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Volume 17, No. 2

February 11th - February 28th 2013 FREE PUBLICATION

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Bill Sorvino

Union City Pg. 4 Chamber Players

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Hudson Then. . . Again

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Home Decor

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Film Festival’s ‘Best of’ to be Screened at Art House Productions in Jersey City By Sally Deering Best Lead Actor, Best Director, Best Supporting n October 2012, the second annual Golden Actor and Best Screenplay. The film centers Door International Film Festival of Jersey City on the friendship between three men and the lit up screens at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey test their friendship endures when they become Theatre and other venues where films from all over the world premiered and winners chosen. On involved in a crime that ultimately changes their Sat, March 16th, the festival’s Executive Director lives forever. Next on the bill is “Pollination*” a short film Bill Sorvino presents “The Best of the Fest” where about the special life of plants by filmmaker Sam three films from the Golden Door International Borowski and starring Federico Castelluccio (of Film Festival will have encore screenings at Art “The Sopranos”) and Chris Kattan. House Productions in Jersey City. Rounding out the evening is “My Time with the The feature film to be shown is “Maybe Tomorrow” directed by Michael Wolfe and starring English Tourist,” a short documentary by Jersey City resident John Dunstan that won Wolfe, Dominik Tiefenthaler and Paul the Audience Choice award. Lange. At the Golden Door, the film won Best con’t pg. 2 Picture,

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Secret Life of my Small Urban Backyard” which won Best Documentary “and we need every penny we that year and played film can bring in.” festivals in Montana and Early film submissions to the 2013 festival are being accepted Finland. “My first film was a nature as of March 7th and there are documentary, an extremely several deadlines throughout close look at life in my the year for filmmakers to submit their work. Sorvino and backyard,” Dunstan says. A carpenter by trade, his staff held a Best of the Fest Dunstan describes himself last year after the first festival as a hobbyist filmmaker. where he says they had a full house at Art House Productions He says the festival is a great venue for filmmakers space near Hamilton Park in to learn from each other Jersey City. This year’s event will again be held at Art House and garner support for their work. with the three filmmakers “It’s nice as an amateur attending the screening and to hang out with people then conducting a Q&A with who made serious films,” the audience afterwards. Dunstan says “One thing Dunstan, who directed that impressed me with the and stars in the short Golden Door film festival is documentary “My Time that an enthusiast filmmaker with the English Tourist” like myself gets the same with his dog Tommy respect and supportive participated in the first atmosphere as the bigger Golden Door festival when con’t pg. 3 he submitted his film “The

on the cover . The film short is a 13-minute valentine to Jersey City’s Liberty State Park and the wildlife that resides there as seen through Dunstan’s camera lens during walks with his English bulldog Tommy. “These three films were chosen across the spectrum,” Sorvino says. “The feature film, ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ is a powerhouse movie starring Michael Wolfe. John’s film is a short documentary about the walks he took with his dog and the beautiful wildlife in Liberty State Park. It’s a great film. And Sam’s film ‘Pollination*’ packs a 7-minute wallop.’ The Best of the Fest is a fundraising event for Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City as it gears up for its third year this fall. “We run the festival on a very tight budget,” Sorvino says,

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for screenings, Sorvino says. “It’s one of the most players. In spite of the successful venues of the demands of organizing film festival,” Sorvino says. and running the festival, “We seem to pack the house Bill has really made it a with them. They have a nice special event, personally screen, a nice setting, great encouraging my work.” sound. It doesn’t look like This is the second year Best a movie theater but it’s an of the Fest will be held at awesome space.” Art House Productions in On March 16th, the Best Jersey City, a non-profit of the Fest will screen the performance, art, and theater three films from 7-9 pm and space run by Christine after the Q&A, there’s an Goodman. It’s a great venue after party scheduled at

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GP’s Restaurant just a few steps away on Pavonia Avenue. Admission to Best of the Fest is $20, cash only, at the door and the price includes admission to the screenings and the after party. “The Golden Door is getting bigger and better,” Sorvino says. “It’s blowing up in fact.”

If you go: Sat, Mar 16, 7 pm The Best of the Fest Art House Productions Hamilton Square 1 McWilliams Place Jersey City Admission: $20 For more info: www.goldendoor filmfestival.org www.facebook.com/ goldendoorfest

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If You Play It, They Will Come Union City Chamber Players Enchant Local Audiences with Classics By Sally Deering One of the great things about living in Hudson besides its close proximity to Manhattan is the community of artists who reside here and share their talents. Dancers, actors, singers, musicians, visual artists – you name it! – lots of creative folks who perform professionally call Hudson home and some even find time in their busy schedules to share their talents with local audiences, like the musical artists who call themselves the Union City Chamber Players. Violinist Peter Borten; mezzo-soprano Bernadette LaFond; and pianist Marina Korsakova-Kreyn are Union City residents and professional musicians who banded together to share their love for classical musical and their talents as classical musicians. At St. John’s Episcopal Church in Union City, recently, the trio presented a classical program, a “Love Concert” that featured Gounod’s “Ave Maria”; Mozart’s violin sonata K.526; French love songs by Faure and Massenet; Strauss’s “Stiller Gang” and Rachmaninoff’s “In the Silence of the Secret Night”. “Its music that we know and feel we do well,” Peter Borten says. “The fact that there’s an audience for it and we can grow an audience, that’s great. More and more people in the community are repeat customers. It’s not people who moved here the last few years. Its people who have been living here a couple of decades, you just didn’t know they were here. There’s a lady across the street, she loves classical music and comes to all our concerts.” Through performance, Borten, LaFond and Korsakova-Kreyn are fulfilling the group’s mission to bring lowcost, high-quality performances of classical chamber music to the Union City community.

At their Love Concert the Chamber Players charged $8 for the show with kids admitted free. All three musicians have performed extensively before banding together as the Union City Chamber Players. LaFond, who is married to Borten, is a mezzo-soprano who recently returned to opera and classical music after taking a break to raise the family and work as a speech pathologist. She has appeared as Dorabella in “Cosí Fan Tutte” at the Indianapolis Opera and as Mercedes in “Carmen” with Opera Carolina. She performed various roles with the New York City Opera, Dallas Lyric Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, and the Rome Festival. A professional pianist and scholar in music cognition, Korsakova-Kreyn was trained as a musician at the Nizhniy

Novgorod State Conservatory in her native Russia and she completed doctoral studies in cognition and neuroscience at the University of Texas at Dallas. In addition to studying music and cognitive sciences, Korsakova-Kreyn studied mathematics and physics at Nizhniy Novgorod State University. A Yale graduate, violinist Peter Borten performed extensively in Europe with the Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice and the orchestra of the Dutch National Ballet. He won the silver medal in the International Chamber Music Competition at Stresa, Italy with pianist Michela Casalini. He has performed with many New York metro area ensembles including the American Symphony, the New York City Opera National Company, and the New Jersey State Opera.

Union City Chamber Players (L-to-R) Pianist Marina Korsakova-Kreyn, Violinist Peter Borten and Vocalist Bernadette LaFond. Photo by by Laurence Borten

“I’ve been a musician since I graduated Yale in 1979,” Borten says. “I played violin when I was growing up and at Julliard and my first jobs were violin. Years ago I decided to take a plunge and learn to play the viola. Everybody liked how I sounded on the viola and I started to freelance on both instruments.” The Union City Chamber Players seems to be inspired

by positive audience response and its next concert is already in the planning stage. “There are people that lived here for years and years who are consumers of high culture,” Borten says. “We figured there’s an audience here and we can do the music we love.” For future concert info, go to: www.facebook.com/UnionCityChamberPlayers

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Hudson Then...Again

Influenza by: Maureen Wlodarczyk

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hen I was five years old, we moved from Jersey City to Union Beach, a place where my parents could afford to purchase a small ranch house with carport. For many years after, I spent two to three weeks each summer back in Jersey City, visiting my maternal grandparents at their apartment on Rose Avenue in Greenville. I loved staying with them and being the center of my grandmother’s attention. My grandparents never owned a car so my grandmother and I would take the bus to Journal Square to shop or see a movie. One summer I unexpectedly came down sick, very sick. My grandmother tucked me in up to my chin in her own bed and called for the family’s faithful physician, Dr. Front. He was what used to be called a (very) “tall drink of water,” and had to duck his head when coming through the doorways of the apartment. When he appeared at my bedside, I am told that my eyes opened wide like saucers. No doubt. Looking up from my sickbed to take in the whole of him was quite an experience. His diagnosis: the grippe. Today, the word grippe, coming from a French word meaning “seize suddenly,” has been replaced by the modern term “influenza,” the two words being essentially synonymous.

1918 Spanish Flu Patients For decades before that summer I took sick in Jersey City, Hudson County residents had been stricken by periodic grippe outbreaks including in 1889 and 1892. The most serious of those was the 1918 “Spanish” influenza pandemic that first broke out in Europe and killed thousands of soldiers on the battlefields of World War I before making its way to the United States. The first reports of suspected Spanish flu cases in Hudson County occurred in September, 1918. Over the next month, newspapers carried daily counts of new cases, those numbers sometimes reaching 200 or more in a single day in Jersey City alone. In early October, a local newspaper reported the tragic story of the Kelly family who lived on Grove Street in downtown Jersey City. Mr. Kelly, an inspector with an express company and the brother of two soldiers serving in France, died after contracting the flu.

As Kelly’s mortal remains awaited religious services at St. Mary’s R.C. Church and burial at Holy Name Cemetery, his pregnant wife, also infected and near death, gave birth to a baby that died shortly thereafter. There was an outpouring of grief in Jersey City and Mayor Frank Hague and other community officials attended Tom Kelly’s funeral. The same week that Tom Kelly died, an urgent call was made for “patriotic” women to volunteer to make gauze masks under the auspices of the Greenville Red Cross on Linden Avenue. As the new cases mounted, flu deaths were listed in local newspapers and in Bayonne and Jersey City, hard-hit by the outbreak, the Boards of Health mandated that schools, saloons, ice cream parlors, churches, pool rooms and other public gathering places close until further notice. Hospitals and Cont’d on page 9

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Hudson Then...Again Cont’d from page 6 Influenza doctors were overwhelmed by the sick and dying. Local undertakers were unable to obtain sufficient numbers of coffins for the dead and there were fears about possible contamination as the result of delayed burials. The New York Bay Cemetery stopped interring the dead due to not having enough gravediggers to open the graves and bodies were temporarily stored in vaults where possible. In the middle of this crisis, local liquor dealers organized an angry demonstration in Jersey City and, in response, Mayor Hague agreed to reopen saloons, a decision that was roundly criticized by health officials. The Spanish flu struck millions of people around the world and at every level of society, from European royalty to the very poor, young and old alike. In Hudson County, one of those who lost his life dur-

1918 was a popular local lightweight wrestler known as Young Bon Ton. “Bon Ton,” then 29 years old, had been wrestling locally and around the U.S. for several years and had claimed the title “lightweight champion of the world” for himself after he defeated a Canadian wrestler in 1914. When he succumbed to the flu, one of his friends was quoted as saying that Bon Ton had “tried hard to put the full Nelson on the influenza, but failed.” Maureen Wlodarczyk is a fourth-generation-born Jersey City girl and the author of three books about life in Jersey City in the 1800s and early 1900s: Past-Forward: A Three-Decade and ThreeThousand-Mile Journey Home, Young & Wicked: The Death of a Wayward Girl and Canary in a Cage: The Smith-Bennett Murder Case. For info: www.pastforward.com.

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home for a mental and physical energy-boosting experience. Homeowners can affordably bring glamour into their bathrooms with fixtures and accessories. Retrofit your bath with a large, roomy shower with the Sterling Ensemble Curve shower enclosure. Complete with a curve design on the

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Bridal Guide Winter 2013

How To Plan A Small Wedding Reception By Smita Pandit Wondering how to have a small reception? Here are some small reception ideas to give you an insight on organizing a small wedding reception. Start by making a wedding reception checklist and tick along as you move ahead.

Wedding Reception Venue

The most important aspect would be to select the venue. If possible, you could plan your wedding in the off season and save a lot of money. Prepare a guest list and select a venue that could accommodate your guests well. So don’t make delays and book the wedding reception venue in advance.

Decor

Once you have decided on the venue, you need to decide on the wedding theme and consider what options you have as far as decoration is concerned. Decide on the color scheme and don’t forget about bridal flowers.

details like seating arrangements have to be looked into. Select the flowers as per the color scheme and the wedding reception theme and make sure you have flowers for every table.

a great band or DJ so that guests can enjoy dancing. The music can be the deciding factor on how well your wedding is perceived by those attending.

Food Menu

Don’t forget abut the wedding favors for the quests. Wedding favors serve as a token of gratitude to the quests for coming over to celebrate this special occasion of your life. These gifts are just to express your sentiments. Buy inexpensive and useful gifts like photo frames, scented candles and candy boxes.

Wedding reception menu will depend on what time of the day you plan to have a reception. So, if you are holding the reception in the morning or early hours, you could have a menu consisting of breakfast or brunch food items like tea, biscuits, muffins, sandwiches and yummy appetizers. This will surely help in cutting costs. In case, you are holding a reception in a hotel, you could choose savory appetizers and dishes which are not very expensive. Make sure you select a great looking and delicious wedding cake. Don’t go on a cost cutting spree when it comes to the wedding cake.

Music

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Bridal Guide Winter 2013 5 Hot Wedding Trends for 2013 1. Food Truck Frenzy It’s different and oh so cool, and also convenient! Leading Wedding Planners called this trend for 2013. Imagine a gourmet hot dog or Taco truck providing your guests with delish eats at your laidback lawn or park wedding, or an ice cream truck delivering delicious homemade ice cream sandwiches as a late night snack. 2. Low Key Weddings Engaged couples have seen enough of the big blow-out weddings on shows like Bridezilla, personalized this and that and are opting toward more low -key weddings in 2013. Less

pressure today’s young couples are moving toward elopements, small family gatherings. Embracing the natural elements within thier wedding plans and doing away with all the extras. 3. Do It Yourself Attire While the trend for some is smaller weddings the clothes will be come more sophisticated engaging in the traditional mixed with DIY projects. Handmade Gowns for the bride and custom ties and pocket squares for the groomsmen. Add handcrafted Jewelry mixed with traditional pieces. The look for 2013.

4. Bird Themed Weddings Some examples include tossing bird seed, bird cages as card holders, bird themed invitations, and bird’s nest favors. Feathers, Bird Necklaces as giftsfor the Bridesmaids. The letting go of Doves will continue to remain popular in 2013. 5. Wedding Dresses... With Pockets Brides rejoice! Pockets will arrive in 2013 as fashion designers have warmed to the idea of adding soft, dainty pockets to traditional and modern bridal wear. Requested by high profile celebrity brides in 2013.

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Bridal Guide Winter 2013

Saying ?I Do’ and Enjoying It Too (NewsUSA) - For many brides, the quest to plan the perfect day can quickly turn into a nightmare trip down the aisle. Here are a few tips to keep your wedding day bliss from turning into the honeymoon blues. * Marriage Planning 101: Once the ring goes on, the race to plan the perfect wedding begins, giving couples little time to think about the marriage itself or how their wedding spending decisions could affect their future. But smart couples are now setting aside time to address pre-wedding issues such as what they will do when it comes to financial planning, spending money, raising children and family politics.

With nearly half of all newlyweds taking on debt to finance their “big day,” couples should take every opportunity to make their wedding-related and everyday spending count toward their future. One unique new rewards program, uTANGO.com, offers couples $10,000, $100,000 and even $1 million in cash rewards to stay married and shop with uTANGO’s 250-plus merchants such as Expedia, Target.com, Nordstrom.com and BlueNile. In addition to helping couples save for their future, uTANGO.com offers free advice from wedding, financial and relationship experts.

By taking a proactive approach, couples can l everage their wedding spending to ease financial worries and start building toward their future. * Destination USA: While destination weddings, especially to international

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locales, continue to be one of the hottest wedding trends in recent years, they can also present challenges such as increased costs, security concerns, language barriers and unreliable vendors. A less expnesive alter-

native is to pick a centrally located U.S. city like Chicago, known for fantastic wedding and party venues, choice accommodations and activities to suit any taste and budget. It may not be as exotic as Tahiti, but couples often find that more family and friends can attend and planning challenges are drastically reduced when the nuptials stay stateside. * Managing wedding expectations: For many brides, planning the perfect wedding is a major life event decades in the making. With this in mind, it’s easy to see how wedding expectations can get out of hand in a hurry. Cont’d on page 17


Bridal Guide Winter 2013

Saying ?I Do’ and Enjoying It Too Cont’d from page 16 Saying “I Do” With wedding euphoria taking over, busy brides and grooms can quickly lose sight of spending, causing the perfect wedding to turn into fights over money. By managing expectations of what a “dream” wedding should be, it is still possible to have a lovely and elegant wedding without breaking the bank. * Bridezilla-free zone: The term “Bridezilla” has been used to describe a difficult, unpleasant, perfectionist bride whose obsession with planning the perfect wedding day leaves frustrated family, friends, bridal vendors and even her groom distraught in her wake. Belligerent Bridezillas beware: Horror stories of fist fights, hair pulling, kicking and screaming from out of control brides-to-be have put wedding planners, vendors and bridesmaids on the offensive. Some wedding vendors now go as far as to include language in their contracts reserving the

right to cancel if the bride’s behavior is determined to be “out of control or abusive.” So, whether you hit the gym or hit the spa, have a plan in place to handle wedding-related stress and keep Bridezilla at bay. * Just say “no”: Brides place such demands on their bridesmaids these days that it is not uncommon for them to decline, even when it’s one of their best friends. Not only is the financial responsibility of being a bridesmaid staggering, but the time commitment demanded by some brides is also daunting. The massive to-do lists handed out by brides, coupled with the obligatory appearances for shopping, parties and showers, can leave bridesmaids feeling underappreciated, overworked and broke after the wedding is over. Brides should be upfront about both time and financial expectations with their friends when asking them to join their wedding party and understand if the answer is

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Helpful Wedding Hints: PLAN AHEAD Don’t wait till the last minute to go shopping for your wedding bands, they are simply too important. Plan to start shopping for your rings six months prior to getting married. Not only do you need time to research and shop but you also need to allot time for custom orders, sizzing and engraving.

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TRAVEL VIEWS Spice Up Your Relationship **The Spice Island of Grenada Lures Visitors with Romance**

St. George’s, Grenada – FEBRUARY , 2013 - If giving flowers, jewelry or chocolates this Valentine’s Day says “been there-done that,” a trip to the romantic Caribbean isle of Grenada may just be the grand gesture that’s in order. Known as the Spice Island for the myriad exotic spices that perfume the island, it could just as easily be called the romance island. “The romance, wedding and honeymoon niche is a good fit with Grenada’s tourism product, as the island is blessed with abundant natural attributes that appeal to this target market, said Dr. George Vincent, Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture. “All three islands that comprise our nation, Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique, offer a wide range of activities and attractions for couples to enjoy including beautiful beaches, tropical rainforest, sparkling clear waters and authentic cultural experiences,” concluded the Minister. No matter what inspires a couple to feel romantic, they need look no further than Grenada, which boasts numerous places to become enamored with while falling in love all over again, as follows: Belmont Estate – For anyone who becomes enchanted by the romance of a bygone era, a visit to Belmont Estate is in order. Set on 400 acres of lush, rolling hills in the northern part of Grenada, the 300 year-old working plantation offers plantation and cocoa tours, exquisite gardens, delicious chocolate, a full-service restaurant that features food prepared from produce grown on the estate, a café serving sandwiches, pastries, desserts and drinks, a gift shop, animals and much more. Concord Waterfall – Serenity seekers will enjoy setting up a quiet picnic overlooking Concord Waterfall where they can enjoy the peaceful sounds of the crystalclear water gently cascading into a jewel-like pool. Situated at the edge of a lush mountain, the scenic beauty creates the perfect ambiance for nature-loving couples. Grand Anse Beach – If walking hand-in-hand together on a beautiful two-mile stretch of white sand beach is a couple’s ideal, Grand Anse Beach on Grenada’s southwest coastline is the perfect spot. In addition to views of the turquoise water and the capital city of St. George’s, there’s access to watersports, restaurants, local vendors and a variety of services and hotels. Grenada’s Gardens – Love is in full bloom at any of Grenada’s lush gardens, often comprised of heliconias, gingers, musas, anthuriums, orchids, or other rainforest plants which exude colors and scents unique to the three islands. These exquisite flowers are representative of Grenada’s flora, which continues to be recognized at the annual Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flowers Show for its “Tropical Paradise” exhibit that has won 10 gold medals. Levera National Park – Lovestruck duos who find romance in sun, sand and relaxation needs look no further than Levera National Park. The Park holds an unbeaten reputation as Grenada’s most scenic and spectacular coastal area, acclaimed for the natural beauty of its picture-perfect beach, coral reefs, beds of sea grass and abundant marine life. To find out about other places to go in Grenada visit: www.riverviewobserver.net

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restaurant VIEWS

“Hearty Fare, Cool Drinks and Lasses in Plaid”

A Peek inside the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

By Sally Deering At the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery in Hoboken, owner Nirav Patel gives his customers a big bang for their buck: hearty portions, an extensive beer list and 39

flatscreen TVs. As an added bonus, the waitresses don uniforms that are a mix of Scottish lass and sports bar hottie. It’s all in good taste,

Patel says. He prefers to compare the Tilted Kilt to the bar on TVs “Cheers” a neighborhood hangout where everybody knows your name. “We’re a pub,” Patel says on a recent afternoon. “I’m not into the Hooters thing. I’m the brother of three sisters and my sisters come here all the time because the food is amazing. In fact my middle sister is my partner in the Jersey City Tilted Kilt I’m opening. I would never do this concept if it was degrading to women.” And although the waitresses are eye-catching in their plaid uniforms, the dishes are the stars at the Tilted Kilt served in portions that are flavorful and generous. The menu features Tilted Teasers that include Irish Nachos, Classic Nachos, Drunken Clams, Mozzarella Sticks, Five Quid Squid, Potato Skins, Grilled Chicken Quesadilla, Roasted Garlic Fries, Spinach Artichoke Dip, and Chips and Salsa ($3.99-$9.99). Fresh Salads include Chicken Tender Salad, Scottish Cheesesteak Salad, Braveheart’s Chopped Salad, Classic Caesar, and the Blue Cheese Steak Salad ($6.99-$12.49). Fresh Wraps are a choice of the Chicken Tender Wrap, Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap, Ultimate Club Wrap, and the Spicy Black

Tilted Kilt staff are (l-to-r) manager Melinda Viruet; servers De Anna Maldonado, Chloe Grau, Omnaia Abdou and Carolyn Fouchard; and, owner Nirav Patel.

Bean Veggie Wrap ($8.99-$9.99). Tilted Kilt’s Burgers and Wings’ menu is a nice selection of specialty burgers including the California Burger dressed with Swiss Cheese and a generous slather of Guacamole that was absolutely delicious. The French fries that accompanied the burger were crispy and seasoned with a light shower of parsley. Other burgers on the menu are the Big Arse Burger, BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger, The French Connection Burger, Black & Blue Burger, Jalapeno Inferno Burger, and the TK Slider Basket ($8.99$9.99). TKs signature Wings can be ordered traditional or grilled for ($9.99). The Pub Favorites menu features Maggie Mae’s Fish & Chips, Chicken Tenders, Ian’s Shrimp Basket and Old Dublin Irish Stew. Pub Entrees include Blackened Chicken Fettuccini, Fish Tacos, Grilled Salmon, Italian Herb Chicken, Chicken

Fried Chicken, Chef Flannery’s Steak, Gaelic Chicken, and Danny Boy’s Shepherd’s Pie, a hearty portion of seasoned ground beef, carrots, peas and mushroom gravy topped with garlic mashed potatoes and parmesan cheese. Served with garlic bread, this flavorful dish is divine. ($9.99-$18.99). Hot Sandwiches and Pizza dishes feature The Kilt Club, The French— We Mean Irish Dip, The Scottish Cheesesteak, Fat Bastard’s Meatloaf Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Club, Pastrami Sandwich, BBQ Pulled Pork, The Sloppy Jane, and Spicy Sausage Sandwich. Flatbread Pizzas include the Chicken Florentine, Scottish Cheesesteak, “One Shot” Johnnie, BBQ Chicken, Roasted Garlic Chicken, McKayla’s Garden, Quinlan’s Five Cheese, and the Build Your Own Pizza ($8.99-$9.99). There’s a dessert menu and an extensive beer list, Cont’d on page 22

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Honoring George Washington at Apple Tree House 29th Annual Commemoration & Wreath Laying Ceremony

Cont’d from page 21 -Tilted Kilt too. “The reason why our food is great, the corporate chef comes up with great items,” Patel says, “and our chef Jose Laureno, his food comes out amazing every time.” An extremely busy restaurateur who holds two doctorates in pharmacy, Patel, 32, also owns Hopscotch in Jersey City. In the next two weeks he’s breaking ground in Jersey City to build a modern day beer garden called the Tap House and he’s opening a Tilted Kilt on Marin Boulevard in Jersey City while another

On Monday, Feb. 18 at 11 am – Presidents’ Day – the George Washington Society of Jersey City will present the 29th Annual Commemoration & Wreath Laying Ceremony honoring George Washington, the first President of the United States. The event takes place at the historic Apple Tree House on Academy Street (west of Bergen Avenue) in Jersey City. Attending will be veterans groups, local civic organizations and patriotic societies, fraternal and sororital orders. in Hamilton. “I’ve always been business-minded,” Patel says. Hoboken’s Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is big and roomy and great for large parties. With all those TVs broadcasting sports, Patel says men who frequent Tilted Kilt outnumber the women 3-to-1. Still he sees Tilted Kilt more like a neighborhood pub than a singles’ bar. “We’re not looking for the nightlife scene,” Patel says. “We want this to be like ‘Cheers’ where everybody knows everybody.” If you go: Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery 800 Jackson Street Hoboken

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KATHLENE MEADOWS JOINS EXIT ON THE HUDSON REALTY Bayonne, NJ:EXIT On The Hudson Realty is very proud to announce that Mrs. Kathlene Mead ows, formerly of Weichert Realtors, has recently joined their agency. “Kathlene Meadows has been a successful and accomplished real estate agent for nine years in Bayonne, with a reputation for dedica tion and professionalism” commented the Broker Owner of the EXIT On The Hudson Realty office, Annette Rubin. “I am so excited to have her join our team; her energy and positive attitude, along with her high level of Real Estate knowledge, make her a perfect fit to our organization! In just a few days’ time, she has already started to become famil iar with the systems and tools of a new office, and is becoming an integral part of the staff.” Kathlene Meadows Recently awarded the 2012 NJAR Circle of Excellence Sales Award by the Liberty Board of Realtors, Mrs. Meadows consistently demonstrates that she is skilled at handling all levels of real estate transactions from a first-time apartment rental to multi-million dollar commercial sales. She welcomes the opportunity to continue assisting the many clients and customers she has served through the years, as well as building relationships with new ones as part of the EXIT On The Hudson Realty office. Now, paired with all the new tools she will have at her fingertips at EXIT – she looks forward to being even more successful. Today’s consumers want all the technology bells & whistles, but in addition to that, Kathlene Meadows is also known for providing first-class customer service as well. EXIT On The Hudson Realty is located at 808 Broadway in Bayonne. Kathlene Meadows can be reached at the office at 201-437-0411, or directly at 20

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