Posted by: Hoboken411 on March 6th at 12:27 pm
Zumba Dance Party at Willie McBride’s in Hoboken, NJ
Want to partake in an extended Zumba Dance Party? Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 8th from 4pm to 6pm, and read on below for details (and music videos!)
Francesca Maria + Fitness Meets Dance = entertaining workout
Hoboken’s Fitness Meets Dance presents Zumba Dance Party with Francesca Maria!
On Saturday, March 8th – the fabulous Francesca Maria will be headlining the workout at Willie McBride’s (616 Grand St.) for a master class and special performance from her hit song Dale Dale.
Tickets are $20 in advance (until March 7th) and $25 at the door. The event is hosted by Marie Medina & Josephine Gonzalez. Note that capacity maxes out around 60 or so participants – so be sure to book NOW!
Get your Tickets HERE!
You can also call 551-221-1458 or email email@example.com for more information.
Here is the PROMO for the event…
Plus the “official” music video from this “fitness dance sensation…”
Posted by: Hoboken411 on March 6th at 07:11 am
Hoboken conundrum – How to end potholes?
Before we get started – let’s take a look at this diagram of the general explanation as to why potholes emerge in quantity during the winter season. The fundamental “scientific” reason is due to the melting and freezing of water within the “cracks” in the road, causing expanding, contracting and eventual weakening of the pavement. Same holds true for ice-dams in many roofs. But this does not explain how to end potholes in Hoboken. Has anyone ever thought of a better way to handle road surfaces in the long term?
A conspiracy? A racket? Planned obsolescence?
Hey, if you were a scheming business owner, you’d figure out a way to always have customers. Heck, they’ve been doing it for hundreds of years. It’s called planned obsolescence.
We’ve written about planned obsolescence here on Hoboken411 it before. The Gillette Model. The Light Bulb. The Auto Industry.
You see, if companies made things that last – their “growth” would be limited for the most part. But having happy customers isn’t enough. They want MORE, and because of that greed, they purposely design things to wear out. Read more about how they knew how to make bulbs that lasted almost forever – but put the kibosh on it long ago.
Perhaps the same is true for road surfaces?
Maybe the entire “paving industry” is in cahoots with one another. A secret pact, so to say. That under no circumstances will a road be made well enough to last a couple decades or more. This way they ALWAYS have a new contract to bid on somewhere in New Jersey.
But surely you’ve seen good roads, right?
In a somewhat temperate area like NJ – where we have four distinct seasons of moderate climate swings – you can probably get away with it (the raping of property taxpayers).
But have you been to more extreme areas? Head up to Vermont – or even as close by as Pennsylvania. Drive across the border on Route 78. The minute you get into PA – the roads are ROCK solid, and they typically get more snow than NJ. No potholes. Smooth surfaces. They appear to be made of concrete or some kind of hybrid material. Why is that?
I guess the politicians were sick of the backlash and decided once and for all it’s no longer worth it for a few extra bucks in the back room. Time to start doing things right. If you want to stay in office to enjoy the other rackets no one has caught onto yet…
Better materials – better roads
So what is preventing Hoboken (and the rest of New Jersey for that matter) to develop a plan (or in most cases hire a “planner” for a costly “study”)?
I could probably spend an hour – or maybe even half a day to figure out that doing it right from the beginning, would probably save so much money and grief in such a short amount of time. I could come up with contractors, building materials, total cost and ROI (in rough draft) just like that.
Better building materials last longer. The return on investment here would probably be no more than a year or two (not 17 years like those dopey energy audits). Plus, good PR is priceless!
So why are they so cheap when it comes to roads? Are there nice favors being passed back and forth? A $20k envelope is nothing to laugh at. (Ask Peter Cammarano) Can buy you a nice vacation and help pay down some bills. More than enough to look the other way.
But over the past few years, Hoboken has relied on meager “grants” from either the county or the state, and were in the $500k ballpark. Which is why only 3% of our roads were paved in a given year.
What would your solution be to stop band-aiding the problem and come up with a long-term solution (hint: getting rid of cars and adding 1000 bike lanes is not the answer.)
Posted by: Hoboken411 on March 5th at 04:27 pm
Steering business away? Wrong Hoboken directions on Route 495!
Every time we run errands out of the north end of Hoboken (to say the Secaucus Home Depot) I see this sign on the way home – and forget to snap a photo of it. It’s been bugging me for a long time. Maybe for once they can correct it? They have the wrong Hoboken directions on Route 495!
Back in the day – they were true – since 9/11 not so much
For those of you living around here long enough – you’d remember that the Lincoln Tunnel viaduct actually used to have an EXIT at the very end of the loop (before the tolls).
You’d be able to turn off right onto Park Avenue in Weehawken and make your way either south to Hoboken – or north up to Union City. And you might also recall that – even before the days of EZ-Pass, traffic wasn’t always so severe (although when it WAS bad – it was hours of sitting almost still!)
But maybe it’s time for them to update this sign once and for all. Imagine all the idiots coming to our area hoping to visit the Cake Boss? If they followed the distance measurements on that sign – they’d overshoot the last Hoboken exit – and be FORCED to go into Manahattan.
The sign reads 1.5 miles (which is true for that OLD exit), but the actual distance to the Hoboken exit is just a shade over 0.5 miles.
If they correct this – and Hoboken business goes up as a result – you can PayPal donations (commission) to Hoboken411 very easily!
Posted by: Hoboken411 on March 5th at 12:55 pm
Hoboken energy audit at public schools
This has been on the back-burner for quite a long while. Time to dust it off and put it in the completed bin: The Hoboken Energy audit for public schools.
Are some returns on investment too long to be considered?
A few years back a company called Dome-Tech, Inc. submitted a comprehensive Hoboken Public Schools “Energy Audit.” In it, they describe current energy utilization for lighting, indoor climate control, water heating, etc. for all the public school buildings in Hoboken.
The report is over 80 pages long, and after you get through all the fluff about solar panels, CO2 and wind-generation the bottom line is:
You need to spend over $5 million dollars – and your “return on investment” (i.e., time to realize net savings) is 17 years.
I don’t care how “eco-friendly” this is. It’s a bad investment.
For one, the “golden rule” for ROI’s in the business world is around 7 years. The shorter the better. But any investment that takes 17 years to “possibly” see a simple payback (ignoring the cost of money and the slippery slope our economy is already on, maintenance, repairs, etc.), is a bad business decision.
But the sad thing is – because environmental topics are all the rage these days – politicians fall for them with the hopes the majority of the public doesn’t look the bottom line. Now do you see how certain monies get “redirected” to these newfangled “causes?”
Posted by: Hoboken411 on March 5th at 07:56 am
Letter: Why the selective reval in Hoboken? What about the residents?
First Ward Councilwoman Terry Castellano wants all property tax-payers to know how some special “connected” groups of people made such wondrous strides in lowering their city tax bill. Perhaps more people should be asking this question?
PSA: Deadline approaching for Property Re-valuation Appeal
By Theresa Castellano, 1st Ward Council
I would like to submit this letter as a public service announcement for the taxpayers of the City of Hoboken. As you may know, May 1, 2014 is the deadline for registering an appeal of your Property Revaluation.
As you review your current property assessment, I think it’s important to note that the owners of the Hoboken University Medical Center, Medical Properties Trust, (NYSE: MPW) a Real Estate Investment Trust, located in Birmingham, AL, has received a 55% decrease in their taxes.
Last year, Medical Properties Trust requested a reassessment of their three Hoboken properties (300-326 Willow Ave., 307 Willow Ave. and 122-132 Clinton St.) and received a substantial decrease in their tax rate to the tune of $1.1 million, unlike a maneuver available for the typical Hoboken taxpayer.
Recently, when the City Council questioned the decrease, the Hoboken Tax Assessor explained when a rate is struck; a “universal formula” is used to determine the new tax rate. After one month there was a vague application for a further reduction allowing Medical Properties Trust to receive another bite of the apple.
When the mayor first proposed the sale of the hospital, a primary public relations spin was restructuring the hospital from a “not for profit” to a “for profit” institution to allow the city to receive an additional annual anticipated tax revenue of $2,000,000.00.
In the end, all of this maneuvering resulted in a million dollar savings for Medical Properties Trust, a for-profit, publicly-traded corporation. The city realized only $895,000.00, from the expected $2,000,000.00, a 55% decrease in one year.
Will Hoboken property taxpayers get as lucky?
The typical Hoboken taxpayer, who likely facing a reevaluation resulting in substantial increase in property value and a proportionally increase in the tax base. Keep in mind tax increases effect both owners and renters with some reporting a 200 to 300% tax increase.
For all taxpayers affected by our current revaluation, please register your appeal before May 1, 2014. The Medical Properties Trust decrease should definitely be included in the conversation.
It goes without saying, any property owner, if given the chance, would appreciate the opportunity to participate in the same sweetheart deal offered an Alabama real estate investment trust.
First Ward Councilwoman Theresa Castellano
Posted by: Hoboken411 on March 5th at 05:55 am
Hoboken City Council Meeting of March 5, 2014
Inspect Hoboken City Council meeting documents below – and click here at 7:00pm to watch live video stream.
Boy lots of legal contractors getting lots more money! What is the purpose of a “contract,” if the “not to exceed” amount is constantly going higher? Might as well save everyone time and make the amount like 100 million dollars. Getting “magically ridiculous” at this point…
Hoboken City Council Documents for March 5, 2014