Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The multi service center was heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Hoboken's seniors are looking for a place to play bingo. Ever since Hurricane Sandy destroyed the Multi Service Center, located at Second and Grand Streets, they have been searching for a suitable and accessable space to play their favorite game. A large group of seniors made their way to the council meeting on Wednesday night to ask the city council when the center will be opened. Director of Health and Human Services Leo Pellegrini said that the renovations will take at least four months. "Four months is modest," Pellegrini said. The city council recently approved a contract with an architect to renovate the building. The seniors have been playing bingo at the Elks Club, but have not been happy with that because of the location and …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Health and Human Services Director Leo Pellegrini said there is no timeline for when the rebuilding process will begin.
Nearly three months after Sandy, Hoboken's Multi-Service Center is testament to the long rebuilding process. Inside, all of the walls on the first floor have been ripped out halfway up from the ground, exposing the framing underneath. Waterlogged furniture, files, and other materials have been cleared away. Orange traffic cones block off entrance to rooms off of the lobby. Other than a few men talking to a police officer, the once bustling community center is quiet. Health and Human Services Director Leo Pellegrini said there is currently no timeline for when reconstruction will begin on what the insurance company has estimated at $844,000 in damages with a $500,000 deductible. The city is waiting to see how much FEMA will cover, and has …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Jackets and blankets were stolen, police said.
Approximately 25 boxes filled with post-Sandy donations were stolen from the Multi Service Center last week, according to police. The boxes were filled with donations from — among other places — Major League Baseball. Many of the jackets inside had Cleveland Indians logos on them, police said. The donations were supposed to be given out at the city's winter carnaval last week. When city employees went to the Multi Service Center last week, they found the boxed empty, stacked against the wall, according to reports. No surveillance cameras are placed in or around the building, according to police. No arrests were made and it remains unclear who took the donations.