Hours after news broke that the state Supreme Court issued Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla a censure for “unethical” conduct, the city council pushed forward in pursuing a way to force the mayor to disclose his legal clients.[fve]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GkDj4v_5Rg&feature=youtu.be[/fve]“We received a memo on this from corporation counsel … can you just give a synopsis of your conclusions,” Councilman-at-Large James Doyle asked City Corporation Counsel Brian Aloia.“I did reach out to the [state] local finance board and explained to them the basis of the ordinance. I had a nice conversation with a young lady there, who helped me out,” Aloia began.“… [If] this ordinance was passed by the council, the finance board would not enforce the ordinance as far as reporting requirements in therein, of course they would still, as they always do, enforce any potential conflicts.”As Hudson County View first reported, the council passed the first reading of a measure earlier this month that would require Bhalla to disclose all income from his of counsel gig atÂ Lavery, Selvaggi, Abromitis & Cohen, P.C.Prior to that June 7th meeting, Aloia issued a legal opinion that such an ordinance would not be legal and therefore would not be enforceable.1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco, a staunch political rival of Bhalla, was happy to remind everyone that theyÂ first heard about his of counsel position on the Friday before a holiday weekend in February.“What happens in statewide law firms is they walk the line that you just heard: they walk the line of ‘oh, we didn’t know.’ We just heard that today: the mayor was censured by the state Supreme Court and his reply was ‘I didn’t know,’” DeFusco said.“This council caught a campaign finance breach before it became pay to play and we brought it to the administration. I don’t understand, for the life of me, how we can’t, in good faith, pass and shine sunshine on who’s paying the mayor?”Just three hours before last night’s meeting, The Jersey Journal revealed that Bhalla was censured by the New Jersey Supreme Court on June 13th for not setting aside over $6,000 for a former employee’s retirement account between 2008 and 2009.The 13-page decision, which reveals that three judges out of nine voted for Bhalla to receive a three-month law license suspension (four voted for the censure, two did not vote), did not paint him in a very favorable light.” … In our view, respondent’s nonchalance regarding Bentsen’s missing monies, over the course of six years, including while he was under investigation and then disciplined in another matter, justifies enhancement from a reprimand to a censure,” the decision says.Despite this fact, Aloia stood firm that the ordinance, as written, would not be valid.“I will not sign off on it, and to answer the councilperson, there’s no way I could enforce it,” Aloia said after further questioning from Doyle.Council President Ruben Ramos, another political nemesis of Bhalla, said that prior to the meeting, he sat down with Bhalla in his office to discuss southwest redevelopment.That private sit down ultimately degenerated into both sides using “very colorful language” that resulted in Ramos walking out, he explained.While that meeting did not go as planned, Ramos said that he is confident they will be able to worth together in the future for the betterment of Hoboken.“That’s the job we’re here for, to be big boys and big girls, and move things forward for whoever we need to move things forward for.”A short time later, Ramos agreed to table the measure, but also told Aloia he was seeking to start a local ethics board in order to eventually make Bhalla’s clients and contracts public.Aloia said that would be the proper way to move forward if this was a matter the council wanted to continue to pursue and that he would help have something prepared by the July 11th meeting.Bhalla spokesman Rob Horowitz said that the mayor is open to having a local ethics board, but also noted it’s time for Ramos to stop playing politics.“Mayor Bhalla is open to a constructive proposal for an Ethics Board or Commission. But it is long past time for Council President Ramos to stop the personal and nakedly political attacks and focus on doing the people’s business,” he said in an email.The full discussion on the matter, which streamed live on our Facebook page, can be viewed below:Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with a comment from Rob Horowitz, a spokesman for Mayor Ravi Bhalla.Â Community Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By John Heinis – June 21, 2018 10:11 am 1 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Comments are closed. Community Facebook Twitter FBW says Prime Cycle’s new location violates state guidelines for Hoboken waterfront Bayonne HobokenPolitics & Policy June 21, 2018 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm TAGShoboken city councilmike defusconew jersey supreme courtravi bhallaruben ramos SHARE Frankie Addams After Bhalla’s NJ Supreme Court censure, Hoboken council wants local ethics board 1 COMMENT CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Jersey City high school teacher suspended after rant calling George Floyd ‘a f***ing criminal’ Previous articleHoboken Police Department awards over 50 officers for various acts of valorNext articleWhile opposition has the momentum, Roque remains optimistic about re-election John Heinis Dead to rights. The decision is very damning. We have a Mayor that would screw an employee out of funds and lie to the IRS. It says that there is no way to know where the money went. Even if he didn’t put it in his own pocket, he had a responsibility to correct the situation immediately when it came to his attention. Instead he blew it off until forced to correct the shortage.Hoboken has a crook for a Mayor. I would say there are no words, but there are.UntrustworthyDishonestCorruptIndefensibleDeviousUnreliableInsincereConnivingSneaky
On Friday, police arrested a 17-year-old Afghan teen who has been accused of raping and killing a 19-year-old student, the daughter of an EU official, in October. He is thought to have arrived in Germany as an unaccompanied minor in 2015.The news comes as Merkel’s CDU party meets at a congress on Tuesday, during which members will reelect her as party leader. Also On POLITICO Angela Merkel: No refugee cap in Germany By Esther King The German chancellor has cautioned against stigmatizing all refugees after an Afghan asylum seeker was charged with the rape and murder of a woman in Freiburg.“This is a terrible murder, and if it turns out to be an Afghan refugee, it is to be condemned,” Angela Merkel told broadcaster ARD Monday. But, “This cannot be linked to the rejection of an entire group.”The comments echoed those made by Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel on Monday, when he asked citizens and politicians to avoid “conspiracy propaganda” when it comes to refugees. The far-right Alternative for Germany party has blamed the Freiburg murder on “uncontrolled” mass immigration.
Saturday evening at the sold out 2013 HARD Summer EDM festival in Los Angeles State Historic Park, a concert attendee died of cardiac distress and passed away at the hospital. Live Nation claims to have had all proper medical staff on the premises and the patron received CPR within two minutes of notification.Hard Summer is run by HARD Events‘s founder Gary Richards (Destructo). Headliners for this year’s event include Bassnectar, Duck Sauce, Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize), Justice (DJ Set), Flying Lotus, Knife Party, and Empire of the Sun. On twitter, Flying Lotus claims to have witnessed the event firsthand.Damn. I saw a guy die before I played my set. Heavy.— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) August 4, 2013Official statement from Live Nation:During Saturday evening’s event held at Los Angeles State Historic Park, a patron experienced cardiac distress and sadly passed away at the hospital. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.Our guests’ safety and well being is of paramount importance at every Live Nation event. We have skilled EMT’s, police, and security staff deployed on site to respond to any emergency situation and last night members of this emergency team were with this patron and administering CPR within two minutes of notification. We work closely with local health and safety authorities to plan for emergencies and set the appropriate staffing levels for each event.
L4LM is proud to present KRAW?! The Crawfest Afterparty, kicking off immediately after the famous Tulane Crawfest on April 18th in New Orleans. For one night only, The Willow will be hosting an all-star ensemble of jazz/funk legends, bringing together members of Lettuce, Gramatik, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Dumpstaphunk, Rebelution, and more!It all starts with CakeWalk, opening up the show with nine-pieces of groovy funk glory. One of the best newer acts to come out of NOLA, be sure to keep your eyes on these guys.After CakeWalk, the main act is a glorious ensemble that includes Nigel Hall, Eric Benny Bloom, Andrew Block, Big Sam, Eric Vogel, Alvin Ford Jr., Ian Neville, Khris Royal, and Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph. That’s a whole lot of talent for one sentence!Nigel Hall’s Top 10 Keyboardists Of All TimeHall and Bloom are familiar faces to anyone who’s seen Lettuce, as Bloom provides some Shady Horn prowess and Hall rocks the keys and vocals. Bring in R&B/Soul guitarist Andrew Block, who is currently a member of Gramatik’s touring band, and things are cooking.Big Sam and Eric Vogel of Big Sam’s Funky Nation will be joining in as well, with the charismatic bandleader Big Sam bringing out some hefty trombone and Vogel laying down some thick bass lines.We’re also bringing two members of the acclaimed Dumpstaphunk into the mix, Ian Neville and Alvin Ford Jr. behind the kit. This is a group of musicians that frequently collaborates, so expect tight funky tunes throughout the night.Khris Royal will also be on hand for the festivities. A NOLA native who oozes funk with his saxophone tones, he’s most notably a member of the reggae band Rebelution. And joining the band on vocals is the powerful Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph, adding some dynamite to this awesome crew.For tickets and more information, head to the Eventbrite page! The KRAW?! Crawfest Afterparty takes place on April 18th at the Willow, with doors opening at 8PM and the show starting at 9 PM.KRAW?! Crawfest Afterparty9pm: CakeWalk10pm: Headliner:Nigel Hall (Lettuce)Eric Benny Bloom (Lettuce, Pretty Lights Band)Andrew Block (Gramatik)Big Sam (Big Sam’s Funky Nation)Eric Vogel (Big Sam’s Funky Nation)Alvin Ford Jr. (Dumpstaphunk)Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk)Khris Royal (Rebelution, Khris Royal’s Dark Matter)Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph (Tank and the Bangas, American Idol XIV)Win (2) Tickets to KRAW?!
When Frank Zappa’s son Dweezil isn’t fronting the band Zappa Plays Zappa, apparently he’s off cooking up a storm on the Food Network. Zappa, along with Eddie Ojeda, Lita Ford, & Kelly Hansen, will appear on tonight’s Rock Star edition of the show Chopped!Top 12 Most Essential Frank Zappa AlbumsAccording to a brief description of the show, Zappa and his competitors will have to use a “punny” protein for appetizers, use lamb as the main entree jam, and incorporate rock candy and lemon rolls in the desert (aka rock and roll!). The winner will receive $10,000 to the charity of their choice.The show airs tonight; check below for a list of repeat air times in case you miss it:Tue, August 18 – 10|9cWed, August 19 – 1a|12cThu, August 27 – 9|8cFri, August 28 – 12a|11c[Via Food Network]
Phish has announced the details for episode 15 of the band’s weekly Dinner and a Movie webcast/cooking series. This week’s installment, set to air on Tuesday, July 7th, will be a special one: the world premiere of footage from set two on May 1, 1989 at a small club in Northampton, MA. Tune in below at 8:30 p.m. ET and follow along with our official 5/1/89 Stream Companion here.Phish Dinner and a Movie Episode 15: 5/1/89, Northampton, MAAs the announcement notes, “On May 1, 1989, Phish played the Universal Joint in the basement of Pearl Street — a club in Northampton, MA located downtown at 10 Pearl St. in a space subsequently known as 10 Below. It was an all-ages show with $6 tickets and an extra $2 charge for those under 21. This was a formative time for Phish, who were just about to release their first official studio album, Junta. This Tuesday’s Dinner and A Movie features a 67-minute Set II from that night, and marks the first time it has ever been shown publicly.”This week’s episode of Dinner and a Movie will appropriately benefit the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), whose mission is to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live music venues and promoters throughout the United States during the ongoing pandemic and onward. Independent venues exist in every state across the country; they were the first to be closed, they will be the last to open.Along with the announcement, Page McConnell shared a note about the 31-year-old show and video:A Note from Page:As I recall, the video for this show came into being rather spontaneously, without too much forethought or planning. As we were setting up our gear, in a basement club in Northampton, MA, we were approached by a well-dressed, diminutive gentleman. As best I can remember, his name was René. And he was there to pitch his video idea to us. For a nominal fee he would shoot the band’s set with one camera, artistically. He spoke with a French accent, almost spitting at us in a kind of broken English, with an urgency that was quite compelling. As his pace and volume increased, he kept saying it would be “avant-garde.” And the more times he said “avant-garde” with that thick accent, the more I believed him.Needless to say, he got the gig. And we got the video.The audio was recorded by our friend and former manager, John Paluska. The audio and visual sat in our vault since 1989, but had never been properly synched up (the videotape lacked audio). Jared Slomoff did a great job matching them up, so you all could enjoy it this week. According to Kevin Shapiro, we have used all the existing audio, but there are still a few audio pauses and hiccups along the way. Our apologies.Rene’s use of the fisheye lens, the “negative image” effect, the odd angles and abrupt movements…I’m not sure it all adds up to “avant-garde.” And, at times I wish he would settle down. But, he went for it, and there is no denying that Rene’s camera work brought a certain excitement to the overall shoot.After watching some of the video, I looked to see what sort of shows we were playing back then. It was a really fun time for us. We were starting to get gigs every month around the Northeast at clubs and colleges, and still playing regular gigs in Burlington at The Front and Nectar’s.This video captures some of that youthful energy that is nurtured and developed in small clubs like this one all across the country. Some of the places we played are still around, but many clubs are just barely hanging on now, which is why this week we are proud to be supporting the National Independent Venue Association. #saveourstagesEnjoy,PageFor the meal portion of the evening, Page offers up his recipe for a meal to be made on the grill including a burger, millet cakes, and pasta salad. Check out the recipe and some still images from the video below.Classic BurgerIngredients:1lb ground beef (local, grass-fed, organic, if possible)5 burger bunsInstructions:– Divide the ground beef into 5 patties– We prefer a simply plain burger, but season to taste– Grill or fry to your liking– Add your choice of condiments and a bunMillet Cakes(vegan option)Ingredients:1 cup cooked Millet1 tbsp avocado oil½ cup grated broccoli½ cup grated carrots2 shallots finely chopped½ tsp ground turmeric½ tsp lemon juice3 tbs hemp seeds1 ½ tsp psyllium husk powder1 tbsp nutritional yeast1 tsp yellow mustard or DijonInstructions:– Preheat oven to 400°– Line a baking sheet with parchment paper– Heat avocado oil in a saute pan over medium heat– Add broccoli and carrots to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Cook until carrots are sort and broccoli is bright green– Before removing pan from heat, stir in turmeric and lemon juice– Add cooked millet and cooked vegetable mixture to food processor– Add hemp seeds, psyllium husk powder, nutritional yeast and mustard to food processor, season with salt and pepper.– Run the food processor on high until the mixture starts clumping together– Form the millet cakes using about 2 tbsp or more of the mixture into patties, set on parchment lined baking sheet– Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, flipping halfway until lightly brownedPasta SaladIngredients:2 cups cooked pasta (your choice0¼ cup Greek or Italian dressing (we use Primal Kitchen Greek Vinaigrette)¼ cup chopped olives (we use Castelveltrano or kalamata)¼ cup chopped artichokes¼ cup chopped celery1/8 cup chopped pickled onionsInstructions:– Add any other veggies and fresh herbs (basil, bell peppers, cucumbers)– Optional: add cubed Feta cheese and sliced Sopressata– Mix all ingredients together– Add olive oil or more dressing to taste– Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to marinate and chillView Page’s Recipes
Jessie Mueller & Joshua Henry(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser & Bruce Glikas) Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 16, 2018 Related Shows Carousel This ought to be a real nice clambake! The starry new revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel begins performances on February 28 at the Imperial Theatre. Jack O’Brien directs and Justin Peck choreographs the production scheduled to officially open on April 12. Tony winner Jessie Mueller and Tony nominee Joshua Henry star.Set in a small New England factory town, Carousel follows the tragic romance between a troubled carnival barker (Henry) and the young woman (Mueller) who gives up everything for him. The Carousel cast also includes Lindsay Mendez as Carrie Pipperidge, Renée Fleming as Nettie Fowler, Tony nominee John Douglas Thompson as the Starkeeper, Amar Ramasar as Jigger, Brittany Pollack as Louise, Alexander Gemignani as Enoch Snow and Margaret Colin as Mrs. Mullin.The Carousel ensemble includes Colin Anderson, Yesenia Ayala, Nicholas Belton, Colin Bradbury, Andrei Chagas, Leigh-Ann Esty, Laura Feig, David Michael Garry, Garett Hawe, Rosena M. Hill Jackson, Amy Justman, Jess LeProtto, Skye Mattox, Kelly McCormick, Anna Noble, Adriana Pierce, Rebecca Pitcher, David Prottas, Craig Salstein, Ahmad Simmons, Antoine L. Smith, Corey John Snide, Erica Spyres, Ryan Steele, Sam Strasfeld, Halli Toland, Ricky Ubeda, Scarlett Walker, Jacob Keith Watson and William Youmans.The creative team features Santo Loquasto (scenic design), Ann Roth (costume design), Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer (lighting design), Scott Lehrer (sound design), Jonathan Tunick (orchestrations) and Andy Einhorn (musical supervision and direction). View Comments
McCarthy Building Companies was selected to manage the design process for the Merriam community center.After conducting a review requested by City Administrator Chris Engel, Merriam’s city attorney Nicole Proulx Aiken has determined that the uncle-nephew relationship between Mayor Ken Sissom and a McCarthy Building Companies employee who will be a day-to-day contact on the community center project does not violate Merriam’s code of ethics or Kansas conflict of interest laws.Engel requested the review after learning that Andrew Masters, the project manager for McCarthy who helped present the company’s bid for the community center contract, was the son of Sissom’s wife’s sister.Eleven companies responded to the city’s request for proposal for the design and management of the new $30 million community center, approved by city voters last year. McCarthy was shortlisted for the contract after a review of the submissions. The city’s selection committee ultimately chose the company for the contract, and Engel advanced the recommendation to the city council for approval at its Jan. 22 meeting.Before the vote, however, Engel disclosed that the administration had been made aware of the familial relationship between Sissom and one of the applicants during the vetting process. Masters is not a principal at McCarthy or a part of the company’s leadership team, and he will be just one of 14 people working on the project for the company. But city administrators wanted to ensure there were no conflicts and that there was not any appearance of nepotism.Here’s summary from a draft of the minutes from the Jan. 22 meeting with Engel’s account of the timeline:Mayor Sissom commented that at Ray Masters funeral he saw his nephew. At that time, the mayor had not seen his nephew for quite some time, as he was living in Florida with his family. Andrew did comment at the funeral that his company was submitting a proposal for this project. The Mayor did not know which company he worked for. No one on the committee knew that Andrew was related to the Mayor, Andrew did not state to the committee that he was related to the Mayor and as a professional, should not have notified the selection committee as he did not want that information to sway the committee for or against the selection of McCarthy. It allowed the selection committee to make their decision based on the merits of the company alone.Engel said he asked the city attorney, Nicole Proulx Aiken, to review any potential conflict of interest or code of ethics violations out of an abundance of caution, but that he believed strongly McCarthy and Masters were the best fit for the job.“While we didn’t know of the relationship to Mayor [when the application first came in], we did know Andrew was related to other Merriam families, and that was a plus,” Engel said via email. “The fact the team has Merriam connections was viewed as a plus because we want something uniquely Merriam and not having to explain in-detail what that means is important. Simply put, we chose McCarthy because they are the best firm (bigger than JE Dunn) to bring our project in on time and on budget, and they have an inclusive process that will create a final product Merriam residents are proud of for years to come.”The city council unanimously approved moving forward to award the contract to McCarthy after the open discussion about the city attorney’s review at the Jan. 22 meeting.Proulx Aiken’s memo on the matter is below:[gview file=”http://shawneemissionpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Conflict-of-Interest-Memo.pdf”]
Kaye Frisbie began her 27-year career as a Shawnee Mission North physical education teacher and coach in 1987. She coached basketball, volleyball and cross country, but in her last years of teaching, she focused on one sport: track.Last month, SM North inducted Frisbie into the school’s Hall of Fame alongside two athletes, Karen (Keitzman) Martin and Michelle (Hubler) Wingerd. Frisbie said being inducted into the Hall of Fame was an incredible honor, and although she was the recipient, she gives much of the credit to her student athletes.“I really feel like my Hall of Fame [induction] was a reflection on my athletes, you know,” Frisbie said. “I really feel like they shared in that, because I was very, very fortunate to have some phenomenal athletes that had a lot of success at the ultimate level — which at high school, would be at your state level.”The most rewarding part of being a coach, she said, is teaching athletes life lessons. Those same rewarding moments can also be challenges. Frisbie said she had to work hard “to get serious about things” with the first student she coached that went on to become a state champion.Frisbie said she stuck with him: He started to see some success during his junior year and he ended his senior year as a state champion. Years later, he wrote Frisbie a letter stating he appreciated her commitment — and that he knew he was a handful when he was younger, she said.“Just to see someone like that throughout the years, that you continue to work with and you continue to push and you continue to guide them,” Frisbie said. “Then they finally are able to look back upon that and see the importance of that, it really paid off for them.”Aaron Davidson, a physical education teacher and the cross country and track coach at SM North, worked alongside Frisbie for seven years. Frisbie was a good mentor to Davidson and he learned a lot from her, he said. The level of professionalism she brought to coaching day in and day out served as a blueprint on how to be a successful coach, Davidson said.“When you put that much time and effort into one school and one comunity, you have such an impact that an honor like [a Hall of Fame induction] is meant for people like her,” Davidson said. “She was the perfect candidate and perfect to receive that honor.”After 27 years at SM North, Frisbie said it was a great place to be for most of her teaching career. From the loyalty she felt toward the school to the diverse student population, Frisbie said she feels blessed to have been able to share in the amount of pride and tradition at the district’s first high school.
Matt Hobaica, principal with Lee & Associates brokered the transaction. The seller was One Cat Development Co., LLC of Peoria. The buyer was JAG Properties III, LLC of Shawnee, Kansas, dba Reddi Services. The buyers will occupy the facility for their plumbing and HVAC operations. The property featured two industrial buildings: 14,100 SF and 4,273 SF. A 4-acre industrial property with two buildings totaling 18,373 SF at 12268 N. 92nd Dr. in Peoria sold for $2.1M, or $114.30 per SF.