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Local Jersey CITY bUSINESSES COME TOGETHER TO OFFER FIRST OF ITS KIND ALLERGY -FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN EVENT

Hazel Baby & Kids Owners Apply Personal Food Allergy Experience

to Help Others in the Community

Jersey City, NJ, October 31, 2019: Hazel Baby & Kids, a high-end infant and toddler boutique in downtown Jersey City, is kicking off its first neighborhood Teal Pumpkin trick-or-treat event this Halloween.  Store owners Elizabeth and Donovan Cain recognize that more and more children today are impacted by peanut, and other food allergies, making Halloween a tricky evening to navigate. Their son is impacted by several food allergies and the Cains are committed to providing Jersey City families with a safe and fun option on Halloween.

“Millions of children are living with life-threatening food allergies, which makes everyday family activities like Halloween a bit scarier, “said Hazel Baby & Kids owner Donovan Cain. “Most of the popular treats we see on holidays like Halloween include the top food allergens which in addition to peanuts, includes milk, eggs and wheat. We know firsthand the risks associated with Halloween for many local children and hope to provide the city with a safe way to enjoy the holiday this year.”

Hazel Baby & Kids’ flagship location on Montgomery Street in Jersey City will be the center of the Teal Pumpkin event on Halloween from 5pm – 7pm ET.  Steps away from the Grove Street PATH station, neighboring businesses including Hound About Town, Cool Vines, Luna, Frankie and The Hair Room JC, among others, have signed on to participate in this first-of-its-kind Jersey City Halloween celebration.  Inspired by the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) Teal Pumpkin Project, all participating shops will offer non-candy treats to children trick-or-treating on site.  Families will also be invited to participate in an allergy-friend trunk-or-treat extension of the event in a nearby parking lot. 

According to FARE, food allergy is a serious and potentially life-threatening medical condition affecting 32 million Americans, and 1 in 13 children. In the U.S., the most common food allergens are milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, soy and wheat. Currently, there is no cure for food allergies.

For more information about food allergies and the Teal Pumpkin Project, visit foodallergy.org. To learn more about the upcoming Teal Pumpkin Event in Jersey City, contact Alyssa Birkhofer at Alyssa.Birkhofer@gmail.com

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Business VIEW-Oliveri & Sons INc.

110 Year old Hudson County Family Owned Business

Monica Prestia                 

Not many companies and organizations can say they’ve been around for 110 years, but this iconic Hudson County Family-Operated business can boast this honor and so much more.  A. Oliveri & Sons Inc is based at 4401 Dell Avenue in North Bergen, NJ.  They supply the Food Service Industry and deliver the finest ingredients to the Tri-state area’s premier pizzerias, bakeries, bagel stores, restaurants, smoothie & health food shops, food manufacturers + ethnic food stores.

Their passion and expertise of everyday foods and products has broadened and now include contemporary favorites like Acai, Gluten Free Products & an exclusive License to distribute Brewery Direct Malts for the burgeoning Craft Brewery Market in NY/NJ/CT.  A. Oliveri & Sons Inc is a pioneer and had the vision to bring Acai to the Tri-State area and is now the single largest distributor carrying all brands and pack sizes of this healthy Superfood.

Photo of Dom’s Bakery in Hoboken, NJ
One of the iconic Bakeries A. Oliveri & Sons Inc supplies the finest ingredients to
 
Photo credit Hoboken Girl

A trusted member of the community that got its start as a flour and bakery supply distributor now operates in our backyard with a 40,000 square foot facility, a fleet of delivery trucks and over 15 delivery routes daily. In 1904, Anthony Oliveri began delivering flour to anticipating bakers on horse-drawn wagons in Hoboken – Technology and logistics have changed since then only to create a modern and stellar fleet of delivery trucks but their hands-on approach to customer service remains tried and true. Working with the tri-state’s most beloved bakeries, pizzerias and restaurants is a testament to their commitment and personalized attention.

A. Oliveri & Sons Inc provides its customers with knowledge and expertise on a variety of goods, including:  Low Fat, Blooming Best Flour (High-Gluten for Pizza), Sugar-Free, Kosher, Organic Sprouted (Keimkraft), Acai from Sambazon + Beer Malts.

Deliveries are low $300 minimum.  A. Oliveri & Sons Inc provides excellent, diverse selections, complimentary delivery and a commitment to high quality business relationships. Customers can also pick up orders between 5a-11a EST at the location. 

Please ask for John Sciancalepore with any thoughts or questions 201.319.9112.  http://aoliveriandsons.com/ https://www.instagram.com/oliveriandsons/

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Bridge Arts Festival Returns to Bayonne

CULTURAL CONTEMPORARY ARTS FESTIVAL DEMONSTRATES CITY OF BAYONNE, MORE THAN JUST A BRIDGE

Arts, music, and culture will take center stage again in Bayonne during the third annual Bridge Arts Festival on Saturday, September 7 th . With an expected crowd of several thousand people from Bayonne, the NY Tristate area and beyond, the festival will entertain attendees in Dennis P. Collins Park, located on 1st Street adjacent to the Bayonne Bridge.

Festival co-founder Cheryl Mack said the 2019 festival will highlight the spirit of collaboration. “This year, we are thrilled to showcase our strong partnerships with many outstanding arts organizations like the Newark Arts Festival, Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, our on-going collaboration with Tempest Productions and of course our phenomenal relationship with the Rutgers University Institute of Jazz Studies.” Mack said. “These relationships enhance our ability to continue to provide quality arts entertainment to the greater Bayonne Community.”

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JERSEY CITY MEDICAL CENTER HOSTS SUCCESSFUL 2nd ANNUAL BACKPACK OF HEALTH WELLNESS FAIR

Over 900 residents attended Health Fair and received free backpack in time for the upcoming school year

Jersey City Medical Center at Greenville (JCMC-Greenville), part of RWJBarnabas Health and located at 1825 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, held its 2nd Annual Backpack of Health Wellness Fair on Saturday, August 17. Over 900 attendees enjoyed family-friendly activities, free health education, health screenings, raffle prizes and healthy light refreshments. 

Participating JCMC-RWJBarnabas Health service lines educated community members about their services, including JCMC EMS, JCMC Patient Navigation, JCMC’s Project Hudson (Helping Us Develop Strength in Our Neighborhoods), JCMC’s MASSH (Medical and Social Services for the Homeless), Special Child Health Services, Children’s Specialized Hospital, and the Barnabas Retail Pharmacy which opened at JCMC-Greenville this past month.  Local community organizations also shared health-related resources. 

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Latin Grammy nominated Puerto Rican singer songwriter Sheila King to perform this August 18th at the 2019 Annual Puerto Rican Parade Festival.

SHELIA KING

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Sheila King, who is based in Miami Florida

will take the stage Sunday August 18th at 4pm as part of the celebrity lineup of entertainment that culminates the annual Puerto Rican Parade.

” Sheila is a rising star. She is donating her performance to the Puerto Rican Parade and is planning to perform her signature song “Mi Bandera”, a song which relates to the pride and cohesion of puerto ricans everywhere in the wake of  deadly hurricane, Maria”, said Raul Vicente Jr., her Northeast Booking Agent, who is a well known figure in the Jersey City entertainment scene.

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Jersey City Announces Latest Expansion of Veteran Services

1st Open House this Saturday Educates Veterans on Resources Available

JERSEY CITY – Marine Corps Veteran, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, and the Office of Veterans Affairs announce a new partnership between the City of Jersey City and Legion Post 419. In celebration of the centennial anniversary of the American Legion, and to commemorate the beginning of the new alliance with the Legion and the City’s Divisions of Veterans Affairs, Office of Cultural Affairs, and Apple Tree House, an open house event will be held on Saturday, August 10th from noon to 3:00pm.

The open house, which will be held at the historic Apple Tree House at 298 Academy Street, serves as an introduction between Jersey City’s veterans who aren’t familiar with the local chapter and to other veterans already involved. The event is free and open to all honorably discharged veterans, as well as members of the Guard and Reserve. In addition to the American Legion Beacon Post 419, representatives from the Jersey City Division of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Chat and Chew will also be present.

“Most American civilians don’t realize that our nation has been at war for nearly two decades,” said Ruth Cordner, Post Commander for American Legion Beacon Post 419. “Every day, more and more veterans are returning to civilian life, and the American Legion is there to assist this growing population with their unique set of needs.”

This new partnership with the Legion Post 419 is the latest example of the administration’s efforts to expand housing and services for veterans. Under Mayor Fulop’s leadership, Jersey City is the first in the state to pledge to end veterans’ homelessness, joining First Lady Michelle Obama’s nationwide pledge. This effort began with the building of the City’s first-ever housing for homeless veterans, and continues with enhanced City resources and services available to all veterans.

“I’m one of the seven percent of Americans who are veterans,” stated Mayor Steven Fulop, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. “It’s important we do everything we can to recognize, thank, support, and honor those who have served. I’m proud that Jersey City can step up to assist the American Legion in its mission to serve our City’s veteran population.”

Starting this month, the Apple Tree House will be the new meeting location for Post 419, and the City is proud to be able to assist with the mission of supporting veterans.

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YUMMY EATS & DANCING IN THE STREETS!

Everyone’s Family at La Festa Italiana

Now in its 116th Year in Historic Downtown Jersey City

Music, Dancing & Fellowship; Wed, Aug. 14–Sun, Aug. 18, 5pm–11pm

The B Street Band — the Bruce Springsteen cover band —
will perform on Opening Night of La Festa Italiana
Wed, Aug. 14th.
The zeppoles never run out at Holy Rosary Church’s La Festa Italiana in Jersey City.

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) Yummy eats & dancing in the streets – that’s what everyone can look forward to as Holy Rosary Church prepares for its 116th annual La Festa Italiana, a street festival like no other to be held five delicious nights on 6th & Brunswick Streets in Historic Downtown Jersey City.

Starting Wednesday, Aug. 14, and running through Sunday, Aug. 18, from 5 pm-to-1l pm each night, the neighborhood surrounding Holy Rosary Church will come alive with a fun-filled block party of vendors selling fabulous ethnic dishes, popular bands playing Top-40 dance hits, and rides and games that will give kids happy memories to last a lifetime.

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hudson shakespeare company presents coriolanus (ALL FEMALE CAST)

The Hudson Shakespeare Company returns with its second and final installment of its 28th summer Shakespeare touring 
season with a unique spin on the little done play – Coriolanus. The production is touring to the following libraries and 
parks throughout northern New Jersey:

Thursday July 18th @ 7pm
Kenndy Blvd. between Hutton Street and Manhattan Avenue
Leonard Gordon Park, Jersey City, NJ

Friday July 19th @ 7pm
Weasel Brook Park, Vanderhoef House, 
1 Westervelt Pl. Clifton, NJ
(Rain location inside Vanderhoef House)

Tuesday July 23rd @ 7:30pm
Monument Park 
Palisade Ave &, Angioletti Pl, Fort Lee, NJ
(Rain Location – Fort Lee Library, 320 Main Street, Fort Lee)

Wednesday July 24th @ 7:30pm 
Atlantic Street Park 
102 State Street, Hackensack, NJ
(Rain Location – HACPAC center next to park)

Thursday July 25th @ 7pm
Hamilton Park
9th Street and Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 
(Rain Location – Under park gazebo)

Tuesday July 30th @ 7:30pm
Monument Park
Palisade Ave &, Angioletti Pl, Fort Lee, NJ
(Rain Location – Fort Lee Library, 320 Main Street, Fort Lee)

All of the above shows are free to the public. The company will also be participating in a special fund raiser performance 
at:

Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery 
Thursday August 1st @ 7pm
435 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302
(Tickets for this event are $10 suggested donation. All proceeds go towards preserving this historic site run by veteran 
volunteers of the US Armed Forces)

Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for any outdoor shows as available seating is limited.

The Play
Shakespeare’s exploration of military honor, corrupt politics and complicated family relations are shifted from a traditional 
Roman setting to an ancient, fantasy world with an all-female cast. Based on the semi-legendary, semi-historical figure of 
Caius Marcius Coriolanus, this is not yet the Rome of Julius Caesar but tells a hard bitten tale of centuries before the 
classical republic and eventual empire. A country still working itself out. Director Noelle Fair showcases an Amazonian 
world taking many influences from both historical (women warrior societyie of ancient Eastern Europe) and fantasy 
sources (Wonder Woman, Game of Thrones), underscoring it with a percussive and female driven soundtrack.

Maricus (Abby Albrecht) is a career soldier fiercely driven by duty to her country, her wife Virgilia (Norah Hogan) and 
family but has a vast contempt for the common people. The Plebeians, in her view, are beneath her as they won’t defend 
and shed blood for their country, but they bask in the security she and the other soldiers provide. Word soon comes that 
Aufidius (Alexandra Taylor), a general in the hostile, neighboring city-state of Volsce and Marcius’ long-time enemy, is 
mounting a military campaign. Marcius, along with her fellow generals Cominius (Ziggy Schulting) and Titus (Emmy 
Kuperschmid), meet the threat in the Volsce city of Corioli. At Corioli, the Romans are overrun until Marcius single-
handedly breaks through the enemy’s forces and humiliates Aufidius in one-on-one combat.

The troops return triumphantly to Rome and having won a decisive victory in Corioli, Marcius is granted the honorary 
name of Coriolanus to commemorate the victory. However, what Marcius sees as her simple duty, her mother Volumnia 
(Maggie Schweppe) and her mentor Menenius (Amanda Cook) see as an opportunity for political advancement. The office 
of Consul, similar to the Secretary of Defense, is up for election but Marcius must get the vote of the very people who 
she hates and who hate her. Complicating matters, the city’s Plebian representatives, the cunning Tribune Sicinius (Mia 
Christinis) and the blunt Tribune Brutus (Klara Gribetz) openly plot to thwart Marcius’ nomination. 

Receiving pressure from her overbearing mother and allies, Marcius reluctantly seeks the office and is elected. Sicinius 
and Brutus later sow discontent amongst the same populace with news of Marcius’ true feelings about them leading to a 
riot and her eventual banishment. However, the political victory of Sicinius and Brutus is short-lived as Marcius goes to 
the home of her enemy Aufidius and raises an army to destroy Rome. Will they succeed in their military invasion or will 
more subtle and familiar forces stop the vengeful Coriolanus?

Written in 1606, “Coriolanus” marks the end of Shakespeare’s high tragedies of “Macbeth” and “King Lear” before moving 
on to more hopeful redemption stories of “Pericles” and “The Winter’s Tale”. 

Hudson Shakespeare Company was begun in 1992 and for 28 seasons has toured free Shakespeare to parks and libraries 
in northern New Jersey presenting the Bard’s well known and lesser done titles in a variety of settings and periods. For 
more information, visit, www.hudsonshakespeare.co

Noelle Fair (Director) Originally from Baltimore, Maryland.  She attended Towson University as an undergrad where she got a bachelor’s in Theater Arts.  She then attended the University of Exeter in England where she received her MFA in Staging Shakespeare. There she studied with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London as well as members of the Royal Shakespeare Company such as the late Cicely Berry and John Barton.  

Abby Albrecht (Coriolanus) Originally from Chicago, IL. She attended Northwestern University (BA Theater Arts) and holds a Masters from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Abby’s take on Coriolanus: “ I play Coriolanus— the accomplished war hero of Rome with a famous temper and disdain for the common people. Playing Coriolanus is a gift as a female actor, because I don’t have to think twice about taking up space and speaking my mind. It’s incredibly empowering as both an actor and a woman. I also enjoy playing a flawed protagonist— it means I get to delve into darker parts of myself while at the same time letting the sincerity of the character seep through in monumental moments. Basically, despite the extremity of the plot, I get to play a real human being. Thanks Shakespeare!”

Alexandra Taylor (Aufidius) Originally from Charlotte, North Caroline.  She attended Barnard College (BA in Theater Arts). Alex’s take on Aufidius: “Aufidius is strong, commanding, and yet also consumed by an obsession with Coriolanus. Playing Aufidius as a woman, I think, makes the emotional journey of what it means to love, loathe, and want to be someone all in the same moment richer and more fully fleshed.”

Maggie Schweppe (Volumnia) Originally from Philadelphia, PA. She holds a BFA in Acting from PACE University and has also attended LAMBDA.  Maggie’s take on Volumnia: “I play Volumnia, the mother of Coriolanus. She values honor over everything else and takes great pride in her child’s success. She is integral to the story because she is the only person who can always get through to Coriolanus. At the end of the play, she saves Rome. She’s a hero.

In regards to our production, this role was originally written for a woman, so there was no need to switch gender. It’s fascinating because in this play Shakespeare created a man’s world with few women. However, it is one of the few who changes everything. Although Shakespeare wrote significantly less roles for women, they, for the most part, are incredibly complex, cunning, and powerful.”

Amanda Cook (Menenius) Originally from Chicago, IL. Amanda attended the University of Southern California where she received a BA Theater.  As part of this program she also attended the British American Drama Academy. Amanda’s take on Menenius:

Menenius is the humorous patrician which, I believe, she actually uses as a political tactic. “ Director’s addition to this character description: Menenius is a high ranking patrician and friend to both the citizens of Rome and Coriolanus.  She is constantly trying to keep the peace between the two, and constantly attempts to be the voice of reason.  However, this seems to fall on deaf ears as Coriolanus loses her temper at the people and the people dispise Coriolanus for her current and past wrongs against them.  Within a traditional staging of the play, Menenius almost becomes a parental figure to Coriolanus (sort of acting as “Dad” and Volumnia as “Mom”) but in this instance Menenius sort of became “the fun parent”, and thus the domestic scenes become extremely light, funny, and comedic when three women and a child (Virgilia, Volumnia, Menenius,and Marciius’ young daughter) are chatting, knitting, and gossiping about the latest news and their love for Coriolanus.  This made a lot of the interaction in scenes with the other scripted women come across more as “girl talk” (super chatty, excitable, light, fun, playful) rather than diplomatic. 

Norah Hogan (Virgilia) is originally from Massachusetts. She attended NYU Tish School of the Arts (BA: Theater).  Norah’s take: “Virgilia has been such an interesting role to explore.  She has very little text and she’s referred to as “sweet silence” and “gracious silence” by Coriolanus at various points in the play. I’m personally someone whose primary means of expression is always verbal so it’s a delightful challenge to find means of expressing her opinions and vast emotional life in her silences. I think she is very strong, much stronger than an initial read of the text might suggest.” Director’s addition to this: “The thing that I found interesting about Virgilia is her vulnerability – and how that vulnerability becomes a strength for her.   In the end, it is Virgilia’s vulnerability and sensitivity which gets through the tough outer shell of Coriolanus in order to aid in the saving of Rome from imminent destruction.”

Ziggy Schulting (Cominius) Is originally from Farmington, CT.  She attended Skidmore College where she worked with the SITI Company.  Ziggy’s take on Cominius: “Cominius is sort of the moral compass of the play. She’s a caretaker, and she’s taking care of everyone–exchanging glances with Volumnia, watching out for what night slip out of Menenius’ mouth, minding Titus Lartius in the field, and above all, she deeply cares about her friendship with Marcius. She’s a direct foil of Coriolanus in that way, who often acts impulsively and selfishly, Cominius is quiet for a great deal of the play, but she’s there for every big moment, listening. Because I’m a woman playing this traditionally male role as a woman, I think the audience is able to see her as more than a powerful war general, which she still obviously is, but more importantly, they’re able to see her maternal side and how deeply she feels for the people in her life. While she doesn’t always say it, she feels the impact of everyone else’s moves, and hopefully that comes across.”

 

Emmy Kuperschmid (Titus Lartius/Young Marcius) Emmy is originally from Canton, MA and also attended Skidmore College (BA: Theater) Emmy’s take on Titus: “These are all traditionally male characters, and it’s been great not only to get to play these roles, but play them as women (as opposed to being a woman playing a man). Especially for Titus Lartius, the war general—it’s been so exciting to explore her place in this world and find a version of strength that is not necessarily rooted in masculinity.”

Klara Gribetz (Brutus) Klara is originally from White Plains, NY and attended Hofstra University where she holds a BFA in Theater Arts. Klara’s take on Brutus: “I play the role of Brutus. Klara views the conniving Tribune Brutus as a hot head who is trying her best to stay temporized and poised for the people, in order for them to trust her as their leader.”

Mia Christinis (Scinius) originally from London, UK.  She attended American Academy of Dramatic Art two year Conservatory program and is a member of British Equity.  Mia’s take on Scinius: “I play the role of Sicinius, who is in charge of voicing the people’s opinions to the patricians and generals. However, she uses her power to manipulate the people and to seek her own motives, with the help of Brutus. Sicinius is an incredibly interesting character because she falls between being a mind player and also fighting for what she truly believes is right. Being a woman playing Sicinius allows me to tap into the more conscious part of her. She’s more of a planner, she thinks things through and uses her words very carefully.”

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