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2013 Budget With 7.6% Tax Increase Approved, but Not Without a Fight

By • Jul 19th, 2013 • Category: Featured, News, Politics

Seven months, a contentious election, and some disappearing line-items later, the 2013 Calendar Year Budget was finally adopted Wednesday, putting the final touches on a $500 million dollar budget that has already been over half spent. The final adoption came with an amendment to address what Mayor Steve Fulop has described as an “election year […]



Jersey City Review: The New Face of Retail

By • Jul 17th, 2013 • Category: Arts, Featured, Jersey City Review

For years we’ve shopped the malls, boutiques, specialty stores and even big box retailers for the latest trends, classic looks and designer gear. Many Saturday afternoons have been spent bouncing from one shopping destination to the next hoping to find the perfect fit, color, price and style. A longing to ‘make an entrance’ when attending a social engagement, job interview, place of worship or white sandy beach keeps consumers motivated and retailers capitalizing.



Local Photographer Remembers Fight for Gender Equality, Demonstration on Liberty Island

By • Jul 15th, 2013 • Category: Featured, Politics

For all of the time spent debating whether New Jersey or New York really owns Liberty Island and its resident icon, the Statue of Liberty, a larger, more meaningful fight has been ignored. Indeed, as the two states tried to capitalize on every last tourist dollar — and the privilege of laying claim to the […]



TRAASH: Recycled Plastic Bag Coasters

By • Jul 12th, 2013 • Category: Arts, Featured, Traash

My adventures in repurposing began with fusing plastic bags. Fusing plastic bags involves melting numerous layers of thin plastic together to create one thicker piece of plastic. This new piece of plastic can then be stitched on a sewing machine just like fabric. I love the look and colors of fused plastic bags so much […]



With Ramadan Underway, Muslim Groups Talk, Practice Charity

By • Jul 10th, 2013 • Category: Featured

For the twenty-nine or thirty days of the Ramadan fast (the length varies depending on the sighting of the crescent moon’s recurrence), charity is always on the mind of the observant participant. As Ahmed Shedeed, head of the Islamic Center of Jersey City, points out, spending long summer days fasting makes empathy that much easier. […]



Sustainable Jersey City Takes a Grassroots Approach to Organizing and Action

By • Jul 8th, 2013 • Category: Featured, News

Grassroots organization Sustainable Jersey City (SJC) is on a mission to transform how the city thinks about itself and its relation to green-infrastructure. That’s only a first step, but it’s an important first step, says Dr. Ashwani Vasishth, an Associate Professor of Environmental Planning at Ramapo College and SJC member, who describes the city as […]



Council President Lavarro’s Plans as the Senior Member of the Council

By • Jul 3rd, 2013 • Category: Featured, News, Politics

It’s been less than two years since Rolando Lavarro, the newly elected Council President, has taken office. But in that time — twenty months — he’s seen how unsettled the political floor can be. First elected in a special election in November 2011, Lavarro’s successful bid for office was seen, in part, as a byproduct […]



Promising Competence and Honesty in City Hall, Mayor Fulop Focuses on Social Justice

By • Jul 2nd, 2013 • Category: Featured, News, Politics

It’s unclear who first used the phrase “a tale of two cities” to describe Jersey City’s economic inequality, but it’s worked: the phrase has become the go-to shorthand for politicians and community activists criticizing the global wealth gap on the local level for some time now. With his new administration officially in place, Mayor Steve […]



In Bloom: Van Vorst Park’s Volunteer Gardener, Marc Wesson, Digs Deep

By • Jun 28th, 2013 • Category: Featured, News

Marc Wesson takes the concept of ‘volunteer’ to the extreme. Nearly every morning for more than a decade, Wesson can be spotted in the early sunlight at Van Vorst Park wearing a large white t-shirt, jeans, sneakers, and aviator sunglasses. He toils there 30 hours a week, pruning, watering and mowing.



JC Board of Education Meeting Marks End of School Year With Praise For Students and Community Concerns

By • Jun 27th, 2013 • Category: Featured, News

For the Jersey City Board of Education, last Thursday, June 20, marked the end of the 2012-2013 school year and the last Board meeting until the end of summer when the new school year begins. The meeting was held at the Martin Luther King Jr. School – PS 11, at 886 Bergen Avenue and started at about 6:20 pm.