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  • Hoboken + Jersey City’s Top News Stories of the Week {October 8, 2017}

    We love bringing you exciting updates about new places to eat, shop, and have fun, but also the latest on all kinds of happenings around Hoboken + JC. So, that’s exactly what we’re doing. Read on for the details of West Elm’s big opening, plus more of this week’s top news stories from Hoboken and Jersey City.

    West Elm Opening in Hoboken October 19th

    Shopping in Hoboken just got a liiiittle better. West Elm has announced it will officially open on October 19th at 1420 Willow Avenue. In addition to their usual home decor, the 10,745-square-foot store will feature a mix of local products, like black and white prints by JC-based photographer Victoria Miritello {you should check out her Hoboken themed series}.

    Hoboken Girl Starts Political Series Before Election

    While politics in Hoboken {much like the national political stage} can be quite divisive, there’s most likely one thing we can all agree on: the importance of civic engagement. In just a few weeks, Hoboken will have its mayoral elections, which happens just once every four years. We felt it VERY important for you to hear about all of the mayoral candidates  — from the candidates themselves, as this mayoral election can be a bit confusing with six candidates vying for the coveted city hall position {Ronald Bautista, Ravi Bhalla, Michael DeFusco, Jennifer Giattino, Karen Nason, and Anthony Romano}. To navigate the political waters, we thought, what better way to get to know the candidates than with a weekly series about things that matter to local residents? So here it is — a new political series on the site which covers issues that Hoboken residents are concerned about when it comes to our city. We’ve asked each candidate to share their thoughts about the questions that truly affect our community — unedited, unbiased — literally listed by candidate in alphabetical order by last name. Click here to read the full article.

     

    Portraits for a Purpose Taking Place TODAY {Sunday, October 8th} on Pier A from 1-5PM

    With everything going on in the world right now, many of us have been scratching our heads thinking, “What can I do to help?” With a love for people, art, and alliterations, the Hoboken Girl team will be hosting Pier A Portraits for a Purpose to benefit victims of Hurricane Maria. HG team member and local artist Michelle Lupo will be setting up her paper and pens near the gazebo on Pier A this Sunday from 1:00-5:00PM. Alongside Michelle will be Hoboken Girl photographer Will Ferman who will be snapping professional {human and pet} portraits with his camera on the waterfront Michelle will be doing pencil-sketched portraits for individuals and Will will be taking photo portraits of individuals/families who would like to donate to The Hispanic Federation to help the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

    Event Details:

    When: Sunday, October 8th from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    Where: Pier A Gazebo [100 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ]

    What: Bring a photo of a person or a pet [max 2 people/pets in sketch] to be sketched by Michelle Lupo OR get your photo portrait taken by Will Ferman [max 4 people/2 pets in photo].

    Sketches: Portrait sketch will take about 15-20 minutes and be 8×10 size.

    Photos: 1-2 images per session emailed to you post-session.

    How Much: Donations via check or cash on-site can be made directly to the HG team at Pier A. Pay what you can, but suggested minimum donation $20.

    Stevens to Host LeadHERShip Conference {with Opening Remarks from Our Founder, Jennifer Tripucka}

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    ^The conference will take place in the Babbio Center on campus

    The 2017 LeadHERship Conference being hosted at Stevens strives to promote and amplify the voices of women in STEM. The conference brings together individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences for a day of motivation, networking, skill-building and professional development. Registration closes on October 13th. Our Editor-in-Chief and Founder, Jennifer Casson Tripucka will be opening the conference with a 15-minute talk about owning a business and entrepreneurship at 10AM. The event is open to the public. Click HERE to register for the full day.

    Mixed-Use Building Approved for Lot Next to Walgreens

    Last week, the Hoboken Planning Board unanimously approved the preliminary site plan for a building at 107-111 Washington Street, the lot next to Walgreens. According to the plan, the building will be a five-story mixed-use building with 5,700 square feet of retail space on floors 1 and 2, nine residential units on floors 3 through 5, and two accessory apartments with one parking space each in the rear on Court Street. A different plan for that site, one that included Shake Shack, was proposed to the zoning board back in April, but got rejected. The decision upset some Hobokenites, including Mayoral candidate Michael Defusco, and zoning board member, Phil Cohen, who felt that Shake Shack would have been a great opportunity for the area. Now that a building has been approved, they can begin soliciting potential tenants.

    Mayoral Candidates to Debate at Stevens Institute

    With Election Day approaching, there are six candidates who are vying to be the next Mayor of Hoboken. On Wednesday, October 25th, Stevens Institute will host a debate from 7-9PM. The candidates are Ronald Bautista, Ravinder Bhalla, Michael DeFusco, Jennifer Giattino, Karen Nason, and Anthony Romano. Hoboken Girl asked each of the candidates for a little bit of information about themselves, including why they’d be best for the job. You can read that article here.

    Murder Mystery Dinner at Birch

    Looking for something fun and different to do this Halloween? Birch is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner on Friday, October 27th from 7-9PM. Tickets are $70 and include your seat at an assigned table, plus buffet style apps, an entree, and dessert {alcohol is not included in the ticket price}. Visit their site to purchase your tickets online.

     

    Quality Greens Kitchen Opens in Hoboken

    A new Mile Square startup concept called Quality Greens Kitchen opened on Washington Street in Hoboken on Friday. The salad and ‘fast’ healthy food spot is located at 227 Washington Street and offers a casual atmosphere, with “craft” salads, quality meats, and creative veggie dishes being the focus. Check out more about this new spot here.

    Squeez’d to Open Second Location

    Squeeze’D, the mobile juice and smoothie bar with a small space inside of JC’s Megaformer Studio, will be opening another location in Bayonne. Definitely check them out. They were rated one of the best juice bars in New Jersey.

    Jillian Pransky Coming to Little City Books

    Certified yoga therapist, author, and international presenter, Jillian Pransky, will be at Little City Books on October 11th to host the launch of her new book, Deep Listening. In Deep Listening, Pransky presents her signature Calm Body, Clear Mind, Open Heart program, a 10-step journey of self-exploration. Starting at 7PM, Pransky will read from her new work and engage in conversation with Carol Massar, Bloomberg Radio/TV anchor. Purchase is required to reserve a spot. For more details, visit the Little City Books.

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    And that’s the latest Word on Washington Street!

    Have any news tips? Email hello@hobokengirl.com to let us know — we appreciate it!

     


    Written by:

    Caitlin is a {Hoboken} uptown girl with an edge. She sold her house in the ‘burbs to move to the Mile Square when she and her husband decided that life in Hoboken is more their speed. She’s a long-time health and wellness junkie who can be found popping into fitness classes – dance, yoga, CrossFit, you name it – or riding around town with her husband on his Harley. Caitlin is also a teacher in Bergen County, and a local tutor. She is thrilled to be joining the Hoboken Girl team, helping locals stay up to date.


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