NJCU gets tax abatement for Westside campusTaking advantage of a now-expired state law that allows colleges to work with private developers for public/private ventures, New Jersey City University attained a 30-year tax abatement from this city last week. ×A BRIDGE TOO FAR – The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as a result of an investigation arising out of the agency’s failure to disclose to bondholders the legal risk that the Port Authority’s March 2011 decision to fund $1.8 billion for roadway improvements at and around the Pulaski Skyway. The Port Authority in a statement said the project might have been beyond the agency’s statutory authority. A BRIDGE TOO FAR – The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as a result of an investigation arising out of the agency’s failure to disclose to bondholders the legal risk that the Port Authority’s March 2011 decision to fund $1.8 billion for roadway improvements at and around the Pulaski Skyway. The Port Authority in a statement said the project might have been beyond the agency’s statutory authority. The City Council adopted two ordinances that cleared the way for construction of three residential buildings as part of a $84 million project. The building’s 301 market rate apartments are designed to generate revenue to the school and to help fund future development of a performance arts center. Council members Chris Gadsden and Richard Boggiano abstained, and Michael Yun voted no.Having a ball – Snow Ball that isThe Snow Ball, Jersey City’s most anticipated arts charity gala, makes a triumphant return on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m. (snow date, Saturday, Feb. 4). This event raises funds for Art House Productions’s 16th season of theater, music, visual art, dance, educational programming, and citywide arts festivals. The Snow Ball is presented by Silverman, a local development company.Dress for the event is “black tie creative,” and guests are encouraged to compete for the annual best-dressed guest or couple award by donning their favorite formal attire, including vintage, wedding, and costume-wear.The Snow Ball welcomes Manouche Bag to the stage this year, performing Gypsy Jazz through the night. The evening concludes with a party on the dance floor, courtesy of local favorite DJ George “Soul” Fernandez. Hosted by Lillian Bustle.A $90 advanced purchase ticket for the fundraiser includes light fare and drink. Art House’s major food and dessert sponsors include Whealth and Milk Sugar Love. The Snow Ball’s exclusive wine sponsor is CoolVines, beer sponsor is New Jersey Beer Co., and liquor sponsor is Stateside Urbancraft Vodka.The highly anticipated silent auction will feature unique artwork and experience packages, as well as items from favorite local vendors. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.arthouseproductions.org, and $100 tickets will be available for purchase at the door on the night of the event.A $150 VIP ticket can be purchased for the event. A VIP reception will be held at 7 p.m. at Art House, featuring a champagne bar and hors d’oeuvres, a private concert by acapella group Cabaret Sauvignon, and exclusive gift bags.Art House Productions has a wheelchair accessible entrance and is located at 136 Magnolia Ave. at the corner of Summit Avenue. The theater is adjacent to the Journal Square PATH Station.For more information about our programs, please visit our website at arthouseproductions.org.Student of achievement awarded to St. Dominic Academy studentSt. Dominic Academy senior Aolani Vargas of Jersey City is the recipient of a $1,000 one-time scholarship from The Comcast Leaders and Achievers (R) Scholarship Program. This program recognizes high school seniors from Comcast communities for their commitment to community service, academics and demonstrated leadership. Vargas is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Student Council, Student Ambassadors, Spirit Committee, and the Academy’s National and State Champion Dance Team. Additionally, Vargas has spent the last two summers as a scholarship student in the Summer STEM program at the Cooper Union Albert Nerken School of Engineering. In 2015, she was also accepted to New Jersey’s Governors School for Engineering and Technology.Politics & power on screenThe Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Square in Jersey City, will feature a series of films on politics and power on Jan. 28 and 29.On Friday, Jan. 27 starting at 8 p.m., the theater will present a double feature of“The Great McGinty,” a 1940 film directed by Preston Sturges, followed the Marx Brothers’ 1933 classic, “Duck Soup.” Tickets cost $10 for adults; $8 for seniors (65+) and children (12 & younger).On Saturday, Jan. 28 starting at 6 p.m., the theater will feature “Wag The Dog,” starring Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Anne Heche, Woody Harrelson, and Dennis Leary. Tickets cost $8 for adults; $6 for seniors (65+) and children (12 & youngerAt 8:15 p.m., the theater will present what some to believe one of the greatest political films ever made, “Citizen Kane,” starring and directed by Orson Welles. Tickets cost $8 for adults; $6 for seniors (65+) and children (12 & younger).Combination pricing is available. For more information call (201) 798-6055 or go to http://www.loewsjersey.org or email: [email protected] photography exhibit to open in FebruaryThe Gallery at Garden Street Lofts at 1425 Garden St., Hoboken, will host work by Jersey City-based photographer Rob Jenkins this February.An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to celebrate the debut of Jenkin’s photography. Residents, guests of the artist, and the local community are invited to attend.The catering for the reception will be provided by sponsors Cork and Urban Coalhouse.The Gallery at Garden Street Lofts series has been created to bring art into the home environment, support local artists, and create events that bring the Hoboken community together. Every four months a new local artist will be featured in the buildingFor more information on the artist, go to his website robjenkinsphotography.com/fine-art/.