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Hudson County Community College and Jersey City Mayor’s Office to Host Information Session on Free College Tuition

 Information session on the New Jersey Community College Opportunity Grant will be held on Tuesday, December 3. 

October 31, 2019, Jersey City, NJ – A tuition-free college education is attainable for high school graduates as well as career changers, working parents, individuals seeking job advancement, and returning students.

Hudson County Community College (HCCC), in partnership with the Jersey City Mayor’s Office, will hold an Information Session about the Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The session will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 280 Grove Street in Jersey City. A formal presentation will begin at
10 a.m. and end at noon.

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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 To learn more about the upcoming Teal Pumpkin Event in Jersey City, contact Alyssa Birkhofer at

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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.

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Bridge Arts Festival Returns to Bayonne


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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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.


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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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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