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Jersey City Free Public Library has released a list of events for 2017 with many programs for adults and children at various branches of the Library.


January 2017 at the Jersey City Free Public Library



Special Programs  – For Adults:


Heights, 14 Zabriskie Street, Jersey City, NJ 07307, 201-547-4556 – For Adults: Exercise Classes. / Presented by: Eddes Gonzalez. / Intermediate, low-impact aerobics classes for adults and senior citizens. Low-impact exercise involves a full range of motion, tones and tightens muscles, improves balance and posture, increases heart rate for a healthier cardiovascular system, and stretching, which improves coordination. / * Please consult a doctor before beginning any fitness program. * / Mondays & Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m., starting Jan. 9


Marion, 1017 West Side Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306, 201-547-4552 – For Adults: 2017 Winter Food Drive. /

* Accepting donated canned, dried goods, cereals & pastas. * / * All donations appreciated. * / This is a project of the Marion Branch Library, in conjunction with Your Best Life 24/7 program. Your Best Life 24/7 is a program of New Direction Services Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization recognized by the Federal government. / Donations dispersed: Friday, Feb. 3 @ 3 p.m. Continue reading JERSEY CITY FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY -LIST OF EVENTS

Odd Teen Out -Joe Montaperto suffers an Identity Crisis in his new Memoir THE EDGE OF WHITENESS


By Sally Deering


The_Edge_of_Whitenes_Cover_for_KindleJoe Montaperto grew up in the 1970s, a time of race riots, culture-clashes and mash-ups. Born and raised in an Italian Brooklyn neighborhood, Montaperto’s parents moved him and the family to Roselle, New Jersey, with the hope of getting away from the racially-charged clashes playing out on Brooklyn’s streets. Instead, the teenage Montaperto enrolled in a high school where African-American teenagers were bussed in from the inner-city and Montaperto, who is of Italian dissent, how to find a way to cope in this unexpected and sometimes violent culture clash.

This all happens on the first page of THE EDGE OF WHITENESS, Montaperto’s memoir published by Oak Tree Press and available on Amazon.com and Montaperto’s website (www.JoeMontaperto.com). On Thurs, Jan.9that 6:30 pm, Montaperto will read excerpts of THE EDGE OF WHITENESS at the Heights branch of the Jersey City Free Public Library on Zabriskie Street.

“It was a story I had to tell,” Montaperto says. “I was born in Brooklyn and we moved to Roselle New Jersey. It was an insidious town – it looked pretty nice, but it was kind of a dangerous place. We were from Brooklyn. We lived in an Italian neighborhood and we moved to Roselle. It was very white and the high school was mostly black. It was kind of a weird cultural shock, like Jackie Robinson in reverse. I remember feeling totally on the outside from everybody. It was pretty rough until when I turned 15. I suddenly looked Puerto Rican and I learned how to box and that probably saved me, those two things.”

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