Bruce Stewart, 24, of West New York, has been charged with reckless manslaughter in the death Glen Mackie, Jr. on Lexington Avenue in Jersey City on Thursday, July 5. Mackie allegedly died in a street fight. He was found by Jersey City police officers on the sidewalk, unresponsive with a wound to his head. He was later pronounced dead at Jersey City Medical Center.
On Monday, July 30, members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit arrested Stewart in the area of Union and Sackett streets in Jersey City.
Additionally, Prosecutor Suarez announced that an arrest warrant has been issued for Elnardo Chandler, 29, of Jersey City in connection with this incident. Chandler has also been charged with reckless manslaughter.
Anyone with information as to the current whereabouts of Elnardo Chandler is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit at (201) 915-1345 or leave an
anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office official website at http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential. Chandler should not be approached by members of the public.
Revolution Foods wins school lunch contract
Even though Revolution Foods did not do well in a student taste survey, it will provide lunches for Jersey City schools for the upcoming school year. The firm was selected from three vendors who submitted bids and will replace Preferred Meals, which has held the contract for more than a decade.
Some parents had pushed for Whitson’s Culinary, which currently supplies some meals for afterschool programs. But the price per meal exceeded the per meal bid by the other two vendors.
Gina Verdibello, a strong advocate who has been pushing to change venders from Preferred Meals, said students in a taste test had preferred Whitson’s meals, and urged the board to avoid giving the bid to the lowest bidder, but use taste as criteria. Veribello last year submitted a petition with more than 1,000 signatures of parents asking for the change.
Revolution’s prices were the lowest of three vendors. School officials, however, said Revolution tended to supply healthier meal choices, one of the reasons they voted to give the bid to the company.
“Healthy choices aren’t always popular with kids,” said Board President Sudhan Thomas.
Hudson County puts federal jail money on hold
Honoring a request made by state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, Hudson County has put a hold on spending of a $237,449 federal grant that would have forced the county to assist in immigration enforcement. This comes in conjunction with a lawsuit New Jersey and five other states has filed against U.S. Justice Department tying federal aid to help with immigration enforcement.
The funds were scheduled to be distributed to Bayonne, North Bergen and West New York for various enforcement activities.
Freeholder Bill O’Dea said the Board of Freeholders will review the situation.
“But it is my understanding everything is on hold,” he said.
Along with Freeholder Joel Torres, last month O’Dea voted against renewing the county’s contract for housing immigration detainees at the Hudson County Correctional Facility, a ten-year, $10 million contract renewal that has drawn fire from activists throughout the county and the state.
Hoboken Council opposes county’s ICE contract
The Hoboken City Council unanimously approved a last-minute resolution on Aug 1 urging the county Board of Freeholders to terminate their renewed contact with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
On July 12 the freeholders renewed the ICE contract in a 5-2 vote, which allows federal immigration officials to house immigrant detainees at the county jail in Kearny.
Many of the 800 detainees held at the jail are not there because of crimes or immigration violations, but because they’re being detained by ICE for confirmation or legal status or other matters. The jail also has approximately 400 traditional prisoners held on criminal charges.
Under the new contract, the county will receive $120 per day per detainee held at the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny. This is a $10 increase from the previous contract. The contract will net the county about $10 million overall.
Councilwoman Emily Jabbour proposed the resolution that states that the county did not provide the public with any “meaningful open dialogue” about the contract before it was voted on at the last-minute for a 1 p.m. weekday meeting.
The resolution also sites six deaths that had occurred at the Hudson County Correction facility in the past two years, including four suicides. It also mentions visits and detainee interviews conducted by nonprofit Human Rights First that labeled the facility as “inhumane.”
Italian Festival set for Aug. 15 to 19
Celebrating 133 years as the first Italian parish in the state, the La Festa Italiana will take place from Aug. 15 to 19. The event is held every year near Holy Rosary Church in downtown Jersey City on Sixth Street between Brunswick and Monmouth streets. The feast honors the church’s patron saints, Our Lady of Assumption and St. Rocco. Although most people know the event for the music and food, there is a holy side, in which parishioners hold a novena – a nine day cycle of prayer – and a mass.
The street festival that accompanies the honoring of saints featured everything in the way of traditional Italian cuisine, but because of the changing nature of the neighborhood (and the Polish church around the corner) the feast offered many other kinds of food.
On these five summer nights, the neighborhood surrounding Holy Rosary Church will come alive with dance music, games of chance, kids’ activities, and a wide-array of foods and libations. La Festa Italiana runs from 5 to 11 p.m.
La Festa Italiana honors the veneration of Maria SS. Dell’Assunta & San Rocco, and offers the Downtown community the opportunity to party with their neighbors. This year’s La Festa Italiana features live bands, fun for the kids, food and souvenir vendors and Italian delicacies made by Holy Rosary Church parishioners like Fresh Hot Zeppoles, lemony Limoncello and Our Famous Rice Balls.
La Festa Italiana 2018 has a line-up of music performed by live bands and music groups, featuring The Cameos on Aug. 15, DJ Carlos Sounds on Aug. 16, First Kiss on Aug. 17, Sunset Sounds on Aug. 18 and Total Soul on Aug. 19.
Art House teams up with JC Pride festival for art show
Art House Productions and the Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival are hosting an exhibition of art work by Vincent Minervini until Sept. 2. Opening reception is Saturday, Aug. 18 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Art House Productions Gallery, 262 17th Street, Jersey City.
Saint Dominic Academy recognizes AP scholars
Saint Dominic Academy of Jersey City has honored seven members of its Class of 2018 and one current senior has earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.
According to The College Board, the Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. The AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college level achievement through AP courses and exams.
Emily Gill of Bayonne has been named an AP Scholar with Distinction for having received an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Gill took exams in Calculus, English Lit, Psychology, Government, Chemistry and History. She was the Salutatorian of the Class of 2018 and will attend Fordham University in the fall.
Fellow Class of 2018 members, Megan Dowden of Rutherford, Stefanie Osorio of North Bergen and Amanda Ros of Ridgefield have all been named AP Scholars with Honor for having received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
Francesca Guido of North Bergen, Raquel Lekic of Nutley and Kathryn Moody of Hoboken, all recent graduates and Hannah Dobronsky, a current senior were all named AP Scholars. They received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
Collectively, the Saint Dominic Academy Class of 2018 received a $12.4 million in college scholarship awards.
Public invited to program on depression and bipolar disorder
On Wednesday evening, Aug. 29, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) will feature at its monthly meeting Lily Arora, M.D. to conduct a “real life” diagnostic interview on one of the DBSA’s predesignated members as an educational tool for the audience. She won’t know the person beforehand and it will be unrehearsed. She will also discuss all areas of interest to the audience regarding mood disorders.
The event will take place at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road (about one block east of the Morris Museum), in Morristown. The public is invited; a nominal donation is requested from non-members, when possible. Free literature is available to all attendees and there is an extensive lending library of educational audiotapes, CD’s and videotapes, also free.
Dr. Arora is board certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Rutgers University where she teaches and supervises residents in psychiatry, and is in solo private practice in Morristown treating all psychiatric disorders in addition to substance and alcohol addiction.
In addition to the montly Wednesday night lecture series, peer group support sessions led by experienced facilitators are held every Tuesday evening of the month, also using the facilities of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship at 7:30 p.m. Separate groups for young adults are held every Tuesday evening and separate groups for friends and family are held periodically. All are always welcomed.
Visit the website of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance/Morristown Area at http://dbsanewjersey.org/morristownarea to learn more about the support group and to view links to other sources of helpful information. For further local information, call (973) 994-1143.
Hudson West Folk Festival scheduled for Sept. 8
The Hudson West Folk Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Grace Church, 39 Erie St., Jersey City. This all-day festival will include performances from both nationally-known artists and highly regarded regional acts. In addition to live music, the festival will include free music workshops, vendors and food booths. The lineup includes Harpeth Rising, Sunny War, Blue Yonder, Blackie Farrell, Stephane Wrembel, Evie Ladin & Keith Terry, Kirsten Maxwell, Vicki Kristina Maxwell, Scott Wolfson and Freedy Johnston. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Tickets and more information are available at the event website, www.hudsonwestfest.org.