The City of Hoboken invites members of the community to join its 100-strong and growing Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). State-certified trainers will hold a series of free CERT classes this fall for up to 60 participants.
“We invite interested residents to join our nationally-recognized Community Emergency Response Team,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “They are a model for how volunteers can make communities more resilient not just as first responders after emergencies, but also by helping our residents to be better prepared.”
Hoboken’s CERT volunteers have been 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.
Following Hurricane Sandy, interest in CERT grew tremendously. The City graduated its fourth CERT class in February, 2014, bringing the total number of trained volunteers to 100 members.
Hoboken has been named a finalist by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association in the 2014 People’s Choice Awards for outstanding downtowns in New Jersey. The public is invited to vote online for the favorite downtown in each of the Northern, Central and Southern Areas of New Jersey. Hoboken will compete with these Northern Area downtowns: Historic Downtown Jersey City, Montclair Center, and Downtown Morristown.
“Hoboken has become the fastest-growing city in New Jersey because people want to live in vibrant, walkable, transit-rich communities,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We’re honored to be a finalist in this competition to recognize the great downtowns in New Jersey.”
Hoboken’s Washington Street was named a Great Street in 2010 by the American Planning Association, and Hoboken’s South Waterfront was named a Great Place in New Jersey in 2013 by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association.
The City of Hoboken’s application for a low interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, in partnership with North Hudson Sewerage Authority, has been approved by the State of New Jersey. The $11.7 million loan will pay for the construction of Hoboken’s second wet weather pump station (WWPS) to be built underground near 11th Street and Hudson Street. The wet weather pump station will be designed, constructed, operated and maintained by the North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA) on a long-term lease from the City.
“We are very pleased that our application for this critical flood pump was approved by the State,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “The latest National Climate Assessment confirms what we have all been experiencing first-hand — heavy rain events in the Northeast have increased more than 70% in the last 50 years, and when those downpours occur near high tide, we flood. This pump will help alleviate flooding in Northwest Hoboken, particularly in the area around ShopRite, as part of an integrated four-part ‘Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge’ water management strategy.”
The Hoboken Public Library newsletter for August is now available.
Hudson County recently completed the repaving of Willow Avenue from 11th Street to 13th Street. These two blocks, which had 64 vehicle collisions from 2008 to 2013, include an elementary school, a large senior housing population, and a pocket park. As a result, the City of Hoboken advocated that additional traffic and pedestrian safety measures be incorporated into the resurfacing of the street, and the City thanks Hudson County for working to make the street safer. The safety improvements included as part of this project include:
- Painted textured curb extensions at corners protected by vertical delineators (flexible bollards). They provide increased space for pedestrians waiting to cross intersections, reduce crossing distances, increase pedestrian visibility, reduce vehicle speeds by narrowing the roadway, and reduce illegal parking in crosswalks.
- High visibility, straightened out crosswalks to further shorten crossing distances and to be more visible to drivers at night. Reduced crossing distances also provide extra time for green lights.
- “Sharrows” (shared arrows) to guide cyclists and indicate to drivers that the roadway is to be shared with bikes.
- A striped buffer to keep bicyclists out of the car “dooring” zone.
- Reverse (or back-in) angle parking.
On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, Chief Edelmiro Garcia Jr., along with the Hoboken Police Department, will be hosting our annual National Night Out. National Night Out is a nationwide event that allows community workers to give back to their community. This year, we will be dedicating the night in memory of Detective Madhu Chohan. Detective Chohan joined the Hoboken Police Department on January 23, 2008. He unfortunately succumbed to an inoperable, malignant brain tumor on October 30, 2013. Detective Chohan was, and will always remain, an asset to the Hoboken Police Department. In remembrance, we will be presenting a plaque to his family at the event. This year we will have a proclamation ceremony at City Hall at 4:45pm, followed by a parade to Church Square Park led by the recruits of the Hoboken Junior Police Academy. Below are some of our highlights of the evening:
• 6:00pm Plaque dedication to Detective Chohan’s family
• 6:45pm Preschool of Rock
• 7:30pm Watermelon eating contest featuring surprise guest judges
• 8:15pm Performance from Fire Dance Squad
• 103.5 with Cindy Vero
• Red Bulls Street team
Several local businesses in addition to police agencies will be out in full support of this night out against crime. There will also be bounce houses and water slides and other kids’ entertainment!! People of all ages are encouraged to attend! Please come out and help us fight against crime! For further information contact Officer Daniel Simone at email@example.com or visit our website, www.Hobokenpd.com.