By John Heinis – February 25, 2015 1:36 am 0 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Bayonne Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop spoke about a declining unemployment rate, a booming local economy, a plan for a major increase in affordable housing, among various other topics, at his second annual state of the city address.[fve]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae8b9MnAO4Y[/fve]The packed city hall chambers greeted Fulop with a standing ovation after City Council President Rolando Lavarro greeted the crowd and a video was shown to highlight Jersey Cityâ€™s achievements in the past year.After thanking the various dignitaries in the room for attending, Fulop began by talking about the booming Jersey City economy.After acknowledging the family members of deceased Jersey City Police Det. Melvin Santiago, asking for a moment of silence, the potential 2017 gubernatorial candidate spoke about Jersey Cityâ€™s earned sick leave ordinance that was approved last January.Also making note of Jersey Cityâ€™s declining unemployment rate, Fulop boasted about more residential construction than ever before.Additionally, Fulop said an ordinance will be introduced this year to ensure more residents are hired for local projects.Fulop also stressed the importance of affordable housing for low-income families and homeless veterans alike.As he began wrapping things up, Fulop assured residents that the Jersey City budget for 2015 will not include a tax increase. Facebook Twitter News Mayor Steven Fulop addresses economy, affordable housing in state of the city address RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jersey CityNews TAGSstate of the citysteven fulop SHARE Previous articleWiley alleges Roque put halt on Little League dinner, Roque camp denies claimNext articleDocuments: Judge Suarez served as treasurer to Mayor Stack connected organization John Heinis Crime Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus Ex-North Bergen DPW supervisor loses appeal to overturn corruption conviction
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHere are some ways you can recycle worn out items instead of sending them to the landfill — items like shoes, glasses, greeting cards, and computers.Participate in the Give the Gift of Sight Program, sponsered by Lions Club International, the program makes it easy for you to donate your old eyeglasses and sunglasses to needy people in developing countries. After you drop glasses off, they are cleaned, repaired, and classified by prescription, then distributed.Donate Your Used Working Computer Equipment to Computers for Kids of America, a nonprofit charity dedicated to improving the computer skills of America’s youth. Their donation program collects and refurbishes computer equipment, and redistributes the equipment to schools and children’s organizations in need. With local chapters around the country, find one near you by searching online for “Computers for Kids of America” or call: 973.567.8341 Recycle Holiday and Greeting Cards. Contribute to the counseling of troubled kids by sending either entire greeting cards or just the fronts of cards, to St. Jude’s Card Recycling, 100 St. Jude’s Street, Boulder City, NV 89005. The youth refurbish the cards by adding new backs, and sell them to help support the program. For more information contact: Phone 1-877-977-SJRCRecycle Sneakers and Athletic Shoes – Since 1990, NIKE, Inc. has sponsered the Reuse-A-Shoe program which takes in used sneakers (all brands), grinds up selected parts, then remanufactures them into athletic equipment, such as playground padding, gymnastic mats, and running tracks and donates them to worthy causes. More than 1.5 million pairs of worn-out shoes are collected for recycling each year. Call 1-800-344-6453 for drop-off locations or get the mailing address at Reuse-A-Shoe.Never Throw Away Books or Magazines Books and magazines and inspirational pamphlets are a great aid to rehabilitation for those who’ve been sent to prison or juvenile detention centers. Please search out a correctional facility in your area to donate published materials of any kind- don’t forget the “early reader” books.Updated in 2014, originally written with information from the Better Homes and GardensAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Legal referral and support network Connect2Law has announced the heavyweight appointment of David Jabbari to the new role of chief executive. Jabbari (pictured) will join the executive board and become a partner at Pannone, which established Connect2Law in 2001. Jabbari was until recently chief operating officer at Clyde & Co, after brokering the merger with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, of which he was chief executive. He was previously global head of knowledge management at magic circle firm Allen & Overy. Connect2Law has 2,600 UK member firms with combined turnover of £1bn. The network is co-ordinated by 20 leading regional ‘hub’ firms which have Connect2Law business development managers. The entity also has 17 dedicated staff split between London and Manchester. Jabbari wants to establish the network as ‘the UK’s leading legal brand, across every postcode’ and ‘defend the value of independent high street firms’ in the competitive market ushered in by the 2007 Legal Services Act. Connect2Law, which is free to join, offers member firms a range of support services, including information services, on-demand training, professional indemnity insurance and cost control. Jabbari plans to strengthen this offering to provide members with a full practice management suite to improve back-office processes. He also intends to turn Connect2Law into a consumer-facing brand which brings new work to members. At present, Connect2Law offsets costs through the ‘pooled buying’ services it provides to members. Options on financing its development will be presented to members as it expands. Connect2Law would consider becoming an alternative business structure only ‘if member firms saw benefit in that’, Jabbari said. ‘While we will consider whether external funding is the best route to advance member firms’ interests, we will not pursue a course that commits us to short-term and cosmetic returns to private equity,’ he added. ‘Connect2Law’s member firms have an excellent reputation in their local areas. They are committed and expert professionals who know the law inside out. ‘This is why I believe Connect2Law has the potential to become the UK’s leading legal brand. ‘As part of Connect2Law, firms will gain both a supportive brand identity and greater efficiency in their internal processes,’ he said. Jabbari declined to identify the main potential rivals in his sights, and whether Connect2Law will be going head to head with the likes of Co-operative Legal Services or QualitySolicitors. He added: ‘We do not see anyone in the market at the moment as an obvious competitor to Connect2Law given the geographical reach and quality of the firms who are Connect2Law members. We exist to promote the value of an independent solicitors’ profession covering every postcode in the UK.’
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Brian Parish (right) was named golfer of the year.The Tropical Golf Group Tuesday, Dec. 26, Royal Lakeside – StablefordIt is not supposed to be wet, cold and nasty at this time of the year, but on this Tuesday morning it was all three. The question also was should we go to the course, and the answer of course was yes, so off we went, all 8 groups.With many of the payers donning jumpers or jackets at the first tee we set off into a strong, cold wind and with the threat of rain. The course was wet but not too bad as carts were allowed on the fairways, but there was not much run. The greens however were firm and true and the mist over the course lifted as midday came and a weak sun shone through. Back at BJ’s in Pattaya we got into the results, and what results they were. In the A Flight, 0 to 19, the winner with 41 points was Gerd Riedler, with Bob Britton in second place on 40 and Mashi Kaneta taking third with 39 on count-back over Steve Truelove in fourth. In fifth place was Geoff Bracegirdle with 38 points.In the B Flight, 20 up, the players seemed to have gone berserk and produced scores that were certainly the best I can remember. The winner was Gordon Clegg with 49 points, incredible, with Torsten Bischoff second on 46, a score that would normally be good enough to win any competition. And how about Karen Brown in third place with 45 points, another good round. Don Carmody was fourth with 43 and Dave Cooper placed fifth with 42. Imagine having 41 points and not being in the top 5!As usual we had best front and back nine prizes for non winners and these were won by Tom Harrington with 22 points (front) and Andre Van Dyk with 20 points (back).It was also time for the golfer of the month to be announced and the winner by a clear margin was Tom Harrington ahead of Bob Britton and Dave Cooper.Friday, Dec. 29,Silky Oak – StablefordTropical Golf finished up a stellar week and year with a trip to Silky Oak. To give it a bit of fun and suspense we played blind partner, and you didn’t know whose Stableford score you would be combined with until after the round. The course was in excellent condition, especially the fairways.Tommy Marshall / SK Kwok were the victors on the day with a combined score of 80 points, one point behind in second came Bob Watson and Brian Parish while third place on 77 points went to Rob Brown and Ronnie Ratte. Taking fourth on 68 points were Graham Buckingham and Henry Wong while the duo of Derek Brook and Andy Murphy with 64 points just managed to edge a count-back for fifth place over Maurice Roberts and Barry Elphick.Near Pins went to Rob Brown (2), Derek Brook (2) and Bob Watson.At the presentation we were pleased to announce that Brian Parish had won the golfer of the year award. During the previous 12 months his handicap went steadily down from 14 to brushing single digits with a current 9.9. How did he do it? Brian isn’t saying, but he has an eye condition now from all the flash photography he’s been through lately.