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May, 2013

Registration Open for Hoboken Pilot Bike-Sharing Program

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Registration is open for the City of Hoboken’s pilot bike sharing program. The pilot program will run June 1 through November 15, 2013 and will include 25 bicycles.

For program information and to sign up, visit www.hobokenbikeshare.org.

Special Meeting of Historic Preservation Commission


As part of National Preservation month, the Hoboken Historic Preservation Commission will hold a special meeting on Thursday May 30, 2013, from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M in the City Council Chambers. The express purpose of the meeting is to inform Real Estate Agents of the role preservation and Hoboken’s ordinance plays in their field, as well as recent changes to the Historic Preservation component of the City of Hoboken’s Zoning Ordinance. Architects, builders, developers and any other interested members of the public are welcome to attend.

Now Available: Grant Applications for Sandy-Impacted Homeowners


The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will begin accepting applications for the reNew Jersey Stronger Housing Grant programs. There are two programs available:

Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM): This program provides up to $150,000 for eligible homeowners to repair, elevate or rebuild their primary residences in the affected communities. The RREM program is intended to “fill the gap” between the cost of repairs and other funds the owner has received to repair the structure.

Homeowner Resettlement: This program provides a $10,000 grant award to eligible homeowners whose primary residence was damaged by Superstorm Sandy. This program requires you to remain in or return to Sandy impacted communities. 

Community Invited to Swearing In Ceremony for 14 Firefighters


The City of Hoboken invites all members of the community to attend a swearing-in ceremony for fourteen new Firefighters. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 2:00pm in the Court Room at Hoboken City Hall, 94 Washington Street.

Hoboken City Clerk James Farina will administer the oath of office to the following new members who completed training at the Bergen County Fire Academy on Wednesday May 22nd: 

RE.invest Initiative Announces Partnership with Hoboken to Build More Resilient Stormwater Systems

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Washington, DC- May 22, 2013- In the aftermath of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy, the RE.invest Initiative today announced it has selected Hoboken, New Jersey and seven other partner cities across the country to help develop resilient urban stormwater infrastructure systems. The two-year initiative, which is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, will help cities like Hoboken rethink the way they design, plan, implement and finance urban infrastructure. By helping cities use public resources more efficiently and attract new sources of private investment, RE.invest will reduce the burden placed on city personnel and public budgets.

The RE.invest Initiative announced that the partner cities, in addition to Hoboken are: San Francisco, CA; Miami Beach, FL; Honolulu, HI; New Orleans, LA; El Paso, TX; Norfolk, VA; and Milwaukee, WI.

Free Workshop: Non-Structural Floodproofing (registration required)


In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, affected property owners all over the region are facing decisions on when, how, and where to rebuild.  This decision is especially important in light of the future high cost of flood insurance and increasing risks from coastal storms.  There are many nonstructural floodproofing techniques that can be used and participation in this workshop will enable you to better understand these options.

This workshop will focus on the “how” aspect, covering different rebuilding and redevelopment options.

Memorial Day Parade

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Hoboken’s Annual Memorial Day Parade will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013. The parade will assemble at 6:00pm and step off at 6:30pm from City Hall (1st Street and Washington Street) and proceed north on Washington Street to the reviewing stand on 10th Street& Washington Street in front of the Hoboken Elks Lodge.

This year marks the 115th year of marching up Washington Street to honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice. It is also the oldest continuous parade in the State of New Jersey. This year the Grand Marshal is Vietnam Veteran Tom Brereton. In addition, 7 marching bands, several JROTC Cadet groups from Hudson County, and many Boy Scouts & Girl Scout troops from Hoboken will join the parade.

Hoboken Community Invited to View Stevens Graduation March

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Stevens Institute of Technology graduation takes place on Thursday, May 23rd. The Hoboken community is invited to watch and cheer Stevens graduates as they march from campus to Hoboken Terminal – the first year they are doing such a march. The processional will start on campus at noon and go through the Castle Gate around 12:05pm. From there, the graduates will walk along River Terrace, turn left onto 5th street, and to Sinatra Drive. There, they will cross the street and walk along the Hoboken waterfront and proceed to the Hoboken train terminal.

City Seeks Court Order to Prevent Weekend Construction


The City of Hoboken will file a motion in court early this week to request an order to prevent the developer of the property at 225 River Street from performing construction work on Saturdays unless and until a waiver and noise mitigation plan is approved by the City Council.

Previously, the developer of the property requested that a waiver to the weekend construction restrictions in the City’s noise ordinance be considered by the City Council. On Tuesday, May 14, the developer requested that the resolution for a waiver be pulled from the Council agenda. Afterwards, the attorney for the developer advised the City that they would proceed with construction on weekends.

On Saturday morning, the City’s construction official issued a stop work order to the contractor. The contractor agreed to cease construction at 11am. The City will be seeking a court order to halt weekend construction and enforce the City’s noise ordinance, which was modeled on state law, in the interest of protecting the community’s quality of life. The City’s noise ordinance was vetted and approved by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Hudson Regional Health Commission and adopted locally by the Hoboken City Council.

Hoboken National Night Out

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On Tuesday, August 6, 2013, Police Chief Anthony P. Falco Sr., along with the Hoboken Police Department will be hosting Hoboken’s annual National Night Out. National Night Out is a nationwide event that allows community workers to give back to their community. The goals of National Night Out are to 1) heighten crime and drug awareness; 2) generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; 3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnership; 4) send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.