Hoboken man killed in Rt. 440 hit and run

According to NJ.com, authorities have identified the pedestrian killed in a hit-and-run accident on Route 440 in Bayonne on Nov. 7, saying he’s a Hoboken resident. However, as of press time, the prosecutor’s office would not confirm the identity of the victim.

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The victim was struck on the highway between 21st and 22nd streets and was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 10:05 p.m. on Nov. 7.

He was struck by a 2004 Acura TL allegedly driven by 21-year-old Bayonne resident Abanoub Malek. Malek was charged on Nov. 8 with leaving the scene of an accident, a second-degree crime, according to the prosecutor’s office.

That area of Rt. 440 separates the residential East Side neighborhood of Bayonne from Bayonne Crossings, a shopping center where many residents shop and work. Five people have been killed along Rt. 440 since 2014.

Hoboken artist pays tribute to World War I and fellow veterans 

The Upper Gallery of the Hoboken Historical Museum currently features work by Vietnam War veteran Jim Fallon titled “Heaven, Hell or Hoboken: Monoprints on Combat Paper.”

The exhibit, which runs through Dec. 23, is comprised of 15 works of art, most on the theme of the centennial of America’s participation in World War I.

The name of Fallon’s show is inspired by General Pershing’s famous rallying cry to the troops, “Heaven, Hell or Hoboken,” near the close of the war, as Hoboken served as the main port of embarkation and return.

Many pieces in Fallon’s series were produced for the Frontline Arts Center in Branchburg, N.J., and were also shown in an exhibition in Jersey City Hall last year to commemorate the anniversary of America’s involvement in the Great War.

Several pieces incorporate images he researched online, such as zeppelins, the Lusitania, and battle scenes from a century ago, as well as from his own service in Vietnam. Many of the pieces are created on “combat paper” which is made by veterans from their shredded uniforms.

The themes of jazz music, nature, and military service recur throughout Fallon’s art.

One piece, “Harlem Hellfighters WWI,” a linocut with acrylic on combat paper, combines Fallon’s deep love of jazz music with an homage to the famous 369th regiment that served in World War I as a segregated unit of mostly black and Puerto Rican soldiers from Harlem.

Mile Square Theatre presents ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’

Mile Square Theatre will revive its production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” by Joe Landry this holiday season. The Mile Square Theatre will become a live recording studio in the golden age of radio while attendees will become the studio audience as the performance “goes on air” to broadcast Frank Capra’s popular holiday story.

“This is the fourth time we’ve produced this play, and each production draws bigger audiences,” said Artistic Director Chris O’Connor. “I’m always moved by the story of George Bailey’s journey where he comes to truly appreciate the values of community and family.”

This year the show will be directed by Joseph Discher, who is well known for his work at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. John Keller will reprise the role of George Bailey. Rounding out this ensemble cast is Michael Daly, Tim Nicolai, Maggie Weston, Noelle Jazz, and Hannah Mount.

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” will begin performances on Thursday, Nov. 29 and run until Sunday, Dec. 23. The performances will take place at the Mile Square Theatre at 1400 Clinton St. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. as well as Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at www.milesquaretheatre.org, or by calling (201) 683-7014. Tickets are $30 to $40 and $18 for students and seniors. Group sales and holiday party sales are available. To inquire email abaldwin@milesquaretheatre.org.

Hoboken announces holiday events

Hoboken will offer several holiday events this year. On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, from 11 to 5 p.m., the Hoboken City Hall Craft Fair will take place at 94 Washington St., where people can find handcrafted gifts.

The Hoboken Christmas Tree Lighting will be Thursday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. in front of City Hall. Hot chocolate will be provided by the Apple Montessori School. The event features MC Elvis the Elf with a special appearance by Santa Claus, as well as performances by All Saints Day School and BOLD Arts, Cheer Dynamic All Stars, The HoliDates, Studio L Dancers, Brownie Girl Scout Troop 10222, Junior Girl Scout Troop 12563, and the Garden Street School of the Performing Arts.

A Holiday Banding Concert will be Sunday, Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hoboken Elks Club at Tenth and Washington streets. Holiday classics will be performed by The Holiday Banding House Band, The Sensational Country Blues Wonders, Lloyd United, The Skullers, The Fuzzy Lemons, Emily Turonis, Gene D. Plumber, Abbe Rivers, and Elevator Pitch.  Admission is $10 and proceeds go to support the Movies Under the Stars outdoor summer series.

Also, the city will offer a Holiday Hop service on weekends and free parking for four hours on weekends in municipal garages B, D, and the Midtown garage. In order to redeem the free parking, drivers will need to show the garage attendant a receipt showing purchase of at least $20 at Hoboken shopping or dining establishments. The city will also offer discounted metered parking.

For more information go to https://www.hobokennj.gov/news/mayor-bhalla-and-the-city-of-hoboken-launch-various-programs-for-the-holiday-season.

The Hudson School presents ‘Into the Woods’

The Hudson School will present “Into the Woods” by composer Stephen Sondheim and book writer James Lapine.

The musical follows a baker and his wife as they seek to end a curse on their house. Along the way there’s a giant, two princes, a saucy young granddaughter, a ravenous wolf, a fair young maiden, an adventurous lad, and of course, a witch. The brilliant, award-winning score features songs “I Know Things Now,” “On the Steps of the Palace,” “No One Is Alone,” and “Children Will Listen.”

The cast includes Simone Bogedal, Lindsey deCavaignac, Christian Englehardt, Amelia Firestone, Matthew Firestone, Giuseppe Gaspari, Bailey Kasdon, Emiliano Leal, Gianluca LoPorto, Noel Meyer and Sienna Santiago. Joining the cast will be faculty members Jack Coggins, Adam Sentoni, and Eileen Vanderheyden. The production is directed and designed by Adam Sentoni.

Performances will take place at The Hudson School Performance Space, 601 Park Ave., on Fridays and Saturdays beginning Nov.30 and ending Dec. 8. Shows will take place at 7 p.m. with matinees at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 8.

General Admission is $10. For reservations, contact Adam Sentoni: asentoni@thehudsonschool.org

Former Wonder Bread factory will become Wonder Lofts

The industrial-to-residential $120 million conversion of the former Wonder Bread factory on Clinton Street in Hoboken has begun, with interior demolition now underway, announced Prism Capital Partners, which is overseeing construction to transform the 1909 bakery building and surrounding site.

Wonder Lofts ultimately will include 83 for-sale and six rental multifamily units in three buildings.

The property, designed by Minervini Vandermark, will feature preserved, architecturally significant detail. The conversion of the existing seven-story buildings will introduce 68 luxury condominium units. The two- to five-bedroom loft-style homes will range in size from 1,200 to 2,700 square feet. All will feature private direct-access terraces or rooftop terraces with water electric and gas hookups.

Prism, a Bloomfield-based adaptive reuse specialist, has partnered with Angelo, Gordon & Co. and Parkwood Development Corp.

Wonder Lofts will include 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity space, including a fitness center, pool, meeting and media rooms, lounges, kitchens and entertainment areas. The community will include 2,300 square feet of street-level retail fronting on Clinton and on-site garage parking, and will provide easy access to mass transit.

Prism Capital Partners anticipates opening the Wonder Lofts sales office in the spring of 2019 and delivering the first homes in the spring of 2020.

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza under construction

New York pizza chain Artichoke Basille’s Pizza has begun construction on their Hoboken location at 96 Hudson St. It is the first of five franchised stores to open across New Jersey.

According to reports the new location, in the former Jimmy Johns, will feature tin ceilings, gooseneck lighting, and mosaic tiles.

Founded in 2008 by cousins Francis Garcia and Sal Basille, Artichoke Basille’s Pizza has expanded to have locations all across the U.S.

Menu items include the namesake Artichoke Pie with cream sauce, artichoke hearts, spinach, mozzarella, and pecorino romano; the Crab Pie with crab sauce, panko-breaded Surimi crab meat, and fresh mozzarella; as well as traditional flavors like Margherita, Pepperoni, Vodka, and more.






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