Top Stories of the Week in Hoboken + Jersey City {February 18, 2018}

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Good morning and Happy Sunday! Thank goodness for the long weekend, so you can enjoy this post in bed with extra coffee + time to relax. So much has been going on in Hudson County: Not one, not two, but THREE restaurants are opening in Newport by the summer, Jefferson’s Coffee opened its second location, and three Hudson County cities made the state’s list of Top 50 priciest zip codes. All this and more, here are this week’s top news stories from Hoboken and Jersey City:

Mayor Bhalla and His Family Receive Death Threats at City Hall

According to city officials, a man entered City Hall through the Newark Street entrance around 8PM on February 15, 2018. He went through the building’s metal detectors and told security guards that he was just going to use the restroom. At the time, the only person in the Mayor’s Office was Deputy Chief of Staff Jason Freeman. Mayor Bhalla was on his way to the office following a community meeting. From his office, Mr. Freeman observed that a bag with an object had been thrown in the direction of the administrative assistant’s desk and made eye contact with the individual. The individual then ran out of the Mayor’s Office. Mr. Freeman called the police, which are currently investigating the incident.

“This incident, along with death threats to me and my family, is an unfortunate reminder that we need to take security seriously,” said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “The Joint Terrorism Task Force has evaluated City Hall, and we have been working to implement their recommendations for physical and procedural changes to improve security for all employees in the building.”

“We take incidents like these incredibly seriously and will continue working to ensure the security of the mayor and everyone who visits City Hall,” said Hoboken Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante.

The Hoboken Police Department is investigating the incident. We’ll update with details as we receive them.

Layups for Life Fundraiser at CycleBar

Layups for Life is partnering with Cyclebar to host a cycling fundraising event. The fundraiser is taking place TODAY at 1:00PM and is open to the first 45 riders. Your $27 registration fee will grant you access to the class and refreshments during the “after-party.” Layups 4 Life is a non-profit organization that is founded on the principles of making a difference in the fight against cancer. L4L’s mission is to help raise funding for cancer research and clinical trials for the nation’s leading cancer institutions. To date, they have raised over $50,000 and have made contributions to Leukemia,Pediatric and Bone Marrow research departments within Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Hoboken Girl Announces 2nd Annual Wellness Crawl Date

It’s back for 2.0 — our Second Annual Hoboken Wellness Crawl is taking place on April 22nd {Earth Day!}, and we’re SO excited. Last year brought 600+ crawlers, 60+ wellness businesses in Hudson County, and a whole lot of health-related fun. We’re donating a portion of the ticket proceeds to The Clean Water Project, and will have four hubs this year instead of three. If you’re interested in becoming a vendor or stop on the crawl {if you have a brick & mortar business}, click here to fill out the vendor application form {due by March 1st}, and if you want to participate, stay tuned for ticket to go on sale. Can’t wait.

 

Art House’s JC Fridays is Back

JC Fridays will kick-off on March 2nd with Art House’s visual and performing art events. 20 restaurants, galleries, stores, and event spaces throughout Jersey City will host a variety of art-related showcases including visual exhibitions, live music, performance acts, educational demonstrations, and more. The event is free to the public and will be held from 7:00PM-9:00PM. For a full line-up of events visit JC Fridays online.

Jefferson’s Coffee Opened Their Second Location this Weekend

Jefferson’s Coffee has officially opened their second location at 543 Washington Street. Aside from the coffee, which is organic and harvested from the owner’s family’s roasting plant in Tuscon, AZ, Jefferson’s makes a killer matcha latte that is not to be missed. Stop by during your next stroll down Washington. Click here for a peek inside!

Transgender Pastor is Celebrated at Historic Renaming Ceremony

According to Gay Star News, Pastor Peter (neé Rose) Beeson was recently celebrated in a “renaming ceremony” at St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoboken. Pastor Beeson has been transitioning from female to male since the summer of 2017 and has  last weekend was the first time Pastor Beeson was officially recognized by his new name. Beeson is one of the first ministers of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to transition from female to male while serving as a pastor. Bishop Bartholomew of the Trinity Church and the Hoboken church community have been firm supporters of Beeson’s transition.

Excel Physical Therapy Opens in Hoboken

Excel Physical Therapy has opened for business in uptown Hoboken. While the 14th Street office is Excel’s first brick + mortar in the Mile Square, they currently have ten locations within Bergen County and have served the community for past 25 years. Excel Therapy specializes in therapies needed after joint replacement, arthroscopic and reconstructive surgeries, and spinal surgeries. The highly skilled staff of physical therapists has extensive experience in treating  non-surgical injuries as well, and patients range from children to the elderly. To schedule an appointment or get more information, call 201-630-8880.

Hudson County’s Power List of Influential People

Hudson County Reporter announced its list of the most influential people in Hudson County during 2018. The rankings included influential people in all arenas of life including politics, community, schools, local businesses, etc. Fifth on the list was Mayor Steven Fulop of Jersey City, seventh Mayor Ravi Bhalla of Hoboken, and Women in Government in slot eleven. For a full list of ranking and the credentials of each nominee check out Hudson County Reporter’s full article.

Most Expensive Zip Codes in New Jersey

Property Shark has released the latest list of the 50 Most Expensive Zip Codes in New Jersey. New Jersey real estate prices have remained below the highs seen in the mid-2000s, but have grown steadily throughout the state over the past few years. Despite positive economic conditions, 75% of New Jersey residents are dissatisfied with government spending and the cost of living in the garden state. Despite this dissatisfaction, median home prices continued to increase and more than half d the most expensive zip codes saw increases in the cost of living from the 2016 to present. In Hudson County, Hoboken secured slot 28, Jersey City slot 30, and Weehawken slot 47.

Choc O Pain’s Fourth Location is Open for Business

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Choc O Pain has opened its 4th location as of February 13th in the Hudson Tea building in Hoboken. The French bakery, best known for it macarons, coffee + teas, and gluten-free pastry selection, has taken Hudson County by storm since the first location opened in 2012 by French native, Clemence Danko. Recently, Choco O Pain was awarded the title of “Best Croissant” by French Morning. The French Bakery, swept away the competition with it croissant  made the traditional European way — using just flour, water, leaven, and salt. Stop by the new location today!

bwè kafe Pop-Up at Hudson Table

bwè’s coffee is no longer just available on Washington Street. Hudson Table is partnering with bwè kafe for the next six weeks on Wednesdays thru Fridays from 7:00AM – 2:00PM. bwè will be serving coffee and espresso drinks to complement the specially curated menus designed by Hudson Table’s creative chefs. Here’s to hoping this becomes a permanent collaboration.

Newport to Add Three New Restaurants by Summer 2018

With waterfront views, shopping, and luxurious real estate if no wonder that Newport is the place to live. As if that weren’t enticing enough, Newport will be gaining three new restaurants {outside of the mall} by summer 2018. Whether you’re looking for Asian, Mexican, or a classic filet mignon, a trip to Newport Jersey City will soon satisfy any craving. Checkout our full review of Menya Sandaime, Ruth’s Chris, and Los Cuernos here.

And that’s the latest Word on Washington Street news roundup for your Sunday. Hope you have a great one.

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Despite moving to the Mile Square on a whim, Nicole is happy to call Hoboken her home. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in biology and now works as a health & benefits consultant in the city. When she’s not killing it in corporate America, Nicole can be found shopping for her dream home on Park and Bloomfield, sipping a margarita on the rocks (she has yet to find one she hasn’t liked), or being dragged into a dog park by her giant goldendoodle, Sammy.