Kamal McCord, 19, of Jersey City, was found in a lifeless condition with an apparent gunshot wound to his torso, and a 21-year-old woman had been shot once, on Wednesday, May 2.
Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said that at approximately 9:50 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department received a report of a male shot on Merseles Court. Responding police officers found a male victim inside a residence at 21 Merseles Court. The victim, McCord, was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 10 p.m. The cause and manner of death are pending an investigation by the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.
Responding police officers also found a female victim outside of a residence in the area of 17 Merseles Court. She had an apparent gunshot wound to one of her extremities. The victim was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit is actively investigating this case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department. No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at (201) 915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.
All information will be kept confidential.
Former Jersey City cop gets 18-month sentence in off-duty work scheme
A former Jersey City police officer was sentenced in April to 18 months in prison for fraudulently collecting income for off-duty work he never performed, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito has announced.
Ehab Abdelaziz, 38, of Clifton, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez to conspiracy to commit bribery.
Lupus walk scheduled for May 12
Daddy’s Sunshine “The Fight Against Lupus” based in Hudson County, will hold its fourth Annual Hudson County Lupus Walk on Saturday May 12, 2018 in Lincoln Park in Jersey City.
This year, the walk aspires to reach a goal of $50,000.
Individual walkers are requested to make a donation of $10 per person. Any donation over $100 will receive a complimentary T-shirt. To register for the walk or for more information go to Hudsoncountylupuswalk.org.
Festival of colors to be held at Exchange Place
Holi Hai, the festival of colors, by Rimil Roy and Surati for the Performing Arts, will be held at Exchange Place on May 5 from noon to 8 p.m. The event will feature performers, live music vendors and a DJ as well as other events for kids.
For more information email info@Suratiinc.com or call (201) 792-2650 or (201) 360-1553.
‘Hamilton’ actor Christopher Jackson to deliver the HCCC graduation
Legacy is a recurring theme in the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” and fitting for Hudson County Community College’s 41st Annual Commencement ceremonies, where cast member Christopher Jackson will deliver the keynote speech to the Class of 2018.
The college’s commencement ceremonies will take place on Thursday, May 17 at 6 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark.
WalletHub calls Jersey City ‘most diverse’ in the nation
After comparing more than 500 of the largest cities in the nation, WalletHub, a personal finance website based in Washington, D.C., has determined that Jersey City is the most diverse city in America.
With immigration policy remaining a hot-button issue on 2018’s political landscape, WalletHub released its report this week on 2018’s Most Diverse Cities in America.
According to Web reports, WalletHub initially positioned itself as a “personal finance social network” with a focus on reviews for financial advisors.
To determine the places in the U.S. with the most mixed demographics, WalletHub compared the profiles of more than 500 of the largest cities across five major diversity categories: socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household and religious.
Jersey City finished first on the list, followed by Houston, and New York City.
All four education unions ratify contracts
The Jersey City Board of Education (JCBOE) has met the May 1 deadline for adjusting its insurance coverage for employees. As part of its agreement with the Jersey City Education Association (JCEA) and three other units which ratified contract agreements on April 18 after months of intense negotiations, the board was required to seek to reduce health benefit costs.
On May 1, the Board of Education took steps to begin that process, informing the state plan that the district may opt to not renew with them at the end of the term. If the Board of Education had failed to take action on May 1, the district would have been locked into the current provider, thus removing the chance to reduce costs.
“I understand that after two decades of state control, and the state administrations in Trenton that have not worked collaboratively with the JCBOE, that it is easy to race to the wrong conclusion,” said board President Sudhan Thomas. “This board has repeatedly demonstrated its commitment to work together with the JCEA to provide the respect and compensation their members deserve and the high quality education all our students demand.”
Thomas said the ultimate goal is to extend comprehensive, affordable health care for the employees at lower costs, targeting an annual $15 million in savings as projected in the 2018 budget.
President of the JCEA, Ron Greco, reiterated President Thomas’s commitment to collaboration and building a stronger district together.
“To see the resolution regarding insurance carriers on the agenda as a surprise on May 1st without context was certainly unsettling,” Greco said. “We have thousands of members who rely on their insurance to care for themselves and their families. Last minute surprises by the Board of Education have historically been an attempt to hide bad actions. We have a strong working relationship with this board as evidenced with the recent contract resolution.”
The JCBOE is currently soliciting bids for health benefits for district employees and will be evaluating them at future board meetings to afford comprehensive and affordable health care for its 4000 plus employees. The projected savings will also reduce Chapter-78 contributions for all 4000 employees by about 10 percent.
Real estate conference set at NJCU for May 8 and 9
The New Jersey City University (NJCU) School of Business Institute for Dispute Resolution and the City of Jersey City will host an international conference on Connecting Bridges and Borders in Real Estate Property Management to advance commerce through innovation, May 8-9, at the NJCU School of Business, 200 Hudson St., in Harborside Plaza 2, Jersey City.
The program will be hosted at New Jersey City University School of Business in partnership with the Institute of Real Estate Management, the City of Jersey City–Department of Housing, Economic Development and Commerce, the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation, the Institute for Dispute Resolution and the Peter Mangin Real Estate Institute at NJCU, and Burgos University, Spain.
This thought-leadership conference will promote international business by focusing on commercial property management practices around the world and cross-border common topics that those in the commercial real estate property management field should consider for next generation sustainability.
Speakers from Europe and the Middle East will complement those from the United States in sharing insights around the theme of Connecting Bridges and Borders in Real Estate Property Management. The keynote speaker on Tuesday, May 8, will be Hank Sheinkopf, Ph.D., president of Sheinkopf Communications Ltd., who has worked on more than 700 political campaigns in the United States and around the world. On Wednesday, May 9, the keynote speaker will be Jeevan D’Mello, the former property manager of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest megatall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, who is recognized as a pioneer of community management in the Middle East.
Visit http://njcu.edu/realestateconference2018 for a complete conference program, and to register.
HCCC to honor Hudson Pride Center
Hudson County Community College (HCCC) will recognize Hudson Pride Center with the College’s 2018 Heritage Award. This is the first time a non-profit, community-based organization has been presented with the Hudson County Community College Heritage Award.
The presentation will take place as part of the College’s 41st Annual Commencement Ceremonies on Thursday, May 17 beginning at 6 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
New play explores the historic impact of global politics on individual lives
“Decline and Fall,” a new theater experience presented by Jersey City Theater Center, is an original take on the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 that explores the impact of global politics on individual lives. JCTC presents “Decline and Fall” at Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Ave., Jersey City on Friday May 11 at 8 p.m. and Saturday May 12 for two performances, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. The doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Tickets: www.JCTCenter.org . For more information or to purchase tickets visit: www.JCTCenter.org .
Library gala to be held on May 17
All are invited to support the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation at the Annual Gala Event: A Celebration of Filipino Culture. Funds raised at the event will support new programming and resources for the library. Ticket information and RSVP at LibraryFoundationGala2018.eventbrite.com.
The event will be held at the New Jersey City University School of Business Skyline Room, Thurs., May 17, 7:30 p.m.
Soaring Heights rated best elementary charter in Hudson County
Soaring Heights Charter School in Jersey City has been ranked number one “Best Public Elementary School” in Hudson County by the authoritative school data analyst company Niche.com. The K-8 school was also designated the number four “Best Charter Elementary School” in the state.
The school has long operated at maximum enrollment with 236 students in grades K-8 and maintained a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. It was one of the original 13 New Jersey charter schools founded in 1997. Soaring Heights has achieved this top ranking despite not seeing a budget increase in over 11 years, a notable rarity among New Jersey public schools.
Soaring Heights Charter School was also ranked No. 185 as “Best Charter Middle Schools in America” and number 226 as “Best Charter Elementary Schools in America.”
“We’re thrilled to be recognized for the high caliber of education we have provided to an entire generation of Hudson County children,” said Claudia Zuorick, director of Soaring Heights Charter School. “Of course, our hardworking staff and dedicated parents have long felt we were an outstanding institution, but having it objectively and mathematically calculated is especially gratifying.”
Niche.com has become the leader in the quantitative measurement and ranking of U.S. educational institutes, cities and neighborhoods. For more information, visit http://www.shcsjc.org or call (201) 434-4800
Open call for artwork
Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University – Newark is seeking proposals from artists whose work uses food as a medium or subject matter.
The 2019 Main Gallery, Express Newark exhibition will center on food as a social, political, and bodily phenomenon. Specifically, the exhibition will consider food as a commodity; the relationship between food, death, sex, and the abject; food’s relationship to global economics and geo-politics; food and its likeness as a medium for artistic experimentation; the food chain and the environmental impacts of food production; and food justice.
Paul Robeson Galleries is seeking proposals from artists whose work uses food as a medium or subject matter. The exhibition will be on display January - December 2019 and will be accompanied by a catalog. You must be able to loan your work for that period of time.
Apply online at https://form.jotform.com/81145165793158.
Nimbus Dance Presents: Offline
Nimbus Present: Offline returns for its 6th cycle, curated by Keith Thompson of Trisha Brown Dance Company, and Artistic Director of Dance Tactics Performance Group
The event will be held over two nights on May 18 and 19 and will feature nine emergency and mid-career choreographers at Nimbus’ Downtown Jersey City performance space. Each performance will be followed by a discussion with artists, moderated by Keith Thompson.
Nimbus Dance Works is located at 165 Newark Avenue in Jersey City. Tickets cost $20.
Tickets: $20. For more information go to http://www.nimbusdanceworks.org/.
Pro Arts presents curators choice exhibit
Pro Arts Jersey City and the Center for the Arts at Casa Colombo present a Curators Choice Exhibition May 2 – June 17. The opening reception will be held on Sunday, May 6, from 4-6 p.m.
A poetry reading will be held in conjunction with JC Fridays, on June 1 from 7 to 8; 15 p.m. featuring Janet Kirchheimer. Casa Colombo is located at 380 Monmouth St., in downtown Jersey City. For more information, go to http://www.proartsjerseycity.org/.