Woman says she experienced broad daylight ‘punch and run’

A woman said she was simply walking down Washington Street on a sunny Sunday afternoon this past weekend when she suddenly got punched on the side of the head.
The woman said she was walking this past Sunday, April 17 around 4 p.m. near the intersection of Sixth Street.
“[The] victim was walking with her friend and an unknown male ran by her and punched her in the ear area, causing a bruise,” said Hoboken Police Sgt. Cruz in an email. “He continued to run and left the area.”
After officers combed the area, they were not able to identify the male — whom the victim described as a white male with a full beard and a sports hat.
According to Hoboken police officials, the victims did not suffer any serious injuries.
“As far as it being similar to the knock-out game, it does not look like it,” added Cruz, referring to the “game” wherein a crowd encourages a person to randomly punch a stranger. Rumors have said such a game is part of an initiation.
“You have to remember that this incident took place on a Sunday afternoon…where hundreds if not thousands of people were out enjoying the day,” Cruz said. “That is not the M.O. of someone who wants to play the knock out game.”
He said a person playing that game would want to do it with no witnesses.
But what would be the motive?
Cruz said it appeared to be a “random act.”
Three years ago, a trio of Jersey City teenagers allegedly playing the game punched a disabled homeless man in Hoboken, killing him with one blow. The youths served time and were released.

Middle-aged man allegedly exposes himself to 3-year-old

A 55-year-old Hoboken man allegedly “exposed his genitals and began to gratify himself” in full view of an adult and a 3-year-old on Wednesday April 20, the Hoboken Police Department said in a press release.
“Officers were dispatched to the area of 14th and Washington Streets [around 5:07 p.m.] on a report of a male exposing himself in front of a child,” Hoboken Police Sgt. Edgardo Cruz said in an email.
The Hoboken man was confronted by Police Officer Nathaniel Arocho according to police officials.
“He became confrontational and positioned himself in a fighting stance,” the press release says. “Officers were able to subdue the male and placed him under arrest without injury.”
The man, whose name will be posted here once we confirm it a second time, was charged with sexual assault, aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and lewdness.
He was remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility on a $20,000 bail with a ten percent option.

Free blood screenings for anyone who helped out during Sandy

Children under 18, at-risk pregnant women, and adults who lent a hand during Superstorm Sandy recovery in Hoboken can take advantage of free blood lead screenings in Hoboken on April 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. and Noon to 2 p.m.
“A copy of the blood lead screening results will be provided to each individual or the child’s parent or legal guardian,” the City of Hoboken said in an announcement.
On Oct. 29 2012, Superstorm Sandy devastated Hoboken. 500 million gallons of water flooded the streets and 90 percent of the city lost power.
The testing may serve two-fold for parents concerned that their children may have been exposed to high levels of lead in school – as the district conducts its own testing.
The screenings are being spearheaded by the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the City of Hoboken and the office of Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro. In addition to testing, educational materials will be provided to discuss the effects of lead poisoning, nutritional guidelines and common household conditions that may contain lead hazards.
The testing will be conducted at the Multi-Service Center, 124 Grand St.

Hoboken storyteller/comedian Adam Wade makes it big

It’s been a busy week for longtime Hoboken resident and comedian/storyteller Adam Wade. The New Hampshire transplant appeared in the season finale of the hit HBO comedy series “Girls” on April 17, then was profiled in an article in the New Yorker two days later. (Kudos to writer Sarah Larson for not trying to claim he lives in New York).
In the “Girls” episode Wade assists main character Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) with her debut at the New York storytelling series The Moth. Wade scolds Hannah, “You’ll get disqualified…no notes!” Larson writes that such a drubbing would be uncharacteristic of the gentle New Englander.
Keep your eyes open around the Mile Square City, as you may see Wade around town, pondering how to start his next story. If you do, make sure you yell, “No notes!” Also find him on adamwade.com or on Twitter extolling some Hoboken eats.

Painter creates an ‘Extraordinary Hoboken’

Dozens of “lushly colorful” paintings by Bill Curran will be on display at the Hoboken Historical Museum through May 29 as part of his exhibition, “Extraordinary Hoboken.”
The minimalist works feature flowers, waterfront views, mile square stoops, and other familiar sights.
The museum is located at 1301 Hudson St.

Car of missing Cape May County man found abandoned in Hoboken

The car of a Cape May County man missing since March 31 was found Saturday, April 16 in Hoboken, according to Hoboken police officials. Then, on Tuesday, police reported that Carl Suit himself was found in another state.
At one point, the 35-year-old of the Villas District of Lower Township, N.J., was caught on a surveillance camera in Colorado, according to a post by someone on MissingPersonofAmerica.com. A private investigator has been hired by the family.
“A [resident] saw a car she recalled seeing on social media on Saturday and when our officers went to [the Little Man Parking Garage on 12th Street], they ran the plate and the owner was confirmed as the missing endangered person,” said Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante over the phone on Tuesday morning.
They searched the tan 2013 Kia Soul, according to Ferrante, after Suit’s wife arrived to let them in. They found “nothing showing in the car indicated he was looking to harm himself.” Officers also did not find a note in the car.
Ferrante said the Hoboken Police Department have shared their information with the Lower Township County and have no more part in the case.

The Hudson School to host ‘A Festival’

The Hudson School will recognize the lives and deaths of famed writers and poets Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare four hundred years after their deaths with “A Festival” on April 29 and April 30.
The celebration will include performances and presentations by Hudson School students, teachers and community members including monologues, sign language performances, and poetry readings.
“Scenes from Shakespeare” will be presented on Friday at 6 p.m., followed by a one-act play titled “The Journey & the Fool” at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, a concert will be held at 2 p.m. with a variety of “festival faire” after at 3 p.m.
The Hudson School is located at 601 Park Ave. For information visit www.thehudsonschoo.org.

Hoboken hospital receives 2016 Women’s Choice Award

CarePoint Health – Hoboken University Medical Center received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award for ranking “above the national average for patient safety, thereby supporting a woman’s decision when choosing the best healthcare facility for their needs.”
The award, which was announced this past week, was recognized by the Hudson County Freeholders with a proclamation.
“This award further acknowledges the commitment [the hospital’s] physicians have made to bring innovative healthcare to the Hudson County Region while maintaining the highest standards of quality and patient safety,” said Dr. Meika Roberson, Chief Medical Officer of CarePoint Health – Hoboken University Medical Center in a press release. “We’re honored that yet again we have been recognized for our commitment to patient safety.”

Women in the arts fundraiser for Dress for Success May 19

Dress for Success Hudson County will present the First Annual Women in The Arts Fundraiser and Cocktail Reception Art and Soul at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City on Thursday, May 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 16 professional and emerging female artists, many from the New York tri-state, will showcase and sell original works of art that include sculptures, mixed media, photography, paintings, water colors and hand-crafted jewelry. There will also be a Pop Up shop in the art gallery where event attendees can purchase various works of art from these artists.
“We are very excited about this up and coming first annual fundraiser for Dress for Success. Join us for an evening of art, style, and conversation. It promises to be a fabulous evening,” says Joy Devlin, Event Chair.
The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online at www.hudsoncounty.dressforsuccess.org. Tickets are also available the night of the event.

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