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Two Slates Good – Three Slates Bad – BOE Update

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Update 7:10 PM Nathan Brinkman left me a voicemail message and confirmed that he will not be running for School Board this time around. I also need to print a correction, Nathan is a co-founder of Hoboken Republicans but not the president.

“Two slates good, Three slates bad”

Update at 1:10PM: Another source has confirmed that Nathan Brinkman has indeed picked up BOE petitions. The plot thickens.

Update at 1PM: This just in. Another source who wishes to remain anonymous has just emailed me that he/she spotted Nathan Brinkman at least meet up with Maureen Sullivan once last week. That was last Tuesday. This makes the connection between the two regarding the BOE race a little less loose and the intrigue all the more palpable.

Tomorrow March 1st is the deadline for the BOE petitions to be filed for the upcoming BOE election in April. Kids First has finalized their slate of Four BOE members and will make their announcement tomorrow.

A source of mine has also let me know that former candidate for Mayor Nathan Brinkman is considering a slate himself. Nathan Brinkman aka “The Red Elephant” is president a co-founder and active member of Hoboken Republicans and Maureen Sullivan seems to have found a safe haven over there with her recent cyber blasts against all things Kids First. That is the only link I am aware of the puts Maureen with Nathan but it does indicate the possibilities.

If Maureen is hoping to ignite the Republican base with an alliance with Brinkman it might yield fewer votes than she expected. There is a second Republican group that has been recently formed in Hoboken called Republicans of Hoboken who in my opinion collectively have a much more reasonable take on fiscal reform and austerity. Several people in confidence have said to me that there was a break due to Nathan’s lack of initiative with the organization. Has anyone ever seen Nathan at a BOE meeting? I haven’t. This could be an issue of legitimacy should he decide to run.

Here is wishing Frank Raia a speedy recovery from his recent surgery. Just because I disagree with Frank Raia politically doesn’t mean I wish him any ill health. I hear that he is doing fine after his surgery and is reportedly on the way to good health so things are looking up in “Pupie-ville”. This is especially true with Maureen Sullivan’s break from Kids First that must have some old school BOE Hobokenites salivating in a Pavlovian response to bring back the days of low show HVAC coordinators and other patronage plums.  A split in reform plays right into the “Pupsters” hands whether or not her decides to run.

There is a lot of speculation as to whether or not Frank Raia will run for school board or not since he basically runs in every race since I have been in Hoboken. Theresa Burns and Carrie Gilliard are likely out due to what I understand to be a change in residence outside of Hoboken. As far as the Old Hoboken slate, there has been very little buzz, almost an eerie calm before the political storm. Anthony Oland, HOLA Charter School Advocate is another consideration and there are likely others not on my radar at this moment.

Scott Delea, who endorsed Roberts in 2005 and also ran for City Council in 2005 and 2007  has made overtures to Kids First and has been said to be looking for a slate to run with. I am not trying to slam Scott  but this observation needs to be made: perhaps Kids First reluctance to put him on the slate has to do with their uncertainty of what he stands for.

Another resident and father plans to possibly run as an independent for the one year term that was made available due to Phil DeFalco’s resignation. His issues have to do with the actions of Interim Superintendent Peter Carter that have possibly called him into action. We will know for sure Monday. For now lets just call him candidate X. I see no point in revealing this person unless they decide to run and more importantly I always keep my word.

Three positions that are up are for 3 years and one is for a one year term. A lot is at stake. Will we see two or more slates in opposition to Kids First or will it be mono e mono with Kids First vs. a unified opposition? All will be revealed tomorrow.  To borrow from George Orwell in his book “Animal Farm”, “two slates good, three slates bad.” At least from a reform perspective.

My Comment: Just to be clear I have supported Kids First in the past as well as Maureen Sullivan independently in 2008. It is important to let my readers know where I stand so they can make their own judgments above what is written above.

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February 28, 2010 at 4:28 PM

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Photo of the Day – View of Hoboken Waterfront from Stevens

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Today’s photo of the day was taken yesterday from Stevens Institute.

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February 28, 2010 at 3:35 PM

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Photo of the Day – "Two Feet of Snow"

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Two Feet of Snow

Today’s photo of the day is a reader submission that is at the core of my inner punologist….
“Two feet of Snow”. Finally, a pair of feet bigger than mine.

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February 27, 2010 at 3:09 PM

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Hoboken Women for Change event Saturday February 27 @ Jubliee Center

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Reminder- Event is today starting at 11:30am.

A new womens’ group in Hoboken has been formed and it is called Hoboken Women for Change. It is a community-based organization comprised of women who believe in advancing the community’s interests. It is a non-partisan group and open to everyone regardless of their political beliefs or background.

Our objective is to provide a forum for women to promote civic engagement at a local level. The group is driven by community issues and enables women to move forward collectively to facilitate action. This group provides an opportunity to bring women from different backgrounds together to make a valuable contribution to our community.

Hoboken Women for Change are collaborating with the Jubilee Center for our first event on Sat, Feb 27th, 11.30am-2.30pm at the Jubilee Center. Please see attached flier for details (in jpeg and pdf). It is a community event packed with entertainment for all ages and it is all for a great cause. We want everyone to come along and support a community cause locally and overseas while meeting new friends and neighbors.


Organizing Committee (in formation)
Bindya Bhalla
Stacy Mello
Susan Chait
Jennifer Giattino
Pam Laden
Laura Siegel
Tali Gillette
Tracey Schnabel

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February 27, 2010 at 11:30 AM

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Come Fly Away – New Broadway show with music from Old Blue Eyes – Opening March 25th

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From the visionary creator of the Tony award winning Movin’ Out comes Broadway’s new musical love affair……
Come Fly Away
A New Musical
Conceived, Choreographed and Directed


Begins Preview Performances March 1, 2010
With an Opening Night of March 25, 2010
at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre

The new Broadway musical, COME FLY AWAY, conceived, choreographed, and directed by Tony Award-winner Twyla Tharp and featuring vocals by Frank Sinatra, will open this spring at the Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway). Previews will begin on Monday, March 1, 2010 with an opening night slated for Thursday, March 25. COME FLY AWAY played its sold-out, critically lauded world premiere engagement at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre this fall.

COME FLY AWAY, the new musical from visionary director/choreographer Twyla Tharp, follows four couples as they fall in and out of love during one song and dance filled evening at a crowded nightclub. Blending the legendary vocals of Frank Sinatra with a live on stage 19-piece big band and 15 of the world’s finest dancers, COME FLY AWAY weaves an unparalleled hit parade of classics, including “Fly Me To The Moon,” “My Way,” and “That’s Life” into a soaring musical fantasy of romance and seduction.

The show’s score combines classic and newly discovered vocal performances from the Sinatra archives along with signature arrangements (Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Quincy Jones) as well as brand new charts for this fresh innovative musical.

COME FLY AWAY is the next and most elaborate chapter in one of the most fruitful collaborations in contemporary dance. Twyla Tharp’s creative relationship with the music of Frank Sinatra began in 1976 with the premiere of Once More Frank, a duet created for the American Ballet Theatre, performed by Ms. Tharp and Mikhail Baryshnikov. The collaboration continued with Nine Sinatra Songs, Ms. Tharp’s acclaimed piece for fourteen dancers which had its world premiere with Twyla Tharp Dance in 1982, and was followed by Sinatra Suite, a duet featuring Mr. Baryshnikov and Elaine Kudo, which had its world premiere in 1984 with American Ballet Theatre at the Kennedy Center.

Citing it as one of the purest expressions of his body of work, Mr. Sinatra requested that Sinatra Suite be performed when he received his Kennedy Center Honors Award.

COME FLY AWAY will star Matthew Stockwell Dibble, Holley Farmer, Laura Mead, Charlie Neshyba-Hodges, Rika Okamoto, Karine Plantadit, Keith Roberts and John Selya, all of whom were in last fall’s acclaimed world premiere production at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre. The production also features vocalists Hilary Gardner and on alternate performances, Rosena M. Hill.

The company also includes: Kristine Bendul, Colin Bradbury, Alexander Brady, Todd Burnsed, Jeremy Cox, Carolyn Doherty, Amanda Edge, Cody Green, Heather Hamilton, Laurie Kanyok, Meredith Miles, Marielys Molina, Eric Michael Otto, Justin Peck, Joel Prouty, Ron Todorowski and Ashley Tuttle.

COME FLY AWAY features scenic design by James Youmans, costume design by Katherine Roth, lighting design by Donald Holder, and sound design by Peter McBoyle. Music supervision is by the late Sam Lutfiyya and Patrick Vaccariello. Additional arrangements and orchestrations are by Dave Pierce and Don Sebesky.

COME FLY AWAY will be performed at the Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway) on the following schedule from March 1 – March 27: Monday – Saturday at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm.

Beginning March 30, 2010, the performance schedule will be: Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at 3pm.

Tickets, ranging in price from $66.50 – $126.50, can be purchased via
or by calling 877-250-2929.

For groups of 20 or more, please contact Nederlander Group Sales at 212.840.3890 or 800.714.8452

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February 26, 2010 at 6:35 PM

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Beth Mason Communique on the Snow Storm and PSE&G Snow Tips

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Here is a useful bulletin from Councilwoman Beth Mason on the snow storm which includes tips from PSE& G….

Dear Friend,

An Important announcement from Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&mps;G), New Jersey’s largest electric and gas utility, is closely monitoring weather conditions and has its crews on standby now that the National Weather Service has issued winter storm watches and warnings for all counties in New Jersey. The snow is predicted to begin late Wednesday evening or early morning Thursday and continue through Friday afternoon. Heavy snow and strong wind are expected. There also are flood warnings in Burlington, Ocean, Monmouth counties. Accumulations of more than 12 inches are possible in some areas.

PSE&G will have extra personnel and supplies on hand to assure that electric and gas storm-related emergencies are handled safely and promptly.

Snow, by itself, does not pose a serious problem for utilities, but heavy snow or icing can increase the possibility of downed wires and associated power outages. Cars striking utility poles can also cause wires to come down. And cold weather can affect the number of calls we receive from customers with insufficient or no heat.

PSE&G uses an automated system to handle customer calls as efficiently as possible. Customers who get an automated response when calling PSE&G should not hesitate to use it, as it is designed to route their calls to the right destinations. The system also provides the option to speak directly to a customer service representative. Customers are asked to use this option if they are calling to report damage to wires, transformers or poles. This will help PSE&G to restore power more expeditiously.

Depending on the severity of a winter storm, response times for both electric and gas emergency services may be longer than usual.

In anticipation of possible storm conditions, PSE&G offers the following tips:


Accumulation of ice may weigh down power lines and as a result cause power lines to come down. Downed wires may appear dead but should always be considered “live.” STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES. Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with. Parents are urged to check for downed wires in areas where their children might play and to remind the children to stay far away from any wires. If a wire falls on a vehicle, passengers should stay in the vehicle until help arrives. To report a downed wire, call 1-800-436-PSEG and tell PSE&G the nearest cross street.


Individuals who rely on electricity to operate life-sustaining electronic equipment, such as a respirator or dialysis machine, should pre-register with PSE&G to receive priority attention in the event of an outage. To request the service, call PSE&G at 1-800-436-PSEG. They should also inform their rescue squads and fire departments of their needs, in case of emergency. Even though customers with life-sustaining equipment who have registered with PSE&G will receive priority attention during outages, they should also have emergency back-up equipment on hand, since immediate restoration cannot be guaranteed.


First check your neighborhood. If you are the only one without power, check your fuse box for tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses. If that’s not the problem, look outside at the wire between your house and the utility pole. If it is down, report it immediately to PSE&G. If you lose power:

Throw a blanket over appliances for added insulation.


  • Food will stay frozen between 36 and 48 hours in a fully loaded freezer (24 hours in a half-full freezer).
  • Know how to open your garage door without the electric opener.
  • Remember, electric well and sump pumps will not operate.
  • Unplug all motor-driven appliances like refrigerators and freezers and sensitive electronic equipment (like TVs, microwaves and computers) to prevent a possible electrical overload when power is restored.
  • Leave one light switch on to indicate when power is restored.


In the event of an outage, PSE&G’s crews work around the clock to restore power to customers. Their first concern is always health and safety. After a heavy snowfall, customers should clear walkways so that our employees can safely restore service. Crews work to restore power to the largest numbers of customers first, taking into account “priority” customers, such as hospitals, police stations, fire stations, water and sewer facilities, communications facilities (TV, radio, and telephone), and customers on life-sustaining medical equipment. At the same time, the utility restores power to homes and businesses, starting with the circuits serving the largest number of customers.


Be sure your generator is UL-approved, installed by a licensed electrician and inspected by your local electrical inspector. There must be a way to physically disconnect your generator from utility lines. Customers who improperly install, operate or maintain a generator are responsible for any injury or damage suffered by themselves, their neighbors or utility workers.


You can help keep your natural gas supply flowing by keeping your meter free of snow and ice. If you are a natural gas customer whose gas meter is on the outside of your home or business, please take the following precautions:

  • Clear snowdrifts away from the meter and piping.
  • Do not pile snow on top of the gas meter or around its connecting piping when you are shoveling your premises.
  • Brush snow from the meter and piping before a thick layer of ice builds up.
  • Clear snow from dryer vents to prevent fumes from backing up into your house.


In many cases, customers are calling because of insufficient heat – their furnaces are working but are having difficulty handling the lower temperatures. Although the company is sensitive to customers’ heating inquiries, insufficient heat is not always caused by defective heating equipment. The colder it is outside, the harder the heating system must work to satisfy the same thermostat setting. The heat loss in a home may exceed the output capacity of the heating system. At times like this, the room temperature may not reach the thermostat setting, especially if the thermostat is raised to a higher than normal setting. Customers can comfort themselves by doing the following:

  • Seal up openings around and under doors and windows
  • Make sure all storm windows are down and tightly closed
  • Lower thermostats serving unused rooms
  • Close dampers in unused fireplaces
  • Move furniture and drapes away from heating registers, radiators, and baseboard element covers
  • Open any register or baseboard dampers
  • Warm air systems – replace dirty/clogged air filters
  • Steam systems – check for sufficient water levels in the sight glass


Mother Nature can be unpredictable. It’s wise to have an emergency kit on hand year round. Here are some things to include:

  •  A battery powered radio. 
  • A corded telephone (cordless phones will not work if the power is out)
  • Flashlights and extra fresh batteries.
  • A first-aid kit.
  • Bottled water and an adequate supply of non-perishable food.
  • A non-electric can opener.
  • Matches and candles with holders.
  • Extra blankets and sleeping bags.

A list of emergency phone numbers, including PSE&G’s Customer Service line: 1-800-436-PSEG. Call this number to report power outages or downed wires.

Councilwoman Beth Mason

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February 26, 2010 at 4:53 PM

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Hoboken Public Schools will be closed today Friday February 26

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From Hoboken’s School Website:

On Friday, February 26th all Hoboken Public Schools will be closed due to inclement weather.

Should it become necessary to close the district due to inclement weather, the following TV & Radio stations will make the announcements: Channels 5 & 12, WOR-AM 710, 1010 WINS and this website.

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February 26, 2010 at 1:08 PM

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