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October 8, 2013

Hoboken Museum to Launch New Exhibit on Hurricane Sandy October 26th; Anniversary Program on October 29th

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Coming soon will be the first anniversary of the worst storm to ever hit Hoboken. The Hoboken Museum has an exhibit as well as a commemoration event on October 29th. Read below for details….

“Hoboken: One Year After Sandy, Lessons Learned about Preparedness, Resiliency and Community” –

New Exhibit Opening Saturday, Oct. 26, Examines the Community’s Response to the Storm

Hoboken Museum and United Way of Hudson County Launch Sandy

Community Outreach Program to Help People Recover and Prepare

Hoboken Historical Museum Joins with Stevens Institute of Technology to Host Sandy Anniversary Programs on Oct. 29:

  • 10 am – 12 pm: Commemoration and exhibition viewing – at the Museum
  • 1 pm – 3 pm: Panel discussion – “After Hurricane Sandy: Lessons Learned for Bolstering Resilience” – at Babbio Center Auditorium
  • 7 – 8:30 pm: Community Program – Hoboken: One Year After Sandy – DeBaun Auditorium

One year after Superstorm Sandy hit, Hoboken still bears the traces—some visible, some invisible. Many flooded homes have been repaired; others have not. The storm disrupted all our lives in one way or another, and the Hoboken Historical Museum has been collecting the stories and images of its impact on our community—and lessons we’ve learned—for our next exhibit.

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New Exhibit on Hurricane Snady opens October 26th: On the eve of the first anniversary of the storm, through the generous support from individuals, corporate donors and community organizations and state agencies, the Museum is opening a new exhibit, “Hoboken: One Year After Sandy, Lessons Learned about Preparedness, Resiliency, and Community,” on Saturday, Oct. 26, with a free reception from 5 – 8 p.m. On the anniversary, Tuesday, Oct. 29, the Museum will team up with Stevens Institute of Technology for a full day of programs (see next page for details). The exhibit will be on view through July 6, 2014.

The exhibit incorporates a range of content—oral histories, images, videos, historic images and drainage plans, animated maps and the latest scientific and engineering analysis—to help explain how Hoboken responded and learned new lessons about coping with disasters. The exhibit explores Hoboken’s past history with flooding, the community’s experience during the storm and over the past year of recovery efforts, and looks to the future with displays on proposals for improving the city’s resiliency. It also offers visitors an opportunity to add their own stories to the archives, to learn about personal emergency preparedness, and a special area to sit and reflect on their experience.

In conjunction with the exhibit, through the auspices of the United Way of Hudson County and support from the Robin Hood Foundation, the Museum will host a Sandy Community Outreach Program (details, below) for residents affected by the storm. The program starts Oct. 17 and continues for the next six months.

Sandy Community Outreach Program:

Licensed Disaster Relief Crisis Counselor Dawn Donnelly will be available by appointment in the Hoboken Historical Museum to help Hudson County residents determine what services they may need to help with their recovery from the storm and direct them to the appropriate resources to help resolve ongoing issues. Donnelly will offer group and individual sessions in the late afternoon/early evenings.

She will also lead parent group meetings that will focus on topics such as “How to speak to children about disasters,” and are scheduled for every other Thursday, except for Halloween. The first parent session is Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the (South) Independence Conference Room in the Shipyard, 12th St. at Shipyard Ln., and is open to parents, grandparents, teachers, school administrators and counselors, and other guardians. In addition, the counselor will offer sessions to help children express their feelings and to help teens learn greater self-control.

The program is designed for anyone who may have kids who are still having anxiety or behavior issues; or experiencing financial or housing issues; or anyone concerned about being prepared for the next storm or disaster.

For more details, people can email sandyoutreach@hobokenmuseum.org, or leave a message for Dawn Donnelly at the Museum, 201-656-2240, with simply a name and contact number.

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Anniversary Commemoration Events, Oct. 29:

On the anniversary of the storm, Tuesday, Oct. 29, the Museum is pleased to partner with the Stevens Institute of Technology and the United Way of Hudson County on a series of special programs. The event will open with a special commemorative event at the Museum from 10 a.m. to noon, where people can view the exhibit and learn more about the Sandy Community Outreach Program.

Then, at 1 p.m. at the Babbio Center Auditorium, at Sixth & River Sts., the public is invited to a panel discussion, “After Hurricane Sandy: Lessons Learned for Bolstering Infrastructure Resilience,” featuring Stevens professors Dr. Alan Blumberg and Dr. Michael Bruno, and representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA, and the U.S. Coast Guard, among other experts. Click here for more information.

In the evening, at 7 p.m., at DeBaun Auditorium, Fifth St. between Hudson and River Streets, the Museum and Stevens will host “Sandy in Hoboken: Reflections on Our Community’s Experience,” a community program featuring personal stories of storm survivors and volunteers, plus information on services from United Way Counseling Services, Stevens Student Volunteer offerings, and Stevens Technical Assistance for homeowners. Dessert and coffee will follow the program.

The Sandy exhibit will also feature a lecture series involving speakers from Stevens Institute, Rutgers Graduate School, and Hoboken’s Community Emergency Response Team, among others. All talks are free and open to the public. On Sunday, Nov. 10, at 4 pm, Stevens professors Dr. Alan Blumberg and Dr. Michael Bruno will speak on the school’s research into reinforcing the city’s infrastructure resilience. On Sunday, Nov. 24, at 4 pm, the Hoboken CERT team will give a presentation on developing personal preparedness plans for sheltering in place or evacuating in emergency situations. On Sunday, Feb. 9, at 4 pm, Stevens professor Dr. Lee Vinsel will discuss social innovations that arise in disasters from a technological and social perspective.

The exhibit is made possible through funding from Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, the New Jersey Historical Commission, United Way of Hudson County, Robin Hood Foundation, Applied Companies, Bijou Properties, John Wiley & Sons, Rockefeller Development Group, and Stevens Institute of Technology. A generous outpouring of support from members and friends of the Museum also made this exhibit possible. Their names will be displayed on a donor board by the Museum entrance.

About the Hoboken Historical Museum:

Founded in 1986, the Museum’s mission is to educate the public about Hoboken’s history, diverse culture, architecture and historic landmarks. In 2001, the Museum moved into one of the oldest buildings on the waterfront, in the former Bethlehem Steel shipyard, at 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken, where it maintains a series of rotating exhibits. The Museum is open six days a week, 2 – 7 pm on Tues. – Thurs., 1 – 5 pm on Fridays, and noon – 5 pm on weekends. It offers special exhibits, tours, events and lectures, as well as educational programs for adults and children on a weekly basis. An updated schedule of events and an online catalog of many items in its collections are available at www.hobokenmuseum.org. The Museum is a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)3 entity.

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June 17, 2013

National Dine Out Day for Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund June 19th

Here is a way to enjoy some select Hoboken eateries and participate in a fundraiser for a good cause this Wednesday in Hoboken….

National Dine Out Day for Hurricane Sandy

New Jersey Relief Fund  June 19th 

Dine and or Drink out on June 19th to show we are Jersey Strong! Restaurants and bars are donating a portion of their proceeds for the night to The Fund.  The Shannon of Hoboken is proudly participating on June 19th.  They  will have specials running all night where 100% of those profits will go directly to
Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. Other Hoboken restaurants will be participating below as well.

Dine Out Day - Hurricane Sandy June-19-2013

Here is the list of participating Hoboken establishments:

  • Amanda’s Restaurant – 908 Washington Street
  • Anthony Davids – 953 Bloomfield Street
  • Bin 14 Wine Bar – 1314 Washington Street
  • Carlo’s Bakery – 95 Washington Street
  • Elysian Cafe -  1001 Washington Street
  • Onieal’s Restaurant – 343 Park Avenue
  • The Shannon Hoboken – 106 First Street
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June 13, 2013

City of Hoboken Partners With PSE&G and Federal and State Agencies to Develop Resilient Electrical Grid

A second pump was recently announced as being ordered from the City of Hoboken. Now the Mayor of Hoboken Dawn Zimmer has started an initiative for a smarter grid to be implemented in Hoboken. For those who went without power for a week or more during Hurricane Sandy, Hoboken’s vulnerabilities to the electrical grid were never more apparent. At least Hoboken has a plan to address this and more importantly we have help from a number of organizations….

CITY OF HOBOKEN, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, N.J. BOARD OF PUBLIC UTILITIES AND PSE&G PARTNER TO DEVELOP RESILIENT ELECTRIC GRID

Zimmer Resilient Electrical Grid for Hoboken 6-13-2013

The City of Hoboken, U.S. Department of Energy, N.J. Board of Public Utilities, and PSE&G are partnering to design an energy resilient “smart grid” to improve Hoboken’s resiliency to power outages.

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability is supporting Sandia National Laboratories to aid the City of Hoboken in boosting the resiliency of its electric grid. This critical partnership brings the deep expertise of the national labs to address the critical needs of our nation’s electric grid.

“We are honored to partner with the Department of Energy, Board of Public Utilities, and PSE&G to make Hoboken a model for resilient electric grids using 21st century technology,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Through this partnership, Hoboken will build on its proud history of innovation in technology by becoming one of the first non-military applications of Sandia’s design methodology.”

“We are proud of the reliability of our system, which has been nationally recognized,” said Ralph LaRossa, PSE&G president and COO. “But the extreme weather in the past two years calls for extraordinary measures to harden our systems. PSE&G is pleased to support this unique effort to improve the resiliency of the city’s critical infrastructure. This effort is a perfect complement to our proposed Energy Strong filing, which would protect Hoboken’s substations from the type of water damage we had during Sandy.”

“Today’s agreement is yet another step in the State’s continuing efforts to address safety and reliability concerns related to the delivery of electric and gas service to New Jersey ratepayers,” said Bob Hanna, President of the N.J. Board of Public Utilities. “This collaboration will enable us to assess the potential benefits and costs associated with implementing distributed generation and smart-grid technologies to improve energy reliability and resiliency in the Hoboken service area and to apply the lessons learned to other cities and towns across New Jersey.”

Sandia will bring their Energy Surety Design Methodology to partner with the City of Hoboken, N.J. Board of Public Utilities, PSE&G, Greener by Design and other stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan to meet the critical needs of Hoboken in future events such as storms and other disruptions to the electric grid.

The design methodology uses advanced, smart grid technologies and distributed and renewable generation and storage resources as a way to improve the reliability, security, and resiliency of the electric grid.

Signing event remarks from Mayor Dawn Zimmer:

“Today, as we sign our energy agreement, we officially launch an energy resiliency partnership between the City of Hoboken, the U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Labs, PSE&G and the N.J. Board of Public Utilities.

Thank you so much to our DOE representatives, Ravi Gorur and Dan Ton, Ralph LaRossa, President & COO of PSE&G, and Robert Hanna, President of the BPU for being here with us today and making a commitment to collaborate on this smart grid energy project that could help to ensure communities like Hoboken are safer through future storms.

Thank you also to my Resiliency Team members Stephen Marks and Brandy Forbes and the Greener by Design team headed by Adam Zellner for working so hard on this crucial project.

As we all heard, Hoboken was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, so when HUD Secretary Donovan and Bill Bryan from the Department of Energy came to visit our City, I shared our residents’ challenges and eagerly offered Hoboken as a learning laboratory for energy resiliency. I have had the honor of serving on Secretary Donovan’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, and I want to thank Michael Passante and his team for being here with us, and I thank them all for choosing Hoboken as an energy learning center. They wanted to do a pilot program for a smaller scale City impacted by Sandy, and Hoboken was a perfect match. After all that we went through, I was more than happy to partner with them on this exciting project.

I also want to give a huge thank you to Governor Christie for supporting this project through the BPU’s involvement. Ultimately, I am determined to implement a smart grid and microgrid system for Hoboken. The State and the BPU are very important partners for this hefty energy goal of mine since it could involve the need for some adjustments to the regulatory process in order to achieve our objectives. Thank you to Senator Menendez and Congressman Sires for their support of this project – they wanted to be here but they are in Washington today.

Finally, I want to give a very special thank you to the senior from Church Towers who made me even more determined to fight harder for Hoboken. One evening in the midst of Sandy, I went knocking on doors to bring food and tell residents about how Brad Paisley’s chef was going to be cooking up a storm in Church Square Park. He heard about Hoboken on the news and drove up from Pennsylvania with a truck filled with food and rolled out his portable kitchen.

This senior thanked me for the food, but asked incredulously in tears about the management of her building: “How could they leave us completely in the dark? Look, not even the exit sign is lit up,” she exclaimed. “I am afraid to go down the stairs because I could fall.” As she cried in my arms, I assured her I would fight to find a solution. With her story and so many others like hers in mind, I am proud that a little over seven months after Sandy, we have created an energy partnership and agreement that will help to keep everyone safer through the next storm.

As we stand here today, in this basement conference room that was the pulsing heart of an emergency command center, I want to briefly explain what we mean by a smart energy grid and how it could help our community.

Having a smart grid means designing an electrical grid that keeps the power on through the storm for our most essential services. Our first responders at the Police and Fire Departments and here at City Hall must have power through the storms so they can effectively respond to all of the emergencies. It means keeping the power on at Hoboken University Medical Center so residents have an emergency center open and available when that emergency situation strikes. It means keeping North Hudson Sewerage Authority operational so that our flood pump keeps pumping out flood waters and our sewage can be treated instead of backing up onto our streets.

Having a smart grid means making sure the hallway lights and exit signs are lit for my seniors who may not have the resources to evacuate. This smart grid, possibly connected to a microgrid system, could power emergency LED hallway lights and the community rooms where seniors gathered every day to share meals and shelter together through Hurricane Sandy. It could possibly power the elevators to make one trip down in the morning and one up at night so seniors are not stuck in their apartments waiting for the power to go back on.

It could power the fire suppression system so we can avoid the unbelievably dangerous situation we had throughout Hoboken: Apartments filled with candles, no fire suppression or alert system, and irresponsible property owners who failed to even implement fire watches.

Build stronger, and yes, communities like Hoboken could safely shelter in place. During Hurricane Sandy I was on a conference call with President Obama together with other State and community leaders, and the President was discussing the need to move people into shelters. I pointed out that in urban communities like Hoboken we needed to shelter in place because most people simply would not go to the shelters. President Obama listened and got us generators as quickly as he could, and now we are building on the sheltering in place approach with this project.

This energy resiliency partnership is an essential component of a comprehensive approach designed to protect Hoboken. Our plan includes more flood pumps along our waterfront, large detention basins to retain rainwater under land we are trying to buy for parks, and expanded implementation of city-wide green infrastructure to capture rain water in every way possible. It also includes a series of protective barriers and hardening of existing buildings to protect Hoboken at the north and south from future storm surges.

Since Sandy, Hoboken has had several major flood events. Unfortunately, when heavy rains and high tide come at the same time, we get flooded, including our PSE&G substations. We have applied for grant funding for our comprehensive flood plan, and I am very glad that PSE&G’s Energy Strong program includes a proposed action plan for Hoboken’s substations. I am a huge fan of that plan.

As I participated in a crisis simulation workshop at a UN Conference on Resiliency a few weeks ago, I reflected on that fact that in addition to getting funding for the pumps, ensuring that Hoboken is energy resilient has to be my top priority for both our residents and our businesses that were so hard hit by the loss of power and the flooding. One way or another, I am determined to get this done by some combination of grants and public-private partnerships.”

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June 7, 2013

Pier C Park in Hoboken to Partially Re-open for First Time Since Hurricane Sandy Saturday June 8th

Here is some very good news for Hoboken residents staying in town this weekend……

PIER C PARK TO PARTIALLY REOPEN FOR FIRST TIME SINCE

HURRICANE SANDY, OFFERS EXPANDED SUMMER HOURS

Pier C Park in Hoboken Re-opens on June 8 2013

Pier C Park, which was badly damaged by the storm surge during Hurricane Sandy, will partially reopen to the public on Saturday June 8th at 7:00am.

A contractor has completed repairs to several portions of the park, including the playground areas, parts of the lawn, the restrooms, and most of the western side of the park, which will be open to the public. The eastern side of the park facing the Hudson, which sustained the worst damage, will remain fenced off while repairs continue.

Hurricane Sandy resulted in broken benches, cracked concrete, extensive erosion, exposed and damaged irrigation lines, and damage to electrical equipment. The park’s large round concrete benches were tossed around by the storm, causing significant physical damage to the decking.

New Summer Hours: In response to popular demand and as a thank you to everyone for your patience, the City is pleased to announce the following expanded summer hours: 7:00am – 11:00pm daily.

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May 23, 2013

RE.invest Initiative Announces Partnership with Hoboken to Build More Resilient Stormwater Systems

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RE.invest, with Corporate Partners, Will Help Hoboken and Seven Other Cities

Develop Options for Financing and Building Better Systems;

As Severe Weather Events Increase in Intensity, More Cities Need Improvements to Water Systems

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Washington, DC- May 22, 2013- In the aftermath of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy, the RE.invest Initiative today announced it has selected Hoboken, New Jersey and seven other partner cities across the country to help develop resilient urban stormwater infrastructure systems. The two-year initiative, which is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, will help cities like Hoboken rethink the way they design, plan, implement and finance urban infrastructure. By helping cities use public resources more efficiently and attract new sources of private investment, RE.invest will reduce the burden placed on city personnel and public budgets.

The RE.invest Initiative announced that the partner cities, in addition to Hoboken are: San Francisco, CA; Miami Beach, FL; Honolulu, HI; New Orleans, LA; El Paso, TX; Norfolk, VA; and Milwaukee, WI. Their website is at: http://www.reinvestinitiative.org/

“We are thrilled to be one of the first cities in the country chosen for this innovative partnership to develop and finance sustainable solutions to address our flooding, transportation, and other infrastructure challenges,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “The tremendous technical and financial guidance provided through the RE.invest Initiative will facilitate Hoboken becoming a more resilient community.”

“Hurricane Sandy was a tragic reminder of how vulnerable our city infrastructure systems can be. That is why it is critical that cities have the tools and strategies not just to respond to disaster but to plan for whatever contingency,” said Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation. “The Rockefeller Foundation has been committed to building the resilience of cities for the last few years, including our recent announcement of the 100 resilient cities centennial challenge. We are proud to continue that work by supporting RE.invest to help eight cities take the next step toward implementing improved stormwater infrastructure systems, but more importantly to help the cities take the next step in building a more resilient future.”

“Hurricane Sandy was a wake-up call that cities across the U.S. need to protect their communities from the devastating impacts of future storms. Recent reports indicate 11 billion gallons of untreated waste water was released due to surges during just that storm,” said Shalini Vajjhala of c.dots development, the lead on the RE.invest Initiative. “Our goal is to prevent the kind of destruction that is caused by these terrible storms, which are increasing in intensity. Together with our corporate partners, we are going to help cities mobilize significant investments to reduce costs for these important projects. We also want to connect cities with project developers and potential investors as they undertake critical infrastructure investments.”

Participating cities will receive technical assistance from engineering, law and finance experts at Bechtel; Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; and Wall Street Without Walls. These firms will play a collaborative role with the cities by providing expertise and technical support. One of the primary goals of RE.invest is to shape a new model for collaboration between private investors, private sector and municipalities that can support learning, flexibility and continuous improvement in infrastructure delivery.

Sustainable stormwater infrastructure systems are networks made up of many component parts, such as green rooftops, trees, wetlands and repaved roads that feature more permeable surfaces that result in less runoff. Partners will identify news ways to bundle revenue streams so cities can effectively work with private investors and the private sector to make smart improvements to their local infrastructure. For example, perhaps a broadband company is looking to install underground lines which will require construction and the roads will need to be repaved. RE.invest will help cities and private sector partners connect the dots to see if power lines could be buried when the road is opened up and make sure the road is repaved with more absorbent asphalt to reduce water runoff during future storms.

“Smart planning, innovation and an integrated approach are key to developing the sustainable infrastructure necessary to enhance the social and economic fabric of America’s great cities,” said Walker Kimball, Managing Director, Infrastructure, Bechtel. “We are looking forward to using our technical know-how, our history of applying creative thinking to infrastructure planning, and our ability to help make projects become a reality. We are delighted to be part of this initiative that will identify innovative solutions and more efficient delivery options for the challenges of tomorrow.”

The rehabilitation and upkeep of our nation’s urban storm and waste water systems is of great importance, and we are thrilled to be part of the RE.invest Initiative to help these cities attract this much-needed investment,” said Susan Lent, a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, which is providing legal counsel to the RE.invest Initiative. “Successful public-private partnerships demand knowledge of the political landscape, an awareness of regulatory requirements, public sector support and an ability to identify revenue streams and innovative approaches to project delivery. We are excited to be able to bring our experience to the table on this crucial project.”

“The RE.invest initiative is a smart approach for cities looking to improve vital infrastructure in a way that attracts new sources of private investment. We are excited to support the effort by providing the type of credible financial experts who will think creatively about ways to invest in the resilience of our communities,” said John Nelson, Managing Partner of Wall Street Without Walls, which is providing financial counsel to the RE.invest Initiative. “Hopefully the partner cities involved in the RE.invest initiative will be so successful, cities across America will follow their example and decide to invest in a more sustainable future.”

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May 16, 2013

Mayor Zimmer to Represent the City of Hoboken at UN Co