The Hoboken Police Department has been investigating a Feb. 15 incident in which a man entered City Hall just before 8 p.m. and left a bag there. Mayor Ravi Bhalla was not there, although Deputy Chief of Staff Jason Freeman was.
The man had told security he was just going to use the bathroom and then he was witnessed by Freeman allegedly throwing a bag with an object in the direction of an administrative assistant’s desk. He then fled the scene.
Mayor Bhalla had received death threats after his election (see related cover story), but officials did not say there was a link.
Hoboken chief of Police Ken Ferrante said on Wednesday, “Our detectives did a thorough job in identifying the individual. All further facts will remain confidential because it was a mental health issue.”
He did not elaborate further, but said nothing dangerous was in the bag.
Public survey for Master Plan Reexamination to close Monday, March 5
According to the city, over 700 residents, business owners, and other Hoboken stakeholders have taken the on-line Master Plan survey. The survey will officially close on Monday, March 5.
A master plan is a large document setting out the development and planning goals for a city for the future. Zoning laws may be changed because of the detailed analysis in the plan.
People who have not yet taken the survey are invited to voice their opinions at: www.hobokennj.gov/masterplansurvey.
The city thanked residents who attended the second public workshop on Feb 22 at the Wallace School. The Project Team is currently reviewing all of the ideas, comments, and feedback that was provided.
A full summary of the second public workshop will be posted to the project website at www.hobokennj.gov/masterplan in the coming days.
School district to host kindergarten registration events
Hoboken Public Schools are hosting registration events for new students who would like to enrol into kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year and are not currently enrolled in the Hoboken Early Childhood Pre-school Program.
“We are excited to meet new parents and help them with their kindergarten registration process for Hoboken Public Schools, as we receive a record number of interest and enrolment requests for our thriving elementary schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Christine Johnson. “We provide unique child-initiated learning experiences, and promote growth in the areas of cognition, physical, social, and emotional domains.”
Children entering must be a Hoboken resident and must be five years old by Oct. 1, 2018.
To register, parents and guardians must bring original immunization records, an original birth certificate or passport, two current proofs of residency with the parent or guardians name.
You must have one primary proof of residency such as a deed, mortgage statement or lease, and one secondary proof such as a PSE&G bill, water or tax bill, or a cable TV/internet/phone, bank/ health insurance statement.
The Student Enrollment Office will be hosting registration at the below locations on the following dates and times: AJ Demarest School Building at 158 Fourth St. on March 8 and March 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on March 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Registration will also take place on April 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the David E Rue School gymnasium at 301 Garden St.
To save time, parents and guardians can download registration forms in prior to registration events at: http://www.hoboken.k12.nj.us/.
Applications are safe for Stevens prospects participating in national student walkouts
High school students planning to both apply to Stevens Institute of Technology and walk out of class in protest of federal inaction on gun control need not worry that potential disciplinary action taken by their high schools will affect their college applications, according to the dean of undergraduates, Jackie Williams.
“At Stevens we value the expression of thought and the desire to make the world a better place,” said Williams over Twitter. “Your participation in peaceful protest, and any resulting disciplinary actions, will not negatively impact your application for admission.”
Stevens Institute of Technology joins several dozen colleges and universities around the country pledging not to penalize applicants. Penn State, Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, MIT and Lafayette all made similar pledges.
Hoboken Historical Museum hosts Black Maria Film Festival
On Wednesday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m., the Hoboken Historical Museum will host the first of a four-part “Hudson County Movie Tour” of screenings of Black Maria Film Festival award-winning documentary films.
The program will be presented on the first Wednesday of the month, from March to June, by Festival director Jane Steuerwald, with filmmakers as special guests.
The first program will feature two short films: “Little Fiel,” about an artist who grew up during the 1970s – ’80s civil war in Mozambique, and “Born in Battle,” about a former 12-year-old child soldier. Both filmmaker Irina Patkanian and the artist Fiel dos Santos will be present to discuss the film and the artist’s life work, which is to destroy guns and turn them into art.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. the films screen at 7 p .m., followed by Q&A.
Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $5 at the door. Seating is limited, reservations are advised.
For more information go to https://www.hobokenmuseum.org/event/black-maria-film-festival-2018-tour/ or call 201.656.2240
What happened at 111 First St.?
David Goodwin, author of “The Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 First Street,” will appear at Little City Books, 100 Bloomfield St. in Hoboken, on March 7 at 7 p.m.
The book embraces art, real estate, development, the life and culture of a city, and also lots of drama, as you might expect from Hudson County politicians.
In the late 1980s, a handful of artists priced out of Manhattan and desperately needing affordable studio space discovered 111 First St., a former P. Lorillard Tobacco Company warehouse. Over the next two decades, an eclectic collection of painters, sculptors, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, and writers dreamt and toiled within the building’s labyrinthine halls. The local arts scene flourished, igniting hope that Jersey City would emerge as the next grassroots center of the art world.
However, a rising real estate market coupled with a provincial political establishment threatened the community at 111 First St. The artists found themselves entangled in a long, complicated, and vicious fight for their place in the building and for the physical survival of 111 First Street itself, a site that held so much potential, so much promise for Jersey City. “Left Bank of the Hudson” offers a window into the demographic, political, and socio-economic changes experienced by Jersey City during the last thirty years.
Goodwin’s book is seen as a well-documented narrative about the role artists play in economically improving cities.
Little City presents ‘Read Across America’ Seuss-themed morning in the bookshop
On Sunday, March 4 at 11 a.m., Little City Books, 100 Bloomfield St. in Hoboken, presents free for kids of all ages the Garden Street School of the Performing Arts cast of “SEUSSICAL”.
They will perform selections from the show in the bookshop. The cast will be on hand to buddy up and read to the children after the performance. Seuss swag, activities, and photo props and opps are all included. Children of all ages are welcome!
For more information call (201) 626-7323 or visit littlecitybooks.com.
hob’art Cooperative Gallery to open new exhibit in honor of Women’s History month
hob’art Cooperative Gallery is sharing a visual tribute to the richness and importance of women in our lives through their new its invitational/juried group show WOMEN AND FRIENDS OF WOMEN.
The show focuses on women and their relationships. Whether the relationships are platonic, romantic, long distance or familial, the show conveys visualizations of females and their friends. Each artist celebrates these many apsects of women’s lives and work into a cohesive show.
Participating artists include Anna Plavinskaya, Jean Paul Picard, Olga Spiegel, Alberte Bernier, France Garrido, Alayne Sahar, Ibou Ndoye, France Garrido, Tony Rendeiro, Lily Zane and Liz Cohen Ndoye.
Portraits by Bernier, Picard, and Ndoye, use intense colors that highlight the physical diversity and beauty of women in our world. Zane and Cohen Ndoye use fabric, textures, and imagery that evoke the continuing, ongoing struggle for women’s equal rights. Garrido, Spiegel, Sahar, Reneiro, and Plavinskaya use line to create a spiritual female presence in their pieces.
The opening reception will be on March10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at hob’art Gallery at 720 Monroe St.
Gallery information can be obtained on the website www.hob-art.org.
Hoboken gathers to support veterans through yoga
In its fourth year, over 120 residents and yoga practitioners are expected to come together March 11 to raise money and awareness to support veterans and their families through a Veterans Yoga Project fundraiser.
The fundraiser will be held at Stevens Institute of Technology (Walker Gymnasium)
From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The first VYP Hoboken Fundraiser was launched in 2015, by two friends and Hoboken residents, Tam Terry and Helene Graff. The duo’s motivation to bring peace and support to the veteran community through yoga has grown the annual fundraiser from an intimate invite-only gathering in 2015, to a community-driven event.
Terry said, “Coming to the event is more than just saying thank you. It is a way to help these people get their lives back on track. And it’s also fun.”
Through Mindful Resilience Training classes, multi-day retreats and advanced training to yoga instructors, VYP has helped thousands of veterans and their families reduce stress, ease pain and release traumatic imprints that negatively impact their lives.
Fundraiser attendees can enjoy a yoga class taught by veterans and hear about their unique and transformative experiences through yoga. They’ll also have a chance to meet Veterans Yoga Project founder and executive direction, Dr. Daniel Libby and learn how yoga and other VYP programs are helping veterans and their families all around the country.
Light refreshments will be served. All proceeds from the event will go to support for Veterans Yoga Project. The event is open to veterans, yoga teachers and practitioners and anyone interested in learning more about VYP. No yoga experience is required.
To register or donate go to https://goo.gl/Wj184g. A minimum $25 donation is suggested.
Hoboken mayor thanks communication director Melli for service
Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced Tuesday, Feb. 27 that Communications Manager Juan Melli will resign from his position effective Monday, March 5 to pursue other professional opportunities. He has served in the position since 2010.
"Juan has been an invaluable resource to residents of the city of Hoboken over the course of his service to our community,” said Mayor Bhalla. “I recall during Superstorm Sandy the countless hours Juan placed on crisis and communications management alongside Mayor Dawn Zimmer to keep our community informed and safe. He will be missed by us all, and I wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”
Deputy Chief of Staff Jason Freeman will take on the duties of the position while the city finalizes hiring his replacement.
UBS Atrium Series presents the New Asia Chamber Music Society
The UBS Atrium Series continues its 15th season of free mid-day music on Wednesday, March 7 at 12:30 p.m. The concert will take place in the Atrium, 1000 Harbor Boulevard in the Lincoln Harbor section of Weehawken and will feature world-class musicians from the New Asia Chamber Music Society (NACMS), which is committed to bringing audiences exceptional performances drawn from western chamber music and contemporary Asian music.
These concerts are sponsored, in part, by the Hudson Reporter.
Highlighted at this performance will be works for the erhu, also known as the Chinese violin or the Chinese two-stringed fiddle, which has been used in Chinese music for more than 1,000 years. This concert features the artistry of Wei-Yang Andy Lin, the artistic director and co-founder of the NACMS, who is gaining a reputation as one of the instrument’s finest players.
For directions and more info, please visit the HRPAC website - www.hrpac.org - or call the concert hotline at (201) 716-4540.
NAMI offers program for caregivers
NAMI Family-to-Family is a 12-week education program designed for caregivers having an adult family member living with a mental illness. The program fosters learning, healing and empowerment among caregivers and has been described by some as “a journey of hope” and by many others as “a life changing experience. Classes will meet April 5 through June 21 at Christ Hospital, 176 Palisade Ave., Jersey City, every Thursday evening 6:30 – 9 p.m. Participation is available on a first come basis and free parking is available.
To register please contact Carmen at (201) 310-5828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Dana at (347) 729-3966 or email at email@example.com.
Register early. Space is limited.
St. Francis Church Holy Name Society to host awards dinner
St. Francis Church’s Holy Name Society will host its Awards Dinner on Sunday, April 15 at the Hoboken Elks Lodge.
The dinner will honor Mark Aurigemma, Julius Binetti, JosephyCantatore, and Gerardo Irizarry for their dedication to the society, parish, and Hoboken Community,
The dinner is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and ticket donations are $45.
The dinner will include a buffet, DJ, door prizes, 50/50 raffle and a cash bar.
Join the Fourth Annual NJ Maker Day Celebration at the Hoboken Public Library
As part of a statewide event encompassing schools, colleges, libraries, museums and other educational organizations, the Hoboken library will showcase and encourage participation in activities that focus on making, designing, and engineering.
In a recorded message to 2017 New Jersey Makers Day participants, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) congratulated “makers” for being engaged in this proud New Jersey tradition of entrepreneurship and discovery.
“This is an important part of our economy,” said Sen. Booker, “an important part of job creation, an important part of innovation, and pushing the envelope of humanity. This is a day truly to celebrate, and I love that we, in New Jersey, are keeping it going.”
The library is offering several free events on March 10.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Makerspace will be open to everyone and people can make a free button the lower level.
At 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. the library will host the Science of Sound in the lower level about the transformation of sound through a five string electric violin.
From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. the library will have several different children’s activities including DIY jump ropes and community coloring. Also at that time there will be a tween/teen marshmallow challenge with prizes for who can build the tallest tower and from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. arm knitting will be available for children over 12 years of age.
The library is located at 500 Park Ave.