February, 2012

Daisy Scout Troop Visits City Hall

Daisy Scout Troop 12001 visited City Hall today. Mayor Dawn Zimmer spoke with the troop about being mayor, answered their questions, and gave them a tour of City Hall.

Update on 300 Washington Street Fire Site

The Hoboken Construction Code office issued a limited demolition permit today. The scope of work to be performed involves the manual removal of severely fire damaged portions of the building.

The areas of the building to be removed are the roof and chimney, the entire fifth floor, and a section of the fourth floor at the rear of the building.

It is difficult to estimate the timeline for completion of this work since it is dependent on weather conditions and the uncertainty of conditions as the manual removal of debris proceeds. At a minimum, this work will take at least two weeks and could be considerably longer. The City is exploring options for opening Washington Street to limited traffic in a way that does not impact public safety.

Update on 300 Washington Street Fire, Street Closing, Detour, Victim Assistance & Fundraiser Information

A five story building at 300 Washington Street caught fire shortly after 7pm on Sunday evening.

Three Hoboken firefighters were treated for knee injuries, a broken hand, and smoke inhalation.

“We are so grateful to the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect us every day,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This is a reminder of how dangerous their work is. I thank everyone for coming together, saving lives and preventing the fire from spreading to other buildings – the Hoboken Fire Department, Police Department, Office of Emergency Management, EMS, and the mutual aid we received from various towns including Elizabeth, Newark, East Newark, Bloomfield, Bayonne and Jersey City.”

While all residents of the building are safe, one was treated for smoke inhalation on Sunday night. At least 17 residents lived in the building, and at least nine did not have insurance.

A community-organized fundraiser for the fire victims is scheduled for Friday, March 2nd from 7-10pm at Room 84, 84 Washington Street. A donation at the door is requested, and all entrants will receive one free drink upon entry. Additional details on the fundraiser are available online:

Saints Peter and Paul Church is coordinating victim assistance. Residents needing help or who wish to provide assistance can contact the parish at 201-659-2276 or

DHSS Reminds Residents to Take Precautions to Avoid Norovirus Infections

Below is an announcement from the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services:
As expected, New Jersey is experiencing an increase in norovirus outbreaks and DHSS reminds residents to take precautions to protect their health. Colds and flu are not the only infections that thrive in the winter. Norovirus – sometimes called the stomach flu, viral gastroenteritis, or food poisoning – also likes the colder weather.

“The best way to avoid the norovirus is to wash your hands often using soap and water,” said Deputy Commissioner Dr. Arturo Brito. “Alcohol-based hand cleansers are not effective against this virus.”

Norovirus is a highly contagious viral illness, which begins suddenly and usually causes stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Some people may also experience low-grade fever, chills, headache, body aches and fatigue. Most people recover quickly, but serious complications can occur – particularly in those with other medical conditions. Those infected with norovirus are contagious from the moment they begin to feel sick until as long as two weeks after recovery.

Registration Open for Adult Basketball League


Following a successful inaugural season in the fall of 2011, the City of Hoboken is proud to announce registration is open for the Adult Basketball League.

The League will be comprised of two divisions, competitive and recreational, with a capacity of 80 players per division. Each team will have a maximum of 10 players. The cost is $75.00 per player. Online registrations only are accepted at

The season is scheduled to begin on March 22, 2012.

Community Invited to Inaugural Hoboken Irish Cultural Festival

Following the unfortunate cancellation of the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a number of residents volunteered to work with the City of Hoboken to organize a grassroots celebration of Irish-American culture with the aim of providing a variety of entertainment for the entire community to enjoy. The first of what is planned to be an annual Hoboken Irish Cultural Festival will be held on Wednesday, March 14 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Sinatra Park on Hoboken’s scenic waterfront.

The event will feature Irish sport, dance, music, and food and is free and open to all ages. Proceeds from concessions will go to the Hoboken Shelter and Hoboken American Legion.

“I thank our residents who took the initiative to lead this event, and I invite all of our community to come enjoy and experience Irish culture,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

“With the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day Parade recently cancelled, as an Irish-American Hobokenite, I have to say I was saddened,” said Chris Halleron, a lead organizer of the event. “Upon hearing the news, I immediately reached out to Lea Simone, Marc Gianotti, and Scott Katz — who run The Pier Sessions, which is an ongoing concert series at the Shipyard Marina. Their model of a grassroots community concert with proceeds going to charity really established the framework for this event. In running this idea past Hoboken’s City Hall, they were immediately supportive and enthusiastic, so we joined forces to produce the event at Sinatra Park.”

Resident Parking Permit Renewal Deadline Extended to March 15
To accommodate the strong demand for online permit renewals, the deadline for submitting documents to renew Resident parking permits has been extended from February 15 to March 15, 2012. Existing 2011 resident permits will be valid through March 31, 2012. 

Residents who choose to renew their permit online may visit Initially, the online permit sale system will only sell Resident parking permits. During the next few weeks, additional products for residents, businesses and visitors will be added. 

“Reuse-A-Shoe” Shoe Recycling Drive

Mustard Seed School students Tige Anderson (12) and Owen Possick (11) are concerned about the earth. When they learned that over 300 million pairs of shoes are thrown in the trash each year they decided to do something about it. With the help of their school, the boys are working with the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program which turns old, worn out sneakers–sneakers that would have end up in a landfill into playing surfaces for parks, running tracks, and basketball courts. The intrepid 6th graders are determined to collect more than 500 pairs of sneakers which they will then send to the Reuse-A-Shoe program for recycling. Anyone interested in donating sneakers (no cleats or spikes please) can call 201-798-0507 to arrange for a pickup through February 16th. Shoes may also be dropped off at the bin in the Mayor’s Office in City Hall and at the Mustard Seed School.

Lt. Governor Guadagno and Mayor Zimmer Announce Pearson Will Relocate 900 Jobs to Hoboken

Pearson will maintain a New Jersey workforce of 1,750 with the completion of the 500,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, sustainable office and retail building

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, and other dignitaries today joined Pearson’s Rich Glicini, Senior Vice President for People and Social Responsibility, and SJP Properties’ CEO Steven J. Pozycki, to announce a lease agreement to relocate New Jersey employees from the world’s leading learning company to a new, state-of-the-art office building on Hoboken’s waterfront.

Pearson signed a lease for more than 200,000 square feet at SJP Properties’ 500,000-square-foot Waterfront Corporate Center III, the final site within Hoboken’s 26-acre waterfront, mixed-use master plan, and the last phase of SJP’s 1.5-million-square-foot, three-building office and retail complex.

“Pearson’s decision to stay is just one of many examples where we’ve successfully intervened to keep and create jobs in New Jersey,” said Lt. Gov. Guadagno. “The Christie-Guadagno Administration’s policy of assertively protecting and pursing jobs for New Jerseyans is a major reason why the New Jersey Comeback is underway.”

Pearson will occupy five floors starting in 2014 and is relocating approximately 900 employees from its current offices in Upper Saddle River and Old Tappan, N.J.

Hoboken Launches Online Parking Permit Sale System
HPU will also schedule visits to Senior Buildings for permit renewals

The Hoboken Parking Utility formally announced the public launch of its new HPU Online permit sales system, allowing residents, businesses, and visitors to conduct their parking business with the Utility 24/7 from wherever they want. HPU Online will allow residents and businesses to renew their parking permits or purchase visitor permits without ever stepping foot in City Hall. Documents can be uploaded and most permits can be downloaded and printed. Residents can visit the permit sale system at

“Residents can now go online instead of standing in line to get their parking permits,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We want to make City government as accessible as possible, and this is just the latest of new initiatives we will be announcing over the next few months to bring even more services to residents online.”