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Jamaica Organization Of New Jersey 

News and Local NJ Community Events. . .. 

Michelle Obama Farewell Address
(Full Screen view: RT + CLK)
Sporlight on BOLT
Huge expectations from  team
Jamaica and UsainBolt 
Flag Raising
Upcoming Flag Raising events
in New Jersey.
54th Thnksgb Svc
Upcoming 54th Independence
Church Service in New Jersey.
JA 54th Independence
Activities continue  in backdrop of Tropical Storm Earl. [...Details]

2017 JON-J Elected State Executive Team...
Congratulations to our new JON-J State Executive team: .......Mr. President, Patrick Reid .......Madam Vice President, Tracy Tomlinson-Dixon .......Treasurer, Leon Adams .......Public Relations, Dr. Phyllis Tait .......Secretary (acting), Ray Nelson   
Madam Past President...
Champion of Change
Ushering a new JON-J website...expanding JON-J by 2 additional chapters...bringing structure to JON-J executive and board meetings...presiding over a JON-J with increased general membership...these are some of the accomplishments achieved by Madam President, Phyllis Tait of The Jamaica Organization of New Jersey as her term comes to an end..  [...Details]

On behalf of the entire membership of JON-J, we send our deepest
condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of
Jarib Bennett aka DJ aka GOVANA
who passed away on January 27th in Paterson, NJ.
Let's Support Dr. Rev. Alfred B. Johnson (The Village Pastor) as he continues on his journey  to "Carry the Light"

JON-J Chapter News
Middlesex Mercer
Diahlo Investigation
Bamboo Grill
Justice Department probe
sought in police shooting
of Diahlo Grant [...Details]
New Jamaican restaurant
spices up Warren Street [...Details]
Essex Passaic
Caribbean Festival
Paterson NJ
Caribbean Festival
earlier this summer
at Branchbrook Park [...Details]
Paterson council approves
mayor’s temporary finance
director appointment [...Details]

Caribbean Women in Politics
Caribbean women having an impact in politics accross the country [...Details]

Jamaica Million Tree Planting 
A new project in Jamaica aims to plant 1 million new trees in the country in the next four years.

As reported in the Caribbean Journal, the project by SCJ Holdings Limited, is being undertaken in partnership with a number of ministries, departments and agencies in Jamaica.

The wider goals of the project include boosting local food production, increasing agricultural employment and reducing the country’s carbon footprint.  

According to the Caribbean Journal, Jamaica is planning to distribute 75,000 seedlings this year to replenish the country’s forests, according to Environment Minister Robert Pickersgill. The distribution comes after 31,000 seedlings were distributed last year. (Caribbean Journal Staff).

JA: IMF Executive Board  Approves US$39.6 Million
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed on September 16, 2016 the thirteenth review of Jamaica’s economic performance under the program supported by a four-year, US$932.3 million arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility. [...Details]

US Health Department Recalls Jamaican Curry Powder 12/2016
The Connecticut Department of Health has issued a recall for Jamaican curry powder, produced by Oriental Packing Company and triggered by the presence of lead in three of the company’s products. [...Details]

Nurses Walk! 10 Resign From KPH at end of December & More To Go
At least 10 specialist nurses in the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) have resigned effective the end of this month, leaving the 240-year-old institution haemorrhaging. [...Details]

Jamaica looking for investors to run sugar company
The Jamaica government is seeking investors to run the Monymusk Sugar Factory in Clarendon after the Pan Caribbean Sugar CO. Ltd ceased operations with billions of dollars in losses. [...Details]

US prosecutors want suspected J'can scammer held without bond
US prosecutors want a Jamaican man who's accused of masterminding a multimillion-dollar lottery scam to be held without bond pending trial in North Dakota. [...Details]

Sports and Entertainment
Austrailia: Raggamuffin Music Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary

Shaggy, The Wailers with Julian Marley and Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett, Ky-Mani Marley with Gentleman, Morgan Heritage, Diana King and Etana are the acts confirmed for the show. 

A number of home-grown acts will also perform. They include Six60, The Black Seeds, Herbs, and House Of Shem.

Australian Andrew McManus started Raggamuffin Festival in 2008 with shows in the cities of Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
Elaine Thompson destined for greatness

Athens Olympics 100m gold medallist Aileen Bailey described 2016 RJR Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year nominee Elaine Thompson as an amazing lady destined for greatness.

Bailey believes that Thompson will do well in the future and that she could be the spearhead of Jamaican sprinting when six-time Olympic winner Usain Bolt retires. An Olympic 100 and 200 metres finalist herself in 2004, Bailey has high praise for Thompson and her achievements in 2016.  Bailey stated: "She's doing well, representing us well and I wish the best for her."[...Details]

Activities from around JON-J Chapters
(Mercer County)
Mercer Chapter Team at City Hall Birthday at Chapter Office Beverly and Kim at Mercer Fish Fry

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