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Inspired by Mayor Steven Fulop’s promise to protect immigrants from possible intimidation by federal immigration agents, the City Council introduced an ordinance at its April 12 meeting that will create a city-based identification system. The ordinance would establish the Office of Welcoming Community and the Jersey City Municipal Identification Card Program to help people who might otherwise have trouble proving who they are. This could include immigrants and the homeless, some of whom could be detained because they cannot otherwise show identification. A similar program recently launched in Union City, which, like Jersey City, has considered itself a Sanctuary City. Click here for more.

After a member of the Hoboken school board accidentally sent an offensive text to all of her colleagues and the superintendent of schools, she apologized last week and declined to resign. More than a dozen members of the public attended Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting to support board member Irene Sobolov after the controversy came to light, while two others criticized her. The controversy began on March 24 when Sobolov sent out a message that included a screenshot of 1st Ward Councilman Michael DeFusco’s Facebook page and a supportive comment left by him from local dad Brian Murray, a former school board candidate. The comment supported DeFusco’s “vision.” When Sobolov sent out the photo involving the pair, she wrote, “butt buddies,” a negative term often meant to characterize two people as extremely close. Sobolov accidentally sent the text to the superintendent of schools and the other eight board members instead of to a friend. Click here for more.

Weehawken Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Zywicki participated in the 31st annual Lincoln Tunnel 5K Challenge last Saturday. The challenge raises funds for the Special Olympics New Jersey, in which athletes with disabilities compete in various categories. Students from Weehawken High School and Mayor Richard Turner joined him, helping to raise over $2,000 for the games this year. Around 2,600 runners took part. Participants ran and walked through the tunnel to Midtown Manhattan before turning around and running back to the finish line in New Jersey. According to Maria Fisher, chairperson of the Special Olympics, the event raised over $125,000. AmeriHealth New Jersey sponsored the event. Click here for more.

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