Jersey City development

first_imgAlbert J. CupoJohn Di Genio Dear Editor:A short time ago, Chris Gadsden, Jersey City Councilman, Ward B mentioned in a local publication that communities within Jersey City developed around “water, highways, and bridges.” No one would argue that point. However, the railroad also played a significant role in the growth of Jersey City. At one time, powerful locomotives – steam, diesel, and electric – hauling freight and passengers thundered across the miles of track that criss-crossed Jersey City. Downtown Jersey City is a living testimony to the development of communities around the railroad. Downtown, at one time, was a “Blue Collar Community,” a section of the city that featured industrial complexes wharf and dock works; and, of course, the railroad. There were four main lines that operated within Downtown Jersey City: The elevated rail lines that ran above Railroad Avenue (now Christopher Columbus Drive), the Sixth Street embankment, now commonly referred to as “Ferris’s Wall,” and the tracks that ran along Ninth Street and in the back of Mary Benson Park. The rails that ran along Railroad Avenue and Sixth and Ninth Streets fed the massive train yards along the Hudson River.Newport now occupies that land. The rails also serviced the manufacturing plants that operated within Downtown. For example, the Colgate plant was on Hudson Street. Today, the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail uses those tracks that once serviced Colgate, as well as the docks along the Hudson River. Industries thrived in Downtown, and communities developed around those centers of industry and the railroads that serviced them. Today, the rails and industrial complexes are gone. However, remnants of that era are still visible; they serve as an enduring – and endearing – reminder of this city’s past. Colgate’s clock still graces the Hudson River, and the Joseph Dixon Crucible plant has been converted to housing, known as Dixon Mills. The Sixth Street Embankment still exists, and it continues to be a point of contention between those who favor “green space” and those who maintain that Ferris’s Wall should be razed and the land used for development. One can make the argument that communities within Jersey City – to include Downtown – continue to develop and grow along waterways, highways, bridges, and what remains of Jersey City’s huge railroad complex. last_img read more

Registration Open to All for ‘Golf Classic’ Helping 3 Great Charities

first_imgThe Ocean City Exchange Club’s 2015 Roger LaRosa Charity Golf Classic will be held on May 4, feature an exclusive new venue, the Linwood Country Club, and benefit three new charities.All proceeds from this year’s tournament will go toward Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlantic & Cape May Counties, the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Food Cupboard and Clothes Closet, and the Ocean City American Legion Post 524 Building Fund — representing the Exchange Club’s charitable focus on the “3 C’s”: Children, Community and Country.The day of golf includes golf fees, range balls, lunch and dinner with an awards ceremony and silent auction. Register and pay by April 15 to be eligible for a $100 “Early Payment” prize drawing and a free performance golf shirt. Prizes will be awarded for the following contests: tournament winner, runner-up, closest to the pin, straightest drive, longest drive and hole-in-one car prize hole.__________To purchase tickets for golf, see For updates on the tournament, like the tournament’s Facebook page at Ocean City Exchange Club was chartered in 1947, and is Ocean City, New Jersey’s premier service organization. The Ocean City Exchange Club donates more than $50,000 to the community throughout the year in its mission to make our community a better place to live through the “three C’s.” Members of the Exchange Club come from many walks of life and include elected officials, business owners, lifelong residents, newly arrived residents and civic leaders, but are all united in their desire to work to make our community a better place to live, and in the National Exchange Club’s mission to combat and prevent child abuse. The Roger LaRosa Charity Golf Classic is the Club’s largest fundraiser, raising over $18,000 in 2014.See full event brochure below.— News release from the Ocean City Exchange ClubDownload (PDF, 2MB)last_img read more

Hargreaves backs Van Gaal for title

first_img Hargreaves, 33, whose four years at United from 2007-11 were ravaged by injury, told BT Sport: “If they can get the players necessary I don’t doubt that Van Gaal could even lead them to the title. But they need to have a great summer. “I doubt anything less than minimum Champions League (qualification) and even potentially competing for the title would be sufficient for him. I can’t imagine him coming there to finish fourth. “He has been so successful everywhere he’s been, so I don’t think they could have had a better option at this point. “His sides play good football, they try and dominate possession and wait for that opening and I think United fans will be excited.” One of Van Gaal’s first acts has been to appoint Ryan Giggs as his assistant manager, a move Hargreaves thinks could prove a shrewd one. Hargreaves said: “Nobody knows Manchester United better than Ryan Giggs. “He is arguably the greatest player ever to play for the club and still commands the respect of the current players and has that connection to the fans. “To have Giggsy, with his knowledge of playing at Manchester United, learning under one of the most well-prepared coaches in the modern game – it’s just a perfect combo.” Press Association Holland coach Van Gaal, who will take charge at United after this summer’s World Cup, has already spoken of his desire to reclaim the Barclays Premier League crown for the club. Hargreaves accepts a squad that finished seventh last season does need to be rebuilt but the ex-England international is convinced Van Gaal is up to the task. center_img Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes new manager Louis van Gaal is capable of winning the title in his first season at Old Trafford.last_img read more

Goalie Bengis ready to fill void in net next season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 15, 2013 at 12:15 am Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Down 4-1 against Union with 9:52 left in the third period, Syracuse starting goalkeeper Kallie Billadeau left the game and in came freshman backup Julie Bengis. Nine minutes, 30 seconds and 11 saves later, Bengis had completed her first collegiate appearance.Bengis, now a sophomore, is currently third on the depth chart for Syracuse, behind seniors Billadeau and Jenesica Drinkwater, who split time in net for the Orange.In 2012-13, she played nearly 24 total minutes, stopping 21 shots backing up the two as a freshman, and is in prime position to start next year when the two finish their career.Her only expected competition will be an incoming freshman in 2015, head coach Paul Flanagan said.“I would say it’s for (Bengis) to get herself physically and mentally prepared throughout this year and relish all the ice time she gets and make the most of it and be prepared for next fall,” Flanagan said. “I’d love to see her in that starting role and by the time next fall rolls around she’ll be ready, I think.”In SU’s sole exhibition game this year against the University of Guelph on Sept. 27, Bengis played the entire third period, stopping all six shots she faced. Flanagan said he was pleased with Bengis’ performance, especially the way she handled rebounds.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I thought I played well,” Bengis said. “I didn’t have too many shots, but I did my best to control the rebounds.”Billadeau attributed Bengis’ performance to her work ethic, calling her one of the hardest workers on the team. Billadeau said she’s watched Bengis gradually improve each practice, and all of that contributed to her clean frame against Guelph.Despite the two seniors in front of Bengis, Flanagan hasn’t set what her playing time will be for the season. He said he’s had goalie rotations where three have played, but also rotations where one goalie played 32 out of 38 games.“Julie will get, hopefully, some adequate ice time as we go on,” Flanagan said.Her head coach and teammates have taken notice to Bengis’s dedication and patience. Even though Bengis might not get much ice time, she’s still making a contribution to the team.“It’s a difficult role for Julie because it’s almost like you’re in the bullpen,” Flanagan said. “You’re not one of those starting pitchers. You’re not in the rotation. It doesn’t mean she can’t go out and play. It’s just we’ve got two good ones in front of her, that’s all.” Commentslast_img read more

Marcia Griffith & Judy Mowatt To Reunite at Westchester Reggae Festival

first_imgThe I-Threes, from left: Judy Mowatt, Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths at the launch of ‘Africa Unite 2007’ at the Bob Marley Museum, 56 Hope Road, on Wednesday evening. *** Local Caption *** File(From left)The I-Threes, from left: Judy Mowatt, Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths NEW YORK – Reggae Queen Marcia Griffiths and legendary reggae/gospel singer Judy Mowatt, two thirds of the world-famous I-Threes, reggae’s most influential female singing group that provided backing vocals for Bob Marley in the 70’s will reunite for one performance only at the inaugural Westchester Reggae Festival, slated to take place on Labor Day Saturday, August 31 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York.“I was inspired to do the inaugural festival with Marcia and Judy because of all I have heard and read about their historic performance at Marley’s last concert in 1980 at Madison Square Garden” said New York-based promoter Andrea Bullens of Bullizi Marketing.“These two ladies are reggae legends who are revered around the world. They have entertained reggae fans globally for more than four decades. And to think they performed with Marley at the world-famous Madison Square Gardens – which is just a few miles away from our Port Chester venue. This concert is a way for us to reconnect the past with the present” Bullens shared.Organizers of the Westchester Reggae Festival have big dreams. They are seeking to establish a series of musical events in and around Westchester county to attract and entertain the potpourri of Caribbean and international residence and attract neighboring communities in Rockland, Dutchess, Southern Connecticut and Northern New Jersey to its rich and diverse cultural offerings.Marcia GriffithThe Reggae Queen, who continues to break new ground with her new smash single ‘What Kind of World’ from her album Timeless, garnered international notoriety with ‘Electric Boogie’, which was originally released by Bunny Wailer in 1976. Her 1989 remixed gave birth to the ‘Electric Slide’ line dance which became an international dance craze. The song reached number 51 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it Griffiths’ most successful single and one the biggest-selling songs by a female reggae artist.Judy MowattMowatt has also secured her own place in history as the first female singer nominated for a Grammy Award in the reggae category for her ‘Working Wonders’ album in 1985. Her ‘Black Woman’ album which was released in 1980 is a classic that is considered one of the best reggae albums by a female artiste. She has also recorded hit singles ‘Many Are Called,’ ‘Black Woman’ and ‘I Shall Sing.’ In 1999 she received the Order of Distinction from the Jamaican government for her contribution to Jamaica’s music industry. Griffiths received a similar award in 2014.Ken Boothe on stage tooAlso booked to perform is ‘Mr Rocksteady’ Ken Boothe.’ The veteran singer/songwriter garnered international notoriety, with hit songs ‘Silver Words,’ ‘Every Thing I Own,’ ‘Artibella,’ ‘When I Fall In Love’ and ‘Movin Away.’ He gained further acclaim when he teamed with platinum-selling reggae superstar Shaggy on a remake of ‘The Train Is Coming’ that was featured on the soundtrack of the movie ‘The Money Train’ starring actor Wesley Snipes. Ken’s musical journey, that spans over half a century, is chronicled in his autobiography titled ‘My Iconic Musical Journey,’ which was recently released by Pageturner Publishing House and is available on all digital media platforms.last_img read more

a month agoDONE DEAL? Cowley making Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield manager

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL? Cowley making Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield managerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDan Cowley has made Danny Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield Town manager.The Sun says the former Leicester City fullback has agreed a deal with Huddersfield until the end of the season.Cowley wanted experience in his squad to get the Terriers out of trouble and turned to 32-year-old to provide competition at right-back.Huddersfield currently sit bottom of the Championship with just one point from eight games and are six points adrift of safety already.Jan Siewert was axed in August after a run of one win in 19 matches – which included relegation from the Premier League – before Cowley and brother Nicky joined from Lincoln earlier this month. last_img read more

Federalprovincial funding gives early childhood educators wage boosts

first_img“Early childhood educators are the heart of B.C.’s child care system, and their passion and dedication are key to setting B.C. kids on the path to future success,” said Katrine Conroy, B.C.’s Minister of Children and Family Development. “As we build new licensed child care spaces, we know that we also need to build the ECE workforce. Our government appreciates the important work early childhood educators do every day, and with this strategy, we aim to support ECEs throughout their career – because when we invest in child care, everyone benefits.”Through the new strategy, the B.C. government aims to encourage more people to become or stay on career paths as early childhood educators. By improving recruitment and retention, the government said that more B.C. families will have access to stable child care programs. Child care providers have cited lack of qualified early childhood educators as a key hiring challenge in recent years.Under the new strategy childcare workers at licensed facilities that have been approved for the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative will be getting a $1-per-hour raise early next year, with another $1-per-hour raise in April 2020.A $10-million investment to fund an expanded ECE Education Support Fund was also announced to provide increased ECE Student bursaries and a new payment schedule to reimburse students sooner.Under ChildCare BC, the government says it will be spending more than $1 billion on child care over the next three years. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The provincial government announced today that thousands of childcare workers across B.C. will be getting wage boosts and new supports through the Province’s ChildCare BC plan.The B.C. government said today that it will be spending $136 million to support the new Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy, which will help support early childhood educators by providing wage enhancements, on-the-job training opportunities and other measures.The federal government announced that it would be providing $16.3 million in funding for bursaries and professional development.last_img read more

NZ allows intrusive spy ops after mosque attack

first_imgWellington: New Zealand’s intelligence minister said Wednesday he was allowing spy agencies to carry out “intrusive” activities following the Christchurch mosque shootings that claimed 50 lives. The government this week ordered a judicial inquiry into whether the South Pacific nation’s intelligence services could have prevented the March 15 attack amid criticism the white supremacist gunman went unnoticed as they were too focused on Muslim extremists. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAndrew Little — the minister responsible for the GCSB and SIS intelligence services — said he had signed powerful surveillance warrants as information gathering continued in the wake of the attack. “I have given authority to the agencies to do intrusive activities under warrant, the number of those (warrants) I’m not at liberty to disclose,” he told Radio New Zealand. Little said intelligence services typically monitored 30-40 people but that number had now increased, although he was unwilling to reveal by how much. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe said a warrant permitted anything from physical surveillance to the monitoring of telecommunications activity. “The whole gambit of what would otherwise be described as intrusive activity,” he told the New Zealand Herald. “The purpose of a warrant is to authorise and effectively make lawful what would otherwise be unlawful activity.” Little denied New Zealand had proved a “soft target” for the accused gunman, an Australian with apparent links to right-wing groups who reportedly moved to the country with the intention of carrying out an attack. Little said he maintained confidence in the intelligence services and until the inquiry into their actions was complete it was “premature” to say they had failed. “Until there’s a very microscopic look at what the agencies have been doing and whether they’ve missed anything, I can’t say for certain,” he told RNZ. “It’s important for me, the agencies, but ultimately for public confidence that we let that commission of inquiry do its job and reach its conclusions.” Meanwhile, police remained tight-lipped about two raids conducted by armed officers in Christchurch overnight. The raids took place at opposite ends of the city centre, the first at 8:00 pm (0700 GMT) Tuesday and the second around 1:00 am Wednesday.last_img read more