Hoboken Briefs

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On Tuesday, February 19 at 6 p.m. the library will host “Black Comedy: No Tears, Just Politics” in honor of Black History Month featuring stand-up by Grant Cooper. (see brief)
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Author and photographer JC Coates discussed her latest book of opposites, "Puppy Talk," last weekend at Little City Books.
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On Tuesday, February 19 at 6 p.m. the library will host “Black Comedy: No Tears, Just Politics” in honor of Black History Month featuring stand-up by Grant Cooper. (see brief)
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Author and photographer JC Coates discussed her latest book of opposites, "Puppy Talk," last weekend at Little City Books.

City awarded LEED Gold Sustainability certification

As announced by Mayor Ravi Bhalla at the State of the City address last week, the city was certified as a LEED Gold city by the U.S. Green Building Council. (USGBC).

The certification was granted for Hoboken’s commitment to sustainability efforts, which include progress in categories such as flood mitigation, energy efficiency, alternative transportation options, and more.

The LEED Gold rating for Hoboken was granted using the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Cities rating system. LEED for Cities enables Hoboken to measure and track sustainability metrics in energy and water use, waste generation, transportation, and community development (including education, health, prosperity, safety, and equitability).

“Hoboken’s gold certification demonstrates that Hoboken has built a strong foundation for our environmental future,” Bhalla said. “This is an opportunity to both celebrate our resiliency efforts initiated by Mayor Zimmer, and also to identify additional ways for Hoboken to lead the charge in combating climate change.”

“I applaud Mayor Bhalla and his Administration for this accomplishment,” said former Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Putting Hoboken on a sustainable path was a major priority of mine and I am proud to see Hoboken become NJ’s first LEED Gold certified city.”

Hoboken is the first city in the state to achieve LEED Gold certification.

 Hoboken High student selected for 2019 United World Games

Frank J. Musumici, Jr., a local basketball student-athlete from Hoboken High School and West New York has been selected by STUDENTathleteWorld to represent the United States in the 2019 United World Games, an International Sporting Competition to be held in Klagenfurt, Austria June 20-23.

Student-athletes are chosen for the team based on a combination of their athletic ability as well as their academics, leadership ability, and character. The trip includes not only the international sport competition but also sightseeing and opportunities for personal growth and leadership development through international travel.

For more information on STUDENTathleteWorld, visit www.STUDENTathleteWorld.com

 Hoboken Charter School meeting cancelled

 The Hoboken Charter School Board of Trustees canceled its additional meeting scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7.

The meeting was announced in the Hoboken Reporter’s Thursday, Jan. 31 edition.

Happenings at the library

The Hoboken Public Library at the corner of Fifth Street and Park Avenue will host a variety of events this month.

On Sunday, February 17 at 1 p.m. it will host a concert titled “SUPER Music of the Movies.”

The concert will showcase American and international movie themes from the 1940s to the 1980s by acclaimed international concert violinist Dr. David Podles.

On Tuesday, February 19 at 6 p.m. the library will host “Black Comedy: No Tears, Just Politics” in honor of Black History Month.

“Black Comedy offers unique insight about politics and the arts, and examines the significance of the intersection between civil rights activism and comedy,” according to  the library newsletters.

Grant Cooper will open the program with politically engaged stand-up comedy before joining Dr. Lindsey Swindall for a discussion about stand-up comedy as a vital space for political dialog.

Award-winning chef brings southern cuisine to HCCC  dining fundraiser

Chef Jesse Jones inherited his passion for cooking from family matriarchs and learned his technique at Hudson County Community College, and now the nationally acclaimed chef returns to HCCC for a popup dining event – a five-course fundraiser – featuring his signature “Southern cooking with a country French twist” and wine pairings.

The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, at the HCCC Culinary Conference Center located at 161 Newkirk St. in Jersey City.

The cost is $75 per person. Proceeds will provide scholarships to deserving HCCC students. Reservations can be made by calling (201) 360-4006 or at the following link:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hccc-foundation-pop-up-dining-featuring-alumnus-chef-jesse-jones-tickets-54762900309

Bill raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2024 clears state legislature

 According to a press release from N.J. Assembly Democrats, a bipartisan and administration-supported measure setting gradual minimum wage thresholds to reach $15 in five years was approved by the full Assembly 52-25 and the Senate 23-16 on Thursday, Jan 31.

The bill gradually and fairly raises the minimum wage from $8.85 to $15.00 per hour over a five-year period and currently awaits the governor’s signature.

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, and members Cleopatra Tucker, Britnee Timberlake, Gabriela Mosquera, Angela McKnight, and Joseph Egan are the sponsors of the bill.

“New Jerseyans deserve a livable wage. I thank my Assembly colleagues for joining me in moving our state forward against inequality and boosting low wages for hardworking men and women. Raising the minimum wage makes New Jersey more affordable and improves the quality of life for over a million residents,” said Speaker Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “This is not only good for workers, but for businesses and our economy. I look forward to joining my colleagues on the Assembly floor to vote to raise the minimum wage and lift working families out of poverty.”

New Jersey Transgender Birth Certificate Law takes effect

The “Babs Siperstein Law” went into effect last week, allowing transgender and non-binary New Jerseyans to update their birth certificate to match their gender identity without invasive, outdated, or burdensome “proof of surgery” restrictions.

“The Babs Siperstein law is a historic, life-changing moment for transgender New Jerseyans,” said Garden State Equality Executive Director Christian Fuscarino. “New Jersey has always been a leader for LGBTQ equality, and this law moves us one step further in bringing dignity, respect, and affirmation to every transgender person in our state. I’m grateful to Governor Murphy and our lawmakers—both Republicans and Democrats—for ensuring that equality reaches everyone in New Jersey.”

The Babs Siperstein Law, named for New Jersey transgender activist Barbra “Babs” Siperstein and advocated for by Garden State Equality, was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy on July 3, 2018.

The law streamlines the process for New Jerseyans to change the gender marker on their birth certificate, removing “proof of surgery” requirement; adding a third gender option (“X” for non-binary/undesignated); and removing the provider certification and replacing it with Self Attestation.

This allows transgender, intersex, and non-binary people, to have full recognition in New Jersey.

“With the previous law, it was invasive and burdensome. You shouldn’t have to produce medical records. You shouldn’t have to say, ‘I had this surgery’ to have your identity affirmed,” said Garden State Equality Director of Policy Aaron Potenza. “Most people walk through life without their gender identity ever questioned, but when you’re forced to show your documents and they don’t reflect who you are, that incongruence invites discrimination.”

New Jersey joins 15 other states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. in removing “proof of surgery” requirements and becomes the fourth state to add a non-binary designation.

For Garden State Equality’s FAQ guide on the Babs Siperstein Law and procedures for updating one’s birth certificate, visit: https://www.gardenstateequality.org/faq