Woman’s body found off Jersey City waterfront
The body of a Caucasian woman in her late 40s to early 50s was taken out of the Hudson River on the 14th Street side of the Holland Tunnel air vent near the Newport Green Park at about 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, said Gene Rubino, spokesperson for the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.
“The woman’s body was recovered by the Jersey City Fire Department and the Jersey City Police Emergency Services Unit,” Rubino said.
The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit also responded and is currently investigating the matter.
First event of annual program of Hudson River ‘Walk the Walkway’ is April 27
The Hudson River Waterfront Conservancy (HRWC) has announced the fourth annual “Walk the Walkway” series on the Hudson River Walkway. The first of seven walks will occur on Sunday, April 27 and will last about two hours. Participants meet in the South Cove Plaza Parking lot at 1 Le Fante Way off Route 440 in Bayonne. A donation of $5 is suggested. Pre-registration is also suggested but is not required. A total of seven events will occur this year, each featuring two to three miles of easy pacing. In addition to Bayonne, walks will also occur in Edgewater, Jersey City, Hoboken and Weehawken.
The Hudson River Walkway runs along the Hudson River Waterfront through nine communities in Hudson and Bergen counties. It extends from the Bayonne Bridge to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee. The 18.5 linear mile walkway is 85 percent complete. Mile-long sections are complete in Jersey City, Hoboken, Weehawken, West New York and North Bergen. New segments of the walkway are under construction in Jersey City, Edgewater, North Bergen and Guttenberg. Reconstruction of damages from Hurricane Sandy is continuing in Edgewater.
Go to www.hudsonriverwaterfront.org to register and for details about the other events or contact Don Stitzenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (201) 519-7057.
Sandy recovery grants available to Hoboken non-profits, deadline is April 30
The Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund has additional funds for distribution to aid the community in the lingering aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The organization announced that a second round of grants would go to Hoboken-based nonprofit organizations with still unmet needs that arose from the storm. Deadline for applications for assistance is April 30.
Applications are available on the Rebuild Hoboken website at http://rebuildhoboken.org/#aid. Completed forms should be sent to Info@rebuildhoboken.org or mailed to 518 Park Ave., Suite 1-R, Hoboken, NJ 07030.
The review process will be conducted once again by the Hoboken Clergy Coalition. This new round of funds will be divided equally among nonprofits qualifying for aid.
The money to be distributed was received after the initial allocation of aid last March, which went to residents and businesses meeting the criteria for assistance. Nearly a million dollars was issued at that time.
The Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund is a 501 (3)(c) charitable organization created to help individuals, families, small businesses and charities recover from losses suffered as a result of the storm and to fill the gap between FEMA assistance and insurance reimbursement.
Primary battles in six freeholder districts
In what could be the most Board of Freeholder seats challenged in a Democratic primary race in recent memory, voters will be asked on June 3 to choose between candidates for six of the nine seats.
Freeholders Doreen DiDomenico in District 1 that includes all of Bayonne and a small portion of Jersey City and Thomas Liggio in District 8 that includes all of North Bergen and a portion of Secaucus have decided not to seek reelection.
In District 1, Kenneth Kopacz, who has the support of the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO), will be challenged by Rafael Augusto to fill the seat vacated by DiDomenico.
To fill Liggio’s vacated seat, HCDO-supported Anthony Vainieri, Jr. is being challenged by Enrique Henry Marrero. The winner will face off against Republican Francis Bruno in November.
In Jersey City, Freeholders Bill O’Dea (District 2) and E. Junior Maldonado (District 4) are running unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Freeholder Jeffrey Dublin (District 3) in Jersey City is fending off a challenge by Gerard Balmir, who has support of the HCDO, Esmeralda Trinidad (of Women for Jersey City) and Arnold B. Williams.
Freeholder Anthony Romano in District 6 – which covers all of Hoboken and a portion of Jersey City – faces a primary challenge from Philip Cohen, who has support of the HCDO, and Adela Rohena Santiago.
Freeholder Tilo E. Rivas in District 6 – which represents Union City – is being challenged by Jose G. Falto
Freeholder Jose Munoz of District 7, which represents West New York, Weehawken and Guttenberg, is being challenged by Caridad Rodriquez, who is supported by the HCDO.
Freeholder Albert Cifelli in District 9, which represents a portion of Secaucus and several towns in West Hudson, is running unchallenged.