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July, 2013

Groups Invited to Apply for Field Use at 1600 Park

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The City of Hoboken invites leagues, teams, and community organizations to apply for the use of field space at 1600 Park for the remainder of the summer. The multi-use field, which can accommodate a variety of sports, is expected to open on a preliminary basis in early August.

“We are so glad to open up this new field to all the teams, leagues and other members of the community looking for a place to practice or play a match,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “The field will also be open to all members of the public for a pickup game or practice whenever it is not reserved.”

Groups interested in applying for field space can download a permit request form and email it to recreation@hobokennj.org or contact the Recreation Division at 201-420-2012 with any questions.

Additional construction at 1600 Park, including restroom facilities and dog run will continue. Until the lights are connected in a few weeks, the field will be available for use during the day through sunset.

Tickets Available For Spaghetti Dinner Block Party

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Mayor Dawn Zimmer & the City of Hoboken present the 9th Annual Spaghetti Dinner Block Party on Thursday, August 29th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm located at the walkway along Sinatra Drive between 1st and 2nd Streets. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $10 for children under 12.

UPDATE – Construction for Street Repaving to Begin on or About August 6


On or about August 6, 2013, construction will commence on repaving of various roads in Hoboken. This work is funded by the City of Hoboken and the New Jersey Department of Transportation. This project consists of milling and resurfacing of the following streets:

1) 12th Street between Willow Avenue and Bloomfield Street (Aug 6-8)
2) Madison Street between 11th Street and 15th Street (Aug 6-8)
3) Monroe Street between 3rd Street and 6th Street (Aug 7-8)
4) 4th Street between Hudson Street and Sinatra Drive (Aug 7-8)

Updated information on the order of construction work and specific dates of construction for each street will be posted as it becomes available to the city website.

Hoboken Seeks Volunteers to Grow Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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The City of Hoboken invites members of the community to join its growing Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). State-certified trainers will hold a series of free CERT classes this fall for up to 60 participants.

“Resilient communities begin with resilient people,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Under the leadership of CERT Coordinator Lou Casciano, volunteers helped save lives during Hurricane Sandy, and they are a critical part of keeping us safe both during emergencies and planned events. I thank Lou and our new Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Lt. Ken Ferrante for their work to keep our community safe.”

Mayor Zimmer Continues Advocacy for Hoboken in Response to Governor Christie’s Announcement of Home Elevation Program


Today, Governor Chris Christie announced $100 million in funds to help New Jersey residents along the shore to elevate their homes. Mayor Zimmer thanked Governor Christie for his advocacy for the State of New Jersey and continued her strong advocacy for Federal, State, and County support for her comprehensive approach to protect Hoboken.

“While this program will be enormously helpful for those with single family homes, in urban areas like Hoboken, it is simply not possible to raise up our buildings, and we need to protect our communities comprehensively rather than creating islands of protection,” explained Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We have developed those plans and are pursuing all options including FEMA grants, loans from the state, and public-private partnerships to implement these initiatives. I will continue to advocate at all levels for an approach that acknowledges the unique challenges of urban areas.”

Cooling Center Open


The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through Thursday evening, and heat index values may exceed 100. The City of Hoboken will open a cooling center on the ground floor conference room of City Hall, 94 Washington Street, from 10am to 5pm on Thursday, July 18. The Hoboken Public Library at 500 Park Avenue is air conditioned and open from 9am to 8pm.

Sprinklers and water features are also available for cooling off at Church Square Park, Jackson Street Park, Madison Park, Elysian Park, Stevens Park, Pier A, Pier C, and Columbus Park.

Residents are urged to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly and those with disabilities and to consider the following heat-related emergency safety tips

Hoboken School District to Benefit from United Arab Emirates Donation to Sandy Relief Fund

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The Hoboken School District is one of nine districts that will benefit from a $4.5 million donation made by the United Arab Emirates Embassy to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. The Hoboken schools that will benefit from the donation are Hoboken High School, Joseph F. Brandt School, Salvatore R. Calabro School, Thomas G. Connors, and Wallace Elementary School.

“On behalf of the City of Hoboken, I thank Governor Chris Christie, First Lady Mary Pat Christie, and the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund for their support as we continue to rebuild our community,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

“We are very thankful to the UAE Embassy for the generous donation that will help improve technology in our schools,” added Leon Gold, President of the Hoboken Board of Education.

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for July


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

4th of July Information for Hoboken Residents & Visitors


The City of Hoboken is expecting to host tens of thousands of guests to view the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks which will take place over the Hudson River this year.

Traffic delays & mass transit
Based on prior years, residents and visitors who drive are advised to expect four hours or more of traffic and delays exiting Hoboken after the fireworks and at least two hour delays to exit municipal parking garages. In addition to delays, the gridlock can create a situation where public safety vehicles cannot effectively respond to emergencies, so the City strongly urges visitors to take mass transit. Options include the PATH, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, NY Waterway ferries, or NJ Transit commuter rail or bus. For additional travel information, visit: www.hobokennj.org/visit/how-to-get-here. Visitors looking for parking will be directed to municipal garages B (28 2nd St) and D (215 Hudson St).