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Northwest Resiliency Park design unveiling to be Monday night

The city of Hoboken will hold a public meeting on Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at Wallace School cafeteria to discuss the concept design for the Northwest Resiliency Park.
The future park is a key part of Hoboken’s resiliency strategy and will integrate green infrastructure and innovative storm water management measures to reduce flooding from heavy rain.
In 2017, the city opened a temporary pop-up park at the site. The pop-up park will remain in place until construction of the permanent park begins.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the concept design and receive feedback from the public. No formal action will be taken at the meeting.
Written comments can be submitted online or by emailing northwestpark@hobokennj.gov.

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Missing teen found

According to a press release from the Hoboken Police Department, as of approximately 2 p.m., on April 2, a 17-year-old Hoboken resident was located in Jersey City. She had been reported missing by family last Thursday, March, 29.
She is currently with family. The circumstances of her whereabouts are being investigated by officers, and at this time no other information was available.

Little League parade rescheduled for April 14

The annual Hoboken Little League Parade, originally scheduled for April 7, will now take place on April 14 due to expected weather.
The parade will begin at 9 a.m. outside the Elks Lodge at Tenth and Washington streets and will march to the Hoboken Little League Field at Stevens Park in Hoboken where at 10 a.m. the ceremony will begin. During the ceremony the annual Feskin and Brockman awards will be handed awarded. They are typically given to a coach or family member tied to Little League baseball.
At 10:30 a.m. the first game of the season will begin with Mayor Ravi Bhalla throwing the first pitch.

Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteers

Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St. in Hoboken on Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m.
Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.
For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org

Monthly art series this Saturday

AIssyra Gallery will host ONE ART – Hoboken, a monthly art, music, poetry series which will feature different acts from Hoboken and Jersey City the first Saturday of every month.
On April 7 the series will include poetry readings by poets Joe Weil, Nancy Mercado, and Cyndi Dawson. The evening will also include musical perfromaces by Tim Foljahn, Yarnell & the Love Soldiers, and Café Touba
The event is free and located at 300 Observer Hwy. at 8 p.m.

Last chance to see the upper gallery exhibit at the museum

Sunday April 8 is the last chance to view the current upper gallery exhibit “Hoboken Sensations: The photographs of Marcella Conti” at the Hoboken Historical Museum at 1301 Hudson Street.
Conti is a Brazilian photographer who has found in photography a true passion for capturing places and families. In 2016 she attended the International Center of Photography, where she studied documentary and visual journalism. There she finished the project, “Hoboken Sensations,” which was part of the exhibition, “Another kind of paradise,” at ICP, in New York City in 2016.
Conti found that Hoboken has a feeling of coziness, warmth and tradition.Small family shops didn’t give way to large chains, as in most big cities.
Stores founded by settling immigrants are kept alive in the families for generations and so are their memories and traditions.
Their walls are covered with old photographs and memories from grandparents, and their business models, routines, and customs remain mostly the same. They continue to fight to survive a gentrification that makes cities impersonal in the modern world.
These small, family-owned businesses are an important part of Hoboken’s character, and are the main focus of the exhibit.
“When we move to a new place, especially a country with a different culture, we change our personality too,” said Conti. “After a while we don’t belong anymore to our birth place or to the new one. I wanted to show that the old can still live with the modern. This feeling of not belonging brings a certain loss of identity.”
The exhibit is supported by a block grant from the State/County Partnership program for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

Anti-bullying film screening this Tuesday

Mayor Ravi Bhalla, the City of Hoboken, and the Hoboken Public Library invite all resident to attend a free screening of the film, “Alone with The Darkness” on Tuesday, April, 10 at 6 p.m. The powerful anti-bully short film was written by Michael Alfredo and Frank Gigante and directed by Frank Gigante.
The program will begin with a bully-themed dance by Natasha Luccia and the Louie Dance Crew, followed by a screening of the film and a Q & A with filmmaker Frank Gigante.
The free screening is recommended for children 10 years and older. For more information please call (201) 420-2347. The program will be held in the lower level at the library’s main branch, located at 500 Park Ave.

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