Hoboken High School pool to be open to the public
The Hoboken High School pool will be open for free for Hoboken residents of all ages from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday from Aug. 8 through Aug. 26, according to City Hall. However, the pool will be used exclusively by the Hoboken High School Summer Camp from 1 to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday, from Aug. 15 through Aug. 25.
Hoboken ‘Spaghetti Dinner Block Party’ tickets on sale
It’s never too early to begin planning for a pasta party.
The city of Hoboken is selling tickets for the annual spaghetti dinner that takes place on the downtown Sinatra Drive waterfront walkway on Sept. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Tickets are on sale for $15 until Aug. 24, and then they will be $20. Tickets for children 12 and under are $8. After Aug. 24, children’s tickets will be $10.
A dinner includes four kinds of pasta, meatballs, sausage, salad, bread, and dessert. Wine, beer, water, and soda will also be available at additional cost, and the funds raised will be donated to the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
Checks should be made out to the City of Hoboken, and mailed to the Hoboken Division of Cultural Affairs, 94 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030. Or, stop in at City Hall to purchase tickets.
Include a piece of paper with your name, address, and phone number and how many tickets you would like to purchase.
The Spaghetti Dinner Block Party was an event that started in 2005 to celebrate Hoboken’s 150th Anniversary, according to a city release.
“The idea was to recreate a community event that took place in 1955 for the city’s 100th Anniversary - a Spaghetti Dinner Block Party on Washington Street, except now it is held along the waterfront,” according to a release.
Hoboken: The best city for public transportation, report says
The percentage of residents who use public transportation in Hoboken is higher than any other city in America, according to a Forbes report.
Jersey City, West New York, Guttenberg, and Union City also made the top 10 list.
The article discusses the Hertz “Corner Cars” program, bike racks, the PATH trains, bus and ferry service, as well as the light rail and trains.
To determine the top public transportation cities, Forbes looked at estimates of the percent of workers 16 years of age or older who traveled from their community to work by public transportation from 2005 to 2009, according to the article.
New York City came in second on the list, which may be a surprise to some, but taxi cabs were excluded from the study. An estimated 56 percent of Hoboken’s working men and women commute each day by public transportation, according to the article.
Robert Paaswell, the director of the federally supported University Transportation Research Center, said in the Forbes article that New Jersey had “clever developers” who “built great looking condos that all look at Manhattan so you have the illusion that you are in New York and they are two thirds the price and you can park your car there.”
Mayor Dawn Zimmer told Forbes that the city encourages people to use public transportation.
“We are proud people use public transportation and we are trying to make Hoboken a place where people have the option to live car-free,” Zimmer said in the article.
However, Paaswell said in the article that the condition of transportation in the New York area could be deteriorating.
“We are in a very bad place,” Paaswell told Forbes. “Nobody is investing in transit in New York or around the country.”
Chicken pox detected in Hudson County prison
An immigrant detainee being held in a special unit at the Hudson County Correctional Facility has come down with chicken pox, according to county officials.
“All detainees on the unit have been quarantined, and the infected detainee is quarantined in our infirmary,” jail officials reported in a memo to the county. “We are in the process of informing all staff members relative to universal precautionary measures. The housing units shall be quarantined for 21 days, and there is a posting at the facilities entrance advising all who enter as to the potential for exposure. ICE is in the loop.”
Formula One racing in Hudson County? Some mayors hope so
The mayors of West New York and Weehawken are hoping to bring Formula One racing to their waterfront streets as early as 2013. For more on this story, see the Weehawken Reporter or West New York Reporter, hudsonreporter.com.