Jersey City has launched a series of initiatives aimed at tackling issues related to climate change, initially focusing on stormwater management, specifically reducing flooding and limiting pollution of our waterways. This education and awareness campaign includes an Adopt-A-Catch Basin program and green infrastructure installations such as bioswales, rain gardens, and permeable pavement.
“The issue of climate change is one we are intimately familiar with in Jersey City having experienced Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy,” said Mayor Steven Fulop. “And now that the United States has pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, cities in America must become more engaged to actively combat the effects of climate change. Our goal is to bring attention to this issue while taking real steps that the public can be part of.”
The Adopt-A-Catch Basin program is designed to increase community involvement through pledging to keep catch basins free and clear of garbage at the street level. Catch basins are storm sewer inlets designed to collect water during storm events, and are the first step in stormwater drainage systems. When storms occur, water and other items on the street (e.g. pet waste, oil, litter, leaves, etc.) enter the storm sewer through the catch basins. This debris is carried into the storm sewer system and discharged directly into our streams and rivers – clogging drains and flooding local streets that can have impact during major storms.
Residents can adopt a catch basin at no cost and pledge to keep it free of litter and debris. In turn, the city will provide a broom and dustpan, as well as sponsor a mural at the site to better visually identify the catch basin and remind residents of the challenges associated with city sewers.
So far, nearly 70 catch basins have been adopted. To sign up to adopt a catch basin, visit water.innovatejerseycity.org, and fill out the form.
The city is also seeking to install green infrastructure on a large scale across the city to divert storm water runoff from entering the sewer system. For instance, the city has installed green infrastructure elements in recent park projects at Berry Lane Park and Riverview Fisk Park.
In April, the Fulop administration announced that 2017 is the “Year of Water” for Jersey City. Since then, various events and initiatives have been put in place to increase awareness around stormwater management and water conservation in Jersey City.
Later this year, the administration will create an Office of Sustainability to continue the work of the Office of Innovation in addressing a range of citywide sustainable practices and initiatives.
Education Fair slated for Sept. 23
JC Families will hold an education fair on Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hamilton Park. The event is free.
JCFamilies will be launching and distributing their new directory, which will cover all bases for parents and families interested in local schools and day cares. Over 50 Jersey City and Hoboken-based public schools, private schools, charter schools, and day cares will be represented. Parents and families can obtain information firsthand from school representatives on open houses, school curricula, as well as intermingle with other families and educators alike.
Also at the event, the group will host the 2nd Annual ‘Face-Off’ Magic Show, a free program showcasing the marvelous and mystical talents of local magicians.
Team members of JC Families will have a table set up to answer any of your questions, and will be distributing their newly-launched directory for the 2017-18 school year. For more information go to www.JCFamilies.com.
Library Foundation hosts end of summer bash
Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation hosts its annual end-of-summer bash on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at PJ Ryan’s Squared, 4 PATH Plaza in Jersey City.
The event will feature a Hawaiian luau. The $20 ticket price includes food, beer, wine, and soft drinks, and live music by Eamonn Ryan Band. Proceeds to benefit ongoing renovation of Jersey City’s Main Library. For more information contact Shane Smith, Public Information Officer: 201-547-4579 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation gets $5,000 grant
The Investors Foundation has provided a $5,000 grant to the Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation (“GSECDC”), a nonprofit, faith-based community development organization. The grant will help GSECDC continue to plan and initiate the type of affordable, residential housing programs that have revitalized neighborhoods in Jersey City and Hudson County for more than 25 years.
GSECDC applied for the grant from the Investors Foundation, which supports nonprofit organizations that enrich the diverse communities served by Investors Bank.
John Restrepo, GSECDC Director of Housing and Community Development, stated, “We are creating affordable housing for working families in Hudson County neighborhoods that were once in decline but are now stabilized and will soon thrive. We are grateful for the grant from the Investors Foundation that makes it possible for us to provide homes to families and special needs individuals seeking well-built, secure and comfortable housing that is affordable. We continually strive, with assistance from many supporters, to build good homes that are at the heart of all healthy neighborhoods.”
The grant from the Investors Foundation will cover a portion of the costs incurred by GSECDC, as they begin a new and essential project to transform the former St. John’s Episcopal Church into a condominium complex. Located on Summit Avenue in Jersey City’s Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood, the 145-year-old gothic-style church, as well as an adjoining structure and vacant lot, will be converted into a complex housing 47 residential units. When completed, the complex will be known as “Hilltop View Condominiums,” and the units will be available for purchase as one-, two-, or three-bedroom condominiums.
Ronnie Sevilla, Investors Bank Hudson County Market Manager, commented, “Our Bank is putting the ‘community’ back in banking by working with the GSECDC and local nonprofits that produce significant and positive changes in Jersey City neighborhoods.”
For more information about grants provided to local nonprofits by the Investors Foundation, visit Investors Bank’s branches in Hudson County or click to the Investors Foundation website https://www.myinvestorsbank.com/Community/Investors-Foundation.
Peace Care St. Joseph’s awarded $5,000 grant from The Provident Bank Foundation
Peace Care St. Joseph’s has been awarded a Community Grant in the amount of $5,000 from The Provident Bank Foundation. The grant award will be applied to Peace Care St. Joseph's care for seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
“We are most grateful for The Provident Bank Foundation’s generosity and support of our work,” said George Popko, Peace Care’s CEO. “This generous grant helps Peace Care St. Joseph’s continue to deliver the highest quality, faith-based care to our residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”
As their memories fail, elderly individuals require additional attention and stimulation. Peace Care St. Joseph’s, formerly the Cusack Care Center, is a leader in long term and sub-acute care, including those who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
“The care that Peace Care St. Joseph’s is providing to those who once cared for us, is a beautiful thing to observe”, said Jane Kurek, The Foundation’s ED. “These mothers, fathers, aunts and uncles will always be part of our individual life stories. On behalf of the board and staff of The Provident Bank Foundation, I want to express our appreciation to the staff at St. Joseph’s for their work.”
HCCC offers fall family classes
Hudson County Community College’s Department of Non Traditional Programs will host a wide variety of Family Culinary Classes. The classes are perfect for families and offer fun for people of any age. This season’s offerings range from Chocolate Delights to holiday favorites to baking bread. For more information contact the department of Community Education at (201) 360-4246, or CommunityEd@hccc.edu.