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American Legion Post 107 broke ground on a new facility last week. It will provide housing to six homeless veterans. (See brief.)

Homeless veteran housing underway

Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, and other officials joined with members of the American Legion on Tuesday for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the American Legion Hoboken Post 107 project. It includes a veteran community center and a six-unit residential building for homeless veterans.
American Legion Post 107 sustained severe damage from flooding during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and requested a partnership with the city to rebuild its facility. The project is funded through the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (“NJHMFA”), the Hudson County HOME Funding Consortium, and the City of Hoboken. American Legion Post 107 is also privately raising additional funds to cover furniture, appliances, and other necessities for the veterans who will reside in the units.
The project is located at 308 Second St.

Washington Street construction likely to resume; 9 trees saved

Construction may resume early this week on the Washington Street Redesign Project. The construction was suspended temporarily after a woman walking near the construction zone was accidently hit by a traffic signal pole knocked over by contractor Underground Utilities Corporation on Sept. 26.
The city began a safety review of the project and the city and the Police Department concluded their reviews last week.
The contractor is in the process of finalizing their traffic control plan, obtaining the necessary traffic and pedestrian control devices, and updating their Health and Safety Plan, all of which are required before the city will allow the project to resume, according to a press release from the city.
The city urges drivers and pedestrians on Washington Street to pay attention to signs and the direction of police officers, to only cross in crosswalks, to never enter a work zone, and “do not distract construction workers or police officers.”
Several residents had also raised concerns about the removal of trees along Washington Street as part of the project. The Shade Tree Commission evaluated all of the trees planned for removal and identified nine mature, healthy trees that should be saved. T&M Associates was able to redesign the drainage at those locations to save the trees. In addition to preserving the identified trees and replacing the trees that will be removed, the city will also plant 50 additional trees along Washington Street.
For more information on the project: www.washingtonstreetproject.com.

Board of Education candidate forum cancelled

The Board of Education candidate forum scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 19 has been cancelled, according to Melissa Abernathy of the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition, due to several candidate cancellations.
The QLC has two other candidate forums scheduled, including an at-large City Council forum on Monday, Oct. 16 at the Multiservice Center, 124 Grand St., and a mayoral candidate forum on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at DeBaun Auditorium, 24 Fifth St. Both debates begin at 7 p.m.
In other debate news, watch hudsonreporter.com early this week for video of the mayoral debate we conducted in our office last week.

Mayor joins national park advocacy campaign

On Tuesday, Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute to launch a “10-minute walk” parks advocacy campaign. The campaign urges a world in which all residents live within a 10-minute walk of a high-quality park or green space. The bipartisan group includes 134 mayors from all across the country.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors, which represents more than 1,000 U.S. mayors, also unanimously passed a resolution at their 85th Annual Meeting urging all mayors to actively pursue the 10-minute walk to a park goal.
“Every Hoboken resident now lives within a five minute walk of a park, in part because of the new open space at 1600 Park, under the 14th Street Viaduct, at the Northwest pop-up park, and the Southwest Park, with yet another park under construction at Seventh and Jackson,” said Zimmer. “I’m proud to join with these mayors from across the country promoting park access for all Americans.”

Hoboken hero dies at age 37

Union City resident and local Hoboken hero Erik Warg died Friday, Oct. 6 at age 37.
In September 2014, Warg was commended by the city of Hoboken and Mayor Dawn Zimmer for saving a 38-year-old woman from drowning in the Hudson River after she leaped into the water to reportedly get a stuffed animal. He and another person nearby, Thomas Licciardi, jumped in to help retrieve her from the water.
In 2004, Erik graduated from West Virginia University with his Bachelor of Science degree and worked on Wall Street. Most recently he was the National Sales Director of DEVTRIBE Software and he was a volunteer for State Sen. Brian P. Stack in Jersey City.
He also gave his time and talents to several causes that involved children, education, economic empowerment, arts and culture and civil rights and social action.
He is survived by his two sons, Kaine C. and Kruz H. Warg; his brother, Kristoffer D. Warg and his wife, Annemarie; and his nephew, Jake. He also is survived by his uncle, Richard A. Warg and his wife, Judy; his godmother Aunt Sarmite Judson and her husband, Bill; and several cousins: Lara Melon and her husband, James, Robert Judson and his wife, Andrea, Suzanne Warg-Holmes and her husband, Chris, Richard Warg Jr. and his wife, Jill, and Shawn Warg and his wife, Shelly.
Contributions in his name may be made to the Warg Children Educational Fund c/o First National Bank of Newtown, 832 Second Street Pike, Richboro, PA 18954, Attn: Karen Crawford. www.fluehr.com.

RWJ Barnabas Health donates $10,000 to Puerto Rican relief fund

RWJBarnabas Health has donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross New Jersey Region for the Hurricane Maria Relief Fund for Puerto Rico, sponsored by Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz and Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka.
Mary Ellen Clyne, president and chief executive officer of Clara Maass Medical Center, presented the check at the ARC fundraising event in Newark at the Flamboyan Manor on Sunday, Oct. 8 hosted by community leaders.
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Albio Sires also attended. Across the RWJBarnabas Health system, monetary and non-perishable goods, toiletries, and medications continue to be collected and sent to areas that are experiencing devastating destruction.

CERT needs you!

All members of the community are invited to join the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Residents can join the 100 member organization by completing a series of free CERT class this month.
Those interested in joining Hoboken CERT can submit an online application at: http://hoboken.seamlessdocs.com/f/cert.
Participation in CERT requires the successful completion of a training course on a range of subject matter specific to emergency response and disaster relief. Classes will be held in the ground floor conference room at the Multi Service Center at 124 Grand St, starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. with a one hour lunch break. For more information on the courses on Oct. 21, 22, 28, and 29 go to Hobokennj.gov .

St. Matthew Trinity to celebrate 500th anniversary of the reformation

On Sunday, Oct. 29 all Hoboken residents and visitors are invited to a full day of festivities to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Festivities will include a special service with music of the Reformation, free community block party with food, games for kids and adults, church tours, live music and a reenactment of Luther nailing the 95 theses on the church doors.
The festival service begins at 10 a.m. and the community block party will be from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church, 57 Eighth St.
For more information contact Rev. Rose Beeson, pastor, St. Matthew Trinity at pastorrose@stmatthewtrinity.org

Children’s author comes home to Hoboken for event at Little City Books

Former Hoboken resident Jennie Palmer is headed back to town to read from her new children’s book, “The Wompananny Witches Make One Mean Pizza,” at Little City Books, 100 Bloomfield St., at 11a.m. on Sunday Oct. 29.
Palmer and her family lived around the corner from what is now Little City for eight years before work took them to California. Her life as a Hobokenite – including a long career as a designer and sculptor at the Macy’s Parade Studio and what she describes as “countless Grimaldi’s Friday night pizza dinners with dear friends” – helped inspire “The Wompananny Witches.”
“It’s actually an elaborate plot to have an excuse to visit again,” Palmer jokes of her debut book.
The book’s story, designed for children ages 2-7, follows sisters Anita and Winnifred Wompananny, a pair of purple- skinned, green-haired witches who spend their days cooking in their stove-shaped house. Terrified of the neighborhood children, the witches rarely venture outside. But one day when they are making a pizza, a group of kids comes to their door, and the run-in causes the witches to inadvertently pound their “fearful, freaked-out feelings” into the dough. The result is “one mean pizza,” a giant pie that wreaks havoc across town.
Link to the event: http://www.littlecitybooks.com/book/9781419726422. Link to the author: http://www.jenniepalmer.com.

House tour next weekend

The Hoboken Historical Museum will host their annual Hoboken House Tour on Sunday Oct.22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This fundraiser for the museum will include tours of a mix of Victorian brownstones and brand new condos plus a few bonus historic sites.
Locations are kept secret until the day of the tour, but each year’s tour offers a fresh selection of homes with features that will appeal to fans of traditional, modern or eclectic décor.
Points of interest on the tour include two 100-plus-year-old houses of worship, and two monuments to World War I soldiers. The self guided tours take two to three hours on foot and a map will be included.
Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 the day of the tour. A limited number of VIP tickets are also for sale at $125, which includes an additional three tour homes and brunch at specially selected restaurants along the route. Advance tickets are available online at www.eventbrite.com or from a link on the Museum’s website, www.hobokenmuseum.org.

Hoboken Children’s Theater Company to premiere holiday classic

Hoboken Children’s Theater Company, in conjunction with Broadway Licensing, will present the world premiere of a shortened version of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical” in early November.
The play is based on the childhood classic by Barbara Robinson with book and lyrics by Jahanna Beecham and music and lyrics by Malcolm Hillgartner.
It us about the Herdmans, the worst kids in the history of the world, who crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant causing the whole town to panic.
The Herdmans have never even heard the Christmas story, but they definitely have rewrites. Soon everyone is calling for first-time director Grace to cancel the whole thing. But it’s up to her to help the community see the Herdman kids through new eyes.
The performances will be Friday Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. at the Mile Square Theater, 1400 Clinton St. Tickets are $15.
The press release states that “there will be several worthy charities that will have information and will be accepting donation in the lobby of each performance.”
For more information go to hobokenchildrenstheater.com or call (646) 339-8485.
Tickets can be purchased at thebcpe.brownpapertickets.com.

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