August, 2012

Residents Urged to Take Precautions Against Mosquitoes to Safeguard Against West Nile Virus

A notice from the New Jersey Department of Health: The Department of Health and Department of Environmental Protection are urging state residents to take precautions to protect themselves from mosquito-borne West Nile Virus (WNV) by taking simple steps to reduce populations of the insect on their properties.

City Of Hoboken Announces Free Flu Vaccine Schedule

The City of Hoboken, in conjunction with Hoboken University Medical Center, will be providing free seasonal flu vaccines on a first come, first served basis for adult Hoboken residents on Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 12pm to 6pm in Assumption Hall at Hoboken University Medical Center. Proof of residency is required.

Hoboken Issues Bid for Construction of 1st Phase of 1600 Park & Hoboken Cove

The City of Hoboken has advertised a bid for the construction of the first phase of 1600 Park and Hoboken Cove. The work will involve the construction of a multi-use field with lighting as well as bleachers and leaning rails along the Park Avenue service road. In addition, the park will feature a rest room, dog run, sliding hill, picnic benches, trees and bike racks. The conceptual master plan for the full park development is available at

New Telephone Hotline, Internet Form Available for Reporting Sewer Emergencies

Below is a press release from the North Hudson Sewerage Authority: The North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA) announced today that customers now have two new ways to report sewer-related emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The new system also allows customers to track the status of those issues until they are resolved.

Customers in the NHSA service area, which includes Hoboken, Union City, Weehawken and West New York, can now either call an emergency telephone hotline number, 866-689-3970, or submit an online form available through the Authority’s website at (click on the “Contact Us/Report A Problem” link on left side of the home page), to report emergency issues such as sewer odors, sewer backups in the home or a business, suspected breaks in a sanitary sewer or storm drain, missing manhole covers or other sewer-related issues.

Wall Street Journal: Hoboken Looks for a Silicon Alley Breakaway

The Wall Street Journal reported on efforts to establish Hoboken as a regional technology hub:
Hoboken wants to extend Silicon Alley across the Hudson River and grab a piece of the New York City technology boom. The Mile Square City now claims a tech meetup with 2,160 members—one of the largest communities in the Greater New York area. The Hoboken City Council is set to vote next month on a plan to lease out a publicly-owned waterfront building as a community tech space. And the Stevens Institute of Technology, a private college in Hoboken, is opening an innovation and entrepreneurship office this fall for students interesting in start-ups. Continue Reading.

Women’s Basketball at the Multi-Service Center

A message from organizer Diana London: Midlife basketball? Join us. We’re a group of older women ages 50 to 75(!) who have a ridiculously good time playing VERY gentle basketball, half-court. Why should the kids have all the fun? No experience necessary; just a playful spirit. We play at the Multi-Service Center, 2nd and Grand Street on Wednesday nights, 9pm to 10PM starting up again this Fall. If interested contact

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for August

The Hoboken Public Library newsletter for August is now available. Click here to view the newsletter.

City Council Meeting Recap: Parks Progress, Streetscape Setback

Hoboken’s Total Bonding Capacity

Setback for all streets improvements. The Council voted 5 to 4 for the redesign of Washington Street, Sinatra Drive, Observer Highway and Newark Street; however six votes were needed to approve the bond. Council Members in opposition, Councilwoman Castellano, Councilwoman Mason, Councilman Occhipinti, and Councilman Russo, expressed concerns about the City taking on new debt in terms of its impact on the City’s bonding capacity. In fact, the City has excellent capacity for bonding and has used well below 1/3 of its $360 million bonding capacity.

“Bonding is the fiscally prudent and fair way to pay for long-lasting improvements to our neglected infrastructure,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Residents today shouldn’t bear the full cost for benefits that future residents will reap from these investments. We’re seeing progress on parks because the Council approved bonding for those improvements. But just like our parks, our streets, waterfront, garages, police headquarters, and other infrastructure have been neglected for too long.”

Hoboken Seeks Full Time Construction Code Official

The City of Hoboken is seeking applications for the position of Construction Code Official. The City seeks honest and professional candidates to manage the construction office efficiently and treat all residents and business owners with respect and fairness. Certified Floodplain Managers and candidates with expertise in green construction elements including green roofs and solar installations and/or LEED certification are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates with experience establishing computerized systems to increase efficiency and customer service will also be highly considered. Applicants must hold a New Jersey license as a construction code official.

Hoboken Hosts a Week of Free Family-Friendly Events

Mayor Dawn Zimmer & the City of Hoboken present a week of free family-friendly events including Family Fun Night on Tuesday, Circus Under the Stars and Movies Under the Stars on Wednesday, and Concerts in the Park on Thursday. See below for details.