Pope Francis has stated the church should ask forgiveness from gay people for the way it has treated them. After the Orlando Massacre he recalled church teachings that homosexuals “should not be discriminated against and should be respected, and accompanied pastorally.” But there is disagreement among the Pope’s flock and the recent firing of the Reverend Warren Hall by the Newark Archbishop is just one example of discord among the faithful. Now clergy, parishioners, public officials and other LGBT rights organizations have come together in support of Reverend Hall and to raise awareness. HIR talked with the Reverend and his supporters.
For the first time EVER Julio Fernandez is appearing with Spyro Gyra at the Hoboken Arts and Music Festival, September 25th. HIR is honored to have the opportunity to talk with this favorite Hoboken son and incredible talent. One of the most approachable, down to earth musicians I have ever interviewed Julio talks Spyro Gyra, the music biz and his Hoboken roots.
I really struggled with this one. Teresa Cunningham is a 911 widow. Her son was 13 days old on the day her husband was killed on the 84th floor of the twin towers. Her challenges as a mom are monumental. Her son is going into high school and he has spent a lifetime wondering who his dad was and the trying to process the gravity of the day that forever changed his life and his moms. So I have decided to run the interview in its entirety, rather than try and edit it down into the perfect length for a podcast in the hope that somehow length represents quality. You can hear clips on 710 WOR during Len and Todd in the morning on 9/9 . But for once, hear the whole story, maybe it will forever change your life.
Teresa’s husband was married to a Brit and so she was chosen to testify at the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, also known as the 20th hijacker. She touches on that and at the end of the podcast she talks about what loved ones of those who died on 911 would really appreciate. Congressional action on The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act . 29 pages of the Joint Inquiry of Congress investigation into the U.S. government intelligence failures prior to 9/11 have been released and prove the Saudi’s had a hand in financing the terrorists responsible for 911. The legislation would make clear that “no foreign state is entitled to immunity for its involvement in a terrorist act on American Soil.
I have a lump in my throat so big I can hardly swallow and tears well up in my eyes as I take the escalator down to Foundation Hall for a press preview of a new exhibit entitled “Rendering the Unthinkable” Artists Respond to 911.’’ I am with a group of reporters being escorted to Foundation Hall by elevator and our guide asks if we’ve been here before. Our response is a collective mutter to the affirmative.
We pass by the mangled fire truck from Ladder Company 3 and moments later a cameraman whispers, “it’s still weird to come down here” It is then I am reminded I am not alone. I am with my comrades who covered the tragic events of 911 and the days, the months and years that followed.
I remember a call from a family member, teetering on the brink of insanity having not heard from her husband, the commuter parking lot in Middletown NJ still full the next day because the drivers were never coming home, the pictures of the missing hanging on a fence. the row of ambulances empty not needed, the interview with one of the few survivors of Ladder Company 3 the day after the attacks, who I cried with during a live report.
I don’t need to see the 9-11 museum. I lived it.
We are forever scarred. I am still repulsed by tourists smiling and taking pictures by the north and south pools. I am forever dogged by the memories now on display at the 911 Museum 15 years later.
As I waited for the press conference to begin I accepted the fact that it will never get any easier to cover this event year after year. It lives inside of me as a stark reminder that life is fragile and buildings no matter how new the technology to guard against terrorism, can fall in an instant and leave an indelible mark on a generation.
I am fortunate to share with you interviews of two of the artists whose works appear in the new exhibit at the 9-11 museum. They feel the same way I do, the same way a lot of us do and through their incredibly creative minds they are able to capture the emotions of a single day that left our nation weeping in disbelief and yet strong enough to go on.
Come see their work. Listen to the sounds that shaped our world on that fateful and horrifying day, bring your children and loved ones so they may attempt to grasp the gravity of the worst terror attack on US soil.
I realize I cannot blame or judge those who take pictures and smile in front of artifacts and pools honoring the fallen, they will never know this day the way we do.
I can only hope and pray that somehow they get the message and that in some way it has an impact on their lives, whether be in the form of inspiration or service or simply an appreciation of all that we are, all that we have and all that we share as citizens of the greatest country on earth.
The exhibit opens September 12th. For more information go to https://www.911memorial.org/new-exhibition
HIR Takes another Stab with Hoboken 411
Experience Perry’s Dog meltdown and weep
Park Ave Bridge construction is paused thanks to the States Transportation Trust Fund running on empty,
What about the rest of the states roads and bridges?
Hillary Bernie and Trump oh my. Are YOU voting anyway>
Pokemon GO and Five Nights at Freddy’s terrorizes a Long Branch Pizzeria!
Rated R for ridiculous
Long Gone Daddy chronicles the comic misadventures of becoming a stay-at-home father. From Bruce Springsteen concerts to OBGYN appointments to the Hoboken playgrounds and back again, Gallo’s semi-autobiographical play also wrestles with the memory of his own Dad, a former fireman, and the existential question, “When does a father earn the right to be called Dad?”
Recommended for audiences 16 and up.
JULY 21 – AUGUST 7
Thurs-Sat @ 8pm • Sun @ 3pm
Tickets: $20 • $12 students/seniors
JULY 20 Preview
Wednesday, July 20 @ 8pm
Big Ticket is back with Episode 5! Featuring the Return of the Sarge, taking the Walk / Don’t Walk issue head-on in Hoboken. Plus a new Uber interviews, and of course a mixed bag of great tunes.
Mile Square Theater Presents “Circle Mirror Transformation”
It’s an extremely exciting month for Mile Square Theatre.
The first adult show in their brand new space at 1400 Clinton street is premiering Wednesday June 15th.
“Circle Mirror Transformation” directed by Chris O’Connor and starring Matthew Lawler runs through July 2nd..
Listen in as Chris and Matt talk about the new space, the gala, the play, their relationship and why this show is a must see.
Get your tickets now at http://milesquaretheatre.org/
Hoboken Dance & Fitness Expert Goes Beyond Zumba and Launches Celebrate Life Studio - A Haven to Learn, Be Active and Have FUN!
Kickoff Launch Event June 8th 2016—Sponsored by Cork >> Free
>> Celebrate Life Studio >> 1200 Park Avenue >> Hoboken, NJ 07030 >> >> 7-9pm >> >> WINE, RAFFLES + GOODY BAGS with Discounts from your fave businesses in town! Salon Pheonix, Starr Therapy, Babyganics, Om Sweet Home
To RSVP for the FREE June 8th Event https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=11930850&appointmentType=1470472