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NAME CHANGE – Reflecting the change in its mission, The Hudson County Correctional Facility has changed its name to HC Corrections & Rehabilitation Center. The change is in keeping with the reduced re-incarceration rates for non-violent inmates. Officials gathered this week for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
NAME CHANGE – Reflecting the change in its mission, The Hudson County Correctional Facility has changed its name to HC Corrections & Rehabilitation Center. The change is in keeping with the reduced re-incarceration rates for non-violent inmates. Officials gathered this week for a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Fourth murder in Jersey City in less than two weeks

Rasheed Raysor, 19, of Jersey City, was found dead of gunshot wounds on Woodland Avenue on May 9. The death was the fourth murder in the city in less than two weeks.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said at approximately 3:30 p.m., police responded to Woodlawn Avenue on multiple 911 calls of shots being fired in the area. Upon arrival, the responding officers found Raysor’s lifeless body. Raysor was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 3:50 p.m.

The cause and manner of his death are pending an investigation by the Medical Examiner. The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit is actively investigating the case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at (201) 915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s official website at: All information will be kept confidential.

County mourns passing of former freeholder Peter Zampella

Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise has announced that all flags in front of county buildings will be flown at half-staff beginning on Monday, May 8 to mourn the passing of former Freeholder Peter Zampella, who passed away Friday.

In a long career in politics and government, Zampella served as the Democratic Party Ward leader for the Downtown section of Jersey City and as a Jersey City municipal councilman under Mayor Paul Jordan when the medical doctor and political neophyte swept to victory in the wake of the jailing of his predecessor in the early 1970s.

Zampella went on to serve on the Board of Freeholders while still a member of the Jersey City Municipal Council. He also spent many years when not in elective office in the county administration, most notably as director of the Division of Weights and Measures and director of the Department of Roads.

“Peter Zampella was a decent, diligent, truly caring public servant loved by his family, his many friends, and the countless number of working people who counted on him to look out for them,” said DeGise, whose sister, Lois Shaw, served with Zampella on the council. “It is only fitting that we mark his passing this way. He will be missed.”

‘Five Finger Discount’ author presents new book on May 21

Author Helene Stapinski, author of the memoir “Five Finger Discount,” will present her new book on Sunday, May 21, 4 p.m., at the Italian Educational and Cultural Center for the Arts at Casa Colombo, 380 Monmouth St., Jersey City.

With her new book, “Murder in Matera,” Helene reaches back into Southern Italy to fashion a deeply-researched story of immigration and how far one mother would go to preserve her family.

Staff from Word Bookstores will be on hand to sell copies.

Tickets are $10, general admission, and $5 for members of IECC or the coalition. Refreshments are included. Reservations are required. Visit the sponsor’s websites to reserve.

The event is sponsored by the Italian Educational and Cultural Center for the Arts, website, and the Embrankment Preservation Coalition, website

Annual Court Night will be June 6

The Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson Vicinage, in partnership with the state Bar Association & Foundation, the Hudson County Bar Association & Foundation, and the Hudson Vicinage Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns, will present Annual Court Night 2017 on June 6 at 7 p.m. at the Midtown Community School, 550 Avenue A, Bayonne.

Topics discussed with include criminal justice reform, record expungement, landlord-tenant disputes, divorce, immigration, and child support.

The question and answer session is free. Reservations are requested, although not required. To reserve a seat, please email or call (201) 217-5109. When registering via email or phone, please provide your name, telephone number, and the workshop you would like to attend.

The Washington Park Association of Hudson County to host two community events

The Washington Park Association of Hudson County will hold its Community Garden Cleanup for 2017 on Friday, May 19. This annual community beautification program’s goal is to prepare the park’s gardens for the summer. This year more than 100 students from PS 27 will take part from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the northwest section of Washington Park, near the intersection of Central Avenue and Paterson Plank Road. 

On Saturday, May 20, the association will hold its eighth annual volunteer-run spring-cleaning event, engaging over 100 individuals in preparing Washington Park’s 21 plant beds and learning garden for the spring. Perennials, trees, and shrubs are all planted with the help of the community. The annual planting will take place in the Learning Garden, adjacent to the Gazebo from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

NJCU launches One World Conference

Dr. Sue Henderson, president of New Jersey City University, announced that Katty Kay, the lead anchor for “BBC World News America,” will headline the roster of distinguished speakers at the two-day inaugural event of One World at the newly launched School of Business at the Mack-Cali Harborside Complex in Jersey City. JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the lead sponsor of One World – Empowering Women for the Global Conversation.

Ms. Kay is co-author of two New York Times best-sellers, “Womenomics: Making the Case for Women in the Workforce” and “The Confidence Code.” She will be joined by Haiyan Wang, managing partner of the China India Institute in Washington and co-author of “Getting China and India Right.” Together they will explore the social and economic impact of women around the world in fields such as finance, global business, education, healthcare, corporate leadership and entrepreneurship along with 350 senior members of the region’s business community.

In addition to Ms. Kay and Ms. Wang, featured speakers will include: Michele Brown, president and CEO of Choose New Jersey; Michellene Davis, executive vice president and chief corporate affairs officer of RWJBarnabas Health; Rebecca Freed, partner, Genova Burns; Michele Siekerka, president and CEO, New Jersey Business and Industry Association; and Alfa Demmellash, co-founder, Rising Tide Capital.

Additional featured speakers include: Dr. Indu Shahani, president and chair of ISDI, ISME, and IDI WPP; Dr. Dale Atkins, noted psychologist and author; Lynn Bishop, chief development officer of The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation; and Peggy Klaus, professional and executive development coach and author.

The event is produced by Daryl Rand, president of HarrisonRand and founder of Friends of India, in concert with Dr. Henderson.

For tickets, visit

Jersey City Library Foundation hosts Black & White Ball fundraiser on May 18

The Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation will host its 14th Annual Black & White Ball and Silent Auction on May 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Liberty Prime Steakhouse, 111 Montgomery St., Jersey City. The $100 ticket includes a pasta station and other light fare, unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks, and live music provided by the Eamonn Ryan Band. Attendees will also have access to a Silent Auction featuring items such as a brand-new television, a home audio sound bar, a designer handbag, and wine baskets, as well as major gets like a complimentary one-night weekend stay at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City including breakfast buffet for two, or a three-month membership to BASE Fitness Jersey City including a 60- minute massage, and more.

Dress for the event is black-tie optional, with guests encouraged to dress to impress in a fabulous black-and-white ensemble.

For tickets, contact Library Director Priscilla Gardner at 472 Jersey Ave., 3rd flr., or by phone at (201) 547-4788, or Library Public Information Officer Shane Smith at (201) 547-4579 or

All proceeds from ticket sales, silent auction bids, and other donated funds will benefit the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation, in support of the main library’s renovations.

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