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Second Grade students at All Saints Day School concluded the United States Postcard Project, using Google Sheets to graph 144 postcards received from each state.
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Second Grade students at All Saints Day School concluded the United States Postcard Project, using Google Sheets to graph 144 postcards received from each state.

City to install vehicle charging stations

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded Hoboken a $70,000 grant to purchase, install, and maintain up to 14 electric vehicle charging stations, according to a press release from the city.

Charging stations will be installed across the city, including at city-owned garages and public locations.

“We want to make it easier for residents to own electric vehicles, which help reduce air pollution and emissions from traditional cars and improve our local environment,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “This award for electric charging stations is the latest example of Hoboken’s commitment to pursuing green initiatives as a part of our Climate Action Plan, and I thank Governor Murphy and the State DEP for their partnership.”

The 14 single-port electric charging stations will be installed in city parking garages, including Garage B and Midtown Garage, on Washington Street in front of City Hall, and in parking lots at the Public Works Garage and Hoboken Fire Headquarters.  The charging stations at the Public Works Garage and at the Hoboken Fire Headquarters will allow the city to phase electric vehicles into its municipal fleet, according to the release.

The city was awarded the grant for the electric vehicle charging stations through the State’s Pay$ to Plug In – New Jersey’s Electric Vehicle Charging Grant Program.  The electric charging stations are expected to be installed later this year, with details for public use to be announced in the coming months.

Bhalla announced the framework of Hoboken’s Climate Action Plan in January, with the goal of Hoboken becoming carbon neutral by 2050, exceeding the Paris Agreement. Bhalla also recently announced Hoboken will become one of the first municipalities in New Jersey to begin purchasing 100% renewable electricity for municipal operations, beginning in April.

Police arrest man with a pound of marijuana allegedly in his possession

On Monday, March 4, at 5:46 p.m. the Hoboken Police Department arrested a Weehawken man who allegedly had more than a pound of marijuana he allegedly planned to distribute.

Trevor Vaughn, 39, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 500 feet of public housing, possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school zone, manufacturing, distributing marijuana, possession of marijuana, failure to make lawful disposition, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also issued three motor vehicle summonses: failure to stop, unregistered vehicle, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.

According to a press release from the Hoboken Police Department, Officers Michael Straten and Marvin DeJesus were on patrol near Second and Jackson streets when they saw a 2016 GMC allegedly fail to stop at a stop sign. Dispatch advised the officers the registration had expired several months ago, and they initiated a motor vehicle stop on the 400 block of Jackson Street.

The officers approached the vehicle and requested the driver’s credentials.

While outside the vehicle, Straten smelled marijuana allegedly coming from inside the vehicle. He also saw a brown cigar allegedly inside a cup in the vehicle of suspected marijuana.

The driver, Vaughn, was asked to step outside the vehicle. Once outside, Straten saw a clear plastic sandwich bag filled with suspected marijuana allegedly in the vehicle.

Police placed Vaughn under arrest and searched him and the vehicle. Police found Vaughn to have $69 in various denominations and suspected marijuana allegedly throughout the inside of the vehicle along with paraphernalia and more than $1,600 believed to be proceeds from alleged marijuana sales.

A total of 500 grams of marijuana was allegedly seized from Vaughn worth a street value of approximately $1,000. Vaughn was transported to headquarters for processing and later received a summons to appear in court.

Symposia bookstore to host open mic night, lecture, and more

Symposia Bookstore at 510 Washington St. will host a musical open mic night, and a lecture and discussion with Professor John Bredin this month.

On Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. people can sign up and play some tunes at open mic night. Sign up starts at 7:30 p.m. and everyone gets to perform at least two songs, and original songs are encouraged.

While some snacks will be served, it is BYOB.

Like the Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/SymposiaOpenMic/) or send an email to chaase@chdesignsolutions.com for updates and the monthly schedule.

On Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. Professor Bredin will conduct a lecture and discussion on The Role of Art & Imagination in a Vibrant Democracy.

Bredin believes the arts can play a vital role in democracy’s rebirth. After his 45-minute lecture, Bredin will open up for a dialogue so ideas, stories, questions, can be shared.

Light refreshments will be served. There is a $10 suggested donation.

For more information or a calendar of events at Symposia Bookstore go to https://symposia.us/events/

Listen to live music at the library

The Sergej Avanesov Quartet will perform a Sunday afternoon jazz concert on Sunday, March 17, 1 p.m.

The Sergej Avanesov Quartet, a Gypsy Jazz band plays jazz with Romanian influences and is comprised of two guitars, a bass, and a saxophone.

The concert is free and will take place in the lower level of the Hoboken Public Library on the corner of Fifth Street and Park Avenue.

NAMI offers family-to-family educational program

The National Alliance on Mental Illness chapter in Hudson County will offer free classes for families and caregivers of adults living with a mental illness beginning March 20. The program consists of twelve 2-½ hour classes that focus on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

The course will be given by family members of individuals with a mental illness, trained by NAMI as educators of the Family-to-Family Program. Many family members describe this experience as life-changing. Thousands of families have gained information, understanding, and support through these programs.

The classes on Wednesday evenings begin March 20 and finish on June 5. Classes are from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Christ Hospital, 176 Palisade Ave., Jersey City. There is free parking at the hospital parking facility. Light snacks will be available.

The program and materials are free but registration is required. To register, contact Martha Silva at 201-861-0614 or email namihudson@msn.com.

Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteers

Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at Little City Books, 100 Bloomfield St., Hoboken, on Wednesday, March 20 at 7 p.m.

Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes.

Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.

Hoboken resident to run Boston Marathon for Mass General Pediatric Cancer Team

Hoboken resident Sandy Curko will run in the 123rd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, in support of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Pediatric Cancer Team.

Curko will join an estimated 30,000 runners along the 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Boston.

The money raised by Curko and her team will support research, clinical initiatives and quality of life services including art and music therapy at MGHfC, helping pediatric cancer patients cope emotionally and developmentally with their illnesses.

“The single most important thing that I have learned from watching so many loved ones battle cancer is to live your life to the fullest every day,” said Curko in a press release. “We are not promised a tomorrow, or even a tomorrow that resembles today, so it’s important to really enjoy your life no matter how hard things get.”

Thanks to a partnership with John Hancock, the Fighting Kids’ Cancer…One Step at a Time team is targeting a goal of more than $1,075,000 this year.

Participants include former patients and their family members, MGH employees and longtime program supporters.

Since 1998, the team has raised more than $14.2 million for care and research.

“So many of us are touched by cancer in some way, but you don’t have to be a caregiver at the bedside to leave an imprint on a child undergoing cancer treatment,” says Howard Weinstein, MD, chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at MGHfC and 22-year captain of the pediatric team. “Every year, we see runners step up and become our partners in fighting childhood cancer. Their support is vital to our holistic approach to cancer care and I’m proud to run alongside them on April 15.”

To learn more about the MGHfC Pediatric Cancer Team, visit https://giving.massgeneral.org/boston-marathon/pediatric-cancer-team/.