Triumphing Over Tragedy
by Kate Rounds
Apr 25, 2017 | 2739 views | 0 0 comments | 358 358 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cover painting by Terri Saulino Bish/ tbishphoto. Original photo courtesy of Beth DiCara
Cover painting by Terri Saulino Bish/ tbishphoto. Original photo courtesy of Beth DiCara

Our cover story is about some of our Jersey City neighbors who have transcended horrible personal tragedies by giving back to the community. We’re calling them “Accidental Activists.” By trying to bring light out of darkness, they’ve involved themselves in issues and in ways they never imagined they would. We salute Paul Bellan-Boyer, Beth DiCara, and Kara Hrabosky. Their stories are uplifting; their circumstances heartbreaking.

With the plight of immigrants and refugees all over the headlines, our team of Max and Tara Ryazansky take a look at Church World Service, a Jersey City organization that helps refugees settle in our area.

Even though it rises magnificently from the Hudson River, gracing Jersey City’s front yard, we sometimes take Lady Liberty for granted. But there’s big news. In the works is a new Statue of Liberty Museum. It’s not just for international tourists. When it debuts in 2019, I’ll probably be first in line.

Speaking of the river, Max and Tara hopped aboard with a Sandy Hook River pilot. These extraordinary mariners are responsible for safely escorting huge cruise ships and container ships into our harbor.

Here’s kind of a nutty story. Established author Nell Zink has written a novel titled “Nicotine,” which takes place in Jersey City. Adriana Rambay Fernandez read the book and talked with the author. You may be surprised by her take on this tale of squatters in JC.

Spring is in the air, always a lovely time in Jersey City, when the parks come to life, and Jersey Cityites emerge to take advantage of all the great things this city has to offer.—JCM

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