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October 31, 2013

Photo of the Day Hoboken Charter School Reopens – Rebuilt After Fire Last Year

Filed under: Hoboken,Photo Of The Day — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 12:45 PM

Last year, more than 13 months ago the Hoboken Charter School located at 713 Washington Street in Hoboken, NJ sustained a fire that forced it to shutdown for extensive repairs. The repairs were finally completed and the school re-opened yesterday to the jubilation of students, parents and faculty. Below is a photo of the ribbon cutting featuring the Mayor of Hoboken and school officials submitted by a local reader…

Hoboken Charter School Reopens 10-30-2013

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January 8, 2013

Beer Tasting Benefit at Pilsener Haus Tonight for the The Hoboken Charter School Middle School 2013 Dance 6-9pm

Filed under: Bars,fundraiser,Hoboken,Pilsener Haus — Tags: , — TheBoken @ 2:15 PM

This is a bit of short notice but please join the folks at the Pilsener Haus For a Beer Tasting Benefit tonight on behalf of The Hoboken Charter School Middle School 2013 Dance if you are so inclined to eat and drink for a good cause!


Date: January 8th, 2013
Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm
Price: $25 per person (a flight of beer and light snacks)
Place: The Winter Garden at Pilsener Haus 1422 Grand Street  Hoboken, NJ 07030. Call for more info at (201) 683-5465

Please register and buy tickets in advance at:   http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/306712. Note: Families welcome and dinner may be ordered at an additional cost.

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October 6, 2012

The Rebuild Hoboken Charter School Benefit and Auction October 29th 7:30-10:30pm at W Hotel

The Rebuild Hoboken Charter School Benefit and Auction

On Monday October 29th the Rebuild Hoboken Charter School Benefit & Auction at the W Hotel Hoboken will be held from 7:30-10:30pm

The evening will feature food from many of Hoboken’s finest restaurants, drinks courtesy of Sparrow Wine & Liquor, plus Live and Silent Auctions filled with dozens of spectacular items and experiences to bid on in every price range.

Proceeds from the Benefit and Auction will provide much needed funds to help Hoboken Charter School rebuild from the devastating fire of September 6, 2012.

Together with the community’s help, we can ensure that the Hoboken Charter School at 713 Washington Street is rebuilt bigger and better than before, and that the Hoboken Charter School has a solid financial foundation to continue to provide its students with the nationally-recognized service-learning program for which it is known.

Tickets are $90 each and can be purchased online by clicking the link below:

HCS Rebuild Benefit and Auction

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/445026002216661/450146625037932

Website: http://www.hcs-pa.org/event_rebuild_benefit.html


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October 2, 2012

WIO Fundraiser at Pier A Park October 6th 11am-1pm for Hoboken Charter School

Saturday October 6th at Pier A Park, from 11am – 1pm Work it Out Fitness will be having an outdoor workout to help raise funds for the Hoboken Charter School that was recently hit with a bad fire and had to relocate to Jersey City for one year. Recommended donation is $10 but give more if you can.  All are welcome to join and refreshments will be available.

Certified instructors from WiO and SPF will be sure to give everyone a challenging, yet fun “sweat for a cause” workout!

Call WiO or visit them online for more information and sign-ups. Their website is: http://www.workitoutgym.com/wio/

Work it Out Gym LLC

Address: 603 Willow Ave. Hoboken, New Jersey 07030
Phone: 201.222.0802
Website: http://www.workitoutgym.com

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September 20, 2012

Hoboken Rotary Raises Almost $25,000 to Help Hoboken Charter School Rebuild After Fire

This update comes from Alan Skontra who specializes in Journalism, Commercial, Press Releases, Speeches, Social Networking, Tutoring. His website is www.alanskontra.com and he is also on Twitter at www.twitter.com/alanskontra. You might know Alan as he used to write as a freelancer for Hoboken Patch with articles on entertaining events around Hoboken and he also handles PR for the Hoboken Rotary. Alan is a valuable community asset looking to stay in Hoboken so if you require any of his skills you can reach out to him via email at alanskontra@hotmail.com.

Here is his update on the very successful Hoboken Charter School fundraiser held Tuesday at the Turtle Club….

Hoboken Rotary Raises Almost $25,000 to Help Hoboken Charter School Rebuild After Fire

Hoboken, NJ, September 19 – Tuesday night the Hoboken Rotary hosted a benefit party with over 500 guests and raised almost $25,000 for the Hoboken Charter School. The school will use the money for repairs after a recent fire damaged its building and displaced over 190 students.

Rotarian and local clothing store owner Rory Chadwick led the Rotary’s effort to organize the party, including securing a venue, gathering raffle and auction prizes, inviting guests and other arrangements. Previously Chadwick organized benefit parties after separate fires displaced the residents of 87 Jackson Street and 300 Washington Street.

The school at 713 Washington Street is across from Chadwick’s store. “I looked out my window and saw the school on fire, and it looked bad,” Chadwick said. “When I found out the inside was ruined I called my fellow Rotarians and got to work. It’s not easy to do this in such a short amount of time but when Rotary members work as a team we can do anything.”

Chadwick contacted Cory Checket, owner of the Turtle Club restaurant and bar at 936 Park Avenue, about hosting the benefit. “When the Hoboken Rotary approached us to host the fundraiser we didn’t hesitate,” Checket said. “It is truly remarkable how well Hoboken can come together to rally around a neighbor or institution in need.” The Turtle Club gave a free drink to all guests who donated a suggested $10 at the door. After hundreds of guests responded to the benefit’s Facebook page, neighboring restaurant 10th & Willow also opened to accommodate the overflow.

Dozens of local businesses donated raffle and auction prizes, and posted collection jars at their respective locations. Chadwick was able to obtain several big-ticket prizes, including signed sports memorabilia from football stars Eli Manning, Ray Rice and Troy Polamalu, game tickets, artwork, theater tickets, music memorabilia and a Hudson River cruise.

Several Hoboken Rotarians contributed to the benefit, either by donating prizes or by providing support, including bar owner Joe Branco, financial planner Christopher Mackin, magazine publisher Joe Mindak, realtor Ron Zimmerman and attorneys Lisa Russo and Marie Stinson.

Hoboken Charter’s Executive Director and K-8 principal Deirdra Grode said she hopes her students can learn from seeing the community come together to help. “I hope that our students see that it is possible to overcome adversity with hard work, commitment and team work,” Grode said.

The Hoboken Rotary has a standing fund to collect donations for this and other emergencies. It will continue to collect donations for the school in the coming days. “It is great to see the community come together in helping each other,” said current Hoboken Rotary president Ryan Mitchell. “This has been and will continue to be our mission, as our motto is service above self.”

To donate to the Hoboken Rotary’s fund for the Hoboken Charter School, and to learn more about the Hoboken Rotary, visit its website, friend its Facebook page, and follow its handle on Twitter.

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September 18, 2012

Hoboken Charter School Fundraiser is Tonight at Turtle Club 6-10pm

Filed under: fundraiser,Hoboken,Turtle Club — Tags: , , , — Rory @ 1:10 PM

Here is a note From Rory Chadwick on tonight’s fundraiser for the Hoboken Charter School at the Turtle Club….

Hoboken Charter School Fundraiser is Tonight at Turtle Club 6-10pm!

Regardless of the rain threat this evening, our fundraiser for the Hoboken Charter School is going to happen. Tonight from 6pm-10pm at both the Turtle Club and 10th and Willow. Our motto is Rotary is “Service Above Self”. We’re asking all of the Hoboken community and the surrounding communities to adopt our motto just for tonight and come out to support the kids, teachers and the school, even if mother nature has a few tricks up her sleeve.

The West Five Supper Club has donated their courtesy shuttle for use tonight from 6pm-10:30pm. The public can call 201-665-9667 between the hours of 6pm and 10:30pm tonight and be picked up by the shuttle, the shuttle will operate in Hoboken only. We are asking residents that live in large residential buildings to come together in the van, rather than call on an as needed basis to help alleviate the demand for the courtesy shuttle.

We have over 70 items for our silent auction/raffle and complimentary food has been donated for the night by Hoboken eateries Anthony David’s, East LA, The Madison, Liberty Bar, The Tilted Kilt, Trinity, The Village Pourhouse, Ben and Jerry’s, Carlo’s Bakery, The Little Grocer and Biggie’s Clam Bar.

Some of the auction items include 3 NY Giants Tickets vs Cleveland Brown in October, tickets are in section 111 in the player family seating area, Eli Manning signed Football, Eli Manning Signed Jersey, Victor Cruz Signed Jersey, NJ Devils signed Item, Signed guitars, Signed baseballs from NY Yankees and other teams, Lunch with Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Massages for 1 year and many more!! Raffle prizes will be various git cards to local store and restaurants, artwork, Dunkin Donuts items, gift baskets and so much more.

Any donation at the door for entry at either venue and each person that donates $10 or more will receive a free drink ticket. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted throughout the night.

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September 13, 2012

Hoboken Charter School Finds Temporary Space in Jersey City After Fire for K-8 Program

Filed under: fire,Hoboken,Washington Street — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 1:55 PM

Below is an update from the Hoboken Charter School that was displaced by a devastating fire last week at their 713 Washington Street location…



 Plans in Place to Start K-8th Grade Classes Tuesday, September 18th

HOBOKEN, NJ, September 13, 2012 – Six days after an intense fire swept through Hoboken Charter School’s 713 Washington Street building leaving nearly 200 K-8th grade students displaced, school officials have announced plans to return the kids to classes in interim space on Tuesday, September 18th.

The decision was made during last night’s Board meeting after all 7 members in attendance (1 absent) voted in favor of Executive Director/K-8 Principal Deirdra Grode’s recommendation to temporarily relocate the K-8 program to the former St. Anne’s School building at 255 Congress St. in Jersey City Heights.  The vote followed an open forum in which the public had an opportunity to voice their comments, and the unanimous decision to move forward with the recommendation was well received by the nearly 100 parents and teachers who were in attendance.

The vote does not affect Hoboken Charter School’s 9th-12th grade program which continues to operate on its normal schedule at its Demarest School location.

The selection of the St. Anne’s facility, a former Catholic School that closed its doors this year due to declining enrollment, came after an exhaustive search and evaluation process that started almost immediately after the September 6th fire was extinguished and it was determined that the devastating damage would mean a return to the 713 Washington Street building this academic was year was highly unlikely.

“We’ve been working around the clock to locate appropriate space that would enable us to quickly restore operations without compromising the integrity of our educational program and allow us to keep the K-8 students together in a unified environment,” notes Ms. Grode.  “We were assisted by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and her staff, the Hoboken Board of Education, Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy, Jersey City Construction Code Official Raymond Meyer, and a number of other agencies and individuals in our quest.  We are so thankful for all of their support.”

School officials are still working out a number of details that need to be resolved prior to the resumption of classes on September 18th, including receiving approval from the Department of Education to temporarily relocate the school outside of Hoboken and providing bussing for students to the new location, but are confident everything will be in place by Tuesday.

While the task of locating interim space has been resolved, officials are quick to point out that the crisis is far from over.

“We had a devastating fire and are in dire need of supplies, teaching resources, computers, art and music assets, monetary help and so much more,” says Dan Weisz, President of the Hoboken Charter School Board of Trustees.  “There’s been a tremendous outpouring of support from the parents and residents and businesses within Hoboken and beyond, and we are grateful for their help.  We have a huge mountain to climb to fully restore our operations in the interim space, and have the daunting task of rebuilding our 713 Washington Street building so we can return the K-8 program to its permanent home.”

This isn’t the first time the Hoboken Charter School is fighting for its existence.  Just two years ago the school was asked to vacate some of the space it had been leasing since 1998 at Demarest School in Hoboken which needed the additional room.  With the future of the program at stake, school officials, board members and others scoured the area for an appropriate facility, eventually working out a deal to first lease and later purchase the 713 Washington Street building for the K-8 program while keeping the 9th-12th grade students in leased space at Demarest.  Administrators, teachers, parents, countless volunteers and professionals worked day and night to renovate the building and get it ready for the 2011 school year.  A lack of adequate funds meant that only three of the five floors could be restored, forcing the school to operate without such uses as a gym, cafeteria and dedicated library.

“Unfortunately, it’s the nature of being an underfunded school in an urban area devoid of adequate space,” Ms. Grode points out.  “We’ve been through so much in such a short period of time, yet we know with the help of others and the unwavering commitment of our staff, teachers and parents, and the incredible resiliency of our students, we’ll continue to persevere.”

Despite the constant hurdles, Hoboken Charter School has maintained a stellar record for delivering a high-quality, service-learning program.  The school was named the National Charter School of the Year by The Center for Education Reform, one of only two schools recognized in New Jersey and one of 53 recognized in the nation in 2007.  Individual teaching honors include one of ten Teaching Ambassador Fellows to the U.S. Department of Education, Teacher of the Year from NJ SEEDS, Governor’s State Teaching Award, 2008 Outstanding Young Educator Award, awarded by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD); National Teacher of the Year via the Moss Foundation for Children’s Education, Walt Disney HAND Award for Creative Teaching – top 100 teachers in America, and the New Jersey Charter Schools Association Innovator of the Year Award.

The school is also well-known for introducing students to civic outreach, ranging from feeding the homeless to helping to bring clean water to villages in Africa.

School officials will soon be announcing details of its official fundraising event.  For information on how to make monetary donations to Hoboken Charter School, visit the school’s website at www.HobokenCS.org.  To donate goods and/or services, email rebuildhcs@gmail.com to contact the Friends of the Hoboken Charter School (Caroline and Scott Halstead).  You can also follow the school’s relief effort on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RebuildHobokenCharterSchool and Twitter at http://twitter.com/RebuildHCS

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September 10, 2012

Hoboken Home Advisors Offers Support for Hoboken Charter School Fundraiser To be Held at Turtle Club September 18th 6-9pm

Filed under: fundraiser,Hoboken — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 10:55 AM

There is a fund raiser at the Turtle Club coming up Tuesday September 18th from 6-9pm to help the Hoboken Charter School which had a fire last week in Hoboken that has temporarily displaced its 200 students. Hoboken Home Advisors is stepping up and donating 100% of their fees for anyone who uses their services from within one year of the event. Read below for more details. The Hoboken Rotary is the 501c organization that will be handling the disbursement of any funds raised for the event.

Hoboken Home Advisors offers Support for the Hoboken Charter School

On Tuesday September 18th, 2012 from 6pm-9pm the Hoboken Rotary will be holding a fundraiser for the Hoboken Charter School at the Turtle Club, located at 936 Park Avenue in Hoboken, NJ.

100% of the proceeds from the fundraiser will directly benefit the Hoboken Charter School in an effort to assist the school with immediate much-needed funds to help the school reopen as soon as possible to educate the future of tomorrow. The Turtle Club will offer a complimentary drink for each attendee that donates $10 or more at the door. The event will also feature a handful of raffle and tricky tray prizes. Complimentary appetizers will be offered to all attendees as well.

Hoboken Home Advisors will be donating 100% of its fees to the Hoboken Charter School from anyone attending the event at the Turtle Club who uses our FREE services within one year of the event. This can amount to tens of thousands of dollars so we ask that you attend the event and support the children of Hoboken Charter School.

For those who would like to give and are unable to attend the event may donate online at www.hobokenrotary.org. If any area businesses would like to help by donating items for our raffle / tricky tray they can email Hoboken Rotary President Ryan Mitchell at mitchelryan@gmail.com or Hoboken Rotary member Rory Chadwick at midtownauthentic@gmail.com.

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September 7, 2012

Hoboken Photo of the Day – Hoboken Charter School After Fire

Filed under: fire,Hoboken,Photo Of The Day — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 2:20 PM

Photo Courtesy of Rory Chadwick

Today’s Hoboken photo of the day was taken yesterday and catalogs an unfortunate event at 713 Washington Street. The Hoboken Charter School is located there and the school caught fire yesterday morning. No students or faculty were injured but 7 firefighters were treated for non-life threatening injuries such as smoke inhalation and high blood pressure at the HUMC. About 200 students were evacuated from the Charter School and the Charter School is currently looking for a place to re-locate their students. The building suffered extensive damage but should be saveable according to a source for TheBoken.com.

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October 4, 2011

Hoboken Charter School Fall Fest Dinner Open Bar and Auction October 6th 7-10pm at Room 84

Filed under: fundraiser,Hoboken,Room 84 — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 10:30 AM

Here is an upcoming event to help benefit the Hoboken Charter School…

Hoboken Charter School Fall Fest Dinner Open Bar and Auction

October 6th 7-10pm at Room 84

“The Friends of Hoboken Charter School are very excited to announce the release of the Fall Fest auction book!

We hope you’ll be excited as we are about all of the fabulous auction items up for grabs!

Take a look at the list of our live items below, and don’t forget to review the full brochure for all silent auction items too.  There is sure to be something for everyone.  Sports tickets, signed memorabilia, restaurant and  spa gift certificates, gym memberships, classes & training sessions, show tickets, dance lessons, items for yourself or your home, kids’ classes, party packages, and so much more…

If you still haven’t bought tickets, a limited number are still available & can be purchased from Class Reps outside of 713 Washington Street at both drop off & pick up this week, or simply use your credit card online at: http://www.hcs-pa.org/event_fall_fest.html.  Tickets are $90 ($25 of which is tax-deductible).

We look forward to seeing you at the Fall Fest on Thursday October 6, 2011 from 7-10pm at Room 84, 84 Washington Street, Hoboken.

Also, a very big thank you to Candice Stern (K parent) for putting together all of the stunning graphic work for this year’s event.

We look forward to seeing you all there!”


Hoboken Charter School Fall Fest Dinner Bar and Auction 10-6-2011


Sample of Live Auction Items:

Bin 14 wine tasting for 8 people  -  value $800

Enjoy a fabulous 4 course food & wine tasting customized by chef, Anthony Pino at Bin 14 Trattoria & Wine Bar.  Tasty plates of food will be paired with elegant wines to be shared amongst 8 friends.

*valid Mon-Thurs to begin at 6pm or 7pm, expires April 2012, no reservations available during the month of December.

Don DePascale’s “Italiano” dinner for 10 guests – value $1000

HCS’s very own, Don DePascale will pool his knowledge of Italian cuisine, and love of cooking to serve up a delectable ‘Italiano” dinner to 10 guests.  Dessert will be provided by the culinary wizardry of Julie Hartigan, and guests will enjoy one case of mixed wines courtesy of Terlato Wines.  A gorgeous floral arrangement for your table will also be provided by Diane Alonso of Flowers by Diane.

*the cost of savory ingredients to be borne by the winning bidder.

Hoboken Firehouse Museum dinner for 15 guests  – value $1000

Enjoy a relaxed & fun-filled evening at the Hoboken Firehouse Museum with 15 friends as you enjoy delicious appetizers, entrees, and dessert prepared and served “firehouse style” by Hoboken firefighters, Battalion Chiefs John & Dan Cunning.

*winner to provide their own liquor/beverages.

Cocktail Party for 24 guests plus 12 Australian wines -  value $1000

Hostess with the mostess, HCS parent, Cherie Tomkins will come to your home and cater a special cocktail party for 24 friends.  A customized menu of tasty appetizers and sweet treats will be served to your guests, together with a mixed case of 12 DeBortoli wines from Australia.  Cherie will also spend 3 hours in your home serving you and your guests.

Golf Foursome at Metedeconk National Golf Club -  value $1500

Step out and enjoy an amazing day of golf at the exclusive Metedeconk National Golf Club in nearby Jackson, NJ.  This exquisite golf course is a private 27-hole facility designed by world renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones.   Package includes Greens Fees for Four (4), Golf Carts, Halfway House & Lunch.

*available for play any time Tuesday through Thursday, or Fri – Sun & Holidays after 12 noon.

Sparrow Wine Spanish wine tasting for 40 guests – value $2400

Enjoy a spectacular evening with 40 of your closest friends sampling a variety of Spanish wines courtesy of Sparrow Wine & Liquor, appropriately paired with delectable savory and sweet treats provided by La Isla Restaurant.  All the wine, food, and staff for the night will be included, you simply provide the home and the guest list.

Shipyard Pool Pass  – value “priceless”

Everyone wants a family membership at the Shipyard Pool!  Valid for the summer of 2012 from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Includes pool access 7 days a week, lifeguard on duty, and Jacuzzi.  Enjoy stunning views of New York City as you and your family relax poolside for the entire summer all within easy walking distance of your home!

Principal for a Day  -  value “priceless”

You get to act as Principal for a full day at HCS.  You are in charge of the whole school as you shadow Deirdra between classes, sit in on interviews, and advise teachers.  You choose your theme for the day, make your demands and requests, and get to enjoy lunch with our very own Principal.  All decisions will be yours!

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