Monday, August 23, 2010

Sign of the Times: Political Insider writer 'spun hard'

Can't be sure what's been going on in the dog days of summer around these parts, but it makes for some interesting chatter.  One such observation comes from political insider columnist Auggie Torres who inquired about the lack of visible paint on Observer Highway's streets.

Intersections of Hoboken just got some new paint
Can't say which stretch Auggie is referring to but it's safe to say, he might have missed some new paint up over on the cross section of Observer Highway, Monroe and Newark streets the past few weeks. 

Although the street is officially a county road, it was brought to the attention of local officials concerned with reports of cars traveling on it the wrong way! 

Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs is responsible for moving on the problem and working with Hudson County.

Photo: Intersection of Monroe, Newark and Observer Highway, courtesy Tony Soares.

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Public invited to see 14th St. Viaduct renderings

City of Hoboken announces:


Hudson County and the City of Hoboken will hold a community event to unveil the final graphic renderings of the design plans for the area under the 14th Street Viaduct. The improvements are part of the plan to replace the viaduct connecting Hoboken and Union City.

Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Freeholder Anthony L. Romano, and Mayor Dawn Zimmer will join the stakeholder group involved in helping develop the design to unveil the graphic renderings on September 7th at 7:00pm underneath the Viaduct near Clearview Cinemas. Residents are invited to attend and learn about the plans for this exciting up-and-coming area of our City.

"If Hoboken is to remain our county's economic and cultural powerhouse, we need to do all we can to reduce traffic congestion, increase open space and create more public amenities in the city's gateway neighborhoods," said Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise. "This project, along with the millions in County funds already invested in the new park at 1600 Park Avenue, the Hoboken Cove Waterfront mini-park and the Hoboken Cove section of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway gap site, are literally "concrete” examples of the County's continued commitment to that goal."

The finals plans include a dog run and playground, pedestrianized streets, a block of active recreation space with a multi-use court and two blocks of multi-purpose space that can be used for farmer’s markets and other community purposes.

“We’re providing a diversity of recreation options in a very unique place which will serve as a gateway to the Northwest area of Hoboken,” said 5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham.

In January, Hoboken officials hosted a community workshop to solicit resident ideas for the design of the area underneath the structure. A committee of stakeholders was formed to meet with and communicate the community’s feedback to Hudson County engineers throughout the design process.

“These exciting plans are the result of a collaborative public process involving the Hoboken community andHudson County,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We’re thankful for the County’s efforts in creating this inviting recreation area for Hoboken residents, and I want to thank the public and the stakeholder group for taking the time to provide their input and participating in the process that led to a final design.”

The public’s participation and the collaboration between municipal, county, state and federal levels of government, including Senator Robert Menendez, Congressman Albio Sires, a member of the House Committee onTransportation and Infrastructure, and State Senator Brian Stack was critical to the success of the process.

This $55 million federally-funded project, initiated by Hudson County after the collapse of the I-35W Mississippi River bridge in Minneapolis, is being administered through the County, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, and the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

“The rehabilitation of the 14th Street Viaduct is long overdue,” said Hudson County Freeholder Anthony L.Romano. “Structural improvements are needed to transform this antiquated structure into a safe, state-of-the-artviaduct complete with expanded pedestrian walkways and improved lighting.”

To improve pedestrian safety in the area, traffic calming measures will include raised sidewalks and narrowed streets. Additional East-West blocks of South Marginal Street will be closed to vehicular traffic as is currently the case in front of Clearview Cinemas.

Underside of the 14th St. Viaduct

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Hoboken411 threat - 'We're going to get you'

Just another quiet August summer weekend in Hoboken except the Hudson Reporter was roused on a Sunday to pen a few words if only to belittle those trifling bloggers.  The Reporter's editors set their sights on an eyewitness account by the Hoboken Journal describing it as "gossip."

Kurt Gardiner at the Hoboken Journal recounts an encounter of the absurd kind as he titles it with Hoboken's head smear merchant, Perry Klaussen of Hoboken411. Their little chat on Washington St. leads to Das Klaussen focusing his missing anger management skills on a City employee who walks by with his wife.  The City employee makes the mistake of stopping by to politely say hello.

Das Klaussen: do you know who I am?
As the Jolly Green Giant recounts it, Perry doesn't immediately know who the City employee is although he had just savaged him on his website earlier in the week, you know outsourced minion work and all.

When Das Klaussen finally puts two and two together he unleashes a volley of epithets after a short anger fueled tirade of "Do you know who I am?" and something along the lines of "watch it" and "I'm going to get you," and Mayor Zimmer because I really really hate being ignored by you. Apparently, being ignored by most of Hoboken's voters isn't what's bothering Perry these days. His single minded advocacy of candidates has produced a string of defeats for each in a landslide of losing election results.

Now who is going to break the bad news to editor Claire Moses of Hoboken Patch. Perry believes he and his minion are the "credentialed" journalists and her work is well, chopped liver.

Sounds like the wheels are coming off over at Hate411. The only thing funnier are some of the comments following the story. Check it out:

Talking Ed Note: Word on the street is Al Sullivan of The Hudson Reporter hates Grafix Avenger.  Can only imagine what he thinks of the Hoboken Journal and MSV.