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Odor control underway near 800 Monroe St. in Hoboken

After several residents reported a noxious odor coming from the environmental remediation site located at 800 Monroe St. in Hoboken last week, the city worked with the contractor and local agencies to fix the issue.

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According to a press release from the city, on Wednesday, Oct. 3, the contractor was to begin corrective action to abate the odor, which includes adding a concrete barrier and odor controlling foam over the remediation area. The contractor will also cease all odor-producing remediation activities until the odor fully dissipates.

“The City of Hoboken Fire Department, Board of Health, Hudson Regional Health Commission, and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) have all tested the air and found all levels to be within the acceptable range,” states a press release from the city, which added that it was still creating an unacceptable quality-of-life condition.

According to the release, the odor is not hazardous and possesses no danger to public health and safety.

If you have any questions, call the Hoboken Health Department at (201) 420-2000 x5205.

Hoboken Democratic Committee members discuss community concerns with county jail director

On Oct. 1, the Hoboken Democratic Committee hosted a community discussion with Ron Edwards, director of the Hudson County Correctional Facility, to address community concerns related to Hudson County’s controversial partnership in housing ICE detainees.

Director Edwards participated in more than an hour-long session addressing questions related to the services provided to detainees in the Hudson County Correctional Facility, including recent efforts to expand visitation for inmates, efforts to improve nutrition provided to them and increased presence of social workers, mental health professionals, and medical services in an updated medical wing of the correctional facility.

The forum was moderated by Hoboken Democratic Committee Chair Phil Cohen, and attendees included Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano, Hoboken City Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, Hoboken Democratic Committee First Vice Chair Nora DeBenedetto, Recording Secretary, Rachel Hodes, and Corresponding Secretary LaTrenda Ross.

“Thanks to Director Edwards for coming to Hoboken and sitting down for a constructive, important, and frank discussion of issues of great public interest as Hudson County plans to wind down its contract to host ICE detainees in our county prison,” said Cohen in a press release. “Members of the Hoboken Democratic Committee and the community-at-large appreciated the chance to have their questions and concerns considered and heard by Director Edwards.”

Hoboken mayor says the city is ideal for startups

After Gov. Phil Murphy announced a new $500 million fund to allow the state to invest and partner with start-up companies that relocate to New Jersey, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla said Hoboken is the ideal place to locate one’s startup.

“Investing through public-private partnerships like this, rather than simply offering traditional tax incentives, gives New Jersey a competitive edge to attract entrepreneurs to make their start in our state,” said Bhalla. “There is perhaps no place better situated than the city of Hoboken to be home to innovative start-up companies. Hoboken has millions of square feet already zoned for economic development at the northern end and the Hoboken Rail Yards, two of the most attractive locations for new businesses in the country. With access to public transportation, including train, light rail, bus, PATH, and ferry, coupled with Hoboken’s public parks and waterfront, our city provides the ideal quality of life for any startup to recruit top-tier talent.”

Bhalla added, “Hoboken stands ready to be a partner in developing more homegrown, New Jersey companies.”

Get in the spirit: ‘Hoboken Halloween: Portraits by Gary Spector’ on exhibit

“Hoboken Halloween: Portraits by Gary Spector (2011-2017)”  is currently on exhibit at the Hoboken Historical Museum’s Upper Gallery.

Spector started the project on Halloween in 2011, when he set up a drape and some lights for a temporary photo studio in front of his Hoboken home. As trick-or-treaters walked by, he asked if he could take their portrait.

Over the years, Spector has photographed hundreds of people, and it’s become a Hoboken tradition, with lines extending around the block. A professional photographer by day, he offered all the Hoboken Halloween subjects a complimentary copy of their portrait.

The portraits will remain on exhibit until Nov. 4.

Hoboken tenant advocate office hours announced

The city announced office hours for a tenant advocate for any Hoboken resident seeking advice on housing matters.

Andrew Sobel, Esq. will be available during office hours, by appointment,  and between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 29, and Dec. 20. Any Hoboken resident wishing to attend the office hours must call George McCarthy in Sobel’s office in advance at (201) 338-7411 and provide a description of the issue to be discussed in order to schedule an appointment.

The location for the open office hours will be the basement conference room in City Hall at 94 Washington St.

Hudson Shakespeare presents lesser-known revenge play

Just in time for the Halloween season, Hudson Shakespeare Company brings to life a lesser known (although no less enjoyable) Elizabethan drama called “The Spanish Tragedy”.

“The Spanish Tragedy” is an Elizabethan drama written by Thomas Kyd sometime between 1582 and 1592. Later versions of the play have largely included additional scenes and bits of dialogue which have been attributed to William Shakespeare.

“The Spanish Tragedy” was hugely popular in its day and even was responsible for establishing a new type of drama called the revenge tragedy. Its plot contains several violent murders and includes, as one of its characters, a personification of the spirit of Revenge.

The play was often copied or referred to in other works of the time period. Many of its elements are apparent in Shakespeare’s other works such as “Hamlet” and “Titus Andronicus.” Many of “The Spanish Tragedy” elements such as a play within a play to trap a murderer, a ghost intent on vengeance, and a man who goes mad after his son is murdered, appear in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”

The show is being directed by Noelle Fair with fight direction by Conor Mullen, Callan Suozzi-Rearic, and Madeleine Emerick and featuring Evan Brodsky, Jon Ciccarelli, Brian Heuer, Olivia Lodge, Juan Pablo Mendive, Brett Molik, Jeffrey Robb, and Anne M. Whitaker.

Admission to all outdoor and indoor shows are free and will be performing at the following locations. Recommended for outdoor showings to bring a lawn chair as seating is limited. Performances will be Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m., Hoboken Public Library, 500 Park Avenue, Hoboken; Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m., Hamilton Park, Jersey City; and Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., Weehawken Free Public Library, 49 Hauxhurst Avenue, Weehawken.

Hudson Shakespeare recommends that “The Spanish Tragedy” is rated PG-13 for violence performed on stage and may not be appropriate for children under 13.

St. Francis Holy Name Society to host buffet dinner

The St. Francis Holy Name Society will host a Pasta & Venison Dinner on Oct. 19. It will take place at the St. Francis Community Center at 308 Jefferson St between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. The buffet-style dinner is BYOB and tickets are $20. For more information call (20) 707-6841

Annual Harvest Festival announced

Hoboken’s annual Harvest Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pier A Park. It will include hay rides, a hay maze pony rides, a petting zoo, moonwalk, face painting, and pumpkin painting.

Children can also get balloon art, craft activities, play soccer, and watch dance and gymnastic demos while listening to live music.

Hoboken House Tour will be Oct. 21

The Hoboken Historical Museum’s 32nd annual Hoboken House Tour will be on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual museum fundraiser will feature 10 historic and modern homes and condos in the mile-square city.

The self-guided tour takes about 2 to 3 hours on foot. Houses open at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m.  To purchase a ticket and for more information go to https://tinyurl.com/hobhousetour


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