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Hoboken Selected to Compete In Sustainable Jersey Solar Challenge

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The City of Hoboken is one of seven municipalities selected for the Sustainable Jersey Solar Challenge program. The Solar Challenge towns are: Galloway Township, Highland Park, City of Hoboken, Hopewell Township, Maplewood Township, Verona Township and Woodbridge Township.

Hoboken will receive a $3,000 grant and technical support to set up a local Solar Challenge which is a custom online solar marketplace for local businesses and homeowners, located at www.hobokensolar.org. The participating municipalities will compete for the title of Solar Challenge Champion and a range of awards including a $10,000 first prize.

Randall Solomon, co-director of Sustainable Jersey said, “Finding a contractor to install a still evolving solar technology, with a confusing array of incentives and financing options, has emerged as a significant barrier to the growth of solar energy. Sustainable Jersey launched this program to overcome obstacles and provide a simple, cost effective way for municipalities to engage homeowners and small businesses in adopting solar.”

“Solar energy could save property owners and tenants thousands of dollars per year,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Modern solar inverter technology can even provide emergency or backup power during power outages, and it is now easier than ever to go solar in Hoboken. We are pleased to partner with EnergySage to offer our residents and businesses an easy-to-use online marketplace where they can compare quotes for cost effective solar technologies from pre-screened installers.”

To get started and request quotes from multiple vendors, visit www.hobokensolar.org.

“Since we installed the solar array on our condo building (151 2nd Street), the association has been able to save thousands of dollars on electric bills, enabling us to maintain a low maintenance fee and even build reserves quicker to pay for other improvements,” said Hoboken resident Jochen Spengler.

The Hoboken Green Team will be promoting the solar challenge throughout Hoboken. Read the rest of this entry »

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 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 9:30am sharp and concluding at 4:00pm. There will be a 1 hour lunch break between modules.

The training schedule for October 2016 is as follows:
10/15/2016 – Disaster preparedness & Fire safety
10/16/2016 – Disaster medical operations 1 & Disaster medical operations 2
10/22/2016 – Light search and rescue operations & CERT organization
10/23/2016 – 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.

Hoboken Announces Tenant Advocate Office Hours

The City of Hoboken is announcing office hours for a tenant advocate for any Hoboken resident seeking advice on housing matters. Andrew Sobel, Esq. will be available during office hours, by appointment, between the hours of 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm every other Thursday on September 29, October 13, October 27, and November 10, 2016.

Any Hoboken resident wishing to attend the office hours must email (mwright@sobelhan.com) or call (973-874-5545) Mr. Sobel’s office in advance and provide a description of the issue to be discussed in order to schedule an appointment.

The location for the open office hours will be the basement conference room in City Hall at 94 Washington Street.

City Council to Hold Special Meeting to Hear Public Comments on Ordinance to Eliminate “500 Foot Rule”

Hoboken City Council President Jennifer Giattino has called for a Special Meeting of the City Council for Monday, September 26, 2016 at 7:00pm in City Council Chambers at 94 Washington Street. The meeting is to discuss an ordinance (Z-434), sponsored by Councilman Doyle and Councilman Russo, to amend the “Alcoholic Beverages” chapter of the City code to remove §68-7, the “five-hundred-foot rule.”

The meeting will allow the Council to hear the community’s perspective as they consider the proposed legislation. A vote on the ordinance will not be taken at the meeting.

Hoboken Police Department to Hold 4th “Coffee With a Cop” Meeting


The Hoboken Police Department invites the community to the fourth “coffee with a cop” meeting on Wednesday, October 5th from 9:00am to 10:30am at La Isla Uptown, located at 25 12th Street at the corner of Maxwell Lane.

Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together – over coffee – to discuss issues, learn more about each other, and strengthen community ties.

In attendance at the meeting will be Chief Ken Ferrante, Captain Tory Pasculli, Lieutenant Scott Hochstadter, Sergeant Steve Kranz, and Detective Ed Lepre, along with Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher.

Residents are invited to discuss any law enforcement or policing issues at the local, regional or national level in an informal setting. The Hoboken Police Department will provide coffee and pastries.

Hoboken Property Owners Invited to Flood Protection & Insurance Savings Workshops

Hoboken residents and property owners are invited and encouraged to attend two upcoming flood protection workshops on September 20th and October 25th:

Hoboken Ready Workshop
September 20th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Wallace School gymnasium (1100 Willow Ave)

Hoboken Resilient Buildings Workshop
October 25th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Wallace School gymnasium (1100 Willow Ave)
Participant registration: www.hobokennj.gov/workshop
Vendor registration: www.hobokennj.gov/vendors

At the Hoboken Ready workshop, attendees will learn how to prepare for emergency situations. The Hoboken Community Emergency Response Team and FEMA Ready will discuss steps that families and businesses can take to be ready in the case of a storm, power outage, or other emergency.

The Hoboken Resilient Buildings workshop will provide information on how property owners can protect buildings from flood damage and lower their flood insurance rates. The workshop will feature an open house with vendors of resilient building products and services. If available, property owners are encouraged to bring a copy of their elevation certificate and/or flood insurance policy to the workshop.

It is now more important than ever to invest in individual flood protection. Flood insurance rates are based upon how compliant or non-compliant a building is with the regulations of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In 2012, the U.S. Congress passed the Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act that requires changes to the NFIP, such as raising rates to reflect true flood risk. These changes may result in significant increases in your flood insurance premium.

The City of Hoboken, along with state and federal partners, is working to implement a comprehensive water management strategy to protect lives, buildings, and property against future flood damage. Along with this city-wide strategy, Hoboken is providing property owners with the tools to improve individual flood protection and reduce flood insurance premiums including the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, adopted in 2013, which provides standards for flood hazard reduction and the Hoboken Resilient Building Design Guidelines, adopted in 2015, which provide guidance on design, permitting and construction for flood risk reduction (www.hobokennj.gov/docs/communitydev/Resilient-Buildings-Design-Guidelines.pdf).

Christie Admin. Moves Forward with $230 Million Project to Protect Hoboken & Parts of Weehawken & Jersey City from Storm Surge

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TRENTON –The Christie Administration has marked another milestone in making the state more resilient against storms such as Superstorm Sandy by recommending the construction of a strategically placed flood-resistance system that will protect Hoboken and parts of Weehawken and Jersey City from storm surge.

The Department of Environmental Protection’s selection of the recommended option, known as Alternative 3, was announced Thursday evening during a public meeting at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken.

“After a very thorough evaluation process that productively engaged local officials and residents, we have determined that this recommended option provides the most cost-effective level of protection from storm surge while preserving waterfront access and views of the river and New York City skyline, goals expressed by the communities,” said David Rosenblatt, DEP’s Assistant Commissioner for Engineering and Construction.

The recommended alternative calls for construction of a flood resistance structure stretching from 19th Street in Weehawken and extending south into Hoboken, slightly inland from the river.
An additional flood-resistance structure will be constructed along the southern end of Hoboken. The DEP is reviewing two alignment options for this structure.

“Rising seas, stronger storms, and skyrocketing flood insurance costs are no longer hypothetical threats for Hoboken, and we have a unique opportunity to address them,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I agree with the consensus reached for Alternative 3 because it protects the vast majority of our city while integrating with our urban fabric and preserving access to our beautiful waterfront. I thank all Hoboken residents who have participated in this process and submitted very valuable feedback to the State and my administration. In the months ahead there will be many opportunities for residents to weigh in on the design and I urge everyone to remain involved.”

“Weehawken Township strongly supports the decision to support Alternative 3 as the most feasible alternative presented,” said Weehawken Mayor Richard F. Turner. “I would like to thank the State of New Jersey, New Jersey DEP, HUD and my fellow mayors for giving us the opportunity to participate in this process to protect our cities.

“I would also like to thank all the residents of Weehawken, Hoboken, Jersey City and all the stakeholders; including all the community members who participated in all of the meetings and discussions throughout the entirety of this process — particularly those from the ‘Weehawken Shades,’” Mayor Turner added. “We look forward to this project being completed expeditiously.”

The border between Hoboken and Weehawken and the southern end of Hoboken, adjacent to Jersey City are low-lying areas that during Superstorm Sandy acted as funnels for flooding. Storm surge rushed through these two areas and joined forces to cause flooding from the inland side of Hoboken, effectively creating a temporary island on the Hudson River.
The flood-resistance structure will provide flood protection for communities and for critical infrastructure, including the North Hudson Sewerage Authority. Alternative 3 will be designed to blend in seamlessly with the urban streetscape and enhance the quality of life in the area. The system will utilize natural higher ground to maximize protection.

The DEP expects to formalize the recommendation as part of a Record of Decision that will be filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the spring. As part of its national Rebuild by Design competition, HUD in 2013 approved $230 million in Community Development Block Grant funding to design and construct a project to protect the Hudson River communities.

HUD created the Rebuild by Design competition as a way to promote projects that improve the resilience of urban coastal areas while providing infrastructure that improves quality of life.

Formal project design, integrating results of ongoing environmental impact studies that are being conducted by DEP, is expected to begin in spring 2017. Construction is expected to begin in 2019 and take about three years to complete.

The DEP has taken a multi-faceted approach to making New Jersey more resilient to severe storms since Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The DEP is working to ensure all the state’s ocean beaches are built to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ protective standards, and has adopted tougher elevation standards for construction and reconstruction of homes in coastal areas.

The DEP continues to help at-risk homeowners move out of harm’s way through Blue Acres acquisitions, is financing projects to harden critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, and is investigating techniques to restore degraded salt marshes as storm surge buffers.
For more information, including a video of a July 28 public meeting during which three final alternatives were discussed, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/floodresilience/rbd-hudsonriver.htm.

Mayor Zimmer Establishes Molfetta Day in Hoboken to be Celebrated Final Day of Italian Festival

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On Wednesday, September 7, 2016, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, in conjunction with the Societa Madonna Dei Martiri, the Juventus Club of Hoboken, and the Federazione Molfettesi d’America officially established an annual Molfetta Day in Hoboken to be celebrated on the final day of the Annual Festival of Madonna Dei Martiri (Hoboken Italian Festival).
“I am proud to officially declare the last day of the festival as Molfetta Day in Hoboken to recognize the traditions and contributions of the people of Molfetta,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We appreciate all that they have done to make Hoboken the great city that it is today.“
The City of Hoboken has a long history and shared tradition with the Town of Molfetta, Italy. In the late 1800’s and continuing into the 1900’s, as many people emigrated from southern Italy to the United States, the Molfettese people found Hoboken to be similar to Molfetta in many ways. Both were maritime communities with shipping as the largest industry.
Since the turn of the last century, the Madonna Dei Martiri Feast has been celebrated in some form in the City of Hoboken, with the first Statue of the Madonna arriving in the United States on October 4, 1928. The Hoboken Italian Festival is derived from a festival in Italy that is over 600 years old.
This year, the Hoboken Italian Festival takes place at Sinatra Park from Thursday, September 8th until Sunday, September 11th. The highlight of the feast is the daylong procession through the streets of Hoboken, including a reenactment of the “Blessing of the Fleet” in the Hudson River.
The Societa Madonna Dei Martiri was incorporated on October 31, 1927 and was affiliated with St. Ann’s Parish until 1938. In 1950, the Society purchased the property at 332 Adams Street which remains the home of Societa Madonna Dei Martiri to this day.

Hoboken to Host 23rd Annual Fall Arts & Music Festival Featuring Spyro Gyra

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Mayor Dawn Zimmer & The City of Hoboken present the

The 23rd Annual
Hoboken Arts & Music Festival
Sunday, September 25th, 2016, 11am to 6pm
Washington Street between Observer Highway & 7th Street
ADMISSION IS FREE – Rain or shine

3 stages of live music
Featuring performance by:
Spyro Gyra – featuring Hoboken’s own Julio Fernandez

Also performances by: Swingadelic, The Amazing Incredibles, Hudson City Rats, Zydeco Revelators, Mya Hansen, Jeremy Beck & the Uptown Horns, Chrissy Roberts, Emily & the Ideals, Preschool of Rock, Jason Didner & the Jungle Gym Jam, and more.

Over 300 artists, crafters, photographers, food vendors, local business and more. Special kid’s section with rides, games, face painting, sand art, entertainment & much more.

Special features include:

• Fine artists are located between 2nd & 3rd Streets, 5th & 6th Streets, and artists from the Monroe Center for the Arts between First & Newark Streets, so if you are an art collector, these are the locations you will want to explore first. Oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture, mixed media, photography, etc.
• Children’s activities on 3rd Street with rides, games, creative activities, face painting, sand art, balloons, live performances and much, much more.
• Crafters display/sell handmade pottery, metalwork, wood items, furniture, blown & fused glass, quilts, household items made from recycled materials, batik clothing, hand painted furniture, candles, jewelry, dried florals, soaps & lotions and other unique handcrafted items.
• Food: Lots of great food throughout the fair. Hoboken restaurants will set up street cafes offering an eclectic variety of international foods such as Thai, Indian, Greek, French, Mexican, Cajun and Italian.
Thanks to our sponsors for their continued support:
Suez, NJ Lottery, WFUV, The Hudson Reporter and This Is It Stage Productions.

Additional support provided by: Walgreens, Capital One Bank, Inserra Shop Rite of Hoboken, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Anthony Davids and Losurdo Brothers Deli / Tony’s Italian Bakery.

For more information: 201-420-2207 or online at:http://hobokennj.gov/departments/human-services/cultural-affairs/arts-music-festival/ Read the rest of this entry »

Hoboken to Host Annual September 11th Memorial Service


The Hoboken community will come together to share in its annual September 11th Interfaith Memorial Service for the victims, their families, the City of Hoboken, and the entire nation.

The service will take place on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. on the southeast corner of Hoboken’s Pier A Park. All are invited to attend.

Fifty-six Hoboken residents were lost on September 11, 2001.

Status of Hoboken 9/11 Memorial

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Funding (estimated $1.47 million) is now in place for construction of Hoboken’s 9/11 memorial. Consensus has been achieved on a revised design which was necessary due to challenges with the glass panels, which were purchased in 2008 prior to the design of the memorial. A glass manufacturer has successfully demonstrated a method to strengthen the panels to make them structurally suitable for the memorial. This month, the manufacturer successfully fabricated one of the glass panels and mounted it to the steel base as a demonstration and proof of concept for how all the panels for the memorial will be fabricated and mounted. Architectural plans and bid specifications are being finalized, and then the project will be going out to bid for construction.

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