Bayonne to hold special observance, celebration of Polish Constitution Day

2017-05-02_11-11-15The city will hold a special ceremony this week for Polish Constitution Day, celebrating the first written adopted constitution in Europe more than two centuries ago.

Polish Constitution Day will be observed Wednesday, May 3, with a 5:15 p.m flag-raising ceremony at city hall. A dinner and a polka concert at the Polish-American Home at 27 West 22nd St. will follow from 6 to 10 p.m.

“The City of Bayonne is proud to join with our Polish-American community to celebrate this great achievement of the Polish nation,” Mayor Jimmy Davis said in a statement. “We welcome everyone in the community to join in remembering the Polish Constitution of 1791, a highlight in the history of freedom in the world.”

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Easter Recipes & Table Settings

Plan your Easter Sunday celebration with menus, recipes, and table-setting ideas from the experts at Southern Living.

 2017-04-04_10-06-20Purple Party Table

Forgo plain white for a mix of fresh colors and motifs. Here, designer Jane Scott artfully layered Raynaud’s Festivite and Herend’s Fish Scale china with lavender Anna Weatherley chargers. But even when you’re thinking outside the box, keep the classics on lock: Old standbys, such as your grandmother’s silver flatware, can ground even the most contemporary scheme.

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Around Town: The Windmill Alliance, Inc

2015-02-19_14-10-17Since the beginnings of the Windmill Day Center in 1985, the Windmill Alliance, Inc. has been dedicated to serving those most in need in our community Windmill serves 2,000 every year combined with our Social Service Program at HIGHWAYS.

Programs include:

The Windmill Center, an adult day training program serving nearly 40 developmentally disabled adults every day
The Supervised Apartments, housing 14 residents with multiple physical and developmental challenges 24/7
HIGHWAYS, a multi-service program providing crisis intervention, emergency food pantry, thrift shop, job training, counseling and life coaching.

The Center is open Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Transportation is provided to and from the Center every day. There is no fee if the participant is referred through the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities. A sliding scale fee applies if privately referred.  Inquire about this service by calling 201-858-8706. Continue reading

The Journey to a Calm & Happy Home

2017-03-16_10-05-48There’s more to a beautiful home than just the decor and furnishings you put into it. Your home also needs to function well, and be a calm and happy respite from the rest of your hectic life. If you can’t say those things about your space, then it’s likely you might feel a little off-balance in your life, overall. A happy home is the finishing touch on a happy life.

How this particular deficit might manifest in your life is an overall feeling like you don’t have a good routine down; like you’re always catching up instead of keeping up. Instead of being a consistently calm environment, your home functions in cycles, first into a chaotic mess and then—after the resulting tornado of cleaning—spotless but short-lived harmony.

In order to bring your life into balance, it can help to see a top-down, bird’s-eye view.

If that sounds all too familiar, you need to find homeostasis. And a routine that works for you. Read through some of these resources to see if you can figure out how to bring this part of your life back into balance.

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Guidance for first-time home buyers

2017-03-02_11-47-28The economy is improving, interest rates are low and many consumers now find themselves in a great position financially to become a first-time homeowner. But the booming real estate market is resulting in rising home prices and increased competition for the most desirable properties.

The S& P/Case-Shiller national home-price index recently estimated that 2016 prices are within four percent of the peak in 2006. In some areas, low inventories around the country are making the situation even more challenging.

“Don’t get discouraged,” says Travis Peace, executive director of mortgage at USAA Bank. “Buying a home requires some fortitude.” Peace says it’s easy to concentrate too much on home buying “can’ts” rather than “can-dos,” and he offers this advice on how to overcome some common barriers. Continue reading

Zoom! Bayonne is on the fast track

2017-03-01_11-01-51Stephen Sterling at NJ.com takes a look at the top ten fastest growing cities in New Jersey.

New Jersey is in the midst of a dramatic population shift, the inverse of the outward sprawl that has dominated the state for the last several decades.

The large population swings mean parts of the state are seeing dramatic growth not seen in more than 20 years. Today, we take a look at what towns are seeing the starkest positive gains.

While there are some familiar cameos from towns on our list last year, the new data show significant population movement in other parts of the state, some that have upended municipal demographics entirely.

 5. Bayonne

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