Hoboken gets a little shadier…
Green Streets come to Hoboken – gets 74 new trees!
Hoboken was lucky to be chosen as part of the New Jersey Tree Foundation Spring 2010 Green Streets Tree Planting and Transitional Jobs Program.
Along with the NJ State Parole Board, individuals who are under parole are hired as a seasonal tree planting crew. This transitional job allows previously troubled individuals build their work skills, gain credible references and get back to the work force. To date, various crews have planted over 7,000 trees – and 32 have become gainfully employed.
I bumped into City Employee Rocco Riccardi this week supervising one of the trees being planted at 14th and Garden Streets. Seems like Hoboken got short-changed one tree – as he was certain we got only 74 (instead of the 75 that we were supposed to get.) Ironically, Hoboken didn’t get any “greener” in this spot, because they removed a (perfectly healthy) giant green bush to put this tree in. Hence the headline “shadier” instead of “greener.”
The Spring 2010 crew is handling 900 trees across north New Jersey. And besides Hoboken, will spruce up Liberty State Park, Bayonne, Prospect Park, Cliffside Park, Ridgefield, Dumont, Morristown and some roads in Essex County.