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Crosswalk Warning Lights

Would Hoboken benefit from Crosswalk Warning Lights?

With pedestrian vs. car incidents seemingly on the rise, several Hoboken residents we’ve spoken with feel that the city could really use additional safety measures such as these Crosswalk Warning Lights (from companies such as Traffic Safety Corp.)

Where do you stand on the idea?

Would crosswalk warning lights work in Hoboken NJ

Who besides yourself is responsible for your safety?

Before we talk about Crosswalk Warning Lights – I’ll preface this with our belief that “personal safety” is ultimately YOUR responsibility, and that if you had an ounce or more of common sense, you’ll never find yourself in a dangerous situation.

I’ve seen these pedestrian crosswalk warning systems in other municipalities (like down in Princeton). I suppose the concept by itself isn’t a particularly bad idea. A person presses the button prior to crossing the street, and these “blinking lights” illuminate, further giving visibility to the crosswalk to oncoming drivers.

If they were free (now in perpetuity) – I’d say bring ‘em on – why not?

But they present their own list of challenges, because:

  • They cost money. Up front, and for the life of them (maintenance, repair). This will further inhibit local “governments” from finding ways to reduce the quarterly burden to the property taxpayers.
  • They create false sense of security. Crossing the street is already riddled with problems (especially if you’re a driver). Because as “entitled” as pedestrians are already (“I’ll walk and you WILL stop, sir!”), imagine how brazen they would get if blinking lights were “making them feel safe?” It might just lead to more incidents, not less.
  • They can be distracting. Shouldn’t drivers focus on the roads? Just like highways with dozens of billboards, another blinking light distraction has the potential to divert attention elsewhere.

The last thing we need is to “rely” on the “governments” to keep us safe. If local residents wanted fund these for their own street corner, sure. But forcing them on others without consent doesn’t seem fair. And it creates a society where people cannot (or no longer want to) help themselves.

What next? Everyone should wear government supplied bullet-proof bubble wrap to protect themselves from the big, bad world?

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Jersey Cares Coat Drive

Jersey Cares Coat Drive at Little Town Hoboken – January 28th

It feels like the coldest day of the winter today – so mark your calendars for “Get Toasty with Jersey Cares: A Coat Drive Happy Hour at Little Town NJ” next week!

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Manzo Brothers join Jersey Cares Coat Drive

“Please join Jersey Cares on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Little Town New Jersey for a Coat Drive Happy Hour to support the 18th Annual Jersey Cares Coat Drive.

Albie and Chris Manzo, stars of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, will be behind the bar serving drinks, including the Warm and Fuzzy and the Coat Hanger—two Coat Drive signature cocktails.

Your $10 admission automatically enters you into a raffle for exciting prizes, and each gently used coat you bring to donate gets you one additional ticket. Little Town New Jersey will provide exciting drink specials, and 15% of the proceeds from the evening’s event will benefit the good work of Jersey Cares. You can buy your ticket online here and read more information about the 18th Annual Jersey Cares Coat Drive here. Space is limited.

Little Town New Jersey is located on the Hoboken waterfront at 310 Sinatra Drive, steps away from the PATH and mass transit.

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Safer Holiday Shopping – Fatal carjacking

Four arrested in carjacking death of Hoboken resident

12/21/2013 Update:

Mug shots of Basim Henry, Hanif Thompson, Karif Ford, and Kevin Roberts.

Basim Henry Hanif Thompson Karif Ford Kevin Roberts hoboken murder dustin friedland

(Bail not high enough.)

Four men were arrested and charged with murder in the terrifying carjacking of a young New Jersey man in a mall parking lot, authorities said.

Bail was set at $2 million for Karif Ford, 31, Basim Henry, 32, and Kevin Roberts, 33, all of Newark, and Hanif Thompson, 29, of Irvington, in the point-blank shooting of Hoboken resident Dustin Friedland.

The quartet face murder, carjacking, conspiracy and weapons charges. The FBI and federal marshals arrested Henry in a hotel room in eastern Pennsylvania. Thompson was arrested in Irvington, NJ, after a swarm of cops used a battering ram to reach him, according to a report.

See more here.

four arrested in murder of Hoboken NJ resident Dustin Friedland

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Roof fire at 327 Adams Street

Roof fire at 327 Adams Street in Hoboken

Hoboken Fire Department is currently dealing with a roof fire at 327 Adams Street which started around 1:20pm today. Heavy smoke. It’s currently on 3rd Alarm Status, but sounds as if they have the blaze currently under control as they try to knock it down completely.

Bayonne and Kearny FD were called into Hoboken to serve as backup.

Roof Fire Hoboken NJ 327 Adams Street december 9 2013

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Rims stolen on Jefferson Street

Honda Accord has rims stolen on Jefferson

According to a resident, this grey Honda Accord often parks in the area of Jefferson Street between 3rd and 4th Streets.

Well, this morning – the car definitely isn’t going anywhere except via tow truck, as the rims were stolen and the car was left on cinder blocks.

If Frank Sinatra were still alive today – he’d “remix” his famous “New York, New York” song to include the verse “Start spreading the parts, thanks to less cops, I want my rims back, Hobo-ken, New Jerz!”

Honda Accord rims stolen in Hoboken NJ Jefferson Street December 5 2013

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Hoboken Water Main Breaks

Hoboken Water Main Breaks should be a museum exhibit!

Hoboken Water Main Breaks happen so often in town, perhaps there should be an ongoing exhibit at the Historical Museum!

Below is a scene from a repair job that United Water was working on recently for a leak on Washington Street. Maybe we can dispatch some local school kids to make dioramas for each break as an extra credit school project?

But regardless – it’s kind of sad that these things happen so often, it’s considered “normal…”

Constant Hoboken Water Main Breaks

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