Hoboken Week in Review – 12/6/2009

12/6/2009:

You’re Welcome!

In the nearly four years of running Hoboken411.com, I receive countless thank you letters and notes of appreciation each week – most of which I keep private. However, one such letter I received from Ariella this weekend brought great happiness to me:

“I just wanted to commend you for the Hoboken411 website. The regular updates are invaluable, but what I respect the most is that you’re the only Hoboken publication that truly tells it like it is. The only publication that is unafraid to hold our local politicians’ feet to the fire. The viewpoints expressed on your site are refreshing and are the last line of defense to allowing government officials unrestricted freedom to get away with anything they want.

Congratulations on your continued success, and kudos to you for refusing to be controlled by local special interest groups. You’re the last true voice of Hoboken!”

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Here’s a recap of some noteworthy entries for the week ending Sunday, December 6, 2009…

Hot Topics

  • STAB!
    The “first” version of the FY2010 Hoboken Budget was released. Smart observers know how things can change, and will wait to see how the numbers truly pan out (or in some instances, get hidden). Read the entire budget document here!
  • JERSEY!
    The State is suffering, and one can only wonder how that might affect Hoboken’s bottom line. Anticipated revenue may get squeezed!
  • RE-VAL!
    Residents are getting sick of the excuses City Hall is giving for NOT moving forward with the Property Tax Re-Valuation they were “fighting for.”
  • LIES!
    We take a look at public statements Mayor Zimmer made in the past – and see how they’re shaping up. Not too good, unfortunately!
  • PARKING!
    City Hall has the opportunity to finally clear up the ever-confusing white painted lines on curbs – but completely disregards constituents.
  • LAND GRAB!
    Expect many more months (if not years) of debate regarding the proposed development of 70-story towers from NJ Transit.
  • CRONIES!
    In the latest round of faux appointments, three or four seats are up at the Hoboken Zoning Board of Adjustment. Many believe the Mayor and Council already know who they’ll pick – but will still string the residents along pretending the process is actually open. We’ll see what happens.
  • MIKE!
    A sad (once nameless) dog needs a loving home. Can you find “Mike” a nice place to live?
  • MISUNDERSTOOD!
    Daily fights between NYC cab drivers coming to Hoboken makes pre-paid taxi fares from the city a no-brainer. Will our elected officials do anything about it?
  • SHORTAGE!
    Open space is running low in Hoboken – and some readers wonder why out-of-towners get to enjoy our parks, while the children have nowhere to play.
  • RECKLESS!
    Massive beer trucks park where they want, blocking pedestrians, wheelchairs and more. Many of you didn’t care – saying it’s part of “city living.”

Other Updates

  • COMING SOON: Fresh Pizza is rumored to be coming to the old Ted & Jo’s location; and great Pancakes are set to be “Stacked Up” on Washington Street.
  • NOW OPEN: A brand new Family Pharmacy opens it’s doors on First Street!
  • UPDATED: Have you had the delicious Chef Burger at Helmers’? Temporary lunch price reduction gives you a good reason to!
  • PUBLISHED: Hoboken resident Chelsea Dodd published a cookbook on how to make “Coffee Mug Cakes” in your microwave!

THIS WEEK:

Inspirational Quote of the Week:

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

– Marcel Proust

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