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My Best of 2014 in Photojournalism

Here are some of the best images that I’ve taken for The Jersey Journal in 2014. Sadly, there had been quite a few funerals, but there are lighthearted moments as well. I hope 2015 will bring more of the latter. Some photos link to a longer post. Just click on the photo to see more. Thanks for looking and have a happy new year!

JERSEY CITY, N.J., JULY 18, 2014 — Funeral for Jersey City Police Det. Melvin Santiago, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church. Santiago, 23, a rookie officer, was shot and killed in the line of duty when he was ambushed outside of the Walgreens on Kennedy Boulevard near Communipaw Avenue while responding to a report of a robbery on July 13. He was posthumously promoted to detective. Click on the photo to read the story from The Jersey Journal, read the eulogy, and to see more photos. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., JULY 18, 2014 — Funeral for Jersey City Police Det. Melvin Santiago, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church. Santiago, 23, a rookie officer, was shot and killed in the line of duty when he was ambushed outside of the Walgreens on Kennedy Boulevard near Communipaw Avenue while responding to a report of a robbery on July 13. He was posthumously promoted to detective. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

BAYONNE, N.J., JAN. 9, 2014 — A firefighter on a tower ladder pours water on flames shooting out from the roof a house at West 10th Street during a four-alarm fire. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

UNION CITY, N.J., JAN. 24, 2014 — North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue firefighters look at a house that has been encased in ice from water used to battle a six-alarm fire on 19th Street which displaced 50 residents. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., JAN. 22, 2014 — Mateo Hardeway, 11, sleds down the hill of the Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial at Liberty State Park, a day after a snowstorm. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

BAYONNE, N.J., JAN. 7, 2014 — With his breath fogging up and freezing on his eyeglasses, Sean Shaeen, 18, takes a morning walk with his father, Zee Saed, along Newark Bay at the Stephen R. Gregg Bayonne County Park during a bitterly cold day.  (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

BAYONNE, N.J., JAN. 7, 2014 — Smoke from the exhaust of cars envelope a crossing guard working on Kennedy Boulevard enduring the bitter cold. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., JULY 28, 2014 — Firefighter Patrick Egbert and Jersey City Medical Center EMT Lindsey Gopaul give oxygen to a dog which survived the fire inside an apartment on Magnolia Avenue. Another dog inside the same apartment died. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., JULY 2, 2014 — The Budweiser Clydesdales stables and horses are being prepped by handlers under a big tent ahead of the Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival at Liberty State Park in celebration of the Fourth of July. Greg is a 15-year-old Clydesdale which appeared in a 9/11 tribute commercial filmed in Jersey City in 2005. (Reena Rose Sibayan/ The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., APRIL 16, 2014 — A fin whale that was found dead in the New York Harbor was transported to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facility at Caven Point Marine Terminal where marine veterinarians performed a necropsy to find out the cause of death. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., JAN. 30, 2014 — Spectators are dwarfed by the nearly 400-foot long monster crane, Left Coast Lifter, nicknamed ‘I Lift NY,’ one of the world’s largest floating cranes which will be used in the construction of the new New York bridge to replace the Tappan Zee. It arrived in the Port of New York and New Jersey and will be berthed at a private facility on Port Jersey Boulevard in Jersey City until it’s moved to its project site in the spring. It departed the San Francisco area in December. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

BAYONNE, N.J., NOV. 12, 2014 — A passenger takes a photo from the balcony of his stateroom on board Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, which is docked at Cape Liberty Cruise Port. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

BAYONNE, N.J., NOV. 12, 2014 — Guests can experience skydiving in a wind tunnel called the RipCord by iFly, or go climbing on a rock wall on Deck 16 of Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, which is docked at Cape Liberty Cruise Port. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

BAYONNE, N.J., NOV. 12, 2014 — The Bionic Bar, where customers can place their orders via tablets and then watch robotic bartenders mix their cocktails, inside Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, which is docked at Cape Liberty Cruise Port. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., OCT. 3, 2014 — Liberty Science Center’s latest traveling exhibition is the Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World on view from Oct. 4, 2014, through Jan. 4, 2015, from the National GUITAR Museum. It includes a gallery of interactive exhibits and features the world’s largest playable guitar: a 2,255-pound, 16-foot wide, 43-foot long Gibson. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., APRIL 24, 2014 — Three Tibetan Buddhist monks make a Medicine Buddha sand mandala at City Hall. The next day, a toddler stepped into the sand mandala, mistaking it for a playground, “smudging the center and sides and almost destroying days of painstaking work.” Click on the photo to read the story by Terrence McDonald and to see more photos. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., APRIL 4, 2014 — A three-foot tall head named Face created by Queens artist Hui Seung Cho is on display in the rotunda of City Hall as part of the Korean Artists Group Exhibition. It is made up of 3,000 plastic bags. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., JULY 30, 2014 — Ineehsa Hill, 10, gets a yogurt facial from Jersey City Medical Center dietary intern Ashka Vaidya during the GIRLTALK #takeover program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County. Around 150 Hudson County girls ages 8 to 16 participated in various arts, beauty, health and wellness activities aimed to empower female tweens and teens. Among those activities were yoga, cardio-boxing exercise, makeup, hairstyling, manicures, fashion, a healthy cooking demonstration and a media workshop. The program was made possible through in-kind donations from local businesses. (Reena Rose Sibayan/ The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., JAN. 21, 2014 — Mayor Steve Fulop answers questions from reporters during the Super Bowl preparedness exercise held by the city’s Department of Public Safety and the Office of Emergency Management, and attended by public safety, city officials and private sector representatives, at the OEM Command Center. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., APRIL 29, 2014 — Adrian Matilla, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with the Jersey City Medical Center, is also an actor and appeared on the May 2 episode of the popular CBS television show, Blue Bloods. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., OCT. 15, 2014 — Joaneileen Coughlan, director of Domestic Violence Services with Women Rising, is photographed with silhouettes representing actual Hudson County residents killed by domestic violence, a project called “Silent Witness” made by Eagle Scout John Santopietro. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., MAY 2, 2014 — Wake and funeral at the Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church for Darren Maurice “Reese” Talington, 25, who was shot dead outside a Jersey City deli on April 26 when he came to the aid of a woman. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., MAY 2, 2014 — Wake and funeral at the Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church for Darren Maurice “Reese” Talington, 25, who was shot dead outside a Jersey City deli on April 26 when he came to the aid of a woman. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., MAY 2, 2014 — In honor of his reputation among his friends as “the King,” a plastic gold crown is laid on top of the casket of Darren Maurice “Reese” Talington, 25, who was fatally shot in a downtown deli after coming to the aid of a woman. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

HOLMDEL, N.J., MAY 19, 2014 — St. Peter’s University graduates march in the procession during the 123rd Commencement at PNC Bank Arts Center. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

ELIZABETH, N.J., AUG. 22, 2014 — Graduation ceremony for the largest police academy class in the history of the Port Authority–249 cadets–at the Dunn Sports Center. Two of the graduates are following in the footsteps of their fathers who were PAPD officers killed during the terrorist attacks on 9/11. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

ELIZABETH, N.J., AUG. 22, 2014 — Graduation ceremony for the largest police academy class in the history of the Port Authority–249 cadets–at the Dunn Sports Center. Two of the graduates are following in the footsteps of their fathers who were PAPD officers killed during the terrorist attacks on 9/11. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., DEC. 1, 2014 — Students and members of the Black Freedom Society at New Jersey City University (NJCU) hold a “die-in” to protest against the decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. Protesters lay on the ground in front of the university library for four minutes, representing the four hours Brown lay on the ground after being shot to death. The “die-in” was followed by a march around the campus. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., DEC. 1, 2014 — Students and members of the Black Freedom Society at New Jersey City University (NJCU) hold a “die-in” on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, to protest against the decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. Protesters lay on the ground in front of the university library for four minutes, representing the four hours Brown lay on the ground after being shot to death. The “die-in” was followed by a march around the campus. Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal

JERSEY CITY, N.J., JULY 25, 2014 — Tara Walker’s family, including, from left to right, stepfather Joseph Watson, mother Lawanda Cherry, nephew Petey, 5, and Chee-Chee Brock, erupts in cheers and applause as her name is called during the Jersey City Fire Department graduation ceremony at City Hall. Walker is the first black female firefighter in the department’s history. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., JULY 25, 2014 — Tara Walker gets a hug from her mother, Lawanda Cherry, after the Jersey City Fire Department graduation ceremony at City Hall. Walker is the first black female firefighter in the department’s history. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., DEC. 26, 2014 — Fellow firefighters carry the helmet and dress uniform cap of Jersey City Firefighter James Woods, 44, during his funeral at St. Joseph Church. Woods, of Lafayette and formerly Jersey City, worked with the Jersey City Fire Department for the past 15 years. He also spent many hours alongside first responders at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., OCT. 21, 2014 — The Jersey City Police Department holds a promotion ceremony for rank of sergeant, lieutenant and deputy chief at City Hall. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

AUG. 28, 2014 — Andy and Lisa Travis, of Hudson County, who have three of their own children, adopted four siblings from Tennessee whose parents struggle with drug addiction. On the stairs, from left to right, are Derick, 3, Nathan, 6, Sophia, 7, and Mark, 10. Seated are, from left to right, Andrew, 12, Skylah, 8, and Taylor, 9, with pet Dylan. Click on the photo to read the story by Terrence McDonald and to see more photos.(Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., AUG. 28, 2014 — Andy and Lisa Travis, of Hudson County, who have three of their own children, adopted four siblings from Tennessee whose parents struggle with drug addiction. Among those they adopted are Derick, 3, right, goofing around with a fake beard and mustache, and his brother, Nathan, 6, who is coloring a picture. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

 

JERSEY CITY, N.J., DEC. 12, 2014 — Supporters of school mayoral candidate, fifth grader Amirah Calamito, second from left, erupt in cheers as Principal Oscar Velez announces her as winner of the mock election. Click on the photo to read the story by Terrence McDonald and to see more photos. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., DEC. 3, 2014 — Volunteers with the Jersey Cares organization and from BNP Paribas construct gingerbread houses with third-graders at Nicolaus Copernicus School (School 25) using graham crackers, a variety of candy and icing to glue them all together. Afterwards, students got to devour their creations. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Nov. 28, 2014 — Vidal Torres, 4, left, and his brother, Jason, 6, welcome Thelma, a Boston Terrier, which their family adopted during a three-day Name Your Price pet adoption promotion where qualified adopters can decide how much to give LHS as an adoption fee, from Nov. 28 to 30. Each animal is spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations, microchipped, and sent home with an ID tag. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

BAYONNE, N.J., JULY 1, 2014 — Mayor-elect James “Jimmy” Davis gets a hug from a well-wisher outside St. Henry Church after the inaugural Mass. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

BAYONNE, N.J., JULY 1, 2014 — Mayor-elect James “Jimmy” Davis’s son, Joshua, 7, peeks at his father during the inauguration ceremony at Bayonne High School. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

HOLMDEL, N.J., MAY 19, 2014 — Decorated mortar boards of graduates at the 123rd Commencement of St. Peter’s University at PNC Bank Arts Center. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

HOBOKEN, N.J., AUG. 27, 2014 — During a kickoff event, the Stevens Institute of Technology 2015 Solar Decathlon Team showcases the designs, models and renderings of the SURE HOUSE project, a sustainable, resilient house for coastal communities that could better withstand a storm the size of Hurricane Sandy. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

BAYONNE, N.J., NOV. 17, 2014 — Firefighters listen to speakers during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the city’s new $4.1 million firehouse located on Chosin Few Avenue at the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., OCT. 3, 2014 — Lincoln Park West Public Golf Course which is still under construction at Routes 1&9 and Duncan Avenue. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., JULY 28, 2014 — Paterson Mayor Jose Torres, left, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, center, and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, right, give one-on-one interviews with reporters at the HUB Shopping Center on Martin Luther King Drive after the press conference they jointly held to announce partnership with mayors from across the state to fight crime. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

NORTH BERGEN, N.J., AUG. 29, 2014 — Fundador Figueroa Bonet spent 17 years in prison for killing Charles Mincey in Hoboken in 1997. Bonet finished his prison term on this day and reflects on his past as well as his future. (Reena Rose Sibayan/ The Jersey Journal)

UNION CITY, N.J., AUG. 11, 2014 — The family of Josue Romero, 18, speaks out about the car crash on Route 440 at Danforth Avenue in Jersey City on Aug. 9 which killed him and injured the driver, his friend Joshua Sanchez, 17. From left to right are his siblings, Karen, 29, Christian, 19, and Marcos, 11. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., SEPT. 11, 2014 — Family and friends of the victims attend the sentencing of Shiquan Bellamy, of Jersey City, at Hudson County Superior Court. Bellamy received three concurrent 25-year sentences after pleading guilty to the aggravated manslaughters of Lamonte Wright, Lester Thompson and Mileak Richardson. Bellamy is already serving two life terms for the April 2010 murders of engaged couple Michael Muchioki and Nia Haqq. His 25 year sentences will run consecutively to the two life terms. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., AUG. 8, 2014 — Nilsa Lopez reacts after Superior Court Judge Joseph Isabella sentenced Quaheem Johnson, 27, the man who killed her son, Ramon Morales, 21, of Jersey City, to 55 years in prison. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., OCT. 23, 2014 — Gloria Torres, mother of Jorge Cuadra, accompanied by her daughters, Tiffany, 21, center, and Desiree, 24, speaks during the sentencing of Larry “Du Du” Austin, 22, of Jersey City, at Hudson County Superior Court. Austin pled guilty on Sept. 9, 2014, to robbing three men at gunpoint in an alleyway on Sept. 4, 2010, and killing one of the men, Jorge Cuadra, 24, of Bayonne, when Cuadra hesitated to give up his wallet. Austin was sentenced to 44 years in prison. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., OCT. 23, 2014 — Larry Austin, 22, of Jersey City, is led out of the courtroom by Sheriff’s officers, past Jorge Cuadra’s family and friends, after being sentenced. He pled guilty on Sept. 9, 2014, to robbing three men at gunpoint in an alleywa on Sept. 4, 2010, and killing one of the men, Jorge Cuadra, 24, of Bayonne, when Cuadra hesitated to give up his wallet. Austin was sentenced to 44 years in prison. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., NOV. 19, 2014 — Eliezer Medina hugs his nephew, Christian Medina, 23, after speaking during Daniel Aviles’ sentencing at Hudson County Superior Court. Aviles, 19, pleaded guilty to stabbing Medina on Dec. 21, 2013, outside a North Bergen party. Medina’s lung was punctured, he went into cardiac arrests and suffered seizures due to his injuries. Today, both his speech and mobility are impaired and he is in a wheelchair. Click on the photo to read the story by Patrick McGovern and to see more photos. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., DEC. 9, 2014 — A woman carries a child as she wades barefoot through flood waters on Marin Boulevard near 18th Street after her car got stranded during a Nor’easter. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., OCT. 15, 2014 — The funeral Mass for Patricia Santana at St. Anne’s Church where she was a Sunday school teacher. Santana was found stabbed to death in her home on Oct. 9. Her ex-boyfriend has been charged. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., OCT. 15, 2014 — Children place carnations on the casket of beloved Jersey City Sunday school teacher, Patricia Santana, after the funeral Mass at St. Anne’s Church. Santana was stabbed to death, allegedly by her ex-boyfriend. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

BAYONNE, N.J., OCT. 3, 2014 — Jen Kosakowski talks about her boyfriend, Doohee Cho, 33, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in New York City on Sept. 28. Both she and Cho grew up in Bayonne. (Reena Rose Sibayan/ The Jersey Journal)

BAYONNE, N.J., NOV. 26, 2014 — Marcy Borders, the woman known as the “Dust Lady” from the iconic photo taken of her, distraught and covered in dust, shortly after she escaped from the Twin Towers during the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City, received a free wig from the Mo’ Hair Foundation, a Jersey City-based nonprofit, who helped her after losing her hair because of chemotherapy, treatment for her stomach cancer. Click on the photo to read the story by Jonathan Lin and to see more photos. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., MAY 9, 2014 — Visitors walk past cherry blossoms in bloom at Liberty State Park. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

WEEHAWKEN, N.J., JULY 15, 2014 — Carol Kravitz, a member of the Weehawken Planning Board, waits in the lobby lounge of 1000 Avenue at Port Imperial for the grand opening and groundbreaking ceremony to begin. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

NORTH BERGEN, N.J., SEPT. 10, 2014 — Hackensack University Health Network welcomes Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen as a full member of its network with a formal Letter of Intent (LOI) signing ceremony. Here, a fisherman watches as the North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue fireboat sprays water on the Hudson River to celebrate the event. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

WEEHAWKEN, N.J., FEB. 18, 2014 — North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue firefighters battle a blaze on Hackensack Plank Road. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

HILLSIDE, N.J., MARCH 14, 2014 — Burial for the four members of the Pickett family — Bishop William Pickett, his wife, Eula Mae, and two of their children, Thomas and Curtis–at Evergreen Cemetery. The four died in a 4-alarm fire on March 6 in Jersey City. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

SECAUCUS, N.J., NOV. 18, 2014 — Secaucus Police Officer George Sikaffy puts on a face shield during training at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center on how to properly wear and take off personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to handle suspected Ebola patients. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., AUG. 1, 2014 — North American Speed Cube Champion Anthony Brooks breaks the Guinness World Records title for most cubes solved underwater in one breath at the National Rubik’s Cube Championship at Liberty Science Center. He set the new record of five cubes in 1 minute and 18 seconds (beating the past record of four cubes in 90 seconds). (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., AUG. 1, 2014 — More than 250 of the world’s best and fastest solvers of the Rubik’s Cube compete in the three-day National Rubik’s Cube Championship at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

The staff of The Atrium at Hamilton Park in Jersey City throws a birthday party on Friday, April 11, 2014, for Alice Mospak who will turn 105 years old on Sunday. Here, Alice Mospak shows a photo she keeps in her purse of herself, right, and her mother walking down Fifth Avenue in New York City on the day they arrived in the United States from Estonia in 1951. She uses a magnifying glass to  help her read. (Reena Rose Sibayan /The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., APRIL 11, 2014 — The staff of The Atrium at Hamilton Park throws a birthday party for Alice Mospak who will turn 105 years old on April 13. Here, Alice Mospak shows a photo she keeps in her purse of herself, right, and her mother walking down Fifth Avenue in New York City on the day they arrived in the United States from Estonia in 1951. She uses a magnifying glass to help her failing eyesight. (Reena Rose Sibayan /The Jersey Journal)

FORT LEE, N.J. SEPT. 26, 2014 — Daniel Kane, 71, chairman of the board at Bayonne Medical Center and president of CarePoint Health Foundation, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease in 2012, sits down for an interview at his home. Click on the photo to read the story by Jonathan Lin and to see more photos. (Reena Rose Sibayan /The Jersey Journal)

BAYONNE, N.J., SEPT. 9, 2014 — Seth Kane, in American flag leggings, douses his brother, Josh, with more ice water during the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge dedicated to their father, former Bayonne Medical Center President and CEO Daniel Kane, who suffers from the disease. More than 150 CarePoint Health employees participated in the event which was held on the front lawn of the hospital. The event raise 15,000 for the ALS Association. Click on the photo to read the story by Jonathan Lin and to see more photos. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., MAY 12, 2014 — Michelle Rivera and her son, Zohar Hightower, 4, enjoy the summer-like weather with Hula Hoops at Hamilton Park. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., OCT. 2, 2014 — Students of School 22 participate in a variety of activities during the kick-off event held by the Department of Recreation at Ercel Webb Park on Van Horne Street to highlight the first school that has joined the Stop the Drop Anti-Litter Campaign. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., OCT. 2, 2014 — Students of School 22 participate in a variety of activities during the kick-off event held by the Department of Recreation at Ercel Webb Park on Van Horne Street to highlight the first school that has joined the Stop the Drop Anti-Litter Campaign. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., OCT. 2, 2014 — Students of School 22 participate in a variety of activities during the kick-off event held by the Department of Recreation at Ercel Webb Park on Van Horne Street to highlight the first school that has joined the Stop the Drop Anti-Litter Campaign. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

 

JERSEY CITY, N.J., SEPT. 12, 2014 — As part of the company’s annual School Transformation Days program, more than 100 volunteers from Fidelity Investments Jersey City engaged students at Rafael De J. Cordero Elementary School in fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum-related workshops such as obstacle course games, building bridges with candy, building solar cars, assembling robots that spin and doodle on their own and playing Fantastic Fraction Bingo. Volunteers also painted the teachers lounge, assembled raised flower beds and painted line games on the sidewalks of the school. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., JULY 9, 2014 — Teague Mulcahy, 11, carries the ball in a game of flag football during Rich Glover’s 12th annual All Access to Life Football Camp for kids at the Ed “Faa” Ford Athletic Complex at Caven Point. (Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., JULY 9, 2014 — Mayor Steve Fulop races Chad Trammell, 8, clocking 6.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash test during Rich Glover’s 12th annual All Access to Life Football Camp for kids at the Ed “Faa” Ford Athletic Complex at Caven Point. (Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., JULY 9, 2014 — Campers execute broad jumps during Rich Glover’s 12th annual All Access to Life Football Camp for kids at the Ed “Faa” Ford Athletic Complex at Caven Point. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

EAST RUTHERFORD, APRIL 24, 2014 — Kyle Cunningham soars through the air as he and other top riders practice on the track at MetLife Stadium for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross race on April 26. Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal

JERSEY CITY, N.J., JULY 16, 2014 — Sixty-five 8- to 15-year-old boys from across the state, including Conor Sullivan, 14, of Kearny, participate in the St. Peter’s Prep Youth Baseball Skills Camp at the James F. Keenan Field from July 14-17, 2014, to learn skills such as infield and outfield play, pitching, catching and hitting. (Reena Rose Sibayan/ The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., JULY 16, 2014 — Sixty-five 8- to 15-year-old boys from across the state, including Gabriel Rothkegel, 11, of Hoboken, participate in the St. Peter’s Prep Youth Baseball Skills Camp at the James F. Keenan Field in Jersey City from July 14-17, 2014, to learn skills such as infield and outfield play, pitching, catching and hitting. Photo taken on Wednesday, July 16. Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal

JERSEY CITY, N.J., JUNE 3, 2014 — First and fourth graders at the Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School perform in the National Dance Institute’s event of the year “Under One Sky: NDI Dances China.” (Reena Rose SibayaN/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., JULY 30, 2014 — Hudson County girls ages 8 to 16 participate in various arts, beauty, health and wellness activities during the half-day GIRLTALK #takeover program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County. Among the activities of the program, which aim to empower female tweens and teens, were yoga, cardio-boxing exercise, makeup, hairstyling, manicures, yogurt facials, fashion, a healthy cooking demonstration and a media workshop. The program was made possible through in-kind donations from local businesses. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

SECAUCUS, N.J., JAN. 8, 2014 — Rose Marques tests her skills at the Field Goal Kick station outside the Huddle Shuttle which made a stop at the Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station at Secaucus Junction during the Join the Huddle Tour presented by P.C. Richard & Son, an initiative of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

Goal!

HARRISON, N.J., NOV. 10, 2014 — Harrison’s Christian Marquez celebrates scoring a goal with his teammates in the NJSIAA North 2, Group 1 boys soccer semifinals against New Providence. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

 

JERSEY CITY, N.J., OCT. 2, 2014 — The Al-Ghazaly School holds a mock Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. Replicas of the Kaba and many other landmarks were constructed to educate the students. This event coincides with the Eid (Eid ul Adha) celebration at the various local mosques which will be attended by thousands of Muslims. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., OCT. 2, 2014 — The Al-Ghazaly School holds a mock Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. Replicas of the Kaba and many other landmarks were constructed to educate the students. This event coincides with the Eid (Eid ul Adha) celebration at the various local mosques which will be attended by thousands of Muslims. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., MAY 21, 2014 — A graduate takes a picture with his phone during the 142nd Graduate Commencement of Stevens Institute of Technology at the IZOD Center. (Reena Rose Sibayan/ The Jersey Journal)

BAYONNE, N.J., NOV. 11 2014 — A customer works out at Planet Fitness on Avenue A, one of the businesses that will be featured in a new reality TV show about everyday life in Bayonne called “Bayonne Happenings” which airs January 2015. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., APRIL 25, 2014 — Thirty Jersey City residents from 11 different countries became U.S. citizens in a ceremony at City Hall. Among them was Uzma Gulzar, from Pakistan, who attended the ceremony with her children, Anmol Sajid, 5, Muntazir Ali, 3, and seven-month-old Najaf Raza (not pictured). (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., SEPT. 19, 2014 — Forty immigrants became U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony held by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the Liberty State Park. Here, Papa Macodou Niang from Senegal and his son, Mohamed, 3, pose for pictures in front of the Statue of Liberty after the ceremony. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., SEPT. 22, 2014 — Henry Greenfield, 23, a Heights resident, is biking 3,200 miles from Jersey City to Culver City, Calif., starting Sept. 23 to raise awareness for the non-profit organization, No Limits, which provides after-school services and theater programs for children with hearing loss. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

BAYONNE, N.J., OCT. 1,2 104 — Joe Montuori, co-owner of Pizzalino’s, which was featured on Spike TV’s Hungry Investors in August, shows off some of his pizza-tossing skills. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., OCT. 9, 2014 — To help kick off a healthy school year for the district, former NY Giant Amani Toomer visited Dickinson High School with representatives from The American Dairy Association & Dairy Council to talk to students about the importance of choosing nutritious foods. Toomer also participated in a nutrition lesson with the students conducted by registered dietician LaChell Miller. Here, Toomer leads the students in some exercises before the lesson. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

UNION CITY, N.J., AUG. 13, 2014 — Dressed as a clown, Certified Application Counselor David Gonzalez, welcomes patients to the health fair at the North Hudson Community Action Corporation. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., DEC. 12, 2014 — A customer, framed by Christmas trees, feels the weight of a squash at the Stony Hill stand of the Journal Square farmers market. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

JERSEY CITY, N.J., DEC. 5, 2014 — St. Peter’s Prep football team fans hold a pep rally to get pumped up and cheer on the players before the sectional championship at Metlife Stadium which they went on to win. (Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal )

SECAUCUS, N.J., JAN. 27, 2014 — Cindy Fox, a.k.a. The Naked Cowgirl, poses for a photo with two members of the U.S. Figure Skating Synchronized Skating Team during the press conference where local officials and celebrities announced updates to the entertainment line-up for the town’s Winter Blast taking place at Buchmuller Park from Jan. 30 through Feb. 1, and the Meadowlands Tailgate Party taking place in East Rutherford on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

 

  • Joan TerrellDecember 5, 2015 - 6:30 am

    Take time to browse through these photos taken by Reena Rose Sibayan of the Jersey Journal. Amazing shots! She has a good eye.ReplyCancel

    • ReenaDecember 9, 2015 - 8:55 am

      Thank you, Joan! And thanks for looking!ReplyCancel

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