SUE YA LATER -- "American Idol" has asked Hoboken to stop using the name "Sinatra Idol" for its singing contest, which began in 2009.
SUE YA LATER -- "American Idol" has asked Hoboken to stop using the name "Sinatra Idol" for its singing contest, which began in 2009.
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American Idol issues cease-and-desist letter over Hoboken's popular 'Sinatra Idol' contest
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SUE YA LATER -- "American Idol" has asked Hoboken to stop using the name "Sinatra Idol" for its singing contest, which began in 2009.
SUE YA LATER -- "American Idol" has asked Hoboken to stop using the name "Sinatra Idol" for its singing contest, which began in 2009.
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According to a press release from the city of Hoboken, the producers of American Idol, the hit TV show that has launched many singing careers, have threatened the city with a lawsuit for copyright infringement over the city's similarly named local competition, Sinatra Idol. Each year, singers from all over the world come to Sinatra Park on the Hoboken river and enter a singing competition honoring the memory of Frank Sinatra, who was born here. Sinatra Idol is not televised and does not offer recording contracts, the city noted. In a Sept. 17 letter to Cultural Affairs Administrator Geri Fallo, a Malibu-based attorney representing the producers of American Idol said their client believes that the use of the word “Idol” for talent competitions “is likely to lead the relevant public to believe that there is some connection or association between SINATRA IDOL and AMERICAN IDOL. This likelihood of confusion is the test for trademark infringement and unfair competition and thus a violation of our client's exclusive and extremely valuable rights." The city has opened a public survey for residents to suggest a potential new name for the local contest. “Sinatra Idol is a Hoboken institution, and Sinatra Idol is not going anywhere,” said Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla in a press release. “We must preserve Sinatra Idol, but Hollywood will sue if we don’t change Sinatra Idol’s name. We discussed alternatives like 'The Sinatra Voice' or 'The S Factor,' but we thought it might be best for Hoboken to suggest new names for Sinatra Idol.” The survey to rename Sinatra Idol will be open until Oct. 9. After that, the Department of Cultural Affairs, which organizes Sinatra Idol every year, will choose and unveil a new name for Sinatra Idol, which is not associated with American Idol. “It’s important that we stop using the name Sinatra Idol,” said Communications Manager Santiago Melli-Huber. “Some residents may want to Tweet at American Idol, whose Twitter handle is @AmericanIdol, asking them to simply enter into a contract with the city, which we requested and they refused, to allow us to use the name Sinatra Idol for a harmless impersonation contest. But that’s not what they want. They want us to stop saying Sinatra Idol, so let’s respect their lawyers’ whims and not blow up their mentions by Tweeting ‘Sinatra Idol’ to @AmericanIdol.” You may also not want to tag @hudson_reporter and link to the nine years' worth of brilliant articles and photos in the Reporter covering this annual event, such as this one from back in 2009 or the many others. If only the Idols had been reading the Hoboken Reporter, they could have nipped this in the bud. But that's life, that's what people say.
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Hoboken resident to perform acclaimed solo show
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On Sept. 28 and 29, Hoboken resident Douglas Taurel, actor and creator of the acclaimed solo show The American Soldier, will perform both of his solo shows, The American Soldier and An American Soldier’s Journey Home, back to back at Union Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway. The American Soldier is based on real stories and factual accounts from actual soldier and family member letters written from the American Revolution all the way through current day Afghanistan. It examines the internal struggles and problems that soldiers and their families face when warriors return home from combat. The American Soldier’s Journey Home weaves together archival images, music, and diary excerpts to narrate a soldier’s entrance into the service and his experiences in World War 1 France. In period uniform and using minimum props, Taurel conveys the intensity and terror of trench warfare, the jubilation of the troops following the Armistice, and the soldiers love for his family. For more information or to purchase a ticket go to http://www.ucpac.org/event/820dcf57665dcf95a8eff1d0d4cb7070.
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Hoboken to host public workshop to improve street designs
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Hoboken and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority will host a public workshop to gather feedback on the creation of a Street Design Guide on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Multi-Service Center (124 Grand St.) The interactive public workshop will introduce the concept of the Street Design Guide and highlight project components. Workshop attendees will have an opportunity to identify challenges they face navigating Hoboken’s streets and suggest improvements. “Whether you’re walking, biking, driving, or riding the bus, we all use our streets in some way each day,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla in a press release. “Strong community input will be essential to the development of an innovative Street Design Guide that will improve safety, accessibility, and quality of life for residents and visitors, regardless of how you choose to get around.” This project is part of an ongoing effort to implement state-of-the-art safety improvements to streets throughout the city. As part of these efforts, the city applied for and was awarded a technical assistance grant from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority to develop a Complete Streets Design and Implementation Plan, which includes a Street Design Guide. The goal of the plan is to make Hoboken’s streets more accommodating for all users, including children, people with disabilities, and senior citizens. “As one of the country’s most multi-modal cities, it’s important for Hoboken to have a cutting-edge Street Design Guide,” said Director of Transportation and Parking for Hoboken Ryan Sharp. “I encourage you to use this public workshop on Sept. 27 as a way to be part of this exciting process.” For more information about the Street Design Guide, and to stay updated as the project moves forward, visit the project website.
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