Jersey City Briefs

County sheriff’s officers participate in ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ crackdown

Officers from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office are cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. Continuing through Jan. 1, 2019, local, county, and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

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“There were approximately 38,000 alcohol involved crashes resulting in more than 700 fatalities, nationwide in 2017″ said Sheriff Frank Schillari.  “Our goal is to keep the public safe.”

In 2017, 20 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol-related. Nationally, more than 10,000 people die each year in impaired driving crashes. The sheriff offers the following advice for a safe holiday season: Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home; spend the night where the activity or party is held; if you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life, so call 9-1-1

Always buckle-up, every ride. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver. If you are intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep. Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.

For more information please contact Juan P. Escobar 201)864-0600 or jescobar@vmmi.net

Jersey City goes after package thieves

According to Jersey City Police Chief Mike Kelly, burglary units have made dozens of arrests of people stealing packages from porches.

Kelly said the department is using “bait” packages equipped with GPS devices, and these are being monitored by camera to catch thieves in the act.

JCPD has teamed up with Amazon to install doorbell cameras and plant fake boxes with GPS tracking devices. The unit caught the first thief within minutes of installing the devices, officials said.

Police department personnel who reside in Jersey City volunteered to have the cameras and packages placed at their homes.

City man sentenced to 15 years for assault in 2014

Rolando Morrison, 39, of Jersey City, was sentenced to 15 years in state prison for an aggravated assault that took place outside Cherry’s Lounge in Jersey City in August 2014.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said that on Friday, Dec. 7, Superior Court Judge Mark Nelson sentenced Morrison, who was accused of striking his victim three times with a handgun, and then shooting the victim in the chest before fleeing the scene. Morrison was found guilty last June of a variety of charges including aggravated assault.

Local man charged with bank fraud

Mamadou Diallo, 42, of Jersey City, was charged in on Dec. 7 with allegedly engaging in a scheme that caused $1 million in losses by using fake passports to open bank accounts into which he and others deposited phony IRS refund checks, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said.

From June 2012 through the present, Diallo and others allegedly conspired to fraudulently obtain money from four banks. They allegedly created false passports from various West African countries by affixing their own pictures onto passports bearing names other than their own. The conspirators then opened bank accounts using the doctored passports as photo identification. They deposited fraudulent checks bearing the routing number for the U.S. Treasury and then withdrew the funds. The losses associated with the conspiracy exceed $1 million.

JC expands low-cost bike share to poor

Mayor Steven M. Fulop, in partnership with the Jersey City Dept. of Health & Human Services and Citi Bike announced on Dec. 12 that SNAP recipients in Jersey City are now eligible for Citi Bike memberships at a cost of only $5 a month, providing access to unlimited 45-minute rides across Citi Bike stations in Jersey City and New York City. The discounted membership program is currently offered to residents of the Jersey City Housing Authority.

“Bike sharing has significantly grown in Jersey City, and the expansion of the low cost membership  program with Citi Bike provides greater accessibility for our residents,” said Fulop.

“As we move forward with plans to create safe, multi-modal streets that support and improve biking in Jersey City, it’s imperative that all of our community members have the opportunity to utilize alternative means of travel.”

Individuals who reside in Jersey City Housing Authority developments have been eligible for this $5 a month discounted membership since 2015. Now, those who are enrolled in SNAP benefits can sign up for a discounted Citi Bike membership too by visiting www.citibikenyc.com/jcsnap, where they will use their EBT cards to verify eligibility.

Mighty microscopic marvels featured at LSC

They’re microscopic, mighty, and play a key role in life all over our planet, but microbes get a bad rap because some of them cause disease. In reality, however, the overwhelming majority are beneficial to us and essential to our survival. Liberty Science Center’s newest permanent interactive exhibit, Microbes Rule!, illuminates just how good microbes are.

Visitors will find themselves in a new state-of-the-art exhibit that uses an array of interactive stops to highlight just exactly how these tiny organisms shape the world, protect us from pathogens, boost the immune system, help us detoxify, assist in digestion, and keep babies healthy.

“Microbes do important and essential work everywhere – from the deepest seas to the hottest deserts to inside our very own bodies. They shape the world around us and keep us healthy,” said Paul Hoffman, LSC president and CEO. “These mighty microbes deserve to be in the spotlight.”

To learn more and to sign the petition, please visit lsc.org/microbesrule.

JC to take applications for summer internships

Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced on Dec. 13 the opening of the online application for the Jersey City Summer Internship Program (JCSI).

JCSI is a competitive program that places eligible public high school students in paid work-based learning opportunities at the city’s leading corporations and nonprofit organizations.

The program also includes an orientation session and weekly professional development workshops, where students apply what they learn in their internships. Students earn academic credit through the Hudson County and Jersey City School Districts. To date, JCSI has provided 334 Jersey City public school students with high-quality summer internships.

Admission to JCSI begins with the online application, which requires students to submit, among other information, a transcript, report card, letter of recommendation, résumé, and three essays by March 3, 2019. Students who submit completed applications are then interviewed by representatives of participating organizations. Applicants will be notified whether they have been accepted to the program in May and June 2019.

All Jersey City residents who are enrolled in their junior year at a public high school in Jersey City or Hudson County Schools of Technology (County Prep and High Tech) are encouraged to apply, using the following link: https://jcsiprogram.wufoo.com/forms/jersey-city-summer-internship-program-application/.

Organizations interested in hosting interns, please contact the JCSI team at jcsiprogram@jcnj.org or visit the website at www.jerseycityyouthworks.org to learn more about the program.

 

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