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Word on the {Washington} Street: Sobsey’s Market for Rent; Wash Street Updates; and Other News You Missed

by Kate Lombardo
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Brrrrrr- it’s been a chilly weekend out there. We hope you’re bundled up and enjoying some hot chocolate for brekky on this Sunday AM. It’s been a busy week around town and we’ve got all the Hoboken and Jersey City news for you in our latest edition of Word on the {Washington} Street—your one-stop-shop for everything news in Hoboken! 

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Washington Street Construction to Begin


The $17 million Washington Street redesign project is officially scheduled to begin in January. Construction will be done from Observer Highway to 15th street and includes milling, paving, and striping Washington Street. In addition 15 new traffic lights with pedestrian countdown timers will be installed, as well as ADA handicap curb ramps, rain gardens, new water mains, (unprotected) bicycle lanes from Observer through 8th Street, and dedicated commercial loading zones. The project does not include replacement of sidewalks or street furniture.  The contract requires work from Observer Highway to 8th street to be complete within 365 days and the entire project to be completed within 550 days.  Construction will happen Monday through Friday from 7:00AM-7:00PM and Saturday from 9:00AM-3:00PM. For more information please click here.

HobokenGirl.com’s Holiday Party Raises $1000 for Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp


You probably saw it here, but the Hoboken Girl Holiday Sweets Soirée went down on Thursday evening and raised over $1000 for the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp! It was a sold out scene with desserts from seven bakeries in the area as well as a DJ, photobooth, prizes, and giveaways. Thanks to all who participated in this amazing cause!


Mile Square Theatre’s It’s a Wonderful Life 

Rehearsal photos of Mile Square Theatre production, It's A Wonderful Life. 11/29/2016 Hoboken,NJ photo by Joe Epstein/JoeEpsteinPhotography.com

Rehearsal photos of Mile Square Theatre production, It’s A Wonderful Life. 11/29/2016 Hoboken,NJ photo by Joe Epstein/JoeEpsteinPhotography.com

Hoboken’s own Mile Square Theatre is ringing in the holidays with their production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Transforming its new theatre space into a 1940’s radio studio, the audience is transported to the golden age of radio, as cast members from radio station WMST perform Frank Capra’s classic holiday tale of individualism, optimism and community MST Artistic Director Chris O’Connor says of the revival, “We are thrilled to bring back this production to celebrate the holidays in our brand new theatre. Our audiences having been asking us to revive this show for years so they can return to their tradition of bringing their families and loved ones to MST for this holiday treat.” The production runs Wednesday-Saturday at 8:00PM and Sunday at 3:00PM through December 18th. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $18 for students and seniors and can be purchased www.milesquaretheatre.org.


Sobsey’s Produce Market is For Rent


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A recent article on hMAG broke the news that Sobsey’s Produce Market, a Hoboken staple for over 20 years may soon be closed. The family owned and operated food market is looking to lease the property as Michael Sobsey is planning to retire. The market plans to keep its doors open until they find someone to take over the storefront. We’re always sad to see Hoboken small-businesses close but wish the Sobsey family lots of luck in retirement!

Local Restaurants Named in 10 Best List


NJ.com’s ranking of the “10 Best New Restaurants in NJ” is featuring some local spots. Jersey City’s The Kitchen Step and Hoboken’s Porter Collins both made the list. The Kitchen Step is a casual-fare spot that took over the location of former farm-to-table spot Thirty Acres. Chef Anthony Pino’s {of Anthony David’s and Bin 14} new spot, Porter Collins, is not yet open but somehow made to list due to the much-anticipated spot due to open in January at 1426 Willow Avenue. We love seeing Hoboken and JC restaurants getting recognition!

Art House Productions and STAGES’ Bring it On! The Musical Comes to Jersey City


Art House Productions‘s youth company production STAGES! is currently producing Bring It On! The Musical, written by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda. Performances will run for two weekends from December 9th through December 18th and will be held at Art House Productions, 136 Magnolia Ave in Jersey City, adjacent to the Journal Square PATH Station. General admission is $15 in advance {$18 at the door} and Students/Seniors and audience members with disabilities admission is $10 in advance {$15 at the door}. Click here to purchase you tickets! 



O’Bagel Takes Home Breakout Business of the Year {And Other Winners from ‘Best of Hoboken 2016’}


You voted, we announced — the winners of the ‘Best of Hoboken 2016’ awards! A few of the breakout stars included O’Bagel, who took home “Breakout Business of the Year” and “Best Bagels,” as well as Vanessa Checchio who won “Best Trainer of 2016.” See the full list of winners here.

Local Band Releases Charity Christmas Album


Local Band, Nobody’s Sheriff, is spreading holiday cheer this season with their recently released Christmas album-  A Very Sheriff Christmas – EP. They’re donating 100% of album profits to The Children’s Aid Society, an organization that “works to ensure the physical and emotional well-being of children and families, and to provide each child with the support and opportunities needed to become a happy, healthy and productive adult.” You can purchase the album on iTunes by clicking here. Such a great way to support local community members and a great cause!


JC Height’s Riverview Art District Receives National Community Arts Grant


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The Riverview Arts District {RAD} and New Jersey Community Capital has received a technical assistance grant to help Arts District stakeholders and NJCC fuse arts, culture, and design with urban planning and community development activities to provide affordable housing, arts community centers, and live-work artist spaces. The grant is sponsored by The Kresge Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The RAD community has made great efforts to support local artists by creating affordable places for them to leave and create as they contribute to this thriving community. For more details on a recent collaboration event created by various RAD artists and neighborhood residents, please click here.


Union Employees and City of Hoboken Reach Agreement


On, December 7th, The City of Hoboken has settled contract negotiations with four employee unions – the Hoboken Police Benevolent Association, Hoboken Municipal Employees Association, Hoboken Municipal Supervisors Association, and Local 108 RWDSU.  The contracts extend through 2017 and provide for annual raises of 2 percent. In addition, the City negotiated the elimination of longevity payments for new employees in the agreements with the PBA and both municipal employees unions and the elimination of terminal leave for new employees in the agreements with HMEA and HMSA. These important concessions by the unions will help keep the City on a fiscally responsible track for the long term.
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That’s the latest Word on Wash! Have any news tips? Email Kate@hobokengirl.com to let us know!

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