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By Tris McCall

An Art exhibit featuring the works of the late Artist John Ruddy is being shown at Art 150 Gallery, 150 Bay Street, Jersey City . April 3rd to April 30th, 2022 Sundays from 1pm to 4pm

John Ruddy loved the color orange. Not the pale baby-aspirin orange of a sunrise, or even the urban orange of traffic cones — the shade he liked best was the reddish-orange of the roaring blaze. The paintings on view at “John Ruddy: Celebrating A Life Well Lived” pulsate with vibrant color: magenta suns, egg yolk yellows, glowing ectoplasm greens, Papa Smurf blues. It is Ruddy’s searing oranges, however, that make the most immediate impression. Sometimes he depicted fire outright. Sometimes he simply suggested conflagration, with hot colors leaping and spreading from shape to shape as fires do. Even some of his frames have curled edges reminiscent of flames. His retrospective exhibition sets the entire ART150 Gallery (150 Bay Street) ablaze.

Andrea Morin Currator of John Ruddy: Celebrating a Life Well Lived

Initially this seems logical. Ruddy, who died suddenly in December 2021 at 49, was a firefighter as well as a painter. He wasn’t a part-time alarm-answerer, either — Ruddy was a battalion chief in the Jersey City Fire Department. He was well acquainted with the danger of the roaring blaze. Yet it might be surprising that a man whose business involved quenching fires should invest his depictions of fire with so much life. Ruddy’s flames are saw-toothed and spike-tailed; they curve and snap and encircle his subjects, many of whom are fantastic creatures drawn from Indian and Near Eastern mythology. Curator Andrea Morin’s show, presented by ProArts, reveals John Ruddy to be a complicated, prickly character, unafraid of a challenge, a born adventurer utterly uninterested in aesthetic caution.   

Attending the Reception for the Opening of John Ruddy: Celebrating a Life Well Lived members of John’s family, his wife, Geeta (Nee Purohit )(Gray sweater) Daughter, Asha Grace Ruddy (Black sweater) Mother Grace Fallacara (Green sweater) Father, John Ruddy(Ret. BC JCFD) (standing behind Grace) John’s brother, Stephen Liberto (standing in back) and his Uncle, ( Far left) Vito Fallacara, Aunt Dee Poremski (Pink sweater) and ( Far right) cousin Russell Fallacara
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Bayonne Public Library Announces Mystery Book Club Title and Event for April

What’s it about? Six friends. One college reunion. One unsolved murder. Ten years after graduation, Jessica Miller has planned her triumphant return to her southern, elite Duquette University, down to the envious whispers that are sure to follow in her wake. Everyone is going to see the girl she wants them to see—confident, beautiful, indifferent. Not the girl she was when she left campus, back when Heather Shelby’s murder fractured everything, including the tight bond linking the six friends she’d been closest to since freshman year. But not everyone is ready to move on. Not everyone left Duquette ten years ago, and not everyone can let Heather’s murder go unsolved. Someone is determined to trap the real killer, to make the guilty pay. When the six friends are reunited, they will be forced to confront what happened that night—and the years’ worth of secrets each of them would do anything to keep hidden.

How do you participate? Borrow one of the library’s eBook or eAudiobook copies of In My Dreams I Hold a Knife between April 1st and April 30th on Axis 360 using your Bayonne Public Library card. Read the book. Then register and participate in a live virtual book club on Wednesday, April 27th at 7 pm featuring author Ashley Winstead!

Register for the live event at: Make sure you enter “Bayonne Public Library” as your library system!

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Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop Announces Parade for St. Peter’s Basketball Team

Courtesy Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop email

Jersey City is still beaming with pride after the St. Peter’s Men’s basketball team made an incredible appearance during March Madness.

Photo St. Peter’s University Facebook page

St. Peter’s gained national attention after knocking out the second-seeded Kentucky in their first game before moving on to defeat seventh-seeded Murray State, advancing to the third round of the tournament, which is known as the Sweet 16.

Saint Peter’s is only the third 15 seed in the men’s tournament history to advance to the Sweet Sixteen and the first to advance to the Elite Eight. They excited the world of sports with their win over Purdue University 67-64

However, Saint Peter’s University’s Cinderella story came to an end on Sunday with a 69-49 loss against the University of North Carolina.

Mayor Fulop noted in an email to his constituents “These young athletes showed the nation what Jersey City is all about and we could not be more proud of the team.
As a proper thank you, the City and community will host a parade Friday April 1st 2022 starting at 2 p.m. as we continue our celebrations. “

The parade will start from the Statue of Abraham Lincoln, proceed straight down JFK Boulevard, and end in front of St. Peter’s University.
If you would like to attend Friday, as we celebrate and show our continued support for Peacock Nation!

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The Bayonne Public Library and the Bayonne Historical Society are co-sponsoring an exhibit called “Lost Landmarks of Bayonne” in the O’Connor Gallery of the Bayonne Public Library.  The public is invited to attend an opening ceremony, which will be held on Tuesday evening, April 12, at 7:00 p.m., in the gallery on the second floor of the library.

The exhibit will consist of approximately forty paintings by Bayonne artist Andrew A. Walsh (1873-1940) and ten poems by his late sister Mary A. Walsh.  Bayonne shop owner Kathleen Hurley, another member of the same family, has kindly consented to perform the poems at the opening.

Members of the Bayonne Historical Society will act as tour guides, virtually taking people on a tour of 19th Century landmarks of the little villages that combined to form Bayonne: Bergen Point, Constable Hook, Centerville, and Salterville or Pamrapo. 

The landmark paintings and the poems were donated to the Bayonne Public Library by Mary Walsh in 1949.  The art includes pen-and-ink, charcoals, water colors, gouache, and oil paintings.  Due to the number of pieces, the paintings have seldom been exhibited all together, so this is a rare occasion to view and compare all of them.

The family of the late Marge Wilk, a Historical Society officer and community activist, will also attend the program to make an art donation to the library in honor of their matriarch.

The Landmarks exhibit will be available through the end of April to allow the scheduling of daytime group visits for anyone from school children to senior citizens.  Please contact Lee at 201-436-5978 for the dates and hours when the free guided tours will be available for the public after the opening ceremony.

The library is located at 31st Street and Avenue C.

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Resilient Northeastern New Jersey will host community meeting to gather feedback on flood-risk reduction actions in Bayonne

BAYONNE, N.J., Mar. 25, 2022– Many residents in Bayonne reported experiencing flooding several times last year due to heavy rainstorms that inundated homes, streets, and businesses. As last year exhibited, the problem will only be compounded as climate change leads to more intense rainfall and rising sea levels. The City of Bayonne is beginning to address flooding with projects like the Fitzpatrick Park renovations to include stormwater management, and it has joined the Resilient Northeastern NJ partnership to promote collaboration on resilience at the regional level. A strategic, coordinated approach that includes capital projects, policy changes, and new services and programs at local, regional, and state scales will be needed to address current issues and prepare for these changing conditions. 

As part of its development of a regional resilience action plan, Resilient Northeastern NJ is hosting a community meeting on April 5th to work with Bayonne community members on specific possible solutions for reducing flood risk. The project team will share key considerations for a range of options developed so far and show how they could shape neighborhoods while addressing flooding and other climate hazards. Feedback will be integrated into the draft action plan that will be released in the Spring.

When: Tuesday, April 5th, 4 – 5:30 PM or 6:30 – 8 PM

Where: RSVP and access the virtual Zoom meeting at members can also watch on Facebook live:

Who: Those who live, work, or play in Bayonne are encouraged to attend and provide input on the resilience action plan. The meeting will be available in English and Spanish, with American Sign Language interpretation. Please email or call 201-398-4333 with additional language, accessibility, or support needs.

Contact: Share questions or comments by email to or by phone to 201-398-4333.

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Basic Life Support Training
This 4-hour Basic Life Support Certification for Healthcare Providers (BLS) uses a scenario-based approach to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that drive better outcomes for adult, child, and infant patients.
**This class fulfills the HCCC’sNursing Degree CPR requirement**
*NEW Price: ONLY $77 per person!(certification card and student manual is included)
Basic Life Support Certification Workshops:
Thursday, April 79:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.Wednesday, April 209:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 129:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.Thursday, June 169:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.Tuesday, May 249:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.Wednesday, June 299:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) to Host a Series of Events to Benefit Ukraine Beginning March 24

JCTC to hold a charity concert on March 24 followed by film screenings on April 8

Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) and Ukrainian JC, together with Ukrainian and Jersey City artists, unite for #StandWithUkraine Charity Concert on Thursday, March 24, 6:00 p.m. E.T., at JCTC Studios (165 Newark Avenue, Jersey City). Tickets are $50, and all proceeds support the people of Ukraine, children, refugees, and impacted artists living here and in Ukraine. 

Featured Artists

Ukrainian Village Voices (Ukraine)

Olena Jennings (Ukraine)

Vasyl Makhno (Ukraine)

Susan Justiniano / RescuePoetix (Jersey City Poet Laureate)

Oksana Rosenblum (Ukraine)

Fima Chupakhin and Acoustic Quartet (Ukraine)

Sylvana Joyce (Jersey City)

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Fulop Administration Announces Pre-registration for Youth Summer Camps Opens March 21, Locations in all 6 Wards

With Summer just a few months away,  Mayor Steven M. Fulop joins City Council members and the Department of Recreation and Youth Development to announce pre-registration for Jersey City’s free Summer Day Camp 2.0 for residents 7-14 years old. With over 2,000 campers anticipated for this year’s Summer Camp, the City will host six camps with locations in each ward. Pre-registration is from March 21, 2022, through March 27, 2022.

“It is especially critical to provide these City services that are not only fun and engaging but also provide a safe outlet for this age group that has had to endure unprecedented circumstances during their most formative years,” said Mayor Fulop. “What’s more, we’ve had great success staffing our camps with JC Youth Works employees who obtain paid work experience while mentoring younger camp participants from the same community. Everyone involved can really make the most of their summer vacation.”

Jersey City’s Summer Camp has been a long-standing success for over three decades. This year’s 2.0 experience puts emphasis on “starting anew” as the anticipated 2,000 campers participating this summer have spent the past two years learning behind computer screens with much less in-person social interaction due to the pandemic.

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City Covers Over Putin’s Name and Signature on Local September 11 Memorial and Ground-Breaking Marker

Covering Putin’s name and signature:
Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis (at ground level) watches Public Works Director Tom Cotter (on back of monument) covering Russian President Vladimir Putin’s signature on Bayonne’s September 11 memorial.

          Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the City of Bayonne has covered over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s name and signature on the September 11 memorial and ground-breaking marker at the former Military Ocean Terminal.  Mayor Davis said, “In light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the enormous refugee crisis that he has caused, the City of Bayonne has covered President Putin’s name and signature until further notice.  We remain grateful to the Russian people for the memorial.  They did not start the war. Mr. Putin did.  The memorial will stay in place on our waterfront.  It is not going anywhere.” 

Mayor Davis added, “I would like to thank Public Works Director Tommy Cotter for finding a technique to cover Putin’s name and signature while still respecting those who perished on September 11, 2001.  The covering will cause no damage to the memorial, which is an outstanding landmark designed by Georgian artist Zurab Tsereteli.”  Director Cotter covered over Putin’s name and signature on Monday, March 14. 

The ground-breaking ceremony for the memorial took place in 2005, when Putin visited the memorial site in Bayonne.  Former U.S. President Bill Clinton participated in the memorial’s dedication ceremony in 2006.   

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Hudson County Community College and Eastern Millwork Earn-While-You-Learn Apprenticeship Program Readies Next Generation of Skilled Woodworkers

Applications now being accepted for apprenticeship program acclaimed as ‘blueprint’ for New Jersey’s economy.
March 11, 2022, Jersey City, NJ – The famous designer, Charles Eames, said, “The details are not the details. They make the design.” Unique details such as radius- and custom-profiled woodwork, and curved-surface cabinetry that distinguish architectural design, are highly desirable and can only be produced by skilled tradespeople. For centuries, this work was created strictly by hand. 

For nearly 30 years, Eastern Millwork, Inc. (EMI) has been an industry leader in high-end, automated woodwork manufacturing and installation. The company has successfully challenged the belief that high-quality woodworking could only be produced by hand, and utilizes technological innovations that deliver products of uncommon value without sacrificing Old World quality. As a specialized industry, EMI struggled to find skilled workers, and successfully partnered with Hudson County Community College (HCCC) to create the Holz Technik dual-education model to address this challenge. 

Hailed by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy as an example of the blueprint for the Garden State’s economic future, the federally registered EMI-HCCC Holz Technik apprenticeship program embraces talent and technology. The earn-while-you-learn program is modeled on proven European forms of education. Qualified high school students who are hired as apprentices each year split their time between practical, on-the-job experience and college coursework. 

Apprentices receive a tuition-free college education, a $24,500 starting salary with merit raises, and full benefits including health insurance, 401K profit sharing, and vacations/holidays. By the end of the fifth year, apprentices receive their Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Advanced Manufacturing from HCCC, earn their bachelor’s degree in Technical Studies from Thomas Edison State University (TESU), receive a salary of $70,000, and have no college debt. 

HCCC is at the forefront of educating a workforce that contributes significantly to critical technological advances and drives regional economic growth. The HCCC-EMI partnership stems from the expansion of the College’s Workforce Development program, which also includes a trailblazing dual-education program with International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 825 that leads to an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Technical Studies. “We are proud of our partnerships that help our community thrive and provide upcoming generations with resources to secure sustainable, well-paying careers without the burden of college debt,” said HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber.

Amber Gutierrez, a Union City High School graduate and a member of the Holz Technik Academy Class of 2024, was drawn to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields but did not want to be saddled with crippling college debt and the uncertainties of job searches. “I knew that once I graduated high school my focus would be taking care of myself. This opportunity is giving me the ability to do that,” she said in an interview at the start of her apprenticeship.

EMI Founder and CEO Andrew Campbell stated, “Our partnership with Hudson County Community College helps to fill a void. It opens doors for the young people of our community who have demonstrated promise and aptitude to earn a tuition-free college degree, and enjoy well-paying careers with many options. It also enables our company – and our industry – to provide value that importers cannot provide.”

“A lot of what Eastern Millwork does is very much in line with things that I have always been interested in, and as a bonus, it’s local here in New Jersey where I was born and raised. I have a great sense of community for this place,” said Isaiah Montalvo, a member of the Holz Technik Class of 2024.

Applications for the HCCC-EMI education-apprenticeship program are now being accepted. Contact Al Williams at 201-360-4255 or awilliams@hccc.edufor more information.#  #   # 
Caption: Pictured here, Amber Guiterrez, student-apprentice in the Holz Technik Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program.

About Hudson County Community College
Hudson County Community College serves more than 18,000 credit and non-credit students annually. The College offers nearly 80 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, and Fine and Performing Arts. The HCCC Culinary/Hospitality Management program was ranked number six in the U.S. by Best Choice Schools. Over 94% of HCCC Nursing program graduates passed the NCLEX the first time out, placing the program’s graduates in the top tier of two- and four-year nursing programs nationwide. In 2017, the Equality of Opportunity Project ranked HCCC in the top 5% of 2,200 U.S. higher education institutions for social and economic mobility.

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.

About Eastern Millwork, Inc.
Located in Jersey City, NJ, Eastern Millwork, Inc. is an industry leader in custom and high-end automated woodwork manufacturing and installation. EMI clients include General Electric, New York University, Princeton Performing Arts Center, Rockefeller University, Goldman Sachs, Lenox Hill Hospital, Madison Square Garden, Prada, The Rainbow Room, Lincoln Center, Salvatore Ferragamo, The New York Times, and more.

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