Jersey City opens pools and sprinklers over Memorial Day weekend
To celebrate the unofficial kickoff to summer this holiday weekend, Mayor Steven M. Fulop and the Department of Recreation announce the opening of ten pools and fifteen water sprinkler systems citywide to help residents cool off from the heat. Beginning Friday, May 26, pools and sprinklers will be open and available for use. All sprinklers will be kept on Memorial Day through Labor Day 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week for those looking to beat the heat. Proof of residency and a photo ID must be presented in order to enter the pools. Examples include a driver’s license, passport, utility bill, or work ID.
Residents can also partake in additional recreational programming this summer, including: outdoor basketball, volleyball, flag football, soccer, and lacrosse. These programs, like the many others, are a reflection of the Fulop administration’s goal to create a diverse offering of educational and inspiriting activities for all residents.
Swim lessons and programs are also available to Jersey City residents through the Recreation Department. The pool openings serve as a continuation of the Fulop administration’s commitment to the growth and development of recreational programs within the community. Additionally, this will be the second summer the department will offer a free fencing clinic to students, joining the other 30 new recreation programs Mayor Fulop has added since taking office. Some of which include, scuba, boxing, cricket, fitness programs, and programs for special needs athletes.
For more information on Pools and Park Sprinklers and Learn to Swim Programs in your area please visit http://jerseycitynj.gov/swimming/sprinklers/ or call (201) 547-5003.
More than 30 arrested in large scale narcotics operation
Following an eight-month investigation, members of the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor, Jersey City Police Department and various local and federal law enforcement agencies executed multiple search warrants on May 23 in both Hudson and Essex counties. Officers arrested 31 individuals who were charged with various narcotics and firearm offenses. Beginning at 6 a.m., more than 150 law enforcement officers executed search warrants in multiple locations in Jersey City and East Orange including seven residences, four vehicles and one business. Additional search warrants and arrest warrants continued to be executed throughout the day.
In addition to the arrests, officers seized two handguns, hollow point bullets, three vehicles, and various amounts of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and illegal prescription drugs.
“This network was responsible for supplying a significant amount of heroin and other narcotics to the Jersey City area,” said Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. “Considering the amount of drug use and the drug distribution trade in this area, it’s reassuring that this collaborative effort will help to diminish the harm imposed on the residents of Jersey City by this illegal activity.” Prosecutor Suarez also credited the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service for assisting with the arrests and execution of the search warrants today.
She thanked Jersey City Medical Center Emergency Medical Services for their assistance during the operation.
“The investigative work of the officers in the Jersey City Violent Crimes Unit led to the uncovering of this network of drugs, guns and violent offenders,” said Jersey City Public Safety Director James Shea. “Their work, and the collaboration with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office and multiple other county and federal law enforcement agencies, has led to these nearly three dozen arrests and bringing down this illegal and dangerous operation.”
‘Drugs Don’t Work’ seminar coming to in Jersey City
The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey will hold the 20th Annual Legal Issue of a Drug-Free Workplace Statewide Seminar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 7 at the Duncan Family Sky Room at Saint Peter’s University, 47 Glenwood Ave., in Jersey City.
The event is part of the organization’s Drugs Don’t Work in NJ! program and will address issues such as the impact of prescription drug abuse in the workplace, medical and legalized marijuana, drug testing protocols, trends in drug use and new case law. The seminar is co-sponsored by Saint Peter’s University, CarePoint Foundation, CarePoint Health, Mack-Cali, Horizon Health and the United Way of Hudson County.
Guest speakers include William J. Holubek, MD; Nima Majlesi, DO; Stephen E. Trimboli, Esq.; and Nancy N. Delogu, Esq. Former governor James J. Florio will be presented with the Drugs Don’t Work in NJ! Founder’s Award for his foresight and vision in establishing Drugs Don’t Work in NJ! as a resource for the New Jersey business community to be compassionate and competitive.
To register, visit http://www.drugfreenj.org/ddw2017registration/.
Registration opens for Jersey City Ward Tour & Festival on June 4
Bike JC, a nonprofit organization that promotes bike-friendly streets, will host their annual Ward Tour, which will conclude with a party at the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza.
Registration is open for the Jersey City Ward Tour & Festival, slated for June 4. The 15-mile tour, which is in its eighth year, will touch all six wards of Jersey City, and organizers are expecting about 2,000 riders to participate.
The tour is presented in partnership with Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council, and the Office of Cultural Affairs.
The tour starts on a Sunday morning at 11 a.m. on Montgomery Street and Grove Street, next to City Hall (280 Grove St.). Protected by rolling street closures implemented by Jersey City police, riders will make a clockwise loop around the city, at a manageable pace (10 mph at the front) with several rest breaks, and finish on the Plaza between 1 and 1:30 p.m.
The following Finish Line Festival will continue all afternoon until 5 p.m., and will feature live music, food and drink, an expo with community/nonprofit organizations, and more.
Bike JC is also setting up discounts for riders at cafés and restaurants surrounding the City Hall start. The Sirelo Entertainment community drum circle will again warm up and send off the riders at the start (all are welcome to participate with their own percussion instruments).
Registration for the tour is required and is free at bikejc.org, with a $5 suggested donation to Bike JC. Riders must be age 12 or older, and must wear helmets. Younger children may be carried securely on an adult’s bike. This year the tour is rain or shine.
“We couldn’t do it without the city’s help,” said Bike JC President Patrick Conlon. “Of course, that’s also true of our larger goals: Creating a network of protected bike lanes around the city, and enabling more, and better, and safer cycling here.”
American Dream to open in 2019
The Triple Five Group of Companies has announced it has obtained the $1.67 billion private construction financing it needs to continue construction of the American Dream project in the Meadowlands, according to local media.
“We are pleased to have worked with JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs on the financing for this transformational project,” Don Ghermezian, CEO and president of American Dream, said. “The construction loan paves the way for the completion of American Dream and allows us to aggressively move forward with the construction and opening of the project.”
The firm had previously scheduled completion for fall 2018. Triple Five said American Dream is now slated to open in March 2019.
Despite the stoppage of construction, American Dream continued its leasing efforts. Kidzania, DreamWorks Water Park, Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park, Cinemex and Legoland Discovery Center have already signed up to be a part of the 3 million-square-foot project.
Triple Five has also owns Mall of America in Minnesota and Edmonton Mall in Canada.
The Kennedy Dancers presents ‘It’s Amazing’ Summer Dance Day Camp
The Kennedy Dancers is now taking registration for The Amazing Summer Dance Day Camp. This 4 or 5 week program will take place on July 10 until Aug. 11 of this summer. Camp will take place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This summer dance camp is for children ages 5-14 and they will have fun learning different dance styles such as ballet, modern jazz, tap, hip hop and more. They will also be able to dabble in musical theatre dance, acting, and vocal music. Your child will receive a well-rounded experience in the performing arts with dance as the main focus.
Aside from taking classes from our trained, professional dance instructors, students will also be able to spend some recreation time at the nearby pool at PS No. 6 and play soccer, tennis and do yoga in the park. The fun filled all-day schedule also includes free breakfast and lunch provided by the city.
The Amazing Summer Dance Experience will begin on July 10 and will end Aug. 11, where there will be a small performance for just the parents. To enroll for four weeks, the cost is $650. To enroll for all five weeks, the cost is $800. Sibling discounts may apply, inquire with the studio.
For more information, check out www.kennedydancers.org
HCCC presents Joseph D. Sansone with the HCCC 2017 Heritage Award
Hudson County Community College (HCCC) will present the HCCC 2017 Heritage Award to Joseph D. Sansone for his lifetime service to the community. The award will be presented during the College’s 40th Annual Commencement ceremonies on Thursday, May 18, beginning at 6 p.m. at New Jersey Performing Art Center in Newark. Degrees will be conferred on approximately 1,129 students that evening.
The HCCC Heritage Award was instituted 24 years ago to honor members of the community who have made significant contributions to the college, its students, and families. Past recipients include Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise; President of Lindenfelser Associates, Aerospace Consultants and former Kearny Mayor and Councilperson Kenneth H. Lindenfelser; SILVERMAN principal Paul Silverman; former HCCC Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Abegail Douglas-Johnson; Union City science teacher Nadia Makar; Pastor and Overseer of Mt. Sinai Full Baptist Church Mother Jacqueline Mays; United Way of Hudson County President Daniel Altilio; Hudson County business leader Raju Patel; retired Jersey Journal publisher Scott Ring; former New Jersey City University President Dr. Carlos Hernandez; and Director of District Redesign & Leadership at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform/Brown University Marla Ucelli.