This year marked the 215th anniversary of the Hamilton-Burr duel.
This year marked the 215th anniversary of the Hamilton-Burr duel.

Weehawken commemorates Hamilton-Burr duel, on a dark and stormy night

Despite a downpour that lasted all day on July 11, the Township of Weehawken commemorated the historic duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Longstanding and well-documented bitterness and animosity between the two men ended Hamilton’s days on the Weehawken precipice.

This year marked the 215th anniversary of the duel. Usually, it’s held at the monument, but was moved this year to the Weehawken Elk’s Lodge.

This year’s observance featured Richard Porter, the 2nd vice president and historian of the St. Andrew’s Society of the state of New York. He discussed the first monument erected at the site, which was placed there in 1806. The organization’s membership included both Hamilton and Dr. David Hopsack, who treated Hamilton’s fatal wound directly after the duel.

Victoria Johnson, a noted author and historian, discussed Dr. Hosack’s relationship with the Hamilton and Burr families, and what Hosack’s perspective must have been like to watch his two friends meet in Weehawken on that fateful day in 1804.

Whole Foods to open in Weehawken on July 26

Whole Foods announced the grand opening of its Weehawken location, at 1400 Waterfront Terrace, in the Shops at Lincoln Harbor, will take place on July 26. The 32,000-square-foot store will open at 9 a.m.

Opening day celebrations will include Balthazar Bakery pastries and coffee from Cafe Grumpy before the store opens. The first 100 customers will receive a reusable canvas tote bag.

“We can’t wait to join the Weehawken community,” store team leader Jose Navas said. “We look forward to providing our neighbors with a variety of natural and organic grocery items, fresh grab-and-go prepared foods, and access to hundreds of local products.”

The store’s special features include a fresh produce department, full-service butcher department, seafood department, an in-house bakery with vegan and gluten-free options, hot and cold food bars, a full-service coffee bar from Cafe Grumpy, a specialty foods section, and products from more than 150 local suppliers.

Five percent of the store’s net sales on opening day will benefit the Weehawken High School Culinary Initiative. The store will employ 190 full and part-time employees. Following the grand opening, the store will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Menendez, Booker, six other senators introduce Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act

U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Corey Booker joined six other Senate Democrats to introduce the Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act. The legislation would reform how children are treated from the moment they arrive at the U.S. border to claim asylum, and how their cases are resolved.

Among other measures, the bill would ban for-profit contractors from operating new Office of Refugee Resettlement shelters or influx facilities. According to the senators, investigative studies concur that the nearly billion-dollar for-profit industrial complex that detains children charges several hundred dollars per day for every child detained, while engaging in cost-cutting measures that directly impact detainees’ quality of life, health, and safety.

The bill would end family separations except when authorized by a state court or child welfare agency, or when Customs and Border Protection and an independent child welfare specialist agree that a child is a trafficking victim, is not the child of an accompanying adult, or is in danger of abuse or neglect.

The bill would also require access to hygiene products such as toothbrushes, diapers, soap, and showers; a prompt medical assessment by trained medical providers; and three USDA-approved meals for children.

The bill would remove some roadblocks to placing unaccompanied children with sponsors by lowering case manager workloads, lowering staffing ratios, and ending the information sharing agreement between the Office of Refugee Resettlement and ICE.

More than three dozen senators cosponsored the bill.

Kids ride free on NY Waterway ferries all summer long

Kids under the age of 12 ride free on all NY Waterway ferries all summer between New Jersey and Manhattan through Labor Day, Sept. 2.

NY Waterway also offers Your Key to the City attraction packages, which offer discounts on top New York City museums, attractions, and tours, including the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, Madame Tussaud’s, and several others. There are also discounts of up to 40 percent for Broadway shows.

Packages include discounts on tickets, round-trip tickets, and parking at the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal.