Word on the {Washington} Street: Mutzfest Winners, Tallest Building in New Jersey, Sad News at the Shannon, and More Hoboken News

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What you’ve missed in Hoboken the past week or two…we’ve got it all summed up here in one post, so you don’t have to spend your free time clicking around to different articles. Your one stop shop to all things Hoboken updates.

Mutzfest Winners, a day filled with lots of delicious cheese:

Critic’s Choice Awards went to Vito’s for best Mutz and Best Mutz Sandwich, and People’s choice went to Biancamano’s. Delicious eats all around — speaking from experience, as HobokenGirl.com’s editor was one of the judges. The proceeds went to the Hoboken Family Alliance, supporting one of Hoboken’s only not-for-profit organizations that provides financial support and programs to other area charities as well as its own members. Proceeds benefitted all of HFA’s philanthropic endeavors including the Hoboken Bike Camp for individuals with disabilities. Here are a few photos from the day:

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Judges of mutzfest in action

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Judges Table.

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packed house at 2015 mutzfest

A delicious and wonderful time had by all. Congrats to the winners! Gimme some more mutz!

Only four reported burglaries and four motor vehicle thefts in January:

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 Hoboken PD enhances park patrols, increases night and weekend presence, and expands customer service hours — and word on the street is that certified bike patrol officers will begin bike education and enforcement as well {yay – those delivery guys never follow the rules!}.

In January, we had only four reported burglaries and four motor vehicle thefts,” said Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante. “I attribute these exceptionally low crime rates to our expanded night patrols and to the recent arrests of six package thieves which took six career criminals off our streets. Our detectives and officers working these important shifts deserve tremendous credit. It wasn’t long ago that Hoboken had over 700 car thefts per year, but we are continuing to reduce crime and make our community even safer than it already is.” Since becoming Chief of Police on December 1, 2014, Chief Kenneth Ferrante has implemented a series of changes in the Hoboken Police Department to improve operations and service to the community. Thank you all for keeping our residents safe!

 

The proposed tallest building in Jersey City may also become the tallest building in New Jersey:

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A Chinese company is attempting to get approval to move forward in building a 95-story condominium tower with more than 700 units. More on the proposal here. It seems the mayor is in favor of this being built in an effort to make a “world-class skyline” in Jersey City.

 

Hoboken residents seek urgency storm mitigation plan:

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The Rebuild by Design plan, backed with a $230 million federal grant calls for the city to build a complex series of water storage facilities, green water drainage systems and pumps that will both prevent storm surge from backing up from the Hudson River and more frequent rainwater from making the city’s drainage systems. State and local officials say the plan will take between seven to 10 years to complete, but call it one of the most comprehensive storm mitigation plans ever envisioned. It seems that many are hoping that this plan comes to fruition much faster than currently projected, which is a major concern. We shall see!

 

Sad news — The Owner of the Shannon {Bar on 1st} passes away:

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Hanora “Nancy” Wall Guerin, of Neptune, NJ, formerly of Jersey City, passed away at her home on Friday, January 16, 2015, at the age of 58. Nancy was co-owner of The Shannon Bar, her family-owned bar in Hoboken, NJ, established over fifty years ago in 1956. Condolences are with her family and friends at this difficult time.

 

Cork City and Pilsener Haus were in the running for Best Craft Beer in New Jersey:

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While it’s too late to vote for Cork City and Pilsenerhaus Biergarten for Best Craft Beer in NJ {they lost — but got several hundred votes each}, at least Hoboken was on the map! Read about the rest of the ale hot spots here.

 

 

 

City to Increase Fines from $45 to $100-$200 for Snow Plowing Offenses:

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Yesterday evening  at the City Council meeting, the council we did a first reading of an ordinance being proposed which would increase fines from $45 to somewhere between $100 and $200 if you are caught parking during [update — not during regular street cleaning, just snow emergencies] snow plowing times. If you are for or against, you can make your voice heard by emailing the Mayor or any of the City Councilpersons. Personally — and we don’t usually like to get political — this is A LOT of money.

 

Sayyy WHA?

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Um, Yankee Candle just announced THESE candle flavors, and we’re dying. Yes, this has nothing to do with Hoboken specifically, and yes we’re fully aware that it’s probably the best part of this news brief. #ThinMintLyfe #SamoasAreMyJam

And that, folks, is the Word on Washington Street.

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Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.