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Multi-media artists Trish Szymanski in her art installation “The Road Home: Art is a Risky Business,” which she debuted during the 2012 Artists’ Studio Tour. See brief, page 2.
Multi-media artists Trish Szymanski in her art installation “The Road Home: Art is a Risky Business,” which she debuted during the 2012 Artists’ Studio Tour. See brief, page 2.

Noted local artist uses crowd funding concept to find a place to live

Local Jersey City artists Trish Szymanski has launched a crowd funding campaign on to raise $3,000 so she can find a permanent place to live.

A multi-media artist, Szymanski has been without a permanent place to live for some time now and has spent more than a year bouncing from couch to couch. She lost her most recent temporary home around Easter. So that she can get back on her feet, she is asking for small donations to help her raise $3,000 by early June.

“Your donations are helping me move toward permanent shelter, a room of my own,” she writes on the YouCaring website. “My current best option is looming large and I’m excited to be so close to having my few remaining possessions with me – which means I’m hoping to vacate my storage locker and eliminate that monthly bill.”

At press time on May 10, Szymanski had already raised $2,041 of her goal. To see her page on, visit

Big Lots donates to PS 33

Close-out retailer Big Lots, which recently opened a location in Jersey City’s Hudson Mall, last Friday donated $1,500 to the Paul Rafalides School (PS 33). The store has a standing policy to donate to the nearest school when it opens a new retail location.

According to the company, Big Lots is North America's largest closeout retailer. As of the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2012, we operated 1,482 Big Lots stores in the 48 contiguous United States and 79 Liquidation World and LW stores in Canada.

Rising Tide Capital wins $75K award

Last week, the Jersey City-based Rising Tide Capital received a $75,000 Citi Microentrepreneurship Award at the 2013 Association of Enterprise Opportunity National Conference in St. Louis. Rising Tide won in the category of “Microbusiness Development Organization” for providing innovative services in low-income communities.

Founded by the Citi Foundation and administered in the United States by the Association of Enterprise Opportunity, the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards honor entrepreneurs and spotlight organizations which use innovation to create jobs and boost opportunity for individuals in low-income communities across the United States. The program is part of the Citi Foundation’s global microentrepreneurship awards program across 35 countries, which highlights the role of microentrepreneurship and microfinance in the economic empowerment of individuals.

Rising Tide Capital was founded in Jersey City by Harvard University graduates Alex Forrester and Alfa Demmellash in 2004 to empower low-income individuals and communities through entrepreneurship.

Jersey City Medical Center offers free CPR course

For those who prefer to learn CPR in a dynamic, hands-on group environment, Jersey City Medical Center has designed a two-hour course that uses the research-proven Practice-While-Watching method. Those who do not need a course completion card are encouraged to participate. The American Heart Association course will include instruction on both adult and child CPR and choking and will be taught by members of the hospital’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS).

The course will be offered Wednesday, May 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the hospital’s EMS classroom, located at 415 Montgomery St. There is no cost for the course. However, space is limited to 15 people. To register for the one-day course, visit For more information call 201-547-6126 or email

Jersey City Medical Center’s EMS was the first in the U.S. to earn triple accreditation in dispatch, education and emergency medical service.

JCPD seeks help in downtown hit and run

The Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) is seeking help in finding the driver of a silver Jeep Cherokee who allegedly hit a man at Monmouth Avenue and Second Street at around 3:37 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, April 27. Witnesses were able to get a partial license plate number: C37.

According to witnesses, the male victim, whose family has asked that he and his medical condition not be disclosed, was struck and pinned up against another car. The driver allegedly got out of his car for a moment, but then returned to his vehicle and sped away, according to witnesses.

Anyone with information is asked to call the JCPD at (201) 547-5477. The victim remains hospitalized.

NJCU to hold 31st annual Media Arts Dept. Showcase at Loew’s

On Thursday, May 16, the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre will host the 31st annual New Jersey City University Media Arts Department student showcase of film, video, and digital media. The showcase will begin at 7 p.m. The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre is located at 54 Journal Square. There is a suggested donation of $3, which will benefit the Loew’s.

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