Bus hit with bullets
NJ Transit bus No. 87 carrying 25 people was struck by stray bullets on Martin Luther King Drive at about 7 p.m. on Jan. 17.
The bullets shattered windows.
“The bus driver was not shot or shot at (the bus was damaged, but no one on the bus was injured),” said Jennifer Morrill, spokesperson for the Jersey City Police. “There was a shots-fired incident and a male victim who fled the scene, but was located later by police a few blocks away, sustained a graze wound and injury to his foot. That victim, who was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center, is being uncooperative with police at this time. The investigation is ongoing.”
Fulop to deliver State of The city in multiple venues
Mayor Steven M. Fulop will deliver the 2017 State of the City Address in a series of speeches to be held in each ward, taking the message to the residents to emphasize the important role each community and individual plays in the progress Jersey City is making.
The speech, the final of his first term in office, will highlight administration results, which have included stable taxes for three years, bringing the police department to over 900 officers for the first time in 20 years, investment in areas off the waterfront, and the creation of more affordable housing than any prior administration.
“While there are many initiatives we can discuss that affect the entire city, like stable taxes, public safety, and increasing open space, each ward has its own unique issues and characteristics,” said Mayor Fulop. “By delivering a speech in each ward, we have the ability speak about citywide issues and drill down on ward specific issues that matter to community members.”
The State of the City Addresses will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Ward F, on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Mary McLeod Bethune Center, 140 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr.; Ward A, Thursday, Feb. 9, at the CityLine Church, 1510 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Ward B, Thursday, Feb. 23, St. Aloysius Academy, 721 West Side Ave.; Ward C, Monday, Feb. 27, Franklin L. Williams M.S. 7, 222 Laidlaw Ave.; Ward D, Thursday, March 2, Christa McAuliffe School P.S. 28, 167 Hancock Ave.; and in Ward E, Tuesday, March 7, Grace Church Van Vorst, 39 Erie St.
Liberty State Park security screening facility closed until further notice
The Security Screening Facility for the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island located in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, is closed until further notice due to structural concerns. Visitors are strongly encouraged to use the Battery Park ferry departure location.
Statue Cruises will honor tickets for those arriving today in Liberty State Park via ferry service departing from Liberty Landing Marina to the World Financial Center in Manhattan where they will proceed to the Battery Park for security screening. Ferries will return New Jersey passengers to Liberty State Park.
NJCU Center for the Arts announces cultural events for Spring 2017
New Jersey City University (NJCU) Center for the Arts announces its arts and culture events for spring 2017.
Dozens of visual arts exhibitions, performances, film screenings, artist talks, and literary readings will be presented this spring at NJCU and at local Jersey City venues. All events are open to the public, and for most, admission is free. A sampling of highlights follows.
In the NJCU galleries, Manga and War (Jan. 25-March 1) offers a rare opportunity for American audiences to see an exhibition of manga artwork, organized by the Kyoto International Manga Museum to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, and traveling abroad for the first time.
NJCU is hosting guest speakers Barbara Corcoran (Feb. 7), founder of The Corcoran Group and “Shark Investor” on ABC’s Shark Tank, and Hoda Kotb (March 21), co-host of NBC’s Today Show’s fourth hour, correspondent for Dateline, and a New York Times bestselling author. Both talks are free with RSVP.
The Black Maria 36th Annual Film Festival, an annual juried short film competition housed in NJCU’s Media Arts Department, premieres the 2017 winning films on campus (Feb. 9), with additional screenings across the state during the spring.
The Media Arts department is hosting talks with several prominent artists, including: Barbara Hammer, a pioneer in queer cinema (Feb. 7); Edin Velez, a vital voice in the development of video as an art form (February 21); Louis Massiah, documentary filmmaker and founder/director of Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia (March 21).
The Department of Music, Dance, and Theatre presents the award-winning musical Side Show (March 24 – April 2), a showbiz saga based on the lives of conjoined twins and sideshow performers Daisy and Violet Hilton. Performances by guest artists include: Abdou M’boup, a key developer of the mbalaxstyle of Senegalese dance music, takes the stage with his band, Waakaw (March 19); Montclair Citadel Band, one of The Salvation Army’s finest brass bands, presents a program of toe-tapping music (March 24); and Chris Byars, the award-winning New York City based composer/arranger and saxophonist, is featured in the NJCU Jazz Ensemble’s spring concert (April 10).
As part of a larger effort to encourage capacity building skills for local arts organizations and artists, and support dialogues to shape the cultural landscape of the arts in Jersey City and the region, NJCU and its newly formed Arts Advisory Board are sponsoring a series of three workshops: Capacity Building for Arts Organizations (March 16); Raising Dollors and Your Social Media Profile (Date TBA); Arts & Culture Breakfast Symposium (May 11). All are FREE with RSVP.
For the full calendar of events and additional information on NJCU performing, visual, and literary arts, visit www.njcu.edu/arts or call 201-200-3426.
All events are open to the public, and for most, admission is free.
Reservations and advance tickets may be purchased online at www.njcu.edu/arts or in person at the box office, which opens one hour prior to performances. For group sales and reservations, please contact the box office directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.