The NJ Dog Beach That Banned Dogs?

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The very first weekend that Cocoa came into my life, I took her to the Manasquan Dog Beach (Fisherman’s Cove) in Manasquan, New Jersey. Since then, our 60+ mile drive from Jersey City has become a tradition of ours, with dozens of Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall trips over the past 3 years. When I pull onto 3rd Avenue, Cocoa’s tail turns into a propeller. She knows exactly where she is because it’s her second favorite place to go on the planet (second only to home)–and Cocoa is no homebody. This Australian Labradoodle has traveled from Maine to South Jersey relaxing in vineyards, running in state parks, fetching balls on various beaches, snoozing in hotels, cuddling at my feet in tons of restaurants and more. Let’s just say that she’s the Shackleton of dogs. Her favorite is still the Manasquan dog beach.

When the news hit today that the Monmouth County Parks System decided to ban dogs at the Manasquan Dog Beach from the hours of 10am to 4pm, anger and sadness set in. Cocoa doesn’t know yet, but I’m going to have to tell her soon. She’s not going to take it very well.

Some volunteers have put together a petition to reverse this decision — PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION BY CLICKING HERE. In addition, there’s a peaceful protest for dog owners, dog lovers and non-dog owners in support of keeping the dog beach open to dogs this Sunday, May 24th at 12:30pm over at the dog beach (383 3rd Avenue, Manasquan, NJ). Please attend if you’re able, and please keep the peace to make a positive statement about this unfortunate occurrence.

It’s apparent that those who made this decision are not animal lovers. It’s also apparent that they have not thought of the consequences that could happen with this decision. Let’s review why this is a poor decision made by people that should reconsider their role in municipality:

1. A Decision Made, NOT For the People
This was not a decision made for the people. Karen Livingstone (Representative from the Monmouth County Parks System–klivings@monmouthcountyparks.com) said, “It’s [Manasquan Dog Beach] open to all residents of Monmouth County, not just dog owners. We’re looking to share time with dog owners. We need to cut out some time for non-dog owners.” The fact is, everyone has always been welcome to the dog beach–dog owners, cat owners, county park officials and everyone in between. When walking on the dog beach with Cocoa, I would sometimes see a couple walking with their kids, dog-less. Or I would see a paddle boarder coming to shore, dog-less. Never did any of them complain about the dog beach having dogs on it.

2. Poor Communication
“It’s certainly a big change. Not a lot of notice was given,” said Manasquan Councilman Owen McCarthy. Since when does the County make abrupt decisions that do not add value without discussing with others? If the county members can’t run a parks system, how can they run the rest of the county?

3. Economic Loss
I live in Jersey City. On my way to the Manasquan Dog Beach, I ALWAYS stop by one of my favorite Manasquan establishments for a meal–The Corner Bagelry for a pork roll, egg & cheese, dog-friendly Surf Taco for a Mavericks burrito, Hinck’s Turkey Farm for a Thanksgiving Day sandwich or Squan Tavern for a chicken parmigiana dinner. Manasquan has some great food, but now I won’t be going there anymore. Not only will I be missing out on that food, those establishments will be losing my business–and I would bet that they and other businesses will be affected from the hundreds of dog owners that won’t be coming from out of town any longer. To all local Manasquan establishments: You can thank the Monmouth County Parks System for your loss in revenue.

4. The Atlantic Ocean’s Beach is 2000 Feet Away
Let’s just say that there is no lack of things to do in Manasquan or the Jersey Shore for dog-less people. The real beach is 2000 feet away from the dog beach. The real beach is gorgeous.

5. Few Options for Dogs Already
There are already only a few options for dogs and their owners to co-exist in New Jersey. Manasquan dog beach is a well-known spot by people all over the state (and some outside the state) because it’s one of the few places that dogs are welcomed with their owners. Just check out a favorite dog owner site called Bring Fido to see how few options there are. And some of those options have limitations.

6. Where to Go From 10-4pm?
Let’s say that a dog owner brings their dog to the dog beach at 8/9am from somewhere like Jersey City. Where are the dog and owner supposed to go between the hours of 10-4pm? Sure, there are some restaurants that allow dogs to sit outside at the tables, but 6 hours of sitting at a restaurant? What are the other options?

Let’s be realistic. All those that have ever been to the Manasquan dog beach know that it’s generally populated with dogs and their owners. It’s a fact. Very few people do go there without dogs. It’s not to say that non-dog owners are not welcome. It’s just that there are so many other options for non-dog owners to choose from. But, there are so few options for dogs and their owners. The Manasquan dog beach is known as a happy place for dogs. It’s a dog beach. Even Google knows it’s a dog beach (see here). Why give something to the people, let the people use it & love it, then take it away? This is not the resolution and not an intelligent decision.

Let’s stand up for our dogs, our fellow dog owners and those that love to have happy, loyal friends with us during all hours of the day. Take a few seconds to sign this petition and let’s reverse this decision collectively.

 

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By Kevin Shane @stogiemonster

A Recipe to Make Jersey City the City of the Future

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Jersey City is set up for great success. Within only minutes of Manhattan, it’s already madly desirable to live in based on location. The river and city views, Liberty State Park, close proximity to EWR only add to its attractiveness. And with the additions of all the delicious food in town like Roman Nose, Satis Bistro, Milk Sugar Love, Talde and more, people are not only flocking here to live, but some are visiting just to eat dinner. Jersey City is something special.

So yes, we’re on the road to great success and the city has done a phenomenal job at helping us get here, but let’s not stop there. Let’s make Jersey City an example of what a US city should be like, taking the best aspects from the top cities around the world. Let’s make it the city of the future.

How can we do this? First, we need the people to continue to making this city stronger–the residents and council people. That means that the people will need to take some of the responsibilities into their own hands and support the movement. Below is a [rough] recipe to help drive Jersey City towards representing the city of the future. Let’s begin:

1. Energy
The city of the future uses only renewable energy and will eventually be 100% energy independent. This means that public and private energy come from solar, wind and hydro powered sources. If you haven’t realized, Jersey City is a huge wind tunnel, yet there are no wind turbines on buildings or in open spaces. It may be hard to believe during a Winter like this, but Jersey City has over 200 days with sun–yet you can easily count the number of solar panels in the city from a Google satellite view. The Hudson River flows at a rate of almost 3 mph, which could create between 20-40 watts of energy per square foot of hydro-powered machinery–again, the infrastructure is lacking. The interim goal is to have 100% of the city’s energy be renewable, which means that some of the energy can come from sources outside the city. There’s plenty of opportunity here for entrepreneurs and long term investment. If you’d like to get more active in the greening of JC, check out Sustainable JC. They’d love some new energy to join their organization!

2. Agriculture
The city of the future grows it’s own food. Vertical and rooftop farming is happening now. Brooklyn has multiple vertical farms, and Jersey City has essentially the same climate as them. Also, vertical farms are now becoming a reality in North America, with WY building their first one. Urban farming not only produces food for the local residents, it can create revenue & jobs, decrease energy used to get food from outside sources and offer a fresher and healthier food option. Again, another entrepreneurial opportunity just waiting to be snagged up.

3. The 3 R’s
Jack Johnson sang it best… reduce, reuse and recycle. Waste management may not be sexy, but the result of it being done properly can be beautiful. Jersey City residents and local businesses can easily adopt the 3 bin system–recycling, composting and trash. All it takes is for someone to want to build a business around it. If you’d like to get more active in the greening of JC, check out Sustainable JC. They’d love some new energy to join their organization!

4. Music + Arts
The arts scene in Jersey City is already spectacular. And when the White Eagle Hall opens up, the underrated music scene will have another venue to bring sweet baby-making music to our ears. Keep it coming! Arts and music bring beauty and happiness.

5. Technology
The importance of technology today is inescapable. Embrace it. We definitely need to make the city more startup friendly because there’s only so many coffee shops w/ free wifi and Indiegrove can only handle so many co-working members. Co-working spaces are a great way to attract the tech startups, as are state incentives to start a business in NJ–like NY state is doing. Also, we need to attract an existing company to set up shop in Jersey City. Your brand new east coast HQ is awaiting you, Ebay, or maybe Spotify!

6. City Activities
Every weekend, people keep talking about the lack of activities in Jersey City–that’s non-food and beverage activities, to clarify. Where is the bowling alley in downtown Jersey City? Or the billiards hall? Or the rock climbing gym? These are all money making businesses. Someone needs to jump all over these ideas.

7. Two Wheels
Do you really think it’s a coincidence that Denmark is both one of the most bike friendly countries AND one of the happiest countries in the world? If you do think it’s a coincidence, let’s prove it. Let’s bring bike sharing to Jersey City, let’s add more bike lanes and let’s teach cyclists the proper rules of the road. Bikes can decrease auto traffic & pollution and keep people healthier and feeling good.

8. Pedestrian Bridge
Ahhhh, there’s the rub. Not the easiest of feats, but this is going to eventually happen. One day, residents of Jersey City will be able to walk and ride their bike into Manhattan. How? There will be a pedestrian bridge linking Jersey City (or heck, maybe even Hoboken) to our neighboring city across the Hudson. It’ll be made possible from a mixture of public and private funding and with the major support of the community & municipality. Plus, it’s absolutely necessary since we’ll have tens of thousands of more people moving into Jersey City over the years, no additional PATH train lines and a burning desire to ride our city shared bikes! Read more about this idea here.

Now for the action. Let’s transform these ideas into reality, together. A good place to start is forming a committee. If you’re interested in forming or joining a committee on one of these ingredients to building Jersey City into the city of the future, just reach out to @iJerseyCity on twitter and use the hashtag #futureJC so people can easily connect. Let’s make this happen.

Candice Osborne’s Email Update from Jan 30, 2015

Below is Candice Osborne’s email update from January 30, 2015…

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Happy New Year

Wow, we are already a month into 2015. It’s not too late to wish a very Happy New Year to all my Ward E constituents, supporters and colleagues who I have not had a chance to contact personally, as we face challenges new and old. Only by working together can we reach our goals to make city government work as effectively as possible and to improve the quality of life for all of us. Please join me in trying to make this year like no other.
 

Sign the petition and call the governor’s office to help save our park

We are in a fight to protect the fantastic recreational space we currently have in Liberty State Park. An Assembly bill includes last minute wording to put the state park under the partial control of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, which is set to merge with the Sports and Exposition Authority. This move could potentially open the park up to private development, according to a Star-Ledger article.

Please help fight this latest threat to the beautiful park. Sign the online letter of the JC Parks Coalition’s of almost 50 organizations, which urges the governor to veto the bill. Please also make your views known by contacting the governor’s office at 609-292-6000.
 

Start the year by volunteering for Big Brother Big Sister

I recently met with the organization’s president and CEO, Carlos Lejnieks. He reminded me how amazing the program is: for a child in the program, having a responsible friend to rely on can provide a moral compass, offer comfort during tough times, and boost his or her confidence to succeed both in school and elsewhere in their lives. For volunteers, being a big sister or brother to a youngster can be reward enough.  But since the program tries to match people with similar interests it can also be great fun too. Volunteers spend at least four hours a month doing something as simple as playing sports, sharing a pizza or even just hanging out and talking.  

If you think you can help, please consider applying by completing the short online application of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties. Volunteers are subject to background checks, must provide three references and successfully complete an interview. 
 

Volunteers needed to help respond faster to emergencies in Jersey City

Many of you remember helping me during our hugely successful community-based disaster response after Hurricane Sandy. Back then, social media helped us match volunteers to those who needed help. I am so excited to see the same principles as part of the new community 911 emergency response program that Mayor Fulop recently announced.

The new service, which has been tried and tested in Israel since 2006, harnesses GPS technology to direct community volunteers to the scene of a 911 emergency to provide first aid to a victim before the EMS ambulance arrives. When residents call 911, dispatchers will send an ambulance right away but will also use the United Rescue mobile app to locate any nearby volunteer who can respond to the scene faster.

Just like our experience with Sandy, for this program to be successful there needs to be goodhearted volunteers willing to be trained to help others when needed. Please consider signing up for this amazing program.
 

Snow Removal and Mini-Plows

No one needs reminding that the season for shoveling snow is upon us. Here is a quick reminder of the regulations for snow removal in Jersey City: shovel your sidewalk to create a path wide enough to fit pedestrians and strollers – and wheelchairs — within eight hours of a snowfall or dawn for overnight snowfalls. If you’re a business owner, you must do this within four hours. You can’t shovel any snow into the street – it has to be piled on the curb. Keep cars away from snow routes, and remember that meters remain in effect. Click here for the full list of regulations

This season the city is equipped with mini plows to provide relief for pedestrians who have had to trudge through snow that accumulates at crosswalks and intersections.  Also since the coordination of snow removal efforts now comes under the Office of Emergency Management, all the city agencies involved will be working as one to provide much more comprehensive coverage. If you have a concern please contact the Mayor’s Action Bureau at (201) 547 4900 or visitjerseycitynj.gov so the city can help you resolve the problem.
 

Let’s solve the parking problems and public safety issues together

Now that parking enforcement has been consolidated into the Department of Public Safety in Jersey City, I will be meeting with two representatives from each neighborhood association in Downtown Jersey City to discuss issues and concerns related to public safety and clean streets.

Please give your comments to your neighborhood association so representatives can discuss the issues you raise in a small working group. The Downtown associations include the Harsimus Cove Association, the Van Vorst Park Association, the Historic Paulus Hook Association, the Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association, thePowerhouse Arts District Neighborhood Association and the Village Neighborhood Association.
 

Utility companies must help preserve our pristine new streets

I am thrilled that the Jersey City Council has moved so fast to stop those utility companies that too often ruin our newly paved streets with sloppy patches to cover their excavation work. I want to thank my colleagues on the City Council who joined me to put an end to this wasteful practice by passing this common sense ordinance that I introduced just last month. The new rules are modeled on successful legislation implemented by Union City’s engineering department. A utility company must now re-mill and repave a street from curb to curb if it has been resurfaced in last 5 years. For roads that are older than five years, higher standards will apply to any patches. City inspectors will have to sign-off on the completed work. Jersey City will also publish schedules so utility companies can coordinate work with the city and avoid additional paving expenses. 

Billykirk Opens Retail Store in Manhattan

Many people don’t realize that one of the country’s finest leather goods & accessories brands is based right here in Jersey City. Known for their ultra durable and classic, yet stylish designs, Billykirk has been in Jersey City for 9 of their 15 years. And up until last month, Billykirk’s goods could only be found on their website (billykirk.com) or in boutique stores around the world. Now, you can find a brand new Billykirk storefront that brings their timeless culture to the Lower Eastside of Manhattan. In addition to their retail shop, they have a show room in the back for buyers to come in and see their upcoming products. Go check out Billykirk’s new shop at 16 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002 (open Monday thru Saturday 11-7pm and Sunday 12-6pm)

Chris and Kirk Bray (owners of Billykirk) Photo courtesy of Instagram @billykirkinc

Chris and Kirk Bray (owners of Billykirk) Photo courtesy of Instagram @billykirkinc

Jersey City’s Warehouse Cafe Expands to Brooklyn

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Photo from Instagram @lackawannabklyn

One of our favorite coffee and meeting places in Jersey City, The Warehouse Cafe, just opened a new cafe inside a brand new boutique shop (Sincerely Tommy) in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. They call the coffee experience Lackawanna Coffee. We call the coffee shop an experience because it’s part of a new trend that we’re seeing in retail. With the convenience and competitive pricing of online sites like Amazon, retailers are searching for new ways to bring customers into their stores. Coffee shops, cafes and bars are a few things that retailers are now adding to their stores–to create a much fuller experience than just buying an item and leaving.

We invite all our Jersey City friends to go out and visit Julius, Ian and crew at Lackawanna Coffee in the Sincerely Tommy store. You can find them at 343 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216 (open Monday thru Thursday 7am-5pm and Friday thru Sunday 7am-6pm). Visit them online at lackawannacoffee.com

Eighty Magazine is Born

Eighty Magazine is a passion project by Marinell Montales–native to Jersey City. Her desire to bring style and attraction to JC shines in Eighty–a name that comes from the M80 bus line that Marinell has taken to downtown Jersey City her entire life. The magazine is a fantastic new addition to JC and we’re excited to see more issues around town.

We photographed each page for everyone to have a digital version:

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Petition Time! Say NO to PATH Airport Extension and YES to Resolving Our Commuter Nightmare

 

 

It’s PETITION TIME!

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has approved a $1.5 Billion project to extend the the PATH train to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). The project is scheduled to begin in 2018 and finished in 2023. (Source)

Four Points About This:

1) First off, why in the world would Newark International Airport and all their airlines want the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey be in charge of transporting people to their airport? The way the PATH system is managed, this is a recipe for record breaking amounts of people missing their flights because of train delays, “signal problems,” fires on the track, etc that PATH is notorious for.

2) The PATH is already overcrowded and will soon be even more of a commuting nightmare with the amount of new residential construction happening in Jersey City. Adding millions of passengers to/from the airport (plus their luggage) to this already congested train line makes ZERO sense (Newark Airport had 35 million passengers in 2013). Who put these people in charge of the future of North Jersey?

3) Another note about this extension is the cost. It’s a $1.5 BILLION project. That’s $1.5 BILLION, with a “B.” With that $1.5 BILLION, the current commuter problem should be the focus.

4) To agree with Steve Carrellas (a New Jersey spokesman for the National Motorists Association), this train extension is redundant. If you want to go from Manhattan to EWR (or vice versa), there are at least 6 choices for every passenger:

  1. NJ Transit DIRECT – 21 to 25 minutes
  2. Bus
  3. Taxi (don’t take a taxi from EWR)
  4. Uber (take Uber or Lyft)
  5. NJ Transit to PATH (switch at Newark Penn Station)
  6. Drive or carpool

Again, why is this project even a consideration, let alone an approved plan?

It’s PETITION TIME
If you agree that this extension is a bad idea and the money needs to go towards a GOOD idea that will help manage the future of commuting to Manhattan from Jersey City and Hoboken, then sign this. We’ll make sure it gets put in the right hands.

 

Worst Train System in US, PATH Train Increases to $2.75

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I’m 100% completely and utterly confused about the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) train line and what it is that the organization does in their working hours. Did that 25 cent fare hike yesterday just give half of PATH employees a 3 week paid vacation? Two weeks ago, PATH trains from Journal Square to 33rd Street were shut down for two days, forcing riders to go to WTC or to take the ferry or bus. Today, the PATH train running to 33rd Street was once again suspended with “signal problems.” Reading through tweets from riders, it was apparent that PATH uses cops and dogs to fix their so called “signal problems.”

Just for fun, let’s just do a quick comparison of PATH to the NYC Subway system:

Total Length of Tracks
PATH – 13.8 miles
Subway – 232 miles

Number of Lines
PATH – 4
Subway – 34

Number of Daily Riders
PATH – 240,000
Subway – 5.5 million

Most would think that it’s much more complicated to run the NYC Subway system, than it is the PATH system. Well, they’re absolutely right. But when you put a bunch of incompetent people in charge of something, you get the experience that PATH provides its riders.

Here are some questions that the riders of PATH train have for the PATH organization:

1) Why do you not communicate the truth about reasons that the PATH train is down?

2) Why are you not giving frequent updates to issues via the intercom on the trains and Twitter updates? For every 10 mins that the PATH is suspended, there should be at least 3 updates via the intercom and Twitter. Silence and poor communication is one of the PATH’s greatest weaknesses.

3) What exactly is the PATH train increase of 25 cents for? Especially when the PATH has frequent suspensions.

4) Why does it cost almost 3X more to run the PATH than it does to run one of the world’s most complex train systems, the NYC Subway? (FACT)

I think it’s time that the people in power (yes, we’re talking about you Chris Christie, Steve Fulop and Dawn Zimmer) start thinking about giving their communities alternative routes to work before the people get fed up with the public transportation infrastructure and take their tax paying dollars and lives somewhere else–like to New York. Wonder if a walking bridge from Jersey City to Manhattan could be the answer?

Could a Walking Bridge to NYC Be Jersey City’s Golden Ticket?

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Jersey City is a hot spot to live right now. With prices booming in Manhattan and Brooklyn, Jersey City is this little town on the other side of the Hudson that has extremely close proximity to Manhattan, at about half the price as Williamsburg. Some say that Jersey City is on route to become the next Brooklyn too. Those who live here already believe it’s already the place to be.

As Jersey City continues to grow in size (thousands of new residential units hitting the market over the next few years), the current residents worry about the city’s infrastructure–mainly the PATH system. If you’re a commuter from Jersey City, going into Manhattan every day, you’re already watching multiple trains go by on the platform before there’s any sign of space for you to fit onto a PATH car. The same on your trip back to Jersey City. This is already an issue. What’s going to happen when a few thousand more people are trying to get on that same PATH train? Don’t think they’re driving in or taking an Uber. Sure, maybe some of them will take the ferry…but the biggest problem with the ferry is the expense. At $8 each way, an Uber ride isn’t looking too bad.

With the PATH system operating at near maximum capacity during commuter hours (240,000 people per work day) and the fact that it’s very unreliable (Journal Square to 33rd was shutdown entirely for 2 days last week), the future of increased JC to NYC travelers is not looking very good.

So, what can be done? There’s a potential solution that could be game changing, revolutionary and legen–wait for it–dary. Let’s quickly travel up the Hudson River about 80 miles to Poughkeepsie where you’ll find a bridge unlike any other in the world. It’s the world’s tallest (212 feet over the river) and longest (1.28 miles long) pedestrian walking bridge–connecting two sides of the Hudson River. The bridge’s original use was for railroad and this new design was absolutely brilliant.

Although, there’s no current foundation for a bridge, like Poughkeepsie had, this idea is far from far-fetched. With the way our country is moving towards a green, eco-friendly, Tesla-esque future, a walking bridge could be a solution to more than just a Jersey City commuter nightmare. Yes, a walking bridge would provide a Brooklyn Bridge-like experience from the Jersey side, but it would also symbolize a movement that is part of the biggest topic in America right now–climate change. Given the opportunity to walk, run or ride a bike to work every day from NJ, people would jump all over it. A motivating factor for people to walk or ride a bike to work? Absolutely!

Let’s just make a short list of all the benefits that could come out of a walking bridge connecting Jersey City to lower Manhattan:

1) Relieve commuter nightmare from the PATH and bus system
2) Symbolize an environmentally friendly movement
3) Potential revenue for Jersey City and NYC from a walking bridge toll (gotta pay for it somehow)
4) Would cut down on the driving traffic and automobile pollution
5) Would increase property values in Jersey City
6) If this happened under Steve Fulop’s mayorship, it would elevate Fulop’s status to kingship.

It’s time for Jersey City to start thinking about the commuting problem and take action. Even if a walking bridge were to get approved and funded, it would still be a multi-year project. A project that needs to happen now. We, the people of Jersey City, challenge you, Steven Fulop, to either make this a reality or come up with another solution to the commuter traffic nightmare that’s only just begun.

Candice Osborne’s Newsletter – 9/18/14

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Enjoy Fall!

From the starting gun at the Newport Liberty Half Marathon to a foodie’s dream come true as the Restaurant Overlay Zone continues to grow, this fall is definitely one of the best ever here in Jersey City. Read on for even more great news and events around downtown and beyond. 
 

Final Budget Adoption

We recently introduced amendments to the 2014 budget. At the next Council meeting the Council will have a public hearing on the amendments. After the public hearing, the Council will vote on final adoption and if adopted, the revised budget will result in a 2.1% tax decrease for residents. Residents wishing to comment on amendments during the public hearing should note that due to Rosh Hashanah the next council meeting will occur on Tuesday, September 23 at 6 p.m.
 

What do you think about the development on Van Vorst?

As a part of my pilot community feedback process, I am asking for the community to complete a survey on changes to a proposed 15-story mixed-use residential development on Van Vorst streets between Morris and Sussex streets. Portions of the development are governed under a “redevelopment plan.” Changes to the redevelopment plan needed to accommodate the proposal will come before the City Council for a final vote at the City Hall Council Chambers at 280 Grove St. onSept. 23. The developer has met with residents on nearby streets as well as multiple times with the neighborhood association. Please see my website for a summary of what is being proposed and for the survey

Newport Liberty Half Marathon returns Sunday

I am excited to have the honor of firing the starting gun for the thousands of runners participating in the Newport Liberty Half Marathon at 8:30 a.m. this coming Sunday, Sept. 21. Runners will set off from 100 Town Square Place along Washington Boulevard before looping around to run through Liberty State Park and return along the beautiful Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, ending the race back at Newport Town Square.  View the course map online. For more information on where proceeds will be donated, post-race celebration plans, or where to register and park day of the race, please contact the Barwick Group,201-665-4005 or email the group at newportruns@barwickgroup.com. I hope to see you there!
 

PGA 2017 President’s Cup, all living Presidents to come to Jersey City

In three years, Jersey City will be host to the world’s best golfers at the Liberty National golf course when they compete in the PGA 2017 President’s Cup. But that is not all. Following a time honored tradition all the living Presidents are expected to attend the tournament that will be held from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1 in 2017. Thanks to Mayor Steve Fulop, whose tireless efforts helped to persuade the PGA that Jersey City would be an ideal location for event, the tournament will be bring “tourism and investment as well as exposure on the global level.”

As I told NJ.com, this is great news for our city, because it furthers a positive image of our city, the place we all love, but that the world hasn’t gotten to hear about given our past scandals. When we host the Super Bowl teams, the 4th of July Celebration, and the PGA tournaments; we tell a different story about Jersey City. That story – that positive brand image – puts Jersey City on the map in front of decision makers as a viable place where you can move, locate your business or visit.
 

Sponsorship Plaques Coming Soon to Van Vorst Park

Business owners and individuals who want to contribute to the continued beautification of Van Vorst Park will soon be able to have a plaque in their name placed in the park. In a new initiative to raise money to meet the expenses of park maintenance, The Van Vorst Park Association and Marc Wesson of the Friends of Van Vorst Park, which helps the city develop and maintain the park, will be putting up the sponsorship plaques. We will be making further announcements in the coming months. Call Marc Wesson at(201) 433-6553 or e-mail him at  marcwesson7@gmail.com for additional information. 
 

New restaurants open in Jersey City’s Restaurant Row

Restaurant Row near Grove Street PATH Plaza is growing and thriving with numerous new eateries opening up to make Downtown Jersey City an even better destination for foodies out to get a great meal and enjoy a drink.

Coming soon to the Restaurant Overlay Zone are Porta, 135 Newark Ave in October, South House in November, and Monty’s Public House at 130 Newark Ave. in April 2015.  Hard Grove Café relocated from the corner of Grove and Columbus Boulevard to 143 Newark Ave. this summer. Also in the pipeline: The owners of JC Made plan to open the Broa Café at 297 Grove St. in the near future as will the owners of Satis, who will open Raval at 136 Newark Ave.  Koro Koro Rice Ball Café will also open at 538 Jersey Ave. andTalde will open just outside the zone at 8 Erie St. No dates yet. In addition, the owners of Hudson Terrace and Turtle Club of Hoboken are planning to open a new restaurant at 149 Newark Ave. Owners of Madame Claude Café 2 and the owners of Maxwell’s in Hoboken plan to open two new restaurants at White Eagle Hall, at 337 Newark Ave.

That’s not all, we have seen several successful food and beverage establishments already open since Oct. 2012, including, Downtown Yogurt at 126 Newark Ave., Roman Nose at  125 Newark Ave., The Bistro at Grove Square, 116 Newark Ave., Orale at 341 Grove St., Choc O Pain at 530 Jersey Ave. and Juicewell at 528 Jersey Ave.

Opening recently just outside the Restaurant Zone along Newark Avenue over the same time frame are Tea NJ at 262 Newark Ave., Union Republic at 340 Newark Ave., Left Bank, at  194 Newark Ave., Gia’s Gelato, at 281 Newark Ave. and Golden Grille, at 270 Newark Ave. 

Enjoy!
 

Jersey City searches for Chief Technology Officer

The City of Jersey City is looking for a Chief Technology Officer with extensive management experience to oversee Information Technology throughout the City. The successful candidate will build and lead a team of up to 30 staff members that will support Mayor Fulop’s vision of making Jersey City the best mid-sized city in the nation. The City of Jersey City is an “Equal Employment Opportunity” Employer. To apply please fill out the application form available online. The application deadline is Sept 30, 2014.