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100 YEARS LATER, FINALLY A HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE – Lifelong Hoboken resident Mildred Scott, who now lives in a nursing home in North Bergen, turned 100 on Oct. 9, and received from the city a dream she’d been after her entire life. Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Board of Education President Leon Gold surprised Mildred with an honorary diploma from Hoboken High School at her surprise birthday party. Scott is descended from Colonel John Stevens and worked in City Hall for many years.
100 YEARS LATER, FINALLY A HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE – Lifelong Hoboken resident Mildred Scott, who now lives in a nursing home in North Bergen, turned 100 on Oct. 9, and received from the city a dream she’d been after her entire life. Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Board of Education President Leon Gold surprised Mildred with an honorary diploma from Hoboken High School at her surprise birthday party. Scott is descended from Colonel John Stevens and worked in City Hall for many years.
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Artists encouraged to sign up for Hoboken Studio Art Tour

The city of Hoboken, and The Hoboken Reporter are seeking local artists to participate in the Hoboken Artists Studio Tour, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 9 and Sunday, Nov. 10, from noon to 6 p.m.

The program consists of a free, self-guided walking tour of artists' studios, galleries and community exhibition spaces throughout the mile-square city.

No studio need to participate. For an application, contact Geri Fallo, the city’s Director of Cultural Affairs, at (201) 420-2207.

Hoboken receives one acre for new park; city taking public’s suggestions online

The transfer of title of a 1-acre parking lot known as Block 12 to the city of Hoboken was completed on Tuesday, paving the way for the construction of a brand new public park in the city’s Southwest section. The park will be the first of its kind in that section of town, and Mayor Dawn Zimmer has said it will serve as the first step toward a larger park in the neighborhood.

"I fought for a long time for a Southwest Park, and I’m excited to announce that we now own an acre of property for the first part of a larger park that we will expand through the redevelopment process," said Zimmer in a statement yesterday.

The park will be paid for via a $3 million open space grant courtesy of the county. In her statement, Zimmer thanked the Board of Chosen Freeholders, County Executive Tom DeGise, and Hoboken Freeholder Anthony Romano.

The park has been an election season victory for the incumbent mayor, who is up for reelection on Nov. 5 and is challenged by state Assemblyman Ruben Ramos and Fourth Ward Councilman Tim Occhipinti. In August, on the day that a judge ruled in favor of the city’s application to purchase the property at a reduced rate, $2.937 million, was also the day Zimmer kicked off her campaign.

Hoboken also received a $500,000 grant to incorporate anti-flooding technology into the park’s construction, including underground water detention systems.

According to a release from the city, Starr Whitehouse, a landscape architecture firm with expertise in green design and stormwater management, has been hired to lead the planning process. The city also said it will hold community meetings to educate the public and gauge what most Hobokenites want in this park. Additionally, there is an online survey residents can take in order to give their input.

Hoboken church starting support group for caregivers

Saints Peter and Paul Church, located at 404 Hudson Street, is launching a support group for caregivers. The new group’s primary role will be to provide opportunities for individuals and families to meet with and learn from neighbors who are serving in similar roles as primary caregivers to family members, friends, or others.

“Too often the wellbeing of a caregiver is overshadowed and forgotten,” said group leader Nanette Vallier. “Caregivers give so much of their time, effort and care to others. And our aim for this group is to empower these already strong people by offering a place to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns with fellow caregivers.”

If you are interested in learning more about the Caregiver Support Group and how you can join or help, please contact the parish at (201) 659-2276. The group is open to all members of the greater community, regardless of religious affiliation.

Hoboken Catholic to hold golf fundraiser to recover from Sandy

Hoboken Catholic Academy, which is partially subsidized through fundraisers, will hold one of its largest annual fundraisers, a golf outing, Friday, Oct. 18. The outing will start at 9:30 a.m. at the Meadows Golf Club, located at 79 Two Bridges Road in Lincoln Park, New Jersey.

There are multiple ways to participate, including enjoying a day of golf at a wonderful course as an individual or with a group of friends/family, using this event to publicize yourself or your business/endeavor, taking a chance at a 50/50 Raffle, making a monetary and/or merchandise donation to benefit the school and event, or simply spreading the word about the event.

If you’re interested in participating, contact Mike Tennaro at (201) 659-4175 or mtbull0507@hotmail.com.

Hudson School to screen ‘Girl Rising’ on Oct. 14

The Hudson School, located at 601 Park Avenue, is scheduled to air the monumental and life changing film, “Girl Rising” on Monday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m.

“Girl Rising” chronicles the life of nine amazing girls from nine countries as they struggle to overcome amazing obstacles. The film is part of the “10x10 Global Campaign” to end gender violence, domestic slavery, forced marriage, and lack of access to education and health care, among other gender injustices. It has been screened around the country and the world.

The film is narrated by renowned actresses and writers from around the world such as Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep.

The Hudson School is holding this event to celebrate girls everywhere and to mobilize communities about how education for women can break cycles of poverty, empower girls and transform communicates for generations to come.

The Hudson School students also hope to hold a fall bread bake sale in which proceeds will go to benefit the 10X10 Campaign, which provides schooling and supplies for girls the world over.

Anyone interested in gender equality or in teaching their children about the challenges faced by girls all over the world and how they can help should see this film. The film is one of the most groundbreaking movements to date to fight oppression around the world.

Admission is free and any questions can be directed to Lisa Wittner (201) 659-8335. Due to some mature content, the film is advised only for teens and adults of all genders.

An afternoon of music at the Hudson School

Hoboken-based singer and songwriter Pamela Ross and friends present an afternoon of “Popsical Meeting” for the entire family, with selections from Brahms to Broadway to Bach. The concert will take place at The Hudson School, 601 Park Avenue, on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m.

Admission is free. For information and reservations contact Evelyn Bonilla at (862) 373-0806.

Animal League holds wine tasting fundraiser

The Hudson County Animal League is inviting everyone to help them celebrate their 20th Anniversary of saving the lives of homeless and abused animals through a wine tasting event sponsored by Bridgeview Liquors of Bayonne.

The wine tasting will be held on Nov. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Bayonne Museum, 8th Street and Broadway in Bayonne.

Tickets, at $15, can be purchased in advance by contacting Barbara Devaney at bdevaney3@verizon.net or (201) 436-1848. You can also pay through PayPal by visiting the group’s “Donate” page. Tickets, at $20, can also be purchased the day of the event.

Volunteers wanted for Hudson Medical Reserve Corps

If you would like to volunteer during public health emergencies and natural disasters in Hudson County or elsewhere, the Hudson Regional Health Commission (HRHC) Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is looking for you.

MRC units are made up of locally based volunteers (with or without a medical background). They include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, mental health professionals, dentists, veterinarians, and epidemiologists. Other community members, such as interpreters, chaplains, office workers, and legal advisers, fill vital support positions.

Volunteers give a minimal amount of time and have the choice to respond locally only or to be deployed outside the county. MRC volunteers were an important part of the Superstorm Sandy response. They gave more than 450 hours, helping at shelters and acting as translators.

Volunteers participate in various trainings and drills throughout the year, enhancing their preparedness skills, and heightening their ability to respond to many different types of events.

Hudson County’s Emergency Management, police, fire, EMS, and public health professionals are working hard to identify, train for, and respond to emergencies that could impact those who live and work here, but more help is needed.

For more information, visit the HRHC website at www.hudsonregional.org and click on “Medical Reserve Corps” on the menu bar on the left. Interested individuals can also call Monique Davis, Hudson County MRC coordinator, or Christina Butieb-Bianco, assistant MRC coordinator, at (201) 223-1133 or email mrc@hudsonregionalhealth.org.

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