Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Birthday America!

The Declaration of Independence:
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Talking Ed Note: What happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence?  While some may dispute details on a few to a degree, there's no disputing that many lost everything for affixing their names publicly resisting the British crown.

How far the nation has traversed from then and even the days when John F. Kennedy said, "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."  

Hoboken July 4th information

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Community: 4th of July Information for Hoboken Residents & Visitors

The City of Hoboken is expecting to host tens of thousands of guests to view the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks which will take place over the Hudson River this year.

Traffic delays & mass transit
Based on prior years, residents and visitors who drive are advised to expect four hours or more of traffic and delays exiting Hoboken after the fireworks and at least two hour delays to exit municipal parking garages. In addition to delays, the gridlock can create a situation where public safety vehicles cannot effectively respond to emergencies, so the City strongly urges visitors to take mass transit. Options include the PATH, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, NY Waterway ferries, or NJ Transit commuter rail or bus. For additional travel information, visit: Visitors looking for parking will be directed to municipal garages B (28 2nd St) and D (215 Hudson St).

Heightened security
There will be heightened security, with numerous checkpoints staffed by law enforcement personnel along the entire waterfront area. Checkpoint entrances will be located at: 1st St & Sinatra Dr, 2nd St & Sinatra Dr, 3rd St & Sinatra Dr, 4th St & River St, 11th St & Sinatra Dr, 12th St & Shipyard Ln, 14th St and Shipyard Ln. The stairway from the Babbio Center to the waterfront will be closed. Any person entering these designated checkpoints will be prohibited from entering with the following items: backpacks, fireworks, coolers, glass bottles, cans, grills & barbeque materials, propane tanks, weapons, tents, alcohol, and other items not in the interest of public safety. Only factory sealed beverages will be permitted, excluding alcohol. All items are subject to inspection prior to entry into the checkpoint areas.

Only Hoboken-licensed vendors will be permitted beyond checkpoints. The vendor entrance is at 4th St. and River St. and vendors are subject to screening.

Street closures
The following streets will be closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles between 8 am and midnight on July 4th:
• Sinatra Dr. from 15th St. to 1st St. (Sinatra Dr. from 4th St. to 11th St. will close on July 3, 8:00pm)
• River St. from Hudson Place (PATH) to 4th St., (limited access to residents and parking patrons only)
• 5th St. & Castle Point Terrace
• Hudson Place

Due to the closure of Hudson Place, the west side of Hudson Street from Hudson Place to Observer Highway will be the designated taxi area.

Parking restrictions
No parking will be permitted on the following streets between 8am and midnight on July 4th in order to provide safe access for emergency response vehicles:

• Sinatra Dr. from 1st St. to 15th St.
• 4th St. from River St. to Clinton St. (on the south side of the street)
• Willow Ave. from 11th St. to 4th St. (on the west side of the street)
• Hudson Place (by the PATH)
• Newark Street from Hudson St. to Sinatra Dr.
• Clinton St. from 7th St. to 8th St.
• Hudson St. from 14th St. to Observer Hwy. (on the west side of the street)

Disabled guests
The fishing pier located at approximately 9th St. and Sinatra Dr. will be open for disabled guests. Each may be accompanied by two additional guests. Pier C will be closed.

First aid stations
The Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps will have first aid stations at Pier A Park, Sinatra Park, 8th St. and Sinatra Dr., 12th St. and Sinatra Dr., and 14th St. and Sinatra Dr.

Councilwoman Jen Giattino's July 4th greetings and community updates

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Greetings from Jen Giattino for City Council
Dear Family, Friends & Neighbors,
Wishing you a happy, safe July 4th holiday
and summer.  
See you at the park and
around town.
Fourth of July Notes:
Heightened security checkpoint entrances
will be located at:
  • 1st St & Sinatra Dr
  • 2nd St & Sinatra Dr
  • 3rd St & Sinatra Dr
  • 4th St & River St
  • 11th St & Sinatra Dr
  • 12th St & Shipyard Ln
  • 14th St and Shipyard Ln
The stairway from the Babbio Center to the
waterfront will be closed.

Any person entering these designated checkpoints
will be prohibited from entering with the
following items: backpacks, fireworks, coolers, glass
bottles, cans, grills & barbeque materials, propane
tanks, weapons, tents, alcohol, and other items not
in the interest of public safety.
Only factory sealed beverages will be permitted,
excluding alcohol.
 All items are subject to inspection
prior to entry into the checkpoint areas.
More July 4th Info & Street closures  
The City of Hoboken is expecting to host tens of thousands of guests to view the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks which will take place over the Hudson River this year.
Pier C
The contractor is currently working
on site restoration as well as the
evaluation of the site electrical
repairs and landscaping replacements.
The initial sod installed is damaged
the contractor will re-sod with no
additional costs.  Graffiti removal
and the decking rehabilitation began
on July 1 and will be  followed by
landscaping restoration.  

Steven’s Park
Batting Cages – Bid Documents will
be advertised the week of July 8th,
with an anticipated award at the
August 7th regular meeting.

Walkway concrete work started
on 6/28/2013.

Dog Run is currently in design phase.

Church Square Park 
Bathroom is in the demolition phase which will be followed by the fit out work including electrical, plumbing and building trades.

Dog Run is currently in design phase.

Church Square Park Concert Series - every Wed on June, July and August from 7 to 9:30pm.
Update for Parks 

1600 Park
Soft soil conditions were found at
1600 Park. This caused a revision of
the design to strengthen the
foundation for the field lighting.
The lights are critical in accom-
modating the high demand for
field use by all ages in the community.
Completion to is expected for Sept.1

Sinatra Park 
Pile driving is complete and sheet
piles have been installed to hold
back the soil. Construction began
for the new pre-cast concrete pier structure which is the foundation
upon which the new soccer field
and walkway will be built.
Completion is expected for Sept.1
Elysian Park 
Bids will be received on
7/17/13 with award expected to
be made at the 8/7 Regular
meeting.  Construction will commence immediately   after
award notification.
Summer Pool Info
The Hoboken High School pool will  be open to all residents from July 8 to August 21, Monday through Thursday from 11am to 5pm.
“Mommy and Me” sessions will take place from 3pm to 5pm.
Seacacus Pool available to Hoboken residents at a discounted rate
Click here for more pool info and to download aplications

Effective immediately, drivers
can pay at all parking meters in Hoboken with a pre-paid
Hoboken Smart Card. 

Refillable smart cards ranging
in value from $20 to $240 can
be purchased at the Hoboken
Parking Utility.

Issued smart cards can be
recharged at any parking meter
that accepts bills.

24 new parking meters have
been installed throughout the
city which accept paper bills in
addition to coins, credit/debit
cards and smart cards.