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NEW FIREFIGHTERS – The Hoboken Fire Department swore in 10 new firefighters in a recent ceremony at City Hall last week. From right to left: Daniel Arocho, Kevin Greene, John O'Kean, Anthony Amaro, Adam Blohm, Fire Chief Richard Blohm, Miguel Zapata, Pietro Cioce, Hector Melendez, Joseph Taglieri, Orlando Lanzo.
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Little League announces tryout dates

The Hoboken Little League announced the dates that it will hold tryouts this year, starting this week and running through March 2. Tryouts will be held for the Major Leagues (ages 9 to 12) and the Minor Leagues (ages 7 to 8).

All Sunday and Thursday tryouts will be held at the Multi Service Center at 124 Grand St. Saturday tryouts are at the Hoboken Little League Field (weather permitting).

The dates are as follows: Sunday Feb. 16 (Major League 1 p.m.-3 p.m. and Minor League 2 p.m.-4 p.m.), Thursday Feb. 20 (Major League 6 p.m.-8 p.m.), Saturday Feb. 22 (Major League 10am-12 p.m.), Sunday Febr.23 (Major League 1 p.m.-3 p.m. and Minor League 2 p.m.-4 p.m.), Saturday, March 1, 2014 (Major League 10am-12 p.m.), Sunday March 2 (Major League 1 p.m.-3 p.m. and Minor League 2 p.m.-4 p.m.)

Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate and three proofs of residency which should be dated between February 2013 and Jan. 31, 2014. You also have to register with the city of Hoboken online after Jan. 21, 2014.

Head-shaving cancer fundraiser to be held at Willie McBride’s

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation will host its fourth annual fundraising event – “Wigs on the Green: A Celebration of Life With Music” – to fight kids cancer on Saturday, March 15, from 3 to 6 p.m., at Willie McBride's Irish Pub, 616 Grand St.

At last year’s event, Hoboken barber Nicole Appice shaved close to two dozen heads, raising $6,772 for the cause.

Appice returns this year and the organization is looking to beat that total, said event organizer Jim O’Brien.

“There is no better cause than helping kids beat cancer,” said O’Brien, of Hoboken. “What’s losing a little off the top compared to the struggles that these kids and their families face every day?”

Inspired by the story of a courageous 6 year old boy who died of cancer three years ago, O'Brien first brought St. Baldrick's to Willie McBride's in 2011 as an offshoot of an annual St. Patrick's Day party he and college buddies had hosted since college. A total of $13,935 has been raised by the event over the years.

There will be live music, discounted food and drink, and crafts for the kids. Anyone who plays an instrument or sings is encouraged to take part in a St. Baldrick’s hootenanny as a way to show solidarity with the brave kids who are fighting cancer.

The national St. Baldrick’s Foundation, established in 1999, has raised more than $100 million to fight the scourge of kids' cancer.

To schedule a shave or donate directly, go to: http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/6346/2014

Empire Realty Valentine’s Day celebration rescheduled

Due to the inclement weather, the Empire Realty Valentine’s Day celebration for Hoboken’s senior citizens community was rescheduled for this coming Friday, Feb. 21.

For the fourth year in a row, Empire Realty Group agents will serve food to Hoboken’s senior citizens at the Multiservice Center in Hoboken. The city’s director of health and human services, Leo Pellegrini, in conjunction with Tom Foley and Cosmo of the Multi-Service Center, are helping to organize the event. Lisa Troyano-Ascolese is spearheading this year’s event for Empire.

On the breakfast menu this year will be scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, French toast, fruit salad, muffins and dessert. Kevin Misslich, a world-renowned opera singer who has just started as a new agent with Empire Realty Group, will be kicking off the event with an introductory song or two. In addition to the regular bingo scheduled during the breakfast, Empire will have their own “penguin” boards with one of the Empire Cares volunteers calling out the numbers. Agents from Empire will help prepare, cook and serve the seniors starting at 10 a.m.

Cake Boss to open satellite location in Philadelphia

Come spring, the City of Brotherly Love is going to get a little bit of the mile-square city.

Philly.com has reported that the "Cake Boss," Buddy Valastro of Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, is going to open a new bakery in the Rittenhouse Square area of Center City, in Philly.

Valastro opened a new location last year in Times Square, and has several operations in New Jersey.

Just more evidence that Hoboken is taking over the world. Maybe next, Philly can have its own "Real Housewives" franchise as well.

Ray McDonough, mayor of Harrison, dead at 65

Raymond McDonough, mayor of Harrison, died in his office Wednesday (Feb. 11) of a massive heart attack. He was 65 years old.

The death was a shock to public officials in every corner of Hudson County.

“He was a true gentleman,” said Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell. “He was among the best in this business.”

McDonough was mayor of a small town on the western side of Hudson County, but exerted a huge influence on decision made countywide.

“He had a tremendous impact on Harrison,” said a very saddened Paul Swibinki, founder of Vision Media consulting. “I remember what Harrison was before became mayor, and what it became. He is leaving a legacy beyond that he can be proud of.”

In some ways, Harrison has become a new Gold Coast of Hudson County, region that is benefiting from the renaissance of nearby Newark as well as its PATH connection to Jersey City and New York.

“He was a regular guy,” Swibinski said. “He was able to identify with the average man.”

McDonough was elected mayor in 1995 after serving on the town council for 17 years.

He was instrumental in formulating the Harrison Waterfront Develo p.m.ent Plan which hoped to capitalize on its location along the Passaic River and station for the PATH. He also oversaw the develo p.m.ent of Red Bull Arena, a soccer stadium.

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto released the following statement on the death of Harrison Mayor Ray McDonough:

"Ray McDonough was a great friend to so many of us throughout Hudson County and an extremely strong advocate for the town of Harrison. He always stood up for the middle class and working men and women and had a great deal of integrity and compassion. He will be greatly missed and I would like to extend my deepest condolences to his family and the town of Harrison."

North Bergen Mayor and State Senator Nick Sacco (D-Hudson) released the following statement on the death of Harrison Mayor Ray McDonough:

"I worked with Mayor McDonough very closely as the Senator representing his town over the last twenty years and he was one of the most dedicated public servants I have ever met. He always put Harrison first and did whatever he could to make his home town a better place. He will be deeply missed."

Even Republican Gov. Christopher Christie, who McDonough (a Democrat) endorsed last year, called McDonough “a genuine, kind-hearted soul,” who loved his home down and his people.

Correction on Zimmer/Christie story

Last week, the cover story in our print edition included this sentence: "Zimmer has since said that she had only told five people about her allegations before the MSNBC show aired: Her communications director Juan Melli, her young aide Dan Bryan, Councilman David Mello, and two others who have not been named (presumably one of whom is her husband Stan Grossbard).”

In actuality, Zimmer has not publicly confirmed whom she had talked to about the allegations. The number five came from an NBC News report in which they quoted three sources with knowledge of the federal investigation as saying that Zimmer told investigators that she had discussed the May incident with “at least” five people in the months following it.

Councilman David Mello has confirmed publicly that Zimmer mentioned the incident to him over the summer. Press reports also have identified Melli and Bryan as two of the individuals.

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