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Re: The Hamilton Inn
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Hamilton Inn posts Happy Hour Specials :

Happy Hour M-F 4-7

Half price Cocktails/Fusions on Wednesday 4-Close

Endless Happy Hour Half Price Beer, well drinks and wine

DJ Bill Thursday evenings and Sunday Brunch

$3 Cocktails Sat & Sun 11-4

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Posted on: 2010/6/4 12:57
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Re: Bergen Lafayette: 1 Dead, 1 Hurt in Bergen-Lex Drive-By
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Excellent map.

Cheers,
Robin.

Posted on: 2010/6/4 12:52
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Re: Hamilton Park Renovation - Update
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PubliusIII wrote:
Well, maybe I misconstrued it, but I thought I detected a bias against people not living directly around the park, e.g. black kids from Holland Gardens, and also a sense that only stakeholders, those right in the immediate environs of the park had standing to opine. I am happy to think I am wrong and that my discolure was extraneous.


My problem with most complaints on this thread has been exactly that. I get that there is a litter problem and late night noise issues, but the language used here like hooligans, undesirables, kids from other neighborhoods, etc. urks me to no end.

Posted on: 2010/6/4 12:47
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Re: Hamilton Park Renovation - Update
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There is going to be a meeting to form a valunteer clean up group at 9AM this Saturday at the gazebo.

Posted on: 2010/6/4 12:42
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Re: The Hamilton Inn
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I agree with most of the prior posts the HI is overpriced for the quality of food. It is great to have a nice restaurant back in that location though.

Posted on: 2010/6/4 12:28
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Re: Letter from fire chief: Mr. Fulop, you haven't a clue
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What is surprising is, we are arguing to STOP the fire; not looking at Science & technology, to prevent FIRE from starting or delaying the fire spread; there are interesting materials that science can offer; the city should have a plan to encourage tax payers by giving them tax credits to build fire-safe buildings not just fire alarms and sprinklers; they must know what triggers fire (most of the cases, electricity, I guess); any safety built around the triggering components should be able to contain based on sensor technology; all these initiatives will not eliminate the fire department but still we can optimize the size considerably. I understand 'force majeure' and other man made disaster events, we can have funds for it or even some kind of insurance to look into it; this kind of transition will be a long way to go, but we need to start now...

There are options like how we buy AAA Emergency Road Service for cars; building Owners should be able to purchase it directly "Fire Emergency Service". If they don't have one, let the building owners who call for help pay for it; The city should NOT be in this business at all. The city should rather govern & monitor them by legislation not in the business of managing or running the fire houses! They already have separate entities like JCIA, Water & Sewer, JCBOE etc., why not FIRE Dept; make them accountable for income & expense. When the consumer has the FEAR, that FIRE will cost him a lot, he will be more careful than when it is FREE !!!

Posted on: 2010/6/4 12:23
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Re: The Hamilton Inn
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Hamilton Inn is one of my top three favorite restaurants in JC. It is priced very reasonably and service has been always good. Appetizer & main course for two for $45 is cheap if you ask me. The drinks are awesome, and bartenders have been friendly and attentive when I sit at the bar. The kitchen seems on top of it. I never had to wait too long for food. I like that they make an effort of keeping the outside and inside always clean & beautiful. Try turkey burger, pan-fried salmon, fish taco and lobster pizza. They are all excellent. Overall, it is up there with Marco & Peppe and Lighthorse Tavern for me but cheaper and definitely friendlier.

Posted on: 2010/6/4 12:09
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Re: The Hamilton Inn
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Haven't had a chance to dine yet, but I did stop in for a couple of drafts. Love the interior and the energy.

But $16.00 for two medium-to-decent brand drafts?

This isn't Tribeca.

Posted on: 2010/6/4 11:59
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Re: Groove on Grove 2010
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Groove on Grove Comes to JC Fridays tonight beginning at 5pm!! Don't miss the fun...food, drinks, and music...Happy 5th Birthday JC Fridays!!!

Posted on: 2010/6/4 11:47
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Re: BEWARE: Dont park at the BJ's parking lot if u are not going there.
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They've always done that. That's Danny's towing's turf. It's not a scam, it's a scam when you park illegally. They make money off of idiots trying to park for free. They wait, and they tow. They are probably contracted with BJ's etc and I don't blame them because imagine if you wanted to shop at BJ's and couldnt' get a space?

Posted on: 2010/6/4 11:44
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BEWARE: Dont park at the BJ's parking lot if u are not going there.
Newbie
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I noticed the tow trucks lurking around for cars to tow.
They take them away in minutes and don't worry if they can't hitch it they call for the flat bed. Tough times I guess for the tow companies too - Seriously, come on how do they not know someone isn't shopping - Its a total SCAM.
BEWARE!!!!

Posted on: 2010/6/4 11:26
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Re: Jersey City says savings from canceling July 4 fireworks will ensure funding for other summer events
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So wait, can you actually still see the NY fireworks from Liberty? No right cause they are all the way at the Seaport... correct me if im wrong...probablly by the waterfront right?

Posted on: 2010/6/4 11:06
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Re: Jersey City says savings from canceling July 4 fireworks will ensure funding for other summer events
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They gotta make sure there's enough cash to cover the 3 days of mayhem that is the PR Parade & "Festival".

Posted on: 2010/6/4 10:36
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Re: Jersey City says savings from canceling July 4 fireworks will ensure funding for other summer events
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They are cancelling because the biggest cost is overtime for police. Probably in the area of $250,000.

Posted on: 2010/6/4 10:32
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Re: Downtown: Man robbed at Newport Mall - video shows he was set up by female classmate & her boyfriend
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University of Phoenix...Only the best and the brightest!

Posted on: 2010/6/4 10:23
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Re: Downtown: Man robbed at Newport Mall - video shows he was set up by female classmate & her boyfr
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What do you expect him to call them? They robbed a guy. Pretty sums up my definition of thugs.

Next we will be hearing that he is a "good kid" from his grandma.


He didn't just refer to the one guy, he said it's a "haven for inner city thugs". How come nobody ever talks about suburban thugs or rural thugs? Because when someone uses the word "thug", they are referring to a specific type of person which has less to do with their actions and more to do with their general appearance (and not just race).

And that's why when I hear that word, I know exactly where this poster is coming from, and I'm done.

Posted on: 2010/6/4 10:12
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Re: Jersey City says savings from canceling July 4 fireworks will ensure funding for other summer events
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They are cancelling it because Macy's is going to have a bigger and better show right in front of Jersey City. Don't give me this BS about trying to save money. Do these idiots really believe that we are dumb enough to believe this crock of Sh!t?

Posted on: 2010/6/4 10:10
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Re: Downtown: Man robbed at Newport Mall - video shows he was set up by female classmate & her boyfr
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Pennington wrote:
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SICULO wrote:
This mall is a dump and a haven for inner city thugs and BTW, the security detail isn't any better.



"Thugs" is a really useful word because once I hear it, I know I don't have to take the rest of the post seriously, and I can stop reading.


What do you expect him to call them? They robbed a guy. Pretty sums up my definition of thugs.

Next we will be hearing that he is a "good kid" from his grandma.

Posted on: 2010/6/4 10:08
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Re: Downtown: Man robbed at Newport Mall - video shows he was set up by female classmate & her boyfr
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Quote:

Pennington wrote:
"Thugs" is a really useful word because once I hear it, I know I don't have to take the rest of the post seriously, and I can stop reading.


True. You would have thought these "thugs" would be busy playing b-ball at HP!

Posted on: 2010/6/4 9:57
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Re: Downtown: Man robbed at Newport Mall - video shows he was set up by female classmate & her boyfr
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Quote:

SICULO wrote:
This mall is a dump and a haven for inner city thugs and BTW, the security detail isn't any better.



"Thugs" is a really useful word because once I hear it, I know I don't have to take the rest of the post seriously, and I can stop reading.

Posted on: 2010/6/4 9:54
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Re: Downtown: Man robbed at Newport Mall - video shows he was set up by female classmate & her boyfriend
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SICULO wrote:

If mall managment really wanted to get serious about the loitering that goes on there, they could, its done in other malls nationwide.


This doesn't have anything to do with loitering it was a planned ambush. The woman lured the victim to the boyfriend.

"For the female of the species is more deadly than the male" - Kipling

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PS:I guess parking fees don't keep em out either???


High parking fees means that you have to steal something each time you go. They didnt want to have to leg it over to BJ's parking lot and find their car had been towed.

Posted on: 2010/6/4 9:23
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Re: Bergen Lafayette: 1 Dead, 1 Hurt in Bergen-Lex Drive-By
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Posted on: 2010/6/4 8:46
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Re: Downtown: Man robbed at Newport Mall - video shows he was set up by female classmate & her boyfriend
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This mall is a dump and a haven for inner city thugs and BTW, the security detail isn't any better.

You can't beat that part of the story where the security guard let that lowlife go because he displayed empty pockets???????, Joke right???????

If mall managment really wanted to get serious about the loitering that goes on there, they could, its done in other malls nationwide.

I've said it before, you could fill this mall with all the Gucci and D&G stores and it still would be a dump because of the element that frequents it!

PS:I guess parking fees don't keep em out either???

Posted on: 2010/6/4 8:31
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Re: Bergen Lafayette: 1 Dead, 1 Hurt in Bergen-Lex Drive-By
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So where exactly is Bergen Lafayette? What's the difference between that and Greenville.

I just refer to everything South of Communipaw as Greenville, is that incorrect?

Robin.

Posted on: 2010/6/4 7:56
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Re: Rep. Albio Sires Just Sold You Out to Comcast, Verizon and AT&T
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I noticed that too. But that's not just a slogan- that's the name of his political party.
Talk about a one issue candidacy! And what an issue!

Posted on: 2010/6/4 7:27
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Princeton Information Ltd. moves from NYC to Downtown Jersey City
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Princeton Information Ltd. moves from NYC to Jersey City

WEDNESDAY, 02 JUNE 2010 15:47

Princeton Information Ltd. expects to create 30 new jobs as it establishes its new corporate headquarters at Jersey City‘s Harborside Terminal, the state Economic Development Authority announced Wednesday.
The company, one of the nation's largest privately-held IT consulting firms, has been continuously operated by the same founder and chairman since its inception in 1985 and primarily serves Fortune 500 pharmaceutical, telecommunications, finance, and insurance companies.

Princeton Information began moving employees from New York City to Jersey City in January and completed the move in May.

The company is described as offering a wide range of IT expertise, including application development, maintenance, outsourcing and decommissioning, software quality assurance and testing, database administration, business analysis, network engineering and performance tuning, and network support for moves and changes. The company also offers help desk services, desktop and application rollout, and enterprise support services.

Princeton Information operates across the United States with 12 regional offices. The company recently executed a $656,166 Business Employment Incentive Program grant with the Economic Development Authority to support its relocation to New Jersey. The grant program is available to businesses expanding or relocating their workforce in New Jersey. Grants may be awarded for up to 10 years and can range between 10 percent and 80 percent of the total amount of state income taxes withheld by the company during the calendar year from the salaries of the new employees hired.

The Princeton Information announcement follows last week's announcement that Intrasphere Technologies Inc., a life sciences consulting firm, is planning to relocate its headquarters to Jersey City following its New York City lease expiration this month. In addition to relocating 120 existing jobs to Jersey City, the company plans to create 180 new jobs within two years.

Posted on: 2010/6/4 4:50
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Downtown: Man robbed at Newport Mall - video shows he was set up by female classmate & her boyfriend
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Shock for Jersey City man robbed at Newport Centre Mall when cops say video shows he was set up; arrests for classmate and her boyfriend

Thursday, June 03, 2010
By MICHAELANGELO CONTE
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

A Jersey City man robbed and assaulted at the Newport Centre Mall on Tuesday found out later he was likely set up by the female classmate he went shopping with, police said.

At about 6 p.m., police arrested Antoinette Carter, 22, of Newark, and issued a warrant for her boyfriend, Dwayne Hutchinson, 22, of Arlington Avenue in Jersey City, in connection with the 4 p.m. robbery, reports said.

The 26-year-old victim told police that at about 4 p.m. he and Carter were on an escalator after shopping in Sears when a man put his arm around his neck from behind, saying "Give me everything you got," reports said.

The robber grabbed the victim's wallet during a struggle and punched him in the face before running away, reports said.

The victim yelled for mall security as he chased the robber to the parking deck, where a security officer allowed the robber to leave after he turned out his pockets to show he did not have the wallet, reports said. The victim said Carter disappeared, reports said.

At the police station, the victim was informed the car belonged to Carter and that security video in Sears showed Hutchinson hovering nearby as he and Carter shopped, reports said, adding that Carter is seen standing aside and doing nothing during the attack.

Carter turned up at the police station around 6 p.m. saying she wanted to check on the victim and police told her they had tied her to the incident, reports said, adding that she was arrested after giving conflicting statements.

At the police station, Hutchinson called Carter three times and on the last call she handed the phone to police and Hutchinson hung up when he realized where Carter was, reports said.

Carter told officers she took mass transit home from the mall, but also said she met up with Hutchinson in the parking deck and he drove her home, reports said.

The victim and Carter attend the University of Phoenix in Jersey City, reports said.

Posted on: 2010/6/4 3:49
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Re: Bergen Lafayette: 1 Dead, 1 Hurt in Bergen-Lex Drive-By
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Jersey City man must serve 17 years in prison for firing fatal shot into crowd

Friday, June 04, 2010
By MICHAELANGELO CONTE
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

A Jersey City felon who opened fire into a crowd at a notorious drug dealing corner was sentenced yesterday to 20 years in prison for killing a man who had himself served almost a decade in prison for homicide, officials said.

"It was a long wait for the victim's family members, who spoke very emotionally at sentencing," said county Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Simpson after the sentencing of Raheem Forrester, 31, of Grant Avenue, yesterday afternoon. "They are hoping to find closure and peace at this point."


In March 2009, Forrester pleaded guilty to the aggravated manslaughter of Antoine Mack, 33, of Bramhall Avenue, at about 5 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2007, at Bergen and Lexington avenues.

Mack was struck in the arm and the bullet went through his neck, severing major arteries, Simpson said.

Forrester pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in connection with a second victim, who was shot in the upper leg, and would have been a key witness against Forrester had the case gone to trial, Simpson said.

Forrester's prosecution took so long in part because he attempted to take back his guilty plea, Simpson said, adding that he was originally charged with murder.

On June 26, 1996, Mack was sentenced to 20 years for the aggravated manslaughter of Jensen Spencer, 27, of Duncan Avenue in Jersey City, and he served just under half of the sentence before being paroled, authorities said. Spencer was under indictment on firearms charges at the time he was killed, officials said.

Mack was in prison from June 26, 1996 to Jan. 25, 2005 and again from June 5, 2006 to June 16, 2006 on convictions for manslaughter and for drug possession, state corrections officials said.

Posted on: 2010/6/4 3:42
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Jersey City says savings from canceling July 4 fireworks will ensure funding for other summer events
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Jersey City says savings from canceling July 4 fireworks display will ensure funding for other summer events

Friday, June 04, 2010
By MELISSA HAYES
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

Jersey City will realize a savings of $138,000 by eliminating its Fourth of July fireworks show this year, city officials said yesterday.

The total cost to put on the event is $238,000, but the city plans to spend $100,000 on other summer events around the city, officials said.


Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy said scrapping the event at Liberty State Park will keep several other summer entertainment events running despite tough economic times.

"While we are disappointed that we have to cancel our well-attended annual Fourth of July celebration, it only made sense during this difficult economic time to spread the funding out across several events in different parts of the city," Healy said in a statement.

Although Jersey City has canceled its fireworks, Macy's announced it will shoot off its Fourth of July fireworks spectacular from the Hudson River this year.

Healy said he hopes to revive the city event.

"If the economy improves, we hope to be able to resume the fireworks next year at Liberty State Park, what we consider to be the greatest venue for an Independence Day celebration," he said.

City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said the cost of putting on the fireworks show to the city is $238,000 - $138,000 for police, fire, public works and emergency management workers; and $100,000 for the fireworks, performers, and other necessities, such as the stage and portable toilets.

She said $100,000 of the savings will be put into other summer events.

"Families are canceling their summer vacations," Morrill said. "The mayor wanted to make sure there was something for them to do throughout the summer."

In his statement, Healy said the savings from the fireworks show would be used to put on about 20 concerts and cultural events.

Posted on: 2010/6/4 3:38
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Rubella jewelry designs on view downtown
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Rubella jewelry designs on view downtown

By Brendan Carroll/For The Jersey Journal
June 04, 2010, 2:00AM

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Samantha Stillwagon, left, and Rita Salpietro, right, of Rubella, a local jewelry outfit based in Jersey City.

Rubella -- also known as German measles -- is a contagious infection best known by its distinctive red rash. Rubella is also the alias of two Jersey City designers named Rita Salpietro and Samantha Stillwagon.

Rita and Sam create custom handmade jewelry featuring antique tintype photographs,
chandelier crystals, skeleton keys, animal bones, human teeth and other anatomical objects.

Their creations can found on Etsy, Facebook, in various shops, or on the road during craft fairs and festivals.

I am a fan of Rubella, and their jewelry. I bought my first item from Rubella the other day. The piece is a gold brooch with a large ceramic tooth affixed to it. It's for my girlfriend. For me,
Rubella has carved out a niche somewhere between Oscar Wilde and Jeffery Dahmer. I don't
know whether to swoon or run in the opposite direction when I see their distinct line of objects
and jewelry.

Rubella's work will be on view and for sale at Another Man's Treasure at 353 Grove St., Downtown Jersey City, today from 6 to 9 p.m. and throughout the month of June. Today's event is part of JC Fridays and guests can expect complimentary champagne, Italian soda, meringues, and cupcakes.

For more information on Rubella: www.etsy.com/shop/rubella13

B: Rita and Sam, tell us about yourselves--what's your background, and where did you two meet?

SAM: My background is in illustration and traditional photography. We met at NJCU in Jersey City. We were both Photo majors. Our friendship evolved when we both realized we had a love for Patsy Cline and medical oddities among many other things.

RITA: My background is in photography, accompanied by a longtime interest in collecting and creative writing. Sam and I met at NJCU. I moved to Jersey City from California (where I was living for a few years) to finish a degree in photography and she was the first person I really connected with in Jersey City, artistically and otherwise. We would leave class and find ourselves rambling forever about music, old cameras, graphic novels, and our favorite Taschen books.
Photo courtesy of Rubella
The Tobias Necklace features an antique tintype pendant accented with a chandelier crystal and an old yale key, all hanging from a sturdy chain with clasp. Chain measures approximately 22 inches in total length and tintype and key together measures about 3 inches in length.

B: Rubella is the alias of your jewelry business. Why did you choose the name Rubella?

R: There is a very catchy nineties song by Smoking Popes titled "Rubella". In the song, Rubella is the name of the love interest. We love the idea of the two opposing visuals: a beautiful woman and a not so pretty disease.

S: Rubella sounds like a beautiful feminine name while being the name of a sickness. Perfect.

B: What kind of jewelry do you make, and why should someone buy it?

S: We make jewelry that we wear. That's pretty much how we started. We have always adorned ourselves with rather large pieces that we have made into jewelry.

R: The tintype pieces are my personal favorite. I hope they become our signature. The unique quality of a tintype is unmatched by current photographic technology. The idea of wearing an image of a deceased person isn't strange to us; it's a celebration of history and forgotten lives. In addition to the tintypes pieces, our jewelry features other objects of the past like old keys, chandelier crystals, antique hardware, and ornate coffin handles.

S: There's something about actually wearing a piece of history on your neck that makes it more special than a lot of other necklaces.

B: You make what you wear and wear what you make. This is perfect. What I find appealing is your attachment to photography, and the role photography plays in your jewelry. Who are some of your favorite photographers, and why?

S: There are so many photographers, and they all have different styles. Francessca Woodman, Lewis Carroll, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Stephen Shore, Joel-Peter Witkin, Bellocq, Weegee, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Sally Mann, Nan Goldin, William Eggleston, Diane Arbus, Gregory Crewdson, Pierre et Giles and Carte de Visite photography, stereograph cards, medical/anatomical and crime scene photographs and institutional mug shots. A lot of these photographers portray a lonely or mysterious feeling, kind of dark or plain dark. Some of the photographers work in black and white, and some work in oversaturated color.

R: I'm going to add Julia Margaret Cameron and her staged tableaux of women and children. I love that stuff. Actually, I don't know the origin of a lot of the images that I come across and love these days. I guess that is the mixed blessing of the Internet, right?
Photo courtesy of Rubella
Untitled Rubella brass tintype ring, valued at $45.

B: Rubella tends to use non-traditional mediums and methods in its designs. For example, the Henry necklace features an antique tintype, a religious medallion, an ornate charm, and a tiny metal hand that clutches a tiny paper burgundy rose. The Diana necklace features a preserved rodent femur bone. What's the story? Why do you choose the materials you do, and how would you describe Rubella's design philosophy?

R: All these objects have a past--and when paired together--they seem to tell a story or become a poem. They also connect us to the past.

B: Rita, I am going to throw you a hardball--high, fast, and inside. The past is past, what's so great about it? Sam--no ducking--I expect a comment about the allure of the past from you as well.

R: That is a good question! I don't think the past is greater than the present. However, for me, the past is aesthetically superior. There is a sublime quality to old images, and old things.

B: How long does each piece take to design? $50 seems inexpensive for handcrafted jewelry.

S: It depends on the piece.

R: Every piece differs. Many of the items that we utilize in our jewelry are things that we have collected over the years. We love these items. That is where the real value lies. Every piece is different and rare. But we also want the jewelry to be affordable.

B: As an artist, pricing artwork is difficult. In my experience, I usually undervalue my work, and sell it below cost. What I forget to put into the equation is what actually goes into an individual piece: time, labor, cost, as well as professional training which enable me to make the work in the first place. I know you spend time and money traveling around the area to find the objects you utilize in your jewelry. What is your experience of determining price of any given piece?

S: It is hard to determine value. Sometimes we think we under price our pieces. For example, when we were sitting behind our table at a craft fair, a man pointed to our tintype pieces, and said: "These should be more, this is too little, I'm telling you!" Some people think we might charge too much. They do not realize that a tintype is close to 100 years old! Each tintype necklace is a relic, a piece of history that can be worn around your neck! We try to keep our prices reasonable. We want to share with other people!

B: You have to market your tintype pieces to history buffs. Rubella has to take its line to the Antique Road Show. Rubella sells its jewelry on Etsy, in craft fairs, and boutiques. Which forum do you prefer, and do you cater designs to fit a particular venue?

S: I love craft fairs. It's a chance for us to curate an atmosphere. We design our table with an array of objects, such as phrenology heads, bell jars, rodent skulls, flowers, old birdcages, vintage suitcases, photographs, and other things. It sets a certain mood. It's like a home for the jewelry.

R: The feedback from the people that we have met during craft fairs has been positive. That's one of my favorite parts of the process. I have been surprised to see how our work appeals to people of all ages, tastes, and styles.

B: Sam, I like your comment, "A home for the jewelry." In many ways, your presentations strike me as site-specific installations. I can see Rubella designing photo shoots, movie sets, and museum installations. Have you considered exploring installation and set-design as other forms of creative expression for Rubella?

S: I made miniature sets and photographed them a while ago. It was something I really enjoyed. Having complete control and kind of inventing your own world. It's something I've actually been thinking about returning to. Rita and I are very concerned with our surroundings and the environments we create for ourselves such as living spaces etc.

R: I would love to do set design or interior decorating. When I was 14, I begged my mom to let me paint my bedroom walls dark blue and put up gold wallpaper on the ceiling. I even spray painted the ceiling fan gold! In retrospect, it looked horrible but I really did love hanging out in that little dark gaudy room.

B: Where do you see Rubella in the next few years?

S: In the next few years we hope to gain a larger fan base and do more art fairs and events. And I would love to have everything -- time, space, and material resources -- I need to make more custom pieces in my studio!

R: We always want our jewelry to be one of a kind. We also plan to get our work in more locations, which is already starting to happen this summer.

B: Where is Rubella's studio?

S: I have a small studio space in my apartment.

R: I work in my apartment--make jewelry, watch eBay auctions for treasures, and photograph the pieces. It's the place where I feel most comfortable and has turned out to be great backdrop for our vision.

B: If you could design a jewelry line for one celebrity, who would it be, and why?

S: It would be Theda Bara or Louise Brooks! They embody radiance, mystery, and they have a certain darkness that sets them apart from a lot of other celebrities of their time. I think some of the things we make are almost made for them!

R: Those are good answers! I'd like to give a tintype piece to some of the writers who have written about photography--Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes. I'm not saying they'd wear it, but I'd imagine that they would find the appeal.

B: The artist Joseph Cornell made work--unsolicited--for his favorite actresses. He designed a devotional box for Lauren Bacall. I heard that Humphrey Bogart was furious, and refused to be in the same room as the gift. Have you considered designing a specific line of jewelry for living celebrity--someone in the public eye?

S: I have to think about it. I cannot think of any living celebrity that I care for. Maybe someone like Dita Von Teese.

B: What other kinds of objects does Rubella make?

S: We appropriate religious candles from the supermarket. We embellish the candles with anatomy images from the late 1800's or hobo clowns, or snake charmers and fortune-tellers. We also add touch hardware such as an antique key or a charm of some kind.

R: Sam and I are always dabbling in something new -- from baking and silk-screening vintage slips, to Sam's intricate and wonderful illustrations. In the future, we could pursue all of our passions, but right now, our main focus is the jewelry.

B: For me, your work is similar to the devotional objects I come across in Catholic churches. Has religious art influenced Rubella's aesthetic?

S: Most definitely. The idea of a relic comes to mind the most. I was raised Catholic, but I'm not practicing. Catholic art/charms/statues/architecture are something I have always loved. While sitting in church as a child, bored out of my mind, I would just look around thinking how creepy yet peaceful and lonely these saints and apostles looked. I think they are absolutely beautiful and sometimes tacky and absolutely creepy which all make for something pretty great.

R: I read a book recently that likened the character's boredom to a tourist's boredom of churches. I get this analogy of course, but I have never been bored of churches while traveling. I think the longest time I ever spent in one was at Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome. It was a hot, dry summer day and it was so cool and dim inside. I couldn't have dreamed up a better place to be alone.

B: This question, in two parts, is for Sam. Sam, you were born in Jersey City, and live in Bayonne. When did you decide to leave your home, and betray your friends? If Jersey City challenged Bayonne to a snowball fight, whose side would you be on and why?

S: I grew up in Jersey City. My family moved to Bayonne after I finished high school. As soon as I graduated, I moved right back to Jersey City. I ended up moving back to Bayonne because I couldn't afford to live in Jersey City. Jersey City is where I'm from and made me the way I am probably--ha-ha. Obviously, I'd be on the side of Jersey City in a snowball fight.

B: This question is for Rita. Rita, you were born in Atlantic City, and were raised in Toms River. Which character from the Jersey Shore do you identify with most--Angelina "Jolie" Pivarnick, Jenni "JWoww" Farley, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, or Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola--and why?

R: I can't believe that I have an instant answer for this one, but it would have to be Sammi. I do a pretty decent impression. Plus, she's the romantic of the bunch, right?

B: I do not know. I have never watched the show. Let's focus on Jersey City. What is your favorite diner? Who has the best jukebox, and where can you find a decent cup of coffee?

S: Our favorite diner is Miss America. We have spent many hours sitting in the original booths (which have sadly been replaced by modern booths) sharing ideas and talking over disco fries and gyro plates. I like the jukebox at Bobby Dee's on Beacon by Christ Hospital. Their jukebox isn't the best but it has some gems. The limited selection forces me to search through the whole thing and make a decision. And that bar is just insane.

R: Miss America, I agree. It is a shame about those new booths! I think we used to mention the awesome atomic patterns on the tabletops every other time we sat in there. I don't go there very often, but the Juke Box at Lucky 7's is pretty great. Coffee drinking is one of the few habits that Sam I don't share. I drink a lot of it and usually make it at home.

Photo courtesy of Rubella
Tooth brooch features a large faux tooth on an ornate brass setting.


B: Where would you rather spend your weekend, and why--inside the galleries of the MoMA or trash picking in an abandoned lot near the old Medical Center in Jersey City?

S: I'd rather spend my weekend dumpster diving and searching through the trash by the old medical center than hitting up MoMa. I have been obsessed with that old Medical Center since I can remember. I would like to have been able to go inside more than anything.

R: Can I do both? I'm just as comfortable sipping wine during an opening or digging out an anatomically correct spine model from a Jersey City Dumpster (real find!). However, I can't say I would be as comfortable sitting across a table and staring at Mariana Abramovich. I've seen the current exhibition at MoMA and loved it, but haven't had to guts to attempt to sit with her yet - Maybe one day soon before it closes ...

B: Rita, you cannot choose both. This is not a game. This is life. Now, answer the question. What would you rather do over the weekend, and why--go gallery hunting in Manhattan or dumpster diving in Jersey City?

R: I have been trying to cut down on my "collecting" lately so I'm going to say gallery hunting. To get my fix, I would take photos with my iPhone so I could bring the artwork home with me. It's a sickness!

Posted on: 2010/6/4 3:30
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