EDITOR’S LETTER JCM
Star Power
by Kate Rounds
Nov 22, 2017 | 311 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Women of a certain age took center stage in this issue, quite literally in the case of Leona Beldini, who resurfaced at the Loew’s Jersey Theatre for a Kennedy Dancers gala. Beldini, a former burlesque star, who worked in JC real estate and city government, tells all to JCMag.

Marion Johnson, meanwhile, helped astronauts reach for the stars. An engineer with the first NASA moon landing, her experience mirrors those in Hidden Figures, the movie about the unsung African-American women math wizards during the early years of space exploration. Hannington Dia sat down with her at the VIP Diner.

At the other end of the spectrum, we asked Nikkie Zanevsky to tell us all about the challenging sport of Parkour, which uses the urban landscape as its playing field.

Downtown Pharmacy’s threat from CVS is a real David and Goliath tale. Owner Ariel Zaurov talks about the importance of independent stores to our Jersey City hoods.

Our intrepid husband-and-wife team of Tara and Max Ryazansky went on location with Oh Honey apiary. Translation: They braved the beehives to get our story about keeping bees and making honey in Jersey City.

A couple of books are making news this fall. Jersey City’s Val Emmich just published a debut novel, The Reminders, and David Goodman’s Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 First Street takes a look back at the famed artist colony that was demolished in 2007.

This is the time of year when folks come back from the beach, head back to school, and get back to business.

Look for apples and pumpkins in our many farmers markets and enjoy brilliant leaves, brisk air, and gridiron afternoons.

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