Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Councilman Cunningham: Ya gotta have park


Here's a recap from last night's open space presentation from Mayor Zimmer. It was very well attended, and I commend the Mayor for presenting a comprehensive park plan that's finally well underway. Quite frankly, there's so much going on with a sincere dedication to increasing open space inventory, and addressing the infrastructure challenges by the Mayor and her Administration, it's more than a feeling, it's reality. 1600 Park should be online fall 2011. Particularly with what appears to be full support of the council, I am confident that with your help we can all support this plan which improves our quality of life, our property values and puts the open space trust fund to work for all of us!


Western Edge Community Workshops - Tomorrow at Wallace School (7-9) and Thursday at Public Library (6-8)

After years and years of constant residential development in our redevelopment areas, the city council had been trying to put a plan on the table that was economically diverse, along with amenities to the public promised so many times in the past. While I was one of the first to agree that additional community workshops were necessary to fine tune the plan, I still stand firm on creating a plan that incorporates residential, commercial, retail with public amenities. It has been done in other communities, so we know it can be done in Hoboken.

Unfortunately the developer community, as seen in this past weekend's Reporter, has launched a campaign to discredit these concepts as being mutually exclusive and unaffordable, and that is simply not true.

Therefore, we really need your support tomorrow night at Wallace to advocate for smart and balanced development. Please pass this around, and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks, Peter

Councilman Peter Cunningham

In a time for giving, one voice politely asks for support

This letter comes from a Hoboken resident who wished to convey this message to the community but due to the family sensitivity asked to do so anonymously:

I am writing to you today to tell a bit about CADASIL.

What is CADASIL? Great question. Most people never hear of it unless someone in their family is diagnosed with this rare disease.  I am reaching out to you today because someone in my immediate family has recently been diagnosed with this rare genetic disease.

CADASIL is an autosomal dominant gene that causes strokes and cognitive disabilities at a young age. This means – if a parent is affected there is a 50% chance of each child being affected and onset of symptoms is usually from 35-50. Currently there is no treatment, no cure, and really no funding to look for one.  But….we can change that!

There are a handful of very dedicated researchers working on CADASIL with the help of some private funding and funds from the United Leukodystrophy Foundation. WE NEED YOUR HELP TOO! If we can raise $50,000 it would be possible to fund the first attempt at drug discovery for CADASIL!

Please consider making a donation online.  The webpage form will ask for the occasion of your gift or comment here:  It is very important that your enter CADASIL research grant in the box so the money will be placed in an endowment specifically for research.


If you would rather mail your donation, please make checks payable to:
United Leukodystrophy Foundation (write CADASIL research grant on memo line)
2304 Highland Dr., Sycamore, IL 60178

The ULF is a tax-exempt 501[C] [3] charity.
Tax I.D. #35-1557361
Phone (800) 728-5483

I know there are many groups and charities vying for your donations (especially this time of year) I hope you consider what an impact even a small donation will have on the future of these young people affected with CADASIL. Please take a moment to pass this email along to your friends or family, Church groups, school groups, alumni groups…the more the merrier.  Just think, with one small gesture, hopefully one day you'll be able to say that you helped find a treatment for CADASIL.  Very powerful!

 Thank you for taking the time to learn about CADASIL and any consideration to making a donation. For additional information, please visit:


I sincerely appreciate any and all contributions to help us reach the goal!

As the holiday season enters, a pathetic message from Hate411

City Hall is hosting its tree lighting ceremony tomorrow:

Mayor Dawn Zimmer & the City of Hoboken
invite you to the

Hoboken Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE: Wednesday Dec. 8th  at 5:30pm
in front of City Hall, 94 Washington Street
with special guests: Elvis the Elf & Santa Claus
Local school children & performers singing favorite Christmas songs including Hoboken All School Chorus, Hannah & the M & Ms, Hoboken Cheer Dynamic All-Stars, Daisy Girl Scouts and much more

Is it more sad or pathetic that others stewed in the juices of their own hatred post anti Semitic baiting innuendo about the city not putting up decorations.  Of course there is no source to any of it, not one.

Mason411 know for its heavy hand of censorship doesn't look to be taking down any of the garbage from its usual low brow posters either such as this:

Maybe Hate411 will be ashamed enough to delete a post actually warranting it

In February this year, "Mason411," the name coined by readers in reference to Councilwoman Beth Mason's uptown smear merchant, the Holocaust was used to attack the mayor,  MSV wrote a piece on that story found here.

Beth Mason contacted the Anti-Defamation League to report a graphic with similarities to a movie poster where she was lampooned and tried to have it labeled with its author anti-Semitic.  Having failed in that attempt, it was later shopped to her friend in a political organization, the NJDC that linked to the hatchet job on Mason411 and refused to explain how they became involved and why a political organization would link to the political hit job instead of where the claimed offending material originated.

Well Councilwoman Mason, looks like your friends are out of control again.  Maybe you should tell them your Jewish or perhaps you should pick up the phone call the Anti-Defamation League and then have a full blown presentation in the next City Council meeting starring your friend the "weasel with an easel," as one commenter described the little Mason411 minion.

MSV has learned the truth: some Christmas decorations were in fact damaged in the Municipal Garage move and replacements were necessary.

Da Horsey understands there are decorations in fact going up downtown on lamp posts now.  It'll probably be a nice backdrop at the tree light ceremony tomorrow night.

Let's enjoy the holidays and ignore the hatred of Mason411 and its minions!