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City Council Backs off Study of Jersey City 911 System, St. Paul’s Ave. Plan Moves Ahead

Heeding the calls of angry Jersey City 911 emergency dispatchers, the City Council has backed off—at least for now—from a city administration proposal to rehire Princeton-based IXP Corp. to complete “initial workshops, technology assessment and gap analysis” at a cost of $213,085. At Thursday night’s meeting, the council voted to withdraw a resolution that would […]

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Jersey City’s Liberal Cannabis Policy Meets Resistance in the Heights 

Jersey City’s the sky’s the limit policy on marijuana dispensaries is suddenly meeting with resistance in the Heights, where residents are concerned about issues ranging from teen smoking to aesthetics. As of March 13, the city’s Cannabis Control Board has approved 44 marijuana dispensaries including a disproportionate number — 14 — in Ward D.  In […]

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Clerk Gets Tenure, Rec Head Gets a Grand Sendoff and Ferry Bids Are Nixed by Council

One Jersey City civil servant received plaudits and earned tenure while another veteran worker bade farewell at the City Council session last Thursday, Feb. 23. The council voted 8-0, with Ward C Councilmember Richard Boggiano absent, to reappoint Sean J. Gallagher, municipal clerk and local registrar of vital records, to a second three-year term through […]

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Lecture Highlights Role of Black Soldiers in American Revolution

Jersey City’s Muriel “Didi” Roberts belongs to the DAR—Daughters of the American Revolution.  She was admitted for membership because her fifth great grandfather, eight generations removed, Plato Turner, served with distinction in the 2nd and 3rd Massachusetts Regiments fighting the British during the War for Independence. Roberts was researching her family tree, primarily through, when she […]

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Forestry Standards, Lead Pipes and West Side Development on Council’s Docket

At tonight’s City Council meeting, the council will finally be asked to vote on passage of the city’s revised forestry standards, guidelines that were initially adopted in 2018 and that have been undergoing hotly debated revisions for over a year. According to Tuesday night’s council caucus meeting, the lawmakers will also discuss issues involving residential […]

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Skaters Decry Ice Rink Closure

To the consternation of hundreds of local skaters, Jersey City has shut down the Charlie Heger Municipal Ice Rink at Pershing Field due to repeated failures of the ice-making machinery. In a February 10 posting, the city announced that, “After decades of countless repairs and various attempts to fix the 20- to 30-year-old equipment, it […]