Family Promise of Hudson County, a new nonprofit providing temporary shelter to homeless families in the community, has officially opened its doors. A local affiliate of a national nonprofit, Family Promise works to keep entire homeless families together by relying on places of worship, or host congregations, to provide shelter. All host congregations are currently based in Jersey City and Hoboken, with additional support from congregations in Hoboken and Bayonne.
“There are a number of organizations and programs that provide incredible support for the homeless in Hudson County,” explains Tiffany Kane, executive director of Family Promise of Hudson County. “However, there are few offerings for homeless families that allow the entire family to find shelter and services together. Through Family Promise’s unique shelter model, children will be able to remain in their schools, parents can remain at their jobs, and entire families will be able to receive services through our case management and support system.”
Each night, families will stay at one of Family Promise of Hudson County’s host congregations. Each day, they will travel to the Family Promise drop-in center, located at Fountain of Salvation Church in Jersey City. There, families will receive services to ensure they get back on their feet, which will include counseling, connections to local resources (such as health care), and housing assistance.
Art at the Majestic
Art work by Doug Madill will be on display at the Majestic Theater Condominium lobby from March 2 to June 30. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 2 located at 222 Montgomery St. in Jersey City.
City urges feds to offer protective status to Nepalese citizens
After successfully swaying the federal Department of Homeland Security to grant temporary protective status to citizens of Nepal in 2015 after a 7.8 earthquake struck the country, the Jersey City Council voted on Feb. 14 to ask the federal authority to extend the protection for more than 10,000 Nepalese people living in the United States.
Jersey City was the first and only city in United States to ask for the protection, and is seeking the extension because Nepal has not fully recovered from the earthquake and its aftershocks. Repairs are expected to cost more than $10 billion.
The Immigration and Nationality Act allows the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to offer temporary protection for victims of a natural disaster.
HCCC to dedicate room for Joseph Sansone Dedication
Hudson County Community College (HCCC) President Glen Gabert, Ph.D. has announced that the college’s Board of Trustees will formally dedicate the banquet room in the HCCC Culinary Conference Center in honor of Joseph D. Sansone. The dedication ceremony will take place on Monday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. in the HCCC Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk St. in Jersey City.
Sansone, the college’s vice president for Planning and Development and assistant to the president, will retire on Feb. 28. A lifelong resident of Hudson County, he attended Rutgers College and graduated from The American Institute of Banking. His career, which spans more than 50 years, began at First Jersey National Bank in Jersey City (which was later acquired by Natwest Bank), where he held senior positions in retail banking. In addition, he spent several years at ChaseMellon Shareholder Services as a vice president of correspondence and lost securities.
HCCC Board of Trustees Chair William J. Netchert noted that Sansone has served the college with distinction.
“Joseph Sansone has been tireless in his efforts on behalf of the college’s students,” Netchert said. “Under his leadership, the HCCC Foundation has flourished and grown in a way that benefits all the people of Hudson County and especially our Hudson County Community College students. I know I speak on behalf of the entire Board of Trustees when I say that we are very grateful to Joe, and wish him the very best.”
Nimbus Dance Works announces spring/summer 2018 season
Nimbus Dance Works will bring world premiere new dance, acclaimed repertoire, and family performances to world-renowned venues, local communities, colleges, high schools, and elementary schools, throughout New Jersey and on tour across New York and New England, for its spring and summer 2018 season.
“For Nimbus, dance has always been about connection and impact,” says Artistic Director Samuel Pott. “We couldn’t be more pleased to be bringing this approach, and an exceptional selection of dance including three world premieres, to diverse communities through New Jersey and the northeast this Spring and Summer.”
On Feb. 25, Nimbus presents From Brasil with Luv and Other Dances from Around the World, a brand new narrated dance celebrating Brazilian culture based on the Chinese fable ”The Empty Pot”, co-directed by Chazz Giovanni Bruce and Elena Valls (formerly of Nimbus Dance Works and Sleep No More); and Samuel Pott’s classic solo, Letter Home, recalling a WWII soldier’s experience onboard a ship in the Pacific.
Nimbus continues the season with performances at the New Jersey High School Dance Festival on March 10, and an evening of mixed repertory at The Sitnik Theater at Centenary College in Hackettstown on March 25, where the company will preview its upcoming season at BAM Fisher.
In early April, Nimbus tours to Vermont, hosted by the Putney School for the 7th annual residency and performance.
The centerpiece of Nimbus’ Spring 2018 season is the company’s April 21-22 NYC season at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Nimbus presents the long-awaited world premiere of Esther, by Samuel Pott, with live music by Brooklyn indie-rock band, Sky-Pony. Additional premieres include: Tie the Not by veteran Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer Vernard Gilmore, and Fractured Time by Darshan Singh Bhuller (choreographer of audience favorite: Mapping). Also, revisit Samuel Pott’s “gorgeous” and “exquisite” (BroadwayWorld) Surface Tension, part of the Nimbus’ 2016 NYC season named “Best of 2016!
Also at BAM Fisher, Nimbus presents the work of seven NJ and NY-based choreographers on April 21 at 2 p.m. featuring Nimbus2 in a world premier by Nimbus Company Dancer, Justin Keith Perez.
On May 5, Nimbus performs at South Orange Performing Arts Center, in recognition of Artistic Director Samuel Pott’s 2017 New Jersey State Arts Council Choreography Fellowship.
May 18th and 19th, Nimbus presents the 6th cycle of “OFFLINE,” a performance of choreography by emerging to mid-career choreographers curated by Keith Thompson and featuring Nimbus2 in choreography by Nimbus Dancer Justin Keith Perez.
Nimbus brings back the classic ”Memo,” a piece which incorporates a cast of community dancers in a poignant exploration of collective and personal memory for outdoor performances at Jersey City’s Owen Grundy Pier (July 19th) and Secaucus’ Buchmuller Park (date TBD). The company will bring Memo and other favorites to the Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor, Maine on Aug. 4.
Nimbus Dance Works’ Spring 2018 educational assemblies include: Black Lives Matter performance/assembly at Manhattan Country School (NYC), performances at three Newark schools in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency Educational Foundation’s Youth Dance Program, and additional school performances in Cresskill, East Brunswick, and four Jersey City schools.
For more information on Nimbus Dance Works, Nimbus’ Spring/Summer season events, and to buy tickets, please visit: https://www.nimbusdanceworks.org/events/.
NJCU published policy brief on impact of charter schools
The New Jersey City University (NJCU) Urban Education and Teacher Unionism Policy Project has published a new policy brief to spark conversation about tensions and controversies about the role of charter schools in serving historically underserved communities of color.
In the report, President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) Barbara Madeloni, candidate of the reform caucus, Educators for a Democratic Union (EDU), responds to questions about the union’s involvement in the campaign to “lift the cap” on the number of charter schools in the state. Dr. Marilyn Maye, NJCU Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at NJCU, has written the commentary.
Dr. Lois Weiner, NJCU professor of Elementary and Secondary Education, is project director.
Winefest at Harborside slated for March 10
Harborside in Jersey City is welcoming back Jersey City Wine Fest for the second year. Wine aficionados can travel around the world of wine at its waterfront walkway property on Saturday, March 10 from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
This festival will sample hundreds of new wines from around the world: America, Australia, Chile, Germany, South Africa, Spain, and many more. Participating wine importers and wineries will highlight their selection of world class styles including Cabernet, Chianti, Malbec, Moscato, Pinot Noir, Torrontes and more.
Live music, access to delicious food vendors, and interactive games will also be available on-site along with views of the beautiful NYC skyline from Harborside’s Atrium. General Admission ($60) and Designated Driver ($15) tickets along with additional information can be found at https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1624731-jersey-city-wine-fest-jersey-city/.
The event will be held at Harborside 3 Atrium. The entrance is on Christopher Columbus Dr. at the Hudson River Waterfront walkway next to PATH station.