Main city library to reopen on May 1
Library Director Priscilla Gardner has announced the reopening of the Main Library on Monday, May 1 on its regular operating schedule of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, with the following departments open to the public: Lending, New Jersey Room, Bonetti Children’s Room, Biblioteca Criolla, and Literacy.
The Reference Department and Federal Documents Department will remain closed as those areas continue to undergo renovations.
Train victim identified
A man struck by a Hudson Bergen Light Rail train near Richard Street on April 17 has been identified by NJ Transit officials as John Minervini, 45, of Lyndhurst.
Minervini died after being struck by the train when crossing the tracks in an area just north of the Richard Street station. He was apparently walking the tracks when struck.
Although the accident tied up train traffic for several hours, none of the 300 passengers on the train were injured.
Although this is the first reported death as a result of people walking on the tracks, numerous people cross the tracks along the line that goes from Bayonne to Hoboken.
Jersey City launches year of water
Mayor Steven M. Fulop has declared 2017 as a ‘Year of Water for Jersey City,’ which will include a variety of initiatives, events, and programming designed to raise awareness around water infrastructure and conservation within the Jersey City community.
Year of Water initiatives will support the entire Jersey City community in understanding how the city’s storm water system operates, what green infrastructure is, and what individuals can do to help improve storm water management throughout the city. Through the year, the city will engage city departments, community organizations, and residents in committing to the cause. In light of the federal government’s retreat from climate change and sustainability issues, it is more vital than ever for cities to take sustainability action at the local level.
“With climate change posing a serious threat to our planet, we are facing a crossroads on how to properly address this issue” said Mayor Fulop. “Throughout our administration, we have focused on green initiatives such as taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint or instituting a citywide cleanup. This education process is the latest step to encourage our residents to be proactive in ensuring a cleaner and more sustainable community for decades to come.”
Throughout the year, the city will install green infrastructure such as rain gardens, bioswales, and porous pavement, using City Hall as a demonstration site. Green infrastructure creates permeable surfaces, allowing stormwater to be naturally absorbed where it falls instead of flowing into city sewers. Reducing the amount of stormwater that drains into the city’s combined sewer system is a cost-effective way to control localized flooding and reduce pollution in local waterways like the Hudson and Hackensack Rivers. Green infrastructure can also help to beautify neighborhoods, improve air quality, and reduce the city’s carbon footprint.
Jersey City is also currently developing a citywide resiliency plan to provide strategies and frameworks for improving the city’s ability to withstand and recover from the effects of storm surges and rising sea levels.
“We are looking forward to partnering with the Office of Innovation, Rutgers University, and several non-profit groups such as Sustainable JC, to install and promote green Infrastructure projects,” said Thomas Gibbons, Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority board member. ”These projects are an important component of our long-term stormwater management plan and will help us ensure a more sustainable future for Jersey City.”
Jersey City is currently a member of Jersey Water Works, which is a collaborative effort to solve complex problems regarding water infrastructure throughout New Jersey.
If you would like to get involved, please visit http://water.innovatejerseycity.org
Newport to hold 10K waterfront race
Now in its 14th year, the Newport 10K, a Jersey City waterfront race, will take place on Saturday, May 6. The USA-TF certified course is fast, flat, and finishes at the area’s only urban beach.
Thousands of runners kick off race season while taking in the Newport 10K’s panoramic NYC skyline views. Recreational and elite runners compete for $15,900 in prizes and celebrate their scores at the post-race party with a live DJ and refreshments.
Registration begins at 7a.m, and the race begins at 8:30 a.m. at Newport Town Square, 100 Town Square Place in Jersey City.
Newport’s annual post-race party, hosted at Newport Town Square, will begin at 10 a.m. and feature a live DJ, refreshments and prize drawings. This year’s race is sponsored by Riker Danzig, Cosi, Courtyard Marriott Jersey City, New Jersey Beer Co., Dark Roast Media, Newport Swim & Fitness, NJ.com and Yelp.
Proceeds from the race will be donated to the Jersey City Medical Center – RWJ Barnabas Health, the area’s only not-for-profit hospital and regional trauma center.
For race details, visit www.newport10k.com, or call (201) 665-4005.
For more information about Newport, visit www.NewportRentalsNJ.com.
Four NJCU Students and an Alumna Named Fulbright Scholars
Four New Jersey City University students and an NJCU alumna have been selected for the highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Awards for 2017-2018. The National Screening Committee selected these students from over 10,000 applications from colleges and universities across the United States
All five NJCU semi-finalists were selected in the English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Fulbright Grant category. The honorees are Ana Acosta, English, to Peru; Rubi Cedeno, Women and Gender Studies, to South Africa; Iqra Choudry, English and Secondary Education, to Indonesia; Fabiana Rebollo, English and Special Education, to Uruguay; and Nicole Colon ’16, English, to Malaysia.
Irma Maini, professor of English, serves as NJCU’s Fulbright Program advisor.
Established by the United States Congress in 1946, the Fulbright Program is the largest international exchange program in the country, offering opportunities for students, teachers, scholars, and professionals to study, teach, lecture, and conduct research in more than 155 countries worldwide. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright program selects participants on the basis of academic merit and leadership potential.
For more information on the Fulbright program at NJCU, contact Maini firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fundraiser for Ovarian Cancer Coalition announced
The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) will host their 2nd Annual Run Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer on Saturday, May 6 at 11 a.m. in Liberty State Park in Jersey City.
To register, go to http://runwalk.ovarian.org/tristate or register the day of at 9:30 a.m.
“Please join us this year as we take 150 million steps across the country in celebration, remembrance, and support of ovarian cancer fighters everywhere,” the NOCC’s announcement said.
“The steps we take together represent the progress we make towards our goals of empowering our community, supporting quality of life initiatives for survivors and caregivers, promoting early awareness so all women know the signs and symptoms and, Investing in cutting-edge research until we find the cure for ovarian cancer.”
Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteers
Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. Room 901 on Tuesday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.
For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org