JERSEY CITY BRIEFS
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A REFLECTION OF THE WEST SIDE – A massive mural near the West Side Avenue terminal of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail says a lot about the hopes, aspirations and concerns of the community there.
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Heights man stabbed to death; two suspects arrested

The Jersey City Police Department received a report of a male being stabbed on Nov. 14, and upon arrival at the scene shortly after 7:05 p.m., the responding police officers found Emergency Medical Services giving aid to an apparent stabbing victim. Jose Malave, 30, of Jersey City, had been found in the doorway of the apartment where he lived on Palisades Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Media reports said that Malave was trying to defend his 8-year-old son after teens allegedly tried to steal his shoes.

A 17-year-old male juvenile from Jersey City was soon arrested in connection with the death of Malave. He has been charged as a juvenile by the Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit with murder and other related charges.

Another man, Nasiar Day, 19, of Newark, was charged with murder, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. He was apprehended on Friday.

Anyone with more information can contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit at (201) 915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office official website at http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.

The cause and manner of Malave’s death are pending an investigation by the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit is actively investigating the case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department.

Menendez speaks out after mistrial declared

The 11-week trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) ended Thursday when Judge William Walls declared a mistrial after the jury said they could not come to a verdict. Prosecutors have not said whether they would re-file charges that were the result of a five-year investigation.

Menendez was charged with conspiracy, bribery, and honest services fraud in his duties as U.S. Senator, and for accepting more than $600,000 in political contributions and gifts from a long time friend Dr. Salomon Melgen. Prosecutors attempted to prove Menendez took these things in exchange for political favors to Melgen, who was convicted of unrelated charges earlier this year.

This decision by the judge to declare a mistrial also came after a juror was excused, and she talked to the press about some of the discussions going in the jury deliberations.

In comments after the trial, Menendez thanked his supporters and condemned the system of justice he believed was abusive.

“The way this case started was wrong,” he said. “The way it was investigated was wrong. The way it was prosecuted was wrong. And the way it was tried was wrong as well. Certain elements of the FBI and of our state cannot understand, or even worse, accept that the Latino kid from Union City and Hudson County can grow up to be a United States senator and be honest.” Menendez said, “I can’t even begin to tell you how many people have come to tell me that the FBI went to them and asked them ‘What can you give us on Menendez?’ That is not what the FBI and the Department of Justice is supposed to be doing. They were not supposed to be leaking to the press in the early stages of their investigation. It violated my rights to a fair process.”

Menendez went on to say: “I’ve made my share of mistakes, but my mistakes were never a crime. I’ve learned through this process a lot about our system of justice. It is truly a system of justice you can afford. I understand why so many Americans feel that justice is elusive. I’ve also learned about the incredible weight and power of the federal government and how it can crush you, if it wants to. It gives me an even greater resolve to make sure that there is a check to that awesome power.”

In a statement, local Rep. Albio Sires continued to support Menendez.

“Today’s outcome by the jury shows that after 11 weeks they could not come to a unanimous decision. Bob and I have worked together for the better part of our careers whether it was as mayor’s, members of the New Jersey Assembly, and now in Washington to improve the lives of all New Jerseyans. It’s clear that he has never stopped fighting for our state.”

Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise also issued a statement.

“I knew my friend Bob Menendez would prevail because after working with him for nearly two decades, I know who he is as a person, and what he stands for as a public servant, that is above all, fighting for the voiceless in this country,” said DeGise. “With so much left to be done, with so many vulnerable people under threat from a GOP-run Washington, I am very happy to know that Bob Menendez will be able to get back into that fight full time now. And I look forward to supporting him next year when he seeks re-election to continue this vital work.”

Sponsors needed for benefit concert to aid Puerto Rico

The Board of Directors of the Roberto Clemente Little League and members of the Jersey City community are reaching out to sponsors to assist in putting together a benefit concert to aid the residents of storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.

The concert, “Parrandiando Unidos For Puerto Rico,” is scheduled for Dec. 9 at the James J. Ferris High School from 4-8 p.m. and will offer live bands, DJs, raffles, a toy drive, and traditional Puerto Rican dishes in a unified effort to support those in need.

The baseball star whose name the league bears, Roberto Clemente, lost his life in a plane crash while bringing aid to Nicaragua after a massive earthquake.

The sponsorship tiers available are $200 (Business Logo on Program), $300 (Business Logo on Program and Backdrop), and $500 (Business Logo on Program, Backdrop and 8 foot Exhibiting Table for promotions)

If interested, contact the organizers via email at rclljc@yahoo.com. Please make checks payable to Roberto Clemente League, PO Box 3460, Jersey City, NJ 07303.

Fulop unveils plans for museum and community center in Journal Square

Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced last week that the New Jersey Local Finance Board has authorized the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) to issue $10 million in redevelopment bonds for the purchase of the building that will become the home to a new Jersey City Museum and community center in Journal Square.

The museum and community center will be located at the PathSide Building at 25 Sip Avenue adjacent to the Journal Square PATH station, a five-story, approximately 55,000 square foot building currently owned by the Hudson County Community College.

“As a culturally diverse city with a thriving arts community, Jersey City should have a museum and one that is a premier regional destination,” said Mayor Fulop. “Our vision for Journal Square is to make it the cultural center of the city, with the museum and community center as an anchor. We are working to attract a partner with national status to collaborate on the operations and programming as well as creating a space for local artists to exhibit their work.”

The financing also covers the hiring of a consultant to design a strategic plan for the museum and community center for both capital improvements and programming, for which a Request For Proposals has been issued.

Earlier this fall an agreement was executed by the JCRA to purchase the property from the community college, and in September the JCRA authorized the purchase of the building for $9 million. The $10 million of redevelopment bonds that will be issued will cover the purchase of the building.

Once acquired, the JCRA will convert the building into a museum and community center. While the current intention is to focus on the visual arts, with a component of the building reserved for local artists, the city will also consider the incorporation of other forms of art such as performance art.

In 2010, the prior Jersey City Museum, which was located on Montgomery Street near Monmouth Street, closed to the public after facing financial difficulties.

County gets grant for lead abatement program

At their Nov. 7 meeting, the Hudson County Board of Freeholders approved the county to accept funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control grant program (LBPHC), totaling $2.4 million.

The county through its Division of Housing and Community Development applied for and accepted grant funds to implement a LBPHC Program to remediate lead hazards in approximately 75 homes occupied by low income families and built before 1979 throughout Hudson County.

The division will administer the LBPHC program and has partnered with the Hudson Regional Health Commission for all lead paint testing. The Jersey City’s Department of Health and Human Services is the county lead for the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.

Fall Community festival to be hosted by Police Chaplaincy program

The Fall Community Festival will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 678 Montgomery St. Activities include face-painting and activities for younger children, health screenings, Affordable Care Act insurance counseling, a basketball clinic and tournament, and youth-oriented community services. The Jersey City Police Department is also hosting Coffee With A Cop all-day for residents to get acquainted talk with police officers. Coffee will be provided by Starbucks.

“Building quality relationships between police officers and residents is at the heart of community policing,” said Mayor Steven Fulop. “Part of why we recently established the Police Chaplain program is to boost our efforts in strengthening police/community relations and provide residents with additional links to important resources and services.”

Jersey City Police Chaplains, police officers, staff from Recreation, Cultural Affairs, Health and Human Services, and the mayor’s office will be assisting throughout the day.

The Jersey City Police Chaplain program has been designed to use local clergy members to assist residents who experience violence and other difficult situations. In addition to providing comfort and support, the chaplains will serve as a liaison to social services and other resources that an individual or family may need during a time of loss or violence. The chaplaincy program, as well as the festival, is supported by a $10,000 grant from the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office through the Detective Matthew L. Tarentino Community Policing Grant Program.

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