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KICKING OFF THE FESTIVAL – Hoboken residents flocked to the corner of Seventh and Jefferson Streets on Thursday night for the first round of food and fun at the 103rd Annual St. Ann’s Italian Festival. The festival will run through Sunday, and is open from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. all weekend.
KICKING OFF THE FESTIVAL – Hoboken residents flocked to the corner of Seventh and Jefferson Streets on Thursday night for the first round of food and fun at the 103rd Annual St. Ann’s Italian Festival. The festival will run through Sunday, and is open from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. all weekend.

Registration open for fall youth football league

Registration is now open for the Dept. of Recreation’s Police Athletic League youth football leagues, which are open to all residents aged 6 to 14. Residents can register either at the JFK Stadium, Tenth and Jefferson streets, or the Hoboken Recreational Center, located at Second and Adams streets. Registration is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

Residents must bring proof of residence and a birth certificate. There is no cost. For more information, call (201) 420-2094 or (201) 966-4251.

Free training offered about caring for loved one with mental illness

The Hudson County NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family to Family education program is offering 12-week course for families and close friends of adults with mental illness on caring for their loved ones.

The course will be held on Mondays from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Sept. 9 through Nov. 25, at Jersey City Medical Center, 355 Grand Ave., Jersey City. Training is free, but registration is required.

The program is taught by trained volunteer family members who are experienced in caring for a loved one with serious mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.

Family to Family participants will receive information on family responses to the trauma of mental illness, updates on several serious mental illnesses and symptoms, medication and side effects.

Attendees will also practice problem solving skills and communication techniques, develop strategies for handling crisis and relapses, review local community resources and support, and focus on self-care and coping with stress.

To register, call (201) 420-9270 or email namihudson@msn.com.

Etiquette classes for kids offered in Hoboken

Your Charming Child, a new Hoboken-based etiquette company, will be holding life skills workshops for children Aug. 5, 6, and 7 that will deal with social etiquette, communication skills, and table manners.

The classes will help children develop the skills they need to be comfortable in a social situation in order to ease the fear or awkwardness a child may feel, to know how to communicate in a manner which builds self-esteem and leadership ability, and to master the dining skills in order to ease awkwardness whether dining at home, a friend’s house, or the White House.

The classes are open to boys and girls ages 5 through 12. Classes are from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. each day. Class size limited to six students to ensure personalized attention. Classes are held at The Hoboken Man, 1150 Maxwell Lane. There is a special Hoboken summer rate of $99 per child per workshop (regular cost of $120). Book all three days for $285 (a $360 value). Discounts are available for multiple children. Parents receive a 10 percent off gift certificate for haircuts products at The Hoboken Man.

To register, call Donna at (201) 601-0305, or visit www.YourCharmingChild.com.

Liberty Humane Society seeks Bark in the Park vendors, sponsors

On Saturday, Oct. 5, the Jersey City-based Liberty Humane Society will hold its annual Bark in the Park fundraiser in Hoboken’s Church Square Park. In preparation for this event, Liberty Humane is currently looking for vendors and sponsors to help make the event a success.

Now in its tenth year, Bark in the Park is the biggest fundraiser for the Liberty Humane Society. The event will begin with a dog walk fundraiser that concludes at the park where guests can enjoy a variety of demonstrations, pet-related shopping, and contests. There will also be plenty of adoptable dogs and cats in attendance. The 2013 Bark in the Park will be co-hosted by dog trainer and comedian Justin Silver, from the CBS series “Dogs in the City,” and Beefy the Bulldog, who will demonstrate his skateboarding skills.

The festival will also feature dog agility demonstrations and training, discounted pet micro-chipping, a doggie fashion show, a pet trick contest, and pet costume contest.

Businesses interested in being a part of Bark in the Park 2013 should visit www.libertyhumane.org and download the business partnership packet and forms or send an e-mail to Allison@libertyhumane.org.

Free massages offered to local businesses

The Inspire Med Spa is offering free massages to local businesses and their employees throughout the summer months in an effort to boost workplace morale and avoid stress. According to a press release, it is a proven fact that summer is a slow time of the year for business, which can cause a lot of stress to owners and employees. This is the inspiration for the spa’s Give Back Program, meant to create a relaxed and stress-free work environment.

Inspire Med Spa would like to give back to employees of businesses or organizations that have assisted their local community in any way and neighboring communities as well, according to a press release.

The Inspire Med Spa massage therapist will come in to the designated location of the business or organization at and agreed upon time and provide free five to 10 minute mini-massages for a duration of one to two hours. They have gradually been able to service industries such as insurance agencies, hotels, local charities, organizations and other businesses that have given back to our local communities throughout this program.

For any further inquiries, please contact Giselle Triana at (347) 298-2793.

New York’s Texas is the Reason plays last U.S. show at Maxwell’s as club’s finale approaches

Sometimes, things just come together. That was the case at Maxwell’s on Monday night, when New York-based rock band Texas is the Reason made its final U.S. appearance at the legendary venue, just a week before the club closes its doors forever.

The band, which blurs the line between the post-hardcore sound of the early 1990s and the emo genre that originated later in that decade, has performed at Maxwell’s a handful of times, especially at the start of their career.

“Maxwell’s was in a lot of ways where we got our start,” said Chris Daly, the band’s drummer. “That’s where we saw a lot of our inspirations and played a few of our first big shows.”

The venue, which doubles as a restaurant, also graced the cover of one of the band’s albums.

“It’s a special place,” said Daly. “It’s comfortable, the stage sounds great. It’s always been a perfect fit for us.”

Formed in 1994 by Daly and Norm Arenas, the band broke up in 1997, but performed reunion shows in 2006 and 2012. Both reunions were hailed by critics and fans alike, and the band is still regarded as one of its genre’s most influential groups.

But now the band’s members are mostly married and leading professional lives, not to mention living all around the country. Still, they decided this year to do one final tour before calling it quits for good. They wanted to perform a show in the New York area before shipping off to Europe for the tour’s final leg, but Daly said he didn’t think it was an option.

“We didn’t really think that there was anything special enough that we could do, so we sort of just decided to skip it,” said Daly. “And then we heard about Maxwell’s and talked to [co-owner Todd Abramson] and there was one slot on one night and it was the night before we start heading to Europe, so it was perfect.”

Daly said that while he was disappointed that Maxwell’s is closing, he said that he understood the reasoning.

“It doesn’t really seem like Maxwell’s has a place in the neighborhood anymore,” he said. “The diehard fans who want to go just don’t live close enough anymore.”

Still, he said that the credit for Maxwell’s long tenure on Eleventh and Washington Streets lies strictly with the club, not the city which it has called home.

“Maxwell’s has been able to stick around this long because it’s Maxwell’s,” he said, “not because of its location.”

The band will play a handful of shows around Europe before performing their final show in London on Aug. 4.

Maxwell’s will hold a block party on its last day, July 31, on Eleventh Street between Washington and Hudson Streets to say goodbye to its longtime home.

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