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In Jersey City, real-estate development for one embankment, court battle for another
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on August 26, 2015 at 3:43 PM, updated August 26, 2015 at 4:19 PM

JERSEY CITY — On 10th Street, LeFrak is constructing a six-story residential building that will add 163 homes to the popular Hamilton Park neighborhood.

The building's design is not unusual, but its precise location is: about 12 feet above the ground, on top of a stone embankment formerly used by railroad cars ferrying passengers in and out of the Bergen Arches.

[...]

LeFrak's project, known as the Embankment House, will be six stories of 163 residential units, with 86 spaces in a rear parking lot and 37 off-street spaces nearby. The building, set to open next summer, received approval from the city Planning Board in 2006. LeFrak also received the OK for a second, identical building planned for another block of the 10th Street embankment, between Coles and Monmouth streets.

10th Street between Coles Street and Jersey Avenue has been closed to vehicular traffic since July 6 because of construction on the new building. The street is scheduled to re-open on Sept. 15. Read more

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Jersey City approves $850K Pershing Field playground renovation
By Ben Shapiro | The Jersey Journal
on August 21, 2015 at 8:11 AM, updated August 21, 2015 at 8:20 AM

JERSEY CITY -- Capping off a lengthy and at times contentious night at City Hall, the Jersey City Council approved over $850,000 in renovations to the Pershing Field playground on Wednesday night.

The resolution was passed unanimously and calls for the complete overhaul of the park's playground area. For years parents have been concerned about the park's deteriorating conditions and the issue appeared to reach a boiling point in June after Jersey City Heights residents signed a petition condemning the park's dangerous state.

JC Landscape Construction & Management was awarded a $852,500 contract to renovate the playground located at 201 Central Ave. across the street from St. Nicholas Church. The company's bid, which was the lowest of three, was nearly $100,000 less than the second lowest bid for the work, which came from Picerno-Giordano Construction.

Construction is expected to begin next month and end a long process that has been in the works for several years.

"We started planning this renovation in 2012 and now it will finally get underway," said Pershing Field Garden Friends president Laura Skolar at a group meeting on Tuesday night. "It is very exciting and long overdue." Read more

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Groceries, Bakeries & Delis / Seven Sheep Coffee
« on: 08-21-2015, 12:10pm »
Seven Sheep Coffee
342 7th Street (between Monmouth and Brunswick)
Jersey City, NJ

Instagram | Twitter

"We are a neighborhood coffee shop committed to simple, fresh, countrylike coffee & snacks supporting small entrepreneurs from all walks of life"

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Restaurants & Bars / Hamilton Pork
« on: 08-21-2015, 10:10am »
Hamilton Pork
247 10th Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

In the old Vespa store, a barbecue joint from the folks behind The Hamilton Inn.

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56-story tower planned for long-vacant Jersey City lot
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on August 18, 2015 at 3:18 PM, updated August 19, 2015 at 8:34 AM
 
JERSEY CITY — It's only a black-and-white rendering, but The Jersey Journal has a first look at one of the highly anticipated residential towers slated for a long-vacant lot near the Journal Square PATH station.

Dubbed One Journal Square — not to be confused with One Journal Square Plaza, a few blocks away — the property was purchased earlier this year by developers Jared Kushner and KABR Group for $27 million.

Preliminary plans for the first tower, which will have 56 stories, indicate it will rise 666 feet into the air — making it one of the tallest buildings in New Jersey — and include 744 residential units, a mixture of studios and one-, two-, three- and four-bedrooms. There are no affordable units planned for the 1.1 million square-foot tower.

The tower's nine-story base would include about 120,000 square feet each of retail and office space and a 118,230-square-foot parking garage for 388 cars, with an entrance on Sip Avenue.

Plans for some of the office space is rumored to include shared and co-working offices. WeWork, the trendy, $5 billion shared office space provider, this year committed to taking 162,000 square feet of office space in a Kushner building in Brooklyn.

The One Journal Square plans, delivered in recent weeks to the city's planning office, have yet to go before the Planning Board for approval.
 
The One Journal Square project had previously been called City Centre Towers, located on a 1.5-acre site that was once home to the Hotel on the Square. The hotel and surrounding structures were demolished in 2009 to make way for the two towers but the City Centre project, under different owners, stalled and the property has been vacant for the last six years. Read more

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Restaurants & Bars / Greene Hook Bar + Kitchen
« on: 08-19-2015, 10:15am »
Greene Hook Bar + Kitchen
70 Greene St
Jersey City

"New American Restaurant by Bill Gray of the Lighthorse Tavern with legendary chef David Drake."

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Jersey City councilwoman lists some reasons why she won't seek re-election | Morgan
By Earl Morgan | For The Jersey Journal
on August 04, 2015 at 7:35 AM, updated August 04, 2015 at 12:51 PM

Last week, Jersey City Ward F Councilwoman Diane Coleman declared she has no intention to run for her seat in the next municipal election. In fact she said she is counting down the days until her term ends.

A frustrated Coleman said she won't seek a second term in office in part because of a contentious attitude encountered from some of her constituents.

"When I try to hold community meetings, some of them show and I get harassed and booed," she said.

Coleman is being blamed -- rightly or wrongly -- for not informing her constituents about the expected opening of a Community Resource Center (CRC), with a mission of assisting newly released prisoners, at Sacred Heart Church priory at Bayview Avenue off Martin Luther King Drive.

She says, like many of her colleagues, she was "left out of the loop" on the opening of the CRC. The most frequent comment heard about the facility for ex-inmates at Sacred Heart is why didn't they put it Downtown on Washington Boulevard (financial district) or in the Newport section?

Coleman said they don't want programs like this one in upscale neighborhoods. "So they find a place in the predominantly minority community of Ward F."

The councilwoman has other issues.

"I don't have enough help in my Ward," she complained. "I'm not earning enough money as a City Council member." Some on the council say it is full-time job on a part-time salary of $35,000.

Coleman recently took a $65,000-a-year gig in the Hudson County Law Department. The money was needed because she said she was falling behind on her bills. The elected official added that she needs more staff. City Council members are able to hire only one aide.

"I need more help -- I need a legislative aide at the least," she said. Read more

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Groceries, Bakeries & Delis / Short Grain
« on: 08-05-2015, 01:17pm »
Short Grain
183 Montgomery St.
Jersey City, NJ



Short Grain, a quaint Jersey City coffee shop opens to much acclaim
By Steven Rodas | For The Jersey Journal
on August 05, 2015 at 9:44 AM, updated August 05, 2015 at 11:33 AM

JERSEY CITY – The proverb "good things come in small packages" rings especially true in the case of Short Grain.

The new coffee shop is a small and charming addition to Downtown Jersey City with an Asian-inspired menu and seating area for fewer than 20 (not including outdoor seating).

"I think it fits this area really well," said Evan Yu, 28, who opened the café with business partners Jon Mo and Boris Kouptsov.

Short Grain, located at 183 Montgomery St., opened in late May quickly taking off with hundreds of commuters filing in throughout the day and others setting up shop for a couple hours.

"We looked (for a location) in Jersey City for three years, tried Hoboken, and after that went to Brooklyn. Eventually we came back to Jersey City because of the community. Everyone is very close and that fit what we're going for," " said Mo, 27, who met Yu at Boston College 10 years ago.
 
The third owner, Kouptsov, 41, was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. He met Yu and Mo through a mutual friend a couple years back and joined the pair to open the cafe in 2013.

[...]

The café serves small plates and brunch options like roasted cauliflower, kale salad, roasted turkey sandwiches, avocado toast, granola bowls, and ricotta hotcakes. They also recently added the pork belly sandwich to their menu – after a successful trial run at Project EATS.

As the partners began to lay the groundwork for their new business they agreed that Short Grain would embody a traditional café with Asian influences.

This is evident with white-brick walls and furniture made of reclaimed wood, as well as menu items like the Vietnamese cold cut (made of pate pickled vegetables and cilantro) and the ever-popular Vietnamese cold brew coffee. Short Grain also plans on sticking with Counter Culture brewers for their coffee selections such as the chai latte, americano, macchiato, and cappuccino. 

The name of the café refers to Asian rice – which is twice as long as they are wide – and used to compliment dishes such as sushi or puddings.

Since opening Short Grain two months ago, the triumvirate of owners has realized that customers often seek healthy options.

"What we've noticed is that people have certain dietary needs and tastes and we've had to adjust to that," said Mo. "We carefully designed the menu to have vegetarian, gluten-free items and vegan options to satisfy all customers"

[...]

While the small floor space of the coffee shop suits Short Grain well, the owners have had to adapt.

"One of the things we've learned recently is how quickly you can outgrow a kitchen," said Yu while joking of opening up a storage space. "Still, that's just a function of the space that we have, we're learning how to utilize it. We're going to see if we need to expand a little bit."

Read more

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Restaurants & Bars / The Archer
« on: 08-04-2015, 03:24pm »
The Archer
176 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Map it

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'La Festa Italiana' to rock Downtown Jersey City next week
By Nicholas Zeitlinger | The Jersey Journal
on August 04, 2015 at 10:15 AM, updated August 04, 2015 at 10:16 AM

For five summer nights, the neighborhood surrounding Holy Rosary Church will come alive with music, games of chance, kids' activities, and delicious Italian food and drinks.

It all takes place Aug. 12 through Aug. 16 at Holy Rosary Church on Sixth Street in Historic Downtown Jersey City celebrates 112 years of bringing its community together for lively summer fun with its annual La Festa Italiana.

The old world Italian feast honors the veneration of Maria SS. Dell'Assunta and St. Rocco, offers the Downtown community the opportunity to party with their neighbors. This year's festival will feature live bands, food and souvenir vendors, as well as traditional fare like fresh zeppoles, rice balls and limoncello.

The festival runs from 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday when the "Super 50/50" Raffle winner will be chosen. Last year's ticket-holder won over $12,200.

Founded in 1885, Holy Rosary Church is the first Italian Roman Catholic Parish in New Jersey.

Read more

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Multiple People Injured, Including Officer, After Car Crashes Into Another Car in NJ Chain Reaction (VIDEO)

Multiple people were injured, including a police officer, after a speeding car crashed into at least one other car in Jersey City, setting off a chain reaction, police said. Ray Villeda reports. (Published Monday, Aug. 3, 2015)
Updated at 12:27 AM EDT on Monday, Aug 3, 2015

Multiple people were injured, including a police officer, after a speeding car crashed into at least one other car in Jersey City, setting off a chain reaction, police said.

The first car hit the second shortly after 8 p.m. at Ocean and Myrtle avenues, according to police. The impact of the crash sent the second car flying onto a sidewalk, where it hit a Jersey City police officer.

"I saw all these cars crashing," Heidi Morales, who witnessed the crash, said. "There was a lot of people screaming, crying."

In a video obtained exclusively by NBC 4 New York, neighbors can be seen rushing to the officer's side. Other people in cars nearby were also injured, according to witnesses.

Several people were taken to area hospitals for treatment, including the officer, who police said is expected to be okay.

The driver of the first car was arrested at the scene and taken to an ambulance in handcuffs. Police said they'll run tests on him to see if he was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.

Police are continuing to investigate the crash.

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Interesting tidbit from the agenda for the upcoming Planning Board meeting on August 4th:

9. Case: P15-045 Preliminary & Final Major Site Plan
Applicant: 1 Edward Hart Rd., LLC
Attorney: Charles Harrington, Esq.
Review Planner: Maryann Bucci-Carter, PP, AICP
Address: Block: 24304 Lot: 6
Zone: Liberty Harbor Redevelopment Area
Description: Rehabilitation of an existing light industrial building for a restaurant/bar with bowling alley and micro-brewery.

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Loafer rail in Journal Square plaza removed after being slammed as anti-homeless
By Rebecca Panico | The Jersey Journal
on July 28, 2015 at 1:08 PM, updated July 28, 2015 at 1:37 PM

JERSEY CITY — A thin beam with ornamental spikes, installed on a new planter in the Journal Square plaza, has been removed after criticism that it was only placed there to keep homeless people away.

Councilman-at-large Daniel Rivera told The Jersey Journal the rounded spikes on the planter outside the PATH station, installed by the Journal Square Special Improvement District, created an unsafe condition for residents who might trip and land on the spikes.

He also viewed the "loafer rail" as an effort to shoo away the homeless.

"It's disgusting," said Rivera, who noted that the issue was personal to him because an uncle struggled with homelessness decades ago.

"I thought that they were to deter people from taking the flowers, but hearing the take on homeless people, it kind of makes a lot of sense," said Brenda Choi, 20, a Jersey City resident who was sitting near the planter yesterday. "It's really sad, we should be trying to shelter the homeless."

After hearing the concerns of the community and Rivera yesterday, Don Smartt, district administrator for the SID, said the rails were removed last night because the organization doesn't "need any distractions."

Smartt did not say why the loafer rails were installed, but by definition, loafer rails are meant to prevent sitting and loitering.

People are within their constitutional rights to sit outside the station, he said, and the only problem the SID has had is with the "six or seven hopelessly intoxicated aggressive panhandlers."

Critics were making too much of the "spikes," Smartt said, noting that he hasn't seen anyone get hurt by them.

"They're only a quarter of an inch high and I have seen many people sit on them and apparently they fail to penetrate or otherwise make an impression," Smartt said.  Read more

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News / Jersey City to get NJ's first Bitcoin ATM
« on: 07-15-2015, 07:44pm »


Jersey City to get NJ's first Bitcoin ATM
By Troy Dreier/Jersey Journal
on July 15, 2015 at 7:33 PM, updated July 15, 2015 at 7:34 PM

Exciting news: Journal Square is getting the first Bitcoin ATM in the state of New Jersey.

What's a Bitcoin? According to Michael Singh, founder of Kointron, the company behind the ATM, Bitcoin is a digital currency currently gaining traction because it's decentralized (no government or institution controls it) and it's anti-inflationary.

Your next question is probably, okay, but why would I need Bitcoins? Singh says that they're safe and a good investment. Many companies now accept payment in Bitcoin, including Microsoft, Dell, and eBay. Because their value goes up over time, he sees Bitcoins as a good investment.

Using the Bitcoin ATM isn't like your typical bank ATM. You'll need to first download an electronic wallet, such as Airbitz, to your phone. That e-wallet will store your Bitcoins. Each wallet has an address associated with it. You'll insert cash into the ATM (it only accepts cash), scan the code from your e-wallet, and get Bitcoins deposited electronically to your account.

The ATM's screen displays the current Bitcoin exchange rate, which will fluctuate often. An 8 to 15 percent service fee is built into the transaction, of which Kointron gets roughly 4 percent. Singh says that Bitcoin users regularly exchange hundreds or thousands of dollars of cash per transaction at other similar machines.

The ATM officially opens Thursday, July 16, and it's located at Smoke Shop Jersey City, at 2822 Kennedy Blvd. The shop is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. everyday. Read more

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Restaurants & Bars / Transmission
« on: 07-10-2015, 09:35am »
Transmission
150 Bay St
Jersey City, New Jersey
(201) 963-4565

"Transmission is a 5000 square foot bar, lounge and performance space. We reside in the historic A&P Warehouse, overlooking the cobble–stone intersection at Bay and Provost Streets.

We offer an eclectic program encompassing different genres of live music, dance parties, cabaret.

This is our house party. You are invited.

Transmission is a TV-free environment."

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Jersey City development sites sold; condo buildings planned
By Eric Strauss, July 7, 2015 at 1:11 PM

The investment arm of a Chinese construction conglomerate has purchased two residential development sites in Jersey City, planning to build condominiums on them, according to real estate services firm Holliday Fenoglio Fowler L.P.

HFF said Tuesday that Strategic Capital, a unit of CSCEC, has acquired the combined 1.85 acres in the Newport section of the city along the Hudson River waterfront from an undisclosed seller.

One site, 75 Park Lane, is approved for a 37-story condominium building, while the other, 2 Shore Drive N., is approved for a seven-story condo building to be called Shore Lofts. The two buildings will comprise a total of 608,000 square feet of residential space and 24,000 square feet of retail space, HFF said.

“Jersey City has become known as the ‘Sixth Borough’ or ‘Wall Street West’ and is widely regarded as one of the best condominium development sites in the region,” Jose Cruz, HFF senior managing director, said in a prepared statement. “Continued low interest rates, scarcity of for-sale product and attractive condominium prices compared to Manhattan will ensure that 75 Park Lane and Shore Lofts are well-received in the market.”

HFF marketed the sites on behalf of the seller, it added. The investment sales team was led by Cruz, Kevin O’Hearn, managing director, and Marc Duval, senior real estate analyst. They were supported by Andrew Scandalios, senior managing director, and Stephen Simonelli, associate director.

Shearman & Sterling LLP served as legal counsel to Strategic Capital, which is also affiliated with Jersey City-based China Construction America.

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Jersey City 8-year-old killed in hit and run; family said he didn't like the street
By Caitlin Mota | The Jersey Journal
on June 29, 2015 at 7:20 PM, updated June 30, 2015 at 7:06 AM

Dozens of family, friends and neighbors in a tight-knit neighborhood gathered outside of 50 Bostwick Ave. to remember an 8-year-old boy fatally struck on Sunday in a hit and run accident.

Jermaine Woodward Jr. was inside a bike lane looking to cross the street when a car struck him, sending him in the air, the boy's family said. He was then struck again by a second car. The family said the car was speeding and crossed over the bike lane line.

"That was my junior," Jermaine's father Jermaine Woodward Sr. said. "That was my only son."

Woodward Sr. said the accident was right outside of his girlfriend's house and across the street from the boy's aunt's house.

The first car, described only as a red vehicle by family, fled the scene, and the second car, a silver vehicle, stopped down the block.

"They rolled right over his body," Jermaine's aunt Patricia Gregory said. Read more

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Four residential buildings planned for old Jersey City pasta factory site
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on June 19, 2015 at 1:33 PM, updated June 19, 2015 at 4:18 PM

JERSEY CITY — Four residential buildings, two of them 25-stories high, are slated for the old Mueller's pasta factory on Baldwin Avenue, another sign that the Downtown building boom is extending farther west.

The developer, Argent Ventures, wants to build 980 units on the 5.2-acre site, located less than half a mile from the Journal Square PATH station. The Mueller's site is largely vacant, aside from a four-story, 300,000-square-foot former manufacturing plant that will be demolished.

"The site represents the largest, 'shovel ready' development site in Journal Square and one of the prime development sites in Jersey City," the developer says on the project's website. Read more

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Liberty Humane Society hosts Hamilton BARK Festival on Saturday, June 20
By Nicholas Zeitlinger | The Jersey Journal
on June 19, 2015 at 9:50 AM   

Hamilton BARK, a one-day community festival and fundraiser for Liberty Humane Society, will take place from noon to 7 p.m. in Hamilton Park in Downtown Jersey City.

The event will include live entertainment and activities for children, adults and four-legged family members such as: Canine Field Day (led by a professional trainer), live music, beer truck, food trucks, 50/50 raffle, adoptions on site, a children's carnival and activity section, bounce house, face painters, and table-top vendors run by local businesses.

Liberty Humane Society is the only non-profit animal shelter in Hudson County, providing animal sheltering services and animal control/rescue to the cities of Jersey City, Hoboken and Bayonne. The shelter takes in up to 3,000 animals per year.

Pre-registration for Canine Field Day and more information on the Hamilton BARK Festival is available at http://www.libertyhumane.org

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Email from the Friends of Liberty State Park:



There is a public hearing run by Turnpike Authority (TA) at JC City Hall on Mon. 6/22 on its design for $10 million two lane road connecting Jersey Ave to Phillips Street, over Mill Creek, just east of existing footbridge. This long-planned road is going to happen but TA needs to hear from us before finishing design.

The Friends board has strongly expressed with LSP Supt Rob Rodriguez and Deputy Supt Jon Luk how essential it is to have a bike path and sidewalk on both sides of the 2 lane road and JC's representatives to the TA, Chief of Staff Mark Albiez and Mayoral aide Doug Carlucci have pledged that the road's shoulders will be turned into those pedestrian and bike paths. It remains to be seen if the TA's exhibit boards and public statements support that use of the shoulders but when the road is completed, it will be JC's road for the city to do what it wants. The existing footbridge, with thousands more moving to JC, will not be sufficient. Construction will last from Spring '16 to Spring '18.

On 6/22, public hearing is from 5pm to 8pm. From 5pm to 6:30, TA representatives will informally discuss project with exhibit boards. At 7pm, after a brief TA presentation, the public can speak or give written testimony until 8pm or until last person who signs the list, gets to speak (5 minute limit). Public comment period will go until Wed July 8. The Friends board urged JC to insist that TA have an email address for comments (or for JC to set up its own email address for comments) as ludicrously and shamefully, so far the TA has only provided a street address.

Sheri L. Malloy, P.E. Project Engineer Hearing Officer
New Jersey Turnpike Authority
P.O. Box 5042 
Woodbridge, NJ 07095

 
The main road benefits as presented  over the years are:

• emergency services, longtime road advocates, will have another way in/out of the park or from Caven Point Rd/Phillips St with Medical Center nearby.
• road will help strengthen connections/bonds between JC neighborhoods, especially Lafayette and downtown residents but also other neighborhoods.
• Lafayette residents have complained for years of commuters going through their neighborhood (Johnston to Pacific to Grand) so many of those commuters will get to Grand directly. If more commuters use it by getting off at 14B, that will have to be monitored and after Pulaski Skyway reopens (Skyway was justification for the TA getting $10 million), JC should follow recommendation of a top firm of having 3 "roundabouts"on Phillips to slow down the traffic and make the bridge a more neighborhood friendly road.
• Road will make it easier for residents (who would be driving) from downtown & other neighborhoods to get into and out of LSP more directly.

The main detriment will be commuters using the road but JC feels there may not be many more commuters than now go from Phillips thru Lafayette to Grand. But other than rush hours, the bridge has its benefits for the community. There will need to be a traffic light at Zapp Drive/Johnston Ave/Phillps & landscaping.

We will keep you informed.

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Jersey City fire chief's son gunned down, robbed: officials
By Michaelangelo Conte | The Jersey Journal
on June 05, 2015 at 7:47 AM

Jersey City Fire Chief Darren Rivers' son was shot dead on Fulton Avenue early yesterday morning during a robbery, officials say.

Darcel Rivers, 35, who lived in Rhode Island, was shot once in the back of the head, said his father said, who was at the scene yesterday morning. Darcel Rivers was visiting his children and his mother, the fire chief said.

"I grew up in this city, and it's just too much," Chief Rivers said. "The senseless killing has got to stop."

According to the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office, the 35-year-old was found on Fulton Avenue near Van Cleef Street with an apparent gunshot wound to the head at 3:45 a.m. He was pronounced dead at 4:15 a.m. at Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health.

The fire chief said his son was shot while walking to his mother's home on Fulton after he spent some time hanging out with friends a couple of blocks away.

"He was on the phone with his girlfriend and said 'I'm being robbed,' and then the phone went dead," said Chief Rivers, who added the his son's phone and money were taken.

The fire chief said Darcel graduated from Johnson and Wales University and worked as a chef. He was a father of four children, ages 2, 3, 4 and 13. Read more

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Jersey City pols endorse measure allowing driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants
By Patrick McGovern | The Jersey Journal
on May 28, 2015 at 12:17 PM, updated May 28, 2015 at 12:19 PM

JERSEY CITY -- The Jersey City City Council last night voted overwhelmingly in support of a resolution urging the state legislators to enact a bill allowing the Motor Vehicle Commission to issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.

The council voted 8-0 in favor of the resolution, which was introduced by City Council President Rolando Lavarro.

"This opens the doors for people to come out of the shadows," said Lavarro before casting his vote.

The resolution expresses support for bills S2925 and A4425, introduced respectively by state Sen. Joseph Vitale and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, to extend access to driver's licenses to all New Jersey residents, including immigrants regardless of immigration status.

Under the bill, the state would be required to issue "driving privilege" cards to residents who show they live in New Jersey, even if they can't prove they are in the country legally. Read more

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Faith Matters: Mormons to build a flagship church in Jersey City
By Rev. Alexander Santora/For the Jersey Journal
on May 26, 2015 at 7:18 PM

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has taken root and is growing in Hudson County. They recently purchased a large tract on Route 139 and Bevan Street in Jersey City right near Kennedy Boulevard for their newest church center.

The site of a former car dealership has been vacant for decades and is in a very visible location. It could be the most prominent of the Mormon churches already on Journal Square, in Union City and West New York. "We hope to build a large structure," said Brad Thatcher, a sixth generation Mormon, who is one of the two counselors of the Caldwell Stake, their equivalent of a diocese or region.

[...]

Total church membership in Hudson County is over 2,200 and since 2005, they claim to have grown ten percent. There is also a Bayonne branch, which is a storefront.

Nationally, Mormons claim 1.6 percent of the 71 percent Christian population, according to a 2014 Pew Center poll, with nearly 6.5 million members. Two-thirds of Mormons are married and while the same amount are white Caucasian, they claim eight percent Hispanic and many of them are from Hudson. Their practice of requiring young members to spend two years as missionaries is one of the signature reasons for their growth. Asked why someone would want to become a Mormon, Thatcher said, "We embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ through repentance and Baptism." That message is getting through. Read more

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Jersey City planning repeat of Fourth of July festival, fireworks show
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on May 21, 2015 at 4:41 PM, updated May 21, 2015 at 4:46 PM

JERSEY CITY – City officials are planning a repeat of last year's Fourth of July fireworks show and festival at Liberty State Park.

The City Council next week is set to approve a $75,000 contract for Grucci, New York's famed pyrotechnics firm, to provide fireworks on Saturday, July 4.

The Grucci family, which has dubbed itself "America's first family of fireworks," provided the 20-minute fireworks show that capped the city's 2014 Fourth of July event, a free concert at Liberty State Park the city called the Freedom and Fireworks Festival

Food trucks and other vendors crowded the park for the day, while assorted carnival rides kept the kiddies busy. Read more

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Watch part 1 of the video here and part 2 here

Jersey City cop 'highly intoxicated' in 2014 traffic stop, but not charged (VIDEO)
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on May 21, 2015 at 9:05 AM, updated May 21, 2015 at 9:41 AM

JERSEY CITY – A Jersey City police sergeant was accused of driving "highly intoxicated" in Robbinsville in January 2014, but was released without charges into the custody of Jersey City police and remains on the job.

The incident is documented in a dramatic video and multiple police reports obtained via a public-records request. The video, taken from the dashboard of one a Robbinsville police officer, shows one officer telling Sgt. Vincent Corso, the Jersey City cop, that he is too "f***** up" to drive, while just off camera there is an apparent struggle after the officers tell Corso they plan to confiscate his gun.

News of the traffic stop first surfaced two weeks ago when Robert Cowan, the former Jersey City police chief, cited the incident in a civil lawsuit he filed against the city, Mayor Steve Fulop and Public-Safety Director James Shea.

Cowan alleges that he ordered an internal affairs investigation into Corso's traffic stop over the objections of Fulop and Shea. The ex-police chief, whose allegations have been dubbed fiction by city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill, says Fulop tried to conceal the incident involving Corso, a local union official, because he wanted to curry favor with the union in advance of a possible gubernatorial run in 2017.

Corso, 47, the first vice president of the Jersey City Police Superior Officers Association and a 22-year veteran of the police force, did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Hudson County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Gene Rubino said his office did not investigate the matter, while Mercer County's prosecutor opted not to bring charges against the Robbinsville cops. Read more

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