Jersey City Briefs

P.S. 23 - Mahatma Gandhi School in Jersey City won a Disney Musical/N.J.P.A.C. grant for staging Disney’s 'The Jungle Book.'
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P.S. 23 - Mahatma Gandhi School in Jersey City won a Disney Musical/N.J.P.A.C. grant for staging Disney’s 'The Jungle Book.'

Jersey City kids to perform at Newark PAC

P.S. 23 was the only school in Jersey City, and only one of seven schools in the state of New Jersey, to receive the Disney Musicals in School grant for 2018-2019. It is a grant in conjunction with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. As part of the grant, Disney and NJPAC partner with P.S. 23 for three years to produce Disney Musicals with the goal that it will build a sustainable musical theatre program.

After the application and interview process, attended by the creative team of the Principal Peter Mattaliano, teachers Joseph Giani and Sean Oliver, the school was awarded the grant, and production began on their first musical, “The Jungle Book.”

Rehearsal for the 17 week program began the first week of October. The show will be staged in February at P.S. 23 and the students will also be featured in a special performance on February 25 at NJPAC in Newark. The grant included a trip into Manhattan to see Disney’s musical “The Lion King” for the staff and cast members at P.S. 23.

 Pedestrian dies after hit-and-run in Jersey City

Cory Nettles, 44, of Jersey City died after being hit by a vehicle on Dec. 22, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.

Jersey City police received a 911 call at about 5:30 p.m. claiming that a man was lying in the roadway Monmouth Street in the area between 10th and 12th streets.

Police found Nettles in the street unresponsive amid a number of vehicle parts. Nettles was transported to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at about 6:30 p.m.

The initial investigation by the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the Jersey City Police Department determined that Nettles was a pedestrian in the roadway on Monmouth Street when he was struck by an unidentified vehicle that left the scene.

The Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit is actively investigating this case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at (201) 915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.

JC man shot in officer involved shooting

A 36-year-old Jersey City man was shot in the chest by police after he reportedly pulled out a weapon on Orient Avenue on Dec. 21, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.

Jersey City police responded to Orient Avenue at about 10 p.m. on a report of a violent, emotionally disturbed male.

Upon arrival, responding officers entered the building and were directed to the first floor where they engaged the individual and attempted to calm him. Their attempts were unsuccessful and ultimately, after the man produced a weapon, one police officer discharged his service weapon.

The individual, who lived at that address with his parents, was struck in the torso. He was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center where he is in critical, but stable condition.

Pursuant to Attorney General guidelines, the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor has taken over the investigation from the Jersey City Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Internal Affairs Unit is in the early stages of the investigation. The New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice was immediately notified of the incident.

JC man fatally shot near MLK Drive

Quincy McCrae, 43, of Jersey City, died of apparent gunshot wounds about 2:40 a.m. on Dec. 15, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez

At about 2 a.m., the Jersey City Police Department received a report of shots fired in the area of Martin Luther King Drive and Orient Avenue in Jersey City. Upon arrival, Jersey City Police Officers found McCrae lying on the ground with apparent gunshot wounds to his body.

He was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at approximately 2:40 a.m. The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the cause of death to be gunshot wound to chest and abdomen and the manner of death to be homicide.

The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit is actively investigating this case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department. No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at (201) 915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.

Tax amnesty program to NJ taxpayers ends Jan. 15

The New Jersey Division of Taxation is offering a limited-time opportunity for both individual taxpayers and corporations to file past tax returns and/or pay back taxes with no penalties and reduced interest, according to an announcement from John J. Ficara, director, Division of Taxation, N.J. Department of the Treasury.

The New Jersey Tax Amnesty program runs through Jan. 15, offering an opportunity for delinquent taxpayers to come into compliance and get a fresh start. Amnesty applies to individuals or businesses with outstanding tax filings or payments that are reportable on a tax return due on or after Feb. 1, 2009, and prior to Sept. 1, 2017.

Since Tax Amnesty is only offered until Jan. 15, taxpayers with an outstanding New Jersey tax liability are encouraged to take advantage of the program before the deadline so they don’t incur greater penalties.

For information regarding Tax Amnesty eligibility or process, call 1-800-781-8407 Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. or visit www.TaxAmnesty.nj.gov.

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 two information sessions will be held at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave., Rm. 901, on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m., and at Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St, Hoboken, on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7 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 www.hudsoncountycasa.org

NJ Transit awarded railroad safety grants

The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that New Jersey Transit has been awarded nearly $6,550,000 in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement (CRISI) grants for Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation. This grant money can be used by NJ Transit to finish its work of installing a critical safety technology helps that prevents train-to-train collisions and derailments like the 2016 accident that took one life and injured over one hundred people in Hoboken.

“Now NJ Transit can finish the job by installing all the equipment, ensuring that the hardware is running well, and training their employees to use it. This grant award will help NJ Transit get to the finish line,” said Rep. Albio Sires.