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October 10, 2013

Hoboken Police Department to Offer Child Car Seat Inspections Today 10/10 from 1-3pm

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,Police — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 8:10 AM

Hoboken Police SUV HDR 10-8-2013

HOBOKEN POLICE DEPARTMENT TO OFFER CHILD CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS

The Hoboken Police Department invites members of the public to have their child car seats inspected on Thursday October 10th, 2013 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at the parking lot adjacent to Hoboken Police Headquarters, located at 106 Hudson Street. This is a free service.

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October 8, 2013

City of Hoboken Acquires Property For Southwest Park

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,parks — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 1:46 PM

Here is another accomplishment for the current Mayor of Hoboken Dawn Zimmer who ran on a platform of getting more parks for Hoboken. Step 1 is to get the land without overpaying for it and this is a good start. Here is a statement form the City of Hoboken on this….

The City of Hoboken has acquired a nearly one acre property as the first major installment of a new Southwest Park.

City of Hoboken SW Park Land Aquisition 10-8-2013

“I fought for a long time for a Southwest Park, and I’m excited to announce that we now own an acre of property for the first part of a larger park that we will expand through the redevelopment process,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I look forward to immediately kicking off the planning process so we can design and build the first phase of this much-deserved park that reflects the community’s vision for this neighborhood. I thank County Executive DeGise, Freeholder Romano, and the Hudson County Freeholders for their funding support of this project.”

As part of a comprehensive resiliency and readiness strategy to protect the neighborhood from flooding, the City has received a $500,000 technical assistance grant to incorporate sustainable flood mitigation strategies, including underground water detention systems, into a new Southwest Park.

The City has hired Starr Whitehouse, a landscape architecture and planning firm with expertise in parks design and green infrastructure for stormwater management, to lead the planning process for the Southwest Park. Community meetings will be announced shortly. Residents are invited to complete a survey available online at www.hobokennj.org/swpark.

“This is a great day for so many friends and neighbors, past and present, who have long advocated for a park in our Southwest neighborhood,” added Councilman David Mello, Chair of the Community Development committee. “This initial acquisition will serve as a cornerstone of a larger Southwest Park. The Mayor and I have both worked hard to begin realizing the dream of a Southwest Park, and this open space purchase should serve as the first of many western Hoboken land acquisitions.”

Today, the transfer of title was completed for Block 12, a property bounded by Jackson Street, Observer Highway, Harrison Street, and Paterson Avenue. The Southwest Area has been designated an Area in Need of Rehabilitation, and the City intends to substantially expand the park through the Rehabilitation process.

Funding to purchase the property was provided from a $3 million Hudson County Open Space grant. Although the City has deposited its offer amount of $2.937 million with the court, the final value will be established by an independent three-member commission appointed by a State Superior Court judge.

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September 7, 2013

Hoboken to Host Annual September 11th Interfaith Memorial Service at 6:30pm at Pier A Park

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Hoboken 911 Memorial Service

Hoboken 911 Memorial Service to be held at Pier A Park:

The Hoboken community will come together to share in its annual September 11th Interfaith Memorial Service for the victims, their families, the City of Hoboken, and the entire nation. Fifty seven Hoboken residents were lost on September 11, 2001.

The service will take place on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm. on the southeast corner of Hoboken’s Pier A Park – the site of a makeshift memorial on September 11, 2001. All are invited to attend.

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City of Hoboken to Host 2nd Annual Green Fair Sunday October 6th 11am-5pm

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 10:55 AM

Here is the revised date for the 2nd Annual Green Fair in Hoboken at Pier A Park….

HOBOKEN GREEN TEAM TO HOST 2ND ANNUAL GREEN FAIR; INVITES VENDORS AND PARTICIPANTS

City of Hoboken Green Fair 10-6-2013 The City of Hoboken Green Team will host the 2nd Annual Green Fair on Sunday, October 6, 2013 (rain date: October 13).

The 2nd Annual Green Fair will be held from 11am to 5pm at Pier A Park along the Hoboken waterfront and will feature live music and organic food vendors. It is intended to introduce sustainable lifestyle choices to the community, raise awareness regarding environmental concerns, and demonstrate how consumers can reduce their impact on the earth by selecting sustainable, eco-friendly products and services, reducing energy consumption, conserving water and limiting their dependence on fossil fuels.

A compost bin will be on-site and residents are encouraged to bring any compostable materials (coffee grounds, grass clippings, peanut shells, etc.) they may be storing at home.

Green businesses or non-profits whose mission aligns with environmental sustainability are invited to participate in the Green Fair. The Green Team is also reaching out to involve the local arts community. Interested vendors can submit the online registration form at www.hobokennj.org/greenfairand contact Christopher Brown at cbrown@hobokennj.org with any questions. The final day for registration is Friday, October 4, 2013.

 

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September 4, 2013

Hoboken Community Celebrates Opening of Newest Park at 1600 Park

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,parks — Tags: , — TheBoken @ 1:45 PM

Great news for Hoboken’s active youths and adults. 1600 Park’s ball field is officially open for business…

HOBOKEN COMMUNITY CELEBRATES OPENING OF NEWEST PARK AT 1600 PARK AVE

Hoboken 1600 Park Grand Opening 9-3-2013

Hoboken residents, community activists, and elected officials joined together to celebrate the opening of its newest park at 1600 Park Avenue, the first phase of a planned 4 acre park along the waterfront in northern Hoboken.

“The opening of this new park is the capstone of an overall parks vision to create enough active recreation space for all ages, renovate existing parks, and ensure everyone lives within short walking distance of a neighborhood park,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “It is the fulfillment of the vision of the Hoboken Parks Organization and other community activists who fought original plans to build residential towers at this site a decade ago and who advocated to preserve this land for open space. I want to especially thank Directors Brandy Forbes and Leo Pellegrini for managing this project to a successful completion.”

The 2.1 acre park, located at 1600 Park Avenue, features a multi-use field, restrooms, dog run, viewing mound and slide hill. The field is striped for soccer, women and men’s lacrosse, and t-ball, instructional, and minor league baseball and has seating and leaning rails for spectators. A new traffic light with pedestrian signal was recently installed at 16th Street and Park Avenue to provide safer pedestrian access to the park.

“This is just the first phase of a master plan for 4 acres of active and passive space along our northern waterfront,” added Mayor Zimmer. “Future phases will feature passive space and water uses at Hoboken Cove, providing an opportunity to reconnect with the Hudson River as a recreation asset for our community. We’re looking forward later this month to awarding a contract to design a boathouse to facilitate kayaking, sailing, and other water uses. We are also exploring concepts to incorporate protection from rising seas and storm surges into the design of the Hoboken Cove portion of the park.”

A pickup/drop-off area is located in front of the park along 16th Street between Willow Avenue and Park Avenue. The nearest metered parking is along Willow Avenue from 14th Street to 16th Street, and the nearest private parking garage is located at 15th Street and Garden Street. Bicycle parking is available at the park.

Purchase of the land was coordinated by the Trust for Public Land in 2006 with funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, New Jersey Green Acres Program, Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund, and bonding from the City of Hoboken. Site remediation was funded by the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund and a match from the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund. Construction was funded from the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund, New Jersey Green Acres Program, Hoboken’s Open Space Trust Fund, and a grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

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August 27, 2013

Hoboken Community Invited to 1600 Park Grand Opening September 3rd at 4pm

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 5:20 PM

Mayor Dawn Zimmer delivered on her promise of more parks. One down and more to come if she is re-elected this fall. not all of the features listed below may not as of yet be 100% completed but the filed s operational. Here is the City of Hoboken’s invite below….

HOBOKEN COMMUNITY INVITED TO 1600 PARK RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY

1600 Park City of Hoboken

The community is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for 1600 Park on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 4:00pm.

Hoboken’s newest park, located at 1600 Park Avenue, is more than 2 acres in size and features a multi-use field, restrooms , dog run, viewing mound and slide hill. For spectators, bleachers and leaning rails are located along the Park Avenue side of the field. The field is striped for soccer, women and men’s lacrosse, and t-ball, instructional, and minor league baseball. A new traffic light with pedestrian signal was recently installed at 16th Street and Park Avenue to provide safer pedestrian access to the park.

A pickup/drop-off area is located in front of the park along 16th Street between Willow Avenue and Park Avenue. The nearest metered parking is along Willow Avenue from 14th Street to 16th Street, and the nearest private parking garage is located at 15th Street and Garden Street. Bicycle parking is available at the park.

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August 22, 2013

Pier 13 in Hoboken to Host CASA Fundraiser Wednesday August 28th from 4-11pm

On Wednesday August 28th from 4-11pm, Pier 13 in Hoboken will be hosting a fundraising event for Hudson County CASA. For those who might not know CASA’s mission is to train volunteers to advocate on behalf of these displaced children, who have been abused and neglected, with the goal of finding each child a safe and permanent home.

Since 2003, Hudson County CASA has trained 149 volunteer advocates who have helped to place more than 150 children into permanent homes. CASA volunteers complete a comprehensive training program before being assigned to a case. Along the way, they work closely with a full-time CASA staff member whose job is to ensure our volunteers are successful in their advocacy.

So there you have it; great views with Pier 13 for a great cause Hudson County CASA.  A percentage of sales from Pier 13 and the food trucks will go towards this organization. Should there be rain the rain date is Thursday August 29th.

Hudson County CASA Event at Pier 13 Hoboken August 28 2013

For more information on Hudson County CASA go to their website at  http://www.hudsoncountycasa.org/.

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August 15, 2013

City of Hoboken Receives Court Approval for Southwest Park Acquisition

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,parks — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 2:10 PM

Acquiring the land to build public parks is usually the most challenging part of the process. With this court ruling Mayor Dawn Zimmer is closer to fulfilling a campaign promise to build a park in the 4th Ward. Read on …..

CITY OF HOBOKEN RECEIVES COURT APPROVAL FOR SOUTHWEST PARK ACQUISITION

Hudson County Superior Court Assignment Judge Peter Bariso ruled on Wednesday that the City of Hoboken may acquire a nearly 1 acre property for the first phase of a Southwest Park, an important component of a comprehensive flood mitigation strategy.

South West Park Hoboken

“I have been involved in the fight for a Southwest Park for many years, and I am very excited that we are finally in a position to acquire the first building block of what will ultimately be a larger park,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “As soon as we deposit the check with the court, we will own the property and can begin the community planning process for this much-needed park. We are now just one vote away from turning this vision that so many have fought for into reality. The future of the Southwest Park is now in the hands of the City Council. I urge them to support this park because for most of us, parks are our shared back yards, and I believe all our residents – regardless of where they live – should have a park within a short walking distance.”

At the September Council meeting, the City Council will be asked to approve the deposit with the court for the offer amount of $2.937 million. The funding is available through a $3 million Hudson County Open Space grant. In addition, the City Council will be asked to award a contract for a planner to begin the public planning process for the Southwest Park.

“Hoboken deserves this new park,” said Hudson County Freeholder Anthony L. Romano. “Working with County Executive DeGise and my colleagues on the freeholder board, I am glad we are able to provide the grant funding to make this possible. We are proud to work with Mayor Zimmer and the Hoboken City Council as they endeavor to acquire this land.”

“This is a great day for Hoboken,” added Councilman David Mello. “We have been working towards having a park in our neighborhood as parks advocates since 2006. The acquisition of the properties on this particular block has been a top priority for me as Chair of the Community Development committee. I am confident it will serve as the ideal cornerstone for what will one day be an even larger Southwest Park.”

The Judge found that the City engaged in good faith negotiations with the property owners of Block 12, which is located between Jackson Street, Harrison Street, Observer Highway and Paterson Avenue. While the City offered $2.937 million for the property based on an appraisal, the final value would be established by an independent three-member commission appointed by the Judge.

As part of a comprehensive resiliency and readiness strategy to protect from flooding, the City is receiving $500,000 in technical assistance through the Rockefeller Foundation-funded Re.Invest Initiative to incorporate sustainable flood mitigation strategies, including underground water detention systems, into a new Southwest Park and other proposed parks in flood-prone areas. The City’s full Resiliency and Readiness Plan is available online at www.hobokennj.org/ready.

The Southwest Area has been designated an Area in Need of Rehabilitation, and if the first phase of the park is acquired, the City intends to substantially expand the park through the Rehabilitation process.

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August 2, 2013

Hoboken Data Theft Conspirator Patrick Ricciardi Gets Five Years Probation and No Jail Time

Patrick Ricciardi Benny Tudino's

Photo of Patrick Ricciardi courtesy of MSV

According to local news sources there is  some breaking news on the government corruption cleanup front:

Patrick Ricciardi who was Hoboken’s former information technology director Patrick Ricciardi was sentenced today  to five years probation and no jail time. He plead guilty in March to intercepting and leaking the confidential email communications of the mayor and her top staff.

Mayor Zimmer was quoted in reaction to the verdict: “It’s a very disappointing decision, I don’t think this decision holds him accountable for his actions.”

In a statement released by the office of the Mayor of Hoboken that was sent to Judge Ester Salas by Mayor Zimmer for consideration at the sentencing hearing Zimmer stated:

“The theft directly affected critical and confidential government operations such as sensitive union negotiations that were ongoing when the theft was occurring”.

Later in the memo she added: ” the need for the sentence to reflect the seriousness of the offense and to promote respect for the law. The Court should know that this was not a political prank or a victimless crime, it was a serious assault on the integrity of government itself. In a real sense, it was just not the Mayor who was the victim of the crime. All of the people of Hoboken were affected, and they have been victimized by breaches of public trust far too often. “

The full memo from Mayor Zimmer to Judge Salas is below:

8-2-13-Statement-Zimmer-Salas-Patrick Ricciardi

In addition to the five years probation Ricciardi has been ordered to pay $13,475 in restitution to the city for damages. He is also restricted from working in the IT industry for federal, state and local government entities or the duration of his probation.

For Discussion: Was this sentence just? Did the punishment fit the crime? Provide your opinion in the poll  as well as the comments section below:

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Construction for Street Repaving in Hoboken to Begin on or About August 6

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Construction,Hoboken,Roads — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 12:40 PM

The latest from the City of Hoboken on street repaving. Nothing yet for Washington Street but that would actually require support from the City Council with a majority from operational funds or a super majority for bonding.

City of Hoboken Repaving 8-6-2013

On or about August 6, 2013, construction will commence on repaving of various roads in Hoboken. This work is funded by the City of Hoboken and the New Jersey Department of Transportation. This project consists of milling and resurfacing of the following streets:

1) 12th Street between Willow Avenue and Bloomfield Street (Aug 6-8)
2) Madison Street between 11th Street and 15th Street (Aug 6-8)
3) Monroe Street between 3rd Street and 6th Street (Aug 7-8)
4) 4th Street between Hudson Street and Sinatra Drive (Aug 7-8)

Updated information on the order of construction work and specific dates of construction for each street will be posted as it becomes available to the city website.

There will be some inconvenience for access to and from the residences and businesses during milling and paving operations. For the paving operations, please remove your vehicles by 7:00 A.M., and access will be limited until the end of the day. Every effort will be made to assure that the inconveniences are minimal. All work will be completed as quickly as possible.

Please be aware of the “No Parking” signs and construction/detour signs that will be posted along the roadway.

Any questions or specific concerns you may have can be addressed by contacting Mr. Michael Nannini of Boswell McClave Engineering at 201-373-8903.

We apologize for any inconvenience you may be experiencing due to the construction activities and appreciate your cooperation.

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