Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mayor Zimmer's Two New Appointments Shenkler and Tooke

The latest from Hoboken City Hall....

MAYOR ZIMMER APPOINTS PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR AND ACTING ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES DIRECTOR

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced today that she is appointing Jon L. Tooke as Director of Public Safety and Leslie Shenkler as acting Director of Environmental Services.

“So many people deserve recognition for the response to Hurricane Irene, but I want to thank Jon Tooke, who I am appointing Director of Public Safety,” said Mayor Zimmer. “Jon wasn’t scheduled to begin for a few weeks, but he answered the call to help when we needed it most. He caught a flight back from Washington so he could start working on Saturday just as Irene was about to hit, and I think he has done an excellent job so far at keeping our community safe. It is extremely important that we effectively integrate emergency services between Police, Fire, EMS and OEM in a way that maximizes efficiency and public safety, and Jon has the background and experience to make that happen.”

“Jon is a true professional who will bring to Hoboken nearly 30 years experience in the Jersey Police Department, which he helped modernize through professional development and the implementation of technologies like COMPSTAT,” added Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “As Patrol Bureau Commander, he ran the largest bureau in the JCPD and was responsible for staffing and deploying more than 600 employees with a focus on professionalism, service to the community and efficiency. He has more than 20 years experience as a law enforcement instructor, including an FBI-run training program for police leadership and management.”

Mr. Tooke has a Masters in Criminal Justice from New Jersey City University, and his professional development includes the West Point Command and Leadership School, FBI National Academy, DEA Drug Unit Commander Academy and FBI Leadership Fellows Program. He served in the Jersey City Police Department from 1979 to 2008 as City Captain, West District Commander and Patrol Bureau Commander, among other roles. He has since served as an FBI-LEEDA National Training Coordinator.

“I am also announcing that I am appointing Leslie Shenkler as acting Director of Environmental Services,” said Mayor Zimmer. “I thank him for joining our team and leading the cleanup effort after this storm.”

Mr. Shenkler, a veteran who served in the US Army Corps of Engineer, has 10 years of experience serving as Borough Administrator for the Boroughs of Rutherford and Allendale and previously served as Director of the General Services Division for Bergen County for 10 years. He is a registered architect, professional planner, and IMFA Certified Facility Manager.

The confirmation of the appointment of Director Tooke will be on the agenda at the next City Council meeting.


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Friday, August 26, 2011

The Boken Online is Now Your #1 Source for Hurricane Irene in Hoboken


During the upcoming storm, Hurricane Irene. The Hoboken Journal will not be updating this website. Please go to http://www.thebokenonline.com/ for all updates on Hurricane Irene and its impact on Hoboken. If you have any information that you thnk might be useful for Hoboken residents please email TheBoken at theboken@gmail.com. Stay safe.


This is a recent map of of Irene of Sunday August 28 at 5pm that has Hoboken at hurricane level rains. This map is just a forecast and is courtesy of the NOAA of The National Weather Service.....



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Thursday, August 25, 2011

City of Hoboken Settles Municipal Garage Lawsuit

MUNICIPAL GARAGE LAWSUIT SETTLED

The City of Hoboken and SHG announced today that they had reached an agreement to settle pending litigation arising out of the termination of the purchase and sale agreement relating to Hoboken’s Municipal Garage. The settlement provides for return to SHG of their $2,550,000 deposit, which has been held in escrow since the original agreement was entered into on June, 2008. Each party will bear its own legal fees and costs incurred in connection with the transaction and ensuing litigation. In addition, as part of the settlement, SHG would waive its claim for a return of its $200,000 redevelopment fee.

“This Agreement will allow the City of Hoboken to move forward with its long term plan to relocate the Municipal Garage to a non-residential area,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Both Hoboken and SHG hold each other in high regard and may work together on future projects, including the Municipal Garage.

My Comment: So much for the hyperbole of Mason political operative and alleged ghost writing minion of Hoboken 411 Lane Bajardi, who repeatedly and belabored the point that Zimmer was costing the City $25 million dollars. The only cost incurred was the legal fees that the city had to spend and SHG appropriately got their deposit back. While the Mayor's handling of the garage issue was far from perfect we now have a garage until a better site can be located. Not one member of the "loyal opposition" came up with a workable alternative to the current site. Not one. The City may hold SHG in high regard but I sure won't until they can demonstrate they can enter into an agreement with the city that doesn't land up in court.



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City of Hoboken Advisory: Residents Urged to Prepare for Hurricane Irene


City of Hoboken Advisory: Residents Urged to Prepare for Hurricane Irene

As Hurricane Irene approaches, residents are strongly urged to take precautions and consider leaving Hoboken. Governor Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency for the State of New Jersey and is urging residents to leave shore areas.


Flooding Information

According to the SLOSH (Sea, Lake and Overland Surges from Hurricanes) model for Hoboken Hoboken (see map here: http://www.hobokennj.org/content/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/hobokenslosh.jpg), the potential storm surge in the case of a direct hit from a Category 1 hurricane could result in flooding for most areas west of Garden Street (red areas in the graphic). Only areas near Washington Street and the Stevens campus are outside of the storm surge region for a Category 2 hurricane (orange areas). For this reason, even residents who live in areas that do not typically flood are strongly urged to prepare for flooding and consider leaving Hoboken.

Parking Information

The Hoboken Parking Utility typically offers free parking to residents in flood prone areas during severe rain/snow events when and if a storm is imminent. For weather due to Hurricane Irene, we expect to make such an announcement late Friday or Saturday based on the storm’s location; however, residents who wish to park in a municipal garage earlier may do so immediately with the “Vacation Spot” program at a reduced rate of $5/day. Come to the Hoboken Parking Utility office at City Hall and provide the same documentation as required for a Resident parking permit; namely, a New Jersey driver’s license and vehicle registration both with your name and Hoboken address. You will receive a “Visitor parking permit” that indicates validity in “Garage B” (located on 2nd Street between Hudson and River streets) only and the dates the permit is valid. If you do not have the standard documentation listed above, please see the requirements for a “Temporary parking permit” detailed here: http://www.hobokennj.org/departments/transportation-parking/permits/

Updates

Residents are advised to monitor news and weather reports and check the City website, http://www.hobokennj.org for updates. Residents may sign up for email or text updates and alerts from the City of Hoboken by visiting: http://local.nixle.com/city-of-hoboken/

Emergency Contact Information
  • Police: 201-420-2100
  • Fire: 201-420-2005/2007
  • Emergency Operations Center information line: 201-239-6643/6644
Please contact the Emergency Operations Center as soon as possible if you or a loved one may require special assistance in the case of an evacuation due to health circumstances such as being non-ambulatory, bed-ridden, critically ill, suffering from Alzheimer’s or a similar condition, have impaired eyesight or hearing, or are reliant on a respirator, dialysis machine, or other electrical medical device.

Emergency Supply Kit

It is imperative that residents prepare now in case of an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. FEMA recommends the following items to include in a basic emergency supply kit:
  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger


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City Council Recap: Bike Hoboken Batman, and Robin get Bike Lanes for Hoboken!

Hoboken Batman and Robin before the City Council meeting

Members of Bike Hoboken at City Council meeting

Last night the Hoboken City Council unanimously passed an Ordinance to put more bike lanes in Hoboken. This initiative was supported by Bike Hoboken who had a turnout of about  20 people donning bike helmets as well as superhero support from Batman and Robin.

Here is the announcement from the City of Hoboken as this was an initiative that was supported by the current Administration.

HOBOKEN EMBRACES EXPANDED BIKE LANE NETWORK


Nearly 80% of streets will have bike lane designation


On Wednesday, August 24, the Hoboken City Council unanimously approved the establishment of an additional 10 miles of bike lanes.

"I thank the City Council for their unanimous support, Bike Hoboken for their tireless advocacy, and all the members of the public who turned out to support expanding our bike lane network," said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. "As we establish bike lanes on nearly 80 percent of our streets, we are taking a big leap towards making Hoboken truly bike friendly. By slowing down traffic, bike lanes make streets safer for everyone including drivers and pedestrians, and this lays an even stronger foundation for our ongoing pedestrian safety efforts."


Hoboken currently has a total of 4.5 miles of bike lanes, including 0.34 miles of a Class I lane, 2.1 miles of Class II lanes and 2.1 miles of Class III lanes. Class I lanes are protected bike lanes such as the one on the southern end of Sinatra Drive. Class II lanes are striped bike lanes such as those that currently exist on Grand and Madison Streets. Class III bike lanes are also known as "sharrows," or shared lane markings which are used on streets that are too narrow to accommodate striped bike lanes, such as numbered cross streets.


The ordinance establishes Class II bike lanes on an additional 10 miles of streets including segments of Hudson Street, Garden Street, Park Avenue, Willow Avenue, Clinton Street, Adams Street, Jefferson Street, Monroe Street, Jackson Street, Harrison Street, Newark Street, 2nd Street, and 11th Street.

The City will also be painting an additional 9.7 miles of sharrows on narrower streets that cannot accommodate a striped bike lane. In addition, the City intends to create a two-way protected (Class I) 0.43 mile bike lane along Observer Highway as part of a complete street redesign scheduled for next year.
In total, this will result in almost 25 miles of streets with bike lane designations, or nearly 80% of the 32 street miles in Hoboken.

Brian Wagner speaking at City Council meeting last night
Batman and Robin Celebrate justice and a victory for Hoboken Cyclists!



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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hoboken Urges Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Irene and Consider Leaving Town if Possible

From the City of Hoboken in case of the worse case scenario with Hurricane Irene.......

HOBOKEN URGES RESIDENTS TO PREPARE FOR HURRICANE IRENE, CONSIDER LEAVING TOWN IF POSSIBLE

The City of Hoboken is making preparations for the potential impacts of Hurricane Irene, which is currently forecast to reach the Northeast as a Category 2 hurricane between late Saturday and Monday. Residents are strongly urged to be prepared.



“If we are hit by a hurricane – even a Category 1 – the flooding can be very widespread and severe,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Even areas of Hoboken that don’t normally flood could be under many feet of water, so residents need to prepare now and be ready to move their vehicles to higher ground or out of town if necessary. We will continue to monitor the situation as the storm progresses, and if conditions warrant it, will call for an evacuation, but at this time we are asking residents with family or friends in the area or the ability to stay elsewhere to consider leaving town early for the weekend. This is a threat that residents must take seriously.”

Emergency evacuation shelters at the Wallace School and Hoboken High School are stocked with water and cots. Generators are in place for running emergency operations if needed. North Hudson Sewerage Authority is inspecting pumps and clearing catch basins. Evacuation plans have been reviewed and are in place if necessary.

Residents are advised to monitor conditions and be prepared for the possibility of severe flooding, high winds, and loss of electricity. Residents should seriously consider moving their vehicles outside of Hoboken and should be prepared to evacuate if an evacuation order is issued. At this time, the City is asking residents with the ability to stay at another location outside of Hoboken to consider doing so.

A hurricane or tropical storm will result in very severe and widespread flooding in Hoboken, including in areas that do not typically flood during heavy rains. Vehicles parked on streets or garages may be inaccessible for several hours or days until flooding recedes. Residents are urged to park their vehicles on higher ground or in upper levels of garages, however in the case of a tropical storm or hurricane, the safest option to avoid flood damage to vehicles is to park outside of Hoboken. Residents who are able to stay with friends or relatives are urged to consider leaving town early for the weekend.
  • Due to the possibility for high winds, residents should bring in unsecured objects from patios and balconies and secure outdoor objects such as lawn furniture or garbage cans that could blow away and cause damage or injury.
  • Residents are suggested to maintain 72 hours of non-perishable food and water in their homes and any necessary medication in the event of an emergency.
  • Senior citizens and others with special needs (such as the need for electrical medical equipment) who many need assistance with evacuation are asked to notify the Emergency Operations Center as soon as possible by calling 201-239-6643/6644. The EOC will be open 24 hours a day as of 9am on Thursday, August 25th. For emergencies, residents should call 911 or the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2100 and Hoboken Fire Department at 201-420-2005/2007.
  • Residents may sign up for email or text updates and alerts from the City of Hoboken by visiting: http://local.nixle.com/city-of-hoboken/
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency has additional information on preparing for hurricanes: http://www.ready.gov/america/beinformed/hurricanes.html

Link: http://www.hobokennj.org/news/hoboken-urges-residents-to-prepare-for-hurricane-irene-consider-leaving-town-if-possible/
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Hoboken City Council Meeting Tonight at 7PM


The Agenda for tonight's City Council meeting at 7 PM is jam packed with ordinances for final reading and vote as well as resolutions to award money to various charities, the bankruptcy attorney for the HUMC, The Green Team, a traffic light and other normal business.

The ordinances for second reading include establishing bike lanes throughout the City of Hoboken. It is rumored that Hoboken's Batman and Robin will show up to support this ordinance as well as members of Bike Hoboken. Will pedicabs be next on the agenda? If so Terry Castellano will not be able to contain her rage.

Agenda: http://www.hobokennj.org/docs/council/agenda11/updated-ccm-08-24-11.pdf
Resolutions: http://www.hobokennj.org/docs/council/respack11/updated-respac-08-24-11.pdf



Here is the list of ordinances that could be passed tonight and codified into municipal law:

Second Reading/Public Hearing And Final Vote...

  • An Ordinance To Amend And Supplement Article XXXIIIOf Chapter 190 Of The Administrative Code Of The City Of Hoboken Entitled “Vehicles And Traffic” – Bicycle Lanes (Z-125) (Sponsored By Councilman Mello, Seconded By Councilman Cunningham)
  • An Ordinance To Establish Parking Fees At Municipal Garages (Z-113) (Sponsored By Councilman Russo And Seconded By Councilwoman Castellano)
  • An Ordinance Establishing Chapter 20d Of The Administrative Code Of The City Of Hoboken Entitled “Political Contribution Limits” (A) (Z-114) (Sponsored By Councilman Cunningham And Seconded By Councilman Bhalla)
  • An Ordinance Establishing Chapter 20d Of The Administrative Code Of The City Of Hoboken Entitled “Political Contribution Limits” (B) (Z-115) (Sponsored By Councilman Cunningham And Seconded By Councilman Bhalla)
  • An Ordinance To Amend The Table Of Organization For Police And Fire Under Chapter 59a Entitled “Department Of Public Safety” (Z-121) (Sponsored By Councilman Bhalla And Seconded By Councilman Cunningham)
  • An Ordinance To Amend Article VIIOf Chapter 6 Of The Administrative Code Of The City Of Hoboken, Entitled “Residency Requirements” (Z-123) (Sponsored By Councilman Cunningham, Seconded By Councilman Mello)
  • An Ordinance To Amend Section 39-8.1 Entitled “Fees” Within Chapter 39 Entitled “Department Of Human Services” (Z-124) (Sponsored By Councilman Cunningham, Seconded By Councilwoman Giattino) · An Ordinance To Amend And Supplement Chapter 192 Of The Code Of The City Of Hoboken Entitled (Parking For Handicapped) Re: 1231 Park Ave., 406 Adams St., 213 Adams St., 112 Washington St., 624 Park Ave., 1000 Hudson St. (Z-126) (Sponsored By Councilman Mello, Seconded By Councilman Cunningham)

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Stevens Solar Decathalon Banquet Recap 8/23 in Hoboken


Last night, on the waterfront in the parking lot on the Stevens Institute campus, a celebration was held to commemorate a partnership of the followings schools, Parson's School of Design, Stevens Institute, and the Milano School of International Relations in their partnership for the 2011 Solar Decathlon in Washington DC. The banquet consisted of several speakers from the Institutions as well as the Mayor of Hoboken Dawn Zimmer, a nice spread of food and a tour of the super energy efficient house that this team is entering into this years competition down in Washington DC coming very soon.

I spoke with Peter Russell who is a Stevens Institute and lead faculty on the project. He touched on many aspect of this project such as sustainability, affordability and community input and cost considerations. In addition to being a model or prototype for the future's energy efficent homes, there is a very touching human side to this story as well. Through Habitat for Humanity, a working single mom with three young children will get this home in the DC area.

This home will be dismantled and put onto three seperate trucks and hauled down to Washington DC for the 10th annual Solar Decathlon. The team will have only 7 days to assemle the home and finalize the interior and exterior. There will be a workshop this Thursday at 6:30 on the waterfront to showcase the home before it is shipped off. To attend you must RSVP at the following web address: www.stevens.edu/solarworkshop.

For more information about the 2011 Solar Decathlon go this link: 2011 Solar Decathlon

Below are some photos and videos of the speakers at last night's party....

 

Various speakers on the Solar Decathlon Celebration 8-23-2011:

Mayor Dawn Zimmer on the Solar Decathlon Celebration 8-23-2011:
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Mayor Zimmer Provides Updates On Various Issues

In a memo to the City Council, Mayor Dawn Zimmer provides an update on various issues. The full text of the memo is included below...

August 23, 2011

Dear City Council Members:

I am writing to provide an update and additional information on a variety of issues.


Parks and Pedestrian Safety
My Administration has been trying to meet the Council’s deadline for 1600 Park set by a 9-0 vote on May 4th. In order to meet this deadline, everything had to go perfectly. I made the decision that for public safety reasons and in order to ensure that we have the best possible park design for the long term, we will delay the opening of the park rather than meet this artificial deadline.


Originally, my Administration had proposed a series of short-term pedestrian safety measures including a striped crosswalk, other traffic calming measures, and police presence at 16th and Park while a traffic signal was installed. The County was not comfortable that these measures were sufficient, and we have agreed that the signal should be installed before opening the park. Although we coordinated with the County in the first months of 2010 for a signal at this location; unfortunately, the programming for such work prevents the installation of a traffic and pedestrian signal at 16th and Park until next year. I am asking for your help to expedite the process for installation of this signal.


The City’s Transportation and Parking Department collected traffic data for that area to assess the best pedestrian safety measures to be installed for 1600 Park. Per our analysis, more than 95% of the cars in this area along Park Avenue speed (posted speed limit of 25 mph). The speed data for this traffic study is as follows:


Park Avenue Viaduct Speed Data
  •  Average Speed: 34 mph
  •  85th Percentile Speed: 39 mph
  •  Percentage traveling over 25 mph 95.6%
  •  Percentage traveling over 30 mph 78.0%
  •  Percentage traveling over 35 mph 37.4%
  •  Percentage traveling over 40 mph 8.4%
At the speeds this traffic is traveling, the chance of a pedestrian accident resulting in a fatality is significantly higher than it would be at or below the posted speed limit.
Although the need to install the signal will delay the opening of the field, I still want to expedite this process so the field can be opened for use in the late spring/summer of 2012. Unfortunately, the County’s signalization funding program would not allow us to have the signal constructed until late in 2012. My Administration has been working with the County to finalize an inter-local agreement that allows for the County’s funding intended for this signal to be used in kind for roadway improvements next year along Observer Highway that would otherwise be borne by the city. In exchange, the City would bond immediately for the traffic signal at the 16th & Park location. We expect the agreement to be finalized and on the next agenda, but in order to move forward with the funding of the signal, a bond ordinance for that signal is on for introduction at this week’s Council meeting.


Because I have decided to delay opening up the park until 2012, this has given us the opportunity to contemporaneously revise the height of the field. As a result of concerns raised by some residents of the elevation of the field, my staff, the design professionals and I met with a representative of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). At that meeting the DEP expressed new flexibility in environmental remediation measures, and we believe that we can lower the height of the retaining wall and field significantly while still maintaining the necessary environmental remediation controls. Although the field will still be elevated somewhat, these revisions to the design will allow us to make the field more visually connected to our waterfront.


Previously we were moving forward with the field being built with the approved environmental controls previously allowed and approved by the DEP. In order to get the field completed by this fall, the City would have had to utilize those existing remediation measures that were already completed. To move forward and re-design the field, we will need to utilize the expertise of a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP), as the DEP no longer does direct oversight of environmental remediation. This has created the flexibility and timeliness in remediation measures that were previously not available to us.


We will be moving forward with redesigning the artificial turf field as is acceptable to the DEP standards and will make sure to work with the stakeholders on the various conceptual designs for their feedback before we go out to bid. In order to redesign and rebid, however, we have to rescind the contract with Applied Landscape Technologies. This firm was the lowest bidder and the bid was awarded to them at the July 1st City Council meeting. Subsequently we learned from the DEP about the flexibility in environmental controls possible for the site. Unfortunately, the change in design will change the scope of work significantly, necessitating the need to reject all bids and rebid the project upon completion of the new design drawings. This item is on this week’s agenda to rescind the bid.


We will also need to revise the contract with Remington & Vernick to address the redesign and the use of the LSRP for oversight of the environmental work. We are awaiting their proposal for this additional work change order and expect to have that on the agenda for a revision to the contract at the September 7th Council meeting.


Helping Community Organizations

The agenda contains a resolution to approve approximately $48,000 in funding for the YMCA. This funding would come from our affordable housing fund which has a balance of $72,663.19 and which is not designated for any other use. These funds may only be used for affordable housing projects such as this one. The YMCA is seeking this bridge funding in order to close on the financing for the project which will create 96 single-room occupancy units of low and moderate income housing. Please review the attached memo from our redevelopment counsel for additional information.

A resolution would also approve an application to COAH to request that the balance of our affordable housing funds be reallocated towards supporting the Hoboken Shelter. The shelter plays a critical role in our community, providing hundreds of meals every day, shelter for dozens every night, and valuable counseling and job training. Due to the economy, more families than ever are turning to them for help.

We are also entering into a shared service agreement with Hoboken Charter and Elysian Charter to allow them to use the gym in the Multi-Service Center, and we are providing funding for the Jubilee Center, United Cerebral Palsy, HOPES, Nuestros Ninos, Miles Square Funding, Day Care 100, Hoboken Family Planning, and the Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County.

Green Initiatives

Green Team

As part of our effort to attain Sustainable Jersey certification for Hoboken, we are required to establish a Green Team. I will be appointing members of the public as well as my Administration to the team, which will be tasked with leading and coordinating sustainability initiatives in our community. I welcome recommendations from the Council and the community. Residents interested in being considered for the Green Team should email Daniel Bryan (dbryan@hobokennj.org) with a resume and expression of interest.

Bike Lanes

An ordinance up for second reading would establish 10 miles of new striped bicycle lanes throughout Hoboken. The designated streets are all wide enough to accommodate a bike lane without eliminating any parking or travel lanes. Bike lanes have been demonstrated to be an effective, low-cost traffic calming measure. Hoboken streets with bike lanes have speeds approximately 4mph lower than similar streets without bike lanes. Hoboken is a flat, compact City that is ideal for bicycling. I urge you to support this effort to make our City greener, safer, and healthier.

City Charter

Recently, while doing research as part of the codification process to bring our code up to date, Business Administrator Liston discovered there was no charter in our code book. The City Clerk office was asked to research the issue as well, but also could not find the charter. While the City’s charter was established in 1952, it was apparently never codified previously. When our legal counsel drafted the charter, it was based on the Council’s recent passage of legislation moving elections to November. However we have since revised the dates in the charter to reflect the fact that the signatures to hold a referendum on changing the election date were recently approved by the Clerk’s office.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Concert

Last week hundreds of residents came out to enjoy the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra play a free evening open air concert on Pier A. The City sponsored this event from the Cultural Affairs trust fund and helped offset the $50,000 cost with more than $35,000 in donations from sponsors. Based on the unanimously positive response from the community, we hope to make this an annual tradition.

Sincerely,

Mayor Dawn Zimmer ◦
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

City of Hoboken Earthquake Information

From the City of Hoboken regarding the 6.0 Magnitude Earthquake eflt in Hoboken that was centered in Virgina this afternoon....

EARTHQUAKE INFORMATION

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck in Northern Virginia at 1:53pm. Tremors were felt in Hoboken. Residents should be mindful that aftershocks may occur over the next few hours. Residents with concerns or reports of damage can call the Police Department at 201-420-2100.
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Hoboken 411 Reader Rebels

Yesterday, a Hoboken411 reader rebelled against the website's proprietor calling out his hyprocrisy when he bitched about the accessibility of a new dog run by the 14th Street viaduct. Does anyone wanna bet the over under on how long it will take before this comment is taken down by cyberfuhrer Klaussen who runs his website Hoboken 411 with the premise that dissention is not tolerated. Nein, Nein, Nein! His once iron clad grip on Hoboken online political discussions just keeps on slipping. ◦
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Solar Photovoltaic Installation Workshop at Stevens Thursday August 25 at 6:30pm

Solar Photovoltaic Installation Workshop at Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute and Empowerhouse, the joint 2011 Solar Decathlon project developed by Stevens and The New School, are hosting a workshop on grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) installations. The workshop will begin at 6:30pm on Thursday, August 25, in Hoboken, NJ.

Speakers representing the two universities, state government, and an energy utility will introduce workshop participants to technical and economic details necessary to understand and evaluate grid-connected PV installations. The workshop will be held at the Empowerhouse Project Site on the Hudson River, in view of Manhattan. Participants will also get an early look at the net-zero Solar Decathlon entry, currently under construction.

"This workshop capitalizes on the Empowerhouse team's emphasis on a collaborative environment and community involvement," says Dr. Keith Sheppard, Associate Dean of Engineering and Science at Stevens. "The speakers are all engaged in solar power and other high-efficiency energy installations at the University and elsewhere."

The scheduled speakers are:
  • Keith Sheppard, Assoc. Dean, School of Engineering and Science, Stevens
  • Chris Steffens, Empowerhouse Faculty, Parsons The New School for Design
  • David Vaccari, Dept. Director, Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering, Stevens
  • Mark Byrd, HVAC Manager, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Ron Reisman, Renewable Energy Program Manager, NJ Clean Energy Program
  • Andres Salas, Renewable and Energy Solutions, PSE&G
Stevens and Empowerhouse provide a unique opportunity to learn about PV installations for both residential and commercial projects. The high-efficiency, solar-powered Empowerhouse design will find a home after the Solar Decathlon competition in the Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Deanwood, where the future owners will enjoy electricity bills of zero dollars after factoring in PV energy sales back to the utility. The Stevens campus, where solar panels generate up to 10,000 kWh of electricity each month, will provide a case study in commercial PV deployment.

The workshop runs from 6:30-8:30pm on August 25. RSVP is required for attendance. Participants should register and can find additional information and directions at www.stevens.edu/solarworkshop. ◦
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

"Loyal Opposition" Plays Hard Ball

The "Loyal Opposition" (LO) is playing hardball folks and they are serious about taking power back from the good governance movement led by Mayor Dawn Zimmer. Whether its referendum mania, taunts of recalls from the miscreants known as the "Callichio Brothers" (no its not a childish video game but it is indeed childish), Orwellian double speak from the likes of sell-outs and front men Franz Paetzold and Jamie Cryan, as well as the circling of the wagons at the BOE like piranhas at a $1 million surplus feeding frenzy, the LO is serious about getting back power via any means. any means. After all there is much patronage to be had and Zimmer is the enemy because she turned off the spigot of low shows jobs and instead only hires those on paper who are qualified. Whether it is co-opting so called media of Mason411 or Hoboken Patch, whose editor seems to be all hugs and kisses with the Russo faction as of late it is a full court press to get back to using government to reward their group and only their group, the betterment of Hoboken be damned. It is serious stuff and has serious implications for Hoboken's future but I can't help but stepping back and seeing the humor in it as well.

With that said, here is the latest JibJab featuring certain key players on the Pittsburgh Pirates playing hardball. If you have to ask why I selected the Pirates you haven't been following Hoboken politics too closely. But that's ok. Hoboken is great in spite of its politics. Production Note: Mike Russo is the pitcher and Lane Bajardi the catcher because if the FBI should come knocking with more than just a courtesy call, at only 5'4", the Channel 78 anchorman's estimated stature, we all know who will be doing the "catching" at Club Fed.


Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Ba-jardi Ba-reaking? Little Weasel Calls Cop on Hoboken Journal

Last night Lane Bajardi was at it again, this time he wasn't even at a City Council meeting. Read below for yet another Bajardi breakdown.....

These were the photos I was taking last night.
Does anyone see Lane Bajardi's family? I sure as hell don't.
Last night I attended the free NJ Symphony concert at Pier A Park and was looking forward to a non-political event even though I knew I would run into political allies at some point. Before the concert I was taking some pictures of the wonderful sunset and a Hoboken Police officer (who shall remain nameless) paid me a visit. It turns out that Lane Bajardi told the officer to warn me about harassing his family by taking photos of them. Well I can assure you that most certainly was not the case. I was taking pictures of anything but his delusional self. Even though I didn't have to, I showed the officer my camera and the fact that there were no pictures of his family. I instructed the officer to tell Lane to stop harassing me with false accusations and the next time I will file formal harassment charges against him.

Courtesy of  MSV

Lane Bajardi in my opinion is a public figure and a possibly paid purple pillow plopping political operative. I have every right to take photos in public City Council and generally at public events. The difference between Lane and myself I won't do it purportedly hiding behind Hoboken 411 (opinion) as a ghost writer like some sniveling little weasel. Lane Bajardi sure can dish it out but he sure as hell can't take it.

At this point Hoboken police officers should be instructed not to bother with complaints from Lane Bajardi when new media citizens are trying to cover public events.The police have better use for their time than listen to some paranoid delusional setting them on a wild goose chase. Unless someone can show me a local ordinance, this is simply out of jurisdiction.


Besides. I have plenty of good photos of Lane Bajardi already. I don't even have to take them myself.

Photoshop courtesy of Grafix Avenger


- Kurt

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hoboken Prepares for 10th Anniversary of September 11th

From the City of Hoboken on the preparation for the 10th anniversary of September 11th...

HOBOKEN PREPARES FOR 10th ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

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. This year’s theme will be “A Time To Come Together, A Time To Remember.” Fifty seven Hoboken residents were lost on September 11, 2001.


The service will take place on Sunday, September 11th at 6:00 pm. City officials, the Hoboken Clergy Coalition, and various community organizations will share in this remembrance on the southeast corner of Hoboken’s Pier A Park – the site of a makeshift memorial on September 11, 2001.

Following the memorial ceremony, Pier A will also be the site of an NFL tribute.

In addition to the memorial service, residents are invited to attend various other community events. All Saints Episcopal Parish will hold their annual commemoration with a morning liturgy at 8:00am followed by the ringing of a bell from 8:46am to 9:03am. Additional services will take place at 9:20am and 11:15am. All Saints is located at 707 Washington Street. The United Synagogue of Hoboken is hosting their annual day of service, Mitzvah Day, an opportunity for residents to give back to their community. To sign up, residents are urged to visit: http://hobokensynagogue.org/MitzvahDayForm.php.

The City is working with the 9/11 Memorial Committee to complete bid specifications and finalize details for the permanent memorial at Pier A. It is expected to go out to bid in September and likely be awarded in October, when it will be ready for construction. In the interim, a display with information on the design and plans for the memorial will be installed at the location.

Link: http://www.hobokennj.org/news/hoboken-prepares-for-10th-anniversary-of-september-11-2001/


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Special City Council Meeting Slated for Thursday August 18th at 7PM

Mayor Dawn Zimmer has called a special City Council Meeting for August 18th, 2011 at 7PM which is linked to the activities of the HUMC Authority meeting tonight about the privatization of the HUMC medical center.

The meeting will address only three items all relating to the transfer of the Hospital to HUMC Holdco:

1) Resolution to affirm an emergency contract with Okin, Hollander and Deluca to handle issues relating to the bankruptcy filings of the HUMC.
2) Resolution authorizing a closed session to discuss pending litigation relating to the HUMC and Hudson Healthcare, Inc.
3) Resolution to approve a settlement agreement between the City of Hoboken , The HUMC and Hudson Healthcare, Inc.

Below is the memo from Mayor Dawn Zimmer calling for the meeting as of August 11, 2011 and the links to supporting documentation...


Meeting Notice: Special Meeting o the Hoboken City Council for August 18 2011
Bankruptcy Lawyer Bio: Hollander Biography
HHI Bankruptcy Release:  HHI Bankruptcy release

My comment: Once this deal is done this will be the Mayor fulfilling one of her major campaign promises to get the City of Hoboken out of over $60 million in bad debt associated with the Hospital. The larger the stakes for Mayor Zimmer to complete a goal, the more the faction of Russo and Mason try to obstruct and obfuscate. This will be a major political victory for Mayor Zimmer and the "old guard" can't stand it. ◦
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HUMC Meeting Tonight August 17th 6PM- Final Meeting?

The HUMC Authority is having another meeting tonight at 6pm at Assumption Hall in the Hospital. According to a source if all items on the agenda are accomplished this could be the last meeting by the Authority before the HUMC is privatized. Politics aside, privatization at this point does appear the only way to save the Hospital at this juncture. Their debt burden is too large to garner any more public funding. The items on the agenda could be the necessary steps to complete the Hospital sale tonight other than the final approval from the State of New Jersey Health Commisioner.

Below is the Agenda:

1) Open Meeting Act Disclosure Statement
2) Roll-calL
3) Pledge of Allegiance
4) Report fromt he Hospital CEO
5) Report from the Authority
6) New Business
  • Discussion of Certificate of Need
  • Resolution Amending the Asset Purchase Agreement
  • Resolution Approving the Settlement Agreement
  • Other matters that may come before the board.
7) Public Comments.
8) Executive Session Closed to the Public (if necessary)
9) Adjournment of the meeting.

Note: Action will be taken at this meeting.

Link to full agenda: http://www.hobokenumc.com/Public/pics/August%2017,%202011.pdf

The meeting is at Hoboken University Medical Center located at 308 Willow Avenue Hoboken, NJ
Assumption Hall and starts at 6pm. ◦
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hoboken BOE Meeting Tonight August 16, 2011 at 7 PM

School has nto started but Hoboken's BOE is meeting tonight. Here is the public notice of the meeting..

HOBOKEN BOARD OF EDUCATION
PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Hoboken Board of Education Meeting Room
1115 Clinton Street Hoboken, NJ 07030


Agenda:

1. Board President Report and Board Committee Reports
2. Approval of Minutes
3. Report of the School Superintendent
4. Report of Interim School Business Administrator
Any matters relating to the above items that may come before the Board. Please be advised that the
Board may be required to go into closed executive session during this meeting to discuss litigation,
negotiations and personnel items. Action may be taken on all agenda items.

Highlights of the agenda:
  • Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying and Hazing Policy and Attendance Policy.
  • Changes to Cirriculum.
  • Approval of textbooks.
  • Project LEAP- offers college level courses.
  • Resignations and appointments.
  • New Teaching Assistant Prinicpal program (no additional cost to district).
  • School Calendar.
  • BOE Commitee composition.
Full agenda below:

http://www.hoboken.k12.nj.us/files/Stated%20Session%20August%2016%20%202011%20BOE%20Agenda..pdf

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Hoboken Awarded Grant for Sports Equipment and 150 Jets Tickets for Youth

Here is the Latest good news on a grant for Hoboken's youth....

HOBOKEN AWARDED SPORTS EQUIPMENT GRANT, 150 JETS TICKETS FOR YOUTH

Mayor Dawn Zimmer is proud to announce that the City of Hoboken was awarded a grant through USA Football for acquiring shoulder pads and helmets for the Hoboken Police Athletic League. Equipment grants are fulfilled by Riddell, the official helmet and protective equipment partner of USA Football.

Health and Human Services Director Leo Pellegrini submitted Hoboken PAL's successful application to USA Football this past spring. In addition, through the support of the New York Jets and USA Football, Hoboken PAL has received 150 tickets to the Jets' August 21 preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

“As the official youth football development partner of the NFL, the Jets and the Giants, we’re pleased to award an equipment grant to Hoboken PAL,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. “Youth football creates fun and lasting memories and emphasizes the sport’s inherent values of teamwork, discipline and responsibility as well as physical fitness to our children. And thanks to the Jets’ generosity we’re happy to extend 150 tickets to Hoboken PAL for Sunday night’s game.”

The Hoboken Recreation Division is working with Hoboken PAL football coaches to organize the game trip for youth players.

USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, each of its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association.


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North Hudson Sewerage Authority Publishes Memo on Hoboken Flooding

The North Hudson Sewer Authority (website: http://www.nhudsonsa.com/) has published this memo on August 15th in response to the flooding that occurred in Hoboken last week with near record rains being accumulated in the area....

August Flooding in Hoboken

From August 8th to 15th, the Authority’s service area was hit very hard by torrential rain storms, resulting in severe flooding in certain sections of Hoboken and, to a lesser extent, in “The Shades” area of Weehawken. In Hoboken, the intersections around Harrison and First Street, Jackson and 4th Street, and Madison and 9th Street experienced the worst of the street flooding, especially on August 14th when an incredible 5.81 inches of rain fell in a 19 hour period, beginning at 1:50 AM.
Flooding from 8-14-2011 by the Hoboken Shoprite. High tides plus a large downpour equals bad results for Hoboken.
Street flooding occurs in Hoboken, much of which is below sea level, when there are unusually heavy rains that fall when the Hudson River is at high tide. The rain water flows into the sewer system through outfalls into the River, but at high tide the water cannot empty into the Hudson. Consequently, the rain water backs up the sewer system until the system is completely filled with water, forcing it out into the lowest lying streets.

On August 14th, in the midst of the heavy rains, the tides were high not once, but twice: at 9:39 AM and again at 9:50 PM. Exacerbating the situation was the fact that the tides were extremely high, running at 5.1 feet, almost two feet higher than average Hudson River high tides.

The Authority is in the midst of a major initiative to alleviate the worst of the flooding in Hoboken, flooding that has been a problem for over 100 years. The strategy includes the following:

  • The thorough overhaul and relining of almost the entire Hoboken collection system. This first step was initiated several years ago and is substantially complete as of today. The last of the Civil War era wooden sewers is currently being replaced, with the work expected to be completed in the Spring of 2012. The total amount invested by the Authority in the rehabilitation of the Hoboken system has, to date, been approximately $40 million.
  • The construction of an $18 million wet weather pump station that is scheduled to be on line by the 4th Quarter of 2011. The pump station will be capable of forcing 100 million gallons of water per day into the Hudson River during rain events. To accelerate this project, the Authority authorized in July the doubling of the manpower needed to clean the outfall to the Hudson River. This difficult cleaning cannot be done by machines, but requires hand cleaning due to the conditions of the pipelines.
  • The analysis of the impact of the pump station on other areas in Hoboken. Once the pump station is on line, the low lying areas in the southwest sections of Hoboken should see major alleviation of flooding. Because the collection system in Hoboken is interconnected, the Authority’s engineers believe that other areas of Hoboken should also see mitigation of flooding. By the 1st Quarter of 2012, the Authority will begin to examine the extent to which storm water from other areas of Hoboken can be conveyed to the new pump station. If necessary, the Authority will take subsequent remedial construction and engineering steps to accomplish this.
The Authority, which services the populations of four communities, has made major investments in Hoboken’s long neglected wastewater infrastructure. It recognizes the severity of the flooding in the City. Its engineers have carefully studied the problem, and the Authority has initiated a comprehensive approach to solve the problem. We are acutely aware of the tremendous difficulties and inconveniences of the current flooding, and we are moving as rapidly as possible to implement our program.

Link to memo: http://www.nhudsonsa.com/images_subpages/August%20Flooding%20in%20Hoboken.pdf
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Monday, August 15, 2011

Gardiner For Freeholder - Vote Row C

The ballot drawing was held for Hudson County Elections today at the Hudson County Clerk's Office. Predictably the Democratic machine drew column A. The Republicans are running on column B and Kurt Gardiner is on column C for Freeholder District 5.

Below are some photos of the rather unremarkable ballot drawing ceremony.


The device used to randomly select ballot positions.


Hudson County Clerk Barbara Netchert spins the drum.
The November 2011 Hudson County Ballot positions.


Kurt Gardiner runing independent located on column C.


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Hoboken Floods Again! No surprise here!

For those on who live on the West side of Hoboken either Southwest near the sky Club or Northwest near the Shoprite, you have probably experienced flooding in Hoboken before. Last night Hoboken had the perfect combination of high tides and heavy rains to once again flood certain areas in Hoboken yet again.

I am  is fairly certain that other areas were flooded as well last night, especially in the Southwest part of town. Several residents that have lived in Hoboken their whole life commented that it has always been bad in this area but lately seems to have become worse.

Below are photos taken from last night August 14, 2011 near the Hoboken High School and Columbus Park and the Shoprite in Hoboken…





Did someone either
  • Kill an alien?
  • Become a Toxic Avenger?
  • Leak antifreeze?
  • Spill plutonium?
  • Play a practical joke with some green dye?
The answer is none of the above. That is a green dye used by the Sewer Authority to track sewer flows. While it is "safe" the water is likely not due to the possibly high bacterial count due to the mixing of runoff with fecal matter within the sewers.






Hoboken's new public Pool? The one URSA Tarragon promised but never delivered.
And while we are at it, lets give a big round of applause to the boys over at the North Hudson Sewerage Authority. At least one sewer drain was working last night. Here is a video clip to use for your next aromatherapy session:


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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Tim Occhipinti Watches Weather Channel and Warns Residents of Flooding this Time!

Tim Occhipinti or his handlers actually are watching the Weather Channel this time. Hoboken is being subjected to its second flooding incident this week. Earlier this week, rather than stay with his 4th Ward and help citizens with the flooding, Tim instead was spotted drinking pints of beer at the Pilsener Haus opening in uptown Hoboken with his political pals such as Ruben Ramos. Perhaps his new slogan should be "Tim drinks while Hoboken Floods" but that wouldn't be fair would it, unlike Hoboken's 4th Ward elections that were allegedly bought off with 500 VBM ballots for sale in November of 2010.

Despite a bit of sniping commentary, The Hoboken Journal will give credit where credit is due. This email from Tim does contain some vital information for residents so due take care to read it. Perhaps the junior Councilman from "Developer or Die Land" is learning a few things about politrickery after all. His handlers are on the ball today. Stay dry people. Here is Timmy's note written by the big boys behind large scale Hoboken development.....

Note: Banner modified to reflect the real political reality of Tim's sham term as 4th Ward City Councilman







Friends and Neighbors,

Hoboken is under a flash flood advisory through tomorrow morning. High tide will begin at approximately 10 pm tonight, with the rain continuing today this situation will most likely cause flooding in Hoboken.
From the National Weather Service:

FLOOD WATCH NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY 920 AM EDT SUN AUG 14 2011 ...LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL POSSIBLE ACROSS MOST OF THE TRI- STATE INTO LATE MONDAY... .A SLOW MOVING STORM SYSTEM WHICH WILL EMERGE OFF THE MID ATLANTIC COAST TONIGHT...THEN SLOWLY TRACK JUST TO THE SOUTH OF LONG ISLAND THROUGH MONDAY...IS USHERING COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF MOISTURE INTO THE TRI-STATE. THIS MOISTURE IS BEING ACTED ON BY THE STORM... CREATING THE POTENTIAL FOR LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING ACROSS MOST OF THE TRI- STATE INTO LATE MONDAY.

National Weather Advisory

The City of Hoboken has opened Garage B for residents in flood prone areas for free parking through 8 PM Monday evening.Please take this warning seriously and move your cars off the streets even if your neighborhood is not flooding now.
Here is a link to the flood prone areas in Hoboken:

Flood Prone Areas

The following streets are closed and barricades are in place as of 2pm on August 14:
  • Jackson Street from 3rd to 4th
  • 4th Street from Monroe to Harrison
  • Henderson Street from Observer Highway to 18th
  • Park Avenue from Observer Highway to Newark -Newark Street from Garden to Park
  • 9th Street from Monroe to Madison
  • Madison Street from 8th to 12th
  • Harrison Street from 1st to Observer Highway
  • Willow Street from 1st Street to Newark
  • Paterson & Harrison
  • Marshall Street
  • Adams Street from 8th to 9th
  • 9th Street from Jefferson to Clinton
  • Grant Street from Newark to 1st
  • Clinton Street from 2nd to 3rd
  • 2nd Street from Willow to Clinton
  • Clinton Street from Newark to Park
  • Clinton Street from Newark to 1st
Residents are strongly urged not to move or drive around any barricades on flooded streets and not to walk or drive through any flooded areas.

PLEASE MOVE YOUR VEHICLES TO GARAGE B - LOCATED ON 2ND STREET BETWEEN HUDSON AND RIVER STREETS. FREE PARKING UNTIL 8 PM MONDAY EVENING WITH A RESIDENTIAL PARKING PASS OR TEMPORARY PARKING PASS.

Best,

Tim Occhipinti 4th Ward Councilman
www.occhipintiforcouncil.com
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Free Garage Parking From City of Hoboken Due to Flooding- 2 PM Update

This note went out from the city of Hoboken at 2pm to offer residents free parking on account of flooding....

Free Garage Parking for Residents in Flood-Prone Areas -

2pm update and Free Parking Extended

The City of Hoboken is providing free parking in municipal Garage B (located on 2nd Street between Hudson and River streets) through Monday, August 15 at 8pm for residents who reside in flood-prone areas and have a valid Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit placard.
Residents in flood-prone areas are asked to move their cars to the garage or to higher ground as the rain is expected to continue. High tide (and the possibility of additional flooding) will be around 10pm on Sunday night and 10:30am on Sunday morning.

The following streets are closed and barricades are in place as of 2pm on August 14:
  •  Jackson Street from 3rd to 4th
  • 4th Street from Monroe to Harrison
  • Henderson Street from Observer Highway to 18th
  • Park Avenue from Observer Highway to Newark
  • Newark Street from Garden to Park
  • 9th Street from Monroe to Madison
  • Madison Street from 8th to 12th
  • Harrison Street from 1st to Observer Highway
  • Willow Street from 1st Street to Newark
  • Paterson & Harrison
  • Marshall Street
  • Adams Street from 8th to 9th
  • 9th Street from Jefferson to Clinton
  • Grant Street from Newark to 1st
  • Clinton Street from 2nd to 3rd
  • 2nd Street from Willow to Clinton
  • Clinton Street from Newark to Park
  • Clinton Street from Newark to 1st 
Residents are strongly urged not to move or drive around any barricades on flooded streets and not to walk or drive through any flooded area.
A map of flood-prone areas is available on the City website: http://www.hobokennj.org/departments/environmental-services/storm-flood-zones/.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Hoboken Legion of Superheroes Welcomes Wonder Woman!

Last night, Wonder Woman joined Robin, The Flash, and Batman for a bit of revelry and camaraderie as Hoboken’s latest superhero to be revealed. The Hoboken Legion of Super heroes now stands at four and according to not so boyish wonder Robin (who sports grey hair) more is on the way. The fearsome foursome were seen on Washington Street and elsewhere in Hoboken riding around led by Batman (the original Hoboken superhero) on their bikes blowing whistles as if they didn’t need any more attention.


Some say that this must be motivated by narcissism but based on TheBoken’s observations most people get a chuckle out of the superhero mania that has beset Hoboken. Some might say one has to be a bit bat sh*t crazy to parade around in a super hero costume but Halloween will soon be around the corner and many more will likely join in. Sure, at least one crabby year round short wearing not authentically local website owner (Killer Klown Klaussen) might be a “Debbie Downer” on the whole charade but TheBoken says live and let live and let people express themselves as long as no one is hurt in the process.

In Great Britain they have a term for people who are a bit off the beaten path, them call the “eccentrics” and have a long history of celebrating them. Besides, if everyone wore the same outfits all the time in the States wouldn’t that just be boring?

Hoboken has always had a history of its colorful characters both politically and socially. Perhaps this is just a new phase of that colorful past being brought into a even more colorful future with a new superhero twist. When you pack 50,000 people into a mile square, does one expect everyone to be truly normal?

Above all else, welcome Wonder Woman to the Hoboken Legion of Superheroes. You give the merry band a much needed shot of estrogen.

Note: This story is also featured on the website The Boken Online (http://www.thebokenonline.com/). I am a contributing editor for both websites. The Boken features more of an a-political view of Hoboken and all the fun things. As editorial policy I decided to keep this a political blog for the most part but once and a while a humanh interest story can be found here just to lighten to mood. If you haven't done so already please go to the BokenOnline's Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/TheBokenOnline) and click on the like button. We are trying to get that site to 2,000 lifetime likes. As always I appreciate the support. ◦
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FBI Looking to Hire More Special Agents Locally

Now, The Hoboken Journal is not saying that due to recent seizures of computers and files from City Hall based on allegations of wire fraud and confidential information being leaked is responsible for this latest FBI press release but it would seem our local FBI needs some more re-enforcements in their Newark branch. After all this is New Jersey and Hudson County. That alone ought to keep these new recruits busy for some time. There is much work to be done. Godspeed.

FBI to Hire More Special Agents FBI Newark

August 11, 2011 NEWARK, NJ - The FBI is now accepting applications for the special agent position from now until September 23, 2011. In addition to the traditional background in law or accounting, the FBI is also seeking individuals with skill sets in information technology or computer science, intelligence, engineering, science (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.), foreign language fluency (particularly in languages that involve our national security interests, such as Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Farsi, Punjabi, etc.), military and law enforcement. Applicants may also apply under what the Bureau terms the “Diversified” category, which encompasses all other disciplines.

Applicants should be U.S. citizens and have at least a four year undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university and three years of professional work experience. If the applicant has a master’s degree or higher, a minimum of two years of professional work experience is required. Selections of new agent candidates are based on the applicant’s demonstrated experience in the special agent core competencies: leadership, oral and written communication, initiative and motivation, interpersonal skills, adaptability and flexibility, organizing, planning and prioritizing, and evaluating information and making decisions. Applicants must also pass a written examination, a panel interview, a thorough background check to include a polygraph examination, and a strenuous physical fitness test. The application process for all FBI positions begins with an online questionnaire. Once the questionnaire is satisfactorily completed, the FBI will contact that applicant for further information and instruction. A further explanation of these requirements and the entire application process can be found at www.fbijobs.gov. Anyone interested in applying for the special agent position should thoroughly review this website, including FBI Employment Disqualifiers, FBI Drug Policy and FBI Background Investigation process, to ensure compliance prior to applying. Please do not call the field office with application questions as the answers to the most commonly asked questions can be found online. ◦
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Friday, August 12, 2011

Mayor Zimmer Thanks City Employees For Flood Cleanup Effort

Below is the latest on the flooding recovery on 8/9/2011 that saw Hoboken get the double whammy of a nig downpour while at high tide. The usual flood zones in the 4th and 5th Wards as well as 3rd and 1st were also impacted.

Mayor Zimmer Thanks City Employees
for Flood Cleanup Effort

“The flooding we faced this week was severe, but I want to thank the employees of the Environmental Services Department and Fire Department who have been working non-stop to clear out garbage and wash away the sludge from our streets and sidewalks and our Police who worked to keep residents safe during the flooding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I have been assured by North Hudson Sewerage Authority that the pump they are constructing to alleviate the flooding is their number one priority, and I thank residents for their patience.”

Residents can report any remaining problem areas that require cleaning by calling Environmental Services at 201-420-2049 and emailing both tatkins@hobokennj.org and tshannon@hobokennj.org.

The construction of the pump has been delayed due to the need for manually cleaning out the inside of outflow pipes, but the North Hudson Sewerage Authority expects the pump to be operational by the fall of this year.

“I hope that once the pump is operational, it will alleviate the majority of the flooding, but I think we need to do more to fully solve our flooding problem,” added Mayor Zimmer. “That is why last year we installed a wireless network of sensors in our sewer system to collect the data we need to fully understand and ultimately address the problem in a cost-effective manner. If there is a silver lining to this mess, it is that the data we collected during the recent storm – combined with the data we will collect after the pump is operational -- will be useful to helping us find additional long-term solutions. I believe those solutions must incorporate green initiatives including flood mitigation through park land, permeable road and sidewalk surfaces, rain gardens, green roofs, and rain barrels.” ◦
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