- Some great old Jersey City Halloween tales
Yours truly,John Di Genio Dear Editor:Soon, that time of year will be upon us when little ghosts and goblins take to the streets chanting their familiar greeting: “Trick or Treat.” To get us in the proper “spirit,” I would like to take the opportunity to present some brief — but interesting — Halloween stories. As you know, Jersey City is an old municipality with a rich and fascinating history. As such, there are some pretty good ghost yarns associated with some of the buildings in Jersey City. St. Joseph’s Church on Pavonia Avenue is the first stop on this supernatural tour. There is something rather unusual in the steeple.Since the early part of the 20th Century, people have reported seeing a pair of strange, oval “eyes” in the church’s bell tower. These “Eyes of St. Joseph” appear during the evening hours at irregular intervals. They usually have a florescent, yellowish glow to them. However, they have occasionally been observed with “red streaks.” No one is quite sure what these “eyes” really are. In the past, the priests have sprinkled flour in the belfry, hoping that the footprints of a prankster would be discovered. However, no footprints were ever found. Some claim that phosphorous gases cause the “eyes.” Others prefer a more paranormal explanation — Ghosts. According to one tale, a former sexton supposedly uttered the words “I’m going to the tower with the others” right before he died. Hepburn Hall, New Jersey City University (formerly Jersey City State College), is said to house the ghost of Margaret Williams. Allegedly, bizarre, unexplainable noises are heard in the Margaret Williams Auditorium and in one of the classrooms adjacent to the assembly hall. It has been suggested that the ghost of Margaret Williams can be seen on certain nights walking along the top of the tower. Of course, the campus security could have fabricated this story to keep curious students from ascending to the top of the tower. The first Jersey City “ghost story” that I have ever heard had to do with a “haunting” at St. Boniface Church on First Street during the late 1960s. Purportedly, a malevolent entity wreaked havoc inside the church by shredding the clerical vestments and angrily tossing sacramental items in the ready room. Naturally, when we heard the story, it caused quite a commotion in the neighborhood. Looking back on it, I firmly believe that the pastor told us this “ghost story” to keep us from going into the church at night. Needless to say, it worked! There are other buildings and private residences throughout Hudson County that supposedly entertain “spectral visitors.” Why not find out more about some of these local legends and folk tales surrounding Jersey City and Hudson County? Who knows what weird items of interest you may find. May you have a safe and enjoyable Halloween!
- Williams’ Record Throw Highlights Successful First Day Of MVC Championship
Story Links Javelin15. Lexie Chapman, 93-5 (28.47m) Print Friendly Version Competition for the Bulldogs at the MVC Championship resumes Saturday at 3 p.m. 10,000 Meters 7. Rachel Selva, 37:40.09 Saturday Heat Sheet Hammer Throw3. Katelyn Williams, 185-5 (56.51m)11. Lexie Chapman, 170-9 (52.04m) ESPN+ TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Drake University freshman Katelyn Williams unleashed a school-record throw in to finish third in the women’s hammer throw on the first day of the 2019 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Tess Misgen also advanced in the women’s 1,500 meters with a time of 4:40.33 which was the second fastest time of the day. Williams, who is the first Bulldog to earn a top-three finish in the event, made her record-setting throw on her fourth attempt with a mark of 185-5 (56.51m). That throw bettered her previous best, which was the school record, by more than 10 feet and continued her record-setting freshman season. 10,000 Meters14. Kyle Cass, 32:23.08 Javelin4. Max Harlan, 174-10 (53.28m)10. Will Tsai, 156-5 (47.69m)12. Erik Olson, 155-1 (47.28m)16. Jacob Lewis, 133-11 (40.81m) Hammer Throw11. Joey Harkins, 166-9 (50.84m) MVC Outdoor Track & Field ChampionshipDay 1 – Friday, May 10Drake Individual Men’s Results200 Meters (Prelims)1. Kundai Maguranyanga, 20.985. Aobakwe Malau, 21.346. Victor Peka, 21.4917. Aaron Chier, 22.10 1,500 Meters (Prelims)1. Kevin Kelly, 3:54.669. Xavier Lechleitner, 3:55.8311. Matt Cozine, 3:55.85 The men’s 200 meters will yield big points for the Bulldogs as three student-athletes, Kundai Maguranyanga, Aobakwe Malau and Victor Peka, all advanced to the final heat. Maguranyanga ran the fastest qualifying time of the day at 20.98 while Malau finished in 21.34 and Peka in 21.49. All three Bulldogs entered in the men’s 1,500 meters also advanced with Kevin Kelly leading the way in 3:54.66 for the fastest time of the day. He will be joined by teammates Xavier Lechleitner and Matt Cozine in the final. All three ran in the faster of the two qualifying heats with Lechleitner finishing in 3:55.83 and Cozine in 3:55.85. Friday Results On the oval, sophomore Rachel Selva scored in the 10,000 meters with a seventh-place finish in 37:40.09 to close out the day. Earlier in the afternoon, seven Bulldogs advanced out of preliminary heats to championship races on Saturday and Sunday. Live Results Drake Individual Women’s Results200 Meters (Prelims)14. Keaton Kester, 25.1221. Sophia Jackson, 27.1626. Mariah Crawford, 27.16 Her third-place finish was part of a busy day for the throwers in final events as Max Harlan took fourth in the javelin with a throw of 174-10 (53.28m) to score points for the Bulldogs. Joey Harkins also just missed scoring points for the Bulldogs in the men’s hammer throw with a personal best of 166-9 (50.84m) to take 11th. 1,500 Meters (Prelims)2. Tess Misgen, 4:40.33