Hoboken council will vote on $135K settlement for man ejected from meeting
Wednesday’s regular Hoboken City Council meeting was cancelled on March 7 due to inclement weather. All agenda items have been carried to next Thursday’s scheduled special meeting, originally called to hear an ordinance on the possible acquisition of the former Union Dry Dock property for $11.6 million.
Among those items, the council will vote on approving a settlement agreement with resident David Liebler, who filed a lawsuit in 2015 alleging his freedom of speech was violated at an October council meeting in which then-Council President (now Mayor) Ravi Bhalla ejected him for starting to ask questions about Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s husband.
The lawsuit alleged that Liebler’s civil rights were violated when he was ejected. He was trying to discuss a news story that broke that week revealing emails between Zimmer’s husband, Stan Grossbard, and members of the Hoboken Housing Authority board that discussed terminating former Executive Director Carmelo Garcia. Grossbard was not a city official, and the HHA board is supposed to be autonomous from City Hall.
Carmelo Garcia received a settlement from the HHA for wrongful termination this past November in the amount of $700,000. The Grossbard emails were part of his case.
At that same meeting, Bhalla also asked resident Perry Belfiore to leave for starting to speak about Grossbard. Belfiore received a $50,000 settlement last year.
Both men were forced to leave after Bhalla asked them to do so several times and they continued speaking.
According to the resolution, the settlement is for $135,000, to be paid to both Liebler and Brach Eichler LLC.
The meeting will take place Thursday, March, 15 at 7 p.m. at City Hall at 94 Washington St. and is open to the public.
Hudson Reporter article on ‘fake news’ mentioned in Columbia Journalism Review
Last weekend’s cover story that appeared in several of the Hudson Reporter’s newspapers – “The truth about fake news” — garnered more than 30,000 hits on the Reporter website in the five days after it was published, and was mentioned in a roundup of notable newspaper articles on Columbia Journalism Review’s website on March 7.
The story looks at the dangers of fake news both to individuals and to democracy, how fake news about Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla spread after it was published in November, and how the president’s labeling fact-based news outlets “fake news” can make the country more open to propaganda.
The article can be found online at https://tinyurl.com/fakevsfacts.
All Saints Catholic Academy announces their Ninth Annual Gala
All Saints Catholic Academy will host their Ninth Annual Gala on April 21 at the Marriot Newark Liberty Airport. The event will celebrate the children and the Catholic community.
This year’s honorees of the Bishop Thomas Donato Service Award are Director of Admissions at St. Peter’s Prep John Irvine for Service to Catholic Education, Executive Director of the Madeline Fiadini Lore Foundation and ASCA Advisory Board Member Carol Trojan for Service to the Community, and ASCA nurses Lorie Macanka and Lorraine Hansen for Service to All Saints Catholic Academy.
Roughly 300 people will attend this event and there are a number of ways people can support it including sponsorship. Journal ads, silent auction donations, or by attending.
For more information or to reserve a ticket email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (201) 443-8384.
Online survey and community meeting for Hoboken Northwest resiliency park announced
Residents are invited to complete an online survey to provide feedback on two proposed design concepts for the Northwest Resiliency Park at www.hobokennj.gov/nwparksurvey.
On Feb. 27 community members joined the project team at the Wallace School to review the two design alternatives developed for the Northwest Resiliency Park. The presentation, video of the meeting, and more information on the two design alternatives are available at www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark.
After compiling community feedback from the meeting and survey, the project team will host another community meeting to discuss the preferred design alternative on Tuesday, March 27. The community meeting will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wallace School Cafeteria, 1100 Willow Ave.
The Northwest Resiliency Park will be Hoboken’s largest park. For more information on the design process, visit: www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark.
United Synagogue of Hoboken to host concert
This Sunday, March 11 the United Synagogue of Hoboken at 115 Park Ave will host a free concert open to the community. The concert begins at 3 p.m. and attendees will hear a performance by the Radiance Chamber Ensemble. The ensemble will perform music by Mozart, Max Bruch, Felix Mendelssohn, John Williams, and more.
Fashion design for kids hosted by Little City Books
Little City Books, Hoboken’s independent bookstore, will host Marjorie Galen, author of ‘The Fashion Designer’s Handbook’ to teach a class for kids 6 – 12 on how to design, cut, baste, sew, and trim a chic A-line shift for their doll. All materials (and cookies) included. It all comes together on Thursday, March 15 at 4 p.m. at Little City Books, 100 Bloomfield St., Hoboken.
A purchase of the book is required to participate. You can learn more at
http://www.littlecitybooks.com/book/9780761154792. To reach the store call (201) 626-READ or visit www.littlecitybooks.com.
Help patients rebound by giving blood in Hoboken
In March, while basketball teams are fighting for the chance to be crowned champions, patients battling cancer and other illnesses are fighting for their lives. The American Red Cross is asking blood donors to help patients rebound by making a lifesaving donation this spring.
Giving blood takes less time than it takes to watch a single basketball game. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The upcoming blood donation opportunity in Hoboken will be March 24 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Hoboken Multi Service Center, 124 Grand St.
New exhibit at Field Colony
Field Colony at 1001 Bloomfield St. has now on display drawings and paintings in the exhibition “Out of Line” by Walter John Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is a multidisciplinary conceptual and figurative artist whose work showcases the diversity of his range and includes mixed media drawings on paper and canvas and large-scale oil paints on canvas. His research-driven approach has produced bodies of work that fuse pop culture icons and known works of classical painting, creating layers of meaning recognized through a collective knowledge of pop culture.
A closing reception will be held on April 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Eugene Drayton chosen for state NAACP committee
Hoboken NAACP President Eugene Drayton was recently appointed to the NAACP New Jersey State Conference Executive Committee. Richard Smith, president of the NAACP New Jersey State Conference, made the appointment at the NAACP State Conference Quarterly meeting in Trenton.
“I’m humbled and honored to receive this great opportunity to be appointed to the executive committee,” said Drayton. “I have been a civil rights activist most of my life, working to ensure justice for all. This new appointment will enable me to continue that cause on a local, state and national level.”
NJ Land Conservancy renews scholarship program for 2018
The Land Conservancy of New Jersey is now accepting applications for its 2018 Scholarship Program. Two scholarships are available to college students who reside in New Jersey and are pursuing a degree in environmental science, natural resource management, conservation, horticulture, park administration, or a related field. The application deadline is April 1. Applications can be downloaded from The Land Conservancy of New Jersey website,
www.tlc-nj.org or can be obtained by calling (973) 541-1010 x14.
Mustard Seed School student is semifinalist in geography bee
For the third year in a row Mustard Seed School student and Hoboken resident Luke Rostan has qualified to compete as a semifinalist in the annual New Jersey National Geographic State Bee.
On April 6, Rostan will compete against other New Jersey fourth-eighth grade semifinalists at Rowan University in Glassboro.
This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition. Rostan won the Mustard Seed School geography bee, then took a qualifying test. Now he studies throughout the week to prepare for the semifinals.
The prize for winning the New Jersey National Geographic State Bee is $200, the National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World, 2nd Edition and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent New Jersey in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters in May.
Public invited to talk on ADHD and mood disorders
On Wednesday evening, March 28, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) will feature at its monthly meeting Bruce P. Friedman, M.D. Dr. Friedman treats children, adolescents and adults. He was magna cum laude at Duke University, earned his medical degree at University of Arizona, was chief resident at NYU/Bellevue, and has been recognized for clinical excellence for NYU Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a Diplomate in Adult & Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & TMS Neuromodulation. His private practice is in Montclair.
Dr. Friedman’s presentation will be, “An update on AD/HD medication strategies in children, adolescents and adults. Facts vs. Fads.” It will be followed by an “Ask the Doctor” session on mood disorder topics for all ages.
These educational meetings of the organization take place on a Wednesday every month at 7:45 pm using the facilities of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road (about one block east of the Morris Museum), in Morristown. The public is cordially invited to attend all meetings; a nominal donation is requested from non-members, when possible. Free literature is available to all attendees and there is an extensive lending library of educational audiotapes, CD’s and videotapes, also free.
In addition to the lecture series, peer group support sessions led by experienced facilitators are held every Tuesday evening of the month, also using the facilities of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship in Morristown at 7:30 p.m. Separate groups for young adults are held every Tuesday evening and separate groups for friends and family are held periodically. All are always welcomed.
Visit the Website of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance/Morristown Area at
http://dbsanewjersey.org/morristownarea to learn more about the support group and to view links to other sources of helpful information. For further local information, call (973) 994-1143.