Residents across JC celebrate inaugurationPeople in various venues view incoming Obama presidency

It may have looked like the whole world came out for President Barack Obama’s inauguration Tuesday, but in reality over one million people – a record number according to Associated Press estimates – flocked to Washington D.C. for the historic occasion. Others viewed the event at special locations, or on their own TV screens. _____________ …

Off life supportLibertyHealth inches toward financial stability

Three years ago, LibertyHealth System was on the brink of financial ruin. A private nonprofit that ran three hospitals in Secaucus and Jersey City, Liberty was losing millions of dollars each year. In an effort to save its own life, Liberty contracted the services of Wellspring Partners Ltd., an Illinois-based healthcare consulting company. After an …

Friends of Delle Donnas appalledMedrano allowed to work; could be campaign strike against Christie

A week ago Thursday, Luisa Medrano, a Hudson County bar owner who pleaded guilty to a role in an international human smuggling ring in 2006, was granted probation by U.S. District Judge Joel Pisano in Trenton and allowed to return to work, rather than spend the 24 to 30 months in jail she’d been facing. …

Journal Square ‘vision’ closer to adoption Planning Board recommends City Council approval

The Jersey City Planning Board voted at its meeting on Tuesday to recommend the Journal Square Redevelopment Plan for final adoption by the City Council. The plan is meant to revitalize the Journal Square area of town, adding 10,000 to 15,000 new residential units including two towers next to the existing bus/train station. The plan …

Happy 200th, Abe! Lincoln’s birthday remembered with various local events

The answer: Abraham Lincoln. The question: Which well-loved Republican in Jersey City’s history will be celebrating his 200th birthday soon? Yes, the 16th president of the United States, the man on the penny and the five dollar bill, the Great Emancipator, was born Feb. 12, 1809. Since 1867, two years after Lincoln’s death, Jersey City …

JC taking the LEED in going greenMayor, council introduce initiatives

The Jersey City City Council introduced at its Wednesday meeting four ordinances making Jersey City more like “Green City”. The ordinances call for establishing environmentally friendly and energy efficient standards for city owned-buildings and future municipal projects including attaining the coveted LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council; …

Housing Authority raises rents, salaries Maio defends moving housing voucher office

The Jersey City Housing Authority Board of Commissioners approved a 2 percent rent increase for several hundred residents living in the public housing complexes at its Jan. 7 meeting, and also increased the fees for damaged items in their units. Also at the meeting, Executive Director Maria Maio told the commissioners that due to successful …

Ready and willingLocal emergency personnel respond to crash

A US Airways jet crash landed in the Hudson River along the Weehawken waterfront after striking a flock of birds shortly after takeoff, reports said. All 148 passengers and five crew members were rescued and the injured were taken to area hospitals, including approximately 60 passengers to Hudson County, after surviving the “Miracle on the …