City braces for potential blizzard

By the time you get this edition of the Hudson Reporter, the city of Hoboken may be fully coated in snow.
In anticipation of up to a foot of snow and wind gusts upwards of 50 miles per hour from Friday night through Sunday at 6 a.m., according to the National Weather Service’s Blizzard Watch, Hoboken city officials have announced some proactive measures.
“The storm may result in ‘extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds with whiteout conditions’ and downed power lines and tree limbs from strong winds,” says an announcement made public by City Spokesman Juan Melli on Thursday. “Salt brine will be applied to streets beginning at midnight on Friday. Garbage pickup remains on schedule. Construction sites must secure or take down cranes and scaffolding and secure all materials.”
The city will offer discounted parking rates at $5 per day at municipal Garage B (2nd Street between Hudson and River Streets) and Garage D (215 Hudson Street) for residents with a valid resident parking permit or temporary parking permit placard through Sunday, January 24 at 8 p.m. Residents with disabilities (with a handicapped license plate or hang tag) can also park in the midtown garage at 371 Fourth Street.
“Garage parking space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. When discounted parking is offered, garages frequently fill before the start of the discount period,” city officials said. Seniors might want to stay indoors during the storm as the Senior Hop will not offer services all day on Saturday, Jan. 23.
As far as flooding, Melli told the Hoboken Reporter on Friday that the city has been in touch with the Davidson Laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology to monitor flood forecasts.
“According to [Stevens] the only area where flooding is expected is in the Warrington Plaza area,” said Melli, referring to the area near the train station by the waterfront. “Right now there isn’t an expectation for inland flooding. We are remaining in touch with Stevens and if things change, we will implement additional measures.”
The following snow routes will have “no parking” rules in effect:
– Washington Street – both sides
– Willow Avenue (West Side) – Observer Hwy to 11th St
– 3rd Street (North Side) – Jackson St to River St
– 4th Street (South Side) – River St to Jackson St
– 5th Street (South Side) – Clinton St to Hudson St
– 9th Street (North Side) – Clinton St to Hudson St
– 13th Street (North Side) – Hudson St to Madison St (Snow route + Temporary No Parking Signs posted from Hudson Street to Washington Street and Willow Avenue to Madison Street)
– Observer Highway (Both Sides) (Temporary No Parking signs posted)
To find a map of the city’s emergency snow routes online visit www.hobokennj.org/snow.

Mutz-makers galore at Hoboken Mutzfest

This year’s annual Hoboken Mutzfest won’t have a competition, putting emphasis instead on the variety of delectable Italian delights and homemade mozzarella that Hoboken is known for.
“If you look at all the Italian delis in Hoboken, they’re all family oriented,” said Peter Biancamano, whose family owns M&P Biancamano on Washington Street.
The festival, which will be held Sunday, Jan. 31, will offer entertainment by Eric DeLauro of the Rat Pack Band, a Cannoli Eating Contest and a Frank Sinatra Sing-A-Long.
While M& P Biancamano was the reigning three-year champ for the people’s choice award for the best mozzarella and Vito’s clutched the critic’s choice award two years running, both businesses agree that spreading the word of mile-square city eateries is more than enough.
“Only Hoboken’s best mutz-makers are invited to participate in this annual classic that brings together local small businesses and the community,” organizers said in an event announcement. “This year our event will be a celebration of Hoboken’s great Mutz, and not a competition.”
The eight restaurants that have been chosen to participate include Losurdo Bros. Deli, Luca Brasi’s Italian Deli, M&P Biancamano, Margherita’s Pizza & Café, Resticeria da Gigi, Sasso’s Deli, Tony Baloney’s and Vito’s Italian Deli.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Hoboken Family Alliance’s local initiatives including the Hoboken Bike Camp for those with disabilities. While online tickets are sold out, paper tickets are still available at participating delis and restaurants. General admission is $20. For information visit www.mutzfest.com.

Mac and cheese cook-off

Think you have the best macaroni and cheese?
The Hoboken High School Parent Teacher Organization, a non-profit, will host a macaroni and cheese cook-off on Sunday, Jan. 31.
Organizers say the event, which is open to the public, allows anyone to both enter and taste every submission in the contest. Entrants must bring enough Mac & cheese for 100 people to sample.
The overall winner will be chosen by five judges including a local professional chef, a local food blogger, captain of the football team, High School Principal Robin Piccapietra and Hoboken Superintendent Christine Johnson. Tickets for the event, which cost $5 to enter, are available at the door but attendees are encouraged to buy tickets ahead of time. To enter into the contest email HobokenHSPTO@gmail.com or call 201-253-7866.

$3.3M sale of ‘The Gemini’ condo breaks state record

The sale of “The Gemini” at 216 Bloomfield St. for $3.3 million has broken the record for the most costly condominium sold in New Jersey, according to real estate appraisal and valuation company Otteau Valuation Group.
The sale surpassed the record, which was tied between a $3 million sale in Cape May County and another Hoboken sale in late 2015 for the same price.
“With trends showing more people want to live and raise their families closer to the city, demand for larger high-end homes in urban areas is very strong,” said Jeremy Canizares of Liberty Realty, who sold the condo, in a press release.
The condo, which is made up of two-units with four-bedrooms, totals 4,308 square feet; with a two-car parking garage.
“While the record price itself was impressive, it was also an outstanding job of marketing the property by our agent Jeremy Canizares,” said Liberty Realty President, Joseph Covello in a statement. “His hard work and expertise resulted in the property being sold in just 37 days.”

Two-car accident results in DWI charge for 29 year-old

A 29 year-old Hoboken resident was arrested after allegedly driving while intoxicated in a school zone and colliding with another vehicle yesterday, Jan. 19, a press release from the Hoboken Police Department said.
Police officers Ricky Truppner and John Hermann arrived at Second and Washington Streets on a report of a car accident around 12:52 a.m. on Tuesday and found “two vehicles with heavy damage” at the scene, the press release said.
According to police officials, one of the men involved in the accident, Jesse Giunta, allegedly had breath that smelled of alcohol.
“An on scene field sobriety test was conducted which [Giunta] failed,” the press release says, noting later that he was found to be above the legal limit.
Giunta was transported to headquarters and later released to a responsible party. He was given summonses for driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and driving while intoxicated in a school zone.

Monroe presents ‘Earth, Our Only Home’

The Monroe Art Center will present “Earth, Our Only Home” on Sunday, Feb. 14 from Noon to 6 p.m.
The exhibition will include photographs by Eugene Hyon and paintings by Francine Demeulenaere. The arts center is located at 720 Monroe St. and the exhibition will be held in Studio Kindness #E-408.

Pre-K, Kindergarten workshops

The Hoboken Public Schools Early Childhood Education program will host a “Pre-K Day of Visitation” and “Kindergarten Day of Visitation.”
“Families will receive…information, registration information, registration FAQ, a sign up to receive the registration packet, meet leadership, and meet our talented teachers,” said organizers in a press release.
The pre-k event will kick off with an Open House overview from 9 to 10 a.m. at Brandt School on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Immediately following, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the following will host their own presentations: Brandt School, Rue School, Demarest School, Connors School, the Early Childhood Center/St. Francis, and Wallace School.
From Feb. 17 to 24, elementary schools will host a “Kindergarten Day of Visitation” from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The locations and dates are as follows: Feb. 17 at Brandt School, Feb. 18 at Calabro School, Feb. 19 at Calabro School and Feb. 24 at Wallace School. These dates recently changed, so check with the district again to make sure they haven’t changed again before making plans. For more information visit www.hoboken.k12.nj.us and click “Early Childhood.”

St. Mary Advocates’ trip to the playhouse

Saint Mary Advocates invites the public for a fun-filled afternoon at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse on March 6.
The event will include a luncheon and show at the playhouse in Hampton, NJ, which is known for zany country shows and live comedy.
Tickets for the event cost $90 per person and available by calling Mary DeGaeta at 201-420-0640.
Reservations to attend must be received by Feb. 8 and the bus will leave the Hoboken University Medical Center at 1 p.m.

Tresorie Gallery to exhibit stretched canvas, embedded aluminum

The Tresorie Gallery, at 1204 Washington St., will display works by award-winning digital artists Jane Sklar and Max Cartagena throughout the month of February.
The artists, who are Manhattan-born, will feature New York City-themed pieces on stretched canvas, embedded aluminum and other formats you will likely not have seen before.
A reception for the gallery will be held Saturday, Feb. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.
For information email heba@tresorieframing.com.

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