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Heights fest set May 17

By KEN THORBOURNE JERSEY JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

From musicians to magicians, this festival is for everyone and will feature everything.

The first-ever "Everything Jersey City Festival" is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., along a seven-block stretch of Central Avenue.

Unlike other festivals that highlight specific groups, this festival's goal is to embrace and entertain everyone, said Michael Yun, president of the Central Avenue Special Improvement District, organizers of the event.

"The theme is pride and harmony," Yun said. "We have very talented artists in Jersey City . and we intend to give them a showcase."

This event will feature food, music, arts & crafts, even a local dance troupe, organizers said. The headliner is The Legendary Teenagers, who made the record "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?"

The cost of the festival is roughly $100,000 - more than half of which will come from the SID and private sponsors, said Central Avenue SID Director Brittany Hopkins. The city is chipping in roughly $35,000 with in-kind services, she said.

"This is a very exciting time," said Heights Councilman Bill Gaughan. "We're looking forward to it. I'm so proud it's in the Heights."

In addition to The Jersey Journal, sponsors of the festival include Sovereign Bank, State Farm Insurance, Christ Hospital, Hudson County Community College, PSE&G, Bank of America, the American Flag Company, Immigration Advocacy Services, Liberty Academy Charter School, Merrill Lynch, LibertyHealth/ Jersey City Medical Center, P.O.M. Planning Services, United Water, and Susan Newman Designs, Inc.

For more information about the festival, visit jcheights.com.

Note: This article was corrected for content.