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Jersey Coastguard help in ‘search and rescue’… in the Caribbean


On Monday, the Cross Antilles Guyane coastguard in the island of Martinique received an EPIRB detection – an automatic distress signal – from a vessel which had a Jersey address and telephone number listed as its emergency contact details.

As the details were out of date, the agency contacted Jersey Coastguard, who discovered that the listed contact details were for the vessel’s previous owner.

In a Facebook post, Jersey Coastguard said: ‘Luckily the details of the new owner had been saved by the international brokerage who sold the vessel and they were happy to share this information in light of it being a search and rescue incident. This information was given to Jersey Coastguard who relayed it to Cross Antilles Guyane.

‘It transpired the vessel had actually been lost at sea a year…

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The Bond Between an African Caregiver and Her New Jersey ‘Mum’


Ama Serwaa left her home in Ghana seven years ago and now lives in a small apartment in northern New Jersey, caring for a woman she calls Mum.

In the morning, Ms. Serwaa, 61, wakes and helps June Gilbert, the 88-year-old “Mum,” shower and dress. After breakfast, they take a one-mile walk, Mrs. Gilbert using her walker and Ms. Serwaa at her side pausing often to let her rest. Mrs. Gilbert talks about her children and tells stories about growing up in a small town in Massachusetts. Ms. Serwaa teaches her words and phrases from her African homeland.

The two of them, though from far different worlds and backgrounds, have formed a bond that might seem unlikely but has become increasingly common.

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Annual African Cultural Arts Festival honors late Jersey Journal columnist Earl Morgan (PHOTOS)


JERSEY CITY – Life, culture, and an influential person are all being celebrated in various ways in the city. 

The fifth annual African Cultural Arts Festival is on full display at 1000 Garfield Ave. in Berry Lane Park this afternoon. This year’s event is in honor of Earl Morgan, 75, former reporter and columnist at The Jersey Journal who died in June. 

Mourning the loss of the lifelong Jersey City resident, speakers and attendees praised Morgan.  

Daoud-David Williams, festival organizer and friend of Morgan, shared how the 75-year-old helped the community stay aware of the issues that were going on. 

An enlarged photo of the former columnist is open to those who wish to write a message. 

“Earl was a Jersey City hero!” one person wrote on the enlarged photo. 

But it isn’t…

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Jersey City to celebrate 23 yrs with carnival parade • Caribbean Life


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The stage is set, and the streets are ready to welcome hundreds of masqueraders who will dazzle Jersey City, NJ, in a colorful costume parade, when the Jersey City West Indian Caribbean American Carnival Association Inc. (JCWICACAI) celebrates 23 years of revelry on Saturday, July 28.

Cheryl Murphy, founder and president of the (JCWICACAI) Jersey City West Indian Caribbean American Carnival Association Inc., said, “we are extremely happy and grateful to everyone who has supported the carnival for the past 22 years.

“We would like to thank the many revelers, who are expected to join the parade at noon at Lincoln Park in Jersey City,” she said, noting that the massive parade will include steel bands, calypso and soca…

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Meet the first African American CEO for the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey who says she has big …



Westfield, N.J.—When it comes to female empowerment and the benefits of girl scouting, you might not find a bigger advocate than Natasha …
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Conservative group helps African women change New Jersey hair braiding law


Braiding hair is a flexible job for many African women. (Photo David Turnley/Getty Images)

West African hair braiding businesses are fairly common in New Jersey. However, because state regulations mandate that owners attend costly cosmetology schools, many immigrants who have already learned how to do hair from their matriarchs in their homeland end up doing it illegally often times without a license.

In an effort to curb this trend, over the last two years, many of these African women – some documented, others not – have lobbied legislators in Trenton to get the law changed, according to WNYC.org.

And it appears their work has not been in vain as they’re now on the verge of watching the legislature change the law to exempt them from the cosmetology…

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