Reporter July 4 deadlines
The Hudson Reporter offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4 for Independence Day. Display advertising and classified deadlines have been moved up a day to Tuesday, July 3 at noon.
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Hoboken’s Father Michael Guglielmelli retires
The city has honored Father Michael Guglielmelli upon his retirement after 24 years of serving as pastor of Hoboken’s St. Francis Church.
The City Council passed a resolution on June 20 to name the corner of Third and Jefferson streets “Father Michael Guglielmelli Way.” The resolution reads, in part: “… for the past 24 years, Father Michael Guglielmelli has served and protected the people of Hoboken as a pastor at Hoboken’s St. Francis Church, and his dedication, compassion and service have impacted all members of the Hoboken community throughout his years of service…”
Guiglielmelli plans to retire this Sunday, according to a published report.
Real estate company owner Robert De Ruggiero passes away
Local real estate agent Robert De Ruggiero, born July 16, 1942, passed away Thursday at age 69. He was the president and owner of Robert De Ruggiero, Inc. Realtors, and founded the company that began in Hoboken in 1969.
Headquartered in Union City, the company has offices, land, retail and investment properties in Weehawken, North Bergen, Hoboken, West New York, Jersey City, and other surrounding Hudson County towns.
He is survived by his wife Norma, children Alec, Jason, Erin, Felice, and stepson Jonathan, his five grandchildren, and his sister Ann.
Visitation will be held at Leber Funeral Home, 2000 Kennedy Blvd. at 20th Street in Union City on Sunday, July 1, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral service at Leber is scheduled for Monday, July 2 at 11 a.m. He will be buried at Hillside Cemetery in Lyndhurst.
Hoboken’s Tyshawn Taylor selected by Nets in NBA draft
Tyshawn Taylor watched the NBA Draft Thursday night with friends at Room 84 in Hoboken, not knowing when he might hear his name called.
A little past 11 p.m., Taylor got word of his destination – and he’s not traveling far from his home in the Mile-Square City.
Taylor, the former St. Anthony standout who played his college basketball at the University of Kansas, was acquired by the Brooklyn Nets in the second round of the draft.
Taylor was taken by the Portland Trailblazers with the 41st pick overall, then shipped to the Nets in exchange for cash considerations.
Taylor was part of the St. Anthony 2008 national championship team that posted a perfect 32-0 record and featured six players who went on to play NCAA Division I basketball. That team was also highlighted in the award-winning documentary, “The Street Stops Here.”
Taylor was then a four-year starter at Kansas, scoring 1,580 points and dishing off for 575 assists over his career. He was a Third Team All-America and First Team All-Big 12 selection, leading the Jayhawks to the NCAA Championship game, before falling to Kentucky.
Taylor averaged 16.6 points and 4.8 assists last season for Kansas.
Nets general manager Billy King said that the team liked Taylor from the outset.
“We had him on our board pretty high,” King said. “We were trying to get a young point guard that we could groom. We liked his pedigree and his ability to play in big games. Once we started to slide, we made the move to get him. We liked his overall play as a point guard and we think his best basketball is ahead of him. We like his decision making and his size. He knows what it takes to be successful. He’s played with a lot of talented players in the past and that makes you a better player.”
Taylor originally had hoped he would be taken higher. There were some published reports that had him going to the Chicago Bulls in the first round, but that didn’t materialize. He had to patiently wait out the proceedings to see where he would end up.
“I was hearing different things,” Taylor told the Kansas City Star. “I was sitting on a step inside the restaurant and kept shaking my head about the pick before me. I was getting a little upset.”
However, Taylor was apparently not upset with his destination.
“It’s weird,” Taylor said in the Kansas City Star. “I told myself at the beginning of the draft that I probably would get drafted by a team I didn’t work out for. And that’s exactly the case with Brooklyn.”
Taylor becomes the seventh St. Anthony product to be selected in the NBA Draft, joining David Rivers (Los Angeles Lakers first round, 1988); Bobby Hurley (Sacramento Kings first round, 1993); Terry Dehere (Los Angeles Clippers first round, 1993); Rodrick Rhodes (Houston Rockets first round, 1997); Roshown McLeod (Atlanta Hawks first round, 1998) and Ahmad Nivins (Dallas Mavericks second round, 2009).
Taylor is also the first Hoboken native to be taken in the draft since Derrick Alston was taken by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the 1994 NBA Draft.
For more about Taylor’s draft experience, read Jim Hague’s Scoreboard column in next weekend’s editions (July 8) of the Hudson Reporter Newspapers.
Hoboken University Medical Center and others sponsor ‘Fight Night 2012’
Hoboken University Medical Center, Everlast, and LA Boxing are sponsors for “Fight Night 2012” at the W Hotel on Monday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature a card of amateur fights sanctioned by the New Jersey Association of USA Boxing. Ticket packages range from general admission standing room tickets, priced at $25, to ringside seats with dinner at ZYLO for $165.
To purchase tickets in advance, call (201) 418-2124. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Visit www.hobokenumc.com for more information.
Party with Purpose to host 5K next month
Party with Purpose will host a 5K race in Hoboken Tuesday, July 17 along the waterfront. The event will support local youth charities, including the Jubilee Center and the Hoboken Boys & Girls Club.
A fun run and other special kid’s events will take place before the runners begin at 3:30 p.m., and an after-party will be held in Pier A Park.
Registration is $25 by July 1, and $30 after. The race will begin at 7 p.m. Medals will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers per age group.
The Hoboken Rotary Club is recruiting team members for the race. Interested parties can sign up at http://www.active.com/running/hoboken-nj/7-17-12---pwp-hoboken-5k-2012
20th Annual National Night Out scheduled for Aug. 7
The 20th Annual National Night Out events will take place in Hoboken on Tuesday, Aug. 7
Hosted by Hoboken Police Chief Anthony P. Falco Sr., the event aims to heighten crime and drug awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnership, and send a message to criminals to let them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
To participate, contact Sergeant Melissa Gigante at (201) 420-2100.