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TOP OF HER CLASS – Reyhan Lalaoui is the valedictorian of the Hudson County Community College Class of 2017.
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Man charged in Woodlawn Avenue murder

Dominique Green, 23, of Jersey City, has been charged with the May 9 murder of Rasheed Raysor.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said that on May 12 at approximately 1:40 p.m. prosecutor’s office detectives arrested Green in connection with Tuesday’s shooting death of Rasheed Raysor on Woodlawn Avenue in Jersey City.

Green was arrested on Bramhall Avenue and Ocean Avenue in Jersey City. Green has been charged with murder, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a firearm

On May 9, Jersey City police officers responded to Woodlawn Avenue on multiple 911 calls of shots being fired. Upon arrival, the responding police officers found a lifeless body. The deceased man was identified as Raysor, 19, of Jersey City, who suffered gunshot wounds to the upper body. Raysor was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 3:50 p.m. The Medical Examiner determined the manner of death was homicide.

The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit continues to actively investigate 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.

Jersey man convicted of producing and possessing images of sexual child abuse

Felix Restitullo, 41, Jersey City, was convicted of one count of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography following a two-week trial before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls in Newark federal court. The jury deliberated less than three hours before returning the guilty verdicts.

Restitullo was convicted of coercing a minor family member to engage in sexually explicit conduct while he photographed the abuse, said Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick.

Federal legislators sponsor bill to end anti-LGBTQ credit discrimination

U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker last week joined several Senate colleagues and Rep. Josh Gottheimer, the lead House sponsor, in introducing the Freedom from Discrimination in Credit Act (FDCA) of 2017. The bipartisan, bicameral legislation amends the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) to prohibit credit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. New Jersey Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. and Bonnie Watson Coleman are original co-sponsors of the House bill.

Fifteen states, including New Jersey and the District of Columbia, prohibit credit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but there is currently no federal law that protects LGBTQ individuals from credit discrimination. As a result, in many places, LGBTQ people can still be denied a mortgage, credit card, student loan or other type of lending simply because of who they are. The FDCA would prohibit credit discrimination against all LGBTQ Americans.

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 at Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St., Hoboken, on Wednesday, May 24 at 7 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

Riverview Jazz Festival will be held June 3 to 10

The fifth annual Riverview Jazz Festival returns on June 3 to 10, with two free all-day concerts in Jersey City, and dozens of other events throughout Hudson County.

The week-long festival is bookended by the free outdoor blowouts, at riverside sites offering gorgeous views of the Hudson River and Manhattan. These major events feature all-day concerts starting at noon on June 3 and June 10 in Jersey City. In between, there will be about 30 other events, concerts and gigs throughout the county, presenting some of today’s best players in jazz and salsa music.

“Jersey City is among the most diverse areas in the country. About half the artists we’re presenting live around here,” says Bryan Beninghove, the executive director of the nonprofit “It’s a great time to be in this area. People are taking chances, opening new businesses and presenting live music in many places.”

The music-filled, week-long fest starts at noon on June 3, with the URBY RJF Kick-off Festival on the Mack-Cali parking lot of the URBY Jersey City residential community, close to the Hudson River at 3 Second St., providing a stunning Manhattan cityscape as a backdrop to the day’s festivities. Everyone is welcome to relax and enjoy a packed program of music. No one has to miss a note while checking out the unique items offered by a variety of vendors; there’s also a children’s tent, plus an array of food trucks, a beer garden and more. This combination guarantees a good time will be had by all at this URBY-sponsored event.

For a full schedule of events go to

Jersey City students win 2017 Congressional Art Competition

Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr. has announced that Jennifer Martinez of Jersey City Arts High School has been named the overall winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District.

Jennifer’s winning artwork, a drawing titled “Confidence of Fears,” will be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol for members of Congress, staff, and visitors to enjoy. In June, Jennifer will have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in a national ceremony with other winners from around the country.

“I want to congratulate Jennifer Martinez, the category winners, and every other student who submitted artwork in this year’s competition,” said Payne. “The creativity and talent of our local students is so impressive, and I can’t wait to see Jennifer’s drawing every time I walk to the Capitol.”

Thirty four students from 11 schools participated in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. On May 15, Payne held an awards reception at the Newark Museum to recognize the winners and participants, who each received a medal and certificate.

In addition to Jennifer, Jersey City students won in two of the seven categories: Akyla Butt of Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School for Best Print; and Marcus Morales of Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School for Best Drawing.

Since 1982, nearly one million students from across the country have participated in the Congressional Art Competition, sponsored by the Congressional Institute, which encourages members of Congress to recognize and support the artistic talent of their young constituents.

NJSEA announces 2017 Pontoon Boat Cruise and Canoe Trips

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority’s (NJSEA) 2017 guided pontoon boat and canoe tours of the Hackensack River are set to launch on Tuesday, June 6, and run through Tuesday, Sept. 26.

The season includes 37 trips that provide visitors an opportunity to see the Meadowlands up-close while learning about the storied history of the river and the area’s remarkable environmental renaissance over the past few decades.

“Our pontoon boat and canoe tours are a spectacular way to experience and gain a new appreciation for the amazing natural beauty and wildlife in the Meadowlands,” said Wayne Hasenbalg, President and CEO of the NJSEA. “Those who have glimpsed the Meadowlands only from surrounding highways or the window of a commuter train are truly in for a treat.”

The leisurely, two-hour boat tours and three-hour canoe outings reveal an entirely new perspective of the region that includes acres of preserved wetlands and a thriving ecosystem, all framed by a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline.

An NJSEA guide will narrate the tours, point out wildlife and discuss the Meadowlands’ natural and man-made history along the way. More than 285 bird species have been documented in the Meadowlands, including 34 on New Jersey’s threatened, endangered and species of special concern lists.

Canoe excursions focus on the river’s wetlands, taking participants on a journey through a diverse array of vegetation and wildlife. Paddlers learn the basics of salt marsh ecology and enjoy the magnificent scenery while rowing down creeks.

Registration sheets are also available at the NJSEA administrative offices and the Meadowlands Environment Center, both located in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst.

For more information, call (201) 460-4677 or email The full schedule of trips can be seen on the NJSEA website,, under “2017 Events.”

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