Eric Crocker, 23, of Bayonne, was fatally shot in Jersey City on Tuesday, September 4, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. Crocker suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his torso in the area of Lembeck and Ocean avenues just before 6 p.m. He was treated at the scene and transported by EMS to Jersey City Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 6:30 p.m. The person responsible for Crocker’s death is a subject of an active investigation by the Prosecutor's Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department. No arrests have yet been made.
The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office asks that anyone with information on the shooting to call (201) 915-1345 or to submit an anonymous tip online at HCPO.org.
Shooting on 52nd Street in Bayonne
A shooting that occurred in the area of 52nd Street and Broadway in Bayonne at 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 6 is under investigation, according to the Bayonne Police Department. Those involved in the shooting fled the scene before police arrived. Officers recovered a 9mm handgun, and numerous spent shell casings were recovered from the scene. The incident remains under investigation.
2nd Annual Katie's Krew Color Run
The Katie’s Krew Color Run is hosting its second consecutive fundraiser on Sunday, September 23 at 16th Street Park after raising $16,800 last year. The fundraiser will benefit the Valerie Fund, a nonprofit organization established in 1976 in memory of a nine-year-old, Valerie Goldstein. The Valerie Fund Children’s Centers comprise the largest network of healthcare facilities for children with cancer and blood disorders in NJ, hosting more than 25,000 patients each year.
“We were one of those patient visits in 2009 when Katie was diagnosed with a Neuroblastoma tumor in her chest,” said Jennifer Mulcahy, Katie’s mother. “The Valerie Fund was instrumental in educating our family and getting us through that difficult time. We will be forever grateful to the doctors, nurses and countless staff for their dedication and support. Today, Katie is a healthy, happy and thriving 10 year-old who loves to spend time with her twin sister Grace, her family, and friends. She loves soccer, basketball, theatre and is starting 5th grade in September at All Saints Catholic Academy.”
Jersey City Medical Center launches Project SEARCH internship program for students with disabilities
Jersey City Medical Center held a kickoff ceremony to introduce Jersey City Medical Center RWJBH Project SEARCH, a one-year unpaid internship program available to students with disabilities in their last year of high school. The internship will provide students with a chance to explore careers and develop transferable job skills. The combination of instruction and immersion in the workplace prepares young adults with disabilities to make successful transitions to productive adult life.
“Jersey City Medical Center is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive workplace,” said Joseph Scott, Jersey City Medical Center President and CEO. “We are proud to be included as a host site for Project SEARCH, which will help Jersey City and Hudson County students gain valuable training and work experience to further their future opportunities.”
Jersey City Medical Center’s Project SEARCH program is in partnership with the County of Hudson Department of Health & Human Services Office of Disability Services, the Jersey City Board of Education, Hudson Community Enterprises, New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities, the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and the Project SEARCH Headquarters at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
McNair in Jersey City ranked top NJ high school by NJ Monthly
Jersey City’s Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School won the top spot in New Jersey Monthly's ranking of the state's high schools this year. Students at McNair, a magnet public school where half qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, score some of the best SAT and AP test results in New Jersey. The school ranked No. 65 two years ago, the last time the magazine ranked the state's high schools. Bayonne High School ranked 243 this year, up from last year’s ranking of 281.
NJ flooded by applicants for marijuana dispensaries
New Jersey has six state-approved dispensaries for medical marijuana and plans to double that number to 12, according to Bloomberg. The state received 146 applications for the right to operate a dispensary, or more than 24 times the number of new dispensaries expected to open. NJ Gov. Phil Murphy expanded the number of conditions that make a person eligible for medical marijuana, and the number of patients on the registry has doubled to 30,000. Secaucus was one of the first towns to get a dispensary.
NJ officials speak out on need for gateway tunnel
NJ Gov. Phil Murphy, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, and several members of the state’s congressional delegation used ominous language Tuesday as they called for the Trump administration to provide promised money for the Gateway Tunnel and other infrastructure improvements, according to NJ Spotlight. The officials cited national security and commuter safety as they tried to put pressure on the federal government to provide money for the rail tunnel that would cross the Hudson River in the federal budget that is being drafted. They compared the situation to the Titanic, pointing out that some of the infrastructure dates to the same time period as the ship's disastrous voyage in 1912.
State looks to limit human-bear interactions
The Department of Environmental Protection is increasing its efforts to prevent human-bear interactions in the wake of NJ Gov. Phil Murphy's ban on bear hunting on state-owned lands, according to the Press of Atlantic City. The DEP is assigning additional Division of Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officers leading up to and during the hunt, scheduled for Oct. 8-13 and Dec. 3-8. It is also working with county and local governments to improve waste management to avoid attracting bears.
Teacher evaluation standards altered
Under new teacher evaluation standards released by the state Department of Education, the impact of student scores on the PARCC standardized tests will be reduced significantly, the Press of Atlantic City reports. The New Jersey Education Association teachers union hailed the decision, which cuts the scores to 5 percent of a teacher's evaluation from 30 percent.