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Jersey City Native Serves Over 20 Years as Navy Submariner

By MC2 Eli K. Buguey
Commander, Submarine Group 10 Public Affairs

Jersey City Native Serves Over 20 Years as Navy SubmarinerKings Bay, Georgia – Master Chief Petty Officer Tom Curtin from Jersey City, New Jersey, enlisted in the Navy in 1996 and has spent nearly a third of his career on nuclear powered submarines.
After completing his initial training, Curtin reported to USS Tennessee (SSBN 734) and completed nine strategic deterrent patrols from 1998 to 2004. He moved through the ranks quickly—promoting from seaman to first class petty officer—while onboard Tennessee. Continue reading Jersey City Native Serves Over 20 Years as Navy Submariner

Winning Powerball Ticket for Saturday, May 7th , 2016 Sold in New Jersey -Mercer County

Powerball ticket The wining Powerball for the $429.6 million jackpot was sold in New Jersey in Mercer County. As of this writing the location of where the ticket was sold nor the person or persons who purchased the ticket have not been identified.

The winning numbers for the Saturday, May 7 drawing were:

05, 25, 26, 44, 66. The red Powerball number was 09.

The current Powerball jackpot will become $40 million as of Wednesday, May 11, 2016


The Top 25 Most ‘Emotionally Recharged’ U.S. States for 2015- New Jersey Ranked 8th, New York Ranked 21st

Refresh, renew your life NJ ranks 8th, New York ranks 21stWith many Americans making New Year's resolutions to feel better and avoid burnout in 2015, a new national survey revealed that "New Jersey is ranked the 8th and  "New York is ranked the #21 "Most 'Emotionally Recharged' U.S. states for 2015, according to the Lantern Emotional Balance Index."

To create this ranking, Lantern [www.golantern.com] -- a groundbreaking online and mobile tool for evaluating your mind health -- surveyed 3,000 Americans to determine how frequently respondents are taking action to renew, refresh, and recharge their emotional well-being.

Based on a survey period from Dec. 26 to Jan. 9, more "emotionally recharged" U.S. states have residents who regularly learn something new, share a moment of closeness with a loved one, have a meaningful conversation with a friend, do a good deed for someone else, or engage in other activities that help them truly rest, recharge, and unwind:

***  The Lantern Emotional Balance Index  ***

The Top 25 Most 'Emotionally Recharged' U.S. States for 2015

#1:  New Hampshire (75% of residents are emotionally recharged)
#2:  Indiana (73%)
#3:  Louisiana (71%)
#4:  Kansas (69%)
#5:  Arkansas (68%)
#6:  Nevada (67%)
#7:  Georgia (66%)
#8:  New Jersey (65%)
#9:  Rhode Island (65%)
#10: Oklahoma (65%)
#11: Maine (64%)
#12: Maryland (64%)
#13: South Carolina (63%)
#14: Florida (62%)
#15: Connecticut (61%)
#16: Michigan (61%)
#17: Virginia (60%)
#18: Oregon (60%)
#19: Colorado (59%)
#20: Mississippi (59%)
#21: New York (58%)
#22: Illinois (58%)
#23: Kentucky (58%)
#24: Iowa (58%)
#25: Tennessee (57%)

NOTE:  Shown in parentheses are the average number of state residents who have engaged in emotionally recharging activities within the past two weeks.

 The Top 25 Least 'Emotionally Recharged' States for 2015

#1:  Utah (40% of residents are emotionally recharged)
#2:  Texas (41%)
#3:  Alaska (42%)
#4:  Arizona (43%)
#5:  South Dakota (43%)
#6:  Wyoming (44%)
#7:  Massachusetts (44%)
#8:  Washington (45%)
#9:  Nebraska (46%)
#10: Vermont (46%)
#11: Alabama (46%)
#12: Delaware (47%)
#13: New Mexico (49%)
#14: Hawaii (49%)
#15: Montana (50%)
#16: West Virginia (50%)
#17: Missouri (51%)
#18: North Dakota (51%)
#19: Pennsylvania (52%)
#20: North Carolina (52%)
#21: Minnesota (53%)
#22: Idaho (53%)
#23: Wisconsin (54%)
#24: Ohio (54%)
#25: California (55%)

For residents of any state who are not feeling as emotionally recharged as they would like, Lantern [www.golantern.com] offers a free online assessment that evaluates your overall emotional well-being, tells you where you need to improve, and then matches you up with a trained professional to guide you through personalized daily exercises on your smartphone. 

For more details on these fascinating survey results as well as the life-changing Lantern app, I'm happy to arrange an interview with Lantern CEO Alejandro Foung -- an expert in using advanced technology to support mental health.

Alejandro is available for in-person (San Francisco and New York), phone, email, and Skype interviews from Jan. 20 to Jan. 30.

Also, if you're interested in a guest article or blog post from Alejandro on the survey results and how technological tools can help reduce stress and anxiety, please let me know as well.

Continue reading The Top 25 Most ‘Emotionally Recharged’ U.S. States for 2015- New Jersey Ranked 8th, New York Ranked 21st

Rising Tide Capital Graduates 146 Entrepreneurs from its Community Business Academy

146 CBA graduates join an alumni network of 968 Rising Tide Entrepreneurs throughout New Jersey
January 19, 2015 (Jersey City) — Of the approximately 800,000 businesses in New Jersey, 700,000 are microbusinesses with five or less employees. Microbusinesses not only provide jobs for the entrepreneurs who establish them, but they also contribute to the local tax base, directly impacting the quality of life in their communities.  Last Thursday, Rising Tide Capital, a Jersey City nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs to start businesses in underserved communities,  graduated 146 entrepreneurs from its nationally-recognized Community Business Academy.

Continue reading Rising Tide Capital Graduates 146 Entrepreneurs from its Community Business Academy

WalletHub’s In-depth Analysis of 2014’s Richest and Poorest States -New Jersey Ranks 3rd in Income

With the richest 1 percent of Americans capturing 95 percent of post-recession growth and the bottom 90 percent of Americans continuing to get poorer, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2014’s Richest and Poorest States.

To identify the states with the highest and lowest net worth, WalletHub ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on income, GDP per capita and federal taxes paid per capita.

Wealth in New Jersey (1=Best; 25=Avg.) 

  • 3rd – Income
  • 9th – GDP per Capita
  • 5th – Federal Taxes Paid per Capita

For the full report and to see where all states rank, please visit:

Main Findings – Population-Adjusted Rankings


Bambino Chef: Where Kids Learn to Shake ‘N Bake

  Rene Gonzalez Teaches Kids Healthy Cooking is Fun

By Sally Deering


Bambino Chef Jersey City
Rene Gonzalez owner of Bambino Chef

Would your children eat a Spinach Brownie?  How about a Mac & Cheese Cupcake with Vegetable Puree or a Cauliflower Pizza?  They might if they made it themselves.

Those crazy concoctions were created by Rene Gonzalez, founder of Bambino Chef, a cooking school for kids in Jersey City. Inside Bambino Chef’s storefront there’s a kitchen with brightly colored utensils where kids don aprons, create food they make themselves and in the process learn to be empowered in the kitchen. At Bambino Chef, Rene creates recipes for cookies, cupcakes, pizza – the sky’s the limit and the dishes she creates help give kids a good attitude toward their taste-buds’ nemesis, the vegetable. Continue reading Bambino Chef: Where Kids Learn to Shake ‘N Bake



 hccc-logo300dpi Playwright and Professor Joseph Gallo Initiates New Theater Arts Program at Hudson County Community College


By Sally Deering

 originalsizeJosephGall,HCCCsnewTheaterArtsCoordinatorIn September 2012, Hudson got a little more artsy when professional playwright Joe Gallo brought Hudson County Community College to a new stage – or rather, brought the stage to HCCC.

 Gallo, whose plays have been performed in Hoboken, New York and other cities throughout the country, is a theater arts professor at HCCC who helped institute a new theater arts degree program. The new curriculum – which began in the 2012-2013 school year – is designed to provide students with a broad-based liberal arts education with core curriculum classes in theater that include Acting, Playwriting and Drama. Students who successfully complete the two-year program earn an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts – Theater, that prepares them to transfer to four-year colleges and universities where they can earn Bachelor of Arts degrees in theater and related programs.

 A theater professional – he’s a producer and Associate Artist at Mile Square Theater in Hoboken – Gallo earned an MFA in playwriting from Ohio University and his plays have been produced Off-Broadway, at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and at other theaters throughout the country. Gallo has taught Playwriting, Acting and other theater-related courses at the School of Visual Arts, Drew University and Kean University.

 Recently, Gallo spoke with Riverview Observer about how he initiated the new Theater Arts program and what prospective students can look forward to if they decide to enroll.

 RVO: Joe, can you share with our readers how the new theater arts program began?

JG: In 2007 HCCC hired to teach creative writing and because I have an MFA in playwriting, I was asked to revamp its Introduction to Acting class. I did that for the college and when I asked why the college doesn’t offer more theater classes, I was told, ‘because we don’t have a theater.’


Hudson County Community College the ‘Topping Out’ of New Library & Academic Building

Area elected officials and College administrators, faculty and staff to sign topmost beam at April 2 event

hccc-logo300dpiHudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise, members of the Hudson County Chosen Board of Freeholders, New Jersey State Senator Sandra B. Cunningham, Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy, Hudson County Community College Board of Trustees Chair William J. Netchert, Esq. and other Trustees, Hudson County Community College President Glen Gabert and members of the College’s administration, faculty and staff will be in attendance for the Topping Out Ceremonies for the new Hudson County Community College Library & Academic Building, currently under construction at 71 Sip Avenue in Jersey City, NJ.

The event will begin with remarks in the lobby of the College’s Administration Building (70 Sip Avenue) on the Journal Square Campus in Jersey City and will proceed across the street to the site of the Library & Academic Building.

Tuesday morning, April 2, 2013 at 10 a.m.




River View Observer Financial Views-Declining Debt, New Tax Revenues Lead to Moody’s Upgrade of Bayonne’s Bond Rating

 CITY OF BAYONNE SEALMayor Mark A. Smith announced that Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the City of Bayonne’s bond rating from Baa1 with negative outlook to Baa1 with stable outlook.  Smith said, “This upgrade is very good news.  It shows that Bayonne has made significant financial progress during my Administration.  Moody’s has raised Bayonne’s rating for the first time in more than five years. Our hard work and fiscal discipline are paying off. We have turned a corner and are moving in the right direction.”

            Moody’s cited several factors in its decision to improve Bayonne’s rating: 1) The agency recognized that the Bayonne Municipal Utilities Authority’s (MUA) joint venture with United Water and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) removed $120 million from the local debt burden. The transaction paid off all the MUA’s debt and a portion of the debt of the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Agency. 2) Moody’s noted that the City no longer has any deferred charges.  All charges deferred in the past have been paid off. 3) The City of Bayonne has a declining reliance on tax anticipation notes (TANS) to cover its cashflow needs.  4) Bayonne has a large tax base.  5) Bayonne has declining debt.  6) Bayonne has new revenues from payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTS) coming from newly developed properties. Continue reading River View Observer Financial Views-Declining Debt, New Tax Revenues Lead to Moody’s Upgrade of Bayonne’s Bond Rating

Jersey City to Raise African-American Flag In Honor of Black History Month

Jersey City Seal www.riverviewobserver.netMayor Jerramiah T. Healy, members of the Municipal Council and the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services/Division of Cultural Affairs will hold a flag raising ceremony to mark Black History Month at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at City Hall, 280 Grove Street. The flag-raising ceremony will be followed by a short program. Continue reading Jersey City to Raise African-American Flag In Honor of Black History Month