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Update from Mayor Bhalla on COVID-19: small business grant opens Monday 9am additional testing on Monday & Tuesday (8/9)

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Small business grants available Monday, 9:00 am

We encourage all small business owners to apply for new small business grants of up to $10,000 for rental payments provided through the State of New Jersey and made available by Governor Phil Murphy. Thankfully, Hoboken is one of 64 cities selected in New Jersey where businesses can apply. The grants are available as of this Monday, August 10 at 9:00 am on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be provided as long as funds remain. If you are a small business and want to apply, please be sure to do so without delay on Monday morning.

Learn more with some helpful FAQs (also attached), and apply for the funding at www.njra.us.

Additionally, the deadline for small businesses for applying for Hoboken’s CARES Act funding we established with Hudson County is this upcoming Friday, August 14. Hoboken small businesses are eligible for up to $20,000 in a one-time payment to assist in retaining and paying employees. For more information on this grant and to apply (application period currently open), please visit www.hobokennj.gov/smallbusinessgrants.

Impact of COVID-19 in Hoboken

The Hoboken Health Department reported the following, new COVID-19 cases:

August 7: 5
August 8: 5
August 9: 3

Hoboken now has a known, confirmed total of 680 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Fatalities remain unchanged at 29.

Two of the weekend’s cases were from those who got tested weeks ago but only recently learned of the results due to a delay in laboratory testing results. None of the residents testing positive are hospitalized, and none were from any known clusters or patterns within Hoboken. We have, however seen trends throughout the past several weeks of those testing positive after attending social gatherings. We continue to encourage residents to avoid any large gatherings especially indoors, social distance at all possible times, and wear a face mask (including children 2 years of age and up) – especially where social distancing can be difficult.

Testing with Prompt MD this Monday and Tuesday still available

As shared on Friday, we are opening up a pop-up COVID-19 testing site at the 7th and Jackson gymnasium (605 Jackson Street) this Monday and Tuesday between 9 and 4 pm, thanks to our partnership with Prompt MD. Testing times are still available – you can sign up for a required appointment at www.hobokennj.gov/promptmd. Prompt MD has indicated they will be able to provide test results within 2-3 days after the completed test. We will be providing more information this week on signing up for a test for the following Monday and Tuesday at this site as well, which will help us alleviate the high demand at the Riverside site under the Viaduct.

For more information, please visit: https://www.hobokennj.gov/news/mayor-bhalla-prompt-md-announce-additional-covid-19-testing-options

Grant program for small landlords and tenants.

On Friday, Governor Murphy announced a grant program for small property owners who have had decreases in revenue due to COVID-19. Property owners who receive this grant funding must provide it back to tenants by forgiving back rent and late fees due to COVID-19.

According to the Governor, qualified applicants must meet the following:

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The NJ Young Filmmakers’ Festival in partnership with the Bridge Arts Festival in Bayonne NJ

Photo credit: Courtesy of Ilene E

The NJ Young Filmmakers’ Festival in partnership with the Bridge Arts Festival in Bayonne, NJ will be screening award-winning works from the 2020 NJYFF winners as part of the Family Drive-In Movie Experience hosted by Bridge Arts in Bayonne, NJ.  Log into www.driveinbayonne.com for the movie schedule.

For consecutive Saturday’s in August, there will be a screening of the top award winning NJYFF shorts preceding the featured drive-in movie offerings.

Program 1 – Saturday August 15th, 2020:

  • Empty” by Vic Pater, Middletown High School South
  • Growing Pains” by Jennifer Ruiz-Gonzalez, East Brunswick Tech – School of the Arts
  • “Suspend” by Ashley Schmid, Pratt Institute, NY
  • “When the Wiggle Met the Giggle” by Cydney Williams, University of Vermont, VT
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ARCHDIOCESE OF NEWARK ANNOUNCES EIGHT CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WILL NOT REOPEN THIS FALL IN WAKE OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Two Schools in Union City will Consolidate to St. Joseph of the Palisades in West New York

Offers Transition Support for Students, Families, Faculty and Staff

Newark, NJ – In response to the urgent need to address enrollment loss and growing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Schools of the Archdiocese of Newark has announced that five elementary schools will not reopen this fall and three elementary schools will consolidate with nearby school communities.

The Office of Schools and the Finance Office of the Archdiocese have been monitoring and evaluating projected enrollment, increasing financial fragility, and the level of support these schools would require since they were already experiencing formidable challenges prior to the pandemic.

Noting that funding resources for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese were critically reduced since the outbreak of COVID-19 and that paid registrations for the 2020-2021 school year are dramatically reduced, the Office of Schools and Finance Office agreed that the current status of some schools is unsustainable. Consequently, they presented recommendations to Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, who approved the following:

The following schools will not reopen:

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St. Peter’s Prep enjoys run in ‘Last Dance World Series’

River View Observer is honored to have Jim Hague and his local sports column, this issue, and in future issues

Maroon and Silver lefty Matt Moreira was a solid hurler in the Last Dance World Series, a tournament where the local team won four games. Photo by Jim Hague

By Jim Hague

It was an emotionally trying season for the St. Peter’s Prep baseball team, long before a pitch was even thrown.

Back in March, when there was still a slight hope that there would be some semblance of a season to take place amid the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the Marauders’ coaching staff was leveled, after three members of the staff tested positive for the coronavirus.

Then, the season was totally wiped clean, when the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) canceled the entire spring sports season. The Marauders’ hopes of a spectacular 2020 were squashed by the pandemic.

But in early June, plans for a summer tournament called The Last Dance World Series were introduced, a tourney that would begin after the NJSIAA’s exclusive rights were no longer in play.

Of course, the Marauders wanted to be a part of the tourney in whatever fashion it would be. It would be a chance for the team’s eight seniors to bid farewell to their high school careers as well giving the program’s younger players the opportunity to get a jump start on a possible 2021 season.

The team, called Maroon and Silver, was coached by Joe Doren, who has been in charge of the Marauders’ fall ball squad for the last five years.

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Gebroe-Hammer’s Niko Nicolaou Arranges $23.75M Sale of the Fairmount at McGinley Square in Jersey City’s Newest Budding Neighborhood

Core Multifamily Asset Features 58 Apartment Homes & 3,200 SF Commercial Space

In one of Jersey City’s most popular budding multifamily investment submarkets, Gebroe-Hammer Associates has arranged the $23.75M sale of The Fairmount at McGinley Square, featuring 58 newly constructed Class A apartment homes atop 3,200 SF of prime commercial space. Executive Vice President Niko Nicolaou exclusively represented the seller, KABR Group, and procured the buyer, Tenth Avenue Holdings (TAH) Properties.

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Small business grants of up to $10,000 from Procter & Gamble – LISC Partnership

A  $1.2 million investment from Procter & Gamble and their Secret Deodorant brand, LISC is offering relief and recovery grants of up to $10K to help small businesses in under-served communities. 

The partnership will prioritize the needs of women- and minority-owned beauty salons and barbershops, childcare centers, and other family-owned ventures, with the Secret brand’s contribution specifically assisting Black female entrepreneurs.

The grant round opened on Monday, July 27th and eligible businesses are encouraged to register.

Register

For those seeking a small business relief grant, please visit LISC’s Small Business Grants FAQ page for more information.

This is an opportunity to bring much needed capital to entrepreneurs who have been hardest hit by the pandemic, and who received the least federal stimulus assistance. I hope you will share this with the small businesses in your community.

https://www.lisc.org/nyc/

Valerie White Executive Director LISC NYC

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did you know that these movies were filmed in hudson county?

Your sitting down in your favorite easy chair watching your big screen TV and watching a movie, when suddenly a location comes on the screen and you think to yourself-I know that place , that is in Jersey City or Hoboken or Bayonne or Kearny or West New York or any one of the municipalities we call home.

Chances are you do recognize a location , according to https://twitter.com/VisitHudsonNJ starting back in 1907 the Centaur Film Company Company was an American motion picture production company in Hudson County in Bayonne, New Jersey, by William and David Horsley. It was the first independent motion picture production company in the United States.

In 1909 the company added a West Coast production unit, the Nestor Film Company, which established the first permanent film studio in Hollywood, California, in 1911. The company was absorbed by the Universal Film Manufacturing Company in 1912 and the rest is history! Over the years, Hudson County has been the backdrop in many films and TV productions, least of which is the the famous scene from the Godfather “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” Scene was filmed in Liberty State Park, Moris Pesin Drive

https://twitter.com/VisitHudsonNJ invites you to come to Hudson County and visit these locations and feel like a star

For More Info on Filming in Hudson County, NJ contact Joe Waks   jwaks@hcnj.us 

Here is a list of movies filmed in Hudson County:

JOKER (2019)

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert Di Niro

Directions:
William J Brennan Courthouse, 583 Newark Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07306

Loew’s Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Square Plaza
Jersey City, NJ 07306 READ MORE

“Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” Scene

THE GODFATHER (1972)

Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan

Directions:
Liberty State Park, Morris Pesin Drive
Jersey City, NJ READ MORE

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BROKEN PIECE OF PLASTIC LOOKS VERY MUCH LIKE THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY

They say if you look down when you walk there is no telling what you will find. On a recent stroll in Bayonne, our River View Observer citizen contributor looked down and found this broken piece of plastic that looks like an exact replica of the shape of the State of New Jersey.

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COUNTY’S CENSUS 2020 TRUCK COMES TO BAYONNE

Hudson County sent a video truck to Bayonne and other municipalities to promote Census 2020.

Mayor Jimmy Davis joined county representatives and census supporters when the truck made a stop at 25th Street and Broadway by McDonald’s Restaurant. 

Pictured from left to right:  Mayor Davis, Hudson County Planner Francesca Giarratana, Amanda Gonzalez (Women Rising), Naomi Lesnewski (Hudson County Census Team), Salim Laib (Hudson County Census Team), Dan Ward (Social Studies Director, Bayonne Board of Education), and City Public Information Officer Joe Ryan (Chairman, Bayonne Census 2020 Complete Count Committee).  To make sure you are counted online in Census 2020, please go to www.2020census.gov.  To be counted by phone, call 844-330-2020 (English); 844-468-2020 (Spanish); 844-479-2020 (Polish); 844-416-2020 (Arabic); and 844-478-2020 (Tagalog).  

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25th Street Pedestrian bridge to be replaced by city of bayonne

The City of Bayonne has announced they are scheduled to accept proposals for removing and replacing the pedestrian bridge on East 25th street during a bid hearing on July 29, 2020.

This bridge is the only bridge that spans the entire Hudson Bergen Light rail and adjacent freight tracks.

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