Warmest regards,Michele HulsmanDirector of PhilanthropyHoboken Family Alliancewww.hobokenfamily.org Dear editor:We would like to thank the residents of Hoboken for helping our local families this holiday season. We could not do this without you. With all the community support, we provided hundreds of toys and pajamas to local children in need.We are also extremely grateful for the support and dedication from the following community partners: Apple Montessori, Big Fun Toys, Diamond Gymnastics, Francesca’s, Jet.com, Little City Books, New York Sports Club North, Noellery, Pilsener Haus & Biergarten and Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts.While we had many donations this holiday season, some highlights of this year’s drive include:– Victor and the Big Fun Toys staff promoting and partnering with HFA for the Annual Big Fun/ HFA Toy Drive Kickoff Party.– Noellery jewelry store’s “Operation Christmas” program, where a percentage of their sales were utilized to donate jewelry for our teenage girls.– Francesca’s accessories donation to keep the teen girls warm.– Hudson School hosting a toy drive for HFA– A donation from Sarah Kohout on behalf of her brother, Josh Kohout– An anonymous donor who provided a very generous donation for $1000As part of this program, The Hoboken Family Alliance also donated $1500 to both the Toy drive and Pajama drive. All toys and pajamas we gathered have been distributed to local families, including In Jesus’ Name Charities, York Street Project and NJ Child Protection and Permanency (formerly known as DYFS). We would like to express our appreciation and thank each and every one in the community who have made our toy and pajama drive a success!We are so glad to be part of this caring community. We hope you have a wonderful 2018!
9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Bitcoin was once viewed as a promising alternative to the US dollar and other fiat currencies that are controlled by federal governments or national banks. Bitcoin was appealing and newsworthy because it offers near real-time transfer of value (compared to 1-3 days for a bank settlement), anonymity, and virtually free transactions versus credit card merchant charges of 1-3%.Bitcoin: The good old daysIn its first few years starting from when Bitcoins were first minted (or mined in Bitcoin parlance) in January 2009, the currency had limited practical use, limited to transfer between Bitcoin miners and a few computer geeks. Bitcoin ATMs, which allowed individuals to insert dollars in exchange for a piece of paper – the digital representation of a Bitcoin wallet – began to appear. Robocoin, the first ATM vendor of its kind, installed early Bitcoin ATMs in Vancouver and Austin, starting in October 2013. This allowed non-miners to exchange real currency for Bitcoin currency and participate in the promise of a global currency that knew no international boundaries, had no exchange fees, and could be used universally around the world.It could be argued that December 2014 was the peak of merchant acceptance of Bitcoin, a major component of that promise. Bitpay, a startup that enabled merchants, including brick and mortar stores, to accept Bitcoin, purchased the rights to rename the St. Petersburg Bowl, an annual NCAA college football postseason game played in St. Petersburg, Florida, to the Bitcoin Bowl. Leading up to the game, Bitpay enabled many local merchants in downtown St. Petersburg and around the stadium to accept Bitcoin. Several Bitcoin ATM vendors also stepped in and installed Bitcoin ATMs. continue reading »