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April 15, 2013

Hoboken Startup A Brighter Mile to Help Parents with Childcare Decisions

A Brighter Mile (www.abrightermile.com) is an online community that connects local families with educators who babysit, tutor and coach. They are a small business looking to help the Hoboken community by creating jobs and providing local families with the highest-quality childcare available.

Some quick facts about the company are:

  • They currently have 30 educators listed on the website and are growing rapidly.
  • All listed educators live or work in Hoboken.
  • Founded by a special education teacher and a large contingency of our teachers have special education backgrounds.
  • Strong advocate for anti-bullying and children with special needs.
  • Monthly ($30), Half-Year ($120) and Yearly ($200) memberships
  • Listed on Hoboken Mommies and Hoboken Special Needs Parent Group websites.

Below is a business launch press release detailing the company….

A Brighter Mile Hoboken



After a year of behind-the-scenes work, Hoboken resident Allison Bartels unveiled her solution for families seeking reliable childcare services. On Monday, April 1st, A Brighter Mile (www.abrightermile.com) went live as Hoboken’s new one-stop-shop connecting local families with educators who offer babysitting, tutoring and coaching services.

Unlike other babysitting sites and agencies, A Brighter Mile childcare providers must be licensed to work within a state school system. Listed childcare providers are local teachers, school psychologists, social workers, speech therapists, and occupational therapists – all professionals who work with children on a daily basis.

To simplify how parents connect with educators, the site allows users to conduct searches based on qualifications such as education level, special education background, and CPR/Epi-Pen certifications, to name a few. All educators have detailed profiles listing areas of expertise and availability to help families find the best and most suitable care for their children.

In addition to its online community, A Brighter Mile will be active within the Hoboken community. On May 5th, A Brighter Mile will have a booth at the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival. On May 15th, President and Founder, Allison Bartels, will be speaking at the Hoboken Mommies – Mommy Lunch. Over the course of the summer, other events will include CPR classes hosted by FDNY paramedics, child outings to Hoboken’s Movies Under the Stars, and parent seminars on Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB).

While A Brighter Mile is currently focused on serving the Hoboken community, it is expanding its reach throughout the New York Metro Area by allowing educators to indicate their willingness to travel nearby. Prior to joining, families from surrounding areas are encouraged to preview listed educators to determine if there is one who meets their needs.

A Brighter Mile offers monthly ($30), half-year ($120) and yearly ($200) memberships. However, now through April 18th, the site is offering a 25% discount on all initial rates to promote their launch.

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November 27, 2012

Hoboken Local Election Results – Finalized by Hudson County – Kids First Sweeps BOE, Election Reforms Pass, and Rent Control Narrowly Upheld

Filed under: Education,Hoboken,Politics — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 5:40 PM

The local Hoboken election results from Tuesday November 6th have finally been certified due to delays from Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath.

Here are the certified totals from the Hudson County Clerk’s Office (drum roll please):

Jean Marie Mitchell, Ruth McAllister and Thomas Kluepfel of Kids First, the Hoboken BOE slate that was endorsed by Mayor Zimmer won all three Board of Education Seats at stake. Jean Marie Mitchell had only been ahead 6 votes before the provisional and electronic votes were counted as was able to further widen her lead. After the initial machine tally the third seat was the only seat that was still in question. Now the results are finalized and a clean sweep for Kids First and their political allies including Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Rent control advocates win by a mere 52 votes! (Question #2). This just goes to show every vote can count in Hoboken. The public questions to move municipal elections to November wins easily (3 to 1) and runoffs are eliminated though by a lesser but still significant margin (Questions #3 and #1 respectively).

With these changes the Mayoral election will now be election day in November 2013. The City Council Ward members will also have their terms extended until November of 2015 as well instead of the previous May term. Mayor Zimmer had lobbied for Kids First, a yes vote on election reform questions 1 and 3, and for rejecting Public Question 2 which would have enabled vacancy decontrol. Although the last question was decided by a very close, Mayor Dawn Zimmer has no doubt secured a clean sweep and major victory against her political opponents. In the wake of her tireless efforts in recovering from Hurricane Sandy, is there any real opposition to her getting re-elected next November? Time will tell.

For reference here is the link to the Hudson County Election Results: http://www.hudsoncountyclerk.org/cgi-bin/election.pl

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April 28, 2012

TRUE Mentors’ Is Ready To Play! Today with Hoboken Games

TRUE Mentors’ Is Ready To Play! Today with Hoboken Games

Today,  Saturday, April 28th Hoboken’s TRUE Mentors, a one-on-one mentoring program for children ages 7 – 17, will be hosting Hoboken Games,a team tournament of favorite challenge games hosted at local businesses. Teams of adults and families will compete in games designed for each individual business.

“We are very excited about tomorrow’s event,” says Susi Tully, Executive Director of TRUE Mentors. “It is a chance for many different people from around our city to connect, compete and have some fun supporting children in Hoboken.”

Registration is at 1 p.m. at Church Square Park Gazebo (Park Ave. between 4th and 5th streets in Hoboken. The competitions will take place at local businesses from 2-4 p.m. with an after party and the quarterfinals, semi finals and finals hosted at the Quays, 310 Sinatra Dr. from 4 – 7 p.m.

Participating businesses include the Village Pourhouse, Northern Soul, Solid Threads, Copper Kettles, Right Angle, Interior Motifs, Sullivan’s, Ben & Jerry’s, Midtown Authentic, Hoboken Pet , Giant Wash Laundry mat and more. The games will vary based on the busy and teams will need to win two out of three of their first games to move on to the final rounds to win prizes.

Awesome Prizes including an annual pool membership at Sky Club, a guided bike tour of Central Park from Groupon, $250 worth of gift vouchers for Midtown Authentic, Gift Cards to some of your favorite stores and Gift Baskets from Ben & Jerry’s, Garden of Eden, SuperCuts and other favorites.

Prizes will be awarded to the top two teams for the Adults-only teams and the Family teams. Free Food will be served at the post party for participants. Non-participants are invited but will be charged $5 available at the door.

TRUE Mentors, is Hoboken’s only one-to-one mentoring program that connects children ages 7 – 17 with adult mentors in the same community.  Our goal is to unearth the potential of our children and adults through relationship. Our mentors become a trusted friend and champion to our children. Our children become teachers and ambassadors to new cultures and ways of thinking for our mentors.  The result is that TRUE Mentors breaks down cultural barriers in Hoboken and creates new opportunities for our children and a stronger, more compassionate community.

For more ways to get involved or volunteer with TRUE Mentors, visit www.truementors.org or call 201-540-TRUE.

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April 25, 2012

Think Thursdays April 26th Lecture Series Presents “The Sugar Blues And You” at Hudson School 7-8pm

Filed under: Education,Hoboken — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 11:55 AM

Think Thursdays April 26th Lecture Series Presents “The Sugar Blues And You,”

A Workshop On Sugar, Its Effects On The Body and

How To Kick The Habit With Health Coach Donnie DeSanti

Do you constantly crave sweets and you are not sure why? Are you tired of always being tired and having no energy? Do you want to gain control over your cravings without depriving yourself? Is sugar affecting your children’s’ behavior and schoolwork? If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then be sure to drop by The Hudson
School’s April 26th Think Thursdays as Health Coach Donnie DeSanti will conduct a workshop which could permanently change your relationship to sugar, as well as help you get on track to a healthier and more satisfying diet without feeling deprived of some of life’s tastier delights!

“If you are like most people, you and your loved ones may struggle with sugar, “says DeSanti. “Most people crave sugary snacks for an energy boost or to satisfy that sweet tooth, but somehow, end up more tired after they indulge. Often, people become frustrated that they cannot reach their ideal weight, sleep through the night, or find cures to their health issues, like dull skin, headaches, and constant feeling of being stressed out and irritable.

“To top that all off, now we have our children to worry about,” he adds.

DeSanti trained at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and since then has been working as Health Coach, encouraging others to reach their health goals, increase their energy, and feel great in their bodies. His April 26th Think Thursdays workshop will show attendees:

  • How sugar is negatively affecting their and their children’s health and happiness
  • How sugar is part of the solution – not the problem
  • How to avoid feeling deprived with suggestions for foods and recipes
  • How lifestyle affects cravings
  • How to gain control of their health and eating habits

“As in nature, our lives revolve around a delicate balance between our mind, body, and soul,” DeSanti says. “If one factor weighs too heavily to one side, the scale of life will tip and cause a disharmony, In my teens, I discovered I could take control of my life – and my problems with attention deficit disorder –by changing what I put into my body. That decision changed my life.”

The Hudson School’s (THS) Think Thursdays Series educates and informs the over-18 crowd in this lecture and film series aimed at adults. The series features guest speakers, local authors, and films covering a broad range of topics. Past participants include physicist and educator Ari Räisä, archeologist Brock Giordano, photographer Peter Ziebel, oral historians Scott Reitmeyer and Zoe West, authors Lisa Martineau, Marc Aronson, Marina Budhos, Deborah Clearman, Roya Movafegh, and chiropractor and wellness expert Dr. Laura Brayton.

Now in its second year, Think Thursdays is held once or twice a month from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.through spring 2012. Admission is $7 for THS family members and $10 for the general public. All are welcome to attend.

“Parents often tell me they wish they could go back to school to study with our wonderful teachers at The Hudson School.” said Suellen Newman, THS founder and director. “Our speakers’ series, Think Thursdays, is intended to fulfill that desire and to provide an educational setting where adults can sit in on a provocative lecture or attend a film
screening. Why should children have all the fun? Dinner table conversations will be that much more interesting if parents bring home interesting tidbits to share on a variety of topics I hope people will drop in from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. to learn something new and stimulating.”

The Hudson School, a small, non-profit, independent school for grades 5-12 accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, was founded in 1978 by Suellen Newman. A community of scholars, it offers academically motivated and creative children a rigorous and broad college preparatory curriculum with strong emphasis on the arts. The school’s need-blind admissions policy assures that its doors remain open to the families of every qualified child regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For information about the admissions process, please contact Mrs. Newman, founder and director, at 201.659.8335, ext. 107, or visit http://thehudsonschool.org/

The Hudson School
601 Park Avenue Hoboken, NJ 07030
201‐659‐8335 (tel)
201‐222‐3669 (fax)

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November 1, 2011

3rd Annual Hoboken Rotary Spelling Bee

Filed under: Education,Hoboken,Hoboken Rotary — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 10:00 AM

Third Annual Spelling Bee Hoboken Rotary 11-10-2011


The Hoboken Rotary is again sponsoring the 3rd Annual Hoboken Spelling Bee at Hoboken Catholic Academy.  Once again, seven Hoboken elementary schools are participating, providing their top 3 spellers of the 4th grade to compete on Thursday, November 10th at 7pm.  The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will take home gift certificates to Barnes and Noble.  Hoboken Rotary member Noelle Tate came up with the idea for this event when considering how to further our involvement with education in the community.  Each year, the Hoboken Rotary donate dictionaries to every 3rd grader in Hoboken.  This event enhances this contribution while promoting literacy and education.  These 4th graders each received a dictionary the previous year and they are all very excited (and nervous) to attend the Spelling Bee and compete.  It’s so wonderful to see how energized the students can be for an educational event.  The families also love watching and supporting the participants.  The Hoboken Rotary has received very positive feedback from the students, teachers, families, and community members for the past two years. 

Event: Hoboken Rotary 3rd Annual Spelling Bee

Where: Hoboken Catholic Academy 555 7th Street Hoboken, NJ

When: Thursday November 10th at 7pm

Admission: $2 for Adults, children free

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