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ROUND AND ROUND THEY GO – A new attraction made its debut at Newport Green over the Labor Day weekend. Newport Green, billed as an “urban beach” along the Jersey City waterfront in the city’s Newport section, added a new carousel for kids, which will be open to the public through the fall.
ROUND AND ROUND THEY GO – A new attraction made its debut at Newport Green over the Labor Day weekend. Newport Green, billed as an “urban beach” along the Jersey City waterfront in the city’s Newport section, added a new carousel for kids, which will be open to the public through the fall.

Never forget

The city’s 9/11 memorial near Exchange Place and the state’s new Empty Sky Memorial in Liberty State Park have been the center of ceremonies in recognition of the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy. The city typically holds a small ceremony at its 9/11 memorial to honor the memories of the 37 Jersey City residents who died in the attacks that day. The 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks is this Tuesday.

Construction trade apprenticeship opportunities at new Goya facility

On Monday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. there will be an apprenticeship orientation/fair for Jersey City residents interested in entering the construction industry. The fair will take place at the Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center, 140 Martin Luther King Drive.

Apprenticeship registration will be for employment and training opportunities at the Goya Foods, Inc facility, which is currently being built at 350 County Rd. (see “$81M and 80 new jobs,” Jersey City Reporter, Sept. 9, 2012). Apprenticeship positions are available in a number of trades, including plumbing, tiling, masonry, glaziers, electrical workers and carpenters, among other areas of employment.

To be eligible for an apprenticeship, applicants must be at least 18 years old, must have either a high school degree or a GED, and must hold a valid New Jersey drivers license.

For more information, call Judi Sass at (201) 547-4947.

Annual book festival returns to Van Vorst Park

On Saturday, Sept. 22, A Tale of Our City, the annual book fair sponsored by the Jersey City Free Public Library, will return to Van Vorst Park.

This year, in a new twist on an old theme, the festival will feature spoken word and performance poets, in addition to participation from traditional authors and pets. The festival will feature the work of 25 writers this year.

Novelist Santiago Marte will give a reading of his book “La Conspiración Sagara” and there will also be appearances from J.J. Tomkin (“The Wicked Education of Henry Holliday”), Zakee Howze (“Fragments: A.K.A. Incomplete Thoughts”), and spoken word artist Dujuana Sharese.

Festival for young filmmakers extends deadline

The deadline for New Jersey City University’s Young Film & Videomakers Festival has been extended to Tuesday, Sept. 18. The festival is seeking submissions of short works from filmmakers and videomakers between the ages of 12 and 28. Applicants will be judged based on submissions from other filmmakers in their age group. DVD submissions and a $20 entry fee should be sent to New Jersey City University, Black Maria Film Festival, Dept. of Media Arts, 2039 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305. For more information, call (201) 200-2043.

HCCC Center for Business and Industry to host Oct. job fair

The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Center for Business & Industry (CBI) has planned a Job Fair for Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the college’s Culinary Arts Institute/Conference Center at 161 Newkirk Street, two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Station.

Companies representing the finance, health care, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, and transportation industries will participate in the fair.

The job fair is open to all Hudson County residents aged 18 or older who have at least a high school diploma or GED. Job-seekers are asked to bring copies of their résumés and the names and contact information of references.

In addition to applying for employment with the participating companies and organizations, jobseekers will also have the opportunity to attend information sessions on résumé writing, interviewing skills, targeted job searches, and enhancing workplace skills.

Employers interested in participating in the job fair can call (201) 360-4242 or email

Job-seekers may register at http://goo.gL/N9et2. Information is available by calling (201) 360-4247 or emailing Directions to the college can be found

Changes in eligibility for federal student financial aid to impact thousands of HCCC students

For the past several weeks, administrators and staff at Hudson County Community College (HCCC) have been working non-stop in an attempt to prevent thousands of students from being dropped from enrollment due to changes in criteria for financial aid from the federal government.

HCCC President Dr. Glen Gabert said the changes in eligibility for grant and loan funding are substantial and will impact about 1,500 students immediately. He noted that the college’s Division of Student Affairs has been working since June to notify students of the changes and to assist them in finding the financial means to continue or to begin their studies.

As legislated, the new federal financial aid rules affect who is eligible for financial aid, as well as how much federal aid some students may receive, how long they will be able to receive aid, and the interest rate at which loans have to be repaid.

“When we learned of students who lost eligibility or were in danger of losing eligibility, we immediately notified them via phone, email and snail-mail so we could begin the appeal process with them. We even utilized an outside firm that specializes in outreach to contact them. However, only about 30 percent of those students have replied.” Gabert said.

These new regulations were instituted by the federal government, and HCCC, in addition to all other higher institutions of higher education, must fully comply with them. The college is working with students who are no longer eligible for federal financial assistance to scholarships so as not to put them into debt.

Students, families, and school officials who need more information on this matter are asked to contact the Hudson County Community College Financial Aid Department at (201) 360-4200.

Jazz concert at Art House

On Friday, Sept. 14, Ladies on the Mic will present Jazz World Fusion, at Art House Productions. The concert will be offered free of charge.

Headlining the evening will be Leala Cyr and Ricardo Vogt, who blend picturesque vocals and a sensual guitar sound to create a unique collaboration of music. Together since 2002, this pair has found a way to combine American and Brazilian jazz roots to form a new array of sound. The concert will also feature the sounds of fellow musicians Laura Brunner, and Rebecca Vallejo.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Art House Productions, One McWilliiams Place, 6th Floor. For more information, visit or contact Beth Achenbach at

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