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Re: Mr. Christie did not obey the law!
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The IRS has nothing to do with the ethics guidelines. The IRS issues he has almost certainly involve breaking laws. In addition he seems to have breached ethics guidelines. So I would say he broke the law.

Posted on: 2009/8/18 23:10
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Re: He says two women left him tied after they engaged in "kinky sex", robbed him in Tonnelle Ave. m
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The JJ says they were prostitutes. We never talked about money. It was a straightforward proposition which they were interested in. Nothing about money.

Posted on: 2009/8/4 21:44
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Re: Several local politicians arrested on corruption charges
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Can someone please Photoshop that pic of Harvey Smith to include his prices.

His indictment will turn your stomach. He is a crook through and through and most likely calmed his own conscience with the fact that he was surrounded by others, above and below, doing just the same thing, all at our expense.

Someone mentioned earlier that this is all so sad when you think of how city services have suffered over the years as developers got big financial breaks and officials took bribes. Much of the money that would have come in would have filled our budget gaps, bought more police, more buses, better teacher salaries, etc. It's is so deeply disturbing and the powerlessness (a word?) I felt over the years watching and knowing something was going on is still there because there is nothing bad enough that could happen to this bunch of crooks.

Posted on: 2009/7/26 14:04
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Re: Several local politicians arrested on corruption charges
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So now all of those ridiculous Council votes on abatements and extending abatements are easier to understand. This small batch of evidence of their wrongdoing is bad enough but imagine the amount of influence they have sold over the years.

Of course, Healy should resign. If he possessed 1/10 of the ethical behavior and change oriented desire he ran on he would but he possesses nothing of the sort.

Just for fun I called City Hall and asked to speak with JC Official #4 and they were stumped for a bit and then transferred me to Councilmember Flood's office who were also stumped. I admit it was juvenile but fun.

I think this is the most hopeful turn of events in recent local history. I do hope all of us who have watched in disgust and shock over the years can organize and make something good happen. I also hope Levin and Fulop can provide some direction in making that good happen.

Posted on: 2009/7/24 20:43
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Re: Several local politicians arrested on corruption charges
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Remember JC Official 4's campaign commercial in a luncheonette about his friend "with the asparagus"? I finally get it now.

Posted on: 2009/7/23 21:48
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Trash Cans for Jersey City - Change We Want to See
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I have tried calling Al Lynch at Parks & Forestry (strange way to go about getting trash cans outside of parks but it is the responsible party I have been told,) the Mayor's Action Bureau, my local elected official, Gaughan, and the N.I.D., M.U.A., Incinerator Authority, etc. numerous times over the last five years. I think I was successful in all that time in getting one can set on a corner within 50' of two eating establishment, two buststops, a bar, a barbershop, a school, etc. This one can was put in after about three years of lobbying these various departments and cleaning up after the hordes of the thoughtless for those years. It is used regularly and fills up every week and is picked up now. It makes a difference.

The killer part is that since it was put in about six months ago, five of six other cans in a twenty block radius were removed one by one! Now those locations have more litter and regular dumping by the same people who have been dumping at the cans all along. These people have been reported, by the way, to no avail. They continue.

So, over the years of calling and asking for this basic service I have reminded the public servant at the other end that we live next to a city, Union City, actually denser than JC, which somehow manages to have a can with a liner (!) at nearly every corner of their city. By that I mean all four corners of an intersection on any main street, even residential. It is remarkable and there is an obvious difference in the litter present. This is usually met with something along the following lines:

(1) We can't afford that.
(2) Kids burn the cans. You don't want that.
(3) People dump their trash in them. You don't want that.

or this stumper:
(4) JC doesn't have any garbage cans to put out.

JC pays a few different entities, whether through budget or grant to provide street cleaners who sweep up along certain streets. This is great. But I think there is a healthier balance between passive receptacles and people going around chasing trash.

Then there is the enforcement of littering, dumping, and cleanliness codes. I have watched pretty carefully and see houses or businesses unswept for months or more. N.I.D. is responsible but without a direct report they seem not able to find these eyesores. It amazes me that a business can be allowed to remain filthy with litter from it's own store.

J.C.P.D. has probably not written a littering ticket for years. (I hope I am wrong, but I doubt it.)

N.I.D. officers who are authorized to write such tickets have said very proudly in community meetings that they are afraid to confront people when they see littering. One N.I.D. officer said with a smile to a large group, "I'm not sticking my neck out for that." She had no explanation when someone asked her if it was part of her duty to write such tickets.

So, after five years I have become very discouraged by the entire spirit of government in JC on this issue. I think there are people that can do something about it in JC government and I think these same people are working on many issues, against the grain, already. I just don't know how to mobilize this community in a way that will help us achieve a cleaner city ; something that many similar communities seem to be able to do and take for granted.

Basic questions:

What do you think can be done to get JC to install and monitor and maintain garbage cans throughout the city?

What do you think can be done to get JC to take seriously the issue of cleanliness in our communities?

Posted on: 2009/5/22 17:45
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Re: Double dipping on JC Council
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Bright Moment,

So you don't think nepotism is an issue with Bill Gaughan?

Posted on: 2009/5/3 22:56
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Re: Double dipping on JC Council
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Pinko "Leave the kids out of this" witz and Bright "Back off" Moment,

Please spare us your rationalizations. It sounds like you know and/or work with some of these "kids" and feel the need to defend them (Are they really "kids" Pinko? Do they need a grown up like you to get us to leave them alone?)

Are you convinced they were not given any advantage to get their positions? Most ethical guidelines or regulations include some wording prohibiting "the appearance of improper behavior." So two daughters of one double dipping insider are employed in the same administrations. This appears improper no matter how well you two like them.

No matter how effective or well liked you two feel Gaughan's daughters are at their workplace it is perfectly fair to raise the question of nepotism and its inherent implication of Gaughan's unethical behavior. I wonder how many people could have done the job as well or better than these two but who never had a chance because the Councilman's daughter was the only one interviewed. We will never know the true potential of our public sector workforce if there is not a chance for those outside the circle to get in.

So with a dramatic touch a la Pinkowitz - please, leave the kids in this! and keep going Yahoo.

(unless someone can somehow prove their father had nothing to do with preferential treatment for their hiring.)

Posted on: 2009/5/3 21:24
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Re: Cusqueña Peruvian beer?
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A bit closer than 32st. just over the city line into Union City on Summit Avenue (near Patterson Plank Road) is a beer distributor on the west side of the street off street in a parking lot that carries lots of varieties of S.A. and C.A. beers. i bet they have it too. Enjoy!

Posted on: 2008/9/21 0:48
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Re: Two schools, not supermart slated for Heights lot
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Well, many people I know in the Heights were really looking forward to a cleaner, bigger, "better" supermarket. There is actually not much selection of good produce in the Heights. The new Stop and Shop would have had ample parking space and traffic would have possibly been heavier but remember there is already a Stop and Shop a few blocks away (with a lousy parking lot and so-so produce) so traffic would have increased but not by too much more unless it were a real magnet. Protecting the jobs on Central? The "mom and pop" stores are run by families that are not firing anyone. They have survived a Stop and Shop for years, a new one a few blocks further away might have an effect but I don't see it being devastating. There are more groceries open on Central that sell some prepared foods than there were five years ago. They are somewhat unique and I wouldn't expect that the new Stop and Shop would close them down. Bill Gaughan was probably propped up to read that quite intelligent statement he is attributed with. If you look at it closely you understand the great sense of pride many of us have for our Councilman. (<-- sarcasm) If you continue his thought, "because with all these young people we don't really need a good supermarket. We are better served by overpriced junk food and greasy food places as you have in the Heights." So I guess it was one or the other, Stop and Shop or schools, and no other motive was at play here. (You are not against schools right?) I have no idea what other motives might exist but I really have not thought for a moment that his explanation even touched upon the real reason. Incidentally, it really is insulting to the public to consider his work public service. So, some people have visited the Heights recently and don't see signs of gentrification. OK, well I'm here daily and by any stretch of the definition it is gentrifying. I think there was a really heavy increase in Hispanic arrivals in the last three years. I often wonder if they fled Downtown. But there has been a steady increase in yuppies of all colors and ethnicities and that means gentrification. As a homeowner I enjoy the fruits of a neighborhood that is being filled with people that outwardly show their concern for others through their own actions and words and the effort they put in to keep their own shit in their own shitbucket and pride for their house/apt/block/building and all those good things. I still have not been convinced that people who work and care about their surroundings and have the decency to not impose in many ways on others are bad for a neighborhood. I have seen a lot of yuppies act this way. So I hope they move here in droves. If multi-family building owners wised up, cleaned up their buildings and put some effort into attracting a better tenant they would be rewarded. It really is not a new idea. Some of them in the Heights are getting it. Every year actually in our area of the Heights one or two more multifamilies near us gets fixed up and new tenants come in that keep it up. It is nice to see. Soon enough there will be serious discussion on a thread about a WF in the Heights. (OK scratch the last sentence.)

Posted on: 2008/7/16 1:41
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Re: Proposed Increase in Beverage Container Deposit - Assembly Bill A121
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I don't mind an increase either and I think there are good reasons for it. It will probably decrease the amount of recyclables in the waste stream and prevent or decrease some litter.

Even if it didn't do those things we have to consider the effect all of these containers have on our waste stream and landfill/ocean. The amount of trash generated daily by an individual in the U.S. is really remarkable. Any way to reduce the "waste" part of it is fine in my book.

Posted on: 2008/5/12 2:01
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Re: Historical Information - Where To Find
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Hey tdl -

What part of the city are you in? There are some good older maps available online for JC.

jimmy

Posted on: 2008/5/9 19:37
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Re: Sharpton NYC Protests Planned for Wednesday
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The court decision under discussion cannot be appealed and the choice of judge or jury is made by the defendant, i.e. the officers. Federal civil rights charges may be brought; as of yet nothing has been decided.

This judge in particular has come down on "both" sides of the police versus public line in past cases.

But let the well informed accusations fly anyway!

Posted on: 2008/5/4 19:24
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Re: but wish this was JC's - Sustainable Streets
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DanL and all,

What is a practical way to get the idea floating among the shakers in this city? Can Fulop (the only person I know of in city gov't that would even grasp the importance of these kinds of ideas and have the integrity to do them more than lip service) be engaged in some way to present a proposal along these lines to the Council?

It's quite embarrassing to have Bike Route signs everywhere and it's barely safe to cross the streets on foot. It makes me think there is a huge uphill battle ahead to promote a serious agenda like the Sustainable Streets plan when I see a silly use of resources like these signs without actual lanes.

I want to hear what people think is a practical way to approach implementing a plan like this in JC.

Posted on: 2008/5/2 1:34
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Re: Garbage, garbage, garbage & meat
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It's really sad to say, as many of us agree, but the conditions of Jersey City are usually disgusting. I live in the Heights and am pretty amazed at the amount of trash there is. I grew up in Queens and am usually somewhere in the city daily and often in very busy commercial areas like Flatbush Ave. or Queens Blvd. I always pay attention to how clean they are compared to almost any street in JC. It really is incredible.

I have mentioned this to NID reps at our neighborhood meetings and get blank stares. I ask them if they enforce storefront cleanliness and even property cleanliness. I get comments like, 'It's very difficult.' I'm not sure what that means. I ask them if they ever have ticketed anyone they saw littering and she seemed proud or at least comfortable to say she is scared to do that. 'They might flip out on me.' Isn't it your job though Ma'm? 'I should call the cops I guess' She actually said that at the meeting. I am really baffled by the lack of effort. They created the department to keep the city clean. It is not that big of a city. They have bragged about having more enforcement officers and I see very little change. The one good thing that happens (which is a band-aid) are the walking streetcleaners who do a good job but even after they leave the trash builds up again!

I have asked at meetings why we don't have more or in some cases any garbage cans in an urban setting. "People use them for household trash" Couldn't you step up enforcement to limit that aspect of their use but still have the advantage of a garbage can that at least some people would use? I get no real answer to that.

I have decided my best hope is to pray for a worldwide shift in wind patterns that will no longer cause a huge amount of trash to blow directly into our yard and our neighbors yard. One day I will take a picture and post it. It really is incredible on a windy weekend day.

I know there are many other problems in others' lives and our communities but the way we look is important to how we feel to some degree. I also understand it affects or bothers some more than others. I am quite saddened that a city with such a large amount of development and resources (i.e. tax dollars) is underserved in an essential way. We should be a gem in the region and instead I find it embarrassing to invite family and friends from Queens to come visit because I don't want them to be disgusted and think I'm a loser.

Posted on: 2008/4/10 22:59
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Re: 45-unit plan for Heights -- $60G to $250G affordable housing -- made possible by New Gold Equiti
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I don't have any problem figuring out the investors plan nor do I concern myself with them in that they are not working for me as the elected officials are. I do expect the elected officials have a plan or guidelines or advisors that arguably represent the best interests of the city and people of the city.

I would argue it's a hike from the Light Rail station and yes it is three or so blocks from the Park, four or five blocks from the beginning of the Business District. It is the border of Union City, "remote" is a word that could describe it's location to downtown or the original place these affordable units were intended.

Posted on: 2008/3/12 16:54
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Re: 45-unit plan for Heights -- $60G to $250G affordable housing -- made possible by New Gold Equiti
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In the 50's and 60's NYC began allowing a much higher ratio of low to middle income tenants for public housing in the Rockaways than previously thought sound. As a result we have an area that to this day is depressed and quite frankly very dangerous for most who live there. (Yes there is development going on, but this area through the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's was really dangerous.)

I have zero faith in the elected officials of this city to learn from any mistakes they or others have made. If Bill Gaughan has ever even asked a serious question regarding Housing or city planning I would be shocked. Healy, as well does not strike me as anything like a thoughtful man. I am not sure who advises the city on Housing.

Does anyone know if they are working of a plan or guidelines or who advises them?

Posted on: 2008/3/12 16:44
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Re: 45-unit plan for Heights -- $60G to $250G affordable housing -- made possible by New Gold Equiti
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This is in essence the city sending the affordable units to Union City. It is literally steps away from Union City in an area that one could argue is very poorly served by city services.


shakata wrote:
The reason I say the city should be commended is that many municipalities send thier affordable units to other municipalities. One popular example is Princeton being extremely reluctant to build affordable housing within its borders, instead they send them to muncipalities nearby..like Trenton. In fact, many of the muncipalities that surround Trenton, send their affordable units there..basically paying Trenton to take people they dont want in their neighborhood.


So what the city is allowing in this case is not as bad as it could be. It could be worse. JC could send all their affordable units to kearny, harrison, etc..Could it be better? Yes. But I highly doubt that JC government would force developers on the waterfront or in downtown to create affordable units within their luxury buildings.

end of quote

Posted on: 2008/3/12 15:59
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Re: 45-unit plan for Heights -- $60G to $250G affordable housing -- made possible by New Gold Equiti
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There was a recent article in the JJ that mentioned this change in the affordable housing part of the deal. If I remember correctly, the developer was required to put 70 units of "affordable housing" on site and now they are only putting 25 on site and 45 off site in the Heights.

This is to be a building with commercial tenants on the first floor.

By the way, the area of the Heights they are putting this is the very edge of the city, i.e. the border with Union City. At the moment it has a few small two story homes and businesses and a few empty lots. It is across the street from a shopping center. It happens to be a gathering site for day laborers. It is surrounded by blocks of half rented run down housing stock. The nearest school has no schoolyard because it is filed with trailer classrooms. The streets are very dirty and there are break-ins and muggings just about daily. It is in the neighborhood of the recent fire in an illegally subdivided three family home. There is a lot of unused housing here already.

Is this new building a good thing or will it add a burden to what already appears a neglected neighborhood?

I don't quite understand if this is well thought out or a dumping?

Posted on: 2008/3/12 15:57
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Re: Willie Flood hires son twice for $50G-plus ( Yes, that son )
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Quote:

scooter wrote:
The way I see it, our best hope is to keep the media involved - because within Jersey City, I agree - the machine is firmly in place. We have to shed some light on what's going on here, lift up the rock to expose the insects crawling around underneath.


And there's still enough going on to interest the media - even recently (just off the top of my head):

1) Healy puts the lawyer appealing his Bradley Beach conviction on the city payroll as a $46,000 "legislative research officer" (that's the best fictitious title they could come up with??)

2) Flood's Mercedes (the same one junior was selling pot out of?) turns out to be actually registered to a shady NY contracting firm (IDI).


So if you think of it and have a minute, the next time something sketchy happens in JC (and it will), write an email to the media - here's a few addresses....


news-tips@nytimes.com

metro@nytimes.com

brianlehrershow@wnyc.org

NY post news tips - (212) 930-8500

http://www.wnbc.com/contactus/index.html

http://www.myfoxny.com/myfox/pages/InsideFox/ContactUs?pageId=5.11

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/feature?section=news&id=5767519

http://wcbstv.com/contact



I think Scooter's idea is dead on. Of course if we had accurate, provable, verifiable information of criminal activity then the SAG is a great step. But, frankly we don't. These articles shine the light on shady doings and in some cases do expose the necessary evidence of wrongdoing for further investigation. In the case of the latest article about Flood it again embarrasses her and may lead to more public outcry. Her exposure on the Diaz piece was so embarrassing I can't stand her and I felt embarrassed for her. This has some effect.

I do believe the NY press is the best bet. Brian Lehrer's show does a good deal of Jersey stuff and seem open to it. I think the idea is that sometimes (granted not always) momentum builds from a piece in the media.

The papers print daily and fortunately/unfortunately elections are much less often.


I live up in the Heights and I feel like calling Fulop's office to get help with some problems we have up here that seem entrenched but are piddly stuff that most municipalities can handle effectively.

Posted on: 2008/3/9 23:59
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Re: Music Box 7th and Monmouth
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This kind of problem seems to be typical near many of the bars in JC whether it be the Heights or Downtown. I think if you are in Fulop's ward there's help there. In the Heights our Councilman is useless. I used to dream of making a case against renewal of the liquor license to ABC for a bar near us but I soon realized it was a waste of energy (unless someone knows better I will give up on that idea for now.) Our bar was penalized for drug dealing inside by being shut for something like eight nights but the owner got to chose the nights so he stayed shut a Mondays and Tuesdays for a month. This was two years after the drug dealing arrest. There is still drug dealing going on and always has been. Police response is spotty to both Quality of Life incidents and more serious emergency situations regarding the bar. We just call the police whenever there is a problem and hope for the best.

I wish there was a better way. I wish a group could get together and put pressure on ABC to keep these places in check. Yes, they are businesses but there are laws they are aware of and agree to follow or be penalized. The last part is what's rarely happening. Does anyone have any idea to get some help dealing with this issue? Thanks.

Posted on: 2008/3/3 0:09
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Re: The Lamp Post or The Latin Lounge: SUV driver critically injures one after fight at 2nd Street b
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Just curious, does anyone think bren12 is not WOW08?

MY FACT: This thread gives ME a "HEADACHE".

Posted on: 2008/2/28 20:31
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Re: Homicide investigation in the Heights
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From the JJ:

STATE OF THE CITY TONIGHT
Healy looks back, ahead
Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy will give a "State of the City" address tonight at Franklin L. Williams Middle School, 222 Laidlaw Ave.

Healy is expected to talk about crime, development beyond the waterfront, and job creation for city residents. He also plans to lay out his development plans for Journal Square and the west side of the city, as well as a proposal for improving neighborhood parks.

Healy will propose adding 20 percent to Jersey City's open space, according to a press release.

The speech will start at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Gov. Jon Corzine is scheduled to attend along with other state and local officials.

PAUL KOEPP

Posted on: 2008/2/19 21:42
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Homicide investigation in the Heights
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This is from the JJ online. A woman was found in her apartment near washington Park.

This is obviously a serious crime. There is plenty of violent crime in the Heights that doesn't get reported like muggings and assaults. There are lots of break-ins as well. We rarely hear about them. We also have a lot of Quality of Life crap going on daily that never seems to get addressed in any meaningful way.

So tonight Healy is going to talk in the Heights and continue to claim he is presiding over a safe city. It's a load of shite and I wish I could be there to ask him how he has done or plans to do anything about the shameful state of affairs of NJ second largest city. If someone goes please ask him about crime in the Heights if you are so inclined. Link below:


http://www.nj.com/hudsoncountynow/ind ... d_dead_in_heights_ho.html

Posted on: 2008/2/19 20:31
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Re: Violent Home Invasion - Coles & Monmouth
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Is the woman doing all right? The OP said she was brutally attacked. How is she? This is really disgusting.

Posted on: 2008/2/3 14:31
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Re: Plans for a single building of 45 Affordable Housing Units in the Heights
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Thanks for the answer Ricardo. I was wondering if anyone on the list has any idea of how to see the plans that were mentioned in the JJ article. I doubt there is anything online. Where could I find these plans to look at them? DanL are you out there? Also is there a way of searching the Planning Commission minutes for talk of this project? It supposedly was around for a while. Thanks for any help you can offer.

Posted on: 2008/2/3 14:15
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Plans for a single building of 45 Affordable Housing Units in the Heights
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How can one find details about the plans for the 45 units of affordable housing that were part of the Powerhouse development deal?

I am curious as to why from a total of 70 required affordable housing units only 25 are designated for the Powerhouse project and the other 45 are being put in one new building up in the Heights.

Does anyone have any more details? Thanks.

Posted on: 2008/2/2 20:48
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Re: In need of a dog walker
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Hey- Is John or Marie from Qi Dog still around. I really liked them when we used them a while ago. Does anyone know where they are? Thanks.

Posted on: 2007/12/16 7:57
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Re: The "Crony Chronicles"
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This is very interesting to me. I was wondering if anybody besides me thinks that if a major newspaper, i.e. NYT, took up the issue of cronyism in JC it might generate the right mix of embarrassment and pressure to make someone in NJ State with authority to be forced to act.

I can't imagine that the people with authority at the state level do not know. I feel they are not under any real pressure to do anything.

Posted on: 2007/7/14 15:35
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Re: NYC crackdown on noise -- Jersey City's new ordinance goes into effect July 17
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Two minor points:

I think the ordinance will help, if enforced, in those situations were a club/bar does take the liberty to be noisy late into the night. I fell it is about striking a balance and I think the new ordinance is reasonable.

Secondly, I wonder if Mayor Healy actually said "hand and hand" or was misquoted by the reporter or copy editor.

Posted on: 2007/7/11 2:05
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