Public meeting on JC-to-Bayonne bus service
On Tuesday, March 12, at 6 p.m. there will be a public meeting for mass transit commuters who travel between Bayonne and Journal Square at the Bethune Life Center, at 140 Martin Luther King Drive.
The cities of Bayonne and Jersey City have teamed up with Hudson County and have launched the Bayonne/Greenville/Journal Square Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Study to improve bus service between Bayonne and Journal Square. The purpose of the study is to explore ways to enhance public transportation opportunities for daily commuters.
The purpose of the meeting is to give the public an opportunity to learn about the BRT Study, transit technologies, and the study results, as well as give input on potential routes for BRT service.
This study is funded through the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority’s Sub-Regional Studies Program and managed by the Hudson County Division of Planning. The City of Jersey City is a project sponsor and City of Bayonne as a supporting partner.
People who plan to attend the meeting and have special need requirements should call Carmen Costa at (888) 772-6400, ext. 17. For more information on the study, or to submit comments for the study team, e-mail feedback@BayonneJerseyCityBRT.com or visit www.bayonnejerseycitybrt.com.
Stage Fest coming to the Landmark Loew’s
Later this month the Landmark Loew’s will hold its first ever theater festival from Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24. The festival will feature theater, dance, and music performed in various spaces throughout the Loew’s space, including in the lobby, hallways, promenades, and on the main stage.
According the organizers, Stage Fest will be a vibrant and diverse weekend of theatrical and musical performances that will highlight and celebrate the arts in our community.
Weekend passes will be sold for $25 (or $20 for seniors and students). Tickets for the Friday and Sunday showcases are $10 for each day. Tickets for the Saturday line up are $15.
The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater is located at 54 Journal Square, across from the Journal Square PATH Station. To purchase tickets, visit www.BrownPaperTickets.com/event/339371.
Stevens Cooperative School Newport Campus expansion
Stevens Cooperative School announced a major expansion of its Newport campus at 100 River Drive in Jersey City. The expansion will add a 3,000 sq. ft. space next door to its existing location in order to provide more classrooms, flexible meeting space and other offices. After the expansion, the school will total over 23,000 sq. ft.
Stevens Cooperative School is the only nonsectarian independent elementary school in Hoboken that serves over 400 students from age two through eighth grade on its Hoboken and Jersey City campuses.
“The addition to our facility, which should be completed this summer, allows us to increase our student population in response to demand, particularly in the early elementary grades,” said Dr. Sergio Alati, Ed.D, head of the school. “As parents discover more about our progressive philosophy and emphasis on 21st century skills, applications have risen, and it has become increasingly difficult for us to accommodate many of the wonderful students we see in the admissions process.”
The larger space now means that the school’s Newport campus will have two classes in each grade in the elementary school. “For the 2013-2014 school year we will have two first grades as well as two second grades,” added Nancy Rossi, director of admissions and high school guidance. “This change will allow us to keep class sizes small while still serving more students.”
Spaces for the 2013-2014 school year are still available in select grades. Contact Nancy Rossi at email@example.com or visit www.stevenscoop.org.
Creative Grove set to return
Uta Brauser is set to reopen the Creative Grove artists’ market in Grove Plaza on Friday, March 15 after a brief post-Sandy hiatus. But the team behind this community staple are looking for a little help to cover the city license fee needed to put on this weekly party.
Creative Grove is asking anyone who has ever bought a homemade cookie, bag of popcorn, a piece of artwork, or who anyone who has simply enjoyed the Creative Grove vibe to attend a Friday, March 8 fundraiser at Brauser’s Fish with Braids Gallery, at 190 Columbus Dr. The fundraiser will be held from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. and will feature work by Pastiche, Kaliptus, Caridad’s, and the Eclectic Urban tribal market place. Admission is $20 and will be used to help cover the municipal license necessary for Creative Grove.
Donations of support can also be made online via PayPal. For more information, e-mail Brauser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Political ad raising questions
With the Jersey City municipal elections little more than two months away, both the leading mayoral campaigns rolled out their first ads last week.
Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy debuted an ad titled “Since,” a clip of an interview Christiane Amanpour did with him recently in which he touts Jersey City’s 2012 crime statistics. Last year, according to the mayor’s office, the city had the fewest number of homicides since 1969.
Healy rival and City Councilman Steven Fulop unleashed two ads last week. One, called “Hudson,” shows Fulop swimming the filthy waters of the Hudson River between Jersey City and Manhattan as he essentially introduces himself to voters who aren’t familiar with his bio and resume.
But the ad that seems to be causing a stir is one titled “How Many,” in which Fulop talks to a small group of youngsters about gun violence in their neighborhoods. All of the children in the ad are African American. All are elementary school aged.
The ad begins with Fulop, seated next to an African American man in a Jersey City police officer uniform, asking the kids, “How many people have ever heard, in their neighborhood, gunshots?”
A majority of the children raise their hands.
At the Feb. 27 City Council meeting, LaVerne Washington, an activist who tries to kept at-risk youth out of trouble, asked Fulop whether the kids were, in fact, Jersey City residents and wondered whether they were being “exploited” for political purposes.
“I think it’s very distasteful to run a commercial like that,” said Washington. “You can do what you want on the campaign, but for the children to be exploited – I think it’s disgraceful.”
Fulop insisted all of the children are indeed Jersey City residents whose parents were present when the ad was filmed. The children, who he said were not coached for the ad, were culled from various community nonprofit groups and churches based in Jersey City.
“It’s not distasteful when those are not actors,” he added. “Those are 10-year-old, 12-year-old children from across the entire city, and when you ask them how many of them have heard gunshots in their neighborhood and the majority raise their hand, or you ask them how many of them know somebody who got shot, and a lot of them can answer affirmatively, that in itself is disturbing…I would argue that point all day.”
Residents, specifically those with ties to the Jersey City Police Department (JCPD), have also questioned the identity of the man seated next to Fulop in the campaign spot, since he isn’t known to any JCPD personnel.
When asked by the Reporter whether the man was a Jersey City police officer, or a paid actor, Fulop said he is neither. Police Department regulations prohibit officers from appearing in political ads, he said. Fulop stated that it is, however, legal for a JCPD uniform to be rented and used in a political ad, which is what his campaign did.
The man in the uniform, the councilman clarified, is a campaign volunteer.