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Hoboken’s Mile Square Theatre Presents Big Bunny Laughs

Kids Will Love This Popular Children’s Musical Based on the Best-Selling Book

What happens when a family unknowingly brings home a vampire bunny much to the dismay of the family’s cat and dog who must save the family from this “wascally-wabbit”?

“On a dark and stormy night, the Monroe family decides to go see a movie. Their pets Chester (the cat) and Harold (the dog) patiently await their return. When they finally come home, they come bearing a surprise: they have found a bunny in the movie theatre. However, this is no ordinary rabbit…this is the extraordinary Bunnicula! When the family’s produce starts losing its juice, Chester thinks he knows what is causing the fantastic phenomenon: Bunnicula is a vampire who sucks the color out of the vegetables! Or maybe Chester’s imagination is getting the better of him. Singing and dancing their way through this hilarious mystery, the furry friends find room in their hearts, and in their home, for one very unique bunny.”

Bring the kids to solve the hilarious mystery of BUNNICULA, now showing at Mile Square Theatre, Hoboken’s resident professional theatre company. This family musical runs through May  5 at the company’s 14th Street theater; and, the plot goes something like this:

The children’s musical was written by  Jon Klein and Chris Jeffries; Jillian Carucci directs. Bunnicula brings back some recognizable artists to the MST stage, too, like Joelle Zazz, who played Violet in MST’s recent It’s a Wonderful Life as Chester, and Cameron Blankenship who played Rikki in The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi returns as Harold. Rachel Eddy, who delighted audiences as Lucy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown plays Toby Monroe, and Andrew Baldwin (Core Values, 12th Night, Rikki Tikki Tavi) will employ his puppetry skills as Bunnicula.

The creative team includes resident scenic designer Jennifer Price Fick, costume designer Stefanie Genda, resident lighting designer Matthew J. Fick, resident scenic painter and prop designer by Emmett Grosland, and puppet designer Mary Gragen Rogers. Estimated run time: 1 hour and 20 minutes. Recommended for ages 5+.

“I encountered this extremely entertaining young audience play about 25 years ago when I was working with Seattle Children’s Theatre,” MST Artistic Director Chris O’Connor says. “It’s funny, engaging, entertaining, and wonderfully adapted from the well-known book by Deborah and James Howe. It’s another great example of theater for young audiences that goes from the page to the stage. I love how plays like this ignite the imagination of young people and also get them enthusiastic about reading the source material. This will be a great show for school groups and for families looking for a rich family experience.”

If you go

April 13-May 5


Mile Square Theatre

1400 Clinton St, HOB

(201) 683-7014

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The Joan Hajducsek Rosen Arts Advocacy Scholarship was established in 2011 by the staff of the Music and Art Department of the Bayonne Public Schools in honor of Mrs. Rosen’s retirement from her position as Department Director after over four decades of work with the Bayonne Public Schools. The intent of the scholarship is to celebrate the value of arts education for all students-a cause that Mrs. Rosen had supported throughout her tenure and continues to do so advocating for excellence
in the arts on the local, state, county ad national levels.  The scholarship application is open to any graduating Bayonne High School senior who demonstrates that same passion for the arts through a 350 word essay:

Explain how the arts impacted on your learning experiences at Bayonne High School. 

Scholarship applications must be received no later than May 1, 2019

All applications are to be sent to:

Miss Nicole Sexton

Bayonne High School, House 4

            667 Avenue A

            Bayonne, NJ   07002

Past recipients of the scholarship have been Rebecca Poggialli, Samantha  Hitchell, Melissa Ann Travelino, Corryn DeFazio, Vincent Neill, Robert Puchinsky,  Emma Masserelli, Olivia Boules, Tatiana Rodas, Francesco Megale and  Laura Gonzalez Fernandez. 

The scholarship is financed through donations; in  addition the Rosen family is committed to matching every dollar that is donated.  

The scholarship committee is currently accepting those donations. 

Please send them to: 

            Mrs. Linda Carroll

            Bayonne Board of Education

            Community Education Department

            669 Avenue A

            Bayonne, New Jersey    07002


Checks should be made out to the Bayonne High School Fund with the  Joan H. Rosen Arts Advocacy Scholarship in the memo line.  

The committee selection will be announced during the Bayonne High  School Awards Ceremony, June 5, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Alexander X. O’Connor Auditorium of Bayonne High School.



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Joan Hajducsek Rosen

201 401 6678

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NJ Isshin-Ryu Karate’s ‘Blazing Hands’ Austin Wright Sr. Prepares for International “World Cup” in Mexico

Did you know that your Hanshi/Grand Master Austin Wright and Team Wright are World International Grand Champions?


They won numerous international gold medals in Trelawny, Jamaica in the years of 2005 and 2010.

Also, Grand Master won Grand Championship Belt.

Presently, Grand Master Wright has qualified and will compete in an International World Competition held in Cancun, Mexico in late April. The staff and the team will like to wish our Grand Master the best of success and blessing at the World Class Competition representing Team USA.

Dr Thomas head coach of the US National Martials Arts Team Alliance states, “Austin is a World International Grand Champion and a dominating force for Team USA.”

 Wright’s will compete in late April 2019.
For information on joining UWA please call 201-437-1820

Located at 250 Broadway, Bayonne and at our

Jersey City location 1683 Kennedy Boulevard

Our Summer Camp is now taking reservations for July !

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Jersey City Prepares for U.S. Census Count to Ensure Crucial Federal Funding for Health and Public Safety

2020 Census Kickoff Event Unveils “I Count Because” Community Installation

Jersey City – Mayor Steven M. Fulop, New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way and representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), are asking Jersey City residents to share why they count at a kickoff event to mark one year until the 2020 Census. As we start the countdown toward the 2020 Census, the City will unveil a life-sized chalkboard installation outside of City Hall on Monday, April 1, at 9:30am that asks the community to fill in why they count.

“We need Jersey City to be accurately counted in one year, so today, we’re going to start with celebrating and understanding why our community counts,” said Mayor Fulop. “We need 100 percent participation in the 2020 Census. We estimate that for every resident of Jersey City not counted in the Census, the City will lose out on $15,000 in funding over the next ten years– dollars that the City could use to improve your quality of life.”

The 2020 Census will take place on April 1, 2020. The Census count determines how the federal government distributes $675 billion in funding to states and municipalities each year. Jersey City is currently the second largest city in the State of New Jersey, and an accurate count could determine that it is actually the largest. 

“An accurate count ensures that New Jersey receives the billions of dollars in federal funding it needs to support our communities, schools, transportation, and other vital programs,” saidSecretary Way. “It also determines the number of representatives the Garden State sends to Washington to advocate for our residents.  We want residents to know the census is safe, easy and important.”

The 2020 Census count factors in to crucial funding streams for the City, most directly affecting Public Safety and HHS.  The count will determine how much federal money Jersey City receives for important grants that fund Fire and Emergency Response personnel, the Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program, the Meals on Wheels program, and the Senior Lunch program.

“The Census is an important planning component for the work of the Health and Human Services Department.  An accurate count helps us plan for our newborn children and families seeking support from Women Infant and Children (WIC) and for Supplemental Food Programs to our seniors receiving Meals on Wheels,” said Stacey Flanagan, Jersey City Director of Health and Human Services. “Seeing the Census count reflect the population increases over the last 10 years in Jersey City, especially in children under 5 and the aging community, will help increase the current federal funding, therefore allowing us to more efficiently serve our community.”

The U.S. Constitution mandates that every resident be counted every 10 years. The count also determines each state’s number of congressional seats. 

The 2020 Census Media Vendor Day, designed for media outlets interested in providing paid advertising opportunities for the 2020 Census Paid Media, will be held on April 3 in New York City in two sessions. For more information on the Media Vendor Day, please visit:

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Girl Scouts Celebrate Bayonne150 with Library Exhibit

To celebrate the Bayonne’s 150th Anniversary, an exhibit about the Bayonne Girl Scouts is on display at the Bayonne Public Library.

The local Girl Scouts began at Calvary Episcopal Church in 1917 and continue their work in the city after more than 100 years.

On display are Girl Scout items that include uniforms, merit sashes with medals and badges, camping equipment, an array of handbooks, and newspaper articles, to name a few. It depicts the advance of scouting over the years and the wide range of activities for girls and young women. Girl Scouts are known for their volunteer work with service organizations, fund raising, and participation in the popular Cookie Sale each year.

The exhibit is the work of Christine Peters, a Girl Scout troop leader, volunteer and lifetime member. The materials came from her own collection and from legacy Girl Scouts in Bayonne as well as the “Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Council.” The Council is dedicated to the mentoring of girls and to providing opportunities for community service.

Currently there are over 200 Girl Scouts in Bayonne. Ms. Peters’ daughters, Briel and Stephanie, both active in scouting, are Gold Award Recipients, the highest recognition by the Girl Scouts.

If you would like to join the Bayonne Girl Scouts as a member or as an adult volunteer, contact Jean Styles at 201-858-2296.

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Mollie Thonneson, President of Pro Art JC,
with one of her colorful hanging sculptures at Art Fair 14 C

   Art Fair 14C Created Had Big Turnout at The Hyatt in Jersey City

   Two Floors of Art and Hundreds of Art Loving Guests Attended

By Sally Deering

Imagine a high-end hotel transformed into an art gallery with mobiles hanging in entranceways, sculptures grouped on end tables, and paintings draped on easels made of bed pillows. Creativity and artistry practically bounced off the walls at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City, last weekend, when artists exhibited their works, and networked with other artists and art-lovers.

On Friday March 15 and running through Sunday, March 17, the Hyatt Regency on the Jersey City waterfront was where 50 galleries booked rooms on two floors of the hotel, hung original art on the walls and flung open the doors to art-lovers. Guests had the opportunity to roam the hotel’s 8th & 9th floor and visit the galleries that exhibited some terrific paintings, sculpture, mixed-media and more in their respective hotel rooms.

Penguins by Barbara Fiore

There was the group of “Penguins” by sculptor Barbara Fiore; the true-to-life “Red Fan” by Christopher Stott, and alcohol art paintings by Bryant Small.  Members of Pro Arts in Jersey City, including president Mollie Thonneson, showed their work including Thonneson’s colorful hanging sculptures that fluttered gracefully when someone walked by.

Linda Streicher, Bryant Small, Mollie Thonneson and Christine Barney of Pro Arts at Art Fair 14C

As groups of art lovers strolled through Pro Arts exhibition, Thonneson said that her experience at Art Fair 14C was extremely positive. She was joined by artists Linda Streicher, Bryant Small and Christine Barney.

Red Fan Christopher Stott
Red Fan by Christopher Stott

The event was sponsored by the Jersey City Arts Council and curated by volunteer Executive Director Robinson Holloway, the founding Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Jersey City Arts Council who stepped down in January 2019 to run Art Fair 14C. Holloway created and runs two non-profit art galleries – the Gallery at 350 Bleecker in New York City, and Village West Gallery on Newark Ave in Jersey City.

Jersey City artist Theda Sandiford exhibited collages like her “Foxy Brown for President” piece.

Foxy Brown for President Theda Sandiford Jersey city

David Barnett, who creates 2D-and-3D collages and sculptures exhibited several works including a dog with mechanical parts he created as an homage to his pup, Oscar; and a mechanized man in a hat.

Man with a hat
Sculpture by David Barnett

“I like merging the idea of humanity and technology,” Barnett said. “Where one begins, the other ends.”

If you missed Art Fair 14C, check out for more information.

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Kennedy Dancers, Inc. Announce their 2nd Annual Folkloric Concert: “Dances from The Diaspora”

 – The Kennedy Dancers Inc., is hosting its 2nd Annual International Folkloric Concert entitled “Dances from the Diaspora” at 6:30 pm on April 4th, 2019, at the Brennan Courthouse, located at 583 Newark Avenue, Jersey City NJ 07306. Dances From The Diaspora is an evening of international folk from migrant peoples, and will include introductions and a brief histories by renowned Anthropologist, Folklorist, and Professor of NJCU, Dr. William Westerman to give us contextual backgrounds to these diverse and rich cultures, their traditions, and means of furthering these through dance! Learn and enjoy performances by The Kennedy Dancers, MDN Latin Dance, The Hellenic Dancers of NJ, Mosaic Dance Theatre, Reaction Dance Company, and Ennobled Dance Ensemble. Experience traditional cultural dance from Greece, Mexico, Venezuela, Italy, India, and more! The performances will be followed by an intimate reception with light refreshments.  Tickets are general admission for $15 and the show is suitable for all ages.  Tickets can be purchased on line using the link below.  Ticket purchase includes attendance to the performance as well as access to the reception following the performance, which includes light refreshments.

The Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey is a group of 40 young adults who are first, second, or third generation Greek Americans, and are dedicated to perpetuating their heritage through enthusiastic performances of the regional folk dances of Greece.  Under Master Instructor Eleeni Chakalos more than 300 dances, songs, and related traditions have been preserved .  These are indigenous to mainland Greece, its island and Asia Minor, and have been passed on to two generations of Greek Americans and the American Public.  Their traditional music and folk dance is representative of a cross-section of these divers regions, past and present.   Performed in authentic ethnic dress, the Hellenic’s wardrobe represents the 20 regions from which the dance originated including: Macedonia, Thrace, the Pelopennese, Epiros, Roumeli, Crete, Cyprus, the various island groups; and Pontos, Cappadocia, and Ikonion in Asia Minor.

The Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey
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Hudson County Community College Invites Community to the Art of Yoga ‘Zen Survival Session’ on March 21

HCCC President Chris Reber

The event includes a reflection session on Station Eleven plus a
family yoga workshop.

The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Art of Yoga “Zen Survival Session” combines a reflection on the New York Times best-selling book, Station Eleven, with an emotional- and physical-survival, family yoga workshop that is inspired by the book. Station Eleven was selected for Jersey City’s citywide participation in the 2019 “Big Read,” an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

                        This event is free and open to the entire community. A limited number of yoga mats will be available; bringing one’s own mat is strongly recommended.

The HCCC Department of Cultural Affairs is the event host.

                        The Educational Arts Team will lead the reflection on Station Eleven. The group helps urban youth improve their literacy, increase their self-worth, discover their individuality, and heighten their academic achievement by providing cultural, social and recreational experiences.

                        Jamie Wilson Murry of Mindful Play Yoga will conduct the family yoga workshop. Mindful Play Yoga is committed to inspiring children ages 3 -15 and families to be curious lifelong learners.

Thursday, March 21, 12 to 2 p.m.

HCCC Dineen Hull Gallery, 71 Sip Avenue – Sixth Floor, Jersey City, NJ.

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City of Bayonne to Hold Ceremony on March 9 for its 150 Anniversary

Town Crier, High School Honors Choir,

Town Crier and Bee’s Knees to Perform

Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the City of Bayonne will hold a ceremony in March to mark its 150th anniversary.  The event will take place on Saturday, March 9, at 2:00 p.m., in the gallery on the second floor of the Bayonne Public Library, which is located at 31st Street and Avenue C.  Mayor Davis will serve as master of ceremonies and will offer remarks about the City of Bayonne at 150.  Mayor Davis said, “Bayonne can take great pride in our residents’ contributions to the world since 1869.  We look forward to observing our 150th anniversary on March 9, and celebrating at other events in the coming months.”

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