U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Byron Serna, a native of Jersey City, is participating in the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise with 18 other nations.
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Byron Serna, a native of Jersey City, is participating in the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise with 18 other nations.

New ordinance to safeguard local workers

The city council is planning to introduce an ordinance to require all contractors and subcontractors on construction and infrastructure contracts with Jersey City to participate in an Apprenticeship Training Program.

Apprentices would be employed on applicable projects with appropriate compensation based on prevailing wage rates. The ordinance is meant to create more job opportunities for individuals interested in the trade unions, and encourage more residents to consider a career in the industry.

“The ordinance places an added focus on requiring construction companies to utilize local labor at adequate pay, creating more gainful employment for Jersey City residents,” said Mayor Steven Fulop.

Contractors for projects that are subject to the New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act will require the contractor and any subcontractors to prove they’re complying with the ordinance. They must provide apprentices with highly specialized hands-on training and technical classroom instruction to afford workers the opportunity to enhance their skills and help further future career opportunities.

The ordinance was created in partnership with the Hudson County Building and Construction Trades.

Kennedy Dancers announce 2019 Summer Performances

The Kennedy Dancers Inc., located at 79 Central Ave., Jersey City, have announced their summer performance line up for the month of July.

Performances will be on July 17, 24, and 31 in various areas of Jersey City and will be free to the public.

Diane Dragone is the executive and artistic director of The Kennedy Dancers, Inc. and a certified dance teacher and choreographer. Each performance will showcase her choreography along with that of Kathryn Reese’s, which has won several awards in National and Regional Competitions this year.

The first performance will be on Wednesday, July 17, at 6 p.m. at Riverview Fisk Park‘s gazebo near the cliff side that overlooks the New York City skyline.

The second performance will be on Wednesday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m. on the J. Owen Grundy Pier, and will be part of the summer series presented by Jersey City Cultural Affairs.

The third performance will be on Wednesday, July 31, at 6:30 pm at Leonard Gordon Park in the gazebo area.

All performances are free to the public and the audience is encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to comfortably view the award winning choreography and performances of the Kennedy Dancers Professional Repertory Company as well as the Inner City Youth Performance and Competition Team.

“This year promises to showcase some new repertory as well as traditional pieces,” says Dragone, “and we welcome highly talented and newest addition to the Repertory Company, Viktoriia Prosina, an international dance performer and formerly a dancer for the Russian Ballet Theatre.

“In addition, we will display the Kennedy Dancer’s Inner City Youth Performance and Competition Team choreography, which placed them with High Gold and Gold Medals along with First place for their Duet Piece choreographed by Kathryn Reese.”

Inclusive arts project plays role in neighborhood revitalization

Neighbors, residents, families, artists, and art lovers are invited to a community meeting introducing “Stories of Greenville” to be held on June 24 at 7 p.m. at the Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center, 140 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City.

“Stories of Greenville,” a two-year arts program produced and presented by Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC), is the first arts project to be part of the I Love Greenville Community Plan, a neighborhood improvement initiative created by the Greenville Community Partnership (GCP) and funded by the statewide Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) Program.

Through “Stories of Greenville,” JCTC spearheads a multidisciplinary arts project designed to bring exposure to Greenville artists – including visual artists, filmmakers, writers, poets, musicians, dancers and performers – by creating a series of workshops, events, educational programs and performances in one of Jersey City’s oldest but most vibrant neighborhoods.

Some of the themes “Stories of Greenville” will explore include gentrification, mentorship, oppression, multiculturalism, LGBTQ issues, arts education, and the business of making art.

Project EATS returns for 7th season

The Jersey City Project, Inc. in partnership with Jersey City and the office of Mayor Steven M. Fulop, are kicking off the summer season with the annual outdoor food festival Project EATS. The event, now in its seventh year, will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, outside of City Hall on Grove and Montgomery Streets.

With more than 50 local food vendors in attendance, Project EATS has become an annual tradition for a community that prides itself on its variety of local food options.

The festival will include both ready-to-eat and take home foods from a variety of tents and food trucks. This year’s festival will have music and outdoor activities for all ages. There will also be giveaways and raffles featuring gift baskets stuffed with prizes and gift certificates from local vendors. The event is free and open to the public and will feature new vendors each day.

During the event, The Jersey City Project will also partner with other local nonprofits to limit waste and support local organizations and individuals in need. Extra food will be donated through the Downtown Community Church to St. Lucy’s Shelter, with monetary donations being made to The Sharing Place, the city’s largest food bank.

Liberty State Park to host Horseshoe Crab Walks

June is the time of year when horseshoe crabs come ashore to lay their eggs.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will host a crab walk watch at Liberty State Park on Friday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to noon, and then again on Tuesday, June 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is free, but preregistration is required.

Organizers will meet at the middle lot (Lot  No. 3) on Morris Pesin Drive and then walk over to Caven Point (please be aware that there is over a mile of walking involved). Please dress for the weather and wear old shoes than can get wet/muddy (no open-toed shoes or flip flops). If it is a hot day, sunscreen and water are also recommended.

This program is recommended for adults and families. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the event. Groups of six or more, please call for special arrangements.

For more information or to register for your program date of choice, please contact the Nature Center at 201-915-3400 x202 or email