Jersey City holds eight high school graduations

Jersey City held eight high school graduations on June 25 to 26. Along with students from McNair Academy and Dickinson High School (see this week’s cover story), the high schools paid tribute to graduates as well as their top students.
At Ferris High School, Kyle Salvador became this year’s valedictorian. Jajrah Iqbal is Ferris’ salutatorian. Paul KervinIwarat is Lincoln High School’s valedictorian for 2018. Justyn Cleveland is Lincoln’s salutatorian.
Denisse Vargas is Snyder High School valedictorian for 2018 and Yasmeiry Martinez, who previously attended M.S. 40, became Snyder’s salutatorian this year. Liberty High School’s valedictorian this year is Vidhi V. Patel; the school was formerly P.S. 27 in Jersey City Heights.
Liberty’s salutatorian this year is Jorge Gomez-Kobayashi. Infinity High School’s valedictorian for 2018 is Ermioni Christodoulakis, who attended Infinity elementary school prior to that, as did Infinity’s salutatorian this year, Samman Chaudhry.
Innovation High School’s valedictorian is Melvin Temu, who previously attended M.S. 40. Vicek Patel, formerly of P.S. 28, was salutatorian at Innovation.

JCMC Center wants to hear from you

Barnabas Health-Jersey City Medical Center is seeking input for its 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment Survey. Please go to and share your thoughts regarding health needs for you, your family and neighborhood.
The survey will take approximately 10 minutes and all responses are kept completely anonymous. Your feedback will help inform future health care programming and services for your community.

HCCC library staff receives statewide awards

The New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) has recognized members of the Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Library staff for excellence in planning, implementation, and innovative use of technology.
The staffers were honored at the 2018 NJLA Conference which took place from May 30 through June 1 at the Waterfront Conference Center at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City.
HCCC Technical Services Librarian Mei Xie received the NJLA College and University Section (CUS) Technical Services Award. This was the first time this award was given. She was honored for leadership and efforts in improving access to electronic resources, enhancing workflows, and implementing new services/cataloging standards.
Library Technology Associate Devlyn Courtier, along with Johnathan Cintron (a former HCCC employee), won the NJLA CUS Technology Innovation Award for their application of Raspberry Pi technology to advance the current manual door count to an automated system.

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. The next information session will be held at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. room 901 on Tuesday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (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.
For further information, visit

CarePoint Health wins NJ Biz Healthcare Heroes Award for Innovation

CarePoint Health has been named the winner of the NJ Biz Healthcare Heroes Award for Innovation. The award was presented Chief Operating Officer Peter Daniels at a ceremony held at the Somerset Palace in Somerset, N.J.
“We are honored to be recognized with this award and very proud of the CarePoint Health team, who have spearheaded the use of this technology,” said Peter Daniels, Chief Operating Officer at CarePoint.

Michael McCabe fills father’s post as county medical services coordinator

The Hudson County Board of Freeholders voted this week to approve the appointment of Michael G. McCabe to the position of Hudson County Emergency Medical Services Coordinator. McCabe will replace his father, the retiring H. Mickey McCabe.
Michael McCabe will fill the remainder of his father’s three-year term which is set to expire on June 30, 2021.

NJCU offers doctoral program in college leadership

New Jersey City University now offers a doctorate of education in community college leadership.
Applications will be accepted in fall 2018, with the first cohort of candidates commencing their studies in July 2019.
The 55-credit program will be offered in a hybrid model that includes blended courses, online courses, and face-to-face courses, delivered over a three-year curriculum that includes a summer residency requirement and an international study component.
The CCL doctoral program offered by NJCU will serve doctoral students with diverse career backgrounds, including those with experience in the leadership and administration of American or international two-year colleges.
For more information on the Community College Leadership doctoral program at NJCU, contact Dr. John Melendez, CCL Doctoral Program Coordinator, at, or visit