‘The bum from Bayonne’ Chuck Wepner puts the Peninsula City on the big screen

c66d1a668c2066a2NJ.com – Chuck Wepner may have been the main event, but the city of Bayonne received just as much worthy recognition in last night’s special premiere of “Chuck.”

“The bum from Bayonne who got a chance at the title” got his hometown welcome last night when hundreds of people turned out for a VIP dinner and Hollywood-style red carpet event in the South Cove Commons plaza.

The biopic film — directed by Philippe Falardeau, produced by Mike Tollin and co-written by Jeff Feuerzeig and Jerry Stahl — was carried by a strong performance by Liev Schreiber and received a standing ovation from the audience at the Frank Theatres.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Buying and Collecting Art

twyla-guide-to-buying-and-collecting-art_7-e1488899091188One of the many highlights of adulting is finally having the opportunity to create a beautiful home for yourself. And whether you rent or own, you know you’re at this stage when you’re ready to graduate from having Ikea posters to hanging meaningful works of art on your walls. A lot of people have the misconception that you need mega bucks to build an art collection but these days there are lots of great resources available to help you find art you love…and it isn’t as intimidating as you think. But with all of the resources, mediums, artists and works of art to filter through, where does one even begin? Enter Ariel Saldivar, VP of artist relations for Twyla, a new e-commerce site devoted to making access to exclusive works of art accessible to everyone. Ariel is here to share her top tips for buying and collecting art plus five favorite emerging artists whose works are available on Twyla.com.

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5 easy DIY projects to tackle this winter

2017-02-06_11-50-34The winter months are the perfect time to dig in and tackle easy DIY projects for an updated home you’ll enjoy all year long. These five simple home improvement projects are incredibly easy, affordable and can be completed in three hours or less.

Marvelous mirrors

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, you’re looking a little shabby. Mirrors are timeless decor options, but the frames can look dated over time. Breathe new life into an old mirror by painting the frame a rich, modern color that pops within the current color scheme. Another idea is to clean the frame and adhere mosaic tiles along the edge for a crafty, custom look.

Handsome hardware

Old hardware makes any room look like a relic of yesteryear. A complete replacement can be costly, so instead opt to paint existing hardware. Simply remove and clean to eliminate grime. Then use one of 11 colors of Krylon(R) Premium Metallic, like Pewter Gray or White Copper, to create a lustrous, high-gloss metallic finish in just a few coats. A tip for painting hardware is to use an old egg carton. Turn the egg carton upside down, secure the hardware to the egg cups and spray away!

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Bark in the Park

2017-01-26_13-41-56Dog owners in Bayonne and their four legged companions no longer have to search for a place to go. The dog park, scenically located next ot the Bayonne Bridge in Dennis P. Collins Park, is named in honor of a four-year old Yellow Labrador, “Sirius”, a bomb detecting police dog with the Port Authority who was killed on September 11, 2001.

The Park features:  100 x 75 feet of double gated enclosure, Walk-in area, Water fountain (human and canine), Plastic bag dispenser (bring your own), Four benches, Replica fire hydrants and shaded areas, and Exercise ramps

Host your holidays like a boss

hospitality-lowres-03539Lucky for us, the good folks at Wirecutter.com have put together the best of the best to help with your holiday entertaining …

When family and friends arrive for longer stays, you’ll need a few extra supplies—especially if the spares you keep in the back of the linen closet are worn, or not sturdy enough for pint-sized guests. Keeping a few key comforts on hand will give your guests the independence to make themselves at home.

We’ve collected some of our favorite bed, bath, and kitchen gear to help you anticipate common houseguest needs and make your home feel more inviting. Our picks reflect hundreds of hours of research and testing, and we’ve focused primarily on budget-friendly options. You probably don’t need everything on this list, but covering the basics will allow you and your guests to focus on what matters: spending time together.

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THE ELEMENTS OF BRUNCH

berries-quicheOr How to make a fabulous brunch. The holiday season is upon us and those waffles aren’t going to make themselves. Here are some tips for making a great brunch from Yellow Table. 

1) Don’t try and do everything. If you’re hosting, you’re already having to clean your place, set the table, and at least buy some of the food. Let other people help out in other ways!! If you have a friend who loves to do flowers (or even better has a garden), let them bring the flowers. Tell everyone to bring a bottle of sparkling wine, or some OJ or coffee. Let people help out by bringing a dish, or picking up croissants or fruit.

2) Make some sort of main course and keep the rest of the food extremely simple. I also try to have something savory, something sweet, some sort of fruit, and some sort of salad. For this brunch, I decided to make a couple of crustless quiches for the main course and kept everything else super-easy: I bought some croissants, tossed together an arugula salad (with apples and watermelon radishes), and put out a bowl of berries. I also made a strawberry-rhubarb compote to go with the croissants, which took about 10 minutes to make and was a nice homemade touch.

3) Make a fresh-squeezed mimosa bar. This is SO easy and is a really nice touch. Before guests arrive, squeeze some oranges (I love Cara Cara or blood oranges) and/or grapefruit juice, pour into pretty little pitchers, and set out beside chilled bottles of bubbly. People can just make their own mimosas, which leaves you free to finish the food or talk to everyone as they arrive. And have at least a little something to nibble on when guests arrive, even if it’s just some olives or nuts or crostini.

4) Make a bunch of little flower arragements from one bigger bunch of flowers. I was lucky to have my friend Jenn‘s help with flowers – she just bought a few bunches of lilac, cut them into smaller bundles (which she tied with butchers’ twine) and stuck them in some little pitchers and vases I had. Then she tucked a few sprigs in bud vases. This is such a simple, affordable way to create pretty flower arrangements on the table! The key is to keep things low so people can still see each other over the flowers.

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Shake & Bake

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Ok, maybe your like me and refuse to participate in the great family holiday cookie battle. But if you love baking, the folks at Sweet Home have done the testing for you to make the best cookies ever this year. They’ve spent 200 hours researching and tested 20 types of essential cookie-related items to find the best gear to make holiday baking fun and stress-free.

From stand mixers to parchment paper, they’ve got the best of the best.

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Be Inspired

2016-11-22_10-28-50Lauren Conrad‘s stylish Pacific Palisades, CA, home is the thing interior design dreams are made of any day of the year, but come the holidays, it’s truly enchanted. Lauren invited Good Housekeeping in to check out her Christmas decorations, and she shared some of her style and entertaining tips with the publication. She revealed, “No matter where I’m trying to entertain, everybody ends up in the kitchen. Wherever the food and drinks are that’s where they’ll be. I try to drag them to other rooms. I’m like, ‘Come on, guys, I’ve decorated this whole room,’ but they don’t care. They’re like, ‘The cheese platter is here.'” Don’t worry, Lauren! We want to see your decor. Keep reading to check out the rooms Lauren so stylishly decorated.

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