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A 5k run sponsored by VFW Post 1923 will take place on May 11.
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A 5k run sponsored by VFW Post 1923 will take place on May 11.

Running in remembrance

Weehawken will be the host to its annual “Running in Remembrance” 5K race at Weehawken Waterfront Park on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 9 a.m., at 1 Port Imperial Blvd. The event is sponsored by VFW Post 1923, and trophies will be awarded to the top male and female in three different age categories: 12 and under, 12-55,  and 55 and over. For more information, and to register, visit vfwpost1923.org/running-in-remembrance-5k.

Hamilton Plaza is fully reopened

Mayor Richard Turner has announced that Hamilton Plaza, the spot where Alexander Hamilton was fatally wounded in an historic duel with Aaron Burr, has been reopened to the public.

Last March, the Department of Public Works noticed that the southern third of Hamilton Plaza on Boulevard East was beginning to cave in. Engineers determined that extensive shoring up was needed to ensure that the plaza could continue to be used safely.

The shoring up of Hamilton Plaza began on June 18, and required the installation of major steel and concrete supports, renovations to the walkway and the whole southern surface of the plaza. Then, the lawn needed to be replenished. The repairs are now complete, and the entirety of the plaza is open to the public again.

Hudson Theatre Works presents 10 Minute Play Festival

Hudson Theatre Works is presenting two benefit performances of “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire” a series of 10-minute plays written by John Patrick Shanley, Neil Labute, Richard Vetere, Nichole Pandolfo, Luigi Jannuzzi, Kate Gill, Perry Guzzi, T.C. Tanis, Cynthia Babak, James Georgiades, Karl Greenberg, Harrison Stengle, and Michael Puzzo.

The series of plays are funny, profane, realistic and absurd. They echo each of the author’s feelings and ideas in response to current events.

The directors for these pieces include Artistic Director Frank Licato, Stu Rudin, Joanne Hoersch, Michael Wurl Larson, Beatriz Esteban,  Perry Guzzi, Harrison Stengle, and Adrian Wattenmaker.
The ensemble consists of Kevin Cristaldi, Steve Perlmutter, Cassandra Giovine, Heinley Gaspard, Nick Hardin, Ana Roman, Sara Parcesepe, Douglas Everett Davis, Dorian DeMichele, TC Tanis, Tom Althouse, Tony Oriente, Harrison Stengle, Jeff Foote, Chris Young, Debbie Bernstein, Jeffrey Leshansky, Meredyth Kenney, Ryan Glynn, Kelly McAndrews, Valerie Stack Dodge, Vincent Sagona, James Georgiades and Gloria Lamoureux.
The evening is produced by Gregory Erbach, Annie McGovern and Adrian Wattenmaker, with music and sound by Donald Stark, lighting by Gregory Erbach and stage managed by Dawn D’Arrigo.
The evening is suitable for high school students and older.

Hudson County celebrates Holi

Hoboken and Jersey City will be in partnership to hold one of the country’s largest Holi festivals. The day-long event, on June 15, will promote peace, equality, and unity through cultural diversity. There will be color play, a color walk, live performances, cultural, educational, and interactive workshops, interactive art, food and drink vendors, a children’s area, a DJ, dancing, and more.

The festival will begin at 10 a.m. in downtown Jersey City with the Hudson River Fitness Color Walk. It will feature yoga, fitness, dance, and drumming. Health professionals and organizations will offer workshops, lectures, and fitness demonstrations. The walk will continue along the Hudson waterfront route to Pier A in Hoboken, where the Spring Festival of Colors will begin at noon.

Menendez and others advocate national Latino museum 

U.S. Senators Bob Melendez (D-NJ) and John Cornyn (R-TX) were joined by a bipartisan group of senators to introduce the National Museum of the American Latino Act to create a museum to educate current and future generations on the vast political, social, cultural, and economic contributions to American life by Latino Americans.

Similar legislation was also introduced in the House of Representatives.

“It’s hard to believe that in the year 2019, a museum devoted to Latino history does not already exist,” Menendez said. “From day one, Hispanics have shaped this nation in countless ways— as military leaders, as pioneers in business and the arts, as activists and elected officials— all of them committed to the American dream. Our legislation will establish a National Museum of the American Latino right where it belongs, here in our nation’s capital alongside the Native American Museum, the Africna American Museum, and the Smithsonian’s many other fine institutions.”