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Jersey City Public Library Preschool Story Hour Begins Today!

storytimeIt’s that time of year again! After many cold and boring winter months, The Jersey City Free Public Library has resumed its spring Preschool Story Hour. The spring schedule begins today March 4, 2013 and will run until May 24, 2013. All of the branches in JC are participating on various mornings. Here’s a list of all the locations, dates and times. Click here to see the full schedule. Children eight years and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The library will be closed on March 29, 2013.

March 1st was NEA’s Read Across America Day and March 2nd was Dr. Seuss’s birthday. What better way to celebrate than to take your little ones to the library and read with them!

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Just in case you’ve been living under a rock (or incredibly busy and distracted, like me), there’s a storm that’s possibly headed into our area. Yes, one year since the freak Halloween snow storm of 2011 and 14 months after Hurricane Irene busted up (most of these photos were taken in my neighborhood) the downtown area of Jersey City, we are being freaked out by local news agencies about a storm they have dubbed “Frankenstorm.” Hurricane Sandy is projected to hit the NYC area on Monday and she will meet up with a winter storm system coming from the West and become “Count Stormula” (thanks Derek). All joking aside, if Hurricane Irene taught local residents anything — it was to be prepared…just in case. The main threat for our area will obviously be flooding, but they aren’t predicting nearly as much rain as Irene dropped.

The Jersey City homepage is posting relevant information to keep residents prepared. Sand bags will become available for pick-up (check back on the JC homepage for updated information) and emergency shelters will be set up and transportation to them provided, in case of an emergency evacuation. The mayor urges residents to also check the city’s Facebook page and Twitter feed and to sign up for the C3 Mass Alert system for up-to-date information on the storm and preparedness. Another reliable source of information is the Jersey Shore Hurricane News Facebook page, which was created last year, in response to preparing for Hurricane Irene and has since become and user-infused NJ news/weather experience.

In the meantime, don’t get caught up in the hype and anxiety often created by the news outlets. Stay informed through checking on what the city itself has to say and disregard rumors. Let’s hope it passes us by!

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Stormy JC

In case you weren’t paying attention (or not home), there was a big storm yesterday afternoon. It hung out over NYC and JC for quite a while. Every time you thought it was over, the thunder and lightning would amp back up. There was even quarter-sized hail that pummeled the streets (not to mention the cars and any unfortunate pedestrians). I thought it was an odd storm, but didn’t realize how wild it was until I saw this picture. It was posted via Twitter and Instagram by former-NFL player Dhani Jones, who was on a plane circling La Guardia Airport. He tweeted, “#stormcoming #nyc #isolated I’ve never seen a storm so concentrated. The power of mother nature!”

I found out today that there were trees and power lines down all over the area. Third Street was even closed between Jersey and Coles to everyone, even residents, for a number of hours last night, as a live power line was on the ground.

If you’ve got pics Tweet, email or post links in the comments section!

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Jersey City cooling centers

With temperatures soaring into the 90’s until tomorrow evening (and high humidity levels), it’s important to know where you can go to get some relief. If you don’t have air-conditioning or it isn’t working, Jersey City has provided a number of cooling centers throughout the city for residents. The city says, “all residents, especially the elderly, disabled people, pregnant women and children under the age of two are encouraged to stay indoors or take advantage of the facilities as necessary.” Here’s a quick list of the cooling centers. For a complete guide including the hours at each location, click here for the city’s official press release.

The city also suggests taking advantage of the water sprinklers and municipal pools throughout the city. In addition, there are six pools located at Jersey City public schools, which are available to residents during the summer months. Here is a list of the locations, for hours please click here.

Be sure to stay cool!

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Tachair Bookshoppe opens today

Grab the kiddies and head over to the grand opening of Tachair Bookshoppe today!

As we reported last week, the event begins at 4pm and will last until 8pm. Don’t miss Mayor Healy, Steve Fulop and the NY Celtic Dancers! Also, don’t forget to bring your own instrument and join the fun. Refreshments will be provided by O’Connell’s Bar & Grill, Sassy Sweet Treats and Crescent Moon Coffee. Click here to see the official flyer.

In the meantime, take a peek at what Aleta and Carol Valleau have been up to!




For more information and to stay up-to-date on the grand opening, check out Tachair’s Facebook page.

Tachair Bookshoppe, 260 Newark Avenue, Jersey City. 862-234-0822

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Jersey City Family Activities & Fourth of July Events ~ June 29 – July 4

Here are some of the family-friendly events and activities you can enjoy this week and for Fourth of July in the Jersey City and Hoboken area!

Creative Grove

This “meeting place, market, art experiment and scene” convenes every Friday at the Grove Street PATH plaza in downtown Jersey City. Tomorrow, it’s a Belly Dancing/Wine Tasting Party. “Artists, food, fashion, recycled crafts, outdoor lounge, tribal market, whimsical creations, street art, play chess or checkers.” Admission is $20. Friday, June 29 from 3pm – 9pm at the Grove Street PATH Plaza.

Van Vorst Park Flea Market & Fundraiser 

This Saturday, the second annual community flea market will take place to benefit the groups that improve and maintain Van Vorst Park. If you are interested in selling your wares, visit the Van Vorst Park website for details. Saturday, June 30 from 9am – 4pm at Van Vorst Park, Jersey City.

Tango for Van Vorst Park Fundraiser

Part of the fundraising going on Saturday will include a night of Tango dancing, Argentinean wines, tapas and sweets. There will be dance performances and lessons available and included with admission. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Saturday, June 30 from 7pm – 11pm at Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City.

Fourth of July Information:


Macy’s will be displaying its famous fireworks, which will deploy from six barges (between 24th Street and 50th Street in Manhattan), over the Hudson River. However, there are a limited number of areas that they can be seen from in NJ. You will be able to view them from Weehawken, Hoboken and Jersey City Heights. Click here for information via MommyPoppins NJ. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, Liberty State Park will not be having fireworks and will be closed to the public on the evening of July 4.

Fourth of July Street Closures

There will be several major roadways closed in the area during the July 4 Fireworks display. Sinatra Drive in Hoboken will be closed from 7pm until the fireworks are over. Boulevard East from Weehawken to North Bergen will be closed beginning at 7pm. Port Imperial Boulevard and River Road from Weehawken to North Bergen at 7pm. The county is urging those who want to see the fireworks to use public transit. Click here for NJ Transit information regarding the fireworks and traveling. Click here for Hoboken’s fireworks information, including parking restrictions, street closures and the announcement that the Steven’s campus will be closed to the public on July 4.

JC Farmer’s Markets

Jersey City Farmer’s Markets will still operate the week of July 4. Hamilton Park Farmer’s Market will be held on the actual day (Wednesday, July 4), so don’t worry – you can still get all the fresh stuff you need for your BBQ! Check out this link on the Jersey City website for more information about all eight of the Farmer’s Markets our city hosts.

*Note: Hoboken Family Fun Night, Movies Under the Stars and Concerts in the Park are all canceled for the week of July 4.

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Two Boots Pizza opening in Jersey City

The infamous NYC-based pizza joint, Two Boots, has set up shop at 133 Newark Avenue and on June 18 the wait is over! When asked why he chose this new location for his nationwide restaurant, Phil Hartman explains, “Jersey City’s cool.” Well, we’re certainly glad he thinks so. Two Boots Pizza is joining an area that has become known as downtown Jersey City’s “restaurant row.” The area was rezoned last summer and includes parts of Newark Street, Grove Street, Jersey Avenue and Columbus Drive. Basically, it just allows restaurants with liquor licenses to be located closer to one another than previous laws mandated, in an effort to attract them to downtown JC. Click here to see a map (courtesy of Jersey City Independent) of the area before and after the zoning. Recent much-needed establishments that have opened in this newly zoned area include Barcade and Thirty Acres.

A soft-opening is tentatively scheduled for Monday evening, June 18, followed by an Opening Party on Wednesday, June 20 from 6pm – 8pm featuring live music and free pizza! Plus, delivery will begin the following week.

In the meantime, get updates, announcements and “free awesome things” on the restaurant’s main Facebook page and by following them on Twitter @twobootsnyc.

Two Boots Pizza, 133 Newark Avenue, Jersey City.


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Torico’s is back! (and they’ve got free ice cream today)

Yes, the day has finally arrived. Torico’s Premium Homemade Ice Cream Parlor opened its doors promptly at 11am to very eager Jersey City residents. I was one of them and for the record — the ice cream is just as good as I remembered. There wasn’t a line at noon, but I’m sure by tonight there will be. I thought it was more of a soft-opening, but they were stocked in just about everything. The only thing they didn’t have yet was soft-serve because of a machine problem. The cases were chock-full of old favorites like mint chocolate chip, vanilla peanut butter and strawberry. There is a new case with what looks like gelato, but I was told that it’s the same ice cream they always make, just with a different machine. Even their to-go case was full of fresh cakes, ice cream sandwiches and more. The store looks great after it’s 18 month renovation and there are little tables to enjoy your ice cream inside and out.

Torico’s is giving out free adult small-sized cups and small cones all day — so get over there and show them some love! They are open until 11pm tonight. 20 Erie Street, Jersey City. (201) 432-9458


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Jersey City Family Activities & Events

Here are some of the family-friendly events, activities and deals you can enjoy this week in the Jersey City and Hoboken area!

Events & Activities

Groove On Grove 

Every Wednesday, catch live music at the Grove Street PATH Plaza. Tonight is “Shes & Hims Showcase” and the lineup includes Vanessa Perea, Brendan Kibbee and more! Don’t forget the beer and liquor provided by Barcade and Saigon Café. Pick up some good street eats at The Taco Truck, who is stationed here every Wednesday evening! Wednesday, May 16 from 6pm – 9pm rain or shine. At the Grove Street PATH Plaza. Map.

JC Farmer’s Markets 

The Historic Downtown Farmer’s Market returned for another bountiful summer on Monday. You can check it out Mondays and Thursdays at the Grove Street PATH Plaza from 4pm – 8pm. The Hamilton Park Farmer’s Market returns today and this year it’s better than ever! Now boasting 15 vendors, this market has something for everyone this year. Vendors include, our personal favorite, Cocoa Bakery, Lizzmonade, Stony Hill Gardens, Pizza Vita Mobile Pizza Truck (which was amazing and wildly popular!) and more. Bring your reusable totes every Wednesday from 3pm – 7pm around the Hamilton Park Gazebo.

Pilates in the Park Fundraiser

In its fifth year, Renaissance Pilates is hosting this fundraiser to benefit cystic fibrosis. The nephew of Danielle Buccellato, founder of Renaissance Pilates, Stanley Zolek is the spokesman of the event. Come for a free 55-minute Pilates class on the Hudson River and donate money to the cause. A raffle will be held, along with a champagne toast at City Bistro’s rooftop. Saturday, May 19 starting at 9am in Maxwell Place Park, Hoboken. Map.

Hoboken Citywide Yard Sale & Flea Market

This citywide event will take place at 25 different locations across Hoboken. Find everything you can imagine! Beginning Friday, May 18, click here for a listing of locations. Saturday, May 19 from 10am – 3pm, Hoboken.

Deals of the Day

Bowling for One or Five People 

This new Amazon Local deal offers discount bowling at Nationwide Bowling Center, which has a Jersey City location called Hudson-Bayonne Lanes 1. Choose from two games for $7 (a $14 value) or $25 for two hours of bowling, with shoe rentals for up to five people (a $75 value). Garfield Avenue, Jersey City, NJ. Map.

One-Year Online Language Course 

I know this isn’t technically a local deal, since it’s an online company, but I think it’s a really good one! Livemocha.com and Google is offering one-year of an online language course for $39 (normally $99.95). As a mom, I’m always looking to learn something new, but don’t always have the time. This is a really convenient way to conquer that dilemma. Choose from more than 35 languages and log on anytime, from anywhere. There’s only three more days to grab this deal.

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The Competitive World of Jersey City’s Most Sought-After Preschools

Garden Preschool Cooperative in downtown Jersey City.

When your child reaches a certain age, as many parents know, there are applications, deadlines, waiting lists and more to contend with. You might think I’m talking about high school or college, but I’m talking about preschool. Check out the Mama’s new story here.

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