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first_img ×On Friday, Hoboken City Hall officials hosted a flag raising in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. (Photo by Jerry Lore) Hoboken schools to release updated school calendarThe Hoboken public schools have closed for a total of four snow days this year due to a storm in January and another in March. As the district must have 181 days of school, they updated their calendar last week.High school graduation, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, June 20, will now be held on Friday June 22. The last day of school will be the following Monday, June 25, and it will be a half day.Originally, three days of early dismissals were scheduled for Monday through Wednesday, June 18 through 20. Now, school will run for a full day on June 18 and 19, and there will be half days Wednesday, June 20, Thursday, June 21, Friday, June 22, and Monday, June 25.NOTE: This calendar is subject to change, so before making plans, consult the district. And as of Friday, weather forecasters were predicting another slushy storm for midweek. To see if the prediction changes, click on the weather symbols on the upper right of hudsonreporter.com. Baby Jesus returned to Hoboken church almost 90 years laterAccording to reports, a baby Jesus from a 1930s nativity scene was returned to Our Lady of Grace and St. Joseph’s Church on Fourth Street and Willow Avenue on Wednesday when an anonymous package was delivered.Rev. Alexander Santora told NBC 4 New York that he was initially apprehensive to open the package since it had no return address and didn’t look like it was packed by a company, so he called the police to report it as suspicious.Once the package was cleared by the Emergency Services Unit, he found a baby Jesus statue and a note stating that the statue was stolen from the church’s Nativity scene in the 1930s.It was somehow was in the sender’s grandfather’s possession, and the sender thought it should be returned.No word on whether there was or will be further confession.Wonder Lofts project gets $120M from investment firmAccording to a press release, Angelo, Gordon & Co., a $28 billion alternative investment firm focused on credit and real estate investing, and Prism Capital Partners, announced the development and recapitalization of the Wonder Lofts building at Seventh and Grand streets for approximately $120 million.Parkwood Development Corp., which initiated the redevelopment project in 2012, will retain an ownership stake in the project.The Wonder Lofts building will be converted into 89 luxury residential units with over 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity space and a to-be built retail space fronting Clinton Street. Originally built in 1909 and used as an industrial facility that produced Wonder Bread, the Wonder Lofts will be comprised of five separate buildings and will maintain “a significant amount of the existing architecturally detail seen at the building today.” The buildings will also have on-site parking.Free teen author festival at Little City Books in HobokenOn Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. Hoboken author and Scholastic publisher David Levithan will bring his annual Teen Author Fest NYC to Little City Books.One of Levithan’s many novels, Every Day, opened as a major motion picture last week. He will moderate a panel of six Young Adult authors — Corinne Duyvis, Michelle Hodkin, Billy Merrell, Alyssa Sheinmel, Yvonne Ventresca and Ismee Williams — on the subject The Complexity of Character.Little City Books is located at First and Bloomfield streets and the event is free. For more information contact Little City Books at (201)626-READ.Free ferry ride for kids this SaturdayOn Saturday March 17 kids under the age of 12 can ride the ferry for free to Manhattan’s West 39th Street Ferry Terminal to attend the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.The parade marches up Fifth Avenue, starting at 11 a.m.For more information on the offer and general service and specials for kids, call 1-800-53-FERRY or visit www.facebook.com/nywaterway or www.twitter.com/ridetheferry.Online survey and community meeting for Hoboken Northwest resiliency park announcedResidents are invited to complete an online survey to provide feedback on two proposed design concepts for the Northwest Resiliency Park t www.hobokennj.gov/nwparksurvey.On Feb. 27 community members joined the project team at the Wallace School to review the two design alternatives developed for the Northwest Resiliency Park. The presentation, video of the meeting, and more information on the two design alternatives are available at www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark.After compiling community feedback from the meeting and survey, the project team will host another community meeting to discuss the preferred design alternative on Tuesday, March 27. The community meeting will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wallace School Cafeteria, located at 1100 Willow Ave.The Northwest Resiliency Park will be Hoboken’s largest park and will provide recreation and public space for the community. In 2017, the City of Hoboken opened a temporary pop-up park at the site which will remain in place during the design process for the permanent park. For more information on the design process, visit: www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark.Wear crazy socks for World Down Syndrome DayNational Down Syndrome Day is March 21 and to observe it, people will wear crazy socks. The purpose of wearing crazy socks is to celebrate all of humanity’s unique differences that make our world and schools brighter. March 21 was selected by the United Nations as World Down Syndrome Day because most people with Down syndrome have three copies of the 21st chromosome. March for our lives takes place March 24On Saturday, March 24, community members from Hoboken will gather for a “sibling march” as part of the March for Our Lives movement.The march is one of hundreds happening around the country, planned by students and survivors of gun violence.“I have been so inspired by the young people who are pushing forward with their demands for action to end gun violence,” said the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas, rector of All Saints Episcopal Parish in Hoboken. “I am happy to organize this solidarity march to show our support for their efforts.”The march will begin with a rally at 1 p.m. at the Jubilee Center, 601-603 Jackson St and will proceed from there to City Hall.Members of the Hoboken Clergy Coalition are also supporting the event including ;Rabbi Robert Scheinberg of the United Synagogue of Hoboken, The Rev. Deacon Jill Singleton of All Saints Episcopal Day School, Director of In Jesus Name Charities April Harris, Director of Pastoral Care at HUMC Marjorie Boyden-Edmonds, The Rev. Monsignor Michael A. Andreano, of Sts. Peter & Paul Parish, and The Rev. Peter R. Beeson of St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church. Hoboken resident named to Simmons College dean’s listHoboken resident Virginia Mason, was named to the 2017 fall semester dean’s list at Simmons College in Boston. Her major is nutrition and dietetics. To qualify for dean’s list status, undergraduate students must obtain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, based on 12 or more credit hours of work in classes using the letter grade system.Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston. Founded in 1899, Simmons is the only undergraduate women’s college in Boston, and maintains a history of visionary thinking and a focus on social responsibility. Stevens and Saint Peter’s get awardsStevens Institute of Technology President Nariman Farvardin accepted the American Council on Education (ACE)/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation on behalf of Stevens on March 11.The award was created to recognize institutions that have responded to higher education challenges in innovative and creative ways and achieved dramatic changes in a relatively brief period.Stevens won for the category of large institutions serving student populations of 5,001 or more and will receive a $10,000 prize.“The demand for a Stevens education has never been higher,” said Farvardin. “With the continued commitment of the university community, the potential of Stevens is limitless. On behalf of Stevens Institute of Technology, I am honored to accept the 2018 ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation during this catalytic period in our history.”Saint Peter’s University, also in New Jersey, won in the category of institutions serving student populations up to 5,000.“Stevens Institute of Technology and St. Peter’s University both illustrate how addressing issues head-on—plus a lot of hard work and collaboration—can help transform an institution,” said ACE President Ted Mitchell. “We appreciate the generous support of Fidelity Investments for this award, which allows us each year to recognize colleges and universities where such transformation has occurred.”Stevens is ranked 69th overall in U.S. News‘ 2018 National Universities rankings, up from 71st in the previous year and 88th in 2011, making Stevens the second fastest-rising college in the nation among the top 100 national universities. Stevens was named as one of the top 25 “Most Innovative Schools” in the nation in U.S. News‘ Best Colleges 2018 rankings.center_img On Friday, Hoboken City Hall officials hosted a flag raising in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. (Photo by Jerry Lore)last_img

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