JERSEY CITY BRIEFS1/18/09

Blues concert series at Loew’s Theatre

A diverse lineup of blues artists will perform at Jersey City’s landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre for the premiere event of the “Loew’s-Down Blues” Concert Series, Friday, Jan. 23 from 7:30 – 11:00 p.m. Performers include Arthur Neilson, the Dave Gross Band with special guest Gina Sicilia, Enzo & The Bakers, Dennis Gruenling, Christine Santelli and guest MC Kevin Kiley. The Loew’s Jersey is located at 54 Journal Square in Jersey City.
Presented by Jersey City Magazine, the concert series’ promotional partners and sponsors include the Journal Square Restoration Corporation, Friends of the Loew’s, the City of Jersey City, Square Ramp Parking, the United Jersey Blues Network, the Hudson Reporter Newspapers, the Jersey Journal, WFDU-FM, and the New Jersey Urban Enterprise Zone Program.
Tickets are available for $20 at loewsjersey.org, or at the event for $25. Tickets can also be purchased (cash or check only – no credit cards) at The Franklin Tavern, 97-99 Franklin Ave., West Orange; Ruthie’s Pizza and BBQ, 64 ½ Chestnut St., Montclair; the Journal Square Restoration Corporation Office, 4 PATH Plaza, Jersey City, and the Hudson Reporter Office, 1400 Washington St., Hoboken. The cost of parking for ticket holders will be reduced for the event to just $5 at Square Ramp Parking, located directly behind the theatre.
For more information, call the Journal Square Restoration Corporation at (201) 795-1854 or visit thenewjournalsquare.com. For more information on the theatre, call the Loew’s Jersey Theatre at (201) 798-6055 or visit loewsjersey.org.

Public housing residents invited to see inauguration

The Jersey City Housing Authority invites Housing Authority residents to witness live coverage of the inauguration of president-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the Community Revitalization Center of the Curries Woods Housing Complex, 65-67 Ruby Brown Terrace in Jersey City. Free transportation for residents starts at 8:30 a.m.
For more information, call (201) 547-6706/547-6691.

Jersey City libraries hold re-openings
Two libraries of the Jersey City Free Public Library system will be holding re-openings in the near future.
The Main Library, 472 Jersey Avenue, is the site of the Grand Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting of the Vincenzo Domenico Bonetti II Children’s Room at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22. Located on the first floor of the Main Library, the room was named for Vincenzo Domenico Bonetti II, an adorable two-year-old child, by former Mayor Glenn D. Cunningham in 2002.
The Bonetti Children’s Room received a $240,000 renovation that includes new electrical work and lighting, refinishing of all original woodwork, new flooring and new furniture.
On Monday, Jan. 26, the Greenville Branch of the Jersey City Free Public Library, 1841 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, will re-open after a nearly year long renovation.
The $4 million renovation and restoration of the library includes a new auditorium with disabled-accessible seating, a suspended ceiling and all new lighting, and exterior and interior site work to bring the library up to current building codes.

HCCC spring registration

Registration for spring classes at Hudson County Community College has begun. Classes start Friday, Jan. 23 and end on May 18. For more information, please call the Office of Enrollment Services at (201) 714-7200. Students who have earned 30 or more college credits are eligible to register online at www.hccc.edu.

Seat inspection center opening

The Division of Trauma at Jersey City Medical Center and the Jersey City Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit have joined forces with Safe Kids Hudson County, part of a statewide organization which works to prevent accidental childhood injury, to operate a permanent child seat check station.
The grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new facility is scheduled for Feb. 5 (beginning at 10 a.m.). The Jersey City Traffic Safety Unit will have certified safety technicians providing free safety seat inspections on the first and third Thursday of every month (from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) in an effort to educate parents. No appointment is necessary.
The safety station is the first of its kind in Hudson County and one of several throughout the state. Both English and Spanish speaking technicians are available.
For more information on the car safety seat inspection station, contact Marissa Fisher at (201) 915-2906.