Hoboken hires city engineer and head of Office of Constituent Affairs
Mayor Ravi Bhalla has hired resident Caroline Caulfield as the head of the Office of Constituent Affairs and Kimberli Craft as the city engineer.
Both positions are full time. Caulfield will earn $55,000 and Craft will earn $125,000 in their new roles for the city.
The city last had an office of constituent affairs under Mayor David Roberts’ administration in 2009.
Caulfield is a fourth-generation Hobokenite. Grandfather Patrick Caulfield was a building inspector for the city and grandfather Daniel Kiely was a police inspector.
Caulfield joins City Hall from U.S. Senator Cory Booker’s Newark office, where she served in the area of constituent relations and correspondence.
Bhalla said, “She has a love and knowledge of Hoboken that is key in helping address the needs and concerns of residents.”
Caulfield earned her B.A. in Political Studies and Human Rights from Bard College.
“I have tremendous pride in being from Hoboken, and I believe City Hall has an obligation to make our city more responsive to the needs of residents,” said Caulfield. “I look forward to serving all of the city’s residents, paying close attention to the needs of our lower-income residents and those who have been impacted by our city’s rapid growth.” Caulfield’s first day will be on Tuesday, May 29.
As for Craft, she will oversee the development and maintenance of city roads, utilities, and public construction.
Craft comes to Hoboken from Montclair, where she has served since 1999 as township engineer. She designed and inspected street and park improvement projects, performed traffic studies, and focused on traffic safety and efficiency.
“I am thrilled to welcome Kimberli Craft to our team,” said Bhalla. “I’m excited about bringing her vision and perspective to Hoboken, and residents will be happy to know that she has a stellar track record of completing public projects on time and on budget. I also want to commend the City Council members who encouraged me to consider bringing an in-house engineer approach to the city.”
Craft also owned her own engineering consulting firm and worked as an engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation and for Parsons-Brinerhoff, now known as WSP-USA. Craft received her Master in Public Administration from Rutgers University and her B.S. in Civil and Urban Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Craft’s first day will be on Tuesday, June 5.
Hob’art Gallery presents a new exhibit
Hob’art Gallery presents the new exhibit “Captured Moments” at 720 Monroe St., an exhibit of traditional and fabric mediums by artists Lily Zane and Donna L. O’Grady. They experiment with oil paintings and fabric-based cut & stitched art.
The exhibit will be on display from Friday, May 18 to Saturday, June 16. A reception to meet the artists will be held on Friday, June 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. 5 p.m. and by appointment.
In their pieces, the artists depict memories of moments in time, places they’ve been, and conversations they’ve heard. The thread of abstracted realities and “other worldliness” is immediately apparent although each artist executes her ideas with a different technique. Zane will exhibit her fabric and stitch artwork, and O’Grady will exhibit her oil paintings on tin and canvas.
Gallery information can be obtained on the website www.hob-art.org and from the Director France Garrido (201) 319-1504 or email@example.com.
Free parking is available on the side of the building on Seventh Street between Jackson and Monroe streets.
Elysian Charter School celebrates 20 years
Elysian Charter School will celebrate its 20th year as a school with a block party on Sunday, May 20. The party will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 1460 Garden St. and all are invited to attend.
The party will include an honor ceremony at 3 p.m. as well as an inflatable obstacle course, food trucks, live music, school tours, the premier of “The Elysian Movie,” and fun activities sponsored by local businesses.
Memorial Day Parade will be Wednesday
The 120th Hoboken Memorial Day Parade will take place on Wednesday, May 23. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall at 94 Washington St. American Legion Post 107 has organized the parade.
This year’s Grand Marshall will be Michael DePalma, a decorated U.S. Army Captain who served with the Third Infantry Division & the 101st Airborne Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom He is currently a detective with the Hoboken Police Department.
Hoboken Charter names Joanna Weintraub principal of Upper School
Hoboken Charter School (HCS) announced last week that Joanna Weintraub will assume the role of Upper School principal starting in July 2018.
With over twenty years of school experience in both instructional and leadership roles in public and independent schools, Weintraub will bring HCS invaluable experience she has acquired in her diverse educational background.
She has worked at The Chapin School and Town School in New York and Kaplan Cooperative Preschool and Elysian Charter School here in Hoboken.
Weintraub received a B.A. from Yale University and then went on to complete her M.S.Ed. at Bank Street College Graduate School of Education and more recently her M.A. in Educational Leadership at Montclair State University.
A long-term Hoboken resident, Weintraub is committed to serving her community and served on the Mayor-Elect Transition Team Education Committee last year and was Chair for the United Synagogue of Hoboken’s Star of Israel 100th Anniversary Youth Activities.
“I look forward to contributing to the upper school’s continued development as a leader in service learning,” said Weintraub.
HCS Executive Director Deirdra Grode said the school engaged in an extensive search to find the right person to lead the upper school community.
Waterway ferry additions and discounts on Fleet Week, Memorial Day weekend
All uniformed military personnel and veterans with identification can ride for free on NY Waterway ferries during Fleet Week from May 23 to May 29.
Kids under 12 years old ride free on all ferries between New Jersey and Manhattan from Saturday, May 26 through Memorial Day, May 28.
New $7 downtown weekend ferries will launch from Port Imperial and Hoboken on Saturday, May 26.
Thousands of sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will be in Manhattan for Fleet Week New York. Hosted nearly every year since 1984, Fleet Week New York offers ship tours, musical performances, athletic competitions, interactive World War II displays and other events – including a Memorial Day ceremony at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
For more information, visit nywaterway.com/Fleetweek or call 1-800-53-FERRY.
The OLG FunFest will take place June 2-3
The 13th annual OLG FunFest will take place the weekend of June 2-3 at Church Square Park.
“OLG’s Funfest is one of Hoboken’s best summer events — with activities for the whole family,” said Chris Gizzo, chair of the event. “Every year, over 100 parishioners look forward to organizing the event and bringing the community together.”
NiteFest will take place on Saturday June 2 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. when the parking lot next to Our Lady of Grace Church, located at 400 Willow Ave., will be transformed into The Thirst Mony, an outdoor biergarten. Visitors will be able to enjoy craft beers, sangria, music by DJ Tim Nelson, a variety of food, a tricky-tray featuring Mets tickets, the used book sale with interesting finds and games of chance for the adults plus activities for the kids.
This year’s NiteFest special guest is “Magic by Vincent.” Magician Vincent Gigante will mesmerize all with his sleight of hand.
To cap off the fun, the OLG Cornhole Tournament returns for a second year. Sponsored by Willie McBride’s, the tournament begins at 6 p.m.
Teams can register in advance by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a $20 entry fee per team – and participants must be 21 years old. The winner will receive the Willie’s Cup and a free happy hour at Willie McBride’s.
On Sunday, June 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. the festival continues. Children will enjoy pony rides, face-painting, bouncy houses and an inflatable slide, and there will be various vendors and a 50/50 raffle. The FunFest welcomes Caricaturist James Monaghan, who will create personal portraits from noon to 2 p.m.
Proceeds from the NiteFest and FunFest will go toward the restoration of Our Lady of Grace Church. Listed on the U.S. and N.J. Register of Historic Places, the church features paintings and vessels gifted by European royalty.
Tours of the church will take place at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Following each tour, a concert will be presented by Our Lady of Grace Music Director Kathleen McNally, who will be playing on the historic and majestic custom-built 1909 Wirsching Grand Organ.
The Funfest is held rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, the bouncy houses, face-painting and children’s activities will be held in Our Lady of Grace School next to the church.
Admission to both the NiteFest and FunFest is free. For more information, see the Our Lady of Grace FunFest website at: http://www.olgfunfest.com.
Mayor signs executive order for paid parental leave
Mayor Ravi Bhalla signed an executive order on Wednesday to ensure the full salary of city employees on parental leave by supplementing weekly wages provided through New Jersey Family Leave Insurance.
The state insurance program pays up to two thirds of a person’s salary with a cap at $637 per week. Bhalla’s executive order will have the city make up the difference, allowing city employees to receive their full wages while on parental leave.
Anna Seguinot, the legal secretary in Hoboken’s Office of Corporation Counsel, is expecting her first child and was present for the executive order signing.
“I want to thank Mayor Bhalla for signing this executive order,” said Seguinot, “as it now allows me to focus on being a new mom and not on whether I am going to be able to pay my bills during my maternity leave.”
Ryan Sharp, director of Transportation and Parking, is expecting his second child and was also present.
“It was tough after our first child, trying to cobble together vacation and sick time to care for my newborn,” said Sharp.
To be eligible, a person must have served as a full-time city employee for at least one year at the time of applying for Paid Parental Leave. The employee must also be approved for the Family Medical Leave Act or the New Jersey Family Leave Act as well as the Family Leave Insurance provision of the NJ Temporary Disability Benefits Law or subsequent amendments, and they must not have used this benefit within a 12-month period.
Christ Hospital hosts heart and lung seminar
CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital will hold a free seminar about dealing with heart or lung disease as part of its Lunch & Learn Series from noon to 1:30 p.m. on May 22. Attendees will learn how to better manage congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Proper nutrition will be discussed. Those wishing to attend should preregister by emailing Holly.Goroff@CarePointhealth.org or Nancy.Aleman@CarePointHealth.org. RSVPs are requested no later than the morning of May 21.
The seminar will be held at Christ Hospital, 176 Palisade Ave., Jersey City. Anyone seeking additional information may call Aleman at (201) 341-1310.
The Provident Bank Foundation gives grant to WomenRising
WomenRising, Inc. will receive $7,500 in funding to its Workforce Development & Digital Literacy Training Center to address barriers and access to employment for women in Jersey City, Bayonne, Union City, and Hoboken.
The center provides wrap-around services for women by addressing employment needs such as internet and computer access for job search and placement, and by addressing personal needs through their domestic violence services, youth and family services, and permanent supportive housing.
This is one of more than $200,000 awarded to projects and programs throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania by the Provident Bank Foundation (PBF).
A major grant funds projects and/or programs that address one or more of PBF’s funding priority areas – community enrichment, education and health, youth and families. Major grants provide between $5,000 and $25,000 in funding, and support organizations that have identified an immediate need in the community and the individuals they serve.
“The level of diversity and depth of the organizations and programs selected for this year’s first cycle of Major Grants truly amazes us, and we are so proud to invest in these initiatives,” said Jane Kurek, executive director, The Provident Bank Foundation. “The foundation looks forward to further developing such collaborative partnerships which will give way happier, healthier and safer communities.”