Was Artie Lange fired from HBO show after Hoboken arrest?

Comedian and former Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange told the press last week that he had been fired from his HBO series “Crashing” after his arrest by Hoboken Police on March 12 for drug possession. But according to the New York Times on March 23, both HBO and show producer Judd Apatow deny that Lange has been let go.

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The Times stated “The network issued a statement saying, ‘HBO has not fired Artie Lange. ‘Crashing’ has completed production for Season 1 and has been recently renewed for a second season. Scripts for Season 2 have not yet been written.’”

The Hoboken Police Department said they found Lange with cocaine, heroin, and drug paraphernalia in the parking garage of the Shipyard complex on March 12.

Lange, who plays himself in “Crashing,” claimed he’d been fired in an interview on “The Bernie and Sid Show” on 77 WABC. After the show’s hosts mentioned “Crashing” producer Judd Apatow’s support for Lange after his arrest, the comedian announced, “I was fired today.”

Before that, Apatow had Tweeted “We would never give up on Artie or anyone struggling with addiction.”

Lange said on WABC: “It’s not Judd, it’s the insurance company.”

The comedian has written about drug use before and was hospitalized in 2010 after apparently attempting to commit suicide. 

Closing arguments scheduled for Tuesday in death of Hoboken resident in mall carjacking

Both the prosecution and the defense have rested their cases in the trial of the first of four suspects in the murder of a Hoboken attorney in the Short Hills mall parking garage in 2013.

Dustin Friedland was fatally shot during a carjacking after shopping at the mall with his wife in December of 2013.

Thursday was the fifth day of testimony in the trial. Basim Henry is one of four men tied to the killing of Friedland, who police say was shot in the head in the mall’s parking garage. Friedland’s Range Rover was stolen immediately after he was shot.

Also arrested for the crime were Hanif Thompson, Kevin Roberts, and Karif Ford.

According to reports, Basim Henry’s defense team did not call any witnesses to testify Thursday, and Henry did not take the stand.

As the evidentiary portion of the trial comes to an end, closing arguments are scheduled for Tuesday, March 28 at 9:30 a.m.

Several Easter egg hunts scheduled

Hoboken Grace will host its seventh annual free Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8 at Mama Johnson Field, Fourth and Jackson streets, in Hoboken. The largest Easter egg hunt in Hoboken will feature two hunts, 30,000 candy-stuffed eggs, music, games, pictures with the Easter Bunny, facepainting, and arts and crafts. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend.

This year, registration is required to participate. Children from tots to age 12 can register to take part in one of the two hunts at hobokengrace.com. The event is completely free for everyone.

The first hunt is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with the hunt beginning promptly at 11 a.m., and the second hunt is from 1 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with the hunt beginning promptly at 2 p.m. 

Following this year’s event, pictures with the Easter Bunny will be posted at www.hobokengrace.com/bunny.

This Easter Hoboken Grace, at 301 Garden St., offers numerous special Easter Services: Good Friday, April 14, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Easter Celebration Saturday, April 15, 5 p.m.; and Easter Celebration Sunday Services, April 16, at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m.

Other hunts are scheduled for Hoboken in April, so watch hudsonreporter.com for more.

Hoboken residents rallied to support veterans

Hoboken residents set a fundraising record this month for the Veterans Yoga Project at an event held at Stevens Institute of Technology. Event organizers report upwards of 100 people attended the fundraiser and even more donated online to create the VYP’s largest single site fundraiser in history.

The VYP is a national organization that has helped thousands of veterans and their families reduce stress, ease pain and release traumatic imprints that negatively impact their lives through Mindful Yoga Therapy classes and multi-day retreats. The Hoboken fundraiser included a presentation by VYP Founder Dr. Daniel Libby, a free yoga class for attendees and a reception. All proceeds from the event went directly to the VYP. Please visit www.veteransyogaproject.org to learn more.

Cocktail party will benefit autism research

The sixth annual Blue Cocktail Fundraiser to benefit autism research is scheduled for Saturday, April 1, from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Elks Club, 1005 Washington St., Hoboken. Tickets are $20 pre-sale person, or $25 at the door. All proceeds go to Autism Speaks on behalf of Xavier’s Trailblazers.

Hoboken Museum to host spoken word on the 1980s

Blending history, art and the spoken word, a group of contemporary writers, artists and musicians will gather at the Hoboken Historical Museum on Sunday, April 2, 3 p.m., for an event inspired by the photographs of Michael Flanagan, currently on display in the Museum’s main gallery.

All of the artists lived in and around Hoboken in the 1980s, and each was invited by the Museum’s poet in residence, Danny Shot, to choose one or two photos from the exhibition, “Hoboken People & Places, 1976-1994: Photographs by Michael Flanagan,” and write a piece to read aloud.

This two-hour public event will feature 11 contemporary writers, artists, and musicians reading a selection of their own work written in response to Flanagan’s photos, and speaking about their own perspective on Hoboken over the years.

Taking part in this project are: Chris Burkhardt, Rosette Capotorto, Paul Drexel, Roxanne Hoffman, Joel Lewis, James Mastro, Greg Ribot, James Ruggia, Sheilah Scully, Lynne Shapiro and Danny Shot. A $5 donation is suggested.

Hoboken High Athletic Director recognized

The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) announced last week that Derek England, athletic director at Hoboken High School, has been recognized by this association as a Certified Athletic Administrator.

To earn this distinction, Derek has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate’s educational background, experience and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous, comprehensive written examination.

Derek is one of an elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism.

The NIAAA is a national professional organization consisting of all 50 state athletic administrator associations and more than 10,000 individual members. It is dedicated to promoting the professional growth of high school athletic administrators and preserving the educational nature of interscholastic athletics and the place of these programs in the secondary school curriculum.

Carepoint Health and Inserra Shoprite will host two diabetes education programs

Two nine-month long series of free Community Diabetes Education Program events will begin this April at Bayonne Medical Center and Mary Bethune Center in Jersey City. These classes will be held once each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and a “teachable” dinner will be served at each session.

The community of people affected by diabetes is welcome (including Type 1 and Type 2), but registration is mandatory.

The program at Bayonne Medical Center located at 29 East 29th St. in Bayonne will begin Thursday April 6 in classroom B.

The program at Mary Bethune Center at 140 Martin Luther King Dr. in Jersey City will begin Thursday April 20.

Sponsored by the Diabetes Foundation, Inc. (DFI) and the noted partners, these monthly seminars focus on nutrition, medications, blood sugar control, physical activity, and other topics essential to diabetes care.

All sessions are led by professionals who will assess the progress of participants by use of various free health screenings.

Participants will have plenty of opportunity to share their stories and to ask questions, as well as meet with Dieticians and Mentors 1-1 to address individual concerns.

Both Bayonne Medical Center and the Mary Bethune Center generously provide giveaways for use by participants, as well as free blood pressure, cholesterol, and A1C blood sugar screenings.

Registration is mandatory for the Community Diabetes Education Program.

Register by calling the DFI at (201) 444-0037.


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