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Hoboken community members joined local city officials in honoring February as Black History Month with a flag raising at city hall.

Four arrested in connection to Hoboken stabbing

According to a press release from the Hoboken Police Department, the police have arrested three Guttenberg residents and one North Bergen resident in connection to a stabbing which occurred in Hoboken on Tuesday morning, Feb. 5.

Jason Rodriguez, 20, was arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 1:57 p.m. and charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, and endangering an injured victim.

18-year-olds Alexis Angulo and Santos Gonzalez were also arrested.

Angulo was charged with aggravated assault, endangering an injured victim, possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose; Gonzalez was charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy, and endangering an injured victim.

North Bergen resident, Esmild Valera-Perez, age 19 was arrested on Saturday, Feb. 9. He is charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose.

According to the press release from the Hoboken Police Department, at approximately 12:20 a.m., uniformed officers were dispatched to the area of 11th and Adams streets on a report of a male screaming for help. Officers were later able to locate the victim at the Hoboken University Medical Center.  The victim told officers he was allegedly attacked by a group in the area of 11th and Clinton streets and was able to flee toward 11th and Adams streets where he was located by friends and transported to the hospital.

He had approximately 10 stab wounds to different parts of his body.

The victim explained he was allegedly lured into the area by a former acquaintance when he was allegedly approached from behind by a group of three males.

As the victim attempted to flee, he was allegedly tripped and fell to the ground when Angulo allegedly began to stab the victim repeatedly with a knife causing the injuries before all parties fled the scene and left the area.

All four men were remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center.


Hoboken to appeal latest Monarch ruling

Local nonprofit, the Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW), and the City of Hoboken have appealed a Jan. 7 decision by the New Jersey Appellate Court which would have permitted two 11- story towers to be built on Hoboken’s northern waterfront as part of the Monarch development project.

The court ruled that the city did not have the authority to enforce its 2013 zoning ordinances which prohibit construction on waterfront piers, except for low-rise recreational buildings.

The original 1997 development plan included building three tennis courts and a tennis pavilion on the north pier, in addition to residential housing.

After completing most of the project, in 2011 the developer proposed constructing two high-rises on the pier, instead of building the tennis courts.

Hoboken’s then mayor, the city council, FBW, and residents of the Hudson Tea Building opposed the new plan, which they said violated the original 1997 agreement, instigating ongoing litigation between the developer, the city, FBW, and the Hudson Tea Building.

Renter protections established

Hoboken renters now have extra protection when it comes to paying tax surcharges to landlords after the Hoboken City Council’s new ordinance went into effect last week.

According to the ordinance, new owners of properties subject to rent control are only permitted to pass along a tax surcharge in instances where it has not already been charged based on the date they acquired the property as opposed to 1988.

This means landlords who already have filed for a tax surcharge are grandfathered in and can transfer their property with the tax surcharge intact so long as they annually refile the paperwork with the city.

The ordinance also states that landlords must inform and explain the tax surcharge in writing to tenants including the actual tax surcharge, the base rent, and the effective date.

The tax surcharge must also be imposed at the beginning of a lease term or renewal and can’t be imposed mid-lease.

Stevens Institute of Technology historic gatehouse  disassembled 

According to a press release from Steven’s Institute of Technology the historic stone gatehouse,  — the last remaining structure of the Stevens family estate and the traditional entryway to the university — will be completely disassembled this week as part of the campus’s ongoing construction.

Once the Student Housing and University Center project is completed in August of 2021, it will be reassembled with all the original architectural features in place, including the heart-shaped stone that sits on the bottom right corner of the iconic structure.

“That’s stone B2075,” said Senior Project Manager Richard Snyder, who works in Stevens Design & Construction Department. “It’s very unusual to see such a unique stone shape in an otherwise random wall pattern, but demonstrates the artistry and craftsmanship of the original masons when the gatehouse was built circa 1835.”

To preserve the gatehouse during construction, the university hired a historic preservation architecture firm, which conducted a survey and created a letter and number grid on the surface of the stones. Using that grid, the contractor, who specializes in historic preservation and restoration, numbered the stones and is removing, individually-wrapping, and storing each stone from different sections of the gatehouse in their respective crates off-site.

The project was initiated in response to an accident that took place last fall, when a delivery truck tried to drive through the gate and slammed into it. Afterward the gatehouse was declared structurally unsound.

With the amount of traffic anticipated on Wittpenn Walk because of the new Student Housing and University Center project, the decision was made to take the gatehouse down and store it until after the construction is completed.

The gatehouse, which was built in 1835 by rocks quarried on site, originally served as the main entrance to The Stevens Castle, the family’s residence. The gatehouse is the oldest structure on campus and over the years has served as a residence for faculty and staff, student information center and headquarters to Stevens Campus Security.

“The gatehouse’s presence on campus can’t be overstated; it’s historically significant,” Snyder said. “It’s architecturally significant as a traditional form of architecture and, more importantly, it’s historically significant as the last remaining structure of the Stevens family estate and the traditional entryway to the university. It’s symbolic.”

Hoboken’s assistant business administrator moves on 

Hoboken’s Assistant Business Administrator Patrick Wherry will leave the city’s employ on Feb. 22, according to a press release from the city.

Wherry became the city’s assistant business administrator in 2016.

“I thank Patrick for his numerous contributions to Hoboken during his nearly three years of service,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “He’s served as a valuable resource for our community and played a large role in overseeing some of our major quality-of-life initiatives and operations. Above all else, Patrick is well respected among his peers and has the admiration of many of our elected officials. I wish him nothing but the best in his future public service.”

“Patrick has been a tremendous asset in keeping our city well run,” said Business Administrator Stephen Marks. “He stepped into a challenging position three years ago but excelled at every task given to him. I thank him for his friendship and commitment to the residents of Hoboken.”

Wherry will serve as the Business Administrator of the Borough of Waldwick.

West Side Avenue stations of HBLR could close for 9 months

In order to accommodate underground work by the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority (JCMUA), NJ Transit is proposing to close down three stations along the West Side Avenue line of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail for nine months.

Emergency repair work is scheduled to begin on or about June 1, 2019 and continue to March 1, 2020.

This could affect some of the poorest residents of Jersey City as well as students of New Jersey City University who use that line. The temporary closure would affect West Side Avenue Station, Martin Luther King Drive, and Garfield Avenue stations.

NJ TRANSIT will conduct two public hearings to receive public comment on the proposed service disruption along the West Side Avenue branch of the HBLR. There will be two opportunities for public comment on Thursday, March 7 at 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at New Jersey City University, Gilligan Student Union Building (Culver Avenue entrance) Multi-Purpose Room B, 2039 John F. Kennedy Blvd. in Jersey City.

Substitute bus service will be provided for express travel from each of the three stations (West Side Avenue, Martin Luther King Drive and Garfield Avenue) directly to the Liberty State Park station, where customers can connect to regular HBLR service.

Shuttle buses will also provide local service between each of the three stations. The West Side Avenue Park and Ride will remain open during the station closure. When the project begins, NJ TRANSIT customer service representatives will be on location to help direct customers.

JCMUA is repairing an old, deteriorating sewer pipe that runs directly underneath the light rail tracks. It will take NJ TRANSIT at least two months to decommission the section of the West Side Avenue light rail line, removing wire, shutting off electricity and removing track before JCMUA will have access to the work site.

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 held at Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St., Hoboken, on Wednesday, Feb.20 at 7 p.m.

CASA is a nonprofit 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.

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.



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