JERSEY CITY – In the presence of proud family members and with the Hudson County sheriff and other local elected leaders looking on, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office officially promoted three sergeants to the rank of lieutenant and two officers to the rank of sergeant at a ceremony yesterday held at the Hudson County Superior Court in Jersey City. Pictured from left to right: Freeholder Chairman Anthony Vainieri, Sergeant Daniel Beteta, Freeholder William O’Dea, Sergeant Cielo Gutierrez, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Lieutenant Toni Sisk, Lieutenant Luigi DeCecco, Freeholder Anthony Romano, Lieutenant Matthew Vogel, and Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari.

Hudson County CASA needs volunteers to help kids

The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association is seeking new community volunteers in Hudson County. The organization will be holding an information session Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Little City Books in Hoboken—located at 100 Bloomfield St.–at 7 p.m.

CASA is a non-profit organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the county. Their volunteers work to ensure these children receive necessary social services and assistance, all while attempting to place them in permanent housing. Judges rely on information from the volunteers in court to make the best choices for the children. For further information, visit

Hudson County Chamber of Commerce business meeting

The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce will host over 100 community leaders at its Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Maritime Parc, 84 Audrey Zapp Dr., in Jersey City at 11 a.m. The focus of this year’s event is “Growing New Jersey Business.” Choose New Jersey President & CEO Michele Brown is the featured speaker. The event will serve as a platform for business dialogue and showcase the products and services of over 20 local companies and organizations.

“With 40 percent of the nation’s population within a day’s drive of New Jersey, how can we continue to take advantage of our location and the other assets that set the Garden State apart?” asked Maria Nieves, the chamber’s president and CEO, in a press release.

“The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce is committed to being the leading resource for driving economic growth—providing education, advocacy and access to our members within and throughout each community in Hudson County. This event brings all our stakeholders together to showcase our unique assets, build important linkages and discuss ways to help the County reach its full potential.” To make a reservation for the meeting, call 201-386-0699 ext 220 or visit

Route 440 to be resurfaced

Addressing what local officials believe will be a major transportation disruption, the Jersey City Council approved a resolution on Jan. 8 that would provide municipal assistance to cope with the resurfacing project will affect Route 440 from truck Route 1 & 9 (near Communipaw Avenue) to the Bayonne border near Country Village.

The council members discussed measures the resolution would enable, including additional police traffic control and increased signage. Some of the streets may be redirected as one way to avoid truck and other traffic, officials said.

The project is currently in the final design phase but should kick off at some point in the spring.

Councilman Richard Boggiano said this would have a significant impact on traffic, including cars coming north from Bayonne and the New Jersey Turnpike extension. Northbound traffic will likely be directed off onto Garfield Avenue or Kennedy Boulevard. Also, city officials have raised concerns about traffic seeking alternative routes through the narrow streets of Country Village which borders Bayonne.

V-Day 2017 comes to Jersey City with ‘Monologues’

The Speranza Theatre Company will present the third annual V-Day benefit readings of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play “The Vagina Monologues.” Performances will be on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Scott Ring Room at Hudson County Community College’s Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk St., and on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in St. Peter’s University’s, Pope Hall, 2641 Kennedy Blvd. Both shows are free and open to the public. Donations are greatly appreciated; all proceeds will benefit local nonprofit WomenRising.

Each year, thousands of V-Day benefits are held around the world raising funds and awareness towards ending violence against women and girls. These highly successful events raised over $5 million through performances of ”The Vagina Monologues,” readings from V-Day’s A Memory, A Monologue,” “A Rant and A Prayer” and ”Any One Of Us: Words From Prison” and screenings of V-Day’s documentary ”Until The Violence Stops” and the PBS documentary ”What I Want My Words To Do To You.”

Speranza Theatre Company, Hudson County Community College (HCCC) and St. Peter’s University (SPU) are once again joining this global movement as part of the V-Day 2017 College/Community Campaign.

To learn more about V-Day Jersey City, email Heather Wahl, Artistic Director of Speranza Theatre Company, To learn more about V-Day and its campaigns, visit

‘Blackout’ experiences race through immersive theatre

JCTC (Jersey City Theater Center) presents the premier of “Blackout,” a No Peeking Theatre production that takes a multifaceted look at the African-American experience through a unique and immersive theatre experience.

This play will run Fri, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Avenue in Jersey City.

“We at JCTC believe it’s important to give opportunities to local theatre companies,” said Olga Levina, Artistic Director, JCTC. “Borderless is about building bridges between cultures and individuals and the No Peeking experience is inclusive on many different levels. BLACKOUT is a perfect addition to this series. By closing off your sense of sight, the involvement of the audience is deepened. You share the experience and become more than an observer, you’re a participant.”

Tickets cost $20 general admission; $10 for students and senior citizens discounts (ID Required at door). For more information or to purchase tickets visit :

Skills summit unveils new report

At the Jersey City Middle Skills Summit hosted by the NJCU School of Business on Feb. 8, Mayor Steven Fulop and the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation (JCEDC) announced the release of “Building Career Pathways to Success: Jersey City New Skills at Work,” a comprehensive analysis of middle skill job opportunities in Jersey City and Hudson County requiring more education and training than a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree.

Developed in partnership with JPMorgan Chase through its global $250 million New Skills at Work initiative, this major report maps the local workforce landscape and offers substantive recommendations for how key workforce development stakeholders in education, government and the business community can better prepare and connect residents to career-worthy jobs that offer meaningful advancement opportunities.

The report was researched and developed by the New York City Labor Market Information Service (NYCLMIS) at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York’s Center for Urban Research, a recognized resource for action-oriented intelligence about the labor market,

The Jersey City New Skills at Work report provides a comprehensive demographic snapshot of Jersey City and data-informed recommendations for ensuring the development of a stronger talent pipeline prepared to meet local employer demand and contribute to the region’s continued prosperity.

A copy of Building Career Pathways to Success: Jersey City New Skills at Work can be accessed on the JCEDC

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