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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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In Honor of Bruce Piechocki

Jersey City Ethical Charter School 95 Broadway will honor the memory of Bayonne native Bruce Piechocki, February 28th, at a 4:30 pm at a halftime Commemorative presentation of its girls basketball team.

Piechocki passed away from Cancer on March 3rd, 2016.

Through a Memorial Fund established by Piechocki’s step-father Keith Rennar and family in 2016 and a donation made in October 2018 to Ethical Charter’s Schools Girl Basketball team; the Green and White uniforms for the girls basketball team were purchased.

The Bruce Piechocki Memorial Fund has been instumental in doing some good work througout the State of New Jersey.

Since its beginning it has sent six children to the Bob Hurley Summer Pocono Basketball Camp for a week.

Donations went to assorted groups: Newark Fresh Air Fund, Jersey City Baptist Church Christmas Help for Needy Families, Bayonne Mike Micelis Christmas Give a Kid a Smile Shopping Trip for Models and other donations.

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Hudson County Community College Library to Host Lecture by Playwright and Actor Martin Casella

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Playwright/ Screenwriter, Actor Martin Casella

February 20th event is open to the entire community;
there is no charge for admission.

A “Playwright Lecture,” hosted by the Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Library Makerspace, which will feature a nationally acclaimed playwright, screenwriter and actor.

The lecture is open to all members of the community, free of charge.

Prolific writer and actor Martin Casella, whose plays and musicals have been staged in the United States and abroad. 

Mr. Casella attended the California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts). Following his graduation, he worked as Steven Spielberg’s assistant on the films Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Director’s Cut, Used Cars, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.  He has also written for film and television productions for Steven Spielberg, Lasse Hallstrom, Kerry Washington, Whoopi Goldberg, Disney, Universal, Warner Brothers, ABC, CBS and HBO.

Mr. Casella’s acting resumé includes roles in Poltergeist, RoboCop 2, Six Weeks, andAmazon Women on the Moon.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 5 p.m.

The HCCC Gabert Library located at 71 Sip Avenue on the College’s Journal Square Campus is Jersey City.
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Professor Joseph Gallo Builds a Dream Theater for Students

   Hudson County Community College Opens New Black Box Theater

By Sally Deering

Hoboken playwright and Theatre Arts Professor Joseph Gallo knows first-hand the trials and tribulations of putting on plays. He does it as resident playwright for Hoboken’s Mile Square Theater, and as Theatre Arts Coordinator for Hudson County Community College’s (HCCC) Theatre Arts program, where Gallo teaches acting, playwriting and film courses to hundreds of students who have passed through its doors. Gallo has directed all the student productions in HCCCs academic classrooms — until now.

Professor Joseph Gallo conducts an Acting Class at HCCC    (Photo:  Brion Luetjen)

On Fri, Jan. 25, HCCC debuted its newest addition to the college: a beautiful and intimate, 40-seat ‘black box’ theater like those found Off Broadway and on other college campuses. The newly-transformed space, which used to be a classroom with Formica tables and white plastic chairs, now has 28 new theater lights, a raised ceiling with a grid for the lights, a state-of-the-art lighting and sound booth that’s mobile, a prop closet, a tech closet, a film screen/SMART Board, newly-painted black walls, black curtains and gray chairs that can seat 40 theater-goers at every performance.

Ask any drama teacher, putting on plays in classrooms and makeshift venues has its drawbacks.  That’s all changed at HCCC. Theatre Arts students can now rehearse plays, perform improvs, and recite monologues in a real theater space. This makes Gallo’s accomplishment – a beautiful theater classroom in HCCCs library building on Sip Avenue in Jersey City – an incredible feat of perseverance and dedication. Gallo never gave up on his dream, and with his persistence, and funding from HCCCs Foundation, Gallo gained support from HCCCs newly-installed President Dr. Christopher Reber, as well as Vice President Dr. Eric Friedman – and they helped Gallo’s dream become a reality.

Gerard Carbone of Mast Construction in Jersey City, and theater designers Herb Alicandri and Matthew Fick of Hoboken are the ones responsible for turning the 5th floor classroom into a theater.

“I’m proud to say we came in on time and under budget,” Gallo says, leading a tour of the theater. “We started construction Dec. 20 and opened Jan. 25.”

Twice a year, at the end of each semester, Gallo and the theater students hold a play festival in the Scott Ring Room on the 2nd floor of the Culinary Arts Building. From now on, Gallo and the students will present their end-of-semester play festival in the new theater, and instead of one performance, the students will put on two shows.  

“This theater takes the Theatre Arts program and elevates it to another level,” Gallo says.   “I see this as a jumping off point for the next plateau of the program.”

The Theatre Arts program currently has 40 students who declared Theatre Arts as their major, Gallo says. The new theater enhances the educational component of the program.

“We can be a first-stop training option for any potential theater student,” Gallo says. “The tech will make our performances different. It’s our own space, so we can create here and don’t have to pick up and go somewhere else.”

The school’s new black box theater was well worth the years of hard work to make it happen, Gallo says, and it’s one of his greatest accomplishments.

“I did it for the students,” Gallo says.

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St. Patrick’s Day Kick-Off Event on March 14 to Benefit Bayonne BEOF

            Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that there will be a St. Patrick’s Day Kick-Off event to benefit the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF), Bayonne’s community action agency.  The event will take place on Thursday, March 14, at 6:00 p.m., at the Bayonne Masonic Lodge, 888 Avenue C.  A $35 donation to the BEOF will cover Irish food, beverages, and musical entertainment.  The live band will be The Screaming Orphans, a popular, four-woman group from County Donegal, Ireland.  The Screaming Orphans have their roots in Celtic music, and incorporate pop, rock, and international styles into their tunes. Mayor Davis said, “Throughout the year, the BEOF provides social services for seniors and people of all ages who are in need.  Please join us in celebrating the St. Patrick’s season by supporting the BEOF and enjoying The Screaming Orphans.”

            The Screaming Orphans are the four Diver sisters from Bundoran in County Donegal.  In addition to their vocals, the group’s musical instruments include bass, violin, drums, keys, and accordion.  The band has toured in Europe, Africa, and North America.   Their hit song, “Taproom,” was named 2017 Folk/Pop/Rock Album of the Year by Folk ‘n’ Rock Magazine.

            The event will feature an Irish soda bread contest.  First, second, and third place finishers will win Shop-Rite gift cards.  Raffles to benefit the BEOF will also take place at the event.

             Interested parties should visit for information about purchasing reservations.  Anyone who would like to purchase a physical ticket may do so at the Office of the Mayor during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

            The lodge is located at 40th Street and Avenue C.

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Renovation Progress at Former BAYONNE Holy Family Property

Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that significant renovations are underway at the former Holy Family Academy property.  Mayor Davis said, “The Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF), Bayonne’s community action agency, is overseeing the conversion of the former high school into the future location of our local Head Start program.”  Mayor Davis continued, “We look forward to the completion of this work, which will enable this former high school facility to serve future generations of pre-Kindergarten students.”

BEOF Executive Director Samantha Howard Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF) said, “The staff at the BEOF have feverishly sought and obtained several capital improvement grants to assist with the renovation and repair of this facility. It is a very exciting time for the organization.”

Full asbestos remediation is taking place throughout the property. In addition, state-of-the-art electrical upgrades are currently being done throughout the building. Director Howard said, “These new electrical and fire alarm improvements are all in compliance with federal and state regulations for the health and safety of our students, parents, staff, and volunteers. 

The BEOF is continuing its efforts and its joint partnership with the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program to renovate the new school facility.  Director Howard explained, “The organization continues to seek out additional grant funding to cover the costs of classroom updates and improvements. This includes the replacement of all windows and doors in the school building to ensure the safety of our students.”

The BEOF’s Holy Family Academy (HFA) Paver Fundraiser is still ongoing. Samantha Howard explained, “These pavers will be a complement to the existing facility, making it more user-friendly. It is an opportunity for members of the community to design their own historic markers to memorialize family and/or friends, in memory of a loved one, or for corporate support, while leaving their legacy with generations to come.”

The BEOF hopes to house the Bayonne Head Start Program in one central location very soon, and, with this new facility, will be able to expand its opportunities and exceptional services to the City of Bayonne and Hudson County.

Mayor Davis concluded, “The City of Bayonne will continue our successful partnership with the BEOF, in order to ensure that it will provide important community services into the future.”

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Registration Announced for BAYONNE New Library Children’s Programs

Mayor Jimmy Davis and Library Director J.P. Porcaro are happy to announce new programs will be held at the Bayonne Public Library.  These programs are geared for children 4-6 years old. These programs will begin the week of March 12.

Beginning on Tuesdays, Just Kids Play will take place from 1:30-2:30. There will be Creative Movement, songs, and hands-on activities.

Drama Play will take place from 4:00-5:00. The children will listen to

Mother Goose rhymes and will create dramatic art to promote literacy.

On Wednesdays, the Lapsit Program will take place from 11:00-11:30. There will be stories, fingerplays, movement, socialization and creativeplay with toys. The children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.                   

We will have Crafternoon from 1:30 – 2:30. The children will create seasonal or everyday crafts

On Thursdays, from 2:00-3:00, there will be Mother Goose Rhymes. The children will create their own sing-a-long of rhymes.  The program Oh the Places We Will Go! Will take place from 4:00-5:00.  The children will visit communities through storytelling and will interact with community helpers.

 Registration will take place from Monday, Feb. 25, through Fri., March 1, 2019. Proof of Bayonne residency is required to register.  Parents MUST remain in the build during the programs.

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