Monday, March 22, 2010

Kids First holds first of park "meet the candidates" series

Earlier yesterday morning Kids First held their first outdoor gathering to rally supporters and allow the public to meet the candidates in Columbus park.  Among those attending in the group photo: Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Councilman Dave Mello, Councilman Michael Lenz and Councilman Ravi Bhalla.

From left rear: BoE member Theresa Minutillo, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Candidate Leon Gold, BoE member and candidate Irene Sobolov, BoE member Ruth McAllister
Front: BoE President Rose Marie Markle and Candidate Jean Marie Mitchell.

Photos courtesy Kurt Gardiner

Ya gotta have art

A walk along Washington between Second and Third streets reveals a bright spot among some dreary vacant stores available for rent. The former home of Itty Bitties with its for rent sign among them, also reveals a sandwich board advertising an art gallery. Just opened,  inside you'll find an array of varied art; paintings, digital collages, wood cuts, prints and more. 

The proprietor, James Stephenson, says he started the store in reaction to the current economically distressed times.  A Hoboken resident, James describes his goal as promoting local artists with ‘affordable art.’  To that end the gallery features work by local artists, many from Hoboken: Molly Emmons, Joe Velez, Becci Mason, Francine Demeviwaere and Betsy Ely, as well as his own paintings. The gallery plans to rotate their efforts so visitors can almost always expect to see something fresh.  

The gallery is open seven days a week, at 206 Washington Street from 3 - 9 pm, until the store is leased to a more permanent tenant. At that point, the hope is to move, though he isn’t sure where.  Until then he hopes that people will notice the positive change of the Washington St. storefront and curiousity of a "walk by" will generate walk in business.

Story and photos courtesy of Davidd

Real Results Kickoff at Wild Ginger

Real Results held their kickoff at Wild Ginger with good weather last Sunday aiding their move from the second floor of the restaurant to the well trafficked pedestrians along Washington Street Sunday afternoon.

Nathan Brinkman ran operations from the second floor...

While efforts to reach voters went on outside.
Kathleen Tucker in yellow is one of four candidates on the new slate.
Maureen Sullivan's husband John in white is in the background.

Maureen Sullivan (l) formerly of Kids First promoting her new slate

Related: Jamie Schuh posted a story on the event earlier today at