September, 2012

Hoboken Wins Sustainable Jersey Grant for Rain Garden Curb Extensions

Sustainable Jersey representatives announced today that the City of Hoboken has been awarded a Sustainable Jersey Small Grant for rain garden curb extensions. Hoboken is one of just four municipalities in New Jersey to receive a Sustainable Jersey Small Grant at the $20,000 level.  The 2012 Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program funded by the PSEG Foundation is providing $200,000 in grants to local governments for sustainability projects. Since 2009, Sustainable Jersey has distributed over $795,000 in grants to New Jersey municipalities to help towns make communities more livable, environmentally friendly and prosperous.

City and Stevens Volunteers to Beautify Washington Street Tree Pits

On Saturday, September 29th, volunteers from the Stevens Beta Theta Pi fraternity will assist the City of Hoboken and the Shade Tree Commission to add mulch to all 170 tree pits along Washington Street from Observer Highway to 15th Street. Volunteers will also assist in a public education campaign on how to properly maintain the tree pits.

Volunteers will be cleaning up tree pits, aerating the soil to allow moisture and nutrients to reach the tree root structure, and laying down mulch to protect and feed the trees. They will also hand out flyers and have discussions with Washington Street businesses and residents to share the following tips from the Shade Tree Commission on how to keep trees healthy:

City of Hoboken Prevails on Arezzo Removal and Andriani Federal Cases

The New Jersey Civil Service Commission issued a Final Administrative Action upholding the City of Hoboken’s decision to terminate Alfred Arezzo as Construction Code Official.

“We are continuing with our search for a permanent construction code official and invite applications from all qualified individuals,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “While the process can be lengthy and costly, the City will continue to vigorously defend itself to protect the interests of our community.”

Mayor Zimmer Thanks Councilwoman Marsh/Application for Council Position

Mayor Zimmer issued the following statement after At-Large Councilwoman Carol Marsh announced yesterday that she would be resigning from the City Council:

“I want to thank Councilwoman Marsh for the enormous contributions that she has made to our City in her many years of public service.  She has been a powerful voice for good government and an inspiration for many, including myself.  It has been an honor to have worked with her and served with he

Update from United Water on Drinking Water Concerns

The following is an announcement issued by United Water issued on September 21, 2012: UNITED WATER CONTINUES TO ADDRESS TASTE AND ODOR AND DISCOLORED WATER CONCERNS
Water Meets All Safe Drinking Water Standards

United Water is continuing to address taste and odor and discolored water concerns for customers in Jersey City, Hoboken, Secaucus and Weehawken. The water continues to meet all the standards for safe drinking water. It can still be used for drinking, cooking and bathing.

“The safety of residents’ drinking water is always our first concern,” said Nadine Leslie, president, environmental services. “We have tested and monitored the water closely and laboratory tests show that it meets all the standards for safe drinking water.”

United Water to Treat Boonton Reservoir for Algae

The following is an announcement issued by United Water on September 19, 2012 (the Boonton Reservoir is the source of water for Hoboken): In order to control naturally occurring algae populations that can contribute to taste and odor issues, United Water will treat the Boonton Reservoir with copper sulfate on Thursday, September 20. This treatment will improve water quality and is being applied in accordance with New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection guidelines.

Click here to view the previous announcement from United Water regarding the water quality.

Update: Madison Street Re-Opened to Alleviate Traffic Congestion

UPDATE: [September 19, 2012] Madison Street has been reopened to traffic.

Following the community meeting held on August 14 to discuss traffic and pedestrian safety issues in Southwest Hoboken, the City of Hoboken will proceed with plans to reopen Madison Street to vehicular traffic as part of a Southwest Hoboken Access Improvement Plan. The plan was first publicly announced and presented at the community meeting.

“Thank you to all the residents who came out for a very productive meeting,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Based on the positive feedback we received, we will be moving ahead with a pilot plan to reopen Madison Street to help alleviate the pressure at Jackson Street and ease traffic congestion getting into Hoboken overall.”

Hoboken to Participate in PARK(ing) Day 2012

The City of Hoboken will participate in PARK(ing) Day on Friday, September 21st. PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where citizens, institutions, and businesses transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

Hoboken’s “PARK” will be on the south side of Newark Street between Washington Street and Court Street from 9am to 6pm. It will feature ping pong tables, lawn games, tables and chairs. The City invites residents and workers to relax in the park, eat lunch, etc.

Hoboken Launches Youth Tennis Program

In conjunction with the United States Tennis Association, the City of Hoboken is starting the Hoboken Youth Tennis Program for children ages 6 to 14. Registration for the program is open immediately through the City’s website,

Hoboken To Host Fall Arts & Music Festival

Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City of Hoboken are proud to host the Fall Arts & Music Festival on Sunday, September 30th (rain or shine) from 11am and 6pm. Admission is free.

The fair will take place on Washington Street between Observer Highway and 7th Street and will include over 300 artists, sculptors, photographers and craftspeople as well as rides, games, face painting, local businesses, restaurants, food vendors and much more.