Help for homeless families; volunteers needed
Congregation B’nai Jacob will shelter homeless families Sunday, Dec 9. through Sunday, Dec. 16. This is one of three weeks during the year dedicated to Family Promise of Hudson, which helps keep homeless families together and provides services to get them back into homes of their own.
Evening sheltering is provided by local houses of worship that rotate as Family Promise shelters, usually for a week at a time.
The number of guests will be 11 or fewer, and mostly children. They will sleep on air mattresses in partitioned areas of the auditorium. The congregation’s role is to provide dinner when the families arrive at 6 p.m. “Lights out” is at 9 p.m. At 6:30 a.m., the families are picked up by van and go to the Family Promise Day Center for breakfast and shower before going to schools, jobs, training, etc.
The public can help this program in several ways. A least two volunteers are needed each night between the hours of 6 to 8:30 p.m. to welcome the families, have dinner with them, and play with and/or provide activities for the children.
Being willing to engage children in activities would be particularly helpful at a time when they might feel “cooped up” and bored.
One or two volunteers, preferably two, are needed to stay overnight in the building from 8:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. A separate room will be available for privacy and sleep.
Volunteers are also needed to provide dinners for the evening meals. These are best cooked at home and brought in to be warmed due to limited kitchen facilities. If you cannot stay, meals can be dropped off for other volunteers to warm and serve.
Also needed are volunteers to be in the building during the day on Saturday, Dec. 15 and during the morning of Dec 16. The Family Promise Day Center is closed on weekends. Some of the families might be out, but the building needs to remain open.
The program could also use donations in the form of paper goods including plates, napkins, paper towels, plastic spoons, knives and forks. This also includes cases of water, juices; evening snacks (sugar free, please) morning breakfast snacks, hot cocoa mix packets, breakfast cereals, fresh fruits. And, of course, the program would welcome monetary donations.
For more information, e-mail Jeff Schrimmer at email@example.com and/or Sharon Morell at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and regarding what you can help with and which dates and times you are available. You can also reach Jeff by phone: (201) 451-3725 (home) and 201-401-5409 (cell). For more information about the Family Promise Program, please click on this link: http://www.familypromisehudson.org/.
Jersey City awarded $3.5 M for Morris Canal Greenway upgrades
Jersey City has been awarded a $3.5 million grant from the New Jersey State Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to develop segments of the historic Morris Canal into a Greenway. The project will construct segments of a linear alignment along the footprint of the former Morris Canal, combining on-road and off-road elements to link together portions of a route to span eight miles from Lincoln Park at the Hackensack River to Morris Canal Park at the Hudson River.
The Morris Canal, a 102-mile canal that stretches across six counties in New Jersey, was originally a 19th Century iron and coal freight corridor that connected the Delaware and Hudson rivers. The Morris Canal Greenway Working Group, founded by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), has aimed to develop the route of the historic canal into a 111-mile continuous pedestrian and bicycle trail.
Mayor Steven Fulop said, “The city is committed to the Vision Zero initiative, aiming to eliminate all traffic fatalities by 2026, making our roads safe for travelers on bike, foot, car and more. The Morris Canal Greenway will significantly contribute to this initiative as we continue to improve sustainability and quality of life for our community.”
In 2013, the city completed an NJTPA-funded study, which resulted in the Jersey City Morris Canal Greenway Plan. Based on study findings, the city has moved forward with plan recommendations like Berry Lane Park, an area that transformed 17-acres of former rail yards, junk yards, auto repair shops, industrial facilities and warehouses into recreational space in 2014. The plan also outlines the bicycle and pedestrian pathway that would run throughout the Greenway. The plan also outlines the bicycle and pedestrian pathway that would run throughout the Greenway.
Jersey City parks get $1.1M from the county
Jersey City has been awarded funds for Berry Lane Park, Riverview Fisk Park Rehabilitation, and the Old Bergen Church Cemetery open space project in the amount of $1.1 million.
Earlier in November, the Hudson County Board of Freeholders approved over $6,830,488 to 16 Open Space Trust Grantees for numerous recreation/ park improvements and historic preservation projects throughout Hudson County.
Rising Tide Capital receives $1 million investment from JPMorgan Chase
On Thursday, Nov. 8, nonprofit Rising Tide Capital (RTC) received a $1 million investment from JPMorgan Chase (JPMC). The check was presented by Michael Cherny, regional director NJ of JPMorgan Chase, at RTC’s annual celebration of entrepreneurship, “RISE To Expand Opportunity,” at Harborside Atrium in Jersey City.
Joy Mangano, UN Ambassador and the inspiration behind Oscar-nominated film “Joy” starring Jennifer Lawrence, co-hosted the event.
“We’re so proud to support Rising Tide Capital and we’re humbled by the incredible work they do every day,” said Jeanique Riche-Druses, vice president of Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase.
“We are enormously grateful to JPMorgan Chase for its continued support and partnership in our efforts to build a more inclusive economy,” said Alfa Demmellash, co-founder and CEO of Rising Tide Capital. “We have spent the last 14 years proving and perfecting our model; within two years of graduating from our nationally-recognized Community Business Academy RTC entrepreneurs experience a 112 percent increase in their business sales, a 58 percent increase in household income, and a 48 percent reduction in the use of public assistance.”
‘Jersey City’ Nutcracker 2018 tickets are on sale
Nimbus Dance Works, Jersey City’s professional dance company will take the stage with 20 performances of its production, “Jersey City Nutcracker.” This retelling of the classic tale illustrates two children’s city adventure filled with fantasy, adversity and celebration, with a Jersey City twist.
Choreographed and directed by Nimbus Artistic Director Samuel Pott, the adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s renowned ballet is performed by a cast of professional dancers from Nimbus who portray the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Rat King, the Arabian Princess, Drosselmeyer, and more, joined by youth and adults from the community, as well as surprise guests.
The location is 165 Newark Ave. in Jersey City. Performance dates are Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 15 at 1 and 5 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 16, 1 and 5 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec 22, at 1 and 5 p.m. School matinees will be held Dec. 11-13 & 18-20 (call to reserve). For ticket prices and more information go to www.nimbusdanceworks.org or call (201)377-0718
JCMC receives national recognition and its 13th ‘A’ for patient safety
The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit healthcare ratings organization, has announced that Jersey City Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, received an ‘A’ grade for quality and patient safety in its Fall 2018 reporting period.
This marks the thirteenth time the hospital has received the highest patient safety rating from the Leapfrog Group since 2012.
“The Leapfrog Group’s “A” rating means that Jersey City Medical Center is one of the safest and highest caliber hospitals in the country,” said Michael Prilutsky, president and CEO of Jersey City Medical Center. “It gives me great pride to see our staff recognized nationally, and I thank our dedicated employees, physicians and volunteers for putting our patients first and making every effort to deliver the highest quality and safest care possible.”
Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign the grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
To see more details on Jersey City Medical Center’s Hospital Safety Grade and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org. For more information about Jersey City Medical Center, please visit www.rwjbh.org/jerseycitymedicalcenter
Kennedy Dancers to hold 2018 Holiday Showcase at The Historic Landmark Loew’s
The Kennedy Dancers, Inc. will hold its 2018 Holiday showcase at The Historic Landmark Loew’s in Jersey City.
The showcase features performances by The Kennedy Dancers Repertory Company (professionals) with choreography by Diane Dragone to Handel’s “Water Music”, Dr. Larry King’s “O’ Gracious Light”, and Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major.”
The Kennedy Dancers Inner City Youth pre-professional dancers, ages 11-17 years old, will be performing Ms. Dragone’s Caribbean “Silent Night”, and “Akiwowo, music by Babatunde Olatunji.
This year’s show will present both traditional and non-traditional works in dance, going beyond just a variation of the “Nutcracker”, but also will serve as a cultural celebration of music and dance celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, and others.
In addition to the dance performances, there will be musical performances presented by the McNair Academic High School Chamber Choir, who will perform Adeste Fidelis, Fum Fum Fantasy, and Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! The members or the McNair Academic High School Chamber Choir are Justyn Chapman (tenor), Noa DeOcampo (alto), James Lacida (bass), and Riya Nagpal (soprano).
The event will be held on Friday, Dec. 14 at 10 p.m. for schools only, and then on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. for the general public with a matinee performance on Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. Tickets purchased prior to the show cost $20 for adults for the 7 p.m. evening performance on Dec.14 and 3 p.m. matinee on Dec. 15. Children under age 12 and senior citizens pay $15 per ticket.
The school performance Dec. 14 only for students, faculty, and school staff and costs $8 per ticket. Schools pay directly to The Kennedy Dancers, Inc., 79 Central Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07306. General public tickets may be purchased by visiting the studio or calling (201) 659-2190. They accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. You may also pay on-line for the Dec. 14 evening show at https://squareup.com/store/the-kennedy-dancers/item/december-th-at-pm. To Buy Tickets on-line for the Dec. 15 matinee show go to https://squareup.com/store/the-kennedy-dancers/item/december-th-at-pm-1