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All Saints Day School students in first through eighth grades recently showcased their unique gifts at a school-wide gathering. They shared a wide array of talents, ranging from comedy skits, hip hop, and musical prowess to origami, geographical knowledge, and basketball stunts.
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All Saints Day School students in first through eighth grades recently showcased their unique gifts at a school-wide gathering. They shared a wide array of talents, ranging from comedy skits, hip hop, and musical prowess to origami, geographical knowledge, and basketball stunts.

Man charged in Hoboken hit and run

According to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutors Office, a Jersey City man was arrested and charged in relation to two Hoboken car accidents which caused one pedestrian to be hospitalized and closed city streets.

On Tuesday, April 16, shortly before 3 p.m., Hoboken Police Officers responded to a motor vehicle accident that occurred on First and Bloomfield streets in Hoboken.

A black Honda Accord allegedly fled the scene and then allegedly struck a pedestrian in the area of First and Hudson streets.

Multiple parked vehicles were allegedly struck by the Accord before it came to a stop when it allegedly struck a building at 99 Hudson St.

The pedestrian, a 56-year-old male from Brooklyn, was transported by Emergency Medical Services to the Jersey City Medical Center where he was treated for multiple injuries to his lower extremities. He is in stable condition.

A second victim, the driver of a vehicle involved in the initial collision at First and Bloomfield streets, was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The driver of the Honda Accord, Oscar Moran, age 66, of Jersey City, was arrested and charged with second-degree assault by auto and third-degree assault by auto, and driving while intoxicated.

The Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit is investigating this case with assistance from the Hoboken Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.

The above charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Historical walking tour announced

The Hoboken Historical Museum will serve as the host to a new series of architect- and archivist-led historical walking tours, as part of its “Greetings from Hudson County: A Postcard History Then and Now” exhibition.

The tours celebrate May as National Preservation Month and are co-organized with the Hoboken Historic Preservation Commission.

The tours will provide an overview of Hoboken’s historic churches and public buildings, as well as the various architectural styles that make up the fabric of Hoboken’s residential streetscapes, from worker housing and cold-water flats to modest and grand single-family homes.

Tour dates are April 28, May 19, and June 30. Each date covers a different section of Hoboken.

Advance registration is required, because each tour will be limited to 20 people. Each tour will last about two and a half hours and will take place rain or shine. Tickets are $15 ($10 for Hoboken Museum members).

For more details on the tours’ itineraries visit hobokenmuseum.org.

 Refugees welcomed in proclamation by Stevens student government

The Student Government Association at Stevens Institute of Technology passed a proclamation this week declaring that Stevens Institute of Technology welcomes refugees.

The resolution states, “The 106th Senate of the Student Government Association and students of Stevens Institute of Technology welcome refugees and declare their support for the resettlement of refugees no matter their religion, race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, or country of origin, in Hudson County and call upon other New Jersey communities to join them in supporting a stronger national effort to resettle the world’s most vulnerable refugees.”

The Church World Service and other resettlement organizations have settled more than 5,000 refugees in New Jersey since 2007 from more than 25 countries, including Sudan, Iraq, Burma, and Somalia.

Nasir Montalvo, the SGA Senator who proposed the proclamation, said: “Places of higher education have a responsibility to their students to protect them and provide them with the tools necessary to succeed. That being said, I think this proclamation is an important step for Stevens to become a more inclusive community for all, and to stand with their community members who are refugees. I can only hope now that after the document makes its way through upper level administration, Stevens will take concrete actions to support the refugee community’s rights.”

As of April 15, 46 Refugees Welcome Proclamations have been passed by a state government, county governments, city councils, mayoral offices, and college and high school student governments.

“All of us can play a role by letting our elected officials in the city hall, state house and Congress know that we care about helping others,” said Ashley Houghton, tactical campaign manager at Amnesty International USA. “We want our leaders to support laws that help refugee families who have nowhere else to turn by welcoming them as neighbors.”

“Hoboken from Above” opening reception announced

 On Sunday, April 28, from 2 to 5 p.m. The Hoboken Historical Museum will host a free opening reception for its new Upper Gallery exhibit “Hoboken from Above.”

The exhibit will showcase Hoboken’s cityscape from above in photographs by Greg  Miller.

Miller has been an avid photographer since his early days as a reporter for the Bergen Record, when he calculates he shot upward of 3,500 photos each year on the job. Since then, he has spent 31 years in print publishing with Thomson Reuters, which moved his job from lower Manhattan to Hoboken in 2015.

The move to one of Hoboken’s waterfront buildings gave him a unique vantage point for viewing Hoboken’s cityscape from above. His exhibition, “Hoboken From Above” is the result of his adventures to high points all over town.

“I wondered what Hoboken would look like from the tops of some of the iconic buildings and began to ask people to allow me access to some unique places, like the bell tower of Saints Peter & Paul Church on Hudson Street,” he said.

The exhibit will remain on view through June 9.

The exhibit is supported by a block grant from the State/County Partnership program for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

 Hoboken author earns Christopher award

 Hoboken resident and author Dawn Raffel will receive a Christopher Award for The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies, (Blue Rider Press/Penguin Random House).

It is one of 11 books to be honored on May 23 at the 70th annual Christopher Awards in New York.

The book tells the tale of Dr. Martin Couney who saved thousands of babies more than 100 years ago in world fairs.

Drawing on historic documents, original reportage, and interviews with surviving patients, Raffel tells the story of Couney’s mysterious carnival career, his larger-than-life personality, and his unprecedented success as the savior of fragile, tiny babies.

Raffel is a journalist, memoirist, and short story writer whose work has been widely anthologized. A longtime magazine editor, she served as Executive Articles Editor at O, The Oprah Magazine. She teaches creative writing at Columbia University and at Summer Literary Seminars. She also works as an independent editor.

The Christopher Awards were created in 1949 to celebrate authors, illustrators, writers, producers and directors whose work “affirms the highest values of the human spirit.”

Visit www.christophers.org for more information about the awards. For more information on the book and Raffel read “The doc who saved premature babies-via the worlds fair” at Hudsonreporter.com

Hoboken launches Hydration Station Program

The Hoboken Hydration Station Program is an initiative by the Hoboken Green Team to reduce the number of single-use plastic water bottles in Hoboken. Participating local businesses (restaurants, cafes, bars, etc.) will now allow you to refill your reusable water bottle for free.

Look for a Hoboken Hydration Station sticker in the storefront window to identify participating businesses. For a full list of Hydration Stations visit www.hobokennj.gov/hydration

Businesses and schools invited to join composting pilot program

Hoboken and Community Compost Company offers free curbside pickup of food scraps services to local businesses and schools.

To learn more about free compost pickup, visit www.hobokennj.gov/compost.

Register for Spring Fling cleanup day

Members of the community are invited to join Hoboken’s third annual Spring Fling, a community-wide day of service dedicated to cleaning up Hoboken parks and public spaces.

Hoboken residents, businesses, and community groups work together on a hands-on, high-visibility service project.

Spring Fling will be Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For the first time this yearparticipants can register for the project that interests them most using VolunteerMatch. They can register as groups or individuals.

By registering through VolunteerMatch, participants can learn about future volunteer opportunities with the city.

Community cleanup projects may include mulching tree pits; planting; weeding; painting benches, railings, or other public areas; and removing debris from public property.

More than 500 residents participated in 34 projects in the 2018 Spring Fling.

To register and for more information, visit:www.hobokennj.gov/springfling.

College and graduate students can apply for cybersecurity program

On Friday, April 5 a national cybersecurity program, Cyber FastTrack, designed specifically for undergraduate and graduate students, was launched by 25 governors to encourage more young people to pursue careers in cybersecurity.

Participants need to be at least 18 years old and be registered at a regionally accredited community college, four-year college or graduate school to qualify.

Undergraduate and graduate students who want to participate in the free program must be at least 18 years old and registered at a regionally accredited community college, four-year college or graduate school to qualify. The program awards top scoring participants with scholarships to advanced cybersecurity courses, with a total prize value of up to $2.5 million to win.

The program is delivered online so that students can complete it alongside their other studies.

The program awards top scoring participants with scholarships to advanced cybersecurity courses, with a total prize value of up to $2.5 million to win.

The program consists of three stages, CyberStart Assess, CyberStart Game and CyberStart Essentials. Each stage features a series of digital challenges that are designed to introduce participants to important concepts in the field of cybersecurity.

When registered, participants will be sent a link to the first stage, CyberStart Assess, which consists of a series of questions that measure problem-solving skills and the potential for a career in cybersecurity. The second stage, CyberStart Game, involves tackling more than 200 real-world challenges, including identifying security flaws and uncovering a cyber criminal’s digital trail. Finally, CyberStart Essentials will build on these foundational skills while working through exercises, quizzes and interactive labs.

To register for the program, undergraduate and graduate students need to sign up here: https://www.cyber-fasttrack.org/.