Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Haiti Earthquake - Please help with $10 now

Many will do more and we applaud it as the devastation in Haiti from one of the most destructive earthquakes in our region has stuck this impoverished island.  President Clinton is seeking immediate funding support to act quickly and save as many lives as possible.

In this regard all you need to do is reach for your phone and text just the word "Haiti" to 20222.  For the moment this is maybe the best many of us can do.  Please pass the word.  And hit the mobile before you forget to make an immediate $10 donation.

A text will come back asking you to confirm and the total is added to your bill when you reply YES. shows those details.

Talking Ed Note: Although MSV recognizes this will be saturated in your news, the reason for the emphasis here is the dire time requirement in any rescue efforts.  Haiti is ill equipped to do so as it does not have the equipment and trained manpower.  In addition, the loss of life here will likely be much higher as a result of adding in the sheer magnitude of the quake, a 7.0 on the richter scale.  A magnitude 7.0 earthquake generates 10 times larger amplitude waves than those of a magnitude 6.0, and releases 32 times more energy.  

President Clinton emphasized that the funds raised through this effort will be moved immediately to save lives and this prompted the post.  Again, we ask you to consider an immediate $10 donation via your mobile phone.  Time is of the essence.  For longer range donations, please consider:

Tonight: Police Meet & Greet + Hoboken EMS

In addition to the Hoboken Police Community Policing Q&A tonight at Willie McBrides, the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp. will be holding a fundraiser.  If you don't make the bar special they are offering, you can also visit their website to support a worthy cause.

Related: Hoboken Now notes 70% of funding comes from fundraising.


Viaduct Transportation Meeting at the Elks Club

If you missed the meeting yesterday at the Elks Club, the Hoboken Journal attended and posted a story on the changes proposed and how it will impact Hoboken's northern section of town and the western transportation link.

Photo: Ian Sacs speaking last night at the Elks Club, courtesy the Hoboken Journal

The Judy Tripodi Interview - Budget Series (pt. I)

In the comprehensive interview with Judy Tripodi at City Hall last Thursday, the fiscal state monitor discusses the initial efforts entering Hoboken under the circumstances of the city's serious financial problem with over expenditures and lack of financial controls. Judy highlights the financial accuracy now available nonexistent previous and the timely reports and systems improvements that will serve the town moving forward, especially in the area of each department on a line item basis.

The fiscal state monitor also contrasts the changes in her role now acting in an advisory role to the newly elected mayor and knowledge transfer efforts leading to her inevitable departure emphasizing how annual decisions impact for years ahead and the efforts of her and Finance Director Nick Trasente to set a three to five year roadmap.

There's some distortion and echo in the first few seconds but it quickly clears up.  This portion of the interview runs just under ten minutes.

Other segments of the interview cover a multitude of topics including audits, forensic accounting, corruption, the 2010 and 2011 budgets and more.

Photo: Sign outside the door to Judy Tripodi's office.  All rights reserved.

Tonight: Police Meet & Greet

Community Policing Meeting with Public Safety 

Hoboken Police Department
Tonight at 7:00 pm
Wllie McBrides

616 Grand St.
Hoboken, NJ 07030
(201) 610-1522

For Residents of 5th TO 9TH Sts, Clinton to Jefferson St.

Police Chief Falco is scheduled to be appearing to discuss related safety issues for this part of Hoboken.  The Hoboken Police are conducting this public outreach to give citizens an opportunity to participate in a Q&A related to the town and their specific neighborhoods.

Photo: Police Chief Falco (center) at the 4th Ward community meeting last December.

Agenda at the jump: