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Mayor Zimmer, Local Bloggers Recognize Women Business Owners

Friday, Oct 28, 2016

Today, Mayor Dawn Zimmer and local bloggers Jennifer Tripucka (Hoboken Girl) and Amanda Morrison (Don’t Sit Home) honored five local business owners in recognition of National Women’s Small Business Month, which takes place in October. Mayor Zimmer, Tripucka and Morrison honored Jen DeMarco, CEO of Local Barre, Meghan Lavelle of Washington General Store, and Arzu, Fusun, and Gonca Esendemir of Flat Bread Grill.

“I’m thrilled to recognize these five outstanding women for their contributions to our City,” said Mayor Zimmer. “Jen DeMarco, Meghan Lavelle, and Arzu, Fusun and Goncha Esendemir are shining examples of women operating successful businesses in Hoboken. The success of businesses like Local Barre, Washington General Store, and Flat Bread Grill is why Hoboken is one of the best places to shop and dine in the entire State of New Jersey.”


Jen DeMarco, a Hoboken resident and mother of three children, opened Local Barre, a fitness studio that offers a combination of yoga, ballet and pilates classes for women ages 16 and up. She originally opened her fitness studio after moving to Hoboken and searching for barre classes in preparation of her wedding. Local Barre’s fitness classes are offered to both women with and without children. Local Barre opened a third location in Hoboken at the Monroe Center and also has locations in uptown and downtown Hoboken.

Meghan Lavelle is the owner of Washington General, a home and gift store specializing in unique products and home décor. Meghan, a Hoboken resident of four years and a new mother, opened Washington General out of the need for additional luxury gift shops in the City. Washington General often specializes goods based on the time of year or holiday season and includes products such as specialized bags, wine accessories, candles, chandeliers, and more.


Arzu, Fusun, and Gonca Esendemir are three sisters who grew up in Hoboken and started a fast casual Mediterranean restaurant, Flatbread Grill in 2008. They opened their Hoboken location in 2015 and are currently working on expanding the concept worldwide via franchising and company-owned stores. The sisters created the menu and breads based on their parents’ recipes growing up. Their father owned one of the first Middle Eastern restaurants in Hoboken in the early 1990s. The sisters live together and work together in owning and operating Flatbread Grill.

National Women’s Small Business Month takes place during the month of October and is designed to celebrate women business owners across the United States. Hoboken Girl is run by Jennifer Tripucka, while Don’t Sit Home is run by Amanda Morrison. Both are local blogs and social media accounts that cover various events, businesses, and people in Hoboken and the surrounding community.

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Public Invited to Provide Feedback on Southwest Area Redevelopment Plan

Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016


On Thursday, October 13th, the City hosted the second community meeting to discuss the Southwest Area Redevelopment Plan. The presentation slides for the meeting can be viewed at:

The Redevelopment Plan concepts are based on the expansion of the Southwest Park as a centerpiece, preservation of urban manufacturing and commercial uses, creation of new neighborhood retail and a hotel, establishment of mixed use neighborhoods, and construction of a parking garage.

Members of the public who were unable to attend can provide their feedback until Wednesday, October 26th by completing the online survey at:

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Hoboken Police Department to Launch “Walk Safe Hoboken” Pedestrian Safety Enforcement & Education Campaign

Monday, Oct 17, 2016

The Hoboken Police Department has received a $16,000 grant from the N.J. Division of Highway Traffic Safety aimed at enhancing pedestrian safety in Hoboken.

The grant will fund the 2017 Pedestrian Safety Program – Walk Safe Hoboken, a program aimed at reducing the number of traffic collisions involving pedestrians. The grant provides funding for traffic enforcement and educational material to be utilized during the police department’s school and community presentations.

The police department’s Traffic and Transportation Bureau has recognized the need for increased enforcement and awareness regarding pedestrian safety. “Walk Safe Hoboken” will begin this month and culminate in May 2017. The program will provide educational presentations to local schools and the enforcement of motor vehicle laws throughout the city. Officers will stop motorists who fail to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, and in addition will be on the lookout for other dangerous violations such as distracted driving.

As pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility, pedestrians who fail to use a crosswalk when crossing the street also will be stopped as part of the program. Urging pedestrians and drivers alike to be aware of their surroundings can save lives.

Hoboken Police Officers will focus their enforcement efforts at commonly used crosswalks as well as school zones. For information regarding “Walk Safe Hoboken,” the public is advised to contact Lieutenant John Petrosino or Sergeant William Montanez of the Hoboken Police Department’s Traffic and Transportation Bureau at (201) 420-5109.

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Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tuesday, Oct 11, 2016

The General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. In Hoboken, the ballot will include:

  • 3 Trustees for the Hoboken Board of Education
  • U.S. President and Vice President
  • Member of U.S. House of Representatives
  • County Sheriff
  • County Register

The deadline to register to vote for the General Election is Tuesday, October 18, 2016. To register to vote:

1. Download and complete the Voter Registration Application: English | Spanish

2. Mail or deliver the Voter Registration Application to
Office of the Superintendent of Elections
257 Cornelison Ave., 4th Floor
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Forms can also be dropped off at the Hoboken City Clerk office located in City Hall at 94 Washington Street. The office will be open until 9:00pm on Friday, October 14, Monday, October 17, and Tuesday, October 18.

Any voter registered in New Jersey can vote absentee by mail. A voter may vote by mail by completing the Application for Vote by Mail Ballot and returning the application to the County Clerk’s Office. To receive your ballot by mail, the application must be received by the County Clerk 7 days prior to the election. A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m., the day before the election.

Hudson County Clerk
257 Cornelison Ave., 4th Floor
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Use this link to check if you are registered to vote.

Find your polling place by using this online search tool.

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