Jersey City man charged with murder of a Union City father in HeightsJose Mojica, 19, of Jersey City, was arrested on Oct. 11 by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit and charged with the murder of Donald McLaughlin III, 37, of Union City, on Oct. 5. Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said Mojica was arrested without incident. Mojica has been also been charged with gun-related charges.Suarez also credited the Jersey City Police Department and the Union City Police Department for assisting with the investigation.The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit continues to actively investigate this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor at (201) 915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on the official website at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential. Jersey City Art & Studio Tour to be held Oct. 14-15On Oct. 14 and 15, more than 200 art events will take place across the city. The 27th Annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour (JCAST), which is sponsored by Jersey City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, is expected to draw thousands of residents and visitors to engage with more than 500 artists on their own turf. The events include live art demonstrations and interactive exhibits, live music, art markets, panel discussions, dance performances, curated bus, bike and walking tours of indoor and outdoor art in every neighborhood and much more.All JCAST events are free and open to the public.Complimentary shuttle bus service will be available to take tour-goers throughout the city from noon to 6 p.m. both days to ensure that they can view exhibits with ease and comfort. The buses will start at the Mack-Cali Harborside Atrium, 210 Hudson St., Jersey City, with more 30 stops across the city along a northbound and southbound route.A roster of the more than 160 event spaces and an event schedule will be printed on www.thejcast.com.State arbitrator sides with city in police contract reviewA state arbitrator has sided with Jersey City in a contract dispute with police unions after the city made changes to the contract. This decision could affect whether or not officers will be eligible for raises next year as well as work assignments.Arbitrator James W. Mastriani ruled against the Jersey City Police Officers Benevolent Association. The city that said the changes were in the best interests of taxpayers.“We have negotiated successfully with six of the city’s other unions to adopt measures that correct many of the outdated contract provisions and worked productively with the unions for the benefit of their members and the public,” Mayor Steven Fulop said in a press release. He noted that the police union called for the arbitrator.The decision affects about 700 of the 930 member police force, and the changes could result in a number of officers not receiving raises in 2018 and again in 2020.Bonus days that allowed officers to swap summer vacation time for days off will be phased out. Longevity pay for incoming rookie officers will be based on a specific dollar amount rather than a percentage of pay as in the past.The ruling also allows the city to make changes to the way sick time is allocated as well as other administrative items. Electric car charging stations will open in all six wardsMayor Steven M. Fulop announced last week that the administration is advancing a plan to install electric car charging stations that will be open to the public in all six wards of the city as part of the Fulop administration’s sustainability agenda.“We are excited to bring this technology to Jersey City as we know our residents are conscious about reducing our impact on the environment,” said Mayor Fulop. “We also believe that government should lead by example, so we will be looking to transition the city vehicle fleet to electric vehicles and hope this will inspire more residents to do the same.”The city council voted on Oct. 11 to authorize a resolution requesting proposals for the charging stations. The number of total car charging stations will be determined by the final costs from the bid, however, the administration is planning for a minimum of two car charging stations per ward and a total of 16 stations at the outset, with the potential for growth.The city is seeking grant funding to help cover the costs of the program.RWJ Barnabas Health donates $10,000 to Puerto Rican relief fundRWJBarnabas Health has donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross New Jersey Region for the Hurricane Maria Relief Fund for Puerto Rico, sponsored by Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz and Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka.Mary Ellen Clyne, president and chief executive officer of Clara Maass Medical Center, presented the check at the ARC fundraising event in Newark at the Flamboyan Manor on Sunday, Oct. 8 hosted by community leaders.U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Albio Sires also attended. Across the RWJBarnabas Health system, monetary and non-perishable goods, toiletries, and medications continue to be collected and sent to areas that are experiencing devastating destruction.Blessing of animalsSt. John’s Lutheran Church, 155 North St. in Jersey City, will hold “a blessing of the animals,” on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 2 to 3 p.m. The blessing of pets and animals is often celebrated in early October each year in conjunction of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, who was known for his great love for animals.Jersey City Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosts workshop for local entrepreneursThe Jersey City Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host a free workshop to promote the city’s utilization of minority and women-owned businesses and to expand their partnership with city government on Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Christa McAuliffe School (P.S. No. 28), 167 Hancock Ave., in Jersey City Heights.At the session, “Doing Business With Jersey City,” city officials will help attendees understand the public contracts process and other regulations for providing services and products for the city.Attendees will also learn how to place bids; obtain details on how to register for a Business Registration Certificate; and where to find city contracts. Since the start of the Fulop administration, over 650 new small businesses have opened and 8,000 new jobs have been created. In 2015, the city launched a loan program aimed at securing financing for local businesses and has created the city’s first Office of Small Business. CarePoint Health hosts talk on managing heart or lung diseaseAs part of its free Lunch & Learn Series, CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital will host “Managing Heart or Lung Disease” on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from noon to 1:30 p.m.Medical experts will talk about how to better manage congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Dietitians will provide information to help participants understand their nutritional needs.Instruction on the use of inhalers will also be available.“Join us for a healthy, delicious, free lunch,” said CarePoint Community Outreach Director Nancy Aleman.The event will be held at Christ Hospital, 176 Palisade Ave., Jersey City. It is open to all. Those wishing to attend should RSVP by Oct. 24 to [email protected] or [email protected] is Jersey City’s local health care provider, offering a full continuum of care to city residents. This comprehensive program often begins with the response of McCabe Ambulance, a CarePoint partner. It continues with treatment from the Christ Hospital Emergency Department, diagnostic departments, and inpatient and outpatient services.RWJ Barnabas Health donates $10,000 to Puerto Rican relief fundRWJBarnabas Health has donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross New Jersey Region for the Hurricane Maria Relief Fund for Puerto Rico, sponsored by Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz and Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka.Mary Ellen Clyne, president and chief executive officer of Clara Maass Medical Center, presented the check at the ARC fundraising event in Newark at the Flamboyan Manor on Sunday, Oct. 8 hosted by community leaders.U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Albio Sires also attended. Across the RWJBarnabas Health system, monetary and non-perishable goods, toiletries, and medications continue to be collected and sent to areas that are experiencing devastating destruction.Novelist offers one-shot writing classDo you have a piece of writing, or an idea for a piece of writing (memoir, novel, script), and you need feedback on it or ideas on how to get it published? Now you can learn how in your own back yard. Local novelist (and Reporter editor) Caren Lizzner is doing a one-shot writing (and publishing) class at Little City Books in Hoboken on the evening of Nov. 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It’s open to all stages, ages, and genres – from memoirs to fiction to scripts. The store is just five blocks from the Hoboken train station.Those who’ve written their story, essay, poem, novel excerpt, or screenplay can bring 1 to 5 double-spaced pages, or those who just want to participate in discussion (auditors) can come and sit in. Space is limited, so register using the link below or go to “events” at littlecitybooks.com.Lissner’s funny first novel, “Carrie Pilby,” was just turned into a comedy movie starring Jersey City native Nathan Lane, currently on Netflix. She has also published articles, essays, and satire in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, and National Lampoon.Lissner has run publishing/writing seminars for adults and teens at the Secaucus Library, in other libraries and bookstores, and as part of a Scholastic Inc. teen program. Find out more at carenlissner.com .There is a nominal fee for the one-shot program, and it’s lower for those who are just auditing. For more information, click http://www.littlecitybooks.com/get-it-out-reader or contact Lissner via her website, carenlissner.com . MANY NATIONS – The flags along Montgomery Street near Exchange Place show some of the many countries doing business in Jersey City, where people from as many as 75 different countries reportedly live. JC Museum gets new homeThe Jersey City Redevelopment Authority purchased a piece of property previously owned by the Hudson County Schools of Technology that will serve as the new home of the Jersey City Museum.The former museum site downtown was closed more than six years ago.The JCRA purchased the property which is next to the Journal Square PATH station for $9 million. Mayor Steven Fulop alluded to the sale at several of the ongoing mayoral debates, saying that it was yet another sign of progress for the city. ×MANY NATIONS – The flags along Montgomery Street near Exchange Place show some of the many countries doing business in Jersey City, where people from as many as 75 different countries reportedly live.