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Briefs
STRONGEST, BRAVEST AND MOST GENEROUS – Members of Hoboken’s police and fire departments gathered at Shop Rite on Thursday to pick up turkeys and other Thanksgiving dinner items for the Police Department’s Annual Turkey Drive, which began in 1999. “We should all take a moment to think of those who are less fortunate,” said Sgt. Edgardo Cruz, who organized the drive. “And if you can, lend a hand any way you can to help them. It’s the least we can do.”
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State Assembly committee expresses support for extending New York No. 7 subway to Hoboken, Secaucus

Will Hoboken become another stop on the New York subway? If New Yorkers are lucky, it will!

On Monday, the state Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee approved a resolution expressing support for extending the No. 7 line to New Jersey, including Hoboken and Secaucus.

In 2010, Gov. Christopher Christie canceled the Access to the Region’s Core Tunnel project, which would have added two train tunnels from New Jersey to New York. Extending the subway line might let New Jersey commuters get directly in and out of midtown Manhattan in a different way. Plus, maybe New Yorkers can enjoy more of the Garden State.

The resolution doesn’t set anything in stone, and legislators discussed alternatives on Monday, according to NJBiz.

NPR covers Hoboken’s parking issues



A reporter for National Public Radio who lives in Hoboken interviewed several angry residents about their experiences finding parking in the mile-square city for a piece that aired Tuesday morning.

Sarah Gonzalez, who reports for both WNYC and New Jersey Public Radio (NJPR), described the oddities of Hoboken’s parking situation, like residents who park in the middle of the street waiting for a sweeper to pass so they can retake their space, and the fact that the city gives out 15,000 parking permits for around 9,000 spaces.

Gonzalez interviewed residents who said enforcement of the parking codes are too unforgiving and the fines too expensive.

According to Gonzalez, the city generated more than $3.5 million in street sweeping tickets alone as of October. In 2012, the city earned about $4.6 million in total tickets and fees, according to NPR.

The city also generated $150,000 in residential parking permit fees this year.

“It was planned very perfect because let me tell you, you leave it for five minutes, they’ll give you a ticket,” resident Freddie Flores told NPR. “Forty-five bucks they charge you. I remember when it used to be $15.”

The report also shed light on the sheer amount of money that the city generates from that enforcement, which has gone up in recent years.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who came under scrutiny last summer when the owner of the legendary rock club Maxwell’s said the club would have to close in part because the mayor hadn’t done anything to improve the situation, told NPR she’s working on incorporating parking into a new master plan for the city.

“We can try to incorporate adding more parking garages,” Zimmer said.

The NPR report said in her four years in office, Zimmer has added 850 spaces throughout the city. She also told the Reporter earlier that a number of pilot plans were being unfurled around town to look at ways to change the city’s confusing signs and reduce ticketing, although the matter was brought to the public’s attention two years ago.

That story is available at http://bit.ly/194DRTg. To listen to NPR’s piece, visit http://www.wnyc.org/story/go-hoboken-just-dont-drive-there/.

HUMC receives Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association

Hoboken University Medical Center, owned by CarePoint Health, was named a recipient of the American Heart Association’s Get-with-the-Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award, it was announced this week.

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.

This marks the first year that the hospital has been recognized with a quality achievement award.

Hoboken University Medical Center’s staff use of the stroke guidelines helps to develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.

The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save lives.

Hoboken Education Association announces ‘Breakfast with Santa’

The Hoboken Education Association announced its annual Breakfast with Santa event this week, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hoboken Elks Lodge, 1005 Washington St.

The event will include a breakfast feast, gingerbread men, candy canes and gifts from Santa and his elves, games, and a story hour by Hoboken school teachers, an experience that truly brings the holidays to life for any child.

Parents can enjoy breakfast and coffee while kids have activities coordinated by members of the Hoboken Education Association and student volunteers from Hoboken High School Class of 2014.

Individual and group photos with Santa and gifts for the parents are complementary. All Hoboken Children up to 10 years of age and their families are welcome.

Admission is free to the first 200 people who RSVP. Please RSVP by emailing HobokenEducationAssociation@gmail.com or calling (201) 978-2164.

Hoboken Police Dept. kicking off annual toy drive

On Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Hoboken Police Department will host a toy drive for families in need this holiday season. The department will attempt to fill its police bus to the top with all of the donations and is requesting the assistance of the public.

The toy drive is being coordinated in conjunction with The Hoboken Fire Department, The Hoboken Motorcycle Club, The Hoboken Special Needs Parent Group, and the Wallace School Peer Leadership.

The Hoboken Special Needs Parent Group has organized additional drop off locations at Baby Gap, 222 Washington St.; Servpro of Hoboken and Union City, 51 Fairmount Ave., Jersey City; and World of Wonder Day Care, 133 Harrison St., for those who choose to drop off prior to the event.

If you are interested in donating, please drop by police headquarters at 106 Hudson St. with unwrapped gifts on Dec. 11. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee or some hot chocolate and have your picture taken with Santa. If you are a family in need or know a family in need, please contact the Hoboken Police Department at (201) 420-2100 or email Hobokenpsoa@gmail.com. Please provide the ages and names of the children.

New hat shop holding first annual toy drive

Headgear, a new hat and clothing shop in Hoboken, announced its first annual Holiday Toy Drive this week. The shop will be collecting new unwrapped toys for both girls and boys of all ages.

Drop off locations are Headgear, 257 First St.; Trim, 303A First St., and Crew Hair Studios, 453 Fifth Street. For more information, call (201) 526-4588.

Horizon Foundation for NJ donates to two Hudson County charities

The Horizon Foundation of New Jersey announced donations to the Jersey City-based Liberty Science Center and Hoboken’s HOPES Community Action Partnership this week, totaling $45,000.

The donation for the science center, for $25,000, will support the upcoming Beyond Rubik’s Cube exhibit, which will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic brainteaser.

The donation to HOPES, for $20,000, will support the HOPES on the Road program, which connects low-income neighborhoods in Hudson and Union Counties with vital healthcare information and assistance to locate providers and services at accessible locations with the assistance of a translator.

These two grants were part of 35 grants totaling nearly $700,000 the foundation gave to charitable organizations that promote health and arts statewide.

Chabad of Hoboken to sponsor Menorah Lighting on Dec. 2

Chabad of Hoboken is sponsoring its twelfth annual Menorah Lighting at Hoboken City Hall, 94 Washington Street, on Monday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m.

There will be hot latkes, donuts, chocolate gelt, funky dreidels, dancing and more. The event is free and all are welcome

A children's program begins at 4:45 p.m. inside City Hall and features the return of the Yeladudes Theater performing the story of the "The Chanukah Miracle.”

Kosher Pizza will be served. Performance begins at 5 p.m. and tickets are $15.

Chanukah at City Hall is co-sponsored by Shoprite of Hoboken.

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