The university clears the debt of some students; Art House Gets New Leadership; Golf outing to support the Kool Kids Foundation | Journal Entries


The HCCC clears the debt of 4,800 students

Hudson County Community College (HCCC) wiped out $ 4,861.88 in overdue financial balances for about 4,800 students. The canceled debt covers all outstanding balances for the spring, summer and fall 2020 semesters, as well as spring 2021, when the pandemic imposed challenges that disproportionately impacted students and residents. of Hudson County and the New York Metropolis.

HCCC president Dr Chris Reber said the college had not used a cumulative grade point average or other qualifiers to determine which outstanding balances should be written off. “COVID-19 has impacted our students and our community physically, emotionally and economically, and eradicating the outstanding financial balances of all students was just the right thing to do,” he said.

The College used funds provided through the Higher Education Relief Fund of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplementary Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), also known as the CARES Act. The U.S. Department of Education allows colleges and universities to use this funding for any component of student attendance or for emergency costs related to the pandemic, including tuition, food, housing, health care and childcare.

Reber said the college has distributed nearly $ 8 million in CARES Act funding to more than 5,200 individual students to date, with additional funding and support for upcoming students.

Registration for the fall 2021 semester at HCCC begins Wednesday, September 1 and the return to full field operations is underway. The schedule and details of the field, online and distance courses are available at Information on admissions, applications and full financial aid opportunities can be obtained by emailing [email protected], texting 732-509-4222, or calling 201-714-7200 .

Art House Productions appoints new leadership of its board of directors

Art House Productions has announced a transition of the leadership of its board of directors. David Gibson, former chairman of the board, resigned on June 13, after ten years on the board and seven years as chairman. The Board of Directors unanimously appointed Robinson Holloway to succeed Gibson.

Holloway began his career in sports journalism. Thanks to a nice sum of money won on “Jeopardy! At the age of 22, she successfully transitioned from graduate school in medieval history to a career spanning the PGA Tour. She started in print for The Independent and other UK newspapers, as well as for Sports Illustrated, then moved on to television, working for ABC Sports, ESPN and the Golf Channel.

She made the transition to a career in the arts after founding and running two non-profit art galleries, including the Village West Gallery in Jersey City. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the London-based Association of Women Art Merchants and is a member of ArtTable and the International Women’s Forum. She was the founding chair of the Jersey City Arts Council board and created Art Fair 14C while at JCAC, leaving her post at the Arts Council in 2018 to lead Art Fair 14C as a volunteer executive director. She is currently vice president of communications for the Village Neighborhood Association in Jersey City.

Art House’s Board of Directors includes Joseph Bonifaz, Jeanne Brasile, Brad Fay, Michael Griffiths, Cynthia A. Hadjiyannis, Rachel Handler, Robinson Holloway, Annie Kessler, Michelle Lewis-Bellamy, Kristin Mountford, Sophie Penkrat, Jim Peskin, Erin Leigh Pierson, Shriti Rath, Mary Snyder and Alysis Vasquez. The Art Access Committee includes Krystle Allen, Millie Gonzalez, Rachel Handler, Stephanie Lubalin, John McGinty and Colleen Roche. The Art House / NJCU junior council includes Tammy Brobeck, Tyvera Bryant, Alexis M. Castaneda, Zhnai Davis, Nicholas Geosits, Danette E. Sheppard-Vaughn and Nelson Solis.

Art House Productions is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization engaged in the development and presentation of the performing and visual arts in Jersey City. Art House Productions features theater, performing and visual arts festivals, art exhibitions, and art classes for adults and youth, supported by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, SILVERMAN, the Princeton Foundation, The New Jersey Theater Alliance, The Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs and the Alliance of Resident Theaters / New York.

For more information on Art House Productions, visit or follow social media @arthouseproductions @arthouseprods. To subscribe to Art House’s mailing list, visit

Passport office obtains certificate of completion

On July 1, the National Passport Center of the United States Department of State congratulated and said “thank you” to the Passport Division of the Hudson County Clerk’s Office for their dedication and participation in the officers program. acceptance of passports. Client Service Manager Brian Stucker of the National Passport Center also attached a certificate of achievement for “exemplary office performance for first consecutive facility monitoring visit.”

The visit, which took place on May 20, resulted in a site report concluding that the facility’s audit was “impressive” and “everything was found to be in accordance with the Passport Agent Reference Guide (PARG)” . The National Passport Agency said “no improvements required have been identified” for the Hudson County passport installation.

According to Hudson County Clerk E. Junior Maldonado, the “Passport Division is headed by Gloria Heredia and is supported by staff members Gladys Egan, Cesarina Santos, Toni-Kim Housell, Elsa Rodriguez and Nicholas Romano.

For more information on passport services provided by Hudson County, go to, call (201) 369-3470 or email [email protected].

Applications open for artistic prizes

The Jersey City Arts Council has opened nominations for our 2021 Arts Awards. Voters can choose the artists and organizations that do the most good in the local arts community.

Anyone can submit an entry in each of the 12 categories: architecture and design, arts education, arts organization, film and television, heritage, literary arts, Medici, performing arts, public art, visual arts / fine arts, youth artist.

Winners and all artists will be recognized at the annual awards and fundraising ceremony in December, details and location to be determined. The deadline for submission is September 1. Email [email protected] with any questions, issues or concerns.

The application form is available on

Second annual golf outing to support the Kool Kids Foundation

Robert Kool Bell, founder of Grammy Award-winning Kool & the Gang, hosted the Kool Kids Foundation’s second annual golf tournament. The event took place on Tuesday, July 13 at Cedar Hill Golf & Country Club, located at 100 Walnut Street in Livingston.

Famous athletes and artists were scheduled to attend the release, including Ja Rule, John Starks Charles Oakley, Ken Griffey, Sr., Hisham Tawfiq (from NBC-TV “The Blacklist”), OJ Anderson, Anthony Avent, Jeff Nelson, Stéphane Matteau, Howard Cross, Rodney Hampton, Stephen Baker, Lewis Tillman, George Rogers, Brian Kelly and Mark Bavaro.

A portion of the proceeds from the golf tournament will go to the Kool Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization started by Bell’s late wife, Sakinah Bell, to support music education in schools and communities across the United States. . Bell’s son, Hakim Bell, currently heads the foundation. For more information, visit

Local students get academic honors

Weehawken’s Tyler Parrado has been named to the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Dean’s List for the spring 2021 semester.

Leah Nevins of Bayonne has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester 2021 at Quinnipiac University.

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