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lovari, artist & performer achieves one of his dreams

Lovari

By Monica Prestia

Growing up in Queens, NY, Lovari says, “I’ve tested the waters of all five boroughs in NYC and lived in each one, and ultimately have been in New Jersey for ten years now. I have a Philadelphia stint too. My name is of Italian descent and there is also a Romani tribe named Lovari, who often travel. I have this urge to pick up and settle somewhere else every few years. But everyone kows that I am partial to NJ and consider myself a Jersey boy.”
Despite his tri-state wandering feet, Lovari began his career upon his first move into Manhattan at 20 years old. “I rented a room in the apartment of a recording studio on East 13th Street. I stood there for a few months working on my demo, and then ended up moving a block over to share an apartment with a man that I became friends with, who was the manager of a bodega.He rented out the front of his storefront to Amadou Diallo, who became my friend.” Amadou Diallo became a tragic headline name when he was shot and killed 41 times by NYPD in the Bronx. 
Lovari released a two singles independently in the mid 2000s, but it wasn’t until 2009 that he released a full album of original material called “The Statement”. Flash foward ten years later and his ultimate dream of charting on Billboard has been achieved with his current single “No Day Like Today”, a duet with recording artist/reality tv personality Adam Barta. The music video features cast members from Real Housewives Of New Jersey – Margaret Josephs, Delores Catania, Marge Sr., and is directed by RHONJ recurring cast member Brett Josephs.

Monica Prestia, Contributing Writer for the River View Observer recently interviewed the up and coming artist Lovari on his past and recent success in the music industry

RVO“No Day Like Today”, your duet with Adam Barta, is your first single currently hitting the Billboard charts – tell us more about this song and what it means to you.

LOVARI For over 10 years, my number one goal has been to chart on Billboard. When I was a 12 years old, I used to watch America’s Top Ten on TV and listen to America’s Top 40 on the radio, and I would buy issues of the magazine in print. I prayed nearly every day to get on the chart – and I finally have.  In addition, I received an extra blessing when Billboard wrote an article about the song in their Chart Upstarts section. I have to credit my friend Adam Barta for facilitating everything in regard to it.  He knew how much this meant to me, and he selflessly worked to make it happen.  I allowed him to take the reins and write the song – which involves alot of trust because with the exception of my new album, I have written all of my own songs and melodies.

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JERSEY CITY — Cathedral Arts Live is delighted to once again host the incomparable Walter Parks, performing with accordion ace Rob Curto


January 17, 2020 at 7 pm. BCB Bank is proud to sponsor this special night of live music at Grace Church Van Vorst.

Storyteller, singer-songwriter and finger-picking guitarist Walter
Parks, a Florida native now living in Jersey City, enchants audiences with his creative mix of swamp blues, folk and jazz delivered sometimes in an ambient style and sometimes in a gritty-rootsy style.
www.walterparks.com

Rob Curto is an accordionist, composer, arranger, and keyboardist based in New York and Philadelphia. He is a founding member of the band Matuto which was chosen to represent the United States State Department overseas as part of the American Music Abroad program in 2013 and 2015. He has released 4 CDs as a bandleader and is a prolific
composer and arranger. www.robcurto.com

The duo’s collaboration marks Parks’ third appearance at Cathedral Arts Live. He previously delighted audiences with a solo performance, a reimagining of traditional spirituals with Jersey City singer Vivian Sessoms, and a reunion with Stephanie Winters, his former bandmate from The Nudes.

“Along the path of a serious artistic career, certain situations,
places and/or people eventually take us to a crossroads,” said Parks.
“In working with Richie Havens for ten years I arrived at this
juncture – I could take the route of being good, or go beyond, rising to my fullest potential and embracing, or at least striving for, the excellence that I knew was in me. The latter is a scary choice but satisfying beyond measure if one can deliver the excellence one is capable of. A new sense of pride and confidence empowers wherein raw accomplishment motivates far more than does the ego. Grace Van Vorst Church is such a crossroads, where one is naturally inspired to do one’s best work instead of settling for less, for to do so would be boringly evident by contrast amidst such glorious sonic and visual
beauty, having been created long ago by fellow artisans rising to their own occasions.”

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Hot food and cold
beverages available for purchase. Doors open at 7 p.m. Visit
www.cathedralartslive.org to purchase tickets.

Cathedral Arts Live at Grace Church Van Vorst
39 Erie St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Now in its fifth season, Cathedral Arts Live aims to create a
transcendent musical experience and strengthen our community by welcoming and celebrating a diverse group of artists, performers, and audiences in our beautiful space.

Cathedral Arts Live 2019-2020 Season

February 28, 2020 Upstate
An adventurous blend of folk, R&B, jazz, gospel, and rock ‘n roll
creates a ‘harmonic maelstrom’ of original sound

March 27, 2020 VickiKristinaBarcelona
Power trio of musical veterans rearranges songs of Tom Waits with
inventive 3-part harmonies and virtuoso instrumentation


ABOUT CATHEDRAL ARTS LIVE AND GRACE CHURCH VAN VORST:

The oldest Episcopal church in Jersey City, Grace Church Van Vorst, founded in 1847, has a vibrant past and a promising future. In addition to being a welcoming and affirming home to a diverse set of congregants, Grace provides vital services to some of the most vulnerable citizens of Jersey City, offering a breakfast program to
the hungry and a weekday program for seniors.

Building on its reputation as a fulcrum for talented artists of all
kinds in Jersey City, Grace Church Van Vorst launched Cathedral Arts
Live as an extension of the already successful and vibrant Cathedral
Arts Festival, founded in 1989.

This program is made possible in part by funds from The New Jersey
State Council on The Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of The
National Endowment for the Arts, administered by The Hudson County
Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County
Executive, and The Board of Chosen Freeholders. We also thank our
Sponsor BCB bank for their generous support.

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NEW JERSEY AUTHOR SEEKS TO BREAK INTO THE JAPANESE CULTURE SCENE

Henry–Michael Brown begins his quest to become the first Puerto Rican–American author to have an anime adaptation by a Japanese studio.

JERSEY CITY, NJ, November 19, 2019 – Author Henry–Michael Brown is taking his first steps to attempt to break into the Japanese anime/manga industry with the paperback novel release of his fantasy comedy The Impossible Man. If successful, he will become the first Puerto Rican-American to accomplish this feat.

The Impossible Man; is set in 2002, at the height of the anime and manga culture boom in America, Michael Garcia is the owner of The Impossible Man’s Anime and Manga Shop in Denfair City, New Jersey. He became so famous in Japan that trouble now follows him everywhere. One day, without Michael’s knowledge, his mother hired Yuki Shimizu as the store’s bodyguard while she visited Japan. With trouble now brewing, a mysterious artifact arrives at the shop, and begins wreaking havoc for Michael and his employees. It is up to Yuki to help her co-workers protect their boss and the store from danger.

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Chiaravalloti Hospital Transparency Bill Package Heads to the Governor’s Desk


TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti aimed at increasing hospitals’ transparency received final legislative approval on Monday, passing the full Assembly
and Senate.

The bill package (A5916, A5917, and A5918) draws upon recommendations in the State Commission of Investigation (SCI) report regarding hospital-related oversight and accountability
in New Jersey.

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Memorial Fund for Detective Joseph Seals

https://www.gofundme.com/f/for-det-seals-and-his-family

On Tuesday, December 17th Detective Joe Seals was laid to rest, one week after being killed in the line of duty in Jersey City.

Detective Seals Go Fund me page has raised over $500,000. If you would like to donate please click the official Police link at top of post.

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Letter of INTENT signed by rwjbarnabas health and saint peter’s healthcare system

Saint Peter’s Healthcare System and RWJBarnabas Health have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent (“LOI”) to explore a potential partnership and puts the institutions on a path toward reaching a Definitive Agreement, expected within the coming months.  Today’s announcement follows the Request for Proposal (RFP) announcement by Saint Peter’s in October 2018 that it was considering a strategic partner. Saint Peter’s discernment process has involved a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the organization, its rich Catholic mission, the competitive market, and broader industry trends.

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Team Wright Is Victorious and Takes Black Belt Grand Kumite Championship Cup at A.O.K.A. 62nd Isshin-Ryu Karate

Black Belt Kumite John Daniels Runner-Up for the Grand Championship, Kevin McGrath, Sensei Kenneth Jackson Grand Champion Cup Winner,Grandmaster Austin Wright Sr., Founder and Owner of Universal Warrior Arts Hanshi Ralph Passero President of AOKA
1st place Kumite winner Alejandra Gonzalez .

On Saturday September 28th, Universal Warrior Mixed Martial Arts Elite Team Wright from Hudson County (Bayonne & Jersey City) out kicked, out punched and out shined their opponents by bringing home 1st place titles at the “Don Nagle’s AOKA Inc. 2019 World Open Karate Championships” held in Bayonne, N.J. at Marist High School. Despite fierce competition and kicks to the head, Team Wright defeated various styles of Martial Arts, which included Karate, Taekwondo and Isshin-Ryu to name a few .
“ Elite Team Wright was on top of their end game by remaining Undefeated in the Adult male and Teen Female Kumite Fighting
Divisions “ says , Head NJ US National Team Coach and Trainer , Hanshi Austin Wright Sr. . Infact, Team

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Former Jersey City Mayors Join mayor steven fulop on 2020 census

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop 2nd from right with Mayor Jeremiah Healy (far right) Former Jersey City Mayor Gerald Mc Cann ( left of Mayor Fulop) Former Jerseu City Mayor L. Harvey Smith, Former Jersey City Mayor Bret Shundler, Former Jersey City Mayor Joe Rakowski and
center front Former Jersey City Mayor Marilyn Roman

JERSEY CITY –Mayor Steven Fulop has invited all living former Mayors to City Hall on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 to participate in a historic Census 2020 awareness event. For the first time in the history of Jersey City, the current and former Mayors will join forces to advocate for the upcoming Census 2020 count, addressing the importance of the Census and how it ultimately effects the people, the culture, the infrastructure, and all other critical aspects that make Jersey City the great city it is today.

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Mayor Fulop Invites all Living Jersey City Mayors for Historic Event to Address Census 2020

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

JERSEY CITY –Mayor Steven Fulop has invited all living former Mayors to City Hall on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 to participate in a historic Census 2020 awareness event. For the first time in the history of Jersey City, the current and former Mayors will join forces to advocate for the upcoming Census 2020 count, addressing the importance of the Census and how it ultimately effects the people, the culture, the infrastructure, and all other critical aspects that make Jersey City the great city it is today.

The U.S. constitution mandates that the federal government count every resident of the United States every 10 years. It’s estimated that for every resident not accounted for, the city will lose out on $15,000 in federal funding over the next ten years.  Mayor Fulop, understanding the importance of the Census and its implications for the next decade, spearheaded this historic event and has kept Jersey City at the forefront as this once-in-a-decade event nears.

“The goal is to come together and to show our community how important it is to be fully counted next spring. The Census impacts every aspect of our city and our community – from emergency response, to schools, to our congressional districts,” said Mayor Fulop. “An inaccurate count of Jersey City’s residents in the past has led to unfair and unequal political representation and inequitable access to vital public and private resources. That’s why we’re coming together – to make sure we are fully counted, every single resident.”

Wednesday’s event will start with a 9 a.m. breakfast of all the Mayors, hosted by Mayor Fulop inside City Hall.  Followed by a reception for city employees, the Mayors will then host a press conference at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the reasons for their coming together and highlighting the importance of Census 2020.

“I appreciate Mayor Fulop’s concern and attentiveness to this very important activity of identifying and counting all of our residents for the 2020 United States Census,” said former Mayor Gerald McCann and current Jersey City employee.  “As Mayor in 1989, again, I was also an active participant in the 1990 Census. The Census for all residents of the United States, but especially for Jersey City and Hudson County, is used for National budgeting purposes and makes available to our communities the funding needed for our residents.”

Confirmed Mayors attending Wednesday’s event include:

Steven Fulop               (2013 – present)

Jerramiah Healy          (2004 – 2013)

L. Harvey Smith         (May 2004 – Nov. 2004)

Bret Schundler            (1992 – 2001)

Joseph Rakowski        (July 1992 – Nov. 1992)

Marilyn Roman          (Feb. 1992 – June 1992)

Gerald McCann          (1981 – 1985) and (1989 – 1992)

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