Jersey City Artist Tour slated for Saturday and Sunday
Mayor Steven Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council, and the Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs will present the 26th Annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour, a free self-guided tour featuring nearly 900 artists, 86 murals, and 200 participating stops that include galleries, artist studios, public art, and mixed-use and pop-up exhibition spaces. The tour will take place from noon to 6 p.m. throughout the city on Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9.
The Jersey City Art & Studio Tour is a weekend-long celebration of Jersey City’s robust arts scene that features visual art, installation, multimedia, film, music, performance and everything in-between in locations throughout the city, including the flagship community exhibition space at 150 Pacific Ave.
“The Annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour introduces visitors to one of the most vibrant arts communities in the state,” said Mayor Fulop. “This year, we have nearly 35 new participating venues representing recently opened small businesses and artist galleries, and over 20 new murals for guests and residents to explore.”
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Fulop celebrates plans to close coal power plant
PSE&G announced that it is planning to close two aging power plants by 2017, one of which is located in Jersey City, the other in Mercer County. The coal-powered PSEG Hudson Generating Station power plant in Jersey City was at one point considered one of the most polluting in the nation.
“We have worked with environmental groups over the last few years to advocate for the closing of the Jersey City station, which contributed to pollution and dangerous air quality for residents in Jersey City. We commend PSE&G for this decision that will improve quality of life in Jersey City.”
The two plants currently burn coal rarely, switching instead to natural gas when put into service. But those two plants have installed expensive pollution controls, at a cost of nearly $2 billion, to meet tougher environmental standards, making them less competitive with newer natural gas units.
Since 1906, The Hudson Generating Station in Jersey City has occupied 250-acres north of the intersection of Duffield and Van Keuren Avenues on the east bank of the Hackensack River.
Last year, Fulop joined the New Jersey Sierra Club – and a diverse coalition of community leaders in the hilltop park overlooking the power plant – to support Obama’s plan that would call for a 32 percent reduction of carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 2030.
Coal-fueled plants also have a significant local impact on health, Fulop said, noting that these facilities are usually located in impoverished areas and contributed to a number of respiratory ailments. One report by a not-for-profit called “Toll from Coal” estimated that 531 people in New Jersey die each year from coal-related deaths. Coal also contributes to 445 hospital admissions yearly, and is connected to about 987 heart attacks.
Jersey City gets $1.9 million to expand community policing
U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Congressman Albio Sires (D-8th Dist.) announced that Jersey City has been awarded $1,875,000 in federal funding to hire 15 new police officers. The grant was awarded through the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program (CHP).
“These grants are critically important to expanding community policing and keeping our neighborhoods safe,” said Sen. Menendez. “We have an obligation to support our local police and to protect our residents, and that’s exactly why I’ll continue to fight to make sure New Jersey’s police departments, like Jersey City, have the resources they need to hire new officers and get the job done.”
“As communities across the nation are forced to make tough budget decisions, this federal grant will bolster public safety by helping ensure New Jersey police departments like Jersey City are adequately staffed,” said Sen. Booker. “The COPS program makes critical investments in innovating and enhancing the effectiveness of community policing, which is why I stand committed to ensuring it’s fully funded.”
“I am pleased that the city of Jersey received these vital funds to assist its police department,” said Rep. Sires. “With these additional funds, Jersey City’s outstanding police department will continue to provide the highest level of overall safety for its residents and their neighborhoods.”
The CHP program was designed to advance public safety by addressing the full-time officer needs of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. CHP provides funds directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new and/or rehire career law officers, and to increase crime prevention efforts.
Jersey City ‘Terminal of Terror’ set up for Halloween weekend
The historic Central Railroad of New Jersey will be transformed into The Terminal of Terror on Oct. 29 for a Halloween event, located in a one of a kind venue overlooking the Manhattan skyline in the heart of Liberty State Park.
Starting at 9 p.m., the event will run until 2 a.m. People are asked to come dressed from head to toe in scary attire for this ghastly Jersey City event. Terminal of Terror features four of the top leading Jersey City DJ’s spinning music, haunted activities, costume contest and more. The food trucks that will be in attendance are Milk Sugar Love, Pizza-Vita, Burger Warrior NY food truck, and The Angry Crab. Including free face painting by Bella, Jersey City’s Face Painter.
Preceding the Terminal Terror is Spooky Terminal, a family-friendly event on Oct. 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. in collaboration with JC Families.
Terminal of Terror is sponsored by Premiere Vibes, Allure Consultants, and (The) Rock-it Docket. Jersey City Day Trippers will be providing a special shuttle from Grove Street to the Terminal and back to Grove Street. To purchase tickets for the shuttle and event visit http://terminalofterror.com/
Blood drive coming to Jersey City and Hoboken
New Jersey Blood Services has announced that it is conducting blood drives in Jersey City and Hoboken, on Tuesday Oct. 18, New Jersey City University, Gilligan Student Union, 2039 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and on Wednesday, Oct. 19, Hoboken Public Safety, John Wiley & Sons Building, 111 River St., Hoboken, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chabad Jewish Center offers free High Holiday Services for Yom Kippur, Oct. 11-12
All services will take place at Chabad Jewish Center, 80 Park Ave. (entrance Newark St), Hoboken. There are no membership fees and Chabad’s services are open to all Jews. Chabad runs a traditional service with a contemporary message in a warm and inclusive atmosphere. Hebrew English prayer books are provided. On Oct. 12, children’s service will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and again from 5 – 6 p.m., with a break the fast buffet at 7 p.m.
Online registration appreciated. Visit www.jewishHoboken.com for a full schedule and to register.
Saint Dominic Academy to hold fall open house
Saint Dominic Academy, Jersey City will host open house events on Thursday, Oct. 13 (6 to 8 p.m.) and Sunday, Oct. 16 (1 to 3 p.m.). The events will feature club and athletic demos, academic presentations, tours, and complete details about the application process for Grades 7-12. Additionally, SDA announces “Walk Through Wednesdays” when parents (and students, if they are available) will be able to visit SDA every Wednesday, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. No appointment is necessary. Information about the Academy and its application and admission processes, including the Freshman for a Day program can be found on the website (www.stdominicacad.com). Questions can be directed at any time to Andrea Apruzzese, director of Saint Dominic Academy Admissions at (201) 434-5938, ext. 14 or firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Dinner With the Doctor’ focuses on breast cancer
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this month’s “Dinner with the Doctor” series at Jersey City Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, will focus on the care, prevention and treatment options of breast cancer.
Breast surgeon Dr. Julie DiGioia, Chief of Surgical Oncology and Medical Director of the Cristie Kerr Women’s Center at Jersey City Medical Center, will present on this topic at the Chandelier Restaurant, 1081 Broadway in Bayonne, on Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free to the public.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States (other than skin cancer). Each year in the United States, more than 192,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Men can also get breast cancer (about 1 percent of Dr. DiGioia’s patients are men). Treatment works best when the cancer is detected early.
Dr. DiGioia, who has been named by Castle Connolly as one of New Jersey’s top surgeons for the past 12 years, is also a breast cancer survivor. Working with her husband, Dr. Stephen Hall, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, she has dedicated her practice to the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer since 1990.
Dr. DiGioia has long been an expert on breast cancer. In January 2009, she found what it was like being a patient after being diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing treatment.
Materials on breast cancer will be made available to attendees at each event.
“Dinner with the Doctor,” gives area residents the chance to enjoy a light dinner and listen to leading physicians discuss their specialty and answer questions.
Registration is required. Please call (888) 724-7123.
Bnai Jacob to celebrate the Jewish New Year
High holy days worship with Congregation Bnai Jacob in Jersey City will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 11 and 12.
Kol Nidre service will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 11. On Oct. 12, morning service will start at 10 a.m., followed by Yizkor Service at 11:30 a.m., Musaf Service at noon, an afternoon program at 4 p.m., a concluding service at 6 p.m. and a break-the-fast at 7:01 p.m.
Rabbi Aaron Katz will hold an open house at his Port Liberte residence on Sunday, Oct. 9, 3 to 6 p.m., 11 Sharwater Court East No. 53.
Satellite reference office open at Main Library during renovations
The Jersey City Free Public Library has opened a satellite office at the Main Library for the Reference Department, which remains closed for its full renovation.
The satellite office is located between the Lending and Reference departments, where the Lending satellite office was located during its major renovation, and will provide limited services to the public.
The Reference satellite office, located on the 2nd floor of the Main Library, 472 Jersey Ave., will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Patrons are instructed to call (201) 547-5877 for a direct answer to their reference questions, as the regular phone numbers ((201) 547-4500, then Press 1 for the Reference Department, or the direct line, x4501), are not working properly right now.
Halloween features at the Loews Theater
The Landmark Loews Theater, at 54 Journal Square, will present a number of film features for Halloween.
On Friday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. the theater will present a rare vampire double feature including “Nosferatu,” the first vampire movie along with live organ accompaniment.
This will be followed by “Dracula’s Daughter” The rarely screened “official” sequel to “Dracula.”
Tickets for both films are $13 adults, $10 seniors (65+) and children (12 and younger).
On Saturday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m., the theater will show “The Son of Frankenstein,” starring Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone, Lionel Atwill. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors (65+) and children (12 and younger).
At 8 p.m. the theater will present “Rosemary’s Baby” starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavettes, and Ruth Gordon. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors (65+) and children (12 and younger).