Reporter Roundup – 4/9/2007

suggestion-box-shredder.jpgContinuing the ongoing series, here are some highlights from the 4/8/2007 edition of our local paper, The Hoboken Reporter.

The Easter/Passover/Political edition included:

  • Front page coverage of the political struggle involving that previously contaminated Mercury Lot. Been hearing a lot of opinions about this, from Russo inaccurately taking credit for it, to how stupid it was for the city to publicly announce how much it was going to bid before the process even started. Now talk of eminent domain and other political chess-move statements lead me to believe something fishy is going on here. Bookmakers are giving this 2-1 odds that it’ll end up being condos anyway.
  • Nervous incumbents on the council band together with hopes to keep their seats at the upcoming election.
  • Many political ads for both the council elections and the Board of Education.
  • Speaking of the BoE, they profiled the 10 candidates vying for the four spots up for grabs for the April 17th Election.
  • In the “Ironic Entry of the Week” section, Hoboken was named a “Tree City USA” community again for the third consecutive year by meeting the four standards set by the National Arbor Day Foundation. This “honor” comes on the heels of some ancient elm trees recently being removed from Church Square Park. In other news, Hoboken is also being considered for “Rooftop Astro Turf” and “Jungle Gym” recognition.
  • Runner up for the “Ironic Entry of the Week” section, the Hoboken Police will be issuing lots of seatbelt tickets to drivers from May 21 through June 3rd as part of the “Click it or Ticket” program. What does pedestrian safety and seatbelts for vehicle drivers have in common?
  • The “we’ll print what we feel like printing” Letters to the Editor section had more political flavor, with the notable entries being from previous Councilman Tony Soares and a rebuttal from incumbent Chris Campos. Some readers feel the Reporter allowed Campos to break the submission deadline rule by allowing his letter to be published much after the fact. Other letters included a campaign note from 5th Ward candidate Peter Cunningham, as well as 2nd Ward candidate Richard Tremitiedi, who grasped at straws by bitching about political advertisements on street poles. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of a politico bring this up. What is he going to say when the ENTIRE TOWN is littered with signs? I dare him to mention it for something other than smear against his opponent.

No ribbon cuttings again. Boo.

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