Saturday, March 10, 2012
About a special LepreCon experience.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Dear Editor, My name is Steve Sternberg, and I'm a 1st Ward Committee Person. My son Jared, for his Bar Mitzvah project, decided to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The main crux of his campaign will be to collect donations of airline miles (since so many wishes involve travel). Jared wanted to kick off his fund-raising drive with a bake sale, and smartly chose Saturday, March 3rd. At 12:30pm, and with some trepidation, we set up a table and his goodies (which he stayed up all night with his grandma baking) - cupcakes, brownies, chocolate covered pretzels, and cookies. I say trepidation, because in the past, we have been wary about venturing outside on this day (my wife and son were nearly hit by beer bottles thrown off a roof …
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Partiers celebrated downtown on Saturday, March 3, 2012.
While it was less crowded than last year, thousands of people visited Hoboken on Saturday, as part of the annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
While uptown is quiet, the bars on First Street were crowded throughout the afternoon.
Update 6:45 p.m. Downtown Hoboken looked like any other St. Patrick's Day on Saturday, even without the annual parade down Washington Street, while uptown Hoboken was quiet and the bars there half empty on Saturday afternoon. At the end of the day—as it got colder and darker and the people got drunker—there were more reports of disorderly behavior. On downtown Jackson Street a man was seen climbing the wall of a building, apparently thinking he was Spiderman. Minutes later, police radio reported a large fight on Fourteenth Street. As of 5:30 p.m., at least seven arrests had been made—including one for driving under the influence in the A&P parking lot—police said. One Jersey City man was arrested for acting disorderly on the corner of …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
From the City of Hoboken
Thursday, March 1, 2012
From the City of Hoboken The first Saturday in March marks the traditional start of the St. Patrick’s Day season in Hoboken, which in recent years has coincided with escalating public safety and quality of life impacts on the community, including reported sexual assaults, attacks on public safety officials, and significant damage to private property. Because of this, the City this year required that the St. Patrick’s Day parade be held on a Wednesday. Although the parade was ultimately cancelled, the City has been preparing for thousands of visitors this weekend. All Hoboken Police officers will be on duty in addition to more than 140 officers from neighboring jurisdictions to help ensure a safe and orderly day is enjoyed by all. The City …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Unlike the previous years, the first Saturday in March is promising to be a rainy, dreary one.
While the first Saturday in March is usually a sunny, beautiful day—extremely condusive to a parading and partying—this year it's going to be a bit different. The weather forecast is prediciting a 70 percent chance of rain on the first ever LepreCon. Here is the forecast for the coming days from the National Weather Service. Wednesday night: Rain. Low around 38º. Northeast wind between 9 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Thursday: A chance of rain, mainly before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 46º. North wind between 7 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36º. North wind between 6 and 8 mph…
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The day formerly known as "parade day" is coming up on Saturday. What are you doing?
The parade may be off, but it looks like the party is still on. A new initiative—"LepreCon," a variation on New York City's "SantaCon"—has been started and thousands of people have notified on multiple Facebook events that they're coming to Hoboken on Saturday. Just like last year, the police department will likely be working over time on Saturday, to keep all the visitors and house parties in check. All the officers will be on call on that day. Among the drunken, criminal activity from last year were two sexual assaults, one of which allegedly took place in a downtown senior building. After that happened, Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced she would not allow the parade to happen on a Saturday anymore. With the influx of thousands of out-of-…
Friday, February 24, 2012
Bars will open at 11 a.m. on March 3.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Everyone agrees that out-of-control house parties are the biggest problem, but how to keep them in check?
Bar and restaurant owners as well as city officials are unsure what to expect on March 3, the day of the—now canceled—St. Patrick's Day Parade. The city council on Wednesday night tried to introduce a measure that would prevent establishments from serving alcohol before 11 a.m. on that day, but the resolution was tabled after about an hour of discussion. Currently, bars and restaurants—and other establishments that hold a liquor license—can start serving alcohol as early as 6 a.m. The resolution was an attempt to curtail out of control drinking and crime on March 3. Still, the council agreed, the main problem on Hoboken's St. Patrick's Day—which now has been renamed LepreCon—are the house parties thrown by residents and the many out of …
In wake of the cancellation of the St. Patrick's Day Parade, the city is holding an event on March 14.
The city of Hoboken has announced the first ever Irish Cultural Festival in Frank Sinatra Park on March 14. The event comes after the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade was canceled. According to the announcement, the event will feature Irish sport, dance, music, and food and is free and open to all ages. Proceeds from concessions will go to the Hoboken Shelter and Hoboken American Legion. Hobokenite Chris Halleron is one of the chief organizers of the event and said he reached out to the organizers of the Pier Sessions, concerts held on the uptown piers in the summer. In the press release sent out by the city, Halleron said he was excited for the event. "It would be nice to get out and actually enjoy the St. Patrick's celebration in my …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
More than $600,000 in cost will have to paid at some point in the next weeks to pay lawyers and fire fighters.
In what seems to be a recurring discussion every meeting, the city council didn't approve more than $600,000 in emergency appropriations to pay for mostly salaries for firemen and legal costs. A super majority was needed on Wednesday night to pass the appropriations and the resolution failed in a 5-4 vote, with the council minority—made up of critics of the administration—voting no. In January, Finance Director Nick Trasente presented temporary appropriations—made up of a state mandated 26.5 percent of last year's roughly $100 million budget—to pay for the first few months of the year. Third Ward Councilman Michael Russo said he wouldn't approve any more appropriations. "I can’t go over 26.5 percent," Trasente told the councilman, "don…