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Pg. 2 On the Cover

Toys and other Cultural Blasts from the Past are Today’s Hot Collectibles

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Hudson Then . . . Again

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ts spring and that means cleaning out the junk in your attic, basement and garage and tossing it curbside for the cleanup crew or hosting a garage sale where your neighbors get to pick through your stuff and discover your penchant for action figures. You might want to reconsider lowballing the value of your Star Wars action figure collection and Malibu Barbie Dolls because yesterday’s toys have become today’s hot collectibles and could be worth more than the buck you’re asking. Treasure-hunting is at a fevered pitch. Feeling the pinch of a belttightening economy and applying some

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Yankee ingenuity, Americans are looking to our own Americana, sorting through our ephemera and memorabilia for that hidden treasure that could make us rich. We’ve become fascinated with reality TV shows like Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, American Pickers and Antiques Roadshow where everyday people find valuables in their own backyards. One of Antiques Roadshow’s biggest finds was a woman’s 18th century jade collection, two bowls, a teapot and a dragon figure that were purchased for $100 each back in the day and are now worth a million bucks. One Buffalo family may have struck gold with a painting that once hung in the living room but was knocked off the wall by a stray tennis ball. con’t pg. 2


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Cynthia Cynthia the Macon is Macon is the president of the president of the Altar Society Altar Society of Our Lady of of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Mount Carmel and the director of fraternaland the director of fraternalism for the Royal Arcanum ism for the Royal Arcanum Fraternal Benefit Society, an Fraternal Benefit Society, an international international volunteer volunteer organization. organization.

Dr. Ellen Dr. Ellen O’Connor O’Connor recently retired recently retired after dedicatafter dedicating her career ing her career to childhood to childhood literacy. She is literacy. She is the former Assistant Superthe former Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum intendent for Curriculum and Instruction at and Instruction at the the BayBayonne onne Board Board of of Education. Education.

Honoring Notable Bayonne Residents All Saints Catholic Academy will host its’ annual dinner gala on March 31st honoring notable All Saints Catholic Academy will host its’ annual dinner gala on March 31st honoring notable Bayonne residents Matthew Dorans, Cynthia Macon, Dr. Ellen O’Connor, Sr. Joan Sullivan and Bayonne residentsThe Matthew Dorans, Cynthia Macon,ofDr. Ellen O’Connor, Sr. Joan Sullivanschool. and John J. Gillespie. event will benefit the students Bayonne’s only Catholic grammar John J. Gillespie. The event will benefit the students of Bayonne’s only Catholic grammar school. “We are very excited this year to be honoring a fine group of people who truly demonstrate a “We are very excited this year to advancing be honoring a fine group of people truly Schetelick, demonstrateparoa commitment to our community and Catholic education”, sayswho Fr. Paul commitment community and advancing Catholic education”, says Fr. Paul Schetelick, parochial vicar of to Allour Saints. chial vicar of All Saints.

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Gillespie was a Gillespie wasfora special agent special agent for the Drug Enforcethe Drug Enforcement Administrament Administration of the U.S. tion of the U.S. Department of Department of Justice for 31 years until 2003. Justice for 31 years until 2003. He then went on to work for He then went on to work for Pamrapo Savings and Loan in Pamrapo Savings and Loan in Bayonne Bayonne until until 2010. 2010. John J. John J.

Sr. Joan is Sullivan Sullivan an adjunctis an adjunct ESL instrucESLatinstructor Passaic tor at Passaic County County CommuCommunity College. nity College. She previously served as the She previously served as the Superintendent of Schools for Superintendent the ArchdioceseofofSchools Newark.for the Archdiocese of Newark.

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All Saints Catholic Academy All Saints Catholic Academy is a private Roman Catholic is a private Roman Catholic Academy in Bayonne, New Academy in Bayonne, New Jersey serving over 450 Jersey serving over 450 students in pre-K through 8th students in pre-K through 8th grade. please call grade. please call 201-443-8384 or visit 201-443-8384 or visit The dinner gala will take The dinner gala will takein place at Mayfair Farms place Orange, at Mayfair in West NJ.Farms Cocktail West begins Orange,atNJ. hour 7pmCocktail followed hour begins 7pmGuests followed by dinner at at 8pm. can by dinner at 8pm. Guests expect an evening of fine can expect an evening of fine dining, dancing, networking dining, dancing, networkingat and fun. Tickets are priced and fun. priced atin $125, andTickets can beare purchased $125, andbycan be purchased advance calling Kathleenin advance by at calling Kathleen Hennessey 201-443-8384, Hennessey14. at 201-443-8384, extension extension 14.

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Shen Yun Encores at Lincoln Center Six more Chances to see Traditional Chinese Dance Company By Sally Deering Returning to Lincoln Center in April after sold out shows in January, Shen Yun, the classical Chinese dance company presents six more performances featuring rarely-seen traditional Chinese dance and music at the David H. Koch Theater. Combining classically-trained Chinese dancers and a unique East-West orchestra, Shen Yun sets out to transport the audience across time and bring to life China’s 5,000-year history. Theatre-goers who missed January’s sell-out shows will have a second chance to see Shen Yun’s awe-inspiring production beginning Wed, April 18th and running through Sun, April 22nd. One of the young dancers performing in Shen Yun is a local Hudson girl, Stephanie Guo 16, of Secaucus who attends the Sei Tian Academy of the Arts where she studies traditional Chinese dance, music, art and, of course, academics. For three years Stephanie has performed in Shen Yun and the show has taken her to Europe, parts of Asia, Australia, Argentina, South America and Canada. She spoke with Riverview Observer on a break between shows at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. “The Kennedy Center in DC is a beautiful place,” Stephanie says “I love the stage. It’s perfect in every way.” Perfect, Stephanie says, for the large dance company to perform dances from thousands of years ago. Stephanie says the company performs traditional Chinese dance in its purest form. She says there are traditional Chinese dances in China, but their dance has been influenced by modern dancing. It isn’t the form it was thousands of years ago. “In Chinese dancing, you don’t stop,” Stephanie says. “It’s a continuous flow of movement. Traditional Chinese dance is about softness and roundness. It focuses on breath. While you’re dancing the breath has to match the movements.

Stephanie Guo performing in Shen Yun( Second row; second from left )

Stephanie Guo and her mom Lei Xi We have to work hard together when we’re on stage. If someone wants to show off they look different which is really bad.” During her years with Shen Yun, Stephanie has made friends with other members of the company. Shen Yun is a big production and everyone has responsibilities when packing up the show and moving it to a new venue. “We pack our own things, props, costumes,” Stephanie says. “The backdrop is a big piece of white cloth, so it’s very long and takes a lot of people to fold without wrinkles. That’s also part of our job.” Stephanie is thrilled to be heading back to Lincoln Center. She says: “It’s a wonderful experience to perform there.” If you go: Shen Yun David H. Koch Theater 20 Lincoln Center Plaza New York Wed, Apr 18, 7:30 pm Thurs, Apr 19, 7:30 pm Fri, Apr 20, 7:30 pm Sat, Apr 21, 2 pm; 7:30 pm Sun, Apr 22, 2 pm For tickets: 1-800-818-2393 www.shenyun2012.org

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Hoboken High School’s Presents Their Spring Musical “Footloose”

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In April, Hoboken High Schools Theater Department under the direction of Danielle Miller with Musical Director: Kristen Dziuba, Choreographers: Ariel Cruz / Alex Yoon-Hendricks / Danielle Miller will present the popular musical Footloose. Featuring Music by Tom Snow, Lyrics by Dean Pitchford Stage Adaptation: Dean Pitchford/ Walter Bobbie Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford Additional Music: Eric Carmen/ Sammy Hagar/ Kenny Loggins/ Jim Steinman Show dates: Friday April 13th -7pm Saturday April 14th at 2pm and 7 pm Sunday April 15th at 2pm

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THE READERS’ CIRCLE Spring 2012 April 19th Intruders in the Dust William Faulkner May 17th The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers

June 21 Brighton Rock Graham Greene The Readers’ Circle book group meets at the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm in All Saints, 701 Washington St. Hoboken The Readers’ Circle is a community event All Book Lovers Are Welcome Free Coffee and Cake for more information readerscircle123@aol.com

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Hudson Then...Again By Maureen Wlodarczyk

Returning from a trip to Italy a few years ago, I was surprised to discover that I had taken over 500 photographs while traveling. In these days of digital cameras, when concerns about the cost of film and developing are things of the past and memory cards hold hundreds of photos, we can snap away to our heart’s content. This is a far cry from the early days of cameras in the 19th century when pioneer studio photographers ducked under a heavy black cloth in preparation for capturing the image of a carefully-posed subject. Perhaps the most famous and celebrated American photographer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries was Alfred Stieglitz, born in Hoboken in

Albert Stieglitz 1864 to German immigrant parents. The 1870 US census recorded the prosperous Stieglitz family, listed as having real estate valued at $6,000 and personal property valued at $2,000, residing in Hoboken’s First Ward. In 1881 the family moved back to Europe where Alfred would abandon engineering school to pursue a newlyfound fascination with photography, a decision that would lead to a remarkable

The Photographers Of Early 20th Century

40-year career and photographic legacy second to none. Stieglitz is remembered not only as a master photographer with a body of work that captured images made dimensional by his own artistic expression, but also for his significant role as a promoter of the emerging modern art and artists of the early 20th century. Although his time as a resident of Hoboken ended early in his life, he was quoted in 1921 saying: “I was born in Hoboken. I am an American. Photography is my passion. The search for truth is my obsession.” While Stieglitz is the most famous early photographer from Hudson County, he was not the only notable one of the 19th century. Twenty years before Stieglitz was born, Theodore Gubelman was born on the

German-Swiss border. A decade later, Gubelman

and his parents emigrated to America and, when the 1860 US census was taken, the family was living in Jersey City’s Fourth Ward. Cont’d on page 8

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Hudson Then...Again Cont’d from page 7 Theodore, about 18, was employed as a lithographer and his father Joseph as a coppersmith. Not long after that census was taken, Theodore enlisted in the Union Army for a three-month tour and afterward briefly took a job in Tennessee taking photos of soldiers and other subjects. In 1864, the instability of conditions in the South sent him home to Jersey City where he opened his own photography studio and married. In the 1870s, a successful local photographer, Gubelman began exhibiting his work at photography fairs and his photos occasionally appeared in publications such as Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. In 1874, local newspapers reported that he had been awarded a medal by the American Institute of Photography for an exhibit

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Gubelman’s Photo of the Brooklyn Bridge 1883 of his “fine imperial photographs” and, in August 1878, The New York Times reported that Gubelman had won a bronze medal at the Paris Exposition. Ironically, according to another newspaper report in January 1880, Gubelman had only then received that medal, some 17 months after winning it. Gubelman’s 1890s studio, (see photo above ) located at 77-79 Monmouth Street, and described as “one of the finest in the world” by the local press,

reportedly included a winding staircase, “artistically appointed reception room,” cherry woodwork, carpet into which “feet sank without a sound,” and an “operating room with great glass skylights” with adjoining private toilette rooms for the ladies. Gubelman was not the only local studio photographer however. Others of the

period from the 1860s on included the Insley Gallery, also on Monmouth Street, A.C. Lewis and A.B. Costello on Newark Avenue, Victor Piard on Grand Street and E.B. Monckton in the Heights. Examples of their pocket-size studio portraits survive, giving us a different manner of “snapshot” of Hudson County locals of more than a century ago, dressed in their best but usually unsmiling. Perhaps the photographers, absorbed with their new-fangled and complex equipment neglected to say “cheese” before capturing their subjects for posterity. In 1901, Gubelman unexpectedly found himself a player in a sensational criminal court case arising from a complaint against the Bon Ton Theatre for the display of “immorally suggestive” posters advertising a burlesque revue entitled “Satan’s Inn.” He was one

of about 15 citizens, including clergy, a female school principal, library president, merchants, lawyers and an Assemblyman, requested to come to the court to view the offensive posters and give an opinion as to their artistic “character.” Also on the committee was the poster artist himself, one Henry Harrison, a professional artist whose work brings respectable prices even today. Brouhaha notwithstanding, some weeks later, the Grand Jury declined to indict and the Bon Ton was exonerated, no doubt grateful for the free publicity generated by the episode. 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: PastForward: A Three-Decade and Three-Thousand-Mile Journey Home, Young & Wicked: The Death of a Wayward Girl and Canary in a Cage: The SmithBennett Murder Case. For info: www.past-forward.com.


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Simply Elegant

Located in Bayonne at Avenue C, Simply Elegant opened its doors in September 2011. Owner Tom Romano who has 45 years experience in the garment industry attributes its success to offering the latest fashions at truly affordable pricing. Simply Elegant combines outstanding value with unmatched service and offers their customers a large selection of today’s fashions, priced to fit into everyone’s budget. “Our selections in sportswear and related separates and special occasion come in sizes 2 to 18 making it easy for today’s woman to keep in fashion without the hassle and high prices of the mall,” said Tom Romano. The sales staff at Simply Elegant pride in being courteous friendly and knowledgeable when it comes to assisting every customer. For more information and store hours contact us: 201-471-7645 1090 Avenue C, Bayonne New Jersey

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HUDSON THEATER ENSEMBLE PRESENTS “STEPPING OUT”

Photo by: John Crittenden, Show Me Your Faces Seated: Dinah Gravel (from NYC); Lady in Red: Christina Marie (from NYC); Top Row: Iloire Blanos (from Jersey City), Florence Pape (Hoboken), Gregory Nye (Jersey City), Jennifer Meyers (Hoboken). Bottom Row: Emma Peele (NYC), Laura DiCerto (Hoboken), Jill Sullivan (Jersey City), Krystina Bailey (Edgewater).

March 2012. Hoboken’s own award-winning Hudson Theatre Ensemble presents Stepping Out, the hilarious and loveable hit comedy by Richard Harris. The play follows the lives, laughs, and loves of a motley crew of eight ordinary people of all shapes and sizes (including one hapless man), their former chorus dancer teacher, and her grumpy pianist in a beginning tap dance class, culminating in their first public performance.

April 13th, 14th & 15th Location & Directions: Hudson School Performance Space 601 Park Avenue (6th & Park) Hoboken, NJ 07030 http://www.hudsontheatreensemble.com/directions.html Hudson Theater’s ground-floor theater is completely barrier-free & accessible to persons with disabilities. Tickets & Reservations: $18 General Admission; $15 Seniors/Students Info/Reservations: 201-377-7014 or reservations@hudsontheatreensemble.com Dates & Times: Fridays @ 8PM: April 13 & April 20, 2012 Saturdays @ 8PM: April 14 & April 21, 2012 Sunday Matinees @ 3PM: April 15, 2012 & April 22, 2012 CAST: Krystina Bailey, Iloire Blanos, Laura DiCerto, Dinah Gravel, Cristina Marie*, Jennifer Meyers, Florence Pape, Emma Peele, Gregory Nye, Jill Sullivan For more information on Who’s Who in the show htpp://www.hudsontheaterensemble.com

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Bayonne Relay for Life Committee holds Second Annual Pasta/ Comedy Night. On March 23rd, the 2012 Relay for Life committee held its 2nd annual Pasta/ Comedy Night. The evening was a huge success thanks to the wonderful and caring community. Donations poured in from the following Bayonne businesses: Chris’ Corner, The Venice, Maria’s, The Big Apple, Buon Appetito, Paesano’s, Pizza Masters, Nuovo Venezia, Pompei, Mama Rosa, Goodfells’s, Fontana’s, Tony May, Rana, Paulanto’s, Judicke’s, and Little Food Cafe. The Masons and Youth Masons from Penninsula Lodge 99 Bayonne , donated the venue and provided The Relay for Life Committee with invaluable help throughout the evening.

Ferris H.R. Reunion for 2012

Contacting all graduates from classes 64-68 Date: October 6, 2012 Puccini’s Rest. 1064 Westside Avenue Jersey City N.J. Time: 7 - 11 pm -Price will be $75.00 This will be a Buffet Meal 4hrs of wine, soda & Beer Cash Bar DJ music & dancing Please visit our web page at www.ferrisreunion2012.com or send inquiries to Widalys Campos PO box 145, Howell N.J. 07731

The Simpson Baber Foundation seeks Hand to Hand participants during Autism Awareness Month. Pictured left to right...committee and comedians Photo not included. Gail Godesky, Honorary Chair Back Row: Dennis Blackmire, Danny Palmer, Diane Lesiak, Phil Sweet, Kevin Williams, Adam Lucidi, George Baran Front Row: Cindy Bizukewicz, Mary Lindquist, Raeann Hemple, Nicole Denis

The Comedians who performed: Adam Lucidi, Kevin Williams, Phil Sweet, and Danny Palmer donated time out of their busy schedules for the event, and Diane Lesiak Relay for Life co-chair said “the audience found them outstanding.” The planning committee, would like to say thank you to all the supporters as well as those who attended and want the public to know that as a result of your support The Bayonne Relay for Life is working toward a “World with more Birthdays”.

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April is National Autism Awareness Month. In preparation of this annual event, The Simpson Baber Foundation for the Autistic is reaching out to the business community and asking for participation in its most aggressive fundraising campaign of the year, the Hand to Hand campaign. Along with dedicated Hand to Hand sponsors, BCB Bank and the Bayonne Board of Education, participating businesses will be supplied with “Caring Hands Cards” to display your customers’ name when they make a donation to the Simpson Baber Foundation. Join the growing list of participating businesses committed to making a difference in the lives of those affected by autism. This event links the community for a common goal – to help continue the mission of educating the public on the spectrum of Autism and provide educational, social and recreational opportunities to children with Autism. Autism covers a spectrum of disorders that affects 1 in every 94 children in New Jersey.. To accomplish these goals and to meet the ever-changing needs of the current population, The Simpson Baber Foundation has supported a wide range of activities, programs and educational opportunities. The Foundation has funded the construction of three Life Skills Centers in the Bayonne Public Schools, with the latest being dedicated this week at The Washington Community School. Each center, an approximately 375 square foot room, includes a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer/dryer, dining table, and work desk area. They are designed to facilitate instruction by providing hands on experiences for the students. Foundation support has also including funding for a self-contained playground designed to provide safe, independent outdoor activity for students with autism, funding for field trips, social events, a speaker’s bureau, self-help group, recreational sports teams, educational technology and research. The Busy Bee Center for Children with Autism is a joint project of the Bayonne Board of Education, the Bayonne Medical Center and the Simpson Baber Foundation, The Busy Bee Program is an early intervention program specifically targeted to meet the needs of the growing autism population. Housed at Bayonne Medical Center, it was the first of its kind early intervention program whereby the educational community, the medical community and the community at large joined together to provide necessary, but previously unavailable services to some of the most vulnerable members of our community—developmentally disabled young children. Over 10 years of operation, the Simpson Baber Foundation has spent over 1.5 million dollars on Busy Bee and has been able to maintain the program without cost to the parents. The Busy Bee Program recently welcomed its 100th participant into the program. To participate in Hand to Hand or to make a donation during Autism Awareness Month, please contact the Simpson-Baber Foundation at 201-858-9933 or visit the website at www.simpson-baber.org.


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Budget-savvy home: Spruce up for spring (ARA Even with a bare-bones decorating budget, you can still give your

Bean. Removing clutter is just one of Bean’s low-cost, high-impact tips for giving

home a fresh look for spring. It just takes a bit of creativity and an open mind, according to Ginny Bean, publisher and founder of Ginny’s catalog and Ginnys.com.”One of the easiest and least expensive ways to spruce up your home is to subtract what’s in it,” says

your home a seasonal lift. Clear the clutter. Put books on shelves, and magazines in a rack or basket. Tuck the throws in the linen closet, and pack away knick-knacks for a few months. Rearrange the furniture. Try floating furniture in the room rather than hugging

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the walls. Spring for some color. A few touches of bright, saturated color can refresh any room, and distract the eye from items that might be a bit dated. Accessorize. You can change your towels, shower curtain and bath accessories for under $100. Go sheer. Replace heavy draperies with bright, lightweight curtains or sheers. You won’t believe the difference it can make. For more seasonal decorating ideas and products, visit Ginnys.com or call (800) 487-9024 to order a catalog.

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All-Saints Catholic Academy to Host Annual Gala Honoring Notable Bayonne Residents All Saints Catholic Academy will host its’ annual dinner gala on March 31st honoring notable Bayonne residents Matthew Dorans, Cynthia Macon, Dr. Ellen O’Connor, Sr. Joan Sullivan and John J. Gillespie. The event will benefit the students of Bayonne’s only Catholic grammar school. “We are very excited this year to be honoring a fine group of people who truly demonstrate a commitment to our community and advancing Catholic education”, says Fr. Paul Schetelick, parochial vicar of All Saints.

Matthew Dorans is the past president and current 2nd vicepresident of the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce, as well as the current vice-president of In-Line Air-Conditioning.

Cynthia Macon is the president of the Altar Society of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the director of fraternalism for the Royal Arcanum Fraternal Benefit Society, an international volunteer organization.

Dr. Ellen O’Connor recently retired after dedicating her career to childhood literacy. She is the former Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at the Bayonne Board of Education.

Sr. Joan Sullivan is an adjunct ESL instructor at Passaic County Community College. She previously served as the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Newark. John J. Gillespie was a

special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration of the U.S. Department of Justice for 31 years until 2003. He then went on to work for Pamrapo Savings and Loan in Bayonne until 2010.

The dinner gala will take place at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, NJ. Cocktail hour begins at 7pm followed by dinner at 8pm. Guests can expect an evening of fine dining, dancing, networking and fun. Tickets are priced at $125, and can be purchased in advance by calling Kathleen Hennessey at 201-443-8384, extension 14. All Saints Catholic Academy is a private Roman Catholic Academy in Bayonne, New Jersey serving over 450 students in pre-K through 8th grade. please call 201-443-8384 or visit http://www.ascabayonne.org.

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restaurant VIEWS Rita and Joe’s Authentic Italian Cuisine Popular Jersey City Restaurant serves Rita’s Special Recipes with a Whole Lotta Love

By Sally Deering

In the Marion Section of Jersey City on Broadway near the Pulaski Skyway entrance is where you’ll find Rita & Joe’s, an Italian eatery that as soon as you walk in the door it feels like home. Rita & Joe Pane bought the place in 1985 when it was called the Broadway Tavern, a neighborhood hangout where the bar took up most of the room. Rita would make Chicken and Shrimp Parmigiana sandwiches and dinners for the customers and take out dishes they could enjoy at

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home. Soon, the bar got smaller and the dining room got bigger as more and more customers came in for the food and became regulars. In 2007, Rita & Joe’s son Michael died suddenly from a heart aneurism and Joe passed away from a stroke a short time later, leaving Rita and her daughter-in-law Isabel (“Izzy”) to take over the business. “Being here is what saved me and the kids,” Izzy says. “Being here kept me going.” Running the business together has bonded the two women, although Izzy says: “We were always close.” At 81, Rita comes to work every day to make her special desserts and Izzy oversees staff and ensures guests are welcomed. There’s a whole lotta love

in this restaurant and on a recent visit, as Rita sat talking with a guest in a booth by the door, customers on their way out came over to take her hand and kiss her cheek as if they were saying goodbye to a beloved grandmother. The dishes at Rita & Joe’s are as authentically Italian as you’ll ever get in New Jersey.

Known for their big portions, Rita & Joe’s doesn’t skimp on anything. The basket of warm crusty Italian bread served at your table as soon as you arrive is bottomless and that’s just to get you warmed up and in the mood for a big dinner. The menu overflows with choices and here’s just a sampling of Appetizers, Soups, Salads, Pizza, Pasta,

and Entrees you might enjoy: For Cold Appetizers you might like the Antipasto (Sm. $8.95; Lg. $15.95), Seafood Salad ($11.95), Clams on the Half Shell (1/2 Doz. $7.95), Shrimp Cocktail ($10.95) or Homemade Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Roasted Peppers ($10.95); Hot Appetizers include Calamari (fried or marinara $8.95), Spedini alla Romano ($8.95), Thinly-Sliced Hot Italian Sausage, Peppers and Onions with Roasted Garlic and Mozzarella Cheese ($9.95) and Baked Clams ($8.95). Soups include Pasta e Fagioli (cup $3.95; bowl $4.95) and Chicken Stracatelle (cup $2.95; bowl $3.95); and the Salad menu features Orange and Cheese Cont’d on page 21


restaurant VIEWS dining at Rita & Joe’s when they’re visiting back east. “People in Jersey City don’t say ‘I’m going to Rita & Joe’s for dinner.’” he says. “They say ‘I’m going home.’” If you go:

Cont’d from page 20 Rita & Joe’s Salad with Grilled Shrimp ($10.95), Sliced Grilled Steak Spinach Salad ($10.95) and Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad ($10.95). Pizza lovers can order a Personal Size Pizza (10 inch pie $7.95 and $1.50 for each additional topping). Entrees are served with a choice of soup or salad and pasta or vegetable and feature a vast choice of Veal, Chicken and Pasta Dishes including : Veal Milanese, tender scallopine of veal egg dipped and breaded with seasoned breadcrumbs. ($17.95); and Veal Picata, thin slices of veal lightly sautéed in a white wine and lemon sauce with capers ($17.95). Chicken Dishes include Chicken Francese, egg dipped and sautéed boneless breast of chicken in a white wine, lemon and Parmesan cheese sauce. ($15.95); and Chicken Parmigiana, breaded chicken cutlet baked with

Rita & Joe’s 142 Broadway Jersey City (201) 451-3606 Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11:30 am-9:45 pm; Fri: 11:30 am-10:45 pm; Sat: 1-10:45 pm; and Sun 1-9 pm. marinara sauce and topped with homemade mozzarella cheese ($15.95). The Pastas are homemade using only the finest ingredients. For example, you might want to try the Cheese Ravioli Marinara, traditional pasta pillows stuffed with Ricotta Cheese ($11.95); or Linguini Puttanesca, linguini in a zesty sauce of roasted garlic, plum tomatoes, capers and a hint of anchovy ($11.95). Rita’s Signature Pasta Dishes are Ravioli Fatto in Casa, homemade Ravioli topped with sautéed Shrimp, Portobello mushrooms and Sundried Tomatoes in a

Pink Vodka Sauce ($16.95) and Manicotti Fatto in Casa, homemade Manicotti shells stuffed with ricotta and mozzarella cheese, shrimp and sautéed Broccoli Rabe in a Pink Vodka Sauce ($15.95). There are daily specials and the restaurant is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. There’s also a newly-renovated catering hall in the back that holds 25-100 people and is perfect for corporate functions, bridal and baby showers and all types of celebrations. One regular whose grown children live in California says they prefer

Photo of Rita & Joe’s sign and photo of dining room By DJ Andore

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Bestiary 9 by Hunter Clarke

ATMOSPHERE Lana Santorelli Gallery Now to Sunday, May 6th The walls breathe and photosynthesize, roar and rustle with the works of ten artists in this nature-themed group show. Immerse yourself in the wildness of the wilderness while in the safe confines of the white box. Exhibiting Artists: Pauline Chernichaw, Hunter Clarke, Mikhail Dontsov, Jimmy Fike, Stephanie Guillen, RenĂŠe W. Levin, Ricardo Roig, Lana Santorelli, Sterne Slaven, and Lubomir Tomaszewski 628 Washington Street Hoboken 201.798.9000 Gallery Hours: Tues. - Sun. 11 am -7pm www.lanasantorelligallery.com

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STARGAZINE Aries ( Mar. 21- April 10) Uranus the planet of change conjunct your Sun in the 10th house of career, status, and honor, indicate ongoing and exciting events that will be beneficial. Hold on as the ride may be bumpy but the result, when all is done, will be to set you on a new path that will bring financial stability and recognition.

Taurus (April 20 May 20) Jupiter and Venus in the 11th house governing hopes and wishes may find that a friendship blossoms and takes a romantic turn. Other indications in the solar chart imply this new found liaison won’t last long. The astral advice suggests caution and avoiding risk. A steady relationship is more valuable than that of a short term fling. Wisdom offers its own rewards.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) Activity to the 12th house indicates a bit of gloom in your sub-conscious. Recent events haven’t found you walking on the sunny side of your emotional street. You have internalized a situation and come to a wrong conclusion due to lack of information. No reason to take everything so seriously as the astral aspects of May find you happy and relieved.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Your sign rising finds you the center of positive attention. People are noticing your style and every aspect of your walk and dress. You are a trend setter and seem to be in the spotlight and on stage. This may be a little unsettling for the normal Cancer native but enjoy and allow your ego to soar. You may always retreat to the sidelines but now is your time to shine.

Month of April 2012 By J. Banta Lewis

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Sagittarius(Nov.22-Dec.21)

The Moon may add to the emotional energy of the month. Your character may be tested. Have all your words of advice about forgiveness just been meant to please an audience or do you really have those core beliefs? Someone from the past who has hurt you is asking for forgiveness and a connection in a time of need. You discover your true nature and it is good.

You can attract a soul mate at this time. Your stars indicate the opportunity for love and romance. Those Sagittarius natives already bonded will renew their vows and enjoy a resurgence of happiness. Many times we take others for granted. Now with the astral energy of April you enjoy and savor every moment of every relationship.

Virgo (Aug. 23- Sept. 22)

Capricorn (Dec.22 -Jan.19)

Mars in the 3rd house of communication indicates a need for caution in all you say and do. Words have power and should be dealt out in moderation. Many Virgos have had issues in the past when speaking too forcefully. Now, especially it is wise to hold your tongue. Better to be prudent now and have no cause for regret.

Libra (Sept. 22 -Oct. 22)

The astral advice suggests that all Capricorns watch their careers and their health as Pluto transits the 6th house. If you experience any pain or discomfort get it checked. If at work you sense a problem, deal with it. It is not a time to be in denial. Fast and caring attention to any problems this month ensures positive results and safety.

There has been a tendency to put the hopes and desires of others before your own. Enter Saturn. Now you are able to make time for those things that excite you. Ask yourself what you might enjoy. It may be anything from starting a class at a museum, to sky diving, or just sitting on the beach and reading a book. You now have permission to be happy.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.18)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Pisces (Feb.19-Mar.20)

A balance of love and beauty is coming into your life. The 5th house of creativity and children offers an abundance of activity and good times in the month of April. Enjoy the beginning of the return to happiness after a long period of uncertainty. Renovation of your surroundings and the ability to get your physical body in a desirable shape are in the stars for you now.

Forget the gloom and doom of economic reports as aspects to the 8th house governing among other things, mortgage and taxes, indicates an easy “Yes” on a loan application. You may also expect a higher tax return. Go for the gold and for your dreams in the month of April.

Give the Universe the benefit of the doubt. Believe that there is a beautiful life plan for you and that you deserve happiness and love. Go forward with this belief and with your stars you can attract a life even better than you might imagine. It is time to use your powers of manifestation to create a paradise in your own little corner of the world.

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Our cover story this issue by Sally Deering takes a look at Collectibles: by interviewing Patrick Van Der Vorst who was a Director and Depar...