Hudson Reporter Briefs

Fight kids cancer in Hoboken 

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation will host its next Hoboken fundraising event – “Kick Kids’ Cancer and Celebrate Life” –on March 14, from 3 to 6 p.m., at Northern Soul Kitchen & Bar, 700 First St.

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Hoboken residents can register to get their heads shaved, accumulating donations through sponsors before March 14. Proceeds go to children suffering from cancer.

Attendees, volunteers, shavees, or donors may visit or email Jim O’Brien at

Teacher again charged with alleged sexual assault

On Feb. 21,  members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office (HCPO) arrested Hoboken resident Francisco Realpe, 43, on a charge that he allegedly sexually assaulted a 17-year old female student while a teacher in Union City.

According to a press release from the HCPO, the new charge stems from an incident that occurred in 2004 while Realpe was a teacher at Union Hill High School.

On Feb. 22, Realpe was placed on supervised release.

He was previously arrested on Feb. 3, on charges involving the alleged sexual assault of a 17-year-old female student at Dickinson High School in Jersey City in November 2019.

The above charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Shred documents in North Bergen on March 14

Local residents can have their documents shredded for free from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 14 in Braddock Park in the parking lot near the 79th Street entrance. Residents only; no businesses. It will be held by the Hudson County Improvement Authority.

Remove large binder clips. Staples and paper clips are OK.  No more than 40 lbs. Use reusable bags.

There will be a compost bin and rain barrel sale at the same time and location.

Hoboken Garden Club offers houseplant workshop 

The Hoboken Garden Club (HGC) in partnership with the 14th St. Garden Center will present a free houseplant workshop on March 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 14th St. Garden Center, 793 Jersey Ave. in Jersey City.

Other HGC events include a talk by garden writer and photographer Karen Bussolini on April 19 at the Hoboken Public Library.

For more information, visit and follow them on Facebook.

Man charged with manslaughter of North Bergen woman

A Union City man was charged with aggravated manslaughter after a grand jury indicted him for his alleged involvement in a vehicle crash that caused the death of a North Bergen woman.

According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, Jonathon Ortiz-Guananga was arrested on charges related to the May 5, 2019 head-on collision on Paterson Plank Road in Jersey City.

Adriana Riano, 32, from North Bergen, was pronounced dead at approximately 3:15 p.m.

The grand jury also indicted Ortiz-Guananga with Death by Auto Aggravated Assault, for which he had been previously charged and arrested.

He was previously charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding, failure to maintain a marked traffic lane, and reckless driving.

The collision occurred on May 5, 2019, at approximately 7:15 a.m., just south of the Congress Street intersection.

The above charges are merely accusations, and Ortiz-Guananga is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

New center for sleep disorders opens in Jersey City 

The Center for Sleep Disorders at Jersey City Medical Center is open.

The facility, at 410 Jersey Ave., provides professional consultation, diagnostic and treatment services for patients age five years and older for sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and narcolepsy.

For more information, visit or call 201-915-2020.

Hoboken literary weekend returns 

Little City Books will host its 2nd Annual Hoboken Literary Weekend from April 3 to 5.

It will feature several award-winning authors, artists, performers, and journalists at Little City Books as well as at partner venues throughout Hoboken.

On April 3 New Yorker writer Patty Marx and New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast will talk about their new book You Can Only Be Mad At Me For One Thing At a Time: Rules for Couples.

Obie-winning theater group Elevator Repair Service will perform at Little City Books on April 4. They will workshop a new play, Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge, an account of the 1965 debate between author James Baldwin and William F. Buckley.

On April 5, painter, writer, and set designer Maira Kalman will talk about her new book, an illustrated edition of Gertrude Stein’s The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.

New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik will discuss the Parisian literary and social scene at the time of the book’s writing. Tickets include a glass of wine and a signed copy of the book. A short film will be shown.

For details, visit and follow Little City Books on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. Or call 201-626-READ.

Formalwear drive in Hoboken will host its fourth annual Formalwear Drive and Community Sale to benefit Suits for Success of Hudson County on March 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Multi-Service Center, 124 Grand St.

Donated dresses will be sold for $5, men’s suits for $5, accessories for $3, and cosmetics for $1.

Donations of dresses and formal wear are needed.

For more information and drop-off locations, visit

Senior Citizen Movie Matinee on March 12

The senior citizen movie matinee for March is “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” at 1 p.m. on March 12 at the North Bergen Free Public Library , 8411 Bergenline Ave.

Admission, popcorn, and drinks are free. Call 201-869-4715 for more details.

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