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NY Waterway announced a new ferry route coming this fall. (See brief.)
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NY Waterway announced a new ferry route coming this fall. (See brief.)

Discolored water still seen throughout the city last week

Because of routine maintenance on the Jersey City aqueduct on the evening of April 6, residents were still seeing discolored water last week. The color is caused by sediment disruption in several pipelines, resulting in cloudy and discolored water for customers across Jersey City and Hoboken.

Suez Water crews have been dispatched to locations that have reported discolored water and flushed pipelines to clear out the sediment, which the company said was “harmless.” Suez crews are mapping locations across Jersey City and Hoboken to identify addresses still experiencing cloudy or discolored water.

The company has instructed managers to flush their building’s plumbing from the basement up (including water heaters) to ensure residents do not continue to experience discolored water.

Suez has asked residents to remove aerators from all faucets and run the water for at least one full hour, and check all in-line house filters. According to Suez, they will issue a credit and or adjustment for seven days to residents’ water bills.

If discolored water still appears after running the water for at least an hour, please contact the Suez office for your town.

Hoboken customers should call (800) 422-0141 and Jersey City customers should call (800) 575-4433 for further investigation.

Hoboken Little League field rededicated in honor of Vietnam veteran

Mayor Dawn Zimmer, members of the City Council, and other officials rededicated the Hoboken Little League Field in honor of Sgt. William Feskin last weekend on opening day.

Fesken was killed in combat in Vietnam in 1967 and was posthumously awarded the Army Distinguished Service Cross. The Sgt. William Fesken Memorial Field was named in his honor in 1967.

“Today, we are rededicating the Little League field in honor of Sergeant Fesken by permanently placing his name over the center field scoreboard,” said Zimmer. “We thank him and all veterans for the sacrifices they have made for our country.”

During the ceremony a sign in honor of Sgt. Fesken over the center field scoreboard was unveiled, and the first pitch was thrown by Police Officer Anthony Fesken, nephew of the veteran.

“On behalf of the Fesken family, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who have made this rededication possible, especially Mayor Dawn Zimmer, the American Legion Post 107, Little League President James Farina, Ray Guzman and his staff from Hoboken Sign, and all Hoboken veterans past and present,” said John Fesken, brother of Sgt. William Fesken. “This is a fitting tribute to my brother, whose sacrifice for our country will never be forgotten.”

Public Education Foundation aims to raise thousands

The Hoboken Public Education Foundation is on a mission to raise more than $100,000 for local schools this year.

Set up by a group of local public school parents, the foundation has raised more than $90,000 in its first year from 2015 to 2016. This year they hope to exceed that figure with the support from local businesses at its annual Spring Gala at the W Hotel on May 18.

The foundation is committed to strengthening and enriching Hoboken’s public education experience through private funding, and have funded new programs, including professional development for teachers and staff, family science nights for grades kindergarten through sixth, the storm drain mural project with the Hoboken Green Team, the new sound system in Brandt Auditorium, Calabro Smart Document Cameras, books and a turnstile for Connors Media Center, auditorium sound and an acoustics system in the junior-senior high school and the school’s outdoor marquis sign, and a multi media arts supply package at Wallace School.

Public Education Foundation Co-Founder and President Shirael Pollack said she was thrilled with what had been achieved to date, but there was still so much to do with the support of Hoboken’s community.

“We are working hard to enhance and elevate the public education experience of children in Hoboken, but we cannot deliver these important initiatives without crucial sponsorship, donations, or event attendance,” said Pollack. “We encourage parents, community members and local businesses to help us in our mission to preserve and improve the quality of a Hoboken public education.”

Individuals and organizations who want to support the Public Education Foundation can contact them at hobokenpef@gmail.com

Emergency ferry route to become permanent this fall

NY Waterway’s emergency ferry route between the Hoboken Terminal and the West 39th Street Midtown Ferry Terminal in Manhattan, which operated during the recent NJ Transit rail disruption, will become a permanent route in September, according to President and Founder Arthur Imperatore.

The private ferry company added the route to move New Jersey commuters to Manhattan more quickly and easily after commutes were disrupted due to the April 3 train derailment near Penn Station.

Ridership on the emergency route started April 5 and had over 4,000 passengers, according to a media release.

Service was limited to NJ Transit ticket-holders, but the new route will be open to all passengers come September.

“Thanks to the dedicated, quick-thinking men and women of NY Waterway, we were able to step up once again and help commuters during a mass transit disruption,” said Imperatore. “We proved once again that we are always ready. We have been considering for some time the need for this Hoboken to Midtown route. The success of this trial by fire proved that the time to act is now.”

Hoboken Terminal saw significant crowds in the wake of the derailment that the ferry worked to help alleviate. 

“I wanted to send a quick note to thank your team for being so wonderful during the recent NJ Transit issues,” wrote passenger Sarah Garvey to the ferry company. “All of the people waiting at the ferry dock in Hoboken have been wonderful and so helpful. I wanted to make sure they know that they are fantastic and have been making this nightmare a bit easier and much more pleasant for all!”

Details of the route still are being developed and will be announced this summer.

Spring Fever happy hour will benefit The Hoboken Shelter

The Hoboken Shelter will celebrate spring with a happy hour to benefit the city’s homeless community at Cadillac Cantina, 80 River St., from 6: 30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19.

All proceeds from the event will go to support the shelter’s mission to transform lives by providing meals for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, and services to support people to become housed. They shelter 50 people nightly, serve 530 meals daily, host 1,000 showers weekly, and provide such support services as food, shelter, case management, counseling, job and life skills training, creative arts workshops, and emergency homelessness prevention grants.

“The proceeds from events like these benefit our homeless guests by helping them develop the skills needed to gain employment, achieve independence, and re-integrate into the community,” said Executive Director of The Hoboken Shelter Jaclyn Cherubini. ”We helped 148 of our guests become housed in 2016 and our ultimate goal is to end homelessness in Hudson County one person at a time.”

The fundraiser will feature drink specials, light appetizers, and fun prizes.

Admission is a $25 donation at the door.

Tickets for the Spring Fever Happy Hour can be purchased on the Hoboken Shelter’s website at www.hobokenshelter.org.

Fundraiser for Ovarian Cancer Coalition announced

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) will host their 2nd Annual Run Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer on Saturday, May 6 at 11 a.m. in Liberty State Park in Jersey City.

To register, go to http://runwalk.ovarian.org/tristate or register the day of at 9:30 a.m.

“Please join us this year as we take 150 million steps across the country in celebration, remembrance, and support of ovarian cancer fighters everywhere,” the NOCC’s announcement said.

“The steps we take together represent the progress we make towards our goals of empowering our community, supporting quality of life initiatives for survivors and caregivers, promoting early awareness so all women know the signs and symptoms and, Investing in cutting-edge research until we find the cure for ovarian cancer.”

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. The next information session will be at Little City Books, 100 Bloomfield St., Hoboken, on Tuesday, April 18 at 7 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

Stevens to host Holocaust themed exhibit this weekend

A Holocaust themed exhibit will be held on the Stevens Institute of Technology campus from April 16, the last day of Chol HaMoed Passover and Easter Sunday, to July 1.

The exhibit entitled The Holocaust in Metal and Stone will display Holocaust themed monuments and sculptures by Dr. Milton Ohring, a former Stevens professor, in the Samuel C. Williams Library of Stevens Institute.

“The exhibit is in response to the alarming increase of worldwide anti-Semitism as well as Holocaust forgetfulness, distortion and even denial as a result of the inevitable decline in the numbers of survivors and witnesses of the murder of six million Jews during the Second World War,” states the press release. “Ohring has created these works to enable viewers to better remember to never forget the unprecedented events which occurred in this genocide.”

An artist’s reception will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on opening day and Kosher-for-Passover food will be provided.