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Jersey City to Observe the 10th Anniversary of the Attack on America


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Several events will take place throughout the City Including a Walkway Dedication in Honor of Jersey City’s Fallen

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and the Jersey City 9/11 Memorial Committee will observe the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks with the annual 9/11 Memorial Service “Reflections,” at 8:20 a.m. on Sunday, September 11, 2011, at the foot of Grand Street on the Jersey City Waterfront. The public is encouraged to attend the patriotic ceremony. Continue reading Jersey City to Observe the 10th Anniversary of the Attack on America

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HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS TAKE THEIR NEW 4-POINT SHOT TO HUDSON RIVER

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USING PAIR OF CIRCLE LINE SIGHTSEEING SHIPS, GLOBETROTTERS ATTEMPTED HISTORIC SHOTS OVER WATER WITH LOCAL STUDENTS CHEERING ON
         This past  Tuesday, February 15 at 11 a.m.With two basketball hoops placed on one Circle Line Sightseeing ship on the Hudson River, Harlem Globetrotters Big Easy Lofton and Buckets Blakes  boarded a second ship and attempt the first 4-point shots over water.  

harlem-globtrotter-and-kidsElementary school students from nearby PS 111  cheered on the shooting exhibition followed by a Circle Line cruise with the Globetrotters.  Aboard the boat, Big Easy and Buckets gave a motivational presentation while incorporating the Globetrotters’ signature moves. Continue reading HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS TAKE THEIR NEW 4-POINT SHOT TO HUDSON RIVER

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Jersey City to Rename Street for WWII Hero and Longtime Resident Louis Calamito

City Council unanimously passes Resolution to name 5th and Monmouth Street in Downtown Jersey City, Louis Calamito Way

 dad-aloneLouis Calamito, a decorated World War II veteran and a longtime resident of Monmouth Street in downtown Jersey City who died in 2005 will be honored In Memoriam when the City of Jersey City re-names the corner of 5th and Monmouth Street “Louis Calamito Way.”

Through the efforts of Jersey City Council President Peter Brennan, Councilman Steve Fulup, the Village Neighborhood Association and Louis Calamito’s son, Vincent, the Resolution to rename the street corner received a unanimous “yes” vote by the City Council on January 26th.  The official unveiling of the street sign will take place March 5th with Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy, Council President Brennan, downtown’s Ward “E” Councilman Fulop attending along with members of the Calamito family. Continue reading Jersey City to Rename Street for WWII Hero and Longtime Resident Louis Calamito

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BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS HONOR JOE PANTOLIANO WITH THE HELP OF THE CAKE BOSS AT “AN EVENING WITH TWO GUYS FROM HOBOKEN”

‘Joey Pants,’ as he is affectionately known, is a masterful character as seen in “Risky Business,” “The Goonies,” “La Bamba,” “Midnight Run,” “Bad Boys I and II,” “Empire of the Sun,” “The Fugitive,” “The Matrix,” “Memento,”  “Daredevil” and, finally, his portrayal of the eccentric mobster Ralphie Cifaretto in HBO’s landmark series “The Sopranos,” won him a 2003 Primetime Emmy Award.  

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 On December 7, 2010 the Hoboken, Edward A. Dalton Boys & Girls Club will host their 13th Annual fundraiser, “An Evening with Two Guys from Hoboken,” honoring the efforts of the neighborhood’s own Joe Pantoliano and Rich Pèpe. In collaboration with Hoboken’s oldest restaurant, event sponsor “Leo’s Grandesvous,” the duo will cook a family style Italian dinner for guests using Pèpe & Pants Pasta Sauce.   Also another neighborhood famous business, Carlos Bakery known for the home of the CAKE BOSS will be donating their famous cake for the evening’s event.   This family style event will raise funds to support the community’s youth development programs, as well as Pantoliano’s No Kidding, Me Too! NKM2 is Pantoliano’s own non-profit organization is dedicated to removing the stigma associated with mental illness. All of the profits from Pèpe & Pants Pasta sauce is donated to NKM2. Continue reading BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS HONOR JOE PANTOLIANO WITH THE HELP OF THE CAKE BOSS AT “AN EVENING WITH TWO GUYS FROM HOBOKEN”

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RHAPSODY IN HEELS

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Cantigas Women’s Choir Brings Voices to Global Music and Harmony to Local Communty

by Sally Deering
Once a week, gathered inside the music room of an elementary school in Hoboken, women of varying ages and walks of life harmonize together as members of the Cantigas Women’s Choir. This all-girl community glee club performs the music of many nations and during the course of its 8-year history has become a “family of women” bringing harmony to its community both on and off the stage.

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Wooly Mammoth Lyuba Wows Visitors at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City

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by Sally Deering 

 Three years ago in the frozen tundra of Siberia, a reindeer herder discovered the Holy Grail of prehistoric artifacts, a real, completely preserved baby mammoth christened Baby Lyuba. Since the discovery, Baby Lyuba’s star has risen faster than Lady Gaga’s – a full-color feature in National Geographic magazine, TV appearances and a national tour that brought her first to the Field Museum in Chicago and then to the Liberty Science Center (LSC) in Jersey City, where she takes center stage in their main exhibit, “Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age.”

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Feast of Holy Rosary A Street Festival with Heart and Spirit- August 11th – August 15th, 2010

front-of-hr-churchLa Festa Italiana 2010:  The Holy Rosary Church organizes this wonderful  street festival, celebrating Italian-American traditions, spirituality, with  evenings of music, dance and authentic Italian foods.

Since I can remember the Holy Rosary Feast has always been a downtown Jersey City tradtion. Holy Rosary was my parish and my family has lived in the Village section of Jersey City  around the corner from Holy Rosary, for for over 90 years. I love the area and the people. The old time Village people and the new residents that have made it home in the last 15 years. Wonderful people all of them living and loving their neighborhoods.  This is the fabric of the Village section of Jersey City, and the Holy Rosary feast. This feast  gets better every year.

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Spalding Memories and the Games We Used to Play

Nicholas Balesterri’s Childhood Games Inspire a Book and (maybe) a Reality Show     

 nicky-bal-stick-ball-21By Sally Deering

In the 1960s, Nicholas Balesterri and his pals – all Baby Boomers – grew up around 7th and Brunswick Street in Jersey City and played all sorts of games on one of the greatest game boards in town – the four corners of their neighborhood.  This was back in the day before Nintendo, IBox and other electronic games that are giving our kids “couch potato syndrome.”

Balesterri remembers those street games and the fun he had with his pals when all they had to amuse themselves was a Spalding, a high-bouncing, pink rubber ball they picked up at the corner store for 19 cents.  Balesterri and his pals would use that Spalding for all sorts of inventive challenges: nicky-bal-stick-ballStick Ball, Box Ball, Stick Ball against the Wall, OUT, Point on the Ledge – games they played with sticks, cans and their own ingenuity.

 These games and others like them are the theme for the book Balesterri and his sister Amelia Fano are working on, “”The Games We Used to Play, Sticks, Balls and Cans,” that explains how the games are played and features anecdotes of Balesterri’s memories “growing up on the corner.” 

 
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Hudson County Actress Tammy Blanchard Appearing in CBS Program “The Good Wife”

tammy-for-good-wifeNow Hudson County residents have a good reason to watch CBS’s Hit The Good Wife one of their own residents will be appearing this fall in the second season.

According to the Ausiello File it has been annoucned that Emmy -Award Wining Hudson County Actress Tammy Blanchard will will join the cast for the up -coming  season of  the “Good Wife.”

Blanchard will appear as a confidante to Cary (Matt Czuchryone of Glen Childs’ underlings.

Described as a “fair-minded assistant state’s attorney who looks more like an indie-band drummer than a lawyer,” Blanchard’s character — who will likely recur — befriends the department’s newest employee, Cary (who joined Childs’ camp after getting pink-slipped by Will and Diane in the finale)

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Indie Cover Story -Indie Filmmakers Head to the ‘Burbs

hoboken-internation-film-festivalHoboken International Film Festival Shines Kliegs on Teaneck!

By Sally Deering

 First Cannes, then Sundance, now Teaneck? Yes folks, Cedar Lane Cinemas in Teaneck rolls out the red carpet for the fifth annual Hoboken International Film Festival, which used to be held in Hoboken, but because of some snafu, will now wow film-lovers a few miles north of Sinatra’s hometown.cedar-lane-marquee_2010

The indie film fest promises to be a feast for the eyes, 115 feature-length films, documentaries, shorts and TV pilots presented on the silver screen with in-person appearances by Oscar-winning movie stars, Emmy-winning TV stars and the writers and directors who nurtured their films from their first baby-steps. Continue reading Indie Cover Story -Indie Filmmakers Head to the ‘Burbs

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