Polish President Andrzej Duda laid a wreath on May 16 at the base of a statue memorializing the World War II massacre of Polish soldiers, while protestors in the background, despite being restrained by security forces and the U.S. Secret Service, shouted “Shame! Shame!” in opposition to the statue’s pending removal from Exchange Place.
The memorial commemorates the 1940 Soviet murder of 22,000 Polish officers in Katyn Forest in the western Soviet Union. Although Duda was in the United States on official United Nations business, he met briefly at the site with Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop in an attempt to play down what has become an international conflict.
Created by Polish-American monument sculptor Andrzej Pitynski, the statue was moved to Exchange Place in 1991. Jersey City, along with officials of the Exchange Place Special Improvement District, have proposed moving the statue to a new location one block away on York Street. The city intends to create a park at the statue’s current location.
While this started out as a local issue, the incident escalated into an international conflict when Fulop exchanged angry Tweets with the head of the Polish Senate, in which Fulop accused the senate leader of being a Holocaust denier. Click here for more.
In May and June, college graduates move to Hoboken to start a job, and families move to town before the new school year. Last week, several Hoboken residents offered tips to recent grads and young families who are starting life in the mile-square city.
Their tips covered restaurants, bars for different age groups, getting a dog, using public transportation, and even joining a gym or sports league.
Resident of two years Michelle Ciancimino, 24, suggested new residents join a local gym to meet their neighbors. She goes to a CrossFit gym and it’s a “tight knit community,” she said.
CrossFit is a high-intensity fitness program that incorporates elements from several sports and types of exercise.
Similarly, Megan Pijanowski, 25, suggested joining one of the adult athletic leagues such a ZogSports. (www.zogsports.com). Through ZogSports, participants can play basketball, hockey, dodge ball, touch football, and volleyball with other adults. Click here for more.
The Act Now Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease in New Jersey, opened its third dementia center on the Hudson Hills Senior Living campus on May 16. The group had opened its first such operation in Jersey City in 2015, and another one in Bergen County followed.
The North Bergen location will serve as its official headquarters, officials say. It will offer services for Alzheimer’s patients such as cognitive rehabilitation, music and art therapy, and caregiver training. Ten people will be staffed at the center full time, including interns, regular Act Now staff, and certified dementia professionals.
Different organizations have also sponsored rooms in the center. United Healthcare is sponsoring an education room that will feature training for professionals and caregivers on how to help Alzheimer’s patients. Click here for more.