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Re: Please clean up your dog poop...
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BTW, this just in from the Dallas metro area:
Dog feces spat leads to shooting and double homicide

I am not saying this is a common occurrence, but this is exactly what I think about as a worst case scenario when I think of a contentious relationship with a troublesome neighbor. The way people behave around here, I can see something like this happening.

Posted on: 2013/2/5 7:13
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Re: Please clean up your dog poop...
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Quite honestly, this is a serious issue all over JC. The government's complacency by not even attempting to enforce the law on this regard is sending the message that it is OK to not pick up after your dog(s). I live in BeLa (or, whatever people want to call it nowadays) and some streets are littered from one end of the block to the next in dog feces in whatever little strip of grass is there. While some people here have indicated their willingness to call out random strangers for their failure to curb their dogs, I find the practice impractical and borderline dangerous. Not to come across as a sissy, but mouthing off at random people can be a risky proposition: you don't know if they are packing, if they are high, or willing to "make a statement" on their (bizarre) beliefs of (misplaced) rights or entitlements. In the end, this is a matter of civility and neighborhood pride. Sadly, we seem to be perpetually running low on both of those categories ALL OVER THIS CITY. And, you are not likely to teach them either by calling them out.

In the end, the proof is in the pudding: look around at all the trash being tossed on the streets by our very own neighbors and it is no wonder that dog feces are not picked up.

The other day, a neighbor of mine suggested creating a "volunteer clean up brigade" to take to the streets around the neighborhood to pick up trash, etc. I thought about it for a while and concluded that it would be an exercise in futility. I truly think that the streets (and, neighborhood) would be trashed again within days. In my immediate area of the neighborhood, I have personally witnessed: people dump trash (wrappers, cups, napkins, etc) from their cars onto the streets; a cop toss an empty coffee cup towards a sewer grate; someone dump a bunch of pennies from their car onto a sidewalk; people relieving themselves (in broad daylight) by peeing on walls; and, of course, your stereotypical ghetto hoodlum with a pit-mix dog walk to an empty, fenced in lot and let his dog run loose in there, relieve itself and then walk home with nary an effort to pick up after the dog.

Posted on: 2013/2/5 7:09
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Re: New Jersey will start charging surcharges on Visa and MC credit cards
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One very important point that people seem to have missed is that American Express cards are not included in the settlement, so no such charge is allowed for AMEX transactions by the settlement. And, as a result, most merchants will not be able to charge the extra fee for Visa/MC transactions because the settlement also stipulates that any merchants wanting to charge any fees will need to do so for all credit cards accepted (not just Visa/MC) and since the AMEX terms of service prohibit any such fees, most merchants will be legally unable to charge the extra fee at all.

Another very important point from the settlement is that it stipulates that any merchant imposing any extra fees, will have to do so across all of their stores (they can NOT selectively choose to do so in one market and not other). And, because about 10 different states (NY is one of them, but not NJ) prohibit merchants from charging any additional fees, any retailers with outlets in one of those states will also be legally unable to impose any additional fees.

In other words, NO MAJOR RETAILER will be imposing extra fees. This settlement is really only applicable to small vendors, and only those that only accept Visa and Mastercard.

Posted on: 2013/1/27 23:31
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Re: Australians investors buying up Jersey City housing
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Heights:

If by "they" you are referring to the Australian REIT fund, you should know that they will not be voting for anyone because, legally, non citizens are NOT allowed to vote. With a very few notable exceptions, foreigners are not allowed to vote at ANY level of government. And none of those are in NJ.

For someone who is so brazen and cavalier in his attitude towards foreigners and immigrants, and who has no qualms in spouting xenophobic rants, you have a remarkably small grasp of laws and facts regarding those matters.

Posted on: 2013/1/27 23:19
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Re: American Can/ Canco Lofts
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@Vergeofinsanity: Of course CanCo Lofts residents can park on the street. Why wouldn't they be allowed to do so? No law stipulates that you MUST buy a parking spot at the building, or lease one.

@Heights: You are assuming much. Some residents may own more than one car (think couples with two jobs, or roommates heading to different jobs, etc) and the Lofts only guarantees one spot available per unit, with a LONG waiting list for additional spots.

If you live in CanCo Lofts, with more than one car for your unit, you will have to park on the street, or find a parking lot where to keep your car. Also, keep in mind that the area is rife with car break ins. I know someone's whose car was broken into twice within a few months of moving in while parked outside overnight. Another resident had his FOUR (!!) tires stolen and his car was left sitting on cinder blocks. This happened right outside the building.

So, yes, you can park outside, but beware. Perhaps it is more cost effective to park in a lot, long term.

Posted on: 2013/1/14 8:29
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Re: American Can/ Canco Lofts
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@Toonces: I find it interesting that some units pay different/variable rates for maintenance fees. Based on your numbers, indeed the rate works out to about 59 c, but the fees being quoted for that unit Malcontent is eyeing do approximate to 64 cents per sq. ft., which is pretty much how it worked out for my father, who also lives in CanCo Lofts.

As for the taxes being quoted to Malcontent, those can't possibly be right. The online tax records tell a different story.

Malcontent, who do you think is lying? The broker? Or, the county tax records??

Posted on: 2013/1/11 14:17
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Re: American Can/ Canco Lofts
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If you combine taxes and condo fees for a 1 bedroom at Canco you get about $550 a month.


Malcontent, I think you are misinformed. Where did you get that information?

I don't personally live in CanCo Lofts, but I am very familiar with the financial details of living there because of acquaintances that do live there. I can assure you that the monthly costs of taxes + fees + maintenance exceed the one thousand mark, per month, regardless of unit. As someone else stated, the condo fees work out to about 60 cents per sq. ft. per unit per month. My experience is that the actual number is a bit higher (~65). IIRC, the tax rate that was quoted during closing was around 1.65%. In a 1300 sq. ft. unit, you would be looking to pay close to 800 in maintenance, plus your taxes, plus parking.

So, if you are looking at CanCo Lofts, do yourself a favor and get better information.

Posted on: 2013/1/11 8:54
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Re: M.E. Casa Restaurant
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Surprisingly, I thought I had reviewed this place a few months back, but I can not find my review. Indeed, this is a local treasure. Unassuming (and, perhaps, uninviting) from the outside, but definitely great food.

As others have mentioned, the owner chef (Eddie) is a great host and his love/passion/dedication to this endeavor shines through. He is welcoming and makes an honest attempt to visit with each table while manning the kitchen and preparing the food.

The food itself is very good, plentiful and very well priced. I hope he succeeds!

Posted on: 2013/1/9 13:51
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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Exchange Place will be a fun place today... All escalators will remain out of service today, until at least tomorrow morning, as per the PATH tweets.

Here is a copy: All three #PATH escalators at Exchange Place are currently out of service through tomorrow morning, 1/8/13. Please use stairs or elevators.

Posted on: 2013/1/8 11:51
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Re: The Brightside Tavern - 141 Bright Street
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I try to avoid negative reviews of local places, as I really don't want see a local place, with local ownership, going out of business, but I had to chime in on this one.

I have also tried the Brightside Tavern on three occasions, all terrible. Every visit was at the bar area. Unfortunately, the experience described by tommyc_37 is, in many ways, exactly what it's been like for me.

The ambiance (on a football Sunday afternoon) was pretty dreadful. On a second occasion (also over a weekend, but can't remember if Saturday or Sunday) it was equally bland, devoid of any feel of a neighborhood bar, or tavern.

The food is almost laughable. On my first visit, I asked the bartender if the wings were any good, and I was assured they were excellent and really some of the best she had ever had. Well, those wings were probably some of the worst I have ever had: they were tiny, thin and overcooked. Yet, somehow, they were barely warm when they got to me. Even though I hate tiny wings, if they are at least meaty, I could forgive the lack of size. These things barely had any meat on them, and since they were overcooked, eating the little meat they had was like chewing on bone.

Also, the beers on tap were very much run of the mill stuff.

I really wanted to like this place, but I haven't been back in almost a year. I suppose I could give it a try again. But, I am in no hurry to do so.

Posted on: 2013/1/6 17:35
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Re: Honey Bakery - McGinley Square
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I want to add my support for Honey Bakery! I got to try some of their food this past Friday at their stand in the Grove Street Plaza. The lady running the stand was super sweet and friendly and allowed people to have mini samples of the hot food items. I ended up buying a large container of their lamb pilaf rice (AMAZING, and a good deal at $6) and a lamb samosa (very good, and stuffed with lamb meat, $4). I didn't get any sweets, but I intend to go by their shop sometime soon to pick some up. I asked her if they would be back at the Plaza and she did indicate they would be there this week at the Monday and Thursday events. Good food, with a smile. I hope they succeed and I wish them the best.

Posted on: 2012/12/17 15:09
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Re: New police unit arrests three men allegedly involved in Hoboken/Jersey City bike theft ring
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Are we to believe that each of those stolen bikes was worth, on average, almost $800?? The 40K figure sounds high for bikes being stolen from the street. Unless they are are breaking into actual homes and apartments and stealing really nice bikes, I don't see how that figure is remotely close to accurate. I am sure people have enough sense not to leave expensive bikes chained outside. Or, maybe not?

Posted on: 2012/12/13 14:48
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Re: Astor Place Jersey City
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I don't live on Astor, nor have I ever lived there, but I have travelled the area often (on my car and bike) and I will second JC_Livin's assertion about cars speeding down Astor. I am not sure why that is, either. Perhaps the relative seclusion ensures lack of police cruisers looking for speedsters (as if) but people definitely drive fast into and out of Astor Place. The corner of Astor and Summit is definitely one where to watch carefully for vehicular traffic.

Posted on: 2012/12/12 11:05
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Re: Tilted Kilt - Pub & Eatery (&boobs)
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Where is there a Hooters or Tilted Kilt in downtown NYC?


Hooters (in Manhattan, midtwon)

Address
211 West 56th Street
New York, NY 10019


Posted on: 2012/12/12 10:58
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Re: Pacquiao vs Marquez 4
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Not what you would like to hear, but I have NEVER been able to find a bar in JC that shows the marquee fights, or even just the popular ones. I used to go to Hoboken, to East LA, where they used to show most major boxing matches. After one too many raucous, rowdy crowds, they stopped showing fights. That was about a year ago.

Now, I go into Manhattan, to a place called Legends, an awesome bar on 33rd St, between 5th and 6th Avenue. It is a SHORT walk from the PATH. The crowd, while lively, never gets out of control. They have a good selection of beers on tap, and the food is above average, for a bar.

Of course, with the PATH not running after 10 PM, this option is only viable if you can drive in.

Posted on: 2012/12/7 12:56
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Re: Catholic Church Recommendations in Downtown JC?
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I am not a religious man, at all, but I have attended services at OLC. It is a very welcoming community, and very young, as well. In fact, my first time there, I was struck by both of those things. It truly did feel like a very nice place.

I have checked out other Catholic churches downtown, and OLC is, by far, my best experience to date. The congregation seems vibrant and I felt "at home". But, again, I am not a religious person, so my opinion is solely based on the community/welcoming/inclusive aspects of the place and the way I felt while there.

Posted on: 2012/12/5 11:47
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Re: Jersey City Parking Authority
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Actually, the OP is doing a lot more than questioning the reasonableness of the ticket.

His post shows an unwillingness to fully acknowledge fault by saying things like : "I guess", "technically", "not always easy to check signs". In short, the OP is pissed that he was booted for parking in the wrong zone. And, yes, that really sucks. But, his contention that checking street signs is not easy is almost laughable. That may be the case if you are in a hurry and don't want to bother doing so. Unless, of course, signs are missing, or defaced, or worn out. Like I said, in those cases a person should fight the ticket.

Posted on: 2012/10/4 16:17
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Re: Jersey City Parking Authority
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As others have pointed out, the responsibility for reading street parking signs, and complying with all rules, lays squarely with the driver. I understand we live hurried lives, but that doesn't absolve anyone of their responsibilities. Read the signs, heed the instructions, avoid the tickets.

And, if the signs were not clear, or missing, then do yourself (and, others) a favor and fight the ticket. Paying for invalid tickets only emboldens the JCPA to keep handing out bogus tickets.

Posted on: 2012/10/3 13:42
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Re: Kraverie for Sale
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I can't speak for Kraverie itself, but I do know that some restaurants choose to remain closed on Mondays for two reasons:
- to re-stock (hard, or impossible, to get delivery of all the necessary ingredients and/or supplies on Sundays)
- to allow owners/management/staff to rest after the weekend crush

Posted on: 2012/9/27 13:20
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Re: Japanese food - your recommendations
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Definitely Honshu!! Huge thumbs up for them. Great sushi, sashimi, and noodles. And, as someone else mentioned, it is BYOB. The staff is ALWAYS courteous and service is efficient and done with a smile.

Posted on: 2012/9/19 16:19
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Re: Local Veterinarian
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Big, big thumbs up for PFA. I just had my Weimaraner neutered and it was a simple, satisfying experience. They are mostly about low-cost spay/neuter procedures, but they now do basic wellness services, as well. Even if you don't need to have a procedure done on your cat, or dog, you can help support PFA by buying your pet medications from them. Their pricing is good (below MSRP/list price) and by buying it from them, you are helping them provide their low-cost procedures. The staff is very, very sweet and helpful, and the vets (I have met two) are also very loving and caring towards the animals. If you have a car, the Hillside location is a 15-minute drive.

Posted on: 2012/9/14 16:15
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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From JCI:

Beginning on October 1, 2012 at 3 am, a single PATH ride will rise to $2.25; two-trip tickets will be $4.50; 10-trip tickets will be $17; 20-trip tickets will be $34; 40-trip tickets will be $68; a 30-day unlimited will be $73 and a 7-day unlimited will be $24.

Beginning on October 1, 2013 at 3 am, a single PATH ride will rise to $2.50; two-trip tickets will be $5; 10-trip tickets will be $19; 20-trip tickets will be $38; 40-trip tickets will be $76; a 30-day unlimited will be $80 and a 7-day unlimited will be $26.

Beginning on October 1, 2014 at 3 am, a single PATH ride will rise to $2.75; two-trip tickets will be $5.50; 10-trip tickets will be $21; 20-trip tickets will be $42; 40-trip tickets will be $84; a 30-day unlimited will be $89 and a 7-day unlimited will be $29.

Posted on: 2012/9/13 16:43
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Re: Felon charged in fiery JC (Grand St) crash that killed 2 pleads not guilty
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Indeed, the Grand Street Expressway. Several times over the past two weeks I have been honked at, and essentially shoved aside, by drivers hurrying East while I (legally) ride my bike on the street. What is there to do? If I am feeling adventurous, I will toss a few choice words their way and give them the stink eye, but there is little else I can do: in a head to head battle, the car will win EVERY DAY. Police presence is non existent and drivers feel pretty entitled to speed down the road and to drive aggressively while doing so.

Posted on: 2012/9/13 16:31
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Re: Surf City Restaurant & Megabar
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Well, the Surf City bar is run by the same people behind the Beer Garden and their policy is posted right by the entrance: Dogs (20 lbs, or under) are welcome. Having said that, they will turn a blind eye to a dog that is above that weight limit based on your attitude, whether or not they know you, or recognize you, how crowded the place is, and how well-behaved your dog appears to be. To date, I have always been welcome with open arms, and they are REALLY welcoming to my guy. They usually bring him water and pet him and it has never been an issue. Then again, I have been bringing him along since he was a 9-week old puppy. He is now close to 30 pounds, and well over the limit, but I keep him curbed, and never let him roam or bother people. In short, my experience has been that if your dog is well behaved, they will welcome him. I have see all types of breeds, so no issues there. And, I have been there during happy hour time, and late evening hours, and no issues either. Heck, I showed up at the Surf City Bar around 11 PM and no one batted an eyelash about the fact that my dog was along for the fun.

Posted on: 2012/7/12 12:27
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Re: Surf City Restaurant & Megabar
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I stopped in late Saturday night and thought the ambiance was just right. Lots of people, but not rowdy at all. Bouncers all over the place keeping an eye on things, and service was pretty good. I brought my dog with me and was made to feel very welcome. By the time I left, a few "chest thumping" types were starting to show up but things were still pretty chill. Definitely impressed with the place, and how it turned out, and I thought the vibe was great. I will be going back on a regular basis.

Also, about the person complaining about the beer prices, two things: if you happen to go during happy hour, their prices are much lower (which could explain the price difference) and if you were in doubt as to what you were being billed, you could have asked. There is no shame, or losing face, in asking for clarification of a bill. These are the same people that run the Zeppelin Beer Garden, which is why half the bartenders and bouncers were the same as over there. Over at the Zepp, beers are half off during happy hour, so I would think that something similar is true for Surf City.

Posted on: 2012/7/10 16:29
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Re: Jersey City Pet Owner's Day is hitting the road…and the next stop is:
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Thank you for the quick response, Robin.

My guy is currently up to date in his shots, but he will be due for his next round of vaccination next week, so I thought I could go in and get it done this weekend. Also, and most importantly, thank you very much for clarifying the licensing requirements. I didn't realize the licensing was not due until they had reached 7 months of age.

Have a great day, and thank you for all work and effort. It is appreciated by many, even if we fail to express it at times.

Posted on: 2012/6/6 16:37
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Re: Jersey City Pet Owner's Day is hitting the road…and the next stop is:
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Robin:

If the dog being vaccinated and registered is still a puppy (12 weeks) and, therefore, not yet neutered, which license fee would be due?? I fully plan to get him "fixed", but I don't know if my promise to do so is enough to qualify for the discounted fee applicable to neutered dogs. The difference is not much, so it is not really much of a concern, but I was wondering if there was a policy already defined for puppies.

Thanks!

Posted on: 2012/6/6 12:33
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Re: Who here really, really hates Comcast?
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From what I have read, Verizon has stopped expanding the FIOS network. Instead Verizon is putting its focus on expanding its wireless services.


Not sure where you heard, or read, that. FiOS is definitely expanding all over JC and the tri-state area. My building just got outfitted with FiOS recently and subscriber sign-ups took place over the weekend and on Monday.

I am scheduled to get my service installed and enabled this week.

I am SO happy to get rid of Comcast. I am paying through the nose for really sub par service. I will get immense pleasure when I call them to cancel, especially if they ask me why I am canceling the service.

Posted on: 2012/3/7 13:08
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Re: Attending the J.C. Public Schools
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A kid comes to US with parents illegally at 1 years old. Kid is educated and raised in US culture, does well in school.
17 years later at 18 years old kid discovers he/she is alien and is going to be deported to a culture/country never lived in does not identify with.
Send the kid back? What is gained? As a country we lost a productive person that was going to enter the workforce, buy things, and pay taxes. Either now, or in in a few short years as a college graduate.
Would it say good things or bad things about a country that sent the kid away?


The questions wasn't directed at me, but this is a recurring topic of conversation at home. My wife is a not a US citizen, but we share the same opinion: illegal aliens who come to this country are breaking the law. There are ways to come to this country legally, and many foreigners follow the rules to do so. While you can criticize the system and find faults with it, there IS a system for people to immigrate to our great country LEGALLY. Heck, even illegal aliens can seek to become legal residents and have options/possibilities to do so. Additionally, and more to the heart of your question, placing the blame on the US for enforcing immigration laws (and, thus, deporting illegal aliens and/or illegal residents who were brought here as kids) is a case of misplaced blame. While it is sad, and (perhaps) not an ideal situation, the blame should be place squarely on the parents. As parents, I believe it is our responsibility to look after our kids, to care for them, and to provide for their wellbeing. Parents who bring their kids here illegally and then fail to try to formalize their residency status are saddling their kids with the burden of a living in constant fear of deportation. Sometimes, some kids may not even realize they are illegal aliens. Regardless, the parent(s) who brought them here illegally, and then never made an effort to become legal, are shirking their parental responsibility of ensuring their kids wellbeing, safety and security. Don't blame the government. Blame the parents.

Posted on: 2012/2/25 13:51
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Re: Port-O Lounge
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I thought I had already written a review for this place, but I can't seem to find it.

The wife and I have visited Port-O Lounge three times, the most recent one being a week ago. The first time we visited, we went in to have a glass of wine and just chill. It was nice, but dead. Our next visit was a much better experience overall. During that second visit, we ordered three dishes (their so called tapas are really entrees!) and thought the food was very good. Their "stewed" chorizo tapa was REALLY good. We also had some cocktails and a few glasses of wine and felt everything was great. To top it off, this place is really inexpensive for the quality and amount of food. Their staff was also very nice. The biggest difference that night was that the place got crowded around midnight. Pretty crowded, actually. Music was good, ambiance was great and it was a fun night. Our most recent visit was equally good. This time around the place was definitely crowded from the moment we showed up (around 10 PM) but it was not unbearable. They had a live DJ spinning from about 11 PM. Overall, another thumbs up. This time around we only went in for some wine and sat at the bar. The bartender was a really nice lady who has been there during all three of our visits. She is very nice and never makes you feel rushed. Around midnight, after having consumed some glasses of wine, I started to feel a bit hungry, but their kitchen had closed already. She put together a basket of bread (warmed Portuguese rolls!) with some olives and a butter spread and brought it out as if I had ordered a full meal. Very nice gesture!! Overall, this is a great place. I will be happy to keep patronizing them.

In the interest of full disclosure, and a warning to those who might find it off-putting, I should note that this place seems to be very popular with gays and lesbians. Not sure if it is simply a coincidence, but every time we have been there, most of the late night patrons are gays and lesbians. If you are cool with that, or even indifferent, you should visit Port-O Lounge and enjoy the food, drinks and ambiance. I think it is awesome to see a local establishment that welcomes and caters to all customers equally, with great food and drink. I wish them continued success!

Posted on: 2012/2/25 13:38
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