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Mayor Ravi Bhalla, Councilman Michael DeFusco, and LGBTQ+ activist Laura Knittel celebrated the launch of Pride Month last week. (see brief)

Hoboken celebrates the launch of Pride Month

Hoboken raised the Pride flag above city hall in celebration of June as Pride Month to “demonstrate our continued solidarity with our LGBTQ+ community,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla.

Last year Hoboken again received a perfect 100 percent score from the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index.

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

New Jersey to launch stage 2 of recovery plan June 15

New Jersey will enter Stage Two of restart and recovery on June 15, including outdoor dining and indoor, nonessential retail. Beginning on June 22, barber shops and salons will reopen. New Jersey will work toward the gradual opening of personal care, gyms, health clubs, youth summer programs, and government services, at reduced capacities.

Mayor Rodriguez stands with protesters but says ‘violence dilutes the message’

West New York Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez’s thoughts, prayers, and respect go out not only to George Floyd and his family but to all those who tragically came before him.

“George Floyd’s death is a gruesome reminder that we, as Americans, as human beings, can NO longer continue to overlook, minimize or deny that there IS a problem in America,” He said.

Rodriguez supports the protesters but highlighted the need to avoid violence.

 ‘Creativity Contest’ winners announced by Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office

As school children throughout the county are stuck at home, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office launched a creativity contest in March for students to submit artwork, videos, and poetry.

The contest had 17 winners who shared what they love about their Hudson County towns.

Winner of visual art competition announced

Art House Productions has announced the winner and honorable mentions for its first Visual Art Competition sponsored by Mack-Cali Realty/Harborside JC: “Pressing Pause: Living Life While Staying Put.”

The winner is “An Invincible Summer” by Karen Abada. Honorable mentions include “Zoom with Friends” by Donna O’ Grady, “The Opposite of Confinement” by Dorie Dahlberg, and “Organisims l” by Robert Burger.

For more information visit https://hudsonreporter.com/2020/06/01/art-house-productions-announces-the-winner-of-online-art-competition-pressing-pause-living-life-while-staying-put/

Hoboken Historical Museum and Black Maria Film Festival celebrate Pride

On June 18, at 6 p.m., The Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival and the Hoboken Historical Museum will celebrate Pride Month and the LGBTQ community with a free virtual screening paired with an online Q&A.

Attendance is limited to the first 100 guests who sign in. To join via Zoom go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6656017524.

At 7:15 p.m., meet Festival Director Jane Steuerwald; Executive Director of the Hoboken Historical Museum Bob Foster; and international guest filmmakers Wrik Mead, Leandro Goddinho, and Paulo Menezes.

Route 440 crash under investigation

The Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit is investigating a motor vehicle crash involving two cars that occurred June 4 at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Route 440 South in Jersey City at the intersection of Route 185 South.

According to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, the victim, a 34-year-old Bayonne man, was traveling southbound on Route 440 when his vehicle, a 2012 Honda Accord, was struck by a second driver who was traveling southbound on Route 185 driving a 1992 Toyota Celica. The driver of the Honda sustained serious injuries.

The incident is being actively investigated.

Anyone with information is asked to call 201-915- 1345. all information will be kept confidential.

Motorcyclist dies after being thrown into river in Route 3 bridge crash

A 28-year-old motorcyclist died June 2 after he crashed on a Route 3 bridge in Secaucus and fell into the Hackensack River. The crash occurred at 11:03 p.m. on the westbound side of Route 3, Secaucus Police Chief Dennis Miller said. The name of the Paterson resident has not been released..


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