Hoboken Property Owners Invited to Request Street Tree Planting

In preparation for the spring 2018 tree planting, the City of Hoboken’s Shade Tree Commission is seeking property owners who would like a tree planted in the sidewalk adjacent to their building and who will agree to care for and water the tree. Qualifying property owners can have a street tree planted in exchange for a suggested $100 contribution towards planting costs and a pledge to keep the tree well-watered.

The City has planted hundreds of street trees through the program in the last few years.

Property owners who would like a tree planted in a sidewalk tree pit in front of their home should complete the online request form at https://hoboken.seamlessdocs.com/f/shadetree. Requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to available funding.

Each location requested will be surveyed by a professional from the Department of Environmental Services to ensure there are no conflicts with the surrounding infrastructure and that the site is a suitable one for a tree to grow and thrive.

Requests can be made for existing empty tree pits as well as paved sidewalk locations. If a tree pit does not exist, one will be opened. Trees will not be planted on private property; only in sidewalk tree pits.

Sent by City of Hoboken, NJ 94 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

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Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum Voted # 1 in America Named 2017 “American CemCemeCemetery iin Excellence”

NEWARK, N.J. – Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum in North Arlington, New Jersey, a property of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark, is the winner of the 2017 American Cemetery Excellence (ACE) Award. The award is presented by American Cemetery & Cremation magazine, a leading publication serving the funeral and cemetery industry, and recognizes the most outstanding cemeteries both within the United States and abroad.According to the magazine’s December issue, in which the winner was announced, “far more than just a final resting place, Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum offers a park-like setting, exquisite artwork, modern technology and a faith-inspired atmosphere. It’s easy to understand why Holy Cross Cemetery & Mausoleum has been selected as our seventh annual American Cemetery Excellence award winner.”

“We received dozens of entries from cemeteries – all of them doing great things to serve their communities,” said Allison Sullivan, publisher of Kates-Boylston Publications. “But Holy Cross stood out in so many ways, and it truly exemplifies that cemeteries can continue to be relevant and beautiful.”“It is an honor to be recognized with this prestigious award,” said Andrew P. Schafer, Executive Director of Catholic Cemeteries. “It recognizes our team’s commitment to our mission of faith and to the excellent service provided to bereaved families and our Catholic community.

We are very proud of this distinction.”Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum offers an environment in which families feel welcome and comforted at a time when they need it most. Established in 1915 to meet the needs of Catholic families, almost 300,000 individuals are interred in the 200-acre cemetery.The artwork, headstones and private family mausoleums at

Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum are evidence of timeless Catholic traditions that are deeply intertwined in the cemetery’s heritage. However, the cemetery also has moved full-speed ahead with cutting-edge technology and architecture, innovative product choices, excellent customer service and unsurpassed beauty and grandeur.

The cemetery is a unique and holy place that allows families to memorialize and remember their departed loved ones in a beautiful, inviting and faith-filled atmosphere. It is a holy place with a museum-like characteristic and is recognized as one of the most magnificent cemeteries in the country.Central to the cemetery is its 250,000-square-foot mausoleum – a modern marvel that spanned 37 years of construction and expansion. The Genesis Mausoleum Chapel, which was completed in 2013, features 90 major works of art, including numerous original statues, 100-year-old stained and etched glass and accompanying liturgical works of art.The breathtaking mausoleum expansion combines ancient scriptures and contemporary art in an effort to transform the unsettling reputation of cemeteries and mausoleums into a welcoming place filled with beautiful and meaningful symbols that inspire faith and hope.According to Schafer, it is the commitment to families and attention to detail that has contributed to the cemeteries unique and special qualities.

“It’s all about finding out what the needs are and filling them,” Schafer said. “Over the years we have tried to respond to our families’ needs to the best of our ability in a respectful, dignified way.”The cemetery was featured prominently in media coverage last fall when the town of North Arlington was named as one of Money magazine’s top 10 places to live in the U.S. According to The Record newspaper, “the working-class Bergen County municipality may be best known to outsiders for its vast Holy Cross Cemetery…”Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum was an ACE Award runner-up in 2016, as was Maryrest Cemetery and Mausoleum in Mahwah, New Jersey, one of Newark’s Archdiocesan cemeteries, which received the runner-up distinction in 2013.To learn more about Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum and the Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark, visit www.rcancem.org

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Hudson Restaurant Week Winter 2018 Listings

Hudson Restaurant Week 2018

Restaurant Listing

Winter Restaurant Week starts Monday… click on restaurant for their menus, online reservations and details. 

Use #HudsonRW to get your meal paid for from January 22 – February 2, 2018.


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ArtSCENE January 15th -January 31, 2018


 ArtSCENE January 15-January 31, 2018

HUDSON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Benjamin J. Dineen III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery, 71 Sip Ave, 6th Floor Gallery, JC. Opens Jan 25 and runs through Mar. 2: OUT ON BROADWAY: A VISUAL LEGACY. Curated by James E. Crochet.  “On display will be costumes, sketches, and accessories from award-winning costume designers such as Gregg Barnes, James E. Crochet, Jess Goldstein, William Ivey Long to iconic LGBT characters in shows like Kinky Boots, La Cage aux Folles, Hairspray, Cabaret, Grey Gardens, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Explore the creations that have made a night out on Broadway a memorable experience.” (Pictured: William Ivey Long, Chrysler Building Dress from The Producers.) Continue reading ArtSCENE January 15th -January 31, 2018

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A FINE ROMANCE   Mile Square Theatre’s Driving Miss Daisy opens Jan. 31


  Pulitzer Prize Play Resonates in These Turbulent Times

 By Sally Deering

 Driving Miss Daisy Mile Square City Hoboken

A three-hander – a play featuring three actors – can be an intimate theater experience, especially when its performed in Mile Square Theatre’s gem of a performance space on Clinton Street in Hoboken. In this case, the three-hander is the Pulitzer Prize winning play Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry, the story of an aging Southern Belle, Daisy Werthan, and her aging African-American chauffeur, Hoke Colburn. During the course of the play, these two seniors, with a lot of history behind them, cover 25 years of a relationship that begins as a thorny dance between two strangers and develops into a deep love between two friends.

Driving Miss Daisy Mile Square Theater Hoboken
Count Stovall, Barbara Broughton, Matthew Lawler
star in “Driving Miss Daisy” at MST in Hoboken

Driving Miss Daisy opens Wed., Jan. 31, and runs through Sun., Feb. 25, and features Barbara Broughton, Count Stovall and Matthew Lawler. Broughton, who plays Daisy, was recently seen on Broadway in the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George. Stovall, who plays Hoke, was in Broadway’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Lawler, who plays Daisy’s son Boolie was in MST’s Betrayal and has been seen in ABC’s The Family. Continue reading A FINE ROMANCE   Mile Square Theatre’s Driving Miss Daisy opens Jan. 31

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Jersey City Medical Center Employment and Education Expo

Jersey City Medical Center

Jersey City Medical Center is hosting an Employment and Education Expo on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 12:00pm-4:00pm at the Mary Bethune Center, 140 Martin Luther King Drive. Jersey City, NJ 07305.  Hudson County residents looking for employment, a better job opportunity, or a new career direction will find a wealth of exciting opportunities at this employment and education expo.

Attendees will have an opportunity to meet face to face with local employers as well as schools offering specialized training to further prepare them for a sustainable career.

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Bayonne High School Juniors and Seniors Invited to Apply for Scholarship

Bayonne  Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that high school seniors and juniors who live in Bayonne are invited to take part in the Louis Bay Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition.  The local competition
is open to high school juniors and seniors who are Bayonne residents who plan to continue their education after high school.  This scholarship program is sponsored statewide by the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, which is offering three $1,000 scholarships
to winners from across the state.

 The purpose of this scholarship is to advance the virtues of elected and volunteer positions in municipal government while raising awareness of municipal government in general.  The scholarship
competition is named in honor of Louis Bay II, former Mayor of Hawthorne, New Jersey.  

 Qualified students who are residents of Bayonne need to do two things to enter the scholarship contest: 1) Fill out an application form, which is available at the Office of the Mayor.  2) Write an essay on the theme

“What My Municipal Government Does Best.” The essay should be based on the student’s perceptions and experiences with the City of Bayonne’s municipal government.  The essay should consider the public contributions of your municipal government.
The length of the essay should be approximately 500 words.  Essays must be submitted to Mayor Davis’s office in hard copy by Friday, March 9, 2018, at 4:30 p.m., along with the application form. 

                Judging will be based solely on the essay.  Please do not include any other information such as transcripts or references.  Judging criteria will include the appropriateness of the essay’s theme;
effective articulation of the theme; originality; technical composition; spelling; and syntax.
                A committee established by Mayor Davis will judge the essays submitted by Bayonne resident students.  The Bayonne committee will select the winning local entry.  By April 2, that entry will be
sent to the New Jersey State League of Municipalities in Trenton, along with a list of all other entrants, who will receive certificates of participation.  On May 4, the League of Municipalities will announce fifteen statewide finalists and three statewide
winners.  Between May 9 and May 25, awards will be presented to the three scholarship winners in local ceremonies around the state.   

                The New Jersey State League of Municipalities is a voluntary organization created to help communities do a better job of self-government through pooling information, resources, and brainpower.
The League is authorized by state statute, and has been serving local officials throughout New Jersey since 1915.  All of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are members of the League.  The highlight of the League’s activities is its annual conference, which is
held each November at the Atlantic City Convention Center.  At the 2017 League Conference, more than 16,000 delegates, participants, and guests attended, representing the largest municipal gathering in the country. 

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Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop Increases CCTV System By More Than 100%

Boosting Surveillance Capabilities and Other Crime Deterrence Efforts

In 2018, forty additional cameras in ten locations will be installed throughout Jersey City, for a total of nearly 200 CCTV cameras citywide

Mayor Steven M. Fulop and Public Safety Director James Shea announce today Jersey City’s new CCTV camera system is expanding with the instillation of 40 additional cameras in high crime areas.  Phase II of the CCTV project will be completed in the new year, which includes extending fiber lines in accordance with plans to expand the system even further.

“We’ve been working to modernize the antiquated and unreliable CCTV system we inherited with an updated, state-of-the-art system strategically mapped out with multiple cameras covering our problem areas,” said Mayor Fulop.  “The cameras will enable surveillance in real-time and for review, considerably enhancing our efforts to increase public safety citywide.”

When Mayor Fulop took office in 2013, there were 50 functioning cameras throughout Jersey City.  Upon the completion of Phase I, there are now 107 new cameras.  With Phase II moving forward
in the new year, 40 additional cameras are currently being installed and implemented for a total of 197 cameras citywide.  Each of the new 147 cameras are operating at 5-times more clarity compared to the city’s former 1-megapixel technology.

Phase II includes 10 new locations totaling 40 cameras:

Dwight and Ocean Avenues (4 HD Fixed Cameras)

Winfield and Ocean Avenues (4 HD Fixed Cameras)

Bartholdi and Ocean Avenues (4 HD Fixed Cameras)

Fulton and Ocean Avenues (4 HD Fixed Cameras)

Lexington and Bergen Avenues (4 HD Fixed Cameras)

Bayview and Garfield Avenues (4 HD Fixed Cameras)

Monticello and Brinkerhoff Avenues (4 HD Fixed Cameras)

Monticello and Belmont Avenues (4 HD Fixed Cameras)

Monticello and Jewitt Avenues (4 HD Fixed Cameras)

Monticello and Gardner Avenues (4 HD Fixed Cameras)

Phase I and Phase II total approximately $850,000 and are a combination of Department of Homeland Security Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) funds and capital
budget funds.  The cameras serve not only to assist the police, but can also be used for evacuation and emergency scenarios.

Phase II also includes laying down fiber lines as well as extending them from existing lines to the new and future locations.

“These new cameras use the latest technology, strengthening our other crime reduction efforts as we continue to see downward trends in violent and nonviolent crimes,” said Mayor Fulop.  “Strategically placing the cameras in our problem areas is multifunctional, serving not only as a crime deterrent, but the surveillance footage can also serve as a crucial piece of evidence in court.”

“We realized we were spending an exorbitant amount of money constantly repairing the old cameras, and therefore decided it would be much more effective to start from scratch,” said
Director Shea.  “The previous system used one user controlled, pan-tilt-zoom camera per location, and was oftentimes pointing in the wrong direction at the time of an incident being investigated.  We moved to a system with four stationary cameras at each location, providing more coverage at each location.”

This first part of Phase II brings the city to the halfway mark of the administration’s overall goal of over 50 locations citywide.

Phase I of the CCTV project includes 6 parks and 13 street locations.  The prior system, which was comprised of 150 cameras, was installed
in phases between eight and fifteen years ago using Urban Enterprise Zone funds, which meant they were placed in business districts throughout the city – not the most effective locations. The locations for the new cameras are based on crime data identifying
areas of historically higher crime, our municipal parks and using feedback from the community. Additionally, the old cameras hadn’t been serviced in several years once the state withdrew UEZ revenue from municipalities, which meant at times a third or more
were out of service.


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CHILLY-CHILI-BANG-BANG- Bayonne Heats Winter Brrrs with Chili Contest

  Bayonne Heats Winter Brrrs with Chili Contest

  Family Fun; Contestants Vie for Champ Title


By Sally Deering

Chili Chili Bang Bang  

If you’ve got a hankerin’ for some hot stuff to warm these frigid cold nights, then mark your calendar for Bayonne’s first ever Chili Cook Off Competition, where 15 professional chefs plan to do whatever it takes to walk away with the title of Best Chili Champ of Bayonne!


Bayonne 1st Annual Chili Cook Off

As temps drop to single digits, Bayonne will be heating up its pots and pans for the First Annual Chili Cook-Off Contest to be held Friday, Jan. 19th, from 6:30-11 pm at the Polish American Home on 22nd Street in Bayonne. There, residents and friends will taste the offerings of 15 qualified chefs competing for best chili recipe, but Chili Cook-Off attendees beware: this cook-off promises to bring on the hot stuff with crates of chili peppers, ladles of Cayenne and Cumin seasonings and gallons of tongue-lashing hot sauce guaranteed to set your taste-buds on fire. Continue reading CHILLY-CHILI-BANG-BANG- Bayonne Heats Winter Brrrs with Chili Contest

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