Hoboken Police Department warns residents of PSE&G impersonator
Hoboken Police have warned residents to be cautious of an individual impersonating a PSE&G worker who has tried to gain entry into homes.
On Thursday, April 27 at approximately 4 p.m., the PSE&G impersonator tried to gain entry into a Hoboken residence in the vicinity of Sixth and Grand streets.
The male knocked on the door and told the resident he needed to go inside to check things out because they were “red flagged.” The resident grew immediately suspicious because their rent included utilities and there are no separate meters inside the residence.
The resident shut the door, locked it, and called the police.
The PSE&G impersonator was described as a six foot tall black male whose hair was styled in dreadlocks. He was wearing a white sweater with black pants and was holding a clipboard and had a lanyard around his neck. It is believed that he was working with two other individuals who entered the building’s common area hallway holding clipboards
A check with the utility company indicated there were no scheduled workers due at the location.
According to the release, “These types of incidents have happened in the past and appear to have resurfaced,” and “individuals impersonating utilities workers are most commonly seeking to gain entry into residences to commit thefts” but “one could not know what other harm they could cause.”
The police urge residents to be diligent in verifying the validity of people trying to gain entry and to always contact the police department when unsure.
Four arrested for disorderly conduct
The Hoboken Police Department arrested four out of town individuals on Sunday May 7, at 1:39 a.m.
Sergeant Donald Rosso, Special Officer Kyle Seper, and officers Sam Williams, Fabian Quinones, and Anthony Rutkowski were dispatched to the W hotel on a report of a fight. Upon arriving they observed a large crowd engaged in an argument. The group was upset at being removed from the establishment, according to a press release from the police department.
The staff from Lulu’s Club on the hotel’s second floor removed the group for allegedly misbehaving inside the bar. The group allegedly refused to leave the area and allegedly continued with their loud and belligerent behavior. The officers gave the group the opportunity to leave but they allegedly refused.
Maywood residents Ankit Patel, 31, Aesha Patel, 31, Vrajesh Chokshi, 25, and Jersey City resident Shivam Desai, 21 were charged with disorderly conduct and released with summonses to appear in court.
New elevators for senior building are officially operational
Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director Marc Recko and other officials to cut the ribbon on the new elevators at the Fox Hill Gardens, a building for seniors and disabled residents.
The city allocated $386,250 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds towards modernizing the two elevators in the building.
Also in attendance at the ceremony were Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro, 5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham, 2nd Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, Hoboken Housing Authority Commissioner Hovie Forman, Hoboken’s Principal Planner Chris Brown, and residents of Fox Hill.
According to a media release from the city, “The original 1950s-era elevators in Fox Hill were regularly out of order and required expensive repairs. Cuts in federal funding made it difficult for the Hoboken Housing Authority to perform the necessary maintenance.”
CDBG funds are allocated to community groups and organizations benefiting low to moderate income populations. Hoboken’s CDBG funding more than doubled in recent years to over $1 million (an increase of more than $500,000) as a result of the city’s population exceeding 50,000 in the latest census and the city choosing to self-administer CDBG funds, which were previously administered by Hudson County.
As a result of the increase in funding, the city has been able to fund significant capital projects including the elevators at Fox Hill.
Previously, the city allocated $330,000 in CDBG funds for improvements to the Hoboken Shelter.
“I thank our Planner Chris Brown who managed this project and Housing Authority Executive Director Marc Recko for working with us to help ensure that our seniors have a safe and reliable way to get to their apartments,” said Zimmer. “We worked hard to more than double the CDBG funds we receive to support our low and moderate income population, and I am thankful that Congress has rejected plans to slash this much-needed program.”
Hoboken's primary election voter registration deadline is May 16
The Democrat and Republican Primary Elections will take place on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.
In Hoboken, the primary ballot will include candidates for governor, state Senate, state Assembly, county clerk, freeholder, and county committee.
Registered voters unaffiliated with either party are eligible to vote in the Democrat or Republican Primary Election on June 6.
To register to vote in either primary download and complete the voter registration application found at
http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/form_pdf/voter-regis-forms/76-voter-registration-english-hudson.pdf in English or http://www.njelections.org/form_pdf/voter-regis-forms/76-voter-registration-spanish-hudson.pdf in Spanish.
Those wishing to register must then submit the form by mail or delivery to the Office of the Superintendent of Elections at 257 Cornelison Ave., 4th Floor Jersey City, NJ 07302.
Forms can also be dropped off at the Hoboken City Clerk office located in City Hall at 94 Washington St. The office will be open until 9 p.m. on Friday May 12, Monday May 15, and Tuesday May 16.
‘Five Finger Discount’ author presents new book on May 21
Author Helene Stapinski, author of the memoir “Five Finger Discount,” will present her new book on Sunday, May 21, 4 p.m., at the Italian Educational and Cultural Center for the Arts at Casa Colombo, 380 Monmouth St., Jersey City.
With her new book, “Murder in Matera,” Helene reaches back into Southern Italy to fashion a deeply-researched story of immigration and how far one mother would go to preserve her family.
Staff from Word Bookstores will be on hand to sell copies.
Tickets are $10, general admission, and $5 for members of IECC or the coalition. Refreshments are included. Reservations are required. Visit the sponsor’s websites to reserve.
Hoboken student anthology release party
The Hoboken Historical Museum is pleased to host a free publication party for “Identif-I,” an anthology of writing by students from four Hoboken schools on Saturday, May 20, at 3 p.m.
Poets Rich Villar and Danny Shot facilitated workshops from November 2016 to March 2017.
The party will include public readings by participating students along with teachers, family members, classmates, and poets.
“Our city’s teenagers, like teenagers across America struggle with questions of identity, as well as how to fit in, or not,” said Shot. “Our students are constantly defining and redefining themselves. This is the overarching theme of ‘Identif-I.’ The city’s students will be able to tell us through poetry who they are at this moment in time.”
In November and December 2016, poet Rich Villar conducted workshops for about 100 students in four Hoboken schools: Hoboken High School, Elysian School, Hoboken Charter School, The Hudson School; and in March 2017, Villar and Hoboken Historical Museum Poet in Residence Danny Shot hosted selected students from the workshops in an after-school Master Class at the Museum.
“Our goal continues to be bringing students from different schools together into the same space, physically as well as emotionally,” added Shot. “By reaching out to our community’s children, as well as their teachers, we hope to enliven their interest in writing and literature and enhance their desire to visit the Museum with their families.”
The poetry anthology “Identif-I”will be distributed free to participants, and offered for sale to the public for $5. This project was made possible by a grant from Party With Purpose and Hoboken Family Alliance, as well as financial support from CavanKerry Press.
Annual Court Night will be June 6
The Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson Vicinage, in partnership with the state Bar Association & Foundation, the Hudson County Bar Association & Foundation, and the Hudson Vicinage Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns, will present Annual Court Night 2017 on June 6 at 7 p.m. at the Midtown Community School, 550 Avenue A, Bayonne.
Topics discussed with include criminal justice reform, record expungement, landlord-tenant disputes, divorce, immigration, and child support.
The question and answer session is free. Reservations are requested, although not required. To reserve a seat, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (201) 217-5109. When registering via email or phone, please provide your name, telephone number, and the workshop you would like to attend.
200 residents support the Hoboken Historical Museum
Over 200 Hobokenites attended the Hoboken Historical Museum’s masked ball fundraiser at the David E. Rue building on May 6. The Black & White Masked Ball and Auction “was one of the largest and most successful galas in the museums history,” according to a museum release.
The ball was inspired by the museum’s 2002 Masked Ball at the Hoboken Ferry Terminal, while the black-and-white theme was a nod to the museum’s current exhibition of Michael Flanagan’s photographs of 1980s Hoboken.
Proceeds from the ball will support the museum’s ongoing exhibitions, education programs, and collections campaign.
Honorary Chair Marci Rubin, a Hobokenite and News 12 New Jersey anchor, presided over the evening of food, dancing, and socializing, encouraging people to bid by phone in the silent auction for 40 items donated by local businesses.
Eugene Flinn reprised his role as auctioneer, raising a total of over $32,000 from the live auction, silent auction and a special appeal for three of the museum’s signature programs: the upcoming “Heaven, Hell or Hoboken: Centennial of World War I” exhibition; the “Vanishing Hoboken” oral history chapbook series; and the ongoing campaign to create an expanded Archives and Research Center.
Top Auction lots included Chef Anthony Pino’s donation of a fall game dinner for 10 at Anthony David’s, a private in-home dinner for eight guests from the Eugene Flinn’s Elysian Café, a summer pass for the pool with a view at the Shipyard, a year of indoor parking in the Independence garage, and four tickets to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade uptown viewing stand.
New exhibit announced at hob’art gallery in western Hoboken
The Hob’art gallery, 720 Monroe St., will host an artist reception on Saturday, May 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for its news exhibition “Contiguous,” an exhibition of works by three studio artists that will be open to the public from May 12 to June 10. The artists are Katie Duffy McGeehin, Donna O’Grady, and Rich Roberts.
Contiguous means sharing a common border, touching, or together in sequence, and this definition describes the work of the three featured artists.
Roberts uses fused glass, McGeehin makes figures in plaster and watercolor, and O’Grady paints on tin.
According to the press release McGeehin’s work delves into the effect of art interacting with the environment. Her plaster figures and watercolors explore and convey interaction. O’Grady’s works hint at nostalgia and are executed on pressed tin and portray familiar surroundings in an old world manner.
Roberts’s fused glass is the heat bonding of several glass pieces in a kiln. His work recalls his interaction with family, friends, and life events.
Single and music video release for Jersey City resident will be hosted at Maxwell’s
Jersey City-based Debra Devi will be celebrating the release of her second single and video, “Shake It”, with a performance and video debut at Maxwell’s Tavern, 1039 Washington St. in Hoboken, on May 20.
“Shake It” is the second music video and advance single from rock musician Debra Devi’s upcoming EP “Wild Little Girl” (True Nature Records).
Devi’s band – Max Feinstein on bass, John Hummel on drums, Peter Vitalone on keys – will play at 10 p.m.
“Shake It” is the tawdry, tongue-in-cheek tale of a young woman convinced by her boyfriend to become a stripper not only to support his music-making habit but also to become more attractive in his eyes. “You need a little glamour,” he tells her, “if you wanna be my girl.”
“Shake It” is Devi’s commentary on the relentless pressure on women to support their male partners’ dreams at the expense of their own, and to conform to conventional ideals of sexiness and beauty.
Devi is releasing one single/video per month from the EP for five months. The entire EP will be released with a bonus live track on Sept. 8.
For more information on Devi, go to www.debrardevi.com.
For advanced tickets for $8 go to http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1481796