Page 1


Hoboken Reporter

How far is too far?




Lawsuit claims that Hoboken bloggers and internet commenters defamed local couple

By Al Sullivan

Reporter staff writer

n a case that could have far-reaching implications, two Hoboken activists are suing two Hoboken-based bloggers and 10 unnamed internet commenters for allegedly making “false and defamatory” posts about them. Hoboken resident Lane Bajardi and wife Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi filed the lawsuit on July 26 in Hudson County Superior Court seeking $2 million in damages, naming Hoboken-based bloggers Roman Brice and Nancy Pincus as well as 10 unnamed defendants – listed in the court documents by their on-line screen names – for allegedly posting remarks that allegedly interfered with the careers and future employment of the Bajardi family. Lane Bajardi is employed by WINS 1010 and has been a radio reporter for many years.

The lawsuit has the potential to become a national issue. Brice and Pincus’ blogs frequently focus on Hoboken politics and government, favoring the administration of Mayor Dawn Zimmer and taking aim at Zimmer’s critics, including Bajardi. Brice’s blog is known as the “Hoboken Horse” blog, while Pincus’ blog is called “Grafix Avenger.”

Pages from the lawsuit. The lawsuit includes a letter that Pincus allegedly e-mailed to Bajardi’s employer in January of 2012, saying that he spreads “bigotry and intolerance” in Hoboken as a political operative. The lawsuit also includes copies of posts that were made on the internet by the “Grafix Avenger” referencing the Bajardis’ child, who is a toddler. The posts about the toddler can still be found in the comments section of a local news web site. The same remarks were posted by “Grafix Avenger” three times in one morning under an article about Zimmer’s state of the union address in January, an article that doesn’t reference the Bajardis. Pincus, besides blogging, is a member of the Hoboken Zoning Board, allied with City Hall. Bajardi has no positions on city boards but has been a supporter of one of Zimmer’s most outspoken political opponents, Councilwoman Beth Mason. He also came to a Board of Education meeting in 2010 to publicly complain about the graphics on Pincus’ blog, including one of school board candidates in a punch bowl with floating turds.

Scores of stories and comments against the Bajardis have been posted on the blogs and in the comments sections of internet news sites for more than a year, some referring to their personal appearance and personal lives, others including photos of Lane Bajardi, and in one case, a photo appeared on Pincus’ blog of the couple’s residence in downtown Hoboken. The defamation suit cites numerous instances in which the comments and blog posts alleged that Lane Bajardi has engaged in various criminal behaviors. In the suit, Bajardi said the claims are all untrue. Last week, the bloggers charged on their blogs and in comments to the media that the lawsuit is attempting to silence their free speech. “This is a malicious use of the courts to suppress the political

Rattle and …. ho hum


see LAWSUIT page 8

A year ago, massive earthquake that wasn’t

By Vanessa Cruz Reporter Staff Writer

SHATTERING – The earthquake unnerved Hoboken residents.

Free speech issues

id you feel the earth move? Many people did, and it made for good conversation in Hobokena year ago – but little else. One year ago, on Tuesday Aug. 23, a rare East Coast earthquake centered in Virginia shook parts of New Jersey shortly after 2 p.m., causing buildings to sway and people to rush into the streets wondering what was happening. The quake ended up proving to be more of a conversation piece than a local tragedy, as there were few incidents of damage to area buildings and no major injuries reported. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake’s magnitude was

around 5.9 with its epicenter located in the northwest of Richmond, Va.

Mad dash out of library

Last week, residents of Hudson County recounted their reactions to the event. Librarians at the Hoboken Public Library said that the building that has been “inspiring minds since 1890” inspired something like panic the day of the quake. “I felt the chair moving,” said Tara Weyouche. “Even my body felt weird after that.” “I saw the ceiling flex a little bit,” said Pat Fischetto. “I right away thought it was an earthquake.”

see EARTHQUAKE page 10

inside Business Directory Classified Death Notices Health Letters Open House Directory Sports

p. p. p. p. p. p. p.

22 16 8 11 23 20 14

The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012 • 2


Madison Street to be reopened to alleviate traffic congestion


ollowing the Aug. 14 community meeting to discuss traffic and pedestrian safety in Southwest Hoboken, the city plans to reopen Madison Street behind the firehouse at Observer Highway and Newark Street to vehicular traffic as part of a Southwest Hoboken Access Improvement Plan. The plan was first publicly announced and presented at the community meeting. “Based on the positive feedback we received,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer, “we will be moving ahead with a pilot plan to reopen Madison Street to help alleviate the pressure at Jackson Street and ease traffic congestion getting into Hoboken overall.” The street was closed to traffic with barriers several decades ago but it legally remains a through street. The city is finalizing plans to conditionally open the street within a month and monitor changes to traffic patterns. The principle challenge is that the short stretch of Madison Street leaves very little room for queued vehicles, which could back up onto Newark Street. To test this, the city will enact a three-phase pilot plan to evaluate traffic at each step before considering more changes.

Council opponents demand Zimmer disclose alleged legal deal with Bhalla; Zimmer calls charges ‘bogus’


our Hoboken City Council members have called upon Mayor Dawn Zimmer to make public “any and all private

CALENDAR WEEK The Hoboken Reporter welcomes entries of community interest for its weekly Calendar listings. To be considered for publication, entries

must be received one week prior to publication date. Additionally, no information will be accepted via phone call.

sun. 19

The 138th GermanAmerican Folk Festival Committee are warming

TRAFFIC RELIEF – The city plans to open a short stretch of Madison Street behind the firehouse at Observer Highway and Newark Street in phases to study whether it helps the traffic flow in the southwest end of town. For more details, see the brief at left. business dealings” between herself, her husband Stanley Last week, the mayor’s four opponents on the council issued Grossbard, and Councilman Ravi Bhalla, who is also an attora press release asking that the dealings be made known. ney. According to a document disseminated to the press two The four council members said in a press release such repreweeks ago, Zimmer and her husband were personally representation by Bhalla, if true, would violate state and local ethics sented by Bhalla in a recent legal case. laws. According to documents sent to the Reporter , Zimmer and State ethics law says, “No local government officer or her husband were named as defendants in a complaint on employee shall undertake any employment or service, whether behalf of plaintiff Branch Services, Inc. The suit, which was compensated or not, which might reasonably be expected to settled June 29, sought the collection of $3,278 for services for prejudice his independence of judgment in the exercise of his work that the plaintiff had allegedly performed for them, official duties.” including attempts at remediation for water and leakage damOn Friday, Mayor Zimmer responded, “The claims made by ages. my political opponents, all of whom face ethical questions of A counterclaim had also been filed, according to the docutheir own, are wrong on the facts and wrong on the law. I can ments, seeking compensatory damages from Branch Services, completely understand why these four council members would Inc. for allegedly causing damage during the remediation. fabricate a bogus charge so they can distract from the fact that The documents include a letter apparently from Zimmer’s they just voted against improving Washington Street, Observer husband explaining the matter to Bhalla, and saying, “Feel free Boulevard, and Sinatra Drive, projects which would improve to charge if real work is involved.” the quality of life, safety and economic development for our Bhalla typically votes in favor of Zimmer’s initiatives, as do four other members of the council.

up to their Oktober festIn- August- Gala scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, August 18 and 19, at Schuetzen Park, Kennedy Blvd. (32 St.) and Bergen Turnpike, North Bergen. Festival grounds are open to the general public after 12 noon. Admission is $6.

per person, and children are free. The Tr i-State Ar t and Music Festival will be held at The Monroe Center for the Arts on Sunday Aug. 19 from 11a.m. to 7p.m. This festival brings artists, artisans, poets and musi-

cians from New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia to the Monroe Center. The Festival promises visitors high end Art, live bands, DJ’s and passionate poetry recitations. There will also be food and refreshments - free admission & parking - for more info.

contact: (732)504 4297 or e-mail:


The Reader s’ Circle book group resumes Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in All Saints, 701 Washington St.

see BRIEFS page 4

Hoboken, to discuss the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. Oct. 18 The Children of men by P.D. James – Nov. 15 Bright Lights, Big City by Jay Mclnerney. This community event is open to all

continued on page 9

3 • The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012

Hoboken improvements

Council splits vote on bond for street changes

WAR OF WORDS – Councilman Mello mid-discussion with Councilman Russo.

IMPROVEMENTS – The City Council hears the bond ordinance for street improvements.


By Vanessa Cruz Reporter Staff Writer

he City Council debated at its meeting Wednesday night a proposed $1 million bond ordinance to allow the redesign of some Hoboken landmark streets. They include Washington Street, Sinatra Drive, Newark Avenue and Observer Highway. The ordinance was rejected in a 5-4 vote. Six votes were needed to approve the bond. The council is typically split with five members voting in favor of the initiatives of Mayor Dawn Zimmer, and four people voting against. Generally, Zimmer is able to get her initiatives passed 5-4, but in this case, she would have

also needed a vote from one of the opposition members. “That’s a shame; we’re elected officials,” said Council President Cunningham, who is allied with Zimmer, Wednesday night. “Obviously you don’t have [trust].” Councilman Michael Russo responded, “Trust works both ways.” Exchanges at the council are likely to get more heated since Zimmer is up for re-election in 2013.

The initiative

Residents filled the room to hear the fate of the improvements, which would make the

(201) 653-8353 Quick Change Interiors uses furniture and accessories you already have to give your home a fresh new look _ in just one day! At the end of your consultation, you'll be given a floor-to-ceiling design plan you can implement yourself or with our help. We charge a low flat rate by the room, and won't leave until your decorating questions are answered to the last detail.

streets more pedestrian-friendly. The bond was introduced last month with a 6-3 vote. Business Administrator Quentin Wiest said that prior to the adoption of a bond ordinance, the New Jersey Administrative Code requires that an Amendment to the Capital Budget be adopted. The council members who voted against the ordinance were: Councilwoman Theresa Castellano, Councilwoman Beth Mason, Councilman Tim Occhipinti, and Councilman Michael Russo. They said they preferred to have each location split into a different project, and that they were concerned with the bond and the debt that it would incur for the city. “I’m not entirely thrilled of how this bond was put together,” said Councilman Occhipinti. “Engineering work should have been included in our budget.” Councilman Russo did not consider it a mere $1 million bond.

“You want to manage your funds correctly,” said Councilman Russo. “It’s not just about the million dollars; it’s about the funding in totality. There’s things that we still need to do and there is alternative funding.” Mayor Dawn Zimmer was in support of the bond ordinance. “Bonding is the fiscally prudent and fair way to pay for long-lasting improvements to our neglected infrastructure,” said Zimmer in a press release. “Residents today shouldn’t bear the full cost for benefits that future residents will reap from these investments. We’re seeing progress on parks because the council approved bonding for those improvements. But just like our parks, our streets, waterfront, garages, police headquarters, and other infrastructure have been neglected for too long.” Roughly $800,000 of the bond would be used for the design and engineering costs for

see COUNCIL page 9

The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012 • 4


from page 2

city.” (See related story, page 3.) The release also connects the alleged legal relationship between Zimmer and Bhalla to the June 20 City Council meeting when Bhalla invoked attorneyclient privilege when questioned by other council members about a resolution submitted by the mayor to appoint a new Hoboken Housing Authority Commissioner to a vacant seat. The four council members – Beth Mason, Tim Occhipinti, Theresa Castellano and Michael Russo – said Bhalla, who cast the deciding vote to appoint Greg Lincoln to the seat, appeared to have information regarding the HHA vacancy five days before the state Department of Community Affairs sent a letter to the other council members informing them of the vacancy. Lincoln had been an unsuccessful candidate for City Council supported by both Zimmer and Bhalla. Alluding in the release to the “private business association” between Zimmer and Bhalla, Mason said the city should undertake an immediate review of all council matters since the date Bhalla allegedly began working on the mayor’s private legal matter to determine whether laws were violated or whether actions taken by the council could be subject to legal challenges because of Bhalla’s decision not to disclose his alleged representation of the mayor or to recuse himself to avoid any potential conflicts of interest. Mason asked, “How can the council president have a financial relationship with the mayor and not think it is worth mentioning? He has now put the taxpayers at risk for more potential litigation against the city.” Zimmer is up for re-election in 2013. Bhalla ran on her ticket during the last election.

Petitions to move municipal election filed with city clerk


Wednesday to the Hoboken City Clerk’s office by the Vote Yes For November citizens’ committee, according to a release from the group. If certified by the clerk, the petitions will enable Hoboken voters in the Nov. 6 general election to decide whether future municipal elections will be held in November rather than in May. The next scheduled local election would be for mayor and three council members in May 2013, with a possible runoff in June. If the referendum question is approved, the election would be moved to November 2013. Voters will also be asked to decide whether to eliminate the runoff and instead allow the candidate with the most votes to assume office. Proponents of the date change say it will save the city $100,000 per election, and increase participation by scheduling municipal elections during the higherturnout general election. The Board of Education has already voted to move its elections to Tuesday, Nov. 6. Opponents of the initiative have objected because it will allow the current office holders to remain in office another six months.

Kids First changes Hoboken Board of Education election ticket


ids First has changed their Board of Education election ticket for the upcoming November election, according to a press release. Kids First has added Tom Kleupfel, a founding member of the Elysian Charter School, after current board member Theresa Minutillo made the decision not to run, the release said. Kids First is allied with Mayor Dawn Zimmer. Three seats are in contention in the election.

petition signed by approximately 1,800 residents was delivered on

Looking for a full-time reporting


Look here! The Hudson Reporter newspaper group seeks a talented writer with an interest in municipal politics, news, features, and the arts, to cover an exciting full-time Hudson County news beat. Entry level OK. Must have writing experience, creativity, punctuality, interest in both hard news and features, and reliable transportation. Salary + benefits. Send letter of interest with salary requirements (a must), resumé, and any writing samples to: Caren Matzner, Editor, the Hudson Reporter, 1400 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ, 07030 or email and put “Reporter job” in the subject head

5 • The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012

Especially now, local animals need you


Shelter that serves Hoboken is hit with leadership changes and controversies

By R.J. Harper

Reporter Correspondent

n a slow economy, people are less likely to adopt pets and more likely to abandon them. Hudson County towns have struggled in the last several years with more strays and fewer local animal facilities – especially with the closure of one shelter in Jersey City four years ago, the former SPCA shelter, after it received poor state health inspections. Now, the remaining shelter in Jersey City is struggling to handle a different set of problems. The remaining shelter, the Liberty Humane Society shelter, was founded eight years ago by volunteers and has contracts to take strays from Hoboken and Jersey City. Last month, the shelter got hit with a notice from an energy company saying they plan to run a pipeline through the property. While battling that issue, the agency is dealing with management changes, dissension from some volunteers, and lawsuits from those who have questioned their euthanasia policy, all while trying to fulfill their main mission: to get their animals adopted out to good homes.

Keeping up with it

The shelter cares for approximately 400 dogs and cats right now. It is small but busy, located in a converted garage near the entrance of Liberty State Park and across the street from Liberty Science Center. The shelter hopes to expand in the near future.

They are still scrambling to fully recover from last year’s highly contentious management shakeup. Several managers and members of the board of directors have come and gone among fighting over the agency’s policy for euthanizing animals, and other matters. “Another shelter manager left back in November, and there have been about four such managers in that position over the last two years,” acknowledged Director of Development Irene Borngraeber. Wayne Kasserman is the current manager. The shelter has also been hit by lawsuits from volunteers, and initiated legal action of its own after activists allegedly posted threatening comments against shelter leadership and their families on a website. One former volunteer was arrested by Jersey City police in November of 2010 for alleged harassment and making terroristic threats. “I can’t really talk about the current litigation in place with the older volunteers [at LHS],” Borngraeber said last week. “A difference in opinion is okay though. Some people send their pets to doggie spas and others treat their pets like children. Some people disagree with that. An animal in a private home, however, is very different than one in a shelter like ours.” Several staffers were laid off earlier this summer. But staffing and volunteer issues don’t appear to be LHS’ biggest challenge this summer. The more serious battle the agency now faces is the Spectra Energy company’s plan to run a natural gas pipeline through their property. “This land we are on near Liberty State Park is all

see SHELTER page 8



Tuesday, August 21, 2012 7:00 pm


Hoboken Board of Education Meeting Room 1115 Clinton Street Hoboken, NJ 07030

AGENDA 1) 2) 3) 4)

Report of School Superintendent Report of School Business Administrator Board President Report and Board Committee Reports Approval of School Superintendent Agenda and School Business Administrator Agenda

Any matters relating to the above items that may come before the Board. Please be advised that the Board may be required to go into closed executive session during this meeting to discuss litigation, negotiations and personnel items. Action may be taken on all agenda items.

It’s my health. It’s my choice. Prevention and wellness programs.

Prescription drug coverage.

Call 1-888-895-0976 (TTY: 711) and ask for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan.

Published by order of the Board of Education of the School District of the City of Hoboken William Takacs Board Secretary

Large provider network.

©2012 UnitedHealthcare Services, Inc.

Extra support for your pregnancy.

The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012 • 6

Between the lines By Al Sullivan

Is it time for Roque to step down?


2.750 % 2.875 %

Interest Rate

Referendum madness in Hoboken?


Payment per $1,000: 60 payments of $4.08 at a rate of 2.750%; 299 payments of $4.14 at a rate of 3.000%; 1 payment of $4.11 at a rate of 3.000%. Payment amount does not include taxes and insurance. Your monthly payment obligation will be greater.

Please call us for our competitive rates on our Adjustable Rate Mortgages.

201-659-3600 HOBOKEN


621 Washington St.

184 Elm St.

ext. 219 or 222



1234 Paterson Plank Rd.

301 Center Avenue



1 West Mt. Pleasant Ave.

201 Bellevue Avenue

Download a QR code reader to your mobile phone and scan for more information and rates

*Annual Percentage Rate The rate is fixed for the applicable initial period and may adjust annually thereafter. Rates and terms subject to change without notice. This is a limited offer and may be withdrawn at any time. Down payments required as follows: 20% down payment for loan amounts up to $729,000; 25% down payment required for loan amounts from $729,001 to $828,999; 30% down payment required for any loan exceeding $829,000. Maximum loan is $1,500,000. Please call for latest rates.




Earlier this year, Gov. Chr istopher Chr istie on his weekly talk show made a distinction between West New York Mayor Felix Roque and another mayor elsewhere in the state who had been charged with serious crimes. Christie said the difference was that Roque – who is viewed as something of a Christie ally – had not been indicted, while the other mayor had been. Christie said if a public official is indicted he or she should step down. Well, now that Roque has been indicted, will he risk alienating the governor by refusing? The indictment will likely spur on efforts to recall Roque, although West New York recalls have a curious history. A move to recall one time West New York mayor and powerful political boss Anthony DeFino fell on its face back in the early 1990s. A recall asks two questions: should the mayor be recalled, and who should replace him or her? In DeFino’s recall, voters agreed to recall him, then immediately, at the same time, voted him back into the seat they just dumped him from. Perhaps Roque believes history will repeat itself, regardless of how unlikely. Perhaps he hopes that a divided political field of hopeful replacements that he might get enough votes to beat the recall. Commissioner Count Wiley has already said he is running against Roque (see story in this weekend’s West New York Reporter), but reports suggest that Commissioner Car idad Rodr iguez may also have the favor of the North Hudson power elite, while former Mayor Sal Vega and former Commissioner Ger ald Lange appear to be looking for the mayor’s slot as well.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer and her followers appear to be on the road to getting a referendum placed on the November ballot that would move the municipal election from May to November, just in time to allow Zimmer to run on the same ballot as Republican Gov. Christie and perhaps get a financial boost from the Christie campaign. Even Zimmer critics are not completely against the move, since it would save the city a significant amount of money by doing away with one more election. What many oppose, however, is the second referendum that would do away with runoff elections, allowing any winning candidate in a multiplecandidate election to take office. Currently, a runoff occurs if no candidate gets 50 percent plus one vote in the first round of elections, and it requires to the two top vote-getters to run against each other in a second round. The point of a runoff is to make sure that whoever wins an elected seat actually has a majority of the voters. It is also designed to take away what is called “The Hudson County Swerve,” running fake candidates designed to siphon off opponent votes.

Suit against Hoboken bloggers


The biggest political story in Hudson County this week is the lawsuit filed against two Hoboken bloggers by newsman Lane Bajardi and his wife, who

say they have been harassed on the internet over the last few years. Although the bloggers will try to make the case that Lane and his wife are political operatives, the question remains how far is too far when it comes to political satire. The Bajardis note that their child has been exposed to political attack, that their jobs have been threatened, and even possibly their lives. This could be a landmark case as to how far can bloggers go when raising political criticisms of opponents: are people’s personal lives ripe for such attacks? The bloggers, on the other hand, claim that they were provoked in some cases into making exaggerated satire.

Is Minutillo gearing up to replace Marsh on the council?

Theresa Minutillo reportedly said that she will not seek reelection to the Hoboken school board this November. This comes at a convenient time, since it is rumored that she intends to replace Carol Mar sh as a City Council candidate in 2013, allied with Mayor Dawn Zimmer. Marsh, who recently got a government job elsewhere in New Jersey, may not run for reelection.

Marra’s future

Rumors that Secaucus School Board Trustee Dora Mar r a will step down have been grossly exaggerated, said sources, although she may not run for reelection when he term expires in 2014. Marra apparently was troubled by the political influence Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli had on the last Board of Education election.

Tea leaves of Jersey City

Who marched with whom at this year’s Jersey City Puerto Rican parade is supposed to be some indication of which candidate is with which political group and which power figures support which candidates. State Sen. Sandr a Cunningham, Rep. Albio Sir es, and Weehawken Mayor Richar d Turner were spotted walking with City Council members Nidia Lopez and Viola Richardson at the parade. Joining them were Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillar i, U.S. Sen. Rober t Menendez and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. Freeholder Bill O’Dea joined the group later in the parade. Surprisingly, Jersey City Councilman Rolando R. Lavar ro J r. didn’t walk with Councilman Steve Fulop even though they are supposed to be on the same ticket next May. Meanwhile, incumbent Jersey City Mayor J er ramiah Healy walked with City Council members Peter Brennan, Michele Massey, Freeholder J eff Dublin, former Sheriff J uan Perez and a bunch of city directors. Meanwhile, former leaders of Dominican Empowerment PAC and other broken Jersey City Hispanic groups are coming together to form a Hispanic political action committee, they are pretty upset that they don’t have a seat at the negotiation table next May.

Officials refuse to answer whether they got exemption from state policy

PART TIME WITH BENEFITS – Union City Mayor Brian Stack and his commissioners may be receiving benefits as part-time employees. Stack is also a state senator. Photo by Luigi Novi.


By Gennarose Pope Reporter Staff Writer

ven though a state agency has written into its policy that towns receiving certain type of state aid can’t give benefits to their part-time elected officials, Union City has avoided questions of whether their mayor and council are receiving the benefits – and they have postponed responding to an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request for the information. Meanwhile, the state of New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs (DCA) was uncharacteristically tight lipped as well when asked whether Union City has been given an exemption. One gadfly and former Union City official has been asking questions about the matter. After writing a letter to the DCA about it, private investigator and former Union City Deputy Police Chief Joseph Blaettler charged that Democratic Mayor Brian Stack is receiving special treatment because he is allied with Republican Gov. Chris Christie.


Last year, the DCA stated in its 2011 First Annual Report that, while exemptions are possible, municipalities receiving transitional aid are prohibited from “providing health care to part-time officials, elected or otherwise.” In fact, the DCA cracked down on the town of Harrison last year for what they considered to be a waste of taxpayer dollars. “[They] discovered a situation whereby the Town was providing health benefits for nine elected officials that cost the taxpayer over $200,000 annually,” said the 2011 report related to state transitional aid given out to various towns. “The Town was directed to eliminate or reduce this unsustainable level of compensation and the Town eliminated health benefits for elected officials by resolution.” Union City is one of only five municipalities in the state that received transitional aid – or, state financial support for cities and towns in fiscal distress – this past year.

Union City is led by five part-time commissioners, one of whom also serves as part-time mayor. Stack received $16,000 in his position last year, and the commissioners received $15,500. One source said they are also receiving city health benefits. Stack also serves as a state senator part-time, representing Union City, Hoboken, and part of Jersey City, among other towns. When asked two weeks ago if Union City was granted an exemption, the DCA responded with an e-mail staying simply, “DCA has no comment on this matter.” Harrison’s actions “helped the community better manage itself,” according to the report. Stack and his spokesman declined to answer whether or not they are receiving health benefits, and an OPRA request was made to obtain that information two weeks ago. By law, OPRA requests must be filled within seven business days. An employee in the city clerk’s office said last week that the request has been sent to the city’s lawyers for review. Counsel for the New Jersey Press Association Tom Cafferty stated Wednesday that sending an OPRA request to corporation counsel is not a valid reason to exceed the seven-day time frame. The city employee also said that the Reporter was not the only entity who had made an OPRA request for the public information.

Special treatment?

In a letter he sent to the DCA, Blaettler praised the DCA for taking action in Harrison and questioned why they may have overlooked matters in Stack’s municipality. Blaettler has brought to light several scandals in Union City government in the last two years, one of which resulted in a state attorney general’s investigation into the police chief, and another that forced the mayor’s ex-wife to pay back money to the town. Stack has distanced himself from both of those matters. Blaettler wrote in a June 18 letter, “Why is it that you took action against elected officials in Harrison, but you have taken no action against Mayor Stack and his

see BENEFITS page 8

7 • The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012

Are UC Mayor Stack and commissioners receiving benefits?

The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012 • 8


from page 5

actually owned by the city of Jersey City. We are just leasing it,” said Borngraeber. The court order regarding Spectra was delivered to LHS a month ago. Spectra Energy seeks to temporarily dig up close to 40 percent of LHS’ leased property on Jersey City Boulevard, Borngraeber said.


It now appears that the society’s board president, Andy Siegel, will have to strategically navigate LHS’s future on Jersey City Boulevard. The eight-member LHS board, as well as the city of Jersey City, have publicly vowed to battle Spectra. “We are actively seeking pro bono representation [against Spectra],” said Borngraeber. “We just got served the eminent domain order last month and our response [to the court] is now overdue. FERC [a federal agency that approved the gas pipeline] never responded in court after our initial injunction was filed by the city. Things are really in limbo with this pending court case.”

Help by adopting a pet

Amidst all of the chaos, the shelter continues its mission to adopt out dogs and cats. “It’s the summer and it’s always the most stressful for the animal shelters – especially for


from cover

speech of the two most prominent reform political bloggers and all political discourse from the reform side,” said Pincus in an email to the Reporter. Those allied with Zimmer and against past administrations consider themselves reformers. Zimmer replaced a mayor who was arrested for taking bribes in 2009. Councilwoman Beth Mason has been allied with Zimmer’s three other opponents on the nine-member City Council. Mason said that the nature of the posts on line targeting the Bajardis is “bullying.” “This was cyberbullying,” Mason said, detailing the high number of posts on the websites against the Bajardis. “This is repeated behavior that went on for years and became more and more intense.” Last week, Mayor Zimmer was asked if she had any comment about the suit, and about the fact that one of the named bloggers is on the Zoning Board. Pincus was appointed by the City Council majority that is allied with Zimmer. Zimmer said, “I don’t really know about the litigation so I don’t have any comment. I couldn’t possibly comment on something that I haven’t seen. Plus, it doesn’t involve me so I don’t think it’s really appropriate for me to comment on it.”

The claims in the suit

The lawsuit cites numerous posts on Pincus’ blog as well as on the internet. According to the lawsuit, this past January, Pincus wrote an e-mail to Bajardi’s current employer. The suit alleges that Pincus wrote, “Lane Bajardi is a hyper-partisan politic operative who blogs under the screen name ‘Prosbus’ and is now fomenting anti-Semitism in his latest effort to smear Hoboken’s Jewish mayor, Dawn Zimmer…I don’t think your advertisers will appreciate a voice on your airways actively engaged in spreading bigotry and intolerance in the Hoboken Community.” In fact, Bajardi is Jewish. In the lawsuit, Bajardi denied posting anything antiSemitic or anything attacking other ethnic or religious groups. He also said that contrary to what the letter said, he was not “Prosbus,” the handle of someone who has often criticized Zimmer on a local news web site. The suit says, “The email also harms Mr. Barjardi’s relationship with his employer. It encourages CBS to terminate Mr. Bajardi’s

open admission facilities like ours,” said Borngraeber. “We have to accept every stray that comes through that door. Not only are we faced with the huge influx of summer animals, we’re also now having to fight for the future of

employment through its threat to harm 1010Wins radio’s listenership. Mr. Bajardi’s supervisor, who has the ability to terminate Mr. Bajardi was made aware of the email. When asked by CBS to prove that Mr. Bajardi posted under the pseudonym Prosbus, Ms. Pincus never responded.” Many of the posts that referred to the Bajardis’ personal life were posted as part of exchanges after news stories that ran on a Hoboken news website. On that site, commenters defending the Zimmer administration often tussled with two anonymous commenters criticizing the administration. The commenters who support Mayor Zimmer appeared to believe that the two anonymous critics were Bajardi and his wife, and began responding to them as “Kim” and “Lane,” repeatedly mentioning personal attacks and personal information. Bajardi said in the suit that he does not post on the web site in question, Hoboken Patch. In response to a question last week about the letter, Pincus said she had a legitimate concern about Bajardi as an on-air representative of CBS Corporation and his role as a journalist and political operative.

‘Political theater’

The accused internet bloggers argued that they simply engaged in public discourse, a kind of political theater which never intended to hurt anyone. “In general, both Horsey [Brice] and GA [Grafix Avenger] have engaged in political theater in which much of this is tongue and cheek, meant to make people laugh and think about issues,” Pincus responded by email. Pincus responded to a number of questions submitted by the Reporter, but said she could not answer others because she was still mounting a defense that involved some of the information requested. Brice did not respond to any of the questions. On Tuesday, Brice’s blog carried an appeal for donations for the “Hoboken Free Speech Legal Defense Fund” intended to finance legal costs for all 12 defendants, according to his blog. In their suit, the Bajardis said their livelihood depends heavily on their credibility and reputation in the community, and the suit contends that Pincus, under the pseudonym Grafix Avenger, and Brice, under the name HobokenHorse, and others posted disparaging remarks on Hoboken Patch, Galloway Patch, (the Jersey Journal

see LAWSUIT page 12

the whole facility – including dealing with eminent domain issues.” She added, “We have to exist because of our state mandate. Every municipality has a responsibility to have an active animal shelter.


from page 7

commissioners?” Then he added, tongue-incheek, “I am sure the fact that Mayor Stack is a good friend of Governor Christie, and serves in the State Senate had no bearing on this issue.”

The only way for us to move forward with our capacity of animals is to just operate. We’ll still be here! So come...adopt!” She added, “We are reaching out to our national network of rescue organizations, shelters, and transport groups for help placing the almost 400 animals we have on site. If you have ever considered adopting a pet, please step forward now and give our community’s homeless animals a certain future.” The shelter is located at 235 Jersey City Blvd. Its website is Several attempts to call the shelter last week resulted in calls going to voicemail. “We are fielding an enormous number of phone calls during this time and apologize to those unable to get through,” explained Borngraeber. “We would appreciate it if supporters would save the phone lines for essential calls related to LHS operations and instead visit our website ( or Facebook page ( For questions related to adoptable animals, it’s always best to come to the shelter in person.” People can also look for their pets on The shelter is open Tuesday through Friday from 2 to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (201) 547-4147 or e-mail

In February of 2012, the Board of Commissioners voted a pay to play ordinance into effect, and then the city received its $12 million in aid. In March, a DCA spokesperson told, “The Division recognized that to withhold

Blaettler charged that Democratic Mayor Brian Stack is receiving special treatment because he is allied with Republican Gov. Chris Christie. In October, it was announced that Union City was one of five New Jersey towns to be splitting $117.1 million in state aid that previously had been taken away. The other towns were Camden, Lawnside, Paterson, and Trenton. Union City received $12 million in 2011 and $13 million in 2010. However, to receive the aid, the city had to agree to state oversight and demonstrate they are making steps toward improving their financial situation. Among other fiscal reforms, Cities were required to have a “pay-to-play” law on the books in order to get the aid. Pay-to-play laws limit campaign donations from firms wanting to do work for the city. But newspaper reports said last February that Stack had claimed on the documents that the city had the law on its books when it didn’t. At the time, Stack responded that the city was in the process of passing such a law.

Transitional Aid from the city would have jeopardized their fiscal stability, and consequently, punished taxpayers.” A spokesman said the DCA had no reason to believe Stack was misleading them because he sufficiently demonstrated that the city was in the process of adopting the necessary ordinance. The 2011 state report also stated that the DCA worked with Union City to limit their new hires, deny some personnel requests, help obtain a finance director, and encourage them to charge a fee for recreational programs, among a few other reforms.

To comment on this story on-line, go to our website,, and comment below. Gennarose Pope may be reached at



Hudson Reporter Newspapers PALMISANO, DEATH ANTHONY. A mass of Christian burial was offered Aug. 10 at St. Francis R.C. Church, Hoboken for Anthony Palmisano, 94, of Hoboken. He passed away Aug. 6 at the Harbor View Health Center in Jersey City. Born in Rodi Gerganico, Italy, Mr. Palmisano arrived in Hoboken in 1928. the Smiths Transport Hob., he was a member of Union Local560. He served in A retired hilo operator with Hudson Reporter Newspapers the CC Camps as a United States Citizen. Surviving is one sister, Anna Cappiello and two brothers, retired Hoboken Police Officer Frank Palmisano, and Peter Palmisano. Anthony was the uncle to a host of nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Services arranged by the Failla Memorial Home, Hoboken.


SOMMERS, ELEANOR. A mass of Christian burial was offered Aug. 13 at St. Francis R.C. Church for Eleanor Sommers, 94, of Hoboken. She passed away Aug. 10 at the Geraldine L. Thompson Care Center in Allenwood. A lifelong resident of Hoboken, Eleanor was a retired employee of the Lipton Tea Company. Mrs. Sommers will be missed by her daughters, Eleanor Withington, and Paula Ellis; her three grandchildren Denise Bernhard, Doreen Freeburg, and Michael Dietrich; and her great grandchildren, Christina, Brett, Peter, Colleen, Paul, Ryan, Michael, and Sean. Eleanor was predeceased by her husband John, her daughter Carolyn, her sister Helen Van denBroek, and her brother Edward Ross. Services arranged by the Failla Memorial Home, Hoboken.

from page 3

Washington Street. Approximately $100,000 will be allocated to the design and improvements to Sinatra Drive. The remaining $130,000 will be used for improvements on Observer Highway and Newark Street. According to Director of Transportation and Parking Ian Sacs, the total for improvements could reach $16-$18 million. Councilman Occhipinti suggested the council wait until next year for federal Department of Transportation money to resurface Washington Street. “Separating the issues and seeking out more creative ways of funding,� said Councilwoman Castellano. “I don’t want to put our taxpayers or our city in anymore debt.� “Who wants to have their streets have potholes all over them?� asked Councilwoman Mason. “We all think this is a good idea, it’s how each [project] gets paid for.� Sacs’ worry was that the council would possibly lose the $2.4 million grant from the Department of Transportation for Observer and Newark. Attorney Mark Peck, who represented Stevens Institute, said the road repairs would impact the school, since the campus is on Sinatra Drive. “As Hoboken’s largest land owner and employer, Stevens would like to be involved in any planning process that affect Sinatra Drive,� said Peck. According to the city press release sent after the meeting, the improvements will be reintroduced separately and the administration will continue to work with the council as well as the public.

Residents weigh in

Residents came forward to voice their support for the bond ordinance. “Now is the time to put the infrastructure in place before it gets worse,� said resident Brian Wagner from Bike Hoboken. “Not just for motorists, but for pedestrians. We need to convert a city that was really never designed for the automobile.� Resident Scott Siegel said, “Washington Street is the business corridor of the city... If you vote against it, you’re voting against the motorists and pedestrians.� “We are concerned about this town, from one end to the other,� said resident James Vance. Resident Aaron Willett said he blew a tire on Washington Street. “The city’s capital budget and capital plan is dependent on the city’s future, what our community will look like in the years ahead,� said resident Ron Hine. “Deferring the city’s infrastructure needs which have been done so often in the past is no longer an option. This is a win/win for everybody.� A senior resident, Helen Hirsch, said she hoped for the ordinance to be passed to make it easier for disabled seniors like herself to get around. She mentioned that Sinatra Drive is not scooter friendly. “Please do something to help us,� she said.


CHINA CHEF Szechuan, Cantonese & Hunan Cuisine


Our motto is: “To serve our patrons with the best and charge the least�

Sat. & Sun. Dim Sum 11 AM - 3 PM Fast Free Delivery in Secaucus $12 Min. Private Party Room • Open 7 Days for Lunch, Dinner & Cocktails 1322 Paterson Plank Rd. Secaucus

Tel.: 201.348.6386 • Fax: 201.348.6688

SENIOR CONCERNS – A senior addresses the council about her not being able to get around areas such as Sinatra Drive. Observer Highway, and Paterson Avenue. The $2.35 million to purchase the land comes from a Hudson County Open Space grant and the final purchase price will be determined in court. Phase 1 renovations for Church Square Park were approved with a unanimous vote. They will be paid by a bond that was approved last year. Renovations will be done to two playground areas, the basketball courts, and restroom. The city will be bidding for construction soon. Future phases will be completed when additional funding is secured.

New rules

The council introduced new rules that would be effective immediately. “We had council meetings in the past that have gotten a little out of hand,� said Council President Cunningham. “We’re going to maintain decorum among ourselves and the members of the public.� The public portion of the meeting that used to be at the end of the meeting will now be closer to the beginning. The public will have the standard 5 minutes to speak, but if the council finds there are too many speakers in the hour allotted, they will hear the remaining of public comments toward the end of the meeting. To comment on this story on-line, go to our website,, and comment below. Vanessa Cruz may be reached at

New York New Jersey Hamptons Connecticut 12'0*175'570(41/2/




*QDQMGP'ZENWUKXG 1506SF 2BR, 2 bath w/ balcony & prkng. Chef’s kit, hdwd flrs, custom baths, gas fplc, W/D & CAC. Elev bldg w/ courtyard & rec rm. $699K. Web#3331964 2GVGT%QUUKQ582 /CVV$TQYP582

*QDQMGP'ZENWUKXG Duplex PH condo 2200SF, 3BR, 2.5 bath w/lrg prvt terrace. Features 11’ ceils, built-ins, custom closets, laundry rm, CAC, elevator, strg & deeded prkg. $1.385M. Web#3213633 2GVGT%QUUKQ582 /CVV$TQYP582





The council approved payment for land for a Southwest park near Harrison Street, Jackson Street,

from page 2 book lovers. Free coffee and cake is served. More info:


Hoboken Uptown Far mer s Market will take place on Thursdays from 3p.m.-7:30p.m. June thru October at 13th & Hudson Street. Fresh producebaked goods - epicurean delights.

City, Rachel Bogom and Lisa Nathari, (201)915-2041, meets every third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Also, Secaucus Library, 1379 Paterson Plank Rd., Secaucus, Louise Munsch and Eydie Shapiro, (201)340-2238, meets every first Monday at 4:00 p.m. 24-hour helpline, 1-800-272-3900, or visit

from 5:00 to 7:30p.m. There is open enrollment and free membership. Also, offering a variety of fun and interactive activities, special events, field trips & workshops to support families facing difficult situations. We encourage youths ages 13 to 21 to join us. Please contact La-Trenda Rossat (201) 915-5140 x 15.

Bingo at Our Lady of Gr ace Church - Friday nights and Saturdays at noon -in the school hall on the corner of Fifth and Willow Ave., Hoboken, more info. or to volunteer, call (201) 6590369.

3rd degree black belt Howard Turoff, former head of the Hoboken YMCA martial arts program, teaches goju-r yu karate and basic self-defense every Wednesday in Elysian Park from 7 to 9 p.m., class is free. Beginners are welcome. No uniforms required - wear comfortable clothes. No class if it rains. For more info, call (201) 724-6787 or email

Third-Tuesday-of-the-Month Bird Walk with the NJ MC and BCAS. Free two-hour guided nature walk will take place at Harrier Meadow in North Arlington, a 70-acre restored wetlands area usually closed to the public. RSVP at or 201-2304983.

Autism Suppor t Group meets at the Bayonne Jewish Community Center, 1050 Kennedy Boulevard, Bayonne, on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. give and receive support from other parents experiencing the same struggles.

Alzheimer ’s Association Suppor t Groups: Jersey City Medical Center, 355 Grand Street, Jersey

The Family Suppor t Or ganization Youth Par tnership meets Mondays & Wednesdays

Zumba Classes are held every Monday and Thursday from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Our Lady of

continued on page 10

,GTUG[%KV['ZENWUKXGMagnificent 1BR, 1.5 bath unit w/spectacular panoramic views of NYC. Building offers prvt spa, pool, gym, yoga studio and more. Mins to NYC. $665K . Web#3230068 6JQOCU.CWTKVC82

*QDQMGP'ZENWUKXG 1035SF 1BR, 1.5 bath condo w/12’ ceils, chef’s kit, bamboo hdwd, oversized windows & 1 prkg space. Green cert incld elev, DM w/priv storage & roof deck w/NYC views. $590K. Web#3298005 .KPFUG[$TQYP





,GTUG[%KV['ZENWUKXG Over 1,000SF of living space, gourmet kitchen with island, garden level, plus outdoor patio, separate bldg with office and garage. Asks $425K. Web#2300082 6JQOCU.CWTKVC82

,GTUG[%KV['ZENWUKXGReduced for an immediate sale. Luxury unit in full service bldg w/views. Close to the PATH. Asks $170K. Web#2352073 0CVCNKG)WVKP82


Learn more at Halstead Property New Jersey, LLC 79 Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ t: 201.478.6700 All information is from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, prior sale or withdrawal without notice. No representation is made as to the accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate and all information should be confirmed by customer. All rights to content, photographs and graphics reserved to Broker.

9 • The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012


The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012 • 10




Adult Diapers • Bed Pads

Catheters (all types) • Diabetic Testing • Shower Chairs Supplies

Free Delivery JERRY’S DRUG & SURGICAL 455 Broadway (corner of 21st Street) Bayonne • NJ 07002


Call for Details

MONITOR - Richter scales reported the magnitude of the earthquake at 5.9, which was downgraded to 5.8.



Condominium Associations Apartment Buildings Individual Rental Units Co-op, Commercial Now offering Web Connect

tel. (201) 216-5757

from cover

“I looked up and the chandelier was moving,” said Diane Andrews. “It’s very rare that we get earthquakes here and this building’s very old,” said Marilu Rosa. Fischetto followed her instinct and ran out of the building. “I got my bag and I ran right out of the building,” said Fischetto. “I was like the first one out of the building. Two of my co-workers who were sitting on the bench asked what happened, and I said, ‘Earthquake!’ ” Fischetto’s immediate exit was humorous to some of her co-workers. “It was hilarious,” said Rosa. “Funniest moment of the year.” Even patrons in the library ran out of the building in fear. “We heard people upstairs running and everything was shaking,” said Fischetto. “All we heard was footsteps and they come flying down the steps.” “There was no communicating,” said Weyouche. “I think everyone was in a state of shock.” Some were unaware of what was actually happening. Andrews remembered yelling at the patrons who were running down the stairs when they realized that it was an earthquake. She is used to earthquakes because her son used to live in San Francisco. Andrews also believes that there will be another earthquake. “I think that Mother Nature’s angry,” said Andrews.

What you should do

“We all felt it,” said Director Greg Kierce from the Jersey City Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEM), last week. He was on vacation that day, but he was in town. “I had stopped into

from page 9 Grace Parish Center, 411 Clinton St. 2nd Fl. Hoboken. Class is $10. For more information please contact certified Zumba Instructor, Megan Moffit at (201) 659-0369 or Beacon Society Inc. has a support group for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, Monday evenings at 6:30-8 p.m. except major holidays. At the corner of 6th and Garden Street approve some paperwork. I remember I was going down to Newport Mall to do some shopping and midway the earthquake struck. During the initial event there were spontaneous evacuations which is reminiscent of what occurred on 9/11. It’s really hard to control something like that because human nature kicks in and people feel that the best thing to do is get out of the building.” He added, “That’s not always the best answer.” Kierce said the OEM regularly meets with security and safety people in the downtown area try to reinforce their citizens’ level of preparedness. An earthquake is unpredictable because it can lead to a fire or other dangerous conditions, Kierce said. Once the earthquake hit, OEM went into emergency operations mode, sending people to certain areas of the city to look for damage. The Building Department, Fire Department, and Police Department made assessments to buildings. Kierce said each workplace should have evacuation plans for such emergencies. He said in a couple of months, Jersey City will provide free training for community emergency response teams (CERT) that will include basic first aid, and search and rescue operations. This training will be open to citizens and members of the business community.

From North Bergen to Hackensack

Connie Marrero, wife of Sgt. Henry Marrero of the North Bergen Police Department, recalled working in her Hackensack office the day the earthquake struck. “Our building was swaying,” she said. “It was scary; it really was. I remember looking out the window and everything was moving

in the community church of Hoboken, rear entrance. Facilitated by a professional. Light refreshments are served. Limited parking is available at rear of building. Contact Karen at (201) 200-0911. Donations are greatly appreciated. Send correspondence to Beacon Society Inc. 606 Garden St., Hoboken. Hoboken SAA: Sex Addicts Anonymous meets Sundays and Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Matthew Trinity Parish Center,

to the side. It felt like the building was rocking. It didn’t set off any alarms or anything. The whole aftershock experience was like a good three minutes.” She and her co-workers remained in the building because they were unsure of what was happening. Neighboring workers also made their way to the building to ask if they felt the movement. They were told to stay put until the Fire Department came to check for structural damage because the building has a ground-level parking garage. The inspection lasted nearly two hours. “There was an announcement made that there was an aftershock from an earthquake and the building was safe so [we could] go back in,” said Marrero. She also called her husband to ask if he and his fellow officers felt the earthquake.

Not again!

Months later, on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 there were reports of yet another earthquake in New Jersey. But the reports proved to be false. More than 60 New Jersey residents called authorities saying they had felt some shaking of the earth. A spokesperson for the U.S. Geological Survey said they use seismometers that are used to monitor quakes did not pick up any trembling. Some sources in newspaper articles speculated that the shaking was from a “sonic boom” from fast-flying aircraft at McGuire Air Force base, but no official cause was given. To comment on this story on-line, go to our website,, and comment below. Vanessa Cruz may be reached at vcruz@hudsonre

entrance on Washington at 8th St, Hob. Meetings are free and are open to all men and women who are concerned about their own compulsive sexual behavior. Call (201)459-8858 for more details. Hatha Yoga relaxation guaranteed or double your money back at Hoboken ELKS (1005 Washington St.) Wednesdays 7 – 8:30 p.m. $15. per student (no credit cards). Dress comfortably and bring a mat, avoid eating for 2 hours prior to class and

arrive 10 minutes before class begins. No registration. No prerequisites. Walk-ins welcome. For more info call 866-YOGA JOE. (18 yrs or older) *With photo ID. Panic Relief Inc. will have Panic Attack & Anxiety workshops on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. To join in the next workshop, visit or call our office at (732) 9409658.

11 • The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012


Hudson Reporter Newspapers

Dear Dr. Norquist: I am totally over whelmed with my life r ight now. I’m wor king full-time in a job that demands my full attention, and going to school in the evenings for my master ’s degree. I feel so much pressure tr ying to get ever ything done well that I have trouble sleeping at night. My fr iends are mad because I’m not spending any time with them, and that gets me even more stressed out. I’m always tired and low on energy, and the quality of my wor k is going down. I can’t seem to do anything well these days. Something has to give and I don’t want it to be my health. What can I do differently? I really wanted to get my degree in two years.

Dr. Norquist responds:

You are giving out more energy than you are taking in. It’s like spending money you don’t have – eventually there is a deficit. Please stop to recognize that each of us only has so much energy and time at any given point. If we choose to spend more than we have, there will be consequences. These consequences

are most readily noticed with regard to our physical and emotional health. To reduce your symptoms, you need to establish more of a balance between what you give out, and what you receive. Take time to notice how you replenish your energy and recharge your battery. This varies for everyone. My guess is, whatever it is for you, you’ve been doing less of it since starting night classes. It could be time with friends, time alone, time in nature, time with your dog, time being creative or time playing. Whatever it is, it is vital to your health, and must be consciously reinstated in order for you to maintain your health. I’d suggest that you also look at how you are spending your life energy and see if there are ways that you can cut back. Emotions can be very draining and expensive, so watch out for how you indulge in them. Worrying, in particular, is an expensive habit (energetically) and one that has no upside. Since it is not possible to give 100 percent to work and also 100 percent to your classes, you must find a way to lower your expectations of yourself, or else choose to spread your classes out over a

longer period of time. There is no perfect way of solving this part of your life. There is a Bach Flower Remedy (found in most health food stores) called Elm, which is remarkably helpful when someone is feeling like they have too much to do in too little time. It comes in liquid form, and I’ve found that 2 - 3 drops on your tongue, or in a glass of water has a subtle but powerful effect in 20 minutes or so. If your health practitioner approves, give it a try. You may be pleasantly surprised. I hope this is helpful.

(Dr. Sallie Norquist is a licensed psychologist (NJ #2371) in private practice and is director of Chaitanya Counseling Services, a center for upliftment and enlivenment, in Hoboken.)Dr. Norquist and the staff of Chaitanya invite you to write them at Chaitanya Counseling Services, 51 Newark St., Suite 202, Hoboken, NJ 07030 or or by e-mail at, or by fax at (201) 656-4700. Questions can address various topics, including relationships, life’s stresses, difficulties, mysteries and dilemmas, as well as questions related to managing stress or alternative ways of understanding health-related concerns.Ó 2012 Chaitanya Counseling Services

Hoboken Health Stop begins evening hours

Hoboken Health Stop, an urgent care center on the ground floor at 2 Hudson Place in Hoboken, has opened for evening hours to support the needs of all area residents and those returning home from work. The center will be open Monday through Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. Hoboken Health Stop is conveniently located directly across from the Hoboken PATH, Light Rail, and ferry stops, a few steps for people returning home from work. No appointments are necessary and the basic fee is $35, which may be paid by credit card or cash. Insured patients will receive from the Health Stop receptionist a detailed paper receipt to mail to their insurance company for reimbursement. “We have chosen to operate during the evening hours so we can accommodate people returning home from work and who may otherwise not have time to see a doctor and thus would have to go to the emergency department,” said Kirat Kharode, FACHE, vice president of operations at LibertyHealth, which also owns and operates Jersey City Medical Center. “People lead such tightly scheduled lives, and being able to receive medical attention on the way home from work without any appointment will be a great convenience for them.” The center is staffed by Emergency Department Nurse Practitioners.

Fresenius Medical Care Facility in Hoboken Recognized

Fresenius Medical Care North America, the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, recently named its Fresenius Medical Care North Hudson facility, located at 1600 Willow Ave. in Hoboken, a Center of Excellence for achieving the highest standards in patient care in 2011. These annual awards recognize the facilities that perform the best, based on multiple objective measures of dialysis clinical quality. All Fresenius Medical Care dialysis clinics share the company’s UltraCare® mission of delivering excellent,

Natural Healing with Acupuncture Practicing medicine in Hoboken since 1986


Shi-Hong Loh, MD


patient-centered care through innovative programs, the latest technology, continuous quality improvement and a focus on superior customer service. Fresenius Medical Care has established high standards of clinical quality company wide, in keeping with those published by the Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) of the National Kidney Foundation. Fresenius Medical Care selects Center of Excellence facilities by reviewing patients’ outcome measures such as dialysis adequacy, control of anemia, nutritional status, patient satisfaction and transplant education, among others. For more information about this and other Fresenius Medical Care dialysis clinics, visit (in English and Spanish) or call 1-8664DIALYSIS (1-866-434-2597).

55 Summit Ave., Hackensack, NJ • 201-343-8500

The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012 • 12


from page 8

and Star Ledger’s website), as well as their own sites. Although Pincus, Brice, and others have posted for several years, the suit quotes postings made from early June 2011 to mid July 2012 and claims that during that period, the 12 defendants caused the Bajardis injury to their reputation and their dealings with employers. The suit also charges that the posts caused emotional distress. Although internet postings accused the Bajardis of being paid by Mason as paid political operatives, Mason said last week that this was not true. “I never paid them,” she said. “We’re friends. They are not consultants of any kind. I’ve known them for years. Lane is a journalist. We both have an interest in journalism. We believe in many of the same things.” The lawsuit also included an online letter to the FBI from Pincus’ blog, in which Pincus said she would like to shoot someone – an act she said was satire. The letter made a reference to the location of the Bajardis’ residence. Pincus was asked to step down from the Zoning Board last year by Councilman Tim Occhipinti after she made the post about wanting to shoot someone. The issue became public after Pincus was visited by police. At the time, Pincus said the letter was satire and called the accusation absurd. “The press cherry-picks that quote out-ofcontext, but neglects mentioning in the same letter I wrote I’d ‘use the Vulcan Death grip’ or about sharing falafels at Mamoun’s with the FBI,” she said last week. “Or the fact it was one in a long satirical series. The fact that the press omits any context is proof of media bias against bloggers.”

Will the unnamed bloggers be revealed?

The majority of the City Council (which is pro-Zimmer) voted down the move to remove Pincus from the Zoning Board.

The suit said false and defamatory comments concerning the Bajardi couple were also posted under pseudonyms Bet Mazin, KlaussennFluffer, InfortainMe, SmartyJones, BluDiamonds, JAM, Redrider765, Plywood, Davidd, ss1959, Hobbs, and others. Several other unnamed bloggers were quoted in the suit including khoboken, ThisMeansWar, HobokenLeaks, redrider765, and Jam. One post on Patch by ThisMeansWar says, “Now what about your child? Have either of you losers EVER thought about the damage you are doing to him? … But he will be the kid who is KNOWN the second he walks through the doors of ANY schools as the progeny of you two hateful people. Children are cruel…. Stop thinking about how badly you want to hurt everyone associated with Zimmerman [sic] and reform and start thinking about how BADLY you are hurting your own child.” Pincus said many of the remarks quoted in the suit from this site were taken out of context and were part of an ongoing dialogue that grew heated. Pincus said that she believed that she was making these exchanges with one or both of the Bajardis. Pincus said she believed it was them because of the writing style and because after people began calling them Lane and Kim on-line, the anonymous posters did not deny being them.

Pincus’ history

Pincus also was the focus of controversy in which she was accused of using Nazi images on her blog to depict political enemies – a charge she refuted, but she eventually offered an apology to a state Jewish group. She said that the post in question was satire. Pincus, like Bajardi, Mason, and Zimmer, is Jewish. Pincus and other bloggers have routinely alluded to Lane Bajardi as either a target of a federal investigation or a cooperating witness. In the suit, Bajardi said neither allegation was true. Several postings implied Lane Bajardi was somehow involved in the theft of emails out of City Hall – a claim he also denied in the

lawsuit. A city employee was arrested for that crime last year. Pincus said the timing of the lawsuit was questionable. “This is a SLAPP suit against two named prominent reform bloggers and 10 John Does , plus 12 additional anonymous and unspecified ‘others,’ contained within the complaint designed to frighten reform side of the internet community, disable our blogs, and drag the mayor into it – just in time for the Labor Day mayoral race announcements,” she said. Zimmer is up for re-election in 2013. “This is a political dirty trick, and nothing more,” Pincus said. “This SLAPP is not about satire. This SLAPP is about icing speech on the reform blogosphere and dragging the mayor – who is irrelevant – into it.” Brice has posted a similar comment on his blog, calling the suit a SLAPP suit, which is a lawsuit designed to use litigation to silence critics (Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation). In 2010, Brice accused Lane Bajardi of allegedly assaulting him and taking his camera during a Board of Education candidates’ forum. Bajardi filed a counter complaint and the matter was eventually dropped.

Difference between fact and fiction

The lawsuit has the potential to become a national issue following similar suits in which courts such as in Washington State ruled against bloggers who make unsubstantiated claims. The Washington suit was based on one comment left on a site. When asked what she would consider “going too far,” Pincus replied, “The First Amendment applies to all.” Many of the comments quoted in the suit are still on the internet. Bajardi declined last week to respond to questions for this story. In the suit, he has asked for a jury trial. According to legal sources, each of the defendants could be asked to pay $2 million in

damages, so the total liability of the suit may be more than $20 million. Both named bloggers have continued to post on their blogs. In a post on Aug. 10, Pincus referred to Bajardi as “Lane (redacted).” As of this past weekend, when news of the suit hit the press, most of the commenters named in the suit have stopped appearing on Hoboken Patch, the news site where many of the comments about the Bajardis were left. Patch’s editor did not respond last week to a request for comment. It is unknown whether the screen names were banned. Approximately a month ago, Patch began delaying comments on its site, holding them for several hours for review, as opposed to their past practice of allowing them to appear soon after they were submitted. The posts between the Zimmer supporters and critics battling it out numbered in the hundreds. But after the lawsuit became public, the comments on individual stories on the site were down, in several cases, to single digits. To comment on this story, email asullivan@ or leave a comment at



apr financing on select models up to 60 mos§




















New 2012 Honda


New 2012 Honda


New 2012 Honda

New 2012 Honda

New 2012 Honda

Accord LX Accord LX-P Accord EX Accord EX-L Accord EX-L

Mod#CP2F3CEW, Stk#122185, auto, 4cyl, pwr wind/lks/st/brks, AM/FM/cd, a/c, tilt, cruise, MSRP: $23,070.

Mod#CP2F4CEW, Stk#121806, auto, 4cyl, pwr wind/lks/st/brks, AM/FM/cd, a/c, tilt, cruise, MSRP: $24,070.

Mod#CP2F7CJW, Stk#121872, auto, 4cyl, pwr wind/lks/st/brks, AM/FM/cd, a/c, sunrf, tilt, cruise, MSRP: $25,995.

Mod#CP2F8CJNW, Stk#122251, auto, 4cyl, pwr wind/lks/st/brks, AM/FM/cd, a/c, sunrf, lthr, tilt, cruise, MSRP: $28,445.

Mod#CP2F8CJNW, Stk#122184, auto, 6cyl, pwr wind/lks/st/brks, AM/FM/cd, a/c, sunrf, lthr, tilt, cruise, MSRP: $30,520.

95 105 115 145 165 *




Lease per mo / 36 mos



Lease per mo / 36 mos



Lease per mo / 36 mos



Lease per mo / 36 mos

Lease per mo / 36 mos +

We’ll match Honda’s 500 Military Appreciation Offer so you can $

on select Honda Certified models up to 36 mos.


2002 Dodge Caravan Sport FWD

2006 Cadillac SRX

2010 Honda Accord EX-L

Stk#H2194, 6cyl, auto, p wind/lcks/str/ $ brks, AM/FM/cd, a/c, 59k mi..................... 6,771^

Stk#H2032, 6cyl, auto, sunrf, lthr, p wind/ $ lcks/str/brks, AM/FM/cd, a/c, 50k mi ...... 16,779^

Stk#H2090, 6cyl, auto, lthr, sunrf, p wind/ $ lcks/str/brks, AM/FM/cd, a/c, 48k mi ....... 18,991^

2008 Scion xB

2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS

2008 Hyundai Veracruz Limited AWD

Stk#H2092, 4cyl, auto, tilt, cruise, ABS, p wind/lcks/str/brks, AM/FM/cd, a/c, 67k mi.... $10,877^

Stk#H2129, 4cyl, auto, tilt, cruise, ABS, p wind/ lcks/str/brks, AM/FM/cd, a/c, 13k mi ............ $16,779^

Stk#H2024, 6cyl, auto, lthr, 7 pass, p wind/ lcks/str/brks, AM/FM/cd, a/c, 38k mi ...... $20,771^

2009 Mitsubishi Galant ES

2010 Honda Insight EX

2008 Infiniti FX35 4x4

Stk#H1872, 4cyl, auto, p wind/lks/ str/brks, AM/FM/cd, a/c, 63k mi ............... $11,771^

Stk#H2110, 4cyl, auto, sunrf, navi, p wind/ $ lcks/str/brks, AM/FM/cd, a/c, 9k mi ......... 17,771^

Stk#H2185, 6cyl, auto, navi, lthr, sunrf, p wind/ $ lcks/str/brks, AM/FM/cd, a/c, 70k mi ............ 21,799^

2006 Toyota Sienna XLE

2009 Honda CR-V EX-L 4x4

Stk#H1926, 6cyl, auto, tilt, cruise, ABS, 7 pass, p wind/lcks/str/brks, AM/FM/cd, a/c, 86k mi . $13,117^

Stk#H2181, 4cyl, auto, lthr, sunrf, p wind/ lcks/str/brks, AM/FM/XM/cd, a/c, 27k mi ...... $17,779^


2011 Honda Ridgeline RT 4x4 Stk#H1958, 6cyl, auto, tilt, cruise, ABS, p wind/ lcks/str/brks, AM/FM/cd, a/c, 17k mi ............ $22,771^

6608 John F. Kennedy Blvd West, West New York, NJ

NJ Turnpike


John F. Kennedy Blvd West


.9% APR


Save $ add’l 1000


Sales: M-Sa 9-9


GW Bridge

Easy to get to:

MINUTES from Rte 3: 2 mi off Kennedy Blvd Exit


AND Rte 46 & Rte 1: 1 mi off Country Rd 678/ Secaucus Rd Exit

66th St. Lincoln Tunnel

Service/Parts: M-F 7:30-7, Sa 7:30-5, Su 8-3


Save on Service Everyday

3 for 39 $







Must present coupon at write-up. Honda/Acura models only. Cost does not include taxes, shop supplies & waste fees. Exp 09.19.12.

Must present coupon at write-up. Honda/Acura models only. Cost does not include taxes, shop supplies & waste fees. Exp 09.19.12.


Credit Fi

M-F 7:30-7, Sa 7:30-5, Su 8-3

Oil Change Club All Wheel Alignment The Basic Service Special Code: BSHR



Express Lane

r0JM$IBOHFr3PUBUFBOE*OTQFDU5JSFTr8JQFS *OTFSUTr*OTQFDU&OHJOFBOE1PMMFO'JMUFSr.1* Up to 5qts of oil, synthetic additional. Certain models will not require oil and filter change. Must present coupon when order is written. Cannot be combined with any other offers or previous purchases. No substitutions. Hondas models only. Valid only at Hudson Honda. Cost does not include taxes, shop supplies & waste fees. Exp 09.19.12.

! OW

*Closed-end lease for 2012 Accord LX (Model CP2F3CEW) $95 per mo 36 mos, 2012 Accord LX-P (Model CP2F4CEW) $105 per mo for 36 mos, 2012 Accord EX (Model CP2F7CJW) $115 per mo for 36 mos, 2012 Accord EX-L (Model CP2F8CJNW ) $145 per mo for 36 mos, 2012 Accord EX-L V6 (Model CP2F8CJNW) $165 per mo for 36 mos. Due at signing = $1999 down pymt ($2999 for Accord EX-L V6) + 1st mo pymt+ tax, $0 sec fee, reg & dealer fees. Subject to availability, to approved lessees thru AHFC. Ttl Pymts/Resid=Accord LX: $3420/$12920, Accord LX-P: $3780/$13,480, Accord EX: $4140/$14,557, Accord EX-L: $5220/15,360, Accord EX-L V-6: $5940/$15,565 Lessee responsible for maintenance, excessive wear/tear & 15¢/mi over 12K mi/year for vehicles with MSRP less than $30K, but for vehicles with MSRP of $30K or more milage cost is 20¢/mi over 12K mi/year. ‥Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle. ^Used cars sold cosmetically as is. Prices inclu $500 Military Incentive, $500 ARS IN A R YE College Grad Incentive, $500 Hudson Honda Customer Loyalty Offer, must finance thru dealer, see dlr for details. Pics for illus purp only, not resp for typos or equip errors. +$500 used as a down payment or cap cost reduction assistance thru HFS. $500 Hudson Honda match. Excludes Fit. §Low APR offers available up to 60 mos on select new 2012 models; cannot be combined with adv specials/any other offers; for qual buyers; see dealer for details. XLow APR offers available up to 36 mos on select HCUV; cannot be combined with adv specials/any other offers; for qualified buyers; see dealer for details. Offer expires three days after publication. Call for a cure to your credit problems:


Wild Card Savings Code: WCSHR

10% Off You spend $250-$499, get 12% Off You spend $500-1000, get 15% Off You spend $100-$249, get

Must present coupon when order is written. Cannot be combined with any other offers or previous purchases. No substitutions. Cost does not include taxes, shop supplies and hazardous waste fees, if applicable. Valid only at Hudson Honda. Exp 09.19.12.

13 • The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012




The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012 • 14


Hudson Reporter Newspapers

Strong local flavor on Rutgers grid team Three local products enter preseason among starters on depth chart

RUTGERS’ HUDSON CONTINGENT – From left, Isaac Holmes, Betim Bujari, Savon Huggins and Keith Lumpkin represent the Hudson County contingency for the Rutgers football team this fall. Holmes, a Jersey City native, played at Hoboken, while Bujari is from Secaucus and Huggins and Lumpkin are from St. Peter’s Prep. he last two years of Betim Bujari’s life have been nothing short of whirlwind. Since the spring of 2010, Bujari was plucked out of his regular class schedule at Secaucus High School and enrolled in early classes at Rutgers University, simply so he could attend and participate in spring football workouts that year. The former standout Patriot two-way lineman eventually earned his high school diploma from Secaucus, but he was already a member of the Scarlet Knights by that time. “It was a bit of a crazy ride,” said Bujari at the team’s media day last weekend. “I came in halfway through my senior year of high school. It was just a little unreal. I earned 12 credits while I was still technically in high school. I was here right through spring football. I can’t explain it. I came in and was tossed right onto the field. I knew I’d make mistakes.” Bujari started his high school career at


Secaucus as an offensive tackle, but was moved to guard as a senior because everyone believed that it was a better move for his future. However, there was someone who thought Bujari would be better off as a center. It was the assistant coach who was recruiting him at the time. “Ask Charlie Voorhees [the Secaucus head coach and athletic director] and he’ll tell you that I told him he was a center,” said Kyle Flood, who has gone from being a respected assistant to the head coach of the Scarlet Knights this season, replacing Greg Schiano, who is now the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “I always thought Betim was a center and when I met with him, I thought he would become an ideal center,” Flood said. “Betim is a selfless guy and was willing to do anything we asked.” So after last season and after Schiano flew off

to Florida, Flood got the job as head coach. One of the first items on his list was to turn Bujari from a guard, where he was a reserve last year, into a center, where he had a chance to start. “Honestly, I saw myself as a center,” Bujari said. “I liked the responsibility that came with being a center. I just had to learn the plays and in a matter of time, I fit in. It’s better to be versatile and being able to play different positions. I didn’t mind. I liked the option of being a center and I’m comfortable with it. I’m ready to do my job.” Now a junior with sophomore eligibility, the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Bujari has been projected on the Scarlet Knights’ depth chart as the starting center. In two years, Bujari has gone from a high school senior at a small Hudson County school to starting NCAA Division I center. “It’s a great opportunity for me,” Bujari said. “It’s an honor and privilege to get this chance. They can throw me anywhere and I’d be ready to play. It’s worked out well for me. I feel like it’s my niche. If Coach Flood saw me as a center and wanted me as a center, then I’m a center. I never doubted myself. I always thought I could play Division I football.” Ever since Flood became the head coach, he has preached one philosophy to his players – that they are part of a family. When you enter the Hale Center, the headquarters of Rutgers football, or stroll into Rutgers Stadium, you see that message hanging everywhere on banners. “Family.” The players wear it on wristbands as well as a reminder. Flood believes that Bujari has bought into that idea perhaps more than any other. “He wears the ‘Family’ band with pride, because he lives it,” Flood said. “I told him that this was the best thing for him and the team and he bought into it right away. He lives for family. He’s going to be one of the leaders of our offensive line and he’s going to be an excellent leader for the next three years.” Bujari is just one of three Hudson County products that have a good chance to be in the starting lineup when the Scarlet Knights open the 2012 season Sept. 1 at Tulane. Former Hoboken standout Isaac Holmes is currently listed as the starter at nose guard. Former St. Peter’s Prep All-State and all-everything running back Savon Huggins has a good shot to be the starting tailback. Huggins’ high school teammate and buddy Keith Lumpkin is in the mix on the offensive line as a tackle, but may need a little more seasoning. However, three local products among the starters at Rutgers is quite an accomplishment, a feat that hasn’t happened before. “Ike is my man,” said Flood, who worked extensively to recruit Holmes when he was in Hoboken. “He has a chance to be a focal point on our defensive line. He’s shown us the ability to do that.” “That’s a great feeling that he [Flood] has that much faith in me,” said the 6-foot-3, 275 pound Holmes, who is a senior with junior eligibility. “When he was recruiting me, he was like a brother to me. When he got the head job, I texted him right away and told him how

Jim Hague can be reached via e-mail at You can also read Jim’s blog at

BOUND TO LONDON – Jersey City’s Raymond Martin, shown here with the medals he won in the 2010 NJSIAA Meet of Champions, is heading to London to compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games.

TASTY TIDBITS Jersey City’s Martin heads to Paralympics in London Adamek returns to Prudential Center for rare afternoon fight

he Olympic Games in London may be over for some, but the international games are just beginning for Jersey City native Raymond Martin. Martin is headed to London to compete in the upcoming Paralympic Games, using many of the same venues and sites that were utilized in the recently completed Olympics. Martin, a recent graduate of County Prep in Jersey City, qualified for the Paralympics by setting a new world record in the 200-meters. He also set a new American record in the 400meters. Martin, who was profiled in the Hudson Reporter Newspapers in 2010, when he won several medals at the NJSIAA Track and Field Meet of Champions, despite being confined to a wheelchair.

happy I was for him. He knows me 100 percent. We have a strong bond and an extra connection. I’m happy about that.” Holmes said that he’s ready for the challenge. “I have had it in my heart that I was going to be the starting nose guard and now that it’s going to happen, it’s an unbelievable feeling,” Holmes said. “I can’t take anything for granted. I still have to work hard. There are young guys coming in right behind me. I have to work twice as hard. I’m looking forward to the chance to play this year. I think we all have so much to prove. I’m going to enjoy it for what it is.” Huggins arrived in Piscataway last season as the messiah of the Scarlet Knights’ recruiting class. The New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year and the Hudson Reporter Offensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player in both 2009 and 2010, Huggins was supposed to step in last year and become Rutgers’ next version of Ray Rice. But that didn’t materialize. Huggins struggled as a freshman, collecting just 146 yards on 56 carries, a 2.6 yard-per-carry average. Now, Huggins is ready for a breakout campaign. “I’ve matured mentally, physically and emotionally,” Huggins said. “I know what to expect now. I just have to go play my game.” Huggins was asked if he let the hype affect his performance. “I did let it get to me a little,” Huggins said. “It was a little tough. I have to admit it. I was a freshman. Things like that happen. Now, I can just be myself. I know what I can do. I’m a better player now. I’m focused on getting better every day. I’m going to compete and get better and have faith in my talent.” “Huggins has had an excellent training camp,” Flood said. “I’m pleased where he’s at.” The last of the Hudson County contingent is Lumpkin, who is trying to find his niche along the offensive line. “Lumpkin has made excellent strides,” Flood said. “We’re moving him to left tackle and he’s done a nice job. He just needs to get stronger.” The 6-foot-8, 310-pound Lumpkin, a twosport (basketball and football) standout at St. Peter’s, is a red-shirt freshman. “I know I wasn’t physically ready last year,” Lumpkin said. “I wasn’t ready for the speed of the game. I’m more physical now, but I still have more room to grow. It’s going to take some time to get used to it. I don’t care where I’m playing. I’m just going to give it my all and keep working hard.” But the attention will be on the guy snapping the ball. “It is wild how this all happened,” Bujari said. “I have a lot of pride in being from Secaucus. I love Secaucus and I am glad to represent the school and the town. I don’t want to let those people down. I also have a lot of pride in Hudson County. We have a lot going for us this year here. It’s all definitely been worth it. I wouldn’t change a thing.”


Martin will be one of 4,200 athletes from 160 countries, competing in 20 different sports, including Martin’s forte, track and field. Martin will compete for gold in the 200, 400 and 800 meters. The 18-year-old Martin was recently nominated for the famed

ESPY award as “Best Male Athlete with a Disability.” Martin attended the event in Los Angeles with his family. Martin’s journey to London was sponsored by the Hudson County Schools of Technology Foundation, a non-profit organization that benefits students and programs at the HCST. The trip to the Paralympics and representing the United States fulfills a long-time goal of Martin, who was unable for comment because he was en route to London at press time. “I wanted to be able to do what other people did in track,” Martin said in a 2010 interview. “Okay, I knew I couldn’t run like everyone else, but I should be able to push my chair fast enough. There was nothing that was going to stop me.” Martin was born with Freeman-Sheldon syndrome, a rare form of a congenital myopathy and the most severe form of arthrogryposis. The disease left Martin without full use of his hands and relegated the teenager to a life in a wheelchair. “Sometimes, when I was little, I let it bother me,” Martin said


continued on next page

SPORTS SECTION The return of Dickinson football Grid alumnus Rodriguez pushes all the right buttons; will play strictly lower level for now Carlos Rodr iguez remembers the glory days of Dickinson High School football. A standout quarterback during his days with the Rams, Rodriguez graduated in 1987 as one of the finest signal callers in the program’s rich and storied history. “It never left my blood,� Rodriguez said. “I was always a Dickinson Ram.� Rodriguez first went to Culver Stockton College in Missouri, where he played football and eventually wound up at William Paterson University, where he earned his degree. From the minute Rodriguez became old enough, he was coaching the sport he loved. He started out with the Jersey City Recreation Department, then moved on to his alma mater for a stint. He’s been a physical education teacher in Paterson for the last 10 years. When Rodriguez learned that Dickinson was discontinuing its football program in February, 2010, after more than 100 historic years on the gridiron, he couldn’t believe it. “I was pretty much brokenhearted,� Rodriguez said. “It was almost uncalled for. Dickinson is a Group IV school with so much football history. I was shocked. It was like no one cared. Maff [former athletic director Roddy Maffia] passed away and with that, the life was gone with Dickinson football. It just wasn’t the same.� Once Rodriguez got word that the Jersey City Board of Education decided to eliminate football at Dickinson in what was believed to be a cost-cutting measure, Rodriguez quickly went to work. “Something had to be done,� Rodriguez said. “Once I knew the program was done, I started getting organized.� Rodriguez formed the Dickinson Rams Football Association and in two weeks, had more than 200 followers on Facebook. “I figured if I got the word out that members


of the alumni cared and brought it to the Board of Education, that maybe something could change,� Rodriguez said. “We had 200 people in just a few weeks. I knew it wasn’t an ideal situation, but we had to do something to have a football program.� Rodriguez then began his relentless pursuit to bring back football to Dickinson. He attended Board of Education meetings with the hope of having his plea heard. It mostly fell on deaf ears. “We tried to get it on the agenda, but it kept being put on the back burner,� Rodriguez said. “Every day, I had people ask, ‘Carlos, what’s the tone from the Board of Ed?’ I had to tell them that I thought it was dead. I called the Board of Education a few times during the course of the year to find out.� Last February, like it came from completely out in left field, Rodriguez got a call from theninterim Superintendent of Schools Franklin Walker. Before Walker made his ascent up the chain in the Board of Ed., he was once the highly successful head football coach at Lincoln and later became the athletic director there, so Walker had a deep background in athletics, especially football, a sport he played and coached. “He called me and asked me if I was interested in running the Dickinson football program,� Rodriguez said. “He said, ‘If we brought back football to Dickinson, would you apply for the job?’ I told him, ‘Of course.’ That was the first idea I got that they were thinking about it.� But for months, Rodriguez heard nothing. In fact, he had secured a deal to become an assistant coach at Passaic High School for the 2012 season. “I didn’t know what was going on,� Rodriguez said. “For months, we were in limbo.� In late May, Rodriguez received another call from Walker, who was in his final days as the

from previous page

in 2010. “But as I got older, I learned to accept it. I just don’t think about it anymore.â€? Martin also had to learn how to push the wheelchair, because with Freeman-Sheldon syndrome, he had very limited use of his hands. “That was a problem,â€? Martin said. “I couldn’t use my hands. I had several surgeries on my hands, but they couldn’t fit in gloves.â€? So just to compete, Martin had to have his hands wrapped in two pairs of socks and had the socks taped around his wrists in order to push the wheelchair hard enough to make it move faster. “Eventually, my hands got bigger and stronger,â€? Martin said. “It’s tough for me to go up against some athletes who are higher functioning than I am. I’m actually competing with a higher class than me, because of my hands Every day, I’m thankful to get the opportunity to be out there competing. I’m able to go to other countries and I’m still able to compete. I get on my track chair every day and do something. It keeps me going.â€? And it kept Martin going all the way to the Paralympics. He’ll compete on the same track where his idol, Usain Bolt, won two Olympic gold medals just last week. Pretty impressive indeed‌ Tomasz Adamek, the heavyweight contender who trains regularly in Jersey City, is climbing back into the ring again in a few weeks, less than three months after his last victory. Adamek, who will turn 36 in December, understands that he cannot be a boxer forever; that the window of opportunity to fight again for the heavyweight championship he lost last September is closing rapidly. That’s why Adamek doesn’t want to waste time away from the ring. After defeating Eddie Chamber s June 16 at the Prudential Center in Newark, Adamek has already booked his next fight, a Sept. 8 showdown with monstrous Tr avis Walker of Houston.

BRINGING IT BACK – Former Dickinson quarterback and assistant coach Carlos Rodriguez fought hard to reinstate football at his alma mater and he’s getting the chance as the head coach, as Dickinson will play sub-varsity football this fall, the first time in three years. interim superintendent. “He told me it was a done deal,� Rodriguez said. “I told him to please not lie to me, because I am a loyal man and already agreed to go to Passaic. But he told me he was confident in me to start the program.� Rodriguez then sold his idea to a five-person committee established by the Board of Ed. “I think they understood that I was a Jersey City guy, a Dickinson guy, who wanted to help Dickinson kids.� With that, the rebirth of Dickinson football took place. The 43-year-old Rodriguez was tabbed to be the new head coach of the program, which will run as strictly a freshman and junior varsity program to begin with. Rodriguez hopes to get five scheduled games for each team, although it’s not easy finding games at such a late date. However, it’s a start. There will be Dickinson football this fall. In fact, the team has already begun practices and there were more almost 50 kids in attendance at the first workout last week. Of the 50 or so, 10 are seniors who never really got a chance to play high school football when the program was dropped. They’ll get a chance now.

However, the Adamek-Walker heavyweight showdown and undercard will feature something different. It will be held in the afternoon in order so that the fight can be televised live via payper-view back to Adamek’s native Poland. The card will begin at 2 p.m. with the Adamek-Walker fight slated to begin around 5 p.m. “It’s 5 p.m. here, but it’s 11 p.m. in Poland,� Adamek explained at a pre-fight press conference recently at the Prudential Center. “Usually, the people in Poland have to get up at 4:30-5 o’clock in the morning to see me fight here. This is good for us.� Adamek’s immense popularity in his native land has caused the promoters to push the card in the afternoon. “They play football in the afternoon and basketball,� said Kathy Duva, the president of Main Events, the primary promoter for the card, along with Ziggy Promotions, headed by Jersey City businessman Ziggy Rozalski. “They play hockey in the afternoon. Back in the day, there were all televised boxing shows were in the afternoon. Pay-per-view is the way Tomasz makes his money. By bringing the fight to prime time in Poland, we can get more viewers. It’s ideal for them.� In fact, plans are already in place to have Adamek’s next fight to take place in December, also in the afternoon. It may cut down on attendance in the Prudential Center, Adamek’s home away from home, but it will lead to more revenue in Poland.

Hot! Hot! Hot! Get your message to more than 3 million New Jersey readers. We can place your business card-size ad in 120+ newspapers throughout the state for just $1,300. That’s less than $11 per publication!

“They’re excited,� Rodriguez said. “They can see the light at the end of the tunnel.� Rodriguez sent each kid a message. “I told them that they are the ones who are starting it back up again and they’re the ones who will be watched,� Rodriguez said. “They have to come to practice and set an example, because they’re the ones who will be remembered.� Rodriguez said he was encouraged by what he saw. “There’s a lot of talent out there,� Rodriguez said. “I thought I’d get a bunch of skinny kids, but there are some big kids.� As practice begins, there will be one important piece of equipment missing at the workouts, namely a football itself. “We don’t need a football right now,� Rodriguez said. “I won’t let them touch a football. I won’t even let them look at it. When I put a football on the field, that’s when we have a program.� Rodriguez is doing things the right way. He has a manual that each player will follow. The manual’s title reads: “An enthusiastic approach to developing a program for success.� He even reads a slogan made famous by legendary Ohio State coach Woody Hayes. “We win with people,� it reads. “Right now, it’s a 100 percent positive program,� said Rodriguez, who will have former Dickinson head coach Rob Maffia and former Snyder head coach Bill Davis as assistants. “By the third year, I think we’ll have a full-fledged varsity program. Those are the plans in place. We have scrimmages lined up. By next week, we’ll have equipment and you’ll see a football team in a regular practice.� Rodriguez has big plans for the program. “I envision the day where we have 100 kids in his program,� Rodriguez said. “I promise you that will happen. I don’t see it as a pipe dream. Kids want to play football, they really do. I have three girls who are here every day. I have one thing to do and that’s coach this football team. This is my place. I know no one can match my enthusiasm for it. I just have to make sure I do a good job this year, because there are no guarantees.� But there’s a start and Carlos Rodriguez is a strong representative of that good start. He can only go up from here. – J im Hague

Jim Hague can be reached via e-mail at

“We just have to make sure to get the message out that it’s in the afternoon,â€? Duva said. “That’s the challenge.â€? Adamek, now 46-2 with 28 knockouts in his professional career, has won his last two fights after losing to Vitali Klitschko in Poland for the WBC heavyweight title last September, defeating Nagy Aguiler a in March and Chambers in June. He was asked if he needed more time off after his last fight. “No, I move quickly,â€? Adamek said. “I can’t stay home. I have nothing to do there. I want to be in the ring.â€? Adamek has no qualms facing a much larger opponent. The 33-year-old Walker, who has a 39-7-1 career mark with 31 knockouts, stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 245 pounds. “I’m getting a chance to fight Travis,â€? Adamek said. “He’s a tough fighter and he wants to fight. It’s a good challenge for me. I’m ready for a good fight.â€?‌ The high school football season is rapidly approaching, so we will begin our extensive previews of the local grid teams beginning next week. It’s a comprehensive look at the area’s top teams, complete with names, heights and weights and statistics. It’s the perfect preseason guide as the season kicks off officially Sept. 7‌-J im Hague

Jim Hague can be reached via e-mail at



Contact this newspaper for more details or Diane Trent at New Jersey Press Association H[W‡GWUHQW#QMSDRUJ

New Jersey 2x2 Display Ad Network

15 • The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012


Hudson Reporter Newspapers


The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012 • 16


Real Estate

DEVELOPER CLOSEOUT SALE of Bank Acquired Luxury Condos. Sat., Aug 18th only! Prime SW FL location. Save up to $195,000! Gorgeous new 2 bed, 2 bath condo with garage. Now only $99,900. Includes all appliances, granite counters, & over 1300 SF of living space! Ask about our Fly & Buy Program! EXCELLENT FINANCING. Call now 877-526-3631, x 442.


All real estate advertised in this newspaper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. Complaints of discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, creed, ancestry, marital status, sex, handicap or perception of a handicap should be made by visiting the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights, 1100 Raymond Boulevard, Room 400, Newark, New Jersey, 07102 or calling 201-648-2700

PLACE YOUR HOUSE FOR SALE PHOTO HERE! For more details call the Classified Department at 201-798-7800

110 HOUSE/OUTSIDE HUDSON CO. BREVARD, NC – 4,200 sf house, 5 bd, 4.5 bath, 2.5 car garage. Located between the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Very active, wooded, gated community, great climate, Low taxes. $545,000. Call 828883-5670.



$482,000- 1Bedroom Unique, upscale tri-level Loft w/high end finishes. Galley kitchen, modern cabinetry, natural light floods, huge windows & luxurious bathroom. Plenty of storage throughout to allow for the open loft feel. MLS#120009133

$349,000 - Spacious & bright 1 bed condo in the heart of Jersey City. This exceptional home boasts a fully upgraded kitchen, Bosch w/d, custom built in book shelves, exposed brick walls, just moments from the Grove Street PATH. MLS#120009017

BAYONNE $299,000 – The Montrachet 2Bed /2Bath condos w/ elegant façade bespeaks the grandeur of the antebellum American South, wonderful enhancements & details, portico entry & parking. MLS#120000782

Albany 2 Bedroom unit on Southern most row of community!! Great location near park, pool, ferry bus and bus to NYC!!!! MLS#110009423

HOBOKEN $560,000 - One of Hoboken's unique 2 Bedroom units. Circular great room w/8 south facing windows, natural sunlight, great closet space, hwd flrs, c/a/c, w/d in unit. Parking included. Gym in the $534,000 - Stylish waterfront building and great storage. Bergen II for sale!!! Views of river/city from every room!! ss MLS#120000956 appli, granite, recessed lighting, $584,900 – Large 2B/2B condo hwd flrs, ADT home alarm system, just steps from shopping and California closets 2 pools w/ transportation! C/A, Hwd flrs, jacuzzis, tot lot, waterfront promegranite & ss appl. Fingerprint nade & free shuttle. enabled dead both at the all the MLS#120001135 units entrance. Large balcony. $649,900 - Unparalleled end unit MLS#110013250 Delaware style home w/sweeping $549,000 - Picture perfect NYC views from every room!! 2Bed/2.5Bath 1200sq.ft. duplex Flooded w/natural sunlight all day in prime location, convenient to long!! Hwd flrs, custom painted, everything, is a terrific resi- corian couters, s/s appl., humidifidence. Boasting dramatic kit er, w/d & more! MUST SEE! w/granite, SS appliances, break- MLS#120000372 fast bar, w/d and an abundance of closet space. MLS#120006553 $709,000 - Exceptional end unit 3Bed/3Bath Fanwood style home $639,000 – Fabulous Downtown flooded w/natural sunlight! H/W Park Ave 2B/2B Condo, flrs. Fireplace. Cherry cabinets. SS 1310sq.ft. private terrace, wood appl. Parking for 2cars. Community burning fire place, upgraded boasts 2pools w/jacuzzis, tot lot, kitchen and bathrooms & waterfront promenade & shuttle to moments from Hoboken PATH. ferry. MLS#120005374 MLS#120008120 $635,000 - Jacobs Ferry Delaware $510,000 - Conveniently located style home. 3Bed/3Bath Ideally & spacious home. 2Bed/2Bath located on southernmost row of condo boasts high ceilings, hwd community. NYC and park views. flrs, ss appliances, granite Flooded with natural sunlight. counters w/an open kitchen, pri- Steps to second pool, bus and vate terrace, ample custom clos- ferry shuttle. Parking for two carset space & deeded parking. one in private garage. MLS#120006540 Welcome home! MLS#120007182 $720,000 - 3Bed/3Bath town home $249,900 - This truly charming 1 w/NYC views!! Custom tile flr, granBed condo is the perfect starter ite counters, maple cabinetry, home!!!! Conveniently located, gourmet kit & crown moldings. Features 2pools this fabulous condo provides Community easy access to PATH, shopping, w/Jacuzzis, tot lot, kiddy pool, restaurants & much more! Don't waterfront promenade & shuttle to miss out on this exceptionally NY Waterways ferry & light rail. MLS#120008551 priced home! MLS#120007949 $560,000 - Move right into this sun drenched 2Bed/2Bath home in luxurious Sky Club. Features SS appliances, w/d, granite countertops, private terrace, 24/7 drmn, security, elevator, community space, discount parking & gym. MLS#120008534 JACOB-BULL’S FERRY $420,000 - OWNER SAYS SELL!!!

Hoboken Office 100 Washington Street 201.798.3300 Mortgage Services 888.288.9579



$439,000 - Fabulous 2Bed/1Bth Albany style home. Totally renovated kitchen. Extended breakfast bar, SS appliances, stylish cabinetry & Granite. Community features two pools w/jacuzzis, tot lot, waterfront promenade & shuttle to ferry. MLS#120001831




$1,349,000 – 4BR/2.5Bath Brownstone on Hoboken’s highly coveted upper Bloomfield Street! Fabulous features exposed brick,2 fireplaces, high ceilings, crown molding, dumbwaiter, over-sized windows, c/a, laundry, custom closets & charming private yard. MLS#120009061

$279,000 – Spacious and Beautifully maintained 2Bed/2Bath condo w/oversized balcony, pristine kitchen, elevator building, laundry room with garage parking on quite street conveniently located to NY & Metro area buses. MLS#120009535

-OPEN HOUSESaturday August 18th 1-3pm 3312 Hudson Ave #11G 2Bedroom / 1.5 Bath Union City $359,000 Sunday August 19th 1-3pm 100 Manhattan Ave. #2113 3Bedroom / 2Bath / Parking Union City $284,000 Sunday Aug 19th 1-3pm 544 28th St 2Bedroom / 1Bath Union City $268,000 quil, gated waterfront community. Pool, club house, tennis courts, play area, waterfront promenade, and 24hr security. 2BR w/7 custom closets, security system & 1 car parking. MLS#120005148 $75,000 - Renovated Corner 2BR/1BA is best value in Jersey City. Features Caesarstone counters, ss sppliances, beautiful cabinetry, custom backsplash, hwd flrs, c/a, abundant closets and high ceilings. SHORT SALE - makes great investment or first home. MLS#120006594 $524,900 - Fabulously appointed 1300s/f 2B/2B Condo w/Private Terrace & NYC Views! MLS#120005906 $349,000 – Simply stunning brick 2 family located in historical Bergen hill on lovely tree lined street. New kit/bath, storage & closets, ample backyard! Conveniently located to schools, shopping, transportation & parks. MLS#120007541

$198,777 - The choice is yours! Why rent? Own this beautiful 3Bed/1.5 bath 1 family colonial home at a fraction of the cost to JERSEY CITY rent. LOW TAXES. Beautiful $362,758 - Great 2 family in the backyard, American dream! Western Slope. Wonderful back- NOT a short sale, simply priced yard w/above ground pool. Full to sell. MLS#120007818 unfinished basement w/ laundry area. Tons of storage space & $262,000 - Stunning SOHO-Style great transportation to NYC and Lofts 1 bed w/soaring 18” ft ceilJournal Sq. MLS#120002495 ings - oak kit w/granite counters w/breakfast bar, pendant light$260,000 – “Society Hill” Jersey ing, ss appliances, step up City’s best kept secret. A tran- alcove w/bay windows, architec-


$259,000 - Stunning & spacious 2Bedroom w/renovated kitchen, ss appliances, lots of closet space, approximately 1,000 sq ft, w/d, elevator building, pet friendly, extra storage in the basement & security cameras on premises. MLS#120009458

tural detailing, gym, 24Hr drmn intercom, covered parking… Perfectly priced & perfectly & concierge. MLS#120007756 located. MLS#120008455 $320,000 - 2Bed/2Bath w/private deeded backyard, a private WEEHAWKEN entrance and storage. Crown & $289,000 - Terrific Opportunity!!! base moldings and window sills. 2 Bed co-op features spacious sunlit living rm w/parquet floorOversized master bedroom and ing, formal dining & adjoining walk-in closet. ADT system. Bus fully equipped galley kitchen for to NYC on corner. Near PATH. easy entertaining & beautiful MLS#120008519 NYC skyline views. MLS#120003864 GUTTENBURG $265,000 - Excellent opportunity $849,900- Brick Victorian 3 for owner occupant w/income Family w/inviting porch is a or investment property. 159' blend of old world charm & moddeep lot w/8 parking spaces & recorded access easement, ern convenience. Features 3 parking provides $700 income spacious 8 room apartments per month, separate utilities - w/private sun rms, original details & detached 2 car garage fabulous potential. just off Blvd East. MLS#120001300 MLS#120008660 $149,900 -Magnificent totally remodeled lg. 1 br unit in the WEST NEW YORK Summit House w/ unobstructed $499,000 - Unique duplex in northern views of NYC & the sought after Hudson Club. river, California Closet, ss appli, Partial NYC & Hudson River granite, hwd flrs & w/d room. views!! Hwd flrs. Granite kitchen w/ss appliances. Floor to ceiling Priced to sell. MLS#120000918 windows. Juliette balcony, One deeded garage spot, Steps to UNION CITY $299,900 - Incomparable NYC ferry & transportation. Hudson River views from this MLS#120001931 fabulously appointed 2B/ 2B direct East facing unit at The BELLEVILLE Doric! Features hwd flrs, modern $309,000 - Fabulous Belwood appliances & spacious living/ din- Model w/Corian Counters & ing rm w/panoramic NYC Views! Custom Window Treatments! MLS#120002314 2007 Community of the Year Award! Private Club House / $239,000 – Welcome to the Community Rm w/ Pool, pictur“Hudson View” beautiful over- esque Gazebos, & Bocce Ball sized one bedroom w/ granite Court MLS#120002073 countertops, ss appliances, hwd flrs, w/d, indoor deeded parking $219,000 – Come see this great & easy access to public home totally redone! This transportation & NYC. Short sale charming 3BR 2Bath lovingly subject to bank approval. cared for by one family for many MLS#120004002 years with great potential. Modern kit, upgraded baths, $284,000 – 3Bed/2Bath 1400sq.ft fenced-in yard, short walk to southeast corner condo w/NYC everything & very love taxes. views from every rm, updated MLS#120006638 kitchen & bath. Full service doorman building w/gym, deli NORTH BERGEN and pool. Easy NYC commute $129,777 -Charming 1Bed in via bus, rail or train. Welcome convenient "racetrack" location Home! MLS#120002620 is the perfect 1st home! Living & dining room adjoins kitchen, $359,000 - 2Bed condo @ The spacious bedroom, tile bath, Thread complex is perfectly pro- heat/ hot water included in mainportioned and impeccably main- tenance Why rent? tained..SS appliances, caesar- MLS#120007833 stone counters, private terrace w/magnificent sweeping views, covered parking, health club & PATERSON $309,000 – Fantastic investdrman. MLS#120007005 ment! Multiple family w/the $275,000 - 2Bed loft style unit amenities of a single home, w/soaring 12’ ceilings lavished walking distance to everything! w/custom features including Total 6Bedrooms /5Baths & peninsula kitchen 42” cherry Parking for 3+Cars! cabinets, Italian porcelain tiles, MLS#120008923 custom closets, w/d, video


©2009 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Coldwell Banker is a registered trademark licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Owned and Operated by NRT LLC.










Unload those exce$$ item$! $ell them in The Hudson Reporter's “Neighbor to Neighbor” For Sale Section! Reach over 125,000 households!

Call The Classifieds! 201-798-7800 UNION CITY THE DORIC 100 MANHATTAN AVE. Spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath renovated unit on the 12th floor. Open living/dining/kitchen floor plan, kitchen island, stainless steel appliances, en suite master bath, NY views from all windows and balcony. Full service building with doorman, gym, seasonal pool, deli, dry cleaner, and parking. Near light rail. Asking $229,000.

Singleton Galmann Realty



1 Bedroom/4 Room apartment for rent. New paint, w/w carpet, large EIK, new appliances. Close to transportation. $875per/mo, one month security. 201-780-8278

4 Rm Apt Bergen Point, Bayonne H&HW Pay Own Utilities $900 Per Mo + 1Mo Security 201-424-3670 BAYONNE 1 & 3 BEDRM. APTS.- Hrdwd. flrs. throughout. D/W & parking incl. W/D on premises. Pets OK. Call 973985-7605. BAYONNE 2 BEDRMS.- 2 full baths, large top floor, new construction. Driveway, garage. Hardwood floors. With balcony. 1 block from Lt. Rail. Central heat/AC, new appliances, granite kitchen. Near schools/shopping. $1,550P/M. 1½ mo. sec. Mike, 732-740-3856. George, 201-978-3283.



17 • The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012

Weichert Proudly Recognizes

Diana Sutherlin

Irene Barnaby

Elizabeth Rakela

Jersey City Exchange Place Office 201-860-4009

Jersey City Downtown Office 201-333-4443

Hoboken Office 201-653-8488

Contact These Top Producers For All Your Real Estate Needs. EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY

For a complete list of our Open Houses and directions, contact your local Weichert Office or visit


Visit our website for a complete list of our Sales & Rental Listings!

Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm

56 Newark St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

P. (201) 795-0100 OPEN HOUSES

236 Price Ct, West New York Sun 8/19 2-5PM POPULAR ESSEX TOWNHOUSE IN WATERFRONT COMMUNITY Stainless Steel, granite & beautiful tile floors. 4BR/4.5BA! Empire Bldg views from top floor. $694,900


BRIGHT STUDIO East facing sunny terrace off living area is large enough to entertain or just relax. High ceilings. Hwf. Low taxes. $190,000 BRIGHT LOFTY HOME! Heart of downtown. 5th flr home in elev bldg. Spacious living space at lofted BR. W/D, granite & ss appls. $250,000 NEW LISTING! ATTRACTIVE & COZY 1BR EIK w/ plenty of natural light. Quiet, and well maintained bldg. Near all trans. Rental prkg avail nearby. Perfect for first time home buyer or investor. $260,000 SPACIOUS 1BR+LARGE DEN Perfect starter home, exp brick, f/p, built in bookshelves & more. Common yard, storage & laundry on site! $265,000 CHARMING 1BR/1BA 2nd flr walk up, high ceilings, hwf, natural light, eik. Bldg offers laundry rm & h/hw incl in low maint. $329,000 1BR W/ GREAT LAYOUT! Features granite, ss, dining area & lrg wic. Well maintained pet friendly bldg w common laundry rm & yard. $329,000 1.5BR NEWLY RENOVATED HWF throughout, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances.Don't miss out! $339,000 SPACIOUS SUN-FILLED 1BR 14th flr of The Skyline. Updated ktch, south facing priv balcony w/ partial river views. Bldg incl valet prkg, shuttle to PATH, gym & common laundry on each floor. $359,900 WHY RENT? Best opportunity for a starter home. Gut Renov in '06. This home has it all! BR w/ semi enclosed LARGE priv terrace.C/A/C/H, Upgrades Galore, W/D & Common Storage in Bsmt. $389,000 SPACIOUS & RENOVATED 1BR 450sqft of exclusive outdoor garden & patio space w/ addt'l outdoor storage shed. Open flrpln, ss. W/D. $409,000 PH W/ 250 SQFT TERRACE W/ NYC VIEWS Gourmet ktch, granite cntrs, dedicated DR w/ sky light, Master B/R w/ his/hers closets, lrg LR w/ sliding door to deck, elev, common yard, full sized prkg. $599,900 REDUCED! LAST UNIT LEFT! Brand New Construction, Beautifully designed 3BR/2BA w/ your very own priv elev opening in to you residence. Upgrades Galore. 10Yr Builders Warranty + 1 YR free prkg. $689,000

THE WESTFIELD - MODERN 3BR/3BA Top floor home, rec'd lghtng, surround sound system & pre-wired for high speed internet, w/d. Open ktch w/ granite & brkfst bar. 1garage prkg incl. $730,000 THE W State of the art condo, kitchen with highest grade appliancess. Fully equipped media center. The W offers every amenity imaginable to its residents. Welcome to a World Class Lifestyle! $949,000 GORGEOUS 3BR/2.5BA PH 1900SQ.FT. home with unobstructed NYC views from every room. Hunter Douglas plantation shutters, SS, 3 wic's & much more. Steel & concrete elev bldg w/ deeded prkg & bckyd. $1,045,000


TREE-LINED NEIGHBORHOOD One family with a bonus apartment garden level. A must see. Wont last. Solid brick building. $115,000 REDUCED! RARE FIND Spacious LR/DR. Lovely terrace. Near trans. Onsite prkg & elev, convenient location. Beautiful southern exposure! $115,000 HUGE STUDIO ON BLVD EAST Upper Westside views from balcony. Concierge, pool, w/d & storage on each flr. Prkg & gym for a fee. $115,000 WELCOME TO THIS TOP FLOOR HOME 1BR home in elev bldg, hwf & nice layout. Laundry rm in bldg. Enjoy trans at your doorstep. $132,000 ONE FAMILY DETACHED 50X100 lot. Big bckyd, 3+ parking. Why pay rent when you can own. Wont last. A MUST SEE. $160,000 RECENTLY RENOV STUDIO Full ktch w/SS appls & extra-long granite top island. Fantastic lighting, and great closet space $165,000 LIVE ON THE PARK! CHARMING 1BR NYC views, HWF, orig moldings, laundry in bldg, modern eik, great closet/storage space, super on-site. $177,000 BEAUTIFUL HOME W/ PANORAMIC NYC VIEWS Oversized balcony, high ceilings, great closet space & NYC trans at your steps. $195,000 NEW LISTING! BRICK TOWNHOME Filled w/ seller updates incl ktch, half bath, front entry porch & landscaping, cac, new furnace/garage door/electric panel & rubber roof. Finished bsmnt & Bckyd. $199,900 MANY AMENITIES ABOUND! Starter home overlooking the Hudson River waterfront. Sun-drenched home w/ ter & panoramic views. $210,000 OVERSIZED 1BR Spacious LR & DR. WIC. Ktch w/custom European cabinets. HWF & crown molding + 160sq.ft. ter w/ NYC views. $224,900 www.HOBOKENPROPERTIES.COM

NEW LISTING! 2FAM IN HEART OF UNION CITY 1st flr is a 1br apt w/access to a bkyd/garden/patio. Upstairs is a 2 br loft style apt w/ cathedral ceiling & skylights. Lots of storage, new water heaters, w/d. $280,000 INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY!!! 3 condo units for sale. Jersey City Journal Square. Dont miss this opportunity. $290,000 SPACIOUS BERKLEY MODEL Sought after community. Open flrpln, bright & sunny LR w/ eastern exposure. SS. Cathedral ceilings. $325,000 NEW LISTING! BRIGHT END UNIT BERKLEY MODEL Cathedral ceiling. SS, ceramic tile, newer carpet. Priv balcony off master BR. $337,000 BEAUTIFUL BRICK ROW HOUSE Home w/ wood burning f/p w/ over looking Hamilton Park. Lrg master BR w/ wic, Jacuzzi. High tin ceilings, HWF, bright unit, 3 priv storage areas, free W/D, common crtyd. $396,000 CHARMING COLONIAL First floor offers L/R, D/R, ktch, heated enclosed porch & half BA. 2nd flr offers 3brs & renov full BA. The bsmt is semifinished. Two zone cac. Landscaped bkyd w/ sprinkle system. $399,900 BRIGHT & OPEN 1BR+DEN/2BA With deeded prkg. Ample living space w/ room for DR, w/d, ss, & granite cntrs. $459,000 TURN-KEY 3 FAM INVESTMENT PROPERTY All units have renov ktchs & Bas, new flooring, w/d in each apt, great yard! $489,000 WELCOME TO HUDSON POINTE Luxury full service bldg on the Hudson River Waterfront. Italian porcelain tiles, viking appls, & granite. Priv patio from LR & master BR. 2 car garage, drmn, pool, gym! $550,000 HOME SUITED FOR OWNER-OCCUPANT Upper floors each have 3BR/1.5BA. All feature open LR space, lrg eik, 1/2 BA & wic, & balconies. 1st flr has lrg rear ter. 2-car garage & prkg for up to 3 cars. $775,000 HENLEY ON THE HUDSON 1457sf 2br/3ba + huge priv outdoor terrace. Custom marble foyer, wall surfaces, tray-ceilings, & dark wood floors. Classic white chefs kit w/ glass bksplsh & Viking appls. $785,000 TRUE 3BR/3BA HOME Formal LR & DR w/bonus room, detailed tray ceilings, chefs kit w/ granite & Viking appl, W/D & garage prkg. Community features concierge, theater, gym, sun deck & infinity pool! $799,000 LIBERTY HARBOR BROWSTONE 4BR+DEN/3/5BA Chefs ktch w/granite cntrs & Viking appls. Spacious flrpln. Fully furnished bsmt. Cherry hwf & rec'd lghtg. Equipped w/state of the art technology. $899,000 www.HOBOKENPROPERTIES.COM

The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012 • 18






306 Grove St Jersey City, NJ

call CAROLYN CAVALLARO now to find out how quickly we can sell YOUR PROPERTY, too !!!


James Pazzaglia 201-240-8053 (cell) Beautifully Newly Renovated

Nice area right near St. Peter's University AN AFFORDABLE HOME 1 FAMILY w. 2-car PARKING ON HISTORIC WILLOW TERRACE CT 7 BRS / 2 BATHS NTRA 3 bedroom CO1-FAMILY Spacious Rooms, hardwood flrs, NDERrowhouse. Ubrick Convenient midtown location DECK and YARD, enclosed NY busses at corner SUNPORCH...Stained glass $550,000 and other original details contact CAROLYN ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ How about you investors...? This would be an ideal place to WEEHAWKEN rent to STUDENTS from college! Adorable, Affordable, RENOVATED $349,000 1 BEDROOM Spotless, room for dining, great closet space, high ceilings. Low maintenance & taxes

Barbara Tulko 201-218-4009 (cell)

WEEHAWKEN ENJOY THIS VIEW EVERYDAY!!! O units available 3 2 STUDIO ALL with BALCONY. Qualified buyers can own for LESS than RENTING. $139,900, $149,000, SOLD $164,900 Choose to save $$$ and upgrade yourself OR select the already renovated one, check out example unit @ Did I mention that FORMULA ONE RACE will be visible in 2013 from the balcony of your unit ???

Own instead of renting NOW!

2-FAMILY 3 BR R / 2 BATH H duplex.. with h YARD D forr owner New kitchen, bath, hardwood flrs PLUS 2 BR w. deck, new kitch / bath (rented for $1500+ util) GREAT yard. w. pergola. Individual heat/hot water systems

Stainless appliances, granite countertops, hardwood cabinetry, ALL NEW WINDOWS AND A NEW ROOF. REDUCED TO$ 525,000


Carolyn Cavallaro 201-851-3012 (cell) FHA A APPROVED D COMPLEX Now's the time to enjoy the awesome sunsets from your PRIVATE BALCONY LARGE 1 BEDROOM (861 S/F) Granite, custom tiles, wood floors. Light galore, PARKING. FREE shuttle to PATH NY bus @ door. GYM.... 24 hr concierge COMMUNITY GARDEN..$233,900


DEAR R WEEHAWKEN N HOMEOWNERS... Homes are SELLING... BUYERS are getting "off the fence" and taking advantage of low interest, etc. If you are thinking about SELLING and would like to know the market value of YOUR home, call me today for a "no obligation" discussion. BARBARA TULKO




553 Jersey Avenue ~ Jersey City ( 201 ) 659 - 7101


HAMILTON PARK True 1,839 SF Loft in Wells Fargo Bldg: 18 ft. ceilings, open layout w/dramatic stairway to upper level, 2 large bedrooms, 2 full baths, chef’s kitchen w/ ss appliances & built-in wine cooler, walk-in closets, laundry room, new heat/ac system and parking. Steps to Park & walk to PATH. OFFERED AT : $549,000 PAULUS HOOK Amazing value for the price! Renovated 1 BR located just 3 blocks to the PATH & Light Rail. This is a doorman bldg which is pet friendly! Come see for yourself. OFFERED AT : $190,000 JERSEY CITY HEIGHTS Stunning 2 BR penthouse condo w/ 360 degree views of NYC. Features h/w floors, s/s appliances, working fireplace, great light from all new windows, good closet space, private rooftop deck, parking, exercise room in bldg, and more. OFFERED AT : $329,000


BAYONNE 3 BEDRMS.-L/R, D/R, large EIK. Separate entrance. Very close to NYC/Light Rail. $1,350P/M. 1½-mo. sec. Pay own utils. Avail. immed. 551-221-6349. Bayonne 3 room apt, freshly painted, w/d ok, pay own heat, no pets, no smokers $750.00/mo 1mo. security (201)437-8280

DOWNTOWN JC GARDEN APARTMENT FOR RENT: Newly renovated, private entrance, private patio and use of back yard. One bedroom (cross-ventilation, garden view) plus spare room, living room, dining area. Central air conditioning, radiant heat, washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave, breakfast counter. 6 mins. to Grove St. PATH station. 3/4 block to Van Vorst Park. Rent $2250 per month. Email -- include phone number & time to call.

GUTTENBERG 1 BEDROOMFurnished seasonal rental. 2 baths. Fabulous NYC/River views. Utilities/cable/Olympic pool/gym included. Parking available. $1,975P/M. 917-5832638. A new apartment for rent at Leonard St, Jersey City Heights-2 bed, living, kit and bath. Call 347-830-5955 JERSEY CITY 1 ROOMSenior citizen building, 62 years or older. $508P/M. Call 201-792-4918.

Jersey City Heights- Quiet neighborhood, close to shopping. Three apartments for rent: large 1 bedroom $750, large studio w/ den $650. Utilities not included, no pets. 201-543-8459 call after 6 pm

NORTH BERGEN UPPER Newly Renov No Fee 1 BR..............$995-$1,025 2 BR.......................$1,350

201-646-1234 NORTH BERGEN 2BR, Kit, Liv, D/R, H/HW incl. Newer bath, 1stflr. HWF's, School/ shopping/trans. Move-in cond. 1½mo. sec. 9/1. 201-869-5148. North Bergen apartment for rent 2 bedrooms, very good condition. Ask for Maritza 201 954-9060

VILLA REALTORS 932 River Road Edgewater, NJ


Relocate with the New Jersey Gold Coast Team SPECIALIZING IN: SALES & RENTALS Call Scott L. Selleck

OPEN HOUSE - JERSEY CITY SAT 1-4PM 37 GREENVILLE AVE $235,000 Big beautiful 1F off Kennedy 4 lg bdrms, 2 full bths, big back yard w/patio, mint cond. Close to all essential services

OPEN HOUSE - JERSEY CITY SUN 1-4PM 27 EXETER RD $279,000 Vacant 2F in desirable Country Village. 2-3 bdrm duplex plus den and garage, ready to move in close to all major transportation.

OPEN HOUSE NORTH BERGEN SUN 12-3PM 333 78TH STREET $446,000 Outstanding 1-F in prime area, w/ parking for 2. 1blk to Braddock pk 3 blks to Boulevard East. and all forms of NY transportation

OPEN HOUSE WEST NEW YORK SAT 1-4PM 6600 BLVD EAST #6D $319,999 Fabulous 2bd, 2bth w/parking for 2 in the Southeast corner of the prestigioius Versailles. Maint. includes: taxes, elec, ht & hw





"THE JULIETTE" $225,000 20Th Century brick bldg, 2bd, 2bth,SHORT SALE SUBJECT TO BANK APPROVAL !

RAISED RANCH $210,000 Prime Heights area, steps to Hoboken, Christ Hospital and Holland Tunnel. 4 bdrms, 2bths parking for 2, double wide lot

GREAT INVESTMENT $225,000 Three family sold as is and close to all essential services.

CLOSE TO PATH $169,000 2bdrm 1 block from St Peters nice sized rooms, heat, hot & cold water included in maint.

BIG BEAUTIFUL 1F $235,000 Right off Kennedy, 4 lg bdrms, huge formal DR, 2 big full bths, big luxurious yard w/patio

WEST BERGEN 2-F $275,000 Finished basement, 1 block to bus to Port Authority & Jo Sq Close to all essential services in family oriented neighborhood on tree lined street.

ST JOHN'S CONDO $214,000 Fantastic 1bdrm in elevator doorman building. Oversized 1bdrm w/NYC views, maint inc heat & hot water.2 blocks to the Path station at JSQ

BROWNSTONE 1-F $299,000 Victorian style w/ 5 marble mantels, lots of original detail plenty of upgrades, Close to Light Rail and all transportation to NYC & Downtown financial area.

CLEAN 2F W/PARKING $299,000 Amazing home on best block, 3 over 3 w/finished basement, new sep furnaces w/central air, side by side entrances, lovely front porch

BEST HEIGHTS AREA $230,000 Excellent 2bdrm, shared yard oversized eik, ornamental brk frplc, huge bath w/Jacuzzi, low taxes & maintenance.

BRICK TWO FAMILY $199,000 Well maintained on tree lined st. Sep utilities, well kept home w/ finished basement. Located in convenient area close to all essential services.

WESTERN SLOPE 2F $299,000 On bright corner nice layout w/ formal dining rooms, convenient to Journal Square Path.

AMAZING DUPLEX $248,000 2bd, 2bth most convenient Heights area Steps to Hoboken Lt Rail elevator, gut renovated move right in, tons of closets.

OVERSIZED 2-F $239,900 On quiet block on a few short blks to Light Rail. Newly renovated & extremely well maintained, restored original details. New gas boiler, new hw heater, front & rear porch

1-F WITH PARKING $199,000 Great West Bergen area, move right in, 3 bdrms, larg yard, full finished basement. Great condo alternative a must see! Hurry won't last at this price.

JOURNAL SQ AREA 2-F $239,000 Spacious 5 bdrms, 3 bths, private balcony, lovely yard. SHORT SALE SUBJECT TO BANK APPROVAL

COMING SOON! $299,000 Brand new construction 2F w/ 2 car garage, 6 bdrms, 4 bths.

NEWER 2F W/GARAGE $348,000 Three bdrms, 2 full bths ea unit huge finished basement, close to everthing including Light Rail, Board of Education and all city services. A great opportunity for the savvy buyer. BRICK ROW 2-F $377,000 In convenient Journal Square area and close to all essentiall services home is beautifully renovated, a few short blocks to Lincoln Park OWNER IS LICENSED REALTOR

YOUNG 3F W/GARAGE $359,900 Excellent rent roll, newer property no work required just collect rent 7 bdrms, 5 bths, finished bsmt. DETACHED 4F $398,500 With parking in great area. All spacious box rooms, newer baths basement w/sep entrance, 3 heat and 4 boilers. Conveniently located to public transportation AFFORDABLE 6F $259,900 Each unit has 2 bedrooms and sep gas heating. Great investment for the savvy investor. UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY $155,000 Formerly used as Church, could still be used as church. The land and building are being sold as a package (50X100). DEVELOPERS WANTED $799,000 For new condos or rentals! Vacant land w/approved plans for 25 residential units w/parking and balconies. Building has designed with brick façade and attention throughout. 10-1bdrm u nits,15-2 bdrm units. A great opportuity.

Broker/Assoc. 201-970-3960



JAMES MONROE CONDOS Sought after studio $323,000 Renovated 2bd, 2bth $485,000 Sought after 3bd, 2bth $569,000 w/whirlpool, private terrace Sought after 3bd, 2bth $569,000 "NEWPORT THE IN PLACE TO BE" Dream Commute W/Path next door


PENTHOUSE UNIT $949,000 JAMES MONROE 2-3Bdrm duplex sought after direct East exposure corner w/So. Exposure 2 terraces 1 w/Jacuzzi facing NYC DOWNTOWN CONDO $225,000 Unique unit w/sleeping loft and exposed brick, hw flrs, decorative frplc lowest taxes and maintenance GULLS COVE CONDO $399,000 Amazing 1bdrm w/parking facing West, open floor plan, custom closets, in unit wash/dry, roof deck, full service concierge. Close to Path, Light Raial & Ferry PAULUS HOOK CONDO $449,000 1000SF 1 bd w/oversized deck in unique historic brick building. Tavertine tiles adorn the oversized bath w/walk in shower,

Sought after 1bd, highly $299,900 views. ALSO FOR RENT 2,100 Unique large 2bd, 2bth $389,900 Mint condition 2 bdrm $394,900 ESTATE SALE Huge 3bd $399,000 2bd, 2bth stunning views $399,000 Highly renovated 2bd, 2b $429,900 Rare find renovated 3bd $483,900 Stunning 2bd, 2bth $494,900 1 W/whirlpool,gorgeous views "GREGORY COMMONS AN UNCOMMON PLACE TO LIVE BEAUTIFUL 2F $518,900 4 story, ideally situated across from Gregory Commons & Bella Vista. 7bdrs, 4 bths, updated kits WEST NEW YORK $319,999 "Verssailles" 2bd, 2bth, S.E. corner "D" line, balcony offering sweeping views.Amenities include pool, 2 car pkg, Maint inc: taxes heat, elec, water & hot water NORTH BERGEN $489,000 Detached brick steps from Blvd East, updated kitchens, semi fin walk up attic, finished basement 1 car garage, paver driveway.

BROWNSTONE CONDO $459,000 Gorgeous 3bd, 2bth top floor unit w/private roof rights featuring NYC views. 2 original marble frplcs, 19Th century pocket doors

UNION CITY $249,900 Great investment 3F on nicest block. Huge 4 or 5 bdrms on 1st flr parking, sep ht/hw, priced to sell

"A" CONDO $ 605,000 Luxurious living in this 2bd, 2bth w/parking in prime waterfront location. Sun drenched unit. Maint includes Ht/Hw & gas.

SECAUCUS $329,000 Unique corner unit in lovely Harmon Cove Towers. Renovated 2 bdrms, 2bths w/balcony facing NYC & underground deeded parking

Journal Square Office • 15 Nardone Place • 201.963.1400 Downtown Office • 120 Newark Avenue • 201.435.0720 • HOME LOANS • RELOCATION • OPEN HOUSES • COMMUNITY INFORMATION • PREVIEWS • REAL ESTATE LIBRARY • NEW HOMES • CONCIERGE SERVICES • COMMERICAL ©2010 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Coldwell Banker® is a registered trademark licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Owned and Operated by NRT LLC.

Mortgage Services: 888.317.5418

19 • The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012

If you are moving to or from Bergen or Hudson County, don’t miss this historic opportunity to buy or sell.

The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012 • 20









At your fingertips all the time!


Brownstone Agency, Inc. “Insure your property with confidence!â€? • • • • • •


**New Jersey and New York properties eligible** 0 years! Insuring real estate for nearly 40 Carrier is rated A Excellent (A.M. Best) We pride ourselves on our service and commitment to our customers and the local community. Why choose anyone else? Calll forr a quote e today. Call or Stop By for a “No Obligation� Quote

UNION CITY- 46th St. 1st floor. 2BR, LR, DR, ss appliances, hardwood floors, patio. No pets. $1,400 plus heat. 1½ months security. Available 9/1. 201-424-4633.

UNION CITY CONDO Newly Renovated S/S Appliances

No Fee

1 BR.............$1,195.00

201-646-1234 UNION CITY Newly Renov. No Fee 1BR..........$985-$1,000


504 WASHINGTON ST. HOBOKEN 201-683-9821 •

U P T O W N R E A LT Y I N C . 117 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030 WWW.HOBOKENUPTOWNREALTY.COM (201) 656-8100


J.C. Downtown – Cross The Street Your In Hoboken – Just Reduced! Impressive Two Bd. Two Bath, Entertaining Liv., Rm., Inviting the Outdoors in w/Huge windows, appealing Layout, Fabulous Kit., Two nice sized bedrooms Elevator, Concierge, Fitness Rm., Shuttle To Path, Parking & MUCH MORE!


SOLD FABULOUS LAYOUT N e w e r Tw o B d . Tw o B a t h , e n t e r t a i n i n g L i v. R m ., P l u s H o m eL OD f f i c e , E l e va t o r & Pa r k i n g ‌ $ 5 1 0 00 S, 0O

G r e a t O n e B d ., Fa b u l o u s K i t ., l i v / d i n i n g area, Hw floors, central a/c, w/d, E l e va t o r A c c e s s ‌ $ 3 2 5 , 0 0 0


New Listing – J.C. Heights – Congress St. Enjoy incredible location – One Bd. Kit., w/breakfast bar opening into living area, beautiful Birch hw Flrs., new bathroom, laundry on premises, nice sized Bedrm., R NYC C BUS,, & LIGHT T RAIL WOW! Parking..NEAR STATION N OUTSIDE E YOUR R DOOR R $239,000

NEW LISTING Gently Priced Two Bd. Charming Details, NTRACT Beautiful UN Kit., Modern bath, soaring DER CO ceilings & Dining area‌$299,000

Stunning Kitchen w/ all upgrades Two bedroom. Two Bathrooms, Corner Local w/tons of windows, Double French Drs leading to PRIVATE TERRACE‌$535,000

Hoboken n Properties s forr Sale LD NOW!...$979,000 4- FAMILY – VACANT SO Renovate 2- FAMILY...PLUS STORE VACANT‌‌.$785,000 3- FAMILY..





UNION CITY: Avail Now! Move-In-Cond. 2BR's, 5RM�s Nr Lt Rail & NYC trans. No Smkg. Cred Check req. Call after 10AM, 201-867-5014.

3 BR / 2 BA $2700.00. This is a renovated 3 Br/2 BA Apt with NYC Views. The apartment consists of a LR, DR, Eat-in Kitchen, a deck, and 3 very large BRs and 2 Bathrooms (one of the bathrooms is in the Master bedroom). The apt has hardwood floors a kitchen with SS appliances and a LG front load washer and dryer. The rent includes two car tandem parking, hot water, and subsidized heat. Commuting to NYC is very easy, as the bus stop is the last stop in NJ, and the next stop is Port Authority (total commute time is under 10 mins). Shops, parks, dry cleaners, and restaurants are also within walking distance of the apartment. Please email or call 917-544-3112. WEEHAWKEN. Furnished 1 BR apartment located less than one block off of Boulevard East. $1,000, plus utilities. Call 212-506-5173

4VOtQN 80 Park Ave. #4F HOBOKEN Sunny 525 sqft alcove studio in elevator bldg w/ deeded parking. Amazing location steps from PATH.

Sun. 8/19 12-2pm 110 Bloomfield St. #2 HOBOKEN Amazing gut-reno 1145 sqft2BR w/ CAC, granite counters,SS appls, W/D in unit and private terrace.



OPPORTUNITY Offices available at PATH From $1200 per month or large corporate offices w/ river views and parking from 2000 to 12000 sq ft. CALL Lisa 201-736-2347


Blvd East Renovated No Fee 1BR............$1,159-$1,299 2BR........................$1,550

201-646-1234 WEST NEW YORK Newly Renovated- Microwave Close to Bergenline & Lt. Rail



WWW.HOBOKENHOMES.COM WWW.JERSEYCITYHOMES.COM Licensed Real Estate Broker Each Office is Independently Owned & Operated Hudson County’s Trusted Realtor for More than 20 Years

165 COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL FOR SALE 220 Washington St Hoboken . NJ . 07030 201.792.7601

BAYONNE $499,000 SUNDAY 8/19 1:00PM-3:00PM 99 WEST 38TH STREET The huge remodeled open kitchen includes an industrial grade stove and refrigerator, as well as a wine refrigerator and a microwave complete with a warming drawer. There is a detached garage and a driveway for 4+ cars.

LIQUOR STORE FOR SALE! 4625 Broadway Ave,Union City CALL 786-506-5960.




 HOBOKEN $920,000 SUNDAY 8/19 1:00PM-4:00PM 1011 WILLOW AVE. # 7 NEW LISTING – 4 BR/2 Bath, Brand New Condo, Gourmet Kitchen, H/W Floors, Spacious Bedrooms, W/D in Unit.


HOBOKEN 201-420-8989


HOBOKEN $1,179,000 SATURDAY 8/18 1:00PM-3:00PM 1125 MAXWELL LN # 555 Incredible, south facing 2bed/2bath at luxurious Maxwell Place. With over 1500 sq ft, you'll find all the rooms in this home to be spacious. Featuring a terrific, open floor plan for entertaining with all the expected modern kitchen finishes.

JERSEY CITY $464,900 SUNDAY 8/19 1:00PM-3:00PM 9 COLES STREET #9 THE HISTORIC “BATH HOUSE� Stylish 2BR/2BA duplex loft in the award winning Bath House! 1200 SF, 18' ceilings, SS Appliances, Granite, CAC.






HOBOKEN $1,295,000 SATURDAY 8/18 1:00PM-3:00PM 160 11th STREET Your new house, located on the sunny side of double wide Eleventh Street, has four floors of living plus the basement. Live in the spacious two bedroom, two bath lower unit and have exclusive use of the large back yard. Or, use the upstairs three bedroom for yourself and find a great tenant for the downstairs. Easily converts back to a one family. You choose! Control how you live.


HOBOKEN $319,900 SUNDAY 8/19 12:00PM – 2:00PM 80 PARK AVE #4F Sunny 525 sqft alcove studio in elevator bldg w/deeded parking. Converted school house. Amazing location close to the PATH.

CENTURY 21 INNOVATIVE 201-792-7601

HOBOKEN $629,900 SUNDAY 8/19 12:00PM-2:00PM 110 BLOOMFIELD ST #2 Amazing gut-reno 1145 sqft 2BR w/ CAC, granite counters, SS appls, W/D in unit and private terrace. Desirable downtown Bloomfield.

CENTURY 21 INNOVATIVE 201-792-7601

 SECAUCUS starts@ $539,000 SAT & SUN 8/18 & 8/19 1:00PM-3:00PM 23 VILLAGE PLACE #15 Jacobs Landing is a collection of 33 waterfront new construction townhomes. Choose custom selections and personalize your home. Easy communte via shuttle bus or train. Reserve yours today. $539,000$689,000




  UNION CITY starts@$140,000 SAT & SUN 8/18 & 8/19 1:00PM-4:00PM 500 CENTRAL AVE Luxury you can afford at the Lenox Condos. Brand new renovation, shuttle to Hoboken Path, concierge service, gym and 5 year tax abatement. Ask about seller incentive. $140,000-$300,000




   WEST NEW YORK $694,900 SUNDAY 8/19 2:00PM-5:00PM 236 PRICE CT. POPULAR ESSEX TOWNHOUSE IN WATERFRONT COMMUNITY SS, granite & beautiful tile flrs. 4BR/4.5BA! Empire Bldg views from top flr.


PLACE YOUR HOUSE FOR SALE AD HERE! For more details call Classified Department at 201-437-2460

Visit EMPLOYMENT: Help Wanted

THE HUDSON REPORTER Welcomes your Job Source Classified Advertisements! Reach over 125,000 Job Hunters weekly!

300 HELP WANTED DRIVERS: $1,000 Sign-On Bonus and Relocation Bonuses Dedicated Account! Competitive, Pay, Weekly Home-Time & More!

Werner Enterprises 1-800-397-1912

Exp. Reefer Drivers: GREAT PAY/Freight Lanes from Presque Isle, ME. BostonLeigh, PA. 1-800-277-0212 or


201-889-2137 BETWEEN 12NOON-5PM

To Place an ad Call: 201-798-7800

AIRLINES ARE HIRING Train for hands on Aviation Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified. Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance. 877-564-4204

CDL TEAMS OR SOLOS Dedicated Coast to Coast Freight. Best Pay, Best Equipment. Pride Transport.


EXPERIENCED DRIVERS – Great Home Time! Regional LTL Opportunities available in Burlington, NJ. Earn up to $1100 or more per week. Plenty of miles! 855-780-8011

FREE REVIT TRAINING Are you Unemployed and Collecting Benefits? Do you have a background in architecture, engineering, or construction and interested in free AutoCAD, Revit, and 3DS Max training? You may be eligible for NJ State funded training! Call us to learn how 201-984-1825 or email

CLASS A CDL DRIVER NEEDED Mostly Local work with an occassional Regional runs. Great Pay, Benefits. Parking in Fairlawn, NJ


DRIVERS – Annual Salary $45K to $60K. $0.01 increase per mile after 6 months. Quarterly Bonuses. CDL-A, 3 months current OTR experience. 800-414-9569

DRIVERS – Co. & O/Ops. Regional Home Weekly. Team 714 days. Class A C.D.L. 1 yr. Experience in last 3. Call 1800-695-9643.

DRIVERS –A. Duie Pyle Needs Owner Operators & Company Drivers. Regional Truckload Operations. HOME EVERY WEEKEND! O/O Average $1.84/Miles. Steady, YearRound Work. Requires CDL-A, 2yrs. Exp. Call Dan: 877-3074133

DRIVERS CDL-A: Your current 10-20 have you down? Why not Get Home, NEW PAY PACKAGE! 2012 tractors/trailers to boot?


LAID OFF? WORK FROM HOME!! BE YOUR OWN BOSS!! First, call the Federal Trade Commission toll-free at 1-877-FTC-HELP to find out how to spot work-at-home schemes. Or visit A public service message from The Hudson Reporter and the FTC.

LOOKING FOR A FULL-TIME REPORTING JOB? LOOK HERE! The Hudson Reporter newspaper group seeks a talented writer with an interest in municipal politics, news, features, and the arts, to cover an exciting full-time Hudson County news beat. Entry level OK. Must have writing experience, creativity, punctuality, interest in both hard news and features, and reliable transportation. Send letter of interest with salary requirements (a must), résumé, and any writing samples to: Caren Matzner, Editor, the Hudson Reporter, 1400 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ, 07030 or email

and put “REPORTER JOB” in the subject head.

NOW HIRING! FEDERAL and POSTAL JOBS! Call the Federal Trade Commission toll-free at 1-877-FTC-HELP to find out how to avoid job placement scams. Or visit A public service message from The Hudson Reporter Newspaper Group and the FTC.

OWNER OPERATORS needed in Bethlehem, PA. Paid tolls using EZPASS, Home Daily. Rates starting at $1.15per mile plus fuel. Sign on Bonus.. up to $5000,00 paid in 10 weeks. Call today 800-756-7433

Seeking Exp'd Drivers For Freight Lanes Presque Isle, ME, BostonLehigh, PA Other long haul options are available. Call 877-491-1112 or

TRUCK MART - JOB FAIR Aug 24, 2012, 8:00AM-4:00PM Truck Mart, 24 Truck Tech Way, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Ext #24, I-81 Call Frank Brassell 877-611-0797 x5

330 HELP WANTED MEDICAL MEDICAL SECRETARY for NEUROLOGY practice in Bayonne NJ EXPERIENCED ONLY, 3/days week, 9-3pm. Salary/ benefits available. Must be energetic, and personable. Fax resume to 201 612-1199 or email to

GENERAL CLASSIFIED 400 ADOPTION ADOPTION – A Childless couple seeks to adopt. Will be hands on Mom and Devoted Dad. Flexible schedules. Financial Security. Expenses paid. Catherine & Michael. Ask for Adam 1-800-790-5260

430 BOATS & MARINE BOATS FOR SALE: 38 ft 2006 Silverton Flybridge Convertible. Twin 425 hp Crusader Engines. 106 hours. 10kw Kohler generator. GPS, Radar, many extras. Boat like new. Qualified buyers only. $185,000. Call Bob 609-7379214

460 COMPUTERS MY COMPUTER WORKS – Computer problems? Viruses, spyware, email, printer issues, bad internet connections – FIX IT NOW! Professional, U.S.based technicians. $25 off service. Call for immediate help. 1888-904-1215.

WANTED: LIFE AGENTS. Earn $500 a Day – Great Agent Benefits – Commissions Paid Daily-Liberal Underwriting – Leads, Leads, Leads. LIFE INSURANCE, LICENSE REQUIRED. Call 1-888-713-6020

FAX YOUR CLASSIFIED AD It's Fast & Easy! OUR FAX NUMBER IS: (201) 798-0018 All you need to include: * Your Ad as you would like it to appear, * Your phone number, name, and billing address, * Credit Card name, number, and expiration date, * Contact person & phone number for questions and confirmation. Deadlines: 12 Noon Monday for entry in our Thursday paper, 12 Noon Wednesday for entry in our 7 Sunday papers. Please note these deadlines are also for cancellations, and check your ad on the first day of publication, as we can only be responsible for first time incorrect insertion.

Any questions please call us at (201) 798-7800

THE HUDSON REPORTER 495 GARAGE/YARD SALE Distinctive Junk Yard Sale. 101 West 35th St Bay. Sat Aug 18th 9am to 2pm. stained glass lamp, furniture, household prods & more

505 HOME IMPROVEMENTS Visit SERVICES: Home Improvement

CLASSIFIED DEADLINES!! Call in time to place your ad in our next edition

485 FINANCIAL Visit SERVICES: Financial



Monday at 12:00 Noon for Thursday & the following Sunday edition. Wednesday at 12:00 Noon for Sunday & the following Thursday edition.

ADVANCE-FEE LOANS OR CREDIT OFFERS: It's Illegal for companies doing business by phone to promise you a loan and ask you to pay for it before they deliver. For more information, call toll-free 1-877-FTC HELP. A public service message from the Hudson Reporter and the Federal Trade Commission.

*Please note these deadlines are also for cancellations. *Please check your ad on the first day of publication, as we can only be responsible for first time incorrect insertion.

CALL THE CLASSIFIEDS! Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm


510 INSTRUCTION MEDICAL OFFICE TRAINEES NEEDED! Become a Medical Office Assistant at SC Training! No Experience needed! Online training gets you job ready! HS Diploma/GED and PC/Internet needed! 1-888-208-6631.


595 PAINTING & WALL PAPERING 24 HOUR CLASSIFIED Call 201-798-7800 & Press 3. All ads using this service must be prepaid w/Visa or Master Card

Deadline Monday Noon for Thursday/Sunday Wednesday Noon for Sunday/Thursday

FREE FOUND ADS The HUDSON REPORTER Classified Department will publish Found Ads at NO Charge!! If you find a lost item or pet, please call our Classified Department at: (201) 798-7800 We will publish your ad, up to 20 words for 2 weeks, FREE! Private Party individual only.

570 MISCELLANEOUS ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE FROM HOME. *Medical, *Business, *Criminal Justice, *Hospitality. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV certified. Call 888-220-5975.

DISH NETWORK. Starting at $19.99/month PLUS 30 Premium Movie Channels FREE for 3 Months! SAVE! & Ask About SAME DAY Installation! Call 1-866-944-6135

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS – WIN or Pay Nothing! Start Your Application In Under 60 Seconds. Call Today! Contact Disability Group, Inc. Licensed Attorneys and BBB Accredited. Call 866-9708473


*Please note these deadlines are also for cancellations. For cancellations call the Classified Offices during business hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm *Please check your ad on the first date of publication, as we can only be responsible for first time incorrect insertion.

The Hudson Reporter

675 WANTED WE BUY AUTOS WANTED: Honda, Toyota, Nissans, SUVs and Jeeps. All vehicles WANTED. 2001 and UP. Top Cash Paid. 24 hr. CASH Pick-up. Any condition. 732-496-1633

CASH FOR COINS! Buying ALL Gold and Silver. Also Stamps and Paper Money, Entire Collections, Estates. Travel to your home. Call Marc in NJ 1-800-488-4175.

DONATE YOUR CAR, TRUCK OR BOAT – TO HERITAGE FOR THE BLIND. Free 3 Day Vacation, Tax Deductible, Free Towing, All Paperwork Taken Care Of. 888438-1090.


THE MUSIC EXCHANGE Supporting Local Artists & Bringing Together the Musical Needs of Hudson Reporter Readers! For info and Rates: 201-798-7800 After Hours Ext: 755

2001 BLACK DODGE STRATUS 37,000 miles, excellent condition. $3,000. 201-4189770

21 • The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012


The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012 • 22


Hudson Reporter Newspapers

Divisions still exist after initial Yuppie invasion

Dear Editor: Coincidentally, I moved to Hoboken 25 years ago when the book “Yuppies Invade My House at Dinnertime” was published. I was working at the Hoboken Reporter in the evenings as a telemarketing supervisor for the classified ads as one of three jobs I needed to live in my apartment without a roommate, and I remember seeing several copies of the book at the Reporter’s offices and wondered about the title. The divisions of types of residents were very much a part of Hoboken and everyone knew their place. I did not even know what constituted a “yuppie” and at first I thought I fell in that category since I was not a native of Hoboken. I eventually figured out that there were three types of people that lived in Hoboken in 1987: the born and reared (I refuse to use the term “raised” since it is grammatically wrong – chickens are raised, people are reared), the newcomer called the “yuppie” and the artists/creative types. With my overall bohemian nature and my (low-paying) profession in the creative sector, I fell into the last group of artists. I remember that the old Gold Coast Bar on 10th was a yuppie hangout and I felt very out of place in there when I was with my writer friend. Yuppies and I were definitely on different wavelengths since there wasn’t any common ground. They were childless, yes, but they all seemed to follow a uniformity in manner and dress that displayed no originality. At the time, I felt they were a bit soulless since their main concern in life seemed to be to make as much money as they could. Being a creative person, I found that a bit shallow, so I could not relate. That fall, in October of 1987, the market crashed and that decimated much of the yuppie wealth that existed in Hoboken and they had to sell their condos and the Hoboken real estate market took a dive. Consequently, I entered Hoboken all those years ago never fitting in. I was not a B&R or an up-and-coming yuppie since these were basically the two types of people that really were at a cultural war with each other. Today the labels have somewhat changed, but it still is an old-timer against a new-comer battle of acceptance in town. Today I am considered a long-time resident and have been accepted by many of the old timers and newcomers who have become involved in the town. They realize that we are all neighbors and Hoboken is our home. Despite the divisions between the classes of people here, I try to treat everyone with courtesy and respect and only hope that they will do the same for me. Hoboken has always drawn different people from different circumstances to live here. Anyone who chooses to live here has the right to do so and should freely enjoy that right without any fear of being pushed out. No one group is better than the other. We all are part of the community. Mary Ondrejka

In response to article about Yuppies vs. old-timers in Hoboken Dear Editor:

Sincerely, David Cogswell

How fast this newspaper disses the past, the fiery crucible where 51 people burned to death in their beds, and displacement and joblessness and poverty was rampant! Thankfully, under

our present leadership, traditions were kept and improved upon, including parks and activities and concerts. Even Washington Street and our roads and sewers are in process of renewal and fine restaurants continue to emerge and improve, bettering the quality of life in our one mile square. Aged factories have long been replaced by a paper trail from New York City and a new globally recognized more expansive and expensive Hoboken has emerged out of the ashes of the past. Progress has certainly defined a newer, more trendy globalized Hoboken! Yet, there remains a caution with many of us who have been here awhile, born here or not. Perhaps the negative quote about those who forget the past can now hopefully be replaced and updated to include more positive language! Something like “Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.” Margaret O’Brien, a Senior who remembers

New rent decontrol rule would encourage unfair evictions

Dear Editor: I attended a meeting of the Hoboken Fair Housing Association last week and had the good fortune of hearing Matt Shapiro, president of the New Jersey Tenants Association, say a few words. Mr. Shapiro is an attorney who has been intimately involved with tenants’ rights issues in New Jersey for decades. I learned a lot hearing him speak for a few minutes. The most important thing that was impressed upon me is fairly simple once it is pointed out, but not obvious in the artful language of the new anti-rent control proposal that will be going on the ballot in November. It is extremely important to anyone who rents in Hoboken. If the current initiative put forth by MSTA, the landlord/developer lobbying group, becomes law, it will mean that once a tenant moves out, the landlord is free of any restraint and can charge whatever the market will bear. The proponents say this means that the law will not affect present tenants.

That might be true enough in a perfect world where all people are moral and respectful of other people. Unfortunately that is not the world we live in. If you put the opportunity to gain tens of thousands of dollars, a small fortune, within easy reach of most people, you create a tremendous motivation for them to reach out and grab it. In this case, the only thing a landlord has to do to gain tens of thousands of dollars is to get a tenant out so that then they can jack the rent to a level that only the most affluent can afford. And in Hoboken, with its easy access to Wall Street, finding potential tenants to pay top dollar will not be difficult for landlords. We are talking about the potential to gain many thousands of dollars on a single unit. If you put that pot of gold in front of most people, it is going to be very hard to resist taking it. That means getting the tenant out, whatever it takes, whether it is harassing legal actions, phone calls, knocking on the windows, or allowing the apartment to fall into such disrepair and dysfunction as to make tenants want to leave. This is not mere speculation, this is history. This is what has happened in many communities in New Jersey. And in Hoboken it would be the worst of all because there is no hotter real estate market than Hoboken. Whether you are a property owner or not, there are few who would like to see Hoboken go back to the days when hundreds of buildings were burned and many people were killed

Thousands of lives will be saved Dear Editor:

For over 20 years the Partnership for a DrugFree New Jersey through its distinction as being the largest, continuous public service campaign in New Jersey has blanketed the state with messages to families and children to help prevent the devastating effects of substance abuse. Regardless of caring parents and wellinformed teens, unfortunately, some good kids make bad decisions; bad decisions that lead from experimentation to addiction, and in many cases, criminal charges. Several weeks ago, Governor Chris Christie signed S-881 mandating treatment for non-violent drug and alcohol dependent offenders, as well as expanding eligibility and providing for a phase-in mandatory drug court program. The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey applauds Governor Christie and the New Jersey legislature for their keen understanding of the complex issues of substance abuse and addiction. Through this legislation, which the Governor spearheaded, thousands of lives will be saved, and thousands of families will have hope in this second chance provided to their children. Angelo M. Valente Executive Director Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey

Rebuttal to anti Menendez letter Dear Editor:

I have followed Sen. Robert Menendez’s career for more than 20 years. The Menendez depicted in the letter from the chairman of the Hoboken Republican Committee, Diana Davis, is totally different from the Menendez I know. If you criticize the Senator for fighting to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, programs for the poor, federal aid to construction projects for New Jersey and his insistence that billionaires pay their fair-share of taxes, among dozens of his programs, then count him among the guilty. I can understand Ms. Davis trying to boost the name recognition of her candidate against Menendez, since not many people have heard his name. No wonder some polls have Menendez ahead by 80 percent or more. Arturo O. Martinez

Governor Romney, a focused leader with common sense Dear Editor:

Mitt Romney’s recent overseas trip was gaffe filled? I think not. He simply stated what many already believe. During his London visit Mr. Romney said, “The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, supposed strike of immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging,” The private contractor G4S was tasked with providing 10,400 private security guards for the Olympic games. At the start of the games only 4,000 were on the G4S payroll. Because of this failure the U.K. government was forced into providing 3,500 military personal in order to ensure adequate Olympic security. Additionally, 72 hours before the Olympic opening ceremonies unions representing both airport passport control and mass transit workers called off strikes that had threatened boarder security and logistic chaos before and during the Olympic Games. These two situations are totally unacceptable and Governor Romney’s articulation of this common sense thinking is an indication of his results-focused leadership.


REPORTER Lucha Malato • David S. Unger Publishers

EDITORIAL Caren Matzner, EDITOR IN CHIEF Gene Ritchings, MANAGING EDITOR SENIOR STAFF WRITER: Al Sullivan STAFF WRITERS: Adriana Rambay Fernandez, Stephen La Marca, Gennarose Pope E. Assata Wright, COLUMNISTS: Jim Hague


Joseph Calderone, Toni Anne Calderone, Ron Kraszyk, Jay Slansky

23 • The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012


in order to vacate buildings to make way for real estate fortunes. We do not need to provide that kind of motivation.


PRODUCTION Jennifer Martiak, ART DIRECTOR SENIOR GRAPHICS STAFF: Terriann Saulino Bish, Lisa M. Cuthbert, Pasquale Spina, GRAPHICS STAFF: Christina Fuentes, Michael Mitolo Patricia Verano



FINANCIAL Christine Caraballo, ACCOUNTANT Veronica Aldaz, BOOKKEEPER

CIRCULATION Roberto Lopez, CIRCULATION MANAGER FIELD CIRCULATION, Luis Vasquez PUBLISHING: The Hoboken Reporter • The Jersey City Reporter The North Bergen Reporter • The Union City Reporter The West New York Reporter • The Secaucus Reporter The Weehawken Reporter • The Midweek Reporter Bayonne Community News Phone Hoboken • The Secaucus Guidebook PhoneMed • All About Horses • Gateway Guide Palisades Magazine • Jersey City Magazine INCORPORATING: The Jersey City News, The Greenville News, The Bayonne Facts, The Hoboken Pictorial, North Bergen Free Press, Fort Lee Free Press, Meadowlander, Jersey Pictorial, The Current

THE HUDSON REPORTER ASSOC., L.P. P.O. Box 3069 1400 Washington Street Hoboken, New Jersey 07030 Phone: 201-798-7800 Fax Line: 201-798-0018 E-mail:


Romney’s speech in Israel suggested that Israeli culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than their Palestinian neighbors. One obvious example of that cultural advantage is the economic contribution of Israeli women. Although no two Middle Eastern countries have identical legal and religious systems, women are second-class citizens in virtually all of them. By oppressing women, Middle Eastern culture suppresses their economic contribution and marginalizes roughly half their population. In contrast, Western and European style democracies encourage the full participation of women in all aspects of the economy. The advocacy of cultural equality unleashes the full producing capacity of the entire population, and as a result the economy benefits more completely from the contributions of all its citizens. Instead of bowing to foreign leaders or apologizing for America’s success, Governor Romney stated the obvious in London and took a major risk in Israel. Effective leaders do not sugar-coat obvious failings and great leaders understand we must embrace the ugliness of the present in order to change the future. Masking these realities with charges of racism and insensitivity only serve to identify those of us who are unwilling to take the necessary political risks in order to make the tough decisions. Sincerely, Richard Skalski

The Hoboken Reporter • August 19, 2012 • 24