The Top Hoboken and Jersey City News Stories of the Week {July 23, 2017}

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It sure has been hot in hurrrrr lately. In case you retreated to cooler temps and need a catch-up sesh, we compiled the top stories of the week to keep you in the know {but if you’re still feeling the heat, we can help you out with Hoboken’s Best Apartments with Pools}. Whether you’re reading to get the scoop quickly or perusing the headlines poolside, here’s the latest news for Hoboken and Jersey City from the past week:

Hoboken Girl to Host Supplies Fundraiser for WomenRising

This Wednesday, do something great for the community while enjoying a social event at The Sheppard and the Knucklehead. Hoboken Girl is hosting this fundraiser to support Women Rising, an organization that helps women and their families achieve self-sufficiency and to live safe, productive, and fulfilling lives. All we ask is that you bring $10 worth of supplies {tampons, pads, diapers, and/or baby wipes}, or $10 cash. 100% of donations will go to Women Rising. In addition to helping this wonderful organization, you will receive discounts on food and drink all night!

Guitar Bar Attempts World Record Again

On Thursday, musicians of all skill levels met at Sinatra Park in an effort to beat the world record for largest band. For the past four summers, Guitar Bar has been trying to pull it off with a collection of autistic instruments, including guitar, mandolin, and ukulele. Unfortunately, they were not able to beat the current record which was set by the Beijing Contemporary Music Academy in China with 953 people in June 2016, but the night was filled with great music, regardless. They kicked off the evening with “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” then proceeded to play other tunes throughout the night. Start practicing now for next year’s attempt!

Light Rail Service Temporarily Suspended Due to Acid Leak


Service of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail was interrupted Wednesday morning due to a reported acid leak at the North Hudson Sewerage Authority’s Hoboken facility, which is next to the tracks. The Hoboken and JC fire departments requested to suspend light rail service while the problem was rectified. Thankfully, the spill was managed with no threat to public health, and service resumed around 9:00AM that morning.

HoLa Wins in Court Against Hoboken Board of Education


Two years {and $200,000 of taxpayer money} later, litigation between the Hoboken Board of Education and the Hoboken Dual Language Charter School {HoLa} has finally ended due to a decision by the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court. The disagreement was over whether HoLa should be allowed to expand its program to 7th and 8th grades. Hoboken Board of Education members argued that the charter school’s expansion showed trends of segregation, but the appellate panel of judges found this to be untrue.

“National Night Out in Hoboken” Taking Place

On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, the Hoboken Police Department and Stevens Police Department will be hosting “National Night Out in Hoboken {AKA America’s Night Out Against Crime}.” This is an annual, nationwide event designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. The event will be held at Church Square Park {4th St. + Garden St.} from 5PM – 9PM, and will feature a large slate of family and youth-oriented activities. There will be free food, bounce houses, water slides, a photo booth, and giveaways {baseball tickets, gift cards, and autographed sports memorabilia}. The Callahans Hot Dog truck will be giving out hot dogs, and Birch will be giving out free milkshakes. Additionally, free child car seat inspections will be conducted from inside the parking lot of the A J Demarest School {158 4th Street}. People of all ages are encouraged to attend.

Birch Bar Expands Hours and Menu for Lunch

Back in March, Birch Bar opened its doors for the first time. If you haven’t yet been there, it’s a bar and restaurant serving burgers and milkshakes on the ground floor, plus a nightclub and event space called Birch Hoboken upstairs. This past Monday, they officially expanded their menu to include lunch, and will now be open starting at noon everyday. The new menu additions include sandwiches, salads, and fresh Acai Bowls. Drinks are half priced from 12-4PM. Also, save the date for August 23rd — we are hosting a fun end of summer event there {and as always, use our deals directory to get a FREE spike to your milkshake if you mention Hoboken Girl}!

Bucket and Bay Celebrates Their Birthday With Special Event

Bucket and Bay Craft Gelato Co. turns two today, and they’re celebrating! From 4-8PM, there will be live music from the New Orleans Jazz Quartet, games, and of course, gelato. Be sure to stop by because they’re offering two new carnival flavors: Sea Salt Caramel Corn and Roasted Peanut. You can also grab an empanada from the Empanada Shack for a snack or for dinner. You can find all this in front of the Bucket and Bay Creative Lab {150 Bay Street, Jersey City}.

Korean BBQ Restaurant Opens in Jersey City

The Korean BBQ restaurant and bar, DoShe, just opened up in downtown Jersey City at 8 Erie Street.  They celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, and are now open at 11AM everyday. They serve traditional Korean fare, which they cook up right on your table, but you can also order it for delivery.

Hoboken’s Hob’art Gallery Showing New Exhibit


Hoboken’s hob’art gallery {an artist’s co-operative aimed at connecting artists and the community} is hosting a new exhibit, “Piece by Piece.” This exhibit features the work of three local artists, Lily Zane, France Garrido and Steve Zane, with pieces all made from different mediums. The exhibit will run from July 21 – August 12 on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 – 7PM and Saturdays from 1 – 5PM. You can also view the exhibit by making an appointment. Additionally, an artists’ reception will take place July 23 from 11:30AM to 1:30PM to give guests the chance to meet these artists.

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And that’s the latest Word on Wash! Have any news tips? Email to let us know- we appreciate it!

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Caitlin is a {Hoboken} uptown girl with an edge. She sold her house in the ‘burbs to move to the Mile Square when she and her husband decided that life in Hoboken is more their speed. She’s a long-time health and wellness junkie who can be found popping into fitness classes – dance, yoga, CrossFit, you name it – or riding around town with her husband on his Harley. Caitlin is also a teacher in Bergen County, and a local tutor. She is thrilled to be joining the Hoboken Girl team, helping locals stay up to date.