Hoboken Democratic Committee elects new leadership
On Monday, June 10, the Hoboken Democratic Committee held its reorganization meeting for the new term in which committee members elected new leadership.
Rachel Hodes was unanimously elected as chair. Hodes previously served as recording secretary and works at a nonprofit focused on training and empowering young philanthropists. She holds a BA from Rutgers in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration from NYU. Hodes lives in Hoboken’s 6th Ward with her husband, Jason Freeman, Mayor Ravi Bhalla’s deputy chief of staff.
“I am grateful to the members of the Democratic Committee for electing me to serve as their chair,” said Hodes. “At a time when our Democratic values are under constant assault, it is important now, more than ever, to come together and get to work.”
The rest of the executive board is made up of Phil Cohen as 1st vice chair, Eileen Carvahlo as 2nd vice chair, Seth Abrams as 3rd vice chair, Marla Decker as treasurer, Vera Sirota as corresponding secretary, Joe Quintero as recording secretary, George DeStefano as sergeant-at-arms, Mayor Ravi Bhalla as honorary chair, and Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro as honorary chair.
“I thank Chairman Cohen for his service, and I am excited to work with Rachel Hodes as she has been a critical part of the growth we have seen in the Democratic Party in Hoboken,” said Mayor Bhalla. “With the 2020 Presidential Election just around the corner, it is imperative that we have a strong Democratic Party in Hoboken, and our new Executive Committee has demonstrated that they are ready to take on that task.”
Green businesses recognized by the city
At the Eighth Annual Green Fair, Mayor Ravi Bhalla and the Hoboken Green Team recognized 24 businesses as 2019 Hoboken Green Businesses.
The Hoboken Green Team launched the Green Business Recognition Program in 2017 to distinguish local businesses that are advancing sustainability and environmental responsibility. In order to qualify for the Green Business Recognition Program, 26 businesses completed the Green Business Application on the Hoboken Green Team website. The Hoboken Green Team reviewed each application and determined that 24 businesses qualify for recognition as 2019 Hoboken Green Businesses.
This year’s recognized businesses are Alfalfa, Avocado Green Mattress, Bareburger, Better Life Pharmacy, Choc O Pain French Bakery and Café, Christina Andersen Floral Design, Hoby Dogy Pet Care, Hudson Table, Ma’s Gourmet Market, Matter of Earth, Mint Market, My Conscience My Choice, Nurturing Life Acupuncture & Wellness, Organic Basic Food, Pilsener Haus & Biergarten, Red Bridge Homes, Simply Juiced, Smushed Organics, Sports Acupuncture & Family Wellness, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Hudson School, The Little Grocery, Vintage on First, and Willow Rose Shop.
“Thank you to the various businesses in Hoboken for going above and beyond to help protect our environment,” said Mayor Bhalla. “We’re proud to showcase these small businesses, so residents can consider patronizing these stores that make Hoboken a more sustainable place to live and work.”
For more information about the Hoboken Green Business Recognition Program, visit www.hobokennj.gov/greenteam, follow the Green Team on Facebook @HobokenGreenTeam and on Instagram @Hoboken_Green.
Celebrate baseball with vintage game
One of Hoboken’s “100 Firsts” will host the first officially recorded, organized baseball game played under Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr.’s rules, on June 19, 1846. According to historical records, the New York Nine defeated Cartwright’s Knickerbockers, 23 to 1, in four innings at Hoboken’s Elysian Fields, which were near the Hudson River, at about 11th Street.
The Hoboken Historical Museum will commemorate the event this year with a re-creation of a mid-19th century game, on Saturday, June 22, at 1 p.m., on the Dobbelaar Baseball Diamond at Stevens Institute of Technology.
The 1859 Hoboken Base Ball Club (formerly the Hoboken Nine) will host the New Brunswick Liberty for a game played by Cartwright’s rules in a competitive match. Admission is free.
Discussion on social media and gun violence at library
Hoboken City Councilperson Emily Jabbour and the local chapter of Moms Demand Action will present a discussion with Columbia Professor Desmond Upton Patton.
Patton will discuss “Cyberbanging: Understanding the role of social media in gun violence.”
Associate Professor Patton examines pathways to violence, both on and offline, among low-income youth of color.
The discussion is free and will take place in the large programming room in the Hoboken Public Library at 500 Park Ave. on Saturday, June 22 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Hoboken Historical Museum to host Family Fun Day
The Hoboken Museum’s free Spring Family Fun Day is Sunday, June 23, from 12 to 4 p.m. at 1301 Hudson St.
It will have hands-on activities, including DIY crafts and games designed to engage the whole family in a shared activity.
At 2 p.m., local singer and guitar player, Corey Feldman, will entertain with family-friendly songs.
The event is sponsored by Macy’s and Hoboken Family Alliance.
Baseball for All Maria Pepe Series begins June 29
On June 29 and 30, Hoboken will play host to this year’s Baseball For All Maria Pepe Series, the East Coast’s largest all-girls baseball tournament.
Named after local trailblazer, Maria Pepe, the event will provide more than 130 girls ages 8 to 18 from the Northeast the opportunity to play baseball with and against other girls.
“I am honored by this recognition and accept it on behalf of all those who have helped me along the way, for all the girls who play, and all the parents who support their daughters’ dreams of playing baseball,” Pepe said.
Pepe is one of baseball’s foremost trailblazers for girls. After playing three games on her team in Hoboken Little League in 1972, she was removed and banned from playing as parents and coaches cited the 1951 “Tubby Rule” that prohibited girls from playing Little League baseball.
The National Organization for Women filed a gender discrimination case on her behalf and won, aiding the passage of Title IX and future federal regulations giving females the right to play sports.
“Maria is a legend and because of her sacrifices as a child, these girls today can play baseball,” said Justine Siegal, founder of the nonprofit Baseball For All and the first female to coach for a Major League Baseball organization.
In conjunction with the City of Hoboken, Weehawken Township will co-host the event, with games being played on local fields on both days of the tournament.
“Hoboken is proud to partner with Weehawken to host this Baseball for All tournament for girls and women in honor of Maria Pepe,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “I encourage all of our residents and visitors to come catch the tournament in person!”
The Maria Pepe Series is being co-organized by a local all-girls baseball program, the NY Wonders, a new incorporated nonprofit focused on expanding girls baseball.
Party With Purpose to hold 5K run
Party With Purpose’s annual 5K, Kids Fun Run, and After Party will take place on Tuesday, July 16.
Party With Purpose is an all volunteer-based nonprofit in Hoboken which raises funds for mainly local children’s charities by hosting various events throughout the year.
The kids’ run is at 3 p.m. on Pier A in Hoboken and is free and open for any local children to join. There will be activities, pizza, and Ben and Jerry’s for all who participate.
The 5K is at 7 p.m. on Pier A and is immediately followed by an after party overlooking the New York City skyline during which a local cover band, The Counterfeiters, will provide entertainment. Food trucks, beer, and wine will be available.
Entry to the after party is free for runners and $5 for anyone else who wants to attend.
To register to run go to http://www.partywithpurpose.org/events/2019hoboken5k/