Water Music will brief residents on development plans
Hoboken 5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham sent out a letter this week letting his constituents know about a public development meeting going on tonight (Thursday, July 16). He writes:
“There’s a redevelopment project under consideration at 9th and Madison known as Water Music. Water Music Recording Studios has been a respected recording facility in Hoboken for over 15 years and the owner of this facility desires to develop the space. Many of you have heard of this project but don’t know the details. Broadly speaking it consists of a state of the art professional performance center, class room space, artist exhibit space, Water Music recording studios and a residential component with parking.
“On Thursday July 16th at 7:30 p.m., the owner of Water Music, the architect of the plan and his team will unveil the project plans to the community. Please spread the word and find the time to join us next week to study and comment on this unique project. This plan would bring world class performance space to Hoboken; provide needed educational space for either a charter and/or public school (and the community in general) with additional artist exhibit space. Water Music is located at 931 Madison St.”
Death of boxer Arturo Gatti, former JC & Hoboken resident, a shock
Arturo Gatti, the former Hoboken and Jersey City resident who electrified boxing crowds with his never-say-die style, was found dead in a Brazil hotel room Saturday morning. Gatti was 37 years old.
The Brazilian police told the newspapers that Gatti was found dead with a mark on his neck and some sort of head injury. Blood was also found near his body. Gatti’s wife was detained regarding the murder. Reuters reported that she was charged.
Gatti was in Brazil with his wife and his 1-year-old son.
Gatti, a native of Canada, came to the United States at age 17 and settled in Jersey City with his older brother, Joe, and became a professional boxer soon after.
Gatti fought his entire pro career for Main Events Promotions, who ironically held a prime-time boxing card Saturday night featuring their latest star, another Jersey City resident named Tomasz Adamek, the IBF cruiserweight champion of the world.
Gatti moved his way up the ranks and in 1995, captured the IBF super featherweight championship of the world, defeating Tracy Harris Patterson in Madison Square Garden.
In the coming years, Gatti became a fan favorite in Atlantic City and especially on cable network HBO, which televised several of Gatti’s bouts, including the famed trilogy with Micky Ward from May, 2002 through June, 2003. Gatti lost the first fight to Ward, then came back to win the next two. He won the second fight despite fighting most of the bout with a severely broken right hand.
Right after the Ward trilogy, Gatti moved to Hoboken and called the Mile Square City his home.
In 2004, Gatti defeated Gianluca Branco in his favorite boxing hall, Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, to capture his second world title, the WBC light welterweight crown. Gatti held that title for 18 months, winning two more times as the champion, before losing via technical knockout to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. on June 25, 2005.
In 2006, Gatti defeated Thomas Damgaard, but then dropped his final two fights to Carlos Manuel Baldomir for the both the WBC and IBF welterweight championships by a ninth-round technical knockout and then his final fight, almost two years to the date of his untimely passing, on July 14, 2007, when he lost to Alfonso Gomez, also in Atlantic City.
After Gomez knocked out the battered Gatti in the seventh round, the local hero announced his retirement. — Jim Hague
The Hudson Cabaret presents Rachel Elmer and the Brothers Hernandez
The Hudson Cabaret presents a night of music, dance, and poetry performed by Rachel Elmer, Gabe and Orlando Hernandez . The performance by these Yale University performers and Hudson School alumni will take place on Friday, July 17 at 8 p.m. in The Hudson School Theater in Hoboken, and will feature original songs by Rachel Elmer and a few favorite standards.
All funds contributed at the door will go towards providing new chairs for The Hudson School Theater.
The Hudson School is an independent, coeducational day school for creative and intellectually curious students in grades 5-12. Students are accepted based on their academic, not their financial, ability. For further information, call 201- 659- 8335.
Jersey City Museum cuts hours, asks for money
The Jersey City Museum this week has asked patrons to donate money, and sent out an e-mail detailing how they have cut costs. They note that they have closed on Thursday evenings and Sundays, cut salaries by 20 percent, laid off two staff members, and cut “non-essential expenditures.”
They say they must raise $100,000 by July 31 to avoid further cuts. For more information, call Nancy Shannon, Director of Development, at 201-413-0303 ext. 103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LibertyHealth names CFO
Paul R. Goldberg has been named Chief Financial Officer of LibertyHealth, which operates and manages Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City and Meadowlands Hospital in Secaucus. He began in February 2009 as Interim CFO.
“Paul brings an expertise and a wealth of experience to this position. As a member of the hospital’s senior management team, he will play a vital role in the financial and functional decision-making processes necessary for the success of our mission of ‘enhancing life,’ ” said Joseph F. Scott, President and Chief Executive Officer of LibertyHealth. “We look to Paul to provide the financial leadership that will elicit support, create ownership of goals, and encourage active participation in decisions that will impact LibertyHealth.”
Goldberg has held CFO positions at hospitals and healthcare systems in New York, New Jersey, Florida and Washington D.C. He holds a Master’s degree in Health Care Finance from Temple University and is an Advanced Member of the Hospital Financial Management Association.