‘LaLiga Promises’ International Soccer Tournament returns to Hoboken

Hoboken will serve as the host to the annual LaLiga Promises International Soccer Tournament from June 28 to June 30 at the Sinatra Park Soccer Field.

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Organized with the Jose Ramon de la Morena Foundation, the tournament celebrates its fifth year with the best young professional clubs of LaLiga and other top international clubs in the under-12 category.

LaLiga Promises was created with the purpose of promoting youth football and to claim all the positive values the sport represents, such as respect, effort, teamwork, and commitment. The Promises tournament is the most prestigious tournament for this age group in the world and continues LaLiga’s commitment to growing soccer in the United States at the grassroots level.

Sixteen international teams will compete, in games that include seven players on the field and last for 24 minutes total. The final games will be 20 minutes total with a 10-minute half time. Participating clubs include FC Barcelona, Valencia CF, Guadalajara, Atlético de Madrid, Villarreal CF, SL Benfica, Real Betis, Club America, Sevilla FC, RCD Espanyol, Inter, Liverpool FC, New York City FC, Real Madrid, Hoboken City FC, and will for the first time welcome Guangzhou R&F from Guangdong in China.

Games will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, finishing with the final match on Sunday at 1 p.m.

All tournament games played on Field 1 will be broadcast live by Univision.

The event is free for members of the public.

Historic walking tours June 29 and 30

On June 29 at 10 a.m. The Hoboken Historical Museum will offer a historic walking tour.

“A River Walk Across the Ages: Ships, Trains, and Beverages Too!” will be led by former museum trustee Terry Pranses.

The tour will cover the ferry and train terminal at the south end, past the original tourist attractions of Sybil’s Cave and the Elysian Fields, along the former piers of the great transatlantic ocean liners to the factories that produced Maxwell House Coffee and Lipton Tea.

The two-hour tour costs $25 and is limited to 20 participants. It will begin at 10 a.m. in the Hoboken train terminal waiting room and end at the Hoboken Historical Museum at 1301 Hudson St.

The museum will validate up to three hours of free parking in the Littleman garage at 12th Street and Shipyard Lane, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/river-walk-across-the-ages-walking-tour-with-terry-pranses-tickets-63368234094

On Sunday, June 30, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., the museum will offer historic walking tours of Stevens Campus.

The guided tour of the historic buildings on Stevens Institute of Technology’s campus will be lead by Stevens Head of Archives and Special Collections Librarian Leah Loscutoff and Archivist and Digital Projects Librarian Ted Houghtaling.

The tour begins on the steps in front of the main entrance of the Edwin A. Stevens building facing Fifth Street, between Hudson and River Streets, directly across from Stevens Park.

To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/historic-walking-tour-of-stevens-campus-2-led-by-archivist-leah-loscutoff-tickets-61523720103.

Tickets are $15.

First Ward council candidate targets incumbent and former campaign manager

As the federal trial of politico Frank Raia over his alleged involvement in a 2013 vote-by-mail scheme continues, First Ward council candidate Migdalia Pagan-Milano targeted First Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco over his former campaign manager Ryan Yacco who testified in the case. However, DeFusco said Yacco isn’t part of his reelection campaign.

Yacco, the founder and co-owner of the former Bluewater Operations, testified last week that he performed payroll services for Raia’s One Hoboken campaign and the Let the People Decide PAC in 2013 which allegedly paid $50 checks to voters who voted for Raia via mail-in ballots.

“I call on Councilman DeFusco to remove Ryan Yacco from his campaign,” said Pagan-Milano in a press release. “Mr. Yacco was at the heart of an illegal vote-buying scheme. We must send a message that this kind of blatant political corruption is no longer tolerated in Hoboken.”

While Yacco was DeFusco’s campaign manager for his 2017 mayoral campaign, Catilin Mota of Vision Media Marketing Inc. who is DeFusco’s campaign spokeswoman, released a press release announcing that David Gracin will serve as the campaign manager for DeFusco’s 2019 city council re-election.

Gracin served as the field director during DeFusco’s 2017 mayoral run.

Ray Ferraioli, one of New Jersey’s top Democratic fundraisers, will lead fundraising efforts.

Also rejoining DeFusco’s campaign team is Vision Media Marketing Inc. Vice President Phil Swibinski, who will serve as a consultant and strategist.

“Serving as Hoboken’s First Ward Councilman for the past four years has been both a privilege and honor,” said DeFusco in the release. “I’m excited that my core team from the mayoral campaign will be joining me again this year to continue the push to bring new energy and new ideas to Hoboken. David is a well respected campaign professional who has successfully elevated candidates across the country into public service. Our entire team shares my commitment to good government, and I’m confident with their support and guidance we will continue to build a better Hoboken.”

Police make first scooter-related arrest

The Hoboken Police Department made its first arrest in relation to illegal use of the city’s new e-scooter pilot program, according to a press release from the Hoboken Police Department.

On Wednesday, June 19, at 12:43 p.m., 35-year-old Edison resident Carl Mattson was charged with obstructing the administration of law, and received motor vehicle summonses for driving the wrong way on a one way and failing to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk as well as riding on the sidewalk.

Sergeant Nicholas Burke was directing traffic near Newark Street and Hudson Street when he saw Mattson riding an e-scooter allegedly opposite the flow of traffic and then allegedly struck a pedestrian who was in the crosswalk attempting to cross the street.

As Burke tended to the pedestrian who appeared to have injured his ankle, Mattson allegedly fled the scene.

Burke ordered him to stop, but Mattson allegedly continued to ride away allegedly in the opposite flow of traffic.

He was eventually stopped and apprehended a short distance away by other officers and was placed under arrest for obstruction.

He was transported to headquarters for processing where he received summonses for the offense and several motor vehicle summonses.

Hoboken Chamber of Commerce taps general manager

Dawn Pascale will be the new general manager for the Hoboken Chamber of Commerce as part of the Hudson County Chamber staff.

Through this part-time position, she will be the main point of contact for Hoboken Chamber members.

She will coordinate membership recruitment and engagement for the Hoboken Chamber; assist in maintaining the chamber’s membership database, website, social media, and email communications; and organize local chamber events.

She will also maintain an active line of communication with city hall and staff members to promote chapter goals and objectives.

Pascale has been a member of the Hoboken Board of Directors for the past four years and chaired the Women in Business Council for more than two years.

She is the owner of Om Sweet Home Specialty Bakery with a brick-and-mortar kitchen in Cliffside Park.

Despite it being in Bergen County, Dawn continues to maintain her strong connection to Hudson County through wholesale and private events.

Dawn was a resident of Hoboken for 19 years until moving to Cliffside Park in 2015.

Her previous years of service were in corporate human resources, providing information systems support, project management, business re-engineering, and process improvement and training.

She can be reached at dpascale@hudsonchamber.org.

Three Hoboken residents to pedal in the Pan-Mass Challenge

 On Aug. 3 and 4, more than 6,600 riders, including Hoboken residents Debbie Jacobus, Grace Conrad, and Michael O’Donnell, will pedal up to 192 miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) with the goal of raising $60 million for cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Cyclists from 43 states and 12 countries will convene in Massachusetts to participate in the PMC, taking on one of 12 routes, which pass through 47 towns and range from 25 to 192 miles.

Riders range in age from 13 to 88. Many ride to honor a family member or friend who has battled cancer, while more than 900 riders and volunteers are cancer survivors or current patients themselves, considered Living Proof® of the progress made in cancer research and treatment.

Participants are required to raise between $600 and $8,500, depending on their chosen route, though the average cyclist raises more than $8,825.

“As we prepare for our milestone 40th PMC, we are humbled by the continued support from our growing community,” said Billy Starr, founder and executive director of the PMC. “It is thanks to the unwavering passion and commitment of our riders, volunteers, donors, and sponsors that the PMC has been able to make such a tangible impact on advancements in cancer research and treatment since 1980. We can’t wait to see everyone on the road come August for what we hope will be a safe and enjoyable ride!”

If the PMC reaches its goal of $60 million, Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne, a cancer survivor and former PMC rider, has committed to donating an additional $1 million to the cause.

In 2018, the PMC donated $56 million to Dana-Farber, bringing it’s 39-year contribution to more than $654 million.

The PMC is presented by the Red Sox Foundation® and New Balance®.

To make a financial contribution to a rider from your town or to become a virtual rider, visit www.pmc.org, or call (800) WE-CYCLE.

Connect with #PMC2019 #PMC40 on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn.

Baby peregrine falcon falls to death after being sprayed by window washer in Jersey City

Several young peregrine falcons, which are endangered species, that hatched in May and were nearing flying ability fell from the roof of a 41-story building at 101 Hudson Street in Jersey City after window washers sprayed the nest on June 16, according to the Record.

One young falcon remains missing, another that glided to the ground was sent to the Morris County bird rehabilitation center, and another was later found on a lower ledge on the 36th floor, according to the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ. The incident was captured on webcam.

The NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife is investigating why window washers sprayed the nest.

Peregrine falcons have been nesting on the roof of 101 Hudson St. for nearly two decades, and they have a global webcam following.


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