Both sides are claiming victory in a battle over the recent removal of over 200 newspaper boxes throughout Jersey City. Some boxes that Mayor Steven Fulop ordered removed earlier this month have been returned to their owners, but not before one of the editors was led out of City Council chambers in handcuffs on June 13.
Other boxes are being returned, leading some of those who protested to declare victory.
“We the people… fought back and won regarding Jersey City Mayor Fulop’s action against the free press, where he had removed all free newspaper boxes from our sidewalks,” said Erik Anders Nilsson, a local activist. “The swift action from Jersey City Peace Movement members, Indypendent newspaper staff members, publishers of AM New York, publishers of El Especialito, and other free publications and other local activists forced the current mayor to reverse his assault on free speech and return all boxes.”
But the city said the victory may be short-lived if owners of these boxes do not comply with new rules that will regulate their location and condition. Click here for more.
Just before July 4 last summer, then-Gov. Chris Christie changed New Jersey’s fireworks law to allow “novelty” fireworks like sparklers and “snap caps” to be sold in supermarkets and other stores. While the change was too close to the holiday for most sellers, this year, supermarkets and pharmacy chains like ShopRite, CVS, and Walgreens surprised customers with bountiful displays of small pyrotechnics.
As a result, local school superintendents have been discussing the matter, concerned that the items – which can be legally purchased by those 16 and up – may end up in schools, where fireworks are banned. Click here for more.
Over 300 first through fifth graders at the Robert Fulton Elementary School got to leave their classrooms early on June 15 and nosh on free ice cream, courtesy of the North Bergen Police Department. Police Chief Robert Dowd sponsored the event, in conjunction with his officers.
It was part of a police initiative started last year, to improve community relations and reward the students for their hard work. And the young ones—who got to choose from chocolate or vanilla soft ice cream cones–were elated. Click here for more.