According to reports, Jersey City resident Keyshaun Wiggins, 19, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter on Monday, Jan, 22 for the fatal shooting of Hoboken resident Adrian Rivera.
Rivera was 18 when he was shot in his apartment where he lived with his family in the Hoboken Housing Authority on Jan. 24, 2017.
Following Rivera’s death, the Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez told residents that it was not a “random act of violence” and that there were over three pounds of marijuana and over $13,000 cash found in his apartment.
Wiggins will face up to 20 years in prison with no chance of parole until after serving 17 years.
Also charged in connection with Rivera’s death were Douglas Dixon, who was 17 at the time of arrest, and Khalif Geiger, 21.
Dixon was originally charged as a juvenile but was later tried as an adult. He and Khalif Geiger pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and are also awaiting sentencing.
Public hearing on draft CDBG annual action plan program announced
The city’s Department of Community Development will host a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the City Hall ground floor conference room regarding its Annual Action Plan for Program Year 2018 for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.
The planning process to create the Annual Action Plan serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing, economic development, homeless and community development priorities.
The city will gather public input on the content of the plan, which is created every year and assists the city in determining community needs.
Public input will inform the city’s anticipated Annual Action Plan for Program Year 2018, which the city intends to submit to HUD for review and acceptance in May of 2018.
The estimated amount of funds for the 2018 Fiscal Year (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019) from HUD for the projects and programs contained in the Program Year 2018 Action Plan is $1,000,000.
Members of the community can complete an online survey to provide feedback which will be available until Feb. 12.
The survey can be found at https://tinyurl.com/ychf8ktz
If special accommodations are needed for persons with disabilities, those with hearing impairments, those in need of translation from English, or for any other general comments or inquiries, those individuals should contact Christopher Brown at (201) 420-2000 ext. 3001 or firstname.lastname@example.org, at least one week in advance of the hearing date to allow for necessary arrangements. The city will host a second public hearing for final community input before the plan is submitted.
Police Department receives funds for pedestrian safety
The Hoboken Police Department has received an $18,000 grant from the N.J. Division of Highway Traffic Safety aimed at enhancing pedestrian safety in Hoboken. The grant will fund the “2018 Hoboken Pedestrian Safety Program,” a program aimed at reducing the number of traffic collisions involving pedestrians and supplements ongoing pedestrian safety efforts by the Hoboken Police Department. The grant provides funding for traffic enforcement and educational material to be utilized during the police department’s school and community presentations. The program, which will provide educational presentations in the community and the enforcement of motor vehicle laws throughout the city, will begin this month and culminate in October.
Officers will stop motorists who fail to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, and in addition will be on the lookout for other dangerous violations such as distracted driving. As pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility, pedestrians who fail to use a crosswalk when crossing the street also will be stopped as part of the program.
Hoboken Police Officers will focus their enforcement efforts at commonly used crosswalks as well as school zones.
For information regarding “The Hoboken Pedestrian Safety Program,” the public is advised to contact Lieutenant John Petrosino or Sergeant William Montanez of the Hoboken Police Department’s Traffic and Transportation Bureau at (201) 420-5109.
City announced tenant advocate office hours
For any Hoboken resident seeking advice on housing matters, tenant advocate Andrew Sobel will be available during office hours, by appointment, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 and 15, and March 8 and 22, in the basement conference room in City Hall at 94 Washington St.
Any Hoboken resident wishing to attend the office hours must email or call Sobel’s office in advance and provide a description of the issue to be discussed in order to schedule an appointment.
The office can be reached at email@example.com or call (973)-874-5545
SOUL Cycle is scheduled to open on Jan. 27
SoulCycle is scheduled to open its Hoboken and second NJ location on Jan. 27 in the former Hudson Reporter building at 1400 Washington St.
According to a press release and email, the full-body indoor cycling and lifestyle brand will have a 54 bike studio in the 8,955-square foot building, and will also house an expansive lifestyle boutique selling SoulCycle’s original performance and athleisure clothing collections.
Additional rider amenities include two showers, four individual restrooms and two changing rooms.
SoulCycle classes in the New Jersey area cost $34 according to the press release and more than 20,000 riders take SoulCycle classes every day. Riders engage in high intensity cardio while also toning their upper bodies using hand weights and core engaging choreography.
It has over 80 locations across the nation and Canada and has served celebrities from Madonna to Bradley Cooper.
Some charges against Menendez dismissed
Responding to a defense request to dismiss the corruption case against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, (D-NJ), a federal judge in Newark threw out seven of the most serious bribery charges related to campaign contributions, but allowed the case to proceed on other charges involving gifts and trips given to Menendez.
In a last act before withdrawing from the case, U.S. District Judge William Walls – who served as judge during the 2017 Menendez trial, tossed out the most serious charges, saying federal prosecutors failed to prove that campaign donations given to Menendez influenced his decision to help his friend and co-defendant Salomon Melgen navigate the federal bureaucracy in behalf of his business.
Menendez’s defense team is expected to request that the other charges also be dropped. But if such a request is made, it’ll have to be before a new judge, once one is assigned, now that Judge Walls has removed himself from the case, said sources with knowledge of the situation.
Menendez is accused of corruption because he received sizable campaign contributions from Melgen as well as trips and gifts.
Walls declared a mistrial in the 2017 case when the jury reported it was deadlocked 10 to 2 in favor of acquittal.
The Department of Justice announced earlier this month it would seek a retrial.
In an event scheduled for Friday, Jan. 26, Hispanic civic and elected leaders from across New Jersey were expected to gather on the steps of Elizabeth City Hall to denounce the U.S. Department of Justice for accusing Menendez, the nation’s highest-ranking Latino elected official and leading immigrant rights advocate, of “racializing” the legal proceedings in court.
“Given the Trump Administration’s continuous attacks on immigrants, voting rights and other crucial issues, the state’s Hispanic community fears the decision to retry Senator Menendez is the latest example of the DOJ being weaponized to target minorities,” said a Democratic release issued by the Hispanic leadership.
New art exhibit at Barsky Gallery
“Desolated” by Valery Yershov is currently on exhibit at Barsky Gallery at 49 Harrison St. and reported a record turnout of more than 200 people during its opening night.
Guests from all over the tri-state area and as far away as California attended including collectors, museum curators, and art lovers alike.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the turnout,” commented owner Albert Barsky. “This is truly a remarkable contemporary art exhibition and to see it win so much support is wonderful.”
A Russian born NYC native, Yershov is known for creating a balance between dream and reality, theatricality, and absurdity while paying attention to fine details. He is also known for playing on the ambivalence of meaning.
This latest body of work consists of 11 original paintings, and limited edition of 30 museum-quality prints of each piece available directly through the gallery. The exhibition is scheduled to remain open for viewing through February.
“Passion, skill and momentum are certainly all on Yershov’s side.” Barsky said. “The much anticipated new body of work is reported to be among the most accomplished and thought-provoking of Yershov’s career to date.”
More information about the exhibition can be found at http://www.barskygallery.com/?page=9945.
New EY offices open in Hoboken
On Jan. 16, Ernst & Young announced the opening of their new 170,000 square foot office and learning center in Hoboken’s Waterfront Corporate Center II at 121 River St.
The new location will be home to more than 1,000 EY professionals, many focused on serving financial services clients, and will feature advanced technologies to enable high performance teaming and learning.
Additionally, the office design is focused on integration, collaboration and innovation as it features more than 100 collaboration rooms and nearly 130 flexible work areas, as part of its efforts to promote teamwork.
Alzheimer’s support group launched at Hoboken University Medical Center
CarePoint Health and Act Now Foundation will launch a monthly Alzheimer’s support group at Hoboken University Medical Center to provide support for families, caregivers, and individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease.
The free support group will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday Jan. 21 and will continue to meet at this time on the fourth Wednesday of every month in the second floor boardroom at Hoboken University Medical Center, 308 Willow Ave.
“We are honored to work with the Act Now Foundation to provide support, information and education for the special needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as their caretakers,” said Ann Logan, chief hospital executive for Hoboken University Medical Center. “Hudson County has the fourth highest percentage of older adults living with Alzheimer’s disease in the country.”
Alzheimer’s is a chronic neurodegenerative disease and the most common form of dementia, and is associated with memory loss and the deterioration of cognitive abilities. An Alzheimer’s support group also meets at Christ Hospital on a monthly basis (the third Tuesday of each month from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.), and has been meeting for the past seven years. Seeing a growing need for Alzheimer’s caregiver support, CarePoint is expanding the program to its other two hospitals with Bayonne to be adding a group this year as well.
For more information about Hoboken University Medical Center’s Alzheimer’s Support Group or for the Christ Hospital Alzheimer’s Support Group, please contact (201) 721-6721 or (201) 341-1310.
ONE ART – HOBOKEN presents ‘4/Baraka’
On Saturday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. Issyra Gallery, 300 Observer Hwy., will house Hoboken One Art, a monthly music, poetry, art series featuring local performers. This month they present “4/Barka,” featuring reg e gaines & friends: Hope Guarantes, Andres Piña, Cyd Charisse Fulton, and Café Touba featuring Elhadji Faye and Issa Sow.
In Gaines’ newest theater piece, performers riff on Amiri Barka’s words using spoken melodies and stories in honor of the writer. Café Touba will play contemporary West African music heavy on percussive syncopation.
Born in Jersey City, the son of a police officer, reg e gaines is an author playwright, director, two-time Tony Award nominee, Grammy nominee and Bessie Award winner for Best Book/Lyrics for the Broadway hit “Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk.” Gaines made a name for himself at the Nuyorican Poets Café where he was crowned a “Grand Slam Champion” in 1991, a high honor within the slam poetry community. National tours (including MTV’s Spoken Word Unplugged tour) and several appearances on national TV shows soon followed.
St. Francis Church Holy Name Society to host awards dinner
St Francis Church Holy Name Society will host its Awards Dinner on Sunday, April 15 at the Hoboken Elks Lodge.
The dinner will honor Mark Aurigemma, Julius Binetti, Josephy Cantatore, and Gerardo Irizarry for their dedication to the society, parish, and Hoboken Community,
The dinner is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and ticket donations are $45.
The dinner will include a buffet, DJ, door prizes, 50/50 raffle and a cash bar.
For more information call Michael Cannarozzi at (201) 707 6841.