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Rebuild by Design Community Meeting – Thursday, July 28

Alternative Analysis Presentation and Workshop
Burchard Hall – Stevens Institute of Technology (Corner of 6th Street and River Terrace, Hoboken, NJ)
Thursday July 28, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Please join the NJ Department of Environmental Protection next Thursday, July 28th from 6:30pm-8:30pm for a presentation to share the preliminary results of the project alternatives analysis.

**Note: due to demand we have recently updated the meeting location to Stevens Institute of Technology, Burchard Hall, located at the corner of 6th Street and River Terrace, Hoboken

For the latest updates on the Rebuild by Design Hudson River Project please visit: www.rbd-hudsonriver.nj.gov

Mayor Zimmer Wishes Good Luck to Olympic Athlete Dagmara Wozniak

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Today Mayor Dawn Zimmer sent her best wishes and presented a mayoral proclamation to United States Olympian and Hoboken resident Dagmara Wozniak in advance of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.

“On behalf of all Hoboken residents, I extend my best wishes to Dagmara Wozniak as she represents Team USA in the 2016 Olympic Games,” said Mayor Zimmer. “We are proud of her dedication to her team and country and know her tireless work ethic and hours of practice will lead to great results. Good luck to Dagmara and all of the athletes representing Team USA!”

Dagmara will be competing at the Olympic Games in the sabre fencing individual and team competitions. This will be her third Olympic competition, as she participated in the 2012 London Olympics and as an alternate in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Dagmara earned a gold medal in the individual and team competitions at the 2015 Pan American Games, and an individual gold medal in 2011. Since 2007, Dagmara also earned a gold medal and four bronze medals in the team competitions at the World Championships.

Hoboken Police Department Offers Bike Theft Prevention Tips

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During the summer months, there has been an increase in bicycle thefts throughout different areas of Hoboken. The Hoboken Police Department offers the following tips to protect your bike:

• ALWAYS LOCK UNATTENDED BICYCLES. Lightweight cable or chain locks do not provide adequate security in most areas. Use a heavy duty U type lock. Do not protect a $1000 mode of transportation with a $10 lock.
• For the greatest theft deterrence, use two locks such as a U-lock and a locking cable. The longer it takes a thief to get through your bike security, the less likely your bike will be stolen.
• Lock to a fixed, immovable object like a permanent bike rack. Be careful not to lock to items that can be easily cut, broken or removed. Be careful that your bike cannot be lifted over the top of the object to which it is locked.
• Properly secure bicycles in garages or storage units.
• Remove or secure any bicycle components and accessories that can easily be taken.
• Observe individuals loitering near parked bicycles, even if the bikes are locked. Call the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2100 to report suspicious activity and provide a good suspect description.

A thief with the proper tools can steal a bicycle in under a minute. Bicycles have been taken from bike racks and outside residences, while secured to gates. To help combat these thefts, the Hoboken Police Department urges residents to keep bicycles inside their homes whenever possible and not outside the gates or inside their garages unsecured. When a bicycle needs to be locked outdoors, always use a lock and chain of the highest quality and lock the bicycle in a well-lit place with high foot traffic.

Anyone who observes individuals loitering near parked bicycles is asked to call the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2100 to report any suspicious activity and provide a good description of the suspect.

The Hoboken Police Department uses the National Bike Registry to help bicycle owners recover their bicycles in case of theft. Bicycle owners can visit the Police Department to complete a bicycle registration forms which will be kept on file. Bicycle owners should bring their bicycle serial number(s), descriptive information (frame size, color, make, etc.) and purchase receipt (if available) to complete the registration.

Hoboken Police & Stevens Police to Host Annual Night Out Against Crime in Church Square Park

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On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, The Hoboken Police Department and Stevens Police Department will be hosting “National Night Out in Hoboken”. National Night Out, also known as “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, is an annual, nationwide event that allows the community workers to give back to their community. The annual event will take place in Hoboken’s centrally located Church Square Park, where a large slate of family and youth-oriented activities is scheduled to take place from 5pm until 9pm. Elsa from “Frozen” and Cinderella will be making a visit to take pictures with everyone in attendance. We will have bounce houses, free food and giveaways throughout the night. Our giveaways include baseball tickets, a Burberry handbag, gift cards and autographed sports memorabilia. We will be conducting free child car seat inspections from inside the parking lot of the A J Demarest School (158 4th Street).

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

In addition to the participation of various police agencies, several local businesses will be out in full support of this night out against crime. Additionally, there will also be bounce houses and water slides and other entertainment for children. People of all ages are encouraged to attend.

The National Night Out event is celebrated by over 37 million participants and over 16,000 communities across the United States.

For further information or to set up a table or make a donation for the event please contact Officer Daniel Simone at simoneda@hobokenpd.org or visit our website, www.Hobokenpd.com.

The HPD and SPD hope you can come out and help us fight against crime!

SUEZ Repairing Water Main on Bloomfield Street

SUEZ Water issued the following notice this morning:

SUEZ emergency personnel are onsite this morning in Hoboken, making repairs to a water main break on Bloomfield Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets. Excavation down to the water main has begun and crews are working onsite, prepping for the actual repair to take place. Approximately 40 multi-family buildings are affected and have been notified. SUEZ has bottled water available at the site for the families affected. We appreciate your patience as we work as quickly and safely as possible to complete these critical repairs this early Sunday morning.

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for July

The Hoboken Public Library newsletter for July is now available.

Rebuild by Design Flood Modeling Public Presentation

The Department of Environmental Protection will be holding a public presentation on Tuesday, July 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Stevens Institute of Technology (Babbio Center, corner of 6th Street and River Street).  The presentation will include a flood modeling demonstration that depicts how storm surge waters interact with the three proposed flood protection measures.  All members of the public are invited to join.

To subscribe to receive email updates from the State DEP about the project, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/floodhazard/rbd-hudsonriver.htm

Additional information for the $230 million awarded through the Rebuild by Design competition can be found here: http://www.nj.gov/dep/floodhazard/rbd-hudsonriver.htm

HOBOKEN TO OPEN COOLING CENTERS

The City of Hoboken Office of Emergency Management will open cooling centers at the Multi Service Center (124 Grand Street), and the Hoboken Public Library (500 Park Avenue) due to the forecast for high temperatures this week. The cooling centers will be open to the public today, July 6 and Thursday, July 7 from 10 am until 6 pm.

Residents are urged to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly and those with disabilities.

The New Jersey Department of Health and OEM offer the following heat related emergency safety tips:

  • Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible
  • If you do go outside stay in the shade
  • If your home is not air conditioned, spend at least two hours daily at an air conditioned mall, library or other public place
  • Wear sunscreen outside, along with loose fitting light colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible
  • Drink water regularly even if you are not thirsty. Limit alcohol, and sugary drinks which speeds dehydration
  • Never leave children or pets alone in the car
  • Avoid exertion during the hottest part of the day
  • Take a cool shower or bath
  • Be a good neighbor, check on elderly and people with disabilities in your community who may need assistance keeping cool

Mayor Zimmer & Hoboken Officials Break Ground on Southwest Park

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Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined other Hoboken officials, dignitaries, and members of the public for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Southwest Park – a one acre park in southwest Hoboken designed to hold 200,000 gallons of stormwater runoff that will also serve as a model for green infrastructure resiliency parks in New Jersey. The property is currently a surface parking lot and is the first phase for a larger Southwest Park.

“The Southwest Park project will transform a parking lot into a green oasis for this thriving neighborhood and will be a model for building resiliency parks that help mitigate flooding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This park has been a goal of mine since 10 years ago when I was a stay-at-home mom advocating with my neighbors, and it is the reason why I got involved in government. I am thankful to all of the community advocates, the City Council, Hudson County, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust for their strong support of this project.”

The park will feature passive recreational space, 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. It will also include 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.

“For over ten years, it’s been a labor of love to fight for the breaking ground on this park,” said Councilman At-Large David Mello. “Countless friends and neighbors have worked together to make this cutting edge open space a reality for our growing and ever evolving southwest neighborhood. I’m so happy for the whole community that this project is finally breaking ground, and was honored to have helped bring it to fruition.”

Park renderings, project updates, and additional information is available at www.hobokennj.gov/swpark.

“Hoboken’s Southwest Park plan is an outstanding example of an innovative, multi-benefit project,” said Jane Kenny, co-chair of Jersey Water Works, a cross-sector collaborative focused on transforming New Jersey’s aging and inadequate water infrastructure. “This park will not only help solve the problem of chronic flooding in the area, but will reduce sewage discharge into the Hudson River and transform a paved parking lot into a vital and healthy recreational green space serving one of the most densely populated communities in the country. All of us at Jersey Water Works applaud today’s groundbreaking, and are delighted to see this plan become a reality.”

Funding to purchase the property was provided from a $3 million Hudson County Open Space grant. Financing to construct the park is provided through a low-interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust.

Park Ave Bridge Rehabilitation Will Impact Traffic in North Hoboken During Summer

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Hudson County will begin the rehabilitation of the Park Avenue bridge between Hoboken and Weehawken on July 5th. An announcement from the County regarding the project, including traffic impacts, is included below.

The County has decided that during construction the Park Avenue Bridge will be configured as a one-way southbound road. As a result, the Willow Avenue Bridge will be the only northbound route out of Hoboken. Drivers should plan for significant traffic delays, consider alternate routes, adjust work hours or telecommute if possible, use public transportation, and provide extra travel time.  It is likely that this configuration will result in increased congestion when exiting Hoboken towards Weehawken, especially during the morning rush hour.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer has asked the County to consider changing the direction of the Park Avenue Bridge to northbound during at least the morning rush hour, however Hudson County did not agree to this change at the present time.  At her request, the County has agreed to a meeting next week to evaluate the traffic impact during the first few weeks of construction to determine if these changes can be considered in order to facilitate the efficient northbound flow of traffic.

Public input will be important to the traffic evaluation conducted by the County so Hoboken residents affected by the detour plan should provide their feedback to County Executive DeGise, Freeholder Romano, Mayor Zimmer, and 2nd Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher.

County Executive DeGise: www.hudsoncountynj.org/online-directory/

Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano: aromano@hcnj.us

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s Chief of Staff: vchaudhuri@hobokennj.gov

Hoboken Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: hoboken2nd@gmail.com

Announcement from Hudson County:

Park Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Begins July 5th; Southbound Traffic Only Thru Sept. 13th

The Hudson County Roads Department will begin the rehabilitation of the Park Avenue Bridge connecting Hoboken and Weehawken near the entryway to the Lincoln Tunnel, on Tuesday, July 5th.

The bridge, which spans over Harbor Boulevard from 16th Street to 19th Street to connect Park Avenue in Hoboken to John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Weehawken, will undergo a complete concrete deck rehabilitation, replacement of its plug joints to its armored joints, curb improvements, painting work, and roadway striping.

The anticipated completion date of the project is September 13th, 2016. Throughout the rehabilitation, one side of the bridge will remain open allowing one lane of traffic to operate in one direction, while the other side of the bridge is under construction. Traffic will only be allowed southbound however on either side of the bridge.

The first stage of construction will close the east side of the bridge from July 5th through August 8th. The second stage will close the west side of the bridge from August 9th through September 13th.

A traffic detour plan will move cars diverted from the Bridge’s under-construction lane through local streets. Traffic control and traffic direction will be provided by the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department, and the Hoboken and Weehawken Police Departments, following specifications agreed to by County and municipal engineering officials and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT).

Street closures will be controlled by order of the municipalities. Hoboken has ordered the following closures to direct traffic to Willow Avenue and away from Park Avenue:

– Park Ave at 13th north bound closed (rush hours only, 6am-10am & 4pm-7pm)
– Park Ave at 14th north bound closed
– Park Ave at 15th north bound closed
– Clinton Street between 15th and 16th street closed (rush hours only 6am-10am & 4pm-7pm)
– 16th Street from Grand Street to Willow Ave closed (only during rush hours 6am-10am & 4pm-7pm)

All construction work will be conducted in daytime, six days per week, from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

The contractor for the project is Sparwick Contracting, Inc., of Lafayette, NJ. The project cost is $1,062,067.00, funded by NJDOT.

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