Human Services News

Information on Enterovirus


According to the CDC, every year, millions of children in the United States catch enteroviruses that can cause coughing, sneezing, and fever. There are more than 100 kinds of non-polio enteroviruses which are very common and can infect anyone. Most people who get infected with these viruses do not get sick or have mild illness, like the common cold. But some people can get very sick and have infection of their heart or brain or even become paralyzed. Infants and people with weakened immune systems have a greater chance of having these complications. This year, the enterovirus that is most commonly causing respiratory illness in children across the country is enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68).

There are no known confirmed cases of EV-D68 in Hoboken at this time.

Public Invited to 3rd Community Meeting for Southwest Park


Final Conceptual Design to be Presented at Public Meeting

All members of the Hoboken community are invited to the third public meeting on the first phase of a Southwest Park. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 4th at 7:00pm in the conference room on the first floor of the Multi Service Center, 124 Grand Street.

Based on community feedback developed from the two prior community meetings and an online survey, the planner hired by the City has developed a final conceptual plan for the first phase of a Southwest Park. The plan for the park also includes stormwater management infrastructure.

“We thank everyone who participated in the community meetings and the over 500 residents who provided feedback through the online survey,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting and hope to work with the Council and community to build this park as quickly as possible.”

Mumps Cases Confirmed on Stevens Campus

Health officials today confirmed several cases of mumps on the campus of the Stevens Institute of Technology. The cases were first identified as suspected cases last week, and there have been no reports of new cases since last week.

“The City’s Health Department has been working closely with Stevens since the beginning and we are thankful for their responsiveness and proactive efforts,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Every precaution has been taken to ensure the safety of the public. The best way to prevent mumps is vaccination. Members of our community should follow the recommendations from health officials and contact their doctor if they believe they may have symptoms. We will keep the community informed of any new developments.”

The New Jersey Department of Health has created a flyer of Frequently Asked Questions regarding mumps: Additional information and resources can be found at the NJ Department of Health website:

Free Seasonal Flu Vaccines Available for Hoboken Adults


The City of Hoboken, in conjunction with Hoboken University Medical Center, will be providing free seasonal flu vaccines on a first come, first served basis for adult Hoboken residents on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 12pm to 6pm in Assumption Hall at Hoboken University Medical Center, 308 Willow Avenue. Proof of residency is required.

For more information, please contact the Hoboken Health Department at (201) 420-2375.

Community Update from Mayor Zimmer

Dear Residents:

This is a big week for Hoboken. Here’s a snapshot on the issues.

Flood Pump: The pre-application for a second flood pump has been submitted to the NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust fund.

1600 Park: The City received a $200,000 grant from the US Soccer Foundation for the field to be turfed, which is fortunate because it will cost more than anticipated to install the lights due to the soft soil conditions revealed by recent boring tests.

Church Square Park Renovation Work to Begin in November

Renovation work will take place at the Church Square Park playground and basketball courts beginning in November. Demolition of the existing playground will begin the first week of November. Installation of the new equipment is scheduled for the 3rd week of November, followed by installation of the play surface during the 4th week.

Mobilization for renovations of the basketball courts will begin in early November. Most work is expected to be completed by mid-December, except for the acrylic surfacing which will be completed in April 2013 due to weather considerations. All schedules are weather permitting and subject to change.

Hoboken Awarded Grants for Elysian Park and Stevens Park

Residents Invited to Elysian Park Planning Community Meeting & City Hall Neighborhood Sustainability Workshop

The City of Hoboken has been awarded $600,000 in Green Acres funding for improvements to Elysian Park and a $250,000 County Open Space grant for Stevens Park.

“I look forward to working with the community to develop a plan for improving Elysian Park and thank DEP Commissioner Martin and Green Acres for this funding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Thanks to County Executive DeGise and our Freeholders, we will also be able to resurface our Little League Field at Stevens Park. We’re proud of the progress we’re making during the Year of the Parks to create new park space and upgrade our existing parks.”

Update from United Water on Drinking Water Concerns

The following is an announcement issued by United Water issued on September 21, 2012: UNITED WATER CONTINUES TO ADDRESS TASTE AND ODOR AND DISCOLORED WATER CONCERNS
Water Meets All Safe Drinking Water Standards

United Water is continuing to address taste and odor and discolored water concerns for customers in Jersey City, Hoboken, Secaucus and Weehawken. The water continues to meet all the standards for safe drinking water. It can still be used for drinking, cooking and bathing.

“The safety of residents’ drinking water is always our first concern,” said Nadine Leslie, president, environmental services. “We have tested and monitored the water closely and laboratory tests show that it meets all the standards for safe drinking water.”

United Water to Treat Boonton Reservoir for Algae

The following is an announcement issued by United Water on September 19, 2012 (the Boonton Reservoir is the source of water for Hoboken): In order to control naturally occurring algae populations that can contribute to taste and odor issues, United Water will treat the Boonton Reservoir with copper sulfate on Thursday, September 20. This treatment will improve water quality and is being applied in accordance with New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection guidelines.

Click here to view the previous announcement from United Water regarding the water quality.

Hoboken Launches Youth Tennis Program

In conjunction with the United States Tennis Association, the City of Hoboken is starting the Hoboken Youth Tennis Program for children ages 6 to 14. Registration for the program is open immediately through the City’s website,