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NY Waterway and Mack Cali invite kids under 12 to the first free Harborside Kids Fest at the air-conditioned Atrium in Harborside, 210 Hudson St., Jersey City, on Saturday Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This family-friendly event offers sweet treats, contests and demos from a dozen local vendors. Kids under the age of 12 ride free on all NY Waterway ferries through Labor Day, Sept. 3. Kids and parents can enjoy contests from Hudson Play and Capitol Wrestling, a bouncy house from J TaeKwondo and Kickboxing Academy, and dancing demos by the Surati School of Performing Arts. Special $5 per day weekend parking will be available at the staffed parking lot at 195 Hudson St., just steps away from the entrance to the Harborside Atrium. Harborside also is served by the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and NJ TRANSIT buses. For more information, call 1-800-53-FERRY, or visit <a href = "http://www.nywaterway.com">www.nywaterway.com</a> or <a href = "http://www.facebook.com/nywaterway">www.facebook.com/nywaterway</a> or <a href = "http://www.twitter.com/ridetheferry">www.twitter.com/ridetheferry</a>.
NY Waterway and Mack Cali invite kids under 12 to the first free Harborside Kids Fest at the air-conditioned Atrium in Harborside, 210 Hudson St., Jersey City, on Saturday Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This family-friendly event offers sweet treats, contests and demos from a dozen local vendors. Kids under the age of 12 ride free on all NY Waterway ferries through Labor Day, Sept. 3. Kids and parents can enjoy contests from Hudson Play and Capitol Wrestling, a bouncy house from J TaeKwondo and Kickboxing Academy, and dancing demos by the Surati School of Performing Arts. Special $5 per day weekend parking will be available at the staffed parking lot at 195 Hudson St., just steps away from the entrance to the Harborside Atrium. Harborside also is served by the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and NJ TRANSIT buses. For more information, call 1-800-53-FERRY, or visit www.nywaterway.com or www.facebook.com/nywaterway or www.twitter.com/ridetheferry.
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ACLU-NJ includes West New York in lawsuit accusing 12 school districts of anti-immigrant discrimination

The ACLU-NJ has targeted West New York as one 12 school districts statewide, in a lawsuit accusing them of discriminating against immigrants and children of immigrants.

In a press release issued Thursday, July 26, the ACLU says the districts require forms of state-issued identification requiring Social Security numbers or valid immigration status as a condition for student enrollment.

The suit against West New York uses its online student registration page to back its claims.

On the page, the district requests that parents bring either a valid driver's license, passport, or state ID to their registration appointments.

"By requiring a form of identification that is only available to residents who have Social Security numbers or a valid immigration status in order to register a child for a school, the [West New York] school district denies an education to students with parents who are undocumented immigrants," the lawsuit says. "It also discourages immigrants from attempting to enroll their children in the school district."

Federal law prohibits school districts from requiring students to disclose or document their immigration status. They are also forbidden from making any inquiries of students or parents that could expose undocumented status.

Additionally, N.J.A.C. 6A:22-3.3 prohibits barring any students from public elementary and secondary schools on the basis of immigration or visa status.

West New York has a large Latin immigrant population. Last year, the West New York Board of education even declared the district a "safe zone" for all school age children, regardless of immigration status.

When reached by phone, Superintendent of Schools Clara Brito Herrera said she had forwarded the lawsuit to the school board attorney for review. "We always respect our students and our parents, regardless of their immigration status," Herrera commented. "We are a high densely populated district with a high number of immigrant students in West New York, including myself. We have never turned away any student for lack of documentation."

79-year-old man arrested for alleged stabbing near homeless encampment

Verdejo Cruz, 79, of Union City, has been arrested in connection with the alleged stabbing death of an apparently homeless man on July 13 in the area of Third Street and Manhattan Avenue in Union City.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said on July 13 at around 7:40 p.m., Union City Police, responding to a report, found a male victim by the makeshift homes near Third Street and Manhattan Avenue. The man, who has not been positively identified, was unresponsive with multiple wounds to his upper torso. He was pronounced dead at Jersey City Medical Center at approximately 8:55 p.m.

Cruz, who was located at the scene, has been charged with aggravated manslaughter and weapons charges. Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Union City Police Department for the arrest.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at (201) 915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office website at http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.

Union City commissioners backtrack on resolution opposing North Bergen power plant

The Union City Board of Commissioners has rescinded a resolution opposing the proposed $1.8 billion North Bergen natural gas plant, according to city spokeswoman Erin Knoedler. The commissioners originally passed the resolution on July 10, arguing the plant would produce mass greenhouse gas emissions and further complicate north Jersey’s power infrastructure.

“We just wanted to give North Bergen the opportunity to properly vet the project fully, before other localities weigh in,” Knoedler said, regarding the turnabout, on Tuesday, July 24. “Also we don’t know what Gov. Phil Murphy will do.”

Knoedler was likely referencing Murphy’s uncertainty surrounding the controversial proposal. In May, the governor didn’t take a strong stance when a local reporter asked for his take on the plant. He was confused as to how Jersey would benefit, because all the energy produced by the plant would go to New York City. “I have to admit I always scratch my head when something is being done here that another state will benefit from,” he said. “Beyond that I don’t have an opinion.”

North Bergen Liberty Generating, the company behind the proposal, argues that natural gas gives off fewer emissions than coal or oil. They also say that natural gas can create more electricity with smaller land use than renewable options, such as wind or solar power. North Bergen officials are in support, saying the plant would generate hundreds of union jobs and millions in tax revenue for the township.

Local environmentalists, however, counter that the plant is a biohazard waiting to happen.

“These [officials] will tell you that this is the best deal that we can get, and it’s not,” said Hackensack Riverkeeper Bill Sheehan at a press conference denouncing the plant in May. He was joined by other advocacy groups.

But regardless of the opposition, the plan proposal continues to move forward. On June 26, the state DEP issued permits authorizing a gas turbine, two storm water outfall structures, and the installation of the cables under the Hudson River.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers still needs to approve the plan.

Surface parking lot improvement program announced

The West New York Parking Authority (WNYPA) has announced that it will begin a series of construction projects as part of its Surface Parking Lot Improvement Program. The initiative’s goal is to improve the surface conditions of municipal lots throughout the city, including work on

pavement reconstruction, improving drainage, replacing damaged guardrails, repairing catch basins, improving lot signals, and restriping lots to accommodate more parking spaces where permitted. During this time, residents, visitors, and business owners of West New York may notice lot closures and changes in traffic patterns during construction periods.

WNYPA has selected the following lots to receive upgrades as part of the program: 67th Street parking lot, 66th Street parking lot, 62nd Street parking lot, 59th Street parking lot, 58th Street parking lot, 54th Street parking lot, and 55th Street parking lot. Each lot will be closed for 4-5 days for construction work. Lots closest to public schools will be first to receive this treatment.

For more information on the Surface Parking Lot Improvement Program, contact the WNYPA directly by calling (201) 295-1575. Additional resources and information are available at www.wnyparkingauthority.org.

Route 495 lane closures start August 10

The state DOT is set to close traffic lanes on Route 495, starting Aug. 10, according to a press release. The shutdowns are part of a massive $90.3 million, state-funded rehabilitation project on the Route 495 Bridge.

The headaches commence with the closure of the 31st Street ramp from JFK Boulevard to 495 westbound in North Bergen on the 10th. Traffic will be detoured onto Paterson Plank Road. On the 17th, one lane on 495 will be closed 24/7 in both directions. This will severely limit roadway capacity.

Work on the span includes repairing and reconstructing the bridge deck, replacing and strengthening its deteriorated structural steel, and repairing and painting the substructure. The project's first phase began in September of 2017 with local street improvements.

The entire project is projected to finish around summer 2021. Motorists are advised to consider alternative routes during that time, such as the George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel, public transportation, or carpooling. For more information, email the DOT at DOTOutreachRT495@dot.nj.gov, or call 201-408-8495.

HRPAC announces August concerts

The next Wednesday night concerts set for Summer Concerts on the Hudson at Lincoln Harbor Park in Weehawken will be Ranky Tanky, on Aug. 8, and Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, on Aug. 15. Both shows start at 7 p.m.

From Charleston, S.C., Ranky Tanky released its first CD in October 2017 and by December, Ranky Tanky had been profiled on NPR’s nationally syndicated radio show, “Fresh Air,” with Terry Gross. The album then soared to the No. 1 position on the Billboard, iTunes, and Amazon Jazz Charts. This group performs Gullah music from the Georgia and Carolina Sea Islands with jazz inspiration and a New Orleans twist.

For nearly two decades, the Catskill Mountains hid singer and songwriter Arleigh Kincheloe, until one day she said goodbye to her hometown and moved to New York City to start the hard soul collective, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds. The group has performed more than 700 shows and made their national TV debut on NBC’s “Today Show.” They’ve released three full-length studio albums, including their most recent, the acclaimed "The Weather Below.”

These free concerts will take place at Lincoln Harbor Park, located just north of the Chart House restaurant directly on the west bank of the Hudson River in Weehawken, New Jersey. Free parking is available and public transportation, including NJ Transit bus 158 from the Port Authority and Light Rail, will bring concertgoers to Lincoln Harbor. Please use 1700 Harbor Boulevard for GPS directions.

For more information including the full summer concert schedule, directions, updates, and rain date info, please check the HRPAC website, www.hrpac.org, or call the concert info line at (201) 716-4540.

Union City commissioners backtrack on resolution opposing North Bergen power plant

The Union City Board of Commissioners have rescinded a resolution opposing the proposed $1.8 billion North Bergen natural gas plant, according to city spokeswoman Erin Knoedler. The commissioners originally passed the resolution on July 10, arguing the plant would produce mass greenhouse gas emissions and further complicate north Jersey’s power infrastructure.

“We just wanted to give North Bergen the opportunity to properly vet the project fully, before other localities weigh in,” Knoedler said, regarding the turnabout, on Tuesday. “Also we don’t know what Gov. Phil Murphy will do.”

Knoedler was likely referencing Murphy’s uncertainty surrounding the controversial proposal. In May, the governor didn’t take a strong stance when a local reporter asked for his take on the plant.

He was also confused as to how Jersey would benefit, because all the energy produced by the plant would go to New York City. “I have to admit I always scratch my head when something is being done here that another state will benefit from,” he said. “Beyond that I don’t have an opinion.”

North Bergen Liberty Generating, the company behind the proposal, argues that natural gas gives off fewer emissions than coal or oil. They also say that natural gas can create more electricity with smaller land use than renewable options, such as wind or solar power. North Bergen officials are in support, saying the plant would generate hundreds of union jobs and millions in tax revenue for the township.

Local environmentalists, however, counter that the plant is a biohazard waiting to happen.

“These [officials] will tell you that this is the best deal that we can get, and it’s not,” said Hackensack Riverkeeper Bill Sheehan at a press conference denouncing the plant in May. He was joined by other advocacy groups.

But regardless of the opposition, the plan proposal continues to move forward. On June 26, the state DEP issued permits authorizing a gas turbine, two storm water outfall structures, and the installation of the cables under the Hudson River.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers still needs to approve the plan.

Roseland launches leasing for RiverHouse 11 at Port Imperial

Developer Roseland Residential Trust said last week they have started leasing RiverHouse 11 at Port Imperial, the 10-story addition to the ongoing $2-billion, 200-acre Port Imperial waterfront development that runs from Weehawken to Guttenberg.

Utlimately it will include 20 upscale residential, retail, and hotel properties.

Located at the edge of the Hudson River at 1100 Avenue at Port Imperial in Weehawken, RiverHouse 11 features 295 apartments ranging from studio to three-bedroom residences. Apartment finishes include luxury wood-style plank floors, Moen, Kohler, and Sterling fixtures in kitchens and bathrooms, full-height backsplashes, and private terraces and balconies in select homes.

Amenities include a sky terrace with stadium seating, outdoor lounges with fire pit and fireplaces, barbeque grilling stations and a bocce court, a resort-style pool and sundeck, a fitness center with a yoga and spin studio as well as a rock-climbing wall, a business center, conference rooms, and a Wi-Fi café with computer stations in social rooms, a theater room, game room, music room, and golf simulator lounge, crayon corner, a community garden, and 24-hour concierge, emergency maintenance, and package lockers.

RiverHouse 11 is convenient to public transportation options including direct ferry service to Manhattan and Light Rail service along the river.

Deadline is Sept. 7 for Kennedy Dancers Inner City Youth Scholarship

Sept. 7 is the deadline for Kennedy Dancers afterschool scholarships for students ages 13-18 years old. This scholarship provides unlimited dance classes at no cost for up to two years.

All applicants must provide proof of residency in the following places: Jersey City, East Newark, Guttenberg, Harrison, Kearny, Weehawken, West New York, and Secaucus. Applicants must also provide a complete ICY intake form, proof of identification (parent and student) and proof of income.

Those accepted must purchase a “Dance Essentials” package ($100): Kennedy Dancers shorts, one pair of tan tights, one pair of pink tights, one dance skirt, and one pair of tan jazz shoes. They must also go through a scheduled dance evaluation appointment to determine their skill level.

For more information go to http://www.kennedydancers.org/.

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