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Dance like a Bollywood Star -Bollywood Funk Dance Dance Classes Rock Grassroots Community Space in Jersey City

 

Sally Deering

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Ayesha Khanna leads one of her Bollywood Funk classes at Grassroots Community Space in Jersey City

1, 2, 3, 4 – that’s all you the time you have before your hips are swinging, wrists are flicking and you are caught up in the joyful dance known as Bollywood Funk.

Professional dancer and teacher Ayesha Khanna blows the roof off the Grassroots Community Space in Jersey City when she turns on the music and her students take to the dance floor for her one-hour Bollywood Funk dance class.  Bollywood Funk encompasses a mix of jazz, hip-hop and fusion dance moves choreographed to the beats of Bollywood movie soundtracks with an added sexiness that takes Bollywood dance to a whole new and exciting form of expression. Continue reading Dance like a Bollywood Star -Bollywood Funk Dance Dance Classes Rock Grassroots Community Space in Jersey City

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20th Annual Newport Liberty Half Marathon Sunday, September 22nd

“Best Pick Marathon” for September-River View Observer

 Newport Town Square- 100 Town Square Place Jersey City, NJ 07310

Sunday, September 22, 2013- 8:30 a.m.

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Are you ready to compete in the 20th Annual Newport Liberty Half Marathon?

Jersey City’s popular half marathon championship marks its 20th year! Recreational and elite runners from around the country can compete for $3,000 in prize money on a USA Track & Field- certified course that interweaves with Hudson River Waterfront Walkway from Newport to Liberty State Park. The open-air race, sponsored this year by DirectEdge, has been called the most beautiful course in the Tri-State area, complete with spectacular views of Lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Verrazano Bridge.

Thousands will be on hand to  cheer them on from the sidelines. To date, over 2,400 participants have signed up, already outpacing last year’s numbers. Entered in this years race are a few noteworthy participants:

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Your Charming Child:Cool Charm School – Donna Bostany and Lisa Butowsky Teach Kids about Manners and Social Interactions

 Your Charming Child Workshops begin  this  August in Hoboken

By Sally Deering

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Sisters Lisa Butowsky and Donna Bostany teach etiquette to children, from good talble manners to fighting off bullies.

Teaching children how to behave in social situations runs the gamut from handling a salad fork to a nasty bully.  And that’s just what Donna Bostany of Union City is prepared to do as she launches her new business, Your Charming Child, an etiquette training program for children 4 through 12 that her sister Lisa Butowsky started a year ago in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Bostany and Butowsky are Certified Etiquette Consultants trained at the International School of Protocol in Hunt Valley, Maryland, who teach manners and social skills to kids so they can become good citizens of the world. The sisters started teaching the classes to children in the Bucks County area and are now branching out to towns in Hudson.  On Mon, Tues, and Wed, August 5, 6, and 7, at the Hoboken Man salon, Bostany will teach her first series of etiquette classes to local recruits.

“Good manners help you make good decisions when dealing with other people which leads to respect for others as well as self-respect,” Bostany says. “By having good social skills, one does not need to engage in risky behaviors, but finds that popularity comes from being a good listener, a good friend and someone who makes other people feel at ease.”

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Jersey City’s Liberty Science Center and Google team up to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s cube, the world’s best-selling puzzle, with a major international exhibition.

On the 40th anniversary of the Cube’s invention (April 2014) the interactive Rubik’s Cube Exhibition, which explores the interplay of design, engineering, mathematics, and creativity, will open at Liberty Science Center. It will remain at the Center for six months and then travel around the world to art museums, science centers, and alternative exhibit spaces for up to seven years.

The exhibition will include a working Rubik’s Cube made from $2.5 million worth of diamonds; elaborate Cube artwork; Cube-solving robots; virtual reality simulations of Cubes that aren’t really there; a glowing 35-foot-tall Rubik’s Cube that can be manipulated by anyone with an Internet connection; and a tiny nanoscale Cube.

Google will be the creative partner of the Rubik’s Cube Exhibition and will join LSC in presenting a stunning digital and in-person experience. “At Google, we are all about tackling tough challenges with as much accuracy and speed as possible,” said Lorraine Twohill, head of Global Marketing at Google. “The Rubik’s Cube embodies this drive, encouraging people around the world to try their hand at one of the world’s most iconic toys. We are happy to contribute to Liberty Science Center’s worldwide effort to use the Cube to get children excited about science, technology, engineering and math.”

Continue reading Jersey City’s Liberty Science Center and Google team up to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s cube, the world’s best-selling puzzle, with a major international exhibition.

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Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm- for Cheese Lovers

Here’s a wonderful receipe for the Cheese Lover

Jarlsberg Dip Slider Bites (From www.kitchenminions.com)

Ingredients:

1 French baguette

1 8-ounce container Jarlsberg Original Cheese Dip

Melted butter

Grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced thin

Directions:

Cut baguette into ¼”-thick slices. Spread each slice with a generous layer of Jarlsberg dip. Place tomatoes on half of the bread slices and top those halves with “no tomato” slices (spread side down), to finish sandwich. Heat a grill pan on medium low. Lightly brush top of sandwiches with butter and place them on hot grill, butter side down; brush tops with butter. Grill 3 minutes, until golden brown and dip is melted, before carefully flipping to grill the other side (3 minutes), before removing from pan. Serve warm and enjoy. Continue reading Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm- for Cheese Lovers

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Letters Bring Alive the Mom She Never Knew Daughter’s Inheritance Proved More Valuable than Money

Kim Russell

Actress and playwright Kim Russell was an adult when she finally got to know her mother, who died when Russell was just 2 months old.
Her father, Bernard Knighten, never spoke of his first wife, Luana.
“He never shared stories, never said I looked like her, unless prompted to by my aunts,” says Russell, author of Tuskegee Love Letters (www.tuskegeeloveletters.com).
Eventually, though, he shared with her some letters he and Luana exchanged as young newlyweds during World War II. Bernard had been a Tuskegee Airman, one of the first 15 pilots in the pioneering all-African American flying squadron based in Tuskegee, Ala. Before its creation in 1941, blacks were not allowed to fly in the military.
Bernard was 23. In letters to Luana and his mother-in-law, he’s cocky, funny and clearly smitten with his beautiful wife. Luana, 21, was a bright and educated stenotypist from St. Louis, discovering a completely foreign way of life in the Deep South.
“This Tuskegee is the dirtiest place in the country,” she wrote to her mother. “You have taught me that everything in the world was nice and clean, or at least being around you, you have made things seem so, and it really hurts to find out that life isn’t really like that.” Continue reading Letters Bring Alive the Mom She Never Knew Daughter’s Inheritance Proved More Valuable than Money

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Award Wining Writer Sally Deering’s First Novella, “The Apple that fell from the Orange Tree” Now Available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com

You can also purchase "The Apple that fell from the Orange Tree" at Sallydeering.com
You can also purchase "The Apple that fell from the Orange Tree" at Sallydeering.com

A River View Observer best pick” Ebook”

about –A girl’s life in a Brooklyn Orphanage and the journey she takes  to find her way home.

To read this book go to www.amazon.com/dp/BOO4QOAY7K

 or http://www.bn.com and download your copy for $2.99

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What Would You Do For $5?


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River View Observer Best Pick“Inovative Money Making Idea”

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Rapidly Growing Fiverr.com Offers Fun and Useful Marketplace To Sell Or Buy Variety Of Tasks/Services At An Incredibly Low Price

          Have you ever needed help creating a new logo or business card in a short amount of time, without wanting to spend hundreds of dollars and countless hours on the project? What about an inexpensive, last minute, unique gift, such as a love note written on a sandy beach? Or a watercolor painting of your favorite pet?

            Fiverr.com has something for anyone looking for a quick bargain. A rapidly growing marketplace where any individual can purchase and sell services, Fiverr.com boasts a unique business model that helps it stand out from the crowd: the $5 rule. Any service you can imagine sells for a quick, non-negotiable $5. Continue reading What Would You Do For $5?

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Nicole Kidman Movie “Rabbit Hole” Cast at Press Conference at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival

River View Observer- “Rabbit Hole”

Hudson County Actress Tammy Blanchard Co-Stars Along side Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart and Diane Wiest in Nicole Kidman’s “Rabbit Hole.”

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Emmy award wining actress Tammy Blanchard (2nd from left) pictured here at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival press confrence  at the Hyatt Regency on September 14, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. Ms. Blanchard a Hudson County resident   co-stars in the movie  “Rabbit Hole.” Standing to the right of Ms. Blanchard is writer David Lindsay-Abaire, also to her left is  actor Miles Teller, actor Aaron Eckhart, actress Nicole Kidman and director John Cameron Mitchell 

September 13, 2010 – Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America)

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