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ARTS COMMUNITY – An innovation out of City Hall has made public art such as this piece more common throughout many sections of Jersey City.
ARTS COMMUNITY – An innovation out of City Hall has made public art such as this piece more common throughout many sections of Jersey City.

Teen arrested on charge of shooting 15-year-old boy

Jersey City police on Tuesday arrested a 15-year-old male in connection with the alleged shooting on Jan. 6 of another 15-year-old boy on Martin Luther King Blvd. on the way to school. The suspect, a Jersey City resident, was taken into custody without incident, according to police spokesperson Bob McHugh.

Police responded to the area of Myrtle Avenue and Marin Luther King Drive at about 8:25 a.m. on Jan. 6 on the report that shots had been fired.

Upon arrival, police reported seeing a small group of about five to six males standing on the northwest corner. A 15-year-old boy was lying on his left side and was bleeding from his right leg – apparently the result of a gunshot wound to his right calf.

The boy told police that he was on his way to Snyder High School on Bergen Avenue when he saw another boy running towards him on the same side of the street.

When the approaching boy reached Myrtle Avenue, he produced a small black handgun and stated, “Now what’s up?”

The victim told police that he feared for his safety and tried to flee East on Myrtle Avenue when he heard a single shot. He collapsed and realized he had been shot.

The attacker, who wearing a black or gray jacket and beige pants, fled west on Myrtle Avenue towards Bergen Avenue.

Police said the victim was uncooperative and stated that he did not know the alleged assailant.

Emergency Medical Technicians from Jersey City Medical Center arrived on the scene and treated the victim, before transporting him to JCMC where the victim was treated for what police called “a non-life threatening injury. The mother of the victim arrived a short time later after being notified of the shooting by a family friend.

Police meanwhile identified the alleged assailant and issued an arrest warrant. The alleged attacker was arrested the following day without incident.

Open house for school

Waterfront Montessori in Jersey City will hold an Open House for toddlers through Grade 8 Wednesday, Jan. 15, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Event is for adults only. This will be held at the Warren Street Campus: 150 Warren St., Suite 108, Jersey City, NJ 07302 To RSVP, call: 201-333-5600.

Temple Beth El will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The 29th Annual Sabbath Service honoring the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place at the Temple, 2419 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ on Friday, Jan. 17, at 7:45 p.m.

Earl Morgan, the veteran reporter and columnist, will be featured speaker. The public is welcome. Refreshments sponsored by Sam Pesin and Judy Pesin, in memory of their parents Morris and Ethel Pesin, will be served following the service. Parking is available at Bank of America, across Kennedy Blvd. from the synagogue. For more information, call or email the Temple office at 201-333-4229 or

Countywide group will hold event featuring survivor of ‘Miracle on the Hudson’

The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce will hold its first event of 2014 on Wednesday, Jan. 15, which is also the fifth anniversary of the “Miracle on the Hudson.” The business networking event will be held at The Waterside Restaurant in North Bergen from 6 to 8 p.m. Featured guest speaker, Dave Sanderson, is a survivor of United Airlines Flight 1549, which landed in the Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009, and safely evacuated by all 155 occupants on board.

Sanderson has shared his experience of that day and lessons learned with businesses and groups all over the country. His message focuses on positive thinking, teamwork and leadership. In addition to his speaking engagements, Mr. Sanderson continues to work as a Sales Manager for Oracle. Maria Nieves, the Chamber’s President, believes this is a great way to start a new year of networking at the Chamber. “As we continue to align events with our mission, our first event of 2014 is an opportunity for the business community and our members to network with an inspiring leader. Mr. Sanderson provides tangible proof from his own experience that positive thinking is a key asset even in the most challenging of situations,” she said. “We’re very pleased that Mr. Sanderson will join us and share his insights with our members.”

Founded in 1888, the Chamber has steadily grown over the last few years. The organization currently represents 350 members, has facilitated forums with local, state and federal officials, and provides a platform for business networking and partnerships. The organization will present more than 25 events in 2014.

The event is sponsored by the Palisades Medical Center. To register and for additional information, please call (201) 386-0699 x 27 or visit the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce website:

National Alliance on Mental Illness meeting

Are you close to someone with mental health issues? NAMI Hudson County (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will hold their next meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 14 at the Hoboken Community Mental Health Center. A representative from Jersey City Medical Center Mobile Crisis Unit will be the guest speaker.

The Hoboken Community Mental Health Center is located at 506 Third St. in Hoboken. Parking is available on Madison Avenue between Third and Fourth streets.

For more information or in case of inclement weather contact Martha Silva at (201) 861-0614 or (201) 320-0484.

Dream Act hailed by local legislators

The state Senate’s sponsors of the New Jersey DREAM Act last week hailed a new era of equality in the state for “DREAMers,” young people who are undocumented but were brought to this country as children, who will now have access to a higher education as a result of the new law.

Sponsored by Senate Education Chair M. Teresa Ruiz, Legislative Latino Caucus Chair Nellie Pou, Higher Education Chair Sandra Cunningham, and Senate President Steve Sweeney, the law makes New Jersey the 17th state in the nation to provide college access to undocumented students by allowing them to qualify for in-state tuition rates.

Under the provisions of the law (S-2479) students who attend a New Jersey high school for at least three years and graduate from a state high school, or attain the equivalent of a high school diploma, will become eligible for in-state tuition rates immediately. The governor held a ceremonial signing of the legislation today at Colin Powell Elementary School in Union City.

“New Jersey’s greatest economic resources are the minds of our young students. Affording these young people an opportunity to attend college equal to that which is enjoyed by their peers is a way to ensure they become successful, dignified and productive members of our society,” said Cunningham. “Tuition equity will not only benefit dreamers and their families, but will also contribute to a stronger and more prosperous New Jersey for all of us.”

Food program for child care announced

The city of Jersey City’s Department of Health and Human Services is sponsoring the Child Care Food Program. This program is designed to provide meals to children in after school enrichment programs such as public schools, childcare centers, recreation programs, etc. Meals are available at no separate charge to children between the ages of 6 years to18 years and are enrolled in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and are served without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program is operated in accordance with USDA policy, which does not permit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability in the meal service, admissions policy or use any Adult Food Program facility.

The City of Jersey City and USDA are equal opportunity providers and employers. The Child and Adult Care Food Program is operated in accordance with the City of Jersey City and USDA policy, which does not permit discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, disability or any other basis prohibited by the State of New Jersey and/or federal non discrimination laws in the meal service, admissions policy or use any Adult Food Program facility. To file a complaint of discrimination, you may contact the City of Jersey’s Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action at 280 Grove St. Room 103, Jersey City, New Jersey at (201) 547-5093 or at ext. 4533 or you may write to the USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington D.C. 20250-9410, or call, toll free, (866) 632 – 9992 (Voice), (800) 877 – 8339 (TDD) , or (866) 377-8642 (Relay Voice Users). For more information please contact 201-547-4836 or visit

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