Monday, September 21, 2020

Rest in Peace- Terry Cappiello La Bruno

Heartbroken over the loss of Terry LaBruno..she was a friend, neighbor, and educator. My thoughts and prayers are with her husband Joe, their three daughters, and all the people she touched during her life. Hoboken has lost a beautiful person. Please click here for more information about Terry.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Hoboken School District Spending Nearly $30,000 per Student Increases Budget by 9.95% - Students in Grades 3 to 8 are 1.27 Years Behind Socioeconomic Peers reports the per pupil cost in the Hoboken School District to be nearly $30,000 per student ($29,672). Evidently, this is not enough money per student as the Hoboken Board of Education recently increased their budget for 2020-21 by 9.95% in the middle of a nationwide pandemic

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Happy Anniversary!!! 48 Years Together and Met at Hoboken HS

Taken from Social Media....Great Memories...This is Where we Met..HHS..1968....I Graduated in 1970..My Wife in 1972....We’ve been Married For 48 yrs... Happy Anniversary!!!

Petrosino Named as National Reviewer for Prestigious PAEMST Award 2021

I am happy and Honored to be selected as one of the national reviewers for this prestigious award. 

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. The Awards were established by Congress in 1983. The President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year.

Awards are given to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teachers from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, or the U.S. territories as a group (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands).

The award recognizes those teachers have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. Since the program's inception, more than 5,000 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.

Awards are given to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teachers from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, or the U.S. territories as a group (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands).

The award recognizes those teachers have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. Since the program's inception, more than 5,000 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.

Awardees reflect the expertise and dedication of the Nation's teaching corps, and they demonstrate the positive impact of excellent teachers on student achievement. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Hoboken Schools Make Final Announcements Before Monday Reopening- By Caren Lissner, Patch Staff

May Pole Celebration at Columbus Park
HOBOKEN, NJ — While some school districts in the tri-state area planned to open this week — and then made last-minute decisions to go fully remote or had to notify parents and teachers that a student was exposed to coronavirus on the first day of school — Hoboken's public schools took extra time to reopen this fall. Class will start virtually this Monday, and the following week will begin on-site education for those who chose it, five days per week.

The first week has been reserved for students to get to know their teachers and new technology.

Superintendent Dr. Christine Johnson said in a newsletter Thursday, "At last night's Board of Education Meeting, members approved my request to purchase 250 HEPA filter units for our classrooms. I anticipate the arrival of these units during the week of September 21st. In the meantime, our Heating and Cooling service providers have already been to each of our schools to ensure that all vents, fresh air systems, unit ventilators and air handlers are working and have new filters."

The local Hoboken Education Foundation raised money to order Chromebooks for all students in third grade and up.

More than 200 districts that went all-remote because they couldn't meet coronavirus health precautions in time, including keeping students six feet apart. Hoboken has been able to offer full-day on-site education, with the superintendent saying the district is trying to keep classrooms to ten students. About half of the families who responded to a survey said they wanted on-site education, and half remotely.

In New Jersey, 388 districts are opening with hybrid plans where students can attend part of the day, 238 are all remote, and only 60 are offering full-time in person.

While most children who test positive for coronavirus will recover from it, they can spread it to others. Some have lost a parent, both parents, teachers, or siblings.

Coronavirus and Hoboken kids
Hoboken has suffered 31 fatalities from the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. The last fatality was in May. Hoboken's total of Covid-19 cases as of the end of August was 718 known, confirmed cases. On Thursday, Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in an update that the current case count was 729.

See a recent update here.

Here are statistics on Hoboken residents under 16 testing positive for the virus.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Hoboken Public Schools Board and Leadership Promise 296 Additional Students for 2020-21- Justifying 10% Tax Increase During Pandemic and Economic Crisis

Observer Highway, Hoboken, NJ (circa 1940's)
As most regular readers of this blog know, the Hoboken Board and Education and Superintendent's Office recently increased the local municipal tax for the Hoboken Public Schools by 9.95% in the middle of a pandemic and economic crisis. This hike in local taxes was explained by "skyrocketing" enrollment in the Hoboken Public Schools. A fair amount of data disagrees with this statement. For instance, using the official "October 15th" report or the ASSA Report which officially documents district enrollment, we see not much different in the Hoboken School District enrollment over the last decade (2010-11 and 2020-21). In fact, when we look at the data we see drops in enrollment between 2010-11 and 2020-21 in Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12. 

The 9.95% increase appears to be primarily justified by an anticipated increase in enrollment of 296 students. We are talking about adding an additional school on the basis of enrollment numbers,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Christine Johnson, noting that as a result the district has to add additional sections of classes in a May, 2020 Hoboken Reporter article

A recent Gallup poll indicated traditional public school enrollment plummeting across the United States as parents seek alternatives such as charter schools, private schools, parochial schools, and home schooling as alternatives. It will be interesting to see how Hoboken transcends that national trend. 

Results of 2020-11 and 2020-21 Hoboken ASSA Reports

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Joseph "Joe Pet" Petrosino '70 - Red Wing Hall of Fame Member

Joseph Petrosino '70
Demarest/Hoboken High School Hall of Fame
Joseph Petrosino '70 also known as "Joe Pet" wore #66 for the Hoboken Red Wings from his freshman season of 1966 to his 1969 County Championship campaign. Petrosino was 5'9" and played at 180lbs. As was common during this period, he played both ways and distinguished himself as both an exceptional pulling guard on offense and a fierce, competitive, middle linebacker and leader on defense. 

As former Hoboken High coach Joe Stinson has observed, "Often in football and especially on the High school level, there is no way to quantify the contributions of lineman. Their worth to any successful football team is golden. Their reward often only buried in their soul." Commenting about Joe, Coach Stinson observed, "Joe's been so long and the game was vastly different at that time. But Joe's Intensity, toughness, ability and sacrifice are legendary. He along with Michael "egor" Peluso are names that immediately come up in the discussion about great Hoboken linemen. I would proudly nominate both for immediate induction." Coach Al Straten echoes much of Coach Stinson's observations about Petrosino, " I did see Joe Petrosino play for 3 years and he played both ways at a very high level of play. In his three years Hoboken probably won 20 -23 games. Linemen are unsung heroes. He was one of Hoboken's best." 

Middle linebackers are often considered leaders of their defensive units and the unit that Petrosino helped lead during his senior year is legendary. That year, Hoboken High, led by a potent offense, went 8-1 and won the 1969 Hudson County Championship. The offense was lead of course by Ricky Addeo, Jimmy Foster and other great Hoboken players. What is often forgotten about that team however is the incredible defense, which complemented the offense. The '69 Red Wing defense gave up only 52 points all season (5.8 pts per game) and recorded 4 shutouts- giving up only 6 points in the last 12 quarters of play that season and ending in a 30-0 route of then rival Memorial High School. 

Joe Pet was also a very accomplished offensive lineman. Known especially for his strength and agility, he was a key component of a strong Red Wing running game, which complemented its potent passing attack. Joe Pet was an exceptional pulling guard as the team ran some classic Lombardi era offensive sweeps with Joe leading the way around the corner. 

Statistics were not kept for linemen during Petrosino's era. But some observations by his teammates and colleagues may be worth mentioning. Guy Federico '68 says of Joe, "I played with and against Joe Petrosino from childhood thru high school and beyond and if you ask me to name a more multi talented and tougher two way lineman, linebacker, and blocking back, I could not provide you with a name. In my opinion, Joe Pet beings in the Hall of Fame." Finally, one of Joe's best friends and teammates and a Hall of Fame member of Hoboken High; Hudson County; and New England College Hall of Fame Jimmy Foster has said this about Joe- "Joe Petrosino as a High School football teammate was a hell of a ball player and there was no one better at his position. As a matter of fact during our senior year I went in to punt on 4th down and I decided to run without the approval from coach Ascolese. Well I didn't make and it was North Bergen's ball on the 20-yard line and my ass was grass. The very next play North Bergen hands off the ball off to their running back (which happen to be JOE PET'S Cousin Robert Petrosino) and Joe pounds him and forces a fumble. We received the ball and went on to win the game (20-13). Joe has my vote for the Hoboken Hall Fame for sure.

Joseph Petrosino's selection to the Demarest/Hoboken High Hall of Fame will hopefully accomplish two important things as the hall goes forward. First, it will bring to light the accomplishments of this individual who was a quiet leader during the great Red Wing teams of the late 1960's and bring him the recognition he deserves. But perhaps more importantly, Joe's nomination will also open up for consideration other unsung and unrecognized linemen who’s worth and value and importance to a team has previously been inadvertently overlooked. 

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Hoboken Board of Education and Superintendent Justify 10% Tax Increase Expecting "Skyrocketing Enrollment" During National Pandemic Despite Recent Gallup Poll Results

Washington Street- Hoboken NJ 2020 
A recent Gallup poll finds that public school enrollment will drop from 83% to 76% in the coming year. That would be about 3.5 million students leaving public schools. How will that impact New Jersey? A 7% decline in enrollment in NJ would be ~94,000 students.

This will be watched very closely since Superintendent Johnson and the Hoboken Board of Education justified their recent 9.95% raise in taxes based on “exploding enrollment” in the Hoboken School District.

It will be interesting to see if Hoboken defies this national trend…or if the Board of Education and Superintendent simply said what they needed to say to quietly sneak a 10% increase in their budget during a national economic crisis and pandemic. 

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Results of Face Mask Vote

The Hoboken City Council did not adopt an ordinance authorizing a potential fine for those who are not wearing face masks. The task force will continue to provide education and distribute face masks on our waterfront and other locations. Already, they’ve distributed thousands of face masks to those without one throughout the City. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Hoboken Face Mask Survey

The City of Hoboken seeks input from residents regarding the use of face masks. The City is currently considering an ordinance that allows for a $250 fine for those who are not wearing face masks outdoors, only when social distancing is not possible. Fines would not be applicable in situations where social distancing is possible, such as sitting in a park with family members at least six feet from others, or other outdoor situations where social distancing can be maintained.

The ordinance will be considered on second reading at the regularly scheduled city council meeting on August 19, which will take place virtually- so vote today.

If you are a Hoboken resident, please take the survey by clicking HERE

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Hoboken Mourns the Sudden Loss of Lou Taglieri- War Veteran, Teacher, Coach, and Loving Husband and Father

Funeral Arrangements are as follows for Coach Louis Taglieri

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 Failla Memorial Home 533 Willow Ave. Hoboken, NJ 07030 Viewing 2pm - 8pm
Funeral Mass: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 10:30am St Thomas the Apostle 60 Byrd Ave. Bloomfield, NJ 07003

NJ.COM August 12, 2020: Long-time football coach Lou Taglieri, who guided Hoboken to four sectional championships and maintained one of New Jersey’s top public-school dynasties has died. Taglieri left Hoboken for a career in the Air Force after graduating in 1980 and returned home 10 years later to become a teacher and a coach.

Taglieri, 59, spent his life giving back as a educator and leader in his hometown. Taglieri was named head coach in 2005. In his 12 seasons as head coach, his teams racked up a 95-38 record following the same blue print that helped Hoboken cement its legacy as one of the state’s perennial powers

Mr. Taglieri was also a member of the Hoboken Curriculum Committee and I considered him a friend. We kept in touch over the years and I loved receiving his New Year's texts and an occasional shared meal at Leo's. My condolences to wife Gabby and his children. He touched and impacted many lives in positive and productive ways. His passing has left the entire Hoboken community stunned. 

Long time Hudson County resident and national sportswriter Jim Hague wrote an amazing and heartfelt tribute to Lou Taglieri. Click here to read his incredible tribute

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

A Walk Through Hoboken- PBS Program (2003)

Hoboken, NJ, the "Mile-Square City" on the Hudson, famous for native son Frank Sinatra and long the target of jokes, is the next stop in Thirteen/WNET New York's highly popular series of "video walking tours," which highlight fascinating neighborhoods throughout Thirteen's viewing area. 

A WALK THROUGH HOBOKEN WITH DAVID HARTMAN AND HISTORIAN BARRY LEWIS traces the story of Hoboken from the Dutch governor's acquisition of the commercially viable land the Lenni Lenape Indians through today. Along the way, Hartman and Lewis examine the legacy of Colonel John Stevens, a visionary inventor and entrepreneur who in 1820 turned this wild, marshy waterfront into a resort for New York weekenders. 

They trace its rise through World War I as a major hub of shipping and transportation and they glimpse at Hoboken's industrial heyday, when giants from Bethlehem Steel to Hostess Cakes set up shop in the thriving city.