JERSEY CITY BRIEFS

The Bookmobile is the Jersey City Free Public Library’s traveling branch, running five days a week on two routes that cover the entire city. The Bookmobile is a full-service, wheelchair-accessible branch, complete with a circulating collection and public access computer terminals.
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The Bookmobile is the Jersey City Free Public Library’s traveling branch, running five days a week on two routes that cover the entire city. The Bookmobile is a full-service, wheelchair-accessible branch, complete with a circulating collection and public access computer terminals.

New protected bike lanes installed

Mayor Steven Fulop says new protected bike lanes are being installed throughout the Jersey City.

“We are on track for adding one section per week citywide – Montgomery, Washington, Bergen, Newark, Mallory, Grand and Dwight are all on deck,” Fulop said. “By the end of the summer, we’ll have 9 miles of protected bike lanes that safely connect our city, with more on the way.”

Mini grants awarded for a healthier Jersey City

Mayor Steven M. Fulop and the Partnership for a Healthier Jersey City, an office within the Jersey City Department of Health & Human Services, announced the complete list of 2019 Culture of Health Mini-Grantees. This year’s grant recipients are part of the largest ever group of awardees, with a total grant funding of nearly $100,000.

The 2019 Culture of Health Mini-Grants are the final major expenditure of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health grant that was awarded to the City of Jersey City in 2014. Since then, the city has been awarded a total $200,000 through this program.

The goal of the grant is to enable community-based service organizations to better connect with one another and combine resources to best serve their communities. It also requires the Department of Health & Human Services to assemble a team of core partners to help implement the grant, which has incorporated the Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City Housing Authority, Jersey City Parks Coalition, and New Jersey City University all as allies in creating a culture of health.

The 2019 mini-grants are being awarded to 43 different community groups, with an additional $5,000 in funding coming from Wellcare Health Plans to fund child and maternal health-focused mini grants. Half the grants are being awarded to groups that primarily serve Wards A and F.

For more information about the 2019 grantees, please visit the Partnership website at HealthierJC.com.

Man sentenced to 18 years

On Thursday, July 11, Superior Court Judge Mark J. Nelson sentenced 21-year-old Kahsaun Bell of Roselle to 18 years in state prison for aggravated manslaughter. In a release, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said Bell pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter on April 16, 2018, in the shooting death of 18-year-old Angel Cruz of Jersey City. The sentence is subject to the No Early Release Act which requires that Bell will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, a minimum of 15 years and 3 months.

Free preschool programs for low-income families

Enrollment is open for Greater Bergen Community Action (GBCA) Head Start and Early Head Start preschools, which are free federally funded programs that serve the educational, psychological, and health needs of low-income children ages 0-5 in Jersey City.

With seven locations in Jersey City, GBCA Head Start programs adhere to both state and federal guidelines and are staffed with certified teachers, family workers, healthcare professionals and paraprofessionals – including registered dietitians who help maintain the students’ nutrition and offer classes for parents.

All Head Start and Early Head Start students are provided with free education, free vision, dental, health and developmental screenings, free diapers and formula and free nutritious meals: breakfast, lunch and a snack throughout the school day.

To apply for Head Start or Early Head Start enrollment, please visit https://www.gbcaheadstart.org/apply-now.

All-female Shakespeare tour

The Hudson Shakespeare Company returns with its second and final installment of its 28th summer Shakespeare touring season with a unique spin on the little done play “Coriolanus.”

The play is based on the life of the legendary Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus. The tragedy is one of the last two tragedies written by Shakespeare, along with Antony and Cleopatra.

ON Thursday July 18, at 7 p.m. there will be a performance at Leonard Gordon Park,  Kennedy Blvd. between Hutton Street and Manhattan Avenue.

On Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m., the play will be performed in Hamilton Park, 9th Street and Jersey Avenue, Jersey City. (Rain Location – Under park gazebo)

On Aug. 1, the play will be performed at the Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery at 7 p.m., 435 Newark Ave.

Tickets for this event are a $10 suggested donation. All proceeds go towards preserving this historic site run by veteran volunteers of the US Armed Forces. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for any outdoor shows as available seating is limited.