HOBOKEN BRIEFS

10/4/09

Movie theatre amendments passed

The five-screen uptown movie theater in Hoboken is almost ready to open, but construction amendments approved by the city’s Planning Board on Wednesday night have long- and short-term conditions that need to addressed.
Clearview Cinemas hasn’t made an opening date public yet, although insiders say they are shooting for Thursday, Oct. 15.
Project officials needed approval for increased sound-proofing on the roof, among other last-minute changes. The already-completed structure is located at 14th Street between Adams and Grand streets.

Correction: Dual language school to start with K-2

A brief last week detailing the state’s approval of Hoboken Dual Language Charter School contained two errors.
The school will not start with kindergarten only, as was stated, but rather it will start with kindergarten, first-grade, and second-grade classes.
Also, the school expects 132 new students in the first year and eventually expects 264 students total as the school expands to include third, fourth, and fifth grades.

Artists Studio Tour

T he 29th Annual Hoboken Artists Studio Tour will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18 between noon and 6 p.m.
Tour maps for the free, self-guided walking tour of artists’ studios will be available at City Hall on the day of the tour, or in this week’s Midweek Reporter and next weekend’s Reporter.
The 20-stop tour is designed so that visitors can walk from one studio or exhibition to the next. Visitors will have a chance to meet the artists, photographers, sculptors and artisans in their own studios, where they can witness the creative process at work.
For directions or further information, please call (201) 420-2207 or check us out online at www.hobokennj.org.

Reading dogs at library

On Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 3:15 p.m., Sofie, a therapy dog, will be at the Hoboken Public Library so that children can read to her. Early readers and kids who love to read to dogs can come to the library and choose a book from the library’s collection to share with an eager dog and her patient trainer. A staff member will be in the room to monitor the children.
If you are interested in scheduling a “poochy appointment” for your child, call the Children’s Department at (201) 420-2348.
Each reading session will include five children and last 25 minutes, during which the children will take turns reading to the dog.

Another mayoral petition issue

According to Acting Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s campaign, they filed additional documentation last week with the Hudson County Clerk to correct errors that were discovered in its petition filing. According to Zimmer’s camp, “Upon rereading the original documentation, Sam Briggs, Dawn Zimmer’s campaign manager, realized that he had mistakenly signed a document indicating that he was a Hudson County registered voter and that some certifications had been inadvertently attached to the wrong petitions. He immediately notified the campaign’s attorney so that the appropriate corrections could be made within the permitted 10-day time window.”
Alex Booth, the Zimmer campaign’s attorney, said, “The needed corrections have now been made within the period the law provides for just this purpose.”
“The mistakes were mine and I have apologized to Mayor Zimmer,” Briggs said in the release.

More parking tickets

The city’s Pedestrian Safety Program is being developed to protect pedestrians in the most critical safety locations such as in crosswalks, bus stops, in front of fire hydrants, and too close to intersections.
Beginning Oct. 1 through the 15th, the Hoboken Parking Utility will be issuing tickets for blatant violators blocking access to critical pedestrian safety locations such as crosswalks, bus stops, in front of fire hydrants, and intersections. They will also be placing notices under windshield wipers for minor incursions. After Oct. 15, the HPU will issue tickets for all illegal parking in these locations.

Golf outing

Hoboken Catholic Academy is having a golf outing on Oct. 9 to help support the school. Business sponsorships and 50/50 tickets are available.
Any level of support would be appreciated.
For more information, call (201) 659-4175 or e-mail mtbull0507@hotmail.com.

Pet parade

The Hoboken Historical Museum and Hoboken Dog Association present the 2009 Hoboken Pet Parade on Sunday, Oct. 4. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 11. Sign-up is free and starts at 12:30 p.m. in Sinatra Park.
Trophies are awarded for Best Costume, Best Group Costume, Best Pet/Owner Look-Alike, and Best Pet Trick.
This is also the first year for the Pet Fair where animal owners can meet local pet care specialists, groomers, and dog walkers.
For more information, call (201) 656-2240.

Street pavings

The city advised that the following streets are scheduled for paving and are clearly marked as to parking and closure times. The tentative milling and paving schedule:
Jackson Street between Newark and Paterson avenues on or about Oct. 5 to Oct. 6.
10th Street between Park and Garden streets on or about Oct. 5 to Oct. 6.
Grand Street between 15th and 16th streets on or about Oct. 5 to Oct. 6.
Grand Street between 10th and 11th streets on or about Oct. 7 to Oct. (resetting of cobblestone road)
This is a tentative schedule that may be affected by weather or scheduling.
For more information, call (201) 420-2049.

Clarification

An article last week about campaign funding reports misstated a state law regarding cash contributions to campaigns.
Cash contributions are accepted if under $200 and accompanied by a required report detailing the contribution.