ARTS EXPRESS- Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) Opens Merseles Studios with Dance, Music, Drama and There’s More to Come!

 By Sally Deering

drama masks for coverActors, playwrights, choreographers, musicians – artists who have longed for a new performance venue in Jersey City will be happy to learn two new spaces are opening up on Newark Ave: Merseles Studios on the second floor of the Monaco Lock building, and White Eagle Hall which is being renovated from a Turn-of-The 20th Century meeting hall to a space for rock ‘n’ roll just like Hoboken’s former icon Maxwell’s.

Together, Merseles Studios and White Eagle Hall stand under the umbrella of the newly-formed Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC), which is under the leadership of Artistic Director Olga Levina and Executive Director Ben LoPiccolo – both married to the project and each other. The couple’s dream of offering Jersey City artists new performance venues to express their art is a personal as well as professional achievement and the beginning of a journey that will likely be as interesting as the artists performing there.

 

 

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Hudson County Community College Announces Plans for 2014 Commencement Exercises

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April 23, 2014, Jersey City, NJ – On Thursday evening, May 22, 2014, over 925 students will walk across the stage at New Jersey performing Art Center’s Prudential Hall as part of Hudson County Community College’s 36th Annual Commencement ceremonies. The event will begin at 6:00 that evening. Continue reading
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George Pogatsia Releases Trailer for New Film-Family on Board

Directed by Hudson County actor/filmmaker George Pogatsia starring Eric Roberts, Tony Sirico, Mathew Cowles and George Pogatsia the short drama FAMILY ON BOARD tells the story of a family man and biker who receives a questionable prison sentence. On his way to report to jail, he reflects on his life and anticipates what lies ahead, that’s when catastrophe strikes.

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Jersey City’s Mayor Fulop Announces Plan for Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza

Plaza to Enhance Vibrant Downtown Commercial and Cultural enter with Expanded Outdoor Dining & Entertainment 

 JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced today a plan to convert a portion of Newark Avenue into a pedestrian plaza to enhance the City’s vibrant downtown commercial and cultural district and support the City’s growing ‘Restaurant Row.’  Continue reading

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Lot 13 Gives Bayonne New Hip

18 Taps, a Great Whiskey Selection and Upscale Comfort Food

   By Sally Deering

Jean and Charles Stewart first met at a bar; she was serving drinks at an establishment in the East Village and he was a member of the Coast Guard stationed in Bayonne out for a night on the town. The two fell in love, married and started a family and now they’re raising a son and building a new career as restaurateurs and owners of Lot 13 in Bayonne.

Lot 13 opened in 2011 and both husband and wife share all the responsibilities of running a restaurant and busy bar.

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Grow a Nutritious Garden in a Pot

by Melinda Myers

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herbs-in-pot-m (1)Don’t let a lack of time or space get in the way of gardening your way to a healthy lifestyle.  Plant a container of nutritious vegetables and herbs.  Include a few planters on the front porch, back patio or right outside the kitchen door.

All that’s needed is some potting mix, fertilizer, plants and a container with drainage holes.  A fifteen to twenty-four inch diameter pot or twenty-four to thirty-six inch long window box is a good starting size.  Bigger containers hold more plants and moisture longer, so it can be watered less frequently.

 


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Palisades Medical Center Recognizes Local Residents for Volunteer Service

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(Third from Left) Beatriz Garcia of Edgewater, NJ, is acknowledged for her 16,000 cumulative hours of volunteer service by Bruce J. Markowitz, President and CEO of Palisades Medical Center; Denise Whitley, Coordinator of Volunteer Services at Palisades Medical Center; and Joseph G. Burt, VP/Executive Director of the Palisades Medical Center Foundation.

(Hudson and Bergen Counties) — Palisades Medical Center celebrated national Volunteer Week by holding a special luncheon at The Waterside in North Bergen to recognize its dedicated volunteers for their tireless efforts.  During the Volunteer Recognition luncheon, Palisades Medical Center staff presented commemorative pins to the following volunteers to recognize their cumulative hours of service to the Medical Center:

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Pulaski Skyway Rehab Project Poses Challenge to Commuters

By Ricardo Kaulessar

 Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop with DOT Commissioner James Simpson standing behind him at Thursday, April 10th Press conference

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop with DOT Commissioner James Simpson standing behind him
at Thursday, April 10th Press conference

“It is a hell of an inconvenience but it’s for a good cause.”

State Assemblyman Charles Mainor (D-Jersey City) hopes the 40,000 drivers who take the Pulaski Skyway daily will feel the same way as he does as the 82-year-old bridge’s two northbound lanes will be closed starting this Saturday for the next two years to rebuild the bridge deck.

Mainor was one of several state and local officials, including Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who were in attendance for a press conference Thursday at Casino-in-the-Park in Jersey City to address the traffic issues for commuters as a result of the closing of the lanes as part of the state’s eight-year $1.2 billion Pulaski Skyway Rehabilitation Project. Continue reading

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Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Department of Recreation & the Jersey City Free Public Library to Celebrate National Library Week with Ray Robinson II

JERSEY CITY SEAL LOGOThe City of Jersey City,  the Department of Recreation, and the Jersey City Free Public Library are proud to celebrate National Library Week with special guest author, Ray Robinson II at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Middle School #7222 Laidlaw Avenue.

 “I am pleased to join the Recreation Department and the Jersey City Free Public Library to welcome Ray Robinson II to Jersey City as we celebrate National Library Week,” said Mayor Fulop. “This celebration recognizes the importance of libraries in our community and the importance of literacy amongst our children in schools, at home, and in their local library.”

The National Library Week of 2014 celebration will feature an entertaining and enjoyable program for adults and children. The event kicks off with a boxing clinic, and a DVD screening of “Sugar Ray Robinson’s Greatest Fights,” followed by a book signing with Ray Robinson II, co-author of “Pound for Pound: a Biography of Sugar Ray Robinson.”

 



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