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Jersey City Medical Center's first newborn for 2019 is a boy, born at 9:58 a.m., at 7 lb. 5 oz., 20 inches. The mother, Souad Elassari, is a Jersey City resident, and shares a birthday with her newborn as her birthday is also January 1.

Three juveniles charged in JC murder

Three juveniles from Jersey City were recently arrested without incident by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and charged in connection with the Dec. 26 murder of Judane Holmes, 16, of Jersey City, said Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.

On Friday, Jan. 4, a 14-year-old male was arrested in the area of Virginia Avenue in Jersey City, and a 15-year old was arrested near Sawmill Road in Alloway Township, NJ. Both were charged as accomplices to murder and with various weapons violations.

On Monday, Jan. 7, a 16-year-old male was arrested at the prosecutor’s office located at 595 Newark Avenue in Jersey City. He has been charged with murder as well as weapons violations.

NJDOT announces Winter Weather Congestion Alert communications campaign

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti has announced a new communications campaign to help the public make better traveling decisions during winter weather events to improve safety and the department’s ability to clear snow.

New Jersey is the most congested state in the nation; a relatively routine winter weather system can wreak havoc in New Jersey when it occurs between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“In order for NJDOT to clear highways of snow and ice, we need roads free from traffic so our trucks can get through and do their job,” Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. “Our Winter Weather Congestion Alert plan is designed to alert the media and public when forecasted weather may cause congestion, and provide tips on what to do so our crews can get through to keep the roads clear, open, and safe.”

The alerts may provide general tips, such as to consider telecommuting if possible, or more specific recommendations to avoid certain highways with inclines that are often problematic during a storm, such as I-280 or parts of I-78 in western New Jersey. The media and public will be alerted through press releases, the NJDOT Facebook page, Twitter @NJDOT_info, VMS boards, and www.511nj.org.

NJDOT will encourage people to telecommute, travel before the winter weather starts, and stay put while the winter weather is occurring. Wait a few hours for the storm to subside before heading out. If you are traveling during the winter weather, pull off somewhere safe and wait it out. Always stay clear of plowing and spreading trucks. If they are behind you, let them pass. Do not pass between trucks that are in a plow formation.

NJDOT will be using Variable Message Signs to alert motorists of the campaign. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information.

Flu at high levels in New Jersey

According to the state Health Department, New Jersey is currently one of only 15 states already reporting high levels of the flu virus this year. State officials have confirmed the first pediatric fatality associated with the flu in New Jersey this season.

It is not too late to get a flu shot.

To avoid spreading the virus to others, medical professionals advise staying home while you are sick and up to at least 24 hours after your fever is gone; not visiting people in the hospital; covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; if you do not have a tissue, cough into your elbow or shoulder; avoiding touching your nose, eyes and mouth; and washing your hands often, especially after coughing or sneezing.

If your child is sick, do not send your child to school or after school programs until at least 24 hours after fever and symptoms are gone.

County gets $40K grant for aging services

The Board of Freeholders has approved the County of Hudson to apply and accept $40,000 in grant funds from the New Jersey Division of Aging Services Funds to provide various programs and services to seniors or residents who are disabled in Hudson County.

The purpose of the program is to provide services that include medical care, essential support services, and social services programs to senior citizens or low income residents who have disabilities in Hudson County.

The program is from Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 29, 2019.

Menendez’s trafficking victims protection signed into law

President Donald Trump signed into law this week legislation sponsored by U.S. Sen.Robert Menendez, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The legislation Menendez coauthored will strengthen U.S. global leadership in the fight to end human trafficking.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017 (TVPRA), which amends and reauthorizes international provisions of the Trafficking Victims Protect Act, will require the State Department to evaluate concrete actions foreign governments are taking to abolish trafficking and ensure that foreign governments do not get passing grades in the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report based on trade or other unrelated factors.

“I am thrilled to see this commonsense legislation signed into law to strengthen our international efforts to fight human trafficking,” Menendez said. “Senator [Bob] Corker and I authored this bipartisan legislation because we believe it was necessary for the United States to remain a strong, credible leader in the global fight to end human trafficking.”

Coats for our neighbors

ShopRite has partnered with VICKS for the Coats for Our Neighbors drive, which will run through Saturday, Jan. 26 at select ShopRite stores. Visitors can drop off new and gently used coats to participating ShopRite stores, and all coats collected during the coat drive, along with $10,000, will be donated to One Warm Coat®, a national non-profit that works to provide free, warm coats to people in need. ShopRite of Metro Plaza in Jersey City is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ShopRite of Bayonne is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 18 from 3:30 to 6 p.m.


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