Deadline changes for holiday
The Reporter offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20 for Presidents Day. The classified and display advertising deadlines that are normally scheduled for that day for the Midweek Reporter and Bayonne Community News will move up to Friday, Feb. 17 at noon. If you have questions, call (201) 798-7800.
Hoboken school board committee recommends election change to November
The Governance and Personnel Committee of the Hoboken Board of Education recommended that the board consider a resolution at the upcoming Feb. 14 meeting to move the annual school board elections from April to November.
Recent state legislation allows the change, and according to the New Jersey School Boards Association, 248 school districts already have made the move to November.
Proponents of the change say the move will increase voter turnout. According to an email from the committee, average turnout in the last four April school board elections in Hoboken was about 4,400 voters, while the average voter turnout in Hoboken in November elections draws 13,454 voters. The change would also cut costs of another election, which the committee says costs the taxpayers around $90,000.
But the move would also eliminate a public vote on the school budget unless the budget increases by more than 2 percent. The school board would still hold public hearings during the budget process, but unless the budget increases by more than 2 percent, the public will not be able to vote on the annual school budget.
Opponents of the change also say voters may lose sight of the school elections since bigger elections will be going on.
The City Council minority – members who oppose Mayor Dawn Zimmer – recently proposed a resolution advocating putting the change to a public referendum, but other council members opposed to the resolution left the meeting, so there was no quorum to enable a vote.
In nearby Jersey City, the City Council voted this past week to approve a resolution to put the measure on the ballot. In Secaucus, the school board last week voted to keep the elections in April.
All Saints to Host Solar Screening Event on Sunday, Feb. 12
On Feb. 12, GreenFaith and AP Solar will offer homeowners the chance to be screened for a zero-cost solar installation that would provide them with discounted electricity. There will be a monitor set up in the parish hall at 707 Washington St. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and interested homeowners can have their home screened via satellite photos to see if their roof appears suitable for solar power.
For every home that goes solar through this Solar Screening Event or related on-line registration, GreenFaith and AP Solar will make a $200 contribution to All Saints to help it in its work to become a Green Church.
This offer is open to all New Jersey homeowners who live in a single to four-family home, and who have ownership of their roof space.
This program is part of All Saints’ work in the GreenFaith Certification Program. To find out more about the GreenFaith-AP Solar 2012 Residential Solar Campaign, visit www.greenfaith.org.
For more information about the church, contact the Parish Office at (201) 792-3563 or go to www.allsaintshoboken.com.
Monroe Center in Hoboken to hold ‘open studio day’
Hoboken’s Monroe Center on Monroe Street, which includes art galleries, is planning an “open studio day” in February in which artists can exhibit and sell their works to the public.
The event is planned for noon through 6 p.m. on Feb. 26.
It is being held in conjunction with PUSH, the Tri-State Art and Music Festival, to ensure that the Monroe Center Open Studio event will have a large cross section of visitors from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
The exhibiting fee is $25.
For more information, watch a future edition of the Hoboken Reporter.
'Jersey Shore' spinoff to film in downtown Jersey City
Hoboken may have blown off Snooki and JWoww, but the MTV reality show "Jersey Shore" will be welcomed to Jersey City with open arms starting this month.
The show has gotten a permit to film their spinoff for six weeks at a home near Mercer and Grove streets, according to Fox News.
Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy reportedly told Fox 5, “My view is the more people that see anything about Jersey City and see what we have in Jersey, the better it is for Jersey City.”
Earlier this month, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer denied a permit when the production company wanted to film in Hoboken.
See links to related stories at hudsonreporter.com.
How did towing company do work for county for last 16 years without contract?
Thousands of cars, trucks, and mini-buses towed at the direction of the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department may leave the county open to lawsuits after the Hudson County freeholders discovered that there was no towing contract in place since 1996 and that “someone” at the county level allegedly directed the Sheriff’s Department to use a single tow company – in violation of state law that requires contracts to be bid and companies to have a set time period up to three years.
Freeholder Bill O’Dea said he began questioning the process last summer when he saw cars being stacked onto flat bed towing trucks owned by a specific company, at the direction of the Sheriff’s Department.
Representatives from the sheriff’s office said the company has been the sole provider of towing for privately owned vehicles since then-County Executive Robert Janiszewski abolished the Hudson County Police Department in 1995. Prior to that, the county had used a rotation system based on a contract awarded as a result of bidding.
Janiszewski was later jailed on corruption charges on an unrelated issue.
The county freeholders at their Feb. 7 meeting ordered a review of the situation, saying that this leaves the county and possibly the towing company open to lawsuits from anyone who has been towed since 1996.