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Port Authority warns of Severe Congestion Issues Gridlock Alert

Gridlock Closure route 139 Jersey CIty

Holland Tunnel Due to Lane Closures on Route 139

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has issued the following press release:

Motorists strongly urged to use mass transit and consider alternate routes; PATH rail to add extra trains during peak hours on all lines

Drivers who typically commute through the Holland Tunnel are urged to use mass transit –particularly during the morning and evening rush hours — due to fire damage to the nearby Route 139 ramp in Jersey City that is maintained by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

The extensive structural damage to the ramp has resulted in closures to three of five lanes nearly back to the tunnel, with the 60-percent capacity reduction expected to cause significant delays for westbound traffic in Jersey City and Hoboken. Lower Manhattan also can expect backups on local streets accessing the tunnel entrance to New Jersey, particularly if one of the tunnel’s two westbound lanes must be closed if gridlock occurs on the New Jersey side.

Drivers should use mass transit, consider alternate work hours or telecommute if possible since other crossing like the Lincoln Tunnel may face delays due to the diverted traffic.

The Port Authority and NJ DOT have activated their Offices of Emergency Management to continuously monitor the situation and streamline communications with other state and local officials. Agency officials are working on traffic management plans to lessen potential congestion impacts and will coordinate implementation with counterparts at NJ DOT, NJ Transit, New Jersey State Police, Jersey City, Hoboken and Manhattan, New York City officials, as well as New York Waterways ferry service.

PATH rail is poised to add two extra trains hourly during the morning and evening rush hours on each of its three lines: Newark to World Trade Center, Hoboken to World Trade Center and Journal Square to 33rd Street starting Monday morning.

Travelers to Newark Liberty International Airport are encouraged to use NJ Transit rail service from New York Penn Station to access the Newark AirTrain to the airport’s terminals.

Along with urging drivers to use mass transit options and seeking ways to increase rail, bus and ferry capacity, the Port Authority is taking other significant steps to help its state and local partners alleviate the anticipated problems. Ongoing construction work on the Bayonne Bridge, for example, has been suspended to help ease regional traffic.

“The Port Authority is urging travelers to use mass transit and consider alternate work hours and telecommuting to help minimize the anticipated gridlock at the Holland Tunnel until repairs are made to New Jersey’s nearby Route 139 ramp,’’ said Diannae Ehler, the Port Authority’s Director of Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals. “The agency will assist our transportation partners to help minimize congestion around the tunnel, and we have offered engineering help if needed to evaluate and speed repairs on the state’s ramp.”

Agency, state and local officials are conferring on opening a third lane before the Monday morning rush along the Holland Tunnel’s westbound exit lanes if feasible, while also adding additional police officers, closing certain side roads and adjusting traffic light patterns to help move traffic more efficiently.

On average, more than 2,600 vehicles per rush hour and 46,000 vehicles daily travel from Manhattan to New Jersey via the Holland Tunnel.

Port Authority Police are currently staffing intersections to optimize and balance traffic flow on both westbound 14th street and the local north/south roadways. This presence will be maintained through the weekend, with needs reassessed for the start of Monday’s weekday travel patterns.

The Port Authority’s Engineering Department has offered the support of staff and its resources to assess the extent of ramp damage and assist with implementation of a repair strategy.

For the most up-to-date traffic and transit information, please see use the following links:

www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/holland-tunnel

www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/lincoln-tunnel

www.panynj.gov/PATH

www.panynj.gov/bus-terminals/port-authority-bus-terminal

http://nj.gov/transportation/

www.njtransit.com 

NY Waterway has morning and evening rush-hour service between Port Liberty and Liberty Harbor in Jersey City and Manhattan. Both terminals are accessible from the New Jersey Turnpike and have parking.

Ferry terminals at Paulus Hook and Harborside in Jersey City and the Hoboken Rail/Ferry Terminal all are served but the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail.

Visit nywaterway.com for complete information or call 1-800-53-FERRY.

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Frank Sinatra & Jimmy Van Heusen: A Musical Journey Friendship & Collaboration

Mayor Dawn Zimmer & The City of Hoboken
present
Sat. Oct. 7th – Doors open at 6:30pm
Kicks off at 7pm sharp
DeBaun Auditorium, 5th & Hudson St. Hoboken, NJ

On the campus of Steven’s Institute of Technology
Admission is Free

For information contact Geri Fallo: 201-420-2000 Ex. 5100
gfallo@hobokennj.gov

Featuring performance by:
•  The Swingadelic Big Band,
•   Sinatra Idol Winners: Peter Cafasso & Jerry Pearce

and special guest singers: 

•   A.J. Lambert. Granddaughter of Frank Sinatra & daughter of Nancy Sinatra, AJ Lambert’s style & interpretations of both standards and modern music alike is truly her own.
•   Phil Crosby: Grandson of Bing Croby

In addition, a round table panel discussion with:
•    filmmaker Jim Burns,
•   writer Will Friedwald,
•   A.J. Lambert &
•   Bob Foster, director of the Hoboken Historical Museum. 

Discussion will include film clips from Jim Burns film:
“Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin’ with Frank & Bing” & slide presentation exploring the friendship & musical collaboration between SInatra & composer Jimmy Van Heusen.

Will Friedwald: writes about music & popular culture for The Wall Street Journal & Vanity Fair. He also is the author of eight books including the award-winning A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers and Sinatra: The Song is
You. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant & curator for Apple Music.

Jim Burns: With New York-based Burns Media, he produces and directs long and short form documentaries, as well as multimedia programming for advertising and major live events. Burns directed “Jimmy Van Heusen – Swingin’ with Frank and Bing.”
Produced for PBS, the film tells the story of the remarkable life & music of the 4-time Oscar winning songwriter whose timeless classics are some of the most beloved of the Great American Songbook. Van Heusen’s longtime musical partnership with Frank Sinatra
resulted in all-time hits such as “Love & Marriage,” “Come Fly with Me” & “All the Way.” Burns is currently directing and producing “She’s Got Jazz – New York Nights” a film featuring the music of several young, rising stars who are changing the face of jazz
and electrifying the music scene for a growing, equally young following. 

Bob Foster, Director of the Hoboken Historical Museum

Swingadelic Big Band: Based in Hoboken, bandleader Dave Post and Swingadelic will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in May 2018. The band has performed at concerts & events from Boston to Atlanta & released 7 CDs. Swingadelic was featured
at the Hoboken Sinatra Centennial Birthday event at Stevens Institute in 2015.

For information contact Geri Fallo: 201-420-2000 Ex. 5100
Presented by Mayor Dawn ZImmer & the City of Hoboken

This program is made possible by a grant from
The New Jersey State Historical Commission, a division
of the Department of State, and administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County County Executive and Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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City of Hoboken Auctioning Abandoned Bicycles September 25 – October 13

Hoboken Abandoned Bike Auction
this photo does not show actual bikes at auction

The City of Hoboken is auctioning off abandoned bicycles via www.govdeals.com starting September 25th and ending October 13th. To view photos and descriptions of bicycles and to place a bid, visit: https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.AdvSearchResultsNew&agency=2678

The bicycles being auctioned do not match descriptions in police reports for stolen bicycles.

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Help Puerto Rico and Mexico Hurricane and Earthquake Victims

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Donate Essential Items at Jersey City Community Event

Saturday

Additional Drop Off Locations Citywide to be
Announced in Coming Days    

With the residents of Mexico and Puerto Rico experiencing this week two

 of the worst natural disasters to befall their countries, the Jersey
City community is banding together to help collect much-needed relief
items.  The first of several donation
drives will be held from 6 p.m. to 11:30
p.m. Saturday during a community event hosted by Councilman-At-Large Daniel
Rivera on Grove Street.  The event, a Latin Jazz night, will also
serve as a drop off point for relief items where attendees or the community at
large can donate goods.

Community leaders will also be holding a meeting Saturday morning
to coordinate logistics for citywide donation sites for next week.  That information will be made available
following the meeting, so please stay tuned for additional information.

Examples
of needed items are: bottled water, non-perishable food items, batteries and
flashlights, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, lotion, toothbrush/paste, mouthwash,
soap, body wash, baby wipes, hand sanitizers, diapers, first aid kits, phone
chargers. No clothing or bedding at this time please. 

“Jersey City has one of the largest Puerto
Rican communities outside of Puerto Rico, with deep ties to the island where
many family members still live,” said Mayor
Fulop.  “We also have a large Mexican
community and know that both countries need help to recover from these
devastating disasters.  The Jersey City
community is one that always comes together to support those in need and we will be working together
 to help Puerto Rico and Mexico.”

“With the island without power and very
little news being delivered, our Puerto Rican community here in Jersey City wants
to get to action as quickly as possible to help loved ones and those affected
by this hurricane,” said Councilman
Rivera.  “The devastation is absolute
and we saw this as an opportunity to kick off our relief mission as we all
continue to pray for the people of Puerto Rico and Mexico.”

When:
          6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017

Where:           Grove Street, between Newark
Avenue and First Street City City of Jersey City

 Mayor Steven M. Fulop

 Councilman At Large
Daniel Rivera

Members of the Municipal
Council Jersey City

 Jersey City community

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BAYONNE MAYOR DAVIS ANNOUNCES PLAN RESPOND AMAZON RFP

 

Bayonne and Amazon

Bayonne  Mayor James Davis announced recently that the City plans to respond to the request for proposals (RFP) issued by Amazon for the creation of the second headquarters in the United States.

Mayor Davis stated, “Given the fact that the City of Bayonne has over 200 acres of undeveloped land on the former Military Ocean Terminal-Bayonne (MOTBY), I believe we are uniquely positioned to respond to this request.” Bayonne’s ongoing transformation from a city of industry to a city of innovation and technology fits perfectly with Amazon’s objectives and, quite frankly, the City of Bayonne meets or exceeds every one of the logistical, cultural, communal and operational criteria set forth in Amazon’s RFP.  Simply stated, “I believe there are no other municipalities offering anything close to what Bayonne has to offer.”

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Bayonne Mayor Davis Announces Plans To Respond Amazon RFP

Mayor James Davis announced today that
the City plans to respond to the request for proposals (RFP) issued by Amazon for the creation of the second headquarters in the United States.

Mayor Davis stated, “Given the fact that the City of Bayonne has over 200 acres of undeveloped land on the former Military Ocean Terminal-Bayonne (MOTBY), I believe
we are uniquely positioned to respond to this request.” Bayonne’s ongoing transformation from a city of industry to a city of innovation and technology fits perfectly with Amazon’s objectives and, quite frankly, the City of Bayonne meets or exceeds every one
of the logistical, cultural, communal and operational criteria set forth in Amazon’s RFP.  Simply stated, “I believe there are no other municipalities offering anything close to what Bayonne has to offer.”

The area being offered by Bayonne as the location for Amazon HQ2 sits on the Hudson River steps away from the Hudson Bergen Light Rail, adjacent to Route 440, within
easy reach of three major airports and two Amtrak train stations with a soon-to-be-finished direct access to the New Jersey Turnpike.  The area currently has plans for development of residential and retail space on a portion of the former base that would fit
in with Amazon’s goal of the headquarters being part of a thriving community. The area also offers great growth potential with many old warehouses and other abandoned industrial sites nearby.

Amazon’s current corporate headquarters is located in Seattle, Washington and its Chief Executive, Jeff Bezos, has announced that Amazon is looking to set up a second
corporate headquarters outside of Seattle.  “Amazon is looking for a city located in a metropolitan area of 1 million or more people,” Davis added, “with a diverse, educated population, ample recreational opportunities and quick access to mass transit, major
highways, international airports and major universities.  Sounds to me like Mr. Bezos wants to come to Bayonne.”

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Staff members at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington pause in front of the cemetery’s 9-11 Memorial Monument

Holy Cross Mausoleum 911

Staff members at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington pause in front of the cemetery’s 9-11 Memorial Monument for a moment of silence and prayers to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the attacks on The World Trade Center and Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93. Workers at each of eight archdiocesan properties of Catholic Cemeteries, a Ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark, gather to commemorate the 9-11 anniversary each year since the tragedy. (Photo courtesy of Catholic Cemeteries)

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We’ve updated our audition information and wanted to send you the update. Also, we have some exciting changes for the upcoming season that we will be sharing soon. 



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT


SINGERS WANTED: JOIN CANTIGAS WOMEN’S CHOIR
FOR THE 2017-2018 SEASON

HOBOKEN, N.J. – September 7, 2017Cantigas Women’s Choir seeks skilled and committed singers for its upcoming 2017-2018 season. The Hudson County women’s chorus brings a diverse community of women together  — from all ages and all backgrounds —  to explore the rich tradition of women’s singing and perform a broad spectrum of global music, both classic and contemporary.

The group rehearses on Thursday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mustard Seed School at 422 Willow Avenue in Hoboken. Auditions will be held on Thursdays in Hoboken in September.


Cantigas is seeking women of all vocal ranges. Sight reading skills are strongly desirable, but not required. Ability to sing in tune and blend in classical style is essential.


Interested singers should contact Artistic Director Joan Litman by e-mail at joanlitman@gmail.com.


Cantigas Women’s Choir, named after a medieval Spanish song form called a “cantiga,” is composed of 50 women of varying ages and backgrounds, and brings women of the community together to explore the rich tradition of women’s singing. The group performs a broad spectrum of global music. In addition to its own biannual concerts, the group performs for community groups, including at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Clinton, Alaris Health at Hamilton Park in Jersey City, and on behalf of the Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City. Litman founded the group in September 2002.


Joan Isaacs Litman, founding Artistic Director of Cantigas Women’s Choir, has been a music educator and choral director in the New York metropolitan area for many years. With a longing to stimulate interest and appreciation of less understood cultures, Joan has researched traditional songs of the Middle East. In recent years, she has taught and guest conducted in Spain, Syria, Lebanon, Japan, Hong Kong, Argentina, and the Dominican Republic. For many years, Joan served on the music faculty of the United Nations International School in Manhattan. She is presently Artist-in-Residence at the Mustard Seed School, where she is also a founder and Music Director Emerita.




Cantigas Official Web Site: www.cantigas.net


Twitter: @cantigaschoir Facebook: facebook.com/CantigasChoir

Instagram: cantigaschoir



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Bayonne to Baytown Fundraiser September 22, 2017

Nashville and New Jersey Musicians to Play in Bayonne to Benefit Baytown, Texas Hurricane Victims

Mayor Jimmy Davis of Bayonne announced that plans are taking shape for the Bayonne to Baytown Benefit Concert which is set for Friday, September 22, from 6:00-10:00 p.m. on the lower level of DiDomenico-16th Street Park. Proceeds will benefit the flood victims in Baytown, Texas. 

Mayor Davis said, “This concert will give Bayonne residents a special opportunity to help the residents of Baytown. I know we can count the generosity of our residents at this time of great need in Texas.”

A variety of musicians will play at the concert free of
play at the concert free of charge. Bands will play at the amphitheater that is the site of Bayonne’s Summer Sounds concert series. Nationally known Nashville recording artist Joe Bayer plays country and country rock music. He was named Entertainer of the Year by County Blast Radio in 2015. He has performed at clubs in the metropolitan area, and played last year at the Bayonne Community Museum.

Rocco and the Mob is a New Jersey-based, seven-piece band that plays classic rock. The Mob is a tight rhythm section fueled by driving horns.

The Blue Dawg Band is a Bayonne-based group that is known for playing blues and classic rock at local venues. Band member Terry Young recruited the talent for the benefit concert.

Several other local musical acts will take part in the program, and will be announced. The Artist Avenue Performers will sing the National Anthem, under the direction of Melissa Rada.

Mayor Davis will serve as master of ceremonies.
The Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF), Bayonne’s community action organization, will accept donations of any size in lieu of a set admission fee. Checks should be made payable to the BEOF with “Baytown” written in the memo portion of the check. Donations can also be made online at beof.org. To make online donations on the BEOF website, please follow the logo for Hurricane Harvey donations and click on it. That will bring you to the donation page. The BEOF will act as the recipient of tax-deductible donations to assist the people of Baytown. The BEOF will disburse funds to Baytown following the concert. Admission to the concert will be based on a free-will offering. No donation will be considered too large or too small. At the concert, there will be a table set up to accept electronic donations. Cash donations will also be accepted, but checks and electronic donations are preferred for reasons of security and tax-deductibility. To inquire about sponsorships, please contact Recreation 

Supervisor Pete Amadeo at 201-858-6129. Local vendors who are willing to donate their profits to the BEOF for the Bayonne to Baytown project should contact Mr. Amadeo to apply to participate in the September 22 event.

To ensure sufficient seating for the event, members of the audience are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

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Jersey City Trains Local Chaplains to Assist Residents During Times of Loss, Violence

Clergy will Provide Support & Comfort as well as access to Social Services

Chaplain Program Supported by a $10,000 Grant from the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office

local clergy members to assist residents who experience violence and other difficult situations.

JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced today a new program to use local clergy members to assist residents who experience violence and other difficult situations. The program is supported by a $10,000 grant from the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.

“Other cities nationally and in New Jersey are successfully using chaplains to provide timely and compassionate response,” said Mayor Fulop. “We care when our residents are hurting, and the Chaplains provide support to help people at a time of crisis or loss. These are people in the community who they know and trust, and who could provide assistance at a time when they need it most.” Continue reading Jersey City Trains Local Chaplains to Assist Residents During Times of Loss, Violence

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