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Cat milling around Hoboken – missing or not?

Hoboken411 reader Jackie was wondering about this cat she’s been seeing in her neighborhood for a while.

“I have been seeing this cat in the pictures attached for a few weeks now on 2nd between Park and Willow. By the fur, I can tell that he/she has been on the street for the past few weeks, but is much much too friendly to be an original stray. The cat won’t go farther than the block, but meows and rolls over for you to pet it, acting how a house cat is. I’m not sure if someone purposely left it there or what but would like either way to help it find a home or its owner so I took some pictures this weekend.”

Back in the day when I was growing up – plenty of neighbors had “indoor/outdoor cats.” They’d go out when they wanted – and came back whenever they pleased (sometimes with a “gift” like a dead bird.)

Are indoor/outdoor cats possible in a pedestrian pinball city like Hoboken? Or is this fella just a missing cat, or purposely abandoned?

Regardless – if you’re interested in adopting a cat – check out Companion Animal Placement, which is a great resource.

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Hoboken Mutz Fest 2014

Biancamano’s & Vito’s – Best Hoboken Mutz for 2014

An update and a clarification here. A few weeks ago – we mentioned Vito’s in our weekly photo roundup – as winning the “Best Mutz in Hoboken” contest earlier this year. However, that needs to be cleared up – as there were various categories:

Now if you haven’t eaten lunch yet – what are you going to do now?

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Spring 2014 Hoboken Arts & Music Festival

Spring 2014 Hoboken Arts & Music Festival: Sunday, May 4th

The first of two Hoboken Arts & Music Festivals in 2014 takes place on Washington Street between Observer Highway and 7th Streets on Sunday, May 4th.

Hoboken Arts & Music Festival Sunday May 4 2014

Like the movie Groundhog Day, you can mill around the streets from 11am to 6pm to see hundreds of (mostly) out-of-town vendors selling food, artwork, and myriad of other trinkets and tchotchkes.

Big attractions are typically the zeppoles and fried crab cakes – and of course Cake Boss oglers will be around too. Three music stages also set up. The main stage is south of the CVS downtown, a kiddie stage at 3rd Street, and a secondary stage at the north end of the festival between 6th and 7th Streets.

Some of this year’s featured musical acts include:

Groovy performance from The Black Hollies

One particular act that we’re interested in seeing is The Black Hollies.

Here’s a perfect song for the sheep as they enter their voluntary weekly enslavement called “employment” this morning. Not nearly as gloomy as the title suggests, and sounds like a mashup between trippy 60′s and today.

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Hoboken Movie Lineup: 4/18/2014

Bow Tie Cinemas Movie Times Hoboken NJ

Bow Tie Cinemas Hoboken NJ Movie TimesTrailers are very tricky and misleading little “summaries” of movies (well, you probably all knew that already). It’s amazing that they can twist and mislead a potential customer into “buying” whatever they’re selling. Wait a minute, isn’t that everyday news headlines? Oh, but I digress. One movie opening today is Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp.

If any of you ever saw Lawnmower Man a few decades ago – essentially the same general concept. “A terminally ill scientist uploads his mind to a computer. This grants him power beyond his wildest dreams, and soon he becomes unstoppable.”

But this review stood out as probably the most accurate: “I am so tired of movies where all that matters is how cool it looks. The plot was ridiculous. At the end of the movie a group of twenty-something guys were exiting ahead of us and one of the guys said, “that was pretty excellent!” I thought, “Well, I guess it’s working for its demographic.”

Hoboken Movie Trailer: Transcendence

(Current Bow Tie Cinemas Movie Times in Hoboken, NJ below.)

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Dog Walking Packs

Hoboken Dog Walking Packs – 2014 Edition

Jeez Louise. Seems like not a week goes by where I don’t receive an email about some “problem” with one particular dog walker in town.

9 times out of 10, it’s “too many dogs at once.”

I’ve said in the past – that dogs are indeed “pack” animals, and have no issue with it. To think your four-legged friend is “special” and needs to be walked individually is just nonsensical.

I saw this lady the other day, and all dogs seemed well behaved and in control. If I had to pick only ONE thing that MIGHT be a bit wrong is, that when she yelled “HEEL” to one of the dogs who might have been pulling, it may have confused other dogs who didn’t do anything wrong. That’s about the only thing I could find a flaw in.

Other than that – the dogs seemed happy to be out and about. So there.

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Game of Thrones {Beer – Price Gouging?}

Game of Thrones Beer from Ommegang a “hot” commodity in Hoboken

Game of Thrones Beer Hoboken NJ price gougingSince we don’t get caught up in the latest “hot” TV series – we had to kind of look into what this “Game of Thrones” on HBO was all about.

You guessed it! A fantasy type show, with characters, explicit sex scenes, yadda, yadda, yadda. And viewership has apparently doubled since the first season (I think close to 7 million viewers now?) So it’s definitely one of the “in things” to talk about at your (real or virtual) water cooler.

Also what we didn’t know was that the Ommegang Brewery, in conjunction with the show – had come out with a “limited edition” Game of Thrones beer, which coincided with the premiere two weeks ago.

Did some Hoboken liquor stores over-charge for Game of Thrones?

Hoboken411 reader Eric clued us into this fact, but more importantly – believed that some kind of beer price-gouging was happening in Hoboken.

“There are 3 different designs for same beer, which I was trying to hunt down. I actually purchased 2 bottles over at Sparrows uptown for $10.99/each even though they had a sign stating ‘Limit one per customer’. Sparrows did not mind this.

Game of Thrones Beer OmmegangWhen I saw that Wine House (the old Price King) was selling Ommegang I went in to see if they had the last design I was looking for. They did and they did not have a sign limiting the amount a person could purchase. So I picked up all 3 bottles and my total was roughly 48.00. I didn’t think anything of it because for some reason i thought I purchased 4 bottles which would have made it 12.00 each. Not a big mark up, another 1.00 over sparrows which I was fine with since they just remodeled and I’m helping out a local store.

I state 48.00 roughly because I never received a receipt nor was I offered one. They have you pay via an ipad and sign your name on the screen but there’s no summary of your order just the total cost. To my surprise afterwards I was actually paying 16.00 a bottle almost a 50% increase over sparrows. When I realized this I went back to the store to let them know of my displease. I informed the sales clerk that it was my mistake that I did not ask for the price of each, his response was that I gave you a total cost. If i received a receipt with an itemized bill I would have known of the price gouge immediately.

He stated they do not accept returns, which i understood as well, but it would have been nice to get a price match or some type of refund if they would not take back the alcohol. Nothing.”

We checked it out. Sparrow did indeed sell it for $10.99. Ok….

Game of Thrones Ommegang Beer Sparrow Hoboken NJ 1099

So was it really price gouging?

Then we went to Wine House – and the price was $12.99 per bottle. Pretty standard for small store not to have the same low “discount price” that a larger outlet like Sparrow (or Super Buy Rite in Jersey City) would sell it for.

Game of Thrones Ommegang Beer Wine House Hoboken NJ 1299

So Eric’s jumbo $48 bill was either a true mistake (on either party’s end) – or Wine House lowered the price a week later since the “exclusivity” of the hot commodity had wore off.

Who knows – but the lessons here are:

  1. Ask for the price (if it isn’t listed).
  2. Pay attention to your total bill (and demand an itemized receipt).
  3. Don’t go to the store drunk and stupefied. Not good for the wallet.

Enjoy your suds!

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