The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has lifted their advisory against recreational use of the Hudson River. The press release with details is below.
RECREATIONAL USES OF HUDSON RIVER MAY RESUME; NO IMPACTS IN NEW JERSEY FROM HUDSON RIVER SEWAGE DISCHARGE
TRENTON – As a result of water tests showing that bacteria levels in the Hudson River have fallen to within health safety standards and well below levels of concern, the Department of Environmental Protection today advised residents that boating, kayaking, fishing and other normal recreational uses of the river may now resume.
On Wednesday, July 27th, Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Councilwoman Theresa Castellano hosted a community meeting to discuss noise concerns with residents. In attendance were also various members of the Zimmer Administration including Police Chief Anthony Falco, Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs, Zoning Officer Ann Holtzman, and Deputy Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Joel Mestre.
�I want to thank the community for coming out last night and providing their feedback on noise concerns,� said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. �Hoboken is a great community with more than 130 outdoor caf�s, diverse retail shopping, unique cultural opportunities, and a vibrant nightlife, and we welcome everyone who wants to come here and enjoy themselves. All we ask is that residents, visitors, and business owners be courteous and respectful of their neighbors. My Administration is working on integrated measures to ensure the quality of life of all of our community.�
The four components include increased patrols, consistent enforcement, a simplified complaint process, and accountability and tracking mechanisms.
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will play a free outdoor concert on Hoboken’s waterfront. The concert will take place on August 18, 2011 at 7:30pm at Pier A Park, located at First Street and Sinatra Drive. Bring a blanket or low back chair and a picnic basket The event is sponsored by the City of Hoboken with support from the Applied Companies and Burgiss Group.
The public hearing for improvements to Church Square Park scheduled for Monday, July 25th will be postponed to a later date. The rescheduled date will be announced in newspapers and on the City website, http://www.hobokennj.org.
With the heat index soaring to 110 degrees today, the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) urges the elderly, disabled and those with chronic medical conditions to drink plenty of water and visit senior or cooling centers if they do not have air conditioning.
�These are dangerous weather conditions that can cause heat stroke and exacerbate chronic medical conditions, leading to severe complications and death,� said Acting Commissioner Dr. Tina Tan.
Due to the discharge of raw sewage into the Hudson River by a New York City wastewater treatment plant, Hoboken residents and visitors are advised not to swim, kayak or consume fish and crabs from the Hudson River until further notice. In addition, the DEP recommends that anglers and crabbers avoid contact with the water and clean any gear used in the water. The complete advisory from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is below.
UPDATE: An additional cooling center will be open at the Multi Service Center, 124 Grand Street, until 10pm on Friday. Any resident requiring a ride to a cooling center may call the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps at 201-420-2135.
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Thursday from noon to 8pm and an Excessive Heat Watch for Friday afternoon through Friday evening. Afternoon temperatures up to 100 degrees and heat index values up to 110 degrees are possible on both days.
A cooling center is available in the basement floor conference room of City Hall, 94 Washington Street from 9am to 8pm on Thursday and Friday. In addition, residents are reminded that several parks throughout Hoboken have water features including Madison Street Park, Church Square Park, Elysian Park, Jackson Street Park, and Pier C.
Mayor Dawn Zimmer is requesting that $3 million in Hudson County Open Space grant funding originally awarded for purchasing land for a park on the Henkel site be repurposed for land acquisition for a Southwest Park. Hudson County provided municipalities with a one-time opportunity to repurpose previously awarded grants where the projects had not yet been completed towards other projects where the funds could be used within the next 12 months. Three years ago, Hoboken received a $3 million grant to purchase land on the Henkel site. The process for land acquisition stalled due to a number of complexities.
Since the City Council approved $20 million in bonds for the acquisition of land for new parks, the Administration has been engaging land owners in Southwest Hoboken, but they have not been willing to sell their properties.
�I thank the City Council for providing my Administration with the tools we need to re-engage property owners and negotiate from a position of strength so we can acquire land at a price that is fair to both property owners and taxpayers,� said Mayor Zimmer. �We are on our way to making the Southwest Park a reality. Although the Henkel site is not something that could be acquired within the next 12 months, it remains a goal for acquisition for a new park.�
The request for repurposing the funds requires approval of the Hudson County Board of Freeholders.
City partners with Chazin Group to empower Hoboken�s job seekers to find their dream job by tapping into the jobless job market
The City of Hoboken is partnering with Ethan Chazin, Hoboken�s compassionate career coach, to offer residents free job search boot camps once per month at the Multi Service Center this fall.
�Now more than ever, job seekers require entirely new set of skills in order to market oneself for career success as job growth remains stagnant,� said Ethan Chazin, the founder and President of The Chazin Group. �By applying the strategies taught in these boot camps, attendees will learn to sell themselves like a product to a select group of ideal potential employers, to greatly improve their job search effectiveness and reduce the time spent looking for employment.�
The job search boot camps are free of charge to Hoboken residents and will be offered the first Friday of every month from 6:30-7:45pm at the Multi Service Center located at 124 Grand Street (between 1st and 2nd Streets), beginning August 5, 2011. Additional dates are September 2nd, October 7th, November 4th, and December 2nd.
In a memo to the City Council, Mayor Dawn Zimmer provides an update on the repurposing of $3 million in grant money provided by the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund.
The full text of the memo is included below.