Hoboken has suffered from three water main breaks in one week.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 20, residents were without water for several days after a main broke at the intersection of Observer Highway and Jefferson Street.
On Saturday, Aug. 25, a 16-inch water main broke on Newark and Hudson streets, a busy intersection near the city’s bus and train terminals.
And a water main broke in the upper northwest part of town, on Thirteenth Street between Madison and Jefferson streets, on Sunday, Aug. 26.
Mayor Ravi Bhalla has ordered SUEZ Water to immediately stop work on its water meter pit project in southwest Hoboken and other non-emergency operations until the cause of the frequent breaks has been fully investigated.
The city has been plagued by water main breaks throughout the years. Some of Hoboken’s water mains are a century old. The cast iron pipes become brittle as they age, making them prone to breaks caused by pressure fluctuations, vibrations, or changes in temperature.
The city has started replacing and upgrading the aging infrastructure, starting with water mains along Washington Street, as part of the city’s $18.3 million Washington Street Redesign Project.
Mile Square Theatre presents ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’
Mile Square Theatre continues its 2018 season in September with Christopher Durang’s play about love, life and family, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” in which Durang drops a mixed bag of Chekhovian characters in contemporary Bucks County. The comedy won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.
“We resume our 2018 season with Durang’s hugely entertaining play.” says MST Artistic Director Chris O’Connor. “I’m thrilled with this cast, led by MST Associate Artistic Director Mark Cirnigliaro. We are delighted to have Barbara Pitts join us, who is well-known for her work with Tectonic Theatre. She’s done a couple of 7th Inning Stretch plays with us, and she’s now playing Sonia in this remarkable play. Also in the cast are several usual suspects at MST: Annette Hammond (“Circle Mirror Transformation”) and Annie McAdams (“Core Values” and “God of Carnage”). And, as Vanya, this marks my first time on the MST main stage since ‘Scapin’ in 2004!”
The creative team, led by Director Mark Cirnigliaro, includes MST Resident Scenic Designer Matthew J. Fick, MST Resident Costume Designer Peter Fogel, and Lighting Designer Elaine Wong.
The show will take place at Mile Square Theatre, 1400 Clinton St., from Sept. 12 through Oct. 7, with previews on Sept.12 and Sept. 13 and opening night scheduled for Friday, Sept. 14.
Shows will be Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.
Tickets are available at www.milesquaretheatre.org, or by calling (201) 683-7014.
Tickets are $30 to $40, $18 for students and seniors. Preview tickets are $15.
Discount parking is available at The Harlow, 1330 Willow Ave., and at Little Man Parking, 1300 Jefferson St.
For more information on Mile Square Theatre, visit www.milesquaretheatre.org.
David White’s ‘Bootleggers Under Glass’ exhibit ends Sept. 16.
“Bootleggers Under Glass,” an exhibit by David White, is on display at the Hoboken Historical Museum’s Upper Gallery now until Sept. 16.
At a tasting for Prohibition Distillery’s Bootlegger 21 Vodka at the W Hotel in Hoboken, White pitched one of the company’s principals on a campaign to recreate the glass-plate process look of vintage mug shots from the 1920s using modern digital technology. The result is the series now on display at the museum.
In the 1920s, mug shots were created with a wet plate collodion process. The unintended imperfections from the laborious process resulted in an almost painterly feel and texture.
White, who now works almost exclusively with digital equipment, added these imperfections, tonal qualities and textures to mimic the look of authentic 1920s mug shots. He also had to coax his models for the “Bootleggers” series into the right frame of mind to portray hard-bitten booze smugglers caught by the law.
White has had a few exhibits of his work over the years. This series has been part of a Jazz Age-themed exhibit at Raoul’s French restaurant in New York. His work has also been on display over the years at local coffee shops including Mola, Frozen Monkey, Park Pastries, and others.
Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteers
Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. Rm. 901 on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.
For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.