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March 16, 2012

Prime Real Estate Group Customer Appreciation Night and HFA Fundraiser at Melting Pot 3-15-2012

Prime Customer Appreciation Night at Melting Pot 3-15-2012

Last night TheBoken.com attended newly formed Prime Real Estate Group’s customer appreciation and fundraiser for the Hoboken Family Alliance at the Melting Pot March 15 from 7-10pm. The event was well attended with over 40 people and they raised hundreds of dollars (at least $700 unofficially) for the Hoboken Family Alliance.  It was reported to us that the ladies were blown away with the donation and already had plans ranging from a Summer program for special needs children to a big fall event. Darren Giordano and Andrew Sanderson were the hosts of the event and besides their fundraising prowess they are pretty good at closing Real Estate deals too. Between them they have $8M in closed and pending sales to date in 2012, which includes 12 sale deals and over 25 rentals. They are off to a great start to the year. Here is what they had to say about the event….

Darren’s quote:

“It was great to give back to the community and celebrate with our clients at our Customer Appreciation Party last night. Our Clients are at the heart of what we do and it was a great to honor and see them. I’ve formed many friendships with past clients which makes this job so much fun. Meeting the ladies of the Hoboken Family Alliance was outstanding. It’s exciting they already have plans for many of their programs with the money we raised and donated!”

Andrew’s quote:

“Last night was all about giving back to our clients.  We wanted to throw a fun party as a way of saying ‘thank you for your constant support, referrals and business’.  It was a threefold event, in that we could accomplish this while simultaneously giving back to the great town of Hoboken, its local businesses and the Hoboken Family Alliance”.

For the raffle TheBoken.com bought five tickets to help with the fundraising with no expectation of winning. I won three prizes including Crew Hair products, Dinner for two at East LA and bubble bath for kids with a yellow elephant loofa. The last gift I gave away as I am not a bubble bath person even though I thought the yellow elephant loofa was quite cute. With a lucky streak like that several in attendance said I should immediately go to Atlantic City  to see if my luck would continue. I took a pass but will play the Powerball instead.

Prime Customer Appreciation Night at Melting Pot 3-15-2012

The  cake was a huge hit. It was from Cakes by Katie. Who needs the Cake Boss! (just kidding).
Here’s Katie Pagnozzi’s email: Cakequeen2011@gmail.com.

Prime Customer Appreciation Night at Melting Pot 3-15-2012

Over 20 businesses donated gift cards and gifts to the cause for The Hoboken Family Alliance.

Prime Customer Appreciation Night at Melting Pot 3-15-2012

Wine and beer were served. The Melting Pot has a very extensive wine list in Hoboken.

Prime Customer Appreciation Night at Melting Pot 3-15-2012

A few variety of Fondues were served. TheBoken.com is not a huge fondue fan but
the cheeses sampled and presented were very good.

Below are a couple of shots of the crowd in attendance sent in from Darren Giordano of  Prime Real Estate…



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February 10, 2012

Drunken Polar Bear’s The Hoboken Weekend Ahead – Feb 10th – 12th

Happy Friday Hobokenites!  After a few weekends off and a Giant Superbowl victory, your weekend update is finally back!  We at TheBoken.com will continue to do the research and find the cool things around town, but if you have any suggestions please post them in the comments below.

Weather Outlook

Well this Polar Bear (and most other forecasters) were certainly wrong when we predicted a snowy winter.  To date, we are far below snowfall totals and January 2012 was one of the warmest on record for many states.  That’s going to change a little bit this weekend…

A storm front from the south, lake effect snow from the Midwest and Arctic front from Canada are all going to descend on the Northeast this weekend bringing cold, wind and snow.  Exact predictions still depend on the storm track, but Hoboken should get 2-3 inches of snow starting around 2am Saturday and snowing throughout most of the day.  There’s opportunity for more snow, but right now the bulk (3-6 inches) will be off to the east.

Local Sports Action

Now that football is over we enter that sports vacuum between the Superbowl and start of baseball season.  But there’s always hockey!

Hockey updates – The Rangers take on the evil thug Flyers Saturday (1pm).  The Devils also have Saturday afternoon game hosting the Florida Panthers (1pm).  The Islanders host LA Kings Saturday afternoon (1pm) and Florida Panthers Sunday afternoon (3pm).

What’s Going on Around Town?

-          Jersey Girls! – No, not the class Bruce song – it’s your favorite tanned ladies – Snooki and JWOWW.  You know by now that Hoboken said no to them living here and they’ve moved to Jersey city, but I’ve got more.  This Polar Bear has heard rumors they will be filming in the area soon.  Where do you think they’ll go? A hint is below….

It is also rumored but not yet confirmed that they might be staying at36 Mercer Street Jersey city for the shooting of their spinoff.

36 Mercer Street Jersey City

Lights, Camera, Action A great movie lineup at Hoboken’s movie theater Clearview Cinemas this weekend – Safe House, The Vow, Star Wars I in 3D, the Artist and the Grey. Click Here for movie showtimes.

-          Celebrate at the HoHa Snowball Saturday with live music and great local food.

Music to My Ears

DPB’s Weekend Recommendations – Speed Edition

  • Make sure you have snow supplies (shovel, salt, boots, etc.) to dig out this weekend. Shop local at City Paint and Ace Hardware at 130  Washington Street or Hoboken Paint and Hardware 316 Washington Street  instead of Home Depot for basic supplies. This help keep retail on Washington Street vibrant when you avoid big box retail.
  • Check out the newly complete walking, running path on the north side of town that now connects Hoboken and Weehawken
  • Try one of the many new restaurants in town that have opened in the last few months like Sol Caribe on Washington Street…

  • Discover a good new book. Click here for the Hoboken Reader’s Circle book list fro this winter and spring.
  • Get ready for Valentine’s Day! Here are some of the specials being offered in Hoboken: http://theboken.com/theboken-specials/

What are you all doing this weekend?  Any suggestions? Share yor thoughts in the comments below….

- The Drunken Polar Bear

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