• Emergency Veterinarian Services Coming to Hoboken + More News You Missed This Week

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    It’s time of the week, Hudson County: time to catch up on all the local news you may have missed during the hustle and bustle of the week. With Hillary Clinton’s Jersey City visit came some minor car drama, Hoboken has sworn in a new Fire Chief, and there’s a new emergency vet coming to Hoboken — just to name a few. And that’s not all you missed; keep reading to see Hudson County’s biggest news headlines of the week:

    Hillary Clinton Unscathed in Minor Crash in Jersey City Parking Garage

    Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was involved in a minor crash in a Jersey City parking garage last Wednesday. Clinton was in town for U.S. Senator Bob Menendez’s fundraiser in Jersey City when the Secret Service car she was riding in made a left into a concrete beam.

    Clinton emerged from the car unscathed, then proceeded to walk to the fundraiser at which she was the keynote guest. According to the Secret Service, no injuries were reported and all passengers refused medical attention. While the Jersey City Police Department has a pending investigation, the driver of the vehicle claimed in the incident report that the beam was not marked with its height.

    New Emergency Vet Center ‘VEG’ Coming to Hoboken

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    A new emergency vet clinic is replacing an old pediatrician’s office in uptown Hoboken. New signage at the corner of 14th Street and Willow Avenue suggests Veterinary Emergency Group (VEG) will soon make this location its home. VEG also has offices in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. More info to come as we unearth information!

    Brian Crimmins Sworn in as New Chief of Hoboken Fire Department

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    The Hoboken Fire Department officially has a new chief. Provisional Fire Chief Brian Crimmins was sworn in as Chief last Monday. Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla appointed Crimmins, who previously served as Battalion Chief, to the position, replacing Anton Peskens.

    “In less than a year leading the department, Chief Crimmins has demonstrated a new brand of leadership for the department,”  Bhalla said. “He’s established new standards of professionalism and preparedness, including facilitating training for firefighters to be better equipped in serving residents with Autism. I applaud his efforts and look forward to his continued stellar leadership.”

    “I am honored to dedicate my career to improving the resilience of our community and to promoting the finest fire department in the State of New Jersey,” said Crimmins.

    Hoboken Public Safety runs in Crimmins’ lineage as his grandfather George W. Crimmins was Chief of Police and his father, George W. Crimmins II, worked as both Business Administrator and Public Safety Director. Congratulations, Chief Crimmins!

     Hoboken Historical Museum Hosts Masked Ball & Gala + Announces Remaining Fall Events

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    The Hoboken Historical Museum is hosting the Masked Ball & Gala on Friday, October 26 in anticipation of the upcoming exhibit “Hudson County: Then and Now.” The black-and-white masked ball and auction pays homage to the exhibit {coming January 2019}  and will take place at The W Hotel.

    The exhibit features vintage early 20th century postcards from across Hudson County; augmented reality technology shows visitors the present-day view superimposed on the vintage scenes, like the image pictured above. You can get tickets to the gala here.

    Other events coming soon to Hoboken Historical Museum include the Annual Hoboken House Tour on Sunday, 10/21, which features 10 private residences and four additional stops that highlight Hoboken’s art scene and the history of Stevens Institute. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 the day of. On Sunday 10/242, David Zimmerman, Director of Technology Commercialization at Stevens, is hosting a talk called “New Jersey Inventions.” Tickets are $5; Museum members can attend for free.

    The Museum will also put on a special Veterans Day event called “An American Soldier’s Journey Home,” a one-man show by local actor and creator Douglas Taurel. The Sunday, 11/11 event commemorates the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. The show is based on an archive of letters by a doughboy, drawn from the Library of Congress.

    Tessa International School Celebrates United Nations Day

    The first bilingual preschool in Hoboken, Tessa International, acknowledged the United Nations Charter last Tuesday, on United Nations Day. The event was an opportunity for Tessa International School to celebrate its international mindedness, and it’s new state-of-the-art modern and bright facility. Celebrations begun with student performances in Spanish and French, with students dressed in national dress representing over 20 countries worldwide, followed by special guests Mayor Bhalla, Deputy Consul General of France, Eric Bayer, and Director of Admissions at the UN International School, John Nichols, making addresses.

    “We are all are extremely excited to be celebrating United Nations Day in our new home,” says Isabelle Bonneau, Founder of Tessa International School. “Hoboken is a community increasingly rich in multiculturalism, so we are proud to bring bilingual education and a global perspective to help foster academic and intellectual development, locally. As the school continues to grow and we watch our students embrace this educational model, we look forward to expanding with a primary school in the near future.”

    For more information on Tessa International School please visit: http://www.tessais.org/

    Ani Ramen House & Luigi’s Ice Cream Collaborate for New Ice Cream “Speakeasy”

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    {Photo courtesy of Gail PR}

    Ramen noodles aren’t the only thing you can get at Ani Ramen House in Jersey City now. Thanks to a partnership with Luigi’s Ice Cream {of Red Bank and Exchange Place food truck fame}, the ice cream shop’s unique flavors will now be available year-round at 218 Newark Avenue. Visitors can expect rolled ice creams like Cookie Monster, Curious George, Godiva Dark Chocaholic, Tequila Rose Strawberry Shortcake, and Horchata. {Yes, some of those ice cream flavors are alcohol-infused!} Homemade ice cream flavors include Hennessy Pineapple, Applie Pie, Matcha Green Tea, Café Patron Coffee Chip, and more. Luigi’s is also known for its creamy buns, like the Fruity Pebbles one pictured above.

    “I felt there couldn’t have been a better time to come back to Jersey City with desserts that customers will love and in a place that is as unique as the city it serves,” Luigi’s owner Luigi Beltran said in a statement.

    Initial opening hours will be weekends only {for weekends of October 19 and October 26}, Friday 6pm-12am, Saturday 6pm-12am and Sunday 5pm-10pm. Hours will expand shortly to include weeknights.

    Steve Schneider and Chef Travis Young Bought Elysian Café

    Elysian Cafe Hoboken New Ownership

    Uptown Hoboken’s Elysian Café is under new ownership as of Friday. Bar mastermind Steve Schneider, of Employees Only New York, Singapore, and China and head Elysian chef for the past seven and a half years Travis Young have bought the spot for classic French bistro.

    “That’s what we’re going for, that’s what we want to keep: The feeling that you come in there, the people know who you are or remember what you had or remember what you didn’t like and try to make it better. A good experience. We’re trying to keep the good experiences going. That’s what we don’t want to lose, that feeling,” Young explains to Hoboken Girl.

    Hoboken City Council Approves Hilton Hotel Agreement

    City Council has officially approved the agreement negotiated by Mayor Bhalla with KMS to develop a full-service Hilton Hotel along the Hoboken Waterfront.

    “I am thrilled our agreement with the hotel developer was approved tonight by the Council,” Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla said in a statement. “This deal is a big win for the City of Hoboken and delivers unprecedented givebacks to Hoboken with investments in a new community center at the former YMCA, all of our public schools, infrastructure and affordable housing, in addition to a world class hotel. Thank you to the Council for approving the agreement, and all of the activists and community groups who helped make this agreement a reality, including the Hoboken Public Library, Hoboken Board of Education, Hoboken Community Center, parents advocating for their schools, and Fund for a Better Waterfront.”

    The agreement sealed the deal on $4.85 million in “community givebacks,” including $2 million to revitalize the former Hoboken YMCA at 1301 Washington Street, $1.165 million towards infrastructure upgrades, which includes the area adjacent to the hotel, $1 million to the Hoboken Public Education Foundation to establish a permanent endowment,$484,000 to three Hoboken Charter Schools, and $200,000 into Hoboken’s Affordable Housing Trust.

    The hotel will be 100% constructed and operated with union labor, and Hoboken residents will be prioritized for the 170 well-paying hotel jobs. The hotel will also generate $5 million for our local economy and will include a waterfront rooftop and preserves the historic Sinatra Post Office.

    Work It Out Hosts Saint Dominic Academy Seniors in “POWER OF GIRLS”

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    {Photo credit: Alissa Laurie}

    Work It Out of Hoboken got physical, physical! Last Wednesday, WIO teamed up with senior women from Saint Dominic Academy in Jersey City to host “THE POWER OF GIRLS,” an hour-long interactive mental and physical program.

    The girls engaged in physical movement icebreakers like dancing and discussed feminist issues through team-building exercises such as creating word webs that stemmed from iconic terms like ‘feminism,’ ‘women,’ and ‘self-love.’ Participants also offered up their ‘shared experiences,’ moments where women felt empowered and proud for standing up for themselves.

    Hoboken Girl EIC Jennifer Tripucka Nominated for Hoboken Heroes Award

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    Hoboken Girl’s very own Jennifer Tripucka has been nominated for a Hoboken Heroes Award. As part of this year’s event, the Museum has been pushing out on the social channels for followers to nominate Hoboken Heroes, leaders in the community who have brought attention to our mile square city, making a difference by working in the community and getting the word out about why #HobokenMakesHistory.

    Jersey City Theatre Center Requests Donations for ‘Trojan Women’ Production

    The Jersey City Theatre Center is looking to put on a production of ‘Trojan Women’ this year but they’re looking for donations to help pay for production costs. JCTC is currently running an IndieGoGo campaign in an attempt to raise $26,000 to go toward production expenses.

    Trojan Women personally changed my perspective on life, theatre, motherhood, and humanity,” says Artistic Director Olga Levina. “It made me believe in the power of love and our capacity for – and the need of – perseverance. Please help JCTC bring theatre that matters to Jersey City by supporting the multimedia, worldly production of Trojan Women. Thank you so much for your love and support!”

    PS Wine Bar of Jersey City Named Top 15 Wine Bars by ‘Food & Wine’

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    PS Wine Bar in Jersey City has been named one of the top 15 wine bars in America by Food & Wine. PS was the only New Jersey wine bar mentioned in the article and was highlighted for its unique wine selections. The official account for PS Wine Bar announced the news on their Instagram account. “PS named one of the top 15 natural wine bars in AMERICA !!!” the account wrote.

    It’s the Last Chance to Get Loquito’s Tacos from O’Bagel

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    {Photo credit: Instagram}

    Hoboken Girl reported earlier this summer that O’Bagel was opening a Loquito Taco pop-up shop. Now, both O’Bagel and Loquito have announced on their respective Instagram pages that it’s the final weekend for the pop-up.

    “You can keep staring or you can come & try. It’s @loquito_tacos final weekend. Run, don’t walk,” the official O’Bagel account wrote.” And Loquito added, “This is @loquito_tacos LAST weekend. Our doors will be open from Thursday to Sunday so come over and get loco with us! Thank you for the support. We’ll be back soon.”

    If you’re interested in nabbing your final Loquito taco of the year, the pop up’s open from 5pm to 10pm tonight, Sunday 10/21 at 600 Washington Street.

    First Street Block Party Is Happening This Sunday

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    {Photo credit: Instagram}

    This Sunday, the First Street Block Party is going on between Willow and Park Avenues. Local venues like Tony Boloney’s, Little City Books, Vintage on First, Mint Market, and more will be participating in the block party. Streets will be closed off starting at 11am and the party will go on until about 4pm. In honor of the First Street Block Party, Tony Boloney’s is debuting a new slice of pizza, a collaboration between TB’s, Sweet Chick Life, and Top Shelf Premium {pictured above}.

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    Steph Osmanski is a freelance writer who specializes in sustainability and health and wellness content. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton.


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    • Hi! My name is Morgan, I’m an Operations Manager at Veterinary Emergency Group. We loved your article about VEG coming to Hoboken! I wanted to see if we can chat a little bit more about who VEG is and what we do! We can’t wait to be apart of the Hoboken community.

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