Five residents, including two school board incumbents, filed nominating petitions by the July 30 deadline to run for the Hoboken Board of Education.
There are three seats for three-year terms up for election on Nov. 6 for the nine-member board.
Current board president Thomas Kluepfel and current board member John Madigan will both run for re-election, on the same slate with Malani Cademartori.
The other candidates are local activist Patricia Waiters, who has run for several elected offices in the past including school board last year, as well as resident Ailene McGuirk.
Cademartori, Kluepfel, and Madigan are running under the slogan “Hoboken Proud,” according to the Hudson County Clerk’s Office.
McGuirk and Waiters are running independently, McGuirk under the slogan “All Our Kids” and Waiters under the slogan “Education Before Politics.”
New LGBTQ community liaison announced
On Monday, Aug 6 the city kicked off its inaugural Hoboken Pride Week with a flag raising ceremony.
At the ceremony, Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced a new volunteer LGBTQ Community Liaison to the city, Laura Knittel. Knittel will act as a point person with the mayor's ear who will be able to bring concerns from the LGBTQ to the city and advocate for them on their behalf.
Also at the ceremony, Hudson Pride Center CEO Michael Billy presented Mayor Ravi Bhalla with the organization’s Evolution Award.
“Our understanding of gender and sexuality are ever evolving, and as we evolve, so must our society and so must our policies and laws,” said Billy. “In a few short months, Bhalla has set the bar high in New Jersey by protecting the dignity of trans and non-binary individuals with his gender-neutral bathroom ordinance. Beyond that, our community is intersectional, and his advocacy on behalf of immigrants, working parents, and the homeless help lift us all up.”
Bhalla is the only elected official to have received this award.
Bhalla said he was humbled by the award and said he is just "trying to do my part to make life more equitable for members of traditionally marginalized groups."
He said the award is not the end goal. "This award is a motivator. It tells me that we here in Hoboken are on the right track in bending the arc of the moral universe towards justice."
Hoboken Pride Week is part of the first-ever Hudson Pride Month, with events happening across Hoboken, Jersey City, and Bayonne throughout the month of August.
For more information, see the story in the Jersey City Reporter this week (hudsonreporter.com starting Sunday) or visit https://jerseycitypride.com/upcoming-pride-events/.
Hoboken man allegedly takes a photo under a minor’s skirt
According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, a Hoboken man has been arrested for allegedly using his cell phone to take a picture underneath a girl’s dress.
Jeffrey Goldstein, 31, was arrested July 31 and charged with one count of violating a voyeurism statute that prohibits photographing a minor’s private area without consent when that individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy.
He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson in Newark federal court on Wednesday, Aug. 1 and was released on $25,000 unsecured bond.
According to the press release, Goldstein was a passenger of a cruise ship on July 8 which left Bayonne for Bermuda. That evening, a 13-year-old girl was standing on the deck of the cruise ship facing outward toward the water.
Goldstein allegedly approached the victim and, without her permission, placed his iPhone underneath the skirt of her dress, pointed the camera upward and took a picture. The victim felt something touch her leg. Goldstein moved to the side of the victim and soon walked away.
A nearby adult saw Goldstein allegedly take a photo up the victim’s dress. Cruise ship personnel reviewed surveillance footage of the incident.After obtaining a search warrant, the FBI later downloaded the contents of Goldstein’s iPhone. They allege that they found the photo of the girl, along with several other “up-skirt” images.
Goldstein faces a maximum potential penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
The federal government has special maritime jurisdiction.
Screening set of WWII film‘Goodbye, Cleveland. Hello, France’
On Saturday, Aug. 11, the Hoboken Historical Museum will host a special screening of the French documentary, “Goodbye, Cleveland. Hello, France,” from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The discovery of a trunk in a small village in France led filmmaker Claude Humbert on a journey to tell the story of Major Arthur Samuel Houts, who traveled through Hoboken in 1918 on his way to the battlefields of France like so many other soldiers.
Tickets are $10 at the door and $5 for Hoboken Museum members. The screening will take place at the Hoboken Museum located on Hudson and Thirteenth streets.
Mile Square Theatre presents the dance premiere of ‘The Sarah & Whitney Show’
SWG/dancetheatre and Jacobs Dance Collective will join forces to present the premiere of “The Sarah & Whitney Show” at Mile Square Theatre, 1400 Clinton St.,Hoboken, from Thursday, Aug. 16 through Saturday, Aug. 18 at 8p.m.
Celebrating effort, excess, risk, and gigantic messes, “The Sarah & Whitney Show” is devoted to all things fun.Choreographers Sarah Weber Gallo and Whitney Jacobs invite audiences to Mile Square Theatre for three evenings of free-range dance in celebration of the collective need to seek pleasure, companionship, debauchery, and laughter.
Sarah Weber Gallo is the artistic director of SWG/dancetheatre, and the dance director for Mile Square Theatre, where her 2016 production “The Magic Hour” had its world premiere. She is the senior dancer for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet at Lincoln Center.
Whitney Jacobs is a choreographer, performer, and educator based in New York City.
Her choreography has been produced by the 14th Street Y, Joyce Soho, Triskelion Arts, Aaron Davis Hall, Brooklyn Lyceum and the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati, among others.
Most recently she performed in Ghanawith the acclaimed University of Ohio-based West African dance and drum ensemble Azaguno.
For more information, or to purchase tickets go to: www.milesquaretheatre.org/shows-events/. This show is suitable for all ages.
Route 495 lane closures could impact traffic for 2-3 years
Lincoln Tunnel-area commuters, brace yourselves. The state Department of Transportation was scheduled to close traffic lanes on Route 495, starting Aug. 10, according to a press release.
The headaches commence with the closure of the 31st Street ramp from JFK Boulevard to 495 westbound in North Bergen on the 10th. Traffic will be detoured onto Paterson Plank Road. On the 17th, one lane on 495 will be closed 24/7 in both directions. This will severely limit roadway capacity.
The shutdowns are part of a massive $90.3 million, state-funded rehabilitation project on the Route 495 Bridge.
Work on the span includes repairing and reconstructing the bridge deck, replacing and strengthening its deteriorated structural steel, and repairing and painting the substructure. The project’s first phase began in September of 2017 with local street improvements.
The entire project is projected to finish around summer 2021. Motorists are advised to consider alternative routes during that time, such as the George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel, public transportation, or carpooling. For more information, email the DOT at DOTOutreachRT495@dot.nj.gov, or call (201) 408-8495.
Hudson County puts federal jail money on hold
Honoring a request made by state Attorney General GurbirGrewal, Hudson County has put a hold on spending of a $237,449 federal grant that would have forced the county to assist in immigration enforcement. This comes in conjunction with a lawsuit New Jersey and five other states have filed against the U.S. Justice Department for tying federal aid to help with immigration enforcement.
The funds were scheduled to be distributed to Bayonne, North Bergen, and West New York for various enforcement activities.
Freeholder Bill O’Dea said the Board of Freeholders will review the situation.
“But it is my understanding everything is on hold,” he said.
Along with Freeholder Joel Torres, last month O’Dea voted against renewing the county’s contract for housing immigration detainees at the Hudson County Correctional Facility, a ten-year, $10 million contract renewal that has drawn fire from activists throughout the county and the state.
Public invited to program on depression and bipolar disorder
On Wednesday evening, Aug. 29, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) will feature at its monthly meeting Lily Arora, M.D. to conduct a “real life” diagnostic interview on one of the DBSA’s predesignated members as an educational tool for the audience. She won’t know the person beforehand and it will be unrehearsed. She will also discuss all areas of interest to the audience regarding mood disorders.
The event will take place at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road (about one block east of the Morris Museum), in Morristown. The public is invited; a nominal donation is requested from non-members, when possible. Free literature is available to all attendees and there is an extensive lending library of educational audiotapes, CD’s and videotapes, also free.
Dr. Arorais board certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Rutgers Universitywhere she teaches and supervises residents in psychiatry, and is in solo private practice in Morristown treating all psychiatric disorders in addition to substance and alcohol addiction.
In addition to the monthly Wednesday night lecture series, peer group support sessions led by experienced facilitators areheld every Tuesday evening of the month, also using the facilities of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowshipat 7:30 p.m. Separate groups for young adults are held every Tuesday evening and separate groups for friends and family are held periodically.All are always welcomed.
Visit the website of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance/Morristown Area at http://dbsanewjersey.org/morristownarea to learn more about the support group and to view links to other sources of helpful information.For further local information, call (973) 994-1143.