Pride Festival’s “Family” Theme Reflects Community’s Hopes about Marriage Equality

By • Aug 21st, 2013 • Category: Featured, News, Politics

New Jersey is just one of only two states in the northeastern United States where marriage equality has not yet been achieved. When the Supreme Court ruled earlier this summer to overturn the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA), supporters grew more optimistic, hopeful that the Supreme Court ruling would be enough to immediately establish Civil […]

TRAASH: Fun and Simple Ways to Repurpose At Home

By • Aug 16th, 2013 • Category: Arts, Featured, Traash

Recycling, repurposing, and upcycling is very important to me. But what does it all mean and what’s the difference? To me they all mean the same. Recycling, repurposing, and upcycling all involve the process of changing a material into a new material or product. Most importantly all three of these processes help to prevent waste. So if you are placing an empty soda can into the recycling bin or transforming it into a lantern, you are doing something great for the environment.

Line Dancing for Seniors Is More Than the Macarena

By • Aug 14th, 2013 • Category: Featured, News

Seven years ago, Talley started teaching line dancing as part of the health and fitness ministry at Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. The class was attended predominantly by seniors, who were looking for a fun and unique way to stay active and burn calories.

James Shea, Jersey City’s Soon-to-Be Public Safety Director, Talks Shop

By • Aug 12th, 2013 • Category: Featured, News, Politics

James Shea didn’t go out looking to become the next public safety director of Jersey City, it just worked out that way. Even in a national search for candidates, some resumes readily stand out. In Shea’s 22-years with the New York Police Department, his responsibilities included serving as a deputy chief in the NYPD and […]

Bar Review: Local Watering Holes

By • Aug 7th, 2013 • Category: Featured, Food

Are you looking for a cheap night out? Fond of beer? JCI sent reporter Joe D’Allegro across Jersey City to give us the run down on a few neighborhood bars. The finite nature of his liver prevents this from being a complete list, but below are some of the places he recommends.

INTERVIEW: John Thieroff, Deputy Mayor In Charge of Economic Development

By • Aug 5th, 2013 • Category: Featured, News

John Thieroff has kept a close eye on City Hall’s budget-making process for some time. In fact, Thieroff, a trustee of good government group Civic JC, appeared at a 2011 budget forum, where he spoke about the importance of better communicating budgetary decisions with an informed public. That advocacy role took a turn for the […]

NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT: Liberty State Park and Liberty Harbor

By • Aug 2nd, 2013 • Category: Featured

When the Jersey Avenue footbridge, which has connected Downtown Jersey City to Liberty State Park since 1976, was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy, downtown residents lost direct access to one of New Jersey’s most iconic green spaces.

Mamarama: Kids & Mourning

By • Jul 31st, 2013 • Category: Featured, Mamarama

Every parent, at some point or another, must figure out how to navigate discussions about death and mourning. It might be over a family pet, a beloved friend, a relative — death is never an easy topic to broach with kids – or even adults, for that matter.

INTERVIEW: Stacey Flanagan, JC Director of Health and Human Services

By • Jul 29th, 2013 • Category: Featured, News, Politics

Earlier this month, JCI had the terrific opportunity to interview Stacey Flanagan on her new role as Jersey City’s Director of Health and Human Services. We are proud to share this interview with our readers, and will continue to introduce new members of the administration as they are welcomed to the team.

Good Eats: Los Tres Chilitos

By • Jul 26th, 2013 • Category: Featured, Food

Until only 10 or 15 years ago, Mexican food in Jersey City meant either hard-shell tacos or flour tortilla burritos, overstuffed with ground beef flavored with a paper packet of “spices,” lettuce, chopped tomatoes and globs of sour cream. But here in 2013, people know that much of this bastardized, so-called “Mexican” food has been replaced by the real deal, and Los Tres Chilitos on Central Avenue in the Jersey City’s Heights neighborhood is definitely one of them.