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  • Sidewalk Carnival raises money & awareness for bike camp

    The sun and smiles shined brightly as hundreds turned up at Ben & Jerry's Thursday for ice cream, face painting and balloons for the Sidewalk Carnival to benefit the HFA's 2nd Annual Lose the Training Wheels Bike Camp.

    Sibel Berberoglu, owner of the Hoboken Ben & Jerry's, hosted the benefit that provided 20% of sales for the night to the camp. Ben & Jerry's, along with the City of Hoboken, Clearview Cinema, Coca-Cola, h-Mag, Hoboken Harriers, Litzky Public Relations,  Macy's,  Orlando Physical Therapy and WPLJ are sponsors for the camp. The night raised $500 for the camp. But more importantly the event raised awareness for the camp and the importance of providing an opportunity for children with disabilities to achieve a milestone that comes easily for many children.

    Lose the Training Wheels has an 80% success rate in teaching children with disabilities to ride a bike in five days. Families may struggle for years unsuccessfully to teach their children to ride a bike.  But adaptive equipment and the help of two certified bike technicians help advance camp participants through the program to learn to ride in just a week. The camp runs July 8-13 at Hoboken High School. To volunteer, donate or register a participant click on the Lose the Training Wheels poster.


  • Dinosaurs are coming to Secaucus!

    Opens May 26!

    “9 Minutes from Manhattan, 90 million years back in time.”

    Field Station Dinosaurs are finally here! This world-class family attraction, combines cutting-edge science with the creative minds of great artists and teachers to create a one-of-kind experience that’s thrilling, educational and fun. The dinosaurs have been making their round in New Jersey at events, but you haven’t seen anything yet.

    Over thirty life-sized, realistic dinosaurs (including the ninety foot long Argentinosaurus, the largest animatronic dinosaur ever made) come to life at Field Station, set in the Meadowlands in Secaucus and nestled at the base of a 150 million year old rock formation.


  • Hoboken Holistic Parenting Group

    Inaugural meeting will take place on Thursday, May 17 at 7p at Symposia Community Bookstore, 510 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ

    Would you like to:

    * Meet with like-minded parents and fellow community members

    * Build social and health connections

    * Establish a supportive Community & Discussion Group

    * Nourish and expand your parenting options

    * Continue your personal growth to enable you to be the best parent you can be

    There are several fantastic play groups in Hoboken, which provide a very valuable resource for parents in town.

    But, where can you go to discuss the questions that arise each and every day regarding raising your child?

    The Hoboken Holistic Parenting and Family Wellness Group provides a safe and supportive environment, where we can come together to ask questions, share parenting techniques and stories, and discuss timely and relevant family wellness issues.

    For more information: http://www.meetup.com/Hoboken-Holistic-Parenting


  • Proposed Science-Themed Charter School Seeks Community Input

    A team of Hoboken parents and educators is putting together a proposal for a new, science-themed charter school for Hoboken. As part of this process, they are reaching out to the community to gauge interest and seek input.

    The survey is available online at http://davincicharter.wordpress.com/community-survey/. All Hoboken residents are encouraged to fill it out.

    Some brief information about the proposed school:

    (1) If approved, DaVinci Charter School of Hoboken will open in September 2013 with Kindergarten - 2nd grade, and will expand to K-5.

    (2) DaVinci will be a S.T.E.M.-focused school – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. In addition to receiving high-quality instruction in reading and writing and all core subjects, students will participate several times a week in hands-on science experiments and engineering projects.

    (3) DaVinci will offer a small, nurturing, and personal community where every child is known.

    (4) DaVinci believes in adapting our teaching to the individual child – not the other way around.

    (5) The curriculum will be Project Based. This means that students will learn largely through working on real-life-related, engaging, and often interdisciplinary projects that are connected to rigorous academic standards.

    More information is available at davincicharter.wordpress.com. Any questions can be directed to davincicharterschool@nullgmail.com


  • HFA First Annual Backpack & School Supply Drive – Extended One More Week

    The Hoboken Family Alliance is hosting our first Annual Back to School Supplies Drive through September 9th, 2011 to benefit over 120 needy children in Hudson County.

    HFA is committed to helping children and youth succeed and ensuring every young person is ready to learn.
    Beginning the school year with the right tools provides children in difficult family structures with real hope, motivation and encouragement for the educational challenges ahead. We hope you will help us ease the financial burden for these families.

    Our donations will go to children in need from the following organizations: 52 children from In Jesus Names Charities, 50 high school girls from the York Street Project High School (Kenmare), and 20 children from the Division of Youth & Family Services (DYFS).

    Items needed include: Backpacks (Unisex backpacks are preferred if possible), pencils, pens, pink erasers, two-pocket folders, binders, looseleaf paper (wide rule), notebooks (both spiral & composition), 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 drop boxes at downtown (Club H), midtown (Big Fun Toys), and uptown (NY Sports Club North) locations. Big Fun Toys will be selling backpacks and some school supplies too.

    Drop off details:
    When: Monday, August 1 – Wednesday, August 31, 2011
    Where: Downtown Location: Club H, 110 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken (7am-7 pm)
    Midtown Location: Big Fun Toys, 602 Washington Street, Hoboken (11-7pm) Be sure to us your HFA CARD for a 10% discount off any purchase over $25 - www.bigfuntoys.com Also ask about the new Big Fun Toy Rewards Program!
    Uptown Location: NY Sports Club, 210 14th Street, Hoboken 7am-7 pm)

    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 and essentially allows your donations to go directly toward the supplies. If you wish to donate toward a backpack, please visit our website hobokenfamily.com and pay using PayPal.


    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, 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 first Annual Back to School drive. For more information, please email Michele at hfaphilanthropy@nullyahoo.com


  • HCA’s Golf Tournament

    The Hoboken Catholic Academy, the city’s only Catholic school, will host it's annual golf outing.

    The schools fundraiser will be held on Friday, October 21, 2011 at Meadows Golf Club, located at 79 Two Bridges Road in Lincoln Park.

    Members of the public can choose to participate by golfing, sponsoring the event, taking part in the 50/50 raffle, making a monetary or merchandise donation, or share the information with others. Individual golfers fee is $150.

    For more information or to obtain a donation form, call Mike and Cathy Tennaro at (201) 659-4175.


  • Continuing Ed Classes

    Interested in learning something new? Hoboken Board of Education looks to resurrect adult/continuing ed classes

    Here's a chance to help shape offerings for the return of  The Hoboken Board of Education adult/continuing ed classes. The popular offerings geared to adults and parents had been available for was not available for the first time in years.  But new district's new superintendent Dr. Mark Toback would like to reinstate the program and is looking to partner with schools such as Hudson County Community College and Hudson County Technical School to administer the programs which may provide college credits.

    "As the Board of Education considers reviving adult/continuing education, we're interested in what kind of programs people are interested in as we plan for the year," said Dr. Toback.

    He's looking for community feedback on what types of programs and classes people would find most useful. So take a few minutes and answer a simple three question survey. Just click here to take survey.


  • New Day Care Option in Hoboken

    Hoboken Little School
    Opening June 1, 2011
    1 Newark Street

    Serves children 6 weeks-4 years old. Hours are Mon-Fri 7am-7pm. We offer full and part time care. We have live steam video so parents can watch their children from a secure site. We cook and serve breakfast, lunch and a snack daily to children over 12 months. Parents provide dinner. We have small class sizes and low teacher:student ratio.

    Website is www.hobokenlittleschool.com.
    Phone number is 201.798.5437.
    E-mail is kristie@nullhobokenlittleschool.com.