TECH VETS Non-Profit Hires & Trains U.S. Vets

   CEO Dorothy Nicholson of Secaucus helps Vets Build IT Careers

By Sally Deering 

U.S. Veteran, Bright Star staff member Danielle Salifu of Jersey City

U.S. Veteran, Bright Star
staff member Danielle Salifu of Jersey City

U.S. Army veteran Danielle Salifu returned from her tour of duty and became a childcare provider until she discovered Bright Star Technology in Newark, a non-profit that helps U.S Veterans build careers in computer technology. After two years, Salifu went from document specialist to production supervisor.

 

“After being a child-care provider for ten years this was a big change,” Salifu says. “We are family at Bright Star. We all have something in common.”

Bright Star helps Veterans Bright Star provides IT infrastructure modernization; process improvement; and hybrid and cloud-based case management services and solutions to federal, state, county and municipal government offices as well as private companies. To fulfill its mission, Bright Star hires and trains American veterans in IT processes and solutions so they can transition from the military to high-tech careers within Bright Star and beyond.

ONE CEO’S DREAM

Dorthy Nicholson of Bright Star

Bright Star CEO
Dorothy Nicholson

Bright Star Founder and CEO Dorothy Nicholson of Secaucus started the company in 2008 after working for companies like Dun & Bradstreet, Computron and RADVision. Feeling unfulfilled in her work, Nicholson took a risk and started Bright Star with 60 homeless veterans.

 

 

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MOVIES IN THE PARK SERIES COMES TO SIX HUDSON COUNTY PARKS

Movies in the Park Logo

As produced by the Washington Park Association of Hudson County, Inc. (WPA).

Hudson County, NJ Free movies and popcorn on Wednesday and Friday nights this July and August at six different Hudson County parks. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy an evening in the park! Movies start at sundown each evening with rain dates, if needed, happening the following Monday and Tuesday. All movies are subtitled in Spanish and all events are wheelchair accessible.

Kicking off their third year with the support of Hudson County, the Movies in the Parks series brings family friendly films to 6 beautiful Hudson County parks, as produced by the Washington Park Association of Hudson County, Inc. (WPA).

The Movies In The Parks series for 2015 is brought to you by the Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Movies In The Parks was originally a community initiative, until the WPA’s partnership with the County of Hudson in 2013, which expanded the program countywide.

The parks and communities included are: Stephen R. Gregg Park in Bayonne, West Hudson Park in Kearny, Washington Park in Union City, Columbus Park in Hoboken, Lincoln Park in Jersey City, and JJ Braddock Park in North Bergen. Movies in the Parks are a great way to see a free family-friendly film in your local community under the stars. The series is also an incredible opportunity to experience all of the amazing parks in Hudson County that may be less visited by those who are not residents. Free popcorn will also be available at all screenings. Bring your family, friends, or just come to meet your neighbors at all 12 screenings throughout July and August this summer. Continue reading

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Rita and Joe’s Traditional Italian Cuisine with Contemporary Flair

Rita & Joe’s New Chef adds Hip to the Menu

Seasonings are Key to Great Flavors

By Sally Deering

Nestled in Jersey City’s Marion Section, west of Journal Square, Rita & Joe’s Italian Restaurant has been serving customers since 1985 when owners Rita and Joe Pane turned a “beer and shots” bar into a popular neighborhood eatery

Rita Pane and her daughter -in law Isabelle

Isabelle Pane and
Rita Pane

New Chef McCall at Rita and Joe's Jersey City restaurant

Chef Stephen McCall of Rita and Joe’s

Fast forward to 2015. Rita & Joe’s celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, but instead of relying on the old standbys, Isabel “Izzy” Pane (Rita’s daughter-in-law) has made some changes to keep up with the changing times. She brought on Chef Stephen McCall, a 1999 graduate of the New York Restaurant School who, along with Izzy, has revamped Rita & Joe’s menu with a contemporary take on tradition. Rita’s signature dishes like Eggplant and Chicken Parmigiana are still offered, but Chef Stephen has created some new dishes flavored with carefully chosen seasonings and using all fresh ingredients. You won’t find store-bought pastas at this restaurant; everything is made fresh and to order. Continue reading

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ARTIST AFIRE- Artist/Fire Captain John T. Ruddy Exhibits at Raven Gallery

  To open Art Gallery in JC this fall

 

Paintings by John T. Ruddy of Jersey City: PADMA, MATAJI, and NATARAJ.

(PADMA is on display at Raven Gallery and Boutique in Jersey City)

By Sally Deering

 Artist and Jersey City Fire Captain John T. Ruddy has traveled all over the world and the souvenirs he has brought back include exotic images and motifs that influence many of his paintings.

“I studied Renaissance and Classical painting and I’ve traveled to 50 countries,” Ruddy says, sitting at an outdoor café in his downtown Jersey City neighborhood. “I always head for the cathedrals, mosques and temples first, and I ask myself, what does this culture aesthetically offer? Travel has always been a life-long passion.”

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Freedom and Fireworks Festival Jersey City

Jersey City’s Fourth of July “Freedom & Fireworks Festival” on for Second Year

 

Fireworks Display Visible from Jersey City and West Side of New York

Free Event to Feature Live Music, Amusement Rides, Kids Entertainment, Food and Fireworks by Nationally-Acclaimed Grucci; Donate $20 or More to Support Special Olympics New Jersey and be the Official Launcher for the NJ’s Premier Fireworks Show

 JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced today that the City of Jersey City will host New Jersey’s premier Fourth of July concert and fireworks spectacular, the Second Annual Jersey City “Freedom & Fireworks Festival,” from noon to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at Liberty State Park, with fireworks by nationally-acclaimed Grucci, Grammy Award Winning Violinist Miri Ben-Ari, live musical performances, amusement rides, food vendors, and entertainment for the entire family.

The Jersey City Festival, which is free and open to the public, is expected to draw approximately 150,000 people to Liberty State Park, the most patriotic site in the country to celebrate America’s independence with views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, One World Trade Center, and the Jersey City and New York City skylines.

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Fun Hudson-Great Things to Do and See on the Hudson Waterfront

                     

Yoga, Dance, Music, Film, and so much more 

By Sally Deering

Summer’s just around the corner and after the winter we had, every day should feel like the 4th of July. One of the many benefits of living here on the Hudson is not only our close proximity to all things Manhattan, but the many activities that are offered either on the water or close to it. From kayaking to dance performances to film screenings on a starry night, there are plenty of fun things to do this summer; here’s a sampling…..

SUMMER ENCHANTED EVENINGS

Hoboken Concert Series

Thurs, 7 pm: Jun 25-Aug 20

Sinatra Park Amphitheater

Between 4th & 5th Streets, Sinatra Drive, Hoboken

www.hobokennj.org

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Jersey City Officials Cut Ribbon on The One, Jersey City’s Newest Luxury Residential Tower

Ceremony Features Unveiling of New 67-by-80-Foot Mural Celebrating City’s Artistic Culture

Ribbon Cutting the One
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (June 25, 2015) —  Mayor Steven M. Fulop and other Jersey City officials today joined representatives of BLDG, Ares Management, L.P. and Urban Development Partners to celebrate the grand opening of The One with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The ribbon cutting marked the start of leasing at the new 36-story luxury residential tower in the heart of Jersey City’s burgeoning Powerhouse Arts District, as well as the unveiling of a 67-by-80-foot mural that reflects the city’s artistic culture and its connection with the surrounding architecture.
Cutting the Ribbon at the One
Developed by a joint-venture partnership of BLDG, Ares Management, L.P. and Urban Development Partners, The One offers a mix of 439 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments.

“This building has an artistic and unique design that will both add to the city’s growing skyline and contribute to the exciting Powerhouse Arts District,” said Mayor Fulop.  “We look forward to welcoming the new residents who will live here and call Jersey City home.”

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Tammy Blanchard Joins Cast of TALLULAH Dramedy

Actress Tammy Blanchard

Tammy Blanchard

Hudson County’s own Tammy Blanchard has been added to the cast of TALLULAH as reported by Variety Magazine.

Ms. Blanchard  recently appeared  in Disney’s INTO THE WOODS.

Rounding out the cast Ms. Blanchard joins, ‘X-Men’s Evan Jonigkeit  Ellen Page and Allison Janney, Zachary Quinto, Uzo Aduba, David Zayas and John Benjamin Hickey also star  in the upcoming dramedy .

TULLALAH  is the story of  “a free spirit who everybody thinks has kidnapped a baby after she rescues the child from her reckless mother.” The project is being lead by Sian Heder who also wrote the screenplay for TALLULAH.

Ms. Blanchard has appeared in several movies including: Moneyball, Deadline, The Good Shepherd, Rabbit Hole,  Blue  Jasmine  and the soon to be released Invitation

She has been nominated for two Tony Awards for her performances in  Gypsy (2003) and How to Succeed Without Really Trying in 2013

In 2001 she won an Emmy and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal as a young  Judy Garland in Life with Judy Garland – Me and My Shadows.

To find out more about Ms. Blanchard like her Facebook page at  Tammy Blanchard  Follow her on Twitter  Tammy Blanchard on Twitter

 

 

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THINGS ARE SMOKIN’ AT LOUIE’S BBQ PIT

Owner Luis Morilla Smokes & Seasons BBQ with Latin Flavors and Texas Style

Honoring his late Son’s love of BBQ, Morilla turns Grief to Sustenance

 

By Sally Deering

Louie's BBQ Pit Situated in the middle of Palisade Avenue on 51st Street in West New York, Louie’s BBQ Pit serves ribs, chicken, brisket and pulled pork smoked and barbecued in owner Luis Morilla’s secret seasonings. Morilla opened his eatery just five weeks ago and his take-out has already taken off.

Luis Morilla

  Luis Morilla, Owner of Louie’s BBQ Pit
in West New York, with his Texas style barbecued chickens

Louis Morilla had restaurant named after him

The late Louis Morilla

Louie’s BBQ Pit has a simple menu that packs a wallop of smokin’ flavor in its dishes. It features Pork and Beef Ribs, Chicken, Brisket and Pulled Pork – smoked, seasoned and barbecued Texas style. There’s a Whole Chicken with Rice and Beans, a Full Rack of Pork Ribs with Rice and Beans; Beef Ribs with Rice and Beans; and Pulled Pork, Chicken & Brisket Sandwiches. Customers can order Family Meals like a Whole Chicken, 6 Pork Ribs and Rice and Beans combo; and a Full Rack of Pork Ribs with Rice and Beans.

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Bayonne Bridge Construction Update

 

 

Turnpike Construction Update

Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and its contractors have provided updated information to the City of Bayonne regBayonne Bridge River View Observerarding the reconstruction of the 14A toll plaza and related work.

Construction continues on a new building and lanes in the 14A toll plaza area.  Work goes forward on widening the ramps to and from the Turnpike Extension Bridge.

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