Attn: Friends of Big Fun Toys


Avon 39 - Blisters Are Temporary, Fierce Is Forever
Kathleen, your favorite “toy store lady”, here, reaching out today to share with some of my absolute favorite Big Fun supporters that I am walking my 2nd ever Avon Walk this October in NYC!  I’ll walk 39 miles in two days with the hopes of coming closer with every step to ending breast cancer.
For those of you who may not know, I lost my own mom to breast cancer 15 years ago, so this is a cause that is very meaningful to me.  Not only did I watch her battle this awful disease, I myself now have to be on alert for the future.  The Avon Walk is a great opportunity for me to fight against this disease, and to benefit our local community, because the Avon Foundation donates locally in the NY area.  For tons more information on the walk, visit
What I’m asking for today is a donation toward my $1800 required goal to participate.  Greatly appreciated donations can be as small as $5.00, but I’d love to get as many people as possible to sponser me by donating $1.00/mile, which will encourage me to keep walking the whole event! You will see an option to do this on the donation page (see link at bottom of email).
Thank you all for considering donating to this great event, and for your continued support at the local toy store we all know and love! If you are unable to donate, please don’t sweat it for a minute, but feel free to share this email with anyone else you think might like to contribute.  Every dollar helps so many women get the treatment and testing they need to eliminate this disease.
Please click the link on the bottom of this email to donate now.
With so much thanks,
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Aftercare for Calabro Kindergarten Children at Mile Square Demarest

Aftercare for Calabro Kindergarten Children at Mile Square Demarest


  • After care makes it easy for those parents that have to work past 2:30pm or just need that extra hour to complete some chores
  • Children are provided with a wide variety of activities planned by our talented and experienced staff.
  • Its creative, fun, and most of all relaxed
  • This time allows children to explore using their own creativity


  • Register at Demarest (address below) with Ms. Evelyn
  • $100 registration fee and first month’s payment due upon registering; Fees are on a sliding scale
  • Vouchers accepted with only a $25 registration fee
  • Services begin September 15th

A Demarest staff member(s) will be picking up your child and walking them over to Demarest at 2:45pm

Call the number below for more information!

Mile Square Early Learning Center
158 4th Street Hoboken, NJ 07030
(phone) 201-659-0779
(fax) 201-659-7789


Hudson Bike Share Sponsored by CarePoint, Suez North America, Bijou Properties, Zipcar, Investors Bank & Keller Williams City Life Realty

Early membership discount available starting today; System to Launch in September

Contact: Juan Melli
(201) 923-9583 or

The City of Hoboken, in partnership with Bike and Roll, nextbike, E3Think, and P3 Global Management, and, is announcing the pre-sale for Hudson Bike Share, a Hoboken-based regional bike share program, in advance of the planned launch in September. Beginning today, residents and visitors can immediately register for annual memberships by visiting or through the nextbike mobile application. Annual memberships purchased before the launch will cost just $75 – a $20 discount off of the regular $95 annual fee.

The first phase of the program will feature 250 bicycles with next-generation “smart-bike” technology and 29 official stations in Hoboken. Users may ride anywhere within or outside of Hoboken during their rental. In addition to the 29 official stations within Hoboken, this first-of-its-kind program will permit riders to connect to regional transportation options and make longer visits to neighboring areas by allowing them to return and rent bikes from several locations outside of Hoboken without added fees. Thanks to on-board GPS technology and an integrated cable lock, riders will not be charged a fee for returning bikes to any legal bicycle rack within designated ‘Regional No Fee Zones’ outside of Hoboken. Bicycles that are not returned to official stations will be charged a $10 fee within Hoboken and $25 fee outside of Hoboken, with the exception of designated Regional No Fee Zones.



The City of Hoboken will host a special double feature Movies Under the Stars at Mama Johnson Field, located at 4th Street and Jackson Street. Admission is free.

“Movies Under the Stars is a community-favorite event, and we’re glad to expand it and for the first time to provide a special double feature at Mama Johnson Field,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, there will be a double feature starting with the Lego Movie (PG, 100 mins) at sundown (approximately 7:30pm) followed by Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13, 121 mins). The event opens at 7:00pm. Bring a blanket or low-back chair.

“I’m very appreciative of Mayor Zimmer, Director Pellegrini and Geri Fallo for accommodating my request to bring Movies Under the Stars to the 4th Ward,” said Councilman Tim Occhipinti. “I know my neighbors and I are excited for this event and we hope to incorporate more movies at Mama Johnson Field next summer.”

Contact: Juan Melli
(201) 923-9583 or

HFA Fifth Annual Back to School Supplies Drive

The Hoboken Family Alliance is hosting our Fifth Annual Back to School Supplies Drive
August 1 to September 12, 2015 to benefit children in need within Hudson County.

HFA is committed to helping children and youth succeed and ensuring every young person is ready to learn.  Children living at or below the poverty line will find it difficult to get enough to eat this summer as their parents struggle to keep the lights on and make rent – they simply cannot afford to buy backpacks and school supplies.

Our donations will go to children in need from the following organizations: In Jesus Names Charities, Division of Youth Family Services (DYFS) and York Street Project.

What’s Needed: NEW Backpacks (Unisex backpacks are preferred if possible), lunch boxes, pencils, pens, pink erasers, two-pocket folders, binders, loose-leaf paper (wide rule), notebooks (both spiral & composition), scientific calculators, protractors, crayons, colored pencils, markers, calculators, rulers, pencil sharpeners with cover, pencil cases, glue sticks, scissors and index cards. Flash drives are also requested for the older children.

For your convenience, we will have a drop box at Big Fun Toys. Big Fun Toys will be selling backpacks and some school supplies too.

Drop-off Details: When: Saturday, August 1 to September 12, 2015 at  Big Fun Toys, 602 Washington Street, Hoboken (Mon-Sat. 10-7pm, Sun . 11-6 pm )

Be sure to us your HFA CARD for a 10% discount off any purchase over $25 – Also ask about the new Big Fun Toy Rewards Program!

Cash Donations: If you prefer to financially donate, your donation of $25 will provide one backpack for a child, stocked with essential supplies. Cash donations are encouraged because HFA’s non-profit status allows it to purchase items without paying 7% sales tax. Click below to make a cash donation via Paypal:

We will be ordering supplies as soon as possible, to ensure the children are prepared and ready to start the year right. We will once again provide tax receipts for items donated on an as-requested basis. If you are making a cash donation, your tax receipt will be automatically generated. If you are dropping off items and you would like a receipt for your tax preparation, please leave a copy of your receipt with donation items highlighted, along with your name and address. Please keep a copy of your donation for your records.

We feel that by being prepared for the first day of school with a backpack and the right school supplies, many children will have the confidence to work towards having a successful school year. With your partnership, we will be able to accomplish this together. Please join the Hoboken Family Alliance in our Fifth Annual Back to School drive. For more information, please email Michele at

Have a great School Year!

MathWizard: New address and Get Ready for School Workshops

“MathWizard has Moved!  We are now located at 801 Monroe St., Hoboken NJ 07030.
A warm welcome to all HFA members at our new location. Please call or stop by our new center to receive a Free $5 Gift Card, Free Placement and Free Registration now through September 31st! Or visit us on Yelp to receive our latest deals and gift certificates”
Get Ready for School with MathWizard!
“MathWizard can help get you ready for School in Time! Join MathWizard 2.5 hour Summer Study Workshops. Flexible schedule choose from 2, 3 or 4 days of daily Math + English Workshops. Choose from 9 am – 11:30 am or 1:30 – 4 pm. Or take an hour long class during evening hours of 4-7 pm or on Saturdays between 9:30 – 1. Optional Science hour add is available for Workshops, on Tuesday and Thursdays. Grade appropriate experiments will be conducted and practice provided in recording experiments and findings (for grades 3-6).
What is Offered:
2014 school year review, 2015 school year introduction, get help with your summer homework or prep for SATs or admission to the elusive KG program! All with MathWizard’s excellent teachers, proven materials. See why our students place well in sought after HS entrances, or elementary school entrances. See why our students improve by letter grades in school and do better in Standardized Testing. Use the last days of Summer to your advantage!
$220/week for Workshops. Science ad on $100/week.
Contact: 201.253.5522 or email: Visit us on Yelp to download our latest deals and gift certificates!



Little City Books
100 Bloomfield Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

You can search inventory, order books online, and find out what is going on at


August 18th, 10 am
This Brooklyn-based outfit will hold a free trial class at the bookstore. Come try it out! For 9 mos – 3 yrs. Find out about them here. Please register.

TEEN BOOK CLUB- CINDER , by Marissa Meyer. Led by Liz Szabla, esteemed editor at MacMillan. 12 and up.
Thursday, September 17th at 7 pm.  Sign up and we’ll put you on the list.

Sunday, September 20th, 6 pm.  Sign up and we’ll reserve a book for you and put you on the list.

Wednesday, September 30th, 6:45.  Sign up and we’ll reserve a book for you and put you on the list.


Friday, September 25th 8 pm

How well can a person eat on food stamps? A cookbook of healthy recipes geared to $4/day. With every copy purchased, another copy will be donated in our community.
Author Leanne Brown will be in conversation with a representative of a local food pantry as we discuss availability and cost of healthy food throughout Hoboken.

Thursday, October 1st, 7 pm

In 1976, an estuary of stunning beauty was protected by the Point Reyes Wilderness Act, threatening to shut down a small, family-run oyster farm established in the 1930s. The owner vowed to take his fight to the Supreme Court.
This battle had the power to influence wilderness law for decades to come. Were the oyster farmers environmental criminals, or victims of government fraud? Nature vs. agriculture, science vs. politics, who belongs and who doesn’t, and what it means to be wild.
Join us in discussion with author Summer Brennan and Ron Hine, founder of Hoboken’s Fund for a Better Waterfront.

Mile Square Theatre launches the MST Dance Academy

MST Dance Academy specializes in pre-professional-level training in Ballet, Modern Dance and Theater Dance, and is staffed by working professional dancers. Emphasis is placed on alignment, technique and purity of form.

Classes are based on a semester system. Parents may attend the final class of the Fall and Winter semesters to view their child’s progress. There will be a Spring performance to demonstrate the students’ abilities and give them a chance to dance in front of an audience.

All students are placed according to ability. Dancers may advance to pointe shoes at age 12 or older, when the appropriate musculature and bony supports are generally developed.

Girls should be attired in dark-colored leotards, pink tights, and pink ballet shoes, with hair neatly back in a bun or tight braid. Boys should wear white T-shirts and black tights or shorts, with black ballet shoes and neat hair.

Dance Education Director Sarah Weber Gallo holds an MFA in Dance Performance Studies from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. She is a longtime member of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, has performed a diversity of repertoire nationally and internationally, and was a Radio City Rockette.


Monroe Arts Building, 720 Monroe Street, Hoboken.  Parking available in the back of the building

For more information, call Sarah Weber Gallo at 201-923-4045 or email her at

For registration, go to


Contact: Juan Melli (201) 923-9583 or


The City of Hoboken invites members of the community to join its 100-strong and growing Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). State-certified trainers will hold a series of free CERT classes this fall for up to 60 participants. Those interested in joining CERT can submit an online application at:

“Our Community Emergency Response Team is made up of residents who care deeply about their neighbors and community,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Joining CERT is a great way to get involved and to help make your community more resilient.”

Hoboken’s CERT volunteers have been recognized as “Community Preparedness Heroes” by FEMA, and CERT Coordinator Lou Casciano was honored as a Community Preparedness and Resilience “Champion of Change” by the White House.

The City graduated its fifth CERT class in October 2014, bringing the total number of trained volunteers to 106 members.

CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area. CERT members also participate in assisting with large scale community events, staffing emergency shelters, and various other ways.

If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives. CERT skills also apply to daily emergencies.

Participation in CERT requires the successful completion of a training course on a range of subject matter specific to emergency response and disaster relief.

All classes will be held at the Multi Service Center, 124 Grand Street starting at 9:30am sharp and concluding at 4:00pm. There will be a 1 hour lunch break between modules. The training schedule is as follows:

10/24/2015 – Disaster preparedness & Fire safety

10/25/2015 – Disaster medical operations 1 & Disaster medical operations 2

11/1/2015 – Light search and rescue operations & CERT organization

11/7/2015 – Disaster psychology & Terrorism  in CERT
The final drill and exercise location and date will be announced during the class.

Participants must attend every module of training as well as participate in the final emergency simulation exercise in order to receive certification as a fully trained CERT Team member.

Upon completion of the training, each participant will be issued a CERT Member Emergency Kit

Test Prep Course (for current 8th graders)

Stevens Cooperative School, 301 Garden Street, Hoboken, (201) 626-4020. Is your 8th grader applying to a private high school in the fall? This test prep course is for you! Classes will prepare your student for the challenging Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) and the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT). Space in the 10-week class is limited to allow for one-on-one instruction by experienced test prep teachers.