Zimmer announces upcoming State of the City address
Mayor Dawn Zimmer will give her fourth State of the City address on Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. at DeBaun Auditorium on the campus of Stevens Cooperative School, the city announced last week. The event is open to the public.
Hoboken Dual-Language Charter School to expand through eighth grade despite protests from local school board
The Hoboken Dual Language Charter School, popularly known as HoLa, will add a seventh and eighth grade next September, said the president of the school’s board of trustees on Wednesday.
The school, which currently runs through sixth grade and is one of the only dual-language schools of its kind anywhere in the northeastern United States, faced an uphill battle to be granted the expansion after the majority of the Hoboken Board of Education advocated against its expansion application. The superintendent of schools, Mark Toback, also wrote a letter to send to the state, advocating against the expansion for various reasons.
Still, on Wednesday, the state Department of Education (DOE) granted the expansion.
“We are grateful that the DOE recognized our school’s hard work. We are also incredibly humbled by the enormous community and elected official support we received. Eleven of our elected representatives wrote letters of support for HoLa’s expansion to the Department of Education, joining the hundreds of parents who have called for HoLa’s expansion to the 8th grade,” said Board President Barbara Martinez. “We are proud to join Hoboken’s list of public K-8 schools and look forward to serving more of our community’s children in our public charter school.”
For a full story on HoLa’s expansion battle against the local school board, see http://bit.ly/MOq91U.
Hoboken approves $20K contract for lawyer to defend against Mason’s public records lawsuit
The Hoboken City Council hired a lawyer specializing in Open Public Records Act matters to defend itself against a lawsuit filed recently by 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason over a series of public records which Mason requested that were delivered heavily redacted.
The city hired Kate Gilfillan of Schenck Price Smith & King with a one-year contract not to exceed $20,000 to handle defending against Mason’s suit. Law relating to the Open Public Records Act is apparently an area of expertise for Gilfillan.
Mason’s suit concerns a series of invoices billed to the city by the law firm Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Fader between January and October of last year, which the councilwoman requested apparently in an effort to continue her personal investigation into Councilman-at-Large Ravi Bhalla, who took a partnership with the firm in August. (Bhalla has stated that he began abstaining on all votes relating to the firm after he was hired, a claim that was substantiated by city records.)
But when the city complied with Mason’s request, filed through the Open Public Records Act (OPRA), the files she received were redacted to the point of uselessness. Mason was billed $130 for the documents, but “all but a few verbs” were blacked out. According to Mason’s lawyer, Jeffrey Kantowitz, the amount redacted exceeds what is allowed by attorney-client privilege laws.
City spokesman Juan Melli declined to comment on Mason’s suit, citing ongoing litigation.
Chabad of Hoboken announces annual Grand Purim Party
Chabad of Hoboken’s annual Grand Purim Party will be held at the Boys & Girls Club, 123 Jefferson St., on Sunday, March 16.
This year’s theme – Purim in Musical Land – will feature a delicious, buffet dinner, cotton candy, popcorn and an open bar for adults. Great entertainment by Imagination Playhouse includes music, magic and balloon shaping.
Doors open at 3 p.m. Entertainment will follow at 3:15 p.m. followed by the reading of the Megillah and a scrumptious buffet dinner, music and dancing, traditional hamentashen and lots of fun. All are welcome to join regardless of affiliation or background.
Tickets cost $25 per adult and $15 a child/ Stevens students at the door, $18 per adult, $10 per child in advance.
Purim at the Stadium has been generously co-sponsored by Shoprite of Hoboken and CarePoint Health.
Chabad also has an exclusive party for young Jewish Professionals on Saturday night, March 15 at 9:30 p.m. For more info and to RSVP for either of these programs, check out www.JewishHoboken.com or call (201) 386-5222.
Hoboken churches collaborate in providing needed services
They have been neighbors for 125 years now, both congregations located on Hudson Street in Hoboken, separated by just a few short blocks. Ss Peter and Paul, a Roman Catholic congregation and St Matthew Trinity, a Lutheran congregation, share more than an address on Hudson Street. Both congregations share a commitment to serve those in need.
In a “neighborly” fashion, Monsignor Robert Meyer, pastor of Saint Peter and Paul, presented a gift in the amount of $1,000 to the St Matthew Trinity Lunch Time Ministry program. Four mornings a week, St. Matthew Trinity’s Parish Hall becomes an oasis for those who need a nourishing meal. The Lunch Time Ministry, staffed by volunteers and funded by donations, provides food to 25-75 guests daily.
“Both of our congregations desire to provide for those in need. We are happy to lend support to the Lunch Time Ministry especially as we begin the season of Lent,” said Monsignor Meyer.
Additionally, both congregations support the Hoboken Homeless Shelter through direct donations and by encouraging volunteerism.
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
Correction to last weekend’s edition
An article entitled “Battle over future of Neumann Leathers building sees first casualty” in last weekend’s edition of the Hoboken Reporter incorrectly stated that the Neumann Leathers building manager, Vic Zarish, took part in 2009 negotiations to sell the property to a developer. Zarish was not part of the negotiations, and only began working for the building’s owners after those negotiations failed.
Hoboken High School announces senior prom fashion show fundraiser
The Hoboken High School Senior Prom Fashion Show will be held on Friday, March 14. There will be a silent auction from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and the fashion show will be from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. All winners will be announced during the show
Prices are $2 for students and $5 for adults and parents.
Seniors will be modeling the latest prom fashions and silent auction will be filled with items from merchants such as Cove Haven Resorts, NY Jets, Somerset Patriots, and more.
All Proceeds will benefit HHS Class of 2014 Prom. Apparel donated by the Tux Shop of Bayonne and La Belle Boutique of Jersey City.