Friday, November 26, 2010

Breaking: Mason Money flushed Occhipinti coffers with more than $13,000!

MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE

Councilwoman Beth Mason and her husband Ricky made the maximum $2,600 contribution each to Tim Occhipinti's "independent" run for the fourth ward council seat but that's not the biggest surprise.

In addition to maxing out in their family contribution, Beth Mason used a loophole in the law to circulate monies from her established PAC (Political Action Committee) - Friends of Beth Mason for City Council in the amount of $8,200 bringing her total contribution to Tim "I'm independent" Occhipinti to $13,400!

Although New Jersey law allows such political action committees to make contributions exceeding the limits per individual of $2,600 such practices above and beyond in cynical applications as this one is frowned upon by good government advocates who do not look kindly on such contributions.

Mason Contributions to Tim Occhipinti

Similar shadowy practices by political action committees have made their impact in other Hoboken elections, most recently the Cammarano for Mayor campaign where real estate developers bundled monies through one to attack Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer in her spring 2009 mayoral run.

It will be interesting to see how reformer groups and individuals respond to this late massive cash infusion into the Tim Occhipinti campaign reported at the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission website.

The massive donation from Beth Mason dwarfs monies from other political insiders such as Mike Novak's $1,500 and Councilman Mike Russo's $500.

Got transparency?


Just days before the 4th ward special election, Beth Mason used her PAC to make a huge cash injection into Tim Occhipinti's campaign, exceeding the maximum individual donations in the the names of her and her husband's $2,600 each.  She used her PAC to circumvent the individual maximum to the tune of another $8,200.



Enhanced by Zemanta

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" at the Mile Square Theatre

New Jerseyians, avoid the tolls!
New Yorkers, see what Hoboken has to offer!
December @ MST: A Christmas Carol
and other amazing events!

CHRISTMAS? BAH HUMBUG!
A Christmas Carol,
Told by the Spirit of Charles Dickens
Conceived by Meg Pantera and Lenard Petit
Performed by Lenard Petit
with music by Sean Hagerty

December 2 - December 19
Thursday thru Saturday @ 8pm
Saturday & Sunday @ 3pm
$10 preview on
December 1 @ 8pm
Lenard Petit
Photo by 
Craig Wallace Dale
Lenard Petit
Photo by
Craig Wallace Dale
Charles Dickens’s beloved holiday story is brought to life in a tour de force solo performance by Lenard Petit, known to Mile Square Theatre audiences for his stunning portrayal in the title role of MST’s 2003 production of Cyrano. In A Christmas Carol Mr. Petit appears as the spirit of Charles Dickens, who in the reading of his classic novella, creates a magical world of characters, from past, present, and future, and brings to life this time-tested story of a cold-hearted miser who finds redemption on Christmas Eve. With original music composed and performed by Sean Hagerty.
Recommended for audiences 8 and up
Special Opening Night Benefit
20% of our box office donated to Project Play
Monroe Theatrespace,
720 Monroe Street, Hoboken, NJ
2nd Floor
FREE PARKING

Tickets: $20 • Students and Seniors: $12
Reservations: 201.683.7014
or order online @ www.milesquaretheatre.org
Bios
Lenard Petit is a director/actor who resides in New York City. He has been working in the theater for 30 years, collaborating with other artists to create original works for the stage, cinema, and television. He has performed in works of such notable directors as Julie Taymor, Meredith Monk, Richard Foreman, Ping Chong, and many others. Mr. Petit is the Artistic Director of The Michael Chekhov Acting Studio. As one of a handful of teacher/students trained by the original members of Michael Chekhov's Theater School, his knowledge of the technique coupled with his gifts have brought him to be recognized as one of the foremost teachers of this technique in the world. As a member of the international Michael Chekhov Association, he has been invited to teach master classes at the Moscow Art Theater, The International School for Film and Television in Munich, Helsinki University, as well as acting workshops in Denmark, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich, London, Riga, and Irkutsk, Siberia. For the past 20 years he has been teaching Chekhov Technique in the MFA and BFA acting programs at Rutgers University. Mr. Petit is the author of The Michael Chekhov Handbook; for the Actor, published by Routledge Press. His direction of The Frog Bride was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience in 2006. For MST, Mr. Petit appeared as Cyrano in Cyrano and directed Melanie Marnich’sA Boy A Bat A Ball for the 2005 7th Inning Stretch.

Meg Pantera (Director) was Artistic Director of the Theatre Of Youth Company in Buffalo, New York, and Artistic Director for RAPA Theater Arts Center in Rochester. New York. Directing credits include. Macbeth, Fool for Love, (Franklin Street Theatre) Henry IV, PART I (Shakespeare in Delaware Park), Equus, Gyspy, and Annie (Artpark) Rocky Horror Picture Show (Tarfalmador CafĂ©) To Kill a Mockingbird (Kavinoky Theatre), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Franklin St Theatre) Desire Under the Elms (Irish Classical Theatre), Huck Finn, Beauty and the Beast (Center Theatre) and Cinderella, an English Pantomine (Shea's, Buffalo). It is with great joy that A Christmas Carol brings her back to the theatre.

Sean Hagerty (Music) is a sound designer, violinist, and composer specializing in live electronics and music for theater and dance. As a sound designer, he has worked on Losing Something, Windup Bird Chronicle, and Milk N Honey, at 3LD, and ran sound for Langston in Harlem, Cabaret Nights, Rewrite, and Re-Entry at Urban Stages as well as Exit / Entrance and End of Lines at 59E59 Theater. He has written violin and electric violin dance scores for Collective Body Dance Lab, premiered at the Baryshnikov Art Center, and for Norte Maar's Ballet Y Bushwickconcert. Interactive works include a tap-dance collaboration with Andrew Nemr, performed at the NYCEMF festival and at Webster Hall, and Chopin's Minute Waltz in 30 Minutes, performed with Dave Soldier at Le Poisson Rouge. Sean has performed at the Bowery Ballroom with the Broadway cast of Sweeney Todd,lead the chamber rock ensemble the Freedom Haters, and has played with many local artists including Rad Unicorn, Kris Kelly, Julia Price, Kyle Jarrow, Rebecca Cherry, John Carlin, Will Hanza, and Ben Magnuson. www.seanhagerty.com
December Readings
of Great Plays
with Great Actors
Medal of Honor Ragby Tom Cole
Cole's gripping Vietnam drama
about a traumatized soldier.
Starring Ralph DeMatthews
and Landon Woodson
Directed by Matt Lawler

12/6 @ 7:30pm $5
MSTnewWorks
presents
 Charm
by Kathleen Cahill

Directed by Marc Weitz
Cahill’s comedy of manners
about the great American
thinkers of the 1840s
.
12/13 @ 7pm $5
The Odd Couple
by Neil SimonMST Artistic Director
Chris O'Connor
as Felix and
Associate 
Artistic DirectorMatt Lawler as Oscar
in Simon's hilarious comedy
.
12/19 @ 7pm $5
A Dramatic Reading of
The People with No Camel

Based on a true story
by Roya Movafegh
Accompanied by Mehr Mansuri & Anthony Blunda on the Daf
The People With No Camel weaves two journeys of freedom: a ten year old girl escapes Iran in 1981 with her family, due to the heavy persecutions they face as Baha’is, carrying nothing but three little handbags, new identities, and their Faith. The novel then takes a turn. The girl has become a woman, and the narrative shifts into parable. Infused with Persian mythical characters, the woman’s quest to save her dying forest turns into her own spiritual journey – the search for ultimate freedom.

A Benefit for Elysian Charter School

Tuesday, December 7 @ 7pm
Reservations:mtl1@mtlcommunications.com
Free to the Public
Reviews:
“What a beautiful book, gently written yet deep. Movafegh’s journey was so painful it brought tears to my eyes. If we are to deal with some of the horrors we are forced to endure because of hatred and injustice then perhaps writing about them helps. And she has done a mighty job in presenting her truth. Those fortunate enough to read her book will be forever changed and the truth of the Baha’is suffering in Iran will become known to the world.”
—Betty Williams (Nobel Peace Laureate, President and Founder of WORLD CENTERS OF COMPASSION FOR CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL)


"I was deeply transformed and touched by this unusually told tale of courage and perseverance. Unsentimental and yet with uncanny accuracy, her journey captures the conflict and confusion of our former Iran and still emerges with the grace of a true Persian woman. Interwoven between flights of fantasy, Movafegh speaks of freedom untasted in the East or the West."
—Shohreh Aghdashloo (Emmy winning actress and Oscar nominee of House of Sand and Fog)


"Against the backdrop of the Islamic Revolution, Roya Movafegh carries us with one unforgettable young woman and her family on a gripping journey into the unknown, opening a brilliant prismatic window on the power of faith and delivering a deeply affecting tale of memory, culture, and identity".
—Neda Armian (film producer, Rachel Getting Married)


The Annual Hoboken
Holiday Crafts Fair

Not sure what to get Aunt Irene for the holidays? Need that special piece of jewelry for the holiday party? Looking for something unique and artistic for a hard to shop for loved one?
Then come to the Monroe Center for the Arts and browse the huge variety of arts and crafts on sale throughout the building. A popular Hoboken tradition for years, this fair has moved to its new location at the Monroe Center. Come pick up a bargain and catch a matinee of A Christmas Carol after you've filled your stocking.
Saturday and Sunday:
December 4 and 5
December 18 and 19
11am to 5pm

Monroe Center for the Arts
720 Monroe Street, Hoboken

Brought to you by:
Mayor Dawn Zimmer
and the City of Hoboken
Cultural Affairs,
Geri Fallo, Division Head

Monroe Center for the Arts
Special thanks to our 2010 Sponsors:
URSA
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Bijou Properties
Provident Bank Foundation
TD Bank Foundation
Applied Development
Beth Mason and Family
Haven Savings Bank
Hoboken Brownstone
Hudson Reporter
Monroe Center for the Arts
Paula Ohaus
Frank Raia