Give blood in WNY or Hoboken

As people travel in winter and are not as available to donate, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to help meet the constant need for blood this winter.
In West New York, blood donations will be accepted on Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. Mary of the Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church, 6515 Polk St.
In Hoboken, donations can be made on Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Saint Francis Parish Center, 308 Jefferson St.
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.
Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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Hudson County CASA is seeking 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. Room 901, on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.
For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.

Hearing scheduled to discuss change of open space easements for west side park

A hearing will take place Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Multi-Service Center at 124 Grand St. to solicit input on changing open space easements near to the Monroe Center on 720 Monroe St. Specifically, the city needs to remove permissions granted in 2004 to turn the area into open space that would have been part of a now-defunct “Village West” redevelopment project, and instead use the open space as part of a 2-acre public park.
An easement is a legal right to cross or use another person’s land for a specified purpose. According to a notice on the city website, the Deeds of Open Space or easements were originally implemented as part of “Village West” which was approved by the Planning Board in 2004 but never developed. In order to get new Deeds of Open Space for a new park on the west side of town, the city needs to terminate the preexisting easements.
The website states the termination is needed to “to provide for remediation, development, and conveyance… of a 2.0 acre public park.”
Written comments may also be submitted to bforbes@hobokennj.gov.

Hoboken police arrest six drivers over New Year’s weekend

Police arrested and charged Jersey City resident Jamie Agosto, age 41, at 3:57 a.m. on Dec. 31. They charged Agosto with reckless driving, driving while intoxicated, and leaving the scene of an accident on Dec. 31. Officers arrived at Fourth and Monroe streets to find a motor vehicle allegedly involved in an accident with a parked vehicle. They arrested Agosoto a short distance away who allegedly had fled the scene, according to witnesses.
At 3:32 a.m. on Dec. 31, Bellville resident Avanish Pandya, age 38, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated in a school zone, reckless driving, and impeding traffic flow. Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop of Pandaya’s car and were able to detect the smell of alcohol according to a press release from police. According to the release Pandya was unable to complete a field sobriety test and was found to be above the legal limit after a breath test conducted at headquarters.
On New Year’s Day, 3:31 a.m., Marlboro resident Estefania Robles-Cabrera, age 31, was charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene, and reckless driving. Officers were approached by the victim of a motor vehicle accident who said her vehicle was struck and the driver left the scene. Officers found the vehicle in question and a motor vehicle stop was conducted during which they detected the smell of alcohol. Robles-Cabrera allegedly failed to complete a field sobriety test and took a breath test which was found to be above the legal limit. She was given several summonses and “released to a responsible party.”
Later that day, Bloomfield resident Evenet Estime, age 22, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Officers were dispatched to Newark Street on a report of a fight and found a group of people pushing and shouting at each other when they arrived. Officers calmed the group but Estime allegedly refused to obey officers orders and continued to act in a disorderly and disruptive manner after several warnings. Estime was then placed under arrest.
Also that day, Harrison resident Anthony Martins, age 21 and East Newark resident Michael Granados, age 21, were arrested on various charges. Officers were dispatched to River Street and found two men in a shoving match. Officers were able to separate the two men and Granados allegedly continued to act disorderly and refuse officers’ orders and warnings. As officers attempted to place him under arrest Martins allegedly grabbed Granados’s arm and pulled him away from the officers. Both were placed under arrest. A search of Martins allegedly found a bag of a powdery substance suspected to be cocaine.

Christmas tree disposal information

In Hoboken, you may place your discarded Christmas tree at the curb on regular recycling nights (Mondays and Thursdays after 9 p.m.) for pickup on Tuesday and Friday. Trees will be picked up the next day as a special pickup after regular recycling pickup. Please remove all lights, ornaments, and stand from the tree. Do not place the tree in a plastic bag (trees are recycled). If you have questions or to report the location of a tree that has not been picked up by 5 p.m. the following day, please call 201-420-2277.

Hoboken PATH service affected as trains finally get Positive Train Control

PATH will be adjusting its weekday/weekend service slightly over the next two weeks at the Hoboken PATH station to accommodate federally mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) and other safety upgrades.
The following schedule will be in place for the 33rd Street line on Thursday, Jan. 5, and Friday, Jan. 6 from 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m.:
• New York-bound trains to 33rd Street will not stop at Hoboken during this time. Riders should transfer at Newport for a shuttle train from the World Trade Center (WTC) to Hoboken, also making stops at Newport, Exchange Place, and World Trade Center. Customers can transfer at Newport to the 33rd Street train.
• New Jersey-bound trains traveling from 33rd Street to Journal Square via Hoboken will be operating normal weeknight service, and will be stopping at Hoboken.
The following weekend schedule will be in place on the Journal Square/33rd Street line this Sunday, Jan. 8 and overnight Monday, Jan. 9:
• From 3 a.m.-8 a.m. Sunday, PATH will not operate to or from Hoboken along the JSQ/33rd Street line. For service to Hoboken, riders are asked to transfer to the Hudson Bergen Light Rail at Newport. For service from Hoboken, riders should take the light rail to Newport and transfer to the PATH system. NJ Transit will be providing the light rail service and will cross-honor PATH riders.
• From 8 a.m. to 11:59 Sunday, PATH will not operate direct service to/from Hoboken. Riders going to Hoboken should transfer to the PATH “Special” train at Newport. For service from Hoboken, use the Special train running to Newport and transfer to the PATH system.
• From 12:01 a.m. until 5 a.m. Monday, New York-bound trains to 33rd Street will not stop at Hoboken. Riders can transfer at Newport for a WTC/Hoboken shuttle train to Hoboken. The shuttle train will run between Hoboken and the WTC, also making stops at Newport and Exchange Place.
The same weekend schedule will be in effect for Sunday, Jan. 15 and overnight Monday, Jan. 16.
For additional information regarding PATH service scheduled upgrades, please call 800 234-PATH/7284, or visit PATH online: http://www.panynj.gov/path

Man allegedly robbed in Hoboken during rush hour by six people

Six people were arrested between Dec. 15 and Dec 29 in connection with a robbery around 6:10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15 at Fifth Street and Marshall Drive.
Police responded to a report of robbery that evening and arrived to find the victim, who stated that he was assaulted and robbed. The victim was allegedly approached by the males when exiting a Marshall Drive building and they allegedly began to assault him immediately and take his belongings.
The victim suffered from several cuts and complained of pain, according to a police media release. He was transported to Hoboken University Medical Center and treated.
Detectives determined those involved and placed them under arrest on different dates. Some turned themselves in at police headquarters, according to the media release.
Curtis Brown, age 22, of Elizabeth was charged with robbery.
Josh Lessane, age 24, of Hoboken was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.
Frank Henderson age 21 of Hoboken was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.
Hoboken resident Edward Mongon, age 20, was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.
Julian Braxton age 22 of Hoboken was charged with Conspiracy to commit robbery.
Peter Fresse age 21 of Hoboken was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.
All of the above defendants were additionally charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, and endangering an injured victim.

Invitation to pop-up park planning meeting Jan. 19

The City of Hoboken will host a public meeting on Thursday Jan. 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to discuss and develop plans for the temporary “pop-up” park. The “pop-up” park will be on the newly acquired BASF site in Northwest Hoboken.
The meeting will take place at the Jubilee Center at 601 Jackson St.
The park could include potential amenities such as a “multisport field, game center, play equipment, and more,” according to a media release.
The meeting will also provide an overall update on the city’s resiliency efforts according to the release.

Police charge two people in Hoboken burglary

Officers were dispatched on a report of someone attempting to enter a vehicle in the early morning hours on Jan. 2. They arrived to find the vehicle unlocked and door open with the interior light on. The interior appeared to be in disarray.
Officers canvassed the area and found a man fitting the description inside a building. As they approached, they saw a woman allegedly attempting to open packages. Officers confirmed the packages didn’t belong to the defendants and were taken from a different address. It was also determined they were involved in the burglary of the vehicle and placed under arrest.
Dina Elbana, age 19, of Union City was charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of theft. Darius Rivera, age 20, of Hoboken was charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of theft, and an outstanding warrant.

Police and volunteer ambulance corp save overdose victim

Officers Dennis Figueroa Jr. and Sgt. Robert Fulton were dispatched to an address on Jackson Street on a possible overdose Thursday Jan. 5 at 8:30 a.m.
The officers arrive to find the 51 year-old male victim sitting in a chair unresponsive. According to a press release from the police, several family members found the victim and immediately called the police.
While on scene, it was believed that the man may ingested heroin which left the victim in that state.
The Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp was also on scene and assisted the officers in administering a dose of Narcan to the victim.
Narcan is a prescription medicine used to block the effects of opiods and reverse an overdose.
As the victim began to regain consciousness he was transported to the Hoboken University Medical Center for further treatment and evaluation.
As of Thursday afternoon the victim was expected to recover fully.

Hoboken technology firm cited by NJBIZ

On Dec. 5 eMazzanti, a Hoboken-based IT consultant and managed service provider at 701 Grand, was named the 2016 NJBIZ Business of the Year in the 1-50 employees category.
According to a press release, nearly 300 people attended the NJBIZ awards dinner where the announcement was made.
eMazzanti was recognized for its ability to help clients become successful despite their economic conditions.
“This is a win for our customers and our partners who have helped us every step of the way,” stated Carl Mazzanti, CEO.
In addition to being named the Business of the Year, eMazzanti was recognized by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer with a proclamation highlighting the company’s long-term contributions to the community in September.

Opening reception for new museum exhibit

On Sunday Jan. 22 from 2 p.m. to 5p.m. the Hoboken Historical Museum will host an open reception for their latest exhibit “Hoboken People & Places, 1976-1994: Photographs by Michael Flanagan.”
The exhibit will feature dozens of black and white photographs of Hoboken in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
With his large-format Linhof camera set on a tripod, Flanagan documented his neighborhood Mom-and-Pop shops, the longtime Hobokenites and newcomers he grew to know during his two decades here, and the crumbling waterfront piers and streetscapes. They are at once the technically beautiful compositions of an accomplished photographer, and a haunting portrait of Hoboken on the verge of transformation.

Jersey City man arrested for alleged possession

Police arrested and charged Jersey City resident Andre Wallace, age 37, for receiving stolen property, possession of CDS Marijuana, possession of CDS paraphernalia, outstanding Hudson County Sheriff warrant, and hindering apprehension on Wednesday Jan. 3 at 11:47 a.m.
Police found a stolen vehicle parked in the area of 4th and Harrison Street.
The police saw Wallace allegedly enter the vehicle and conducted a motor vehicle stop.
Wallace was arrested for allegedly receiving stolen property and a search of him allegedly found marijuana and a suspected marijuana cigarette.
Wallace allegedly gave the officers a fake name adding the charge of hindering apprehension.

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