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Second Public Meeting to be Held for 1st Street Streetscape Improvements & City-wide Wayfinding Project

Friday, Mar 20, 2015


Members of the Hoboken community are invited to the second public meeting for the First Street Streetscape Revitalization and city-wide wayfinding Project. The meeting will take place on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:00pm in the Multi Service Center (124 Grand St) community room. T&M Associates and its sub-consultant M studio will present 50% design plans for the project.

Streetscape revitalization for First Street will span 12 blocks from Paterson Avenue to Bloomfield Street and will include rain gardens, curb extensions, wayfinding signage, new benches, bike parking, trash and recycling receptacles, ADA accessible curb ramps, shade trees, and banners. The meeting will review the 50% complete plans with the public and show how the feedback from the first public meeting has been incorporated.

In order to implement the design, construction, and installation of a cohesive city-wide wayfinding system, a comprehensive brand identity is being designed for the City’s wayfinding signage. Stakeholder interviews, online surveys and focus group collaboration efforts have been conducted to incorporate public input on the brand concept. The brand concepts include a logo, tagline, specified font families, and color palettes. At this meeting, the results of this feedback and the evolved brand concepts will be presented and will be shown on preliminary wayfinding signage, which includes gateway signage, directional blades, and kiosks. Feedback from the second meeting will be used to further refine and finalize the brand concept to be presented at the third public meeting.

“We thank the more than 50 committed residents who lent their time and expertise through an online focus group to provide feedback and help revise the brand concepts as part of the extensive public design process,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We invite everyone involved so far and anyone who hasn’t yet been part of the process to attend the next meeting and help finalize a design in the weeks ahead.”

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Hoboken Community Invited to Fire Department Promotions Ceremony

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015

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The City of Hoboken invites all members of the public to attend a promotions ceremony for members of the Hoboken Fire Department. The ceremony will be held on Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 1:30pm in the City Council Chambers at Hoboken City Hall, 94 Washington Street.

Firefighters Matthew Markey and Walter J. Lehbrink will be promoted to the rank of Fire Captain. Recently retired firefighters Alexander Badamo and Thomas Cutillo will also be honored for their service to the community.

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City of Hoboken Invites Community to 4th Annual Irish Cultural Festival

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015

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The City of Hoboken wishes the community a happy St. Patrick’s Day and invites all residents and visitors to the 4th Annual Hoboken Irish Cultural Festival on Saturday, May 16th from noon to 6pm at Sinatra Park, located on the Hoboken waterfront near 4th Street. The event is free and features Irish music, dance, sports, food, beer, vendors, crafts, and other activities for all ages. Representatives from the Irish Consulate in New York will be in attendance at the event, which is co-hosted by Irish Network New Jersey.

The festival will feature musical performances by Gold n Brown and the McLean Ave Band as well as bagpipe performances. There will be dance performances by the Garden Street Irish Step Dancers and Emerald Fire, Aherne Sheehan School of Irish Dance, and Kerri Smith Academy of Irish Dance.

Participants interested in competing in the Irish soda bread competition should contact Geri Fallo at gfallo@hobokennj.gov or 201-420-2207.

For children, the event will include face painting, horse and carriage rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, several inflatables, sand art and more. The event will also feature sheep shearing and wool spinning demonstrations and vendors with Irish clothing and crafts. More >

City of Hoboken Announces Road Repair and Repaving Plan

Thursday, Mar 12, 2015

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The City of Hoboken is implementing a faster, more efficient, less expensive, and longer-lasting approach to repairing potholes and will be completely repaving more than 50 blocks of roadway beginning this spring.

The City has contracted for “Pothole Killer” trucks to make repairs city-wide. With spray injection technology, a single vehicle operator controls a hydraulic boom, which clears the pothole of debris, applies liquid asphalt to fill and seal it, and then tops it off with a dry aggregate coating. The whole process takes roughly 90 seconds per pothole.

“I thank Director Pellegrini for bringing this great new technology to Hoboken that will save us money and make long-lasting repairs faster than ever before,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We’re committed to quickly completing these repairs and repaving more than 50 blocks of our worst roads this spring.”

In three days in January and two in April, a single Pothole Killer truck filled nearly 1,000 potholes. The truck will continue to be used to make repairs in the days ahead. Residents can assist by reporting potholes via www.hoboken311.com or through the Hoboken 311 application for iOS and Android. The City is coordinating with Hudson County for repairs to County roads, especially 1st Street and Observer Highway.

“In the past, we used cold patch to temporarily repair potholes and then had to make permanent repairs in the spring with hot asphalt when the asphalt plants opened,” said Environmental Services Director Leo Pellegrini. “To make matters worse, the cold patch material would often be ripped out, requiring us to contract for heavy duty equipment to vacuum up the gravel and rocks from roads. This new approach eliminates an entire step and is faster, safer, less expensive, and even works in below freezing temperatures. In addition, by not tying up our resources on repairing potholes, our crews are all focused on cleaning up our streets now that all the snow has melted.” More >

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