle in Spanish, because after years of trying to conceive, they finally had a child, Mr. Rodriguez Barzola said.

“The relationship with Martha and Amy was extraordinary,” Mr. Rodriguez Barzola said. “They were a family full of love and affection.”

His brother said Mr. Rodriguez was living a comfortable life in Ecuador before his company, Seguros Bolivar, went bankrupt in 2014 and laid him off.

After two years of trying to find a similar-paying job, Mr. Rodriguez, who friends and family often called “Miguelito,” left his parents and four siblings for Harrison, N.J., along with his wife and daughter.

“He had the hope of getting an office job or a bank job but language barriers made it difficult for him to work in these areas,” Mr. Rodriguez Barzola said.

Mr. Rodriguez worked at another kosher market first, before his boss recommended him to Mr. Ferencz, who offered him a job as a helper in his kosher market, Mr. Rodriguez Barzola said.

Mr. Rodriguez, who worked six days a week except Saturdays, would rarely complain, Mr. Schwartz said. He did lament about not being able to make it to Sunday service at Nueva Vida Church in Newark.

But, Mr. Schwartz said, work was the priority.

“He was so happy to be here,’’ he said. “He had big dreams.”

Now, with the family’s breadwinner gone, Mr. Rodriguez’s relatives are turning to strangers to cobble together enough money to send his body back to Ecuador to be buried. ... victim-of-the-jc-shooting ... jersey-city-shooting.html

Posted on: 12/13 1:15

Gofundme - Douglas Rodriguez Victim of the JC shooting
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Here is the Gofundme for Douglas Rodriguez, the 3rd victim.

"This page is created to help the family of my uncle, victim of the Jersey City shooting, Douglas Rodriguez. Douglas Rodriguez came to this country for better life with his wife and daughter. He was a devoted husband, friend, and father, He was a God-loving, honest and hard-working person was who always available to help others. He had been working at the store for about a year before this devastating and unexpected loss. We would appreciate any help from the community to help his family cover funeral expenses. He was very much the provider in his family, so anything you can give will help his wife and daughter greatly. Thank you and God bless.

Esta pagina es creada para ayudar a mi familia, mi tio es una victima del Jersey City Shooting(Douglas Rodriguez)
Ecuatoriano que vino a trabajas a este pais por mejor calidad de vida con su esposa e hija, el era un buen esposo, amigo que amaba a su familia, trabajador y muy buena persona, siempre disponible para ayudar a los demas que creia en Dios.
El estubo trabajando en la tienda por alrededor de un ano, siempre a tiempo para hacer su trabajo, esta es una perdida inesperada. queremos ayuda de la comunidad y nuestros conpatriotas. para ayudar a la esposa e hija y los gastos funerales el era el proveedor de su familia.
Gracias por todo Dios los bendiga." ... victim-of-the-jc-shooting

Posted on: 12/12 13:13

HBO funnyman John Oliver takes shot at Hoboken, SantaCon
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HBO funnyman John Oliver takes shot at Hoboken, SantaCon

Updated 3:35 PM;Today 2:12 PM
By Ron Zeitlinger | The Jersey Journal

Comedian John Oliver is no fan of SantaCon. And apparently he doesn’t think much of Hoboken, either.

Put the two together and you get a 6-minute “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” web exclusive.

While shredding SantaCon events all over the country, Oliver pointed out that 14 people were arrested at SantaCon 2018 in Hoboken.

“Just think about that — 'Arrested doing SantaCon in Hoboken New Jersey.’ That might be literally the saddest sentence in existence."

Read more here: ... -at-hoboken-santacon.html


Posted on: 12/10 0:48

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Posted on: 12/9 1:30

Tis the porch pirate season, but Hudson County communities are fighting back
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'Tis the ‘porch pirate’ season, but Hudson County communities are fighting back

Posted Dec 01, 2019

By Steven Rodas | The Jersey Journal

HOBOKEN — A utility truck pulled up to a busy Hoboken thoroughfare, turned on the hazards and, while the driver stayed put, another man began lobbing packages he’d stolen from people’s porches into the back of the truck.

“It was within 30 to 60 seconds,” Hoboken Detective William Collins said at police headquarters last week. “People look out their windows and think, ‘Oh, it’s just someone working. Nothing wrong here.’ In that case, we were lucky enough to get the plate and find the driver — who later confessed.”

Collins said most package thefts ordinarily don’t happen that way. The usual MO of package thieves, sometimes referred to as “porch pirates,” is on foot, which presents an added challenge to the authorities. Now that the holiday season is underway — considered peak time for such thefts — police departments throughout Hudson County are gearing up to deter people from swiping packages from porches and foyers, and catch the ones that do.

This year, Jersey City, Hoboken, and Kearny have partnered with Amazon as part of an initiative to catch would-be burglars. As part of the program, the city sets up fake Amazon boxes — equipped with GPS units and surveillance cameras — outside of houses and apartment buildings that have experienced multiple thefts.

“It’s a crime of opportunity. When someone’s walking down the street with a package under their arm, or riding a bike, neither police officers nor civilians know that what they’re holding are proceeds of a theft,” Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante told The Jersey Journal. “We have over 28,000 addresses in Hoboken alone, is a combination of residential and business. That’s 220 intersections. Even if we put ‘a watch’ at all of the intersections, we would still have package thefts inside our multi-dwelling buildings. So, it’s very, very tough.”

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, retail e-commerce sales saw a 13.3 percent surge from the second quarter of 2018 to the second quarter of 2019. Per global data platform, Statista, as generations skew younger more and more shoppers prefer to stay at home and whittle away their shopping lists one click at a time.

Playing defense

This holiday season Kearny, Jersey City, and Hoboken are taking part in the Amazon initiative.

“We were first on the East Coast to implement this type of package theft sting (in 2018), and we’re proud to serve as a model for other areas now implementing similar strategies to combat the issue,” Jersey City spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione said. “The goal of the program is not just to catch the thieves, but more to deter these crimes altogether.”

The boxes are provided free of charge from Amazon.

Wallace-Scalcione estimated that between 400 and 500 package thefts took place in Jersey City in 2018, per information provided by Amazon.

“Eight minutes after we dropped the first bait package (last year), it was picked up,” she said.

In addition to decoys, the city is providing Ring doorbells to homeowners that put in a request or are likely to be targeted.

California-based company Ring connects its video doorbell to the resident’s home Wi-Fi network and sends real-time notifications to their mobile device when someone arrives at their door.

A 2018 pilot program — which included the donation of over 500 Ring doorbells to two Newark neighborhoods — saw burglaries reduced by more than 50 percent from April through July in comparison with the same span of time in 2017, according to a company announcement.

Wallace-Scalcione added that although some areas get hit more than others, no one is immune to these thefts. Even Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop fell victim to a package thief prior to his wife’s baby shower in December 2018.

Hoboken had 192 package thefts reported in 2018 and 107 so far in 2019.

“We have designated areas where we want to concentrate — whether it be the steps of a home or inside of a building where we’ll have surveillance set up,” said Collins. “The owners of the buildings are aware of it.”

Kearny Sgt. Michael Gonzalez said when heard about Jersey City’s success with the anti-theft program, preparations began in his city as well.

“We usually have a patrol monitoring these types of incidents, but we’re going to give this program a try,” said Gonzalez. “I wouldn’t say it’s a huge issue here, but like any other town you see a spike during the holidays. I know its cliché, but I think we should still adhere to the ‘see something, say something’ rule. If you see someone lurking around, report it and we’ll get a car to the area.”

Officials in North Bergen and Union City said they are also providing residents with Ring doorbell systems.

"Since Jan. 1, we have only had 19 incidents of packages stolen, which is significantly low for an urban community,” said North Bergen Police Chief Robert Dowd, who noted that 15 of those ended in arrests. “However, we always want to improve these numbers.”

North Bergen had a total of 45 package thefts in 2018.

In Union City, spokesperson Erin Knoedler noted that Mayor Brian Stack hosts over a hundred community meetings throughout the year wherein they advise residents to reports any suspicious activity.

“We have a multi-pronged approach,” said Knoedler. “We believe the main thing is to educate the public.”

What you can do

Bayonne police Lt. Eric Amato has some suggestions for residents as well.

“People should try to schedule the delivery for when they’ll be home, if possible, or indicate if there is someplace the delivery can be made where it is not easily visible, possibly in a shed or yard,” said Amato, who noted that Bayonne had 94 package thefts in 2018 and slightly more than 50 this year. “Amazon has pick-up locations and also offer a hub locker, where once the item is delivered an e-mail is sent with a code so the customer can retrieve it.”

In West New York, which had 14 package thefts in December 2018 alone, Director Mark Flores agreed that arranging to have packages delivered where the customer knows a person will be can make a big difference.

Flores noted that residents could arrange to have the package left with a neighbor. “Our patrol units and walking officers will [also] be extra vigilant in monitoring suspicious activity,” he added.

Police departments also suggest that residents require a signature when they make an order online and additionally, consider having packages delivered to their workplace.

A non-violent crime

Considering package thefts fall under the non-violent crime category, Ferrante said “porch pirates” can strike with alarming frequency, even after they are caught.

“We have law enforcement apprehending these individuals but then (because of the type of crime) they’re on the block the following day,” Ferrante said, who noted that when an address is victimized that location is 50 percent more likely to be re-burglarized the following day. “Victims don’t always have the patience we do."

Ferrante pointed to an arrest his department made in January of 33-year-old David Diaz.

Diaz, a serial package thief, was charged in January with stealing packages from residential buildings on four occasions in one month, according to court records. Two of the thefts were three days apart.

“One last big thing we try to educate people on has to do with condo buildings,” said Collins. “When residents pull out of garages, especially in the morning when they’re leaving for work, they’re a block or two away before the door starts coming back down.

"It doesn’t come down for at least a minute or two, which can then present an opportunity.” ... es-are-fighting-back.html

Posted on: 12/2 5:17

Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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Jersey City voters pass restrictions on Airbnb, short-term rentals

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JERSEY CITY, New Jersey -- Voters in a New Jersey city that's just a few minutes by train from the tourist sights of Manhattan approved restrictions Tuesday on Airbnb and other short-term rental companies.

The vote was an endorsement of restrictions that were initially passed by Jersey City lawmakers in June, but were put on hold after short-term rental advocates gathered enough signatures to force a referendum.

Jersey City, a city of around 271,000 people just across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan, has become increasingly popular with tourists seeking an alternative to pricey New York City lodging. Since officials approved short-term rentals there about four years ago, the number of homes being listed nightly on sites like Airbnb has increased tenfold.

That led to complaints about absentee owners turning apartment buildings into de facto hotels and having a negative effect on affordable housing.

When city officials acted to reign in the Airbnb bonanza, short-term renters pushed back, saying putting their homes up on the site helped them defray high housing costs by bringing in paying guests.

The regulations limit how often landlords can rent properties if they don't live on site. They also forbid short-term rentals in buildings with more than four units if the owner isn't present and prohibit renters from serving as hosts.

The referendum was the latest chapter in a battle that has played out in numerous American cities, including San Francisco, where Airbnb is based.

It generated a flurry of television ads in the New York market with both sides accusing each other of spreading misinformation about the size of the market and the potential effect of the restrictions.

Airbnb and local advocates argued that the restrictions would have the effect of eliminating 90% of the city's properties from the market and would disproportionately affect renters, most of whom are minorities. ... ort-term-rentals/5672976/

Posted on: 2019/11/6 4:06

Re: Selling a Haunted House? Here’s What You Need to Know
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Posted on: 2019/11/4 21:01

Re: PATH Train: New fares for SmartLink Multi-Trip & Unlimited Passes effective 11/1/19
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I had a problem too. I can only get 2 x 40 trips.

Posted on: 2019/11/4 16:07

Re: PATH Train: New fares for SmartLink Multi-Trip & Unlimited Passes effective 11/1/19
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What is the maximum number of trips I can add to SmartLink?

SmartLink holds a maximum of six products, three different types of product with no more than two of any product. As such, SmartLink can hold up to 140 trips: two 40-trip products, two 20-trip products, and two 10-trip products.

Posted on: 2019/10/31 3:01

Re: Selling a Haunted House? Here’s What You Need to Know
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I heard stories from security guards that people saw ghosts in a certain condo converted from a hospital.

Posted on: 2019/10/30 23:31

Selling a Haunted House? Here’s What You Need to Know
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Selling a Haunted House? Here’s What You Need to Know

Only four states deal with paranormal activity in their real estate disclosure laws: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Minnesota

Published Oct 29, 2019 at 1:25 PM

Your dream home may be haunted, and in most states, sellers don't have to say boo about it.

Ahead of Halloween, Zillow scared up a state-by-state analysis and found only four deal with paranormal activity in their real estate disclosure laws: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Minnesota.

In New York state, courts will rescind a home sale if the seller creates and perpetuates a reputation that the house is haunted and then takes unfair advantage of a buyer's ignorance of the home's ghostly reputation. For example, if you invite reality television ghost hunters to your home, then later sell your poltergeist palace to an unwitting buyer who prefers sitcoms, a court could make that sale vanish.

In New Jersey, a seller must truthfully tell a buyer if their property comes with phantom roommates - only if asked.

Many states have statutes that say property facts that could cause "stigma" or "psychological impact" need not be disclosed. Massachusetts and Minnesota deliberately mention paranormal or supernatural activity as a "psychologically affected" attribute that does not need to be disclosed.

Some real estate agents say haunted properties present other challenges that can scare off buyers.

"I worked with a seller who claimed their house was haunted by a ghost who lived in the basement," says Jennifer Stauter Kornstedt, an agent in Wisconsin. "When I arrived for the open house, I heard banging noises coming from the basement. I went to investigate but could not find the source of the noise. Then the phone rang three times with only static on the other end."

Stauter Kornstedt says she and the seller agreed to disclose the creepy companion to any potential buyer even though they didn't have to under to Wisconsin law. Ultimately, the homeowners decided to stay in their house, but Stauter Kornstedt says she's been spooked ever since.

Nine states have laws around the disclosure of a death on the property. In California, sellers must disclose a death on the property within 3 years. In Alaska, a death within one year must be disclosed. In South Dakota, sellers must disclose a homicide on the property.

In Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, New Hampshire, New Jersey and South Carolina, sellers must disclose a death on the property only if asked.

So, if you own a home in Texas that was the scene of a chainsaw massacre in 1974, you can keep that your own little secret. ... y-New-York-564046881.html

Posted on: 2019/10/30 21:04

Re: PATH Train: New fares for SmartLink Multi-Trip & Unlimited Passes effective 11/1/19
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I use the SmartLink card. It is cheaper than using the Metrocard.

Posted on: 2019/10/30 18:59

PATH Train: New fares for SmartLink Multi-Trip & Unlimited Passes effective 11/1/19
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Fill up your card before Friday.

New fares for SmartLink Multi-Trip & Unlimited Passes effective 11/1/19:

10-Trip: $25,
20-Trip: $50,
40Trip: $100.
1-Day Unlimited: $10,
7-Day Unlimited: $34.50,
30-Day Unlimited: $106.
Senior SmartLink Card fare is $1.25.
One-way PATH fare remains $2.75.

Posted on: 2019/10/30 16:07

Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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Jersey City fights Airbnb war fueled by NYC crackdown

By Julia Marsh October 29, 2019 | 7:22pm

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Airbnb crackdown in the Big Apple has pushed the battle over short-term rentals across the Hudson River to Jersey City, where voters will decide Nov. 5 whether to regulate them in their neighborhoods.

“I think Jersey City is kind of a proxy for what’s going on in the New York market,” said Sue Altman, the state’s director for the Working Families Party, referring to the flourishing of Airbnb in the New Jersey commuter enclave since de Blasio’s crackdown on it in the five boroughs.

But “we’re not just going to take things that are regulated out of New York City and take them with open arms — that’s not what New Jersey is here for,” she said.

In New York City, most short-term rentals are illegal unless the permanent tenant is also living in the apartment. De Blasio has poured $6 million into enforcement of illegal listings during his tenure.

Consequently, there are now 3,000 Airbnb rentals in Jersey City, many of which are marketed to tourists visiting the Big Apple and controlled by commercial operators with multiple listings instead of individual property owners, according to the independent data website Inside Airbnb.

An Airbnb spokeswoman refuted those figures but could not provide alternative information.

The measure on the Jersey City ballot next month will allow residents to vote on regulations that would impose an annual 60-day rental limit for property owners who don’t live on site, require a $500,000 home-insurance policy of them and implement city code inspections every three years.

Liz DeBold Fusco, an Airbnb spokeswoman, said the restrictions would amount to a ban on Airbnb, putting thousands of residents who rent their homes through the system in “serious financial jeopardy.”

She said the ban was “crafted at the behest of the hotel industry’s special interests.”

Indeed the politically powerful Hotel Trades Council, a union representing hotel workers who see Airbnb as a direct competitor, plans to spent $1.15 million to ensure the ballot measure passes.

But Airbnb has spent another $4.2 million opposing the referendum.

Staci Berger, president of the nonprofit Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, said the regulations are necessary to protect affordable rents in Jersey City, since such short-term rentals eat up the overall housing market.

“We support a ‘yes’ vote on the sensible ballot question because we want to keep apartments affordable for renters while protecting residents’ health and safety and preserving the ability of homeowners to rent their homes if they choose,” Berger said. ... -fueled-by-nyc-crackdown/

Posted on: 2019/10/30 1:53

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Join the PATH Riders' Council!

The application deadline has been extended to 11/1/2019. If you have ideas for ways PATH can improve service, this is your opportunity to work directly with leadership and make your voice heard.

Posted on: 2019/10/8 16:11

Jersey City Asks Residents For Help Getting Rid Of Spotted Lanternflies
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Jersey City Asks Residents For Help Getting Rid Of Spotted Lanternflies

October 8, 2019 at 9:55 am

JERSEY CITY (CBSNewYork) – Residents of Jersey City are being asked to help get rid of a plant and tree-killing insect invading Jersey City.

Several residents have reported seeing Spotted Lanternflies.

The insect is native to Asia and was first spotted in the U.S. in Pennsylvania.

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture says it lays eggs on crops and plants and eventually kills them.

The bugs can lay egg masses with up to 50 eggs each.

Officials fear the Spotted Lanternfly can destroy Jersey City’s urban forest. ... -city-spotted-lanternfly/

Posted on: 2019/10/8 16:08

Jersey City Residents Say Chaotic Bike Lanes Send Cyclists The Wrong Way In Front Of A School, Churc
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Jersey City Residents Say Chaotic Bike Lanes Send Cyclists The Wrong Way In Front Of A School, Church

September 26, 2019 at 7:11 pm

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Jersey City officials say the new bike lanes were meant to improve safety – but residents say the change has actually created a dangerous problem right near a school.

CBS2 cameras caught one biker after another going the wrong way on Bergen Avenue; in the newly painted bright green bike lane.

Bike lanes in Jersey City causing confusion near schools and churches. (Credit: CBS2)

The arrow on that lane however, shows it shifts from two-way access down to one-way.

Bikers are supposed to cross the street to continue on, but Terence Matthews – associate principal of Hudson Catholic High School – says this is just one of the many problems with the new bike lanes.

“You changed the bus stop by the school, now you’re running a bike lane through a bus stop,” Matthews explained.

CBS2 witnessed a passenger get off without looking both ways, walking right into the bike path, a danger especially if bikers are coming from the wrong direction.

Jersey City bus passengers must now cross bike lanes just to get to the curb. (Credit: CBS2)

Priests at St. Aedan’s say the bike lanes cause major issues especially during special events. There is no access now for funerals or weddings to pull up out front.

Others are frustrated that vehicular traffic which was reduced from four lanes down to two and three lanes.

Jersey City’s new bike lanes have now cut off the curb leading to St. Aedan’s church – not allowing access for funeral and wedding parties. (Credit: CBS2)

“It’s causing a lot of cars… causing a lot of accidents in the Journal Square area, so I think it was a waste of money,” Vilissa Jordan said.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop claims the reduction in lanes was a strategic safety move.

“There was a lot of crashes there, there were fatalities in that area, it was very unsafe street, so a road diet isn’t a terrible thing,” Fulop argued.

Matthews says the school was given a just few days notice about the new traffic pattern and wishes the city sought neighborhood input.

“The reality is we had 60 public meetings, 60. Not something that happened overnight,” Fulop said.

That said, the mayor says nothing is final. Parking issues and more can be adjusted, but the bike lanes will remain as part of a citywide initiative.

The mayor says new traffic patterns are part of a greater push to encourage residents to take public transportation or give biking a try to help reduce congestion. ... ity-bike-lanes-wrong-way/

Posted on: 2019/9/26 23:34

Jersey City launching new bus service; mayor says NJ Transit falling short
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Jersey City launching new bus service; mayor says NJ Transit falling short

By RYAN HUTCHINS 09/19/2019 05:02 AM EDT

JERSEY CITY — New Jersey’s second-largest city is launching its own heavily-subsidized bus system, an effort it says will ameliorate a lack of options in far-flung neighborhoods while filling gaps left by NJ Transit, which has struggled to keep up with the city’s rapidly growing population.

The new service, set to be announced Thursday morning at press conference with Mayor Steven Fulop, will be run in partnership with Via, a transportation company that operates in numerous cities across the country, but may be best known locally for running an on-demand van network that shuttles riders between uptown and downtown Manhattan locations.

In Jersey City, the company will receive $2 million annually from the city — at least to start — to establish a network of 14 vehicles that will pick up riders along dynamic routes, moving residents from neighborhoods like Greenville and the Heights to transit hubs or popular downtown locations.

No other city in the state operates such a service.

Fulop said in an interview that has been left dissatisfied by NJ Transit, which has faced years of commuter discontent with both its bus and rail services but has promised a turnaround under Gov. Phil Murphy.

The mayor, a Democrat, said the agency has made some adjustments — like adding more bus trips on some key routes — but isn’t reacting quickly enough to the changing city, which is now seen as an alternative to many popular New York neighborhoods.

“I think that we’re frustrated and a lot of people in this state are frustrated. I think we have two choices: Choice one is we continue to complain and bitch to NJ Transit that they’re not fulfilling their obligations,” Fulop said. “Or option two is we try to find our own solutions while continuing to do that.”

The new service is expected to run 150,000 rider trips per month, carrying several passengers at a time who are all headed in the same direction. Trips will cost $2 each way, with a discounted $1 fare available for low-income residents.

Residents who request a trip using Via’s phone app will be directed to a nearby “virtual” bus stop within a few blocks of their location and taken to another stop not far from their destination. The idea is increased access to key shopping and business districts, government facilities as well as PATH, ferry and light rail stations.

The service won’t work everywhere in the city. Those requesting a pickup in a busy downtown location and headed to another downtown location will be rejected.

“I think it’s going to be transformational for the city,” Fulop said.

Via, which will buy the vehicles on behalf of the city, runs similar services for other local governments and transit agencies. The company says it has more than 80 current or pending “deployments of its technology” around the world, and most are through direct partnership like the one with Jersey City.

Those locations include Los Angeles, where it operates first- and last-mile transit for LA Metro. It also operates services Seattle, West Sacramento, Calif., and Arlington, Texas, where the local government has replaced fixed bus routes with the Via service after seeing an increase in ridership.

“Via’s technology is specifically designed to provide efficient shared rides that seamlessly complement and integrate into existing public transit infrastructure,” Alex Lavoie, Via’s U.S. general manager, said in a statement. “Together with the Jersey City community and Mayor Fulop, our aim is to build a sustainable service that is priced affordably, provides equitable access to all and incorporates electric vehicles from the start.”

Jersey City, whose population is about 265,000, has far more mass transit options than most communities in New Jersey. That includes NJ Transit buses, the agency’s Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and the Port Authority’s PATH train, a subway that connects Newark, Harrison, Hoboken and Jersey City to Manhattan. There are also numerous, privately-operated “jitney” buses that make stops along several fixed routes.

Fulop says it isn’t enough, and he thinks NJ Transit has been slow to respond to local transportation needs. He says some buses are constantly crowded, despite recent changes, and notes the agency still hasn’t built a light rail stop in a neighborhood that sits between Hoboken and the roads that lead to the Holland Tunnel.

“New Jersey Transit is terrible,” Fulop said. “We’re going to push them to do what they’re required to do. But it’s really hard to work with them.”

NJ Transit says it’s trying to do better.

In the Heights, a neighborhood in the northern part of the city that overlooks Hoboken, the agency’s No. 119 bus route has struggled to keep up as more and more riders use it to reach the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. NJ Transit says it has increased service on the route by 117 percent between 2013 and 2019. In June, it added 12 trips to the route.

The agency also made changes to the No. 86 bus route, identifying “efficiencies in the current route” that have allowed one-seat rides for residents trying to reach a popular senior center.

“Despite significant budget challenges over the last decade, we’ve worked closely with the administration to enhance bus service in response to growing demand,” Nancy Snyder, a spokesperson for NJ Transit, said in a statement. “We will continue to work closely with the administration, as we do with stakeholders across New Jersey, to maximize the availability of public transportation in Jersey City and cities throughout the state.” ... sit-falling-short-1198003

Posted on: 2019/9/19 19:05

Jersey City library renamed in honor of its longtime director
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JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (WABC) -- They renamed the main library in Jersey City in honor of its longtime director Monday.

Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced the renaming of the Jersey City Free Public Library's Main Library building in honor of Priscilla Gardner.

The honor comes as Gardner steps down from her post. She is retiring after 50 years of service.

"It is fitting that the main library be named in honor of Priscilla and all of her hard work," said Fulop in a statement. "The Jersey City Free Public Library is a valuable resource in our community, and Priscilla created a community that opened doors for people who may not otherwise have had access to books and other educational resources. The impact she has made on our City will last a lifetime."

Gardner began her career as a junior library assistant in 1969. She became the library's first African American director in 2002. She spent 30 years working at Miller Branch Library, serving as branch head there from 1987-1999.

"While I am beyond grateful the mayor has chosen to recognize me, I simply worked to serve as the best Library Director for our community and never imagined being recognized in this way," Gardner said. "I am excited to start this new chapter in my life, but am also thankful for the change we have been able to create in Jersey City. It is my hope that the work I started lives on, and the Jersey City community continues to have endless access to free resources through the Jersey City Free Public Library."

Gardner established the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation in 2004 to raise funds for capital improvements to the Library and to support Library services and programs.

Under her leadership, the foundation made critical contributions to the library, expanding the resources offered to Jersey City residents.

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Posted on: 2019/9/17 0:57

7 On Your Side helps keep New Jersey hot dog shop on a roll after check fraud
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7 On Your Side helps keep New Jersey hot dog shop on a roll after check fraud

By Nina Pineda

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (WABC) -- Stealing and forging checks is nothing new, but is it getting easier to do because of mobile phone banking?

Check fraud costs consumers and banks $900 million per year. One local business was out thousands until reaching out to 7 On Your Side and Nina Pineda to help keep their hot dog shop on a roll.

Boulevard Drinks always covets top dog honors, and it has served customers in New Jersey since the Great Depression for 82 years.

Now because someone swiped a check out of the mail, the owners are in the red and struggling to keep their frank shop from folding up.

The trouble for the hot dog hangout started last June when the owners sent out an insurance check for $531 and dropped it in the mailbox on the corner.

But just two days after putting it in the mail, the check showed up -- it had been bleached and forged but was cashed, not by the insurance company, but by a criminal.

Effie Bardis was shocked.

"I said who wrote a check for $6,300," Bardis said.

Now written out to "Angelo," the devious criminal changed the amount from $531 to more than$6,300. And he deposited it by taking a photo of the altered check which the bank cashed.

"Taking a $6,300 hit by somebody who fraudulently took it is just too much," said Victor Victoratos, Effie's brother who had written the check and mailed it.

That's a lot of dogs to dish out. They still sell for just $2.25 and the family worries they'll have to close

So 7 On Your side went to bat for Boulevard Drinks, asking both banks to buck up for the mom and pop business. Within two days, the stolen money was returned to the account

"Thank you 7 On Your Side, you're amazing, what I could not do in five weeks, you did in less than week," Victoratos said.

Reps for both the banks said they were happy to work together to expedite a favorable resolution.

The big takeaway is: The first step to stopping check fraud is to monitor your bank account each week in order to catch any fraud. Remember, you have just 60 days to report fraud to your bank.

Next, sign up for automatic payments where bills will be paid from your bank account each month -- automatically.

And use online bill pay so you pay bills through your bank's website and never use a paper check again. ... fter-check-fraud/5521046/

Posted on: 2019/9/6 22:01

Worried About Bike Theft? At Journal Square, You Can Park in a Pod
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Worried About Bike Theft? At Journal Square, You Can Park in a Pod

By Caren Lissner - September 4, 2019

The Port Authority finalized an agreement this summer with a Brooklyn-based company to provide 20 secure bicycle parking spots inside a “pod” in front of the Journal Square Transportation Center in Jersey City.

The Oonee company, which already maintains several pods in New York City, set up their Journal Square pod in August.

Users can reserve a space by keycard or app and leave their bike inside one of twenty spots in the shelter.

Users must pay a subscription fee of a few dollars per month, some of which goes to the Port Authority. The Port Authority is not paying for the service.

“Offering these kinds of biking options is part of the Port Authority’s commitment to a better, easier commute and a cleaner environment,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole, in a July press release announcing the agreement.

The agency also cited the May rollout of a shared bike/pedestrian path at the Bayonne Bridge.

The Journal Square Transportation Center has PATH trains that run to New York City, Hoboken, and Newark, as well as buses traveling throughout Essex and Bergen counties, reaching Newark, Hackensack, and Bogota.

Ooneepod was created after founder Shabazz Stuart “had his third bicycle stolen in a five-year period,” according to the company website. “He realized that secure parking for bicycles was critical for convenient and reliable mobility in cities.” ... urnal-square-jersey-city/

Celebrate the opening of Jersey City's first secure cycle parking hub at Journal Square

About this Event

Join us on Wednesday, September 4 as we gather to celebrate the launch of Jersey City's first public bike parking pod in partnership with the Port Authority of NY & NJ, which owns and operates the PATH system.

We will start gathering at 3:00 p.m. and the program will commence promptly at 3:30 p.m. with remarks from Oonee’s founders and the Director of PATH.

Stick around for refreshments, music, and socializing as we form community around building the next generation of urban bike parking public space infrastructure.

Arrive by the program start time to enter a free raffle to win a $50 Starbucks gift card.

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Posted on: 2019/9/4 15:51

Re: Police activity nearby Gringos 8/11 early evening?
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5 teenagers arrested on assault charges after shots fired in Downtown Jersey City, official says

By John Heinis - August 13, 2019

Five teenagers were arrested on assault charges after shots were fired in Downtown Jersey City early Sunday evening, an official said.

On Sunday at approximately 5:48 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department responded to a call for shots fired near Coles Street, city spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione told HCV.

Upon further investigation, police quickly identified, located, and apprehended five male juveniles: two-15-year-olds, two 16-year-olds, and one 17-year-old, she added.

Each defendant was charged with aggravated assault with extreme indifference and no injuries were reported as a result of the incident, Wallace-Scalcione stated.

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Posted on: 2019/8/13 17:51

PATH service briefly suspended during evening rush hour due to contractor screw-up
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PATH service briefly suspended during evening rush hour due to contractor screw-up


New Jersey commuters were left scrambling Thursday evening when the Port Authority suspended all PATH trains after a signals foul up.

The problem began shortly after 4 p.m. when a Jersey City contract worker shut off the water to a PATH substation, according to an agency spokesperson.

Posted 6/30/19 8:13 AM DST

As a result, the water was not cooling the compressor in the substation, which caused the track’s signals and switches to stop functioning. PATH officials immediately brought all of the system’s trains into the nearest station to offload passengers.

NJ Transit and NY Waterway cross-honored PATH tickets until 6:30 p.m. while the problem was being addressed. ... 5j6zybcbceia5q-story.html ... s_suspended_due_to_ai.php

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Posted on: 2019/6/30 12:13

Re: Port Authority announces plan to increase PATH capacity, reduce delays
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PATH will spend $1B to ease overcrowding, delays that mess up your commute

That $80 million plan will extend the Grove Street station platform past walls on the Marin Street entrance. Exchange Place station can handle 10-car trains, but the plan will add exits and crossovers between the two platforms.
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Posted on: 2019/6/20 22:05

Re: Port Authority announces plan to increase PATH capacity, reduce delays
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PATH Trains to Become Larger, More Frequent as Rider Increase Looms

The Harrison station and the rest of the PATH system between Newark and Manhattan are hamstrung by the Grove Street station in downtown Jersey City, which currently can handle trains with only eight cars. The other stations can accommodate 10.
Faced with the seemingly intractable problem of fitting the proverbial two pounds of fertilizer into a one-pound bag, the Port Authority announced several improvements Thursday that should, if not solve the problem, at least make a dent in it.

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Posted on: 2019/6/20 21:50

Port Authority announces plan to increase PATH capacity, reduce delays
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Port Authority announces plan to increase PATH capacity, reduce delays

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Thursday unveiled its "PATH Improvement Plan," which the agency says will dramatically increase capacity while also reducing delays.

The plan includes a conversion of the Newark to World Trade Center line from eight-car trains to nine-car trains running every three minutes during the peak of rush hour periods.

In addition, the plan outlines a detailed, six-point delay reduction initiative to be implemented over the next 30 months, a new fare payment system to be introduced by 2022, and a set of customer service initiatives.

The capacity increases rely on more than $1 billion in capital investment:
--The ongoing $750 million investment in a new signal system that enables PATH to run more trains per hour
-- The prior commitment of $215.7 million for 72 new rail cars that will be delivered beginning in 2021 and continuing through 2022
--A new capital commitment of $80 million for station modifications to enable nine-car trains on the Newark to WTC line.

PATH will commit an additional $50 million to delay reduction and customer service initiatives.

"The PATH Improvement Plan is a comprehensive and forward-thinking approach to fixing the biggest problems facing PATH," Port Authority Chairman Kevin O'Toole said. "By adding cars and trains, hitting back at the root cause of delays, and focusing on the customer experience, PATH will make monumental changes that affect the lives of the nearly 300,000 customers who rely on PATH each day."

PATH has already begun work to add two more rush hour train sets on the Newark-World Trade Center and Journal Square-33rd Street lines, optimizing between-train headways of 3 to 4 minutes on the busiest lines at the busiest times of day. The shift will increase capacity by 10 percent on these lines by September 2019.

By 2022, PATH anticipates an additional 20 percent increase in capacity on the Journal Square-33rd Street, Hoboken-World Trade Center, and Hoboken-World Trade Center lines and a 40 percent increase in Newark-World Trade Center capacity thanks to an innovative plan to accommodate nine-cars on all Newark-World Trade Center line trains and a new signal system that will enable trains to run more frequently.

In 2017, PATH invested $215.7 million in 72 new train cars to add to the existing fleet of 350 cars; the first of the new cars will be put in service beginning in 2021. To accommodate longer trains, PATH has proposed significant improvements at the Grove Street Station, with a planned investment of $80 million to tear down existing walls and extend the existing platform. Station modifications are also planned for Exchange Place Station to open additional corridors for emergency exits.

The initiative to reduce delays will address six key causes: 1) track conditions; 2) switch failures; 3) car equipment failures 4) signal equipment issues; 5) sick passengers, and 6) unattended bags.

PATH is also committed to improving riders' experience at each part of their journey by implementing a new fare payment system integrated with the MTA's new OMNY system, improving in-station, on-train and online alerts and announcements to provide more information in a timely and transparent way, and addressing platform crowding. ... ty-reduce-delays/5355269/

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Posted on: 2019/6/20 21:10

Excavation Begins For 25 Columbus Drive In Jersey City
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Excavation Begins For 25 Columbus Drive In Jersey City


The first stages of excavation at 25 Columbus Drive are apparent as the asphalt from the former parking lot is now being ripped up. This will become the future site of a new mixed-use complex that will rise 626 feet tall and 57 floors high. Handel Architects is designing the proposed structure, while L+M Development Partners is the developer of the downtown Jersey City project. A total of 750 rental apartments, a 35,000-square-foot privately-funded public school for levels pre-K through first grade, four storefronts covering 16,485 square feet of retail space, and a public plaza will soon be built. ... drive-in-jersey-city.html

Posted on: 2019/6/2 16:21

ABC7NY: Body found in street in Jersey City
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Body found in street in Jersey City

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (WABC) -- A body was found on the street in Jersey City Friday.

Jersey City police responded to Warren Street between 1st and 2nd streets around 5 a.m.

The person was pronounced dead at the scene.

A tent was set up right in the middle of the street while police performed their investigation.

The Jersey City Light Rail is unaffected by the investigation.

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Posted on: 2019/5/24 12:44

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