Pastor's Message

October 15, 2017

If You Live in Hoboken, Vote in Hoboken
If you live in Hoboken, you should be voting here because you are affected by the elected officials.  November 7 is an important election.  We elect a new governor, a freeholder, a new mayor, three at-large council members, and board of education members.  You have to register to vote by this Tuesday, October 17, 2017.  Registration forms are available in church or online or in person at the Hoboken City Clerk’s office.
You may also request a mail-in ballot by completing a form and return the completed ballot before the election.
Know the issues especially here in Hoboken.  What kind of development do we want?  How can we resolve the traffic problems?  Are we happy with the quality of life?  There are many more.  Are our schools effective?  Do we spend too much tax money on fewer than 1,500 students?  Is the school bureaucracy bloated and over paid?  It is important to know where the candidates stand.
The Quality of Life Coalition is pleased to announce the dates and locations for its 2017 Hoboken candidates forums for the Nov. 7 elections. These forums give Hoboken voters a chance to hear candidates for office answer the questions they care most about in an even-handed and direct format.
•. 7 City Council at Large candidates will meet Monday, Oct. 16, at the Hoboken Multiservice Center, 124 Grand St.
The nine Board of Education candidates are scheduled to meet on Thursday, Oct. 19, at the School Hall of the Church of Our Lady of Grace and St. Joseph, at 422 Willow Ave.
• The Mayoral candidates forum will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Stevens Institute of Technology’s DeBaun Auditorium, co-hosted by the Stevens Institute of Technology and its Student Government Association.
Each forum begins at 7 pm and lasts about 2 hours, with a brief intermission. This year’s candidates forums will follow the established format that the Hoboken QLC has maintained for over a decade, with questions submitted on index cards by members of the audience and posed to each of the candidates in turn by moderator Bob Bowdon, a professional interviewer and longtime resident of Hoboken. Each candidate will have a minute and a half to respond, and the order of response will be randomized each round. John Heinis, Chief News Correspondent at, will moderate the Board of Education forum Oct. 19.
A New Tree on Willow
Last week, I shared my frustration with a tree being cut on Willow in front of our parking lot.  Since then, the county and city have come together to remove the stump, repair the curbage and plant a new tree.  At the time of printing, we have selected a new tree.  I thank Freeholder Anthony Romano, Mario Tridente, the county shade tree coordinator, Ron Cassidy, the county director of maintenance services, and Diana Davis, the Hoboken shade tree coordinator, and their staffs for making this happen.
Fr. Alex Santora

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