“We are monitoring weather forecasts and will make preparations accordingly,” said Hoboken’s Spokesman Juan Melli, when asked about powerful Hurricane Irma, which has proved fatal in the Caribbean. As of Friday, the storm was forecast to head to the Southern states and west, rather than up the East Coast, but it was still early.
“As of this morning [Thursday], the guidance we have received from local meteorologists is that we are unlikely to see direct significant impacts from the hurricane, however there can be some rain by the middle of next week. We’re going to keep a close eye on forecasts and [will] ramp up preparations as warranted.”
Hoboken was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in late October of 2012. The “superstorm” flooded the lower half of town, trapped thousands people in their homes, cut power to almost every neighborhood, and left many without heat and water.
Dr. Alan Blumberg from Stevens Institute of Technology, who predicted the intensity of Hurricane Sandy a few days before it hit, said there is a low probability of Irma hitting the area because it is traveling over land and will most likely lose strength along the way.
“If Irma was going to come, it would come in the next 10 days, but it’s a very low probability as there is a lot of land between Florida and here and when a hurricane goes over land it loses energy,” he explained on Thursday.
However he said he is more concerned with Hurricane Jose, which is still out in the Atlantic Ocean and has the potential to veer our way.
He added Stevens has a website residents can go to for flood advisories. To find it go to www.stevens.edu/sfas.
“We do flood forecasting on a street by street scale in the area, so we will know 96 hours into the future how much water will come into Washington Street or Fourteenth Street, and we make beautiful maps people can go to and see what the impact will be,” said Blumberg.
Hoboken is currently working to combat another storm like Sandy through the Rebuild By Design project.
The project will prevent flooding using infrastructure like floodwalls, seawalls, and soft landscaping such as berms and levees which could be in the form of parks, rain gardens, bicycle parking, murals, and more.
For more information on RBD go to Hudsonreporter.com.
The Hoboken Italian Festival runs until Sunday, Sept. 10
The Hoboken Italian Festival, underway now along the waterfront, won’t end until Sunday, Sept. 10 and fair weather is predicted for the whole weekend. The festival, which typically takes place on Sinatra Drive near Sinatra Park, has been moved downtown spanning from Pier A Park to about Third Street.
The four-day celebration offers musical entertainment, games, food, and fireworks.
This year’s festival includes two stages with live entertainment including the annual grape stomp contest and musical performances by Tenor Elio Scaccio, R3 Brothers, Johnny Maggio, Steven Maglio and more.
The annual festival celebrates the Feast of the Madona Dei Martiri (Our Lady of the Martyrs) which takes place on Saturday Sept. 10. on Feast day, after a mass at St. Francis Church an 800 lb. statue of the Madonna Dei Martiri is carried through the streets of Hoboken.
The festival, a tradition that dates back to over 600 years ago in Molfetta, Italy, has taken place in hoboken for the past 90 years making this their 91st anniversary.
For more information on the festival including the procession route and schedule of events go to http://www.hobokenitalianfestival.com/wp2/.
Hoboken mayoral candidate Ravi Bhalla and slate file petitions
Councilman Ravi Bhalla, candidate for Hoboken mayor, and his at-large slate of Councilman Jim Doyle, Emily Jabbour, and John Allen filed 2,796 petition signatures with the Hoboken City Clerk this week. Bhalla filed 1,004 himself.
“We engaged voters throughout the city in our petition-gathering effort, using it as an opportunity to have thousands of conversations at residents’ doors and in strategic locations,” said Bhalla in the press release.
“Voters were responsive to our plans for fixing our aging infrastructure, comprehensively addressing our flooding problem, holding the line on taxes, and building on the successes of the Zimmer Administration,” he said. “Between now and election day, we will continue, and step-up our active grassroots campaigning, assisted by dedicated volunteers.”
Hoboken seeks artists for 35-foot tall mural
The Hoboken Mural Arts Council has announced a call for submissions for a mural project located at 1312 Adams St. with the theme “diversity, inclusion, and community.”
The Arts Council, which includes Geri Fallo (Hoboken Cultural Affairs), Albert Barsky (Barsky Gallery), Elizabeth Ndoye (hob’art co-operative gallery), and Justine Uva (Urban Arts), was recently established by Mayor Dawn Zimmer to provide guidance and art expertise for a mural project approved by the Planning Board.
The project, which is required by the Planning Board for the property, includes a $25,000 honorarium to the selected artist or arts group as well as paint, supplies, and scaffolding.
Three artists will be selected from all the submissions and awarded $500 each to develop a design based on the theme “diversity, inclusion, and community.”
The Arts Council, with input from the project developer, will evaluate and select the winning design.
The mural will be 155 feet wide by 35 feet tall, starting 20 feet from the ground. The surface of the wall will be made from Kingspan panels in the mural area and finished with a Weather XL modified polyester finish in Imperial white.
The artist will be required to paint directly onto the wall from a suspended scaffold system hung from the roof of the building and should have experience painting murals on such a system.
The developer will be responsible for prepping and priming the wall, paint, other needed materials, and scaffolding.
Interested artists should provide submissions by Sept. 30 through the following link: www.hobokennj.gov/mural.
New comedy coming to Mile Square Theatre
Mile Square Theatre will premiere “The Net Will Appear” by New Jersey playwright Erin Mallon on Sept. 13, starring film, TV, and stage actor Richard Masur.
The play is a comedy about an unlikely friendship between feisty 9-year-old Rory and her elderly neighbor Bernard, 75. Bernard, played by Masur, finds quiet solitude on his rooftop until one day his new neighbor, Rory, played by Matilda Lawler, discovers him and demands his attention. She eventually earns his friendship, and the two save each other from their lonely worlds below.
“Mile Square Theatre is committed to developing new work, and I fell in love with Erin’s script from the first read,” said MST Artistic Director Chris O’Connor in a press release. “We are excited to give the play its first production. The play depicts a unique friendship; two characters, wildly different, find each other from atop their suburban rooftops and forge a beautiful friendship. We are also thrilled that Richard Masur is available to play the role of Bernard opposite a very talented local actress, 9-year-old Matilda Lawler. Our audiences are in for a real treat.”
Performances will take place at 1400 Clinton St. from Sept. 13 through Oct. 8. Shows will be at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and at 3 p.m. on Sundays. Previews begin Sept. 13 with opening night Sept. 15. Tickets are available at www.milesquaretheatre.org, or by calling (201) 683-7014.
Tickets are $30 to $40 and $18 students and seniors.
Previews and Wednesday tickets are $15.
2017 PGA Presidents Cup coming to Jersey City
The PGA’s Presidents Cup is a series of men’s golf matches between a team representing the United States and an International Team representing the rest of the world minus Europe. The tournament comes to Liberty National Golf Club, Jersey City, from Sept. 26 to Oct. 1 this year.
The U.S. Presidents Cup Team is comprised of the top-10 U.S. players who earned the most FedExCup points from Sept. 15, 2015, through Sept. 4, 2017, plus two captain’s selections.
With the start of competition at the 2017 Presidents Cup less than one month away, the final four players for the event were determined Sept. 6 as International Team Captain Nick Price and U.S. Team Captain Steve Stricker announced their Captains’ Selections.
Stricker selected Charley Hoffman and Phil Mickelson. The full team membership is Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Daniel Berger, Brooks Koepka, Kevin Kisner, Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Chappell, Charley Hoffman, and Phil Mickelson .
With a sellout expected for the 2017 Presidents Cup, limited tickets remain, with grounds ticket prices ranging from $50 for Tuesday and Wednesday practice rounds, to $140 for the Sunday Singles Matches. Grounds tickets can be purchased at presidentscup.com.
In addition to grounds tickets, a limited number of weekly Captains’ Club packages, an upgraded public ticket offering located on the 9th green with views of both the 9th green and signature par-3 10th hole, are still available, as are Tuesday and Wednesday Practice Round Captains’ Club tickets, at presidentscup.com or via TicketMaster.
Travel and upgraded VIP experiences can be purchased including Captains’ Club on competition days at presidentscupexperiences.com.
For updates on the Presidents Cup, check presidentscup.com, join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thepresidentscup, Twitter and Instagram at @president scup and sign up for the Presidents Cup e-newsletter.
Comedy movie starring Nathan Lane, based on local author’s book, comes to Netflix
A comedy movie starring Broadway legend (and Jersey City native) Nathan Lane – based on a humorous novel by Hoboken resident (and Reporter editor) Caren Lissner -- is now available on Netflix as of Tuesday, Sept. 5. It is also available on Amazon and iTunes.
The film, Carrie Pilby, stars Bel Powley as 19-year-old genius who graduates from Harvard three years early and moves to New York City. She’s confused about how to make friends and date. She tries to make sense of life’s hypocrisies, all while meeting an unusual cast of characters and dealing with a past inappropriate relationship with a college professor (Colin O’Donoghue). Her therapist, played by Nathan Lane, is perhaps the only person sharp enough to match wits with her.
The book, available new on Amazon, has been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, Malay, and Thai.
The film also stars Gabriel Byrne (“The Usual Suspects”, “Miller’s Crossing”), Vanessa Bayer (“Saturday Night Live”), William Moseley, Jason Ritter, and Desmin Borges.
Those who want to see it on cable can check their alphabetical list of on-demand movies. The film can also be purchased as a DVD via Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, or other on-line retailers.
It was directed by Susan Johnson (who recently wrapped the film adaptation of Jenny Han’s best-selling novel “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”).
The film premiered a year ago this weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival, then opened in area theaters for a limited run in April.
The film earned positive reviews from the Guardian, RogerEbert.com , and the Village Voice.
Lissner will be appearing on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Barnes and Noble in Paramus as part of a teen book festival to discuss the novel, the adaptation process, how to get your work published, and any other matters of interest to attendees.