Don’t miss the Midweek Reporter, our new newspaper
The Midweek Reporter, our new newspaper, debuted in Jersey City and Hoboken this past Thursday, and crackled with fresh news and features. For instance, Jersey City resident Paul Cohen was just hired to play disgraced New York financier Bernard Madoff in an upcoming movie, based on the fact that Cohen looks a lot like him. Read the whole amusing story in the Midweek, or click to read it on-line by scrolling to the bottom of www.hudsonreporter.com.
Also in the Midweek, a Hoboken Rotary club member hosted a Hatian father and son while the son got life-saving surgery in New York.
In addition, the paper featured a story on how local towns can and can’t deal with registered sex offenders; entertainment news, updated news briefs, calendar listings, and more. Keep your eyes open and look for it in your neighborhood! If you have comments, suggestions, or submissions, e-mail email@example.com and put “Midweek” in the subject head.
State uphelds Corzine’s funding plan; may hurt local schools
Some Hudson County school districts got bad news on Thursday when the state Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Jon Corzine's school funding plan, the School Funding Reform Act (SFRA), is indeed constitutional.
Corzine’s plan, passed by the state Legislature last year, provides funding to districts based on the number of needy students in each school, not just in their town in general. That is a revision of the school funding plan in place for years that offered extra funding to the state’s 31 poorest and predominately urban districts, known as Abbott districts, while wealthier suburban districts mostly saw only small increases in aid.
Jersey City, Hoboken, Union City, West New York and Harrison could feel the effects of this ruling. Depending on how much funding the schools got in the past and what their population is like, their aid may decrease, but it may also stay flat.
But it won’t happen immediately. In a written opinion on the unanimous ruling by Justice Jaynee LaVecchia, in the next three years, the current funding system for the Abbott districts should continue until a review of the SFRA can take place to see if it is beneficial for all the school districts.
F or more on the mayoral candidates, the Hudson Reporter Editorial Board Mayoral Candidate Forum is available for viewing in four video installments at www.hudsonreporter.com.
The Quality of Life Coalition and People for Open Government Mayoral Debate from Thursday will also be available at these websites: www.qlchoboken.org and www.hobokenpog.org.
Historical barge docked by Pier A
The Waterfront Museum docked in Hoboken last week between the Hoboken Train Terminal and Pier A and is open for free tours on Friday, June 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Hoboken was the first home to the barge. After it was excavated from under the George Washington Bridge and restored, the barge docked off Pier A in 1989, thanks to the work of museum owner David Sharp and Hoboken Brownstone company’s Danny Gans.
The museum is here as part of the Hudson River Quadricentennial celebration and will be hosting events in conjunction with the Hoboken Historical Museum.
A free, four-hour family trip in the tugboat Pegasus, the boat that pulled the barge into town, will be leaving on Sunday, May 31 at 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.tugboatpegasus.org or call (212) 406-2225.
“The Fuzzy Lemons” will play on Saturday, May 30 at 2:30 p.m. (tickets are $14 at the door) and the “Sunset Music Series” will play from 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 by calling (877) 238-5596, or $12 at the door. A circus will be visiting the museum on Sunday, May 31 from 1 to 4 p.m.
For more details, call (202) 420-2207.
Hoboken Film Festival…in Teaneck
From May 29 to June 4, the Fourth Annual Hoboken International Film Festival is being held in Teaneck, N.J.
The festival is being held at Cedar Lane Cinemas, 503 Cedar Lane, Teaneck.
The Gala Award Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m.
Admission is $100 per person.
Kenneth Del Vecchio, chairman and founder, also planned to premier his own documentary “O.B.A.M. NUDE” on Saturday, May 30 at 8 p.m. Admission is $15.
For ticket purchases, please visit www.hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com.
Cheer Dynamics All-Star Cheerleading signups will be held on Tuesday, June 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Multi-Service Center, 124 Grand St.
Cheerleaders, ages 5 to 18, will be placed in teams based on age and ability and given two days to learn the routine. Tryouts will be held on Friday, June 5 after 4 p.m., also at the Multi-Service Center.
For additional information, please contact Michele Russo at (201) 988-3478, Nancy Vitale at (201) 410-9184, or David Gonzalez at (201) 640-8141.
Paws n’ Shimmy
On Saturday, June 6, the annual Paws n’ Shimmy event funding three local animal shelters will be held at the Elks Club, 1005 Washington St. The shelters will be at the event to show off some pets up for adoption.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. All of the proceeds will go to the shelters. There will also be belly dancers and a special salsa performance. Cash bar and appetizers will be available, and gift certificates for restaurants, hair cuts, and more will be raffled off. For more information or tickets, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.