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Volume 16, No. 10

October 31st - November 16th 2012 FREE PUBLICATION


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Hudson Then & Again. . .

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t’s been a week since Superstorm Sandy blew parts of New Jersey off the map and humbled us all to the power of Mother Nature. More than 8 million homes and businesses were without power in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and West Virginia and now we are all picking up the pieces and trying to get back to normal. Here, on the Hudson River waterfront where Jersey City, Hoboken and Bayonne braved a real smack-down from the superstorm, power has since been restored, somewhat. According to The Associated Press, as of Sunday, Nov. 4, power outages throughout New Jersey were at 1.1 million, down from 2.7 million. PSE&G, which supplies electric and gas to most of New Jersey


announced on Monday that 78 percent of its 1.7 million customers have power. Gary Cahill, a clerk at the Weehawken Public Library who lives in Weehawken waited until Saturday for PSEG to restore his power. But Cahill kept an upbeat attitude saying no one could predict how bad things were going to be regardless of the preparation that was done. “A lot of people tend to freak out about this stuff,” Cahill said. “But it’s a once-in-50-years event.” The library weathered through the storm and on Wednesday morning, it was in full swing – electricity, WiFi and Internet all working. So, if you’re still without electricity and access to the Internet, try your local library – most offer free computer access. con’t pg. 2

on the cover . Down ‘The Shore’

New Jersey took some hard knocks during the storm, but when sections of the Jersey Shore were torn up and floating in the Atlantic, that really hit hard. Seaside Heights is gone and that image of the rollercoaster ‘waist-deep’ in the ocean is downright eerie. Atlantic City lost parts of its beach and boardwalk and little Asbury Park which has been going through a rebirth took it on the chin. To us Jersey folks, ‘The Shore’ is a living scrapbook of our childhood memories, teenage romances; days away from the urban landscape with friends and time with our kids and their kids who will follow us in our sandy footsteps. Seeing these popular shore places torn to bits has given all us Jerseyans


By Sally Deering

a heavy heart. I’m going to guess that’s one of the reasons Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi put on a concert this past Friday. Hosted by Matt Lauer, Springsteen and Bon Jovi performed live at 30 Rock in New York for a telethon to raise money for the American Red Cross. (To donate, go to www.redcross/org.)

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Sometimes all it takes is a little kindness from strangers to calm our feelings of sadness and anxiety as we pick up the pieces and carry on. For those who have some free time to volunteer and help other Jerseyans get back on their feet, there’s a hotline you can call 1-800-JERSEY-7

(1-800-537-7397.) In Jersey City, concerned residents have posted a new page on Facebook, “Jersey City Sandy Relief Volunteers” ( CitySandyReliefVolunteers) which is an up-to-the-minute bulletin board announcing where neighborhood donations are most needed. According to one recent posting, “Many Jersey City residents who cannot go back into their homes - and have no family or friends with whom they can stay have taken shelter at Jersey City’s National Guard Armory. As of Saturday, November 3rd, roughly 160 residents have sought refuge at the Armory.” If you’d like to help, donations are being accepted from 10 am to 8 pm at the National Armory, 678 Montgomery Street, Jersey City. con’t pg. 3


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con’t from pg. 2 Show Some Love to Our Furry Friends The Liberty Humane Society (LHS) in Jersey City has announced that all of the animals they are caring for have made it safely through the storm, thanks to their dedicated staff, on-site volunteers and storm foster families. But since the storm, the LHS shelter has no power, and that means they can’t make adoptions because they are unable to open to the public and process the necessary paperwork. If you can open your home to an animal (cat or dog) to decrease the stress on space, the LHS staff and the animals would be sincerely grateful. And if you can spare it, make a donation, now’s a good

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Getting Help & Advice for Recovery Superstorm Sandy recovery will take time and while we rebuild many of us may need some assistance. The New Jersey state website – – has lots of good information updated daily. If you need assistance from Fema, go to To learn how to safely clean up damage, the Center for Disease Control set up this website: http://emergency. facts.asp. To get information on precautionary wastewater measures, when to boil water, and more, go to The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Hurricane Sandy page:

To see more photos of Superstorm Sandy special/hurricane-sandy/. Motorists are encouraged to visit the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s website: for upto-the-minute roadway information. The site offers a map indicating flooded or obstructed roads and

detours. And here’s a 24hour hotline to call to report an environmental incident you may come across that could have negative impact on our safety: 1-877-WARN-DEP (1-877927-6337). People helping people – that’s how we roll in New Jersey.

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Jersey City’s 3rd Annual Modern Dance Festival of Emerging Choreographers Nov. 8th-11th Jersey City, NJ: Art House Productions and Insurgo Stage Project present Your Move, a modern dance festival held this November in downtown Jersey City. Your Move is Jersey City’s 3rd annual, curated dance showcase designed to present emerging choreographers and celebrate the city’s growing dance scene. Your Move will highlight the work of four Jersey City residents and will present a wide range of movement performance including modern, post-modern dance, dance-theater and improvisational performance. Featured choreographers include: Dante Brown, Sarah Council, Sarah J Ewing, Christie Freeman, Molly Galbraith, Daniela Hoff, Daniel Holt, The Raving Jaynes, Chelsea Robin Lee, Nikki Manx, Avianna Perez,

Colleen Pictor, Jorelle Pome, M. Hille Refakis, Scott Schneider, Katherine Kiefer Stark, Katie Stehura, Meagan Woods and Hollie E. Wright. This showcase is curated by: Avianna Perez, Morgan Hille Refakis, and Meagan Woods. Performances will be held on a rotating roster on the following dates:

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Thursday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m.. On Friday, Nov. 9th there will be a free Q&A with selected choreographers after the performance. Art House Productions theater is located at 1 McWilliams Place, 6th Floor, Jersey City, NJ 07302. The theater is located on the southeast corner of Hamilton Park in downtown Jersey City and it is wheelchair accessible. For general seating, tickets are $12 in advance ($15 at the door), for VIP seating tickets are $30 in advance ($35 at the door) and include priority seating and unlimited concessions. All tickets can be purchased online at yourmove2012. Advance purchase is recommended. For more information, including a programming schedule, please visit www. or call (201) 915-9911.

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Fall for Art


New Art Galleries Sprout Up in Hoboken and Jersey City By Sally Deering It’s fall and as the trees shed their vibrant, colored leaves several new art galleries are bringing vibrant art to Hoboken and Jersey City’s colorful neighborhoods. Panepinto Galleries in Jersey City, Barsky Gallery and Issyra, the Hoboken African Art Gallery in Hoboken are new art galleries exhibiting the works of local, regional and international artists. New galleries may seem somewhat surprising since real estate in Hoboken and Jersey City comes at a high price. But as Al Barsky of

Barsky Gallery says, highend real estate was part of the inspiration to open an art gallery in Hoboken. If residents can afford the high rents and pricey mortgages, they’re more likely to purchase art for their condos, homes and apartments. “High real estate prices only confirm my belief that there is a large art collector base in this area with an abundance of white walls to fill with great art, and with no end in sight!” Barsky says. “The gallery is privately funded and we pride ourselves in securing works from local and international artists, both established and

Al Barsky of Barsky Gallery Barsky opened an art gallery because he saw a renewed interest for the arts in Hoboken. “And I would like to be part of the renaissance,” he says. A Hoboken resident for the past 15 years Barsky is

an established designer in marketing and advertising and he opened Barsky Gallery to satisfy his passion for visual arts, he says. He has seen Hoboken bloom into what he considers a cosmopolitan enclave bustling with a renewed interest in the arts and the Barsky Gallery has featured an eclectic mix of classic, avant-garde and decorative works by artists from as near as Hoboken and as far as South Africa. “We are constantly adding to our collections and rotate the exhibits often,” Barsky says. “Attendance has been on the rise and we are proud to have become a go-to art gallery in Hoboken, whether our visitors are seasoned collectors starting their art collection or just looking to pick up a few

pieces when redecorating their home.” Art Shows, Film Screenings and an Artists’ Salon Panepinto Galleries in the Powerhouse Arts District in Jersey City was founded by Stephanie Panepinto as a collective space to host gallery exhibitions, film screenings and theatrical performances, and to build a vibrant community of artists. In addition to a rotating program of cutting-edge art exhibitions and screenings, Panepinto Galleries offers adult art classes and a series of artist “salons” for art professionals.

Stephanie Panepinto Panepinto Galleries’ current exhibition through Dec. 1st is Vertical Repose with work by artists John Baldessari, Andrea Belag, Kate Carey, John D’Agostino, Rachel Friedberg, Stephen Gross, Charlie Hewitt, Alison Hildreth, Elizabeth T. Jones, Chris Pelletiere, Kara L. Rooney, Anthony Roselli and Richard Serra. Stephanie Panepinto is 5th generation Jersey City where she was born, raised and spent most of her adolescence. Prior to pursuing her artistic endeavors she specialized in the design Cont’d on page 6 Page 5 -Oct 31st - November 16th River View Observer

Fall for Art Cont’d from page 5 and development of luxury residential real estate projects, focusing on marketing and public relations, working with a team to design communal spaces and furthering development of new business and acquisitions within Panepinto Properties. “I’ve always had an appreciation for art and being raised with a strong commitment to Jersey City, I have been devoted to furthering cultural development by supporting the art community,” Panepinto says. I was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Jersey City Museum, Hudson County Community College, and the Walker Foundation.” Inspiration to open her gallery in Jersey City came to Panepinto after she embarked on a journey that took her to Africa, India, Thailand, Australia, the Middle East and Europe in 2010. “While in India I was captivated by a young woman dressed in a beautifully colored sari attending the bathrooms at a rest stop,” Panepinto says. “Taking a photo, I felt compelled to one day paint this woman. From this experience and many more to come on my trip, I was drawn in deeper to my creative side. This journey of mind, body and soul has inspired and further developed my passion for art. Returning home, these influences had a deep impact on my artistic perspective and my idea of showcasing artists through exhibitions at our gallery.” Giving African Artists their Due Issa and Rebecca Sow relocated to Hoboken, fell in love with its charm and on Sept. 20th opened Issyra, the Hoboken African Art Gallery in the Jefferson Trust Building to share their passion for African art and culture. (Issa is from Senegal and Rebecca is from England and the two met in Paris.) Their aim is to promote talented contemporary African and African-American artists who learned technique and

style as it was passed down through previous generations, Rebecca Sow says. On Friday, November 9th, Issyra gallery was scheduled to host a unique exhibit featuring Darin Defield and Ronnie Mae Painter, but because of Superstorm Sandy the exhibit has been postponed a few weeks. When the gallery re-opens,. Defield will present his famous Head Series collection, representations of indigenous tribal masks interpreted as spiritual leaders, masters and gurus derived from African sculpture as archaeological artifacts being recovered. Painter will present her Black Madonna series created on drop cloth canvas and using acrylic paint and graphite pencil to embody spirits whose chest bones and spines are gray white crucifixes or hash marks which represent life’s injustices. “The works of these two artists are in harmony with the gallery’s collection of traditional African art,” Issa Sow says. “It is the reunion of two continents, of contemporary and traditional African art – we could nearly call this exhibit ‘tolerance’.” “My husband hand-picked objects from western and central Africa – masks, big statues, small statues, carved furniture,” Rebecca Sow says. “It’s a big mix of contemporary and traditional art work and paintings from artists

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who are well-known and upand-comers.” Both Issyra gallery and Barsky Gallery are part of a ‘third Sunday of the month’ walking tour of art galleries in Hoboken. Rebecca and Issa know Al Barsky of Barsky Gallery in Hoboken and they all share the same ambition: to turn Hoboken into an art destination for tourists who come to check out the restaurants and other sites like Carlo’s Bakery on Washington Street where people line up to catch a glimpse of the “Cake Boss.” Inside Issyra, the Hoboken African Art Gallery currently closed due to Superstorm Sandy

If you go: Barsky Gallery 49 Harrison St. Hoboken (888) 465-4949 Issyra, the Hoboken African Art Gallery The Jefferson Trust building 313 First St. Hoboken (201)459 0700 Currently Closed Panepinto Galleries 371 Warren St. Jersey City (917) 445-1830

Hudson Then...Again by Maureen Wlodarczyk After avoiding any need for hospitalization for 25

years, the odds caught up with me about two years ago when I took a fall that

Dr. Oliver Phelps Brown Patent Medicine Con Man

broke my kneecap. When I was barely off the crutches after reconstructive knee

surgery, my appendix went bad and I was back in a hospital bed. Any nonchalance I had about the quality and cost of healthcare disappeared in short order. In this election season, the debate over Obamacare, Medicare, and the general future of healthcare in America leaves many of us nursing a headache or an acid stomach. May I prescribe the following story about one Dr. O. Phelps Brown, a mid1800s Jersey City herbal medicine practitioner, as a temporary diversionary curative?

Oliver Phelps Brown was born in 1824 in Vermont according to the 1860 U.S. census. At the time that census was taken, Brown was recorded as a resident of the First Ward in Jersey City, residing and operating his medical enterprise on Grand Street. He told the censustaker his occupation was “patent medicine,” and that he owned real estate valued at $18,000 and personal property valued at $3,000. Brown was obviously very well off. The story of how that came to be is a tale of a very clever con man selling snake-oil and false hopes. Starting in the mid1850s, first in the Boston area and later in New York and Jersey City, newspapers carried ads for a new miracle cure for consumption, asthma, bronchitis, and other debilitating conditions of the lungs, stomach and nerves. Marketed by a Dr. H. James and called Cont’d on page 9

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Cont’d from page 7 “The Retired Physician’s Remedy,” advertising stated that the tonic was discovered by the good doctor in Calcutta in a desperate response to his own daughter’s life-threatening illness. It was sold as an “East Indian Preparation” containing extract of Cannabis for the price of $2.00 per bottle and available from Dr. James at 19 Grand Street, Jersey City. By 1858, these same advertisements, including heartfelt user testimonials, directed that payment be sent

to O.P. Brown, proprietor of Dr. H. James Remedies at the same address. It wasn’t long before Oliver P. Brown took on the title of “Dr.” himself. While “Dr.” Brown’s enterprise was quickly making him a wealthy man, not everyone was taken in. The New York Leader newspaper published an expose of what it characterized as Brown’s “medical schemes.” According to that paper, Dr. H. James never existed and was an invention of Oliver P. Brown, a failed New England printer who hired an old Jersey City man named Kuyper to play the part of James when needed. As proof of this accusation, the article included the transcript of a letter from then Jersey City Mayor Samuel Westcott stating that “there is no such person as Old Dr. James residing in our city, but an old man is employed to impersonate him and the whole and the whole matter is understood here as an imposition.” The expose went on to say that Brown “traveled in petticoats too,” advertising the sale of “The Milk of Roses and Extract of Elder Blossoms” under the pseudonym Madame Julie Melville. This fine product,

also $2.00 a bottle, proved to be composed of magnesia and alcohol without a trace of the promised botanical balms. Brown’s misdirected enterprising creativity also took the form of Dr. Tracy Delorme, who offered a remedy for “fevers, fits, agues and dyspepsia” discovered by a young girl in a trance-like state. Despite the efforts of several newspapers around the country that picked up and republished the New York Leader’s scathing rebuke of Brown as a charlatan preying on “the invalid and ignorant” and an “unprincipled concoctor” akin to a pickpocket or highwayman, the cash continued to roll in. Estimates of his resulting fortune ranged as

high as $30,000 and more. Brown would go on to publish a 400-page book in 1867 in Jersey City titled “The Complete Herbalist,” and also published his own yearly almanac for many years, maintaining a veneer of respectability despite the accusations against him. Brown died in Connecticut in November 1878 at age 53 just weeks after a Hudson County newspaper carried an ad offering his “elegant and commodious” house at 48 Grand Street for rent during his planned extended visit to Europe. A Michigan newspaper noted his death saying that the “retired physician” was one O. Phelps Brown, a “tramp printer who hit upon a clever advertising dodge and

amassed a fortune,” the moral of his life being that “it paid to advertise.” As for that miracle cure of his derived from Cannabis extract, it was said to contain no marijuana and was instead a mix of licorice, slippery elm and honey. 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 SmithBennett Murder Case. For info:

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The Boss Always Sits In the Back Author Jon D’Amore Upcoming Hudson County Appearances Bayonne, NJ 07002 201-858-6970

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The Boss Always Sits In The Back is a story of love, honor, respect and a young man’s loss of innocence. Jon D’Amore, the storyteller, watches as respect turns into duty...and that duty is an order to serve Mob Justice and kill The Boss. From the sideliners is there. Jon D’Amore former Hudson County resident will return to Hudson County for several speaking engagements this month.

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The following is a list of Mr. D’Amore’s Hudson County appearances: Wed. Nov. 7th -7:00PM BAYONNE UNICO CHAPTER The Chandelier, 1081 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ07002 This is a private event for members only Thurs. Nov. 8th 7:00PM SECAUCUS PUBLIC LIBRARY 1379 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus, NJ 07094 201-330-2083 Tue. Nov. 13th 6:30PM THE DANTE ALIGHIERI SOCIETY 562 Summit Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07306 This is a private event for members only Wed. Nov. 14-7:00PM BAYONNE PUBLIC Library 697 Avenue C,

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How to bring bold hues into the kitchen and bath Why is it that some people can do daring things with color in their living rooms or bedrooms, but stick with the strongholds of beige and white in their kitchens and baths? As bright hues are surfacing in kitchen and bath design trends, existing oft-neutral palettes make it easy to introduce bold splashes. Before you begin mixing and matching paint chips with backsplash tile, identify a color that has long resonated with your own design or fashion aesthetic. “If a client isn’t able to answer this question instantly, all I have to do is peruse the closet,” says Kohler interior designer Diana Schrage. “Chances are that repeated pop of color worn over the years belongs in his or her home decor as much as in his or her wardrobe.” Once that signature color has been identified, Schrage says homeowners often feel more confident introducing those brighter hues in a more permanent manner. Make a color splash in the sink. “A brightly-colored sink makes a delightful and memorable impact,” Schrage says. Kohler recently made a color splash in the kitchen and bathroom with four bright and bold colors created in a partnership with color evangelist and design guru Jonathan Adler. The special edition hues, KOHLER Colors Featuring Jonathan Adler, include Palermo Blue, Greenwich Green, Piccadilly Yellow and Annapolis Navy - each available exclusively on three kitchen sinks and three bathroom sinks. The color offering doesn’t stop at four - there are 28 in Kohler’s enameled cast iron color offering to choose from.

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Photos of the Halloween Pet Parade Newport, Jersey City After last weeks Superstorm Sandy, we thought we would lighten things up with these cute photos of the Halloween Pet Parade held at Newport in Downtown, Jersey City on Saturday, October 27th , 2012

Rosie at the Annual Halloween Newport Pet Parade.

Regina Mahon with Gizmo, the winner costume contest at the Annual Halloween Newport Pet Parade.

Annual Halloween Newport Pet Parade.

Gigi and Coco at the Annual Halloween Newport Pet Parade.

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STARGAZINE Novemeber 2012 J Banta Lewis Aries (Mar.20 - Apr. 20 ) Uranus, the planet of change, is posited in the 4th house governing among other things, real estate. Did you ponder selling your home is this down market? Some interested buyer could walk in, off the street and offer you big money. Thinking of buying property? An unbelievable deal may be yours. This aspect coupled with caution and a clear head could give you a financial windfall.

Leo (July 23 - Aug. 23) Legal issues that may have started several years before are now in the forefront. The 9th house governing the law seems to indicate a face to face mediation. However retrograde Mercury indicates that another court date will bring results. So be prepared for several conflicts before resolution. The good news is that the final result will have you happy and victorious.

Taurus (Apr. 21 - May 21 ) A mood of insecurity and negativity has touched many a Taurus native these past months. Understandably, looking at society’s problems telecasted nightly, one might fear the future. The astral advice suggests it’s time to reassess your personal successes of the past year. Concentrate on your little corner of the world. Healing and happiness begin with those you touch each day. Go forward with a bright sense of fulfillment.

Virgo (Aug. 24 - Sept. 23) Although the astral advice suggests that recent events have made you feel victimized and unsuccessful, the universe had a bigger objective then your immediate happiness. We want and want things somewhat like a baby crying for a toy, but if we receive exactly what we demand there could be cause for regret. The Universe has a better view of what is good for your future. Be confident a greater joy is on the way.

Gemini (May 22 - Jun. 21). Jupiter and the Moon indicate some great luck in business and partnerships. You will communicate with emotion your point of view. Now more than ever before, your associates understand and connect with your ideas. This is the time to plant the seeds that will bring promotions and advances. Those Gemini’s out of work will be able to secure profitable relationships that lead to career stability. Cancer (Jun. 22 - July 22) Please realize that feelings are not necessarily facts. Emotional energy and a somewhat psychic tendency have you assuming the worst. You may be picking up, not unlike an antenna, the fears and worries of others. Stop and ask yourself the reason for your uneasiness. If there have been no real changes it’s clear that you are tuned into others like a psychic sponge.

Libra (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23) Like the ticking of a giant clock, your life has changed the moment that Saturn left Libra. Things that seemed so difficult now flow easily. Although Saturn affects each Libra differently you have a sense that a weight has been lifted. Go forth with confidence and enjoy the new and improved Libra native. Scorpio (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22 ) Saturn in Scorpio and Mercury retrograde as of November 6th indicates somewhat confusing communications. The astral advice suggests that you verify every word you are told. Mistakes can be made and regrets are assured if you don’t take seriously the astral warnings. As always, a happy heart and optimism help in any interactions.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) Mars and Mercury in your sign indicate real energy and motivation to change. A total positive transformation is on hand. You are able to focus and are determined to improve your life. A wonderful time to push for those ideals you wish to accomplish. This astral energy will propel you to the heights of your destiny. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) Many Capricorn natives plod along at a career or in a relationship because they don’t want to upset their need for stability. Now the astral energy has fueled a desire for growth. Pluto energy that governs transformation and change is placed in the first house and indicates that exciting and and positive events will occur. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb.18 ) Always looking to the future, this is a great time to prepare a plan of action for 2013. A new vigor and determination is yours and you will not waste time or energy on those who might block your path to success. Decisions and connections with those who may aid your desires are abundant and you couldn’t be more confident. Imagine the lifestyle you want. This is a time that you can manifest your dreams. Pisces (Feb. 19 - Mar. 19 ) Events may be viewed in either a constructive or destructive manner. Look on the bright side of issues. The symbol for Pisces, the fish swimming both ways, indicates you have a choice. The way you perceive things actually has the power to transform your reality. Accept only the best and that’s what you will attract, or in other words, “Ask and you shall receive.’’

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restaurant VIEWS -Ten Waterfront Eatery in Jersey City serves Gourmet Cuisine Comfort-Style By Sally Deering


short walk from the Pavonia/Newport PATH station on Washington Boulevard in Jersey City leads to the Westin Luxury Hotel, home to Fire & Oak – An American Grill, where guests can let a busy day roll off their shoulders with a hearty all-American meal. Owners Erikk Paragioudakis and Joshua Dorras, who also own a Fire & Oak eatery in Montvale, New Jersey, designed the Jersey

Ingredients Chef Erik Wicklund of Fire & Oak, An American Grill

City restaurant’s interior – chocolate brown banquette booths, natural wood bar, sexy, low-lighting – and fashioned the menus to feature Gourmet Comfort-Style Cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients and served with a twist inspired by Chef Erik Wicklund. Fire & Oak’s dinner menu offers Starters, Flatbreads, Sushi, Steaks, Burgers & Sandwiches, Salads, Entrees, and a Raw Bar. Starters include Meatballs with Fresh Ricotta Cheese; Chicken “Lollipops� and a really delicious stand-out – Fire & Oak Mac & Cheese, a hearty serving of noodles smothered in cheese with big chunks of fresh lobster and lightly topped with

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bread crumbs. ($9.95$10.95.) Sushi dishes include the Classic California Roll, Salmon Mango Roll, and the Spicy Tuna Roll, tangy, fresh rolled tuna served with ginger slices and dipping sauces. ($11.95-$12.95.) The name Fire & Oak conjures up thoughts of burgers and steaks and the restaurant doesn’t disappoint. There’s the Fire & Oak Burger and Fire & Oak Veggie Burger, the Kobe Burger Deluxe and Beef Short Rib Sandwich. ($13.95-$17.95.) Dinner entrees include Rotisserie Organic Half Chicken, Braised Short Rib & Jumbo Scallop “Surf & Turf�, and Shrimp & Crabmeat Pasta, a

delicious dish of linguine, crabmeat, gulf shrimp, hazelnuts and crispy bacon in a lobster cream sauce. ($19.95-$32.95.) Fire & Oak’s warm

atmosphere and personable waitstaff give restaurant-goers a cool dining experience, but it’s the food that turns customers into regulars and that a lot on Chef Wicklund’s plate. During a busy weekday, as he was preparing for the dinner crowd, Chef Wicklund took a few minutes with Riverview Observer to talk about his career and why it takes more than passion to be a good chef. Let’s meet Chef Wicklund! RVO: How did you get into cooking? EW: I’m from Chicago and my grandparents raised me. I started cooking when I was five. I went to culinary school and for a long time, I was a line cook. I’ve been a chef for over ten years. RVO: How long have you been with Fire & Oak? EW: I’ve been at Fire & Oak since 2011, just over a year or so. I’ve lived in Las Vegas, Seattle, Rhode Island. Now I’m a Jersey City resident and I love it. RVO: How would you describe the food at Fire & Oak? EW: It’s upscale, casual, comfort food with finesse. We have great steaks, pasta dishes, salads. The burgers are great because we use high quality beef. We make Cont’d on page 22

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restaurant VIEWS Ten Ingredients Cont’d from page 21 Fire & Oak’s Chef Erik Wicklund our own Bread & Butter pickles. RVO: What is your personal cooking style? EW: I lean toward a Mediterranean style. Here, it’s important to make the dishes with familiar ingredients but upscale. Our customers may not experiment too much but they want it different and better. That’s what we try to do here. For example, our Shrimp and Crabmeat Pasta, its familiar, shrimp, crab and linguine, and we add lobster cream sauce, bacon, nuts. It’s familiar with a twist. RVO: Is there a chef that you admire? EW: From 1998-2000, I worked for Todd English. RVO: The crew at Fire & Oak is really great, how important is that to the success of the restaurant? EW: The staff is what makes this place successful. RVO: When hiring cooking staff, what’s important to you?

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An inside look at Fire & Oak’s Dining Room EW: If we need a line cook, they need to have finesse when preparing their dishes. You either have it or you don’t. They need to have a natural talent. RVO: Can you give our busy readers a delicious, easy recipe? EW: Shrimp Creole. The creole sauce is simple, just chop some onions, peppers, celery, tomatoes and garlic and sauté them together. Add some white wine, Old Bay seasoning, Tabasco and Worscheshire sauces and some canned tomatoes. Plate that over rice. You can add shrimp or chicken or both.

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RVO: Do you still have your passion for cooking? EW: Yes. I love it. I love the pressure, the fast pace – sometimes you need to prepare something in four minutes. I love that challenge and being able to express myself through food. RVO: Do you have any career advice for up-andcoming chefs? EW: Some people get into this because they love to cook. It’s their passion. As soon as you take on the role of chef, you have to commit yourself. You have to spot every plate. Your passion has to be there on every plate.

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REAL ESTATE HINTS -Location, The Most Important Questions Every Buyer Should Ask It’s a maxim in real estate that the three most crucial factors in selecting a house are “location, location, location.” It’s also true! No matter how wonderful the house is, the location is key to how well you’ll like living in it and how well it sells when you’re ready to move on. Before you buy, carefully check the following factors to be sure the house you like is really the one you want to live in. Consider destinations Where will family members go most often from this new location? How easy is it to reach those places from the house? How accessible are schools, churches, grocery stores, medical care, public transportation, shopping malls and emergency services? Be sure rooms have a view What is the view from the house and yard? Is the yard right for your anticipated activities? What uses are possible for nearby undeveloped land? Is a new road or commercial development planned? Check around the clock

Is rush hour traffic a problem? What will be the impact of special events such as local high-school games or church picnics? Crash test the driveway. How easy is it to get into and out of the driveway? Be service conscious What utilities serve the property? Are the rates competitive? Do you want an all-electric house, or do you want gas or oil heat? Where will you get your mail? Are there any easements? Dig below the surface Is the soil stable? Is part of the property on a flood plain? If so, what is the history of floods on the property and what would flood insurance cost? Visit the neighbors How will you fit in with the neighbors? Do people seem to be friendly? Are houses well-maintained? Read the fine print If the community has special by-laws or architectural controls over changes to a house, what are the pros and cons? Make a list of the positive and negative aspects of each property as you tour it. Assign priorities to important elements of the house’s location.

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Location, Location

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