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REUNION OF CHAMPIONS – The annual celebration of West New York’s St. Joseph’s High School Class of 1971 took place recently at Sal’s Trattoria and Bar in West New York. The class of ’71 boasted Hudson County and New Jersey champions in football, basketball, and chess.
REUNION OF CHAMPIONS – The annual celebration of West New York’s St. Joseph’s High School Class of 1971 took place recently at Sal’s Trattoria and Bar in West New York. The class of ’71 boasted Hudson County and New Jersey champions in football, basketball, and chess.

Stack ticket wins big in Democartic state legislative primaries

Incumbent state Sen. and Union City Mayor Brian Stack and his Hudson County Democratic Organization-endorsed (HCDO) General Assembly candidates, Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director Carmelo Garcia and Jersey City Deputy Mayor Raj Mukherji, prevailed in Democratic primaries held throughout the 33rd Legislative District on Tuesday night. Those three candidates will face three largely-unopposed Republicans in a November general election.

The 33rd District is comprised of Hoboken, Union City, Weehawken and parts of Jersey City, and is represented by one state senator and two assemblymen.

Stack, who ran unopposed, won 99.84 percent of the votes. Garcia and Mukherji captured 46.12 percent and 41.74 percent respectively, with 151 of 159 voting stations reporting. That means they get the Democratic nod for two open Assembly seats and will face Republicans in November.

The third-place finisher was far behind. Jersey City activist and attorney Peter Basso won 6.34 percent of the votes, while populist candidates Anthony Mills and John Hilt IV, who ran together, came in fourth and sixth places, respectively. Hoboken City Councilman-at-Large Ravi Bhalla, who dropped out of the race after a lawsuit failed to knock Garcia, his main competition, off the ballot, came in fifth. He recorded 445 votes.

In the Republican contest, Hoboken resident James Sanford won the state Senate primary, running unopposed. Jude Anthony Tiscornia (Jersey City) and Armando Hernandez (Union City) will represent the party in the November Assembly election. - Dean DeChiaro

Father’s Day concert in UC

The Union City Chamber Players return to St. John’s for their fourth performance this season, a Father’s Day program celebrating family ties. Mezzo-soprano Bernadette LaFond will join violinist Peter Borten, pianist Marina Korsakova-Kreyn, and special guest Diana Golden, cello, as the ensemble explores the response of composers over a 200-year period—from Bach to Richard Strauss—to the intensity of “the ties that bind.”

Bach’s aria “Es ist vollbracht” from the St. John Passion, sung immediately before Christ’s death, is a somber commentary on the Son’s final hours of suffering and the triumph of his love for the Father. In Beethoven’s variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe Fühlen” from Mozart’s Magic Flute, the cello and piano pay lighthearted tribute to the idea that there is “nothing nobler” than the love between husband and wife. Strauss’s song “Morgen!” treats the same idea but with a shimmering beauty.

The Union City Chamber Players unite locally based professional musicians to bring low-cost, high-quality performances of classical chamber music to the Union City community.

Tickets can be purchased for $10 on the day of the concert, at the door. Children may attend at no charge. Audience members are welcome to join the artists for a free reception following the concert.

The event is Sunday, June 16, 3 p.m., 1516 Palisade Ave. For more information, contact Peter Borten, 201-348-8903.

Cabaret at UC Museum

The city is presenting Cabaret at the Museum with a performance by The Vicki Burns Trio on Friday, June 14, 2013 at 8 p.m. at the William V. Musto Cultural Center, 420-15th Street, Union City, NJ. Special musical guest, Tracy Stark.

Vicki Burns is a vocalist currently performing in the NYC area with the City's finest musicians. Known for her clear, beautiful voice and an infectious sense of swing, she has made her mark by performing at such venues as Birdland, The Iridium Jazz Club, The Metropolitan Room and a regular stint at the iconic gem in the Village, The Zinc Bar.

Admission is free. Refreshments served. For more information, visit: or

Colombian Cultural Week

The city of Union City, Mayor Brian Stack, and the Board of Commissioners, in conjunction with Festival y Desfile Colombiano Condado de Hudson, invite the community to celebrate Colombian Cultural Week with an Opening Reception & Art Exhibit on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the William V. Musto Cultural Center, 420 - 15th St., Union City.

The opening reception will concist of an Art Exhibit by artists Viviana Barberi, Pablo Osorio, Adolfo Peña, Luis A. Rodríguez, Jael Noriega, and José A. Castro; Paola Bowley (photography); Gloria González (three dimensional ceramics); and Mario Bustamante (sculpture). Poetry performances by Oscar J. Salazar, Guillermo Lozano-sharah, and Mercedes Minota. Musical presentation by DEL CURTETO INFANTIL TIMIZA Y SUS VIOLINES and Jose Chavez & His Saxophone. As homage posthumous to artist Giorgia Prieto de Romero one of her paintings will be on exhibit. Marytte Morelli will serve as Master of Ceremony. Free Admission.

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