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Feb 24, 2017 | 92 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Representatives of the Mexican Consulate came to Bayonne City Hall from Tuesday to Friday last week to provide services to Mexican-Americans and Mexican nationals. The consulate is in Manhattan but brings service to surrounding areas on a regular basis. This year’s political climate surrounding immigration makes getting proper documentation more important than ever to Bayonne’s substantial Mexican population. It’s also much more convenient than traveling to Manhattan, especially with a family. Bayonne City Councilman-at-Large Juan Perez helped facilitate the consulate coming to Bayonne, along with Rubin Arana of the Bayonne Hispanic Association. Click here for more. The City Council passed a new kind of PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) at Wednesday’s council meeting, 4-1, allocating five percent of PILOT payments to the Bayonne School District over the program’s 25-year lifespan. The City has never passed a PILOT of this nature, as developers contributing to schools are not statutorily required to do so. Many school districts in cities undergoing real estate development are underfunded, and receive little help from real estate development, due to PILOT programs not statutorily required to make payments to schools. Thirty-first District Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti has been working to make PILOT arrangements like Bayonne’s commonplace in NJ, introducing legislation to the NJ State Assembly last week to make every PILOT program in the state pay 5 percent to school districts. Click here for more. Suraj Kaufman, owner of the Sneaker Room store in Bayonne, has joined a group that helps make sandwiches for people living in homeless shelters. On a cold Saturday afternoon, the windows of Bambino Chef at 213 Newark Ave. in Jersey City steamed up as more than two dozen kids from downtown Jersey City stood around two very long tables making sandwiches. Rene Safarova-Gonzalez, the owner, opened the store about five years ago in what she thought was an upscale neighborhood, only to find that in some cases, the rich lived side by side with a fair share of homeless people. Her business offers cooking classes for kids. But since opening her doors, she discovered that there is a social component to her classes she did not anticipate – teaching kids who are relatively well off to help the less fortunate. Click here for more.
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100 high school students see ‘Hamilton’ for $10 a ticket
Feb 22, 2017 | 797 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bayonne students await the start of the show. (From left to right) Brielle Calianese, John Dugan, and Kacpar Danilowicz
Bayonne students await the start of the show. (From left to right) Brielle Calianese, John Dugan, and Kacpar Danilowicz
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BAYONNE – One hundred eleventh grade students in the Academy for Fine Arts and Academics at Bayonne High School spent the day on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Richard Rodgers Theater in Manhattan to see a matinee showing of the hit play, “Hamilton” for $10 per ticket. The excursion was courtesy of the Hamilton Education Grant Program, an educational initiative administered by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, with the help of a $1.46 million grant by the Rockefeller Foundation that runs from 2016 to 2017 and aims to provide 20,000 area-students the opportunity to see “Hamilton” and integrate the play into classroom studies. History teachers James Murphy, Keri Toomey, Neil Carroll and Jessica Mintz worked with musical theater teacher Lori Alexander to present a three-day lesson using curriculum and materials provided by the Gilder Lehrman Institute. Students learned about the Founding Fathers era in depth before seeing the play, then worked individually or in pairs to write original performance pieces, including poems, raps, monologues, and dramatic scenes to be submitted to the Gildern Lehrman Institute. One student piece was selected to be shared with the Institute and performed on stage at the Rodgers Theater. Written and performed by Abigail Isaac and Kermena Abdallah, the poem is about the life of Elizabeth Schuyler, the wife of Alexander Hamilton. The two students performed their poem for over 1,500 students and staff from participating schools. The girls personally met cast and crew members of “Hamilton.” Students enjoyed a pizza lunch at the famous John’s Pizzeria in Midtown, where they had the opportunity to meet Broadway actors Joey Sorge (currently performing in “A Bronx Tale”), and Gregory Treco (current cast member of “Hamilton”), and then returned to the Richard Rodgers In addition to completing the grant application for their students, Lori Alexander and Jessica Mintz oversaw the curriculum, preparations, and details of the grant program and field trip.
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Bayonne students await the start of the show. (From left to right) Brielle Calianese, John Dugan, and Kacpar Danilowicz
Bayonne students await the start of the show. (From left to right) Brielle Calianese, John Dugan, and Kacpar Danilowicz
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Banner hoisted on Madam Liberty
Feb 22, 2017 | 386 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
JERSEY CITY – Unknown protestors in support of immigrant’s rights hoisted a banner on the Statute of Liberty on Feb. 21. At approximately 12:50 p.m., a banner reading “Refugees Welcome” was unfurled atop the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. The banner, approximately 3 feet by 20 feet, was affixed by nylon rope to the wall of the public observation deck at the base of the statue. Park rangers, alerted to the presence of the banner, immediately made their way to the location and conducted an assessment of the banner and how it was attached to the monument, Statue officials said. “It was determined that the banner could be removed without damaging the pedestal and Rangers began the process of removing it,” they said. “Affixing a banner to the national monument is strictly prohibited, and an investigation is underway by the United States Park Police to identify suspects.”
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