Man killed by light rail train on Friday morning
A Bayonne Flyer light rail train struck and killed a man on the tracks between Richard Street and Danforth Avenue after 9 a.m. on Friday.
The train was heading from Bayonne through Jersey City and the accident happened between stations.
A passenger who was on the train said that after the impact, the driver of the train stopped the train and was crying. Other transit workers came to help her off the train.
Transit officials told the press that the person was trespassing on the tracks between stations.
Service was suspended between Bayonne and Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Workers at the Liberty State Park stop said that shuttle buses were sent to help passengers get to other stations.
Furnished Quarters and Bideawee Team up for pet adoption event at Grove St. PATH
Bideawee, one of New York City’s leading animal welfare organizations, will partner with Furnished Quarters, the leading provider of temporary furnished apartments in the Northeastern United States, to hold a pet adoption event. Bideawee’s Mobile Adoption Van will be at the entrance to the Grove St PATH Station in Jersey City on April 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. Dogs and cats of all ages and sizes will be available for adoption and looking for their forever homes. There will also be giveaways for both pets and people at this special community event.
Movie starring JC native Nathan Lane debuts on demand
A new comedy movie starring Jersey City native Nathan Lane, and adapted from a novel by a Hoboken-based author, is now available for watching via Amazon, iTunes, and via some cable providers on demand.
“Carrie Pilby,” a humorous film about a 19-year-old genius who awkwardly tries to date and meet new people in New York City, premiered two weeks ago on internet and demand. It stars Bel Powley (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”), Lane, Gabriel Byrne, Vanessa Bayer, William Moseley, Colin O’Donoghue, and Desmin Borges.
The film is directed by Susan Johnson. It also features music by Michael Penn.
It is based on the novel of the same name by Jersey City Reporter editor Caren Lissner.
Anyone who can get to amazon.com on their computer can watch the independent film, distributed by the Orchard. For more information on how to watch, go to http://www.braveartfilms.com/carriepilbyreleasedetails/
Social Security lays out five steps to financial security
Nancy A. Berryhill, acting commissioner of Social Security, suggests everyone celebrate the first National Social Security Month in April by taking five steps toward financial security at www.socialsecurity.gov/5-steps-toward-your-financial-security. During the month, Social Security has been providing educational articles and video messages on its website featuring personal finance expert Suze Orman.
Each message will provide the public with practical tips for developing a sound financial plan that includes Social Security as a foundation.
“With retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, Social Security helps secure today and tomorrow for millions of people throughout life’s journey,” Acting Commissioner Berryhill said. “By hosting National Social Security Month, we hope to help the public understand their Social Security protections and promote financial education.”
The National Social Security Month campaign will emphasize the agency’s five key steps toward financial security:
1. Get to know your Social Security
2. Verify your lifetime earnings with a my Social Security.com account
3. Estimate your future Social Security benefits at my Social Security.com
4. Apply online for retirement, disability, or Medicare benefits
5. Manage your Social Security benefits
On average, Social Security replaces approximately 40 percent of pre-retirement earnings. To enjoy a comfortable retirement, most people will also need income from other sources — like pensions, savings, and investments. Yet nearly a third of America’s workers have no money set aside specifically for retirement.
An evening of belli dance and female wisdom
The Kennedy Dancers Inc., a non-profit professional dance company, dance school, and educational cable television productions, presented “Goddess Night, An Evening of Belli Dance and Female Wisdom,” at the Kennedy Dancers Repertory Center, 79 Central Ave (on the corner of Beacon and Central) Jersey City.
This presentation of mystical dances of cultural, folk, tribal fusion and Arabic styles (dubbed by Americans as belly dancing) was meant to transport the audience to a time when belly dancing was designed for women and had meaningful purposes such as rituals, rights of passages, and varying important life events. The evening of dance was performed by Kennedy Dancers Inner City Youth Junior Dance Company with choreography by Diane Dragone.
Indiegrove to host showcase state funding for emerging tech companies
Founded in 2013, co-working space Indiegrove, 121 Newark Ave. in Jersey City, offers its members a variety of resources, including educational workshops, networking opportunities and ample amenities such as meeting rooms, high-speed wireless access, and kitchen facilities. The co-working space has grown rapidly and currently boasts 250 members, of which approximately 35 percent are from the technology industry.
New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) Chief Executive Officer Melissa Orsen will visit Indiegrove on Wednesday, April 26, at 1:30 p.m. as part of EDA’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the programs it offers to support emerging technology companies. She will be joined by EDA Director of Technology & Life Sciences Kathleen Coviello.