Officials respond to video of JC cops, WNY manIn response to a video that showed police allegedly kicking and dragging someone from a fiery car crash after a long pursuit through Jersey City this weekend, the Hudson County Prosecutor said on Thursday that the matter is being investigated. ×Memorial High School students Karla Somoano and Piero Manrique were each awarded $2,000 Community Service Merit Scholarships from Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center. The students were congratulated by Nikki Mederos, director of External Affairs at Palisades Medical Center, and Memorial High School Principal Scott Wohlrab. (See brief) Memorial High School students Karla Somoano and Piero Manrique were each awarded $2,000 Community Service Merit Scholarships from Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center. The students were congratulated by Nikki Mederos, director of External Affairs at Palisades Medical Center, and Memorial High School Principal Scott Wohlrab. (See brief) “There have been many inquiries about a video being utilized by several media outlets concerning Sunday night’s police involved shooting in Jersey City,” said Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez in a release issued to the press. “I’d like to thank the individual who came forward with this video and I’d like the public to know that we welcome their help. This video is now part of all the evidence we are considering as we investigate the actions of all individuals who were involved with the events of Sunday night in Jersey City. Our investigators have reviewed the video and we believe with certainty that this man is the bystander from West New York who suffered burns, not the individual pursued by police. As I previously said, we will utilize all resources available to the Prosecutor’s Office for a full and thorough investigation as we seek to bring this matter to a rightful conclusion.” Suarez encouraged any of readers or viewers with video or information about this incident, however insignificant, to contact the Prosecutor’s office. Investigators can be reached at 201-915-1345 or video can be sent to [email protected] To leave an anonymous tip for the Prosecutor’s Office, go to hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/ . All information will be kept confidential.”Police officials said a 48-year-old suspect led police on a six-mile chase from the Greenville section of Jersey City to the Jersey City Heights.Police fired a number of shots at the man’s car during the pursuit. The pursuit ended in a fiery crash.City officials said they had “serious concerns” with how the police conducted the pursuit.“This investigation was immediately turned over to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, as we do with any incidents in which an officer discharges his or her weapon or uses deadly force and as is required by attorney general guidelines. We have serious concerns about the conduct of this pursuit; however, we are reserving judgment until the conclusion of the prosecutor’s investigation,” said city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill. “To be clear, we are working with the HCPO and are in the process of identifying the officers on this video. Once we clearly identify all the officers involved we will be seeking termination in addition to any possible criminal penalties in appropriate cases.”Mayor Steven Fulop also Tweeted about the video on Wednesday night, calling the behavior shown “unacceptable.”Judge orders Union City father held for March blazeA judge has ordered the father of a boy who perished in a March fire in Union City held at the Hudson County Correctional Center.According to NJ.com, last month a Hudson County grand jury ordered an indictment against Eddie Gonzalez Sr., 27, for allegedly starting the blaze which quickly spread and displaced over 40 families. One-year-old Eddie Gonzalez Jr. was the lone reported fatality. Gonzalez Sr.’s 5-month old daughter and her mother, Aaliyah Mercado, escaped without injury; however, Gonzalez himself sustained injury, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.Both Gonzalez and Edwin Diaz, 21, are charged with manslaughter, a second-degree crime; causing widespread injury or damage, a third-degree crime; and creating a risk of widespread injury or damage, a fourth-degree crime, per a recent media release by the prosecutor’s office.During a June 7 hearing in Superior Court, Judge Paul DePascale ordered Gonzalez held, according to NJ.com.California man arrested for intent to distribute in Union CityThe Hudson County Prosecutor’s Narcotics Task Force arrested a California man on June 1 for possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and money laundering, according to a press release. The Jersey City Police Department and Hudson County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit also assisted with the arrest.Officials apprehended Roberto Castillo, 38, of Chula Vista, Calif., after a search of his vehicle and temporary residence in Union City allegedly produced 400 grams of cocaine and over $47,000 in U.S. currency, the release said. The street value of the quantity of narcotics seized is approximately $20,000.Castillo is charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine in a quantity of five ounces or more, Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine while within 1,000 feet of a school, and Money Laundering.Popular Farmer’s market returns to Braddock Park for third yearThe Braddock Park Farmer’s Market has officially opened for business for the 2017 season. Once again it is located just inside the north entrance to the park, opposite the Veteran’s Memorial.The heart of the market is a fresh produce stand stuffed with healthy, local-sourced fruits and vegetables. Cooked food will also be available, including corn, burgers, hot dogs, and shish-kebabs. In addition, a rotating selection of vendors will bring different wares each week to the market.The Braddock Park Farmer’s Market will be open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 1. Plenty of free parking is available. Come visit and add a healthy alternative to your diet.Memorial High School students awarded Community Service Merit ScholarshipsMemorial High School students Karla Somoano and Piero Manrique were each recently awarded $2,000 Community Service Merit Scholarships from Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center.The students earned the scholarships as part of the hospital’s Community Service Merit Scholarship Program that recognizes and rewards 16 high school seniors from local high schools who have demonstrated significant accomplishments in community service while maintaining academic success. “We are delighted to provide scholarship support to these amazing young men and women who have all shown a tremendous commitment to the importance of civic engagement and giving back to our local communities,” said Bruce J. Markowitz, president of Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center. “We know that paying for college can be challenging and we hope that this Community Service Merit Scholarship will help lessen the burden for the deserving recipients.”The online application process was conducted in February and March. Recommendations were made by high school guidance counselors and scholarship applications were reviewed by a committee of community volunteers.The Ahn Trio to close this season’s UBS Atrium SeriesThe classical crossover group The Ahn Trio will close this season’s free UBS Atrium Series in Weehawken on Wednesday, June 14 at 12:30 p.m. The series is co-sponsored by The Hudson Reporter newspapers.The Ahn sisters were born in Seoul, Korea, and educated at the Juilliard School in New York City. Reflecting the two cultures they grew up in, the trio brings a new energy and excitement to the chamber music world. Such noted composers as Michael Nyman, Maurice Jarre, Pat Metheny, Paul Schoenfield, Mark O’ Connor, Nikolai Kapustin, and Paul Chiara have written works for them.In two decades of touring, the trio has performed in all 50 states and in over 30 countries. They have recorded six albums for major record labels including EMI and Sony, garnering high praise and many awards.This concert will present works from their newest CD, “Blue.” Snapshots of this particular musical journey include hanging out with Prince at Paisley Park and playing “Purple Rain,” working with Pat Metheny who wrote “Yuryung” for the trio, and performing “Skylife” for President Obama at the White House. “Blue” also includes music from TEDWomen and collaborations with Juilliard classmate Kenji Bunch. Rounding out the album are the addition of new musical pictures, a collaboration with Hyung-ki Joo of Igudesman & Joo, and a D.D. Jackson arrangement of “Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix.Dedicated to educating and inspiring the next generation of musicians, the Ahns are passionate about sharing their knowledge. Angella is a Professor of Violin and Viola at Montana State University, in Bozeman, Mont. Maria teaches cello and is the head of the String Department at the Harlem School of the Arts in NYC. Lucia has a growing private studio. They hold master classes and workshops across the United States and around the world. Whether they are performing in New York’s Lincoln Center, Vienna’s Musikverein, Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon, or Beijing’s Concert Hall, the Ahns share their innovative spirit and ever-evolving musical vision.For directions and more information, please check the HRPAC website – www.hrpac.org – or call the concert hotline at (201) 716-4540.Call for artists for beautify Bayonne, deadline June 23The Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) Bergen Point Art Installation Project is calling for artists to submit proposals to help transform Broadway in the Bergen Point neighborhood into an art streetscape. Artists from Hudson County interested in painting call boxes, fire boxes, statues, and wall murals, to transform street features can apply using the official RFP application at the city’s homepage at bayonnenj.org and scroll through the slideshow at the top of the page. The deadline to enter is Friday, June 23.After seeing the long-term success of the streetscapes on Central Avenue in Special in the Jersey City Heights SID, which started in 2009, Bayonne allocated $60,000 of UEZ funds to facilitate an initiative of its own, with the coordination of new local art spot, The Bridge Art Gallery, and the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.The initiative will not only to beautify the shopping district, but attract visitors, renew old streetscapes, and prevent vandalism. Weathered, old, and otherwise boring traffic boxes and the sides of buildings are intended to become eye candy instead of eyesores.The upgrading of Bayonne’s streetscapes will take place in one of 27 designated Urban Enterprise Zone across the state, which were instituted in 1983, and their main draw is a 50-percent reduction in sales tax, ideally to lower costs for consumers while allowing for more business overall. Businesses have to jump through a few hoops first. To participate in the UEZ Program, businesses have to be certified by the program, be in tax compliance, and be registered within one of the 27 designated zones.Interested artists can direct questions to the UEZ office at [email protected], or (201) 858-6357; or the Bridge Art Gallery at [email protected], or (201) 443-8921.