Thursday, May 28, 2015

Coming in July: Count SLAPPula Rises


source: Pincus' MSJ email exhibit: BAJARDI_00037084.htm

As you've heard by now, the trial of Count SLAPPula has been postponed until mid-summer.

GA is not sure why, unless SLAPPula prefers bad news breaking when folks are paying less attention.

But you know, lies ferment in the heat and can really stink up a courtroom.  Better to have put this dud out of its misery now; the laughter would have died by August.

Instead, the midsummer production of Count SLAPPula Rises  will show in a Jersey City courtroom, to the delight of horror fans.

What's the plot?

Count SLAPPula is expected to describe how "offended" and "alarmed" she was that a Horse served her a trial subpoena.  Count SLAPPula may even re-enact how the Horse came charging at her, shooting lightening bolts from his red-rimmed eyes, snorting fire from his flaring nostrils. She may bare her chest to show the outline of a horse shoe where she was "forcefully smacked" with the "court documents" which offended her.  She may say the Horse had wings and flew like Pegasus with the subpoena which alarmed her, that the envelope was shooting death rays or was it covered with thorns?  

This might be what you call a "summer-proof" event.  In other words, stock up your popcorn and let the herjury begin!

Good luck, Horsey


We all know what this is about.

Stay tuned...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mason Trial is Tomorrow

The first of (2) frivolous complaints filed recently by Councilwoman Beth Mason against a prominent Hoboken blogger will go to trial at 1:00 PM tomorrow in Jersey City Municipal CourtMason will be represented by her longtime personal attorney, Steve Kleinman.

Here is the actual complaint:


Mason alleges to be "victim" of an assault with a deadly envelope.  The "victim" acknowledges the envelope contained "court documents."

This is true.  The envelope contained a trial subpoena for Bajardi v Pincus.  Sadly, both Masons lost their motion(s) to quash them and would have been forced to testify.  Then, our September 22nd trial date was moved to January 26, 2015...

But I digress!

Will NJ courts protect victims of SLAPP suits and frivolous complaints from the predatory out-of-town law firms and/or vindictive politicians who file them? 

A step in the right direction, today the NJ Supreme Court announced:


Yep, today the NJ Supreme Court put a stop to the practice of piling on 'actual' damage claims with 'presumed' damages to equal a huge sum ($2,000,000 for example).  Such enormous in terrorem claims are often used by predatory lawyers for leverage in settlement talks with SLAPP victims. Simply put, the predators' 'settlement' offer is to pay a huge sum (to the SLAPPers) to end the litigation or else face unsustainable, ruinous costs of a protracted legal battle. 

That is the essence of a SLAPP.   Intimidation to stop free speech combined with economic extortion: pay us to exit stage left.  A predatory lawyer might even threaten endless appeals then advise you it is 'cheaper' to pony up a pile of dough now.

And so, GA is heartened to see that courts are limiting the 'leverage' to extort SLAPP victims by limiting defamation damages.

GA wonders how today's ruling impacts "intentional infliction of emotional distress" claims.

Does it?

For example, say a guy files a SLAPP suit, and claims to be hounded by diarrhea and debilitated by dread.

Does the 'limits on defamation' ruling limit the diarrhea claim?  Are there exceptions like proving the diarrhea wasn't caused by a bad taco?  Does he shit in a bucket and bring it to court?  What if the SLAPP-guy  has Montezuma's Revenge?  Shouldn't he sue Montezuma?   And the dread...  couldn't it be a manifestation of psychosis or an untreated personality disorder?  Perhaps the diarrhea is causing the dread.  Or the dread is causing the diarrhea.   I get debilitated thinking about it.  Maybe that's why Mr. SLAPP might claim "nausea."  Thinking about his gastrointestinal distress makes me nauseous. But really, what kind of a lunatic would actually submit such idiotic claims to a NJ court?


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Earwitness Rumor: The Ruben Slate


Folks, the coming election cycle could get interesting.

If this Earwitness rumor is true, former Assemblyman Ruben Ramos will be running a full slate of ward candidates to: (1) avenge his loss of the mayoral race in 2013, and (2) trounce Reform incumbents for control of the City Council.

It's no secret that Ramos blames Tim Occhipinti's "One Hoboken" ticket for blowing his mayoral dreams.  He does believe but not for Tim's late arrival in the race, he would be Hoboken mayor.  Hence, my Earwitness says the Ramos slate plans to 'take out' Timmy Occhipinti  (4th Ward) and  Peter Biancamano  (2nd Ward).

Who would Ramos run against Biancamano?

An Earwitness tells GA that Brian Murray's wife may run in the 2nd Ward.   Is it true?  Ramos pal Carmelo Garcia, is rumored to be taking on popular 6th Ward incumbent Jen Giattino.What a coincidence!  Reports that a nasty whisper campaign is being run against Giattino in 6th Ward Applied Housing.  How nasty?  Oh, that Giattino wants to boot out long-term residents.  

It gets more interesting.

Timmy could have stopped flooding.  FOR REAL!
According to Al Sullivan, both Ramos and Garcia are sucking up to Beth Mason, supporting her for Chair of the Hoboken Democratic Committee. One reason Ramos doesn't support Jamie Cryan to keep his chair?  Take a look:



Cryan was campaign manager for Timmy's One Hoboken.

It makes sense that Ramos would oppose Cryan but... why back Beth Mason?  Here are 20,000 reasons why Ramos should blame Mason  for his 2013 election defeat:


It could only be the big bags of money that Mason always brings to the table.

In that case, if Mason is making deals with Ramos, what's in it for her?

So... if this "Ruben slate" rumor is true, grab your popcorn.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day


We honor your service and sacrifice.

Friday, May 22, 2015

"Please let's comment!"

LOSER

Imagine you have to defend yourself against a $2,000,000 civil complaint, and discovery documents you requested on November 20, 2013 arrive 223 days later, on July 1, 2014.

Imagine how long it might take you to review 49,081 email documents (many are multiple pages), you received on May 16 and July 1, 2014. You might still be finding ones you haven't seen.

That's the case for the SLAPP Defendants.

Yesterday, GA found what may have precipitated the widely publicized "alleged" anti-Semitic posts authored by Lane Bajardi's admitted screen names WakeUp07030 and Mark Lower.

At 9:30 PM on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 Sara Stojovic emailed Hoboken411; Hoboken411 forwards the Stojkovic email to Lane "Red Haven" Bajardi with the message: "Please let's comment!"


At 12:07 AM on April 30, 2009, Lane Bajardi's admitted screen name, WakeUp07030 posted this on the Hoboken forum at nj.com:


At 5:00 PM on August 12, 2009, another one of  Lane Bajardi's admitted screen names, MarkLower posted this on the Hoboken forum at nj.com:


GA recalls seeing many similar comments, directed at the mayor's husband.  The above were saved by Mr. Grossbard and authenticated by him in a certification provided to Defendants. 

Like Mr. Grossbard, GA's non-actionable opinion (yours may differ) of these comments is that they are anti-Semitic and highly offensive personally.  As stated in my Sur Reply to my Motion for Summary Judgment filed on September 2, 2014:
“WakeUp07030” [Mr. Bajardi] was a prolific nj.com commenter who posted virulently anti-Semitic slurs about the mayor’s Jewish husband, Stan Grossbard, a NYC diamond dealer. “WakeUp07030” [Mr. Bajardi] attacked Mr. Grossbard as a “blood diamonds” merchant with the Mayor enjoying the spoils of her husband’s “blood diamonds” trade.  ...Plaintiff Lane Bajardi proves that behind a Screen Name he will use rabid, anti-Semitic rhetoric to attack his political enemies, as he did under the Screen Name, prosbus.
(Note, Anthony Petrosino, a Bajardi trial witness in Bajardi v Pincus, certified he exclusively used the screen name 'prosbus.')

On February 23, 2015 the Hudson County View filed a report on Mr. Grossbard's opinion of the WakeUp07030 and Mark Lower postings he had archived. Neither the article, nor any facts presented within, have been disputed by Jonathan Z. Cohen, Mr. Bajardi's attorney.

In part, it reads:



While Mr. Bajardi's attorney, Mr. Cohen, has never disputed that his client was the author of both highly offensive comments directed at Mayor Zimmer's Jewish husband, Mr. Grossbard and his business, the above email exhibit  provides a context for the offensive postings of  Lane Bajardi's admitted screen names, "WakeUp07030" and "Mark Lower.

"Loyal and savvy political strategists "

Thursday, May 21, 2015

"I'll add her to my list of Lenzians"

  




Anticipation


That burger sure looks good. If it ever comes, I hope it's juicy, not filled with empty calories.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Who needs her money?

credit: Mile Square View

The buzz is that Beth Mason has offered to underwrite her allies' political campaigns if they bring her the votes for Hoboken Democratic Chair.

Putting aside that paying for committee votes is illegal, two questions come to mind:
  1.  Is it worth 'war' with Mayor Fulop and his camp?
  2.  Who actually needs Beth Mason's money? 
Aside from Beth Mason, no one (yet) openly opposes the Jersey City mayor.   The incentive to do so might be a 'money problem,' which begs the question: who would really need the cash to run?
A look at the spending habits and funding sources of the incumbent candidates' 2011 campaigns tell quite a story.   

GA looks at the last 2011 campaign ELEC filed for Michael Russo, Theresa Castellano, Tim Occhipinti and yes, Beth Mason (who may decide to run.)

3rd Ward

RUSSO spent $33,160, account balance $0-- funding: 56% monetary contributions (over $300), 8% small monetary contributions, 17% in-kind contributions, 19% loans.
Campaign HQ: Yes

Result: 844 votes
Cost : $39.20 per vote

Russo for Council, October 15, 2012 ELEC
1st Ward  
CASTELLANO spent $24,595.54, account balance $0--funding: 92% loans (self-funded),   7.1% in-kind, 0.9% small monetary contributions
Campaign HQ: No 
Result: 633 votes
Cost: $38.85 per vote

The Committee to Elect Castellano 2011, Oct 15 2011 ELEC

4th Ward

OCCHIPINTI spent $63,015.40, account balance $0 ($3,947.02 transferred to 2015 account)-- funding:  70% monetary contributions (over $300), 25% small monetary contributions, 3% in-kind contributions, 2% loans.
Campaign HQ: Yes 
Result: 747 votes
Cost: $84.35 per vote

Timothy Occhipinti, Oct 15, 2011 ELEC

2nd Ward

MASON spent $364,759, account balance $979.94-- funding:  49% in-kind contributions, 40% loans, 10% monetary contributions (over $300), 0.9% other (transferred from prior campaign), 0% small monetary contributions,
Campaign HQ: Yes
Result: 644 votes
Cost: $566 per vote

Elizabeth Mason, April 15, 2015 ELEC
Conclusion (GA's Two Cents):

Castellano almost entirely self-funds, and in 2011 ran the most efficient campaign, spending the least per vote in her Ward.  Castellano doesn't need Mason's money.

Russo gets 64% of  campaign funds from monetary contributions, and a large amount of in-kind. His 2011 base of operations, the Russo Civic Association has closed. Still, he runs a lean campaign and came in second place for budget efficiency at $39.20 per vote.  Russo would be happy to take Mason's money.

Occhipinti got 95% of his 2011 campaign funds as large and small monetary contributions. Whooosh. He ran an indulgent campaign with paid consultants, and we know who was indulging him.  Wheel-y.  Timmy is in trouble in 2015.  He desperately needs Mason's money, but she appears to have cut him off.  

Mason is fully self-funded, ran the least efficient and most expensive campaign. Mason spent nearly 15 times more than Castellano per vote, and almost 7 times as much as Timmy.  A comic  self-parody of  excess, waste, and poor financial management, if the alleged 'deal' to buy the Dem Committee chair fails, it's time for Mason to disappear from New Jersey politics.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Star Ledge: Mason seeks to screw Steve Fulop


Oh, my!  Did you read today's Star LedgeShocking.

Their cover story dovetails with Al Sullivan's column this week:
"...Russo and Romano suggested Councilwoman Beth Mason as a compromise chair person. Most believe she won’t be running for reelection in the 2nd Ward and she would do well as bolstering the Democratic Party especially in helping Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president.

But for even more powerful people outside of Hoboken, Mason poses a threat, since she is aligned with state Senator Stephen Sweeney at a time when many in Hudson County are behind Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s possible run for governor. Sweeney is seen as a potential candidate as well.

A call from one of Fulop’s people apparently said that if Mason wants the chair, she would have to endorse Fulop and donate to his campaign, sources said. Mason apparently told the Fulop people to take a flying leap and to keep their nose out of Hoboken politics."
You know, GA poked around a little for information about whether the Dem committee chair was going to Beth Mason, as was rumored.  Responses I got from reliable sources ran the gamut from "She's not getting it" to "That bitch gets nothing."

Oh yes, the animus for Mason outside of Hoboken runs deep. Politically speaking, she's D.O.A. in Hudson County.

GA heard Beth Mason is considering starting her own Democratic organization, again dovetailing with the Sullivan column:
"Mason could also get around the fight by running her own ticket of Democratic committee people in the June primary against those who are currently there. If successful, she would be able to take over the Democratic party anyway and would likely become chair person by controlling all the votes."
While GA is told it would never work, a bad idea never stopped the Mason gang.

Well, as the Star Ledge referenced, the leaders of Hudson County municipalities have aligned behind Steve Fulop's gubernatorial ambitions- except for Beth Mason.   In the eyes of Fulop loyalists, supporting 'traitor' Beth Mason as Dem Committee President would be akin to giving Mayor Fulop  the finger.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Earwitness News


GA's gotten an earful today.   Hold on...I'm scooping out the mess in my ear.

Gross. Take a  look at those Q-tips:



Ugh, that is disgusting. What hideous deposits my Earwitness brought today. 

Alright, grab your Q-tips. Our conversation went something like this:
Earwitness:  Ricky Mason was really upset at the escalating cost of the lawsuit. The costs kept going up. He didn't want to pay any more. And that was before it got dismissed.

GA: What??? You mean Bajardi v Pincus?

Earwitness: Yeah. 

GA: You sure?

Earwitness: This came from the Mason camp.

GA: what else can you tell me?

Earwitness: They were coming after you. They hate Horsey as much now. It didn't turn how they wanted.  Ricky's going to explode if he has to pay [redacted].
There is more.  But GA has to withhold it due to a pending court ruling which may come any day now.

There is so much filth on those Q-tips.  Thank goodness that nasty crap is gone from my ear!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Matzner to the rescue!- UPDATE

Update:  
GA just spoke to HHA Chair Dana Wefer who clarified the HHA has filled $500K of a $2.5M hole in the reserves inherited from former Executive Director Carmelo Garcia.   The reserves had been "plundered" to cover budget overruns.

According to sources, under new management "[the HHA] saved $100,000 by locking the inventory door."  

GA has updated original post accordingly.

Original post:
Just when we thought Al Sullivan's article about 6th Ward Councilwoman Jen Giattino and other Hoboken moms' quiet act of charity was embargoed from Hoboken forever...

"Moms make lunch for the homeless" appears in this week's Hoboken edition

Matzner to the rescue!

It doesn't matter WHY the paper decided to run the story in the Hoboken edition one week after it ran in Jersey City, it matters that they ran it where it belongs.... in Hoboken.  On the cover.

GA asked Jen if she had complained to the HR about the article's omission last week.  Her answer: "nope."

Perhaps they understood how badly the Hoboken embargo had backfired.  Who knowsGiattino is extremely popular- within her ward and out.  Unlike many Hoboken political figures, Jen is not a loud-mouthed gasbag with a slew of paid political operatives and consultants; she is a mom who quietly goes about doing 'her thing.'  Jen's 'thing' is helping the Hoboken community.  Yeah, she's Republican.  So what.  GA would choose Giattino over 1,000 self-serving Democratic Party gasbags without blinking an eye.

Speaking of embargoed information...

It is curious that The Hoboken Reporter's page 4 news "Brief" titled "Dana Wefer re-elected as Hoboken Housing Authority board chair" left out a huge piece of news.  In fact, it is a huge story.  To-date, the story has only been covered by MSV.

MSV's story is titled: "HHA Shocker: $2.5 million reserve loss turned into 500K surplus"

That is incredible.  Huge.  Here it is:
  "...the Hoboken Housing Authority announced its second quarter financials at its monthly meeting yesterday and the results are a stunner. Last year, the agency left in shambles under controversial Executive Director Carmelo Garcia rode through a $2.5 million hit on the agency reserves. With temporary ED Bob Divincent and HHA commissioner David Dening, the head of the finance committee, the agency announced it completely eliminated the hit on those reserves losses with numerous problems reversed and retains $500K in reserves. The amazing turnabout comes in less then a single calendar year."
Wow.  After Garcia was fired.  In less than one year.

How could that happen?  This story merits coverage in The New York Times.  And a federal investigation.

One example of how $2,500,000 'walked out the door' under Garcia control might be the $38.5K the HHA spent on diapering one elevator.

Remember that? In 2011 the HHA spent $385,000 replacing vinyl flooring in 10 elevator cabs.  When questioned about this expense, the HHA Board was told that the new floors were required to keep pee-pee from dripping onto the cab sub-floor and into the mechanicals.

Excellent!  Remember: the pee-pee belongs inside the elevator.  Next time you pee in an elevator, check that it's wearing a vinyl diaper. Okay? 

page 3 of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) Annual Performance Report 2011 

This is Hoboken, where certain news doesn't get the front page- or any page. 

GA congratulates HHA Chairwoman Dana Wefer, Finance Chairman David Denning, Commissioners Dave Mello, James Sanford, Judy Burrell and Interim Executive Director Bob DiVincent for using federal money on much-needed capital improvements to the Hoboken Housing Authority and not on vinyl diapers.

Remember to pee on VINYL, not linoleum. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Petro Blog Comes with a Disclaimer


Say it ain't so!

GA should have read Dr. Petrosino's disclaimer before I started making a fuss about him not telling the truth and that other accuracy-junk. 

It looks like he's not sure of his completeness, accuracy, reliability or suitability either.   All of that original research and "related graphics" should only be relied upon "strictly at [our] own risk?"

Elections are a risky business. 

Sometimes production of inaccurate and unreliable "related graphics" by purported academics has a way of electing the wrong people.  You know, dopes or unethical types.  Sometimes both! 

Omission and/or redacting unpleasant data has a way of manipulating public opinion; in the political world it's called 'spin.'  Spin with bar graphs and curves, cloaked in mumbo-jumbo: deviations, triangulations, distribution curves, variables, and blabbity-blabber, may cause election of
incomplete, inaccurate, unreliable and unsuitable officials. 

So that's why Dr. Petrosino warns us about the veracity and reliability of his articles.  Because without a warning label [a.k.a. "Disclaimer"], he knows we might BELIEVE his crap and otherwise elect dimwits and/or scoundrels.    

Curiously, Petrosino's other academic blog has no disclaimer.

WARNING: Do not rely on the completeness, accuracy, reliability or suitability of this graph, etc.



Thursday, May 14, 2015

Petrosino ERASES* his Bogus Blog Entry (after GA calls him out)

Proof the district fared far worse under Dr. Petrosino.  Thank you, Kids First!

GA isn't sure what did it.

Was it pointing out the hypocrisy of the Raslowsky-Petrosino Era's utterly dismal QSAC scores- including the "34%" in DPR area "Instruction and Program"? 

Was it pointing out the 4 out of 5 QSAC scores he had redacted in the June 2014 letter were 90%, 96%, 100% and 100%?

Was it pointing out that the 'summary' of the 2013-2014 QSACs were 69%, and the 45% was an outlier?

Was it the crapademic graph corrected by GA, showing the tremendous advances the district has made under Kids First after the Petrosino/Raslowsky era?

WHO KNOWS.

But Dr. Petrosino erased the entire post; an admission that is was as GA called it, "CRAP."


Oh yeah, this is a short clip of Interim Superintendent Dr. Brockel's May 12 announcement  that the new QSAC score for our district in "Instruction and Program" is 75%. 


GA thanks Kids First for the wonderful job they are doing, and continue to do for the children of our district- including mine.

*"retracts/retracted" changed to "erases/erased" per comment by Anonymous May 15, 2015 at 10:01 AM

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Dr. Petrosino's Propaganda Project


Why would someone with real academic credentials undermine his credibility with a transparently political blog, festoon it with easily debunked, cartoon-like graphs and crudely redacted letters?

Meet crapademic Anthony Petrosino. His latest excretion is "Hoboken Public Schools Score 45% on QSAC DPR in Instruction and Program....4th Consecutive Year of Failing Scores During Kids First Era."

Why does GA call Dr. Petrosino's May 11, 2015 blog post an  "excretion"?

For one thing, he writes: "Under the political group known as Kids First and their Board of Education majority leadership...the score in Instruction and Program have fallen dramatically." 

Um, no....

Last night Interim Superintendent Brockel announced the district's new QSAC scores, and the score for the DPR Area "Instruction and Programing" was 75%.

That's right. 75% not 45%.

Hey, crapademic Petrosino was only off by 30 points. There's more; refer to Exhibits 1 through 4 below.

EXHIBIT NO. 1

EXHIBIT NO. 1- PETROSINO/RASLOWSKY PERFORMED MISERABLY WHEN THEY RAN THE DISTRICT

EXHIBIT NO. 2

Petrosino produces a letter from the NJDOE dated July 16, 2014, with the district's QSAC scores. Oddly, Petrosino redacts 4 out of 5 scores. WHY? 

EXHIBIT NO. 2- PETROSINO REDACTS DATA TO COOK A RESULT

EXHIBIT NO. 3

The 45% score cited in June 2014 was an outlier.  The NJDOE 2013-2014 QSAC scores for the Hoboken district in the DPR Area of  Instruction and Program was 69% (not 45%)


 EXHIBIT NO. 4

Here is the Petrosino crapademic graph corrected by GA. The outlier was removed; replaced by NJDOE QSACs for the 2013-2014, showing a 69% score for "Instruction and Program."



 Lesson over, boys and girls.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

HR publishes "Enemies List" of Public School "Sympathizers"

Birds of a feather.

Folks, its 1954 all over again. 

The tabloid that banned the name "Jen Giattino" from this week's Hoboken edition, has published the names of private citizens who've donated to the Hoboken Public School's Legal fund.

GA will explain why.   Remember these quotes from the April 14, 2015 BoE meeting?
  I cannot wait to get the list of the folks that are funding this ridiculous legal action."
The Hoboken Reporter, fresh off banning "Moms make lunch for the homeless" featuring 6th Ward Councilwoman Jen Giattino ...

Story about Hoboken Moms 
...is outing  parents of public school students, so their Dark Side allies can keep their hands clean when these mothers and fathers are attacked in public venues and online.

GA knows the game. 

Hoboken411 is dead, long live The Hoboken Reporter, where the Dark Side launders the "news."

This is nothing new, of course.  The paper's pillow talk with 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason and political operative  James Barracato is not a matter of speculation, thanks to many exhibits produced by Lane Bajardi and Kim Cardinal Bajardi  in Bajardi v Pincus.

GA has digitized the name of the reporter, then employed by Publisher Dave Unger.


Isn't that charming?

Back to 2015: publishing the names of PRIVATE CITIZENS is an EDITORIAL decision.

Note, the cowardly editor at The Hoboken Reporter left the name off the byline:


Let there be no mistake: all donors are named on the BoE agenda; all donors are public record.  It is fair to publish the names of public officials, but...

WHY PUBLISH THE NAMES OF PRIVATE DONORS IN A NEWSPAPER?

The Hoboken Reporter is doing the laundry for the Dark Side. So Dark Side politicos have 'clean hands' if and when private citizens are BULLIED by others, or anonymous screen names online. 

Like Curious Gal and prosbus, a.k.a. Anthony Petrosino.

The Hoboken Reporter quoted the crapademic blog of Anthony Petrosino this week, but... did they mention his hundreds of "Curious Gal" and "prosbus" posts attacking Mayor Zimmer and other members of Reform?

When does HoLa take a stand against this schmuck*? (*GA's non-actionable opinion based on documentary evidence he's a schmuck).

Typical Petrosino Crapademic CRAPOLA on his crappy blog

Make your check or money order payable to “Hoboken Board of Education” and write “Legal Fees for Appeal” in the memo section.  Send to:

Hoboken Board of Education
Business Office
158 Fourth Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Monday, May 11, 2015

Monster Attacks Hoboken Moms!


HOBOKEN- On Mother's Day, May 10, 2015, a monster devoured the story, "Moms make lunch for the Homeless" from the Hoboken edition of the Hudson Reporter.

The story was about a group of Hoboken moms who have been bringing lunches to the Hoboken homeless shelter for 8 years.

One of the moms is also an elected official, Jen Giattino, the 6th Ward Councilwoman.  Mrs. Giattino, mother of 3 boys, began bringing food and helping at the Hoboken Homeless shelter "long before [she] became a councilwoman or before politics entered [her] mind."

Is there any coincidence that the monster devoured the story in the Hoboken edition but not in the Jersey City edition?

Could it be that Jersey City residents don't vote in Hoboken elections? 

Could it be that monsters want to elect their kind, not the kind that quietly serve the Hoboken community?


After devouring "Moms make lunch for the homeless" story, the monster regurgitated one about North Bergen and West New York mayoral races.   It landed in the space where the one about Hoboken moms feeding the homeless belonged.

Monsters do monstrous things.