Save the trees

When residents became alarmed after several mature trees had been removed from Jackson and Madison streets due to PSE&G Utility pole installation as part of the substation project construction, the city met with the company to discuss the rationale for tree removal and replacement as well as the upcoming schedule for tree planting.

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According to an alert from the city, the trees scheduled for removal would have either died after pruning, were identified as hazards, were already in a state of poor health, dying or dead, or were in direct conflict with utility infrastructure.

The rationale to determine removal included tree location, existing tree health, tree species such as whether or not it was considered utility friendly, maturity, height, and survival likelihood after pruning.

All recommendations for removal or pruning were made by a certified arborist and New Jersey licensed tree care expert.

PSE&G will conduct tree planting operations from May 28 to June 8, which will include removing existing stumps, expanding tree pits, and tree planting.

According to an alert from the city, the new trees planted by PSE&G will be utility friendly trees that increase biodiversity, improve the urban tree canopy, and reduce heat-islands on sidewalks.

In every case where a tree has been removed, a tree will be replanted this spring, unless in direct conflict with utility infrastructure.

For areas with utility conflicts, new trees will be planted in close proximity.

As part of a demonstration project for utility-friendly trees, PSE&G will partner with the city to plant additional trees this fall in new tree pits along Newark, Madison, Jackson, and Monroe streets.

Utility-friendly trees will help to improve electric service, safety, and reliability. PSE&G will distribute letters regarding new tree maintenance to property owners adjacent to newly planted trees. For additional information on new tree care visit www.hobokennj.gov/trees.

The PSE&G contact for the project is Rich Dwyer. He can be emailed at Richard.dwyerjr@pseg.com.

Secret Garden tour is June 2 

On Sunday June 2, The Hoboken Historical Museum will host its annual fundraiser, The Secret Gardens Tour, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date is June 9.)

Past tours have featured English cottage gardens, Japanese Zen gardens, and even a Moroccan courtyard. Others are more like outdoor rooms, equipped with grills, wet bars, recreation equipment, and comfy lounges.

The tour is self-guided so that attendees can visit gardens in any order, at their own pace. Tour stops are secret until the day of the tour and can be found in the tour booklet the day of. Booklets can be picked up at the Museum at 1301 Hudson St. or the Fire Department Museum at 213 Bloomfield St. between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The booklet will have a map and descriptions of each of the gardens, as well as some suggestions for brunch, lunch, and tea options. Garden owners, Hoboken Garden Club members, and museum volunteers will greet attendees at each of the homes.

Tour-goers should allow at least two to two-and-a-half hours to visit all the stops. Comfortable shoes and sun protection are advised.

Tickets can be purchased at https://tinyurl.com/gardentourhob

Tickets are $25 for museum members and Hoboken Garden Club members. For tickets purchased in advance (a small booking fee applies).

On the day of the tour, tickets are $35 for nonmembers.

You may also stop by 1301 Hudson St., or call the museum at 201-656-2240 for more information.

Second annual Hoboken Waterfront Arts Gala June 3

Hoboken’s second annual Waterfront Arts Gala to benefit the city’s Cultural Affairs trust and support the arts community in Hoboken will be Monday, June 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sinatra Drive North between 11th and 12th streets.

“Last year’s inaugural Waterfront Arts Gala was a huge success, and I’m pleased to invite our community to once again support the arts in Hoboken,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla in a community alert. “Thank you to the vendors and artists who are once again partnering with the city for this annual event.”

Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at www.hobokennj.gov/register. The first 100 people to purchase tickets will also receive two tickets to a classical concert by The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, a NJSO CD, and VIP Seating at the Maxwell Place Concert in Hoboken on June 24 at 7:30 p.m.

The activities sponsored through the city’s Cultural Affairs Office are not funded through the city but are dependent on events like the gala to finance events such as the annual Harvest Festival and summer Movies Under the Stars.

The gala will be cocktail-style, with various sponsors providing food, beer, wine, and liquor tastings. They include Anthony Davids, Antique Bar and Bakery, Bin 14, Court Street, Cucharamama, Halifax, Karma Kafe, Leo’s Grandevous, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, The Chart House, The Madison, and Zafra.

Attendees will enjoy art displays from several local galleries, including Barsky Gallery, Field Colony, Issyra Gallery, hob’art co-operative gallery, Proto Gallery, and the Roig Collection.

For more information, call 201-420-2000 ext. 5100

High School students awarded community service merit scholarships

Hoboken High School students Angelene Veloce and Denise Peguero were each awarded $2,000 Community Service Merit Scholarships from Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center.

The students earned the scholarships as part of Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center’s Community Service Merit Scholarship Program that provides $32,000 in scholarship funding for students at eight local high schools in the hospital’s primary service area.

The scholarships recognize and reward high school seniors who have demonstrated significant accomplishments in community service while maintaining academic success.

The online application process was conducted in February and March.

Recommendations were made by high school guidance counselors. Scholarship applications were reviewed by a committee of community volunteers.

Hoboken High School Hispanic Culture Club hosts Hall of Fame induction

On Thursday, May 30, the Hoboken High School Hispanic Culture Club will host its 5th annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Hispanic Heritage Celebration.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the High School auditorium.

The public celebration will feature performances from students and guests, swearing in of new officers, and the induction of new members to the Hall of Fame. This year, educators Geidy Delarosa and Ivan Ramos as well as Fire Department Captain Maria “Peggy” Diaz will be inducted.

Under the leadership of Christopher Munoz, the Hispanic Culture Club delves into history to help create an intimate knowledge of the role that Hispanics have played in the history and psyche of the United States and Hoboken.

The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognize individuals who have made a positive impact in the Hispanic and Hoboken community.

The event is free and open to the public.

Summer Green Teen Employment Program applications available

Hoboken is looking for high school students ages 16 to 18 for its Summer Green Teen Employment Program.

The program seeks to recruit young Hoboken residents who are committed to improving city parks, streets, and public places.

Those in the program will undergo an orientation and an initial 10 hours of paid training in green infrastructure maintenance, urban forestry, and parks maintenance/beautification. After that, they will become city employees providing seasonal part-time assistance to the Department of Environmental Services.

According to the city, trainees will learn valuable skills that may lead to future employment opportunities in the field of green infrastructure, including the use of trees and plants to absorb rainfall, reduce flooding, and improve water quality and public health. Trainees will be responsible for shade tree maintenance, park cleanup, and green infrastructure installation and maintenance.

Interested participants are invited to apply at a recruitment workshop from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, at the ground floor conference room at city hall, 94 Washington St.

For those unable to attend the workshop, applications are available at the Division of Personnel in city hall on the third floor. Applications are due June 10. Interviews will take place from June 17 to June 24.

The six-week employment program begins July 8 and ends August 19. The hours will be Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For the full description of a Summer Green Teen Employee, visit www.hobokennj.gov/jobs.

2019 Movies Under the Stars announced

This summer Hoboken will again host its Movies Under the Stars series.

Almost every Wednesday from June 12 through Aug. 21 at Pier A Park the city will screen movies for the public, free of charge.

All movies start at 9 p.m. in June and July, and between 8 and 8:30 p.m. in August.

Movies this year include “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Greatest Showman” sing-along version, “Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” sing-along version, “A Star is Born,” “Green Book,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Incredibles 2,” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”

Subtitles will be projected on the movie screen upon request. Assisted-listening devices are available with three weeks advance notice.

The city will also offer a special screening of “Black Panther” at Mama Johnson Field on Fourth and Jackson streets on Wednesday, July 31.

Residents are encouraged to bring a blanket or low-back chair.

Screenings may be canceled due to inclement weather.

For a list of movie dates go to https://www.hobokennj.gov/resources/movies-under-the-stars

For more information, call the Cultural Affairs Department at 201-420-2000 ext. 5100.





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