City responds to complaints about icy/snowy streets
The Reporter has heard from four people complaining about city street corners being difficult to use because of the snow and ice.
“I really got angry when my wife fell with our child,” said the father of an infant who called in on Tuesday morning. He said he doesn’t often complain, but suggested that the city was not doing its job and should perhaps hire extra workers to clear the corners.
The slippery slopes have also been a topic of discussion on at least one Hoboken internet newsgroup.
City Communications Manager Juan Melli responded Tuesday by saying, “According to the city’s municipal code, it is the responsibility of the property owner or occupant to clear the adjacent sidewalk, ramps, curb, gutter, and two feet into the street.”
Melli added, “While this is the property owner’s responsibility, the city’s sanitation crew, which normally does garbage pickup on sidewalks, has been clearing corners, and they do as many as they can. The city also hired additional seasonal employees to clear corners. We are also using a Bobcat to clear out corners. Inspectors are out after every storm issuing summonses for violations for those who do not properly clear their sidewalks, etc.”
Melli was asked if the city believes all corners in the city are the responsibility of private property owners. He replied, “If the adjacent property is owned by the city, such as City Hall for example, it is the city’s responsibility per the code. Regardless, as I mentioned before, the city has been clearing corners throughout regardless of who is responsible and is continuing to do so in the days ahead.”
However, some streets had ice extending for more than two feet from the curb, and as of Friday morning, some corners were still ice-encased, even in the rain.
The city temporarily suspended street cleaning on Tuesday in order to deal with snow cleanup all week.
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Hoboken Catholic Academy to hold Texas Hold ’Em fundraiser
Hoboken Catholic Academy announced this week that it will hold a Texas Hold ‘Em poker fundraiser on Feb. 28 in the school’s gymnasium, located at 555 Seventh St. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., when instructors will be on hand to teach beginners the rules of the game. The first official deal of the evening will take place at 8 p.m.
The initial buy-in will be $150, unless a ticket is purchased in advance, in which case the buy-in is $125.
Food, beer and wine will be included in the buy-in. Blackjack tables will also be provided. Prizes will include Visa cash cards, the top prizes being for $1,500, $1,000 and $500, respectively. A 50/50 raffle will be held throughout the evening with winners announced at its conclusion.
Volunteers are needed. To purchase tickets, visit hobokencatholic.org and download the enrollment form available on the site.
ShopRite to host free cholesterol screening Sunday
As part of its American Heart Month Health Series, ShopRite of Hoboken is hosting a free cholesterol screening on Sunday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Inserra Supermarkets store is located at 900 Madison Ave. in Hoboken. ShopRite dietitian Jenna Stock, R.D., also will be providing participants and customers with low-cholesterol recipe ideas and suggested shopping lists.
Designed to provide customers with a wellness resource, ShopRite’s retail dietitian program offers free assistance with shopping or meal planning as well as small group and one-on-one counseling. ShopRite of Hoboken also hosts a LiveRight calendar of events for people of all ages. Heart Month events include a friendly fats demonstration and information session, toddler gourmet session and heart-healthy cooking classes.
Hoboken Family Planning holds blood pressure screening, other screenings
Hoboken Family Planning is holding free screenings at three sites on Thursday, Feb. 27 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Walk in. No appointment needed. Free blood pressure and glucose screening. Also information regarding women and heart disease. The sites are located at: 124 Grand St., Hoboken; 1206 Summit Ave., Union City; 5305 Hudson Ave., West New York. Call (201) 963-0300 for additional information.
Sierra Club representative to discuss energy conservation at the Hudson School
Christine Guhl-Sadovy, the New Jersey Organizing Representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, will speak at The Hudson School on Feb. 27 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($10 non-Hudson families, $7 Hudson parents, students may attend free of charge.)
Guhl-Sadovy divides her time between advancing New Jersey clean energy policies and supporting the club’s advocacy for federal regulations to cut pollution and curb climate change. In her lecture, “Staying Warm, Saving Energy and Protecting the Planet,” Guhl-Sadovy will discuss this winter’s extreme weather, which, in her view, is more reason for people to save energy.
“Saving energy through efficiency lowers costs and increases comfort, especially on those frigid days,” says Guhl-Sadovy. “Efficiency also stops energy from being wasted and has the added benefit of reducing fossil fuel pollution, which causes climate change. Adopting smart energy efficiency standards can reduce pollution equivalent to taking 600,000 cars off the road every year in New Jersey. Saving energy is a win for warmth, your wallet and the planet.”
Guhl-Sadovy has been with the Sierra Club for four years, prior to which she worked in the conservation field in New Jersey and New York. She graduated from Rutgers University, where she studied psychology; she has an advanced certificate in Conservation and Animal Behavior from Hunter College.
Hoboken Garden Club announces upcoming events
To prepare gardeners for spring, the Hoboken Garden Club (HGC) in partnership with the Hoboken Historical Museum will present talks in February and March by noted garden designers and horticulture professionals at the museum located at 1301 Hudson St. in Hoboken.
Admission to each talk is free for members of the Garden Club and the museum and $5 for non-members. Each meeting will begin at 7 p.m. with refreshments and the talks will start at 7:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, Feb. 25 urban garden designer and horticulturist Emma Lam will present a talk titled “Container Gardening.” Lam will share her expertise on creating beautiful container gardens.
On Tuesday, March 25 Rutgers horticulturist and garden designer Dail Reid will present a talk titled, “Planning Your Fall Garden.” Reid will share her favorite plants with characteristics that enhance the fall season.
Other HGC activities planned for 2014 include spring and fall plant swaps, field trips to New Jersey specialty nurseries, tours of select public gardens and participation in Hoboken Historical Museum’s fundraiser The Secret Garden Tour on June 1.
With a focus on the urban gardener, HGC aims to enhance the gardening experience of both apartment dwellers and homeowners alike. For more information regarding the Hoboken Garden Club, visit our website at www.HobokenGardenClub.com.
Opera singer performing at Hudson School on Saturday
Kevin Maynor, an opera singer who critics say has one of the great bass voices of the century, will perform during a fundraising concert sponsored by The Hudson School.
The concert is set for Saturday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., at the Community Church in Hoboken, Sixth and Garden Streets. In addition to Mr. Maynor, The Hudson School’s Concert Choir, Men’s Choir and Women’s Choir, directed by Kerry Dunn, will all perform. The evening of operatic voices will also feature Hudson alumni Max DeFrancesco and Michelle Repella.
“Funds from the concert will be used to defray costs of the choir’s upcoming choral competition in Boston," said Suellen Newman, founder and director of The Hudson School.
"What a thrill it will be to have Kevin Maynor, whose deep and resonant voice has graced opera houses around the world, perform right here in Hoboken,” said Newman. “And our award-winning school chorus is always a delight for the ear.”
Reservations, which are recommended, may be made by visiting the online reservation form. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. The public is cordially invited. Preceding the concert, guests are invited to enjoy coffee and desserts in the school's cafeteria, just next door to the church.
Maynor has sung in some of the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls, such as the New York City Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg, France. Critics have praised him for his charismatic stage presence and his voice is such that critics have compared him to the all-time greats. Reviewing Maynor’s CD, “Paul Robeson Remembered,” a critic for Fanfare Magazine wrote: "This is a super voice, a voice to compare not only to Robeson but also to Alexander Kipnis, to Boris Christoff, even to Ezio Pinza -- in other words to the very greatest bass voices of the century."