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JAZZ LEGEND – Jimmy Cobb drums it up for the Harborside Series on Feb. 8 with the Jazz Quartet in the Harborside Atrium. Cobb has performed with people such Wes Montgomery, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, and Dizzy Gillespie. But he is probably best known for his contribution to the Miles Davis masterpiece “Kind of Blue.” The performance begins at 11:30 a.m. until about 1:30 p.m. The Jazz at Harborside Series is a new lunchtime performance that happens one Wednesday a month at the Harborside Atrium, 147 Harborside Financial Center Platform. For more information, see www.riverviewjazz.org .

Jersey City student suffers apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound

A student at Whitney M. Young Jr. School No. 15 was shot in the leg on Jan. 31 after he left school. He returned to the school and school staff called 911. His injuries were not life-threatening.

The police investigation has revealed that the student accidentally shot himself with what appears to be someone else’s gun. In a statement issued by Jersey City school administration, “The district will continue to work with police to understand this incident and to help ensure that such incidents do not happen again.”

The statement continued, “While the incident did not happen on school property and we do not know if the gun was brought into the school or not, the district is taking a number of steps to ensure that students and staff are safe and feel safe. Hand wanding for possible weapons was instituted immediately and full-body, walk-through metal detectors are being installed today. In addition, security will be stepped up at the school, and the Jersey City Police Department will increase patrols of the area particularly at dismissal. This morning, the Director of Security and the president of the JCEA met with staff at P.S. 15 and the superintendent also met with administrators and police at the school today. Providing safe and secure learning environments for all students is central to our mission.”

Schools Superintendent Marcia Lyles called it unacceptable.

“Yesterday’s event was as disturbing as it was unacceptable. We know these are troubling times and the Jersey City Public School District will do everything it can to make P.S. 15 safe and secure, a haven for the community,” Lyles stated in a message sent to parents.

Jersey City unemployment rate drops to 25-year low

According to December statistics released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor last week, Jersey City has continued its unprecedented job growth with the unemployment rate dropping to 4 percent.

Jersey City’s unemployment rate is at its lowest in 25 years and lower than both the state and national rates.

“This is validation that the policies and programs we have put into place are working and producing results,” said Mayor Steven Fulop. “Jobs have grown steadily over the past three and half a years and while we know there is more work to be done, we are pleased that the unemployment rate continues to drop and that people are finding jobs throughout the city.”

Fulop said by implementing policies and programs that support long-term job growth, Jersey City has seen 7,332 net new jobs created since June of 2013, with small business and construction job growth spurring the boost across sectors. The unemployment rate has been cut by more than half, dropping to 4 percent from 8.7 percent in June of 2013.

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. You may attend an information session at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave., Room 901, on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m.

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. 

Carbon Place slated for construction

In what may be another huge development on the West Side of Jersey City, two new projects are being considered for an area near the New Jersey City University’s West Campus site.

The two new buildings would include about 150 market rate residential units, adding to those expected to be constructed on the campus over the next three years. The City Council is expected to introduce an ordinance at its Feb. 8 meeting that would give 30-year abatements to the Carbon Place projects.

Up, up and away

Urby, the eye-catching new addition to the waterfront and one of New Jersey’s tallest buildings at 713 feet, has announced a February opening on its newly launched teaser website. Jersey City Urby is located in the Harborside section of Jersey City, just off the Hudson River waterfront and directly across Manhattan. Cantilevering floors shape the architecture of the building, creating a tower comprised of block-like structures, that makes a strong architectural statement set against the waterfront.

Jersey City Urby is co-developed by Ironstate Development and Roseland Residential Trust, a subsidiary of Mack-Cali Realty Corporation. Urby is a complete rethink of the residential rental housing concept that is design driven and tailored to fit every neighborhood. Developed with the needs of the contemporary urban renter in mind, Urby offers thoughtfully designed apartments that make smart use of space. Jersey City Urby features 762 apartments housed in one tower that spans 69 stories. 

Jersey City Urby is the second location to open, with the first in Staten Island. More information is below along with some images. The teaser site can be found at http://www.urby.com/jerseycity/

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