Jersey City man dies from gunshot wounds; second victim wounded

According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, on Dec. 1, Tyrone J. Wilson, 26, of Jersey City sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso. A preliminary investigation found that Wilson was transported to Jersey City Medical Center by private vehicle where he was pronounced dead at approximately 11:40 p.m.

Jersey City police officers discovered there was a second victim of the shooting who was found on the corner of Grand Street and Prior Street in Jersey City. The second victim was shot once in a lower extremity. The victim was treated at the scene and then transported by ambulance to JCMC for additional medical treatment. The victim’s condition is unknown at this time. No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.

The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit is actively investigating the case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at (201) 915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office official website at: All information will be kept confidential. 

Compete for cash prizes in JC’s ‘Best Christmas Decorated Home’ contest

Residents are invited to compete in the 2016 “Best Christmas Decorated Home” contest. Grand prize winners will receive $1,000 cash and a plaque. Teams will go out and film the houses, so entrants must notify the studio as soon as possible in order for the crews to schedule a visit. Email the street address to or tweet to JCHudsonMedia. For more information contact Pat O’Melia at (201) 963-6700.

Volunteers needed to shovel for senior citizens

Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Department of Public Works and the Jersey City Health Department/Office of Senior Affairs announced last week that applications are now open for the second year of the ”JC Shovels” program, launched last winter in order to alleviate winter storm stresses for the city’s most vulnerable senior citizens. The program connects seniors with nearby volunteers who will be deployed to shovel walkways and sidewalks following a snowstorm.

Last winter, 175 seniors were served by 168 volunteers and the administration is hoping the program will grow this year. Anyone interested in volunteering can sign up through the link, by emailing or calling (201) 547-4391. Once a roster of volunteers is assembled, DPW will map geographically where the volunteers are located and connect those volunteers with seniors in their neighborhood.

Seniors who own their own home and who would like to apply for assistance this year can request an application by emailing or calling (201) 547-4391. Completed applications should be mailed to the Jersey City Department of Public Works, at 13-15 Linden Ave. East, 3rd Floor, Jersey City, NJ 07305. All applications are reviewed by the Department of Health and Human Services to determine eligibility. Once the application is approved, seniors will receive confirmation letters via mail or email.

Cristina Fontanelli sings Italian and Christmas classics in New York concert Dec. 18

Award-winning singer Cristina Fontanelli, who grew up in Hoboken, will perform her program of Italy’s best-loved songs, arias, Neapolitan and Christmas classics during her 13th annual “Christmas In Italy” show at the Washington Irving Campus Landmark Theater, 40 Irving Place (between 16th and 17th Streets), Gramercy Park, New York, on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.

Fontanelli calls her show “a love letter to her Italian heritage and a tribute to her grandparents.”

“I began this beloved annual holiday tradition to preserve Italy’s great classic and popular songs and to teach them and, more importantly, the values they represent, to younger generations,” she says. 

The Ronzoni Company is sponsoring and will give the entire audience a Ronzoni spoon and coupon for a box of free pasta. 

Tickets and information can be purchased at 1-800-838-3006/Event 2604895 and online at More information on Fontanelli can be found at, and on “Christmas in Italy” at .

For this special one-day event, she will sing Italian songs such as “Torna a Surriento,” “Mamma” and “O Sole Mio,” plus Christmas songs, and will be accompanied by world-class musicans on piano, mandolins, guitar and accordion. 

The Little Language Studio of Brooklyn (Alberta Gulotta, teacher) will sing the traditional Italian Christmas carol “Tu scendidallestelle” (“You came down from the stars”), the children of the Jersey City Ballet will dance to “Dominick the Donkey” and the choir will perform the great choral pieces written by Giuseppe Verdi plus Christmas selections. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a children’s charity.

Remembering Pearl Harbor by serving there
Petty Officer 2nd Class Monica Hamm, a 2007 William L. Dickinson High School graduate, is assigned to the Navy’s U.S. Pacific Fleet Headquarters in Pearl Harbor. 
As the nation pauses to remember the attack on Pearl Harbor, which occurred 75 years ago on Dec. 7, 1941, the occasion has special meaning for her, serving in the U.S. Navy in the very location that drew the United States into World War II.
According to Navy officials, the U.S. Pacific Fleet is the world’s largest fleet command, encompassing 100 million square miles, nearly half the earth’s surface, from Antarctica to the Arctic circle and from the West Coast of the United States into the Indian Ocean. The U.S. Pacific Fleet consists of approximately 200 ships/submarines, nearly 1,100 aircraft, and more than 140,000 sailors and civilians.
Hamm is responsible for administrative awards, travel, evaluations, and leading sailors. 
“The best thing about my job is getting to travel to different platforms in the Navy,” said Hamm. “I like the travel and meeting new people. I like to be cultured.”
Being stationed in Pearl Harbor, often referred to as the gateway to the Pacific in defense circles, means that Hamm is serving in a part of the world – the Pacific – that is taking on new importance in America’s national defense strategy. 
“For me, it just makes me proud to serve and be able to contribute with the huge sacrifices that the men and women who came before us made,” said Hamm.
While much as changed in 75 years, American sailors’ core attributes of toughness, initiative, accountability and integrity remain today. The last legacy of the heroism and determination exhibited on Dec. 7th, 1941 is the heritage Hamm and other service members remain committed to live up to in the 21st Century. 
“It’s important for those of us serving in Pearl Harbor today to remember the sacrifice of those who served before us,” said Adm. Scott Swift, Commander, U.S. Pacific fleet. The important work we do everyday honors those who were here 75 years ago and is a testament to the enduring value of our navy’s mission.” – By Petty Officer 2nd Class(SW) Brian T. Glunt, Navy Office of Community Outreach

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