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Will empty classrooms become new apartments?

Photo Credit by Anthony J. Machcinski/ School no. 1 is being targeted for redevelopment.

 

By Ron Leir

BELLEVILLE –
A 90-year-old school building whose classrooms have been empty since 1980 is now being eyed as a site for new housing and/or retail use.
School 1, a 3-story structure, sits on a 1.6-acre parcel at 81 Stephens St. The property includes a fenced lot to the north and east of the school itself accessed via Cortlandt St. where school buses are parked. Another part of the tract fronting Rutgers St. contains a lawn area with several mature trees.
Over the years, the building has become something of an eyesore due to the lack of maintenance.
As noted by township planning consultant John Madden, the building’s exterior has cracks in its brick veneer on its northeast side; deteriorated limestone coping; several rusted steel doors; several broken and/or boarded-up windows, and a damaged roof.
Inside, the gym (added to the building in 1967) is a wreck; the roof is leaking, floor tiles are crumbling and plaster is falling from stairwell walls and ceiling. Paint is peeling on the first and second-floor corridor ceilings. Much of the third floor’s flooring has been removed.
In Feb. 2011, Madden notes, Township Construction Official Frank Delorenzo Jr. declared the building an unsafe structure due to “structural damage, hazardous electric, friable asbestos (and) blocked exits.”
“Occupancy is prohibited until the issues noted are remedied,” Madden said.
In July 2011, the Belleville Planning Board voted to classify the School 1 tract as an area in need of redevelopment, a recommendation endorsed by the mayor and Township Council shortly thereafter.
On Dec. 8, the Planning Board convened a public hearing on a proposed conceptual redevelopment plan for the site and voted to adopt the plan, pending certain amendments dealing with parking.
The board is suggesting the governing body consider “a variety of higher density residential uses with the potential inclusion of small scale supporting retail activities… Development of more residential units in close proximity to Washington Avenue will reinforce the (township) Master Plan goal of strengthening Belleville’s main commercial street. The plan (also) serves to improve the Rutgers Street corridor, which functions as a gateway entrance into the Township of Belleville.”
To that end, the board sees “attached or multi-family housing” as the best way to approach that goal, because “residential development is the only viable land use capable of undertaking the substantial financial costs to remediate School 1’s contaminated building and grounds.”
Development strategies pitched by the board are:
Stacked townhouses, with 42 townhouse units, 24-feet-wide, and 42 on-site garaged parking spaces. (“Stacked” means a one-family dwelling unit attached to other one-family units which share the same vertical and horizontal walls and are separated by firewall or tenant separation wall. Each one-family unit has an attached garage with room for at least one vehicle.)
Multi-family development of two buildings with 56 dwelling units and 57 on-site parking spaces.
At least five of the mature trees on the property are to be preserved under either scenario.
The plan also allows community/recreation facilities and swimming pools, along with up to 2,500 square feet of retail space “where the retail use is located on all or a portion of the first floor and the remainder of the building is occupied by multi-family dwellings.”
For the stacked townhome scenario, the planning consultant proposed a maximum building height of three stories/45 feet and 30 dwelling units per acre; for the multi-family dwelling plan, the board suggests 38 units per acre, a maximum building height of five stories/60 feet, and a mix of 70% one-bedroom apartments and 30% two-bedroom units. Stacked townhomes must have pitched roofs.
In consideration of the possibility of parking under the building, the board is considering an amendment that, according to board attorney Thomas DiBiasi, “could allow the building to go up another 10 feet.”
On-site parking can be located “under the building, underground or on the surface,” at a ratio of one garage space per stacked townhouse unit or about one space per unit in a multi-family dwelling.
However, because board members were concerned that there may not be sufficient and convenient parking for residents, the plan will be revised to reflect the need for additional parking, either on or off-site, possibly at a ratio of 1.5 to 2 spaces per dwelling unit, Madden said.
Sidewalks around the development site are to be at least five feet wide and must provide access for the physically disabled.
No dwelling units can be used for professional or business offices by the occupants or any others.
As an area in need of development, the property will be eligible for tax abatement in the form of a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes).
The township is looking to acquire the School 1 property from the Belleville Board of Education. The property is currently assessed at $916,700 – $566,700 for the land and $350,000 for the building.

A WORD WITH THE PUBLISHER: Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah

publisher@theobserver.com

 

The Observer wants to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah. I personally want to thank those who dropped off gifts. We started off slow and, to our surprise, it was amazing what accumulated. It brings joy to me that our readers never let us down and support those in need.
A special thank you to Cheryl Raefski for all that she did for those around her during her time on earth. I am truly sad that I only had an opportunity to speak with her and never met her in person. May your family remember all the good you had done to get through this holiday.
Rest in peace, Cheryl.

Woman’s wish to help needy Harrison families

Pechter’s employees (from left) Tatiana Torres, Antonio Bachas, Talakshi Kenia, and Doris Revolorio with Cadets Mike and Lena Harrington from the Salvation Army help complete Raefski’s wish.

 

By Anthony Machcinski

Back in October, The Observer ran a contest in which the winner received $100 dollars to go towards any of the businesses with a pumpkin in their advertisement.
In a generous show of concern for her fellow residents, the winner, Cheryl Raefski, planned to donate the money to Pechter’s Bakery in Harrison for food distribution to needy families.
Unfortunately, we at the Observer are sad to report that Raefski passed away suddenly and wasn’t able to finalize her plan.
Keeping with her wishes, The Observer has taken that money and bought food from Pechter’s. Cadets from the Salvation Army personally went to Pechter’s on Friday morning to pick up the money. It will be donated to families in Harrison in time for the Christmas Holiday.
“I never had an opportunity to meet with her, but this was something she was very sincere about,” Observer publisher Lisa Pezzola said. “It’s a shame that we write about this after she has passed. She was a caring person and I think it’s very important to carry this out in her name.”
We, at the Observer, want to send our deepest condolences to the Raefski family and to show our heartfelt appreciation for her thoughtfulness.

‘Kids are the losers,’ says BOE head

Photo by Ron Leir/ Lincoln School students will have to continue to make do with this crowded computer lab now that the referendum has been defeated.

 

By Ron Leir

LYNDHURST –
A second try this year to get township voters to support a multi-million dollar facelift for the public schools has failed and district officials are pretty much throwing in the towel.
The Dec. 13 referendum which proposed spending $28.8 million for district-wide improvements, tied to a sale of Lincoln School, was defeated by a vote of 1,469 to 1,157, including mail-in ballots.
The measure carried in only three of the township’s 15 voting districts.
A solemn mood prevailed at Board of Education headquarters the evening of the vote as messengers from each polling site trudged in with the disappointing results.
Schools Supt. Tracey Marinelli, who had given birth to a baby boy only a few days previously, board trustees and members of the Committee of 40 who advocated for the referendum could only listen and watch as those numbers were written on a Smart Board by School Business Administrator David DiPisa.
“Thank you, everyone,” Marinelli told the group of supporters gathered in the board conference room. “We couldn’t have done anything different. You guys worked your tails off. I just wish the voters felt the same way. Tomorrow’s another day.”
Because the referendum proposed the use of $3.8 million in state grants to finance new boilers, roofs, windows and HVAC systems as part of the overall school plant upgrade, Marinelli said that the district would have to forfeit those funds.
“I hope (that loss of funding) doesn’t cause serious safety issues,” Marinelli said.
Within the past five years, Marinelli said, “we’ve had two fire escapes collapse and ceilings fall in at three schools.” Fortunately, classes weren’t in session at the time of those mishaps, she said.
Asked what the district could do as a fallback plan, Marinelli replied: “There is no ‘Plan B,’ we just keep trucking along.”
Under the referendum plan, no new school construction was proposed. Instead, a reconfiguration of the school population was to take place with Franklin School and Jefferson Annex to house all kindergarteners, Columbus and Washington schools would handle grades 1 to 4 and Roosevelt and Jefferson schools would take grades 5 to 8.
Given that scenario, every elementary school was slated to get an elevator, computer lab, media center, music room, combination art/world language room and the capacity for taking three or more sections of special needs students.
Additionally, Columbus and Roosevelt schools were to get a gym/cafeteria; Jefferson and Roosevelt were slated for three science labs apiece; and the high school would have gotten a renovated auditorium, cafeteria and air-conditioning.
But now, those plans have to be scrapped.
What will happen, starting with the fall 2012 term, is redistricting, Marinelli said. It is hoped that re-drafting the boundaries for each school will help, to some extent, in remedying the unbalanced enrollment in some schools.
But the district’s future remains uncertain.
Board President Ellen Young said she was “truly disappointed” with the vote in which “the only true losers are the children. I don’t feel you could put a price on education. They are our future and I, as a parent of a child in this district, feel we’ve failed our children.”
As for the projected annual tax increase of $199 for the “average” home for the 15 years it would have taken to pay off the debt for the improvements, Young said: “Taxes are always going to go up – with or without this.”
Asked what options were open to the district at this point, Young shrugged, saying: “We’re done.”
Only board member James Hooper, speaking personally, held out some hope of possible state intervention.
“We need to go to Gov. Christie and our state legislators,” Hooper said, “and say that we need some type of minimum standard for school facilities (targeted) for middle school students – things like science labs and media centers.”
Hooper said that Lyndhurst homeowners – like every other town – “contribute our tax money to the ‘Abbott Districts’ but we don’t get the same facilities they get. Maybe it will turn out that districts like Lyndhurst that lack those type of facilities are a small number, in which case it’s not going to cost the state much to remedy that.”
A state education task force appointed by the governor is due shortly to issue a report touching on state school funding so maybe Hooper will get his wish.
Time will tell.

Booze, drugs factored in crashes

Around 11:00 p.m. on Dec. 8, Officers Ben Wuelfing and Joe Martin responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries at the intersection of Belgrove Drive and Bergen Ave. A silver Lincoln Continental (eastbound on Bergen at the time of the accident) fled the scene. Police were able to trace liquid coming from the car and followed it down a series of Kearny streets before finding the silver Lincoln parked on John Hay Ave.
While police were in the process of getting a tow truck to remove the vehicle, a 25-year-old Kearny resident arrived and admitted that she had been driving the car. While interviewing her, police detected an odor of alcohol and conducted on-scene tests that confirmed their suspicion. The 25-year-old was charged with D.W.I., driving under a suspended driver’s license, careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, failing to report an accident, assault by automobile, and refusing to submit to a breath test.
In another automobile accident on the evening of Dec. 11, Officers John Fabula, Jack Corbett Jr. and Brian Wisely responded to the bottom of Hoyt St. off Schuyler Ave. after a report of a car hitting a tree. When they arrived at the scene, the officers confirmed that an accident had occurred and saw several people fleeing the area.
In the front passenger seat was a 16-year-old youth, “pretty banged up.”
A check on the vehicle determined that the car had been stolen. Upon searching the surrounding area, Corbett encountered a 17-year-old Kearny male who attempted to elude him. After apprehending the youth, the male admitted to being the driver and to “smoking some weed.”
The 17-year-old was charged with receiving stolen property, driving while under the influence of narcotics, driving without a license, reckless driving, and fleeing the scene of an accident. Both teens received medical attention. The 16-year-old was processed and turned over to one of his parents. The 17-year-old, after consenting to a urine sample, was taken to Hudson County Youth House in Secaucus after it was revealed that he had an outstanding juvenile warrant from Hudson County.
Det. Mike Gonzalez was en route to work on Dec. 12 when he observed an individual known from previous police encounters walking on Passaic Ave. He watched the man enter the Kmart on Passaic Ave. A few minutes later, the man left the store. The man wasn’t carrying any packages but his coat appeared to have expanded, police said.
The man was detained for investigation and it was found that he was in possession of three boxes of Trojan Magnum Condoms and 19 boxes of Visine eye drops.
After confirming with the store that the man had not made the purchases, he was placed under arrest for shoplifting and was found to have outstanding warrants from Newark, Bloomfield, and East Orange.
Kearny Police Chief John Dowie urged all Kearny residents to lock their cars and to make sure that all valuable items are out of sight or not left in the cars as a measure to deter theft.

Of several fights that happened on the night of Dec.9 into the wee hours of Dec. 10,
none was potentially more dangerous than an incident that occurred on the corner
of Kearny Ave. and Dukes St.
At 3:25 a.m., Sgt. Charles Smith came upon a disorderly group, with several members
fighting and screaming. During the squabble, Smith overheard a member of the group yell at another, “If you want to shoot, go ahead.”
During the event, Smith observed a member of the group walking away who appeared
to drop something in the gutter. After calling for backup, Smith apprehended the individual and searched the area. Lying in the gutter was a Colt .32 semi-automatic
pistol, fully loaded with hollow-point bullets.
The 25-year-old Harrison resident was charged with illegal possession of a weapon,
possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, and possession of hollow-point bullets.
However, this was not the only dust-up that occurred that morning. At 2:40 a.m., Officers Tom Sumowski and Christian Medina, along with Sgt. Smith were called to a large fight on the 200 block of Kearny Ave. Officers arrived at the scene and observed a disorderly group of people standing on the sidewalk.
While attempting to disperse the group, officers spotted one individual, a 26-year-old male from New York, instigating fights. After attempting to calm him, the 26-year-old male shoved Sumowski and attempted to flee. As the 26-year-old made his bid for freedom, a second male, a 23-year-old Harrison resident, tried to stop Sumowski from collaring the 26-year-old. It turns out the man was the Harrison resident’s cousin.
Officers Mike Santucci and Derek Hemphill arrived on scene and provided backup. Both parties were taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing the administration of law, and resisting arrest. The 26-year-old was also charged with assault on a police officer.
At 5:30 a.m., that same 23-year-old Harrison resident was released from headquarters and spotted by Det. Mike Gonzalez urinating in the middle of the street. Gonzalez gave him a summons for urinating in the street.

Around Town

Belleville
Belleville Elks will sponsor a special Type O blood drive on Wednesday, Dec. 26. The blood drive will be conducted inside the Belleville Elks Hall, 254 Washington Ave., Belleville, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., no appointments needed. Although this is a special Type O blood drive, all types of blood will be accepted for donations. All donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 120 lbs. and be in general good health. There is no upper age limit for donors provided they meet the health requirements. Donors must bring a signed form of identification. People with a fever or sore throat should wait until they are feeling better before donating and there is a 24-hour deferral for tooth cleanings and fillings. For those who have recently traveled outside the United States, call the Blood Center of N.J. at 973-676-4700, ext. 132 for eligibility criteria.

Harrison
Starting Wednesday, Jan. 4, the Centro Romeu Cascaes Portuguese American Community Center, 308 William St., in Harrison, will resume regular Zumba classes on Mondays and Thursdays and Zumba Toning class on Wednesdays.  The one-hour class starts at 7:30 p.m.  For more info or to register, please call Maria Marieiro at 973.482.0631 or 201-401-0826 or email harrisonzumba@yahoo.com.

Kearny
On Friday, Dec. 30, at 4:00 p.m. Art Teacher Mrs. Mills will host a special winter scene art project for children ages 4 and up at the Kearny Branch Library, 759 Kearny Ave.  The program is provided free of charge and supplies will be provided by the library.  For further information, please call the Main Library at (201) 998-2666.  Visit www.kearnylibrary.org for more program information.
First Lutheran Church, 65 Oakwood Ave., Kearny, will have a Christmas Eve service at 7:30 p.m. No service will be held Christmas morning. All other Sunday worship services are held at 11 a.m.

Lyndhurst
The Lyndhurst Health Department, in conjunction with Clara Maass Medical Center, will begin a monthly health lecture series, starting on Friday, Jan. 20, at 10:00 a.m.  A light breakfast will be served.  January’s lecture topic will be: First Aid for seniors.  Please call the Lyndhurst Health Department at 201-804-2500 to reserve a seat.
Lyndhurst Health Department will hold its annual rabies vaccination clinics on Jan. 12 and 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  All dogs and cats must be licensed each year by New Jersey State Law.  Residents will be able to license their dogs and cats at this event.  Rabies vaccination must be current through October 31, 2012 in order to obtain a 2012 license.  Please call the Lyndhurst Health Department at 201-804-2500 for more information.
Lyndhurst Public Library announces its monthly book club will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss “True Blue” by David Baldacci. Please contact Diane Montefusco at 201-804-2478 Ext. 2 for more information and to obtain a copy of the book. Space is limited and registration is necessary.
Galino Bello of Lyndhurst won first place in the Essex County Gingerbread House Contest held on Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Essex County Environmental Center. Bello’s brother Vincent the 3rd took 3rd Place honors, while brother Charlie received Honorable Mention.  The intricately detailed and 100% edible houses took more than two weeks to construct.

North Arlington
The North Arlington Helping Exceptional People (H.E.P.) organization announces a bus trip on Monday, Jan. 16, to the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pa.  The initial cost is $30.  Upon arriving at the casino you will receive $20 in Slot Play and a $5 Food Voucher.  Please bring a Photo ID, which is needed to get the Slot Play money. The bus will leave at 10:00 a.m. from the Knights of Columbus parking lot located at 194 River Rd. North Arlington. For tickets, please contact Nicholas Cerchio at 201- 230-3428.

Nutley
Nutley Public Library will host a Teen Video Game Tourney: Wii, Xbox or bring your DS to play each other on Friday, Jan. 13 and 20 at 3:00 p.m., and Tuesday, Jan. 17 and 24, at 3:00 p.m.

Look Who’s Talking

Have you ever experienced a voice from within that tells you to do things in a certain way or that warns you about stuff you shouldn’t get involved in? Do you at times get a hunch or a flash of insight that enables you to see a situation in a totally different light than before? That feeling you get is your intuition. It is an alternative source of knowledge combined with a heightened level of awareness, which may also be referred to as a “gut feeling” or instinct.
Everyone has intuition. In some it’s more developed than others. It is your connection to the subconscious mind. Many successful men and women mention in their biographies that the decisions that changed their life and made them who they are were the decisions they took based on their gut feeling at that time. Intuition is a powerful tool and when you begin to use it regularly and systematically, there is virtually nothing that you cannot accomplish.
Listen to your dreams and hear what your heart wishes. It is important to have a clean soul to allow your conscious self to talk to you. One way to encourage this is through meditation. Make an appointment with yourself and spend a few minutes alone. Love yourself. Accept the person that you are. Resolve all conflicts that are brewing inside you. Then think of the situation you are in and ask for a solution. Sometimes the answer you get may sound irrational but don’t discard it just yet. Think about it and make an informed decision. Think of intuition as a guide that is familiar with the path ahead and can warn you of upcoming pitfalls. But once you are convinced of what is right, simply do it. Don’t think twice. Go with that gut instinct and you will be surprised how often it opens doors you hadn’t necessarily considered. Every time you choose to listen to your inner voice, it gets stronger. You can also attain this with Chakra healing. When your energy centers are in complete balance, you open yourself up to the universe.
When you believe in yourself, and all good things around you, the cosmic powers will feed your desires. Hence, I encourage you to listen to yourself for once. You are your own destiny maker. Go with that gut feeling and live a good life. You won’t regret it!

 

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Ladies: Don’t undervalue your worth!

By Randy Neumann

Today, a woman in the workplace is commonplace, but it wasn’t always that way.  During World War II, Rosie the Riveter became an American icon.  While the men were overseas engaged in battle, the women at home worked in the factories making the weapons of war.  Their work was acknowledged and celebrated in the drawing of Rosie the Riveter on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post by famed artist Norman Rockwell, and through the millions of posters distributed by the Ad Council depicting a woman in manufacturing garb flexing her bicep with the caption, “We Can Do It!”
In 1942, big-band leader James Kern “Kay” Kaiser’s big hit “Rosie the Riveter” began with these lyrics:
“All the day long,
Whether rain or shine
She’s part of the assembly line
She’s making history
Working for victory
Rosie the Riveter”
Well, certainly Rosie the Riveter needed some life insurance to protect her paycheck.  And, in many cases, she had kids at home, so she had multiple needs for life insurance.
Not much has changed in 69 years.  Penn Mutual, a large life insurance company, released a study in early May (just in time for Mother’s Day) that suggests both moms and single women do more work at home. Unlike their male counterparts, however, they don’t think enough about the value of what they do.
In the third annual Worth for Women Survey, women and men were asked to place a dollar value on the work that they do away from their jobs.  Both groups put the dollar estimate at around $25,000 per year.  Respondents were then asked to list the hours they spent doing a variety of household chores, such as laundry and meal preparation in addition to childcare. When the insurance company calculated the value of the actual hours reported doing household jobs, they found that men overestimate the value of what they do by almost 13%.  In contrast, women across the country were found to underestimate the worth of all they do for their homes and families.
When the actual median value of services was computed, a woman’s contribution to the home was $34,256 versus $19,322 for men.  Men were 9% more likely to overestimate their contribution by $30,000 or more.  The person most likely to underestimate her worth is the mother of a minor child.  The computed worth for such a woman is $44,913, while her perceived worth is $29,000.  Over half (52%) of these women underestimate their worth by at least $10,000; 36% do so by at least $30,000.
“As a life insurance company, we often see evidence that women underestimate their value to their families — with serious or tragic consequences when that work has to be replaced by outsiders after the untimely death of a wife or mother,” said Tracy Marrocco, Director of Women’s Marketing for Penn Mutual.  “Far too many families fail to account for this value, leaving women uninsured or under-insured.  This survey revealed that women own significantly less coverage than men do, with the median individual coverage amount for women being $100,000 as compared to $150,000 for men.”
Women, of course, understand that life insurance provides a death benefit, but lack knowledge when it comes to the different life insurance products available and the unique benefits they provide.  For example, the Worth Survey found that women place high value on building cash reserves to borrow from for expenditures such as paying for college or starting a new business, but they often aren’t aware that permanent life insurance can provide this benefit.  Clearly, it’s difficult to make an informed decision when purchasing life insurance if you underestimate your worth and aren’t aware of all the options.
“What’s surprising is how significantly women undervalue the contributions they make to their homes and families—yet this thinking has negative repercussions for women and their loved ones and undermines their prospects for a secure financial future,” said Marrocco. “At Penn Mutual, we encourage women to first know their worth and then take the necessary steps to assure a bright future for themselves and their families through the complete value of life insurance.”
Well, what are you waiting for?  Figure out how much life insurance you need and take care of it with a single policy or a combination of the following: Term, Whole Life, Universal Life, or Variable life insurance.

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for the individual.  Randy Neumann CFP® is a registered representative with securities and insurance offered through LPL Financial.  Member FINRA/SIPC.  He can be reached at 12 Route 17N, Suite 115, Paramus, 201-291-9000.

Computer training for job seekers

Essex County College, in conjunction with the New Jersey State Library, will offer free classes to job seekers at the Belleville Public Library to improve their computer and job search skills.  The classes will focus on basic computer skills needed by today’s job applicants, making them more confident and self-sufficient.  All courses, delivered at a basic user level, are 2-4 hours long and built around workforce development skills.

Classes are scheduled as follows:

Word Processing  – Jan. 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Windows  – Jan. 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Internet  – Jan. 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Email  – Jan. 20 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Patrons may take as many classes as they wish.  There will be a half hour break between classes.

To register for classes or for more information, call the Circulation Desk at 973-450-3434.

The training comes as part of a $5.1 million National Telecommunications and Information Administration American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to support the New Jersey State Library’s Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP).   The program’s goal is to make New Jersey’s libraries strategic job-creating facilities by adding computer workstations, upgrading Internet connectivity and providing job search assistance and workforce development programs.

A consortium of New Jersey’s community colleges will deliver training using its existing curriculum.  Additional online content and training developed by New Jersey Network will also be available.  More than 5 million New Jersey residents will be served through this initiative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s Still Time to Register for Courses at Hudson County Community College This Spring

Hudson County Community College announces that there is still time to register for spring 2012 term courses.  Spring registration is currently underway at 25 Journal Square in Jersey City.

Classes for the spring semester will begin on Friday, Jan. 20, at the Journal Square campus and North Hudson Higher Education Center. Classes are also being offered in off-campus locations including Bayonne (start date Tuesday, Jan. 31), Hoboken (starting Monday, Jan. 30), and Kearny (beginning Tuesday, Jan. 31). These locations have been established to serve the needs of county residents, and the courses offered bear the same credits as those offered in HCCC classrooms.

Course catalogs are available at the College’s Office of Enrollment Services, 70 Sip Ave., Jersey City, and at the North Hudson Higher Education Center, 4800 Kennedy Blvd., Union City. The catalog is available online in English and Spanish at the college’s web site, http://www.hccc.edu/schedule.

Complete information regarding courses, classes, admission, and registration may be obtained on the College’s web site at www.hccc.edu/mystart, or by phoning (201) 714-7200. Prospective students may apply to the College online at http://mystart.hccc.edu.