Man who died in Jersey City fire identified
A man found dead in a three-alarm fire in Jersey City on Wednesday night has been identified, according to NJ.com.
Firefighters found Thomas Cahill, 64, after they responded to a fire in his home at 410 West Side Ave. around 6:30 p.m.
The fire spread to the buildings attached to either side of Cahill’s home within the three minutes it took for firefighters to arrive, said Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill in the report. The fire was brought under control by 7:17 p.m.
Neighbor Lorenzo Falcon said Cahill may have been sleeping when the fire started. Cahill lived alone, but his son had visited him earlier that day.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Jersey City school board will likely name school for Angelou, not Obama
JERSEY CITY — On Thursday a majority of the Jersey City Board of Education voted to name School 20, for pre-K students through fifth graders, after famed poet Maya Angelou. However, the measure will require one more vote in the future.
But Assemblywoman Angela McKnight of Jersey City had advocated for the last three months for the board to name the school after Pres. Barack Obama instead, said a story on Friday in NJ.com.
School officials said they had been planning to name the school for Angelou, an African-American poet who died in 2014, for a year.
The school is located on Danforth Avenue.
EMS workers who died in 2015 honored
Jersey City Medical Center recently held a special memorial service honoring volunteer and professional EMS workers who lost their lives in service during 2015. The ceremony took place on the Jersey City waterfront overlooking the Hudson River and the World Trade Center site in conjunction with the National Memorial EMS Bike Ride from Boston to Washington, D.C. Several hundred riders participated from throughout the United States and Canada. Local elected officials praised the riders, and presented the Jersey City Medical Center EMS with proclamations. Robert Luckritz, director of the JCMC EMS, thanked NY Waterways and said it was very fitting that NY Waterway was the hospital’s partner on this ride, as they were involved in moving hundreds of people escaping the 9/11 attacks and helped when Flight 1549 crashed into the Hudson River.
Mayor Fulop to cut ribbon at Cast Iron Lofts II grand opening
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop will join principals from Manhattan Building Company in a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 25 at 2:30 p.m. to mark the official grand opening of Cast Iron Lofts II, 300 Coles Avenue, Jersey City.
The 27-story industrial-inspired building is the second property to open within the Cast Iron Lofts collection in Jersey City’s SoHo West (just south of Hoboken, west of New York City), a new neighborhood of oversized residences in highly-amenitized buildings on the border of Jersey City and Hoboken. Cast Iron Lofts II consists of 232 loft-style studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences with high ceilings, soaring living spaces and some of the largest floor plans in the Hudson County marketplace.
The grand opening of Cast Iron Lofts II follows the successful lease up of the 155-unit Cast Iron Lofts I apartment building. Current retail providers include 8 Springs Studio, a Pilates and Yoga studio; Brewshot, a coffee shop that has several other locations in Jersey City and New York; and Viaquenti Academy, a bilingual pre-school.