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A NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME – Four parks in Jersey City will host the city’s Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 1. This is an annual event tied to a national program. (See brief.)

Getting out against crime

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and the city Police Department will host a community-building event, National Night Out Against Crime, on Tuesday Aug. 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

As in the past, the events will take place at four different parks throughout Jersey City: Audubon Park, 18 Audubon Ave.; Arlington Park at Grand St. and Arlington Ave.; Hamilton Park, Jersey Avenue between 8th and 9th streets; and Pershing Field, 201 Central Ave.

Each park will have a DJ and other live music, food, beverages, giveaways for kids, bounce houses, and other materials to promote safety awareness from participating local and community organizations.

FEMA reimburses $16M to Port Authority for Sandy-related damage

U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker announced this week the awarding of a combined $15.7 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reimburse the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for 90 percent of the cost to repair key facilities and equipment damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

“Superstorm Sandy devastated New Jersey communities and destroyed much of our region’s vital infrastructure,” said Sen. Menendez. “Nearly five years later, we are still picking up the pieces and working hard to make our homes and our state more resilient and better prepared to withstand the next storm. This federal funding will help repair and fortify our transportation network and move New Jersey closer to full recovery from the worst natural disaster to hit our state.”

The funds would cover reimbursement for repairs to roadways and shore lines in Jersey City, Port Authority vehicles, repairs to NJ Marine Terminal electrical substations and marine berths, Port Authority police equipment, and other uses.

LSC to open largest Planetarium

Liberty Science Center in Jersey City will close its Imax theater to make way for the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere.

The dome theater will close on July 31, undergo a $5 million renovation, and reopen in December 2017.

The space will continue to show films but will also feature planetarium presentations.

The funding is the result of a $5 million gift from a former teacher, Jennifer Chalsty. The gift will pay for the change from Imax to digital, and for the software that will allow the space to function as a planetarium.

Homeless program gets $45,000 state grant

The New Jersey Department of Housing and Community Development has awarded $45,000 to the Hudson County Social Services Homeless Program to provide various programs and services to the homeless in Hudson County.

The purpose of this grant is to provide emergency assistance by means of shelter, food, prevention, and case management to needy individuals in Hudson County.

 

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