Cello rock band to give free concert at lunchtime in Weehawken
The UBS Atrium Series continues its midday music series with a concert by Break of Reality on Wednesday, March 12 at 12:30 p.m. at the Atrium, 1000 Harbor Blvd, in the Lincoln Harbor section of the Weehawken waterfront.
Break of Reality is a cello rock band originally formed at the Eastman School of Music in 2003. The quartet fills concert venues around the country with fans who enjoy its diverse and boundary-breaking music. Break of Reality plays its own original music as well as unique interpretations of songs by bands such as Metallica and Radiohead. Its sound can be described as cinematic, subdued, and heavy all at once. According to a release, “Whether you listen to Led Zeppelin or Yo-Yo Ma, you will appreciate Break Of Reality.”
Break of Reality has released three albums to date, The Sound Between (2006), Spectrum of the Sky (2009), and Covers (2012), which have sold over 50,000 copies worldwide. The band will be releasing its newest album, Ten, in mid-March.
For directions, late-breaking concert news, and other updates, please check the HRPAC website (www.hrpac.org) or call the concert hotline at 201-716-4540.
Parents of infant killed in jitney accident sue driver, owner
The parents of an infant killed in an accident involving a jitney are suing the driver and the owner of the jitney.
Eight-month-old Angelie Paredes was in her stroller on July 30 when a jitney jumped the curb on Boulevard East in West New York and knocked down a lamppost onto the stroller, killing the child. The driver was charged with reckless driving and death by auto.
Since then Angelie’s parents, who are North Bergen residents, have advocated for regulations on jitney operators to ensure that the same thing doesn’t happen to others.
Now they have filed a lawsuit against the driver of the jitney involved in the accident, as well as the company that employed him and owned the vehicle. According to reports, the lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount in damages and claims that the driver was speeding and using his cell phone at the time of the crash.
Legally, jitneys were exempt from regulations imposed on buses and other forms of transportation. As a result of the accident, local and state officials drafted a law imposing stronger regulations on jitney owners and drivers. The law, passed earlier this year, is known as “Angelie’s Law.”
The law provides stricter guidelines for owners and operators, penalties for violations, and creates a telephone hotline for complaints. It specifically bars drivers from several unsafe practices including using a cell phone while behind the wheel.
Additional components of the law will allow authorities to draw blood samples from drivers involved in serious accidents.
A framed copy of the law was presented to Angelie’s parents at a ceremony in North Bergen Town Hall on Jan. 30, exactly six months after the accident. --Art Schwartz
Chabad of Hoboken announces annual Grand Purim Party
Chabad of Hoboken's annual Grand Purim Party will be held at the Boys & Girls Club, 123 Jefferson St., on Sunday, March 16.
This year's theme – Purim in Musical Land – will feature a delicious, buffet dinner, cotton candy, popcorn and an open bar for adults. Great entertainment by Imagination Playhouse includes music, magic and balloon shaping.
Doors open at 3 p.m. Entertainment will follow at 3:15 p.m. followed by the reading of the Megillah and a scrumptious buffet dinner, music and dancing, traditional hamentashen and lots of fun. All are welcome to join regardless of affiliation or background.
Tickets cost $25 per adult and $15 a child/ Stevens students at the door, $18 per adult, $10 per child in advance.
Purim at the Stadium has been generously co-sponsored by Shoprite of Hoboken and CarePoint Health.
Chabad also has an exclusive party for young Jewish Professionals on Saturday night, March 15 at 9:30 p.m. For more info and to RSVP for either of these programs, check out www.JewishHoboken.com or call (201) 386-5222.
PetSmart adoptions every Sunday, 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Hudson County Animal League’s adoption team are available every Sunday to introduce our fabulous adoptable felines. Also, several of our cats are staying in PetSmart kitty condos and you can meet them any day of the week during business hours. Come on by -- you could meet a friend for life! PetSmart is at 400 Mill Creek Drive.