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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson sent his representative Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer Kevin R. Cooke, Jr., to CODE IT, a nonprofit helping young adults in the Hoboken Housing Authority learn to code.
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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson sent his representative Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer Kevin R. Cooke, Jr., to CODE IT, a nonprofit helping young adults in the Hoboken Housing Authority learn to code.

Don’t miss the festival Sunday!

On Sunday, Sept. 24, thousands of people will attend the free Hoboken Arts & Music Festival. The festival takes place all day long along Washington Street from Eighth Street to Fourteenth Street.
The festival is celebrating its 24th anniversary. It will have more than 250 vendors this year, including artists, crafters, painters, photographers, local businesses, food, and non profits.
Families will be able to enjoy a variety of children’s activities, as the festival will have a dedicated children’s section from Thirteenth Street to Fourteenth Street and there are two stages for musical performances on Eighth Street and Thirteenth Street.
For more information on the festival look at last week’s front page article “Fair heads uptown again.”

Multiple endorsements are in for multiple Hoboken mayoral hopefuls

5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham endorsed Council President Jen Giattino for her mayoral run this Thursday, Sept. 21, in an email. Cunningham is one of the co-chairs of her campaign, according to fellow endorser Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher.
“I believe Jen Giattino, is best suited to lead Hoboken now as Mayor,” wrote Cunningham. “I give her my enthusiastic, unqualified endorsement. I have had the fortunate opportunity to work with all the major mayoral candidates over the last several years, and while they all have their strengths, none is more ready, none is as ready to lead Hoboken.”
3rd Ward Councilman Michael Russo was scheduled to publicly endorse freeholder and mayoral candidate Anthony Romano as Hoboken’s next mayor on Friday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. by the Ninth Street Light Rail Station.
“Today’s decision to endorse Anthony Romano for mayor of Hoboken, along with his slate of council candidates, is the best decision we can make,” said Russo in the press release. “Anthony demonstrates tremendous leadership skills and I have full confidence in his abilities to be a great mayor.
On Wednesday, Sept. 19, Hoboken 4th Ward Councilman and former Assemblyman Ruben Ramos endorsed mayoral candidate and fellow councilman Mike DeFusco for mayor, along with his council slate, in the upcoming November election.
“Mike DeFusco is the only candidate running for mayor who truly understands what makes Hoboken so special – the people who live here,” said Ramos in the press release. “Mike is a valued colleague of mine on the City Council and a tireless advocate for his constituents. As mayor, I know he will fight hard for everyone. I’m proud to support Mike DeFusco and his entire team.”

North end redevelopment community meeting will be Sept. 28

The city will host the first community workshop as part of the community planning process for the North End Redevelopment Plan on Sept. 28 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Wallace School gymnasium, located at 1100 Willow Ave.
The area was declared an area in need of rehabilitation in 2013 and is generally north of the Fourteenth Street viaduct between Park Avenue and the palisades and is bounded to the north by the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail tracks.
The city is now developing a redevelopment plan for the North End in order to determine land uses, development patterns, transportation and transit solutions, and flood mitigation appropriate for the area.

Donate to hurricane relief

Councilman Ruben Ramos along with the Hoboken Housing Authority, and Puerto Rican Family Institute, Inc will collect supplies for communities in Puerto Rico affected by hurricanes.
Donations can be dropped off Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 221 Adams Street.
For more information contact Ramos at (201) 401-7947.

New art exhibit at hob’art co-operative gallery

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for new hob’art gallery exhibit M&Ms.
M&Ms is an exhibition of exciting new art by two hob’art artists Meredeth Turshen and Miriam Untoria.
The exhibit opened Friday Sept. 22 at 720 Monroe St. and will run until Oct. 14.
Gallery Hours are Thursday through Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Call (201) 319-1504.

Board meeting scheduled and dockets opened on Hoboken train crash

Dockets for the fatal Sept. 29, 2016 NJ Transit crash in Hoboken were opened to the public on Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as part of its ongoing investigation. The dockets contain only the factual information collected by NTSB investigators.
“The docket does not provide analysis, findings, recommendations or probable cause determinations, and as such, no conclusions about how or why an accident occurred should be drawn from the information in the docket,” states the release.
The probable causes, findings and recommendations, will be discussed and voted upon at a board meeting and published in a final report, which won’t be until the first quarter of 2018.
According to the press release, the NTSB is also preparing a Special Investigation Report focused on the findings from the NJ Transit accident that will include recommendations based on those findings.
According to the press release the special investigation report is similar to an accident report in that it reports and analyzes facts, draws conclusions, and makes recommendations. It differs from accident reports in that it usually involves more than one accident investigation and includes briefs of the accidents as well as probable cause.
The NTSB has scheduled the board meeting on the special investigation report for Feb. 6, 2018, in the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center, 429 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, beginning 9:30 a.m.
A link to the webcast will be available shortly before the start of the meeting at http://ntsb.capitolconnection.org/ .
The dockets for the NJ Transit commuter rail collision and a Long Island Rail Road collision are available online at https://go.usa.gov/xRuhv and https://go.usa.gov/xRuh6.

Mayoral candidate and council president Jen Giattino endorses Board of Education slate

Council President and mayoral hopeful Jen Giattino endorsed the Hoboken Proud slate of incumbent Sharyn Angley and fellow candidates a Melanie Tekirian and Chetali Khanna for election to the Hoboken Board of Education.
“I supported Sharyn and her running mates three years ago and I’ve been extremely pleased with the continued positive change in the Hoboken Public Schools,” said Giattino in a press release. “Hoboken Proud is certainly an appropriate reflection of how we should all feel about the job that’s being done by Superintendent Christine Johnson and the current Board of Education.”
Tekirian, Khanna, and Angley are three of the seven candidates officially running for three Board of Education Trustee seats. The other candidates are incumbent Peter Biancamano, local activist Patricia Waiters, Lauren Eagle, and Anne Marie Schreiber.

New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik to appear at Little City Books on Oct. 4

New Yorker writer, best-selling author and master storyteller Adam Gopnik will spin yarns from his new memoir “At the Strangers’ Gate” about New York City in the 1980s – romance, insight, art, and cockroaches – on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. at Little City Books, 100 Bloomfield St., Hoboken.
Between tender and humorous reminiscences, including affectionate portraits of Richard Avedon, Robert Hughes, and Jeff Koons, among many others, Gopnik discusses the ethics of ambition, the economy of creative capital, and the peculiar anthropology of art and aspiration in New York, then and now.
Seating is limited, and to reserve a place you must purchase a copy of the book online ( http://www.littlecitybooks.com/event/author-adam-gopnik-strangers-gate-arrivals-new-york) or in the store.

Edgewater zoning hearing is Oct. 18 on plan for former Hess terminal

615 River Road Partners will appear before Edgewater’s Zoning Board of Adjustment on Oct. 18 to present a redevelopment proposal for two tracts on which the developer hopes to build a 1,873-unit mixed use complex on the site with five 18- to 25-foot residential towers and 60,000 square feet of retail.
The projects will require multiple variances, including height, density and land use.
According to local media reports, the 18.7-acre site at 615 River Road, one of the last vestiges of Edgewater’s industrial past, is the state’s largest undeveloped waterfront property north of Hoboken.
Meanwhile, the borough council formally authorized the acquisition of the former Hess terminal on Sept. 18, paving the way for the borough to seize the site for public space.
The town announced plans in July to acquire the land either through purchase or eminent domain.
The borough has allocated $25 million to buy the 18.7-acre site despite threats from the property’s owner, 615 River Road Partners, that it will vehemently fight the effort.