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Women’s History Month Celebration Wed. Mar. 14th Conrad Rotunda Historic Brennan Court House

Jersey City, NJ—Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and Freeholder Doreen DiDomenico will co-host the County’s celebration of Women’s History Month tomorrow evening at 5:30 pm in the Conrad Rotunda of the historic Brennan Court House (583 Newark Avenue, Jersey City).
The ceremony honors by citation more than 30 remarkable Hudson County women who have made a difference in our community and our world in the field of education or in support of expanding educational opportunity. The evening also will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America and that organization’s efforts to grow mentally, physically and spiritually. Continue reading Women’s History Month Celebration Wed. Mar. 14th Conrad Rotunda Historic Brennan Court House

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT! Founder of FEARLESS FEMALES Bianca DiMitri Will Speak performance by Jersey City’s newest talent AudioBodies featuring their hit single “FREE”.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 starting 8:00 PM at Wagner College in Staten Island
FEARLESS FEMALES is invited to speak about intimate partner abuse with several speakers including Bianca Dimitri, survivor and founder of non-profit organization FEARLESS FEMALES, Lizzi Alecea – survivor/Member of FEARLESS FEMALES, Derek Tabacco – Advocate/speaker for WOW (World of Women); and featuring speaker, Geovanni Carlos – Advocate for gay victims/member of FEARLESS FEMALES – representing gay community,usually excluded by domestic violence organizations and events.
Historically, women faced the anxiety of walking alone at night; that is why TAKE BACK THE NIGHT began. The purpose of the Foundation of TBTN is to provide greater national and international visibility for the TBTN Foundation’s mission. The grassroots efforts flown under banner of TAKE BACK THE NIGHT span over thirty years, their mission is to seek to end sexual violence in all of its forms including sexual assault, sexual abuse, dating violence and domestic violence. Continue reading TAKE BACK THE NIGHT! Founder of FEARLESS FEMALES Bianca DiMitri Will Speak performance by Jersey City’s newest talent AudioBodies featuring their hit single “FREE”.

The Top 7 Cities for Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day-In Hudson County There’s Jersey City & Bayonne, New York City!

According to via Prnews2. com the following list presents the top 7 cities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Here in Hudson County there will be parades in Jersey City, Bayonne. And of course New York City will have there’s too! Hoboken will not have a parade this year.

 7. Kansas City, Missouri: Kansas City has been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day as a city since 1873. Its population is 10.4% Irish according to and their parade is one to be reckoned with. Drawing a crowd of approximately 200,000 people, the grand prize winner of the parade procession in Kansas City wins an all expenses paid trip to Ireland. That’s some serious parade marching! Their night life consists of many Irish pubs including haunts like O’Dowds Little Dublin and Lafferty’s.

6. St. Louis, Missouri: Although city-data lists the Irish population of St. Louis as only about 8.6%, their celebration made the list for many other reasons. Every year, St. Louis kicks off their March 17th celebration with the Michelob 5 Mile Run. The 2012 run is slated to involve over 13,000 runners. That’s more than the lawn seating capacity of the St. Louis Verizon Wireless Amphitheater! After the race there’s a St. Patty’s Day parade featuring balloons, Irish dancers, horses and large floats. The celebration often goes into the night at clubs and pubs like O’Connell’s and John D. McGurks. Continue reading The Top 7 Cities for Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day-In Hudson County There’s Jersey City & Bayonne, New York City!


(Jersey City, NJ – Feb 1, 2012) – The Golden Door Film Festival, which took Jersey City by storm in October 2011, announced today that there will be a special presentation screening of five of the film entries from the October 2011 festival which will highlight the “The Best of the Fest” on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Art House Productions, McWilliams Place, JC. The screenings will begin at 7:00 pm.

 Lily of the Feast, directed by Federico Castellucio and written by Michael Ricigliano, will begin at 7:00 pm. In Lily of the Feast, Castelluccio plays a former bookie turned banker with a special gift for memorizing numbers, who is unwittingly thrown into the forefront of an aging wise guy’s bid for power, who is portrayed by Paul Sorvino. Also starring in this film are John Bianco and Damien DiPaola.

 Other films which will be screened that evening are:  The Others and the Others, a touching documentary about one family’s emigration from Italy to the US; The Secret Life of My Small Urban Backyard, a fascinating view of the natural environment of an urban backyard; Sarina’s Song, a beautiful story of forbidden love and Of God and Gucci, a compelling documentary directed by Keith Rennar Brennan, in which he attempts to explain and understand the effects that years of sexual abuse had on him and how the struggle for justice continues.

 The films will run from 7-9 pm and will be followed by an after party at The Embankment Restaurant on 10th Street, JC. Admission to The Best of the Fest is $20.00, please visit: to purchase – (includes admission to the screenings and the after party).





Stay Tuned to See Emmy – Winner Tammy Blanchard in Several Upcoming Shows

It’s a busy time for Emmy-winning actress Tammy Blanchard. She’s featured on Broadway in “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying,’ where she earned a Tony nomination for her comedic turn as Hedy LaRue and on Mar. 2nd she’s in the season finale of the CBS Drama “The Gifted Man”.  On Mar. 10th, TV viewers can tune in to see Blanchard play Elizabeth Baby, a schizophrenic in the upcoming TV movie “Of Two Minds” with “Sex in the City’s” Kristen Davis as her sister Billie. The film airs at 8 pm on the Lifetime Channel.  (For more info go to

“Of Two Minds” tells the story of the challenging relationship between Billie and Elizabeth Baby when after their mother dies, Billie brings  Elizabeth Baby home to live with her family. After a disturbing incident, Billie faces a difficult decision that affects the sisters’ lives forever.

“It’s an emotional story about the relationship between two sisters ” Blanchard says. “ Ultimately, as much as we love someone, there are others in our lives we also love and have to protect. Feeling responsible for someone also means making tough decisions.”

On Fri, March 2nd at 9 p.m., Blanchard is featured in the season finale of the CBS drama “The Gifted Man” starring Patrick Wilson.

“I really enjoyed working with Patrick,” Blanchard says. “He’s a wonderful actor, committed and focused. It was a joy being on set with him.”

The actor’s life for Blanchard means traveling a lot to do film and TV roles. In return, the industry has awarded Blanchard for her talent and commitment to her roles. In 2001, Blanchard won an Emmy award playing the young Judy Garland in “Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows” also starring Judy Davis. In 2003, she earned a Theater World Award and Tony award nomination for her portrayal of Louise to Bernadette Peters’ Mama Rose in the 2003 revival of “Gypsy: A Musical Fable” and in 2011, a Tony nomination for Hedy LaRue. Continue reading BETWEEN TAKES WITH TAMMY BLANCHARD








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Students at Bayonne HS Explore Legacy of ‘Greensboro Four’

Students at Bayonne High School recently participated in a Cablevision Power to Learn Black History Month event that explored the legacy of the Greensboro Four. Participating in the event, which was presented in conjunction with the Smithsonian Channel, was original Greensboro Four member Joseph McNeil who spoke with students about the civil rights movement, along with Assemblyman Charles Mainor, Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell and Mayor Mark Smith. Pictured (l. to r.) with participating students are Bayonne NAACP President Al Strickland, New Jersey NAACP President James Harris, Assemblyman O’Donnell, Principal Richard Baccarella, Mayor Smith, Teacher Deidre Hurley, National Museum of American History Director of African American Culture Christopher Wilson, Greensboro Four Member McNeil, Assemblyman Mainor, Cablevision Vice President of Education Trent Anderson, Bayonne BOE Director of Language Arts, Social Studies and Service Learning Dan Ward, Smithsonian Channel Representative Lakeisha McCoy and Cablevision Director of Government Affairs Don Viapree.

Bayonne Awarded $15,000 Let’s Play Grant From Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that Dr Pepper Snapple Group and national non-profit KaBOOM! have awarded the City of Bayonne a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant. The funding will support the reconstruction of the playground at Cottage Street Park. The grant is part of the Let’s Play initiative introduced in November of 2010 – a $15 million, three-year commitment from Dr Pepper Snapple Group to KaBOOM!, the national non-profit saving play by ensuring there is a great place to play within walking distance of every child. Together through Let’s Play, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! will build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefitting an estimated five million children across North America. Continue reading Bayonne Awarded $15,000 Let’s Play Grant From Dr Pepper Snapple Group

New Jersey Golden Gloves Announces 2012 Tournament Schedule

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Support the efforts of these young athletes, attend one of these great boxing matches 
Newark Prudential Center to Host Boxing Match on April 7th at AmeriHealth Pavilion
 New Jersey Golden Gloves has announced its tournament schedule for the 2012 amateur boxing championship, including one show in Bergen County.
More than 200 boxers between the ages of 17 and 34 will compete in nine preliminary bouts throughout the state, beginning Friday, Feb. 24 at Brick Township High School. The winners will advance to the state finals, to be held Saturday, April 7 at the Prudential Center in Newark.
Dan Doyle, president of New Jersey Golden Gloves, said this year marks the first time in the franchise’s history that the finals are to be held in such a large venue.
“We are so excited to be holding our 2012 Tournament of Champions in the Prudential Center, giving our amateur boxers a chance to box in a large arena much like the pros,” Doyle, of Long Branch, said. “We hope the public will come out and support these athletes. They have dedicated at least the better part of a year to training for this prestigious tournament.”
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