Month: January 2012


Boys & Girls Club problems emerge, this time with a whistleblower

The dam has finally broke on the treatment of minority, underprivileged children with an important breaking story by Amanda Staub on Hoboken, Patch.  The story produces a first hand witness, a basketball coach who comes out to discuss the unequal treatment of the children in the Boys & Girls Club in a building Hoboken taxpayers rent out for $2 a year.

The facility has seen the takeover of space by a Hoboken charter school, HoLa two years ago.  Additional construction has added on to the original building by a construction firm by Hola trustee Frank Raia, a violation of New Jersey law.  While Raia may not have saw any profit from the effort, the law explicitly states such practices are not permitted. Read More...


More illegal Picardo type construction on lower Park?

Questions are being raised on whether or not some carbon monoxide emitting construction should be razed by Grafix Avenger concerning gaseous expulsions from the home of the Bajardi’s on lower Park in Hoboken.

Similar to earlier questionable approvals by the former Hoboken construction official Al Arezzo, residents are wondering how a pipe emitting noxious gases and not of the repellant toxic kind on behalf of Councilwoman Beth Mason was approved a mere four feet from the window of another resident. Read More...


Hoboken BoE prepares for election battle – in November!


Hoboken’s Board of Education is preparing for a critical battle at its next meeting likely seeing approval moving its annual spring election to November.  The change became possible with a law signed earlier this month by Governor Chris Christie.

The new law gives New Jersey education boards the option of moving their spring elections to November, saving local taxpayers money and offering a potential for more voters the opportunity to weigh in when larger numbers typically go to the polls. Read More...


Monday Madness: April or November – the BoE elections are war!

Monday MSV will have an exclusive look at the Hoboken BoE elections in 2012 with views from both sides of the divide.  The State of NJ just passed a law where local school boards can decide to continue elections in April or move them to November.

Hoboken’s next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Valentine’s Day.  There won’t be a lot of love in the room that night.  On Monday MSV will detail why.

Currently the Kids First coalition holds a slim one vote 5-4 majority.  Last year the Frank Raia backed “Independents” ticket swept the three seat election and will be looking to reverse that majority whether the election is in April or in November. Read More...


Weekend events at the Hoboken Historical and Fire Department Museum

Opening Reception & Volunteer Party, Sun. Jan. 29
Holland (left), Lincoln (right) Tunnels
Driving Under the Hudson: A History of the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels This year the Holland Tunnel turns 85, and the Lincoln 75. The Museum invites you to explore the tunnels’ back story and cultural significance in Driving Under the Hudson, The History of the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, opening Sunday, Jan. 29 with a free reception from 2 – 5 pm. It will be on view through July 1. Before WWI, ferries and barges were the only way to transport goods and commuters to New York, and the Hudson & Manhattan Tubes (PATH) provided relief only for commuters–not freight–in 1908. A hard freeze in the winter of 1917-1918, followed by a Marine Workers’ strike the next winter, galvanized support for a vehicular tunnel by 1919. Completed in 1927, the Holland Tunnel, named for its chief engineer Clifford Holland, was called the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Planned, funded and constructed against daunting physical and financial obstacles, their existence is a testament to the “sandhogs” who risked their lives working under extreme pressure, and to the engineers who innovated new construction techniques. The first tube of the Lincoln Tunnel opened in 1937, but the second and third were delayed due to WWII and rising real estate costs. “Mostly Rosemary” Series by Laura Alexander
Laura Alexander’s latest series
Local artist Laura Alexander’s Monroe Center studio is a fixture on Hoboken’s annual Artists Studio Tour. She paints striking portraits on large canvases, and the Museum invites you to see her latest series,“Mostly Rosemary,” in an exhibit in the Museum’s Upper Gallery that opens on January 29 with a free reception from 2 – 5 p.m.

The title of the show is inspired by the model who posed for the photographs that Alexander worked from in creating these 50-inch-square portraits. “They’re ‘mostly’ her,” Alexander explains, “but we changed her cosmetically for each portrait. The concept was to portray different ethnic varieties.” She adds,“These paintings speak about the many differences we perceive in one another while we still recognize our shared humanity. Real tolerance of these differences seems to be the challenge of this century.”

Volunteers keep our events going strong!
Volunteer Celebration at Opening Reception
Please join us at the opening reception on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 2 – 5 pm, if you’ve volunteered for the Museum in 2011, or are interested in volunteering in 2012. We rely on a small army of volunteers to staff our booths at festivals, work in the Museum and help out with our fund-raising events, like the House Tour and Tomato-Tasting Festivals.
We’ll take a few moments to recognize the contributions of our volunteers, and share information about our upcoming calendar of events. Invite friends — we always welcome new volunteers.
Member Exclusive: Summer Enrichment Programs
Ready to explore the Mile Square city
Looking for summer fun? The Hoboken Historical Museum announces the dates for the 2012 Summer Enrichment Program sessions, which booked up quickly last year. This year, we’re offering a priority enrollment period for Museum members, now through February 3rd.
Each week-long session runs Monday – Friday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, at the Museum–with field trips around town. Every day includes a little history, exploring, outdoor activities, crafts and a chance to make new friends and have lots of fun. The week costs $225 per child enrolled, Museum Members pay $190.
City Stories, June 25 – 29
For ages 5 to 7 years old
Join us at the Museum for a week of literary fun and neighborhood adventure as we jump into some of our favorite stories about city life. We’ll have arts and crafts, neighborhood walks and plenty of time outside for summer fun and games. As we explore the Museum and the neighborhood, come see what you can find in Hoboken. Read More...


Irish Anti-Defamation Federation: Hoboken is right to cancel “distasteful” and “crime ridden” parade day

Update Duo: Now Ray Smith at the Hoboken Reporter says the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day Committee has reversed and is not moving the parade to another venue this year.  Has the spokesman for the Parade Committee hit the bottle too early?

According to one Hoboken born resident who spoke at the last City Council meeting, the Hoboken Parade Committee was responsible for making it an alcohol fueled event – an example they set themselves.  Previous there was a parade and no committee running it in Hoboken according to that resident.

BREAKING UPDATE: The Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day Committee has announced it’s going elsewhere saying a decision is being made to take the parade to another location. Read More...


Horse Sense: Flash Notes on State of the City

The biggest takeaway from Mayor Zimmer’s State of the City was a clear comfort level and confidence coming from a hugely successful 2011. The mayor’s ease and confidence was evident and not solely to a mostly supportive audience in attendance.

The quick takeaways:

Of close to two dozen interruptions of applause, the loudest was one unexpected to the announcement that on the first Saturday of March, the mardi gras party being pushed by bar promoters will not be overlooked.  Offending lawbreakers “when appropriate will be arrested and detained immediately.” Read More...


Mayor Dawn Zimmer State of the City Speech – it’s a real humdinger

=&1=&=&2=& =&3=& =&4=& Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 DeBaun Auditorium, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ Welcome everyone. Thank you all for joining us tonight. I want to thank Stevens and President Farvardin so much for hosting tonight’s 2nd annual State of the City.

I am extremely pleased to announce that under Dr. Farvardin’s leadership, the partnership between Hoboken and Stevens continues to grow stronger than ever. Read More...