• Eco-Friendly Spa Opens in Jersey City + More News You Missed This Week

    It’s finally Sunday, Hoboken and Jersey City. You know what that means: an in-depth recap of all the most noteworthy news headlines that happened this week between our neighboring cities. ICYMI, there’s been a ton going on — from new openings to sad closings to an unexpected visit from the Federal Investigation Bureau. Keep reading to find out all that’s been happening in Hoboken, Jersey City, and beyond. 

    Eco-Friendly Spa Called Gaia’s Cavern Opens on Wayne Street

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    Next time you step foot into 140 Wayne Street in Jersey City, be ready for a life-altering experience, as Gaia’s Cavern has just set up shop. Gaia’s, an eco-friendly spa that uses organic ingredients in all of its services, hosted its soft opening on Friday, August 3. Gaia’s Cavern offers a wide range of services such as facials, foot soaks, and massage therapy. Their list of organic ingredients includes various teas, homemade bath and body products, and of course, CBD infusions.

    Gaia’s Cavern also offers deep tissue massage treatments, aromatherapy, and massages incorporating Swedish practices and lava stone. Continuing the recent trend of all holistic treatments infused with CBD, Gaia’s also features a Cannabis-based massage with a cute name to boot! The CannaBlessed massage uses a cannabis balm (that features no effect on the brain — AKA it won’t get you high} to relax the nervous system, all your muscles, and alleviate any pain.

    For price points and more details about treatments, check out Gaia’s Cavern online.

    Rumba Cubana is Open in Hamilton Park

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    As of Tuesday, Hamilton Park is officially home to Rumba Cubana. The restaurant, known for its Latin food that fuses Spanish, African, and Caribbean cuisine, is located at 237 Pavonia Avenue and features Cuban tapas, arroz con pollo, ropa vieja, Cuban paella, mofongo and more, all for a decent price. Rumba Cubana’s menu also features vegetarian options for those of you who are plant-based, including a veggie paella.

    The opening ceremony took place on Tuesday, July 24 at 4:00PM and featured Mayor Steven Fulop who participated in the Park Francis’ ribbon-cutting. The Park Francis official opening honored Rumba Cubana’s opening, but also Tribeca Pediatrics, Project Pilates, North Park Cleaners, and Sa10n. Stay tuned for an HG review soon!

    Soul Curry Replaces Matt & Meera on Washington Street

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    Goodbye, Matt & Meera, hello, Soul Curry. The new Indian restaurant is set to open in the coming weeks at 614 Washington Street and features a menu of various spicy dishes, from vegan summer corn bhel to chicken tikka masala. Soul Curry is currently available via UberEATS and Grubhub while renovations on the space are finalized.

    Expect Lane Closures on Route 495 Until 2020

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    The New Jersey Department of Transportation has announced some unfortunate news for commuters. As part of a Restore 495 Project, the bridge over Route 1&9 and Paterson Plank Road will undergo reconstruction as of mid-August. In the wake of this reconstruction, drivers should expect lane closures and traffic delays that could extend over a span of two years.

    “Route 495 lane closures to begin in mid-August as rehabilitation of the bridge over Route 1&9/Paterson Plank Road begins. Expect severe congestion and delays for the next two-and-a-half years,” Prosecutor Suarez official Twitter account announced.

    FBI Confirms Visit to Hoboken Accounting Firm

    “Official law enforcement business” went down in Hoboken last Thursday. The FBI’s press office confirmed that the Federal Investigation Bureau visited the Mile Square City. Now, several sources are coming forward, alleging that the FBI visit was paid to Cannarozzi & Picardo, a well-known accounting firm on Adams Street.

    “I can only confirm that the FBI was there on official law enforcement business,” U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Matt Reilly said in email confirmation.

    Cannarozzi & Picardo is spearheaded by accounting partners Matthew Cannarozzi and Louis Picardo, who served as the CFO for the City of Hoboken between 2003 and 2004.  In 2011, the Superior Court ruled Picardo had to remove an extension to a property he owned at 920 Castle Point.

    Kelly Saint Patrick Returning to JC Wave Fest

    The first-ever Jersey City Wave Fest is coming to White Eagle Hall, and it marks an exciting homecoming, too. The JC Wave Fest will be the return of Kelly Saint Patrick, a staple of the Jersey City music scene. Kelly, a Pennsylvania native who has lived in Jersey City for over eight years, has released two records — the most recent of which was The Light Keeper, released in December 2017. More than solely a vocalist, Kelly also writes her songs.

    “I don’t want to create music based off what is popular,” Kelly says. “I don’t want things to have to sound a certain way. Of course, as a songwriter, the biggest gift is when people say they get it.

    The JC Wave Fest at White Eagle Hall kicks off on August 18 and features an amalgamation of musical talent, art openings, readings, and other creative performances as well. Along with Kelly Saint Patrick and other well-known local talents like Shayfer James and Sylvana Joyce, newer voices like After School Activities and Spaghetti Sessions will also perform.

    The Sarah & Whitney Show Celebrates Fun at Mile Square Theatre

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    The Sarah & Whitney Show, featuring new and innovative dances by Sarah Weber Gallo and Whitney Jacobs, is showing at the Mile Square Theatre from Thursday, August 16, Friday, August 17, and Saturday, August 18 at 8pm. Described as a “60-minute dance extravaganza dedicated to all things FUN,” the Sarah & Whitney Show promises to celebrate effort, risk, excess, and “gigantic messes.” And it’s family-friendly {and fun} for all ages.

    Tickets can be purchased on MileSquareTheatre.org and the show will be held at the Mile Square Theatre at 1400 Clinton Street in Hoboken.

    Battaglia’s Home Announces Going-Out-of-Business Sale

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    Family-owned home business store Battaglia is officially going out of business after a long run of being Hoboken’s go-to furnishing store. After 25 years, Battaglia {located at 1414 Willow Avenue} is hosting a going-out-of-business sale Monday to Friday, 11:00AM to 7:00PM, Saturday 1:00PM to 7:00PM, and Sunday 10:00PM to 6:00PM.

    Battaglia owner Brian Battaglia said in a heartfelt statement to hMag, “We have loved watching your families grow and having children we met as babies come and work in the store as young adults. You let us into your lives in small ways when you needed wine glasses for a party or a candle for a teacher gift and bigger ways when we helped you layout and furnish your first apartment, or get a sleeper sofa for when your parents visited.”

    More Than 100 Kids on Hoboken Pre-K Waiting List

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    The Hoboken school district’s state-funded pre-K3 and pre-K4 classes have already reached capacity for the coming year., leaving 140 potential students on the waiting list.

    The district must provide programs such as full-day kindergarten and pre-school to Hoboken school districts as part of a series of Supreme Court decisions from the 1970s to 1990s. Basically, those decisions were to ensure poorer school districts received similar educations as more well-off ones. While Hoboken isn’t the only school district who receives this benefit — 30 others in New Jersey also receive state funding — the district is still encountering a problem.

    State funds covered free pre-school for 885 kids, a number based on 2017’s enrollment figures. However, with 140 kids left without pre-school placements, it’s clearly not enough. The district determines student placement by an annual lottery system in the spring, with lower-income families, special needs kids, and children who already have siblings in the district, receiving priority.

    “We already placed about 24 children who were on the waiting list into seats vacated by families who either moved out of the district or who have decided to send their child elsewhere,” Superintendent of Schools Christine Johnson tells The Hudson Reporter. “But the list climbed back to the original number of 140 as 24 new families moved into town.”

    Mistrial Declared in Jersey City Murder Case

    A Hudson County jury has failed to reach a verdict in the murder trial of Dominique Green, a man charged a daytime shooting that occurred in 2017. Green, 24, was looking at 30 years to life in prison for the murder of Rasheed Raysor, 19. Raysor was shot on May 9, 2017 on Woodlawn Avenue in JC.

    Green, who has denied committing the crime or even knowing the victim, was arrested on May 12, 2017. An eye-witness, a woman whose identity has not been publicly revealed, has testified against Green, alleging that she witnessed Green gun down Raysor.

    The new trial has been pushed until November 27.

    Hoboken’s House of ‘Que Coming to Weehawken

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    House of ‘Que, the home of authentic Austin barbecue that’s been located on Frank Sinatra Drive in Hoboken since 2015, is also coming to Weehawken. A House of ‘Que outpost is planned for a new location, 500 Avenue at Port Imperial. The outpost will likely feature some of the BBQ dishes that have become staples to Hobo’s own House of ‘Que: wings, brisket, pulled pork, and more. A Residence Inn by Marriott and Renaissance Hotels will be going into the same Port Imperial complex as well, which is just across from the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal.

    Hoboken Gourmet Company Surprise-Closes, Already Under Construction

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    25 years of pancakes and Oregonian chais later and The Hoboken Gourmet Company has shut its doors. Located at 423 Washington Street, the basement-level bake shop and café that featured the best homemade muffins, guacamole toast, and a challah French toast that packed a punch, is now defunct. A sign on the door says, “Thank you for letting us serve you for 23 years.” The inside, as HobokenGirl reported earlier this week, has already been ripped out.

    Garden State Roller Girls Going for the Roller Derby Title

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    Who will compete in the 2018 Intraleague Roller Derby Championship? On August 11, fans of the Garden State Roller Girls {New Jersey’s own all-woman flat track roller derby league} will find out as the Gateway Grim Reapers go head-to-head against Jersey City Bridge and Pummel. The two teams will battle it out at the Inline Skating Club of America in North Arlington, Saturday, August 11. Doors open at 7:15pm and the first whistle of the night is at 8pm. Admission is $15 at the door and $10 online at brownpapertickets.com.

    The winner of the 8/11 game will move forward, competing in the Garden State Rollergirls’ home-team championship game on Saturday, September 8.

    Red Bank and Westfield ‘Cake Boss’ Locations Shut Down

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    In 2018 alone, Buddy Valastro, the face, chef, entrepreneur, and reality TV star behind the Carlos’ Bakery and Cake Boss franchises, has shut down two of his Jersey locations. The most recent location to join that list is Red Bank {Westfield closed back in April}. The Red Bank closure was announced on Wednesday via a sign posted to the shop’s front door; it read “We Are Closing.” The Red Bank location initially opened back in 2013 to a line of hundreds of customers looking to get in. The Red Bank location officially closed the following Tuesday. Other Carlos locations still open include Times Square, Hoboken, Westbury, Ridgewood, and Wayne.

    Orale Mexican Kitchen Opening Up Second Location

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    Orale Mexican Kitchen is going to have not one but two locations as of winter 2018. The original location at 341 Grove Street in Jersey City has been so successful in supplying people with Nuestra Casa {their original margaritas!} and other authentic Mexican foods, that it’s now coming for the old Porter Collins space at 1426 Willow Avenue in Hoboken. Orale customers can expect classics from the OG Jersey City location and some new twists on the menu.

    Hoboken Pride Week Kicks Off Monday

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    The city of Hoboken is kicking off Pride Week celebrations on Monday, August 6th at 9:30AM with the inaugural flag raising at City Hall {94 Washington Street} as part of Hudson County’s first-ever dedicated “Pride Month.” At the flag raising, Mayor Bhalla will appoint Laura Knittel as Hoboken’s LGBTQ Community Liaison. Stay tuned for more events coming next week!

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    Steph Osmanski is a freelance blogger and brand consultant who specializes in health and wellness content. Her words have appeared on Life & Style, In Touch, Seventeen, Parents, and more. She is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton.


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