Funeral arrangements announced for former Hoboken First Lady Michele Russo

Michele Russo, 67, mother of 3rd Ward Councilman Michael Russo, wife of former longtime Hoboken Mayor Anthony Russo, and a former chair of the Hoboken Democratic Committee, passed away Thursday morning after being diagnosed with a progressive neurodegenerative disease two years ago. 

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Russo had also served on the Board of Education and founded what is today known as Hoboken’s Cheer Dynamic. She could often be seen enthusiastically encouraging the local cheerleaders. 

Years ago, she served as a board commissioner of the Hoboken Parking Authority and sat on the board of local organization HOPES.

A wake for Russo will be held on Monday, Feb. 20 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Failla Memorial Home, 533 Willow Ave. 

The funeral mass will be Tuesday morning, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Church, 3rd and Jefferson streets.

Former Mayor Russo, who successfully beat cancer, still lives in Hoboken.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer released a statement after her passing, sharing her sympathies.

“On behalf of the citizens of Hoboken, I want to express my deepest sympathies to the Russo family in the loss of their loved one Michele Russo, wife of former Mayor Anthony Russo, mother of Councilman Michael Russo, Police Officer Anthony Russo, and retired Police Officer Nicky Russo, and sister of Chief Financial Officer George DeStefano. I know this is a difficult time for the family, and my thoughts are with them as they mourn this loss.”

Hoboken murder suspect arrested in Massachusetts

According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Keyshaun Wiggins, 18, of Jersey City was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force at a residence in Springfield, Mass.

He was wanted in connection with the murder of Hoboken Housing Authority resident Adrian Rivera, 18, who was shot in his home on Jan. 24 and later pronounced dead at Jersey City Medical Center.

Wiggins is currently being held at Springfield Community Corrections Center pending extradition proceedings.

On Thursday, Jan. 26, the HCPO charged Wiggins with two counts of felony murder, armed robbery, armed burglary, hindering apprehension, and several firearm offenses,

On Jan. 25 police arrested two others in connection to the murder, one juvenile and 20 year old Khalif Geiger of Jersey City.

They were charged with murder, two counts of felony murder, armed robbery, armed burglary, hindering apprehension, and several firearm offenses.

Hoboken Public Library hosts free ESL classes

The Friends of the Hoboken Public Library will host English as a Second Language (ESL) Conversation Classes at the Hoboken Library at 500 Park Ave. Classes began Wednesday, Feb. 1 and run until April 5.

The classes are open to those who have a basic knowledge of English or who are currently studying the language, and are looking for a chance to practice their skills, learn new vocabulary and idioms, and have fun at the same time.

Each semester, the library attracts a diverse group of individuals from all over the world.

The class is informal but educational.

Classes take place Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm on the 3rd floor
of the Hoboken Public Library.

For more information, please email the Friends at hobokenfol@yahoo.com.

New theater production comes to Hoboken

Theatre Collective @ The Hudson School, an ensemble of teaching artists that create theater pieces for the Hudson School and Hudson County communities, in collaboration with Little City Books launched its first production “A Walk in the Woods.”

“A Walk in the Woods” by Lee Blessing is about American and Soviet arms negotiators who meet in Switzerland to hash out Cold War weapons reductions. When the four walls of a negotiation room become too confining they escape to the woods to try and find common ground. 

The production stars Hoboken resident and Hudson School teacher Jack Coggins and Hudson School History teacher John Koeppl. 

Performances take place on Thursday, Feb. 23 and Friday Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. at Little City Books, and Saturday Feb. 25 and Sunday Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at The Hudson School. 

Little City Books is located at 100 Bloomfield St. and The Hudson School can be found at 601 Park Ave. 

To reserve tickets email the director, Vivian Hasbrouk, at vhasbrouk@thehudsonschool.org

Vagina Monologues at Stevens Institute of Technology

On Thursday Feb. 23 at 9 p.m. the DeBaun Performing Arts Center will present the 17th annual benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play “The Vagina Monologues.”

The College of Arts and Letters and Stevens’ women’s fencing team will host its annual V-Day reading of the Vagina Monologues.

The event serves to raise awareness toward the prevention of violence against women and girls globally.

All proceeds go toward WomenRising, a Jersey City-based organization that has been helping women and their families in need of jobs, safety from domestic violence, and safe home for children among other services for over 110 years.

The performance takes place at DeBaun Auditorium, 24 5th St. Tickets are $5 at the door via cash only.

For more information on this event, please visit Reading of the Vagina Monologues on Facebook.

Discussion on breastfeeding and going back to work announced

The Palisades Women’s Group, 1499 Park Ave., will host a forum on breastfeeding and going back to work.

According to the media release, the discussion and Q&A will be led by a board certified lactation consultant from HackensackUMC Palisades.

The discussion will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, and May 16.

The releases stated “We welcome new mothers and expecting mothers who have or will return to the workplace and continue to breastfeed.”

To RSVP call (201) 295-4823

Residents invited to community workshop on PSE&G substation

The City of Hoboken and PSE&G will hold a community workshop regarding improvements to the Madison Street electrical substation.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 pm at the Jubilee Center, 601 Jackson St.

PSE&G is proposing to make improvements to harden their infrastructure in Hoboken to protect it from power outages caused by flooding.

The project involves consolidating and combining the Marshall Street Substation into a single expanded Madison Street Substation, decommissioning the existing Marshall Street Substation, and raising the elevation of the expanded Madison Street Substation.

PSE&G has also agreed to work with the City to create a design that integrates with the urban fabric of the city. The station is currently surrounded by a chain-link fence. PSE&G has retained an architect and will be gathering community input to develop the façade design.

Mile Square Theatre presents a new limited time production

The Mile Square Theatre, will present Sarah Weber Gallo/dancetheatre’s ”The Magic Hour” from March 2 to March 5.

In this new dance theatre work, performers fling themselves through a scary, happy, and sad dreamscape in search of how to be, how to make an impact, and how to fade away. 

“ ‘The Magic Hour’ attacks the existential problem of unstoppable time with ferocious energy as the performers grasp at immortality,” states the media release.

“The Magic Hour”’s concept and choreography are the brainchild of Sarah Weber Gallo, a senior member of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet at Lincoln Center, and a former Radio City Rockette, among other performance credits.

Her choreography has been presented at numerous international and national venues including MST “Much Ado About Cucumbers & Cigars,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Goodnight Moon,” and “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.”

A resident of Hoboken, Weber Gallo is the director of the Mile Square Theatre Dance Academy.  

Rounding out the artistic team are director/dramaturg Joseph Gallo MST’s resident designer Matthew J. Fick, sound designer Michael Blaskewicz, and costume designer Laura Borys.

The ensemble of dancers and performers include, Sarah Weber Gallo, Quinn Dixon, Thomas Hildreth, Danielle Schulz, and Lucy Wild.

 “We are excited to produce this very ambitious new work in our in our new space and look forward to presenting more dance in the future,” said Chris O’Connor, MST’s artistic director.

Performances will be held at the Mile Square Theatre located at 1400 Clinton St.

Performance will be held on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets are available for purchase at www.milesquaretheatre.org of call (201) 683- 7014

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