Friday, August 26, 2011

Hurricane Update from JCPD

 - If you are in a low lying area or an area proned to flooding it is being recommended that you evacuate by 8:00 a.m. Saturday, August 27, 2011.
 - If you have a vehicle parked in a low lying or flood prone area, please move it to higher ground. All municipal and public school parking lots will be available for parking.
 - Parking Authority enforcement has been suspended through Monday, August 29, 2011.
 - Clear all debris from sewer plates and catch basins.
 - Garbage pick up has been suspended so the JCIA can clear catch basins.
 - Shelters will be set up by 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, August 27, 2011. (Refer to Press Release attached to previous e-mail)
 - Parks and Forestry are taking requests to remove tree limbs that are close to wires and houses. Please contact Parks and Forestry and/or the FD during the storm to report fallen large tree limbs.
 - The city has requested 10,000 sand bags.  Should you wish to pick any up, please contact OEM for further information.
 - Please check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, to make sure they have enough supplies to get them through the weekend (i.e. medications, canned food and can opener, water, flashlights and batteries, etc...).
 - PSE&G will respond to emergencies first during the course of the storm.  Please expect an extended wait time on all non-life/hazard complaints.
 - Should power lines fall on vehicles and/or homes - do not touch the wires, call emergency, 9-1-1.  And if you are in the vehicle and/or home - remain inside and call emergency, 9-1-1.
- Should you notice flying objects during the storm, please contact DPW and advise on location, object, and direction.
 - DPW will have a truck on call should vehicles get stuck in water.  They will simply move the vehicle out of the roadway, they will not tow.  Please to not attempt to drive a vehicle in high waters.  Park the vehicle and walk to destination.
 - Secure and/or remove all loose items around your property.
Please do not take this storm lightly as we are being informed to expect astronomical high tides, record flooding, and winds up to 90 mph throughout the state.
For up to date information please visit the city website at

Monday, August 15, 2011

Art Project on Jersey City History at Local Laundromat! Aug 21.

Jersey City Artist Archives the City's History in Her Local Laundromat.
Jersey City, NJ, August 3, 2011 – Artist Karina Aguilera Skvirsky, one of five
participants in the 2011 Create Change Public Artist Residency program at The
Laundromat Project, launches Ask Me : Tell Me, which will take place on August 21,
2011 from 12pm to 6 pm. Open to all Jersey City residents, Aguilera Skvirsky of Jersey
City will be facilitating a free art workshop that offers access to drawing, photography
and sound recording at her local laundromat, Lucky Laundromat (577 Jersey Ave,
Jersey City, NJ). Participants will learn about the city’s history and be invited to record
their impressions of how Jersey City’s landscape is changing through redevelopment,
gentrification and demographics.
ASK ME : TELL ME is a public art project that uses Lucky Laundromat as a site to
gather and share the oral histories and experiences of residents living in Jersey City. For
this project Aguilera Skvirsky is using the laundromat as a defacto community center to
connect with and engage her neighbors.
Aguilera Skvirsky says “making artwork  in the laundromat has led to exchanges with
Jersey City residents about how their neighborhood is changing, uses of public space
and how they see themselves in a future Jersey City.”
From residents’ artistic contributions to this project, Aguilera will create a series of placebased postcards that will act as a living archive of Jersey City and will be made available
for free from a postcard kiosk located at Lucky Laundromat during fall 2011. Participants
in the archive will also receive a copy of their contribution. Read the Artist’s blog at for more information about her historical research and
process of developing a community-based art project.