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23 Hoboken + Jersey City News Stories You Missed This Week

by Ainsley Layland
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The news doesn’t sleep during the holiday season, and as always, we’ve got you covered. Among the headlines — legendary Maria Pepe to speak at final NJ Women Make History Event, Hoboken Police arrest ACME shoplifter stealing shrimp, a humpback whale was spotted in Hudson River, + so much more — keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Hoboken, Jersey City, + beyond:


The Hoboken Girl Happy Box Gives Back to Charity

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Hoboken Girl is collaborating with local business Happy Box located in Hoboken to release the Local Love Box, an exciting new holiday gift box of local products from small businesses in Hoboken and Jersey City. This box collaboration is live and ready to ship nationally for the holiday season starting November 19th, 2020 — a perfect gift to send a New Jersey-lover this year.

$1 of every sale of the boxes to WomenRising, a non-profit in Jersey City, to help support women and their families. “WomenRising has been helping women and their families. Our clients are in need – in need of jobs, safety from domestic violence, freedom from homelessness, safe lives for children.” This community-based organization of Hudson County provides counseling, job assistance, shelter and so much more for women in our community. Not only are Local Love Box orders full of amazing products, but each order is contributing to help women throughout Hudson County. Order yours to ship nationwide here.

Shake Shack Signage Confirms Opening in Hoboken

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Shake Shack is opening in Hoboken — with an opening date still TBD — but as of most recently, signage was spotted outside of the 111 Washington spot. Read more details here.

Hoboken Mayor Encourages Local Employees to Get Tested

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Results from contact tracing show several cases were linked to workers at local bars and restaurants. Mayor Ravi Bhalla is now encouraging local businesses to get tested for COVID-19 to curb the spread of the virus. “We encourage all employees of Hoboken businesses who are in contact with a number of customers on a regular basis to get tested for COVID-19, especially given the surge in recent cases,” Bhalla said. Daily Voice has the full story.

Tamborim Bar & Grill Opens in Jersey City


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Brazilian restaurant Tamborim Bar & Grill is opening in a previously shuttered space at 130 Newark Avenue in Jersey City. Owner of Broa Bistro has been revamping the space with a refreshed bar and vibrant décor. More details coming soon!

North Bergen Woman Still in Coma Following Emergency C-Section

Woman Coma

In July, Estefania Mesa of North Bergen had an emergency c-section and ended up in a coma. Five months later she is still on the road to recovery. Two friends have started a GoFundMe page to assist her in getting the medical attention she needs so she can get home to be with her baby girl, Emma. Patch has more details.

American Gastropub Porter Opens at Port Imperial

Porter Port Imperial

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Modern American gastropub, Porter opened on December 8 on the ground level of the RiverHouse11 at Port Imperial luxury mixed-use residential complex in Weehawken. The restaurant is the debut concept from co-chefs Christopher Lim and Tara Glick.

East Orange Man Charged In Murder of Woman Found Dead in Jersey City

Police Arrest Man Murder

Jersey City Police arrested and charged Thaddues Williams of East Orange in the murder of Aieshia McFadden, mother of four, who was found with fatal gunshot wounds in her apartment Friday, December 4. McFadden was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Williams faces charges of first-degree murder, illegal weapons charges, and criminal sexual content, according to CBS.

Fair Share Housing Center Sues Jersey City + City Council

Watchdog Sues City Council

Nonprofit affordable housing watchdog, Fair Share Housing Center, has sued Jersey City and City Council claiming the City Council didn’t follow proper procedure when creating a new law. Critics of the law say there are too many loopholes in the ordinance requiring developers to designate 20% of units for affordable housing. NJ.com has the full story.

Jersey City Café Named One of the Best In US

Semicolon Cafe

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Based on popular vote, Semicolon Café located at 77 Hudson Street in Jersey City, won ‘The Best Breakfast Spot’ in New Jersey. New to the area as of last year, the restaurant is currently open for outdoor dining, pickup, and delivery. Daily Voice has more information.

Legendary Maria Pepe to Speak at Final NJ Women Make History Event

Hoboken Historical Museum

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In the final event of an eight-part series, Maria Pepe, who broke the gender barrier in Little League baseball in 1972, will be the featured speaker. All programs will be live-streamed on Zoom and replayed on the Hoboken Historical Museum’s YouTube channel. For more information, click here.

Hoboken Police Arrest Laundry Detergent Shoplifter

ACME Shoplifter Arrested

In the afternoon of Saturday, December 11, Hoboken Police arrested 57-year-old Ricard Burgos after an ACME employee called in a report of shoplifting. The employee said Burgos had shoplifted earlier in the day, leaving with unpaid bags of shrimp. When police made the arrest, Burgos was in possession of laundry products. Tap Into has the details.

One12 Coming Soon to Hoboken

One12 Coming Soon Hoboken

Artisan Kitchen One12 will be coming soon to Hoboken. Opening in the space at 112 Willow Avenue the restaurant will be located on a primarily residential block. More details coming soon.

Heal Hoboken Collective Donating Mask Filters to Public

Hoboken residents in need of a mask filter can stop by the Heal Hoboken Collective store to pick one up. The store is located at 86 River Street. Their site has more details.

Humpback Whale Spotted in Hudson River

On Monday and Tuesday this week a humpback whale was spotted near New York City’s Pier 84. Twitter user AndresJavierNYC https://twitter.com/andresjaviernyc?lang=en posted a video showing the whale online. Gotham Whale Lead Researcher Danielle identified the whale. NJ.com has more details of the story.

Grand Opening Alert: The Hoboken Soda Club Opens Uptown

Soda Shop Open Hoboken

Offering craft soda subscriptions and tasting nights, Hoboken Soda Club is now open on the 3rd floor of 1012 Grand Street. Members get access to exclusive flavors and brands of soda with convenient pickup available in Hoboken. Families and friends can gather at a safe distance to try something new.

Jersey City Mayor Announces Continued Efforts to Remediate Lead in Water at Public Schools

JC Public Schools Water

Mayor Steven Fulop and the Municipal Utilities Authority announced the expansion of efforts to remediate lead from Jersey City’s public schools in a statement on Wednesday. This expansion will continue the push for purified water for school staff and the 30,000 students within the public school system, according to the Mayor’s press release.

Avocado Mattress Store Hosts Food Drive in Hoboken

Avocado Food Drive

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The mattress company, Avocado is hosting a food drive now through December 17. Residents can bring packaged, non-perishable foods to drop off at the designated Food Drive boxes at 12 Hudson Place #100 in Hoboken.

Non-Profit SeaSmart Announces 2021 Diversity Scholarship

Seasmart Ocean

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SeaSmart, a Hoboken based non-profit, has announced a Diversity Scholarship beginning 2021. Students will learn to love and protect the ocean through ocean conservation, marine biology, and scuba trips. The scholarship is offered to address the underrepresentation of women and minorities and marine science studies. “Learning to love this critical ecosystem, which provides over half of the oxygen we breathe on earth among other things, develops ambassadors who carry their responsibility forward into their studies, interests, and careers,” says Lisa McIntyre, SeaSmart Director.

Lifelong Hoboken Resident Passes at Age 90


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Marie “Mama” Totaro, the previous owner of Le Jardin and Chairwoman for the St Ann’s Festival for 30 years, passed away on December 7th surrounded by her family. She told her life story in We Were Downtown, available through the Hoboken Historical Museum. Well known for her desserts at Le Jardin, Marie also worked for charitable organizations including F.A.I.T.H. Services and St. Mary’s Hospital.

Senators Call for End of ICE Contracts

Government End ICE Contracts

Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez encouraged county officials on Thursday not to renew contracts with ICE. “No governmental entity in New Jersey should be accepting money from ICE to detain individuals, particularly when the agency continues to pursue inhumane, xenophobic policies designed to terrorize and rip apart immigrant families,” Senator Bob Menendez said. Governor Phil Murphy has not joined the call for change. Politico has more information.

Mayor Fulop Swears in 37 New Firefighters

JC Fire Department

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In a ceremony on December 8, Mayor Fulop swore in 37 firefighters, the largest class in the history of the Jersey City Fire Department. The department now consists of 650 members, 289 of which have been hired since 2013 as part of the administration’s efforts to increase public safety.

Liberty State Park Awarded Best State Park in New Jersey

Liberty State Park

The Discoverer called Liberty State Park “a small slice of heaven” within New Jersey, naming it the best State Park in the state. The “Empty Sky” Memorial was mentioned as a highlight.

Vivi Girl Shop Brick-and-Mortar in Jersey City to Close December 19


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Vivi Girl Shop announced in an Instagram post on December 1st that they are planning to close permanently. The last day to shop in-person is December 19th. “With that said, we’re having our Clearance Sale from today until the 19th: all past season clothing are now up to 60% off and in-season clothing is 10% off.” The store is located at 512 Jersey Avenue in Jersey City. Read more here.


Councilman James Solomon Recognizes Andre Fersa of Virile Heart + Heritage

Councilman James Solomon of Ward E recognized Andre Fersa of Virile Heart + Heritage for helping his neighbors at Würstbar when they announced they would need to shut down for the weekend of November 7th because of Covid-19. Fersa served pretzels, beer, wine, and cider to help keep Wurstbar open.

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