Hoboken Briefs

No more plastic bags

The ban on single-use plastic bags went into effect in Hoboken on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

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All retail and food establishments are now prohibited from providing single-use plastic carryout bags to customers. Hoboken is the largest municipality in the state of New Jersey to enact the bag ban, and the first in Hudson County, according to a press release from the city.

To help raise awareness of the new regulations, Mayor Ravi Bhalla visited various local businesses, including Little City Books, Sobsey’s, Tunes, Organic Basic Foods, and ShopRite to thank them for complying with the ban.

“Improving our local environment starts with a partnership with our business community,” said Bhalla in a press release. “I thank each and every Hoboken establishment, both big and small, for adopting our new regulations to eliminate our reliance on harmful plastic bags.

Bhalla also visited All Saints Episcopal Day School to meet with students in third through eighth grades to thank them for their environmental efforts including speaking at council meetings on behalf of a ban on plastic bags in the city.

All Saints students began researching the impact of plastic bags on the environment in 2014, and multiple grades in recent years presented proposals to the city council to ban plastic bags.

“This ban is in large part thanks to the advocacy of students from our local schools, especially All Saints,” said Bhalla in the press release. “When I was on the city council, I took to heart the request from our young activists, who wanted to reduce pollution in Hoboken and improve our city. Their effective lobbying campaign demonstrates that speaking out for positive change at any age can truly make a difference.”

The ban was originally drafted by Councilman Jim Doyle and the Hoboken Green Team, and was passed by the council and signed into law by Mayor Bhalla on June 22.

For more on the plastic bag ban check out our Jan. 17 story “Don’t forget your tote.”

 Former mayor joins Waterfront Alliance board

The Waterfront Alliance, a New York City-based nonprofit which aims to make the New York and New Jersey harbor a shared, resilient, and accessible resource, welcomed new board of trustee members including former Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Zimmer now works for Schneider Electric where she helps communities and wastewater treatment facilities to be energy efficient.

She joined three other new members of the board including Bob Balder from Cornell University, Mike Stamatis from Red Hook Terminals, and Richard Weeks from Weeks Marine.

Museum hosts exhibit of historical postcards

The Hoboken Historical Museum opened its latest main gallery exhibit,“Greetings from Hudson County: A Postcard History Then and Now” on Jan. 27.

The exhibit comprises more than 700 historic postcards from all 12 cities and towns of Hudson County.

Most of the postcards date from the Golden Age of postcards, the 1900s – 1920s, showing parks, street scenes, scenic views, and important municipal buildings, churches, schools, and factories, when they were brand new and the pride of Hudson County.

Bringing the exhibit into the present is an augmented reality (AR) app that will enable visitors to compare current views to the historic images.

Curated by Stevens professor Christopher Manzione, the app allows visitors to hold a smartphone in front of a postcard to see how the same street view looks today.

Each view old and new is narrated in the AR app in the voices of a diverse cast of Hudson County residents.

A vintage mailbox from 1880 will be installed in the museum which will be serviced by the US Postal Service daily. Postcard stamps will be available for purchase in the gift shop with the aim of reviving the tradition of sending postcards to family and friends.

Accompanying the exhibition will be a full range of educational programs targeted at school children of various ages.

Funds from the David Webster Memorial Fund were used to purchase some artifacts for this exhibit, including items from the estate of John DePalma. The exhibit was curated by Bob Foster and Rand Hoppe, with the AR app curated by Christopher Manzione. Holly Metz wrote the narrated captions in the app, and the captions for each of the municipalities is based on text provided by Cynthia Harris, manager of the New Jersey historical collections of the Jersey City Free Public Library.

The exhibit will remain open until December 23, 2019.

 New art exhibit by Issa Sow opens

Issa Sow presents his new exhibit “Hoboken, from old to new” at the Hoboken Historical Museum’s upper gallery.

The new works focus on the life cycle of man-made creations and the balance between progression and destruction.
The concept aims to create more awareness and to showcase how man has created and continues to create one-use items that are then discarded and are destroying the earth and our habitat.

“In this era of mass production we are no longer incited to think outside of the box and reinvent the use of items when we have finished using them for their designed use,” says a press release. “If everyone in Hoboken reused one item they were going to throw out instead of purchasing something new the impact could be significant…”

The exhibit opened on Sunday, Jan. 27 and will remain open until Sunday, March 10.

For more on the exhibit go to: https://www.hobokenmuseum.org/exhibition/upper-gallery/

Tickets for annual winter benefit on sale now

 The annual winter benefit for local nonprofit Party With Purpose will be on Thursday, March 7 at Antique Loft, 33 Newark St.

The evening will include live music by the Counterfeiters, dancing, cocktails, and will provide attendees the opportunity to meet and help benefit some of the local children’s charities the nonprofit donates to.

There will also be an open bar, appetizers, silent auction, and a guest appearance by Skeery Jones from Z100.

For more information, and to purchase a $65 ticket visit www.partywithpurpose.org.

Amy DeGise resigns from Jersey City school board to focus on running HCDO

In a move that may be a prelude to her running for mayor of Jersey City in 2021, Amy DeGise announced that she will step down from her position as trustee on the Jersey City Board of Education on Feb. 1 to focus her attention on her role as chair of the Hudson County Democratic Organization, to which she was appointed last June.

The move comes after Chairwoman DeGise and the HCDO delivered a massive turnout in the November election, helping propel U.S. Senator Bob Menendez to victory with an 85,000 vote plurality.

Many believe DeGise’s move will be a prelude to an attempt to unseat Mayor Steven Fulop in the 2021 election.

“My focus will be on developing new ways for Hudson residents to get involved in our party through caucuses and committees, with a goal of harnessing the unprecedented levels of activism and civic engagement we’re seeing into meaningful progressive change,” she said.



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