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Fourth graders at All Saints Episcopal Day School presented their action research report to the city council last week, proposing the need to ban single-use plastic straws to help prevent the negative impacts of plastic on the environment. Photo by Jerry Lore
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Fourth graders at All Saints Episcopal Day School presented their action research report to the city council last week, proposing the need to ban single-use plastic straws to help prevent the negative impacts of plastic on the environment. Photo by Jerry Lore

Annual Spring Arts & Music Festival to be May 19

The 25th annual Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival has been rescheduled due to forecasted rain. The festival was scheduled for Sunday, May 5, but will now be Sunday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Washington Street from Observer Highway to Seventh Street.

More than 300 artisans, crafters, and musical performers will participate, and roughly 30,000 people are expected to attend.

City achieves LEED Gold certification

On Wednesday, May 1, Hoboken was honored by the U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC) for achieving LEED Gold certification for its commitment to sustainability. Hoboken is the first city in New Jersey, and one of approximately 90 cities across the country, to get the certification. Mayor Ravi Bhalla, former Mayor Dawn Zimmer, and city staff were presented with official certification from USGBC’s President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam at city hall.

“I thank the U.S. Green Building Council for recognizing Hoboken as a LEED Gold City,” Bhalla said. “This certification further demonstrates that Hoboken is a leader not just in New Jersey, but across the country in adopting policies that help improve our local environment and combat climate change. Hoboken will continue to promote comprehensive sustainability strategies throughout our city in the coming years.”

Hoboken achieved LEED Gold certification using 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.

Last week, Mayor Bhalla announced Hoboken’s Climate Action Plan, which commits the city to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. The Climate Action Plan includes plans for the purchasing of renewable energy for city facilities and homeowners, electric vehicle charging stations, a community solar program, and hybrid and electric vehicles for the city’s municipal fleet.

This year, the city began purchasing 100 percent renewable electricity for municipal facilities, installed energy efficient upgrades in 11 municipal buildings, and made the local HOP bus service free of charge, changes recommended by the Climate Action Plan.

“I am extremely proud of Hoboken’s progress that has resulted in its recognition as New Jersey’s first LEED Gold City,” said former Mayor Zimmer. “Thank you to the Green Building Council for its important work that will help make communities throughout the state and the country better understand the critical importance of making sustainability, preparedness, and resiliency an important priority as we address the challenges created by our changing climate.”

“Hoboken joins a growing group of LEED cities committed to improving quality of life for its residents,” said Mahesh Ramanuja. “The city’s work is not only creating a healthier, more sustainable place to live, but it is leading the way when it comes to resilience planning. As more and more of our communities feel the impact of climate change, Hoboken is focused on strategies and action that prioritize the health and well-being of citizens.”

Fundraiser for homeless veteran housing announced

On Saturday May 18, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., American Legion Post 107 will be the host to “In the Trenches: A Hale & Hardy Cocktail Party and Fundraiser” to raise money for housing homeless veterans.

Since 2017, American Legion Post 107 has been constructing a new post, which will include six residential units for homeless veterans.

Almost 40,000 veterans are homeless in America and another 1.4 million are at risk of having no place of their own. More than two-dozen of these homeless vets can be found in Hoboken, according to Post 107.

The fundraiser will be held at American Legion Post 107 at 308 Second St. Tickets are $100.

For more information or to purchase a ticket go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-the-trenches-a-hale-hardy-cocktail-party-and-fundraiser-tickets-59338507072

Hoboken Historic Preservation Commission joins awareness campaign

In honor of National Preservation Month in May, The Hoboken Historic Preservation Commission will join the National Trust for Historic Places Annual “This Place Matters” awareness campaign.

“This Place Matters” is a month-long social media awareness campaign that encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and their communities. By taking and posting photos of places that are special to Hoboken residents, with the “This Place Matters” signage and #thisplacematters, the commission will shine a spotlight on places that make Hoboken special.

Throughout the month the commission will post 25 of Hoboken’s longest-running commercial establishments, specifically those that opened between 1880 and 1980, to raise awareness of the value of historic preservation.

City honors Leo’s Grandevous

On Saturday, April 27, Mayor Ravi Bhalla and the City of Hoboken celebrated the contributions of family-owned restaurant Leo’s Grandevous with an honorary street renaming. The sign “Leo’s Way” was unveiled with co-owners Grace Sciancalepore and Nick DePalma at the corner of Second and Grand streets next to the restaurant. The ceremony took place during a block party held by Leo’s Grandevous for its 80th  anniversary.

“Over the past 80 years, many things have changed in our Mile Square, but one has remained the same, the family tradition of Hoboken’s oldest restaurant, Leo’s Grandevous,” said Mayor Bhalla in a press release. “No restaurant embodies the Hoboken spirit more than Leo’s, and to this day remains a premier destination to enjoy authentic Italian food and appreciate the legacy of Frank Sinatra. We are proud to recognize all the DiTerlizzi family has contributed to our city with an honorary street renaming and congratulate Grace Sciancalepore and Nick DePalma on this incredible milestone!”

Leo’s Grandevous, which was established in 1939 by the late Leo and Tessie DiTerlizzi, is now run by their grandchildren and third generation Hoboken residents, Nick DePalma and Grace Sciancalepore.

“We are extremely proud to have been part of the Hoboken community for these 80 years,” said Sciancalepore. “Thanks to Mayor Bhalla and his fantastic staff for honoring our family with this street sign dedication. We are so happy to be a source of Hoboken tradition, and we are resolved to work just as hard as the mayor to keep Hoboken a great place to live!”