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  • The Latest News in Hoboken + Jersey City This Week {December 3rd Update}

    Small business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday have surely kept up busy after the Thanksgiving holiday – but that’s no match for the latest news in Hoboken and Jersey City this Sunday. This week Hudson County has a mix of top stories including arrests for stolen packages, a yoga studio and bar closing till further notice, restaurant openings, and update from Mayor-elect Bhalla. Take a seat and get ready to scroll; here are the top Hoboken + Jersey City news stories of the week!

    Early Morning Bar Fight Leaves Two Police Officers Injured

    Two patrolling officers cam across a large bar fight early Sunday morning of last week, according to Patch.  The incident took place at 4:07AM outside of the Hoboken Bar & Grill. The officers attempted to break up the crowd, but smaller fights of both men and women erupted. The officers called for back up, but one was soon attacked and thrown to the ground by 23-year-old Christian Caputo of Jersey City. Two other men, later identified as Robert Rosario, 21, of Jersey City, and Frank Henderson, 22, of Hoboken, charged the officers and tried to pull Caputo away.  The men fled, but Caputo was successfully restrained and taken into custody. As Caputo was led to the squad car they were then surrounded by a crowed where a fourth men, Hashim Dyer, 21, of Hoboken, jumped on one of the officers from behind. Dyer was then restrained and taken into custody. Members of the NJ Transit, State Police, North Bergen, and Port Authority all assisted the Hoboken Police Department during this event that left two officers injured.

    Hoboken + Newport Tree Lightings

    December has arrived and so have the Hudson County’s holiday trees. Hoboken’s tree lighting is scheduled for December 9th at 5:00PM at City Hall. Performances by Hoboken Cheer Dynamic Allstars, Hoboken Hip Hop from All Saints and many more will be onsite to entertain crowds following the lighting of the tree. Elvis the Elf and Santa will be onsite for pictures and prizes sponsored by CBS FM Radio 101.1. Newport’s annual tree lighting will take place on December 5th at 6:00PM in the Newport Town Square. In addition to the lighting, community members will have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa, sing carols with Definitely Crickets octet, ride the Santa Express train, and enjoy holiday sweets and beverages.

    Bluemercury {Cosmetics} Coming to Hoboken

    Bluemercury, a leading luxury beauty retailer offering the cosmetics, skin care, makeup, perfume, hair, and bath and body, is coming to Hoboken. Jersey Digs broke the news of the beauty retailer’s arrival last week, but exact details of their plan and opening are still under wraps. Bluemercury will be the second big-box cosmetic store coming to the Mile Square. Sephora is expected to open at 319 Washington sometime in 2018 as well — so it will be quite the makeup-filled block with Makeovers, Sephora, and now Bluemercury on the same street.

    Brunch with Santa at Birch Hoboken

    Birch is hosting a brunch with Santa event December 17th from 11:00AM-4:00PM. Reserve a table for your family by calling 201-942-9300 or emailing info@birchhoboken.com. Santa will be in attendance and is happy to visit with children of all ages. Birch’s photographer will be available to take professional photos perfect for this year holiday card. As an added bonus, children will receive a FREE scoop of gelato with their meal.

    Devotion Yoga Updates

    Devotion Yoga is moving to a new space in downtown Hoboken, according to its owner, Liza Bernini. According to Liza, the studio was asked to leave their space sooner than expected, and several additional sources reported that during a Thursday night class Devotion was closed down. The new studio is expected to open early in 2018 per Liza, but in the interim, classes will still be offered a pop-up studio – details coming soon as we know them. The yoga studio, which specializes in a Vinyasa style, a fast flow, has been a part of the Hoboken community for nearly 14 years.

    Crepe Guru Coming Back to Hoboken

    Crepe Guru announced on Instagram that they will be returning to the Mile Square. Crepe Guru first opened in Hoboken in 2006, but closed their doors earlier this year and announced that they would be moving their shop to North Bergen. Crepe Guru cites that the reason behind their sudden move back to Hoboken is due to differences between their landlord the shop’s owners. We will keep you updated on when their official reopening will take place as well as the location {which will be different than its past location on 3rd and Washington}.

    Buddy Who’s Coming to Paulus Hook

    Last week, Jersey Digs reported that Buddy Who’s will be opening the week of December 12th in Paulus Hook. While the space located at 247 Washington Street has changed hands serval times over the past few years, long-time friends and co-owners, friends George Makrogiannis and Paul Cate, are excited to launch their restaurant whose name pays tribute to Paul’s late father. Buddy Who’s will serve classic American eats with a contemporary twist. Brunch will be served daily and seasonal cocktails, wine, and beers from New Jersey breweries will round out the drinks menu.

    Ariele’s Apothecary Under New Ownership

    As of December 1st, Ariele’s Apothecary is under new ownership and a new name – Nurturing Life Acupuncture and Wellness. Ariele, who first opened the doors of her shop while five months pregnant, relocated with her family to Boulder, CO. After splitting her time and energy between the Rockies and East Coast Ariele decided to sell her shop to acupunctursist Bill Wright, a local citizen who is dedictaed to the same practice Ariele intiduced to Hoboken many years ago. Additionally, many of the staff members you have come to know and rely on will continue working at Nurturing Life Acupuncture and Wellness. Ariele’s Apothecary Brand botanical blends will continue to be available at Ariele is running a farewell to Hoboken sale on her website. Enter Hoboken in the promo code and receive 25% off your order. 

    Revered Jersey City Hall Photographer Dies at 73

    One of Jersey City’s most notable photographers, Alton O’Neill, died last week at the age of 73 according to NJ.com. O’Neill worked for Jersey City for 30 years, often working seven day weeks and holidays in order to capture photos at as many events as possible. Alton was as well known in the community as his work. Throughout his career O’Neill had the opportunity to photograph NFL legend Jim Brown, Barack Obama and countless local residents in Jersey City. According to his son, Orlando, “He never really saw his job as a job because he loved it. No matter how many crazy hours or holidays or parades he did, he never complained.”

    Taphaus Reportedly Closed

    Taphaus, a newer pub located in West Hoboken, has reportedly closed. Taphaus, which served classic American fare for lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends was plagued with so-so reviews early on. Patrons will still be able to visit Taphaus’s Jersey City location which is located at 2 2nd St.

    Southside Marina Protest at Liberty State Park

    Protestors gathered at Liberty State Park on Saturday to protest the creation of the Southside Marina on the park’s waterfront. Nicknamed the “millionaire’s marina,” the space would extend from the Overlook Lawn westward to the Public Boat launch dock taking over LSP’s entire south side. Protestors cited that the creation of such marina would ruin LSP’s the urban waterfront most frequently used by the community for picnics, jogging, biking, and relaxing outdoors. Public hearings are scheduled to take place in the coming weeks and the protestors have urged all who support their cause to join in whatever capacity they can.

    Grove Corner Bar Comes to Grove Square

    The location formerly known as The Third Base Sports Bar has rebranded under the name Grove Corner Bar. The bar will feature a new menu, live music, and more diverse entertainment. Located at 116 Newark Avenue, Grove Corner Bar is part of a collection restaurants that make up Grove Square, including the Bistro, Wine and Whiskey Bar, Favia Pizza, and the Underground. Grove Corner’s Instagram alluded to open format music, karaoke, craft beers, and an extensive cocktail list.

    Santa Comes to Liberty Humane Society

    Santa will be visiting the Liberty Human Society today {Sunday} from 12:00PM-3:00PM. Pets will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa in exchange for a $20 donation. LHS will also  be hosting an event, Makin’ Merry for the Hairy, at The Archer in Jersey City on December 7th at 8:00PM. Donation will be taken at the door and all proceeds from Tito’s cocktails will be donated to the shelter.

    Suspect Charged with Stealing Packages from Hoboken Doorsteps

    Luis Medina, 37, of Jersey City was charged with stealing packages from an apartment building on Clinton Street last week. Medina was also charged in connection with two other thefts at the time of his arrest. According to NJ.com, police officers notice Medina looking into the lobby of the apartment building around 5:00AM. They watched Medina go inside and take a stack of packages. The officers caught up with Medina in the garage where he was carrying the stolen goods and a wrench. He was then taken into custody where it was discovered that he had an open warrant from the Hudson County Sheriffs Department.

    Hoboken First Responders Achieve Career Milestones

    First responders from both the Hoboken Police Department and Hoboken Department reached career milestones this past week. After 38+ years of service to law enforcement, Sergeant Robert “Bob” Fulton has retired. Luckily, Sergeant Fulton will remain amongst the HPD family as he has volunteered to become the HPD museum curator according to a tweet shared by Chief Ken Ferrante.

    Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced today that Battalion Chief Brian Crimmins has been appointed as the new Provisional Fire Chief until a new Fire Chief test is administered in 2018. The test will be open to all Battalion Chiefs and Captains, and the next chief will be decided by Mayor Bhalla’s Administration. Battalion Chief Crimmins has served in the Hoboken Fire Department since 2004 and was ranked #1 on the Battalion Fire Chief promotional list.

    Satis Bistro Launches a New Brunch Menu

    Satis Bistro, located at 212 Washington Street in Jersey City, launched a new brunch menu this weekend. The new menu features baked eggs florentine, roasted butternut squash pancakes, and candied orange and ricotta stuffed brioche. Brunch is only served on the weekend from 11:30AM-3:00PM. Satis is also no longer taking reservations through OpenTable, but you can still make a reservation through their website.

    Public Forum Scheduled for Sustainability Element of Hoboken’s Master Plan

     

    A public hearing on the adoption of the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element of the Hoboken Master Plan will be discussed at the Hoboken Planning Board meeting on December 5th. Public comments on the proposed plan will directly impact whether the draft plan is adopted by the board. The City of Hoboken achieved Bronze certification from Sustainable Jersey in 2011 and Silver certification in 2017. Initiatives such as climate adaptation, flood mitigation, public and environmental health, Green Building, and non-vehicular transportation are just a selection of projects that have helped the city achieve such recognition. The draft Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element (“Sustainability Element”) discusses the goals and continued strategies that the committee hopes to implement.

    Hoboken Brewing Adds Kegs to their Retail Offerings

    Hoboken Brewing announced on their Instagram feed that they will now be offering kegs for purchase. Their Bodi Blonde brew will have even more coconut infusion to help you forget about the dropping temperatures outside. Hoboken Brewing was started by two friends, Andrew Zebrowski and Brendan Drury. The business originally started out in a garage, but the two soon chose Hoboken as the place to set up shop because of its young population and appreciation for small businesses. Locations selling Hoboken Brewing products can be found here.

    The Jersey Journal’s 59th Spelling Bee Draws Entrants from 44 Schools

    NJ.com reports that The Jersey Journal’s 59th spelling bee has drawn entrants from 44 elementary schools in Hudson County. The top-speller from all elementary schools in Hudson County is eligible to register before the deadline on December 15th. Participating schools will receive a virtual bee-in-a-box that includes study words, rules, pronunciation guides and variety of materials that can be used in their own spelling bees. The winner of the bee will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Maryland during the spring.

    Ravi Bhalla Provides Transition Updates

    In a letter to his future constituents, Mayor-Elect Ravi Bhalla provided an update on the status of his transition into office. Bhalla stated that he intends to continue expansion efforts on the Southwest Resiliency Park through funding in the Open Space Trust Fund and reminded residents to fill out this survey {or email him directly} to submit their ideas and concerns concerning the Northwest Resiliency Park. Bhalla also provided a link to the letter he and Mayor Zimmer wrote to NJ Transit urging them not to continue efforts to acquire the Union Dry Dock property. Mayor-elect Bhalla closed his letter by inviting any resident interested in joining his transition team and serving on one of the committees to email transition chair Phil Cohen at “We have dozens of residents with expertise in Hoboken government and civic affairs…unity in our common interests as a community will help promote effective governance.”

     

    And that’s the latest Word on Washington Street news roundup for your Sunday. PHEW! It was a doozy, but now you’re all caught up.

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    Despite moving to the Mile Square on a whim, Nicole is happy to call Hoboken her home. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in biology and now works as a health & benefits consultant in the city. When she’s not killing it in corporate America, Nicole can be found shopping for her dream home on Park and Bloomfield, sipping a margarita on the rocks (she has yet to find one she hasn’t liked), or being dragged into a dog park by her giant goldendoodle, Sammy.


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