JERSEY CITY BRIEFS
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FOOD CONTRACT AWARDED – The Jersey City Board of Education voted 6-3 to award a new $2.9 million food services contract to Preferred Foods despite a year of bickering and complaints about the company’s service. The company will provide meals to schools for the 2017-2018 school year. Board members who voted for the contract said the district needed to improve communications with the company about food complaints. Representatives from Preferred Foods said they had received very few and so could not respond to them prior to the vote.
FOOD CONTRACT AWARDED – The Jersey City Board of Education voted 6-3 to award a new $2.9 million food services contract to Preferred Foods despite a year of bickering and complaints about the company’s service. The company will provide meals to schools for the 2017-2018 school year. Board members who voted for the contract said the district needed to improve communications with the company about food complaints. Representatives from Preferred Foods said they had received very few and so could not respond to them prior to the vote.
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Anti-war rally set for Aug. 27 at Journal Square

In reaction to President Donald Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would increase the number of military personnel deployed to Afghanistan, the Jersey City Peace Movement has scheduled a rally at the Fountain in Journal Square for Aug. 27 from noon to 2 p.m.

Blood drive scheduled for 9/11

Saying it is a crucial time of year to ensure blood donations, on Monday, Sept. 11 at 9 a.m., Suburban Propane will support the Jersey City Police & Fire blood drive at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, at 2 Exchange Place in Jersey City. This is one of many blood drives that are part of a summer-long partnership for communities to get involved and build awareness about the constant need for blood and platelet donations.

Det. Santiago’s mother sues Walgreens over son’s death

Citing alleged inadequate security on the day her son was killed, the mother of ambushed Jersey City Police Det. Melvin Vincent Santiago has filed a suit against Walgreens and others.

The eight-count wrongful death suit, filed by Catherine McBride, names Walgreen Eastern Co., the security guard working at the Kennedy Boulevard store at the time of the July 13, 2014 shooting, and the security company that employed him.

Lawrence Campbell assaulted the Walgreens security guard and then laid in wait while store clerks called 911 and reported an alleged robbery

When Santiago and his partner pulled up in front of the Walgreens on Kennedy Boulevard at about 4:11 a.m. Campbell fired on the police cruiser, killing Santiago. Other officers shot Campbell dead.

The suit in part points to the store chain’s change from previously hiring off-duty cops to a private security firm, and that convenience stores are well-known targets for robberies on weekends.

A trial date has been set for Sept. 11 in Hudson County Superior Court before Judge Christine Vanek in Jersey City.

Visions of an oasis

A new Jersey City gallery named Clara Arts will hold its first exhibition with art work that is as diverse as Jersey City’s population.

Named the most diverse city in the U.S. this year, Jersey City embodies what it means to be an ethno-racial melting pot, said gallery owners. What began as an advisory named for owner and operator Jessica Tribble’s late-art collecting grandmother, Clara Arts will open on Sept. 16 to highlight the city’s rich, artistic culture.

Just as our current society appears to be unrecognizable, the gallery’s first exhibition – entitled “Sisao Nabru: Tranquility in Retrograde” – explores how the definitions and images of tranquility, the oasis, and serenity have been turned around, flipped over, reversed, and inverted in all different ways to accommodate modern life today.

This group exhibition will feature work by Brooklyn-based artists Patrick Eugéne (Haitian-American painter who challenges societal norms), Josana Blue (of Bushwick), and Julian Rapp (abstract artist who aims to highlight the diversities of everyday life).

Clara Arts will also host panel talks throughout September and October on topics ranging from ‘urban tranquility’ to in-depth interviews with the three artists themselves.

Clara Arts Gallery opening of “Sisao Nabru: Tranquility in Retrograde” will a reception on Sept. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will run through Oc. 21.

Clara Arts is located 709 Bergen Ave. in Jersey City. For more information go to http://claraarts.com/event/grandopening/.

Auditions scheduled for Music on Broadway series

Open auditions will be held for the Music on Broadway series, held each Friday in Bayonne.

This very popular, city-sponsored event places paid performers at various dining establishments in Bayonne each Friday.

A meeting and auditions will be held on Thursday, Aug. 31 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Vic Tavern, 107 Hobart Ave., Bayonne.

All interested musicians should be prepared to perform one or two songs. For additional information, please contact Terry Young (20) 615-9768 or Dee Dee Bottino (201) 858-6357.

Music on Broadway is sponsored by The City of Bayonne, The Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone and The Hudson Reporter.

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