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  • The Top Hoboken + Jersey City News Stories of the Week

    Happy Sunday, Hoboken! We hope your week{end} was as eventful as ours. From Shaka Bowl’s one-year anniversary celebration to Coditum’s free coding class, the upcoming mayoral election, and all the Halloween events happening, there is certainly a lot going on in our corner of the world. Throw off those sneakers {we know you’ve been hard at work training for the HoBOOken 5K} and settle in. We’ve got you covered for news you may have missed this week in Hoboken + Jersey City:

    {Featured article image by @HobokenViews on IG}

    Shaka Bowl Celebrates One Year Anniversary

    It’s hard to believe that Shaka Bowl has only been in Hoboken for one year. If you’re anything like some of us {read domestically challenged}, it feels like Shaka Bowl has been in our dine-out rotation for way longer, and boy are we grateful for that. For those of you who have yet to stop by this gem on Hoboken’s West side, Shaka Bowl serves made-to-order açai and poké bowls with ingredients that are hand-picked daily from the fruit to the fish. In celebration of their one-year anniversary, Shaka Bowl is hosting a celebration on October 22nd from 11AM-3PM at their store located at 720 Monroe Street. The celebration will feature live music, food, face painting, and a bounce house. Leading up to the celebration, Shaka Bowl will be selling raffle tickets for some seriously awesome prizes with all proceeds being donated to breast cancer research. Prizes include a $200 Shaka Bowl gift card, $100 Shaka Bowl gift cards, Shaka Bowl apparel, 6-class packages and apparel from Local Barre and Cycle Bar, one-month free and apparel from Honor Yoga, and a $100 JaneDo gift card. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at any one of the retailers sponsoring a raffle prize.

    Coditum {Coding Classes} Open House

    Coditum, Hoboken’s premiere coding school, is hosting an open house TODAY {Sunday, 10/22} from 10AM-4PM at their lab located at 720 Monroe Street. Visitors will have the chance to explore the lab, meet Coditum’s founder and teachers, and try a FREE class. What makes Coditum different from other coding classes is their proprietary curriculum, which was developed over the past 16 years. Students will never sit through external online modules or learn to recode their favorite video games. Instead, Coditum teachers will present the fundamentals of coding and work hands-on with students in settings no larger than three students. Classes are geared towards students ages 8-17, though separate classes for adults are also available. The best part? Sessions can be tailored around your schedule so won’t be locked into attending class on the same day each week. Visitors attending the open house will receive 20% off their first purchase of a class-package plus one additional free class. Mention HG and you’ll get a free class right off the bat!

    Mint Market Reopens Larger Jersey City Location

    Vintage and contemporary clothing shop Mint Market is *finally* {side note: the few weeks it was closed felt like an eternity, jussssayin’} OPEN AGAIN on Grove Street! The boutique, filled with chic accessories, clothing, and vintage/designer finds had closed for construction and recently debuted its new look and bigger space. Make sure to stop by either location and say hi to Val and the Mint ladies — and mention our Hoboken Girl deals directory for an exclusive HG discount!

    CarePoint Health Free Flu Vaccine Clinic

    The City of Hoboken and Carepoint Health/Hoboken University Medical Center are hosting a FREE flu vaccine clinic this Monday, October 23rd. Adult Hoboken residents with proof of residency, are encouraged to stop by Hoboken University Medical Center’s Assumption Hall anytime from 12PM-6PM. Vaccines will be given out on a first-come-first serve basis and proof of residence is required. Not all individuals are able to receive the vaccine, so do your part to help prevent the spread of the flu this season. Contact the Hoboken Health Department at (201) 420-2375 for more information.

    Frankie’s Bar + Eatery Opens in Jersey City

    ^Photo Cred: Instagram @mkmazer

    From the owners of Fox and Crow in the Heights comes Frankie’s, a contemporary Australian bar and eatery located at 264 Grove Street in Jersey City in the at Charles + Co. building. Thanks to Jersey City Eats’ tip, we have been able to confirm that Frankie’s scheduled their soft opening last Thursday, October 19th, at 5PM. Over the past year, the owners of Frankie’s have been tempting us with previews of their menu at local events. Grilled shrimp with ginger, edamame coleslaw {talk about tasting the rainbow}, and lavender lemonade are just a few of the items we have been salivating over. But, what we are truly excited about is Frankie’s natural wine program – after all doesn’t the best white wine come from the land down under? Frankie’s natural wine will be made with minimal technological intervention and no chemicals during the grape growing or winemaking process. If cocktails are more your speed, you can also look forward to fresh juices, garnishes, and ingredients. Regardless of your preferences, Frankie’s will surely be our new go-to for {guilt-free} dining.

    Mile Square Sideshow Spectacular

    Expect the unexpected. That’s exactly the sentiment co-founders Bill McGarvey and Jim Dodge hope their show, The Mile Square Sideshow Spectacular, will bring to its audience. The founders, both Hoboken residents and seasoned veterans of the performing arts, had been toying with the idea of bringing a sideshow to the Hoboken theatre scene for quite some time. Feeling as though audiences had seen a multitude of shows featuring comedians and musicians, they sought to create a show that would bring a variety of performers to one stage, for one performance, on one night. With the sheer number of acts, Dodge stated, “If a particular musician or comedian isn’t your cup of tea, just wait five minutes and a contortionist or an acrobat or a magician will be taking the stage that will be.” While this type of performance is definitely one of a kind in Hoboken, the historic sideshow was essentially reality television before the creation of screens; people would flock to the sideshows as way of being entertained by exotic attractions. Join McGarvey, Dodge, and several other critically acclaimed performers on Friday, October 27th at the Mile Square Theatre {located at 1400 Clinton Street}. The show will begin promptly at 7:30PM. Tickets are available online for $25, but can also be purchased on the day of the show {space allowing} for $30.

    HENRY Mobile Dental Clinic Hits the Street

    Meet HENRY, a state-of-the-art mobile dental clinic that travels to local businesses to provide onsite dental services to employees. HENRY was founded by business guru Justin Joffe and dental professional Dr. Jeffrey Rappaport. The long time friends sought to revolutionize the dental market by providing dental care where and when it’s most accessible – at your office. One look inside the mobile clinic and you’ll see that these friends have certainly exceeded industry standards. In fact, each chair is outfitted with Apple TVs with access to Netflix and HBO. HENRY provides basic services such as cleanings and x-rays, but can also provide more complex restorative procedures such as crowns, whitening, and Invisalign. HENRY is in-network with most major dental carriers including Delta Dental, Metlife, Guardian, Aetna, Cigna, United, and Horizon. If you are interested in having HENRY come to your office you can call (551) 999-2226 or email hello@HENRYthedentist.com.

    13th Annual All Schools Open House

    Join the Hoboken Family Alliance for their 13th Annual All Schools Open House, where parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to visit with representatives from 30 participating schools. The open house will include a selection of public, private, parochial, religious, and charter schools catering to students enrolling in daycare through high school. Parents are encouraged to bring questions regarding age requirements, tuition, the registration and application processes, and any other relevant topics. Attendees will be provided with a 2017 School Information Grid so that they will have all the pertinent information they need by the close of the night. The open house is scheduled for October 26th from 5PM-8PM in the Hoboken High School Gym. Please visit Hoboken Family’s website for more information.

    Hoboken Business Center Revamp Approved by Hoboken Zoning Board

    Inspired by the recent growth in the Southwest Hoboken neighborhood, the owners of the Hoboken Business Center have decided to follow suit and give their property an industrial chic makeover. According to Jersey Digs, the Hoboken Business Center was approved for expansion at the end of September. Plans include the addition three glass curtained floors to the top of the building adding nearing 50,000 square feet to the building’s overall size. Even the rooftop is being converted to a 7,000 square foot outdoor space {we are dying to see what they do with it}. Two generously sized restaurants will occupy the ground floor and diners will have parking available in 88 valet spaces or 222 traditional spaces, which should make parking a breeze {certainly by Hoboken’s standards}. More to come when construction begins.

    Mayoral Debate Scheduled for Wednesday

    Still deciding who to vote for in the Hoboken mayoral election? There’s still time to get in gear. With less than three weeks until the election, candidates are pushing hard to sway the remaining undecided voters. In addition to reading our comprehensive guide about the candidates, voters are invited to attend the mayoral debate on October 25th at 7PM at Stevens Institute of Technology’s DeBaun Auditorium. The debate is co-hosted by Stevens Institute of Technology and its Student Government Association. As mentioned in our previous articles, the forum will be approximately two hours long and will follow the format the Hoboken QLC established nearly ten years ago. We hope to see many of you there.

    Hoboken Children’s Theater Chosen by Broadway Licensing to Perform Holiday Musical

    Hoboken Children’s Theater (HCT) is often regarded as one of the tri-state’s premier theatrical companies so it was no surprise to many when Broadway Licensing announced that they have selected HCT to premier a musical adaptation of the holiday classic, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. The show follows the rambunctious Herdman family as they crash their town’s Sunday school class and demand roles in the Christmas pageant — despite never having heard the Christmas story. It’s up to the novice pageant-director to save the show and remind the community of the true reason for the season. Performances are scheduled for Friday, November 3rd at 7:00PM, Saturday, November 4th at 2:00PM + 7:00PM, and Sunday, November 5th at 2:00PM. Performances will take place at the Mile Square Theatre. Tickets will be $15 and can be purchased online. Grab your ticket early for a chance to see HCT’s Junior and Senior companies in action — after all, you never know which of the performers could be joining the company’s long list of alumni that have gone on to star on Broadway or the big screen.

    Northwest Resiliency Park Planning Resumes

    Plans for Northwest Hoboken’s Resiliency Park are up for discussion again. For those of you who haven’t journeyed up to that section of town recently, the proposed site of Resiliency Park is located where the pop-up park now stands. The fenced in park currently contains basketball courts, tennis courts, exercise equipment, and picnic areas covered by tent structures that have been put to good use by residents of all ages. The future park will include green infrastructure and innovative stormwater management measures similar to those implemented at the Southwest Resiliency Park. The project team will be hosting Listening Sessions to better understand your ideas for the Northwest Resiliency Park. The first of the sessions will be held from on October 21st from 11AM-3PM at the Harvest Festival on Pier A. For a complete schedule of the Listening Sessions, please visit the park’s website. Residents who cannot attend one of the sessions are encouraged to participate in the online survey, which is available on the website.

    2017 Hoboken Chamber of Commerce Honorees

    It may seem a little early for awards season, but the Hoboken Chamber of Commerce has announced its honorees for their the 6th annual awards dinner. On November 9th, the Chamber of Commerce will recognize local businesses for their exceptional impact on our community. Categories include Restaurant/Restaurateur of the Year, New Business/Businessperson of the Year, People’s Choice Award, and Community Service Provider of the Year, to name a few. Hoboken Girl is beyond excited to attend as a finalist in the Technology/Innovator of the Year category. We are so grateful for our readers and local business’ support, and we look forward to continuing to be your go-to spot for all things Hoboken, Jersey City, and the surrounding areas in the future.

    And that’s the latest Word on Washington Street! Have any news tips? Email news.hobokengirl@gmail.com to let us know — we appreciate it!

     


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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.


    2 comments

    • Hi Nicole, just a quick note. The mayoral debate at Stevens is on Wednesday the 25th. Not Tuesday. Thanks for all the update though!

      Best,

      Lexy

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    • The heading of the mayoral debate says it’s scheduled for Tuesday, but the date in the body of the text says 10/25 which is Wednesday. Which is accurate?

      Reply

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