Hudson County Community College Awarded $2.2 Million for Technology Initiative in New Academic Tower

The HCCC ‘Technology Advance Project’ will provide ITV in 24 of the future Tower’s classrooms, increasing remote study offerings and more.

Pictured here, a rendering of Hudson County Community College’s 11-story, 153,186 squarefoot Academic Tower that will be constructed in the Journal Square section of Jersey City, NJ.

When Hudson County Community College (HCCC) began planning the new 11-story, 153,186 square-foot Academic Tower facility that will soon begin rising in the Journal Square section of Jersey City, technology to provide expanded learning opportunities for more students was high on the list of priorities.

 “During the COVID-19 pandemic, we made a significant investment in technology to ensure our students could continue to make progress in achieving their academic goals by offering courses, programs, and services remotely and fully online,” said HCCC President, Dr. Christopher Reber. “We determined that if we had the resources, we would apply those and other advanced technology principles to the Tower. Thanks to the advocacy and support of our representatives in the United States Congress and Senate, HCCC has been awarded $2.2 million in federal funding to make this a reality. This will greatly benefit our students and the entire Hudson County community.

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Ribbon Cutting for KPS-Kids Piano Studio in Bayonne

Sandy Elnakady(center) founder of Kids Piano Studio in Bayonne with family memebers cuts the ribbon for the Grand Opening with Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis and Bayonne Councilman at Large Loyad Booker,3rd Councilman Gary LaPelusa,cCouncilman at Large Juan M. Perez and 1st Ward Councilman Neil Carroll

There is always room for music in a child’s life and Sandy Elnakady founder of Kids Piano Studio is filling that need with the opening of her new music studio at 480 Avenue C, in Bayonne.

Ms. Elnakady, created the school which features Music Courses for children ages 3 and up which teaches Music Theory, the Piano Keyboard and ear training workshops,where children can learn by reading notes or learning by ear.

“I learned to play the piano by ear Ms. Elnakady told me, as her shop filled up with well wishers for her Grand Opening.

“We are more than a music studio,” she noted, we feature Playdates Mini & Me and Drop Off; we feature spending some mini and me time singing, dancing, learning new instruments an connecting through music.

The studio also features a play area for toddlers.

Kids Piano Studio also offers Musical Play Gym, the studio is equipped with different types of musical instruments and piano keyboards. “Kids get to enjoy a creative, fun, free-play experience.

To register a child call1-201-654-2412

Email Sandy Elnakady founder at

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Fulop Administration Encourages Local Artists and Arts Organizations to Apply for 2nd Round of Arts & Culture Trust Fund Grants

Following Successful First Round of Grants Awarded to 89 Artists and Arts Entities, Latest Tranche Further Expands Opportunities 

 Mayor Steven M. Fulop, City Council members, and the Arts and Culture Trust Fund Committee announce this Monday, January 23, applications will open for the second round of Arts and Culture Trust Fund grants to expand arts education and programming citywide.  Following the successful first allocation of grants, totaling $900,000 awarded to 89 artists and arts organizations last year, the City is looking to promote even more applicants from Jersey City’s flourishing arts community with this latest round of funding. 

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Bayonne, Time to Renew Pet and Various Business Licenses

Bayonne Renew Pet Licenses

          The City of Bayonne reminds pet owners and various business license holders that Tuesday, January 31, 2023, is the legal deadline for license renewal. 

          Business licenses due for renewal cover pet shops; laundromats; dry cleaners; food-dispensing trucks; mobile food dealers; vending machines; bar/grill businesses; restaurants; bakeries; pre-packaged food stores; fast food establishments; delicatessens; grocery stores; confectionary shops; fish/chicken/meat/produce markets; other food establishments; and certain other businesses specified by law.  These licenses are issued by the Health Division of the Department of Municipal Services.  Businesses seeking licenses must file complete applications. Current license holders have received renewal mailings.

Under New Jersey law, dogs and cats that receive municipal licenses are required to be immunized against rabies by licensed veterinarians.  These pet licenses are issued by the City Clerk’s Office.  Pet owners have received license reminder mailings.  If the animal’s rabies vaccine expires before November 1, 2023, the animal needs a new rabies shot, in order to receive a new license.  The animal’s most recent rabies vaccine must be good through at least November 1, 2023.

          After Tuesday, January 31, 2023, the City Clerk’s Office will assess late fees of $5 per pet, and the Health Division will assess late fees of $50 per business.

Anyone with questions about a pet license should call the City Clerk’s Office at 201-858-6029.  For questions about various business licenses, call the Health Division at 201-858-6355.

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Hudson County Community College to Host a Tribute Performance to the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 January 17 performance will feature Broadway and TV star, Angela Birchett, and keyboardist, Joey Joseph -DiCarlo
This year marks the 55th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose life and leadership continue to inspire and influence people of every color and creed, in every generation, across the globe.
To honor the legacy of Dr. King, the Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) will present a special program of gospel, Broadway, and a variety of inspirational musical numbers performed by Angela Birchett and Joey Joseph-DiCarlo on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 11:30 a.m. The program will take place in the Atrium of the Benjamin J. Dineen III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery on the sixth floor of the College’s Gabert Library, located at 71 Sip Avenue in Jersey City – just across the street from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center. The event is open to the entire community and there is no charge for admission. Light refreshments will be served. Those interested in attending the performance are asked to register at
“It is fitting that we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who advanced civil rights and was awarded the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance,” said HCCC President, Dr. Christopher Reber. “Diversity, equity, and inclusion form the very foundation of the College’s Mission, Vision and Value statements, and are a central priority in HCCC’s 2021-24 Strategic Plan, Student Success Action Plan, and workforce initiatives. This tribute reflects Dr. King’s belief that music and education were powerful catalysts for change.”
Angela Birchett is a seasoned vocalist, actor, songwriter, educator, and live music host who made her Broadway debut in the 2015 Tony Award-winning revival of The Color Purple. She has also appeared in several regional and touring companies, including The Color Purple first national tour; Dreamgirls as Effie White; Once on This Island as Asaka; Smokey Joe’s Café as BJ; and Hairspray national tour as Motormouth. Her television credits include CBS’ Kevin Can Wait and NBC’s Blindspot. Most recently, she starred as Jacky Clark Chisholm in Lifetime’s movie event, The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel that reached 11 million viewers in its opening weekend, making it the most viewed premiere on cable television in 2020.
Ms. Birchett is also the founder of AB Creative, Inc. and creates educational programming and one-on-one development that encourages individuality, celebrates black culture through the performing arts, and equips students and aspiring artists with a “toolkit” to take their place in an ever-changing entertainment industry.
Joey Joseph-DiCarlo is the New York/New Jersey-based pianist who will accompany Ms. Birchett. A Louisiana native, he recently played keyboards in the orchestra for Beetlejuice: The Musical on Broadway. His other credits include Pippin (Broadway/National tour); tours of The Color Purple and Hairspray; and multiple productions at Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ.
The HCCC Benjamin J. Dineen III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery presents a variety of exhibitions and programs at the College’s Journal Square and North Hudson campuses every semester. The Gallery’s exhibition space boasts Manhattan views that stretch from the Statue of Liberty to the upper west side of Manhattan. In each exhibition, the Gallery provides exposure to local and international talents, highlights creative faculty members, facilitates a visitor-friendly experience, and hosts a wide array of artistic styles and themes to mirror the diversity of Hudson County. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. To schedule a tour, please email  #  # 
Caption: Pictured here, Angela Birchett and Joey Joseph-DiCarlo who will perform at Hudson County Community College’s tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Tuesday, January 17, 2023.
About Hudson County Community College
Hudson County Community College serves more than 18,000 credit and non-credit students annually. The College offers nearly 90 degree and certificate programs, including award-winning English as a Second Language; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management; Nursing and Health Sciences; and Humanities and Social Sciences. The HCCC Culinary/Hospitality Management program was ranked number six in the U.S. by Best Choice Schools.
HCCC has partnerships with major four-year colleges and universities in the greater New Jersey-New York area and beyond, accommodating seamless transfer of credits for further undergraduate and graduate education.
The College’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has been recognized with the 2021 Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Northeast Region Equity Award; the “INSIGHT Into Diversity” 2021 and 2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, this year honoring HCCC as one of seven community colleges nationally to be named “Top Colleges for Diversity;” and the “INSIGHT Into Diversity” 2022 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award. HCCC was a finalist this year for the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) “Advancing Diversity Award of Excellence.” HCCC was selected as one of 24 community colleges in the United States – and the only community college in New Jersey – to be named among the “2022 Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges” by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) in collaboration with “Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.” The College was also one of 22 community colleges in the nation, and the only college in New Jersey, to be recognized by Modern Think LLC and the “Chronicle of Higher Education” as a 2022 “Great College to Work For®.
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During the month of December 2022, the Bayonne Public Library offered many programs and events. For adults, the library offered four “Tech Thursdays with Bill” classes covering streaming media, Mango Languages, and hoopla (ebooks) as well as an “Ask Me Anything” general tech help class. There were three English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. There were five knitting class meetings. For children, the library offered three Scratch coding classes for elementary school students. For the whole family, there were twelve showings of nine holiday-themed movies.

The most popular book titles in December were: Adults: 1. The Whittiers by Danielle Steele. 2. No Plan B: a Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child. Kids: 1. Jujutsu Kaisen, Vol. 0 by Gege Akutami. 2. Solo Leveling by Chugong.

The top five most popular book titles for adults in 2022 were: 1. The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley. 2. The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly. 3. High Stakes by Danielle Steele. 4. The Investigator by John Sandford. 5. One Step Too Far by Lisa Gardner. The top five most popular book titles for kids in 2022 were: 1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney. 2. The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey. 3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney. 4. Chainsaw Man by Tatsuki Fujimoto. 5. Jujutsu Kaisen, Vol. 0 by Gege Akutam.

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Hudson County Community College and New Jersey Reentry Corporation Announce Ground-breaking Phlebotomy Training Program for Court-involved Individuals

    Three-month training program is the first of its kind in New Jersey.    

– At a press conference yesterday, Hudson County Community College (HCCC) President, Dr. Christopher Reber, and New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC) Founder and Chairman, former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey, announced the establishment of a Phlebotomy Technician Certification program leading to an industry recognized credential from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

The program is designed solely for court-involved individuals. Governor McGreevey and Dr. Reber were joined at the event by New Jersey Acting Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, Cari Fais; HCCC Vice President for External Affairs and Senior Counsel to the President, Dr. Nicholas Chiaravalloti; HCCC Associate Vice President for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Lori Margolin; HCCC Dean of Academic Affairs and Assessment, Dr. Heather DeVries; and New Jersey Reentry Corporation program participants.    

Dr. Reber said the training program is funded by NJ HealthWorks, a program sponsored by the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, and administered by the New Jersey Community College Health Profession Consortium Partners.

The first Phlebotomy Training Program class of about one dozen students will begin January 23, 2023. Classes will be conducted by HCCC faculty at the Governor’s Reentry Training and Employment Center in Kearny, NJ.    

“We are proud to partner with Governor McGreevey and NJRC in developing and providing this Phlebotomy Training Program,” Dr. Reber said. “This is a life-changing opportunity, exclusively for court-involved women and men, that offers a pathway to well-paying, in-demand careers. This program also addresses a critical national need for professionals in this sector of health care.”    

NJRC Chairman James McGreevey stated, “This Phlebotomy Training for court-involved persons to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician is a landmark course.

This is the first New Jersey Phlebotomy Training Program solely focused on the court-involved population. This three-month training program will require significant academic and substantial clinical training hours resulting in a professional phlebotomy career. The successful completion of the training will provide for national certification through the National Healthcareer Association. 

 We are honored to partner with HCCC in our shared advocacy mission and commitment to Second Chances. We celebrate the importance of this Phlebotomy  Training Course, which continues to highlight the need for ‘industry-recognized credentials’ through job training for the reentry population.”  

  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that Phlebotomy is one of the fastest growing career sectors in the country with a projection of 21,500 openings for phlebotomists each year over the decade. The 2021 median pay for phlebotomists, who draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations, and work in hospitals, laboratories, blood donor centers, and doctors’ offices, is $37,380 per year.    

In addition to this program, Hudson County Community College and New Jersey Reentry Corporation work in partnership to provide career pathway certification training and credit-bearing learning opportunities for court involved individuals in Welding, Advanced Manufacturing, and Culinary Arts. In November 2022, HCCC and NJRC celebrated NJRC graduates of the HCCC Welding and Culinary Arts programs.   #  #  #     Caption:

Pictured at a Jan. 11 press conference announcing the Hudson County Community College Phlebotomy Technician Certification from left: Lori Margolin, HCCC Associate Vice President for Continuing Education and Workforce Development; Dr. Christopher Reber, HCCC President; New Jersey Reentry Corporation program participants Camille Hannah, Michael Chatmon and Kaiyah Thompson; James McGreevey, NJRC Founder and Chairman and former New Jersey governor; and Dr. Heather DeVries, HCCC Dean of Academic Affairs and Assessment.

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Jersey City Medical Center to Provide Free Pap Smear Exams

This week, on January13th, the Jersey City Medical Center will provide free Pap smear exams to women age 21 and older without insurance in honor of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

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-Some Singers won’t take no for an answer even if there doesn’t seem to be anything on the horizon-

Highlighting DjRv -Raul Vicente

DjRv Raul Vicente
DjRv -Raul Vicente

River View Observer Staff Writer

“I’m just not ready to quit”, says Raul (DjRv ) Vicente Jr.  Vicente, aka DjRv as he likes to be called these days, has put out three cd’s.  Two salsa songs; one with English lead vocals and one with Spanish lead vocals.  You can find them for sale on iTunes and other platforms says Vicente but to his chagrin little if any sales have been generated.

And his third, attempt as recent as last year, was a Spanish remake of Mariah Careys hit song “My All”. It’s called “Yo Daria Todo”.

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Hudson County Community College’s
25th Gala Celebration Sets Attendance and Fundraising Records

Caption: Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Culinary Arts students and chef-instructors welcome guests to the December 8, 2022 HCCC Foundation Gala with thumbs up and applause. The event set attendance and fundraising records.

The Hudson County Community College (HCCC)Foundation Board of Directors announced that their 25th Anniversary Gala celebration on Thursday, December 8, 2022, raised nearly $600,000. The event’s theme, “Investing in Student Success,” marked the debut of a new endowed scholarship fund, the Hudson Scholars Program Endowment, that will generate perpetual funding assistance to support student success.

HCCC President Dr. Christopher Reber said the initial goal for the fund is $3 million over the next several years through gifts, grants, and other investments.

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