Last week’s story “The future of Hoboken’s hospital” incorrectly stated that out-of-network costs for patients at hospitals are determined by their insurance provider. In actuality, the hospitals are the ones determining the costs because the hospitals do not have a contract with the insurance provider to establish agreed-upon reimbursement amounts. The patient may have a plan in which their insurance provider reimburses the patient for a certain percentage of out-of-network costs, but the fees are generally determined by the hospital, not the insurance company. Thus, insurance companies may encourage their consumers to choose a hospital in the network.

Elysian Charter School of Hoboken names interim director

Harry Laub, Ph.D, a veteran English and humanities teacher, elementary school principal, teacher-mentor, and school consultant, has been named interim director of the Elysian Charter School of Hoboken. Laub’s appointment was announced on Jan. 11 by Kenneth Nilsen, President of the Elysian Charter School Board of Trustees.
Laub will replace Carol Stock, director of the Elysian Charter School, who is retiring on Jan. 31 after four and a half years of service to the school.

Hoboken passes temporary appropriations

After a more than hour-long discussion in a special emergency meeting addressing budget appropriations on Monday evening, the Hoboken City Council voted unanimously to pass the temporary budget appropriations that will cover the finances of the city up until March 1.
The appropriations amount to $16.2 million, or 17.5 percent of the total appropriations of the current fund in the fiscal year 2010 budget.
On Jan. 5, the administration of Mayor Dawn Zimmer proposed a temporary budget that would have covered the city’s finances until the end of March. Then, Councilman Michael Russo proposed his own changes which would take Hoboken only through the first six weeks of 2011, in order to put the administration’s “feet to the fire” to present a 2011 calendar budget to the council. The administration and council seem to have come to a compromise, settling on March 1.
The discussions on Monday evening turned personal after members of the public took to the microphone. Some blamed individual council members for the budget situation, but Councilman Nino Giacchi said he hoped the meeting was going to be an amicable agreement on the budget.
“There’s no animosity; no good guy, bad guy,” Giacchi said. “We’re all working together. I thought that was the objective.”
For now, it’s back to business in the city of Hoboken with appropriations approved. The next council meeting is scheduled for Jan. 19.

Hoboken High School to host ‘Harlem Wizards’

The ‘Harlem Wizards’, an entertainment style basketball team, will compete against Hoboken High School staff and students in what is gearing up to be a fun-filled event on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the gymnasium of Hoboken High School, 800 Clinton St.
Advance tickets may be purchased in the Hoboken High School store. The advance prices are $10 for students and seniors, and $12 for general admission. Tickets at the door will cost $12 for students and seniors, and $15 for general admission.

Girls’ soccer tryouts Saturday

Tryouts for Hoboken girls’ travel soccer will be held Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011 at the Multi-Service Center. Girls born between Aug. 1, 2002 and July 31, 2003 can sign up from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Girls born between Aug. 1, 2000 and July 31, 2001 can register from 2 to 3 p.m. Questions? Please e-mail Kyra@hobokenallstars.com.

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