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Parking Cartel in Hoboken?

A year and a half – 11%+ parking rate increase in Hoboken

18 months ago, we talked about how parking garages all seemingly raised their monthly rates simultaneously – as if they were in a “parking cartel” in cahoots with one another.

Well – it seems that the Little Man Garage on Hudson Street went up over 11% recently. Did your salary go up 11%?

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Boys or Men? “The Mask You Live In”

Be a man – is that such a bad thing?

A couple videos to share with only brief commentary. One, is this much viewed “The Mask You Live In,” which has received over 3 million YouTube views. It tries to play down the fact (and the phrase) “Be a man.”

My only question, what can a man be other than a man?

The Mask You Live In {PARODY}

And below – is a parody of the above The Mask You Live In video, made by people who seem to value the importance of the true nature of genders.

Here’s one “mission statement” from “The Representation Project” website (makers of the original video): “Compared to girls, research shows that boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives. The Mask You Live In asks: As a society, how are we failing our boys?”

(I can answer the above question with one word: misdiagnosis.)

What do you think? Who is trying to feminize the male population?

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CarePoint Health – Medical Monopoly?

What’s up with CarePoint Health in Hoboken, NJ?

Does anyone else notice the relatively recent “explosion” CarePoint Health Medical Group has undergone in our area?

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Some questions about CarePoint Health to ponder

Without too much commentary – here are some observations (as well as honest questions that might be in the minds of many others):

  • Does it seem to you that there is a “revolving door” of names, D/B/A’s, and other corporate finagling that could be construed as “suspicious?” Or is that just the way “big business” works (in order to find loopholes or more profitable shifting of monies all over the place?)
  • Why is their name popping up everywhere? Buying up private medical practices? Expanding into locations every which way you look! How can they afford all the costly rents?
  • Why did this organization get to pay the LEAST for St. Mary’s Hospital (Hoboken University Medical Center), when others BID MUCH MORE? Is that why they have so much extra money to expand? Weren’t their “books” kept under wraps and OUTSIDE public purview?
  • How do they have the money to buy multiple “full page spreads” in countless (antiquated, hardly read) print publications all over the county? Is that to “pay for silence?”
  • Why are (fledgling) “mainstream” news media outlets CONSTANTLY publishing “good news” press releases without ANY critical commentary? Who’s getting the “lucky” treatment?
  • Is this big “expansion” a sign that “someone has privileged info” about what is to come in the future?
  • Who the hell are these people?

Something seems either wrong, or heavily tilted in SOMEONE’S favor. We certainly don’t have the time or resources to get to the bottom of it (the way we want to), and refuse to take anyone or any other “source” for their word until it can be verified with absolute accuracy. Which is most likely next to impossible (shredding, payouts, and other trickery.)

But when you get a feeling in your gut that “something ain’t right,” normally you’re on to something…

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Worst NJ Poll ever {How Jersey Are You?}

NJ Poll – rating “How Jersey Are You” pointless

This total “time waster” of a site called Buzzfeed – recently published a stupid poll about NJ entitled “How Jersey Are You?” with a retro photo of Bruce Springsteen and 100 “statements” about New Jersey, in which you tick off the ones that “apply to you.”

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See the list below (Hoboken “represents” 5% of all questions in bold despite being only 1/2 of one percent of state population, and one one-hundredth of a percent of the land area), and understand how pointless it is to try and create a “scientifically accurate” poll and ranking system about a very diverse state, with “only” 100 mainly stereotypical questions. Many parts of the state were barely mentioned (if at all), and seems to be a list targeted at people under 30 years of age, a strong desire for booze, and from the northeastern part of the state.

But they succeeded in getting people to take the poll, who then got “infuriated” about how lame the poll was. “Mission accomplished.” See after the list how we think the poll REALLY should have been conducted.

Stupid “How Jersey Are You?” Poll questions

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How Jersey Are You (Stupid Poll)

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You’re really a true “Jersey-ite” when…

My (better) version of a “Jersey Poll” would have been: “You’re truly from (and know) New Jersey (and have your head screwed on straight)” when most of the following statements apply to you:

  1. You know that, like any other “state” – there are beautiful places, and disgusting places. New Jersey happens to have great places to go during all four seasons.
  2. You could care less about “regional stereotypes,” because every section of the country has them. These just happen to be yours (for now).
  3. There is no complaining about traffic because you know enough alternate routes to avoid it.
  4. You know there is corruption in all levels of government, countrywide. You know NJ is among the worst. You’ve at least entertained the idea of “finding greener pastures” elsewhere.
  5. You don’t waste time “defending” where you live with those who try and bash it.

In the end – it’s up to you to make the best of where you live, or change it. Picking one spot and “talking” about it doesn’t really do much other than waste time. But then again, what are you going to do with your time otherwise? Something productive? Nah.

(I guess I didn’t help…)

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Hoboken411: Eight Year Anniversary

Yep, still here: Hoboken411 turns eight today

Hoboken411 8th AnniversaryJeez Louise. Another frickin’ year gone by? I forgot about this until I looked at the calendar yesterday. “Whoa! Hoboken411.com turns eight on Friday!”

It would be irresponsible if some kind of “mark” wasn’t made.

Anyway, no need to repeat the “Top 10 Lessons Learned” (you can read last years anniversary post for that!) they’re essentially still the same. Not much to add, really – because solid “life lessons” usually remain quite consistent over time.

But man, come to think of it, it’s pretty amazing to me – because I got sick of every “job” I’ve ever had in the past – whether it had a high salary or not. The corporate “BS” that exists in any hierarchical structure should not be sustainable long-term for any sensible human being (unless you’re at the top). Which is primarily the reason I could hold on to this “job” with relative ease. If you can stomach the uncertainty of having your own “small business,” then good God, please do it today… Don’t wait!

Keep in mind you need one or more of the following in order to succeed in business (and be happy): Love for what you do, skills (and/or the desire to learn), and a little bit of luck and good timing.

In the end – you have to ask yourself what you do with your “time” in this world. Do you want to work for someone else? What do you do with the money other than accumulate things, and debt? What is freedom? Do you sleep well at night? Or worry? Do you dread Mondays and look forward to Fridays?

OK, I’m done. Have a nice day and weekend ahead!

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97 Year Old Frank Augustine recognized

Here’s a great story about Hoboken, NJ resident Frank Augustine, and his lifetime of achievements, as penned by his son Dennis. Enjoy (it’s a long read).

97 Year old Frank Augustine Recognized for Lifetime Achievements

“—A son’s tribute to his father”

by Dr. Dennis Augustine

Frank Augustine Hoboken NJ Age 11 1928My dad, Frank Augustine, whose name was legally changed from his former Italian name, Frances D’Agostino, was born in Pittston, Pennsylvania on January 5, 1917. He has been a New Jersey resident for almost 80 years.

In 1996 he became a life member of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Whenever he receives the latest issue of the CCC Journal he calls me to see if I got my copy. In time, I began to recognize how important a role the CCC experience played in his life.

But, first some back history. When my mother Maria passed away on Mother’s Day last year at the age of 88, it was a heart-felt loss. After all, mom was the matriarch of the family—the glue that held us all together.

After 66 years of marriage, dad lived alone and all the attention was focused on his well-being. We hired a live in caregiver named Margaret, a native of Ghana, to cook for him and assist him daily with his other home care needs. She has been a godsend to him and our family.

This makes it possible for him to continue living in the middle unit of a five-flat apartment building in Hoboken that he has owned and inhabited since 1952, which was of primary importance to him and my siblings, who live in neighboring towns.

A story to be told

I began calling him from my home in California every evening to see how he was doing and engage him in conversation. During many of these phone calls I felt an inner prompting to resume recording an oral history of his life I had begun documenting some years ago.

Frank Augustine Hoboken NJ Age 19 1935Dad was the son of coal miner and railroad worker named Michael, and his mom Frances was a homemaker, both of whom my siblings and I never met. Due to his mom’s chronic and debilitating illness, and his dad’s long work hours, his dad was ill equipped to take care of him and his siblings. Hence, they were given up for adoption.

As a result, dad spent his most tender years from the age of six through eighteen at St. Joseph’s Hospital Orphanage and St. Michael’s School for Boys in Scranton and Hoban Heights, Pennsylvania, respectively.

Dad is a survivor, and rarely engages in self-pity of any kind. On the contrary, whenever I asked him about his time at the orphanages, rather than telling some dark tales of woe, he said he was treated well by the Catholic nuns and had no complaints. He also expressed no ill will toward his father for giving him up for adoption. “There is always someone else worse off than me,” he would say regardless of the many challenges he has faced in life.

In 1934, he left the orphanage at St. Michael’s to live with my aunt Mary—his eldest sibling—who had become an R.N., and my uncle Carmine in Union City. A short time later he took his first job as an assistant cook at the historic former Clam Broth House near the Hudson River in Hoboken, N.J., for ten dollars a week including room and board.

Though dad has excellent recall for his advanced age, I had some difficulty matching up his dates of service in the army and maritime service with the rest of his life history. When I brought this to his attention during a recent visit, he simply got up from his desk and removed his army photo from his office wall.

He then unhooked the backing from the frame and a stack of Honorable Discharge papers magically appeared. With a satisfied look on his face and a twinkle in his eye he said, “I think this is what you’re looking for.” I was both an amused and surprised. “With record keeping like this who needs a computer,” I joked.

Traveling across the country

In September 1935 dad hitchhiked across the country to Texas to join his older brother Joe in the army, serving in the 23rd Infantry and later the 15th Field Artillery at Fort Sam Houston. He served as head cook and personal aide to Army Chaplain, Capt. William Walsh until September 15, 1938 when he was given an Honorable Discharge.

The country was racially divided back then, and he witnessed the hanging and tar and feathering of a young black man in the town square. He was repulsed by the inhumane cruelty of it all, calling it “disgusting,” but felt helpless to intervene, all the while thinking to himself: “These people are crazy.”

In 1939, at the recommendation of Captain Walsh he entered the order of the Maryknoll Fathers as a seminarian in Ossining, N.Y. He became a Catholic brother and was given the name of Brother Pius. Though he enjoyed the camaraderie of the other brothers and tending the animals at the farm that the seminary was located on, he decided that such an austere life was not a life for him. He returned to Hoboken to live with my uncle Anthony and aunt Kitty who lived near the late Frank Sinatra and his family before he became a famous crooner and Hoboken’s favorite son.

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