Jersey City Briefs

Jersey City Briefs
Jersey City-based Goya Foods partners with Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) to spearhead the launch of a statewide Goya Cooking With Care patch program. Goya is the first global company to establish and design a Girl Scouts patch with GSHNJ.

Police Department promotes 20 to detective

The Jersey City Police Department saw a new round of promotions with 20 officers made detective on Nov. 20. The ceremony included presentations by Mayor Steven Fulop, Public Safety Director James Shea, and Police Chief  Michael Kelly.  Fire Chief Steven McGill also oversaw a ceremony that  included the promotion of six fire fighters to the rank of captain.

City to purchase 45 new police vehicles

Mayor Steven Fulop and Public Safety Director James Shea will provide upgrades to the Jersey City Police Department’s (JCPD) vehicle fleet. Forty-five police vehicles will be purchased to replace outdated vehicles.

The new resources reflect the growing number of personnel within JCPD, with the department now including more than 950 officers. The new department vehicles will replace those that have been in service for up to 15 years.

“The upgraded patrol cars are imperative for a continuously growing police department, as the administration has successfully hired more than 400 police officers in the last five years,” said Mayor Fulop. “We will continue to invest in public safety initiatives, ensuring that we have the best resources to support the men and women who keep our city safe.”

In addition to the police vehicles, the city has authorized the purchase of four vehicles for traffic guards and will add to its fleet of parking enforcement vehicles.

Hudson County Community College to offer $15 minimum wage

After Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise issued an executive order granting a $15 per hour minimum wage for all non-union county employees, Hudson County Community College (HCCC) President Chris Reber announced the university has done the same.

HCCC adopted a resolution to pay all non-union employees – including part-time staff – the $15 per hour minimum pay. The HCCC Board of Trustees approved implementing the wage increase resolution at its Nov. 20 meeting.

The increase, which will be retroactive to Nov. 1, will impact 199 non-union, part-time HCCC employees at an additional cost to the college of $476,000 a year.

Stranded commuters took ferry during snowstorm

Hudson River ferries worked overtime on Nov. 15 thanks to an early snowstorm that took commuters and motorists by surprise.

During a storm that shut down the Bayonne Bridge and turned roads in Hoboken and neighboring towns into parking lots, NY Waterways reported the company took 3,500 passengers across the river on trips between New Jersey and New York, according to local reports.

NJ Transit dealt with a pileup of problems from the storm, but the ferry company cross-honored rail and bus tickets. It was the third time in November that the company has been asked to do so, NY Waterway stated.

According to NY Waterway, its ferries ran past midnight during the snowstorm. Some took commuters from Manhattan’s West 39th Street Ferry Terminal to the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal in Weehawken, where passengers continued their trips on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail or by bus or private car or cab.

Other ferries took stranded commuters to the Edgewater Ferry Landing, Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken, Hoboken/14th Street, the Hoboken/NJ TRANSIT Terminal, Harborside, Paulus Hook, Liberty Harbor and Port Liberte′ in Jersey City and Belford/Middletown in Monmouth County, the company said.

All ferries ran on or close to schedule, according to the company, with additional ferry trips to ensure passengers arrived at their desired locations, although the company’s free bus connections were hampered by the unexpectedly heavy snow fall.

Jersey City Medical Center announces community events calendar

JCMC has announced its most recent calendar of community events, open to the public and covering everything from support groups for cardiac and cancer patients, shopping for healthy food on a budget, quitting smoking and, of course, BINGO. For more information on the medical center’s community events, visit

The General Cancer Support Group, beginning Nov. 21, meets from 1-2 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, and is designed to provide positive support for women who are currently being treated for, or are survivors of breast cancer. For more information, call Katherine Fromm (201) 915-2073.

The Let’s Talk Nutrition Healthy Shopping Nutritional Support Group (Bilingual), beginning Nov. 21 and meeting from 12 -1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month. For more information, call Candice Pimentel (201) 984-1591 or (201) 424-3226.

The Thanksgiving Feeding Program with the Philippine Nurses Association takes place on Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, contact

The Jersey City Medical Center Cardiac Support Group begins meeting on Nov. 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on the last Monday of every month. For more information, contact Susan Weiss, RN, MS: at (201) 384-2751 or

The Smoking Cessation Seminar starts Nov. 28 from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact or

The hospital’s Bingo Night Social hosted by JCMC Patient Navigation begins Nov. 29 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. and meets on the fourth Thursday of every month. For more information, call Kimberly Dawson at (201) 388-6000.

HCCC hold annual holiday gala fundraiser on Dec. 5

The theme of “Americana” cuisine, an acknowledgement of distinguished community leaders, and a Lucky Odds raffle will be the features of the Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Foundation’s 21st Annual Holiday Gala celebration. Proceeds from the fundraising event will provide scholarships for students pursuing a degree at the College.
“Americana: A Gala Dining Experience” will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the College’s Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk St. in Jersey City. The gathering will include dishes prepared by faculty and students from the College’s Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) program, rated the number-eight culinary program in the United States. Guests will have the opportunity to visit the CAI kitchens, meet the College’s chef instructors and students and savor wines, hors d’oeuvres, main dishes and desserts representing several regions of the country.
That evening, William and Barbara Netchert will be honored with the Foundation’s Distinguished Community Service Award. Mr. Netchert is an attorney with the firm of Netchert, Dineen & Hillman and serves as general counsel for the Hudson County Improvement Authority. A member of HCCC Board of Trustees since 2003, he has been Chairman of the Board since 2005, and has been instrumental in the College’s growth. Ms. Netchert served as Hudson County Clerk for more than 10 years. She was also Director of Jersey City Housing, Economic Development and Commerce, and Executive Director of the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency.
The evening of the Gala, the HCCC Foundation will also hold its annual “Lucky Odds” raffle.

Information on purchasing tickets and event sponsorship opportunities may be obtained by emailing Mirta Sanchez at or phoning 201-360-4004. Orders for tickets, scholarship, and sponsorships may be placed on the College’s secure website




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