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The second annual Bridge Arts Festival will take place on Saturday, September 8.
The second annual Bridge Arts Festival will take place on Saturday, September 8.
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Correction

On August 23 the Bayonne Community News ran a story about Piero’s Music. Lou Fanacone did not move to Florida as reported. Lisa Fanacone was incorrectly identified as Lou Fanacone’s wife. She is his daughter. Electrical Systems is not on Broadway, and a Bayonne High School band of the 1980s was referenced incorrectly. We regret the errors.

Bridge Arts Festival enters second year

In its second year, the Bridge Arts Festival will take place on Saturday, September 8, beginning at 11 a.m.

Festival cofounder Cheryl Mack said this year’s event will be bigger and even more vibrant than last year. “Last year we got the sense that everyone who attended the festival had a blast, whether they were families, young artists seeking inspiration, or people just looking to have fun and soak in culture,” said Mack. “This year we are staging an even more exciting and diversified event.”

The festival will include two music stages featuring dance and theatrical performances, themed, “From Brooklyn to Bayonne.” The dance stage, hosted by the exquisite Heather Smith, will showcase performances by the award-winning Jersey City Ballroom Dancers, Dance with Me Dance Studio, #TapLife and the Surati Dance Company.

Music performers include the Anthony Fuscaldo Trio, of Bayonne, followed by Conundrum, an instrumental R&B, funk and hip-hop band that features graduates of Bayonne High School. Alicia Olatuja, a jazz vocalist who performed at President Obama’s second inauguration, will perform, followed by Los Hacheros, a Latin music group.

There will be a vendor market with work by visual artists and artisans, a crafts corner will be set up for kids, and a food truck row will offer food and beverages, and a beer garden will be set up. New to the festival will be the Animodules Sculpture Garden provided by the Barat Foundation.

“Art is very alive in Bayonne, and we’re thrilled about the artistic expression that people will be exposed to,” said Mack, who moved to Bayonne from Brooklyn. “This year we have a 25-percent increase in participation from visual artists. And I really think the sculpture garden is going to be a huge hit.”

Religious leaders sue Hudson County over ICE contract

Hoping to invalidate Hudson County’s renewed contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain immigrants in the Hudson County Jail, religious leaders filed a lawsuit that alleges county officials violated New Jersey's public meetings law, the Open Public Meetings Act. The suit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the seven Hudson County religious leaders.

The suit says the process “reeked of secrecy and deception,” with a rushed vote intended to avoid public scrutiny amid growing anger over the contract, according to WNYC.

The board of chosen freeholders on July 10 unanimously voted to hold an August vote on renewing its expired contract with ICE. However, another freeholder meeting was scheduled for two days later.

The vote surprised activists hoping to convince freeholders to sever the contract. They did not attend because they believed the vote would take place at the later meeting.

According to the complaint the religious leaders who filed suit are Rev. Thomas Murphy, a Jersey City resident and rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Jersey City; Rev. Gary Commins, a Bayonne resident and associate priest at St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Church of the Incarnation in Jersey City; Ashraf Eisa, Jersey City resident who serves as board member of the Islamic Center of Jersey City; Rev. William Henkel, a Secaucus resident and pastor at the First Reformed Church of Secaucus and member of the Reformed Church of America; Rev. Frances Teabout, a Roselle resident serving as pastor at the Open Door Worship Center in Jersey City; Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas, a Hoboken resident serving as rector at the All Saints Episcopal Parish in Hoboken; Rev. Laurie Jean Wurm, a Maplewood resident and rector at Grace Church Van Vorst in Jersey City.

Henry Repeating Arms to sponsor NASCAR for first time

Henry Repeating Arms, which manufactures guns in Bayonne, sponsored the NASCAR Xfinity Series #90 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Andy Lally in the Johnsonville 180 that took place on August 25. Elkhart Lake is a few hours away from Henry's manufacturing plant in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. The plant makes shotguns, centerfire rifles, and parts for some of the firearms produced in Bayonne.

Prosecution of marijuana cases to resume in NJ

State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced on Wednesday that prosecution of marijuana-possession cases will resume in September, according to The Record. Last month Grewal directed municipal prosecutors to adjourn the marijuana cases until after Sept. 4. He took that action after Jersey City officials said they would not prosecute marijuana cases and tried to decriminalize marijuana inside the city. Grewal issued guidelines on Wednesday telling prosecutors that they may use discretion but that they may not unilaterally decriminalize marijuana possession.

Two priests removed amid sex misconduct inquiries

The Roman Catholic Church has removed two New Jersey priests from their parishes amid allegations of sexual misconduct, according to The Record. The Rev. Gerard Sudol, who had been cleared of previous allegations years ago, was removed from Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church in Jersey City after a new accuser came forward. The Rev. Jim Weiner of St. Andrew's Church in Westwood was removed after church officials said they were reopening an inquiry. Weiner had been scheduled to be installed as pastor on Sept. 15.

Revised school bond act approved by lawmakers

Members of the Senate and the Assembly convened on Monday to pass one piece of legislation, the Securing Our Children's Future Bond Act, according to NJTV News. The measure, passed unanimously in both chambers, asks voters to approve a $500 million bond issue to expand county vocational-technical schools, among other things. Originally, the state had planned to seek $1 billion for schools. But Gov. Phil Murphy vetoed that measure, saying the state's bonded indebtedness was already high.

Murphy expected to veto 5-cent fee on plastic bags

NJ Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to veto a bill passed by the legislature in June that would put a 5-cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags. Sen. Bob Smith, who chairs the Senate Environment Committee, announced the coming veto at a meeting in Toms River on Thursday.

HCCC Poetry Bootcamp Explores the creative writing processes

Individuals who wish to explore their creative side and learn the skills needed to unlock their imagination are invited to take part in the “Poetry Bootcamp” at Hudson County Community College (HCCC). The program offers three sessions and will be held on Friday, Sept. 14, 21, and 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the College’s Gabert Library at 71 Sip Avenue in Jersey City. Space is limited, and the cost is $99 per person.

The instructor, Sarah T. Jewell, is the author of How to Break Your Own Heart (Dancing Girl Press, 2017), and has read her poetry at The New York Public Library, The Cornelia Street Café, and other such venues.

Those who wish to attend the “Poetry Bootcamp” may register online at https://tinyurl.com/hcccpoetry2018 or by calling (201) 360-4224. Payment by credit card, money order, cash, or check payments is due at the time of registration.

More information may be obtained by calling (201) 360-4262 or emailing cfarell@hccc.edu.

‘Therapy, Bro’ premiers at the 2018 Golden Door International Film Festival

Open Iris Entertainment’s “Therapy, Bro” will be screened at the Golden Door International Film festival Film Festival on Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. in The Landmark Loews Theatre at Journal Square.

Therapy, Bro stars Wally Marzano-Lesnevich (Almost Paris), Francesco Nuzzi (Star Crossed Lovers), Heather Brittain O’Scanlon (House Broken), and Garry Pastore (HBO’s The Deuce). The film directed by John Hedlund (Three Minutes to Air) has received multiple awards.

This is among more than 100 films that will be shown during this year’s festival.

The Golden Door International Film Festival is in its 8th year and is considered New Jersey's premiere film festival. After taking submissions since late last year, the festival is the culmination of the awards season. The festival will present films at multiple locations throughout Jersey City from Sept. 20 to 23; the opening gala at the Loew’s will be held on Sept. 20. The opening reception will have live music and will be hosted by New Jersey's bad boy comic, Mike Marino.

Sarah Q, directed by John Gallagher and starring Garry Pastore, who portrays NYPD Detective John Belson, will have its World Premiere at the festival as well.

Guests attending the festival will include actors involved with Sarah Q such as Pastore and his brother Vincent Pastore; Federico Castelluccio and Tony Sirico from The Sopranos, Burt Young from “Rocky,” Steve Stanulis, from “The Fifth Borough” and other films, as well as other actors.

The guests also include actors and staff associated with films being shown such as “Maternal Secrets,” “Doubting Thomas,” “The Pretender,” “Yellow Scare,” “Sisters Plotz” as well as this year’s celebrity rock star, Steve Conti.

Local moviemakers are involved in this year’s festival including a number from Bayonne, Hoboken, Jersey City and Union City.

Also expected to attend are actors involved in the film “Miami or BUST - A Hoboken Bet,” which includes Susan Varon, of “Boardwalk Empire,” and Chris Depirro of “Tony and Tina’s Wedding.”

For ticket information and a schedule of shows go to http://goldendoorfilmfestival.org/.

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