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Wall Street Journal Article “Tells It Like It Is” About Positive Reasons for Home Ownership


River View Observer’s  Best Pick -Recession Fighting Article

10 Reasons To Buy a Home

Enough with the doom and gloom

Home Ownership is a good thing explains writer Brett Arends

Go out anywhere to a restauarnt, kids little league game, cocktail party and we are all taking about the same things: Jobs, Economy, Recession, and the Housing Market.   If you aren’t working your certainly not thinking about buying a home. If you are secure in your job, and want to buy a home there is so much negative press out there telling you why you shouldn’t .

The Wall Street Journal article by Brett Arends says “Enough is Enough” because there are some good reasons to buy and own your own home.

1. You Can Get a Good Deal – This is a Buyers Market

2. Mortgages Are Cheap  -  30 Year loan for around  4.3%.

Read the full ten reasons: HERE  

Source: Newser, Source: Wall Street Journal

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The 2nd Annual Village Art & Flea Market Held on Saturday May 15th Brings Out Huge Crowd

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On Saturday, May 15th The Village Neighborhood Association, with the support of 4th Street Arts,  hosted The 2nd Annual Village Art & Flea Market. A few thousand people came out to shop and mingle…

Taking place at the crossroads of 4th Street, Newark Avenue and Brunswick Street, the event featured an array of local artists’ works, the finest up-and-coming bands New Jersey has to offer, and delicious food from local vendors.

See more photos of the day… Continue reading The 2nd Annual Village Art & Flea Market Held on Saturday May 15th Brings Out Huge Crowd

COVER STORY-Leading The Kennedy Dancers

Diane Dragone (still) has the Dancer in Her Soul


by Sally Deering 

 In the 1920s, when Shirley Temple tapped into America’s hearts with her bouncing ringlets, ruffled crinolines and shiny black tap shoes, mothers from Canarsie to Kenosha trundled their daughters off to their local dance school dreaming of their baby girl’s name in lights. Nowadays, child stars go by first names like Britney, but the local dance school still thrives as the only training ground for kids who dream of a dancing career.

 One local dance pioneer who has kept the stage lights burning in her neighborhood dance studio for the past 34 years is Diane Dragone, Artistic Director of The Kennedy Dancers, a professional dance company and dance school that stands in the wings of New York City.  Through her school and with her years as a teacher and choreographer, Dragone has trained and enriched the lives of thousands of inner-city kids – some who became professional dancers — and she has brought modern and classical dance performances to the multi-cultural and economically-diverse Hudson community. Continue reading COVER STORY-Leading The Kennedy Dancers

Quick Chek Announces Winners of Devils Night Out Sweepstakes

Hudson County Resident Runner Up-Mary Beth Cole of Bayonne, N.J.

Grand Prize Winner from North Haledon, N.J. Honors Father

devilsnightoutwinners2010Dana Nicoletti from North Haledon, N.J., (second from left) who nominated her father Chris Di Lenno (first from left) to win Quick Chek’s Devils Night Out Sweepstakes, enjoy the New Jersey Devils game along with Nicoletti’s daughter, Alexandra Nicoletti (third from left), and brother Chris Di Lenno (fourth from left), at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., Sat., April 10. 

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J., April 14, 2010 – Quick Chek, the family-operated premier chain of more than 120 food store locations throughout New Jersey and Southern New York, announces today the winners of its Third Annual Devils Night Out Sweepstakes. Continue reading Quick Chek Announces Winners of Devils Night Out Sweepstakes



Actress Tammy Blanchard best known for her Emmy Award wining role as a young Judy Garland in CBS’s 2001 mega docu-drama Life with Judy Garland:Me and My Shadows, will appear in “Amish Grace,” a Lifetime LMN drama Sunday, March 28, at 8pm.

Based on a True Story and Book Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, and David L. Weaver- Zercher.

When a gunman killed five Amish children and injured five others in a Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania schoolhouse shooting in October of 2006, the world media attention rapidly turned from the tragic events to the extraordinary forgiveness demonstrated by the Amish community.

Ms. Blanchard stars as Amy Roberts the wife of Charles Carl Roberts the shooter at Nickle Back. Also appearing with Ms. Blanchard in Amish Grace; Kimberly Williams Paisley, and Matt Letscher.

Read more about Ms. Blanchard’s acting career next month in our River View Observer Celebrity Cover Interview with this talented New Jersey actress.

The Art of Justice: Howard Pyle’s Legacy Prevails at the Brennan Court House

by Sally Deering

howard-pyle-artistHoward Pyle, the “Father of American Illustration,” was also famous for painting historic murals like “The Landing at Carteret” which hangs in the Essex County Court House in Newark and other works collected by the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, the Delaware Art Museum and the Brandywine River Museum. But you don’t have to hop a plane to Frisco or a train to Delaware to see Pyle’s paintings up close. Four murals depicting the history of Hudson County hang in the beautifully restored, Beaux Arts landmark Justice William J. Brennan Court House in Jersey City, where people from all walks of life can view Pyle’s majestic and historic paintings.   Continue reading The Art of Justice: Howard Pyle’s Legacy Prevails at the Brennan Court House

Pictorial of Giants Stadium Being Torn Down

Saying Goodbye To An Old Friend…

giant-stadium-coming-down-1b1The following exclusive photo’s were taken by Steve Mack for the River View Observer.

All photos by Steveamack.com

If  you ever attended Giant Stadium for a Giants game, a concert with your favorite artists, a marching band competition you will appreciate these photos of New Jersey’s beloved stadium being torn down. Continue reading Pictorial of Giants Stadium Being Torn Down

Joe Franklin- Amercia’s First Talk Show Host “Memory Lane” January 22nd, 1983

The River View Observer’s exclusive interview with the man who is “America’s First Talk Show Host.”

Joe Franklin circa 1983

Before Jack Paar Johnny Carson, Jay Leno , Jimmy Kimmel  Conan  O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon there is Joe Franklin.

Joe Franklin —America‘s First Talk Show Host!

by Sally Deering

To his fans he’s the “King of Nostalgia,” but to thousands of show folk, Joe Franklin is a friend who gives stars a place to shine and unknowns the chance to stand out from the crowd.  In his 50-year career, Franklin has made it his mission to help the struggling artist get a foot in the door, and with a look-back, it seems this spunky octogenarian not only accomplished his goal, he picked up a little stardust of his own along the way.

In 1951 TV was a toddler still learning and discovering its capabilities. Many of the TV studios were in New York – on the fringes of the Theater District broadcasting game shows, kiddie shows, dramas and comedies live and in black-and-white. That year, station WJZ (which later became ABC,) approached Franklin about doing a TV talk show.Things clicked and “The Joe Franklin Show” premiered with Franklin as host engaging celebrity guests in the art of conversation.

Continue reading Joe Franklin- Amercia’s First Talk Show Host “Memory Lane” January 22nd, 1983


 Stacks Pancake House & Café Filling Void Among Trendy Restaurant Scene in Hoboken


             HOBOKEN, N.J. (January 11, 2010) – The much-anticipated pancake house, Stacks Pancake House & Café, finally opened its doors on December 11th in Hoboken on trendy Washington Street drawing record crowds and endless lines on the weekend.  Filling a void of offering pancakes for dinner, as well as other reasonably-priced American comfort cuisine, Stacks is bringing families, Hoboken professionals and the late-night bite crowd together to enjoy delicious food in an upscale, trendy atmosphere.  Stacks serves 22 different varieties of pancakes, as well as omelettes, salads, sandwiches and burgers, plus milkshakes, floats and coffee drinks.  Stacks replaces Junior’s Papaya, which closed in 2009. Continue reading NEW UPSCALE PANCAKE HOUSE OPENS IN HOBOKEN – DRAWS RECORD CROWDS