Author Archives: Anthony Olszewski

About Anthony Olszewski

Anthony Olszewski has written on a wide variety of topics: cage birds, tropical fish, popular culture, the poetry of Amiri Baraka and a chapter on genetics for a veterinary text book, as a small sample. He worked as an editor at a magazine produced by TFH, the world's largest publisher of pet books. Anthony Olszewski is the author of a booklet on Hudson County history, Hudson County Facts, and a book of short stories, Second Thief, Best Thief, that are sold on Amazon. Anthony Olszewski established PETCRAFT.com in 1996. A pioneer on the Web, the Site continues to provide unique information on a range of companion animals, focusing on birds and fish. As a community service, he operates Jersey City Free Books. Anthony Olszewski was born in Jersey City, NJ (Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital, 1956) and is a member of Mensa.

Resolutions honoring Patrice Hannon and Ron Semple for their books on the Black Tom explosion

by On 10/25/17, the Jersey City Council presented resolutions honoring Patrice Hannon and Ron Semple for their books on the Black Tom explosion. Both were born in Jersey City. Patrice Hannon is an expert on Jane Austen. Ron Semple is … Continue reading

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Yet more proof that Jersey City is the world’s biggest small town!

by Patrice Hannon’s novel takes place at the time of the Black Tom explosion. Patrice lived just down the block from where I grew up on Reservoir Ave. Ron Semple — another former Jersey City resident — wrote a book … Continue reading

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Hard times for numbers bookies in the ’70s

by As the ’60s subsided and the ’70s ensued, the whole tenor of the numbers racket in Jersey City changed. Before, being a bookie to a large degree was a licensed profession. With the appropriate law enforcement tithing, arrests generally … Continue reading

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The extended family of a significant Jersey City illegal numbers lottery figure like my uncle Gus enjoyed prosperity by association.

by The extended family of a significant Jersey City illegal numbers lottery figure like my uncle Gus enjoyed prosperity by association. Anyone out or work — or just experiencing a tight week — was welcome to bounce in for a … Continue reading

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List of Local History Web Sites

by By John Hallanan www.thelincolnassociationofjerseycity.com The oldest such organization in the country dating back to the night of Lincoln’s death. Assisted in having the route of the Lincoln Highway marked in the County for the Highway’s 100th anniversary. Sponsors a … Continue reading

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One man, one vote by David Friedland

by By David Friedland My father told me that in all the years he served as an Assemblyman he was not able , not once, to get any of the Bills he sponsored released from committee , much less voted … Continue reading

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Bryna Raeburn of Jersey City

by Bryna Raeburn was a remarkable voice over actress who was born and raised in Jersey City. She performed in many radio dramas, The Mad Magazine TV Special (1974) the audio version of Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium is the Massage … Continue reading

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Jersey City Campaign Buttons And Graphics

by Some Campaign Buttons From The Kenny Era Another Kenny Button Shown Actual Size John R. Longo Was Jailed Over What Was Generally Considered To Be A Fabricated Charge A Glimmer Of A Forgotten Scandal? A Set From The Late … Continue reading

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Victor Mravlag, pastor in an Online Deliverance ministry, is from North Hudson

by Victor Mravlag is from North Hudson, NJ. I’d not thought of him in nearly forty years, but for some unknown reason his name came to mind last week. I typed it into Google — that wonder of the invisible … Continue reading

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The Greene Street Boat Club in Jersey City

by For generations, the Greene Street Boat Club was the hub for Downtown Jersey City fishing enthusiasts. Though the club did not have title to the property, members maintained squatter rights to their docks. Supposedly to make way for development, … Continue reading

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