Construction to resume on Park Ave bridge and Sinatra Drive at night

Hudson County will resume the rehabilitation of the Park Avenue bridge between Hoboken and Weehawken on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m.

Construction was previously suspended due to an executive order from Gov. Christie related to the Transportation Trust Fund. There had also been many complaints from residents about the traffic tie-ups during daytime construction. Thus, construction has been moved to night-time.

Work is planned to take place Sunday to Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and Friday nights from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. to allow for the later traffic flow out of the city of Hoboken.

The Park Avenue bridge will be closed to traffic in both directions during construction hours. Work will not be done on Saturday night, and the bridge will be re-opened to two-way traffic during daytime hours.

Hudson County will also start construction to replace a section of Sinatra Drive North between 14th Street and 15th Street on Oct 27.

The project will result in the following street closures:

 – Sinatra Drive North will be closed from 14th Street to Shipyard Lane.

– 14th Street between Shipyard Lane and Sinatra Drive North will only be open eastbound (closed westbound)

– Sinatra Drive North between 14th Street and Constitution Court will only be open southbound (closed northbound)

The Park Avenue Bridge will remain open evenings beginning Thanksgiving Eve through that holiday weekend. Work will then start again on Monday night November 28. On Christmas and New Years, since both holidays fall on Sunday, it will be observed as a holiday on the following Monday. So there will be no Monday evening work but instead construction will resume on Tuesday evening.

More police deployed for pre-Halloween weekend

Because the city has been seeing more rowdiness and bar crawls around Halloween each year, Police Chief Ken Ferrante plans to deploy more officers this weekend.

Last year, the weekend of Halloween resulted in 196 service calls on Saturday, double the usual number for that day. One police officer got punched in the mouth while trying to break up a fight, requiring stitches.

After that, Ferrante asked the City Council for money to hire extra police who will work overtime this year.

This past Wednesday, Ferrante met with his captains about the department’s plans to deploy 55 extra police officers working overtime on Friday and Saturday. Last year, he deployed 40 extra officers, but according to Ferrante, 40 wasn’t enough.

CASA seeks volunteers

Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. You may attend an information session at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. Rm 901 on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.

Annual Hoboken House Tour will be Sunday, Oct. 30

The Annual Hoboken House Tour will feature up to 10 homes and condos this Sunday Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Every year, the tour offers a fresh selection of traditional and contemporary homes and condos furnished in a wide range of styles.

This year’s tour includes single family homes and new condos and features restored 1800’s moldings, smart-home technology, flood-ready ground floor, storage solutions and more.

The self guided tour is hosted by and raises funds for the Hoboken Historical Museum.

The self-guided tour takes about two to three hours on foot.

 Homes may be visited in any order and a map will be included in the House Tour booklet, available only on the day of the tour. 

For tour-goers’ convenience, tickets and tour booklets may be picked up from either of two locations: at the Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., or the Fire Department Museum, 213 Bloomfield St. Three homes are located below 5th Street.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 on the day of the tour (Museum members pay $30). The tour is not recommended for children under age 12.

Hoboken man arrested on 12 charges

Larry Williams, 62, was arrested on 12 drug-related charges on Monday morning as a result of a police investigation into the sale of controlled dangerous substances (CDS) from the Hoboken Housing Authority.

Williams, a resident of 321 Harrison St., was charged with possession of and intent to distribute heroin, marijuana, Xanax, and Naproxen.

According to a media release from the Hoboken Police Department, detectives in the Investigative Bureau “developed information that the defendant was [allegedly] distributing CDS Heroin from inside his apartment.”

At 10:56 Monday morning detectives arrested Williams and served a search warrant for access to his apartment.

According to the release, while searching the apartment officers seized 188 folds of CDS heroin, 126 grams of CDS marijuana, a number of Xanax pills, and Naproxen, a pain medication.

The releases states, “All drugs were packaged in a manner consistent with sales” and the CDS street value was worth more than $2,000.

The official charges are possession of CDS heroin with intent to distribute, possession of heroin with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of heroin with intent to distribute within 500 feet of public housing, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school, possession with intent to distribute within 500 feet of public housing, possession with intent to distribute Xanax, possession of Xanax with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of Xanax with intent to distribute within 500 feet of public housing, possession of Naproxen with intent to distribute, possession of CDS paraphernalia, and failure to appear.

Three of the charges are 2nd degree offenses, each punishable by imprisonment of five to 10 years and/ or a fine or restitution of up to $150,000.

Annual Hoboken Artists Studio Tour

Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City of Hoboken present the 37th annual Hoboken Artists Studio Tour Sunday on Nov. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. The free citywide walking tour of artists’ studios, galleries, and group exhibitions features work of over 100 local artists at over 25 locations.

The tour is designed so you can easily walk from studio to studio, gallery to gallery.

Participants will see art in many forms and mediums and have opportunities to meet artists and witness their creative processes.

Download of Art Tour Map & Artists’ Directory will be available starting Friday Nov. 4th.


A tour map and artist directory will also available day of the tour at Hoboken City Hall, 94 Washington St.

For further information, call Geri Fallo at (201) 420-2207or email at: gfallo@hobokennj.org

Broadway Cabaret presented by Mile Square Theatre on Nov. 7

Mile Square Theatre, presents a fundraising event, The 2nd Annual MST Broadway Cabaret. Current stars from Broadway will perform songs from Broadway past and present on the Mile Square Theatre stage. Proceeds from the event will benefit MST’s 2017 season.

The show takes place Nov 7 at 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. reception.

Performing at this year’s event are Leslie Becker (“Bonnie and Clyde,” “Wicked”), Joe Cassidy (“If/Then,”  “Catch Me If You Can”), Michelle Duffy (“Heathers”), Graydon Long (“The Audience”), Sabina Petra (“Beauty and the Beast”), Catherine Porter (“Next to Normal”), Jonathan Rayson (“Little Shop of Horrors”), Sara Schmidt (“Jersey Boys,” “Brooklyn”), Lucia Spina (“Legally Blonde,” “Kinky Boots”), Maggie Weston (MST’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”), and Musical Director Meg Zervoulis (“American in Paris,” “Matilda”).

Tickets cost $150 and can be purchased online at www.milesquaretheatre.org. Mile Square Theatre is located at 1400 Clinton St.

Discount Parking is available at Little Man Parking on 1300 Jefferson St.

For more information on Mile Square Theatre, please visit www.milesquaretheatre.org.

Jersey City man charged with aggravated assault in Hoboken

Bilal Khalid, 27, was arrested Sunday, Oct. 23 at about 1:30 a.m. and charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose.

Khalid allegedly hit the victim on the head with a glass mug after being escorted out of Texas Arizona, a popular bar, at 76 River St.

The victim allegedly sustained a cut to the head but no serious injuries and was treated as a precaution.


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