HOBOKEN BRIEFS

Organizers of the Hoboken Jingle Bell 5k (City Challange Obstacle Race), along with Mayor Ravi Bhalla and Freeholder Anthony Romano presented the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp with a $2,089 check to go towards a new ambulance.
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Organizers of the Hoboken Jingle Bell 5k (City Challange Obstacle Race), along with Mayor Ravi Bhalla and Freeholder Anthony Romano presented the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp with a $2,089 check to go towards a new ambulance.

Newspaper Media Group taps veteran editor for Hudson County papers

As part of Newspaper Media Group’s ongoing commitment to serving Hudson County’s thriving communities, NMG has tapped Bruce Moran as Department Editor.

Moran, a veteran journalist, was bureau chief/editor at Dorf Feature Service/Star Ledger for 30 years and has served as news editor and sports editor for NMG since 2015.

He’s currently Department Editor for Central New Jersey as well.

“Hudson County is an exciting market,” Moran said. “I look forward to working with our talented editorial and graphics staff, based in our Bayonne office.”

In June, NMG, which publishes more than 50 weeklies in Southern and Central New Jersey, bought the Hudson Reporter Associates. Said Moran, “Our mission is to cover the politics, arts, news, and culture that affect the everyday lives of people in Hudson County’s diverse communities.”

Hoboken school board members sworn in

On Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. the newly-elected trustees of the Board of Education were sworn in.

In November, voters elected incumbent board member Thomas Kluepfel as well as new board members, residents Malani Cademartori and Ailene McGuirk.

They will serve on the nine-member board for the next three years.

Also at the meeting, the board elected a new president and vice president.

Sharyn Angley, who has served on the board for the last four years, was elected president, and Kluepfel, who has served on the board for the last five years, was elected vice president.

City becomes more energy efficient

Hoboken has completed the installation of energy efficient equipment at 11 municipal buildings.  The project, which used incentives from New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program, saved taxpayers more than $200,000 on the capital costs of energy efficiency upgrades and will save approximately $100,000 on energy costs each year, according to city officials.

Energy upgrades were installed in City Hall, the Public Works Garage, Fire Engine Companies 1, 2, 3, and 4, the Fire Department Museum, Midtown Garage, the Ambulance Corps, and Parking Garages B, D, and G. These upgrades include LED energy efficient lighting, as well as high-efficiency heating and cooling systems.

The upgrades were recommended by energy assessments completed by Lime Energy through the Direct Install program offered by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program, which makes investments in energy efficiency upgrades for local governments.

“Hoboken is leading the way in green initiatives that not only reduce our carbon footprint and impact on our local environment, but also save energy costs and reduce the burden on taxpayers,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla in a press release. “Promoting smarter energy policies in our city buildings while saving taxpayers $100,000 each year is a win-win for Hoboken. Thank you to the Hoboken Green Team and Director Jen Gonzalez for helping initiate these positive changes for our city.”

Hoboken also recently completed the installation of upgraded LED lighting in Church Square Park, thanks to a Sustainable Jersey Small Grant funded by The Gardinier Environmental Fund. All lights in Church Square Park were replaced with energy efficient LED fixtures, which are superior to traditional fixtures in efficiency, lifespan, durability, and maintenance. LED lights last four times longer than traditional fixtures and have a 100,000-hour lifespan, according to the press release.

The release also states that residents and business owners can save energy and money by visiting www.njcleanenergy.com to learn about incentives for energy efficiency upgrades and rebates for purchasing EnergyStar appliances or recycling old refrigerators.

The city is also developing a comprehensive Climate Action Plan that outlines a path to carbon neutrality by 2027. This includes a strategy to mitigate climate change by lowering the city’s greenhouse gas emissions beyond the targets established by the Paris Climate Agreement.

For more information on this plan, visit www.hobokennj.gov/climateactionplan.

Record release show announced

An album release show for “Second Day Cake” by Kate Jacobs will take place on Friday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. at Little City Books at First and Bloomfield streets.

The show will include Dave Schramm, James MacMillan, Paul Moschella, Edward Horan, and Jenny Mynard.

Tickets are $20 and they include a copy of the CD and refreshments.

For more information call Little City Books at 201-626-READ or go online at www.littlecitybooks.com.

To purchase a ticket go to https://www.littlecitybooks.com/kate-jacobs-ticket-0.

Hudson School Homecoming

On Saturday, Jan. 12 at 12:30 p.m. The Hudson School will kick off its 2019 homecoming by taking a trip down memory lane.

Alumni and The Hudson School community will gather at the Hoboken Public Library for a special 40-year exhibit highlighting The Hudson School life through student publications, yearbooks, art and more.

This event is open to the public — all are invited.

The library is on the corner of Fifth Street and Park Avenue.

‘Girls Who Code’ offers free summer immersion program

Girls Who Code, a leading national non-profit working to close the gender gap in technology, offers a free Summer Immersion Program to 10th and 11th grade girls in New Jersey.

The application opens in mid-January. The first priority round closes in mid-February and the second round closes in mid-March. No computer science experience is required.

The free seven-week full time non-residential program offers up to a $1,000 stipend for eligible girls. The program takes place at companies in Raritan, Jersey City, Hoboken and Newark. For more information or to apply, check out the website www.girlswhocode.com or contact Eve Balick at eve.balick@girlswhocode.com.

Girls Who Code also offers free after-school clubs for students in grades 3-12. The clubs can be hosted at libraries, schools and non-profits. They offer a free online curriculum and the club member’s work together on a project to impact their communities. No CS experience is required to run a club. The Girls Who Code offer $300 grants to the clubs and free t-shirts for the members. To start a club, submit the online application at www.girlswhocode.com/Clubs.

NJ Transit gets $6.5 million to install positive train control

NJ Transit has been awarded a grant of more than $6.5 million from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to install Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment on 33 new multilevel cab cars. Earlier this month, NJT’s board of directors authorized the purchase of 113 multilevel III passenger vehicles, allowing the agency to replace the oldest rail cars in its fleet.

The total project to install PTC equipment on 33 multilevel cab cars will cost more than $8 million with NJT contributing 20-percent. The funding was awarded under the Positive Train Control Systems Grants under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Opportunity (CRISI) Program.

State AG against proposed law for state probes of police-involved shootings

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has spoken out against a proposed new law that would require his office, rather than county prosecutors, to lead investigations into police-custody deaths involving municipal officers.

Grewal testified in December against the pending bill, now poised for full legislative approval. The attorney general told the Assembly Appropriations Committee that the legislation would “undermine public trust in law enforcement and will replace a system that already does everything that the sponsors seek to accomplish and more.”

This legislation (A3115) has been a proposal dating back to 2016, when Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, introduced a prior version in response to concerns about the often long-delayed results of county-prosecutor led probes into several deaths in South Jersey at the hands of local police officers.

Kennedy Dancers offer exercise program for seniors and adults with disabilities

The Kennedy Dancers Inc., 79 Central Ave., Jersey City, is now offering senior citizens 60 and over free dance classes that include Yoga, Zumba Gold and more.

For more information please contact Diane Dragone, Executive and Artistic director at 201-650-2190 or email kennedydancers.org.

When registering, all must sign an application providing residential, financial information, and provide I.D. Although forms must be filled out, the program is free.

The benefits of exercising and dance are essential to combating minor and major health issues such as obesity, arthritis, and diabetes, as well as essential to minimizing the effect of Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. The American Journal of Medicine has recently stated: “…ballroom dance and patterns help the brain and the body ward off many brain diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.”

Hackensack Riverkeeper now accepting scholarship applications

Hackensack Riverkeeper, the citizen-steward of the Hackensack River watershed, has announced it is accepting applications for the 2019 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship. The program is named in honor of the late Ridgefield science teacher and founding Riverkeeper Trustee, and helps support college-bound high school seniors who excel academically and who have a strong commitment environmental protection.

Seniors at sixty-six high schools in Bergen, Hudson and Rockland Counties are eligible to be nominated by a teacher or guidance counselor for the award. Applications must be postmarked no later than Earth Day, April 22, 2019. A panel of Hackensack Riverkeeper Trustees and staffers led by Captains Bill Sheehan and Hugh Carola will review each application and consider the students’ academic achievements, environmental extracurricular activities and future plans. The winner of the $1,000 unrestricted award will be announced by June 1, 2019.

Additional information and full application criteria are available at www.hackensackriverkeeper.org by emailing Carola atHugh@hackensackriverkeeper.org; or calling him at 201-968-0808 x102.