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Hoboken’s Art in the Park Registration Opens March 1st

Hoboken Art in the park Registration to Open March 1stArt in the Park is a 6 week creative arts program for toddlers ages 4 and under. Join us for songs, story time, sensory play, and an art project, all in the shade of your local park.

Online registration for Art in the Park will be open on March 1, 2017 at

There are eight 6 week sessions which take place on different days, in different parks, at different times. Choose either early morning (9am to 10:30am) or mid-morning (11am to 12:30pm) sessions:

Elysian Park on Mondays: June 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31
Elysian Park on Tuesdays: June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1
Pier A on Wednesdays: June 21, 28; July 12, 19, 26, Aug 2
Elysian Park on Thursdays: June 22, 29, July 13, 20, 27, Aug 3

Cost per 6 week session is $25.
Each session will accept 60 children.
Child must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
Dress child in messy clothes as clay or paints may stain clothes.

In case of rain, rain date will be announced.

For more information contact 201-420-2207 or

For full details, view this message on the web.

New Jersey Turnpike 14A Interchange Construction Updates

New Jersey Turnpike 14A Interchange Construction updates.The following work is scheduled over the next three weeks:

14A constuction project

Toll Plaza

  • East side (entering 14A): renovation of existing Toll Utility Building continues.
  • Reconstruction of Toll Lanes 8-10 continues.
  • A new traffic pattern was implemented at the Toll Plaza on 2/10/17. Please CLICK HERE for graphic.

Ramps between the Toll Plaza and the Hudson County Extension (HCE)

  • Widening construction on the ramps to and from the westbound and eastbound HCE is complete to the extent possible and the final alignment has been implemented. Asphalt resurfacing of the ramps will be performed in 2017.
  • Local street level work at Garfield, Avenue C and JFK Boulevard bridges will resume in the Spring of 2017. This work will be supported by Jersey City and Bayonne Police as needed.

Avenue E / Proposed Roundabout

  • Continue new roadway construction on Avenue E near 53rd Street. 
  • Continue deep bridge foundation construction in dedicated work zones. This work will be supported by Bayonne Police as needed.
  • On 03/08/17, a daytime detour of northbound Avenue E will be used, 10:00AM to 2:00PM. During this period, northbound Avenue E traffic, between 50th Street and 51st Street, will be diverted to Broadway to accommodate bridge structural steel erection. The expected duration of the detour is four (4) hours.  This work will be supported by Bayonne Police.

Connector Bridge (Bridge from the Toll Plaza to Port Jersey Boulevard)

  • Traffic was shifted onto the new Connector Bridge in a two-way temporary traffic pattern. Please CLICK HERE for graphic.
  • Pedestrian usage of the bridge for access to and from Port Jersey Boulevard continues to be prohibited. Please CLICK HERE for shuttle bus pamphlet.

Route 440 and Pulaski Street Intersection / Jughandle

  • Ramp roadway construction continues.
  • Continue new bridge pier construction for the new structure to southbound Route 440.

Ramp Area East of Route 440

  • New ramp construction continues.
  • Retaining wall construction continues.
  • Bridge deck construction on the bridge structure over Pulaski Street continues.
  • During the evenings of 03/09 and 03/10/17, nighttime detours of northbound Route 440 will be required immediately north of Pulaski Street, 8:00PM to 4:00AM, for bridge structural steel erection. Work will be supported by Bayonne and Jersey City PD.



If you have any questions about the 14A Improvement Project, please call the toll-free hotline at 1-800-671-6872, or email anytime. Thank you.


For full project details, contact information, traffic advisories, and informational pamphlets, please visit the NJTA 14A Website.


For information about the Bayonne Bridge, please click here





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Provident Banks Go Red Women Fundraising Campaign

Employees of Provident Bank recently took part in a Go Red for Women fundraising campaign at the bank’s administrative office and branch locations throughout New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania to benefit the American Heart Association. 

Employees were encouraged to show their support for the campaign and raise awareness of women’s heart disease by wearing red and making a contribution to the American Heart Association.  Employees who supported the campaign were able to wear jeans to work for the day.

 Provident Bank employees raised more than $3,600, all of which was donated to the American Heart Association.

 Provident Banks go red women's fundraising campaign

Pictured left to right in photo: Daphne Higgins, Heide Calhoun, Khalida Shah, Provident Bank; Catherine Metzendorf, bank customer; Michele Bilicki , Melanie Rodriguez, Provident Bank.





Music Broadway Bayonne Friday, February 24th , 2017 is  sponsored by Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis and the Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone a program for the city of Bayonne that  is a wonderful way to get out, go for dinner and listen to young talented musicians play while you dine.

Live Music on Broadway now in its 9th week pairs local musicians with some of Bayonne’s excellent dinner venues.

Going out to dine Friday night February 24th ?  Visit one of these fine establishments and listen to some fantastic music.

Click on the restaurants and tavern names to find out more about these fine Bayonne establishments 

Music Broadway Bayonne Friday February 24, 2017


Bella Sorrellas Restauant    1020 Broadway    7pm   George Orlando

KP Sarelli’s Restaurant   241 Broadway          7pm   Isaac Ezekiel

La Guardiola  819 Broadway                               7pm   Domino Effect 

MezCal Kitchen  482 Broadway…                      7pm   Dave Watson 

Planet Wings 589 Broadway…                           7pm      Paul Addie

San Vito  406 Broadway…                                    6:30 pm   Rob & Scott  

The Vic Tavern 107 Hobart Ave…                 4:00 pm   Mike & Brian 

For more information call the Bayonne UEZ

ART MATTERS Galleria Hudson Jersey City Celebrates Black History Month

  New Owners offer Framing, Photo-Printing & Venue for Artists

 Art Matters


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Paintings by the late Elmira Wood and photographs by Mickey Mathis on view at Galleria Hudson in Jersey City.

By Sally Deering

Downtown Jersey City, on the corner where Jersey and Newark Avenues meet, Galleria Hudson frame shop just got a little more interesting. John and MaryJean Frohling and MaryJean’s son Henry Greenfield took over Galleria Hudson just a few months ago and made some changes. Along with framing services, and large-format photo-printing, Galleria Hudson now offers local artists a venue to show their work.

Art Matters February is Black History Month, and the Frohlings and Greenfield are spotlighting local photographer Mickey Mathis, a Jersey City resident who can be seen, camera in hand, strolling through local neighborhoods capturing light as it spills onto buildings, and freeze-framing moments in time. Mathis has been chronicling Jersey City’s neighborhoods for more than 20 years. He made his mark as a New York photographer taking pictures of celebrities and big events like the Ali-Frasier fight. Continue reading ART MATTERS Galleria Hudson Jersey City Celebrates Black History Month

Hudson County Community College Ranked Top Ten New Jersey Colleges and Universities Social Mobility                                     


‘The Equality of Opportunity Project’ ranks HCCC in the top 120 of 2,200

U.S. higher education institutions; the College is the only community college in New Jersey’s top ten colleges and universities.


HCCC LOGO BLUE A recently published study, “The Equality of Opportunity Project,” which tracked students from nearly every college in the country and measured their earnings years after they left campus, shows that Hudson County Community College (HCCC) is one of the top socially mobile colleges in the country.

The study utilized publicly available data from the federal government – 30 million students’ anonymous financial-aid records and tax filings from the period of 1999 to 2013 to determine if colleges are fostering access and equality. The study reveals that HCCC works as an engine of social mobility, helping working class students achieve the American dream of a middle class lifestyle. For example, the study shows that while 36.3% of students from HCCC come from the lowest fifth of the economic spectrum, 11% of those students actually end up in the top fifth of the economic spectrum.  Furthermore, a very large percentage of those students achieve incomes that place them in the top three-fifths of the economic distribution.

“The results of this study prove we are fulfilling our mission of providing high-quality educational opportunities that promote student success and are accessible, comprehensive and learning centered,” said Glen Gabert, Ph.D., Hudson County Community College’s President. “We are proud that we successfully afford lower-income students the opportunity to move up the ladder into middle class and higher.”

Dr. Gabert said the study proves the importance of affording lower-income students opportunities for attaining a higher education, especially in light of the fact that funding for public colleges has declined on a regular basis.  The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reported that state funding for higher education is down 18% per student (adjusted for inflation).

The study’s top ten rankings for New Jersey are: (1) New Jersey Institute of Technology, (2) Bloomfield College, (3) Saint Peter’s University, (4) New Jersey City University, (5) Stevens Institute of Technology, (6) Thomas A. Edison State College, (7) Berkeley College of Woodland park, (8) Hudson County Community College, (9) Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and (10) Kean University.  Of these, Hudson County Community College has dual-admission and/or transfer articulation agreements with seven of the schools in this group, thereby providing even greater opportunities for upward mobility for students.




Small plane crashes on Avenue E BayonneThe Piper PA-28 singe-engine plane that  crashed on Sunday, February 19th, 2017 on Bayonne’s Avenue E is now being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The many parts of the downed plane that spread over the 2 block area between 40th and 42nd street in Bayonne  have been collected for examination and the investigation has begun on what caused the single -engine plane to crash.

The pilot Geroge Pettaway 56, of Wheatley Heights, Long Island recuperating in  Jersey City’s Medical Center is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, February 22nd.

The crash occurred after Pettaway began experiencing problems with the plane near the Statue of Liberty and had hoped to land the small plane in New Jersey then crashing  on Avenue E.

Pettaway’s plane landed upside down not before hitting power lines, and damaging four cars.

Register now CarePoint Bayonne Medical Center Diabetes Program on April 6

Bayonne Medical Center BAYONNE, NJ – CarePoint Health invites area residents to a free Diabetes  program offered for those with type 1 or type 2 diabetes on Thursday, April 6 at CarePoint Health at Bayonne Medical Center. There will not be a program in March.

The CarePoint diabetes program is comprised of monthly seminars to help attendees manage their diabetes. Meetings are usually held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Bayonne Medical Center, 29th Street and Avenue E. Dinner is included.

The program is held in in conjunction with the Diabetes Foundation of New Jersey and ShopRite Inserra Supermarkets. Continue reading Register now CarePoint Bayonne Medical Center Diabetes Program on April 6

Hudson County Community College Releases New Non-Traditional Programs Spring 2017 Catalog

Logo HCCC Hudson County Community College’s division of Non Traditional Programs has released a new catalog online for the Spring 2017 semester! Hudson County Community College provides residents of Hudson County with personal enrichment and professional development opportunities through their Non Traditional Programs Division. Participants may attend programs in person or online. Some classes offered help you gain experience in Culinary Arts, English as a Second Language, Professional & Career Development, Business & Entrepreneurship, Computer Proficiency, Test Prep, and more! Classes are provided by the Center for Business & Industry (CBI), Community Education, and Evening, Weekend & Off-Site Programs.

To view online, go to For more information, or if you have any questions, call 201-360-4246 or email


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Keith Buscio Joins Provident Bank As Assistant Vice President, Director Of Public Relations

Provident Bank has named Keith Buscio Assistant Vice President,

Keith Buscio
Keith Buscio

Director of Public Relations. In this position, Buscio will be responsible for executing Provident’s public relations strategy, expanding and enhancing the Bank’s image in the marketplace, and managing its reputation to ensure it is consistent with the organization’s brand promise of commitment.

“We are excited to add Keith to our team. His many years of experience in financial services, extensive knowledge of the marketplace, and strong background in marketing and communications will greatly enhance our public relations efforts,” said Rob Capozzoli, First Vice President, Director of Marketing, Provident Bank. Continue reading Keith Buscio Joins Provident Bank As Assistant Vice President, Director Of Public Relations