Meeting to be held about Post 107 providing housing for homeless vets

Six homeless veterans would be able to call Hoboken’s American Legion Post 107 home under a current plan to convert the garage-esque meeting hall on Second Street into a new five-story building.
Post 107 faced significant flooding issues during Superstorm Sandy, which the proposed development would also address.
A meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the post (308 Second St.) to discuss the plans for the 96 year-old structure.
“The American Legion, in partnership with Monarch Housing, Hoboken Shelter, and the City of Hoboken, was awarded six housing vouchers for homeless veterans in 2015,” said City Spokesman Juan Melli in an announcement.
Mayor Dawn Zimmer and County Executive Thomas DeGise are among the pols signed on to the Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness issued by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2014.

Students honor Dorothea Lange with City Hall exhibit

An important Hoboken hero, Dorothea Lange, will be honored during Woman’s History Month at City Hall with an exhibit courtesy of Hoboken Junior Senior High School students.
Led by Ms.Sharon Malenda, Hoboken writing students will display short stories and poems alongside Lange’s photos from Feb. 29 through the end of March.
Lange, a renowned American photographer and photojournalist, is best known for her Depression-era work with famous photographs. Among her most well-known is “The Dust Bowl,” which depicts Florence Owens Thompson, 32, a poor migrant mother with three young children, as she looks off into the distance. The photograph has come to symbolize The Great Depression of the 1930s as a whole.
Lange was born and raised at 1041 Bloomfield St. in the 1890s. Last year marked the 50th anniversary of her death. And this year marks the 50th anniversary since Lange’s solo exhibition was displayed at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), making her the first woman photographer to do so.
The exhibition was made possible through a partnership between the high school and the city’s Cultural Affairs Department.

Register for ‘Art in the Park’

Who knows, there could be a Picasso or Michelangelo in our midst just waiting to be discovered.
Registration for six week art programs at Hoboken parks for toddlers ages 4 and under is now open. The classes are on weekdays.
The eight six-week sessions take place at both Elysian Park and Pier A Park in June and July.
The six week sessions, which will accept 60 children per group, cost $25 and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend. Children are encouraged to dress in clothes they anticipate becoming messy.
Online registration is open at www.hobokennj.org/register. To learn more contact Geri Fallo at 201-420-2207 or via email at gfallo@hobokennj.org.

ESL conversation classes at the library

The Friends of the Hoboken Public Library will host free “English as a Second Language (ESL) Conversation Classes” at the library every Wednesday through May 11.
The classes, which are held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., are geared toward those who have basic knowledge of English or studying English and looking to hone their skills.
The library is located at 500 Park Ave. For information email hobokenfol@yahoo.com.

Hoboken’s own takes major role for Boy Scouts

Ricky Mason, a Hoboken residen and attorney, was recently named the President of the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts.
The Greater New York Councils of the Boy Scouts of America (GNYC) provides services to approximately 47,000 youths in New York City’s five boroughs, recently elected Mason as well as Ray Quartararo as Chairman of the Board for the Boy Scouts.
“We are honored to have these dedicated and accomplished volunteers in our organization,” said Ethan Draddy, GNYC Scout Executive and CEO. “Ray Quartararo and Ricky Mason have brought extraordinary energy and commitment to scouting, and their efforts continue to enhance the lives of thousands of New York City youth each year.”
Mason is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and New York University School of Law. He is married to former Councilwoman Beth Mason.

Basketball shooting victim (of Florida) is ‘not cooperating’

Hoboken Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante told the Reporter earlier this week that the 21-year-old man that was shot at a basketball court earlier this month is not cooperating with investigators.
The man, who remains unnamed but is now revealed to be a Florida native, was not an innocent bystander in the shooting that took place Feb.2, Ferrante said.
However, he is not cooperating with authorities to identify the shooter, who is still at large.
The 21-year-old man suffered wounds to both legs after a dispute at a basketball court on Hoboken Housing Authority property near Marshall Drive around 8 p.m. according to authorities.
Information on how the altercation began and what it entailed is still unknown as the investigation continues. Hoboken police officials say the victim of the gunshot ran to a nearby light rail station after being shot. He was taken from there to the Jersey City Medical Center, treated, and released shortly after.

Walk to benefit ovarian cancer research will be April 2

To help raise awareness about ovarian cancer and to raise fund to eventually develop a test, the New York and New Jersey chapters of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition will hold their 1st Annual Run/Walk at Liberty State Park on Saturday, April 2.
The National Ovarian Cancer Organization is the oldest and largest ovarian cancer organization in the United States, and the only one that has “feet on the street” in communities across the nation.
The 5K run/walk in Liberty State Park is one of 20 such events that will be held nationwide in 2016.
The cost for the April 2 walk is $35 for adults if they sign up before March 31. You can register on line at Nnocc.kintera.org/nyc.

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