Family Promise of Hudson County Opens Its Doors

Family Promise of Hudson County Opens Its Doors to Serve Homeless Families in the Community : FamilyPromiseHudson.org

Family Promise of Hudson County, a new nonprofit providing temporary shelter to homeless families in the community, officially opened its doors. A local affiliate of a national nonprofit, Family Promise works to keep entire homeless families together by relying on places of worship, or host congregations, to provide shelter. All host congregations are currently based in Jersey City and Hoboken, with additional support from congregations in Hoboken and Bayonne.

“There are a number of organizations and programs that provide incredible support for the homeless in Hudson County,” explains Tiffany Kane, Executive Director of Family Promise of Hudson County. “However, there are few offerings for homeless families that allow the entire family to find shelter and services together. Through Family Promise’s unique shelter model, children will be able to remain in their schools, parents can remain at their jobs, and entire families will be able to receive services through our case management and support system.”

Each night, families will stay at one of Family Promise of Hudson County’s host congregations. Each day, they will travel to the Family Promise drop-in center, located at Fountain of Salvation Church in Jersey City. There, families will receive services to ensure they get back on their feet, which will include counseling, connections to local resources (such as health care), and housing assistance.

The community welcomed Family Promise of Hudson County with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony on February 22, 2018, at Fountain of Salvation Church. After remarks from Executive Director Tiffany Kane, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano, and Caroline Caulfield, Correspondence Coordinator for U.S. Senator Cory Booker, the ribbon was cut to officially offer services to homeless families.

In front of local community leaders, including elected officials, host and support congregation representatives and other friends, Family Promise of Hudson County announced that CarePoint Health will be its exclusive healthcare partner.

“CarePoint has been actively involved in Hoboken and Jersey City in working to provide health care services to the homeless community, however, families at risk of homelessness do not always have the network or services available to help them,” says Peter Daniels, Chief Operating Officer of CarePoint Health“When we heard about Family Promise and the work they will be doing in the community, we immediately wanted to get involved as health care partners to help reach this often overlooked community.”

For more information on Family Promise of Hudson County, or for ways to get involved with the organization, please visit www.familypromisehudson.org/get-involved. Displaced or homeless families should contact Garden State Episcopal at (201) 209-9301 or the homeless hotline at 211.


About Family Promise of Hudson County
The mission of Family Promise is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. Family Promise’s envisions a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future. For more information on Family Promise of Hudson County, please visit www.familypromisehudson.org

Who We Are: Family Promise of Hudson County is a non-profit that will

help to house homeless families within Hudson County.

What We Do: In addition to providing emergency sheltering, we will also provide case management and connection to resources. Our goal is to help families find sustainable and successful housing solutions.

Why We Do It: Currently, there is no other emergency shelter in Hudson County that houses the whole family. Imagine a single father raising his children and he just can’t make ends meet. Currently, our area has no way to keep them together. A mother raising an adult son with disabilities would be separated because on paper, they are single adults. Family Promise of Hudson County will be able to keep these families together and can work with them to find a sustainable way back on their feet.

What are we fundraising for? Everything from cots, cribs and car seats must be purchased. We will be hiring a full time case manager and case aides to work with families. We will also be providing bus and train tickets as well as school supplies and food for families. The cost is high, but our emergency shelter model that shelters families in places of worship keeps other costs down. If you consider donating or hosting a fundraiser, families in Hudson County will benefit directly. Donations are tax-deductible and may be matched by some places of business! Supporting Family Promise of Hudson County means that you will be helping families find their way from the street to a home of their own.

JCFamilies will be collecting supplies for this shelter in all the upcoming events in Jersey City.

Watch the interview here :  :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvoLra2RvT8

Family Promise of Hudson County Opens Its Doors

Use This Morning Routine For a Less Stressful Holiday Season

Everyone knows that the holidays can be stressful. But you can prepare yourself by creating a morning routine that gets you and the kids up and going. Here are some tips to energize your mornings:

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Additional Holiday Morning Routine Resources:

  1. Advice on establishing a successful morning routine for kids
  2. Outsource what you can – e.g. hire a dog walker
  3. How to de-stress your morning routine
  4. Tips on how to get the kids to school on time
  5. A revolutionary morning routine hack for kids – play music

Now that you know how to get started each day, you’re ready to tackle those holiday projects. Light those candles! Bake those cookies! You got this!

Daniel is a single dad raising two children. At DadSolo.com, he aims to provide other single dads with information and resources to help them better equip themselves on the journey that is parenthood.

Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

 

Fall means Halloween and there is not a spookier time of the year to do fun, creepy, and spooky things! Let’s explore some of the best Halloween events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC – there are an endless amount of events going on in these cities so we have done our best to put together to best events you can take the whole family to.

Fall Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch

October 21 – October 29
Exchange Place Alliance Special Improvement District

The Exchange Place Alliance will celebrate Halloween and the Fall season with a spectacular Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch on October 21st-22nd and 28th-29th from 11 am – 7 pm.

WHO: The Exchange Place Alliance Special Improvement District, a NJ not-for-profit
WHAT: A Fall Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch with special activities scheduled throughout the weekend
WHERE: Urby Parking Lot, 200 Greene St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
WHEN: October 21st and 22nd and 28th and 29th, 11 am – 7 pm

Haunted High Line Halloween

If you can only attend one of the very many Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC, we highly recommend you take the whole family to this absolutely amazing event.

The High Line taps into its spooky past for this Halloween event. Over 150 years ago, freight trains ran at street level and grew to become a real danger as the city’s population increased. Tenth Avenue was called “Death Avenue” and in 1930, an elevated train track was erected as a safer alternative to the street trains. The train track would eventually become the High Line and once a year, those unfortunate souls who lost their lives in train accidents rise up to haunt the park. But no worries, the event is more of a fun festive experience—think face painting, costumes, dancing, live performances and a photo booth—than a creepy haunt.

Brookfield Place Halloween Party

With science events, costume party, magicians, and so much more, your kids are sure to love this event! Your kids can wear their Halloween costumes and them parade down the costume catwalk! Definitely, check out this fun Halloween event with the kids as it is one of the best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC.

Halloween Harvest Festival

This year’s Halloween Harvest Festival in NYC is going to be spooky, but fun, with its Dia de Los Muertos theme! If your family has a dog, this event is super special because you can bring your fur-babies along and they even have a doggy costume contest! This is definitely one of the best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC! We highly recommend you check this out!

Hoboken Annual Harvest Festival

Fall and Halloween Events in Hoboken for Families

This is one of the best Halloween and fall events that Hoboken has to offer – the Hoboken Annual Harvest Festival. The event takes place on Saturday, October 21st from 11a m to 3 pm in Pier A Park. Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC abound, but we recommend this one as it is great for the whole family. The Harvest Festival will have plenty of free events and activities to attend. Some of the activities include:

  • Pony Rides
  • Petting Zoo
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Hayrides
  • Trackless Train
  • Music
  • Hay Maze
  • Face Painting
  • Moonwalk
  • Sand Art
  • Craft Activities, Puffy the Dragon Balloons & more

Ragamuffin Parade and Costume Contest

Fall and Halloween Events in Hoboken for FamiliesThis super fun Halloween event is the perfect event to attend before heading out to go trick-or-treating with the kids. You can either watch the parade from the sidewalks or you can even participate in it! Just get into your best costume and line up at the starting line at 3:15 to walk in the parade with the kids. The parade will feature floats, awesome costume, live local music, and tons more. It is always fun to see all of the cute and creative costumes kids and families have thought of.

There will be a kid’s costume contest at 4:30 pm after the parade is over! Be sure to check out this event as it is one of the greatest Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken, and NYC.

Fall Hoboken Arts & Music Festival 2017

Fall and Halloween Events in Hoboken for Families

Although more of a fall event, there is plenty of Halloween booths, decorations, and more to look at! It is a great event for kids and adults. Parents will love looking at the fine arts on display, shopping for home decor, and eating the delicious foods the festival has to offer  For the kids, there is face painting, sand art, balloons, and tons more.  This is one of the most perfect Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC.

Halloween party for kids in a haunted loft

The Best  Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

This party is for kids ages 5 to 13 years old and an awesome Halloween event for all of the kids in your life! This is one of the coolest Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC. Check out the event description below!

“Let’s have some fun celebrating Halloween together. We will be painting a pumpkin, hear spooky stories, do face paint, scavenger hunt, games and more. Come dress with your best Halloween costume!…(pumpkin is not included. Please bring a small one)”

Schoolhouse Rock Live!

The Best  Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

There is nothing better or more nostalgic than listening to some Schoolhouse Rock! The shows are October 13th, 2017  and October 14th, 2017 inDeBaun Auditorium at 8 pm. If you are looking to treat your kids to something special and educational to add to your fall/Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC, look no further than this unique performance.

 

The Best  Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

With a haunted craft table, pizza party, costume contest, trick-or-treating, and open play space area, this is a perfect Halloween event to take your kids and even some of their friends to!

This Halloween event will have lots of food and candy to munch on. Kids will have an opportunity to grab some candy, so make sure they bring their own candy bags as those are not supplied.  Be sure to not miss out on this sweet and spooktacular kid event! It is surely one of the sweetest Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC!

Spooktacular Halloween Party

Have an awesome costume for your little ones and want to show it off? Take them to this super fun event all decked out in their Halloween costume! There will be creepy crafts to make and take-home, a fun sing-along, cool dance party, and a mind-blowing magic show making this one of the best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC! This is a perfect even for the parents and adults and everyone is sure to have a blast. A family ticket includes 2 kids and 2 parents. If you have more than 2 kids, additional tickets must be purchased.

Haunted House Gingerbread Workshop

The Best  Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

If you cannot wait for Christmas, but still want to get into the spooky Halloween spirit, this is going to be the event for you! Kids can create their own haunted gingerbread house! There will be plenty of candy to eat and even orange hot chocolate! Be sure to wear your costumes! This is one of the most unique Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC.

Halloween Science Party

The Best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

This is a super fun and unique Halloween party as it is cool and educational. This part is for kids aged 5 to 9 years old. This NYC event is one the spookiest and coolest Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken, and NYC and is the perfect way to your kids to have a spooky time, but also learn some really cool things.

  • “Science Show with the most horrible of all the horrible terrible crazy experiments. MUHA-HA-HA
  • Professional Photo Shoot by kids and family photographer Marina Eng (two digital photo files included in entrance fee) INSTAGRAM: @marina_eng_kids
  • Kids Workshop (Spooky Slimey)
  • Live Music by Gleb Vascenko www.saxnyc.com
  • Organic hand made cake and sweets”

This is one of the best unique and fun Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken, and NYC! Ticket prices include all of the following: an open stage for both the kids and the adults, entertainment, a live DJ, live music, tons of raffle prizes, party favors, kid’s activities in a separate room, like Diya painting & Diya decoration.

There will also be plenty of take-home arts and crafts and fun face painting! If you are looking to show your kids a glimpse into a different culture, this is the perfect event to take them to.

Spooky Terminal 2017

The Best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

The Spooky Terminal is coming back to Hoboken on October 28th this year. This event is located in a one of a kind venue overlooking the gorgeous Manhattan skyline and has some seriously creepy Halloween vibes This is certainly one of the best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC and will definitely have the best views on any event on this list.

There will be lots of spooktacular activities for kids and for families. Activities include all of the following:

  • Bouncy House
  • Magic Show
  • Dance Party for kids
  • Juggler
  • Cotton Candies
  • Cookie Decoration
  • Costume Contest
  • Face painting

JC Halloween Spooktacular

The Best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

If you are looking for a fun family Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken, and NYC. This Halloween event is located in Jersey City and will offer wonderful Halloween activities. Below are some of the highlights of the event.

  • Halloween Costume Family Parade
  • Best Costume prizes for families
  • Dance Party
  • Cotton Candies
  • Puppet Show
  • Carnival Games
  • Drums
  • Jugglers
  • Spooky Decoration
  • Picture Corners

Family Halloween Bash on the Pedestrian Mall

The Best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

Did you say free candy? Yes! There will be free candy for the little ones, bounce house, music, food, treats, and so much more! This is definitely a perfect Halloween event for the whole family and one of the best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC.

“Have a ghoulishly good time on The Newark Ave Pedestrian Mall thisHalloweenn! There will be face-painting, a bouncy house, music, popcorn and CANDY!” There will also be a ton of kid-friendly vendors to stop through like Bambino Chef, Key Element Learning, WORD, and so much more.

SCARECROWS & PUMPKINS

The Best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

There are so many Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken, and NYC to choose from, it can get overwhelming. However, this NYC event is not something you will want to miss out on. Read the description below to find out more details of one of the best NYC Halloween events.

“Enjoy this bountiful time of year with eye-popping pumpkins, spooky scarecrows, and plenty of fun in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Kids can explore more than 100 friendly scarecrows set among rare and unusual pumpkins and gourds or take part in guided activities like potting up a spooky spider plant or investigating creepy crawlers in our pond and soil. Throughout this fall celebration of frights and fun, take part in special activities and demonstrations featuring creepy creatures, hands-on crafts, and more.”

Boo at the Zoo 

The Best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

Located at the Bronx Zoo, Boo at the Zoo is a perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit with the kids. There is a haunted forest, Bootoberfest, hayride, nature trek, and the Very Hungry Caterpillar show! They also have their traditional events like a costume parade, pumpkin carving, candy trail, and tons and tons more. There are endless amounts of ways to have fun at this Halloween, but if your kids love animals and the zoo this is one of the best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC.

7th Annual Afternoon of Fright on Fourth Street

The Best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

This 7th annual event is something that you and the family definitely do not want to miss! There will be so much to do and it is one of the most festive Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC!

“It’s time once again for scares and spooky fun as the Harsimus Cove Association and the Jersey 4th and 5th Block Association present: the 7th Annual Afternoon of Fright on Fourth Street, our neighborhood block party. All your favorites are back, from Harsimus Castle to the leaf jump, kids’ obstacle course and fun crafts and activities, face painting, dance party with DJ Street Justice, and live music from Preschool of Rock and the Jungle Gym Jam. Get your costumes ready and be there for the one and only Afternoon of Fright, right here in the middle of Harsimus Cove!”

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

If your child has a birthday coming up, you are likely looking for a special birthday cake! Of course, homemade cakes are always special and delicious, but sometimes life gets in the way and you are too busy to whip up a complicated birthday cake from scratch. Luckily, Jersey City and Hoboken have a ton of great places where you can purchase super yummy and beautiful kids birthday cakes. In this post, we will explore the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City & Hoboken!

Cocoa Bakery

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

This awesome bakery can do both regular birthday cakes and cupcakes. You can completely customize the size, flavor, and shape of your birthday cake. Maybe your little girl is looking for a Minnie Mouse cake or you are looking to celebrate your little boy’s first birthday with a #1 shaped cake, whatever it is, they can do it!

Milk Sugar Love 

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

If your kid is looking for a unique cake and they also love their ice cream, look no further than Milk Sugar Love’s huge ice cream sandwich cake! What is so great about this option is everything is organic, making it a safer and healthier option to feed your kids, family, and friends. This is a cool way to switch up their birthday cake making it one of the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken!

Carmen Rosa’s Bakery

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

This bakery has been in business since 1999, and we can see why. Their cakes are delicious and beautiful. You can choose any cake flavor, filling, and frosting you would like and every layer can be different if you so choose. They do awesome children’s cakes, which makes it one of the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken!

Dulce de Leche Bakery 

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

This bakery makes custom cakes and would be delighted to bake your little one’s next special birthday cake. You can choose your flavors and your decorations and whether you want your cake covered in buttercream frosting or fondant.

Sweet Bakery

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

With an endless amount of cake flavors and frostings to choose from, this place has a little something for both kids and adults alike. Maybe try their peanut butter cake with PB frosting and chocolate or vanilla cake! Sweet is one of the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken!

The Hudson Cakery

These beautiful cakes from the Hudson Cakery are perfect for birthdays! You can choose from an array of beautiful and fun styles and they also have some amazing cake flavors like red velvet and funfetti! They do gluten-free cakes as well, which is perfect if your child has a gluten intolerance. These gluten-free cake options make this bakery the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken!

Little Daisy Bake Shop

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

Although this bakery is located in Montclair, it had to go on the list since they have nut-free options and all of their baked goods are nut-free as well.

“Yes! We are peanut-free and nut-free. We use Vermont Nut Free Chocolate, Americolor food color and Lucks nut-free sprinkles. We do not have nuts in the Bake Shop and none of our products contain nuts”

However, if your child has a very severe nut allergy, you may want to call and speak with them first about it prior to ordering.

Carlo’s Bakery

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

Of course, this famous cake shop and bakery have made the list. This place is known for their yummy and vibrant cakes, which is perfect for a little kid’s birthday cake. You can choose from many different cake options and also custom design your cake with them! This famous bakery definitely earns a spot in the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken!

Om Sweet Home

This bakery specializes on gluten-free and plant-based baked good, but that doesn’t mean they don’t taste sinful because they do! You can special order your little one’s birthday cake from here with different sizes, flavors, and fillings.

WHOS Gluten Free

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

This dedicated gluten-free bakery specializes in granola and other baked goods, including cakes and cupcakes. They are great for kid’s birthday parties and they have a bunch of different flavors to choose from. Try their pumpkin spice cupcake or their delicious Lord Grey chocolate cake!

Choc O Pain

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

This French bakery has some of the most delicious breads and pastries, and they can also do special order birthday cakes as well. Call one of the few shops in both Jersey City and Hoboken to speak with them about special ordering a birthday cake.

Cupcake Salon

Even though this shop specialized in cupcakes, they will also make your an awesome birthday cake as well. They have a wide selection of flavors to choose from and you kid is sure to love their special and delicious birthday cake (or cupcakes!)

Nannies and Babysitters in Jersey City

How to Find Nannies and Babysitters in Jersey City

Finding the perfect babysitter or nanny can be quite the daunting task. You must make sure the person you choose to watch your kids had professional experience, is fun, loving, and will treat your kids just as well as you would. Therefore, it is always a good idea to use credible websites when searching for a new nanny or babysitter. In this post, we will take a look at some of the best websites to find nannies and babysitters in Jersey City.

Care.com

nannies and babysitters in Jersey City

Care.com is one of the most well-known and reliable websites to find nannies and babysitters on the Internet. They offer options like in-home and out-of-home care, sitters for date nights, nannies for full-time schedules, live-in and live-out nannies, and just about anything else you could need.

When going to hire a babysitter or nanny, you can view individual nanny’s profile, see their experience, background, schedule preference, if they have a background check available to view, if they are CPR certified, what their interests are, and so much more. From there, you can choose to message the individual, ask for an interview, and eventually meet them in person to make sure they are the right fit for your family. When hired, you can even pay the nanny or babysitter right through the Care.com website for secure payment. Care.com is a great resource to find nannies and babysitters in Jersey City.

Sittercity.com

nannies and babysitters in Jersey City

“Over a decade later, Sittercity has connected millions of families and sitters across the country. Parents come to Sittercity to find that perfect sitter who enriches, teaches, and challenges their children.”

Sittercity is also a very well-known babysitter and nanny website as well. They are very similar in function to Care.com. You can post a job listing, have people apply to your job, or actually search for a nanny or babysitter yourself. You can view profiles of different people where you can see their experience, background, education, preferences, and much more.

This site also allows you to request background checks on the people you are interested in, do phone or in-person interviews, and check out the references each individual provides. You cannot go wrong with Sittercity.com to find nannies and babysitters in Jersey City.

UrbanSitter.com

nannies and babysitters in Jersey CityThis website is great for families looking for date night sitter and occasional babysitters, but they also have search options for finding nannies as well. This website is unique because you can search by local schools and special parents groups in your neighborhood to find your community’s top rated babysitters and nannies that are actually recommended by other families and moms. On each nanny or babysitter’s profile, you can view personal profile videos, see other parent’s reviews, and browse through “repeat family badges.”

You can book a babysitter or nanny right online and also pay them through the website as well for a totally hassle-free experience. This is a super cool and fast option for finding a date night sitter or last minute sitter. You will find plenty of nannies and babysitters in Jersey City through Urban Sitter.

GoNannies.com

This caregiver and nanny website is a great place to find long-term nannies and babysitters in Jersey City. GoNannies.com offers the following guarantees:

  • Free Background Checks
  • Online References
  • Anything-You-Need Live Support™
  • Secure Job Postings
  • Professional Caregiver Hiring Kit

Just as with the sites discussed above you can search through different contendents profiles, read over their background and experience, and much more.

GreatAupair.com

“GreatAupair helps people just like you find great Nannies. We give you the most advanced search tools and security systems available to make it safe and easy to find Nannies with the specific traits you want. Whether you’re seeking a part-time, live-out job or perhaps you want a full-time, live-in job… Either way, if you want great Nannies, we’ve got you covered.”

Whether you are looking for a nanny from your neighborhood or you are looking for an Aupair, this website has something for everyone and every family. This website offers very similar features the options discussed above.

The Hoboken Nanny Company 

If you are looking for an even more local nanny placement company, look no further than The Hoboken Nanny Company – established in 2010 by British nanny Claire Jones. This is a local professional nanny placement service that does all the work for you. They will help you find the perfect nanny for your family based on your needs and personal preferences.

Best Places to Live in Jersey City

The Top 5 Best Places to Live in Jersey City

There are a ton of places to live in Jersey City. It can be challenging to pick the best place to live for you and your family. In this post, we will take a look at some of the best places to live in Jersey City. We will consider location, price, safety, income, and local amenities (like restaurants, shops, etc.) Below are a few of the greatest places to live for you and your family.

The Waterfront

where to live in jersey city

The Waterfront in ranked #1 place to live in Jersey City by a landslide. It is also ranked #1 waterfront in the entire state of NJ as well. This area has tons of shops and restaurants that will keep your family busy and happy. It also has tons of parks, fitness centers, recreational area, and grocery stores. It’s truly an area filled with everything you could ever need within a short distance.

Crimes rates are very low – at 60% less than any other place in JC. Employment rate and income level are quite high, public education receives a solid B+, and the housing market is 10% higher than the rest of JC. However, cost of living is quite high compared to the rest of the state. JC is 8% higher than the state average in living costs. Best of all, JC waterfront is a stunning location, with many condos and apartments having views of the water and the NYC skyline.

Liberty Park

where to live in jersey city

Liberty Park is ranked #2 in the best places to live in Jersey City. It has high income per capita, low crimes rates, a very stable and secure housing market, and has a lot of amenities. One of the best parts about this area of JC is the fact that it is right by the infamous Liberty Park. This is a fantastic area for walking, running, sports, picnics, and any other form of recreation. There are also tons of events that go on within the park – the most notable being the 4th of July fireworks and celebration. It’s a great area for fun and active families.

Liberty Park also has good school systems with high graduation rates, household income at 156% higher than other sections of JC, and low crimes rates making it a very safe place to raise a family. Just like most other areas of JC, living costs are quite high, so you must be prepared to expect expensive houses and high living costs overall.

Downtown

Downtown living is great for young families really looking to feel like they live in a city environment. There are a ton of places to eat, drink, shop, and walk around making it one of the best places to live in Jersey City. The crime rate is quite low for a downtown city, although slightly higher than some other JC neighborhoods. Employment, weather, and housing all receive strong, solid scores.

However, some downfalls of downtown is a relatively low education rating (D) and the very high cost of living. If you are looking to move your family into the downtown area, you may want to consider sending older kids to better quality private schools. However, you should take into consideration the high cost of living and your ability to easily afford pricey private schools for multiple kids.

Hackensack Waterfront

Hackensack Waterfront is an urban area, but with a decent amount of the cozy neighborhood feel compared to the JC downtown. It is a quiet area to live without a ton of commotion, but it is close to a bunch of great amenities as well. This area has a higher crime rate compared to some other areas of JC, so it is important to keep this in mind when considering the Hackensack Waterfront as a potential location to move your family.

Education and schools receive a B- rating, housing is 8% lower than the rest of JC, and there are a good amount of amenities. However, it is important to note that employment is a bit lower than some other areas of JC. Overall, Hackensack waterfront is a good location for families looking for a quiet, yet urban neighborhood feel. It is definitely one of the best places to live in Jersey City.

Grove Street

This is a stunning street in Jersey City. It’s filled with older, character filled brownstones, a good amount of restaurants, and things to do. It’s a very walkable street located in downtown area. Port Authority of NJ and NY is located on this street as well, making it awesome for commuters who go to NYC for work on a daily basis.

It’s a great street for younger families and couples looking to start a family in the near future! The NY Times says, “The New Jersey area has blossomed with the opening of more than a dozen stylish restaurants, bars, and shops, joining longtime establishments that help it retain a tempo slightly slower than that across the Hudson River.”

 

Ward E Candidates for 2017 Jersey City

Ward E Candidates for 2017 Jersey City

James Solomon

Ward E Candidates for 2017 Jersey City
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James Solomon believes in public service. Serving as an aide to the Mayor of Boston, he utilized technology to solve persistent problems like potholes and snow removal. James also designed a performance management system for three city departments for then Newark Mayor Cory Booker. James earned his Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and his BA from Pomona College. He is currently a professor at New Jersey City University & Hudson County Community College.

James met the love of life, Gabrielle Ramos, at graduate school, bonding over a shared commitment to make the world a better place. They married in August 2015. Two months later James was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, James is blessed to be completely healthy.

James fights for progressive values. From knocking on doors on behalf of Barack Obama in rural Missouri to organizing the efforts to elect Hillary Clinton in Jersey City to leading in the Evict Trump/Kushner movement, James believes in backing up his values with hard work.

James is progressive and independent. He’ll fight for safe streets, honest government, and responsible development. And he’ll always put our community first because of this promise: his campaign won’t accept a cent in donations from Jersey City real estate developers. James is Ward E Candidates for 2017 Jersey City.

 

Nicholas J. Grillo

Ward E Candidates for 2017 Jersey City Ward E Candidates for 2017 Jersey City, Nicholas J. Grillo was born on May 1, 1981, in Jersey City. He graduated from Holy Rosary School, Jersey City, and was raised in a close-knit Italian-American community, centered around Holy Rosary Church,  Hamilton Park and the Village Sections of downtown.  It was at Holy Rosary and in “downtown” where Nick, at a young age, began his community involvement.

In 1995, he went on to Queen of Peace High School, North Arlington. (A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence). By the age of 17, Nick accepted his first position as a Parish Music Director/Organist for St. Joseph’s Church, East Orange. This was the beginning of many years in Liturgical Music and active participation in the Church, both in music and in fundraising.

In 1999, at the age of 18, he was named Chairperson of Holy Rosary Church’s Annual Italian Street Festival, today is known as La Festa Italiana – Jersey City, a title he still holds today sharing, it with two others. During his 15 years with the festival, it has grown into one of New Jersey’s premiere Italian-American Street Festivals, drawing thousands of visitors each day to this 5-day “feast” of great food, entertainment and summer fun. It is by far, Jersey City’s most anticipated summer event.  In the same year, Nick took the next steps in his education, entering Caldwell College to obtain his BA in Music & Liturgical Studies graduating in 2005. He has worked as organist and music director for various catholic churches and is currently the organist and music director of Holy Rosary Church, Jersey City.  He has also been involved in numerous fundraising campaigns.

Having developed a great love for serving others through his music ministry and through his work with La Festa Italiana, Nick, even early in his career, sought out additional ways to share his talents. Immediately after he graduated from Caldwell College, Nick decided to consider a future as a Licensed Funeral Director. He entered the renowned American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, in New York City and graduated in August of 2007.

In 2005, he began an internship with the Introcaso- Angelo Funeral Home in Jersey City. Working there gave Nick the opportunity to serve his downtown community and the people of Jersey City in their time of need. He made most of the Funeral Arrangements with families under several different financial & family circumstances. His compassion and understanding were unmatched, and the families he served will never forget it.  He has assisted thousands of Jersey City families in his 10 years as a funeral director downtown.  In 2011 he was honored by the Jersey City Puerto Rican Heritage and Festival Committee, as an honorary “Puerto Rican for the Day” in the 51st Annual Parade, for his support and contributions to their cultural events and because of the care and compassion he showed to the many families of Puerto Rican decent at the Funeral Home.

In October of 2014, he received a special recognition award for his dedicated service to Catholic families of the Archdiocese of Newark in their time of need.  In March of 2015, he completed the acquisition of the Levandoski Funeral Home of Bloomfield, NJ. Now, Levandoski-Grillo Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Nick hopes to bring his years of professional service to the people of Bloomfield/Essex County.  Nick has also partnered with the Riotto Funeral Home & Cremation Company of Jersey City, so that the many families Nick has served over the years in Jersey City, can still call upon him locally, in Hudson County.  In June of 2016, Nick in partnership with a friend founded the Zuasola-Grillo Filipino Funeral Service, a fully operational funeral home catering to the cultural needs of the Filipino Communities of New Jersey. It is the First Filipino Funeral Home established in New Jersey.

He is currently associated with the following organizations:

  • Co-Chairman of La Festa Italiana – Jersey City, Inc. (www.LaFestaItalianaJC.com)
  • President & Founding Member of the Jersey City Columbus Day Parade Committee
  • Past President of UNICO – Jersey City Chapter
  • Past President of the Hudson County Funeral Directors Association (current Trustee)
  • Member of the Dante Alighieri Society, Jersey City
  • Member of UNICO – Bloomfield Chapter
  • Civic Advisor for the Archdiocese of Newark – Blue Mass for Law Enforcement
  • Member of the National Italian American Foundation
  • Member of Casa Colombo, Jersey City
  • Member of the Maria SS. Dell’Assunta Society of Holy Rosary Church
  • Member of the Essex, Union, West Hudson Funeral Directors Association
  • Chairman of the Associate Member Division of the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey
  • Member of the National Funeral Directors Association
  • Member of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association

Platform Points:

~Enhancing & Increasing Open Green Space

~Providing real parking solutions & impoving traffic flow

~Increasing Pedestrian Safety

~Demanding smarter development

~Strengthening Neighborhood Associations

~Reducing Abatements

~Fighting for better Education

~Encouraging Affordable & Senior Housing

~Create a neighborhood where families WANT to raise their children.

~Being readily available to constituents

Jake Hudnut

Jake Hudnut is a fighter. Standing up to the system and advocating for others is what he’s all about. He recently served as a Jersey City Public Defender while managing his own successful criminal defense law firm right here in Jersey City for six years, advocating for the accused and protecting their constitutional rights. He is now an attorney at Spar & Bernstein, P.C., a law firm dedicated to fighting on behalf of immigrants and non-citizens.

Jake loves Jersey City with all his heart. He moved here in 2005 and has worked alongside his neighbors and city leaders while campaign managing two successful and reform-minded candidate slates for Jersey City Board of Education elections in 2012 and in 2013.

Jake graduated from Montclair State University and Seton Hall University School of Law. He lives on Grove Street with his boyfriend, Tyler, an events manager for a non-profit serving LGBTQ homeless youth.

Madeleine Giansanti Cag

Ward E Candidates for 2017 Jersey CityMadeleine Giansanti Cag is a New Jersey native and first generation American born to immigrants from Italy. Together with her husband, a Turkish immigrant, they have been raising a culturally diverse and dual language family in Jersey City since 2005. Madeleine will work tirelessly to preserve the diversity and tolerance of Jersey City, a very special and beloved attribute of this city.

Madeleine has a BFA in painting, a Masters degree from Rutgers’ Division of Global Affairs and a Law degree from Rutgers too. She spent most of her career in private practice, but has always spent time working in the public interest. She is one of the founding members and led the development efforts for a global research database of women’s rights laws (IMPOWR.org). She has led advocacy efforts to combat legislative initiatives in various states that prohibited the consideration of foreign law in state courts, but which were widely viewed as veiled attempts of racist intimidation and isolation against minority populations. Here in Jersey City, she is on the board of Nimbus Dance Works, an arts organization that is active throughout the Jersey City community. She has helped the organization overcome ongoing struggles with exponentially rising rents and the difficulties of finding affordable space in Jersey City.

Madeleine also has a passion for small business and innovation. Since 2011, she has been involved in local technology-based businesses and she is a mentor and investor in businesses led by women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs.

As the City Councilperson for Ward E, Madeleine will work tirelessly for Jersey City by giving opportunities to local businesses and organizations, funding the arts and quality of life enhancements, encouraging the community to be more involved in innovation efforts, and holding the government accountable to the needs, wants, and concerns of Ward E.

For more information about my specific positions, please visit facebook.com/Cag4CityCouncil

Rebecca Symes

Ward E Candidates for 2017 Jersey City

The moments outside of her professional career and public service are what define Rebecca Symes. Raising a family of five forced her mother to delay her own dreams of higher education. Her mother’s dedication to family obligations instilled in Rebecca a yearning for knowledge as well as an understanding of personal sacrifice.

Seeing her mother’s successful runs for school board and city council in her hometown of Plymouth, Massachusetts, Rebecca saw that positive things happen when regular people- motivated by the idea that government should improve people’s lives-actively participate in our democracy.

The career-long work of Rebecca’s stepfather in the public sector as a city planner also influenced her commitment to public and government service. Seeing her stepfather’s commitment to the public and its residents have instilled an endless passion for aiding the community. Always willing to talk through an issue with a concerned resident, Rebecca will bring her generosity of spirit and concern for her constituents to her work as a full-time city councilperson.

Studying English and Politics during college, Rebecca made her way to Washington DC as an intern for US Senator Ted Kennedy. After college, she enrolled in law school looking to obtain a policy position on Capitol Hill upon graduation. During law school, Rebecca took her concern for the well-being of others to the courtroom, representing domestic violence survivors as a student attorney. Always looking to unify those around her and fight for the rights of others, she started an LGBT Straight Alliance Group on her law school campus.

Wanting to serve the public, Rebecca shifted her focus from policy to direct advocacy, working with vulnerable communities that often lack representation in high-minded policy discussions and are denied equal access to the justice system. After graduating law school, Rebecca started working for a nonprofit that provides free legal representation to low-income residents in Hell’s Kitchen with the goal of fighting to save affordable housing.

Combining her love of direct advocacy and her interest in government and policy, Rebecca joined forces with US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as the Director of Constituent Affairs. Her work with Senator Gillibrand allowed her to manage the statewide effort of helping municipalities, small businesses, nonprofits, and families obtain access to federal benefits and services.

Before setting her sights on being a full-time councilperson, Rebecca worked as General Counsel for a private real estate company. As the first lawyer on staff, she built and led a community-oriented legal department. Her experiences as General Counsel allowed her to gain valuable insight on how private sector companies can work hand-in-hand with local governments and communities. Rebecca will bring the same principles to her role as a full-time councilperson and prides herself on doing so.