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March 28, 2013

Peper and Parlor Easter Egg Hunt Saturday March 30 11am-6pm

Join Peper and Parlor this Saturday from 11am-6pm for their Annual Easter Egg Hunt! Search for saving up to 40% off your entire purchase!  That sure sounds like a whole lot of fun – for your wallet. Peper and Parlour is located at 938 Washington Street, Hoboken, New Jersey.

Enjoy Great shopping, cupcakes and champagne provided by the store. The “Peper Gals” also send their love. This is an in store event only.

Easter Egg Hunt

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November 16, 2012

Washington Street Shuffle – Stone Hut Closing End of November – 25% off Sale

The Stone Hut located at 1028 Washington Street will be closing at the end of November.  Everything is 25% off except Trollbeads and Lighting.  The display cases are all for sale. The owners would like to thank everyone for supporting them!  They hope to see their customers  at their store in Long Branch, NJ.

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November 4, 2011

Sale of the Hoboken Hospital has been completed: $52 Bond Paid Off

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,HUMC — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 2:05 PM

The latest on the HUMC sale in Hoboken. It has now been finalized and privatized. This is a good ….


State’s Oldest Hospital to Remain Open, 1,200 Jobs Saved, $52 Million Bond Paid Off

Mayor Zimmer issued the following statement after the completion of the sale of Hoboken University Medical Center. Funds were wired this morning to defease the $52 million bonds that the City of Hoboken guaranteed in 2007 to save the hospital.


“Today is a great day for all of Hoboken and New Jersey. Our state’s oldest hospital will remain open as a full-service acute care facility.  More than 1,200 jobs have been saved, and we have avoided a financial catastrophe by relieving Hoboken of its guarantee of the $52 million hospital bond. The City would have become immediately responsible to pay this bond if this sale had not been completed. The new owners have committed to making the investments needed to make our hospital one that all of our community and employees can be proud of.”

“When I took office two years ago, saving our hospital was my highest priority. Virtually no one believed that achieving our twin goals of saving our hospital and relieving our City of its $52 million bond guarantee was possible. I wasn’t sure it could be done, but I knew it had to be done. Today, we have finally achieved these seemingly impossible objectives — an enormous win for all of our taxpayers and residents.”

“On behalf of all our residents, I thank the volunteer board members of the Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority and especially thank Chairwoman Toni Tomarazzo.  This triumph could never have been achieved without their dedication and hard work. They are heroes of Hoboken who spent countless hours without compensation for no other reason than the desire to help their community.”

“I thank Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs for his work negotiating a parking agreement which, by shifting parking to garages with excess capacity, will result in more parking available for residents and more revenue for the City. By freeing up hundreds of parking spaces at the Midtown garage, we expect to completely eliminate the two-year-long waiting list. The City will also receive new revenue from the leasing of office space and property taxes.”

“Without Governor Christie’s support, the state’s oldest hospital would be closed today and 1,200 jobs would have been lost. I thank Governor Christie, Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd, and the entire Administration for their invaluable help and support throughout the sales process.”

“I wish the new owners the best of luck and congratulate Phil Shaengold, their new President and CEO. Mr. Shaengold started his career with the Franciscan Sisters, the same group that founded the hospital nearly 150 years ago. I am confident that under his leadership, and with the wholehearted support of our community, the new Hoboken University Medical Center will expand its services to our community and thrive for the long term.”

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October 31, 2011

Statement from Mayor Zimmer on the Hospital Sale–City Council passes Garage deal for Hospital 8-0

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,HUMC — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 9:00 AM

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Good news for Hoboken. At last night’s emergency City Council meeting, the last component necessary to complete the sale of the Hoboken Hospital was was the municipal garage agreement that passed 8-0. Six votes were needed to waive the normal 20 day period before the agreement could take place. Hospital officials confirmed that this was necessary to be waived as they would not have been able to make payroll this week. The sale that will save the hospital is now expected to be completed this Tuesday. Below is a statement from Mayor Zimmer on this milestone that is about to be achieved.


Mayor Dawn Zimmer issued the following statement after the Hoboken City Council voted unanimously to immediately implement a parking agreement for Hoboken University Medical Center, clearing the way for the sale of the hospital.

"Since my first day as mayor more than two years ago, the saving of our hospital has been my number one priority. The effort to save our hospital has been a long road, but today our community saved it together. I thank everyone who contacted Council Members and turned out to raise their voices – hospital and City employees, taxpayers and concerned citizens, and members of the Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority. I thank all members of the City Council for doing the right thing for Hoboken – the majority members for their support all along and the minority members for being willing to reconsider and change their votes. Today’s vote clears the way for saving Hoboken University Medical Center, the jobs of 1,200 employees, and averts a financial catastrophe for our City."

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October 22, 2011

HUMC Certificate of Need Approved by State Commissioner- Hoboken Hospital Sale Can be Completed

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,HUMC — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 12:15 PM

The final steps towards privatization of Hoboken’s only hospital the HUMC are expected to be completed now that approval has been granted by the New Jersey Commissioner of Health on the Certificate of need. Read below for more details…



Important Hurdle Cleared Toward Completion of Sale to HUMC Holdco LLC



HOBOKEN, NJ, October 21, 2011 – The Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority (HMHA) has learned that New Jersey’s Commissioner of Health and Senior Services Mary O’Dowd approved HUMC Holdco LLC’s Certificate of Need (CN) application to acquire ownership of Hoboken University Medical Center (HUMC). Today’s decision is the final State approval needed to complete the sale of HUMC and meets one of the goals of the HMHA to keep open an acute care medical center in the City of Hoboken.

“Today’s development is great news for the city of Hoboken. There are so many who worked tirelessly to make this transaction a reality. I want to thank my colleagues on the Authority, HUMC Holdco LLC and Mayor Dawn Zimmer,” says Toni Tomarazzo, chairwoman for HMHA. “Without the Mayor’s single-minded approach to solving our hospital dilemma, we wouldn’t have reached this point in the process. She knew that privatizing HUMC was the only way to preserve it for our residents.”

“Today’s approval has brought us even closer to the end of a long journey,” says Mayor Zimmer. “Within the next few days, we anticipate finalizing the sale of HUMC. It won’t be long after the transaction is completed that citizens of Hoboken will begin to see its benefits. We have saved 1,200 jobs and our hospital will be able continue to provide quality healthcare to our City. In addition, our municipal fiscal situation has improved significantly, as our $52 million bond guarantee obligation will have ended. This will dramatically improve our ability to fund both short- and long-term improvement projects for our long-neglected infrastructure.”

The State Health Planning Board held two public hearings – one in Hoboken on July 21, 2011 to allow city residents to comment regarding the Certificate of Need application submitted to the Department of Health and Senior Services for the transfer of ownership of Hoboken University Medical Center to HUMC Holdco LLC. The session attracted more than 200 residents – with the vast majority expressing support for the transaction.

Approval for a hospital’s “change of ownership” in New Jersey is a comprehensive process requiring the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services to issue a Certificate of Need. The State Health Planning Board must hold a public hearing in the hospital’s service area, consider the Certificate of Need application at an open public session, and then make a recommendation to the Commissioner. The Board recommended that the change of ownership to HUMC Holdco LLC be approved.

“HUMC operates in a dire financial position and is dependent on continued State subsidies to cover operating expenses. The change of ownership to HUMC Holdco LLC, an entity with private capital and a proven track record, offers the best opportunity for the hospital’s long term financial stability and sustainability, as well as quality enhancement and new program development,” Tomarazzo adds. “This sale is in the best interests of our City and what we’ve worked long and hard to achieve.”

Link to Approval Letter from NJ Commissioner of Health: CN Approval HUMC 10-21-2011

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October 7, 2011

Remarks of Mayor Dawn Zimmer on Hoboken University Medical Center Sale

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer gave a brief conference at Hoboken’s HUMC today as a result of the sale to HUMC Holdco being approved by the New Jersey Bankruptcy judge assigned to the case. The last step in the process is approval from the State Hospital Board. From that point the hospital should be privatized in about two weeks after the approval. The hospital has been running on life support with respect to its cash position for some time. The vast majority of jobs at the hospital will be saved as well as the outstanding $52 million in bonds hanging over the taxpayer’s heads in Hoboken.

Remarks of Mayor Dawn Zimmer Hoboken University Medical Center

Hoboken, New Jersey October 7, 2011

Good afternoon. By now you’ve heard the great news — that the federal bankruptcy Judge, Judge Steckroth, has approved the sale of Hoboken University Medical Center. This is the best possible outcome for the citizens of Hoboken; we will now be able to save our hospital and preserve the financial health of our City. This is a huge milestone and the final legal hurdle. We’re saving 1,200 jobs, maintaining our City’s and our County’s primary acute care medical facility and relieving our City of a $52 million bond guaranty that we could not afford and that had the potential to destroy our City’s finances.

There are many who deserve credit for this achievement.

First, I want to thank the heroes of the Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority Board. These are volunteers who spend countless hours for no other reason than their desire to help their community. They worked tirelessly to get this deal done at great personal sacrifice. Let me introduce them to you. Some of them were able to be here with us, and some of them could not join us, but the people of Hoboken need to know their names: Toni Tomarazzo, Chair of the Board; Vincent Riccitelli, CEO of the hospital; Dr. Fayemi, Dr. Kozel, Eric Kurta, Jonathan Metsch, Steve Rofsky, Catherine Williams, Norman Wilson, and Tejal Desai.

These are the faces of committed volunteers who are the foundation of our community. Their contributions to our City have been invaluable. These individuals kept their eye on the ball, never losing focus even when their reputations were unfairly attacked.

The Judge’s ruling today makes it crystal clear that the allegations we’ve been reading about had no basis in fact or law. These were unfounded claims recklessly promoted by politicians and others in pursuit of their own personal agendas and unrelated to the best interests of our community. I call on the elected officials, both in Hoboken and elsewhere in the State, and they know who they are, who have promoted these allegations to immediately and publicly apologize to these heroes of Hoboken. This is important, because politicians all too often exploit the cynicism in their communities when it benefits their political purposes. It’s time that they be held accountable for their false and misleading statements.

I also want to thank the members of the City Council majority, Council President Bhalla, Vice President Cunningham, Councilman Mello, Councilwoman Marsh and Councilwoman Giatttino, for their trust and support. Last but certainly not least, I want to thank Governor Christie for stepping up and contributing $5 million to save our hospital when our own toxic politics was going to force it to close.

When I became Acting Mayor two years ago I knew this was something that we had to do, but I did not know whether it could be done.

Together we are making it happen, and on behalf of the City of Hoboken I say thank you.


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July 8, 2011

Mayor Invites Public for HUMC Meeting on Sale July 21, 2011

The latest update from City Hall on the proposed sale of the HUMC…


State Health Planning Board Sets Meeting for July 21 to Consider Application to Sell Hospital to HUMC Holdco

The State Health Planning Board (the Board) will be holding a public hearing concerning the certificate of need application submitted to the Department of Health and Senior Services for the Transfer of Ownership of Hoboken University Medical Center to HUMC Holdco, under common ownership of Bayonne Medical Center.

Hoboken's UMC is running out of money

The Board invites the public to comment on the application. All those wishing to make oral comments to the Board are invited to attend the public hearing on this application on Thursday, July 21, 2011. Comments will be limited to three minutes per person, although written comments may also be submitted at the same time. The Board will take comments from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The hearing will be at Our Lady of Grace Parish Hall, 422 Willow Avenue, Hoboken, NJ 07030. Directions to Our Lady of Grace can be found at: http://www.olghoboken.com.

Copies of the application are available for review at the Hoboken Public Library, 500 Park Ave., Hoboken, NJ 07030, the New Jersey State Library, and at the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.

“It’s critical that citizens of Hoboken have an opportunity to discuss an issue of great importance to our entire community — the future of Hoboken University Medical Center,” said Mayor Zimmer. “This hearing will give the State Health Planning Board members a chance to hear directly from our residents that HUMC is essential to their families. Our hospital cannot survive as a publicly-owned stand-alone community facility. If the sale to HUMC Holdco doesn’t go through, our hospital will close. That is unacceptable.”

Approval for a hospital “change of ownership” in New Jersey is a comprehensive process requiring the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services to issue a Certificate of Need. The State Health Planning Board must hold a public hearing in the hospital’s service area, consider the CN application at an open public session, and then make a recommendation to the Commissioner.

“This transaction will save our hospital and lead to long-term benefits for our residents,” added Mayor Zimmer. “This new owner will maintain the hospital as the life-saving acute care unit that we deserve and release the City from its $52 million hospital bond guarantee financial obligation. This will allow us to finance other projects designed to improve our community’s overall quality of life. The new ownership will bring stability, access to capital, and the ability to compete in the hospital marketplace without dependency on state subsidies and cash advances. State subsidies are simply not guaranteed and are highly unlikely to continue at current levels given current economic conditions. Completion of this transaction is the best possible outcome for our community.”

Comments may also be submitted in writing after the hearing. Commenters are urged to make their comments concise. Written comments must be received by the State Health Planning Board no later than Friday, July 29, 2011 at the following address:

New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
Office of Legal and Regulatory Compliance
Maket & Warren Streets
P.O. Box 360
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0360

The Board intends to review the application at an upcoming meeting. Notice will be published as to the meeting date during which the application will be reviewed. For further information, you may call the Department at 609-292-7874.

Hoboken residents are encouraged to contact the Mayor’s office directly if they have questions. Updates regarding the hearing and the hospital’s sale will be available at http://www.hobokennj.org/.

Link: http://www.hobokennj.org/news/mayor-zimmer-invites-public-to-hearing/

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March 12, 2011

Blockbuster’s Last Day in Hoboken is Tomorrow 3/13/2011

Filed under: Video — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 6:00 PM

Sunday March 13th, 2011 will be the last day for Hoboken’s Blockbuster Video Store. Most of the inventory has been sold but whatever is not will be shipped off to other stores and that will be it for Hoboken’s remaining big box video store.


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