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Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for October

The Hoboken Public Library newsletter for October, 2017 is now available.

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Update on Washington Street Project

On Tuesday, September 26th, the City of Hoboken suspended the Washington Street Rehabilitation and Redesign Project over safety concerns after a traffic signal pole was knocked over by the contractor, Underground Utilities Corporation. The pole struck a pedestrian standing inside the construction zone, although fortunately there were no serious injuries. In light of the accident, the City felt it necessary to perform a comprehensive safety review of the project.

The City and the Police Department concluded their reviews last week and have since held multiple meetings with the contractor. It is the goal of all parties to have zero safety incidents for the remainder of the project. The contractor is in the process of finalizing their traffic control plan, obtaining the necessary traffic and pedestrian control devices, and updating their Health and Safety Plan, all of which are required before the City will allow the project to resume. It is the City’s hope that the contractor will resume work early next week.

The City is working hard to keep all those driving and walking along Washington Street safe, and we ask for everyone’s help. As the project resumes, we ask that all drivers and pedestrians along Washington Street remain attentive to signs and the direction of Police Officers. Only cross the street at crosswalks, do not distract construction workers or Police Officers, and never enter a work zone. Safety is a team effort, and the City appreciates everyone’s patience and cooperation on this important infrastructure project.

Tree Update
The City has also worked during recent weeks to review plans to remove certain trees as called for in the Washington Street plan. The Shade Tree Commission evaluated all of the trees planned for removal and identified 9 mature, healthy trees that should be saved and not removed. The Shade Tree Commission also approved the removal of other trees that are dead, hazardous, or that are very young, vulnerable trees that have been under stress and therefore will be unable to reach full maturity as healthy trees. All trees to be removed as part of the project will be replaced with new trees. Shade Tree Commission Chairwoman Diana Davis was joined by dozens of residents to walk and inspect the trees along Washington Street during every weekend in August. Based on the recommendations from the Shade Tree Commission, the project engineer, T&M Associates, was able to redesign the drainage at those locations to save the 9 trees. The City thanks Diana Davis and the Shade Tree Commission for their work to identify those trees that should be saved. In addition to preserving the identified trees and replacing the trees that will be removed, the City is committed to planting 50 additional trees along Washington Street in coordination with the project.

For more information on the Washington Street Rehabilitation and Redesign Project please visit www.washingtonstreetproject.com.

Hoboken Seeks Volunteers to Grow Community Emergency Response Team


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 on two weekends in October.

Those interested in joining Hoboken CERT can submit an online application at: http://hoboken.seamlessdocs.com/f/cert.

Participation in CERT requires the successful completion of a training course on a range of subject matter specific to emergency response and disaster relief.

All classes will be held at the Multi Service Center, 124 Grand Street starting at 8:00am sharp and concluding at 4:00pm. There will be a 1 hour lunch break between modules.

The training schedule for October 2017 is as follows:
10/21/2017 – Disaster preparedness & Fire safety
10/22/2017 – Disaster medical operations 1 & Disaster medical operations 2
10/28/2017 – Light search and rescue operations & CERT organization
10/29/2017 – Disaster psychology & Terrorism in CERT

The final drill and exercise location and date will be announced during the class. Participants must attend every module of training as well as participate in the final emergency simulation exercise in order to receive certification as a fully trained CERT Team member.

Upon completion of the training, each participant will be issued a CERT Member Emergency Kit. No prior experience is required and the training is free.

Mayor Zimmer and Dignitaries Break Ground on New American Legion Hoboken Post 107 Project

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro, and other dignitaries joined with members of the American Legion today for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the American Legion Hoboken Post 107 project which includes a flood-resilient new meeting hall on the 2nd floor and six units of housing for homeless veterans.

“When First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Joining Forces initiative to support veterans and military families, she called on all of us, ‘not to simply say thank you but to mobilize, take action and make a real commitment to supporting our military families,'” said Mayor Zimmer. “Today we are taking real action to support our veterans, to help rebuild Post 107, and to provide housing for six homeless veterans.”

The American Legion Post 107 sustained severe damage from flooding during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and requested a partnership with the City of Hoboken to rebuild its facility. This partnership involved the creation of six residential units in a new, elevated space that would protect the American Legion from flooding at the ground level.

The American Legion Post 107 retained Monarch Housing Associates, a non-profit affordable housing developer, to secure six project-based vouchers for homeless veterans and obtain project financing through federal grants. The Hoboken Shelter has committed to providing support services for the residents living in the building. This project is being funded through the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (“NJHMFA”), the Hudson County HOME Funding Consortium, and the City of Hoboken. The American Legion Post 107 is also privately raising additional funds to cover expenses such as furniture, appliances, and other amenities for veterans who will reside in these units. To donate, visit www.heavenhellorhoboken.org.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer Joins Groundbreaking Coalition of 134 Mayors to Launch 10-Minute Walk to a Park Campaign

New Open Space in Hoboken Means Every Resident Now Lives Within 5-Minute Walk of a Park

At 10:10 a.m. on October 10, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute in launching an historic “10-minute walk” parks advocacy campaign, establishing the ambitious goal that all Americans, and all residents of Hoboken should live within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of a high-quality park or green space.

This bipartisan group includes mayors from all across the country and represents cities large and small, including America’s four largest cities (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston) and diverse communities across New Jersey. The U.S. Conference of Mayors, which represents more than 1,000 U.S. mayors, also unanimously passed a resolution at the 85th Annual Meeting urging all mayors to actively pursue the 10-minute walk to a park goal.

“Every Hoboken resident now lives within a 5-minute walk of a park, in part because of the new open space at 1600 Park, under the 14th Street Viaduct, at the Northwest pop-up park, and the Southwest Park, with yet another park under construction at 7th and Jackson,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Last month, we opened the first-of-its-kind resiliency park in the state. The Southwest Park will provide open space while helping to reduce flooding, serving as a model for New Jersey and beyond. This is just one example of how parks can address the challenges cities face, and I’m proud to join with these mayors from across the country promoting park access for all Americans.”

Studies show that high-quality parks provide a wide range of benefits to urban residents and cities themselves. These include physical and mental health benefits, by providing opportunities to be physically active and to interact with nature; economic benefits by boosting business and helping to revitalize neighborhoods; community-building benefits by providing opportunities for neighbors to interact with each other and work together to improve their surroundings; and environmental benefits by cleaning and cooling the air, improving climate resilience, and providing opportunities for environmental education.

Partnering with cities to advance the 10-minute vision

The campaign marks the start of a multi-year partnership with cities and mayors across the country. Beginning in 2018, the campaign—led by The Trust for Public Land in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute—will be working with select cities across the country on measurable policies and strategies to advance the 10-minute walk vision.

Reaching 100 percent served in cities nationwide will require major advances in park finance and construction; zoning changes to encourage park development; embedding this goal into city parks master plans; the expansion of “joint use” agreements that open school playgrounds, tracks, and gyms for public use after hours and on weekends; and other innovations.

Partner organizations on the 10-minute walk campaign

“Everyone deserves to have a park within a 10-minute walk—that is why we are in the midst of mapping park access for every city and town across America through our new platform, ParkServe®,” said Adrian Benepe, senior vice president and director of city park development for The Trust for Public Land. “We have already mapped more than 100,000 parks in close to 7,700 communities across the country, and as our research shows, more than 100 million Americans currently don’t have access to the countless benefits parks provide. These mayors deserve enormous credit for endorsing the 10-minute walk.”

“On issues from climate change to infrastructure development, U.S. mayors have shown that cities can lead. Mayors aren’t waiting on Washington; they are acting boldly and independently. Urban leaders have declared that parks are a priority, and mayors have joined together in this historic campaign to ensure that everyone has access to a high-quality park,” said Barbara Tulipane, president and chief executive officer of the National Recreation and Park Association.

“Thoughtfully designed parks make a positive difference in the quality of life in communities, serving as a respite, a source of civic pride, and a draw for investment activity,” said Patrick L. Phillips, global chief executive officer for the Urban Land Institute. “We are excited to work with these distinguished mayors and other urban leaders to promote the 10-minute walk campaign and help improve park access in their cities as well as urban areas across the country.”

134 mayors/cities endorsing the 10-minute walk standard

The full list can be found at 10minutewalk.org

  • Alameda, CA, Trish Herrera Spencer
  • Alexandria, VA, Allison Silberberg
  • Anaheim, CA, Thomas Tait
  • Andover, MN, Julie Trude
  • Ann Arbor, MI, Christopher Taylor
  • Arcadia, CA, Peter Amundson
  • Arlington, VA, Jay Fisette
  • Atlanta, GA, Kasim Reed
  • Atlantic City, NJ, Don Guardian
  • Aurora, CO, Steve Hogan
  • Austin, TX, Steve Adler
  • Baltimore, MD, Catherine Pugh
  • Baton Rouge, LA, Sharon Weston Broome
  • Bloomfield, NJ, Michael Venezia
  • Bloomington, IN, John Hamilton
  • Boca Raton, FL, Susan Haynie
  • Boise, ID, Dave Bieter
  • Boston, MA, Martin Walsh
  • Bozeman, MT, Carson Taylor
  • Bridgeport, CT, Joseph Ganim
  • Brockton, MA, Bill Carpenter
  • Buena Park, CA, Elizabeth Swift
  • Burlington, VT, Miro Weinberger
  • Carmel, IN, Jim Brainard
  • Central Falls, RI, James Diossa
  • Charlotte, NC, Jennifer Roberts
  • Chattanooga, TN, Andy Berke
  • Chicago, IL, Rahm Emanuel
  • Clarksville, TN, Kim McMillan
  • Clearwater, FL, George Cretekos
  • Cody, WY, Matt Hall
  • Coeur d’ Alene, ID, Steve Widmyer
  • College Station, TX, Karl Mooney
  • Colorado Springs, CO, John Suthers
  • Columbia, SC, Stephen Benjamin
  • Covina, CA, Jorge Marquez
  • Cupertino, CA, Savita Vaidhyanathan
  • Dallas, TX, Mike Rawlings
  • Danville, VA, John Gilstrap
  • Davie, FL, Judy Paul
  • Denver, CO, Michael Hancock
  • Des Moines, WA, Matt Pina
  • Des Moines, IA, Frank Cownie
  • Dolton, IL, Riley Rogers
  • Doral, FL, Juan Carlos Bermudez
  • Dublin, CA, David Haubert
  • Durham, NC, Bill Bell
  • East Hartford, CT, Marcia Leclerc
  • East Point, GA, Jannquell Peters
  • Edmond, OK, Charles Lamb
  • Elgin, IL, Dave Kaptain
  • Elizabeth, NJ, J. Christian Bollwage
  • Encinitas, CA, Catherine Blakespear
  • Eugene, OR, Lucy Vinis
  • Evansville, IN, Lloyd Winnecke
  • Fort Collins, CO, Wade Troxell
  • Fort Myers, FL, Randall Henderson, Jr.
  • Fort Worth, TX, Betsy Price
  • Frederick, MD, Randy McClement
  • Gadsden, AL, Sherman Guyton
  • Gainesville, FL, Lauren Poe
  • Gary, IN, Karen Freeman-Wilson
  • Golden, CO, Marjorie Sloan
  • Grand Praire, TX, Ron Jensen
  • Grand Rapids, MI, Rosalynn Bliss
  • Greensboro, NC, Nancy Vaughan
  • Greenville, MS, Derrick Simmons
  • Hartford, CT, Luke Bronin
  • Hemet, CA, Linda Krupa
  • Hoboken, NJ, Dawn Zimmer
  • Holland, MI, Nancy DeBoer
  • Honolulu, HI, Kirk Caldwell
  • Houston, TX, Sylvester Turner
  • Kansas City, MO, Sly James
  • Kearney, NE, Stanley Clouse
  • Killeen, TX, Jose Segarra
  • Lacey, WA, Andy Ryder
  • Lakeland, FL, R. Howard Wiggs
  • Las Cruces, NM, Ken Miyagishima
  • Las Vegas, NV, Carolyn Goodman
  • Lewisville, TX, Rudy Durham
  • Little Rock, AR, Mark Stodola
  • Los Angeles, CA, Eric Garcetti
  • Lynnwood, WA, Nicola Smith
  • Macon, GA, Robert Reichert
  • Manchester, NH, Ted Gatsas
  • Melrose, MA, Rob Dolan
  • Memphis, TN, Jim Strickland
  • Miami Gardens, FL, Oliver Gilbert
  • Minneapolis, MN, Betsy Hodges
  • Montpelier, VT, John Hollar
  • Mount Vernon, NY, Richard Thomas
  • Murfreesboro, TN, Shane McFarland
  • Myrtle Beach, SC, John Rhodes
  • New Orleans, LA, Mitch Landrieu
  • New York, NY, Bill de Blasio
  • Newark, NJ, Ras Baraka
  • New Haven, CT, Toni Harp
  • New Rochelle, NY, Noam Bramson
  • Niagara Falls, NY, Paul Dyster
  • Oklahoma City, OK, Mick Cornett
  • Orlando, FL, Buddy Dyer
  • Palmdale, CA, Jim Ledford
  • Pembroke Pines, FL, Frank Ortis
  • Philadelphia, PA, Jim Kenney
  • Plano, TX, Harry LaRosiliere
  • Portland, ME, Ethan Strimling
  • Portland, OR, Ted Wheeler
  • Providence, RI, Jorge Elorza
  • Queen Creek, AZ, Gail Barney
  • Reno, NV, Hillary Schieve
  • Richardson,TX, Paul Voelker
  • Richmond, VA, Levar Stoney
  • Riverside, CA, Rusty Bailey
  • Rochester Hills, MI, Bryan Barnett
  • Rochester, NY, Lovely Warren
  • Rockford, IL, Tom McNamara
  • San Francisco, CA, Ed Lee
  • Santa Clara, CA, Lisa Gillmor
  • Santa Fe, NM, Javier Gonzales
  • Stamford, CT, David Martin
  • St. Paul, MN, Chris Coleman
  • Sumter, SC, Joe McElveen
  • Tallahassee, FL, Andrew Gillum
  • Thornton, CO, Heidi Williams
  • Thousand Oaks, CA, Claudia Bill-de la Peña
  • Toledo, OH, Paula Hicks-Hudson
  • Vancouver, WA, Tim Leavitt
  • Virginia Beach, VA, William Sessoms
  • Washington, DC, Muriel Bowser
  • Wenatchee, WA, Frank Kuntz
  • Westminster, CO, Joe Dominick
  • Wichita, KS, Jeff Longwell
  • Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Zach Vruwink

Port Authority Warns of Severe Congestion and Issues Gridlock Alert at Holland Tunnel This Week Due to Lane Closures on Nearby NJ Route 139 After Ramp Fire

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey issued the following press release today:

Motorists strongly urged to use mass transit and consider alternate routes; PATH rail to add extra trains during peak hours on all lines

Drivers who typically commute through the Holland Tunnel are urged to use mass transit –particularly during the morning and evening rush hours — due to fire damage to the nearby Route 139 ramp in Jersey City that is maintained by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

The extensive structural damage to the ramp has resulted in closures to three of five lanes nearly back to the tunnel, with the 60-percent capacity reduction expected to cause significant delays for westbound traffic in Jersey City and Hoboken. Lower Manhattan also can expect backups on local streets accessing the tunnel entrance to New Jersey, particularly if one of the tunnel’s two westbound lanes must be closed if gridlock occurs on the New Jersey side.

Drivers should use mass transit, consider alternate work hours or telecommute if possible since other crossing like the Lincoln Tunnel may face delays due to the diverted traffic.

The Port Authority and NJ DOT have activated their Offices of Emergency Management to continuously monitor the situation and streamline communications with other state and local officials. Agency officials are working on traffic management plans to lessen potential congestion impacts and will coordinate implementation with counterparts at NJ DOT, NJ Transit, New Jersey State Police, Jersey City, Hoboken and Manhattan, New York City officials, as well as New York Waterways ferry service.

PATH rail is poised to add two extra trains hourly during the morning and evening rush hours on each of its three lines: Newark to World Trade Center, Hoboken to World Trade Center and Journal Square to 33rd Street starting Monday morning.

Travelers to Newark Liberty International Airport are encouraged to use NJ Transit rail service from New York Penn Station to access the Newark AirTrain to the airport’s terminals.

Along with urging drivers to use mass transit options and seeking ways to increase rail, bus and ferry capacity, the Port Authority is taking other significant steps to help its state and local partners alleviate the anticipated problems. Ongoing construction work on the Bayonne Bridge, for example, has been suspended to help ease regional traffic.

“The Port Authority is urging travelers to use mass transit and consider alternate work hours and telecommuting to help minimize the anticipated gridlock at the Holland Tunnel until repairs are made to New Jersey’s nearby Route 139 ramp,’’ said Diannae Ehler, the Port Authority’s Director of Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals. “The agency will assist our transportation partners to help minimize congestion around the tunnel, and we have offered engineering help if needed to evaluate and speed repairs on the state’s ramp.”

Agency, state and local officials are conferring on opening a third lane before the Monday morning rush along the Holland Tunnel’s westbound exit lanes if feasible, while also adding additional police officers, closing certain side roads and adjusting traffic light patterns to help move traffic more efficiently.

On average, more than 2,600 vehicles per rush hour and 46,000 vehicles daily travel from Manhattan to New Jersey via the Holland Tunnel.

Port Authority Police are currently staffing intersections to optimize and balance traffic flow on both westbound 14th street and the local north/south roadways. This presence will be maintained through the weekend, with needs reassessed for the start of Monday’s weekday travel patterns.

The Port Authority’s Engineering Department has offered the support of staff and its resources to assess the extent of ramp damage and assist with implementation of a repair strategy.

For the most up-to-date traffic and transit information, please see use the following links:

www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/holland-tunnel

www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/lincoln-tunnel

www.panynj.gov/PATH

www.panynj.gov/bus-terminals/port-authority-bus-terminal

http://nj.gov/transportation/

www.njtransit.com 

NY Waterway has morning and evening rush-hour service between Port Liberty and Liberty Harbor in Jersey City and Manhattan. Both terminals are accessible from the New Jersey Turnpike and have parking.

Ferry terminals at Paulus Hook and Harborside in Jersey City and the Hoboken Rail/Ferry Terminal all are served but the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail.

Visit nywaterway.com for complete information or call 1-800-53-FERRY.

12th Street Closure and Detour Begins Monday, October 2nd for PSE&G Work


Due to ongoing construction related to the PSE&G Madison Street Substation Project, the block of 12th Street between Madison Street and Jefferson Street will be closed to traffic for approximately three weeks beginning on Monday, October 2nd. In order to provide access to properties on Jefferson Street south of 12th Street, the block of 12th Street between Adams Street and Jefferson Street will be temporarily reversed from east-bound to west-bound during the street closure.

Once this portion of the project is complete, the roadway will be reopened and traffic will revert to the normal eastbound direction.

A detour map and additional project information is available at www.pseg.com/hoboken.

Three Ways to Help With the Puerto Rico Relief Effort

The City of Hoboken encourages residents interested in assisting with the Puerto Rico relief effort to consider the guidance issued by FEMA. In particular, cash donations to trusted organizations is the most effective way to support the recovery effort.

The New Jersey For Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund is a new state-wide initiative sponsored and spearheaded by leaders of New Jersey’s half-million-strong Puerto Rican community to rally behind our friends and family on the island who are suffering so terribly in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The partnership with the State of New Jersey, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico, and others, was created to get the people of Puerto Rico the aid they so desperately need as fast as possible. For more information and to donate online, visit http://nj4pr.org.

Those who wish to donate goods are encouraged to do so in coordination with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD).  NVOAD’s website states: “Do not send or bring unsolicited donations.” To offer a donation as an individual or on behalf of a company, please use the form at: https://www.nvoad.org/howtohelp/donate/.

Puerto Rico asks that volunteers not self-deploy, as unexpected arrival in affected communities creates an additional burden for first responders. Volunteer registration for Puerto Rico can be conducted online at: https://prvoad.communityos.org/cms/irma.

The full announcement from FEMA is included below:

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/09/27/three-ways-help-after-hurricane-maria

Three Ways To Help After Hurricane Maria

WASHINGTON – In the wake of a disaster, Americans have always come together with compassion and courage to ask how they can help survivors.  For Hurricane Maria, there are three ways that the public can leverage the expertise and experience of non-profit, faith- and community-based organizations and private sector partners to most effectively and efficiently help provide support for survivors in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and ensure that an individual contribution – whether financial donation or personal volunteerism – is carried out responsibly.

The fastest way to help – cash is best

The most effective means to support recovery of communities affected by Hurricane Maria is to donate money to trusted voluntary-, faith- and community-based charitable organizations. This gives these organizations the ability to purchase what survivors need right now. In addition, when these organizations purchase goods or services locally, they pump money back into the local and regional economy, helping businesses recover faster.

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) list trusted organizations receiving donations, many of which are already coordinating relief and response efforts in the Caribbean.  To make a cash donation directly to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, visit www.unitedforpuertorico.com.  You may also make financial donations to a National VOAD member organization (https://www.nvoad.org/voad-members/) to help voluntary or charitable organizations continue to provide services to Hurricane Maria survivors.

Donating Goods

It is important to remember unsolicited donated goods (e.g., clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs) require voluntary agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.

To responsibly donate goods, the NVOAD website has information on non-profit organizations accepting or registering individual and corporate in-kind donations here (https://www.nvoad.org/howtohelp/donate/).

Volunteering

Anyone seeking an opportunity to get involved in response and recovery operations underway is encouraged to volunteer with local and nationally known organizations. A list of volunteer websites is available at www.nvoad.org.

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands ask that volunteers not self-deploy, as unexpected arrival in affected communities creates an additional burden for first responders. Volunteer registration for Hurricane Maria can be conducted here (https://prvoad.communityos.org/cms/irma) for Puerto Rico and here (https://usvivoad.communityos.org/cms/irma) for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

To register as an affiliated volunteer with a voluntary or charitable organization, visit the National VOAD (https://www.nvoad.org/voad-members/) for a list of partners active in disaster. Alternatively, you may register to volunteer here (https://voad.communityos.org/disaster-volunteer-registration?tab=269) for partner organizations to reach out to you.

Patience is paramount, and the need for volunteers endures. Recovery activities associated with Hurricane Maria will require volunteer engagement for many months and years to come, and the help of many will be required.

Residents Invited to “A Day Without Water” October 12 & Green Infrastructure Volunteer Day October 14

The cities of Hoboken and Jersey City have come together to bring awareness to the value of water and pledge our shared commitment to improving infrastructure and prioritizing ways to sustain our communities for generations to come.

October 12 across the nation is Imagine a Day without Water. Residents are invited to participate in events throughout the day that appreciate the value of water and discuss current initiatives to ensure the resilience and sustainability of our water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure. Events include:

  • Imagine A Day Without Coffee Kick-Off At Choc-O-Pain French Bakery & Cafe
  • Green Infrastructure Tour of Jersey City and Hoboken City Halls and Hoboken Southwest Park
  • Boonton Reservoir Tour
  • Waterfront Cleanup
  • Catch Basin Cleanout Demonstration
  • Imagine a Day Without Beer closeout event at Departed Soles Brewing Company
  • Movie Screening of “A Place Ocean”

Prior registration is required and space is limited. For full event details and to register, please visit www.hobokennj.gov/valuewater. Contact Jennifer Gonzalez at jgonzalez@hobokennj.gov and Jasmine Wade at jwade@jcnj.org with any questions. For more information on Imagine a Day without Water, visit www.imagineadaywithoutwater.org.

October 14 will be a Hoboken Green Infrastructure Volunteer Day. Residents are invited to participate in volunteer events to build and maintain green infrastructure and public spaces. Events include:

  • Rain garden Build at the Hoboken Housing Authority
  • Community Garden Cleanup at the 3rd and Jackson Community Garden
  • Bioswale Planting along 1st Street and Rain Garden Planting at City Hall

Prior registration is required and space is limited. For full event details and to register, please visit www.hobokennj.gov/givolunteer. Contact Kelly Diaz at volunteer1@hobokennj.gov and Sam Rosenthal at volunteer2@hobokennj.gov with any questions.

Mayor Zimmer Seeks to Acquire Union Dry Dock Property for Waterfront Park


Based on discussions and written communications with Union Dry Dock, Mayor Dawn Zimmer has determined that it is important to expeditiously move ahead with the tools necessary to acquire the Union Dry Dock property for open space. The City was recently able to meet with the property owner of Union Dry Dock. Following the meeting, Union Dry Dock sent a letter advising the City that it is not legally able to even discuss a sale of the property to the City of Hoboken at this time.

As a result, the City Council will be asked to authorize the use of eminent domain for the acquisition of Union Dry Dock at next week’s City Council meeting. The authorization simply provides the City with the tools necessary to facilitate negotiations and does not mean that eminent domain will be implemented. However, without this authorization, the City has no ability to even begin negotiations given the position taken by Union Dry Dock.

“In my experience with acquiring Block 12 for the Southwest Park and the 6-acre BASF property in Northwest Hoboken, it is not possible to acquire property without the City Council’s authorization for eminent domain,” said Mayor Zimmer. “Given recent new factors that have come to light, it is important to move forward with this process at this time to expand our City’s waterfront parks.”

The letter from Union Dry Dock can be viewed at: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/Union-Dry-Dock-Maraziti-9-22-17.pdf.

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