Human Services News

Community Invited to Groundbreaking Ceremony for Southwest Park

All members of the Hoboken community are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Southwest Park – a one acre property designed with integrated flood resiliency features. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 11:00am at the site of the future Southwest Park, located at the corner of Jackson Street and Observer Highway.

“The creation of the Southwest Park is the reason I first ran for office, so this is an especially meaningful milestone for me, and I invite everyone to join us to celebrate,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This park will not only provide much-needed green space for the southwest neighborhood, but it will also serve as a first-of-its-kind model in the state for integrating green infrastructure into parks to reduce flooding. I want to thank Councilman Mello and all of my Southwest neighbors who played a crucial role since 2006 to bring the first phase of this park to reality.”

The park will feature passive recreational space, green infrastructure (rain gardens, shade tree pits, porous pavers, a cistern for rainwater harvesting and reuse) and an underground detention system to reduce stormwater run-off and localized flooding. It will also include a dog run, moveable cafe tables, a pop-up market zone, restrooms, multi-level seating for small performances, free public Wi-Fi, and a lawn with child-friendly interactive park features.

Free Blood Lead Screening for Children at Hoboken Multi-Service Center

Free blood lead screening will be provided on April 21st and 28th from 9:00am to 11:00am and 12:00pm to 2:00pm in the community room of the Multi Service Center (124 Grand Street) for children under the age of 18, at-risk pregnant women, and adults involved in the renovation, remediation, demolition and/or other Superstorm Sandy recovery activities.

A copy of the blood lead screening results will be provided to each individual or the child’s parent or legal guardian. In addition to the results, educational materials will be provided and discussed which will include but are not limited to the following:

• The effects of lead poisoning
• Prevention of lead poisoning
• Nutritional guidelines
• Lead exposure in cosmetics, cultural remedies, toys, and cookware
• Common household conditions that may contain lead hazards
• Lead Poisoning Testing Schedule

The screening is being conducted by the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the City of Hoboken and the office of Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro. The Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services has a Memorandum of Understanding for the cities in Hudson County to provide Case Management for the County and has been appointed by the New Jersey Department of Health to provide testing for the County. Funding is provided by the Social Service Block Grant Supplemental for Superstorm Sandy Recovery.

Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic

The Hoboken Health Department will host a free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats on Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 11am to 2pm. The clinic will take place at the Multi-Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. All dogs and cats must be securely fastened with a collar and leash or in a carrier and accompanied by an adult. Dog owners must have a 2016 Hoboken dog license which can be obtained on site. Proof of Hoboken residency is required. License fees are $10 if the pet is spayed/neutered and $14 for non-spayed/neutered. Click here to view the flyer with additional important information.

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.”