Neighborhood News: Jersey City Kickstarts Local Shopping with Free Parking, Annual Toy Drives in Downtown Area

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**The city recently spearheaded a new “Shop Jersey City Buy Local” campaign. Although the campaign is meant to last throughout the year, the city is trying to incentivize holiday shoppers by offering two hours of free parking in select municipal lots when you shop local through December 31. You can check out the participating lots here (Google Maps). —JC Shop Local (PDF)

**Smile Pre-School & Nursery is accepting donations for its holiday toy drive. The toys will be handed out during the Tree/Menorah Lighting at the Pedestrian Plaza on Thursday, December 8. Donations can be brought directly to the pre-school (273 First Street off Jersey Avenue) and should be appropriate for children under 12 years of age.

**City Hall is also spearheading Jersey City’s 20th Annual Toy Drive. Through December 12, you can make toy donations to help families in need at the Resident Response Center at City Hall. —Jersey City’s 20th Annual Toy Drive

**Check your lotto tickets: An $84k Jersey Cash ticket was sold at the K&S Deli on Danforth Avenue last Wednesday, November 23. —NJ.com

**Jersey City native Raymond Martin was recognized by Jersey City officials last week as an Olympic hero after winning two golds and one silver for team USA at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. —Hudson County View

**Tickets for TEDxJersey City’s 2016 Conference at the Loew’s Theater are now on sale for $20. The conference will take place this Saturday from 12pm to 7pm. You can check out a list of speakers via the link. —TEDxJerseyCity

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