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HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING – Students from the Hudson Dance and Movement School were among the many young Hobokenites who took part in the city’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony on Tuesday night.
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Hoboken Charter High School receives $10K grant for post-Sandy arts initiatives

The Hoboken Charter School was awarded a grant for $10,000 on Tuesday by Young Audiences of New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania, an organization that funds arts-in-education initiatives around the country.

The Sandy Relief Arts Education Grant, funded through the New Jersey Recovery Fund and the organization’s fundraising efforts, is designed to assist with recovery from Hurricane Sandy through artistic innovation, according to a press release from the group.

The school will work with Young Audiences in the coming months to develop arts programming that assists students recovering from Sandy.

“With this collaboration with Young Audiences, Hoboken Charter High School hopes to strengthen our children’s identities and their bonds within our communities, help them build relationships and gain trust, and enhance their self-esteem, confidence and creativity,” said a statement from the group.

Hoboken Charter High School was one of only 12 schools throughout New Jersey to be awarded this grant, and only one of two high schools.

“We are thrilled to receive this generous grant,” said Chris Sell, the school’s principal. “With the help of Young Audiences, we can offer our students inspiring, arts-rich experiences that will help build strength and character in our students as they cope with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.”

Holiday Craft Fair set for this weekend

The City of Hoboken’s Holiday Crafts Fair will take place this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all three floors of City Hall, 94 Washington St.

The fair will feature artwork and unique handcrafted gift items by local crafters and artisans including jewelry, hand knits (scarves, hats, baby sweaters & blankets), soaps and body products, pottery, wooden snowflakes, photography, puppets, holiday ornaments, art work, note cards, candles, decorative items from cork, chimichurri sauce, special blend balsamic vinegar and olive oils, and much more.

City Clerk to hold birthday party for Sinatra’s 98th

Hoboken City Clerk James Farina, one of Frank Sinatra’s biggest fans, announced this week a party with cake and coffee in honor of what would have been the Chairman of the Board’s 98th birthday. The party will take place on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. in Hoboken City Hall, 94 Washington Street.

Empire Realty organizing Toys for Tots

Empire Cares, the charity wing of Empire Realty, is sponsoring a drop off location for Toys For Tots at its Hoboken office, 407 Washington St. The group will accept any new, unwrapped toys for children ages 0-12. Empire will be delivering the toys for distribution on Dec. 20.

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Stevens Eco-Friendly house donated as Veterans Center

The environmentally friendly eco-house designed and built by Stevens Institute of Technology students which won fourth place at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon was donated as a veterans center on the campus of California State University – San Marcos (CSUSM), the school announced recently.

The Solar Decathlon is a prestigious biannual competition in which a select group of global university teams compete to innovative cost-effective, energy-efficient housing solutions.

Ecohabit, as the house is known, earned second in the national competition and fourth place overall in the Solar Decathlon, and features numerous innovative and green technologies.

Stevens is donating Ecohabit to CSUSM to become an eco-friendly veterans center. Located near several military installations, approximately ten percent of CSUSM’s student population is a veteran, service member, reservist or dependent, said a statement from Stevens

“The Veterans Center will provide a bridge to help civilian students learn more about vets, dispel misconceptions and raise awareness of the advantages that student veterans bring to our community,” said CSUSM’s Vice President of Student Affairs Lorena Meza.

Friends of the Hoboken Family Planning Clinic announces first fundraiser

The Friends of the Hoboken Family Planning Clinic, a group of Hoboken women who support accessible and affordable reproductive healthcare, announced a fundraiser for the clinic that will be held on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the home of Beverly Savage, 1004 Garden St.

For the past 40 years, the Hoboken Family Planning Clinic has provided primary gynecological care and contraception to low-income underserved women. Since 1997, the clinic has offered cancer-screening services.

Thirteen months ago, Hurricane Sandy completely destroyed the clinic when fuel oil, raw sewage, dirt and other debris flooded its 124 Grand St. location. Re-opening was scheduled for this month. This devastation occurred as the clinic was adjusting to state funding cuts which terminated much of its outreach capacity.

To RSVP to the event, please email friendsofhobokenfamilyplanning@gmail.com.

Child advocate group holding informational session

Are you interested in helping children in the foster care system? If so, Hudson County CASA (court appointed special advocate) is recruiting volunteers to advance the best interests of abused and neglected children.

An informational session, addressing the program and the role of its volunteers, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Room 400 of the Hudson County Administration Building, 595 Newark Ave., Jersey City.

For more information, call (201) 795-9855, e-mail mgarcia@hudsoncountycasa.org or visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.

Sixth Annual Legends Ball at Saint Peter’s University on Dec. 12

The Sixth Annual Legends Ball will be presented by the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce at Saint Peter’s University on Thursday, Dec. 12.

More than 300 guests will join the chamber to honor distinguished leaders in Hudson County for their long-term commitment and outstanding contributions to the business, cultural and educational life of the region.

The Legends Ball, designed to recognize the contributions of outstanding business and community leaders, highlights the revitalization of one of the state’s oldest regional chambers of commerce.

For tickets and additional information on the Sixth Annual Legends Ball, call (201) 386-0699, ext. 27 or visit www.hudsonchamber.org.

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