Saturday, August 7, 2010

Things are tough all over...

With the bad news on the job front, unemployment in double digits and NJ faring no better than many parts of the country, the impact is really being felt.  Hoboken too is feeling the squeeze and it's not only in the private sector with municipal and police layoffs recently approved by the State this past week.

Let's try to bear in mind that even in tough times, Hoboken is still one community. Voices rise in bitterness seeking to enflame divisions, using the economic times for political advantage. Those voices can be expected to grow louder as yet another election kicks into full gear this fall for the 4th ward City Council seat.

We don't have to indulge them.

It's been a tough week.  Everyone can use a good laugh.  So here's a clip on Al Gore, he of the palatial homes - he's building some monstrosity out on California's "endangered" Pacific coast now.  He has still another in Tennessee using ten times the revered "carbon foot print" he talks about as all his neighbors.

It's okay cuz you know, he's right thinking.  And he has deep feelings about global warming, re: climate change (doesn't it always), and intimate meaningful massages.

Getting out of dodge but where do I put the car?

So you are heading down with friends to the Jersey Shore or flying out to another locale and need to find a spot to leave your car to avoid street cleaning?  The City has come up with a plan to save you time and trouble and perhaps some money too.

While off at your vacation spot: Residents who are planning time away from Hoboken and usually park on-street can avoid street cleaning tickets or the hassle of asking friends/family members to move their cars by keeping their car in the city’s Garage B on Hudson Street (6th Floor) up to 14 days per year.

The fee is $5/day, with a maximum of 14 days per calendar year. Simply come in to the Hoboken Parking Utility office a minimum of one week in advance of your planned departure and provide the same documentation as required for a Resident parking permit. You will receive a “Visitor parking permit” that indicates validity in “Garage B, 6th Floor” only and the dates the permit is valid. Show this permit to the attendant when departing and he will charge you the discounted rate.

This is definitely a cheaper alternative to even long term parking at the airport!

Hoboken's idea of a spaghetti western


Mayor Dawn Zimmer & the City of Hoboken

present the 6th Annual

Spaghetti Dinner Block Party
Thursday, Sept. 2nd •  5:00pm to 8:00pm
Walkway along Sinatra Drive between 1st & 2nd Streets

Tickets are $15.00 in advance (deadline for discount tickets is Aug. 26th)

Tickets purchased after deadline are $20.00 each To reserve a table of 10 = $150.00; after deadline table of ten is $200.00. Tickets for children 12 & under are $8.00; after deadline children's tickets are $10.00

Get your tickets early.  Seating is limited

4 kinds of pasta, meatballs, sausage, salad, bread & dessert

Wine, beer, water, soda, will also be available at additional cost and sold to raise funds for the Hoboken Ambulance Corp.

Tickets can be purchased
at City Hall, the Cultural Affairs Office
94 Washington Street
Call 201-420-2207

Checks should be made out to the City of Hoboken and can be mailed to:
the Hoboken Division of Cultural Affairs
94 Washington St.,  Hoboken, NJ 07030

Include a piece of paper with your name, address, phone number, and how many tickets you would like to purchase.

For more information, call 201-420-2207

The Spaghetti Dinner Block Party was an event that started in 2005 to celebrate Hoboken's 150th Anniversary. The idea was to recreate a community event that took place in 1955 for the City's 100th Anniversary - a Spaghetti Dinner Block Party on Washington Street, except now it is held along the waterfront.

It has been a huge success. People really enjoy it, so the City has been doing it every year since as a fun way to end the summer.  Tables are set up along the walkway on Frank Sinatra Drive so that everyone can enjoy the beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline. People bring their families and businesses entertain their employees. It is one big outdoor community dinner party.