August Cover-Summer Reading-The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer & More

What Books are Hot in Hudson County?

 Tender Bar by J.R MoehringerJersey City Free Public Library

by Tom Dwyer

From chilly spy thrillers to sultry romance novels to warm and fuzzy children’s books, a great summer read is always a real cool thing.  And this summer, Hudson County residents of all ages are discovering both new and old favorite books that will entertain, educate and even transport them to faraway places and times.   It’s probably no surprise that Hudson County Executive, Tom DeGise, has a love for political history.  Right now, he’s immersed in the best-seller “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, about the inner workings of Lincoln’s cabinet.  And he just finished “Bookends” by rock and roll disc jockey, Pete Fornatale, which describes the story of what DeGise calls “one of my all time favorite albums by Simon and Garfunkel.”  Next up on his book list, the highly acclaimed memoir “The Tender Bar.”   Here’s what other Hudson County book lovers are up to…
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RIVER VIEWED -Holy Rosary Feast

La Festa Italiana 

Saturday Night August 16th

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This annual one block feast takes place every August, and has become a  Downtown Jersey City tradition for many years. This years feast opened on Wednesday August  13th and its final day is Sunday August 17th.

Located on 6th Street in front of Holy Rosary Church, and the 6th Street embankment, between Monmouth Street and Brunswick Street.

Games -Rides- Food – Entertainment-Wine, Beer, Soda, Aunt Mary’s Rice Balls, Zeppoles,  Espresso Coffee Deserts and much more.

 Very popular with old time downtown Jersey City residents, especially those who have moved away and visit the feast each year to see old friends and aquaintances. Here’s where they  find, old class mates, long lost friends and plenty of memoires.

A fun time for the whole family!

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Harmon Meadow Secaucus Gets New Theater

KERASOTES SHOWPLACE THEATRE, HARTZ MOUNTAIN INDUSTRIES INC. BREAK GROUND ON 14-SCREEN THEATRE AT HARMON MEADOW

Special event caps the dramatic redevelopment of Harmon Meadow

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Assistant Vice President Senior Credit Analyst for M&T Bank John Saltos , Assistant Vice President of Structured Real Estate Finance for M&T Bank Lissa Salgado, Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce President James Kirkos, Executive Vice President – Finance and Leasing of Hartz Mountain Industries Inc. Gus Milano, President and Chief Operating Officer of Hartz Mountain Emanuel Stern, Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell, and Director of Real Estate for Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres Bob Gallivan pose before the site of the Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatre in Harmon Meadow, which is slated to open in the Fall of 2009. Toys ‘R’ Us & Babies ‘R’ Us, a combination superstore, and TJ Maxx will open this Fall 2008 at the Mill Creek Mall redevelopment site in Harmon Meadow in Secaucus. Sports Authority will open at the Mill Creek Mall in the Spring of 2009.

   In an event that put the final puzzle piece of the redevelopment of Harmon Meadow in place, Hartz Mountain Industries Inc. and Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres broke ground on a 14-screen, state-of-the-art stadium style theatre on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

            The grand opening of the new Kerasotes ShowPlace, a stadium-style multiplex theatre with 2,752 seats, is planned for the Fall of 2009.

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Remembering Old Jersey City -THE DUPREES

In 1960 this vocal group practiced

in Downtown Jersey City’s Hamilton Park

and went on  to become

THE DUPREES

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Joseph Canzano 1st row center (April 3, 1943 – February 28, 1984)
Joseph Santollo 2nd row top (July 23, 1943 – June 4, 1981)
John Salvato 2nd row middle (July 19, 1940)
Michael Arnone 1st row right (September 19, 1943-  2006)
Tom Bialoglow 1st row left (November 5, 1940)
Michael Kelly (April 19, 1943) not pictured

Unfortunately, not much has been written about The Duprees, but their musical contribution to Rock ‘N’ Roll history is reflected in their songs and their unique style. While many vocal groups performed standards from the ’40s and ’50s, only The Duprees could pull them off the way they did, and were one of the first to do so. In their early years, they were able to impressively blend the best from the sounds of the Swing Era, with the distinctive soul and infectious beat of the groups identified with rock and roll. In all they would register nine Top 100 entries nationally.  In their home state of New Jersey, and also in New York, the Duprees were phenomenally popular, with virtually all of their records making the Top 10.

But still, they were a fine, yet totally underrated group, whose recorded legacy indicates that they were far more versatile than their early more successful issues showed. When listened to as a whole, their library of recordings from 1962 to 1975 clearly demonstrates that they were easily the equals of many of their more commercially successful contemporaries. The later years showed their ability to adapt to new styles, as they searched for the right new sound and proved to be a very talented and diverse group. It was the genuine love of music and performing that kept the group together for so many years after their initial success.

 

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River Viewed-Feasting On Art Exhbits in Hoboken

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Feasting on Art – Roselle Park Resident

Leona M Seufert displays artwork at

 Garden of Eden Cafe

in Hoboken through September 12, 2008 

  Artist Leona M Seufert displays 2 digital prints as part of Hoboken Hob’art’s group show at the Garden of Eden Café, 226 Washington St. 2nd floor, Hoboken NJ. The show runs through September 12, 2008. Seufert creates her works using conventional media enhanced by technology. A self-professed “computer geek” she has, over the last 3 years, experimented with the unlimited possibilities to realize her creative dreams through the use of Photoshop and more recently, digital photography. Her starting point is either a digital photograph, or a scanned paper collage or a photograph. Then in a dialog between her eyes, her soul, and technology, and using Photoshop to manipulate the images, she aims to unlock the story within the image. Each artwork is the result of many experiments, the process is an artistic delight for her and the result enchanting to the viewer.  

Her two prints on display, Old Barn and Photo-synthesis, are part of a larger body of work, a series where her objective was to discover how Photoshop could alter the original image to create something new. She did not apply its filters simply for the sake of obtaining effects, but rather like a painter experiments with new brushes, to see what these effects could contribute to the original image.

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August Decor

Don’t Renovate- Refresh

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(ARA) – Today’s on-the-go homeowner demands furniture that performs double duty to provide high function without sacrificing style. Amid today’s challenging economic climate, families are calling for quality and casual trends that can resonate for years to come, all at smart prices.

Thoughtful splashes needn’t cost thousands: Consider accessorizing rather than renovating. Low-cost, easy changes can enhance a home’s value and the pleasure in reveling in a unique and personal living space.

Many people often forget that new window treatments are the quickest fix for a room. They provide texture and an instant face lift. Layering throws and pillows adds depth and comfort, and brightening a dining room with crisp table linens and stately candle accessories adds a touch of refined class. Of course, a simple fresh coat of paint can both cleanse and color any room.

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Dining Out In Downtown Jersey City

New Jersey Restaurant Owners bring to

Jersey City

Two Unique Styled Restaurants

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By Evelyn Bonilla

   When forming a restaurant, many restaurant owners take into consideration the type of restaurant they would like to introduce to the public. The food, location and setting are important entities when formulating its beginning.
   David O’Brien and his sister Anne Marie took careful consideration when selecting perfect locations for their restaurants. Not only have they selected perfect environments for their restaurants, they have also preserved and added to the history of Jersey City. Their restaurants are unique in style and also bring to the forefront an incredible environment, delicious cuisine and an ambiance like no other.

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August Art View-THE PARTY PAINTER

MARTIN HARDY

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During the course of a party or event the artist creates a picture as the perfect gift to the hosts and a different kind of entertainment for the guests. Original art, from an original idea.

Martin Ashley Hardy is a known landscape and figurative painter who has forged many styles, one of which has evolved into vibrant impressions of upscale corporate and society parties. Using acrylics, Hardy can rapidly capture the people and ambiance of any occasion.
Hardy, who is of English and Canadian origin, has maintained the tradition of plein air painting and is often found working outside all year round. He  is well known for his colorful depictions of Union Square and in 2003,  Toastie’s Deli commissioned a ceiling rotunda of the “Four Seasons of Union Square.”
Hardy has also gained a reputation in the beauty industry for his flattering pastel portraits of customers at the point of purchase for all the major lines of cosmetics including Chanel,  Givenchy,  and Lancome.
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Home Cooking – Tuscan Chicken With Garlic and Capers

Dining With the Stars

Pair cinematic classics with Italian Food and Wine recipe-aug-web-site-jpg.jpg
for a night to remember

Family Features

Want to create a memorable evening? Bring the glitz and glamour of the silver screen into your own home by hosting an elegant, Italian-themed dinner-and-a-movie party, complete with great food, fine wines and a stirring film.
Start with a favorite classic Italian film and use that as a springboard for the rest of your night. Add in thoughtfully chosen food, wine and décor for the full red-carpet treatment.
The recipes featured here are simple, but sophisticated. Grilled Polenta With Triple Mushroom Sauce features crisp, seared polenta wedges with a zesty tomato-mushroom topping. (And, best of all, it can be made ahead and finished on the grill at the last minute for an easy appetizer or side dish.) Tuscan Chicken With Garlic and Capers takes thinly-pounded chicken breasts, tosses them lightly in flour and seasonings and lightly sautés them. A savory sauce of white wine, garlic, capers, anchovies and a premium prepared pasta sauce, such as Classico, comes together quickly on the stovetop.
Want to guarantee an award-winning performance at your motion picture soiree?
Follow these simple planning tips:

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