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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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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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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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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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Major developer Web Sites hacked?

by It strikes me as sorta strange that there are billionaire big shots playing Monopoly with the real thing who don’t bother to do a Google search on themselves — or pay someone to do it for them. And another … Continue reading

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Pat O’Melia interviews Anthony Olszewski about Hudson County Facts

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Martha Stewart was born in Jersey City.

by Martha Stewart of “It’s a good thing” fame was born in Jersey City. If she’d grown up here she would’ve known to keep her yap shut when the FBI came calling. Megan Smolenyak reports that “Martha’s grandfather, Frank Kostyra, … Continue reading

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