Beauty Queen Deluxe
By Sally Deering
If you live or work in Hudson, chances are you know your diners and have your favorites.
It’s not just a Jersey thing. People from all walks of life love the classic diners of the 1940s with their Formica tabletops and leatherette booths; strong java and juicy burgers, and creamy rice pudding dusted with cinnamon. If you’re a fan of any of these things and you like a waitress who can clear a table like a magician making a rabbit disappear, then stop by the Miss America Diner on West Side Avenue in Jersey City, right down the street from New Jersey City University.
There’s no place like the Miss America Diner and nobody knows that better than its newest owner Tony Margetis who bought the silver-chromed beauty in March of this year.
“The Miss America Diner is a landmark,” Margetis says. “I bought it because I knew it was famous. Every day, somebody is out in the parking lot taking pictures.” Continue reading
By Ricardo Kaulessar -Photo by Ricardo Kaulessar
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Paterson Mayor Joey Torres held a joint press conference Monday afternoon in Jersey CIty to launch a cross city partnership to share services such as police sharing information amongst departments for tracking criminals moving through those towns to employment training and prisoner reentry. Continue reading
River View Observer Staff Writer-Photo by Steve A. Mack
On Wednesday, July 23rd reality TV Celebrity Teresa Guidice appeared at Jersey City’s popular restaurant VB3 to promote her new line of wine Faberlini.
Ms. Guidice of The Real Housewives of New Jersey fame has also written 4 cookbooks of which 3 hit the NY Times Best Selling Author list. The popular reality star has her own hair care line called “Milania” named after her daughter and has also appeared on Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice.
She can be seen in this seasons The Real Housewives of New Jersey airing on Sunday nights at 8pm on the Bravo channel.
Playing in Color Gradations
By Sally Deering
Artist Peter S. Bill outside an exhibit
British artist Peter Bill is a color illusionist and his paintings can be found in homes throughout the U.K., and U.S., and in many instances, the homes of other artists. Using subtle gradations of brilliant color, Bill can turn a color spectrum into spirals, fans – you name it, the shapes are endless, and the images seem to lift off the page like a 3-D movie but without the goofy glasses.
Peter S. Bill Design in Pink
Bill has exhibited locally in several galleries including LITM and Cooper Gallery in Jersey City; HBO’s corporate headquarters and the Puffin Room in Manhattan; and at City Without Walls in Newark. For years, motorists have driven by the 17-foot by 15-foot peace sign he painted in the mural on Observer Highway in Hoboken. His early career work as a graphic artist can be seen in the book “The Collected Writings of Sir William Churchill,” and the three fonts he designed – Starlight, Starlight Display, and Uranus Bold – are still used today. Continue reading
Mayor Steven Fulop’s Jersey City Youth Foundation and the Board of Education Collaborate to offer free backpacks filled with school supplies
Jersey City, NJ – The Jersey City Youth Foundation is pleased to announce that it’s collaboration with the Board of Education this summer ensures that 10,000 K-8 students in need will have an opportunity to receive a free backpack filled with school supplies.
The JCYF is committed to enhancing community enrichment programs and increasing school and community connectedness. Our collaboration with the BOE and our entire Jersey City community ensures everyone can participate. Continue reading
By Ricardo Kaulessar
“I have heard enough fiction from Mr. Manzo, I don’t need to read his book too.”
If it’s possible for Governor Chris Christie to offer a book review, then he did so at a recent press conference in Camden when asked about “Ruthless Ambition: The Rise and Fall of Chris Christie,” the new book by former New Jersey State Assemblyman Louis Manzo, which can be seen as a nonfiction work that tells a story that’s stranger than fiction. Continue reading
Jersey City is the first municipality in the state to receive this particular coating treatment
JERSEY CITY—The biking community in Jersey City marked another watershed this week, as contractors began installing a new, highly visible green surface in bike lanes on busy streets. They are the first specially colored or textured bike lanes in the city, and among the first in the state.
Work on the surfacing began last Thursday, as city bike lane contractors Statewide Striping began laying down Endurablend, a mixture including polymer, fine gravel, and green dye, in pre-striped bike lanes along Christopher Columbus Drive. The surface is being sprayed through a honeycomb-patterned stencil, forming small hex shapes divided by thin lattice lines. The color emphasizes to cyclists and drivers that the lane is for bikes only, and the gravel is for traction, while the hex pattern is designed for better wear and drainage than solid coverings, according to Statewide representatives. Continue reading
Newly elected Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis accepts check
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez visited the Bayonne Fire Department to announce a federal grant in the amount of $295,000. The funding will enable the Fire Department to purchase new turnout gear and to handle high-angle rescues at tall buildings and industrial sites. Mayor Jimmy Davis and Fire Chief Gregory Rogers joined Senator Menendez for the check presentation.
By Ricardo Kaulessar- Photos by Ricardo Kaulessar
The casket of slain JCPD Officer Melivin Santiago carried into St. Aloysius Church, Jersey City
Outside St. Aloysius Church in Jersey City after the service for Officer Melvin Santiago
Fellow Police Officers carry JCPD Officer Melivn Santiago’s casket into St. Aloysius Church
The funeral for Jersey City Police
Fellow Officers from as far as Philadelphia fill the church for Police Officer Melvin Santiago’s funeral
Officer Melvin Santiago on Friday offered a somber pause, a reflective respite from a very tense week for law enforcement and the public at large.
The 23-year-old was laid to rest at St. Aloysius Church on West Side Avenue, mourned by grieving family and friends, his fellow officers, and elected officials. Also, hundreds of officers from locations as far away as Philadelphia lined the street outside when his casket was brought into the church. Continue reading