IN MEMORY OF A FRIEND AND CO-WORKER TOM DWYER

By Joe Calamito

This past September 20th, marked 23 years the River View Observer has been in business, and in the early years we were fortunate to have a lead writer named Tom Dwyer writing our cover stories. He alone was instrumental in keeping our readers interested in all things Hudson County.

Always ready to tackle a new story idea, and creating ideas that made us worthy of our readers attention.

I was heartbroken to find out recently that on April 6th, 2021 the world lost a talented writer and musician when Tom lost his battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

It is hard for me to fathom such a brilliant talent as Tom no longer doing what he loved best, spending time with his beloved wife Susan, traveling, writing and creating beautiful music.

Tom was my friend, and although we hadn’t worked together in years, on occasion he would contact me and offer a travel story he had written and excitedly, I would jump at the chance to have the name Tom Dwyer, grace the pages of our publication one more time.

He would offer advice that I knew would make us a better publication, and in one of our last conversations a few years back, we talked of him writing a regular feature on Travel. Here at the River View we were excited at the idea.

Tom was a talented songwriter and in that last conversation we had, he was proud to let me hear some songs he had written and sold and I was happy he did.

There is no way I can sum up our friendship and working relationship other than to let his work speak for itself, by posting a few of Tom’s stories for you to read. Tom’s earlier stories unfortunately were written before we had the River View Observer website and are only in print , however, I did manage to find some from 2008 and 2009 for you to read.

Tom Thank you for all you did for us-and for inspiring us to push on, you made me a better person and publisher for have knowing you.

I hope you enjoy reading some of Tom’s stories…

Happy Birthday Liberty State Park by Tom Dwyer

Travel Sanibel -Captiva Islands Beauty and Sophistication Fun by Tom Dwyer

The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor

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Jersey City Native Awarded Junior Sailor of the Quarter and 2020 Junior Sailor of the Year

By Stephanie Fox, Navy Office of Community Outreach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Petty Officer 1st Class Brandon Cabell, a Jersey City, New Jersey, native serving with Navy Expeditionary Combat Command was recently awarded Junior Sailor of the Quarter and the 2020 Junior Sailor of the Year. After receiving these awards, Cabell advanced in rank to petty officer first class.

Junior Sailor of the Quarter and Junior Sailor of the Year are awarded to a junior sailor who exemplifies outstanding dedication to duty and superior performance by going above and beyond their assigned job.

Cabell is a 2012 County Prep High School graduate and is a current East Coast Polytechnic Institute University student. Today, Cabell also serves as a Naval yeoman.

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BAYONNE OEM COVID UPDATE FOR APRIL 29, 2021

How can I be vaccinated?

Anyone over the age of 16 (Pfizer) or 18 (Moderna, J&J) is now eligible to be vaccinated.  Please go to the Korpi Ice Rink (behind BHS) to receive your vaccine.  You can either call 201-537-4818 for an appointment daily between 9am and 5pm, or you can walk-in without an appointment from 9am to 3pm.  During the week of May 3rd, we will be using Pfizer (age 16 and up).  Please take advantage of this convenient vaccination POD.

Hudson County is vaccinating Bayonne residents at the Hudson County OEM site in Kearny.  You can register for this site by going to hudsoncovidvax.org. 

Covid-19 in Bayonne?

In Bayonne, we have approximately 130 residents who are currently listed as COVID-19 Positive.  These numbers are trending down.  There are eight (8) Bayonne residents who are Covid-19 positive and currently admitted to the Bayonne Medical Center. Please continue to use all safety practices to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.  Being vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself from serious illness, should you contract the virus. Over 30,000 people are now fully vaccinated in Bayonne, with well over 40,000 first and second doses administered here.

Where can I get tested for Covid-19?

There are many places for you to be tested.  The City of Bayonne continues to perform PCR testing at Ahern Veterans Stadium.  This testing is done on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1pm-7pm and Saturdays from 9am-2pm. 

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ART FAIR 14C MERGES WITH ART HOUSE PRODUCTIONS

Art Fair 14C has merged with Art House Productions effective April 28, 2021 to improve and expand the visual arts opportunities for the Jersey City community and beyond. The merger will allow both groups to better structure resources and to support each other in a more meaningful way. Founded in 2019 and 2001 respectively, Art Fair 14C and Art House Productions both serve artists and arts lovers throughout New Jersey with high quality arts programming. Art Fair 14C Founder, Robinson Holloway, will join the Art House Productions Board of Trustees.

Art Fair 14C is a Jersey City-based visual arts non-profit with a mission to expand opportunities for artists and arts businesses through residencies and exhibitions. The organization’s central program is New Jersey’s only international art fair, providing support and growth opportunities for small and medium sized galleries. With more than 50 exhibitors from around the world, Art Fair 14C annually highlights New Jersey as an exciting destination for high quality fine art.

Art House Productions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the development and presentation of the performing and visual arts in Jersey City, NJ. Art House Productions presents theater, performing and visual arts festivals, art exhibitions, and provides adult and youth art classes.

Art House, which will move into their new state-of-the-art facility at 184 Morgan Street by the end of 2021/early 2022, brings with it a staff and resources that will help Art Fair 14C on the administrative side in a larger capacity. For arts lovers, the merger means Art House will broaden their services and continue their commitment to the Jersey City arts community and the visual arts by expanding 14C’s core programs and building on Art House’s existing visual arts programs. 

“We’ve long been fans of Art House Productions and its commitment to artistic excellence and community engagement,” says Art Fair 14C founder Robinson Holloway. “A merger can be a business tool for growth, and it’s one that not many nonprofits use. Art Fair 14C and Art House Productions have complimentary missions that serve both artists and audiences, and I think that in combination we can become Jersey City’s strongest and most dynamic arts organization.”

“Art House is committed to broadening our reach in the visual arts in Jersey City and throughout New Jersey. We’re very excited to be merging with Art Fair 14C and we look forward to reopening in-person programming with this year’s Art Fair at Mana Contemporary in October 2021,” says Art House Executive Director Meredith Burns. “Robinson Holloway and her team are integral members of the arts community here and this partnership will further expand Art House’s capabilities in not only the visual arts, but all our programming.”

The merged company will operate as Art House Productions, Inc, but Art Fair 14C will retain its name and identity as visual arts programming within Art House Productions.

Art House Productions is generously supported by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, MACK-CALI Realty, SILVERMAN, The Princeton Foundation, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, The Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs, Masterwork Arts, and Genova Burns. 

Art House Productions is committed to accessibility and inclusivity in all public programming. Art House Productions produces work with a shrewd sense of social responsibility. For more information about Art House Productions, please visit our website at www.arthouseproductions.org. Follow us on social media @arthouseproductions @arthouseprods. To sign up for Art House’s mailing list, please click here: http://eepurl.com/hd1FCj

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Hudson County Community College Adds Nine Degree Programs that are Fully Available at the North Hudson Campus

 
Utilizing new ITV technology, the College now offers a
total of 19 associate degree programs at the Union City campus.

May 1, 2021, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) now offers 19 degree programs that can be completed from start to finish, on site, at the College’s North Hudson Campus in Union City.

“To better respond to the community’s needs and to offer more flexible options, the College has integrated Interactive Telepresence Video (ITV) into classrooms at our North Hudson Campus,” said HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber. “This technology has enabled us to significantly increase the number of degree programs offered in totality at North Hudson, so students never need to leave that Campus to complete their degrees.”

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Bayonne office of emergency management covid 19 update april 22, 2021

How can I be vaccinated?

ALL ADULTS in NJ are eligible to be vaccinated.  Bayonne will be getting Pfizer, increasing our eligibility to ages 16 and over. The Pfizer vaccine will be available on May 3rd, we will continue to use Moderna all next week (4/26-4/30).  The City of Bayonne is vaccinating our residents at the Korpi Ice Rink (behind BHS). You can call our new call center at 201-537-4818 (M-F 9am-5pm) to speak with a scheduler. If you prefer to be vaccinated at the BMC (Moderna), you can leave a voicemail at 201-858-6088 with your name, DOB, and contact number and await a scheduler to call you back.

Hudson County is vaccinating Bayonne residents at the Hudson County OEM site in Kearny.  You can register for this site by going to hudsoncovidvax.org. 

Covid-19 in Bayonne?

There are seven (7) Bayonne residents that are Covid-19 positive that are currently admitted to the Bayonne Medical Center. Please continue to use all safety practices to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.  Being vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself from serious illness, should you contract the virus.

Where can I get tested for Covid-19?

There are many places for you to be tested.  The City of Bayonne continues to perform PCR testing at Ahern Veterans Stadium.  This testing is done on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1pm-7pm and Saturdays from 9am-2pm. 

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RWJBarnabas Health To Host Webinar for the Black Community:Women, Children, Families and the COVID-19 Vaccine

On Monday, April 26th, RWJBarnabas Health’s Northern Facilities, in cooperation with the North Jersey Chapter of The Links, Incorporated will host a webinar for the Black community featuring a panel of medical experts to discuss women’s health, fertility, general medicine and the COVID-19 vaccine.  The panel will also answer questions families may have related to the COVID-19 vaccine, especially those considering the vaccine for their children who may be resuming in-school instruction this month. The webinar will take place at 7pm and will be hosted by special guest moderator, Robert Giles, MD, Assistant Director of Emergency Medicine at Clara Maass Medical Center.

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Bayonne second quarter property taxes due by grace date of Monday, May 10

The Bayonne Tax Collector’s Office announced that second quarter property tax payments are due on Monday, May 10. The nominal legal due date for the tax bills is Saturday, May 1, which is not a business day.  The City Council authorized a grace period through the close of business on Monday, May 10.  Payments made by that date will avoid a late fee.  Property owners may pay their taxes by mail or in person at City Hall, 630 Avenue C, or at Bayonne branches of BCB Community Bank, or through the City of Bayonne website, www.bayonnenj.org. 

By state law, quarterly payments received after the close of business on Monday, May 10, will incur interest charges dating back to Saturday, May 1, the nominal, legal due date for the second quarter.  For anyone making payment in person on May 10, the Tax Collector’s Office strongly recommends paying in person at City Hall before the close of business that day at 4:30 p.m.  There are boxes inside the two sets of front doors at City Hall where taxpayers can drop off various payments. Be sure to drop your tax payment in the tax box, which is on the left-hand side between the two sets of doors.

Those who handle their property taxes through their monthly mortgage payments should have received advice copies of the property tax bills in the most recent tax mailing.  They should continue paying their property taxes through their mortgages.

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HudsoN cOUNTY cOMMUNITY cOLLEGE how to prepare for your 1st summer job

Students will be guided through the nerve-wracking job application and interview processes. Topics include searching for job openings, writing resumes and cover letters, submitting applications, following up with potential employers, and preparing for the interview process. The class will end with a mock interview to allow students to practice all of their new skills.
Days:Tuesdays (4-Days)
Dates: May 4th,11th,18th,& 25th, 2021
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Instructor: Elissa D’Aries
Price: $75Location: Online
To Register

Discover more personal & professional enrichment courses at www.hccc.edu/continuingeducation

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