JERSEY CITY BRIEFS

Family and friends have been protesting in front of city hall seeking to get information about the 2018 death of Algier McCoy.
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Family and friends have been protesting in front of city hall seeking to get information about the 2018 death of Algier McCoy.

What happened to Algier McCoy?

John McCoy has been trying to get the details behind the death of his son, Algier.

“My son died of an overdose on Jan. 21, 2018,” McCoy said. “Only he didn’t do drugs, and we can’t get an answer as to what happened.”

Algier died inside an apartment on Hudson Street near Ocean Avenue where others were doing drugs, and there were adults in the house.

“The police report gave us no information,” John said. “We know my son did not do dope.”

Algier, 24, at the time of his death, has become part of an ongoing saga for the family, who are seeking information about what happened and why the adults in the house at the time were not held accountable.

“We’re supposed to meet with several councilmen who said they would help us,” John said.  “We’ve been here 12 to 2 every day for the last six weeks. We’re seeking justice.”

JC man convicted of 2016 murder

On Friday, March 15, David Cooper, 28, of Jersey City, was convicted by a Hudson County jury on all counts relating to the murder of a Jersey City man that occurred on Forrest Avenue in Jersey City in 2016. The jury deliberated approximately 90 minutes prior to finding the defendant guilty.

According to a press release from the Hudson County prosecutor’s office, during the course of the trial the state presented evidence and witnesses establishing that on Sept.19, 2016, Cooper fired a 9mm bullet into the back of the neck of 20-year-old Ahmin Colclough resulting in his death.

Speranza Theatre Company to present ‘Unveiling Liberty’

New Jersey Theatre Alliance will present Speranza Theatre Company’s “Unveiling Liberty” as part of the Stages Festival, the state’s largest annual theatre festival that provides free and discounted theatre events for all ages throughout the month of March. “Unveiling Liberty,” an original historical play by Charlotte Rahn-Lee and Jennie Contuzzi, will be directed by Mikaela Kafka featuring period music by Estelle Bajou and historical costume design by Marci Elyn Shein.

The play is intended for an audience of children and adults, ages six and up. Performances are on March 29 at 6:30 p.m., March 30 at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. and March 31 at 2:30 p.m. at The Apple Tree House, 298 Academy St., in Jersey City. All readings are free and open to the public.

To RSVP please register at: https://speranzaunveilingliberty.bpt.me/

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. The disease is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., despite being highly preventable, detectable and treatable. When colorectal cancer is found at an early stage before it has spread, the 5-year relative survival rate is about 90 percent, according to the American Cancer Society. But only about 4 of 10 colorectal cancers are found at this early stage.

Jersey City Medical Center urges adults to talk to their doctor about their risk factors and screening options.  50 years of age or older is the perfect time to get checked for colon cancer. It is also recommended to get screened if you have a family history of colon cancer.

With that in mind, you can schedule a colonoscopy, a routine procedure for colorectal cancer screening, at Jersey City Medical Center Ambulatory Surgery Center (JCMC ASC). The facility claims to have the most advanced endoscopy suite in Hudson County, with   state of the art endoscopes along with high definition monitors to better detect any pre-cancerous tissue.

To schedule a colonoscopy screening at Jersey City Medical Center’s Ambulatory Surgery Center, please call (201) 878-3200.  If you don’t have a gastroenterologist, the hospital can refer you to an experience physician who can screen you for cancer.

Kennedy Dancers presents ‘Dances from The Diaspora’

The Kennedy Dancers Inc. will host its 2nd Annual International Folkloric Concert entitled “Dances from the Diaspora,” an evening of international folk dance from migrant peoples, at 6:30 p.m. on April 4 at the Brennan Courthouse, located at 583 Newark Ave.

The performances by The Kennedy Dancers, MDN Latin Dance, The Hellenic Dancers of NJ, Mosaic Dance Theatre, Reaction Dance Company, and Ennobled Dance Ensemble will feature traditional cultural dance from Greece, Mexico, Venezuela, Italy, India, and more.

Renowned anthropologist, folklorist, and professor of New Jersey City University, Dr. William Westerman will give contextual backgrounds to these diverse and rich cultures, their traditions, and how these are expressed through dance.

The performances will be followed by an intimate reception with light refreshments. Tickets are general admission for $15 and the show is suitable for all ages. Tickets can be purchased on line using the link below. Ticket purchase includes attendance to the performance as well as access to the reception following the performance, which includes light refreshments.

For more information visit https://squareup.com/store/the-kennedy-dancers/item/dances-from-the-diaspora

Gov. Murphy to deliver keynote address at HCCC commencement

Hudson County Community College (HCCC) President Dr. Chris Reber announced that Gov. Phil Murphy will deliver the keynote speech at the college’s 2019 commencement ceremony.

The governor accepted the college’s invitation to the event that will take place on Thursday, May 30,  at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark.

“What a wonderful opportunity this will be for our graduates, their families, and our college,” Dr. Reber said. “We are honored to have the governor participate in this milestone celebration of our students’ success and thank him for his strong support of education.”

“It will be an honor to be part of HCCC’s commencement, and to help celebrate the graduates’ accomplishments,” said Gov.Murphy. “Our county colleges are a crucial part of our higher education system, and ensuring greater access for all residents is critical to creating the stronger and fairer New Jersey we seek to build.”

Be a lifesaver: give blood with the Red Cross this spring

Eligible blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – are urged to give blood through the American Red Cross to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients this spring. People can give blood on April 5 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Avalon Cove, 444 Washington Blvd., Jersey City.

By giving blood, donors may be helping someone like 5-year-old Emery Twehues, who was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia last spring. During her intense cancer treatments, Emery has needed both blood and platelets. Cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma, and certain types of chemotherapy drugs and radiation can damage the bone marrow, where red blood cells and platelets are produced.

“Emery would not be able to recover from chemotherapy without lifesaving transfusions,” said her mom, Morgan Twehues. “Every time they hang a bag of platelets or blood up on her IV pole, I wish whoever donated that could see who it’s going to. There would be no chance for her to live, taking that chemotherapy, if it weren’t for the blood products.”

In order to meet the needs of patients like Emery, the Red Cross must collect about 13,000 blood and more than 2,500 platelet donations every day.

Make an appointment by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).