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A STAR VISIT – Actor John Amos visited St. Joseph’s School for the Blind as a stopover on his book tour. (See brief.)
A STAR VISIT – Actor John Amos visited St. Joseph’s School for the Blind as a stopover on his book tour. (See brief.)
CarePoint ‘Lunch & Learn’ series to focus on heart and lung diseases

CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital will hold its next Lunch & Learn Series, “Managing Heart or Lung Disease,” on Thursday, Dec. 7 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The program will include presentations by medical experts about how to better manage congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A free, healthy lunch will be included.

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The event will be held at Christ Hospital, 176 Palisade Ave.

Santa’s back at Liberty Humane Society

Liberty Humane Society is kicking off the holiday season with Santa Claus, sponsored by Tito’s Vodka and hosted at The Archer in Jersey City on Thursday Dec. 7. The party kicks off at 6 p.m. with live music starting at 8 p.m. Donations at the door and all proceeds from Tito’s cocktails will be collected for LHS and the animals in its care.

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Applebee’s host breakfast with Santa on Dec. 9

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, located at the Hudson Mall, 701 Rt. 440 South (201) 200-9940, will hold its annual Breakfast with Santa fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The fundraiser will support the efforts of the U.S. Marines Corps Toys for Tots program, currently in its 70th year, which distributes new toys to underprivileged children to provide hope to as many economically disadvantaged children as possible at Christmas.

Guests can enjoy breakfast compliments of Applebee’s along with goodies, raffle tickets for door prizes and the opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus. Tickets to Breakfast with Santa can be purchased for $10 by calling or visiting a local Applebee’s. Advanced reservations are required as seating is limited. Children under the age of 2 are admitted free of charge. Applebee’s will raise additional funds by selling paper “gift tags” for $1 each, which will be displayed in the restaurants. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Breakfast with Santa events and “gift tag” purchases will be donated directly to the Toys for Tots program.

Katelyn Halpern & Dancers to perform at County Prep

Katelyn Halpern & Dancers will premiere “Loose Heart,” billed as “a dark and tender evening of contemporary dance” on Dec. 14 -15 at County Prep High School, 525 Montgomery St., Jersey City (enter on Bright St.). “Loose Heart” is the company’s second major work, and the first to premiere in the artist’s home, Jersey City.

Beaten through with arrhythmia and percussive gesture, the company says “Loose Heart” traces an inner landscape of longing. By turns solitary and unified, the trio of dancers delve into physical meditations and small, rough acts of violence before arriving at a more balanced peace. “Loose Heart” features sound design by composer Elliot Cole, and is performed by Brooklyn-based artists Arianna Dunmire and Julia Galanski (Then She Fell), and Jersey City’s Myssi Robinson (Kyle Marshall Choreography, Meagan Woods & Company).

Tickets for Loose Heart are $5-20, available at Performances begin at 8 p.m.

John Amos comes to Jersey City

Actor John Amos, best known for his roles on “Good Times,” “Roots,” and “Coming To America,” recently surprised the students of Concordia Learning Center & St. Joseph’s School for the Blind by coming to read from his children’s book “A World Without Color.”

A New Jersey native, Amos shared stories of his college years at Colorado State University where he graduated with a degree in sociology. He spoke of his time as a social worker and his love for cartoon drawing and writing, especially for children. As he began to read, with his strong and animated delivery, he captivated the interest of even the youngest students and brought the story to life.

“A World Without Color” is a story with a subtle and important message for children of all ages. The story takes place in the fictional town of Bleakersville, a boring place where everything is gray. As the storyline progresses, color shines into the world of the mundane town helping to express how people feel.

Amos took special time to answer student’s questions and take photos with each class. Concordia Learning Center’s Director Migdalia Viole said, “We were greatly impressed with Mr. Amos’ comfort with the diversity and differing abilities of our students. After spending time with some of our St. Joseph’s students, he was pleased to learn that our specialists will be transcribing the book into braille, so all of our children can enjoy it.” Mr. Amos said he is looking forward to visiting again and experience his first lesson in Braille.

Amos was first employed as an advertising copywriter, a social worker at New York’s Vera Institute of Justice, and an American and Canadian semi-professional football player before receiving his calling as an actor. A stand-up comic on the Greenwich Village circuit, the work eventually took him west and, ultimately, led to his hiring as a staff writer on Leslie Uggams’ musical variety show in 1969. He made his legit stage debut in a 1971 L.A. production of the comedy “Norman, Is That You?” Amos went on to earn a Los Angeles Drama Critics nomination for “Best Actor.” As such, he formed his own theater company and produced “Norman, Is That You?” on tour.

Amos had roles on “The Mary Tyler Moore” show as Gordy the weatherman and played a minor role on Norman Lear’s “Maude” starring Bea Arthur. His character was spun-off into their own popular series as a parental lead in “Good Times.” He later won the Emmy-nominated role of the adult Kunte Kinte in the ground-breaking epic mini-series “Roots.” He has had guest spots on “Love Boat”, “The A-Team”, “Murder, She Wrote” and “One Life to Live.”

To learn more about “A World Without Color,” visit Mr. Amos’ official site at: or through Amazon.

For further information about St. Joseph’s School for the Blind contact Ellen M. Felicetta, Director of Communications (201) 876-5432 x 1246, or via email

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