Neighborhood News: Head Chef at Hamilton Pork Resigns, NJ Transit Strike Looms

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**Big changes are taking place at recently-opened barbecue restaurant, Hamilton Pork. Jersey City Eats reports that head chef — and Thirty Acres alum — Jon Vitiello has resigned from his position at Hamilton Pork after disagreements with management over the menu and direction of the restaurant. No successor has been named. —Jersey City Eats

**NJ Transit officials and union leaders will continue talks this week in the hopes of averting a NJ Transit strike that could affect as many as 160,000 daily commuters. Despite the positive outlook, both sides were unable to settle on a package of pay and health benefits for NJ Transit’s 4,200 rail workers. The unions have demanded a contract that includes an 18% pay raise over seven years. The unions have also proposed a modest increase in employees’ health insurance payments. That proposal would cost NJ Transit an additional $183 million by 2018. —North Jersey

**Mayor Steven Fulop will give his annual state of the city address on Wednesday, March 16 at 6pm. He’s expected to address the city’s low unemployment rate and residential development boom, while also criticizing the policies of Governor Chris Christie, whose approval rating is at an all-time low. —NJ.com

**Nimbus Dance Works, a local not for profit professional dance company, will offer a variety of dance programs in six Jersey City Schools this spring, providing ongoing dance instruction for over 1,100 local youth. Select programs will be built into the school’s curriculum, whereas other after-school programs will require student/parent sign-up via their respective school offices. Programs will take place in Public Schools #3, #4, #5, #16, #37, OLC School, Snyder High School, and the School of Nimbus Dance Works. —Nimbus Dance Works

**Hudson Kitchen is hosting its first food/networking event — called Table Talk Live — this Wednesday from 6pm – 9pm at JCR Pop-Up Shop at 109 Columbus. The theme of the event will be “Following Your Dreams as a Food Entrepreneur” and will include Chilltown Kitchen’s Alysis Vasquez, ME Casa’s Eddie Coto, Jr., and OM Sweet Home founder Dawn Pascale, among others. The event costs $15 per person. —Hudson Kitchen

(Image: Hamilton Pork)