Jersey City Briefs

Jersey City tackles school funding and parking

Mayor Steven M. Fulop and Ward B Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey announced this week an innovative approach to expanding parking in Jersey City, working in partnership with the Jersey City Board of Education.

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The pilot program will use school parking lots overnight and on weekends to accommodate resident and visitor vehicles throughout neighborhoods identified by residents where there are parking issues.

Parking revenue generated will be shared between the Board of Education and the city to maintain services, with the majority going to the schools.  Any revenue not used by the city for signage, repairs, and other upkeep will go directly back to the schools. Drivers can use ParkMobile to pay for their parking in each of the public school lots.

Parking lots at both Jersey City Public School 24, at 220 Virginia Avenue, and Public School 28, at 167 Hancock Avenue, will provide more than two dozen parking spaces for residents and visitors. The lots, chosen for their proximity to commercial corridors, will be available for public use Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and on weekends from 6 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday.

Whole Foods coming to JC

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop announced this week that Whole Foods is coming to Jersey City.

“The company will move its headquarters to our waterfront and open a new store that will bring more than 400 jobs to Jersey City,” Fulop said.

The 47,000-square-foot upscale food mart will be in one of Mack-Cali’s buildings on the waterfront.

Whole Foods is also expected to move its northeast headquarters from Englewood Cliffs to another building in Jersey City.

Library continues to provide bilingual services during renovations

The Jersey City Free Public Library announced that is has opened the Biblioteca Criolla Satellite in order to continue providing bilingual library services during the ongoing renovations at the Main Library.

The Biblioteca Criolla Satellite will be open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Lending Department, on the second floor of the Main Library. In addition to providing Spanish and English book lending services in the Satellite, Biblioteca Criolla will hold a special weekly summertime bilingual story hour for children in the Bonetti Children’s Room on the first floor, beginning Thursday, June 13.

Biblioteca Criolla’s permanent location on the fourth floor of the Main Library remains closed to accommodate the roof restoration project. Because of unexpected delays that arose in that project, the library cleared space in the Lending Department in order to find a temporary home for Criolla and continue providing critical bilingual library services to the community.

Land-use firm helps growing educational needs

Jersey City-based land-use consultancy, Dresdner Robin, has provided a suite of services for two New Jersey urban education projects, furthering its mission of bringing creative solutions and technological innovation to development in underserved communities.

The firm offered expert engineering, environmental, planning, and survey services to the Clinton Hill Early Learning Center in Newark and produced a campus vision report for Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School (DLEACS) in Jersey City. The initial project for the early learning center involved developing a temporary site to supplement the existing operation while a new, permanent facility is developed. The charter school project involved a land-use vision report using the firm’s landscape architects, surveyors, and input and advice from the school community.

Dresdner Robin also completed conceptual design, programming,and analysis work at Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School (DLEACS), which serves approximately 400 students at the site of the former Saint Patrick and Assumption/All Saints parochial school at 509 Bramhall Ave. in Jersey City.

The school’s physical space required alterations to match its next-gen curriculum. In 2018 and early 2019, Dresdner Robin’s landscape architects worked with the campus to develop a comprehensive report, incorporating curriculum components and anticipated future needs.

Kayak Eco Tours to be held June through August

Kayak Eco tours will be held from 10 a.m. to noon from Liberty State Park from June to August. The cost is $20 per person, with preregistration required.

Tours embark from the canoe/kayak launch at the south side of Liberty State Park near the Park Office and will highlight the local wildlife and habitats of Caven Point.

Trips will run approximately two hours and will include a brief safety and paddle instruction. No prior paddling experience is required. However, participants need to be comfortable navigating in relatively deep water. Life Jackets (PFDs) will be provided and are required.

This program is appropriate for adults and children 16 years and older. Children 16 and older need to be accompanied by an adult.

For more information and schedule, contact the Liberty State Park Nature Center at 201-915-3400 ext. 202 or Space is limited.

Artists to support Bergen Arches Restoration Project

Gallerie Hudson and its current artists will continue their support for the Bergen Arches Restoration Project. This event will take place as part of Gallerie Hudson’s JC Fridays gathering to be held on June 7 at 6:30 p.m. The Arches was formerly known as the Erie Railroad track stretching over a mile and covering 17 acres of land, from the Journal Square area down to The Hudson waterfront. It was used to transport people and goods to the Downtown area of Jersey City until 1957, when it was abandoned.

The Journal Square Community Association, organizer of the project, had its initial fundraiser on May 9 at the Loews Theater, to raise funds and build awareness for the Bergen Arches Project. The money raised to date and on June 7, will be used to facilitate the public use of the Bergen Arches as a park, similar to New York City’s High Line.

Gallerie Hudson, at 197 Newark Avenue, at the corner of Jersey Avenue, was formed in 2000. At the June 7 affair with artists in attendance, there will be a live auction of original artwork, with music, refreshments, and fun for the whole family. Prints of the Bergen Arches, as they are today, will be available for purchase at affordable prices.

Bill to help students graduate on time passed in the state Senate

Legislation sponsored by Senate Higher Education Chair Sandra B. Cunningham and Senator Nellie Pou, which would require certain students to develop and file a degree plan, was passed by the Senate today.

The bill, S-760, requires undergraduate students at all colleges and universities that receive State Tuition Aid Grants to meet with an appropriate academic official and outline the requirements of their degree program along with a plan to meet those requirements.

At four-year schools students would be required to meet with their advisers sometime between when they start school and when they complete 45 credit hours. At county colleges, students would be required to set their degree plan before the completion of 30 credits.

The bill would require schools to develop graduation progress benchmarks for each major, which would specify credit and course criteria that indicate satisfactory progress toward a degree. If students fall behind on a benchmark, they would be required to meet with their academic advisers prior to their next course registration.



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