Thursday, April 22, 2010

City of Hoboken announces:


Hoboken is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a series of community-wide “green” initiatives in an effort to beautify the City and raise awareness of the environment.

“Hoboken is an urban oasis meant be both enjoyed and respected by its citizens,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We thank the many committed community organizations for pitching in and helping to make Hoboken a little more green and clean.”

Mayor Zimmer’s Administration is committed to implementing environmentally friendly initiatives to both reduce energy consumption, costs, and improve the quality of life for Hoboken residents.   Recent efforts include the Council’s approval of a city-wide car sharing program.   An interconnected Hop bus system with a GPS locator will soon be launched, as well as the implementation of the City’s energy audit to install sensor lighting in all city facilities. 

Through the help of community organizations and the City’s Department of Environmental Services, efforts have begun to beautify the City. Last weekend, members of Grace Community Church devoted an afternoon to cleaning up Church Square Park, the amphitheater at Sinatra Park and at Maxwell Place Park.

Also, on Tuesday, Hoboken’s Daisy Scouts from Troop 12038 hosted a tree planting in Elysian Park to mark the Earth Day anniversary. They will host a similar celebration with a planting scheduled on Friday in the planter boxes along Sinatra Drive.

The Boy Scouts from Troop 146 honored the environment and the community’s veterans with a flower planting at the WWII memorial last Sunday.

This coming Saturday, the “Hoboken Volunteers” from OMI, Inc. (a Hoboken based company) will be cleaning up and planting at the Community Garden on Third and Jackson streets.

There are numerous tree plantings planned in the near future. The City will be planting a tree at the Wallace school on April 30 to celebrate Arbor Day. In early May, the City’s Shade Tree Commission will be planting 75 trees, provided and planted by the NJ Tree Foundation. Students from the Hoboken Charter School will plant a number of tree saplings as well. An additional 50 tree saplings, donated through Hoboken resident Jean Talerico, will also be planted in the City by the Department of Environmental Services in the coming weeks.

HHA - Hosts Spring Health Fair

STY Academy Co-Sponsors May 1 Event; Mayor Zimmer to Lead Bike Rides

HOBOKEN -- The Hoboken Housing Authority and Save The Youth Academy are hosting the Spring 2010 “Family & Friends” Health Fair on Saturday, May 1, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Mama Johnson ballfield at 4th and Jackson streets.

The health fair, which will be the latest installment in an ongoing series launched by Housing Authority Commissioner Jake Stuiver in September, will focus on the theme, “You Are What You Eat.” HHA residents are invited to participate in a cooking contest that will be judged at the event, and winners will receive gift certificates to local restaurants.  (The cooking contest will consist of a recipe we will disclose in advance and have people bring the finished product to the event.)  Fourth Ward Councilman Michael Lenz, who recently lost more than 150 pounds by dramatically improving his diet, will participate in the contest and speak about the benefits of a nutritious diet. Mayor Zimmer will be one of the judges.

Several bicycles and scooters will be given to children as prizes, and Mayor Zimmer will lead a bike ride around the neighborhood, as she has at previous health fairs in the series. There will also be an obstacle course, run by HHA Executive Director Carmelo Garcia and Police Athletic League Director Robert Gohde, and a karate class sponsored by STY Academy Director Luis Acevedo and taught by Ray Rodriguez.

Various other health-and-wellness organizations will have tables at the event, including HOPES employment- and education-assistance services, Hudson Perinatal Consortium and North Hudson Emergency Services, which will provide health screenings. Healthy refreshments will be served and music and other entertainment will be provided.

The event will be followed with another Hoboken Housing Authority health fair in June, which will build on the lessons and activities from this one.

Talking Ed Note: This event takes place one day before the town's Arts & Music Festival.  HHA Commisioner Jake Stuiver is working with Transportation Director Ian Sacs to finalize a route map for transporting HHA residents.  

Update: Here's the transportation details:  

Housing Authority residents as well as senior-housing tenants route to the Hoboken Art & Music Festival on Sunday, May 2. Service will run continuously from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break for the driver in the middle of the shift.

The stop locations are:
1)  220 Adams -- pick up seniors from there and Merion Towers (400 1st Street)
2)  221 Jackson -- pick up Housing Authority residents from there, Harrison Gardens and Andrew Jackson Gardens South.
3)  Corner of Fifth and Jackson -- pick up HHA residents from Andrew Jackson Gardens North and surrounding buildings.
4)  501 Madison -- pick up seniors from Columbian Arms.
5)  Corner of Ninth and Clinton -- pick up Christopher Columbus Gardens residents.
6)  Fox Hill Gardens
7)  First and Garden -- Festival drop-off, pick-up point

The recipe for the contest is at the jump:

Liberation of Hoboken nears with new Business Administrator Arch Liston

Hoboken is approaching the end of fiscal state control and with it the requirement a Business Administrator be appointed.

Arch Liston appeared at the City Council meeting last night selected in the appointment by Mayor Dawn Zimmer from among dozens of resumes submitted for the position and multiple interviews of different candidates.  The City Council in its advise and consent role approved the appointment requesting to review the salary request of 150K at a later time.

Although there was some noise about access to resumes via the City Clerk's office and process of committee reviews - every Councilperson had ample opportunity to obtain information and meet and speak to the candidate before the City Council meeting last night.  Mr. Liston's proposed salary of 150K comes with no typical 20% cost added in a benefits package, but he was criticized inaccurately for possibly obtaining a flat increase of previous compensation in the range of 12%.  Factor in the savings from a benefit package and Mr. Liston would come to serve Hoboken at an even lower cost. 

Business Administrators in our area typically earn upwards of 185K with a benefits package pushing the overall cost to well over 200K  In due course, the City Council will review and finalize compensation for the role.  Godspeed.

Hoboken and the City Council needs to get it done.

Photo: Arch Liston appearing before the City Council last night.  All rights reserved.

Related: Claire Moses covered the meeting last night for

City Clerk Jimmy Farina honored with proclamation

Mayor Dawn Zimmer is joined in a standing ovation by City Council members rear and the City Council audience in recognizing the decades of service Jimmy Farina has given Hoboken noting his 36 years of service on the Board of Education.  Currently Jimmy Farina serves as the town's City Clerk.

The Jersey Journal also noted the milestone.

Jerry Lore named Asst. City Clerk

Among the announcements and events last night at the City Council meeting, Jerry Lore was named Asst. City Clerk.  He joined City Clerk Jimmy Farina at the Council desk working during last night's meeting.

MSV heartily congratulates Jerry on his achievement and has seen his efforts first hand. It's a pleasure to salute his work on behalf of the City of Hoboken.