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CHILDREN’S THEATRE – The children’s theater wing of the Hudson Theatre Ensemble, Silly on Sixth, premieres its new production of “Jack and the Beanstalk: A Zany Adaptation,” at the Hudson School Performance Space, 601 Park Ave. this weekend. See brief.
CHILDREN’S THEATRE – The children’s theater wing of the Hudson Theatre Ensemble, Silly on Sixth, premieres its new production of “Jack and the Beanstalk: A Zany Adaptation,” at the Hudson School Performance Space, 601 Park Ave. this weekend. See brief.
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Golf event to benefit 1,400 Hoboken public and private school students

The third Annual “Swing Fore the Schools” Golf Outing will take place on Friday, June 7 at the Crystal Springs Resort in Hardyston, N.J. The one-of-a-kind event, which will welcome over 300 golfers, will benefit over 1,400 students at six Hoboken schools.

Parents from six local schools have come together for this joint charity golf outing for the benefit of Elysian Charter School, Hoboken Charter School, Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa), Mustard Seed School, All Saints Episcopal Day School and Stevens Cooperative School.

Now in its third year, the event continues to expand, with more players, more contests and more value than ever before, for players and sponsors alike. Last year over 250 golfers raised about $60,000 for local schools.

The third annual outing will take place again at the beautiful Crystal Springs Resort on the Wild Turkey and Crystal Springs golf courses, both rated among the best in the country.

Sponsorship benefits include a double-shotgun four-person scramble for up to 300 players on 45 holes, exciting contests and prizes including hole-in-one, closest to the pin and longest drive, and wide exposure to residents of Hoboken, Jersey City, Hudson County.

Sponsorship opportunities start at just $250, and custom and unique sponsorship packages are available. All packages provide recognition on the website, event program and more.

Register online at: www.swingforetheschools2013.com. For more information, email the Swing Fore the Schools Golf Committee at swingforetheschools2013@googlegroups.com.

Hudson Theatre Ensemble to premiere ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’

The children’s theater wing of the Hudson Theatre Ensemble, Silly on Sixth, will premiere its new production of “Jack and the Beanstalk: A Zany Adaptation,” at the Hudson School Performance Space, 601 Park Ave., on Saturday, June 1 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Further performances will be held Sunday, June 2 and Sunday, June 9, at the same times.

Tickets for the show, which runs about 40 minutes, can be reserved by emailing reservations@hudsontheatreensemble.com or calling (201) 377-7014. Tickets are $7 for children and $10 for adults.

For more information, visit www.hudsontheatreensemble.com.

Oklahoma benefit in Hoboken

On Saturday, June 15, Go Row Studios of Hoboken will host an Oklahoma Relief Benefit at Liberty Bar & Grill at 61 14th St., Hoboken, 201-222-6322. The Full Day Event will start at 2 p.m. with live music throughout the day from various local musicians.

Donations will be accepted at the door. Drink Specials throughout the day. All proceeds will benefit the people of Oklahoma, who have suffered through recent storms. More info: Libertybar.com.

Roger Muller, proprietor of nearly 100 year old Hoboken business, passes away

Longtime Hoboken insurance agent Roger Muller of Muller Insurance passed away last Saturday. Also known as R. John, he was the owner-operator of R. John Muller Insurance and Real Estate Agency on Washington Street, which was established in 1906 by his father, John Muller.

Muller, 85, passed away at Hackensack University Medical Center.

He graduated from Upsala College in East Orange and attended St. John’s Law School in the Bronx. He served in the NJ State Detective Association for 46 years, 21 years of which he was the president. He was a past Master (1960) of The Masonic Euclid Lodge, 136 F. & A.M. in Hoboken; a member of the Royal Arch Masons Ark of the Covenant in Ridgefield Park; a member of the Hugh de Payens Commandery No. 1 K.T.; a Shriner of the Salaam Temple; a member of PBA Local 3 in Newark; a member of FOP Local 46; a member of the Elks Lodge 74 in Hoboken; and a member of the Hoboken Lions Club. He also served as the president of the Hoboken Board of Realtors in 1960. He was a passionate fisherman and hunter.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Hetty (née Harris) Muller, and was the father of Leonore Muller, Laura Romm-Cohen, Roger J. Muller Jr., and Erika S. Muller. He was the grandfather of three and the grandfather of Kelsey and Taylor Muller. He is also survived by one great-grandchild.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Thursday, May 30, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lawton-Turso Funeral Home, 633 Washington St. A service will be held on Friday, May 31 at 10:30 a.m., by Pastor Mary Forell of St. Matthews Trinity Lutheran Church, Hoboken, at the funeral home. Interment will take place at the Fairview Cemetery, Fairview. In lieu, please make donations to Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Longtime Hoboken city employee Fred Moret dead at 54

Fred “Freddie” Moret, who worked for the city of Hoboken since 1977, most recently serving as superintendent of parks, passed away last Friday. He was 54.

Moret was on a trip to Italy organized by his parish, St. Francis’ Church, when repeated asthma attacks led to a fatal heart attack, said a City Hall employee.

In addition to working on the city’s parks, he also worked in the municipal garage and served as a commissioner on the city’s Shade Tree Commission.

According to a report on Hoboken Patch, Moret’s body will return to New Jersey later this week. Funeral arrangements will be made by Failla Funeral Home.

Zimmer, Florida mayor weigh in on climate change debate in USA Today op-ed

An op-ed piece co-authored by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Mayor Kristin Jacobs of Broward County, Fla., appeared in Wednesday’s edition of USA Today. The article argues against the United States Congress using the ongoing climate change debate as an excuse for not providing substantial funds for municipalities to build safeguards against future Hurricane Sandy-like superstorms.

“It seems as if every time we experience yet another extreme weather event, Americans want to know whether climate change was the culprit,” the article reads. “Instead of asking if climate change caused a specific event, a better question is: Given what we do know, what can we do about it?”

Despite passing legislation that provided about $60 billion in relief funding in the storm’s aftermath, the federal government has yet to pass any legislation that would provide funding directly to at-risk municipalities and counties.

“This is particularly galling because Congress is to blame, in part, for our ‘new normal’ climate by refusing to pass legislation that would reduce carbon emissions,” wrote Zimmer and Jacobs. “Cutting carbon would slow the pace of sea level rise and give municipalities the time needed to adapt to it.”

Last Wednesday, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that would authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with various water infrastructure projects. However, the legislation is expected to face serious opposition in the House of Representatives.

And earlier this month U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Albio Sires (D-8th) co-sponsored a bill that would provide additional mitigation funding to states which abide by state of the art construction codes, hoping to protect newly built and renovated structures against future weather disasters.

Hoboken’s free summer events begin this week

The city of Hoboken’s free summer events begin this week starting Tuesday, July 4 with Family Fun Nights in Shipyard Park. Sponsored by the city, co-sponsored by the Applied Companies. Located at 13th Street and McFeeley Drive. July 4’s performers will be the Hey Ya Brothers with their slapstick comedy variety show for the whole family.

On Thursday, June 6, concerts in Sinatra Park begin. The concert on June 6 will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature an evening of performance from the Hoboken Public Schools’ Music Students featuring : The Hoboken Rockin Redwing Band, Wallace School Chorus, Wallace 2nd Grade Chorus, Calabro School Chorus, Calabro School String Ensemble, Connors School Chorus and The Wallace School Beginner Band. There will be a pre-show by My Gym at 5.

Sinatra Idol contest will take place June 13, 6:30 p.m., to be judged by Chris and Albie Manzo of “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” and others.

For more info contact: Geri Fallo 201-420-2207.

Ramos introduces Emergency Environmental Infrastructure Trust Funding legislation

Assemblyman Ruben Ramos Jr. (D-33rd Dist.) introduced legislation last week that would allow the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust (EIT) to issue emergency bridge loans to municipalities that are working to recover from and protect themselves against natural disasters. Currently, the EIT is subject to the annual budget cycle and issues loans only once per year.

Ramos said if passed the law would allow Hoboken, which has been seeking low-interest funding for additional flood pumps, to apply for that funding now instead of waiting for the trust’s one time per year grants.

“Mother Nature doesn’t care about the budget cycle,” said Ramos. “This bill will help bridge the gap between when a disaster strikes and when a city or town can take action to get back on its feet. Taking preventative action is one of the biggest lessons we should have learned from Sandy, and this legislation will make it easier for towns to do that.”

The bill (A-4185) would allocate some of the trust’s funds to be held in reserve to be issued following emergencies, allowing municipalities to apply for smaller-sized loans in off-cycle months until long-term grants and loans become available.

Assemblyman Ramos represents the 33rd Legislative District, which includes Hoboken, Union City, Weehawken, and parts of Jersey City.

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