Jersey City Mayor Fulop Hosts Annual September 11th Remembrance Ceremony in Memory of Loved Ones Lost  

 Jersey City’s Memorial Event Emphasized with Backdrop of the World Trade Center  

JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop joined local dignitaries, family members, and community members today to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks with Jersey City’s annual “Reflections” Ceremony, located across from where the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center once stood.

“Jersey City had one of the larger amounts of fatalities outside of New York, so it’s always a day of significance here,” said Mayor Fulop, who decided to enlist in the Marine Corps because of the terror attacks.  “There are many reasons why this event is so important – to memorialize the many lives lost 21 years ago and to educate the broader public, especially our younger generation who may not have been born yet.” 

“Last year was a milestone year, but every year it is just as important that we come together to commemorate the lives lost on that horrific day where Jersey City became a respite for many.  Attending this event allows me to give my support to those who lost loved ones and to keep their memories alive no matter how much time has passed,” said NJ Assemblywoman Angela McKnight. 

The annual remembrance ceremony in Jersey City took place with a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.  All 39 names of the Jersey City residents who were killed on September 11th were read by Assemblywoman McKnight and the Jersey City Municipal Council members.  The entire event was live-streamed for those who couldn’t attend in person. 

The annual waterfront ceremony where Jersey City’s 9-11 memorial is located was used as the area’s largest triage center on the day of the attacks in 2001. At the site, Jersey City emergency responders did not hesitate to provide assistance and medical treatment to the countless people who flocked to Jersey City by boat to seek refuge. 

The Jersey City 9-11 memorial is comprised of twisted steel beams from Ground Zero. The beams are sculpted to form the letter “A” when viewed from above. The ‘A’ for America serves as a backdrop to the black granite memorial stone that names the 38 fallen residents from Jersey City. 

“Having these events and acknowledgments every year keeps their memories alive.  It’s important for me to make sure I attend every year because my friend, Barbara Etzold, didn’t get an opportunity to move on with her life,” concluded Jersey City resident Barbara Smith.  “The fact that it’s now 21 years and how quickly it’s gone by.  It really is the least I can do.” 

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Detective Seals Memorial Celebration Set for Saturday, September 17

Detective Joseph A. Seals

Event to Feature Music, Food Trucks, and Inflatables

          Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the City of Bayonne will host a memorial celebration in honor of the late Detective Joseph A. Seals at DiDomenico-16th Street Park in Bayonne on Saturday, September 17, from 2:00-8:00 p.m.  The event will feature bands, food trucks, and inflatables.  Joseph A. Seals, a Jersey City police detective and a former Bayonne resident, was killed in the line of duty in Jersey City in 2019 after encountering two subjects who were linked to a homicide.  Mayor Davis said, “I urge everyone to come out for this event to pay tribute to Detective Seals and to support Garden State Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).  Detective Seals gave his life after eighteen years of outstanding service in law enforcement.  Let us honor him as a community on September 17.” 

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Public Meeting Discussed $900 Million Investment in Bayonne Film & TV Studio

On September 7 in the Bayonne High School Auditorium, representatives of Togus, the redeveloper of Bayonne’s former Texaco property, presented details about the site’s future as a film and television production facility.  The new production center will be named 1888 Studios after the year that Thomas Edison developed his movie camera.  It will be located in the southwest corner of Bergen Point, west of Avenue A.  The construction phase is expected to create 2,000 jobs for the unionized building trades.  Once the studios are in full operation, at least 2,100 permanent jobs will be created.  Depending on production levels, that figure could grow to 3,000 jobs.  Togus, the developer, is expected to invest about $900 million to complete the project.

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Bayonne Switching to Night Recycling Pick-Ups Effective October 4

Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the City of Bayonne is switching to night-time pick-ups of recycling effective Tuesday, October 4.  The new schedule will cover cans & bottles and mixed paper & cardboard.  Mayor Davis said, “The major reason for the change is that night-time traffic is lighter than morning traffic.  The recycling trucks will have an easier time getting around without commuter vehicles and school buses on the city streets at the same time.”  Mayor Davis continued, “It will be easier to identify missed pick-ups, if they are still on the streets in the morning.”

            Bayonne’s existing three zones for garbage and recycling will remain the same. 

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Hudson County Community College Receives’2022 Inspiring Programs in STEM’Award from INSIGHT into Diversity Magazine

Hudson County Community College Receives ‘2022 Inspiring Programs in STEM’ Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine August 22, 2022, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) is the recipient of the “2022 Inspiring Programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Award” from Insight Into Diversity Magazine. The award is presented to colleges, universities, and organizations with established cutting-edge programs, events, and initiatives devoted to the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in STEM, as well as the unique efforts these institutions take to welcome individuals from marginalized populations to these disciplines.  In all, 70 baccalaureate-conferring institutions and organizations and only seven community colleges from across the United States received the honor, including California State, Clemson, Louisiana State, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio State, Purdue, and Virginia Tech Universities; the Universities of Florida, Oklahoma, Michigan, and Missouri; and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “We are very proud to stand with some of the nation’s STEM academic giants receiving this award,” said HCCC President, Dr. Christopher Reber. “HCCC students may choose from nearly 20 best-practice degree and certificate STEM programs taught by faculty who are seasoned experts in their fields, and who are supportive and available to students even after graduation. HCCC students have the advantage of learning in our state-of-the-art STEM Building labs where students gain hands-on experience with equipment, situations, and conditions they will encounter in their chosen scientific fields.” Hudson County Community College was recognized for recruiting and retaining minority students and for its participation in the Northern New Jersey Bridges to Baccalaureate (NNJ-B2B) program, part of the Garden State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (GS-LAMP). The College’s marketing and outreach efforts, including informational sessions for prospective students interested in STEM careers, resulted in increased enrollment, particularly among minority students. The HCCC STEM student population is now 55% Hispanic, 13% African American, and 62% female. 
 The HCCC STEM Division faculty promote retention by organizing and offering study groups for students through the NNJ-B2B partnership, and assigning mentors from the College’s baccalaureate-conferring partners. HCCC STEM students have opportunities to conduct research with HCCC’s and partnering schools’ faculty, to present their findings at the GS-LAMP/NNJ-B2B annual conference, and to engage in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Princeton and Columbia Universities and the City University of New York, among others. HCCC faculty provide Peer-led Supplemental Instruction, participate with students in the “Show Your STEM Innovation Challenge” promoting entrepreneurial problem-solving, and organize transfer fairs for students who wish to pursue baccalaureate and post-graduate degrees.
 The HCCC NNJ-B2B STEM program and the College’s wraparound support services have contributed to HCCC Underrepresented Minority (URM) students transferring to New Jersey four-year schools at a higher rate. The number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to NNJ-B2B students has tripled since 2008.
 “We are honored to receive this award, and we are especially grateful to our STEM faculty and staff for their efforts on behalf of our students,” Dr. Reber said.#   #   # 
Photo Caption:  HCCC Associate Professor of Biology, Dr. Nadia Hedhli (in foreground), instructs students during a biology laboratory class.
 
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, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management, Nursing and Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Business. The HCCC Culinary/Hospitality Management program was ranked number six in the U.S. by Best Choice Schools. 
 
HCCC has partnerships with every major four-year college and university 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; and the “INSIGHT Into Diversity” 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award honoring HCCC as one of nine community colleges nationally to be named “Top Colleges for Diversity.” HCCC was a finalist in 2022 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.”
 
 
About“INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine”
INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine” is the oldest and largest diversity publication in higher education today and is well-known for its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, the only award recognizing colleges and universities for outstanding diversity and inclusion efforts across their campuses. In addition to its online job board, “INSIGHT Into Diversity” presents timely, thought-provoking news and feature stories on matters of diversity and inclusion across higher education and beyond. Articles include interviews with innovators and experts, as well as profiles of best practices and exemplary programs. Readers will also discover career opportunities that connect job seekers with institutions and businesses that embrace a diverse and inclusive workforce. Current, archived, and digital issues ofINSIGHT Into DiversityMagazine” are available online at insightintodiversity.com.
 
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Important Notice for JerseyCity and Bayonne Residents-Rt.440 Closure -What You Need to Know

  • Beginning Friday 8/26/22, Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority (JCMUA) will begin emergency work on sewer mains under Rt 440 & Danforth Ave
  • Rt 440 North and Rt 185 North will be CLOSED, therefore all traffic on Rt 440 North in Bayonne will be directed onto the New Jersey Turnpike (NJTP)
  • Rt 440 North will also be CLOSED from all other access points (Ave C at City Line, West 63rd Street, All Country Village access roads)
  • The last exit on Rt 440 North in Bayonne before NJTP will be Pulaski Street
  • Rt 440 South will be CLOSED at Communipaw Ave
  • Work is expected to take 14 days total, however, the northbound section (which affects Bayonne closures, may only take 7 days)
  • Operational issues and weather conditions may affect this schedule
  • Please enroll in the Swift911 Emergency Notification System and enable SMS text messages to receive latest updates (www.bayonnenj.org)
  • Follow Bayonne Office of Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter
  • The potential for significant delays is high, therefore, you should allow for extra time and use alternative routes (such as Bayonne Bridge)
  • ALL motorists are strongly advised to avoid this closure area
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Fireworks for Hudson County Waterfront Rescheduled to Wednesday, August 24th,2022

Jersey CIty 4th of July Celebration

Landmark Hospitality Group, is celebrating their 20th year in business thisyear. They are owners of a number of New Jersey and Pennsylvania restaurants and boutique hotels. A private celebration will be held on Wednesday night at one of their restaurants on the Jersey City waterfront.

The event was rescheduled from Monday night due to inclement weather.

As noted in an invitation the Landmark Hospitality group will hold a “spectacular fireworks display over the Hudson River,”

The full celebration will run from 6-9:30 p.m., but there’s no word what time the fireworks will start.

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Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons there was far more substance to the group’s music than some would assume.

By Bill Forman

n a culture that still clings to the Horatio Alger myth, rags-to-riches stories are pretty much a dime a dozen. After all, with enough grit and determination, any child in America can grow up to be the President of the United States, a self-made millionaire, or a successful reality-show star. 

            One such success story is The Four Seasons, four working class kids who started out singing doo-wop on street corners, spent a few months behind bars for attempted burglary, and went on to become the chart-topping vocal group whose music and lives are celebrated in the mega-hit musical “Jersey Boys.” 

            During its decade-long run on Broadway, “Jersey Boys” racked up more than two billion dollars in box-office receipts, won a handful of Tony Awards, and inspired the Clint Eastwood-directed feature film of the same name. It also ensured that Frankie Valli’s piercing falsetto on signature songs like “Rag Doll,” “Walk Like a Man” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry” – all of which reached Number 1 on the ‘60s pop charts – will be ringing in our ears for decades to come.

            Subsequent forays into disco like “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” – as well as Frankie Valli solo singles like “These Eyes Adored You” and the work of Bob Gaudio (keyboardist/backing vocalist in the Four Seasons) with Neil Diamond and Barba Streisand – have made it easy to characterize the Four Seasons’ music as a throwback to some bygone era that has little or no relevance to the here and now. 

            But that would be a mistake. Ultimately, the Four Seasons’ mainstream success is less revealing than the musical risks they took along the way, many of which didn’t pay off. 

With that in mind, here are four reasons to respect the Four Seasons:

1. The Genuine Imitation Life Gazette: This 1969 album looked and sounded nothing like what the world had come to expect from The Four Seasons. The original cover was a mock newspaper front page with the banner headline “American Crucifixion And Resurrection,” accompanied by below-the-fold stories like “Human Torch Has Misgivings” and “Tomorrow’s New In Brief,” with an eight-page “newspaper” insert inside. Apart from an easily overlooked “the 4 seasons edition” in the upper-right corner of the masthead, the cover gives no indication who the actual recording artist is.

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Super Soccer Saturday Set for Bayonne on Saturday, August 20

          The Bayonne High School Soccer Program announced that the first annual Super Soccer Saturday will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2022, from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m., at Ahern Veterans Memorial Stadium.  The stadium is located by Newark Bay near the foot of West 25th Street. 

The event will include several soccer games that will feature current Bayonne High School soccer players, BHS alumni players, and veterans of Bayonne Youth Soccer Association (BYSA) Travel Teams.  The games will include BYSA Youth Travel Teams: Boys under 9; Boys under 12; Girls under 9; Girls under 10; Girls under 12; and Girls under 19.  There will also be a Bayonne High School Boys Varsity game and a Bayonne High School Girls Varsity game.  The Bayonne High School Alumni game will feature Team Arszulowicz vs. Team Breyan, which are named after two pioneering Bayonne High School Soccer Coaches. Ray Arszulowicz initiated the Girls Soccer Program and served as Girls Soccer Coach for many years.  He also served as Boys Soccer Assistant Coach. Jim Breyan was an early Bayonne High School Boys Soccer Coach.  Under his leadership, the Boys Soccer Program gained notoriety on both the county and state levels.

Super Soccer Saturday will also feature prizes, a concession stand, contests, food trucks, raffles, and more.  All proceeds will benefit the Bayonne High School Soccer Program.  

The event is being hosted by the Bayonne High School Girls Soccer Parents Booster Club, which is called SPORT-BHS. Club President Jim Mock said, “I would like to encourage the entire Bayonne community to join us for a great day of soccer and fun on Saturday, August 20.  We look forward to bringing together current and former players from Bayonne High School and the BYSA, along with soccer fans from the community.  Come join us to support our great high school soccer players.”

This event was originally planned prior to the COVID pandemic and was shelved after the virus outbreak. Mr. Mock said, “The time now seems perfect with the entire BHS Soccer Program evolving with the addition of new coaches at all levels.  The Boys Head Coach is Jim McCaffery.  The Girls Head Coach is Victor Pesantez. We are hopeful that this event will become an annual celebration.”  He continued, “Our mission for this event is evident in our slogan, Bringing Bayonne Together.  Having a day of soccer showcasing the many teams that represent Bayonne will hopefully increase the support for our high school program.”

          Follow the BHS Soccer Program on Facebook at S.P.O.R.T.-B.H.S.  You can show your Bayonne pride by wearing maroon and white, Bayonne High School’s colors.

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DINE, DANCE & DELIGHT IN THE FUN AT LA FESTA ITALIANA 2022

Holy Rosary Church in Jersey City plans to cool down the August heat with a five-day splash of summer fun known as La Festa Italiana 2022. Starting Wednesday, Aug. 10, and running through Sunday, Aug. 14, from 5 pm-to-1l pm each night, the neighborhood surrounding Holy Rosary Church on 6th & Brunswick Streets will be a fun-filled block party of vendors selling a diversity of delicious dishes and dynamic dance bands playing Top-40 hits that promise families and friends fabulous memories to last a lifetime.

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