This week’s City Council meeting will take place on Monday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.
The council will consider an ordinance to authorize the use of eminent domain if necessary to acquire the Union Dry Dock site on the waterfront.
According to a press release from the city: “[Hoboken] was just advised by NY Waterway that a subsidiary of NY Waterway had acquired Union Dry Dock for $11.5 million with the intention of using the property as a repair facility for its ferry fleet. NJ Transit advised the city Thursday that it will be entering into an agreement with NY Waterway for the option to purchase the property.”
“Now more than ever, the city needs all the tools available to be in the strongest position to negotiate in the best interest of our residents,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.
The city may also discuss trying to acquire land owned by Academy Bus for the expansion of the Southwest Resiliency Park. The city’s first appraisal determined a value of $3.975 million. A second appraisal determined a value of $5.3 million. An ordinance to accept the second appraisal and authorize a new offer amount was approved on first reading by the council and will be considered for a second and final reading at Monday’s council meeting. Residents can come speak out on any council proposal.
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza will come to Hoboken
One of New York City’s most popular pizzeria chains is coming to five New Jersey cities, including Jersey City and Hoboken.
In 2008, Francis Garcia and Sal Basille founded the company Artichoke Basille’s Pizza. Since then, they have opened several locations across the U.S.
Their five New Jersey locations will also include Newark, New Brunswick, and Princeton as part of a five-unit franchise deal.
Homeless or cold? County opens free warming center
The Hudson County Warming Center is scheduled to open on Friday, Nov. 10 to accommodate the homeless in anticipation of severe cold weather this weekend. The Urban Renewal Corporation (URC) will conduct pickup(s) at the Hoboken Shelter at 300 Bloomfield St. at 8 p.m. (line formation at 7:45 p.m.) and in Jersey City at the taxi stand on Sip and Bergen avenues 10 p.m. (line formation begins at 9:45 p.m.) to take guests to the Warming Center. They will make as many trips as needed.
The Hudson County Warming Center will not remain open continuously from Friday evening through Sunday morning. Instead, URC will transport guests back to Jersey City and Hoboken after 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday mornings. Their Outreach Team is prepared to engage and register individuals for any one of the existing shelters and the Warming Center.
All shelters in Hudson County will remain open to provide respite for guests. Local law enforcement agencies have been contacted to provide transport to individuals to the County Warming Center in Kearny and local shelters as needed.
If you encounter a homeless individual during this time period, local shelters should be consulted first. The contact information for the Kearny Warming Center is as follows: Phone: (973) 344-6852. The address is 53 S. Hackensack Ave. in Kearny.
The county also provided a hotline, but when the Reporter tried it, it rang without answers. Various officials were trying on Friday to determine who is responsible for handling the hotline, and there was no answer by press time. We will publish the correct number next week, but in the meantime, use the number above.
“I urge all in need of shelter and anyone concerned about their welfare to please use the available warming center service or call the homeless hotline to assist with shelter placement,” said Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise. “We greatly appreciate the cooperation of all our coalition partners in this effort.”
NJ Transit sidelines 44 train engineers for sleep apnea
According to media reports, NJ Transit has screened 373 train engineers for sleep disorders. After 44 were confirmed to have sleep apnea, they were sidelined until they received treatment for the disorder. Three of those engineers still remain out of service.
Sleep apnea causes non-restful sleep due to breathing irregularities and may cause daytime drowsiness.
NJ Transit tested its engineers following the fatal September, 2016 crash at Hoboken terminal, which killed a local mother and injured 100 commuters.
The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the cause of the crash but the engineer Thomas Gallagher was diagnosed with sleep apnea following the crash.
The NTSB has cited sleep apnea as the probable cause of 10 highway and rail accidents in the past 17 years.
Hoboken City Hall holiday craft fair announced
On Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, City Hall will host its annual holiday crafts fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The fair will feature unique handcrafted items by local artists and crafters including art, jewelry, fashion accessories, pottery, wooden home decor, hand knit scarves, hats, mittens, baby sweaters, baby clothes, Silly Chilly hot sauce, holiday ornaments and gift wrap, soap and body products, candles, sachets, dog and cat treats, hot and cold compresses, face painting, and more.
City Hall is located at 94 Washington St. For more information call (201) 420-2000 ext. 5100.
Elysian Charter School announces weighted lottery to benefit low-income students
Elysian Charter School, one of Hoboken’s three charter schools, announced last week that it has received approval from the New Jersey Department of Education to offer low-income families an extra chance at its lottery, which will be held Jan.17 at 1:30 p.m. for the 2018-2019 school year.
Any child who can provide proof that they live in Hoboken public housing or Hoboken Section 8 housing, who qualify for free or reduced lunch at their current public school, or can prove that either they or their guardian qualifies for SNAP/ TANF benefits, would get his or her name placed into the lottery twice rather than once.
“We are delighted to be able to offer low-income families in Hoboken an additional opportunity to attend Elysian, one of New Jersey’s first charter schools,” said Elysian Director Harry Laub. “While we have always worked to attract a diverse student population and already demonstrate a level of diversity that exceeds the city of Hoboken itself, this new weighted lottery will help us do more to broaden underprivileged Hoboken students’ access to additional public education options.”
“We hope that our new lottery preference, modeled after HOLA’s, will help raise awareness among families that might not know about all of their public school options, and then give them an increased chance once they apply,” said the board chair Eduardo Gonzalez. “As Elysian celebrates its 20th year, we hope to make our successful progressive education model even more accessible to all families in Hoboken, which we believe in turn will benefit the entire school and community.”
Lottery forms can be found on the school’s website at http://www.ecsnj.org or obtained at Elysian Charter School at 1460 Garden St. Hoboken, NJ. Registration forms be must be submitted by the deadline of Friday, Jan. 12 by 5 p.m. to be included in the lottery. They can be completed online, dropped off at the school or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The school will host open houses on Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. and Jan 6 at 10 a.m. Email email@example.com or call the school office at 201-876-0102 with any questions.
Housing Authority to receive funds for rehabilitation plan
According to a press release from the Hoboken Housing Authority, the HHA has closed on a five-year burn off loan with the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance company for just over $1million. This money will help fund the planning of a $12 million rehabilitation to housing authority apartment buildings damaged during Hurricane Sandy.
During Sandy, Housing Authority heating plants, elevators, roofs, electrical systems, plumbing systems, building exteriors, grounds, and other related systems were damaged, making the delivery of reliable elevator service, heat, hot water, and other basic building functions unreliable.
According to the press release the Hoboken Housing Authority expects the planning process will take eight to 10 months and the construction phase could take an additional year. According to Housing Authority Chair Person David Dening “this funding will correct many of the problems that Housing Authority residents have been living with since Hurricane Sandy.”
HHA Vice Chairperson LaTrenda Ross has long advocated for funding to correct the problems caused by Hurricane Sandy.
According to the press release Executive Director Marc Recko noted that the total package of over $13 million in funding upon project completion will be a first for the HHA and will go a long way in addressing the much needed deferred maintenance needs that the HHA has experienced in light of HUD funding cuts.
New exhibit announced at hob’art cooperative gallery
From Nov. 17 to Dec. 31 hob’art cooperative gallery at 721 Monroe St. will display a new exhibit titled “NOUS DEUX/NDIOUNE NDIARE.”
The exhibit will feature the newest work of Ibou and Liz Ndoye. Recently married, these two artists have had the unique opportunity of working side by side while creating completely new and exciting works of art.
In the past, they enjoyed showing together because their works have a visual affinity and now that artistic relationship is more visible than ever. Ibou Ndoye is inspired by the visual richness of everyday street life and Liz Ndoye continues to explore the world and culture of her “doll” creatures.
The show will include reverse glass paintings (a Senegalese technique used by Ibou Ndoye and taught to Liz Cohen Ndoye), sculpture, book art, and works on paper and canvas. The rich, saturated colors, varied textures, complex forms and patterns employed by both artists will capture any viewer’s interest, according to the press release.
An opening reception will be held Dec. 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Food and wine will be served and the event will be free. Parking and handicapped access are available from the rear of the building.
Free legal help available for citizenship applications
Holy Redeemer Parish will offer a free workshop in partnership with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark to assist residents to receive free legal assistance to submit applications for U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization. The applicants will be solely responsible for the USCIS petition application fee. If the applicant cannot pay in full, the applicant can bring their 2016 tax return to determine if they can request a full or partial fee waiver.
The workshop is scheduled for Nov. 20, 6 to 9 p.m., at Holy Redeemer Parish, 569 65th St., West New York. There is no parish affiliation requirement. For more information, call in advance at (201) 868-9444.
Philanthropist gifts Hudson Chamber and its non-profit base
The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce (HCCC) has announced the receipt of a $100,000 gift by philanthropist and former Congressman Frank J. Guarini, in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the chamber’s rebranding effort. It comes on the eve of Legends 10, the annual event at Liberty Science Center honoring outstanding members of Hudson County’s business community. The unprecedented donation was followed by additional gifts to 39 non-profit organizations who are members of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce.
“It is most important that our business community supports the good work of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce and harnesses the energy and dedication of our non-profit community. Our future depends on working together with a common purpose. Together, through the chamber, we can assure a successful and prosperous tomorrow.” Guarini stated.
The 129-year-old Hudson County Chamber of Commerce presently has a diversified membership of more than 600 businesses located throughout the County. It supports 50 programs annually and is ranked in the top 25 Chambers in the State of New Jersey by NJBiz.
Maria Nieves, president and CEO of the HCCC, recognized Congressman Guarini as a treasured leader, resource, and contributor to the energy and growth of business in Hudson County and the state:
“Frank Guarini’s timely support provides critical and immediate funding to a diverse and growing community of non-profit organizations in Jersey City which contribute greatly to elevating the city’s quality of life for all.”
Ninth annual American Medicine Chest Challenge announced
On Nov. 11, communities across the state will participate in the 9th Annual American Medicine Chest Challenge – New Jersey (AMCC-NJ) Day of Awareness of Prescription Drug Abuse and Safe Disposal, a public health initiative supported by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and encourage safe disposal of prescription drugs.
“The American Medicine Chest Challenge can help save the lives of our children,” said Angelo Valente, CEO of AMCC. “By participating in AMCC’s ‘5 Step Challenge,’ families throughout the country are safeguarding their home from the potential misuse of medicine. The five steps include taking inventory of your medicine; securing your medicine chest; taking medicine only as prescribed; safely disposing of unused, unwanted and expired medicine; and, most importantly, talking to your children about the dangers of prescription drugs.”
The American Medicine Chest Challenge is the home of the national registry of permanent collection sites where people can safely dispose of their unwanted, expired and unused medicine. There currently are nearly 2,000 permanent disposal sites in 46 states. To find a site near you, visit AmericanMedicineChest.com.
According to recent studies, approximately 80 percent of heroin users had previously misused prescription opioids before using heroin. In 2015, 33,091 people in the United States died from an opioid overdose.