Ron Albanese (AKA Polka Dot) and the Polka Dot Pals performed a concert at The Shipyard in uptown Hoboken on July 10. Dog saved from Willow Terrace fireThe Hoboken Fire Department extinguished a two-alarm fire on Saturday, July 13 at 638 Willow Ave. No one was injured and a dog was safely removed from the building without incident.Maroon Cafe Bake Shop on the building’s ground floor was forced to close after the fire. Their second location at 1119 Jefferson St. remains open. The owner of the cafe did not return a call by press time.City upgrades website, includes platform to view council meetingsHoboken has launched a new upgraded and redesigned website, still accessed at www.hobokennj.gov.The site will include live council meetings. The live stream can be found at http://hobokennj.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx. It can also be found by going to www.hobokennj.gov, going to the government drop-down menu, and clicking on City Council.City Council meetings take place on the first and third Wednesday of each month in City Hall, 94 Washington St., at 7 p.m. The next meeting will take place Wednesday, Aug. 1.The original site will still be available for view for the next several months at http://archive.hobokennj.gov/. Residents are encouraged to give their feedback on the new site at https://gxdesign.seamlessdocs.com/f/hoboken_web_feedback. One-act play writing competition ends July 25The Hoboken Public Library presents its first Summer One-Act Play Writing Competition & Festival. Submissions are due no later than July 25.The library invites amateur and seasoned writers to submit a 10-page, family-friendly one-act play with no more than five characters. Prizes will be awarded to the writers of the top three out of five plays. Top plays will be work shopped and read by professional actors.Applications can be picked up at the second floor reference desk at our main branch or via email at [email protected] “For Angelica or Laura, One-Act Entry Form Request,” in the subject line. Report shows women who graduate from Stevens out-earn menAmong the nation’s top colleges and universities, Stevens Institute of Technology is ranked No. 2 for the smallest gender gap in earnings among its graduates, with women out-earning men by 1.6 percent, according to data reported by Forbes magazine.“At a time when the gender gap in pay continues to persist, Stevens’ graduates are bucking the trend,” said Susan Metz, executive director for diversity and inclusion at Stevens. “This is another indicator that Stevens is getting it right – we prepare our students for successful careers and deliver a great return on investment for their college education.”For Stevens Institute of Technology graduates, women earned a median of $64,000 and men earned $63,000. The report also highlighted Stevens as one of just three schools whose female graduates made more than their male counterparts, including Clark and Yale universities.Stevens is consistently among the nation’s elite in return on investment. Salary consultancy PayScale ranked Stevens No. 15 in its 2018 College ROI Report, while the Princeton Review named the university one of the 50 Colleges that Create Futures in 2017.Fundraiser for Diabetes Research Institute announced Inserra Supermarket’s ShopRite of Hoboken will host a mile walk around Hoboken to raise funds for the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI). Inserra Supermarket’s Dollars against Diabetes Annual Campaign has provided the DRI with more than $500,000 in funding over the past 10 years. The walk will begin on Friday, July 27 at 10 a.m. at ShopRite of Hoboken at 900 Madison St.Officials release statement on Trump-Putin summit and SyriaDemocratic officials urged President Donald Trump not to make any “unilateral U.S. concessions” about Syria to Russian President Vladimir Putin last week in a statement from U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Eliot Engel.Menendez, a Union City native, is a ranking member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and Engel is a ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.“We are profoundly concerned that unilateral U.S. concessions regarding a tenable path forward in Syria will further undermine civilian protection, empower Iran, and jeopardize Israel’s security,” they said. “We therefore call on President Trump to reject any Russian demands with respect to Syria. We urge President Trump to demand that President Putin uphold and implement Russian obligations related to Iranian presence in Syria and commit to a political process that ends the conflict.”Trump met Putin in Helsinki Finland on July 16 for their first bilateral meeting of his presidency. No new developments on Syria were announced during the Trump-Putin news conference that followed.“Putin’s lifeline to Assad is the reason his brutal regime has survived,” said Menendez and Engel. “Together with Iran and Hezbollah, Russia’s toxic partnerships have fomented regional instability.” Fifth child dies in Union City fireAccording to a press release from Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, the investigation into the origin and cause of the fire at 416 25th St. in Union City on July 13 continues. It has now claimed the lives of five children.Monday night, July 16, the fifth child, Shamira Lopez, age 4, was pronounced dead. Over the weekend four others passed away: 5-year-old Mayli Wood, two-year-old Jason Gonzalez, seven-year-old Christian Josue Mendez, and 13-year-old Jose Felipe Tejada. Several of them are cousins.An adult man and woman were also injured in the fire and they are in stable condition. Eight firefighters were transported by Emergency Medical Services to area hospitals where they were treated for various minor injuries.A preliminary investigation determined that the fire began at 416 25th St. A residential building located at 414 25th St. also sustained damage from the fire. Arson investigators have determined that the fire originated on the first floor of the three-story residence.The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit and the Union City Police Department are actively investigating this incident with assistance from the NJ State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office website at http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential. City separates environmental services job from human servicesMayor Ravi Bhalla has announced Jennifer Gonzalez will be the new director of the city’s Environmental Service Department. She is currently the city’s principal planner, and also chief sustainability officer.The department is currently run by Leo Pellegrini, who is also the city’s director of the Health and Human Services Department. Pellegrini will continue in his role as HHS director.In her current roles, Gonzalez advanced capital projects in areas including rainfall flood mitigation, energy, drinking water, natural resources, and composting. She also manages the Northwest Resiliency Park design process and priority upgrades in Hoboken’s aging drinking water system.Gonzalez said, “I look forward to improving our parks and public spaces by incorporating asset management technology and philanthropy, while increasing the fiscal and environmental sustainability of municipal operations.”Gonzalez will oversee city parks, public property, and sanitation, as well as storm water and drinking water infrastructure projects. “Jennifer Gonzalez has a proven track record of great vision and excellent results, and I know she will continue to build on her successes,” said Bhalla. “I also want to thank Director Pellegrini for his tireless work of pulling double duty as the director of two departments for five years. I believe this adjustment will allow all departments to work more efficiently.” ×Ron Albanese (AKA Polka Dot) and the Polka Dot Pals performed a concert at The Shipyard in uptown Hoboken on July 10.