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One of the Largest Names in the International Mural Scene, KOBRA, Begins Massive New Mural in Jersey City

Kobra’s Iconic Murals Include Portraits of Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Bob Dylan, Nelson Mandela, and John Lennon, with Murals in More than 20 Countries and 30 U.S. Projects 

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PHOTO CAPTION:  International mural artist, Eduardo Kobra, stands in front of his mural of Bob Dylan in downtown Minneapolis.

JERSEY CITY – Fresh off setting the Guinness Book of World Records for the “largest spray paint mural by a team” with his Rio 2016 Olympic Games-inspired “Ethnicities,” internationally-renowned, Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra is bringing his unique vision and talent to Jersey City.

Widely known simply as Kobra, the sought-after artist has begun work on a 180-foot tall mural on the façade of 837 Jersey Avenue in downtown Jersey City.  Continue reading One of the Largest Names in the International Mural Scene, KOBRA, Begins Massive New Mural in Jersey City

MOBSTER TALES-Jon D’Amore Who Grew Up in Secaucus, Pens Page Turner on Jersey Wiseguys and The Casino Caper

By Sally Deering

If you grew up in New Jersey it’s likely you knew somebody who had a friend whose second cousin had a brother-in-law whose uncle was connected to “the Mob.” Born in Jersey City and raised in Union City and then Secaucus, Jon D’Amore had family members who were “connected”. An accomplished musician and songwriter, D’Amore kept mental notes of a Las Vegas casino caper that went down back in the day and tells the fascinating and sometimes nail-biting story in his new book, “The Boss Always Sits in the Back.” Here’s an excerpt:

“This is my story, based on actual events, of living on the fringe of what some people call ‘the Mafia.’ You see, several members of my immediate family were connected. Connected simply means that through blood, honor or business…you have a direct connection to the Cosa Nostra, the Mafia, Our Thing, La Famiglia, the Mob. Continue reading MOBSTER TALES-Jon D’Amore Who Grew Up in Secaucus, Pens Page Turner on Jersey Wiseguys and The Casino Caper

MSG varsity’s all metro FOOTBALL TEAM announced ON “A QUICK: 60”

National #1 Don Bosco (NJ) Prep Leads All Schools with Five Honorees;

Saddle Brook HS Senior Tyler Vitiello Receives Courage Award;

Shawn O’Connor, Lincoln (NYC) Named Coach of the Year;

Vin Ascolese, North Bergen Receives Lifetime Achievement in Coaching

BETHPAGE, N.Y., December 20, 2011 –– MSG Varsity and The National Football Foundation this evening announced the second annual MSG Varsity All Metro Team, comprised of 25 standout tri-state area high school football players. Selected by the network’s panel of football experts from hundreds of tri-state area high schools, the honors were revealed live on MSG Varsity’s “A Quick :60,” Cablevision’s iO TV Channel 14 at 8:00 p.m. The broadcast also showcased the first ever Courage Award, the Coach of the Year and Lifetime Achievement in Coaching awards, while second team and honorable mentions are available on www.msgvarsity.com.

For the second year in a row, five players from Don Bosco Prep of Ramsey, NJ—ranked number one nationally and in MSG Varsity’s Tri-State Top 25—received first team honors, including senior wide receiver Leonte Carroo; senior defensive linemen Darius Hamilton and Mike Strizak; senior defensive back Kyle Sakowski; and sophomore running back Jabrill Peppers. Old Tappan’s quarterback Devin Fuller, Bergen Catholic’s wide receiver John Tsimis, running back Dalton Crossan of Sachem North and William Floyd’s Stacey Bedell also received first team honors.

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The LA Lakers won thier 5th NBA Championship in 11 seasons by defeating the  BKN-NBA-FINAL-LAKERS–CELTICSBoston Celtics. The Lakers came back from a fourth quarter deficit beating the Boston Celtics 83-79 to win the NBA Championship. In front of the hometown crowd packed with regulars and movie stars Kobe Bryant scored 23 points and Ron Artest added another 20 points to give  the Lakers the championship.

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Dennis Hopper Remembered – Alice O’Neill

When I heard that Dennis Hopper had died, my first thought was, “We won’t see his likes again.”dennishopper1

 Much has been written about Dennis (meet him for five minutes and he insists on first names), but what hasn’t been said is how genuine and kind he was.

 It was early 2004 and we had met, unexpectedly, at Ago, the trendy restaurant on L.A.’s Melrose Avenue.  The restaurant was crowded, noisy, and vibrating with energy of the celebrities, who were at home in the place owned by a consortium which included Robert DeNiro.

 Suddenly, I recognized a familiar voice. I turned and there was Dennis Hopper at the next table, close enough to touch. “Hey Dennis,” I said. “How’s it going?” I had spoken to him at many Hollywood events and he always greeted me as if he remembered every time.

Photo of Mr. Hopper by: Alice O’Neill

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Taking a Laugh Break with Jersey City’s Own Comedian -Mike Marino

Know through out the world as “New Jersey ‘s Bad Boy of Comedy” watch this video to see Jersey City’s own Mike Marino  doing what he does best…Making audience laugh with his standup comedy.

And who doesn’t need a good laugh these days…Enjoy

Pillowman at Attic Ensemble Begining February 19th- 28th


A vicious comedy by
Martin McDonagh

 Directed by

 Billy Mitchell 
This plays contains extreme language and themes that are not suitable for children


William Allgood       Eddie Capuano
          Bill Graber         Benjamin Holmes
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm,

Sundays at 3 pm
 Thursday, February 25th at 7pm
Tickets: $20 General Admission

Peter La Villa’s “Oak Hill” Film Shown at The La Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles

Writer, Director, and Former Mayor of Guttenberg Peter La Villa (R) seen here with  Kiwanda Bustamante, an independent film producer,peter-la-villa and Marla Gibbs,(Center)  star of ” The Jeffersons” and “227”

All attended the showing of La Villa’s feature film “Oak Hill” , starring Academy -award winner and Golden Globe winning actress Sally Kirkland, at the La Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles in November

Fashion – The One Shoulder Dress -Falls Hottest Trend

infphoto_1079959_jpg_fullThe One -Shoulder Dress this Fall’s Hottest Fashion Trend is worn by Reality TV Star Kim Kardashian 

The style is everywhere from Hollywood to Bollywood and all over the world women are opting for the one-shoulder dress.  A throwback to an 80s style dress which has become popular today, especially on the party scene.

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Boating Enthusiasts-Pardon Me, That’s No Replica!

River View Observer exclusive…Boat manufacturer powers past misconceptions and expands legacy by upgrading classic designs with contemporary technologies
At a recent boat show in New York City one vessel attracted a large crowd. Surrounded by a fleet of mass-produced fiberglass hulls was a mahogany runabout with long, sleek contours. Most assumed they were looking at a replica of a timeless classic. They were wrong.

The handcrafted 1920s-style boat was brand-new. Not that it wasn’t an original. The boat was built using the actual plans created by John Ludwig Hacker (1871-1961), the preeminent 20th Century designer of wooden pleasure crafts. The exterior look of the 24-foot rear-engine runabout was pure Hacker. But hidden in the engine hold and hull construction were contemporary marine technologies that have powered these legendary boats into modern times.

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