Brandt Primary School receives top honorBrandt Primary School has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for its commitment to STEM curriculum and student success.PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of K-12 STEM programs and recognizes districts and schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement. Brandt Elementary was the only elementary school in New Jersey to receive the PLTW Launch Award.The PLTW Distinguished District recognition is a one-year designation that emphasizes K-12 student engagement.“We are thrilled to receive this award,” said Brandt Primary School Principal Sandra Rodriguez. “For us to be recognized for our curricular offerings, the number of students engaged and our wonderful children’s success within the coursework is fantastic. We are so proud of this and all of the other things that make Joseph F. Brandt Elementary School so special.”Project Lead the Way’s nationally-recognized STEM program is used across Hoboken Public Schools at all grade levels.Local assistant librarian honoredThe NJLA Library Service Award is awarded annually to recognize those who have given of themselves in exceptional service to New Jersey’s Libraries.Gloria Martorana received the NJLA Library Service Award which is awarded annually and recognizes those who have given exceptional service to New Jersey’s libraries.Martorana has served for 21 years as a Library Assistant in the Children’s Department in the Hoboken Public Library.“Gloria spends countless hours of her own time planning and preparing for her story times,” said Children’s Librarian Beth Vrendenburg. “She knows and remembers the names of all the kids she teaches and nannies, parents and teachers always compliment her to other staff and let us know how wonderful she is. It’s great to work with someone so caring.” Hoboken’s Southwest Resiliency Park gets awardThe US Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter last month awarded Hoboken the Innovation and Sustainability Best Practices Award for the Southwest Resiliency Park.The awards recognize companies and individuals that demonstrate outstanding achievement in green building and sustainability.The park had replaced a one-acre impervious parking lot and serves as a stormwater retention system. According to a report from North Hudson Sewage Authority, the park is successfully capturing heavy rain falls and helping to mitigate flooding.The city of Hoboken was recognized with this award alongside Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects & Planners, Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Dagher Engineering, and Suburban Consulting Engineers.“I am extremely proud of the great work our city planners and contractors are doing to protect our city from natural disasters,” said Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “This award is a testament to the years of work they’ve put in since Hurricane Sandy and the tangible impact their designs are already having on our city.” Republican committee elects new leadershipThe Hoboken Municipal Republican Committee, a local political organization, held its biennial re-organization meet on June 18 at Willie McBride’s in Hoboken at 6:30 p.m. The meeting was chaired by former Hoboken Republican Committee Chair Diana Davis.The main item on the agenda was to elect a new executive board. The meeting, comprised of a majority of Hoboken elected municipal committee members, unanimously elected Chris Carbine to the office of chair, Dolores England as vice-chair, Joshua Einstein as secretary, and Kathy DeRose as treasurer.ClarificationLast week’s “Sinatra Idol” story neglected to mention two of the esteemed judges: writer/editor Jack Silbert, and Hoboken Historical Museum President Bob Foster. The Reporter regrets the omission, but that’s life. That’s what all the people say. You’re riding high in April, shot down in May. But you’re going to change that tune when you’re back on top…back on top in June. An exhibit featuring photographs by Byron Huart will be on display at the Hoboken Public Library until the end of the month. Bicyclist hit by light rail trainA male bicyclist was struck by a southbound car of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail on Monday afternoon at the Paterson Avenue crossing near the Second Street station, police said.A spokesperson for NJ Transit said on Tuesday that the cyclist suffered minor scrapes and bruises and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. He did not release further details.Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante had tweeted at 1:50 p.m. on Monday that the cyclist was alive and that NJ Transit Police were handling the incident with assistance from city police.While responding to the incident on Monday, a Hoboken police car crashed with a vehicle near the corner of Observer Highway and Washington Street. According to Chief Ferrante, an officer and driver from the other vehicle were both transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.One light rail track remained open after the incident and traffic was temporarily rerouted. ×An exhibit featuring photographs by Byron Huart will be on display at the Hoboken Public Library until the end of the month.