• Top News Stories of the Week in Hoboken + Jersey City {April 1, 2018}

    …APRIL FOOLS!

    Happy Sunday, Happy Easter, and Happy April Fools, Hoboken and Jersey City! If you’ve been on our social media this morning, unfortunately and fortunately NONE of the stuff listed on it is true {Washington Street will not be done by next week, sowwy}. But, we’ve got a bunch of real news to share this week — two new rooftop bars are opening in JC, NJ police are cracking down on texting and driving, Jaret’s Stuffed Cupcakes has closed for good, and a lot more. We hope you enjoyed our April Fool’s teaser — but here are your REAL top news stories of the week.

    Jaret’s Stuffed Cupcakes Closed Permanently

    Jaret’s Stuffed Cupcakes has officially closed their three New Jersey locations including Hoboken. The bakery, which opened in 2008, was best for known their decadent desserts in flavors such as Cannoli Eclipse and Banana Blast. Jaret’s owner Maureen posted a note to customers on their front door, stating that she felt she could no longer keep up with the business following the passing of her life and business partner Keith, who she cited as the “master of cooking and baking and all things creative.” Jaret’s will be fulfilling any outstanding orders and customers can expect to receive a call with pick-up instructions in the coming weeks. Best of luck to Maureen in her next endeavor and our deepest condolences at this difficult time.

    Cascade Cafe Opening Soon in Hoboken

    PATH commuters in Hoboken will soon have another spot for breakfast before heading out on the morning commute. Cascade Cafe is set to open directly across from the Hoboken station sometime this spring. According to their advertisement, the cafe will be serving coffee, juices, smoothies, sandwiches, salads, and a variety of grab-and-go options.

    Hefty Fines in Store for Those Caught Texting While Driving

    According to NJ.com, police officers across New Jersey will be targeting drivers who text and drive as part of a national campaign. The “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” campaign starts today and will run through April 21st. The Attorney General’s office stated that fines of $200 – $400 for a first offense and an $800 fine and three insurance point penalty can be expected for subsequent violations. This is the fourth year that law enforcement has participated in the campaign. In 2017, citations for 15,000 summonses for cell phone use or texting and 7,000 for careless driving were recorded. Besides the fear of getting fined, just DON’T text and drive.

    NJ Could be Landing Spot for Chinese Space Station Plummeting Towards Earth

    An analysis by the non-profit Aerospace Corporation shows that the Tiangong-1, a 9.4 ton Chinese space station, is set to reenter Earth’s atmosphere this week, reports NJ.com. The space station has been orbiting uncontrolled since June of 2016 and New Jersey is part of the band of the planet where debris from the craft could land. The Aerospace Corporation stated, “Our scientists calculate odds of you being hit by Tiangong-1 debris are ~1mil times smaller than odds of winning Powerball jackpot – even if you live in ‘high risk’ areas.” That being said, there are toxic and corrosive substance on board the spacecraft that could survive reentry, so take caution if you see something odd in your neighborhood.

      Naked Trump Statue to be Auctioned in Jersey City

    A naked statue of Trump is set to be auctioned off in Jersey City on May 2nd, according to NJ.com. The statue which was created by the West Coast anarchist collective INDECLINE, and is predicted to sell for $20,000 to $30,000. In September of 2016, one of the INDECLINE’s naked Trump statues was placed on a rooftop in Jersey City, but was reported stolen five days later. According to Julien’s Auction, this statue is the last statue of the set that was not vandalized or destroyed when the collection was displayed in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Cleveland in the weeks before the election.

    The Ashford Set to Open in Jersey City

    The owners of NYC’s Chinese Tuxedo and 1Republik are opening a new restaurant, The Ashford, in Jersey City. Located at 145 Newark Ave, the 17,000-square-foot space with include multiple dining levels and the City’s largest rooftop with an open-air bar and raw bar. The Ashford is set to open in May just in time to enjoy one of their craft cocktails in the warm weather. Stay tuned for more details.

    Six 26: LGBTQ Lounge to Open in Jersey City

    From the owners of 1Republik comes Six 26, Jersey City’s newest LGBTQ bar and lounge. Six 26 is located at 128 Christopher Columbus drive and will be open Monday – Friday from 4:00PM to 3:00PM and Saturday – Sunday from 11:00AM-3:00PM. The lounge will be open in early spring and the rooftop will open in late spring/early summer. Be sure to check out their website for more information as their opening draws nearer.

    Hoboken Man Charged with Stealing $300 Worth of Meat & Seafood

    A 55-year-old Hoboken man arrested for trespassing last Sunday and was found to have over $300 of stolen meat and seafood in his possession, states NJ.com. The stolen property amounted to five bags of shrimp and eight packages of beef worth more than $320 which was believed to be stolen from a supermarket in West New York. The accused is currently being detained until the completion of his trial.

    Mayor Bhalla Proposed Zero Municipal Tax Increase in the 2018 Budget

    Last week, Mayor Bhalla released the proposed municipal budget featuring a zero percent increase in the municipal tax rate for the 8th straight year. The proposal states that the City of Hoboken will invest $5 million in water main improvements, $2.2 million in road resurfacing projects, and $11.63 million to acquire the Union Dry Dock property.  The stable tax rate and projected 3.8% increase in revenue, due in part to the City’s growth in property tax, will allow Hoboken to maintain a surplus to protect finances in case of an emergency.

    Hoboken Girl to be Honored at Celebration of Service Event

    Hoboken Girl is proud to announce that we been recognized by Women’s Rising Inc. for the team’s dedication to the community and local charities. The announcement was made at yesterday’s Celebration of Service Event which aptly marked the last day of Women’s History Month. We are thrilled to share this honor with Cindy Vogelman who is the recipient of the “Above and Beyond” award for her dedication and support of Women’s Rising for many years.

    And that’s the latest Word on Washington Street news roundup for your Sunday. Hope you have a great one.

    Have any news tips? Email hello@hobokengirl.com and 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.


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