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Turnpike Authority Adds $6 Billion to Estimate to Expand Exits 14–14C

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has revised its cost estimate from $4.7 billion to $10.7 billion for widening I-78 from exits 14 to 14C. The estimate, which includes the cost of replacing the Newark Bay Bridge at exit 14, further infuriated mass transit advocates who opposed the project when it…

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An Olympian Teaches Table Tennis in Jersey City

When Wang Chen, now 48, came to New Jersey via China in 2000, it wasn’t her intention to focus on table tennis, a sport she began playing at age 7 in her native Shanghai.  “When I first came, it was to help my sister with her business in New Jersey,” Chen said. “I thought for…

WSJ: Jersey City Based Cryptocurrency Lender Preparing Bankruptcy Filing

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a Jersey City based cryptocurrency lender is “preparing a potential bankruptcy filing.” According to the Journal, BlockFi Inc. has halted withdrawals of customer deposits and its sources have acknowledged that the company has “significant exposure” to bankrupt exchange FTX. Sources told the Journal that BlockFi is planning to…

Activists and Local Officials Gather to Protest Turnpike Widening

With the New Jersey Turnpike as a backdrop, a coalition of activists and local officials gathered yesterday to protest a $4.7 billion plan that would rebuild and widen the turnpike over an 8.1 mile stretch from Exit 14 in Newark to the Holland Tunnel. Work would include replacement of the Newark Bay Bridge. The project,…

How Green is Jersey City? Depends Who You Ask

How well Jersey City is doing on the sustainability front depends upon who you ask. Two financial websites come down on opposite sides of the question, one placing Jersey City firmly among the top cities when it comes to “greenness” but another putting Jersey City in the bottom third. The founder of a local environmental…


BergEn Lafayette

One Injured in Bergen-Lafayette Shooting

One person was injured tonight in a Bergen-Lafayette shooting. According to radio reports, at approximately 9:40 p.m. police responded to the vicinity of 641 Ocean Avenue on a report of shots fired. A man was taken to Jersey City Medical Center with three gunshot wounds. Two cars were struck by bullets. The condition of the…

Downtown

Mayors Announce New Bike Lane Between Jersey City and Hoboken

Continuing the integration of the two cities’ bike systems, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Hoboken Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla have announced the completion of a new protected bikeway along Marin Boulevard and Henderson Street, connecting 18th Street in Jersey City to Observer Highway in Hoboken.   The connection is being touted as part of “Vision Zero,” which seeks…

Greenville

Accused Jersey City Insurrectionist Hector Vargas Heads to Trial

Hector Vargas, a controversial self-styled homeless activist, who posted photos from inside the Capitol Building during the January 6, 2021 insurrection, is preparing for trial, according to documents filed on Friday. On the day of the Capitol takeover, Vargas placed himself in the thick of the melee via a series of social media posts. In one…

Westside

Search Warrant Leads to Gun and Drugs Near School on West Side

Two men were arrested and drugs and a handgun seized during the execution of a search warrant near a school on the West Side. According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, on October 19 authorities recovered a handgun, two high capacity magazines, more than 170 grams of cocaine with a street value of over $7,000,…

Journal Square

Renovated McGinley Square YMCA now Apartments for the Formerly Homeless

One-Time McGinley Square YMCA Now Apartments for the Formerly Homeless Mayor Steven M. Fulop joined The Community Builders and the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency today to celebrate the grand opening of Bergenview Apartments, a supportive housing development at 654 Bergen Avenue in McGinley Square that was once a YMCA. Still designated a historic property,…

Heights

Pair in Heights Arrested on Meth Charges

A man and woman were arrested in the Heights yesterday in connection with the sale of methamphetamines, also known as “meth” or “crystal meth.” According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, Lynnette Lipinski, 39, of Jersey City, and Husam Fooda, 36, of East Elmhurst, New York, were arrested at a residence on Sherman Avenue. During…



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How to Protect Your Small Child Over the Holidays

Parents just cannot catch a break. Right now, we’re experiencing something unprecedented, what doctors are calling the “tripledemic”:  RSV, flu, and Covid. These outbreaks have parents extremely concerned, and with the holidays looming, they’re asking how can we keep everyone protected? Below are some guidelines and information. RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) is a common-cold virus that can…

A Brief Encounter With Xiaoqiang Li at Novado Gallery

Some abstract works register an immediate impression but don’t hold attention; the pieces in Li’s exhibition don’t demand scrutiny, but they certainly reward it.  The longer they’re observed, the more they seem to breathe.

Obituaries

Elvira Margarita Cortes Dies at 92

Elvira Margarita Cortes, also known as “Margie,” 92, of Jersey City, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. Visiting will be at Plaza Funeral Home at 445 Monmouth Street on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00  to 9:00 p.m.  A funeral service will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, at…

Jean A. Sullivant, 1954–2022

North River Sing Community Chorus deeply mourns the loss of Jean A. Sullivant, a beloved member of the chorus who succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 67 on August 5. Jean resided near Van Vorst Park in Jersey City. Born to Norris and Dora (nee Lutschaunig) Sullivant in 1954, Jean grew up in…

Mary M. McAllister Dies at 87

Mary M. McAllister, age 87, died peacefully after a long illness on October 26, 2021, in Wallingford, Connecticut.