PATH service suspension to 33rd Street starts Saturday

PATH riders using the 33rd Street line on weekends will have to seek alternate travel options due to a weekend service suspension that begins Saturday, Aug. 6 for the installation of federally-mandated service and safety improvements. Service will be suspended each Saturday at 12:10 a.m. and the normal daily schedule will resume each Monday at 5 a.m.
The suspension is scheduled to last until Dec. 19. Weekend service will be suspended during that time from Hoboken and Jersey City to 33rd Street, requiring the closure of Sixth Avenue PATH stations at Christopher Street, Ninth Street, 14th Street, 23rd Street, and 33rd Street.
Service will not be suspended during the holiday weekends for Labor Day (Sept. 3-5), Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11-13) and Thanksgiving (Nov. 24-27).
To ease the impact of the service disruption, PATH will add weekend service between Hoboken and the World Trade Center stations, and will provide free bus shuttle service temporarily for affected commuters from the WTC to West 29th Street along Sixth Avenue. Detailed updates, bus maps and other information related to the service suspensions are available through the Port Authority’s website, www.panynj.gov/PATH.

Oysterfest is coming, with Plain White T’s headling

Oysterfest, one of the largest oyster festivals in the country, is coming to Pier A in Hoboken on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 12 to 10 p.m.
Swedish electropop duo Icona Pop and American pop-punk band Plain White T’s will headline the musical performances, according to a press release. Oysterfest will also feature musical guests Desiigner and Nico & Vinz.
Along with oysters from both east and west coasts and a variety of beers, a full bar will be available throughout the festival.
Event attendees must be 21 years of age or older. General admission is $53.75 per person, reserved seating is $100 per person, and the ticket prices do not include food and drink. A private table for eight persons costs $1,750 and does include food and drinks. All ticket sales are final, no refunds.
More information can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oysterfest-hoboken-tickets-21023397548, and there is a link to allow attendees to reserve parking at nearby garages.

City launches ‘Parkmobile’ app for visitors to town

The city of Hoboken and Parkmobile USA inc. officially launched the Parkmobile system on Monday Aug. 1.
The app will allow visitors who park on metered city streets to pay for their parking by using their mobile phones at approximately 900 metered spaces throughout Hoboken.
The app also allows customers to pay with Paypal, Visa Checkout, and debit or credit cards. Users are subject to a convenience fee of 35 cents per transaction on the app. App users must include zone numbers, displayed on the meter, when purchasing time, enabling the system to identify where the vehicle is parked.
Enforcement officers will be able to see that a motorist has paid with Parkmobile using a wireless handheld device.
Drivers will continue to have the option to pay at meters with credit card, debit card, or cash.

Observer Highway parking enforcement resumes next week

The city of Hoboken has advised drivers that enforcement of permit and street cleaning regulations will resume on Observer Highway starting Friday, Aug. 12.
New parking regulation signage has been posted on the north and south sides of Observer Highway between Hudson Street and Henderson Street.
Both sides of the street are Resident Only parking, which prohibits parking at all times by anyone without a Hoboken Resident parking permit.
Street cleaning on both sides of the street takes place on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the north side, and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on the south side.

Hoboken Family Planning awarded grant

The North Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen announced Thursday Aug 4. that Hoboken
Family Planning is one of eight local community non-profit organizations awarded grants for the 2016-¬2017 fiscal year.
Komen North Jersey supports grants for innovative programs in screening/diagnostic services,
breast health/breast cancer education, treatment support, and survivorship programs, targeting services not otherwise available to underserved women and men in their nine-¬county service area.
Hoboken Family Planning’s Cancer Prevention and Wellness Project received the grant funding, whose purpose is to diagnose breast cancer at the earliest possible stage and obtain treatment
for the patient, and in doing so, save the patient’s life.
Other organizations selected to receive grant money for the 2016-2017 fiscal year include Breast Cancer Emergency Aid Foundation (all counties), Morristown Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Project Self ¬Sufficiency of Sussex County, Inc. in Newton, Somerset Health Care Foundation of RWJ University Hospital Somerset, and Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth.
An organization spokesperson could not divulge the exact amount of the grant.
“We are very proud that Komen North Jersey is able to fund so many important programs that are helping the women and men in our community who need us most, “said Tina Jacobs, the Affiliate’s Director of Community Outreach for the foundation. “We’re in the business of saving lives, and it’s all about early detection – when breast cancer is found in its earliest stage, it is the most treatable, and there’s the best chance for long-term survival.”
Since its founding in 1997, Komen North Jersey has awarded over $16 million in local community grants, and has directed $7 million to national research programs in pursuit of new breast cancer screening techniques, better and more effective treatment options, and ultimately, the causes and cures to eradicate breast cancer.
For more information on Komen North Jersey and its 2016- ¬2017 Grantees, visit www.komennorthjersey.org.

Museum will host film festival next week

The Black Maria Film Festival Tour returns to the Hoboken Historical Museum this summer on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 14, at 5 p.m.
The event includes a barbecue and refreshments in the breezeway at the museum, followed by a screening of top selections from the Black Maria’s award-winning short films.
The films include diverse genres such as animation, documentary, experimental, and narrative. The program will be presented by festival director Jane Steuerwald
Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased online through the museum’s website or at bit.ly/BlackMaria2016-HHM. Tickets are $15 at the door.

EY signs 168,000 sq ft lease in Hoboken

SJP Properties announced last week that EY, formerly Ernst & Young, signed a new lease for 168,000 square foot office space in the Waterfront Corporate Center II in June 2017. As part of the transaction, EY will be relocating a portion of its New York City operations to Hoboken.
The company was recently granted a New Jersey Economic Development Authority 10-year tax break worth $39.8 million. The tax break was granted under the state’s Grow NJ program.
NJ.com reported on July 21 that Todd Christie, Gov. Christopher Christie’s brother, called himself a director of E&Y on his Facebook page. The story quoted Ernst & Young spokesman, John La Place, as saying, “Todd Christie is an employee of EY. He was not, though, involved in that project of selecting additional office space.”
The three-building complex comprises 1.5 million square feet of Class A commercial space adjacent to the W Hoboken Hotel and just steps from Hoboken Terminal’s NJ Transit, PATH, NY Waterway Ferry and Light Rail connections.
In addition to EY, Waterfront Corporate Center’s tenant roster includes Jet.com, NICE Systems, Newell Rubbermaid, Thomson Reuters, Marsh & McLennan, RMS, Octapharma, Pearson Education, and workspace provider Regus.
“Waterfront Corporate Center offers state-of-the-art infrastructure and amenities, and unparalleled access to mass transit and Hoboken’s renowned downtown, providing companies with a world-class business environment that supports productivity, recruitment and growth,” said Steven J. Pozycki, CEO of SJP Properties. “When we developed the site of Waterfront Corporate Center, we knew that this would become the standard for Class A office and retail space along New Jersey’s Gold Coast, and we are extremely proud to have fully realized that vision.”

Rebuild by Design public meeting focuses on criteria

The Rebuild by Design team held a public meeting at Stevens Institute of Technology last week on July 28. The meeting was one in a series held to discuss three proposals to combat storm surges and heavy rain fall in town.
The presentation to roughly 100 attendees discussed the criteria which will be considered before they announce the preferred design on Sept. 8.
The three choices have been the source of controversy because people disliked the idea of flood walls and barriers in their neighborhoods.
In the meeting last week, most residents were upset to hear that the $230 million funding for the project, awarded to the city by The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), would not cover the entirety of the cost of alternatives One and Two and may only cover the cost of Alternative Three, which is the least protective. Alternative Three only reduces flooding in the area by 85percent, but it is the least intrusive in terms of floodwalls.
The Rebuild By Design team, which includes city and state officials and engineers, said that the cost is a criterion they will heavily consider when making their choice of preferred alternative.
For more information on the project go past articles in the www.hobokenreporter.com or www.nj.gov/dep/floodresillience/rbd-hudsonriver.htm.

Body found in Hudson River identified

A man’s body found in the Hudson River near Exchange Place in Jersey City on July 30 has been identified as Seth Amuzu of Newark.
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said the cause of death is still being investigated.
The body was found on July 30 at about 7 p.m.

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