Community Outreach Program in full swing
A Hoboken Positive: Community Outreach Program
Last week, while I was reminiscing about the St. Ann’s Feast on Jefferson Street, I ran into Hoboken Police Sgt. Melissa Gigante. She told me about the Community Outreach Program they were having that night, and invited me to swing by.
The Community Outreach Program is a fantastic initiative that connects and engages residents from the Hoboken Housing Authority and Police Department.
With assistance from the Hoboken Municipal Alliance Committee, Freeholder Anthony Romano, and HHA Director Carmelo Garcia, various events are scheduled to be held each week this summer. Sgt. Gigante, along with Officers Joseph Cahill, Daniel Simone III, and William James are the four HPD members participating in this program. They’re Resource Officers during the school year in Hoboken as well.
The program is broken down into “tween nights” on Mondays and Wednesdays (8-12 year olds) and “teen nights” on Fridays (13-17 years old). Games, crafts, tournaments and other interactive gatherings that are not only fun for the kids, but help the community develop stronger bonds between residents and those in charge of upholding the law and keeping the neighborhoods safe.
Kids make delicious Torna Pizzas!
Last week was “Make your own Pizza night” – which was sponsored and paid for by 4th Ward Councilman Tim Occhipinti and the Real Democrats of Hoboken. They arranged to have Torna Pizza setup in the HHA Community Room at 411 Marshall Drive. Tony and Michael from Torna’s Pizza taught nearly 25 kids how to roll the dough, apply sauce and cheese, bake and enjoy some really tasty looking mini-pies. I would have made one too, but I had a lot of trekking to do myself in Hoboken that night – so I passed (I regretted that decision later!)
The kids also got to make their own “pizza hats” as part of the official pizza-maker’s uniform. They even made one for 411 Mascot Oscar, who came along for the ride. After the cooking and eating was complete, each child got a certificate marking their participation in the pizza class.
Future activities will include a billiard tournament for the teens, plus bowling, art galleries and various other games and crafts.
A fine example of how things can and should be done in the Mile Square!