City announces third community meeting for SW park

The city of Hoboken announced last week that the third community meeting for the new Southwest Park will be held on Wednesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. in the conference room on the first floor of the Multi Service Center, 124 Grant St.
Based on community feedback developed from the two prior community meetings and an online survey, the planner hired by the city has developed a final conceptual plan for the first phase of a Southwest Park. The plan for the park also includes stormwater management infrastructure.
“We thank everyone who participated in the community meetings and the over 500 residents who provided feedback through the online survey,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting and hope to work with the Council and community to build this park as quickly as possible.”
In October 2013, the City of Hoboken acquired a one acre property bounded by Jackson Street, Observer Highway, Harrison Street, and Paterson Avenue as the first major installment of a new Southwest Park. Starr Whitehouse, a landscape architecture and planning firm with expertise in parks design and green infrastructure for stormwater management, was hired to lead the planning process for the Southwest Park.

Our Lady of Grace announces annual FunFest

On Sunday, June 8, Hoboken’s Our Lady of Grace will host its Ninth Annual Funfest. The event has become a Hoboken tradition with games and festivities for the entire town to enjoy. The event has expanded to also include Nightfest, which will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014.
Funfest will feature games and festivities for all ages, including pony rides, children’s games, arts and crafts, face painting, and various vendors featuring jewelry and handmade items. Food and beverage will also be available for purchase.
Our Lady of Grace will also have a used book sale running concurrently with Funfest. There will be music provided by local DJ Tom Sweeney to help make the day even more fun.
Festivities begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 8 and end at 6 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine at Church Square Park, located on Willow Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets in Hoboken.
Nightfest will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. Food, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, will be sold for people to enjoy while listening to local DJ “Mile Square Events” spin some records. Nightfest will be held at Our Lady Grace, 400 Willow Avenue, Hoboken, NJ.
In addition, Our Lady of Grace will hold its largest 50-50 raffle fundraiser of the year, and the winner will be announced at the conclusion of Funfest.
Our Lady of Grace pastor Reverend Alexander Santora said, “Funfest shows the Hoboken community the vitality of our people and diversity of their talents. We have a great community which volunteers with joy.”
“It’s an honor to be part of this wonderful tradition. Our OLG community has a rich history in the city of Hoboken, and we hope to see a large turnout at the Funfest festivities in June,” said Funfest organizer and Our Lady of Grace parishioner.
For more information, please visit www.olgfunfest.com or www.facebook.com/ourladyofgracefunfest.

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