Giuliani backs Christie
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced his endorsement of New Jersey gubernatorial candidate and former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie in Hoboken on Tuesday.
Giuliani and Christie stood in front of campaign supporters and members of the press in Maxwell Place Park, overlooking Manhattan.
Gov. Jon Corzine, a Hoboken resident, recently moved to a condominium in Maxwell Place.
Asked whether the event was held in Hoboken for any particular reason, Giuliani said he heard about the “beautiful view” and wanted to see it for himself.
When pressed, he said he didn’t know Corzine lived in Maxwell Place, but that he was sure “the governor will take it in the right spirit.”
Christie has a history of prosecuting highly-visible elected officials, sometimes while sacrificing full prosecution of more egregious violations, according to some critics.
Giuliani, a former U.S. Attorney himself, said Christie’s background will enable him to deal with a variety of crisis situations, from economic one that we are experiencing now to terroristic ones that we have experienced in the past.
Historical Museum celebrates Hudson
On Sunday, March 1, the Hoboken Historical Museum will host a free reception from 2 to 5 p.m. kicking off their latest exhibition, “Up and Down the River: A History of the Hudson, 1609 – 2009.”
This quadricentennial celebration was made possible through a special project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission.
For the exhibition, the Museum commissioned an original mural of the outline of Hoboken's waterfront along the length of the main wall, painted by local artist Ray Guzman. Items on display include a scale model of a Hudson River tugboat by John Marinovich and other memorabilia.
A speaker series begins on Sunday, March 15, at 4 p.m. with popular author, speaker, and retired Hoboken teacher, Bill Miller, a recognized expert on the history of the great ocean liners.
For more information, visit www.hobokenmuseum.org or call (201) 656-2240.
Bowling fundraiser for kids at Hoboken hospital
The Liberty Board of Realtors is hosting Third Annual Family & Friends “Bowling for the Kids” fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 28 at the North Arlington Bowl-O-Drome, 200 Schuyler Ave., North Arlington. The event is a night of “candlelight” bowling to benefit the Pediatrics Department of Hoboken University Medical Center.
The cost is $65 per person which includes hot buffet (8:30 to 9:30 p.m.), three games of “Scotch Doubles” bowling, and shoe rental. For those who do not bowl but wish to champion this great cause, there is a $35 per person hot buffet only.
For more information, call (201) 851-3012 or (201) 970-4593.
The proceeds from this event will continue to fund Direct TV for the pediatrics ward at the hospital.
Tax relief for seniors, disabled
Assemblywoman Caridad Rodriguez and Assemblyman Ruben Ramos sent out information last week urging eligible senior citizens and residents with disabilities living in the 33rd District of Hudson County to apply for the state’s Property Tax Reimbursement program, more popularly known as the “Senior Freeze.”
The deadline to apply is June 1.
“Every eligible resident should apply for the Senior Freeze and take full advantage of the property tax relief they deserve,” said Ramos.
The Assembly members said staff in their district offices would be available to assist residents in completing and filing their applications.
Rodriguez’s office is located at 303 58th St., West New York, or call (201) 854-0900 for information
Ramos’ office is located at 70 Hudson St., Hoboken, or call (201) 714-4960 for information. No appointment is necessary.
Rodriguez and Ramos urged interested residents who wish to learn more about the “Senior Freeze” property tax reimbursement to contact their district offices or visit the program’s official website: www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/propfrez.shtml.
The 33rd District includes the municipalities of West New York, Union City, Guttenberg, Jersey City, Hoboken and Weehawken.
City energy audit
Hoboken was the 11th municipality in New Jersey granted a state-funded energy audit, and the City Council approved a contract for the auditors at last week’s meeting. The audit can hopefully assist the city in saving money on heating, cooling, and electric while improving the environmental impact of the municipality.
The state will pay for 75 percent of the total cost of the audit – $55,589, according to the lowest bidder – and the additional 25 percent once the city takes action on recommendations made in the audit.
The effort was spearheaded by Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer, who said this is just one step to becoming a more energy efficient city. She said Hoboken should follow Newark’s lead in creating more “green” jobs.
Disabilities and addiction workshop
A free disabilities and addiction workshop will be offered to Hudson County residents on Feb. 25.
Partners in Prevention will host the workshop titled “Understanding Disabilities and Addition” as part of a monthly series of half-day substance abuse awareness trainings.
It will take place from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the Crystal Room at Schuetzen Park, located at 3167 Kennedy Blvd.
A breakfast buffet will be served and parking is free, available at the rear entrance of Schuetzen Park.
The workshop was developed for school and community educators and mental health professionals, but is now open to anyone interested in learning more about the effects of various disabilities on alcohol, tobacco, or other drug abuse and addiction.
The workshop if funded by the New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Addiction Services as part of the Hudson County Resource Center grant.
The training is free but registration is limited to 50 individuals.
To register, call the Partners in Prevention office at (201) 653-6776.