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Hoboken resident Sandra Casillas joined her fellow students from Pillar College – Newark campus, as part of the school’s community outreach to the homeless. The students tied winter scarves to fencing in Newark’s Military Park to ensure homeless residents would have some extra warmth during the extreme cold that has impacted New Jersey’s residents over the past few weeks. (Pictured from Left to Right: Martha Martin, Sandra Casillas, Marcia Casillas.)

Parking changes began this week

According to a press release from the city, on Monday, March 4, Hoboken was set to launch several new transportation initiatives including free HOP shuttles, a Parking Benefit District, new online visitor permits, and dynamic priced parking to improve the overall parking experience in town.

The initiatives, which were approved by the city council last year, aim to improve on-street parking availability in business districts.

This includes the launch of a visitor permit system that allows them to be purchased and activated online, and the reintroduction of the “Daily Debit Program” to provide inexpensive daily garage parking for Hoboken business employees as an alternative to on-street parking.

The city is also implementing dynamic, market-based pricing throughout Hoboken, decreasing short term pricing for parking in Garage B, D and Midtown, and reinvesting revenue into New Jersey’s first Parking Benefit District to fund economic development, streetscape, and infrastructure projects.

For more information on the city’s parking initiatives go to https://hudsonreporter.com/2019/02/26/parking-changes-in-hoboken/ .

Applications available for grant funding

Applications are now being accepted by the City of Hoboken for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Year 2019 to provide funding to eligible programs and projects sponsored by public agencies or not-for-profit organizations.

The city encourages local community groups that provide quantifiable benefits to low and moderate income residents to apply.

CDBG funding is provided through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The city has not yet received notice from HUD of its Program Year 2019 award, but the city has typically received approximately $1 million each program year since becoming an Entitlement Community in 2015. Public Service Funding is capped at 15 percent of total funding, which would make approximately $150,000 available to organizations providing services including, but not limited to child care, after-school programs, health care, family planning, and assistance to the homeless.

The city’s Public Facility Funding, also through the CDBG program, is expected to be approximately $800,000, which can be allocated for capital improvements benefiting low to moderate income residents, assuming funding is in line with prior year awards.

Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 22. Funds will become available for selected applications as early as July 1.  Since the funding source is limited, this is a competitive application process. The review criteria and eligibility requirements are noted in the application.

Applicants can request an application from Irene Woodward via email at iwoodward@triadincorporated.com or in person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hoboken Planning and Zoning Office, 94 Washington St., 2nd floor.

All questions should be directed to Woodward via email, or phone during business hours at 856-690-9590.

Acclaimed British film critic to share latest book March 7

On Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St. will host British film critic and author David Thomson.

Thomson will discuss his latest book “Sleeping With Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire.”

According to the book store’s website, Thomson’s book examines how film has found the fault lines in traditional masculinity and helped to point the way past it toward a more nuanced understanding of what it means to be a person desiring others by combining criticism, his knowledge of film history, and memoir.

Ranging from advertising to pornography, Rudolph Valentino to Moonlight, Rock Hudson to Call Me By Your Name, Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant to Phantom Thread, Thomson’s book shows the art and the artists people love under a new light. He shows the way in which film as art, entertainment, and business has been a polite cover for a kind of erotic séance. And he makes us see how the way we watch our movies is a kind of training for how we try to live.

The discussion will include movie clips to illustrate the book. Thomson will be in conversation with Gary Marmorstein.

For more information go to littlecitybooks.com or call 201-626-READ.

Party with purpose on March 7

The 2019 Winter Benefit for local non-profit Party with Purpose will take place on Thursday, March 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Antique Loft, 33 Newark St.

The benefit celebrates the organization’s 15 years and behests of over $650,000 to local regional and national children’s charities including TRUE Mentors, Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County, Jubilee Center, HOPES, Hoboken Museum, and more.

The evening will include a special guest appearance by Skeery Jones of Z100, live music by The Counterfeiters, dancing, cocktails and a great view of NYC.

Tickets cost $80 and include a three hour open bar (open bar includes beer, wine and vodka/whiskey/tequila drinks only), passed appetizers, a silent auction, and more.

To purchase a ticket go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/party-with-purposes-annual-winter-benefit-tickets-53814394302.

Five Hudson County towns in top 101 safest cities in America

 A new study lists five Hudson County towns as among the top 101 safest cities in America.

While none made the top 10, North Bergen came in at number 23, Bayonne 24, West New York 38, Union City, 82 and Hoboken, 90.

The list was issued by SafeHome.org on Feb. 27, using 2018 FBI data from 13,366 law enforcement agencies of cities with populations of 50,000 or more. Four categories of FBI data included a population of 53,790 or more; property crimes at 393 or less; violent crimes at 34 or less; and citizens-to-police-officer ratios of 463 to every cop.

Nationally, New Jersey led the country with 18 cities in the top 101, California was next with 17 cities, and Illinois had 1, mostly in the suburbs of Chicago.

SafeHome.org also released the 25 Safest Cities in New Jersey. The top five were Parsippany-Troy Hills, Middletown Township, Piscataway, Jackson Township, and Howell.

Social Security can now replace social security cards online

The Social Security Administration has introduced the expansion of online services for residents of New Jersey available through its “my Social Security” portal at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, announced that residents of New Jersey can use the portal for many replacement Social Security number (SSN) card requests. This will allow people to replace their SSN card without the need to travel to a Social Security office.

“I’m pleased to offer the residents of New Jersey the added convenience of replacing a Social Security card through the my Social Security portal,” said Berryhill. “We will continue to work on innovative initiatives to provide people with safe, secure and convenient options for doing business with us online or in person.”

The agency is conducting a gradual roll out of this service. New Jersey is one of the states, plus the District of Columbia, where this option is available.

U.S. citizens age 18 or older and who are residents of New Jersey can request a replacement SSN card online by creating a my Social Security account. In addition, they must have a U.S. domestic mailing address, not require a change to their record (such as a name change), and have a valid driver’s license, or state identification card in some participating states.

my Social Security is a secure online hub for doing business with Social Security, and nearly 41 million people have created an account. In addition to New Jersey residents replacing their SSN card through the portal, current Social Security beneficiaries can manage their account—change an address, adjust direct deposit, obtain a benefit verification letter, or request a replacement SSA-1099.

Medicare beneficiaries can request a replacement Medicare card without waiting for a replacement form in the mail. Account holders still in the workforce can verify their earnings history and obtain estimates of future benefits by looking at their Social Security Statement online.

For more information about this new online service, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber.

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