Affordable Housing working group meeting to take place Monday April 30
Councilwoman Vanessa Falco, chair of the affordable housing subcommittee, and Mayor Ravi Bhalla will host the first meeting of a new affordable housing working group on Monday, April 30 at 7 p.m. at the Multi Service Center.
This meeting is open to all residents who would like to participate in an ongoing, city-wide discussion on affordable housing.
During the meeting they will discuss some of the initiatives that are underway to preserve existing options while also creating new affordable housing units throughout the city.
Hoboken’s tenant advocate, Andrew Sobel, Esq., and affordable housing specialists will also be on hand to facilitate dialogue and answer questions.
The city currently has a variety of affordable housing buildings, some for low-income residents, some for moderate income, some currently funded in part with federal subsidies and some initially built in the 1960s for a low-interest government loan but not subsidized. However, the wait lists to get in are years long.
Rent control still applies to long-time tenants in buildings constructed before 1987 in order to prevent landlords from spiking rents once a tenant moves in. Still, Hoboken is becoming a more difficult place for working-class residents and artists to afford to stay.
The Multi Service Center is located at 124 Grand St.
Learn more about our eco friendly city; residents invited to earth week events
This week Hoboken will celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with a week of community volunteering and education activities about sustainability and resiliency efforts.
“Sustainability, resiliency, and the effects of climate change are inextricably linked,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “As climate change continues to threaten quality of life, Hoboken will become a leader in climate mitigation.”
More than five years after Hurricane Sandy inundated Hoboken with nearly 500 million gallons of storm surge, the city has become an urban laboratory and national model for climate adaptation. Hoboken has made significant investments and secured nearly $10 million in grant funds from various local, state, and federal sources to improve Hoboken’s resiliency.
Last year, the city adopted a Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element of the Hoboken Master Plan which outlines the city’s long-term vision for a sustainable Hoboken. Residents can learn how Hoboken will achieve this vision by participating in various upcoming Earth Week events.
Some events include a sapling giveaway, free rides on the Hoboken HOP, a one day voucher for the Hudson Bike Share, tree plantings, and several educational sessions on projects like Rebuild by Design, an introduction to green infrastructure , an introduction to urban farming, and more. For time, location, and more information about specific events, visit www.facebook.com/hobokengreenteam.
To read the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element of the Hoboken Master Plan, visit www.hobokennj.gov/sustainability.
Eli Manning sells Hoboken home
According to press reports, Eli Manning, quarterback for the NY Giants, sold his condo in the Hudson Tea Building in Hoboken for $3.55 million recently.
The three-bedroom, three-and-a half-bathroom condo with views of the New York City skyline is a combination of three units and totals 3,500 square feet. He lived with his wife and three daughters there for several years.
The house has been on the market since 2015, and was available for rent for $18,000 a month.
Manning and his family have since moved to Summit.
Hoboken Arts & Music Festival announced
The 24th annual Hoboken Arts & Music Festival will be Sunday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The festival includes musical performances by The Dream Syndicate, Jeremy Beck and the Heavy Duty Horns, Preschool of Rock, Ron Albanese AKA Polka Dot, MAXIMA Alerta, and more.
During the festival visitors and residents can enjoy the works of fine artists who will be selling oil paintings and sculptures, crafters who will sell furniture, soaps, jewelry, and vendors who will provide children’s activities such as sand art and face paintings and more. The day also includes a smorgasbord of food from various vendors.
Admission is free and according to the city the festival will take place from Observer Highway to Seventh Street.
Hoboken High School computer science students are ‘future ready’
Hoboken High School’s computer science program is ensuring students are “future ready” in the rapidly changing and growing world of technology and the school is adding another course.
The Hoboken Public School District is highlighting its offering because research shows 93 percent of parents want their schools to teach computer science, but just 40 percent of schools in the United States offer it even though computing is projected to make up two-thirds of new jobs in STEM.
Hoboken High School uses the Project Lead the Way Computer Science curriculum and offers two courses, Computer Science Essentials and Computer Science Principles. Next year Hoboken High School will add a new Computer Science A course.
The new Computer Science A course will be a traditional college level class that is equivalent to a first semester Computer Science course. Students will use Java to write Android Apps. The three levels of computer science courses at Hoboken High School give students a solid introduction to computational thinking and programming skills.
Students have been competing in a variety of national contests including Harvard’s CS50 Puzzle Day. They also participate in the NJIT SPLASH Program, Girls Who Code Summer Program, and others.
“Our wonderful students are getting a unique opportunity to develop their in-demand knowledge, while gaining valuable skills for success in education, the world of work, and life in general,” said Principal Robin Piccapietra.
Saints Peter and Paul Church’s Gratitude Gala is this Thursday
Saints Peter and Paul Church will host their annual Gratitude Gala on April 26 at the Chart House in Weehawken at 6:30 p.m., where they will honor several people for their service to the parish.
This year, they will honor Don Meyer, Deb and Mark Meyer, and former the pastor, Father Bob Meyer.
The evening includes dinner, live music and a silent auction.
Tickets cost $150, and a portion of the evenings proceeds go to their Legacy Fund, which supports parish specific projects and ministries, The Waterfront Project, a legal clinic, and the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary.
Visit spphoboken.com/gala for more information.
Hudson Chamber partners with local organizations to better serve county businesses
The Hudson County Consortium for Business Growth and Development has been newly formed by five county organizations dedicated to building the capacity of local area businesses. The consortium intends to support business growth and development through the design, planning and coordinated delivery of educational programs to better serve entrepreneurs, start-ups, early stage, and mature businesses.
The consortium, which will provide access to educational programs throughout Hudson County, is comprised of the following founding partners: Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, Hudson County Community College Center for Business and Industry, Hudson County, Economic Development Corporation, the Hudson County Office of Business Opportunity, and NJ Small Business Development Center at New Jersey City University.
The consortium’s first initiative is the launch of spring educational programs that include classes in basic financial management, accounting fundamentals, QuickBooks, and Excel for business and finance professionals. Spring classes began in March and will continue through June and are open to the public. Information about class offerings, dates and locations, as well as how to register is available at www.hudsonchamber.org. For information about the Hudson County Chamber, please call (201) 386-0699 x 220 or visit www.hudsonchamber.org.
Stevens Institute of Technology launches Stevens Institute for Artificial Intelligence
This month, Stevens Institute of Technology announced the formation of the Stevens Institute for Artificial Intelligence (SIAI), an interdisciplinary, tech-driven collaboration of engineering, business, systems and design experts working toward solving pressing global problems in industry and virtually every aspect of society.
“This new initiative will bring a forward-thinking, holistic approach to exploring complex problems and creative new solutions for business advantage, social good and national security while advancing the engineering and science of artificial intelligence and machine learning,” states the press release.
“Artificial intelligence is transforming the world and industry as we know it, and the future of AI remains seemingly limitless,” said Jean Zu, dean of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science. “In a world where AI-enabled innovation continues to rapidly evolve, SIAI and its Stevens collaborators will synergistically develop solutions to real-world problems, while providing a platform for training students to be the next generation of AI thought leaders.”
This institute, headed by K.P. “Suba” Subbalakshmi, professor of electrical and computer engineering and a Jefferson Science Fellow, will build upon existing AI and machine learning research at Stevens.
New museum art exhibit on display
The Hoboken Historical Museum currently has a new exhibit on display showcasing the work of Tom Zuk in “Rear Window: Photographs by Tom Zuk.”
Zuk made photographic art from rough materials of the urban cityscape outside his Hoboken apartment window. The exhibit will remain on view through May 27 . Explore more of Zuk’s work on Instagram (tom.z.pix).
Hoboken Green Team hosts 7th annual Green Fair
The City of Hoboken Green Team will host the 7th Annual Green Fair on Saturday, June 16.
The fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Church Square Park, entering from the corner of Fourth Street and Garden Street, and will feature live music and organic food vendors. It is intended to introduce sustainable lifestyle choices to the community, raise awareness regarding environmental issues, and demonstrate how consumers can reduce their impact on the earth by selecting sustainable, eco-friendly products and services.
Mysterious matters at Secaucus High School
Multiple sources said on Thursday that the Secaucus Board of Education suspended the principal and assistant principal at the Secaucus High School/Middle School complex.
Several school officials refused to comment on the matter, as did Mayor Michael Gonnelli. They redirected inquiries to the school board.
Some said that the matter pertained to the handling of a potentially criminal incident involving a student, but that could not be confirmed by press time.
Former school board member Tom Troyer – who is friends with Principal Robert Berckes – speculated that his suspension was politically motivated.
“He’s a straight-up guy,” Troyer said, of Berckes. “He’ll speak up. They don’t want that.”
Media reports on Friday said a security guard in the school had been reassigned, as well.
Berckes could not be reached by press time for comment. When the high school was contacted on Thursday, they said he was not in school that day. A secretary could not say when he’d be back.
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