September, 2013

Hoboken CERT Coordinator & Volunteers Recognized by White House & FEMA

FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino (left), Hoboken CERT Coordinator Lou Casciano (right), and other Champions of Change honorees at the White House.

Hoboken’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers were recognized as “Community Preparedness Heroes” by FEMA and CERT Coordinator Lou Casciano was honored as a Community Preparedness and Resilience “Champion of Change” by the White House.

“Lou Casciano and our CERT volunteers helped save lives during Hurricane Sandy,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I congratulate them on this incredible honor and thank them for their ongoing work to educate and prepare our community for future emergencies through the Hoboken Ready initiative. Their efforts are an essential part of a comprehensive plan to make Hoboken more resilient.”

Planning Board Public Hearing on Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance

The City of Hoboken has introduced an update to Chapter 104: Flood Damage Prevention of the city’s municipal code. The purpose of this chapter is to promote the public health, safety, and general welfare, and minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions in areas of special flood hazard. This chapter provides specific guidelines for elevation, construction and design standards to help achieve these goals.

The chapter will be reviewed by the Hoboken Planning Board at a public hearing on October 1, 2013 at 7:00p.m. in the basement conference room of City Hall. Any interested party is invited to attend that hearing; there will be a public portion for comment.

A copy of the Ordinance is available for review on the City web site or in the Planning Board Office (2nd floor) and in the Zoning Office (basement) of City Hall.

Free Seasonal Flu Vaccines Available for Hoboken Adults


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, October 3, 2013 from 12pm to 6pm in Assumption Hall at Hoboken University Medical Center, 308 Willow Avenue. Proof of residency is required.

For more information, please contact the Hoboken Health Department at (201) 420-2375.

Hoboken Property Owners Invited to Request Street Tree Planting


In preparation for the fall 2013 tree planting, the Hoboken Shade Tree Commission is seeking property owners who would like a tree planted in the sidewalk adjacent to their building and who will agree to care for and water the tree. Qualifying property owners can have a street tree planted in exchange for a $100 contribution towards planting costs and a pledge to keep the tree well watered.

Property owners who would like a tree planted in a sidewalk tree well in front of their home should complete this online request form: Requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis, and funding may be insufficient to immediately satisfy all requests.

Residents Invited to Community Workshop on Sustainability & Resiliency in Southwest Hoboken

A workshop on sustainability in Southwest Hoboken will be held on Tuesday, September 17 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Rue School Gym, 301 Garden Street.

The City of Hoboken was one of two Sandy-impacted communities selected by Global Green USA to receive sustainable planning neighborhood design technical assistance from a team of sustainability experts. The assistance is funded through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program.

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for September

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

Vehicle Theft & Carjacking Prevention Tips from Hoboken PD

A person who intends to commit a crime needs the time to commit the act, an opportunity to commit the act, and the means to commit the act. If one of these elements are eliminated, your chance of being a victim is reduced. Applying this to your vehicle please remember to:

  • Always lock your vehicle.
  • Do not leave your laptop, pocketbook, or other items of value in plain view.
  • Do not leave your GPS or GPS mount in view. If your GPS has a suction cup mount, always remove the suction cup spot from the area where the mount has been placed. The mark is an indication to a thief that there might be a GPS in the vehicle.
  • Never leave the keys to your vehicle in the ignition while you exit the vehicle. A thief will take your vehicle in seconds.
  • If you are driving alone, ensure your vehicle doors are locked. This will prevent anyone from entering the passenger side of your vehicle while idling at a traffic control device.
  • If, in the event you are the victim of a carjacking, do not attempt to prevent the taking of your vehicle. Individuals who carjack a vehicle usually work in tandem with another who operates a second vehicle. This vehicle is used to block the path of anyone who attempts to follow them. Try to get as much of a physical description of the actor/s as possible, a description of the second vehicle as well as a licence plate number.

Call the police immediately at 201-420-2100, 201-420-2130 or 911 if your the victim of a carjacking.

Hoboken to Host Annual September 11th Interfaith Memorial Service


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. Fifty seven Hoboken residents were lost on September 11, 2001.

The service will take place on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm. on the southeast corner of Hoboken’s Pier A Park – the site of a makeshift memorial on September 11, 2001. All are invited to attend.

Hoboken Community Celebrates Opening of Newest Park at 1600 Park Ave


Hoboken residents, community activists, and elected officials joined together to celebrate the opening of its newest park at 1600 Park Avenue, the first phase of a planned 4 acre park along the waterfront in northern Hoboken.

“The opening of this new park is the capstone of an overall parks vision to create enough active recreation space for all ages, renovate existing parks, and ensure everyone lives within short walking distance of a neighborhood park,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “It is the fulfillment of the vision of the Hoboken Parks Organization and other community activists who fought original plans to build residential towers at this site a decade ago and who advocated to preserve this land for open space. I want to especially thank Directors Brandy Forbes and Leo Pellegrini for managing this project to a successful completion.”