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Groceries, Bakeries & Delis / Van Hook Cheese & Grocery
« on: 08-29-2016, 03:36pm »
New cheese place to open on Wednesday!

Van Hook Cheese & Grocery Opening Soon

New shop Van Hook Cheese & Grocery, 528 Jersey Avenue, is scheduled to open this Wednesday, 8/31 pending final code inspections.

Located right next to Choc-O-Pain Bakery on Jersey Avenue, the store is one of several specialty retailers and restaurants to open within a two block area over the past two years creating a small stretch of dedicated, ingredient-specific shops including Jersey City Fish Stand and Pasta Dal Cuore.

For more, go to:
http://jerseycityeats.blogspot.com/2016/08/van-hook-cheese-grocery-opening-soon.html

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Most of you know that I began my legal career working with immigrants as a law student at LSSNY's immigration legal services program. Like most nonprofit immigration legal services offices, our program is seriously underfunded, even as we provide the best legal representation that anyone can get in NYC. Without the help of volunteers and donations, our office could not exist.

I write to invite you to our annual benefit on Wednesday, July 30th at 7pm. Tickets are $40 each, and you can follow this link to purchase online: www.lssny.org/wrd. It's a great movie, and one of the young students featured was an unaccompanied minor--about whom you've all heard a lot in the media lately. Many of the clients we work with are unaccompanied minors, who are fleeing their home countries because of drug and gang violence.

The event will be at St. Luke's Theater, 308 W. 46th Street in midtown Manhattan, between 8th and 9th Avenues.  I hope to see you there, but even if you cannot attend, I ask that you consider donating to our program.

Thanks!!!


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Miscellaneous / Where to Buy a Mattress
« on: 06-24-2013, 06:56am »
I am making an executive decision to replace my mattress.

I woke up again this morning achy all over.

Does anyone have any suggestions for where I can get a good one locally?


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Crime & Safety / Fussy Friends Owner Reportedly Stabbed!
« on: 04-25-2013, 10:55am »
Word is that one of the owners of Fussy Friends was stabbed!  This is really awful--and he is such a sweet man.  I do hope he is okay.  Does anyone know what is going on?

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Wanted / Band or DJ for Wedding
« on: 12-26-2012, 01:04pm »
I need some advice about planning music for a wedding / reception at Liberty House.  Pros and cons of band vs. DJ?  Price range?

Suggestions and advice GREATLY appreciated!

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General / Computer Donations?
« on: 02-27-2012, 10:56am »
Does anyone have a computer that you would like to donate to a good cause?  I work for a refugee resettlement office and we are in bad need of PCs that are less than 8 years old.  If you have anything that could be useful to us, please PM me!  You will get lots of good karma points for your generosity!

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Not JC Related / Volunteer Mandarin Interpreter Needed
« on: 09-19-2011, 05:53pm »
Calling all fluent Mandarin and English speakers!  I am seeking a volunteer to interpret at an immigration clinic in Manhattan's Chinatown neighborhood.

PM me for details, or forward this to anyone who may be interested!

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TV baker contestant plans to open up shop in Jersey City
Monday, January 17, 2011
By ASHLEY STRAIN
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

Eliminated from "Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker" two weeks ago after his solar system cake sent Earth crashing to the floor, Jersey City's Gregory "Greggy" Soriano said he's still set on becoming a cake-decorating star.

"My next step is to continue to develop my brand by opening a shop in Jersey City with tons of Greggy-inspired cakes," Soriano told The Jersey Journal. "The cakes will be artistic and avant garde."
 
Soriano was eliminated from the TV show, the latest "Cake Boss" spin-off, on Jan. 3.

The show's host is Buddy Valastro, the star of TLC's "Cake Boss" and the boss at Hoboken's Carlo's City Hall Bake Shop. A special 90-minute season finale airs next Monday at 9 p.m.

Soriano's baking career began in Glendora, Calif., when at 15 he attended baking lessons at a baking supply store. "I took classes with a bunch of old ladies and I actually loved it," he said.

His parents, aunts, and uncles, would hold "Iron Chef-like competitions," and he and his cousins would be the judges. "I grew up with food and love food, but cakes are it for me," he said.

Soriano, 26, traveled to the East coast after graduating high school to attend The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., and later worked at the Marco Island Marriott in Florida. He started out preparing salads and worked his way up to baking pastries.

While living on the East, Soriano also began to pursue his other passion: performing in musical comedy. But cake-making tugged harder than Broadway.

After moving to Jersey City, Soriano worked at Dortoni Bakery in Long Island where he constructed high-end cakes that sold for between $800 and $5,000. "It was an Italian bakery just like Carlo's' Bakery," he said.

It was at there that Soriano heard about the "Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker" contest from colleagues and decided to audition for the show. "It was so much fun, but it was also so much pressure," he said about the experience. "My favorite part of doing the show was the first episode because I won that episode for my 'Celebration Cake.' I got along with everyone and made lifelong friends."

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General / The 2010-11 Winter Storm Thread
« on: 12-26-2010, 02:33pm »
Blizzard Warning - Transit/Travel Alert Issued issued at Sunday, December 26, 2010 2:19 PM
sent from: jerseycitynj@c3alert.net
importance/priority: High
subject: CITY-WIDE NOTIFICATION

body: THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING FOR THE JERSEY CITY AREA UNTIL 6PM MONDAY. EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON INTO THE EVENING DUE TO SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS.

SNOW AND STRONG WINDS WITH CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW WITH NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY AT TIMES WITH ACCUMULATIONS OF 15 TO 20 INCHES OF SNOW.

RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO REFRAIN FROM DOUBLE PARKING, PARKING CLOSE TO STREET CORNERS AND FROM SHOVELING SNOW INTO STREETS.

RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO LIMIT ALL NON-ESSENTIAL DRIVING.

THIS OFFICE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE STORM AND WILL SEND OUT UPDATES AS THEY BECOME NECESSARY.

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General / 2009 New Year's Resolutions!
« on: 01-15-2009, 10:36am »
Post them here!

Even if you intend to break them before the year is out.

Mine:
3.  Spend less time in the Shoutbox.
2.  Shalter more when in the Shoutbox.
1.  Bring lunch to work.

Your turn!

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Sports, Recreation & Hobbies / Fish Tank
« on: 11-18-2008, 03:20pm »
I am thinking about getting a fish tank, largely to keep the dog entertained while she is alone at home.  Does anyone have suggestions for the easiest fish to maintain?  Also, how much should this cost?

Thanks!

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Groceries, Bakeries & Delis / Made with Love
« on: 11-08-2008, 10:00pm »
Coming soon: 

Made with Love
Organic Bakery and Cafe
530 Jersey Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Located in the space that was formerly known as Sweet Priscilla's

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Movies & Television / Scariest Movies EVER!
« on: 10-31-2008, 12:06pm »
Post here your top five list of scary movies:
Here are mine, in no particular order.

1.  The Eye (the original version)
2.  Amityville Horror
3.  The Audition
4.  The Exorcist
5.  30 Days of Night

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General / Story
« on: 09-11-2008, 01:58pm »
So here's how this goes.  The first paragraph of the story is provided for you.  Each of you adds a sentence or two to develop the story.  Please, this isn't English lit class, just stupid fun.



Another gray October morning, thought Paul, as he walked to the park with Bigboi, his trusty pitbull mutt.  He was a bit tired and hung over from the night before, having debated the merits of the various fish houses in the neighborhood with some guy who claimed to have lived in Jersey City since the early eighties.  After several hours of arguing whether an inland Asian could recognize good fish, Paul walked out of the bar, leaving the jackass to rant to whomever else would listen.  That dude was an ass.  As Bigboi pulled Paul into the dog run, the familiar smells of urine and cut grass assaulted his senses.  It's only you and me this morning, Paul said to Bigboi, as he threw a stick and Bigboi retrieved it obediently.  Bigboi was tireless; he could do this all day.  As Bigboi fetched the stick, Paul looked over at the playground and watched as a little boy crapped in the sandbox.  Noice, he said to himself.  He turned to see Bigboi running towards him looking very pleased with himself.  At first glance, it looked like he was carrying a small stick in his mouth, but to Paul's horror, he saw that the stick was actually a very long human finger, cleanly severed.  On it was a ring inscribed with the words, . . .

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Not JC Related / Travel with your Dog
« on: 08-04-2008, 01:23pm »
Does anyone have any experience with taking a pet on a long airplane flight?  Long=20 hours.  I really do want to bring the dog with us when we go away this Xmas, as we will be gone for about two weeks, but have never ventured taking her on a flight, let alone one this long.  Am I crazy for even considering this?  She will not fit under the seat.

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Music / Suggestions for Playlist
« on: 07-31-2008, 11:36am »
I am bored with the playlists on my iPod and need song ideas for a new playlist, which will keep me inspired while I run.  On a treadmill.  Like a hamster.  Any suggestions?  Please, no Weird Al Yankovic.  Or emo bands.  Or Phil Collins.  I implore you.

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Not JC Related / Contact Lenses
« on: 07-28-2008, 02:22pm »
So, on Saturday night, after an evening of drinking, I attempted to remove a contact lens from my right eye and did not find it there.  Normally, I would just assume that it fell out at some point during the evening and not worry about it.  However, I am slightly concerned, given some stories I've read on the interwebs that people have had lenses lost in their eyes for as long as three years!  I have flushed my eye with lots of saline; still no sign of it.  I don't feel anything in there.  Has this happened to anyone else?  Any tips on how to make sure that it's not there anymore, barring gouging my eye out?

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Dining / Best Rice Pudding in Jersey City?
« on: 07-01-2008, 03:56pm »
Thus far, I have found that the rice pudding at Podewitz's on Central Ave. is pretty good, but I am open to suggestions.

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Dining / Food delivery tipping
« on: 05-13-2008, 03:31pm »
how much do folks generally tip food delivery persons?  i always try to give 15% of the bill, as if i were eating at the restaurant and s/he were my waiter, but have been told that i am too extravagant.  what do others think?


Mod. note: Topic split off from Chinese Food Delivery thread.

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Downtown / Exchange Place
« on: 08-23-2007, 12:11pm »
Has anyone else noticed a godawful stench whenever the PATH train doors open at Exchange Place?

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