Food and art will star at the Hoboken Arts& Music FestivalOver 300 artists, crafters, photographers, food vendors, and local businesses will take part in the free 25th Hoboken Art & Music Festival on downtown Washington Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 30.It will feature works of art including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture, mixed media, photography, pottery, metalwork, wood items, furniture, blown and fused glass, clothing, candles, jewelry, dried florals, soaps and lotions and other unique handcrafted items.Food this year will include a variety of international options including Thai, Indian, Greek, French, Mexican, Cajun, and Italian.Children’s activities will take place on Third Street and include rides, games, crafts, face painting, and musical performances.Live music performances on three stages will include Marshall Crenshaw and The Smithereens, Joe Grushecky & the House Rockers, The Rock n’ Roll High Fives, The Sensational Country Blues Wonders, Maxima Alerta, Sylvana Joyce + the Moment, Zydeco Revelators, Kid Notes with Chrissy Roberts & Ralph Capasso, Songs for Seeds, Garden St. School of the Performing Arts, Michael from Michael & the Rockness Monsters, and more.For more information contact [email protected] or (201) 420-5100 ex.5100. State Attorney General releases guidelines for marijuana prosecutionState Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal on Aug. 29 released new guidelines addressing the scope and appropriate use of prosecutorial discretion in municipal court prosecutions of marijuana-related offenses.The guidelines reaffirm that municipal prosecutors are not permitted to adopt their own policies to decriminalize marijuana. But prosecutors handling marijuana cases may appropriately exercise prosecutorial discretion on a case-by-case basis, as with prosecuting any other type of criminal offense.In late July, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop issued an executive order, telling municipal prosecutors not to prosecute for possession of small quantities of marijuana, which caused a brief battle with Grewal over whether the city had the authority to do so.After consultations between the city and Grewal, the attorney general’s office ordered a temporary suspension of prosecutions statewide in order to come up with more comprehensive guidelines.The new guidelines state that insufficiency of the evidence usually will be the basis for amending or dismissing of a municipal court complaint, but that other reasons also might still justify amendment or dismissal. For example, according to the guidelines, “a municipalprosecutor should consider the impact of adverse collateral consequences of a conviction based on the specific circumstances or factors presented by the defendant or elicited by the court” to the extent permitted by law.Autism Beach Bash scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9 in BelmarAutism Family Services of New Jersey will host the 14th Annual Autism Beach Bash on Sunday, Sept. 9 for families in New Jersey and surrounding areas living with autism and related disorders.The Autism Beach Bash will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 7th Avenue beach in Belmar, and features a surf camp with Surfer’s Healing, a California based non-profit specializing in working with children with special needs.A 2018 report from the Center of Disease Control reported that autism prevalence in New Jersey rises to 1 in 34 children.“Autism Family Services of New Jersey is incredibly proud to have hosted the largest Autism gathering in New Jersey since 2005,” said Eric M. Joice, CEO of Autism Family Services of New Jersey.The event includes an exhibitor tent featuring local and statewide services for individuals with autism, an activity tent, arts and crafts area, waterslide, dancing and interactive sessions throughout the day. The Annual Autism Beach Bash remains the largest gathering in New Jersey of individuals with autism and their families.Last year’s Autism Beach Bash welcomed more than 7,000 attendees, while over half of this year’s pre-registered families will be new to the event. Families will also be attending from surrounding states such as Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Rhode Island. Lunch will be provided free to all registered families.Individuals may register for the Autism Beach Bash, or obtain more information about the organization, by visiting www.autismbeachbash.org or by calling Autism Family Services of New Jersey at 1-877-237-4477. ×Hoboken will host its annual 9/11 memorial service on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at Pier A Park. Fifty six city residents died during the 2001 terrorist attacks, more than in any zip code outside of New York. Their names and birthdates are inscribed on the city’s 90-foot long permanent memorial, which opened last year at Pier A Park on the south waterfront. Oktoberfest in Hoboken takes place Sept. 21Saints Peter and Paul Church will host the 2018 Oktoberfest on Sept. 21 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sept. 22 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. in their Biergarten. Various German beers, a selection of food from the grill, a 50/50 Grand Raffle, live musicians and children’s activities will be available.Also on Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be children’s activities in the Kids Village. That event will be held at Ss. Peter and Paul Church and Stevens Park. Ss. Peter and Paul Church is at the corner of Fourth and Hudson streets. Hoboken will host its annual 9/11 memorial service on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at Pier A Park. Fifty six city residents died during the 2001 terrorist attacks, more than in any zip code outside of New York. Their names and birthdates are inscribed on the city’s 90-foot long permanent memorial, which opened last year at Pier A Park on the south waterfront.
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