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JERSEY CITY BRIEFS


first_img ×The Kennedy Dancers presented “Goddess Night, An Evening of Belli Dance and Female Wisdom” on Saturday, April 22, at the Kennedy Dancers Repertory Center, 79 Central Ave. (on the corner of Beacon and Central) Jersey City at 7:30 p.m. The train was heading from Bayonne through Jersey City and the accident happened between stations.A passenger who was on the train said that after the impact, the driver of the train stopped the train and was crying. Other transit workers came to help her off the train.Transit officials told the press that the person was trespassing on the tracks between stations.Service was suspended between Bayonne and Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Workers at the Liberty State Park stop said that shuttle buses were sent to help passengers get to other stations.Furnished Quarters and Bideawee Team up for pet adoption event at Grove St. PATHBideawee, one of New York City’s leading animal welfare organizations, will partner with Furnished Quarters, the leading provider of temporary furnished apartments in the Northeastern United States, to hold a pet adoption event. Bideawee’s Mobile Adoption Van will be at the entrance to the Grove St PATH Station in Jersey City on April 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. Dogs and cats of all ages and sizes will be available for adoption and looking for their forever homes. There will also be giveaways for both pets and people at this special community event.Movie starring JC native Nathan Lane debuts on demandA new comedy movie starring Jersey City native Nathan Lane, and adapted from a novel by a Hoboken-based author, is now available for watching via Amazon, iTunes, and via some cable providers on demand.“Carrie Pilby,” a humorous film about a 19-year-old genius who awkwardly tries to date and meet new people in New York City, premiered two weeks ago on internet and demand. It stars Bel Powley (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”), Lane, Gabriel Byrne, Vanessa Bayer, William Moseley, Colin O’Donoghue, and Desmin Borges.The film is directed by Susan Johnson. It also features music by Michael Penn.It is based on the novel of the same name by Jersey City Reporter editor Caren Lissner.Anyone who can get to amazon.com on their computer can watch the independent film, distributed by the Orchard. For more information on how to watch, go to http://www.braveartfilms.com/carriepilbyreleasedetails/Social Security lays out five steps to financial securityNancy A. Berryhill, acting commissioner of Social Security, suggests everyone celebrate the first National Social Security Month in April by taking five steps toward financial security at www.socialsecurity.gov/5-steps-toward-your-financial-security. During the month, Social Security has been providing educational articles and video messages on its website featuring personal finance expert Suze Orman.Each message will provide the public with practical tips for developing a sound financial plan that includes Social Security as a foundation.“With retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, Social Security helps secure today and tomorrow for millions of people throughout life’s journey,” Acting Commissioner Berryhill said. “By hosting National Social Security Month, we hope to help the public understand their Social Security protections and promote financial education.”The National Social Security Month campaign will emphasize the agency’s five key steps toward financial security:1. Get to know your Social Security2. Verify your lifetime earnings with a my Social Security.com account3. Estimate your future Social Security benefits at my Social Security.com4. Apply online for retirement, disability, or Medicare benefits5. Manage your Social Security benefitsOn average, Social Security replaces approximately 40 percent of pre-retirement earnings. To enjoy a comfortable retirement, most people will also need income from other sources — like pensions, savings, and investments. Yet nearly a third of America’s workers have no money set aside specifically for retirement.An evening of belli dance and female wisdomThe Kennedy Dancers Inc., a non-profit professional dance company, dance school, and educational cable television productions, presented “Goddess Night, An Evening of Belli Dance and Female Wisdom,” at the Kennedy Dancers Repertory Center, 79 Central Ave (on the corner of Beacon and Central) Jersey City.This presentation of mystical dances of cultural, folk, tribal fusion and Arabic styles (dubbed by Americans as belly dancing) was meant to transport the audience to a time when belly dancing was designed for women and had meaningful purposes such as rituals, rights of passages, and varying important life events. The evening of dance was performed by Kennedy Dancers Inner City Youth Junior Dance Company with choreography by Diane Dragone.Indiegrove to host showcase state funding for emerging tech companiesFounded in 2013, co-working space Indiegrove, 121 Newark Ave. in Jersey City, offers its members a variety of resources, including educational workshops, networking opportunities and ample amenities such as meeting rooms, high-speed wireless access, and kitchen facilities. The co-working space has grown rapidly and currently boasts 250 members, of which approximately 35 percent are from the technology industry.New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) Chief Executive Officer Melissa Orsen will visit Indiegrove on Wednesday, April 26, at 1:30 p.m. as part of EDA’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the programs it offers to support emerging technology companies. She will be joined by EDA Director of Technology & Life Sciences Kathleen Coviello. The Kennedy Dancers presented “Goddess Night, An Evening of Belli Dance and Female Wisdom” on Saturday, April 22, at the Kennedy Dancers Repertory Center, 79 Central Ave. (on the corner of Beacon and Central) Jersey City at 7:30 p.m.center_img Man killed by light rail train on Friday morningA Bayonne Flyer light rail train struck and killed a man on the tracks between Richard Street and Danforth Avenue after 9 a.m. on Friday.last_img read more


Change the conversation to boost staff engagement


first_imgA key element of developing an environment of engagement for employees is establishing a forum for development and engagement.Peter Myers discussed how to create this environment during a breakout session at the CUNA CFO Council Conference Tuesday in Orlando.“If you have a direct report and you have regular conversation weekly or monthly, how much of that conversation focuses on operations?” Myers asks. “Probably too much. I recommend having a different conversation. Change the dynamic. Create a safe place where those reports can tell you if they’re not good at something, which can be a career-limiting move for some people. That builds trust.”Supervisors can also ask reports what their favorite or least favorite aspects of the job are, and how they can build on those answers.“Everyone has a favorite part about their role and everyone has a least favorite part of their role,” Myers says. “If you’re not seen as understanding that, your development conversations are going to follow suit. If you’re expecting the people behind you to learn, but you haven’t identified what you need to learn, how are you going to develop a culture of learning and growth.” continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Duke Energy announces ‘Utility Scam Awareness Day’


first_imgBatesville, In. — November 15 is the second annual Utility Scam Awareness Day, with natural gas and electric utility companies across the United States and Canada joining forces to inform customers and protect them from imposter utility scams. By sharing information and working together, Utilities United Against Scams (UUAS), is arming customers with the knowledge to spot scams and protect their information.As part of the UUAS collaboration, communications are planned with customers during the week of Nov. 13 through the website, newsletters, email, bill messages, video, media, advertising and social media content.“While Duke Energy customers have become nearly 50 percent less susceptible to scams since the formation of UUAS in 2016, scams continue to evolve,” said Jared Lawrence, vice president of meter services and executive chairman of Utilities United Against Scams. “By knowing what to look for, customers can continue to shut down scammers and protect their wallets and personal information.”Scammers posing as utility representatives use a variety of email, in-person and phone tactics to target families and businesses to steal money. According to Hiya, a phone spam protection company, utility scams grew 109 percent in 2016.“In partnership with UUAS over the past six months, we’ve shut down more than 500 toll-free numbers running utility scams, making it more difficult for scammers to victimize customers of Duke Energy and other participating utilities,” said Joel Bernstein, vice president of regulatory and public policy at Somos, which administrates toll-free numbers.last_img read more