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ON THE WATERFRONT – Long seen as an engine of growth, the Jersey City waterfront is still growing with a number of new projects being launched in the area.
ON THE WATERFRONT – Long seen as an engine of growth, the Jersey City waterfront is still growing with a number of new projects being launched in the area.

Freeholders urge DOT to hold community meetings on Pulaski Skyway closing

The Hudson County Board of Freeholders have urged the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to mitigate the impact of the Pulaski Skyway closure in areas of Jersey City and to hold community meetings in the impacted areas.

On April 12, the northbound travel lanes on Route 1 & 9 Pulaski Skyway will close for approximately 24 months while the New Jersey Department of Transportation rehabilitates the bridge deck.

The impacted areas of Route 1 & 9 in Jersey City, Communipaw Avenue, Duncan Avenue, Sip Avenue, Broadway, and areas in the Heights, Downtown, and Journal Square will also be affected.

These areas already are subjected to a high volume of traffic and congestion that often result in traffic delays. The additional traffic from the Pulaski Skyway detour threatens to reduce traffic flow to a standstill at peak hours and will likely result in a substantial overflow of vehicular traffic onto local roadways. The NJDOT did not hold community meetings or hearings in any areas affected by this closure.

Freeholder Chairman Jose Munoz and the Board of Freeholders petitioned the NJDOT to focus its attention specifically on the impact of traffic to the areas affected by the Pulaski Skyway closure. They are also hoping for community meetings in those affected areas in advance of the closure to fashion traffic mitigation solutions.

St. Dominic Academy to hold 5K and mile race

On Saturday, March 15, Saint Dominic Academy will hold its 17th Annual Spring Thaw 5K and One Mile Race. It will start at 9:30 a.m. in Liberty State Park. Proceeds will benefit the Academy’s sports programs. A kiddie run will be held after the main events.

The one-mile run/walk which has a $20 fee starts at 9:30 a.m. The 5K run which has a $10 fee starts at 10 a.m. The race is held on a USATF Certified course. The kiddie run and a commemorative t-shirt are included in the fee.

On line registration application can be found at Thaw. For more information called John Nagel at (201)-434-5938 or (201) 401-7394.

Spring Fest on March 21

Creative Grove Spring Fest on the plaza will be held on March 21 from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Grove Street PATH station plaza.

DJ Pastiche opens up the season, along with live musicians, and the long awaited “Paint-the fridge,” Uta Brauser’s interactive public art project, and original makers and artists from the metro area that include silk screen prints, art, fashion, jewelry, furniture, plants, metal works, vintage records, vintage clothing and very original designs. Food trucks, local eateries and bakers provide outdoor dining. For more information go to

Chabad of Hoboken announces annual Grand Purim Party

Chabad of Hoboken’s annual Grand Purim Party will be held at the Boys & Girls Club, 123 Jefferson St., on Sunday, March 16.

This year’s theme – Purim in Musical Land – will feature a delicious, buffet dinner, cotton candy, popcorn and an open bar for adults. Great entertainment by Imagination Playhouse includes music, magic and balloon shaping.

Doors open at 3 p.m. Entertainment will follow at 3:15 p.m. followed by the reading of the Megillah and a scrumptious buffet dinner, music and dancing, traditional hamentashen and lots of fun. All are welcome to join regardless of affiliation or background.

Tickets cost $25 per adult and $15 a child/ Stevens students at the door, $18 per adult, $10 per child in advance.

Purim at the Stadium has been co-sponsored by Shoprite of Hoboken and CarePoint Health.

Chabad also has an exclusive party for young Jewish Professionals on Saturday night, March 15 at 9:30 p.m. For more info and to RSVP for either of these programs, check out or call (201) 386-5222.

Summer Dawn Hortillosa play premiers at Stagefest at The Loew’

On March 22, 68 Productions will present “Three Bites” by Summer Dawn Hortillosa. The play will premiere at the second annual STAGEfest at the Loew’s at the historic Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre.

The show follows the rise and fall of a relationship over the course of three meals – the first coffee date, a pivotal breakfast and a fateful dinner. With each bite, Drew (Rafael Cruz) and Adrienne (played by Hortillosa herself) struggle to get to know each other, and themselves. The play is an exploration of trust, power and love. Liliane Wolf also stars as Bettie, a waitress at a retro diner. Hortillosa directs.

This is Hortillosa’s second piece in STAGEfest; her play “Before, After and Always” was a huge standing-room-only hit at the festival last year.

“Three Bites” premieres Saturday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at STAGEfest at the Loew’s in the upstairs lobby of the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Square, Jersey City. Admission is $15 on Saturday, $12 for seniors/students, and gives you access to all stages. Saturday night passes for access from 6 to 11 p.m. are $10. All-festival passes are available online in advance for $25, $20 for students and seniors.

The entire festival runs March 21 to 23. Friday and Sunday all-stages passes are $10, $8 for students and seniors. Kids 12 to 17 get in free from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit or

Learning Community Charter School holds gala

Learning Community Charter School (LCCS) will hold its 6th Annual Spring Gala on April 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Beacon’s Art Deco Great Room in Jersey City. Tickets cost $50 and can be purchased in advance by emailing Tickets may also be purchased at the door the night of the event.

At the event, Learning Community Charter School will award its longstanding supporter, Paul Silverman, a local real estate developer and philanthropist, the prestigious Championship Award.

The gala features a silent art auction with works donated by more than a dozen Jersey City artists. This year will showcase music from Language of Music of Jersey City, including Neville L’Green and his group of professional musician instructors. There will be several luxury raffle items including an iPad, Yankees tickets and a luxury Miami hotel getaway.

For additional information, please visit our website at or contact Jennifer Hughes, (201) 433-0235. Check out our Facebook page at:

Vote for a winner in Margaret Hague t-shirt contest

Five designs – ranging from a newborn’s footprints to a silhouette of a pregnant woman set against the façade of the old hospital – were selected as finalists in the “Born at the Margaret Hague” T-shirt logo design contest recently.

The public will now have the chance to vote for their favorite entry by visiting to view the five designs and then send an email to indicating which graphic design is their favorite. Voting will end at 11:59 PM Sunday night, March 9, 2014. The contest can also be followed on the event’s Facebook page:

“It was extremely competitive and the committee had a very tough decision choosing the finalists,” said Regina Andriolo, Executive Director of the LibertyHealth Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Jersey City Medical Center, which is sponsoring the contest. “Now it’s the public’s turn to make the final decision on the logo to be used on T-shirts and other items associated with the upcoming ‘Born at the Margaret Hague’ reunion.”

Martha Stewart, former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey, and Frank Sinatra Jr. are among the more than 350,000 babies who were born at The Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital in Jersey City from 1931 - 1979. The hospital, established during the administration of Jersey City Mayor Frank Hague and named after his mother, has a long and storied history of famous births.

The hospital’s legacy continues through Jersey City Medical Center where the medical center on the waterfront continues to welcome Jersey City’s newest “Margaret Hague Babies.”

Though the hospital no longer exists, its legacy continues through Jersey City Medical Center where the hospital on the waterfront continues to welcome Jersey City’s newest “Margaret Hague Babies.”

All of the final entries – whose designers’ names are being kept anonymous, said Andriolo, so as not to influence the judging – were created by Jersey City residents.

The winner will receive a $250 cash prize, with the winning design to appear on T-shirts and other items associated with the “Born at the Margaret Hague” reunion. The event will be held on Friday evening, May 16th at Zeppelin Hall Biergarten and Restaurant, 88 Liberty View Drive in Jersey City. For more information, contact the LibertyHealth Foundation at 201-377-6057.

Lutheran Senior Life welcomes new medical director

Lutheran Senior Life at Jersey City announced the appointment of its new Medical Director, Dr. Ahmad Farooq.

Dr. Farooq will provide direction and supervision of all clinical aspects of care provided to LIFE participants. He will lead the team in the quality assessment and effectiveness of service delivery to ensure LIFE participants are receiving the best possible care and benefit from the program. As a member of the primary care team, Dr. Farooq will also provide direct patient care.

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