Hudson County Community College to Co-host Free Educational Event on the Cannabis Culture of New Jersey

The daylong event will feature an expungement clinic, important panel discussions, culinary infusion demonstrations and much more.

HCCC President, Dr. Christopher Reber, and Cannademix Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Josh Alb, will deliver welcoming remarks. Event highlights will include a daylong Expungement Clinic; presented by The Hoffman Centers, P.C. and Emerge Law Group; culinary infusion demonstrations with HCCC Continuing Education Instructor, Sean Wilson; mocktail bar; networking room; photo station; community donation center; and free food, beverages, and livestream.

There will also be panel discussions with community and industry leaders on timely topics:  

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Bayonne Division of Recreation Announces Lottery for the Hudson County Senior Boat Cruise

The Bayonne Division of Recreation announced that the County of Hudson will sponsor a boat trip for senior citizens on Thursday, June 30th, 2022, courtesy of Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, County Commissioner Ken Kopacz of Bayonne, and the other members of Hudson County Board of Commissioners.

Limited numbers of tickets are available for the excursion in each Hudson County municipality.  

Open to Bayonne residents, ages 60 and older, that are mobile and do not require wheelchair assistance.  

There will be a lottery system of those registered to attend the boat trip.

 Registration DATES/TIMES:  

Tuesday, June 14th

Wednesday, June 15th

10:00am to 12:00pm

at City Hall, ONLY.  

You cannot register at any other time.

Lottery to take place Thursday, June 16th.  

Those chosen through the lottery will be notified the week of June 20th

Bayonne residents ONLY.

One hundred tickets are available; each resident may receive two tickets via lottery.

GUESTS of those chosen by lottery MUST be Bayonne residents and be 60 years of age and older.

Only one entry per household.

Proof of age and Bayonne residency must be presented at the time of registration.   You cannot register without providing proof of residency.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

The Cruise will leave 1500 Harbor Boulevard in Weehawken at 12:00pm on June 30th, boarding at 11:30am.  

 The cruise will last approximately two hours after it departs from Weehawken.  

Buses will meet at Veterans Stadium and transport seniors to Weehawken and back to Bayonne after the cruise.   Buses should be back in Bayonne by 3:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact the Division of Recreation at 201-858-6127 or email BAYONNEREC@AOL.COM.

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PSE&G Partners with NJ Board of Public Utilities to Raise Awareness about Resources

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has named June 6-10, 2022 Utility Assistance Week to call attention to programs available to help customers who are struggling to pay their utility bills. Utility payment assistance programs have expanded to include more customers at much higher income levels, including those who are behind on their bills for the first time.

“We continue to make every effort to work with customers who have fallen behind on their bills. We’re here to help,” said Jane Bergen, director of billing for PSE&G Customer Care. “We never want to disconnect a customer’s electric or gas service because of an inability to pay.”

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Mayor Fulop Announces 89 Artists and Arts Organizations Awarded First Allocation of Jersey City’s Arts & Culture Trust Fund Grants

Awardees receive upwards of $25,000 to Expand Arts Education and Programming; Arts & Culture proven to Boost Local Economic Assets, Create Jobs, and Stimulate Growth

Awardees receive upwards of $25,000 to Expand Arts Education and Programming; Arts & Culture proven to Boost Local Economic Assets, Create Jobs, and Stimulate Growth
Mayor Steven M. Fulop joins City Council members and the Arts and Culture Trust Fund Committee to announce the first round of critical grant funding through Jersey City’s Arts and Culture Trust Fund – a sustainable funding source directly benefiting local artists and arts organizations to help them grow and thrive. With this first allocation of funding, nearly $900,000 in total grants will provide significant
support to 89 artists and arts organizations throughout Jersey City, including youth and community programming.

“Jersey City’s investment in the arts is an investment in our entire community. The short- and long-term social, educational, and economic impacts generate a wide range of opportunities for our residents and businesses,” said Mayor Fulop. “We recognized the need for sustainable funding early on, and Jersey City voters understood the magnitude of our burgeoning arts community, so it is especially exciting to award these much needed grants to so many talented artists and arts organizations so that they can further expand their positive influences in our society.”

Investing in the arts has proven to significantly boost
educational attainment, create jobs, attract further
investments, stimulate the local economy, among many
other communal benefits. The first round of Arts and
Culture Trust Fund grants include opportunities for
programming, arts education, and general operating

“The Educational Arts Team is honored to receive an
award from the Jersey City Arts Relief Fund. This
award will allow us to offer our Family Literacy and
arts education programming to more children,
specifically from low-income communities, who might not otherwise have access to the arts,” said grant recipient Cynthia Renta, Executive Director of The Educational Arts Team. “Through our evidence-based
arts and education programming, developed over five decades of service to the Jersey City community, we bring joy, play, and healing to the community while also impacting students’ academic achievement and social emotional development.”

The allocation of the State’s first-ever municipal Arts and Culture Trust Fund includes grants worth upwards of $25,000 in the following categories:
 38 Program Grant Awards
 8 Arts Education Grant Awards
 23 Operating Grant Awards
 20 Individual Artist Fellowship Grant

“This is a historic moment for our arts community, one that we’ve been working towards for several years. To be able to announce these grants to help Jersey City’s arts programming and creative artists, ranging
from novice to expert, is truly a milestone that brings us closer to seeing the City’s vision as a regional arts and culture hub become a reality. From our Artist in Residence initiative to the fast-growing Mural Arts Program to the Jersey City Art & Studio Tour (JCAST) and everything in between, Jersey City continues to expand a wide range of critical arts initiatives for the betterment of the entire community,” added Christine Goodman, Director of Jersey City’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

Mayor Fulop spent two years working closely with the Jersey City Arts Council to lobby state legislators to implement the mechanisms that would allow for long-term arts funding. Jersey City was first to take action when the state bill was signed into law by the Governor in December 2019, allowing municipalities to implement an
Arts and Culture Trust Fund.
“The Arts and Culture Trust Fund Committee is proud to support a diverse group of organizations, art programs, and artists,” said Angelica Sanchez, Arts and Culture Trust Fund Committee Member. “We believe
supporting artists is important and necessary for all citizens.”

“We formed the Jersey City Arts Council less than six years ago to address the need for support of the arts.  The building of the Jersey City Arts, Culture Trust Fund has been a years-long collaboration between the Jersey City Arts Council, Mayor Fulop, the Office of Cultural Affairs, the arts community, and the people of this thriving City.  It was quite moving to see the list of so many awardees who have been wholeheartedly contributing to our cultural landscape for years.  The JCAC congratulates all awardees as well as the tireless Jersey City Arts and Culture Trust Fund Committee, and looks forward to the continued growth of this exceptional granting program,” said Heather Warfel Sandler, Co-founder of the Jersey City Arts Council.

The Arts Trust Funds received strong support from voters in November 2020 to implement an annual tax not to exceed two cents ($0.02) per one-hundred dollars of assessed property value.  The Trust generates approximately $1 million in annual revenue for arts and cultural programs, which is quadruple the amount of what all of Hudson County receives from the State each year.

“We have worked hard in recent years with our local arts organizations and artists to establish Jersey City as a regional arts and culture destination, attracting investments, jobs, tourism, businesses, and so much more as our arts community continues to strengthen and prosper.  We are also moving forward on major projects that will further build upon these efforts, including Centre Pompidou x Jersey City and the Loew’s Theatre historic renovations.  I have no doubt that Jersey City will soon be the number one destination for arts, entertainment, employment, and so much more,” concluded Mayor Fulop.

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Hudson County Community College Celebrates  497 Students Who Progressed from English as a Second Language Studies to College Graduation

Hudson County Community College honored graduating students from the Classes of 2020-22 who began their journeys in Hudson’s ESL Program during the “ESL to Graduation: A Celebration” event.

Hudson County Community College (HCCC) is one of the most ethnically diverse higher education institutions in the United States, with students who were born in 119 different countries and speak 29 different languages. Many are recent arrivals to the United States coping with unfamiliar surroundings, cultural differences, and a new language. The College’s commitment to students’ success often begins by helping them overcome language challenges through the Academic English as a Second Language (AESL) program. 

On Tuesday evening, May 24, 2022, the College honored graduates from the Classes of 2020-22 who began their academic journeys in the HCCC ESL Program. The “ESL to Graduation: A Celebration” event was held at the HCCC Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street in Jersey City. The celebration featured welcoming remarks by Jed Palmer, Interim Director of ESL and Academic Foundations English (AFE); and “Tales of Immigration: Past and Present” presented by Linda Joy Miller, Associate Professor, ESL. 

HCCC 2005 graduate Bahmini Ketheesan, Manager, SERV Finances and Accounts Group, Stevens Institute of Technology, spoke about “Student Success Stories: Past”. 

Simone Ebeid, a member of the Class of 2021 who earned her Associate in Science, Medical Sciences degree, and Elie Natuwila, Class of 2022 who will receive his Associate in Science, Criminal Justice degree at commencement ceremonies on May 26th, spoke on “Student Success Stories: Present.”

HCCC President Dr. Christopher Reber, and Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Yeurys Pujols offered congratulatory remarks to the graduates who are receiving degrees in Business, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Digital Arts, Early Childhood Education, Engineering, English, Health Services, Hospitality Management, Human Services, Mathematics, Medical Assisting, Medical Coding, Nursing, Psychology, Radiography, Studio Arts, and several other disciplines.

“The Classes of 2020-22 include 497 students who came to the United States from all around the world and began their higher education journey in the HCCC ESL program,” Dr. Reber said. “Attendees hail from Algeria, Brazil, Colombia, The Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, and Senegal. We are enormously proud of them for the courage, determination, and persistence they demonstrated in navigating the challenges of learning to read, write, and speak a new language, and then continuing on to earn their associate degrees.”

The HCCC Academic ESL program provides students with the high-level English language skills needed to study at a United States college or university, and to succeed and advance in careers.
Classes focus on academic essay writing, grammar, reading, and speaking and listening skills. Overall, HCCC ESL students are from 45 different countries. Students enrolled in the Academic ESL program are eligible to apply for the Johanna Van Gandt (JVG) Scholarship for ESL Students that provides tuition support.

For more information on the Academic ESL program, please email esl@hccc.eduor call 201-360-4384.

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.

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 Diversity2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award honoring HCCC as one of nine community colleges nationally to be named “Top Colleges for Diversity.” The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), in collaboration with Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, named HCCC as a “2022 Most Promising Place to Work in Community Colleges.” HCCC was a finalist this year for the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) “Advancing Diversity Award of Excellence.”
Hudson County Community College Receives INSIGHT Into Diversity 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award

HCCC one of just eight community colleges in the country 
to be awarded this national honor.

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Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark Memorial Day Mass, Monday May 30th, 11 am.

Memorial Day Masses Return AfterTwo-Year Hiatus
Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark will join thousands of Catholic cemeteries nationwide in the annual Memorial Day Program, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.”
Memorial Day Masses will be celebrated on Monday, May 30, at 11:00 A.M. at several archdiocesan cemeteries.
Masses will be celebrated, rain or shine, and a canopy tent and seating will be provided. *Gate of Heaven and Maryrest cemeteries will celebrate Memorial Day Mass inside their mausoleum chapels.
For more information, including locations for each of the seven Memorial Day Masses, PLEASE CLICK HERE or visit:
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Rental Assistance Program Available for Homeless People and At-Risk Tenants


          The Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF) announced that the Rapid Re-Housing Rental Assistance Program is available for homeless people and those who are at risk of becoming homeless.  The program can help with the security deposit and/or rental subsidy for up to twelve months.  Residents of Bayonne and other communities in Hudson County are eligible to apply for this housing assistance through the BEOF.

          The Rapid Re-Housing Program offers monthly case management to help the tenant access resources and become housing-stable over the course of the program.  During the program, households pay 30% of their gross monthly income towards rent.  The objective is to help households reach their goals and be able to maintain their housing going forward.

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Week 4 of Jersey City Theater Center’s 6th Annual New Play Festival: STRENGTH To Take Place Online

The month long festival, part of New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival, features 10 new works from emerging playwrights 

The Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) staff have transferred the final program scheduled for its 2022 New Play Festival to an online format. Due to COVID-19 affecting some team members, the production taking place during Week 4 (Thursday, May 26, 2022) can now be accessed via Zoom at

“COVID has become an element of our world that forces us to take extra precautions to protect our supporters,” said Olga Levina, artistic director of JCTC. “Our team wants to ensure that all of our producers, patrons, and performers remain safe while concluding our Festival with quality virtual presentations. We encourage attendees who were planning to visit us in person to join us on Zoom to experience our final performance, which we’re extremely proud to premiere. Until we can guarantee a safe reopening of our Theater, we’re committed to maintaining our daily operations through online and hybrid formats.” 

Centered on the timely theme of STRENGTH, the Festival– which commenced on May 5, 2022 and will end on Thursday, May 26– kicked off with five short plays presented online. The virtual plays were supposed to be followed by three full weeks of live performances at JCTC Studios, including the final play that will now be presented online. In total, the festival will showcase 10 new plays by 11 emerging playwrights who, together, represent the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Slovenia, and Romania. All events include a Q&A and discussion with the playwrights; admission is free with a suggested $25 donation.

The remaining show taking place online includes the following: 

2022 New Play Festival Week Four: Little Did I Know by Doc Andersen-Bloomfield 

Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. E.T. 

Online: Click Link Here

The 2022 New Play Festival concludes with the full-length play, Little Did I Know, written by Doc Andersen-Bloomfield (United Kingdom, Oxford and United States), and directed by Jessica Silsby Brater, Ph.D. A Q&A and discussion will follow the performance.

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