Hoboken school board to file lawsuit vs. county, state
Board of Education Vice President Theresa Minutillo said Tuesday night she expects a lawsuit against the county superintendent and the state to be filed soon. The board hopes the legal action will force the hand of the county superintendent and state to make a decision either approving or disapproving a proposed contract for the final candidate for Hoboken’s superintendent of schools position, Dr. Mark Toback. The Hoboken Board of Education would like to hire a superintendent before Interim Superintendent Peter Carter leaves his office at the end of January.
The board says they haven’t received the necessary response from higher levels of government either approving or disapproving the proposed contract for Toback.
The state has stopped county superintendents from approving contracts due to a push for proposed salary caps on superintendents.
“We must know if [the contract] is acceptable,” Minutillo said on Tuesday night. If the contract is unacceptable, the board would like to know so they can continue with negotiations and go back to the drawing board. The terms of the proposed deal have not been disclosed.
The board did not take public comments during the meeting on Tuesday evening regarding the superintendent situation, but Minutillo told the crowd to “disregard ridiculous rumors” about what the new superintendent will be paid.
Hoboken holiday craft fair is Dec. 18 and 19
Get your holiday gift shopping started (and finished) at The Hoboken Holiday Crafts Fair next weekend, Saturday, Dec. 18 and Sunday, Dec. 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Monroe Center, 720 Monroe St.
Artists’ studios will be open throughout the building, including Christina Andersen Floral Design, featuring seasonal fresh and dried floral arrangements; Botanical Design, offering holiday florals, handmade ceramics, and gift baskets; HV Ceramics; Robert Policastro, fine art; and Ed Tadiello, fine art prints.
Coat drive underway at HoLa
The Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa) launched its first-annual coat drive in partnership with Jersey Cares, which every year collects and distributes “gently used” winter coats to at-risk men, women and children. The HoLa Kindergartners, first graders, and second graders set their own goal and predicted they could collect up to 225 coats from Nov. 30 to Dec. 15.
As part of this school-wide project, the students will be reading and discussing The Mystery of Sara Beth by Polly Putnam, a story about two girls who must share a coat. HoLa parents will be encouraging their children to put a note in the coats, like “Hope this keeps you warm,” or “This was my favorite coat.”
HoLa, Hoboken’s newest charter school, is located in the Boys & Girls Club at 123 Jefferson St. For more information on the coat drive or to donate, please contact coat committee chairwoman, Lynn Danzker at (20) 970-8153 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assemblyman Ruben J. Ramos Jr. (D-Hoboken) co-sponsors legislation to help consumers with utility bills
Two bills sponsored by five Assembly Democratic lawmakers to make it easier for consumers and businesses to pay utility bills electronically have been signed into law. One sponsor is Ruben J. Ramos Jr. (D-Hoboken).
“Using technology to help businesses save money and to make it easier for both consumers and businesses to pay their bills just makes common sense,” Ramos said.
The law (A-911) co-sponsored by Ramos will permit any public provider of water, sewerage or electric services to offer, upon the request of a customer, the ability to pay bills and receive information electronically.
Pope’s ambassador coming to Hoboken
Ss. Peter and Paul Church will be hosting Pope Benedict XVI’s ambassador to the United Nations, Archbishop Francis Assisi Chullikatt, to close the fall session of Family Faith Formation 2010. The Archbishop will celebrate the 10:30 mass, take photos with the children, and lead the community in an Advent homily. The event is slated for Sunday, Dec. 12.
Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information visit www.spphoboken.com and www.holyseemission.org.
Chamber of Commerce officers announced
The Hoboken Chamber of Commerce has selected new officers.
Mike Novak is the new president. Greg Dell’Aquila will serve as the vice president. Richard Mackiewicz is now the secretary. Hank Dobbelaar is the treasurer. Norma DeRuggiero is the chair of events, and Ruth Bonapace is the new membership chair.
The Hoboken Chamber of Commerce was established to advance a positive image of Hoboken as a supportive, clean and safe community to conduct business, live, shop, entertain. For more information about the Chamber of Commerce, visit HobokenChamber.biz.