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NJ Economic Development Agency Opens Grants to Reinvigorate Abandoned Offices, Malls

June 18, 2021

NEW JERSEY — In an effort to encourage the revitalization of vacant properties statewide, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) will award 15 grants worth up to $50,000 each to eligible towns, counties, and redevelopment agencies.

The NJEDA opened applications for its 21st Century Redevelopment Program on May 24, allowing interested parties 45 days to submit a proposal ...

Jersey City Selected by Biden Administration to Support Local Food Initiative, Environmental Protection, and Community Revitalization

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The City of Jersey City has been selected by the Biden Administration as one of only 13 communities nationwide to participate in Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP). The federal partnership program supports community-led efforts to reinvest in existing neighborhoods, protect the environment, and improve residents’ health and quality of life through the development of the ...

On the Verge of Bankruptcy, Katerra’s Jersey City Projects Should Continue Despite Layoffs

JERSEY CITY, NJ — After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, California-based construction startup Katerra will reportedly finish its remaining projects in Jersey City despite engaging in mass layoffs.

Katerra submitted a worker adjustment and retraining notification—a mandatory warning giving 169 local employees a 60-day deadline for their release—to the ...

Expansion, New Restaurant Approved for Patel Brothers of Journal Square

JERSEY CITY, NJ — The Patel Brothers grocery store in Journal Square will receive a series of upgrades after the Jersey City Planning Board signed off on the proposed enhancements at a meeting on May 18.

Upon completion, Patel Brothers will gain a restaurant, add a substantial amount of space to its sales floor, and expand to cover two more parcels. The supermarket currently occupies the ...

Central Avenue Redevelopment Plan Approved

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Plans that could completely reinvigorate the Central Avenue business corridor and spur residential development got the unanimous approval of the Jersey City Municipal Council at their May 26 meeting, slightly over a year after the untimely death of its chief proponent, former Councilman Michael Yun.

Although celebrated by the city council and members of the community at ...

Mayor Fulop, Jersey City Housing Authority Team Up to Increase Internet Connectivity

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Although an issue for decades, the lack of internet access in minority communities was made extremely clear during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This, as studies have shown, has created problems for adults seeking employment and the ability to get information they need, but also for kids and young adults who need the internet for study and to build skills for future ...

Planning Board Approves Apartment Complex-Hotel Hybrid Near Jersey City’s Waterfront

JERSEY CITY, NJ — On a parcel just across the Morris Canal Basin from Liberty State Park, developers will construct a 12-story apartment complex with a hotel component after receiving the Jersey City Planning Board’s approval at a meeting on May 18.

Strategic Capital, a Jersey City-based affiliate of the international China State Construction Engineering Corp., is backing the ...

Program Helps Vets Who Lost Jobs Due to COVID

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has launched the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) for Veterans who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19.

Veterans participating in VRRAP will receive up to 12 months of tuition and fees and a monthly housing allowance based on Post-9/11 GI Bill rates.

A Veteran must meet the following criteria for ...

Planning Board Authorizes Mid-Rise Apartments Just Blocks from Journal Square PATH Plaza

JERSEY CITY, NJ — Developers will break ground on a mid-rise apartment complex a half mile from the Journal Square Transportation Center after receiving the Jersey City Planning Board’s clearance at a meeting Tuesday night.

Representatives of real estate investor Sanil Patel described that the six-story tower will feature 30 apartments, an outdoor terrace, and a selection of ...

Planning Board Authorizes Bergen-Lafayette Mid-Rise Adjacent to I-78

JERSEY CITY, NJ — With retail and 80 residential units spread across six stories, a new development will replace a series of homes and warehouses in the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood after receiving the Jersey City Planning Board’s unanimous approval at a meeting Tuesday evening.

Led by the Jersey City-based Manhattan Building Company, the mixed-use complex boasts 80 parking spots, ...


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Want a Greener Hudson County? Let's Get Growing

Summer is here, and for those with a green thumb, gardens are ready to start blooming! For those of us that haven't quite gotten started, it's not too late to get growing! 

Why Plant a Garden?

Why not? Planting a garden can enhance your home by increasing the green space and makes for a rewarding experience. With some effort, some water and the right weather, you can enjoy such ...

HCCC Construction Management Degree Program, Expanded STEM Programming, and Broadened Community Partnerships are the Focus of the $300K Grant.

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Hudson County Community College (HCCC) has been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) “New to Advanced Technological Education” grant that will enhance areas of study at the College. The nearly $300,000 grant will support career opportunities for community members leading to a better educated and more skilled workforce for area ...

The Felician Way

Area Residents Get Tax Help Through Felician University Program

RUTHERFORD, NJ - Area residents including senior citizens, low-income residents, persons with disabilities, and taxpayers with limited English-speaking skills had access to free tax assistance thanks to Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program once again hosted by Felician University 

Felician, under the leadership of Professor Joseph Lizza has participated in the nation-wide ...

Hudson County Community College Tuition Freeze Will Remain

June 14, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Hudson County Community College’s (HCCC) Trustees tuition freeze will remain in place for a second consecutive year, HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber has announced. The Board of Trustees voted to maintain the current level of tuition and fees with no increases continuing throughout the 2021-22 academic year including this year’s Summer II and Fall semester ...

Dem Chair Leads Pride Flag Raisings Across Hudson County

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - June has long been recognized as LGBTQ Pride Month, partly in honor of the Stonewall riots which took place in Greenwich Village in June 1969.

The protest not only began a major change in policing policies regarding the gay community, but began a national movement that eventually led to establishing of gay rights backed up monumental rulings from the U.S. Supreme ...

Formal Utility Moratorium Ends July 1st; Grace Period Will Run Through Dec. 31

June 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy signed an Executive Order ending the moratorium on utility shutoffs as of July 1, 2021. However, a grace period will run through December 31 which will protect customers facing shutoffs, he said on Monday.

"This grace period is for customers to enroll in payment assistance plans, and this is something that we’re taking very ...

Bah Humbug... How One School District Just Stole Christmas, Other Holidays from Calendar

RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Board of Education voted unanimously to remove the names of all holidays from the school calendar, and plans to simply call everything "Day Off".  The decision shocked those who were left in attendance, after many others had walked out or been asked to leave by security from a raucous public audience that had reached 125 people at one ...

Art House Productions Announces New Board Leadership

June 15, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Art House Productions, Jersey City’s home for the performing and visual arts for the past 20 years, has announced a transition of the leadership of its board of trustees. David Gibson, current board president, will be stepping down on June 13th, 2021 after ten years on the board and seven years as President. The board has unanimously appointed Robinson Holloway to succeed ...

Leasing Now Underway at The James, Luxury Rental Community in Park Ridge

Leasing is now underway at The James, a brand-new luxury rental community delivering modern rental residences and a wealth of lifestyle amenities in the charming Bergen County borough of Park Ridge.

Claremont Development announced last week that it has officially debuted the community’s 240 studio, one- and two-bedroom residences to the marketplace and is now offering private in-person ...

30 Court in Downtown Morristown Hits 85% Leased

PCD Development is touting yet another leasing milestone at 30 Court, the boutique four-story luxury rental building in downtown Morristown, NJ.  The collection of just 58 oversized homes has achieved the notable mark of 85% leased, according to the New Providence, N.J.-based developer.

Featuring a mix of 58 two-bedroom and two-bedroom-plus-den homes with expansive living spaces that ...


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Opinion: The Pompidou Center is a High Price that our Residents can not Afford

June 13, 2021

The council members of Jersey City need to understand the responsibility they have on their shoulders when it comes to expanding the monies and resources of our residents. I strongly believe arts is the language of culture and diversity, which define the essence of our great city. However, the project of the Pompidou Center in Jersey City is a high price that our residents can not afford, ...

Fire Union President: COVID Couldn't Stop Us From Doing Our Job

New Jersey is opening back up and the firefighters, EMTs, and dispatchers of the NJFMBA could not be happier. While protecting our communities is our job, building the community is our passion, and that has been difficult over the past 15 months.

Like everyone, we were struck by the uncertainty that COVID-19 brought to the municipalities we serve. This was an uncertainty that extended across ...

From Ponds to Waterfalls: Outdoor Water Features You Can DIY

If you’re daydreaming about the burble of a stream over rocks or the spray of a waterfall right in your backyard, we’ve put together a selection of outdoor water feature ideas to help you make your dream come true!

While water features may sound expensive or out of reach, there are tons of great do-it-yourself options for everything from flower pot fountains to ponds and ...

Sprinkler System on the Fritz? Tips and Tricks for What to Fix and When to Call

Outdoor sprinkler system on the fritz with summer around the corner? Here are seven tips and tricks for fixing it yourself and when to call the pros.

Assess and Adjust Sprinkler Heads
The first clue to any sprinkler system problem is usually a sprinkler head that’s not performing optimally. Maybe it won’t raise or lower, it’s spraying unevenly, or it’s not spraying the ...

Citrus, Coral, and Florals: Summer from the Inside Out

As summer swings into high gear outside, bring some of the color and brightness indoors with your home décor. Perfect for setting the mood every day and during special events, summer décor that includes florals, citrus, and coral tones is a great way to transition from the more muted spring hues to the bold colors of the brightest season. Here are five ways to incorporate these ...

Celebrate Dad with These 4 Fun Ideas

With Father’s Day fast approaching and the possibility of gatherings and parties becoming more likely in many areas, the time is perfect for a celebration that highlights Dad’s favorites and creates a lasting memory for family and friends. If you’re eager to plan something special, here are four ways to celebrate Dad that your guests won’t soon forget!

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Fresh Air and Fitness: 4 Outdoor Workouts for Every Level

Fresh air and fitness – a great combination for any wellness routine! As the weather warms up, consider adding some outdoor workouts to your regular exercise regimen. New surroundings can often make the same moves feel more challenging and exciting, so heading out to your backyard is an easy way to refresh any routine that’s starting to feel repetitive. Here are four great outdoor ...

Spa Day at Home: How to Choose the Best Face Mask for Your Skin

More than ever, home skincare routines are the best way to take advantage of spa-quality products to give you clear, glowing, refreshed skin. Face masks are a great addition to any skincare routine, and regular use (2-3 times per week), can make a noticeable impact on your skin’s health. For everything you need to know when choosing a face mask, read on!

Tubes and Creams Vs. Single-Use ...