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  • Word on the {Washington} Street: Makai Poke Co Opens, Water Main Breaks, and More Hoboken and JC News You Missed

    March already?! It feels like we were just ringing in 2017 and now we’re only a few weeks way from celebrating spring {yassss!}. It’s been a busy week in the Mile Square and beyond, and we’ve got the top Hoboken news stories for you all in one place in our latest edition of Word on the {Washington} Street- your one-stop-shop for everything news in Hoboken.

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    Veterans Yoga Project Coming to Hoboken

    Local Hoboken yogi’s will honor veterans with an upcoming event by partnering with Veterans Yoga Project. This year’s event will be held at Stevens Institute of Technology on Sunday, March 12th from 11:00AM-1:30PM. Founded by clinical psychologist and yoga instructor, Dan Libby, the VYP is an “educational and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of military veterans.” Their  Mindful Resilience/Mindful Yoga Therapy program consists of five tools: Breath, Meditation, Mindful Movement, Guided Rest, and Gratitude. The event at Stevens will give attendees a chance to take a class taught by a veteran and learn how yoga can help veterans and their families. Local businesses Aspen Market, Insomnia Cookie, Bagels on the Hudson, and Starbucks {on 12th and Hudson} are donating food, coffee, and tea for the post-class reception. Their is a minimum donation of $25 to attend the event, with a recommended donation of $100. Click here to donate or register

    Hoboken Student Joins Scholastic News Kids Press Corps

    We were so happy to see this recent article from hMAG about a local Hoboken student joining the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.  According to their website, the Kids Press Corps is “a group of talented Kid Reporters, ages 10–14, from across the country and around the world. Our young journalists report ‘news for kids, by kids,’ with coverage of breaking news, entertainment, and sports events from their hometowns and on the national stage.” Ava Park-Matt is a 6th grader and Hoboken resident who will join the Corps this year. When asked by hMAG what she feels the biggest issue facing journalists today is, her response was “Uh. I’m only 11. Maybe make sure that people know the difference between what are real stories and which ones are made-up. Lots of people think that what they read on the internet is real news when a lot of it is just made-up.” We can’t wait to see what stories Ava reports on!

    Hoboken Cocktail Week in Full Swing

    Hoboken’s first ever Hoboken Cocktail Week started on Monday, February 27th and will run through March 12th.  According to Hoboken Happy Hours, who started the event the week will be a “celebration of cocktails crafted throughout Hoboken.” You can visit participating bars and restaurants to enjoy cocktails and take advantage of exclusive discounts and happy hours. Click here for a full list of participating venues.

    Makai Poke Co Opens

    Makai Poke Co opened its doors for a soft opening this weekend at their 521 Washington Street location. The new eatery operates with a “boat to bowl” philosophy, promising to bring the freshest and highest grade sustainably caught fish to the Hoboken community. Their menu looks delish and features a “build your own” bowl option so you can put together a poke bowl with all of your favorite ingredients. Make sure to stop in and welcome them to Washington Street!

    Jury Selection Begins in Hoboken Resident’s Murder Case

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    Jury selection for one of the four people accused of killing Hoboken resident Dustin Friedland is set to start this week. The tragic story rocked the Hoboken community back in 2013 when Friedland and his wife were returning to their car after holiday shopping at the Short Hills Mall. It was at that time that the couple was approached by two men trying to hijack their car. According to NJ.com, it was at that time that Friedland was fatally shot. 4 men were arrested in connection with the murder. The first defendant’s, Basim Henry, trial will begin jury selection this week.

    Water Main Break Causes Sinkhole

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    Hoboken residents experience another water main break this past week. On Tuesday, February 28th a 12-inch break in a water main on 5th and Willow cause flooding in the area and eventually a sinkhole formed, swallowing up a car. According to NJ.com, Suez Water repaired the break, towed the car, and repaired the hole by Tuesday afternoon. Apparently there was yet ANOTHER watermain break on March 1st, just one day after the initial repair.

    JC Yoga to Benefit Refugees & Immigrants

    On Friday, March 10th local yoga instructor, Laurie G., will host a class at Sattva Yoga Jersey City for the first “Circle of Light”– a special monthly gathering to nourish and offer an ever-widening circle of compassion and love. The candlelit event will feature breathwork, soothing movement, guided meditation, and  deep relaxation.  Each “Circle of Light” event will be offered the Friday nearest the full moon and is open to all. 50% of the proceeds will be dedicated to supporting the efforts of a selected non profit organization serving the greater good- primarily with a local focus. Each month the event will highlight the work of the group as well as their current needs and volunteer opportunities in advance of the session. The inaugural event will benefit the work of CWS Jersey City- providing vital services and support in resettling refugees in diverse and vibrant communities across northern New Jersey.  The event is $25 to attend. Click here to register and get more information.

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    Written by:

    Kate Lombardo is Hoboken Girl’s Marketing and Events Manager. She joined the HG team in February of 2015 and loves keeping readers up to date on news and things to do in Hoboken. Kate lives uptown with her husband and can often be found shopping her way through Hoboken’s boutiques or taste-testing her way through the mile square’s amazing restaurants. She’s a local yoga teacher who loves helping people live the healthiest and happiest version of their lives. Check her out on Instagram @katelombardoyoga.


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