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Guardian state

Janet Duch, president of the New York Guardians, leads the team into the reconstituted XFL from a base in Jersey City, looking to launch local partnerships and put down N.J. roots.

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From left, Paul Sant'Ambrogio, assistant vice president, SBA specialist, Provident Bank; Matthew Flannery, senior vice president, SBA team leader, Provident Bank; Andrew Gaffney, VP relationship manager II, Commercial at TD Bank; Michelle Richardson, executive director, Hudson County Economic Development Corp.; Djenaba Johnson-Jones, founder and CEO, Hudson Kitchen; Alberto Santos, Mayor Town of Kearny; Wendy Kelman Neu, CEO and chairman, Hugo Neu; John Peneda, UEZ coordinator, Town of Kearny; Laura Rivera, assistant vice president, SBA specialist, Provident Bank cut the ribbon at the opening of Hudson Kitchen at Kearny Point on Nov. 13.

Hudson Kitchen opens at Kearny Point

The 8,000-square-foot space has room for 72 members, providing early-stage food companies and entrepreneurs access to commercial-grade kitchen equipment, prep stations, and extensive dry, cold, and freezer storage; as well as a co-working space with wifi.

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Alison Seber, IDD staff, works with bread in the kitchen at Blue Bears.

There’s something special about Princeton restaurant Blue Bears

The city's newest breakfast and lunch spot, is staffed with nine individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. "We decided just to combine this [love of food and need for a job], and offer the ability to have very diverse roles ... It was very key for us to be open, to be supportive, to create a place which has dignity," co-founder Gaud Yver said.

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Concept illustration for CBD, hemp or cannabis oil with CBD molecule.

A unique cannabis event, complete with CBD cage match, is coming to Newark

In its inaugural year, the Real Cannabis Conference aims to be different than other events out there. “We were searching so hard to find the actionable data [on cannabis] we’re used to in the business world,” said founder Gary George, who created the event with his wife. “So I said, you know, we’re making the conference we’ve been looking for all this time."

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