Share your input on Washington St. improvements at upcoming meeting

The City of Hoboken is entering the final lap in obtaining approximately $8.1 million in state aid to bolster the water mains and green infrastructure of Washington Street.
The city says engineers estimate the water main replacement will likely cost $4.1 million and green infrastructure $2 million. But the city is applying to the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program (NJEIFP) for $5.5 million for the water main work and $2.6 for green infrastructure in order to be in a better position should bids go beyond estimated costs, city spokesperson Juan Melli told the Hoboken Reporter on Wednesday.
As part of the process, the city will hear from the public on the proposals on Thursday, April 14. The city will provide details on the proposed improvements, which include replacing the century-old water mains, restore existing fire hydrants, add 24 new fire hydrants, construct as much as 15 curb extension rain gardens, and drainage improvements “to reduce storm water run-off and localized flooding.”
“The proposed drinking water main improvements include replacement of the existing 12-inch diameter cast iron drinking water main with new 12-inch diameter ductile iron drinking water mains,” the city detailed in an announcement on Wednesday, March 23.
According to the city’s municipal budget $12 million is being allocated for Washington Street.
The redesign for Washington Street, approved in February, will replace the 100-year-old water mains, repave the entire roadway, add new safety measures, and implement bike lanes in portions of the roadway.
The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Multi-Service Center at 124 Grand St. Comments can be submitted to smarks@hobokennj.gov.

Hudson Theatre Ensemble presents ‘The Princess Finds a Way’

Audiences can look forward to a spunky princess who isn’t going to sit around waiting for “Prince Charming” at the Hudson Theatre Ensemble’s new play, “The Princess Finds A Way.”
As part of the theatre’s playful “Silly on Sixth” children series, the all-adult cast is sure to make both parents and kids laugh. “In addition to our gorgeous princess and ladies, we have silly villains and lords and other zany men as well as a very up-to-date prince!” say organizers in an announcement.
There are still tickets for the following showing times: April 2 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., April 3 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and April 10 at 1 p.m. All tickets cost $10 and reservations are available by calling 201-377-7014 or emailing reservations@hudsontheatreensemble.com.

St. Francis Church to hold casino bus ride

St. Francis Holy Name Society, as part of St. Francis Church, will sponsor a “Bus Ride to Sands Casino” in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Sunday, April 10.
The bus will leave from St. Francis’ Madison Street parking lot (near 318 Madison St.) at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets, which cost $35 and include a gambling voucher, are available by calling Mike Cannarozzi at (201) 707-6841, Lenny Luizzi at (917) 974-8072 or the Rectory at (201) 659-1772. All proceeds will go to St. Francis.
Cannarozzi says new members are always welcome to the society. For upcoming events visit www.stfrancishoboken.net.

Alleged burglar arrested with pizza server, fragrance sprays

Hoboken Police arrested a 45-year-old Hoboken man last Friday, March 18 after he allegedly stole body fragrance sprays and a pizza server, a press release from Sgt. Edgardo Cruz said.
“While in the area of Madison Street [around 8 p.m.], detectives [Adam Colon, Arturo Gonzalez and Wilfredo Gomez] noticed [Angel Mendoza] walking past 132 Madison St. then walk back to the address…defendant then opened an empty bag he was carrying and entered the building. He then exited with the bag now full of items,” the press release said.
According to Cruz, when detectives stopped Mendoza and investigated he was found to allegedly have a screwdriver and several bent plastic credit cards “commonly used to commit burglaries.”
Mendoza was charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, and – after providing a false name – hindering apprehension.
Mendoza was found to have several outstanding warrants from Hoboken and the Hudson County Sherriff. He was remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility on $15,000 bail with 10 percent option.

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