EDITOR’S LETTER

Can I Be Frank?

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As an American symbol, the hot dog is as iconic as the bald eagle or the turkey. It’s a baseball staple, and a barbecue tradition on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. But sometimes you just want to linger on the corner of the Mile Square and chow down on one.

That’s what’s been happening at Fourth and Jefferson, where Jim Mazzola’s family has been serving their special brand of wieners for more than 100 years. Tara and Max were at the scene.

OK, so it’s basketball season, and there’s LeBron and Steph and Kevin, but what about Diana and Elaine and Carol? Never heard of them? Well, these are the ladies who play in the over-50 league at the Multi-Service Center. They’re queens of the court.

Kids at Hoboken Middle School are also combining sports with learning. Whether it’s golf or cardio math, a good workout can clear the brain.

You may think that we have dentistry on the brain. It’s not that. It’s just that Dr. Cristina Teixeira and Dr. Mani Alikhani are doing cutting-edge work in orthodontics, and Dr. Robert Graffeo is a great guy who gives back to the community and has a smile worthy of his profession. Dr. Graffeo opened up to me about bringing his brand of personal dentistry to Hoboken.

If you want a real religious experience without leaving home, live in a church. Read about the Hoboken houses of worship that have been converted into residential units.

Those cobblestones on Court Street? Well, they’re not really cobblestones. Get the lowdown on the renovation of this historic street.

Winter can be tough for our friends and neighbors who are having a hard time feeding their families. In this issue we check out the various food pantries around the city.

Some need volunteers. One of the great things about this town is its community spirit.

Stay warm inside and out.