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May 11, 2012

Hoboken’s Amazing Race and Scavenger Hunt May 19th Starting at 12pm at the Shannon

Here is another upcoming fundraiser this month. It is the 4th Annual Amazing Race in Hoboken…

Link to Event: http://www.active.com/running/hoboken-nj/hobokens-amazing-race–4th-annual-2012

Hoboken’s Amazing Race and Scavenger Hunt

May 19th Starting at 12pm at the Shannon

Date:  Saturday, May 19, 2012
Address:The Shannon  106 1st Street Hoboken, New Jersey
Registration Closing Date: Friday, May 18, 2012 @ 11:59 PM US/Eastern

Description: Part scavenger hunt / part trivia contest, teams of 2 face off against time and each other to solve clues that take them to various spots in Hoboken and Jersey City. Prizes will be awarded to the top 2 finishers, plus various other categories to be announced.

All proceeds go directly to Mustard Seed Communities towards the care and support of orphans living with severe mental and physical disabilities, and AIDS in Nicaragua. www.mustardseed.com

What to bring:

  • digital camera or cell phone with camera
  • pen/pencil and notepad
  • athletic shoes
  • maps, cell phones, and anything else that will help you win

Drink Specials for Participants: Beat the clock from noon-3pm with Miller Lite mugs starting at .50 cents – increasing by .50 cents an hour (so, the faster you finish the Race, the cheaper your drinks!) – $2.00 pints – $9.00 pitchers – $12.00 buckets

Registration Fee: $25.00 per person through 5/10; $30 per person after 5/11

Event schedule and times:

  • Registration: 11:00 am. – 11:45 am.
  • Race Start: 12:00 p.m.
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February 8, 2012

Two Students Go Green with Sneaker Recycling Program in Hoboken

TheBoken.com loves it when young students get civic-ally active early in life with positive community initiatives such as this one. Read below of a nice story about two Hoboken students taking the initiative to help save our environment, one pair of beat up sneakers at a time….

Tige Anderson (12) and Owen Possick (11), students at Hoboken’s Mustard Seed School are concerned about the earth. When they learned that over 300 million pairs of shoes are thrown in the trash each year they decided to do something about it.  With the help of their school, the boys are working with the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program which turns old, worn out sneakers, sneakers that would have end up in a landfill–into playing surfaces for parks, running tracks,  and basketball courts. The intrepid 6th graders are determined to collect more than 500 pairs of sneakers  which they will then send to the Reuse-A-Shoe program for recycling. A collection bin has also been placed in City Hall by Hoboken’s Green Team, and you can take shoe donations there as well.  Also, anyone interested in donating sneakers (no cleats or spikes please) can call 201-668-2989 to arrange for a pickup between now and February 16th.

The two Hoboken students will be rolling out their sneaker recycling drive at tonight’s Hoboken City Council meeting February 8th starting at 7 pm.

Their Flyer is below for the “green” program:

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June 15, 2011

Quilts by Mustard Seed Students Exhibit Opens June 19, 2-5pm

Shared Stitches: Quilts by Mustard Seed Students,

Opens Sunday, June 19, 2-5pm

At a school where collaboration and the arts are an integral part of the learning process, what better teaching tool is there than a class quilt? For the past 12 years, Mustard Seed School art teacher Lynn Hamill has been helping second graders express themselves—while developing their fine motor skills and concentration—by working together on an annual class quilt project.

Their latest quilt is called “Hoboken Pioneer Trail Map,” and it’s modeled on what the students learned about the early American pioneers who created maps of the Oregon Trail. Hamill says the students collaborated to design a quilt as “a pioneer map listing the landmarks they thought would be important to modern-day pioneers traveling through Hoboken.” The students first used maps to find and photograph their favorite landmarks—including the Museum—then, they drew pictures based on those photos, traced their drawings on muslin and stitched the outlines by hand.

An exhibit of this and several other class quilts, Shared Stitches: Quilts by Mustard Seed Students, will open in the Museum’s Upper Gallery on Sunday, June 19, with a free reception from 2 – 5 p.m. The show will be on view through July 31.

Hamill says sewing reinforces the skills that children need for writing and drawing, and that working from patterns exercises the children’s spatial reasoning and math skills. “Plus, they love sewing,” she adds.

Every year the students tackle a different theme. Other quilts in the exhibition include one on the theme of immigration, based on research into Jacob Riis’ photographs of immigrant children. The Mustard Seed students drew pictures of themselves in the traditional clothing of their own countries of origin for their squares of the quilt. The “Peace Quilt” was a response to 9/11. “Each child designed a square with what they thought a symbol of peace would look like,” Hamill says. Yet another quilt, “Millennium Dreams,” was created in 2000 to show the students’ hopes and dreams for the new century. Other themes include a fanciful prehistoric Hoboken and a pioneer diary quilt, in the style of renowned story quilter, Faith Ringgold.

The Hoboken Historical Museum is located at 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken NJ. Its website is:


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