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Volume 16, No. 2

February 27th - March 12th 2012 FREE PUBLICATION

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n a chilly February evening in Hoboken, local ‘tweens and teens are heating up several rehearsal studios at the Monroe Street Art Center where they are jumping, twirling and belting out the lyrics to the musicals they’re rehearsing. Split up into Junior and Senior companies, both troupes are members of Chase Leyner’s Hoboken Children’s Theater group (HCT) – a local theater troupe that performs musicals by kids and for kids. Like their MGM predecessors, Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, these kids burst are a talented group eager to put on a show!

HCT is actually rehearsing two shows simultaneously, the Junior company is rehearsing the ‘high school musical’ “Changing Minds” by Bret Summers and David Howard in a third-floor studio in the Monroe Street Arts Center while next door Leyner is choreographing a dance for members of the Senior company for their performance of the musical “Brenda Bly Teen Detective” by Kevin Hammonds and Charles Miller. The shows’ musical director is Jeremy Beck of Weehawken, a professional musician who plays frequently at the Pilsner Beirhaus a few blocks north of the Monroe Street Arts Center. The two musicals, “Changing Minds” and “Brenda Bly Teen Detective” will be performed in March on the second floor of the Monroe Street Arts Center,

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which gives these Broadway babes just a little more than a week to learn lines, songs and choreography. At a recent rehearsal, it was clear to see HCT’s young thespians enjoying themselves as they sang and danced along with Leyner, who also seemed to be having fun directing them.

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on the cover . Born in Jersey City, Leyner is a trained ballet dancer, who pursued a professional career in New York and chose to start the children’s theater company more than 10 years ago, while raising her family. “I started directing kid’s musicals when I did ‘Annie’ at the Hoboken Charter School, the girl who played Annie was 7 at the time and turned 18 this week,” Leyner says. “I started Hoboken Children’s Theater nine years ago. “As a dancer, I tried to do the Broadway stuff,” Leyner says, “and every time I got new headshots I got pregnant. When I started this I did a movie.” Leyner’s children’s theater company and school attract kids from all over Hudson and she offers classes for kids of all ages. For the Kindergarten-2nd grade kids

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its “Songs and Scenes” 10 weeks of 45 minute classes where the little ones do songs and scenes from a show – which doesn’t sound like an easy thing to pull off with kids so young. “We have this wonderful teacher,” Leyner says, “and she can get these kids to do these shows. Nobody’s prompting them or pushing them on stage. They do it on their own.” A new session of spring classes begins March 19th and features classes for 2nd4th graders called “Sing! Dance! Act!” where the kids meet after school once a week for a 2-hour session. For 4th-6th graders, there’s a performance workshop called “Schoolhouse Rock Junior” for kids with “performance experience who are ready to seriously

focus on all aspects of a musical production. When the kids grow past these classes, they are ready to audition for the Junior Company of middle-school age kids and then the Senior Company of high schoolers. Classes usually run for 10 weeks with a performance for friends and family following each session. “Hoboken Children’s Theater offers performance -based classes,” Leyner says, “and by the end of each session they put on a production. While they’re learning the choreography, they’re getting acting lessons and dance basics. While they’re doing the choreography they’re learning the basics of ballet and dance terminology.” Julia Small, 16, a sophomore at High Tech High School and Hoboken con’t pg. 3

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family. We have sleepovers. And I learned so many resident has been taking things I never expected to classes and performing in learn like how to support HCT’s shows since she other people. Even if I was 9. Julia says she was didn’t get the lead I wanted, extremely shy when she I still have fun being in the started classes at HCT but ensemble.” her experiences on stage Does Julia foresee a future have changed her into an as an actress? outgoing teen with a dream “I would love to do theater,” of performing on Broadway. Julia says. “It’s my dream to In the meantime, when she be doing theater for a living, graduates high school Julia to be on Broadway.” plans to major in theater Leyner says she started when she goes to college. “I was very shy,” Julia says. HCT because she thought her daughter, Samantha, “I had just moved from would like to be in a play. Freehold to Hoboken and I “I started HC because didn’t know anybody. I did a school play when Chase at nobody else was doing All Saints Episcopal, ‘Sheila it,” Leyner says. “I found Rae the Brave.’ I was a tree out I seem to have a knack dealing with a lot or something and I enjoyed of children. After all these it so much, I decided to join HCT. I love being on stage.” years working with children in Hoboken, I can’t walk Julia says she has grown through the streets without since that shy 9 year old getting recognized. I’m like she used to be and she has the Brad Pitt of children’s made friends, too, and she cherishes her friends at HCT. theater. If I was running for mayor and children under “Some of my best friends I met through this program,” 15 could vote, I would be the mayor of Hoboken.” Julia says. “It’s definitely a

Kids Play in the Attic

The Attic Ensemble of Jersey City, a local theater troupe that has been performing in Hudson for 40 years also presents its Attic Junior Series of original plays for children written by the company’s president Billy Mitchell. All shows run on the same Saturdays as the company’s main stage productions, are approximately 45 minutes and performed by adults. After the show there’s a 25-minute talk back across the footlights with kids in the audience encouraged to express their thoughts. Mitchell is the driving force behind Attic Junior. He holds a BA in performance and an MA in directing from the University of Maine and an MA in educational theater from NYU. “I like a show with a beginning, middle and end,” Mitchell says. “And I like to involve the kids. I get 4-6 adult actors and we create these fun, bright, colorful

and literate pieces. I like to push language and use words the kids don’t know because that was important to me when I was a kid.” On Sat, Feb. 25 and Mar. 3, the Attic Junior Series presents “The Athlete, Princess, Pirate, Fairy, Welder, Deep-sea Diver Club,” a play about young boy who wants to start a club that goes from being exclusive to inclusive. And it is in no way like a typical fairy tale. “My thing was to not do five more versions of ‘Cinderella’ or five more versions of ‘Snow White,” Mitchell says. “It was more about creating original things. I also direct main stage productions at the Attic and we do some really nice stuff. It’s been nice to get the kids’ group up and running. You never know what the kids are going to say.” If you go: Sat. Feb. 23 and Sat, Mar. 3 at 1 pm

“The Athlete, Princess, Pirate, Fairy, Welder, Deep-sea Diver Club” Tickets: $5 for kids; adults free Attic Junior Series The Attic Ensemble 83 Wayne Street Jersey City (201) 413-9200 www.atticensemble.org Thurs, Mar. 15- Sun, Mar. 18 Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7 pm; Sun at 1 and 5 pm “Brenda Bly Teen Detective” Tickets: $15 for adults and children Fri, Mar. 2- Sun, Mar. 4: Fri and Sat. at 7 pm; Sat. and Sun at 2 p.m. “Changing Minds” Tickets: $12 for adults and children Hoboken Children’s Theater Monroe Street Arts Center 720 Monroe Street Hoboken, NJ 646-339-8485 www.hobokenchildrens theater.com

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Hudson Then...Again By Maureen Wlodarczyk In my historical and genealogical research, I often encounter old photos that draw me in or pique my curiosity and send me reaching for a magnifying glass to get a closer look at faces, clothing and background detail. They say “a picture is worth a thousand words.” In the case of this column, about 700 words were inspired by an old circa 1918 photo of four Jersey girls working at a local railroad yard. Most of us are familiar with Rosie the Riveter, a fictional female cultural icon representing the persona of millions of American women who responded to the call to take on non-traditional jobs during World War II. In 1942, a popular song written by Evans and Loeb and titled “Rosie the Riveter” first gave life to Rosie and included the lyrics “All the day long, whether rain

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or shine, she’s part of the assembly line. She’s making history, working for victory, Rosie the Riveter.” In May, 1943, Norman Rockwell gave Rosie a face on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post although the image of Rosie that remains the most well-known and recognized is the one featured on a U.S. government war poster with the slogan “We Can Do It.” The need being so pressing, a broad spectrum of women responded to the

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call to work: single, married, with and without children and even those newly-graduated from high school. Women already in the workforce in lower paying traditionally female jobs often switched to higher paying factory jobs in response to the need to fill those ranks. Their contributions to the war effort were essential, invaluable and never to be forgotten. As it turns out, the “Rosies” of World War II were second-generation home-front heroines, following in the footsteps of women who stepped up to the very same challenge during World War I. During that earlier war, women were actively recruited to work for the railroads, including large carriers like the Pennsylvania Railroad and Baltimore & Ohio and smaller local lines, filling in for men gone

military. A World War I era photo capturing the smiling faces of four young women “car cleaners” in overalls and caps posing in the window of a train car at the Jersey City railroad yard had brought an immediate involuntary smile to my face. It also sent me on a trip through newspaper archives to read more about these rail ladies where I learned that they, like their later counterparts in World War II, were sorely needed to take on key non-traditional jobs in the absence of the men who vacated them. I also found that, during both wars, while there was no dispute as to Con’t on page 8


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Hudson Then...Again Cont’d from page 4 to the absolute need for women to step in to fill jobs, there was a natural tension that led to newspaper articles and editorials pointing out that the women were only to be in these jobs temporarily and must relinquish them to the men returning from wartime service. So what did these World War I rail ladies do? The Philadelphia Inquirer ran a piece in July, 1917 about the upset resulting from the hiring of “young and middleaged, pretty and passable” women as ticket sellers, crossing guards, gate tenders, car cleaners, car-shop workers, signal operators, flagmen and freight office clerks for the West Jersey & Seashore Railroad. According to the article, commuters missed their trains, forgot tickets at the ticket window and just plain got flustered at the sight of the women rail workers. It went on to say that customers might get a “whiff of talcum powder instead of tobacco” with the addition of female workers and predicted, tongue in cheek, that lace curtains and window boxes at watchman crossing shelters might come later. The Inquirer did interview some of the rail ladies including Virginia Miller, a New Jersey ticket seller, who said, reportedly with a toss of her head, that the “girls” were going to show that they could “hold down their jobs just as well as the men.” As Miss Miller was speaking her mind, a male customer came to her window, requested a ticket and, upon taking it and looking up to see Virginia, promptly walked away Page 8 River View Observer

without his change. She “coolly called him back” and gave it to him. You go girl!

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 Three-ThousandMile Journey Home, Young & Wicked: The Death of a Wayward Girl and Canary in a Cage: The Smith-Bennett Murder Case. For info: www.past-forward.com.

BAYONNE TO HOST FIRST ANNUAL ART SHOW AT BAYONNE MUSEUM JURIED EXHIBITON OPEN TO BAYONNE ARTISTS Mayor Mark A. Smith is pleased to announce that the City will host its First Annual Citywide Art Show at the Bayonne Community Museum located at 229 Broadway. The opening reception will be on Friday, April 13, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The show will be open to viewers on weekdays, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. from Monday, April 16, through Friday, April 27, 2012. All artists who are residents of Bayonne are invited to submit images of their work for consideration to be included in the show. A jury of Bayonne residents headed by Anthony Sienkiewicz, painting instructor at the 4th Street Senior Center Art Club, will judge the entries and choose the works to be exhibited. “I am very excited about this inaugural show. The exhibition will give the opportunity to Bayonne’s many talented artists to showcase their works in a beautiful setting at the Bayonne Community Museum,” said Mayor Smith. “I invite all artists who live in the City of Bayonne to participate and for everyone to come out and see all of the wonderful paintings, drawings and sculptures created by our own hometown residents.” Call Anthony Sienkiewicz at (201) 858-3745 or can e-mail bayonneartshow@ gmail.com. for more information


Hudson County Community College Foundation Resumes ‘Subscription Dining’ Series in Spring 2012 Subscribers Gain Double Benefit of Service of World-Class Service and Providing Students with Scholarships; Service Begins February 24 This Spring, Hudson County Community College — home of one of the East Coast’s most acclaimed culinary arts studies programs — will resume a subscription dining program has been established that will result in scholarships for deserving students. HCCC Vice President for Development Joseph Sansone explained that the membership fee of $995 provides the Subscription Dining Series member with a tablefor-four for eight, four-course luncheons on Fridays this spring. The menus — which will be planned and prepared by the Executive Chef and team of culinary professionals who teach at the College’s renowned Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) — will include soup, appetizer, entrée and dessert courses as well as non-alcoholic beverages. (Beer, wine and cocktails will be available at an additional charge.) All meals will be served by the CAI’s professionally trained student staff in the beautifully appointed Banquet Room of the HCCC Culinary Arts Institute/ Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street in Jersey City — just two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Station. The Subscription Dining Series dates are Fridays, Feb. 24; March 2, 9, 16; April 13, 20, 27; and May 4, with service from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Each meal will be completely different, and each will be equivalent to those served in the finest four-star restaurants. Cont’d on page 10

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HCCC Subscription Program cont’d from page 9 Sansone said Foundation’s Subscription Dining Series program was conceived and developed after several area businesspeople expressed the desire for more luncheon dining options, especially those where they could take clients and associates. “I cannot think of many places in this area where you can enjoy a delicious, four-course meal, meticulously served in an elegant and comfortable setting for just $31.10 a person. Best of all, you will know that your subscription tab — which is also a tax-exempt donation — will assist in financing the education of deserving students,” Mr. Sansone stated. The Hudson County Community College Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 corporation providing taxexempt status to contributors. The organization, which was founded in 1997, is dedicated to generating financial support for the College and its students, developing needs-based and merit scholarships, and providing seed money for innovative faculty development programs, and for the College’s physical expansion. Complete information and a registration form for the Hudson County Community College Foundation Subscription Dining Series are available by phoning the Foundation Office at (201) 360-4006.

NJCU HOSTS FREE HELP WITH FEDERAL AND STATE INCOME TAX RETURNS ON MARCH 1 ALL WELCOME New Jersey City University will host free tax preperation sessions that will assist individuals in preparing their 2011 federal and New Jersey income tax returns on Tuesday, March 1, 9:00 a.m12:00p.m., in room 117 of

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Dionna Lenardo (left) of Bayonne, who ranked in the top 2 of the 11-12 year-olds division of the NBA FIT Dribble, Dish and Swish competition was invited on Feb. 6th to see the Knicks play the Utah Jazz and before the game, Dionna met retired Knick John Starks and winner of the 10 year-olds division Monique Carrasco. The girls won free trips to Disneyworld and the chance to compete in the National Finals in Orlando, Florida. Read in our next issue Sally Deering’s story on Dionna Lenardo and the National Finals.

NJCU’S Education and Professional Studies Building located at 2039 Kennedy Boulevard Jersey City. Assistance will be provided by IRS-trained professionals. C0-sponsored by United Way of Hudson County, NJCU Office of Grants and Sponsored programs and FLEX Sessions open to the community. No appointments necessary. Bring copies of your 2010 tax return, SSI card, 2011 W-2 forms for any employer, SSI cards of any dependants. Call Cinthia Diaz 201-200-3234 for more information.


WINNER OF COUNCILMAN FULOP’S CHRISTMAS CONTEST WITH NEWARK & ROSELLE, JERSEY CITY LIBRARY HELPS ITS PROGRAMS Having dealt with program funding cuts for several years, the Jersey City Free Public Library has Ward E Councilman Steve Fulop, Newark Councilman Anibal Ramos and Roselle Mayor Janel Holley to thank, because of a contest they created in Christmas 2011. These elected officials, friends for years, each contributed $1,000 for a friendly bet on whose city had the best Christmas decorations. One Facebook page, countless uploaded photos of decorated homes, and many ‘likes’ later, Jersey City was deemed the winner, with the most uploaded photos. Local freelance photographer Richard McCormack’s photo won for the most ‘likes’. The $3,000 donation to the library system helps boost the Summer Reading Program 2012, and the children’s areas of all nine branches and the Bonetti Children’s Room and Biblioteca Criolla at the Main Library, with the distribution as follows: $1,500 – SRP 2012; $200 – Cunningham, Five Corners, Greenville, Heights, Miller, and Bonetti Children’s Room; and $100 – Criolla, Lafayette, Marion, Pavonia, and West Bergen. Library Director Priscilla Gardner added $200 more so the distribution was equal amongst the department and branches. “These monies can be used to do whatever each children’s area wishes. There aren’t enough words of gratitude for this generous gesture by Councilman Fulop and his two friends. Not only the Library, but the children of Jersey City, thank you!” For the latest on programs, events, and special announcements please follow the Library on Facebook or Twitter at Jersey City Free Public Library. Visit us on the web at www.jclibrary.org. As of February 23, 2012, the Jersey City Free Public Library has 210,052 valid card members.

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PLanning your new kitchen - renew or redo? U

pgrading the kitchen is on many homeowners’ “to do” list. And for good reason. A minor kitchen remodel ranks fourth on the list of the top 10 home improvement projects that deliver return on investment, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2010-11 Cost vs. Value Report. But whether you’re in it for the investment, or just to freshen up the space in your home where people spend the most time, a new kitchen look could be a fun, impactful improvement to your house. Some may start with a weekend project and a $40 can of paint, while others will jump into a $50,000-plus remodel. Either way, one thing is for sure - you can’t go wrong with a beautiful, highly functional kitchen. If time or budget restraints point you in the direction of changing a few basic elements of the kitchen, focus on things that make the most impact. Even a novice do-it-yourself homeowner can complete many of these items on their own: * Paint the walls. * Change out the faucet. * Add new accessories like pillows or wall art. “Faucets in the kitchen are much more than what they used to be,” says Kevin McJoynt of Danze, a manufacturer of decorative plumbing faucets and fixtures. “They play an important role in setting the decor and focal points of any kitchen.” While a contractor is recommended for most of these projects, make sure you’re involved in exploring the options that will help you use this space as smart as possible.

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Variations: March 3, 2012-March 25 Art exhibition by Hob ‘art members- Constance Ftera, Starr Tucker Ortega and Myrna E. Micheli Opening Reception: March 10, 2012 from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM (open to the public)

Myrna E. Micheli Hob ‘art Co-operative Gallery Monroe Art Center 720 Monroe St, 2nd FL, #E208 Hoboken, NJ 07030 Sat. & Sun.: 12:00-5:00pm Constance Ftera, Starr Tucker Ortega and Myrna E. Micheli, unite to celebrate Women’s Month with their exhibition, “Variations”. The show features prints, photographs and paintings.

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STARGAZINE

ARIES (March 21 - April 19) You have survived and flourished after a few years of tumultuous change. 9th house energies seem to indicate that you have dealt with, and are now proud of, your accomplishments. Jupiter will give you the extra luck that is required to make this month the beginning of the new and improved Aries life. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) Energies to the mid-heaven of your solar chart indicate that someone is trying to deceive you. You have been totally caught up in living your life and haven’t been giving attention to a relationship that has gone bad. You will see clearer and protect your territory from all that is negative. March brings new insight and a return to your power. GEMINI (May 21 - June 20) 11th house solar energies may indicate a change in your hopes and wishes. You are no longer tempted by wealth and power, and have made a return to your spiritual self. A wonderful season with many social engagements and happy family times begins soon.

CANCER (June 21 - July 22) The Part of Fortune on the cusp of the 12th house indicates a purging of any unhealthy psychological conflicts. Many times in the past you have been overcome by your emotions but now you can observe them and reason with yourself to avoid pain. Maybe for the first time your feelings are working with you and not against you. Progress is yours.

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LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) Leo on the Ascendant powers your personality and pushes you to ask for and receive your just due. Your charisma quotient is at its highest point and everywhere you go people are drawn closer. Opportunities to manage and rule situations are offered. This time you accept all offers and are rewarded.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)

VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept.22) You are not lazy but with the energies of March you may seem so. Is it just that you can’t make your mind up which way to go? Or is it that you have been emotionally scarred by recent events and are hiding out a bit? Either way, life comes a-knocking and you are revived by monthend and answer its call.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) The general feeling across the social consciousness is that the economy is in the toilet and for many, unfortunately, that seems to be their reality. Venus in the 6th house of your solar chart gives you luck in career and money situations. You are not a part of the negative forecast, you fly above it and the sooner you realize that fact the more confidence and success you attain.

LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 22) You have got to love Saturn - when it can make even the changeable Libra persona settled and determined, one must respect its power. No longer avoiding uncomfortable situations, you now run towards them. All unsettled debts, both personal and financial, will be processed. Libras can be proud of their efforts and happy for the results of their new Saturninspired actions. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) The 4th house indicates interest in real estate and the most significant parent. You may be behaving more like a Cancer native this month with these solar energies. Family and home are paramount as you give so much more than you get. The benefits offered by the Universe are great spiritual rewards.

Creativity and love are yours for the asking in March. Solar energies to the 5th house provide the spark that lights your creative mind and also attracts an interesting friend. Life-changing events could put you on the road to happiness. So enjoy and allow your freedom to soar.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb 18) 7th house solar energy indicates that a friendly attraction can lead to a permanent partner for those unattached Aquarian natives. Love and passion are in the air and even those who are happily hitched will feel renewed and romantic. Enjoy the love!! PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) The month of March indicates a flurry of activity for many-aPisces native. The heavens have Mercury, Uranus, and Neptune, as well as the Sun, in Pisces. The time is perfect for a complete soul renovation. A clear look at your life and the power of your solar return allow for many positive events to occur. Go forth with faith and confidence. © STARGAZINE 2011

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restaurant VIEWS Italian Classics and Casual Elegance

Try Buon Appetito Restaurant & Salumeria in Bayonne for Traditional Italian Dishes

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lot can happen in a year and owner and executive chef Anthony Stoebling of Buon Appetito Restaurant & Salumeria in Bayonne has made significant changes to his restaurant with the help of General Manager Maria Constenla. The dining room is a bit more upscale with white linen table clothes and

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gold drapery overhangs along the wall and the bar has been remodeled into a sleek wooded design. The dining room now offers guests a warm and casual elegance to dine on traditional dishes from Southern Italy. “We did a fine restoration,” Constenla says. “The color on the walls is a warm and inviting dark caramel and we redid the bar.

We wanted to give our guests a nicer ambience with the food and the service we have always provided. Buon Appetito has always been a nice place for Southern Italian Cuisine.” During the week, Buon Appetito has daily specials. OnTuesday, it’s “Buy One Entrée, Get One at HalfPrice” deal. Wednesday is the “All You Can Eat Buffet” for only $12.95. Thursday is “Kids Eat Free” night (one child per paying adult – child should be 10 and under). Friday is the “Seafood Extravaganza” where customers can dine on a 1-1/2 lb. lobster dinner for $18.95 and enjoy Friday Drink Specials too, like half-priced pitchers of Sangria; $1 Domestic and $2 imported beers. On Saturday, Buon Appetito serves a Family Style Menu where each entrée feeds 2-3

people and diners can purchase a $5 bottle of white or red wine to accompany their family menu meal. On Sunday, it’s the “All You Can Eat Buffet” from 1 p.m.-7 p.m. where customers pay only $12.95 each to come back for seconds. “We have dinner specials which change every day,” Constenla says. “We do five appetizer specials and run a good 10-12 different dinner specials. All our seafood is fresh that day and our steaks are the best. We are an Italian restaurant – we use Italian ingredients and traditional Italian recipes.”

The dinner menu’s appetizers include Fried Calamari, Stuffed Mushrooms, Mussels, Clams Oreganata, Stuffed Eggplant, and Stuffed Shrimp ($8.95$9.95). On a recent visit, I tried the Stuffed Mushrooms and they were delicious. The mushrooms were big, fresh and crunchy, stuffed with a light breading, topped with a thin layer of Mozzarella cheese and seasoned to perfection. The portion was hearty, too. The menu’s salads include Caesar Salad, Tricolor Salad, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad, and Soups are Tortellini in Brodo; Chicken Soup and the Soup of the Day ($3.50-$6.95). Pasta and Homemade Ravioli dishes feature Rigatoni Vodka, Gnocchi Bolognese, Homemade Lasagna, Mushroom Ravioli, Lobster Cont’d on page 21


restaurant VIEWS Cont’d from page 20 Buon Appetito

Tortellini Alfredo and Orecchiette with Sausage & Broccoli Rabe ($10.95$16.95). Entrees include Eggplant Rollatini, Chicken Sorrento, Chicken Rustico, Shrimp and Scallops Scampi, Red Snapper Marecchiata, Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass and Filet Mignon ($11.50$27.95). Buon Appetito’s Salumeria is an Italian deli that sells Italian products like imported Italian cold cuts, imported cheeses like Aurrichio Provolone, Reggiano Parmiggiano and Buon Appetito’s homemade Mozzarella. Italian Subs are also sold at the

Salumeria along with daily specials and for the busy home cook, why not take out some of Buon Appetito’s Homemade Italian Sauce sold by the quart. On and off premise catering is available and the restaurant offers banquet and private rooms for catered affairs, home delivery, a gluten-free menu, outdoor dining during the summer and is wheelchair accessible. Located close to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Station; Buon Appetito also has a small parking lot around the corner on 42nd St. And the wait staff is warm, welcoming and efficient. Plates were quickly cleared between courses and server Monica Salinas of Kearny, who was on duty the afternoon I was there told me new customers quickly become regulars. “Picky eaters, like my husband and my daughter, love the food,” Salinas says. “They come back over and over for dishes like the

Stuffed Mushrooms and the homemade meatballs.”

If you go: Buon Appetito Restaurant & Salumeria 906-908 Broadway Bayonne, NJ 201-436-0043 www.buonappetitoitalian.com Restaurant open: Mon, 11 am-3 pm Tues-Sat, 11 am-10 pm Sun, 1-7 pm

MORE DINING OUT IN HUDSON COUNTY Bayonne Big Apple 414 Broadway Bayonne 201-858-1075 Houlihan’s 151 Lefante Way Bayonne South Cove Commons

Hendrickson’s 671 Broadway, Bayonne 201-4374955

Jersey City PJ Ryan’s 292 Barrow Street Jersey City 201-333-8752 Brightside Tavern 141 Bright St Jersey City, NJ 07302 Lampost Bar & Grille 382 Second Street Jersey City 201-2221331 Michael Anthony’s 502 Washington Blvd. Jersey City 201-798-1798

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MORE DINING OUT Laico’s 67 Ternhunne Ave Jersey City, 201-434-4115 Puccini’s Restauarnt 1064 Westside Ave Jersey Ctiy, 201-432-4111 The Merchant 279 Grove Street- Jersey City, 201.200.0202 Salumeria Ercolano 1072 Westside Ave. Jersey City, 201-434-4604 next to Puccini’s Restaurant

Hoboken Arthur’s Restaurant 237 Washington St Hoboken, 201-656-5009 Black Bear Tavern 205 Washington St Hoboken, NJ 07030 (201) 656-5511 www.blackbearbar.com Farside Tavern 531 Washington St Hoboken, NJ 07030 (201) 963-7677 Madison Bar & Grill 1 14th St, Hoboken, New Jersey (201) 876-1900

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Pilsener Haus 1422 Grand St Hoboken, NJ 07030 (201) 683-5465 www.pilsenerhaus.com 1 Republik 221 Washington St Hoboken, NJ 07030 (201) 850-1282 1republik.com/

Weehawken Houliahan’s 1200 Harbor Blvd, Weehawken, New Jersey (NJ) 07086-6762 Google Map (201) 863-4000 www.houlihans.com

Secaucus Bazookas Sports Bar & Restaurant 485 Harmon Meadow Boulevard, Secaucus, NJ 201-223-1234

Feel Good Cafe 38 County Ave Secaucus, NJ 07094 (201) 223-5670 Outback 455 Harmon Meadow Blvd. (201) 601-0077

Union City Park Avenue Bar & Grill 3417 Park Ave, Union City, www.parkavenuebargrill. com

West New York Marinero Grill 759 Farragut Pl West New York, NJ 07093 (201) 854-1004

Next issue look for more of your favorite restauarnats listed here.


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