have you had your dojo mojo today?

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

RAPIST STRIKES AGAIN

Only tangentially related to my previous post is yesterday's Jersey Journal article on a serial rapist who preyed on his third victim in Hudson County just this weekend.

A sixteen-year-old girl from the Heights, whose dog was barking at something outside her house at 4:00 AM Saturday morning, was lured out of her home and forced into a white SUV by a masked man. She was then driven to a dirt road, where she was sexually assaulted, and later dropped off in an abandoned section of Newark. Previous victims were also sixteen-year-old white girls who were abducted by a masked man, held hostage at knifepoint, and later abandoned in nearby cities.

Here's a sketch and description of the suspect:
  • Male, late 20s
  • Small, but muscular build
  • Fluent in Spanish and English
  • Drives a newer-model SUV with tinted windows and black leather interior
I sure hope this scumbag gets caught soon, before he preys on any more women. Anyone with information is urged to contact:
Hudson County Prosecutor
Sexual Assult Victims Unit
(201) 915-1234

[via JCList]

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

MEGAN'S LAW

The NJ Sex Offender Internet Registry makes it easy for ordinary citizens* to access information about sex offenders so they can take the necesssary precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones. The registry website notes that the "sex offender Internet registry includes information pertaining to sex offenders determined to pose a relatively high risk of re-offense (tier 3 offenders) and, with certain exceptions, information about sex offenders found to pose a moderate risk of re-offense (tier 2 offenders). The Internet registry excludes any information about offenders determined to present a low risk of re-offense (tier 1 offenders)."

I am posting the following photos and data of registered sex offenders residing in Jersey City for public safety and informational purposes only, in accordance with the Prohibitions on Misuse of Registry Information.


Shannon Austin
DOB: 06/10/1975
Tier: 2 Moderate
Offense: Sexual Assault
Date of Conviction: 03/26/1993
Victim: Under 18, Female
He and several others sexually assaulted a juvenile female thereby preventing her from leaving the house.


Hopie Brooks
DOB: 03/17/1951
Tier: 2 Moderate
Offense: Sexual Assault
Date of Conviction: 01/11/1990
Victim: Under 18, Female
Offender took victim for a walk, brought her to an isolated area, then assaulted her


Arnold Burks
Aliases: Ronald Burks, Victor Nieves
Offense: Criminal Sexual Contact 06/03/1988
Offense: Sexual Assault 07/16/1993
Victim: Under 18, Female
Occurred during a visit with the offender


Danny Carter
Offense: Sexual Assault 03/09/2001
Victim: Under 13, Female
Registrant gained access to victim through family and friends


Sean Crawford
Offense: Endangering the welfare of a child 07/19/2001
Victim: Under 18, Female
Registrant took the victim on a motorcycle ride then back to the registrant's apartment. Registrant pushed victim onto his bed and forced vaginally intercourse with victim.

* with Internet access

Monday, August 22, 2005

QUICK, SOMEBODY CALL WENDY'S

Over the weekend, my neighbors and I toiled in the backyard and constructed a deck. For the foundation, we had to create 3' deep cement posts, so our backyard became an impromptu urban archaeological site. Aside from some nasty, animal urine- and feces-smelling [but perfectly fertile] soil, my neighbor dug up what appeared to be skeletal remains of a cat or a small dog. Fortunately, we didn't find anything quite as disturbing as this.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

NJ DOGS

Last weekend a nice piece on a newish deli and hotdog shop, Yella's, was published in the Quick Bites section of the Sunday Times. Truth be told, I've tried this place and didn't exactly find the food worth screaming about. I don't even remember what I ordered, except that it didn't necessarily give me the urge to strain my vocal chords. But I did like the friendly staff and the kitschy logo. Perhaps it's time for a re-visit to refresh my memory.

Yella's
100 York Street
(201) 761-0005

In Van Vorst Park, plans have been laid out for the much-anticipated [and -needed] dog park. According to a certain parkman, "the run will be large, have running water, a running surface, small and large dog areas, seating around the trees, drainage, and a fence that mirror's the children's playground. It will also be fully landscaped. The City is planning to break ground by early spring."

Will it be worth the wait? With this person and Councilman Fulop on the reigns, I'm sure it will be.

[via JCList]


In other news, SloppyDawg got his paws on the latest Carnival, which turned 14 this week. Does this mean Tillie is 98 weeks old in dog years?


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Saturday, August 20, 2005

HAMILTON CAFE

I'm happy to report that Hamilton Cafe, located on the corner of Grove and Grand Streets*, has officially opened.

Its menu bills it as a dessert cafe with a backyard coffee garden, touting bindi fantasia nel dessert and Aunt Butchie's Desserts. Hamilton Cafe sells gelato, sorbetto, cakes, cheese cakes (redundant, I know, but cheese cakes deserve their own category), pastries, and of course assorted beverages and coffee drinks. This spells trouble for my diet healthy lifestyle.

Hamilton Cafe
at the corner of Grove & Grand Street
T: (201) 200-0150
F: (201) 200-1268

* and nowhere near Hamilton Park, as many readers have reminded me

Friday, August 19, 2005

WATCHING THE REVOLVING DOORS

Many new and existing businesses in JC appear to be thriving, yet some are still struggling, despite the influx of new transplants and the continued development throughout the city. I will try to update you on new businesses that are setting up shop in DoJo, as well as old ones that have gone or will soon be packing up. Perhaps news of the impending closing may actually delay [or possibly deter] the inevitable. If you have news, please comment below or email me at do_jo_mojo[at]yahoo[dot].com

COMING SOON
  • Hamilton Cafe, Grove Street at Grand
  • Maria Dulay's Salon, 135 Morris Street
  • Fetch-It by the Park, 228 7th Street
  • Feed Your Soul Cookies, Jersey Ave at Columbus
  • Sweet Priscilla Cafe, 530 Jersey Ave [oops, this one has arrived]
  • Liberty National GC, Liberty State Park [not that this one is for the average Joe]
GOING SOON
  • Ruth David, 68 Street
GONE, DADDY GONE
  • Ground, 530 Jersey Ave

Thursday, August 18, 2005

THE OBLIGATORY VACATION ANNOUNCEMENT

I will be on vacation during the next two weeks, so updates will be sporadic.

In the meantime, feel free to click on the links on the right column. If you're feeling particularly nice, might I suggest you click on a google ad link or two, and help me raise some money to finance my well-deserved vacation? [smile]

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

KAYAKING IN MY PRICE RANGE

I've been meaning to take advantage of the Free Kayaking Days in Hoboken, the last of which is scheduled for Saturday, August 28 at Frank Sinatra Park. But for some reason, I have not been able to convince my normally adventurous friends to paddle the Hudson River with me.

So imagine my glee when I found out that the same lovely people (Hoboken Cove Boathouse and Downtown Boathouse) are setting up another free kayaking event right here in Jersey City! Yes folks, there will be a free Kayaking in the Reservoir event this Saturday at the Reservoir in the Heights.

Here are the information on both events:

Kayaking in the Reservoir (Jersey City)
Saturday, August 20
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Contact: Steve Latham at jcreservoir@juno.com or 201-656-5235
The Reservoir is Open Saturdays from 10 AM til Noon
Tours every Saturday thru October
http://www.jerseycityhistory.net/jcreservoirevents.html

Last Free Kayaking Day (Hoboken)
Saturday, August 28
Frank Sinatra Park
12:00 - 4:00 PM
http://www.hobokencoveboathouse.org/


Monday, August 15, 2005

JC LINK LOVE

Lex from the Waterbug Hotel has posted more photos from their phenomenal arts festival. Time Bandit posted his own photos as well.

JCLIR has a brand-spankin' new blog wherein yours truly was given major props for providing some additional traffic. To this I say prego, just spreading some DoJo Mojo love. (By the way, last time I checked, I was a female, so I hope he edits his pronouns accordingly.)

New York's Sixth announced his site will be observing Black Mondays and Tuesdays going forward. Meanwhile, LJ's Jersey City community has been pretty quiet as of late.

Genius Lessons is looking for people to hang out with this Thursday night. I'd check out the 'bug hotel with him, but the hub and I already have plans.

UPDATE: My favorite local writer and musician also
has a brand-spankin' new blog. Thanks to Mister Snitch for the heads-up.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

LE CARNAVAL NUMÉRO QUATORZE


I love the fact that the Carnival takes on different perspectives. This week, it acquires a Riehl World View. Enjoy.

DOJO MOJO CALENDAR

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14

LA FESTA ITALIANA
Holy Rosary Church
344 Sixth StreeT, between Brunswick and Mommouth Street
www.lafestaitaliana.com

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15

JOURNAL SQUARE FAMERS' MARKET
Kennedy Blvd. at Journal Square
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Community Farmers Market: Variety of fruits & vegetables
Also Available: WIC and Senior FMNP checks accepted by some farmers

HAMILTON PARK FARMERS' MARKET
Hamilton Park
8th Street & Jersey Avenue
2:00 7:00 PM
Community Farmers Market: Variety of fruits & vegetables
WIC & Senior FMNP accepted by some farmers

SUMMER MOVIES IN VVP
'Best in Show'
An award winning 'dogumentary' . PG 13 . Comedy
8:00 PM
Van Vorst Park
Free popcorn
Weather Permitting
Bring a Chair

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18

NEWPORT PAVONIA FAMERS' MARKET
Pavonia East Street
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Community Farmers Market: Variety of fruits and vegetables
Also Available: WIC and Senior FMNP checks accepted by some farmers

WORDS & MUSIC
The Waterbug Hotel (annex)
10:00 PM - 1:30 AM
7 Erie St., Jersey City
http://www.thewaterbughotel.com

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19

KARINA
Comfort Bistro
Garden Delites
295 Grove St.
201 200 1320
http://www.comfortbistro.com

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20

JERSEY CITY PRIDE FUNDRAISER
9:00 PM Till Closing
Dance and promote Jersey City Pride Week!
ZION
60 Marin Blvd. (corner of First St)
http://jclgo.org/socials/socials-2005-summer.htm

INSTALLATION BY NYUGEN
Comfort Bistro
Garden Delites
295 Grove St.
201 200 1320
http://www.comfortbistro.com

VAN VORST FARMERS' MARKET
Van Vorst Park
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Community Farmers Market: Variety of fruits and vegetables
Also Available: WIC and Senior FMNP checks accepted by some farmers

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21

Jersey City LGBTI Pride Week
August 21-27, 2005
Pre- Party: LITM, 140 Newark Ave, 4pm - 201.536.5557

Jersey City Museum Advance Screening
Art:21 – Art in the Twenty-First Century
Art:21’s new season features four thematic hours including Structures, which airs on PBS on September 30 and at the museum on August 21. Of the four artists featured in Structures, Roni Horn, Matthew Ritchie, Richard Tuttle, and Fred Wilson, one is from New Jersey - Richard Tuttle was born in Rahway. The screening is one of a series of preview events happening across the country in anticipation of the broadcast of the third season on PBS. Supported by the nonprofit community art organization Art21, community members will have the opportunity to view one of the newest thematic hours featuring contemporary artists discussing their lives, work, and sources of inspiration.
Free
http://www.jerseycitymuseum.org/

Friday, August 12, 2005

FOOD FOR YOUR SOUL



The decor is an eclectic mix of uncomfortable, mismatched second-hand furniture. The ambience is chaotic and headache-inducing. The servers are untrained and forgetful. The entire setup is utterly disorganized. And the prices apparently are negatively correlated to the portions.





But the food? Ahh, the food. That's what Comfort Bistro is all about.

INSTABLOGGED

Instapundit's guest blogger, Megan McArdle, walked a couple of miles to JC from Hoboken, was simultaneously stimulated and tickled by DoJo's architecture and signage, and lived to tell the tale. Wheee.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

DROWNING OUR SORROW PAIN, JC STYLE

Apparently these thieves, who have robbed pharmacies of Oxycontin and Percoset at gunpoint over the past two months, hit yet another pharmacy this week. In other news, another kind of thief has been granted unlimited use of city water for a steal.

Monday, August 08, 2005

INTERNET KILLED THE RADIO STAR

Sure, we're proud of the fact that the world's best freeform radio station decided to roost in our little city in 1998 following their independence. Now we've got our own local internet radio, JCLIR, which features local bands with "worldwide appeal."

The current playlist still seems a little meager, but I expect it to grow considerably once word of mouth gets around. JC certainly has no shortage of fine local bands, from the Rebecca Vallejo Project to Tris McCall to the American Watercolor Movement to Black Sonny, just to name a few. I've also repeatedly heard that members of Ween live here, so they count as local bands, right? Right?

Sunday, August 07, 2005

JERSEY FRESH

New York's Sixth recently rated the downtown supermarkets and commented on the presence of Fresh Direct in JC [and Hoboken]. I'd like to add yet another alternative for snobby JC foodies and grocery shoppers: the local farmers' markets, which come to downtown JC, Journal Square and the Heights every week during the summer and fall:

Hamilton Park Market
Hamilton Park - 8th Street & Jersey Avenue, Jersey City
Phone: (201) 388-4506 - Janet Allen
Open: June 22 - October 12, Wednesday, 2 pm - 7 pm
Community Farmers Market: Variety of fruits & vegetables
WIC & Senior FMNP accepted by some farmers

Journal Square Farmers' Market
Kennedy Blvd. at Journal Square, Jersey City
Phone: (201) 798-6055 - Collin Egan
Open: July 6 - November 22, Wednesdays, 11 am - 7 pm
Community Farmers Market: Variety of fruits & vegetables
Also Available: WIC and Senior FMNP checks accepted by some farmers

Newport Pavonia Farmers Market
Pavonia East Street, Jersey City
Directions: Downtown Jersey City, Close to Pavonia/Newport PATH stop
Phone: (908) 879-2696 - Meg Cohen
Open: June 28 - November 22, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11 am - 7 pm
Community Farmers Market: Variety of fruits and vegetables
Also Available: WIC and Senior FMNP checks accepted by some farmers

Sgt. Anthony Park Farmers Market
Sgt. Anthony Park, Jersey City
Directions: Between Fleet Street and State Highway
Phone: (201) 659-8059 - Barbara Petrick
Open: June 20 to October 24 , Mondays, 12 pm - 4 pm
Community Farmers Market: Variety of fruits and vegetables
Also Available: WIC and Senior FMNP checks accepted by some farmers

Van Vorst Farmers Market
Jersey Avenue & Montgomery Street, Jersey City
Directions: Van Vorst Park, Near Grove St. PATH Station
Phone: (201) 433-5127
Open: June 18 - November 26, Saturdays, 8 am - 1 pm
Community Farmers Market: Variety of fruits and vegetables
Also Available: WIC and Senior FMNP checks accepted by some farmers

[via JCList]

CARNIVAL XII


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This week, the Carnival arrived at the Center of New Jersey, where NJ bloggers are listed as mouth-watering menu items in a very familiar template. Bon appétit!

Saturday, August 06, 2005

VIVA BOLIVIA

There's a reason why I never leave home without a camera. As I was walking home from the Van Vorst Park Neighborhood Association Meeting, I ran into my neighbor who informed me that the Bolivia Parade was taking place today at City Hall, so I walked over and photographed the event. This has got to be one of my favorite parades so far. Not only were the costumes magnificent, all the parade participants put on a great show and performed with such passion despite the sweltering heat. Happy Independence day, Bolivia!







































Tomorrow, it's time for the Dominicans to party. Hopefully I'll have enough energy to run around and take pictures by then.

Dominican Parade & Festival
Sunday August 7, 2005
Parade starts - Armory @ 1PM
Exchange Place @ Montgomery St. 3PM-7PM


Friday, August 05, 2005

CHALK PARTY



Apparently, some sort of chalk party took place at Exchange Place a few weeks ago without my knowledge. No, I didn't get the memo, but fortunately, Nicole and her roommates caught everything on film digital.

JC THE MYSTERIOUS METROPOLIS

Earlier this week, the sleep-deprived Sluggo wrote about the NY Sun's article The Mysterious Metropolis Across the Hudson on the JC skyline. I don't subscribe to the Sun, so I didn't read the entire piece, but I presume the Architecture columnist, James Gardner, wrote of either Newport and/or Exchange Place [aka Wall Street West] financial area in downtown when he wrote:
One thing that is missing from this equation, however,
is humans. On a recent visit around lunch hour, I saw
none of the frantic hordes of hungry office workers
clamoring for a hot dog or a slice of pizza. There were
some people about, but not many, and they did not seem
in any particular hurry.
which prompted Sluggo to write:
The contrast between the vibrant, diverse, raucus, but mostly harmonious life on the streets of Chill Town and the sterility of the commercially and residentially successful developments along Washington Boulevard is pretty dramatic. But then, this area may be on this side of the river, but it's really a part of the World Financial Center, isn't it?

The question is, will the two Jersey Cities ever integrate? Will the real Jersey City ever acquire a more than marginal retail presence and will the Golden Mile or Platinum Kilometer or whatever they call it ever start to hum on the street level?
What's more interesting perhaps is Sluggo's comment:
... JC has existed for a long time and for much of that time the city thrived right down to the water line. Today the life of the city goes to Washington Blvd. and then stops dead. I'm not trying to make an argument against the development; once the abatements expire they will contribute greatly to the wealth of the city. Just wondering if the Hudson River will ever be a feature of the city as a whole again.
I don't know if I would agree that the thriving city stops at Washington Blvd., though I would agree that an invisible line exists somewhere in that vicinity, as do other invisible lines throughout the city. Will the different Jersey Cities ever integrate? As development continues and rents and property values soar, more and more people will be pushed uptown and west of the Hudson.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

JC BLOGGER EXODUS?

Fellow Carnival blogger Coffeegrounds wrote of a blogger exodus out of Jersey City:

PDCRyan -- late of Jersey City -- moves to Montclair, home of the Barista. And then along comes Mary...This blogger exodus from Jersey City means that the blogging population of that municipality is now probably no more than ten thousand or so, barely eclipsing Hoboken... Meanwhile Montclair is so crowded with net journalists that there are fist-fights and hair-pulls breaking out over empty seats in local wireless cafes and there is talk of a latte shortage. Disgusting.

While I am saddened by the apparent brain drain [both just sat for the bar, something I hope to do in 3.5 years], I don't know if I would qualify the departure of two people an "exodus." But I sure am happy that there will be no shortage of lattes and empty seats at local wi-fi cafes for me!

EXPLOSION UPDATE

This morning, Montgomery Street was opened up for traffic, though two blocks on Grove Street [between Mercer and York Streets] remain closed as PSE&G employees work on the manholes that exploded last night. As suspected, the cause of last night's fireworks display was a transformer blowout. Power outages also remain, and this reporter hopes that it is restored by the time she comes home tonight from a hard day of blogging.


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TRAFFIC ON MONTGOMERY STREET ALLOWED TO CROSS GROVE

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GROVE STREET REMAINS CLOSED

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MAN AT WORK

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

BREAKING NEWS: MANHOLE EXPLOSIONS BY CITY HALL

Less than an hour ago, two manholes on the intersection of Grove and Montgomery Streets exploded. The explosion was prefaced by seemingly possessed TVs and flickering lights in many homes in the area. Cause of explosion is yet to be determined but the consensus among residents is that a transformer or cable blew up beneath the street.

The JCPD and JCFD arrived at the scene almost instantly. A PSE&G truck -- as well as a Mr. Softy truck -- was spotted, but was seen driving away shortly upon arrival. Smoke billowed out of the northwest manhole for approximately half an hour, but flames emanated from the northeast hole for several minutes until it coughed out one final [but small] explosion like a fireworks show. No injuries or casualties were witnessed by this reporter, and lights continue to flicker as of this writing. Hopefully by tomorrow we'll have had some answers.





JC NIGHT OUT


No, the whole city isn't going out on a bar crawl. Tonight's events, which are occurring simultaneously throughout JC NJ the country, are taking place to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention and generate support for law enforcement agencies.

For more information on the 2005 National Night Out click here. For NJ events, click here. And for JC events, click here. If you are unable to attend any of the events, just keep your home's exterior lights on to show your support.

Monday, August 01, 2005

BUG TAKEOVER

My trips to City Hall are usually marked with frustration and discontent, but this weekend, with the bug takeover, my visit was anything but.

The Waterbug Arts Festival showcased the talents of many Jersey City artists, making me damn proud to be part of this vibrant scene. Notable performances were by the Rebecca Vallejo Project, Marafanyi Percussione, Joe Condiracci and In Petto. I missed much of the evening performances, but from the looks of the crowd that emerged by nightfall, the evening artists were equally talented, if not more. Photos from the day-long festival follow:



THE WATERBUG HOTEL


HOSTS


SOME OF THE VISUAL ARTWORK ON DISPLAY


LOCAL ARTIST SPEAKING WITH SOME NEW FANS


EYE4ONESTUDIOS TABLE


MULTIMEDIA ARTIST


MY FAVORITE [AND ONLY] TEA SHOP IN JC, JAN AM TEA


GRAPHIC BAGS ON SALE


FESTIVAL-GOER TRYING ON THE JEWELRY ON SALE


LOCAL ARTIST/MERCHANT


LOUNGING ON THE CITY HALL LAWN


SHE WAS CLEARLY ENJOYING THE MUSIC


I DIDN'T CATCH THIS MUSICIAN'S NAME


LARA HANSON CAPTURING THE LIFE ANDMOVEMENT AT THE FESTIVAL


SOME OF LARA'S WORK FROM THE FESTIVAL


MORE ARTWORK FROM AN ARTIST WHOSE NAME I DIDN'T CATCH


CITY HALL PLAZA


BI-POLAR J


J VOX ALSO DOUBLED AS A HOST


I DIDN'T CATCH THIS SPOKEN WORD ARTIST'S NAME


SPLENDOR ON THE GRASS


BOOTS


A MAN AND HIS BEST FRIEND


MORE FESTIVAL-GOERS


MY VERSION OF THIS PAINTING


JEN STARR WITH THE LARA AND YAEL PERCUSSIONE DUO


THE DUO AS A TRIO


JOE CONDIRACCI


HENNA/MEHENDI TATTOO ARTIST


NO TEMPORARY TATTOOS FOR THIS ARTIST


MADRID'S LOSS IS JC'S GAIN, THE REBECCA VALLEJO PROJECT


LATIN JAZZ FUSED WITH ROCK AND SOUL


REBECCA BARING HER JERSEY CITY SOUL


NIGHTTIME FALLS ON JC


FREEK FACTORY



IN CASE YOU'VE FORGOTTEN WHERE THIS PHOTOS WERE TAKEN

More photos from the festival may be seen here.