Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and the Board of Freeholders have announced an evening of live music Wednesday, July 18 from 7- 9 p.m. in the rotunda of the Brennan Court House, 583 Newark Ave., Jersey City.
The evening will open with a performance by the Brazilian singer/songwriter Monika Oliveira. Born in Belem do Para and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Oliveira has been performing in the New York area for more than twenty years. She combines her love of Brazil’s musical heritage with a mastery of Jazz to create what critics describe as a “sultry variation on both … that is at once moving and rhythmic, pure and passionate.” Joined by the Brazilians Trio, she will take the stage at 7 pm.
At 8 p.m., Flamenco Flavor will follow with a fresh take on traditional Spanish rhythms with an urban twist, presenting Latin choreography paired with the voice and guitar play of David M. Castellano.
Placed on the Register of Historic Places in 1970 and saved from demolition, the 108 year-old William J. Brennan Courthouse is a working civil courthouse and seat of county government during the day. But by night, its four-story marble rotunda has become home to a range of musical acts and visual arts exhibits presented by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs that are promoted by “Visit Hudson,” the office’s tourism development arm.
This concert is the first of what is expected to become a new series entitled “Live At Brennan’s.”
Doors for this event will open at 6:30. Tickets are $20. The price includes parking in the courthouse lot and light refreshments between acts.
Dead infant in suitcase for months
In testimony given before a court hearing on July 11, county prosecutors reportedly said that the body of a child abandoned on the PATH train tracks in March had been in a suitcase for months prior to being dumped.
Travis Plummer, the child’s father, has been charged with allegedly dumping the remains on the tracks. Prosecutors at his bail hearing said that he allegedly had kept the remains of his 23-month old daughter, Te’Myah Layauna Plummer, in a suitcase in a garage after having left Virginia, where the baby lived.
Plummer has pleaded not guilty to improper disposal of human remains.
JC man dies from injuries sustained in assault
Glen Mackie, Jr., 29, of Jersey City, has died as a result of injuries sustained during a street fight on Lexington Avenue on July 5, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.
Jersey City police officers found Mackie on the sidewalk in the area of 21 Lexington Ave. He was unresponsive with an obvious wound to his head. Mackie was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries.
Mackie was pronounced dead at approximately 5 p.m. on Friday, July 6. The Medical Examiner has determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head and manner of death to be homicide.
The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit is actively investigating the case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at (201) 915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County
Prosecutor’s Office website at http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.
Liberties to host magic shows
Local magician “Micky Magic” will perform at Jersey City and Bayonne libraries this summer to promote reading, and encourage kids to hit the books.
In Jersey City, six shows are scheduled on Tuesday July 17 at the Main Branch, 472 Jersey Ave., at 11 a.m.; Greenville Branch, 1841 Kennedy Blvd., at 1 p.m.; Five Corners Branch, 678 Newark Ave., at 3 p.m. On Wednesday July 18 shows are scheduled at the Zabriskie St. Branch,14 Zabriskie St., at 11 a.m.; Glenn Cunningham Branch, 275 MLK Dr., at 1 p.m.; and Miller Branch, 489 Bergen Ave. at 3 p.m.
In addition to crafting magic, Micky will read excerpts from a kids book called, “A Ghost of A Chance” by Rory Johnston, a writer, publisher, Master Magician, and personal friend. The story is about some kids that call themselves “The Wizards.”
Kids will be invited to participate during the program. Girls and boys both get to help make the “magic” happen.
Stack calls for utilities to notify towns of power shutoffs
Following the death of a Newark woman in hospice care after PSE&G shut off her electricity, State Senator and Union City Mayor Brian Stack has called for PSE&G to notify municipalities of pending, non-emergency shut offs.
“It is an absolute tragedy that a grandmother lost her life because her electricity was shut off and she was unable to use her oxygen tank,” stand said. “Municipalities are in a position to assist residents, either through their own resources or through social service agency resources. This should never occur because a resident got behind on her payments.”
Stack has sponsored state Senate bill S-2477, which requires utilities providing electric, gas, or water services to notify the mayor, chief law enforcement officer, and health officer, in writing, at least 21 days prior to a non-emergency shut off. This would allow municipal officials, if needed, to intervene.
“I have pleaded with PSE&G for over 20 years to change their policies and work with municipalities to prevent unnecessary shut offs,” Stack said. “Residents, especially the most vulnerable, must be protected to ensure that tragedies like this do not continue to occur. My heart goes out to Linda Daniel’s family, who watched her needlessly suffer.”
Liberty State Park to host gelato festival
Gelato Festival America will be held on Aug. 11 and 12 in Jersey City’s Liberty State Park. This will include several contests involving creation of new flavors as well as a gelato eating contest.
Tickets cost $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, $25 for kids (3 to 12 years old), and free for children younger than 2.
You can get a discount if you buy tickets in advance online at gelatofestivalamerica.com/ticket.
St. John’s Lutheran Church holds flea market on Aug. 4
St. John’s Lutheran Church will hold its outdoor flea market in the parking lot located at the corner of North Street and Summit Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more call or text (201) 214-5300.