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A rare “bombogenesis” snowstorm hit Hoboken on Thursday morning, dropping 8 inches of snow and closing schools for two days. The Reporter had been updating residents on the upcoming storm for several days in advance via its Twitter account, @hudson_reporter, so follow us to get early notice of storms. Photo by Caren Matzner.
A rare “bombogenesis” snowstorm hit Hoboken on Thursday morning, dropping 8 inches of snow and closing schools for two days. The Reporter had been updating residents on the upcoming storm for several days in advance via its Twitter account, @hudson_reporter, so follow us to get early notice of storms. Photo by Caren Matzner.
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NJ Transit announces meeting about Union Dry Dock property

According to a notice posted on the New Jersey Transit website, its Board of Directors meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday Jan. 10 at 9 a.m.

According to the agenda, NJ Transit will discuss the acquisition and lease of the Union Dry Dock Marine Maintenance Facility previously purchased by NY Waterway for a ferry repair and maintenance hub on Hoboken’s Northern waterfront. Residents and city officials have urged the agency not to move there and said the site should be used for parkland.

The agenda states “the acquisition of an existing marine maintenance facility and two floating dry docks on the Hoboken waterfront… and lease of the UDD Site to New York Waterway, the principal ferry operator at the Hoboken Ferry Terminal, for use as a ferry repair and maintenance facility, is critical to the viability of trans-Hudson ferry service.”

The meeting will take place at NJ Transit Headquarters Building Board Room One Penn Plaza East in Newark. For the full agenda go to http://www.njtransit.com/tm/tm_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=BoardAgendaTo .

For our past articles on the Union Dry Dock go to Hudsonreporter.com

Street cleaning resumes Monday

Street cleaning enforcement was suspended from Friday, Jan. 5 and will resume on Monday, Jan. 8.

Parking is now permitted on Washington Street, Willow Avenue, and Observer Highway. Parking remains prohibited on all other snow emergency routes until further notice.

Garbage and recycling pickup remains on the regular schedule.

Mayor Bhalla announces Jason Freeman as deputy chief of staff

Last week, Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla announced that he has appointed Jason Freeman to serve as his deputy chief of staff.

“I welcome Mr. Freeman to my administration and thank him for stepping up to serve our community,” said Bhalla. “Jason will play a key role as we focus on improving city services and upgrading our infrastructure.”

Jason has worked for several community engagement and non-profit organizations, most recently as the director of development for the New Jersey Region of the Anti-Defamation League. He attended the Pennsylvania State University where he studied Political Science and Labor Employment Relations. Jason lives in Hoboken with his fiancée, Rachel Hodes.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join Mayor Bhalla’s administration and look forward to serving the people of Hoboken,” said Freeman.

Building homes for heroes

American Legion Post 107 will host a fundraiser on Jan. 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Kolo Klub at 1422 Grand St.

The fundraiser will go towards the construction of a new legion post, which will include housing for six homeless veterans as well as provide services to veterans.

Tickets are $85 and can be purchased online at https://tinyurl.com/y8kxasfm.

Welcome aboard

In a press release Monday, Councilman Michael DeFusco welcomed fellow running mate Councilwoman Vanessa Falco to her new role on the Hoboken City Council after she was sworn in.

Falco ran in the November election on Team DeFusco and is the first African-American elected in the city.

“This is a historic day in Hoboken and I’m so proud to welcome Vanessa Falco to the City Council where I know she will be a voice for fairness, opportunity, progress and diversity, some of our city’s most cherished values,” said DeFusco in the press release. “Vanessa is a true Hobokenite, someone who knows our city better than anyone and who has seen it grow and change over the years she has lived here, first growing up and now raising her own family here. I am so excited to work with Councilwoman Falco and the members of the City Council to advocate for the new energy and new ideas our city needs, and to define an agenda for our community’s future that will support our goal of making Hoboken an even better place for everyone.”

The man who couldn’t be bought

Officials far and wide are mourning the passing of former Gov. Brendan T. Byrne, who died on Jan. 4 at age 93.

Gov. Christopher Christie made the announcement shortly after the news reached his desk. “Governor Byrne had an extraordinary career of public service. He served as counsel to Governor Meyner, Deputy Attorney General, Essex County Prosecutor, Superior Court Judge and two-term governor of New Jersey. He did each of those jobs with integrity, honesty, intelligence, wit and flair. He cared deeply for the state’s environment, led the charge for the development of the Meadowlands Complex and for the establishment of casino gaming in Atlantic City,” Christie said. “He served his country in World War II and went on to graduate from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. He was the proud father of seven children and was a treasure to his home state where, in 2011, he was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.”

Christie, who appeared with Byrne in Jersey City three years ago at the dedication of Martin’s Place, a prisoner reentry center, said he considered Byrne “a mentor and a friend.”

“My life is richer for having known him, as I am sure are the lives of every person who had the privilege to meet him,” Christie said.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said the state has lost a towering leader and an extraordinary role model.

“History will remember Gov. Byrne for his achievement in creating a state income tax that averted the financial collapse of our schools,” Baraka said. “But this could not have been accomplished without Brendan Byrne’s courage to risk his own future doing what was right even when immensely unpopular. Governor Byrne understood that public service is about the people you serve and not your own political career. His life stands as a role model for all those who today seek or hold positions of public trust.”

Rep. Albio Sires said, “I am deeply saddened to hear about the death of Governor Brendan Byrne, who passed away earlier today. The residents of New Jersey and the Byrne family have lost a beloved patriarch. Governor Byrne served his country with pride during World War II and spent his entire career in public service as counsel to former Governor Meyner, Essex County Prosecutor, Superior Court Judge all leading up to his two terms as governor. He was a champion for all people and believed that everyone should have the chance to realize their potential to the fullest.”

Byrne served two terms as governor from 1974 to 1982, and was a times extremely unpopular, particularly when he signed legislation instituting the state’s first income tax.

Although accused of being stubborn at times, he was also known for his humor, and often deflected political attacks with a quip.

One of his most famous quotes concerned his death. He said he wished to be buried in Hudson County so he could continue to vote after he was dead.

Despite periods of unpopularity as governor, he became one of the state’s leading statesman and a popular speaker at various political functions.

He was well-known for a reputation of honesty. A federal wiretap recorded an underworld crime boss who said during a recorded conversation that Byrne could not be bought.

Byrne is quoted as not seeking elected office and in fact, ran for only one office in his lifetime, and won that twice.

“He was an icon in New Jersey politics whose impact on the state and our residents will be felt for generations to come,” said U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez. “He deserves our upmost thanks for a life dedicated to public service, fighting proudly in World War II, protecting the environment and moving New Jersey forward. Gov. Byrne was a one-of-a-kind class act, honest, dignified and ahead of his time. He will be deeply missed.”

New art exhibit at the Hoboken Historical Museum

The exhibit, “Legacy of Remembrance: Photographs by Erik L. Burro,” is a series of large format black-and-white photos of over two dozen WWI monuments around New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Burro is an historian and photographer who has experience with historic character portrayals and historic site multimedia productions.

Burro has been involved with many aspects of America’s Centennial Commemoration of World War I. This recent “Legacy of Remembrance” programs about New Jersey’s Great War Monuments have been presented in Princeton, Morristown, Burlington, Bridgeton, Westampton and the NJ State Library. He recently hosted a bus tour of Hudson and Bergen County’s WW1 monuments sponsored by the Hoboken Historical Museum. His photos were included in the WWI Special Collections Exhibit of Rutgers University.

Burro will give an illustrated talk at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7, and the opening reception for his show will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. the same day.

Both events are free. The photos will remain on exhibit through Feb. 18 at 1301 Hudson St.

New exhibit “ELEMENTS” premiers at hob’art co-operative gallery

hob’art co-operative gallery has announced its first group show of 2018 last week.

The show “Elements” will run from Jan.12 to Feb. 3. Our opening reception will be on Jan. 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Participating artists include Ann Kinney, Jean Paul Picard, Rich Roberts, Ibou Ndoye,

France Garrido, Janet Kolstein, and Liz Cohen Ndoye.

Hob’art co-operative gallery wants to celebrate its 17th year in existence and its fifth year as a gallery in The Monroe Center for the Arts. Because of this, the group show will have works that focus on the elements of art – Line, Shape, Color, and Texture.

The work of Ndoye bursts with excitement because of his use of the element of color.

The exuberant and unusual compositions of Picard, and Roberts, will get imaginations going due to their unusual use of shapes. Cohen Ndoye, and Kinney focus on unusual scenes and images that employ the element of texture. Kolstein and Garrido create fabulous imagery through their love of the sinuous quality of lines.

Gallery information can be obtained on the website www.hob-art.org.

Wandering incidents significantly increase risk of harm to the autistic

With two recent deaths on Christmas and Christmas Eve, the National Autism Association is warning caregivers about the increased risks of autism-related wandering during the holiday season.

On Christmas Eve, a 15-year-old boy with autism died from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle. The next day, the body of 7-year-old boy with autism was found floating in a nearby pool.

Each year, hundreds of children and adults with autism go missing, but holiday-related wandering cases are especially dangerous. According to a study from the National Autism Association (NAA), incidents that occurred from a social or family gathering, such as those during the holidays, ended in death 69 percent of the time. In recent years, cases have occurred on Mother’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve.

Similar to wandering behaviors in the Alzheimer’s community, wandering/elopement, or “running” behaviors in children and adults with autism have led to countless tragedies across the country. A pediatrics study in 2012 found that half of children with autism attempt to wander/elope from a safe environment. According to NAA, accidental drowning is responsible for the vast majority of lethal outcomes, especially among younger children with autism. The second leading cause of death is by fatal traffic injury, typically in teenage males with autism.

Times of transition, commotion and stress can increase wandering and elopement behaviors, and this is especially true during the holidays and holiday gatherings. Not only do unfamiliar places, noisy settings or disrupted routines bolster the chance for a child or adult to exit-seek, it can also make it difficult for caregivers to respond. With the commotion of gatherings, caregivers may not be aware the child is missing, which can prolong search efforts.

Preparation ahead of holiday gatherings can decrease risk. It’s important that caregivers make relatives and friends aware of wandering risks ahead of time, and assign one trusted adult to closely supervise the at-risk children at all times for an agreed-upon period of time. Tools like door chimes and stop sign prompts are inexpensive enough to take to a relative’s home during visits, and items that reduce noise can also help. Consider tracking technology or distance monitors, especially if visiting someone else’s home. Having identification on your child is essential, especially if communication challenges are present. Avoiding triggers is also key, so allowing the child to do what makes them feel comfortable and happy may help decrease anxiety. In the event of an emergency, call 911 and search nearby sources of water first, even if it’s murky or icy.

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