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Construction continues on the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza in downtown Jersey City. The project to upgrade the site is expected to be completed this all.

Jersey City officer dies in motorcycle crash

According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, on July 16, just before 2 a.m. Jersey City police officers responded to the scene of a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Communipaw Ave. and Woodward St.

Officers found a motorcyclist with serious injuries, later identified as one of their own, Officer Morton Otundo, 40, of Jersey City.

Investigations indicate that the Yamaha motorcycle was traveling east on Communipaw Ave. when it collided with a Ford Escape traveling west on Communipaw while the car was making a left turn onto Woodward St.

The off-duty police officer was pronounced dead at approximately 2:30 a.m. at Jersey City Medical Center.

The cause and manner of death are pending an investigation by the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

The driver of the car, a Jersey City resident, 30, was transported to JCMC for evaluation.

No charges have been filed at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call 201- 915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip at http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.

All information will be kept confidential.

Virtual meeting scheduled on new Hoboken development

The Zoom meeting will be on July 28 at 6:30 p.m. regarding a proposed redevelopment at 83 Willow Ave.

Go to:  https://zoom.us/j/95006759158?pwd=ZTgwNjdYdGp2TlpqQWVXaE1xTXIxQT09

For more information, go to


Concert slated for Waterfront Park

A free concert will be held July 22 at 7 p.m. in Waterfront Park, 7200 River Rd., featuring The Past Masters. Food and drink available for purchase.

Join JC Fridays Art Festival

Art House Productions is looking for Jersey City businesses to participate in the Sept. 10 JC Friday by offering free events featuring local artists, live music, food and drink specials, and discounts.

Visit https://www.jcfridays.com/sign-up. For more information, reach out to Courtney Little at JCFridays@arthouseproductions.org.

Union City man arrested following arson of synagogue

Oswaldo Domingo Xil-Argueta, 29, of Union City has been arrested and charged with first-degree aggravated arson and burglary in connection with a July 3 fire at a synagogue and the Mesivta Sanz Yeshiva on 318 34th Street in Union City, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.

The above charges are merely accusations. Xil-Argueta is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 Hoboken launches dog run survey

The Hoboken Department of Environmental Services is conducting a survey regarding hours of operation for dog runs. Visit www.hobokennj.gov/dogrunsurvey.

“TANGENTS” begins Aug. 1

Art House Productions Gallery presents “TANGENTS, a free exhibition of new work by Miguel Cardenas from Aug. 1 to Sept. 10 at Village West Gallery, 331 Newark Ave. Reception will be Aug. 1, 2 to 6 p.m. Email


Sign up for WNY Youth Football and Cheer

Football is open to ages 5 to 15. Ages 5 to 8 will play flag; 9 to 15, tackle. Cheer is open to ages 7 to 14. Program starts begin in August for WNY residents only. Registration is Monday through Friday, Town Hall, 428 60th St. Call 201-295-5120 for further information.

Hoboken mural deadline extended

The deadline has been extended to Aug. 30, with selections announced on Sept. 24, for art mural submissions for Church Square Park and the Tom Olivieri Park. Visit



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