Historical Museum’s Pet Parade is today, Oct. 2

The Hoboken Historical Museum scheduled their seventh Annual Pet Parade and Fair for Oct. 2 at 12 p.m.
The event will be held at the Maxwell Place Waterfront, between 11th and 12th streets.
The event features costume contests, talent competitions, and more than 20 local pet care professionals providing free advice and demonstrations, according to a release. Participation is free, and the first 100 participants to register for the parade will receive a free gift bag with goodies from the event sponsors. Costumes are optional, and all pets are welcome as long as they can tolerate a lot of dogs.
Beginning at 12 p.m., the fair will offer “Ask the Trainer” sessions with complimentary nail clipping and ear cleaning by Hoboken Dog Wash. Local photographer Kristen Pierce will be signing copies of her new photo book, Hoboken Dogs. The Pet Fair will continue until 4 p.m.
At 1 p.m., the 7th Annual Pet Parade will proceed down the walkway around Maxwell Place Park and return to the pier for judging in categories such as Best Costume, Best Trick, Best Group Costume, Best Pet/Owner Look Alike, Judges’ Choice Best in Show—Canine, and Judges’ Choice Best in Show—Non-Canine.
The Hoboken Dog Association will sponsor an AKC Responsible Dog Owner Day, and Liberty Humane Society will bring some adoptable pets. The event is free.

Playground improvement initiative moving ahead

The city’s existing parks are expected to see some major upgrades.
Hoboken has received bids for a city-wide playground improvements project, according to a city release.
The project will include new playground equipment and safety surfacing at Jackson Street Park, Jefferson Park and Legion Park. The city anticipates awarding the project contract at the next council meeting on Oct. 5. The project will commence shortly thereafter and is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.

‘God of Carnage’ set to hit the stage at Mile Square Theatre

God of Carnage, a Tony award winning musical, will be performed this month at Mile Square Theater.
The play begins on Oct. 6, and runs every Thursday through Sunday until Oct. 23. Evening performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. Matinees are on Saturday and Sunday, and begin at 3 p.m. Tickets are available online at MileSquareTheatre.org or before each performance at the theatre’s new home at the Monroe Theatre space, 720 Monroe St. in Hoboken.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.
The plot of God of Carnage revolves around four parents who gather to discuss a fight between their children.
For much more on the show, make sure to pick up a copy of The Midweek Reporter on Thursday or check it out at hudsonreporter.com.

Red Bulls soccer program for kids with special needs returns

The New York Red Bulls “Believe Program” is returning to Hoboken this fall season after a successful run in May.
The Believe Program is a community based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities. The program runs for five weeks, and begins on Oct. 2.
The league will be held at the Hoboken Little League field at 5th and Hudson streets. Classes are held every Sunday in October from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The program is free. For more information, contact City Health and Human Services Director Leo Pellegrini at (201) 420-2012 or email lpellegrini@hobokennj.org.

‘Cake Boss’ gets $65K per appearance, report says

If you want to be Buddy’s buddy, you may have to pay a steep price.
The popular website TheSmokingGun.com reports that Hoboken-based baker Buddy Valastro, whose TLC reality show “Cake Boss” pulls in thousands of viewers, is pulling in thousands of dollars when he gets booked for appearances.
Valastro gets $65,000 per booking, according to the report.
The Smoking Gun newsletter notes, “Buddy Valastro … pockets a whopping $65,000 per gig on his current ‘Bakin’ with the Boss’ tour. Attendees at a Valastro show hear the 34-year-old baker talk about cakes, demonstrate cake decorating techniques, and share behind-the-scene stories from his TV program, which is filmed at his family’s Hoboken bakery. Valastro earns more than many established musical acts, including Bret Michaels ($64,000); M.C. Hammer ($40,000); Skid Row ($13,500); and Tone Loc ($5000).”
Clearly, U can’t touch Buddy.

New art gallery opening at 1200 Washington St.

Gallery 1200, a new art gallery located at 1200 Washington St., scheduled a grand opening show for Oct. 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The grand opening event will include live jazz, wine, and cheese.
The city’s newest art gallery is directed by Laura Renee Meyerson, and sponsored by the Mason Family Civic League, a family organization run in part by Councilwoman Beth Mason.
The featured artists at the opening are scheduled to be Meyerson, Obou Ndoye, Roslyn Rose, Don Sichler, Liz Cohen, Cid Mendez, and Sterne Slaven.

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