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Sunday, March 05, 2006


Today's Times has the long-awaited piece on crime and crime prevention in JC.

On JCList, one resident stated that "
the article made JC sound like we have crimes happening outside our door every hour of the day," while another contended that it "leaned toward the sensational side," and yet another simply wondered, "[w]here's the Glitter?"

I believe the piece -- which I and other members of the downtown neighborhood watch groups have been anxiously awaiting* -- is long overdue. In fact, it's about 3 or 4 months overdue, because Jonathan Miller has been asking to join the Midnight Patrol since the last patrol we did in October. Clearly, however, the recent high-profile events [the mugging of Councilman Vega's wife, the arrival of the Guardian Angels after the Dixon Deli armed robbery, and Councilman Fulop's public request for JCPD Chief Troy's resignation] were an added impetus.

The article, which I believe was not at all sensationalistic, focused two of the essential things concerning many Jersey Citians today: crime and its prevention. It detailed the recent crimes in our area, as well as the four elements that will help in deterring it: the municipal government, the JCPD, the neighborhood watch groups, and yes, the highly visual and apparently controversial Guardian Angels.

Overall I am happy with the way the article turned out, though frankly, I'm a little bummed that it didn't mention the GA info session which many residents and neighborhood groups worked so hard to organize for the GAs.

* In the interest of full disclosure, I am a member of the JC Neighborhood Watch Association, which is always looking for more members and volunteers. Please send an email to jcnwa@comcast.net to pitch in or join the mailing list


  • Right on dojo mojo!

    Thanks much for posting the GA press release.

    As I said on www.JCList.com:

    "Don't be bummed, dojo-mojo. While all of us would have liked to have seen the GA mtg. notice in the article we should be thankful for the coverage.

    Jonathan Miller is an excellent writer for the NYT. We spoke both in person and on the phone the night of the Downtown Watch's "Midnight Patrol".Jonathan had the GA press release with all info, but knowing that as each paper/mag has their own internal "style" requirements it is likely that even if he submitted mtg. info that his editor following "NYT style" would not have included that info.

    Still, both the JCGA, neighborhood watches, JC police, politicians and many downtown residents were interviewed as background for ths piece and getting a full page and a half coverage, front pg. lead on the NJ section and 4 color photos makes this among the most important articles in the NYT to run on Jersey City.

    Woody Allen once said that "Eighty percent of success is showing up." All of you did just that with very cold, 20 degree weather, and we got a great article out of all the effort.

    Good job Jonathan Miller, Guardian Angels, Van Vorst Park Neighborhood Watch, Jersey City Neighborhood Watch (JCNWA) and other(s)... who showed up that night!" :-)

    By Blogger BrightMoment, at Sun Mar 05, 04:55:00 PM EST  

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