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Leila Mullally, Austin Rogers-Myers and Olivia Cahn won third place at the New Jersey Region Future City Competition. (see Brief)
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Leila Mullally, Austin Rogers-Myers and Olivia Cahn won third place at the New Jersey Region Future City Competition. (see Brief)

Hoboken State of the City address Jan. 30.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer invites all members of the community to attend her seventh State of the City address on Monday Jan. 30.

It will take place at 7 p.m. at the DeBaun Auditorium, 24 5th St., across from Stevens Park.

According to a press release from the city the address will be preceded by a performance by the Garden Street School of Performing Arts.

Seating is open to the public and tickets are not needed to attend.

The wheelchair entrance is located in the rear entrance of the building on River Street with handicapped parking located behind the two buildings (McLean & Babbio) located directly across the street from the ramp.

For additional information on the location go to http://ugstudentlife.stevens.edu/org/debauncenter/DeBaun_Auditorium_Directions.

Six Jersey City minors and one adult arrested in Hoboken shooting

On Sunday Jan. 15, shortly after midnight, police were dispatched to the area of 4th and Jackson Streets on a report of shots fired.

Police found that “no one was struck by the bullets, and it is unknown at this time who or what they were shooting at,” said Sgt. Edgardo Cruz.

A description was given of possible suspects who fled the scene and Officers Mark Mullins and Tyler Soto found a group matching the description a short distance away. As officers approached the group, the group allegedly fled and a foot pursuit began.

Three of the seven alleged suspects were apprehended during the pursuit and detained while the remaining four continued to run before being apprehended by Sgt. Donald Russo and Officers Marc Lombardi and Anthony Rutkowski.

Detectives Nicholas Burke and John Quinones began to process the scene of the shooting where officer Vincent Lombardi found two 9mm handguns in the area where the group fled. One of the two guns was found loaded.

All members of the group were placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters and charged. The one adult was remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility while the six juveniles were remanded to the Juvenile Detention Center.

Diziah D. King, Age 18, of Jersey City was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, two counts of possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, one count of possession of defaced firearm, one count of criminal mischief, and one count of prohibited weapons and devices.

The juveniles, four of whom were 16 and two of whom were 14, were charged with the same offenses. Two of the juveniles were additionally charged with one count of possession of marijuana under 50 grams.

PATH safety updates

According to a press release, PATH is on track to install Positive Train Control (PTC), a federally mandated safety enhancement, by the end of 2018. The organization is also screening employees for sleep disorders and increasing its number of inspections.

This comes in the wake of a NJ Transit train crash on Sept. 29 at Hoboken Terminal which killed one resident and injured over 100 people.

During the federal investigation of the crash, the conductor disclosed he had undiagnosed sleep apnea.

Since the crash, NJ Transit has been criticized in the media and by state officials for its lack of Positive Train Controls.

According to the press release, PATH is using rigorous sleep apnea screening and evaluation programs for train engineers.

“The Port Authority’s Office of Medical Services has been at the forefront in devising evaluation programs and in testing current and prospective employees for sleep disorders that may compromise train safety and affect job performance,” said the release.

The agency screens all PATH engineers for potential sleep apnea during the pre-employment process, and annually during regular physical exams.

Engineers believed to be at risk for sleep apnea are referred for evaluation, and if confirmed are held out of service until cleared by medical professionals following an in-depth, overnight sleep analysis.

These employees must undergo treatment and are regularly monitored for compliance.

“PATH’s number one priority remains the safety of our passengers and employees,” said PATH Director/General Manager Michael Marino. “While we perform rigorous safety checkpoints on a regular basis throughout the system, given recent events we’re going the extra mile to enhance our safety programs as an added precaution.”

About 91 percent of PATH employees have been trained in PTC.

As part of PATH’s overall Communications-based Train Control (CBTC) rogram, CBTC equipment has been installed on 216 of 230 passenger cars.

PATH also is increasing the number of inspections it conducts under an existing rule that mandates engineers approaching bumping blocks should be traveling 8 miles per hour or less.

In 2016, PATH examiners conducted nearly 140 observational tests through the rule, with 100-percent compliance.

In 2017, PATH will use data recorded in the cars to gauge compliance with this safety requirement, while relying on additional observational techniques to help measure compliance.

Hoboken charter School students win third place in Future City Competition

On Saturday, Jan. 14, three teams of Hoboken Charter School Middle Schoolers participated in the New Jersey Region Future City Competition.

HCS eighth graders Sophie Bulatovic, Olivia Cahn, Leila Mullally, and Austin Rogers-Myers won third place competing against 70 teams.

Future City challenges middle school students to imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future around a sustainability issue.

The topic this year focused on the power of public space and students were tasked to design innovative, multiuse public spaces to serve a city’s diverse population.

As a part of their first trimester Future City Elective, the students worked to simulate a city, wrote a research essay, built a model, and then presented their work to judges who are professional engineers.

The eighth graders developed Soleia City, which included wind and solar power generation, gasification, ample green spaces, and a STEM university.

Bill inspired by Hoboken bar crawls approved by assembly panel

An Assembly panel on Thursday Jan. 19 approved legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro that would help municipalities regulate large social gatherings organized online and cover the costs of additional law enforcement or city resources used to ensure public safety.

According to a press release, Chaparro noted that historically, large events in municipalities were organized in a fashion where the planner would register with City Hall for a party in a park, concert, or any other event. Today, larger events are being organized on the internet without any warning to city officials.

“We’ve seen large scale events like bar crawls spiral out of control while the city stands by helplessly with no point of contact because the event was created behind the anonymity of the Internet,” said Chaparro. “Our goal is to address the changing societal landscape where these online organized events lack responsible parties and leave the municipalities and its taxpayers on the hook for the costs. For example, internet-organized bar crawls in cities like Hoboken result in additional public resources. This bill would simply create a path for municipalities to establish rules and regulations behind large scale events organized online and hopefully also protect bar owners who are sometimes wrongly blamed for the mayhem that can occur on event days.”

The bill would allow a municipality to establish a regulatory framework by way of ordinance through which proprietors of commercial establishments can participate in events jointly organized on the Internet.

The regulatory framework may include a registration fee based on the expected number of participants in the event.

The total amount of the registration fees collected by a municipality may be no more than five dollars per attendee, collected equally from participating proprietors or in accordance with an arrangement agreed upon by participating proprietors.

The regulations may also include financial penalties for a violation of the regulations.

The bill was approved by the Assembly State and Local Government Committee and would take effect immediately upon enactment.

Garden Street School of Performing Arts wins big

Garden Street School of Performing Arts scored 54 high score awards at the Access Broadway competition this past weekend in Mystic, Connecticut.

Students from all over Hudson County rehearsed for months ahead of the competition.

Owners Annie and Dan McLoughlin have been competing in the prestigious competition that showcases musical theater and dance talent for four years but feel this year was a highlight for the school.

“The talent of our team this year was extraordinary,” said the owners Annie and Dan McLoughlin in a press release. “Not only did we have first time competitors who blew us away with their poise and confidence but we were also honored to be joined by professional actors Finn Douglas and Tyler Hentz who played principle roles in this year’s The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.”

The team will go on to compete in the next Regionals competition in March in Long Island.

For more information on the company go to gardenstreetmusic.com

Hoboken’s Early Childhood Education hosts open house

On Wednesday Feb. 8 the Hoboken’s Early Childhood Education program will host class room visitations from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at various school locations for parents of incoming Pre-K students.

These visitations will be preceded by a 9 a.m. overview presentation at the AJ Demarest School Auditorium at 158 4th St.

Schools participating in the open house include Joseph F. Brandt School, T.G. Connors School, David E. Ruse School, AJ Demarest School, St Francis/ Early Childhood Center, and Wallace Elementary School.

The program will host classroom visitations the following Wed. Feb 15 for parents of incoming Kindergarten and 1st grade students.

A presentation will be at the AJ Demarest school at 9 a.m. followed by classroom visitations from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Visitations will take place at Joseph F. Brandt School, Salvatore Calabro Primary School, T.G, Connors School, and Wallace Elementary School.

Applications for enrollment are due in April for more information go to www.hoboken.k12.nj.us.