The Hudson County Warming Center was scheduled to open on Friday, Nov. 10 to accommodate the homeless in anticipation of severe cold weather this weekend. The Urban Renewal Corporation (URC) will conduct pickup(s) at the Hoboken Shelter at 300 Bloomfield St. at 8 p.m. (line formation at 7:45 p.m.) and in Jersey City at the taxi stand on Sip and Bergen avenues 10 p.m. (line formation begins at 9:45 p.m.) to take guests to the Warming Center. They will make as many trips as needed.
The Hudson County Warming Center will not remain open continuously from Friday evening through Sunday morning. Instead, URC will transport guests back to Jersey City and Hoboken after 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday mornings. Their Outreach Team is prepared to engage and register individuals for any one of the existing shelters and the Warming Center.
All shelters in Hudson County will remain open to provide respite for guests. Local law enforcement agencies have been contacted to provide transport to individuals to the County Warming Center in Kearny and local shelters as needed.
If you encounter a homeless individual during this time period, local shelters should be consulted first. The contact information for the Kearny Warming Center is as follows: Phone: (973) 344-6852. The address is 53 S. Hackensack Ave. in Kearny.
The county also provided a hotline, but when the Reporter tried it, it rang without answers. Various officials were trying on Friday to determine who is responsible for handling the hotline, and there was no answer by press time. We will publish the correct number next week, but in the meantime, use the number above.
“I urge all in need of shelter and anyone concerned about their welfare to please use the available warming center service or call the homeless hotline to assist with shelter placement,” said Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise. “We greatly appreciate the cooperation of all our coalition partners in this effort.”
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza will come to Hoboken
One of New York City’s most popular pizzeria chains is coming to five New Jersey cities, including Jersey City and Hoboken.
In 2008, Francis Garcia and Sal Basille founded the company Artichoke Basille’s Pizza. Since then, they have opened several locations across the U.S.
Their five New Jersey locations will also include Newark, New Brunswick, and Princeton as part of a five-unit franchise deal.
Free legal help available for citizenship applications
Holy Redeemer Parish will offer a free workshop in partnership with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark to assist residents to receive free legal assistance to submit applications for U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization. The applicants will be solely responsible for the USCIS petition application fee. If the applicant cannot pay in full, the applicant can bring their 2016 tax return to determine if they can request a full or partial fee waiver.
The workshop is scheduled for Nov. 20, 6 to 9 p.m., at Holy Redeemer Parish, 569 65th St., West New York. There is no parish affiliation requirement. For more information, call in advance at (201) 868-9444 before coming.
Lawsuit settled with slain cop’s widow
A lawsuit filed earlier this month by the mother of slain Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago for allegedly not providing adequate security leading to the officer’s death in 2014 has been settled.
Catherine McBride filed the suit against Walgreens Drugs and the security company hired to protect the store, saying that the both had failed to provide adequate security the day her son was killed.
The killer, who was later shot dead by police, took the gun from a security officer which he used to murder Santiago.
The details of the settlement are still being worked out and will be overseen by Hudson County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey R. Jablonski.
HCCC receives a National Science Foundation STEM Grant for Urban Youth
Hudson County Community College President Glen Gabert, Ph.D. announced the college is the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant that will benefit academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) studies.
The grant, which is titled, “Sustainable Pathways from Community College to Bachelor’s Degree for Urban Youth In STEM, Northern New Jersey,” is sponsored by and in partnership with Rutgers University Newark. Essex County College and Passaic County Community College are also recipients of this grant. Hudson County Community College will be awarded $413,938 over a five-year period to provide $4,000 per year scholarships and academic support to qualified students.
Philanthropist gifts Hudson Chamber and its non-profit base
The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce (HCCC) has announced the receipt of a $100,000 gift by philanthropist and former Congressman Frank J. Guarini, in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the chamber’s rebranding effort. It comes on the eve of Legends 10, the annual event at Liberty Science Center honoring outstanding members of Hudson County’s business community. The unprecedented donation was followed by additional gifts to 39 non-profit organizations who are members of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce.
“It is most important that our business community supports the good work of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce and harnesses the energy and dedication of our non-profit community. Our future depends on working together with a common purpose. Together, through the chamber, we can assure a successful and prosperous tomorrow.” Guarini stated.
The 129-year-old Hudson County Chamber of Commerce presently has a diversified membership of more than 600 businesses located throughout the County. It supports 50 programs annually and is ranked in the top 25 Chambers in the State of New Jersey by NJBiz.
Maria Nieves, president and CEO of the HCCC, recognized Congressman Guarini as a treasured leader, resource, and contributor to the energy and growth of business in Hudson County and the state:
“Frank Guarini’s timely support provides critical and immediate funding to a diverse and growing community of non-profit organizations in Jersey City which contribute greatly to elevating the city’s quality of life for all.”