Mayor Steven Fulop has signed an executive order adopting the “Vision Zero” initiative in Jersey City and creating a multi-disciplinary “Vision Zero” Task Force to lead the planning effort in eliminating traffic fatalities. The guiding principle behind “Vision Zero” maintains that deaths and injuries caused by traffic crashes should be treated as a public health problem which can be eliminated through better planning. The task force will bring together representatives from various city departments and agencies to identify strategies to eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries and create an Action Plan.
“During the past few months, Jersey City has been the scene of a number of tragic traffic fatalities that have each shaken our community and created a desperate need for a solution,” said Mayor Fulop. “Signing on to ‘Vision Zero’ is our latest, and hopefully our final, initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities on our city’s roadways. Each and every life that has been lost as a result of a traffic accident is avoidable, and today, we are taking an important step towards building a powerful, data-driven Action Plan to make sure that no more lives will be senselessly lost on our roads.”
Jersey City joins a growing number of cities, both national and international, that have adopted their own versions of the “Vision Zero” initiative. Central to these various local implementations are five fundamental principles shared by the Vision Zero Network: deaths and severe injuries caused by traffic crashes are preventable; human life and health should be prioritized in all transportation systems and in all aspects of transportation planning; human error is inevitable and transportation systems should be forgiving; transportation planning should focus on systems-level changes above influencing individual behavior; and speed is the single most important factor in crash severity.
Deputy mayor to take spot at Housing Authority
Deputy Mayor Vivian Brady-Phillips is reportedly leaving City Hall for a job at the Jersey City Housing Authority.
This would be the second deputy mayor to take another role. Deputy Mayor Marcos Vigil became the director of the city’s Housing, Economic Development and Commerce Department last month but retains his role also as deputy mayor.
Because the housing authority is an autonomous agency, Brady-Phillips would have to resign as deputy mayor to take the new post.
PATH sets new annual ridership record
For the first time in its 56-year history, the PATH system has broken the 80-million passenger milestone for annual ridership, according to a statement issued by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The sharp growth in ridership throughout the system is attributed to a surge in new customers due to economic growth and activity throughout the region, a surge in residential development near PATH stations, and an influx of additional riders who used the system during repairs to and renovation of New York Penn Station last summer.
More than 900,000 riders who normally take NJ Transit Midtown Direct trains were diverted to PATH stations, primarily Hoboken, last summer as sections of New York Penn Station underwent repair and rehabilitation work by Amtrak.
Ridership in 2017 reached 82.8 million customers, a 5.4-percent increase over the previous year, the Port Authority announced. In total ridership, the World Trade Center station, the system’s busiest, experienced a 5.8 percent increase in ridership. Among the next highest-volume stations, 33rd Street had an 8.3 percent increase, Hoboken showed an 8.9 percent rise, Newark Penn Station was up 5.4 percent, and Grove Street ridership rose 6.2 percent. The Journal Square station showed a slight increase of 0.4 percent. Despite the sharply rising passenger demand, PATH managed to maintain an on-time percentage of 97.7 percent, the release said.
HCCC present wine tasting basics, Thai culinary class
Hudson County Community College (HCCC) invites individuals to expand their knowledge of wine at the HCCC “Wine Tasting Basics” class on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. The event will be held at the College’s Culinary Arts Institute, 161 Newkirk St., Jersey City, two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center. Space is limited; the cost is $45 per person.
The college also has a special opportunity for those who wish to expand their cooking expertise and explore the unique ingredients, techniques and authentic recipes of Thailand. The college will hold a Thai Cooking class on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seven dishes will be included in the class, which will be held in the kitchens of the award-winning HCCC Culinary Arts Institute, 161 Newkirk St., Jersey City, two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center. Space is limited, and cost is $45 per person.
Those who wish to attend either the wine tasting event or Thai culinary class may register online at www.tinyurl.com/hcccculinaryspring2018 or by calling (201) 360-4262. Payment by credit card, money order, cash, or check payments is due at time of registration.
More information may be obtained by calling HCCC Continuing Education at 201-360-4224 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St., Hoboken, on Tuesday, Feb. 13 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 www.hudsoncountycasa.org.
Ex-dominatrix fired from Sheriff’s Department
Kristen Hyman, 32, was lost her job at the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department on Feb. 7 because she allegedly failed to disclose that she had worked as dominatrix in films before applying to become a sheriff’s officer.
Sworn-in last June, Hyman was suspended briefly just prior to the ceremony pending an investigation into allegations of her sometimes violent roles as a dominatrix in films.
In testimony at her hearing and comments to the media, Kristin said the violent acts portrayed in films shot between 2008 and 2012 were staged, and not real. While she claimed she never appeared naked, she did occasionally perform for clients privately for money. She reportedly called what she did “stupid stuff” she did as a kid.
Originally suspended on May 26, Kristin won reprieve in the courts that allowed her to be sworn in on June 8.
Landmark Loews to show three Oscar-winning horror movies
Academy Awards are rarely given to horror movies. But Landmark Historic Loews Theater in Journal Square will screen three films that were the exception.
The screening of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” will be held on Friday, Feb. 23 will be at 8 p.m.
“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” starring Frederic March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart, Holmes Herbert will be shown on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m.
“The Silence of the Lambs” starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn will be shown on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.
Admission for each film costs $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and kids. There is combo pricing for seeing more than one film in a series. The theater is located at 54 Journal Square in Jersey City. For more information call (201) 798-6055, go to www.loewsjersey.org, or email: email@example.com
Food and Shelter Coalition Meeting set for March 13
All interested person are invited to attend a Tuesday, March 13 meeting of the Food and Shelter Coalition to discuss food and shelter concerns and share ideas. The meeting is an opportunity to advocate to state and federal lawmakers to promote responsible public policies to improve quality and access to food for thousands of people. The National Law Center on Homeless and Poverty currently estimates that each year at least 2.5 to 3.5 million Americans sleep in shelters, transitional housing, and public places not meant for human habitation. At least 7.4 million have lost their own homes and are doubled-up with others due to economic necessity.
The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. at Old Bergen Church, 1 Highland Ave., Jersey City (take the elevator and press 1).
For more information contact chairperson La-Trenda Ross at (201) 618-5745 or (201) 420-3000 ext. 2543, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.