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Hoboken Seeks Volunteers To Grow Community Emergency Response Team

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The City of Hoboken invites members of the community to join its 100-strong and growing Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). State-certified trainers will hold a series of free CERT classes this fall for up to 60 participants.

“We invite interested residents to join our nationally-recognized Community Emergency Response Team,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “They are a model for how volunteers can make communities more resilient not just as first responders after emergencies, but also by helping our residents to be better prepared.”

Hoboken’s CERT volunteers have been recognized as “Community Preparedness Heroes” by FEMA, and CERT Coordinator Lou Casciano was honored as a Community Preparedness and Resilience “Champion of Change” by the White House.

Following Hurricane Sandy, interest in CERT grew tremendously. The City graduated its fourth CERT class in February, 2014, bringing the total number of trained volunteers to 100 members.

Hoboken Community Invited to National Night Out – Tuesday, August 5

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On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, Chief Edelmiro Garcia Jr., along with the Hoboken Police Department, will be hosting our annual National Night Out. National Night Out is a nationwide event that allows community workers to give back to their community. This year, we will be dedicating the night in memory of Detective Madhu Chohan. Detective Chohan joined the Hoboken Police Department on January 23, 2008. He unfortunately succumbed to an inoperable, malignant brain tumor on October 30, 2013. Detective Chohan was, and will always remain, an asset to the Hoboken Police Department. In remembrance, we will be presenting a plaque to his family at the event. This year we will have a proclamation ceremony at City Hall at 4:45pm, followed by a parade to Church Square Park led by the recruits of the Hoboken Junior Police Academy. Below are some of our highlights of the evening: 

• 6:00pm Plaque dedication to Detective Chohan’s family 
• 6:45pm Preschool of Rock 
• 7:30pm Watermelon eating contest featuring surprise guest judges
• 8:15pm Performance from Fire Dance Squad 
• 103.5 with Cindy Vero 
• Red Bulls Street team 

Several local businesses in addition to police agencies will be out in full support of this night out against crime. There will also be bounce houses and water slides and other kids’ entertainment!! People of all ages are encouraged to attend! Please come out and help us fight against crime! For further information contact Officer Daniel Simone at simoneda@hobokenpd.org or visit our website, www.Hobokenpd.com.

Mayor Zimmer Appoints Captain Garcia Provisional Police Chief

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Mayor Dawn Zimmer is appointing Captain Edelmiro “Eddie” Garcia as Hoboken’s Provisional Chief of Police effective July 1, 2014. He is currently the Hoboken Police Division’s most senior captain, having served as captain since 1995. Hoboken’s current Police Chief Anthony Falco is retiring on June 30, 2014.

“I thank Chief Falco for his many years of service and dedication to our community and wish him a happy retirement,” said Mayor Zimmer. “During his time as Police Chief, crime in Hoboken has reached and remained at historic lows. I thank Captain Garcia for stepping up and taking on this new role as our Police Department undergoes this important transition.”

On June 2, 2014, numerous captains and lieutenants took the civil service Police Chief test. The test results are expected in several months. Following an interview process, Mayor Zimmer will appoint a permanent Police Chief in the coming months.

Community Invited to Public Safety Meeting


Residents are invited to a community meeting to discuss public safety issues. The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 20th at 7:00pm at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. In attendance will be Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Public Safety Director Jon Tooke, Councilman Tim Occhipinti, and representatives from the Hoboken Police Department.

Super Bowl Week Information for Hoboken Residents and Visitors

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The City of Hoboken will host the Hoboken Huddle at Pier A Park on the Hoboken waterfront the week of January 28 to February 2 leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII. The Hoboken Huddle will feature a 12 foot tall illuminated sculpture of the Roman numerals “XLVIII” overlooking the Manhattan skyline. In partnership with the US Curling Association, the Hoboken Huddle will also feature 3 lanes of curling which will be free and open to the public each day from 10am to 10pm. Vendors will include Pizza Vita, Law Coffee, and the official Super Bowl XLVIII Fan Store which will be open daily at the gazebo at the end of Pier A from 10am to 10pm. 

Community Invited to Flood Protection Plan Public Meeting

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International Design Firms’ Strategy to Protect Hoboken a Finalist in Regional Resiliency Design Competition 

The Hoboken community is invited to a public meeting to learn more about a strategy to protect Hoboken from flooding. The meeting will take place on Thursday, January 23rd at 7:00pm at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. Refreshments will be served.

“Through this design competition, we have a unique opportunity to protect Hoboken from flooding with the help of federal funding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “It’s important for our community to understand this project and provide their feedback. Ultimately, support from the community will enhance Hoboken’s chances for winning the competition and receiving federal funding to help protect us from flooding.”

The public meetings are a part of the Rebuild by Design competition, an initiative of President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The City of Hoboken is working with a multi-disciplinary team of experts to develop a comprehensive strategy to protect the community from all kinds of flooding. Led by architects and urban designers, OMA, and Director Shohei Shigematsu, the team brings together the water management and engineering expertise of Royal HaskoningDHV, the landscape and land-use planning experience of Balmori and the economic understanding of HR&A. The public meeting is a chance for our community to speak directly with these experts and learn more about this initiative.

Winter Storm Warning; Drivers Reminded Not To Park on Emergency Snow Routes; Discounted Garage Parking Available

UPDATE: Street cleaning will be in effect on Thursday, January 23. Plows will be used instead of sweepers to clear parking lanes of snow.

UPDATE: The discounted $5/day garage parking rate is extended through Thursday, January 23 at 8:00am. Street sweeping is suspended on Wednesday, January 22. All other parking rules remain in effect. Parking is prohibited on snow emergency routes. Hoboken Public Schools are closed on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow from noon on Tuesday, January 20 until 6am on Wednesday, January 21. Snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches are currently forecast with wind chills as low as 10 degrees and wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour.

Drivers are reminded that vehicles parked on Emergency Snow Routes are subject to towing when the streets are snow covered. This is necessary to move police, fire and ambulances throughout Hoboken in time of emergency for the safety and welfare of all our citizens. Emergency Snow Routes in Hoboken are labeled with street signs that read “No Parking When Road Is Snow Covered.” 

Residents and Businesses Reminded to Prepare for Winter Weather

emergencysnowrouteUPATE: Street sweeping is suspended and alternate side parking rules will not be enforced on Tuesday, December 10.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for snow from 6am to 6pm on Tuesday, December 10. Snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are forecast.

With the City of Hoboken expected to receive the first measurable snowfall of the season, residents and businesses are reminded to prepare for winter weather and be aware of related regulations and procedures.

Individuals are encouraged to monitor news reports and weather forecasts and to sign up to receive free email or text updates from the City by visiting www.hobokennj.org/alerts.

Hoboken Police Department Launches Anonymous Tip Service As Proactive Crime Tool

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The Hoboken Police Department announced today the availability of TipSoft, a service for citizens to anonymously submit crime-related tips through the Web, a text message, or from any Android or iPhone mobile device with the TipSubmit mobile app. The use of TipSoft is part of the agency’s proactive efforts to prevent, reduce, and solve crime.

Citizens are encouraged to use TipSoft to report information about any non-urgent illegal activity, such as unsolved cases, vandalism, theft, the sale and distribution of drugs or information about crimes that are being planned in the community or in schools. Tips can be submitted by visiting www.hobokenpd.com/tips, or by texting the word “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword “hobokenpd”.

Winter Storm Information


The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area and “near blizzard conditions,” 6-8″ of snow, wind gusts of 35mph, wind chills of -15 and very low visibility. The City of Hoboken has prepared for the storm and spread salt brine on streets in anticipation of snow.

Towing on Emergency Snow Routes
Vehicles parked along emergency snow routes will be ticketed and towed once streets are snow-covered. This is necessary to move police, fire and ambulances throughout Hoboken in time of emergency for the safety and welfare of all our citizens. A list and map of emergency snow routes is available on the City website: www.hobokennj.org/snow.

Reduced Rate Garage Parking & Parking Enforcement
The City is providing reduced rate parking in municipal Garage B (located on 2nd Street between Hudson and River Streets) and Garage D (215 Hudson Street) beginning Thursday, January 2nd at 8:00am through Saturday, January 4th at 8:00am for $5 per day for residents with a valid Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit placard.