Hoboken received a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index (see brief)
Hoboken received a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index (see brief)

Hoboken gets perfect score from Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index

For the second year in a row, Hoboken received a score of 100 from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Municipal Equality Index (MEI), an annual examination of more than 500 municipalities relating to LGBTQ+ laws and policies.

In 2018, Mayor Bhalla signed an executive order requiring all public and private single-occupancy restrooms to be gender-neutral.

He also signed an executive order preventing discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community and other minority groups.

He selected Hoboken resident Laura Knittel to serve as Hoboken’s first-ever LGBTQ+ liaison.

Hoboken’s second annual Pride Week celebration was held in August. Hoboken became one of the few communities in New Jersey to have painted rainbow crosswalks for Pride Month.

Hoboken also raised the Transgender Pride Flag for Transgender Awareness Week.

Winterfest is on

North Bergen’s annual Winterfest celebration will take place on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6-9:30 p.m. on Bergenline Ave. between 76th and 85th Streets.

The rain date is Friday, Dec. 6.

An impromptu performance

Sir Paul McCartney performed “I Saw Her Standing There” in Jersey City Saturday night at the Hudson House at an event for New England Motor Freight.

McCartney’s wife Nancy Shevell is on the NEMF board of directors.

Videos on social media platforms received thousands of views.

North Bergen debuts the ‘Ellen Room’

North Bergen Board of Education officials unveiled a state-of-the-art media center, with robotics and other digital literacy features, at McKinley Elementary School. The new technology center was made possible thanks to a donation inspired by Ellen DeGeneres.

In 2018, McKinley students invited Ellen via video to come to the K-8 school and read to them in celebration of Read Across America Day.

Though DeGeneres couldn’t make it, she did chat with McKinley students on her show on live stream. The school was surprised with a $25,000 donation from Walmart to support the school lunch program. Another $25,000 was donated from Walmart after it was learned that the school had converted its library into classrooms.

Fundraiser for HCCC Dec. 5

The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Foundation invites the community to its 22nd Annual Holiday Gala on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Culinary Conference Center at 161 Newkirk St.

Proceeds will provide scholarships for HCCC students. The evening will include tours of the college’s Culinary Arts Institute (CAI).

The HCCC 2019 Distinguished Community Service Awards will be presented to Frank Gargiulo, retired Superintendent of Hudson County Schools of Technology; and Gary Greenberg, Executive Director and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County. The Foundation will hold its Lucky Odds Raffle.

To get tickets for the Gala and the Lucky Odds Raffle, contact Mirta Sanchez at 201-360-4004 or

Dentist guilty of gross negligence, professional misconduct

A dentist who owned a string of practices in Monmouth, Passaic, Hudson, and Union Counties had his license revoked by the State Board of Dentistry, and was ordered to pay more than $500,000 in penalties, costs, and restitution to patients for engaging in what Attorney General Gurbir Grewal referred to as “hit and run dentistry.”

Since the state filed multiple allegations of negligence, gross negligence, and professional misconduct against Dr. Andrew Maron, 58,  in 2015, he has been barred from performing dentistry, including oral surgery.

Maron had a practice in Secaucus, according to listings.

Fifteen patients will see restitution totaling more than $75,000 for a smorgasbord of dental infractions, including placing failed implants that migrated into patients’ sinuses.

Christmas show at Mile Square Theatre

Mile Square Theatre will present “A Merry Little Christmas Carol.”

The new production features five actors who take on the classic characters from the Dickens story, re-imagined in a new adaptation by Mark Shanahan.

Performances begin on Thursday, Dec. 5 and run until Sunday, Dec. 29. Opening night is Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.

The theater is at 1400 Clinton Street in Hoboken. For more information or to purchase tickets go to, or call 201-683-7014.

Winter Coat Drive in Union City

The Union City Office of Community Relations will host its annual winter coat drive for needy children in the school district whose families cannot afford coats.

Brand new or gently-used winter coats, scarves, sweaters, hats, or pairs of gloves and socks are needed.

Donations will be collected at the entrances of schools until Jan. 10.