In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. As a result, Chief Anthony P. Falco of the Hoboken Police Department is announcing an update to our website which includes an Autism Emergency Contact Form that may be printed, filled out and dropped off at Police Headquarters. This form is designed to give the Hoboken Police Department some critical information about the City of Hoboken’s Autistic citizens and will also aid the Department in efficiently responding to calls for service with them. The form can be found on the following website, “Licensing, Permits and Forms” page which can be found in the “Citizen Resources” menu.
Police headquarters will be undergoing a renovation project to upgrade security and remodel offices on the first floor.
A trailer with an access ramp for wheelchairs has been placed next to police headquarters at 106 Hudson St., where the front police desk will be located for the public while the renovation work moves ahead.
July 4th 2013
Once again on the Fourth of July, the Macy’s Annual Fireworks Display will be held along the Hudson River. The City of Hoboken will be a prime viewing destination. As in years past, a high priority will be heightened security. This event is enjoyed by many residents and non-residents alike. However, with the recent tragic events including the Boston Marathon Bombing, security will be enhanced. There will be numerous checkpoints staffed by law enforcement personnel along the entire waterfront area. Any person(s) entering these designated checkpoints will be prohibited from entering with the following items:
-Grills, BBQ materials etc.
-Other items not in the interest of public safety
-Factory sealed beverages, in clear plastic bag, will be permitted, excluding alcohol
ALL ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO INSPECTION PRIOR TO ENTRY INTO THE CHECKPOINT AREAS
The following areas along the waterfront will be the designated checkpoint areas:
- 1st and Sinatra Drive (Pier A)
- 2nd and Sinatra Drive (Pier A)
- 3rd and Sinatra Drive
- 4th and River Street
- 11th and Sinatra Drive (Boathouse)
- 12th and Shipyard Lane
- 14th and Shipyard Lane
The following streets will be closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles between 8am am midnight:
- 1st to 15th Sinatra Drive (beginning at 8am and ending TBA)
- Hudson Place and River Street to 4th and River Street
- 5th Street at Castle Point Terrace
- Hudson Place East bound
Additionally, NO PARKING will be permitted on the following street between 8am and midnight on July 4th, 2013:
- Sinatra Drive from 1st Street to 15th Street
- 4th Street from River Street to Clinton Street (South side)
- Willow Avenue from 4th Street to 11th Street (West side of Street)
- Hudson Place (by PATH)
- Newark Street from Hudson Street to Sinatra Drive
- Clinton Street from 7th to 8th Streets
- Hudson Street from 14th to Observer Highway (West side of Street)
The FISHING PIER located at approximately 9th and Sinatra Drive will be open for disabled guests. Each is allowed to be accompanied by two additional quests.
Residents and non-residents are advised and strongly recommended to use public transportation throughout the day. There will be heavy traffic periods and limited parking availability.
There will be message boards set up at the following locations:
- 1st and Willow Avenue
- Hudson Place (PATH)
- Observer Highway (near the Firehouse)
With September designated as the 9th annual National Emergency Preparedness Month, New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd recommends that New Jersey residents review their emergency plans and prepare in the event of a public health emergency.
“As always, the best time to prepare for an emergency is before it happens. New Jersey residents should take the time to review their own emergency plans and update their emergency kits. By taking some simple steps, families can decrease the risk of illness and death in the event of a public health emergency.”
Colonel Rick Fuentes, NJ State Police Superintendent and Director of the NJ Office of Emergency Management, noted that everyone has a role in preparedness for health emergencies. “Talk to your family about how you will communicate with each during emergencies, and where you will reunite if separated. Start to collect the basic items for your family disaster supply kit, and have non-prescription medicines and health supplies on hand. Always make sure to take prescription medicines with you if you are evacuated, and consider health-related issues of family members in your disaster plan. And visit the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management website for detailed information regarding preparedness for all types of emergencies,” Colonel Fuentes said.
Everyone should make the following preparations to protect their family, their business and their community in advance of an emergency:
- Have an emergency kit
- Make an emergency plan
- Stay informed
- Get involved
Have an emergency kit: Everyone should be prepared to have enough supplies for at least three days. Emergency kits should include the basics for survival including non-perishable food, water, medicine (both over-the-counter and prescription, if possible), flashlight, transistor radio, batteries, phone chargers, baby supplies and other special medical needs.
For an extensive list of how to put a family emergency kit together, visit http://nj.gov/health/er/documents/kit.pdf.
Make an emergency plan: Families should have an emergency plan that includes all family members and friends in case family members are separated when an emergency occurs. Plans should spell out how to contact each other, where everyone will meet and what to do in various situations.
An emergency plan should also include a comprehensive contact list that includes school and health care information as well as family information. Make sure this list is updated often as cell phone numbers may change.
One Hoboken senior told police recently that she received a “scam phone call.” The victim said a person claiming to be a “representative of the senior medical office.”
The caller told the elderly woman that a Medicare card was in the process of being issued, but that more information was needed.
The person on the ohter end of the line asked the woman for her social security number and checking account number. The woman gave it to the caller, police said.
The woman was told she would receive her new Medicare card in about three to four weeks and if she had any problems to call 866-468-9419.
The victim does not have caller identification but said that the caller spoke with an eastern European accent, police said.
Unfortunately, senior citizens are often targets of phone scams because con artists believe they are more susceptible, police said.
Here are some tips from the Hoboken Police Department when you’re targeted by con artists or unwanted telemarketers:
Tip #1: Never give personal information, such as bank account or social security numbers, to anyone over the phone, unless you initiated the call and know you reached the right agency.
Your Reply: “I don’t give out personal information over the phone. I’ll contact the company directly”.
Tip #2: Don’t believe it if the caller tells you to send money to cover the “handling charge” or to pay taxes.
Your Reply: “I shouldn’t have to pay for something that’s free”.
Tip #3: “Limited time offers” shouldn’t require you to make a decision on the spot.
Your Reply: “I’ll think about it and call you back, what’s your number”?
Tip #4: Be suspicious of anyone who tells you not to discuss the offer with anyone else.
Your Reply : “I’ll discuss it with my friends and family and get back to you”.
Tip #5: If you don’t understand all the verbal details, ask for it in writing.
Your Reply: I can’t make a decision until I receive written information.
The scammer will most likely keep trying to convince his intended victim, so it’s best to hang up after delivering the comeback line.
Fraudulent telemarketers may also use a senior’s forgetfulness against them. The scammer may tell his target that he’s with a well-known charity, and the senior has forgotten to send a check for a pledge.
In the event that you are the victim of a scam or fraud, do not be embarrassed, it is important that you notify the police immediately. The Hoboken Police Department’s number is 201-420-2100.
Blood donors are in short supply over the summer so New Jersey Blood Services wants as many people to show up for its annual August blood drive at the Hoboken Police Department today.
Donors have until 8 p.m. today to give blood at the Hoboken Police headquarters at 106 Hudson St.
Blood banks are most at risk of running low of O-Negative blood, which is widely used in emergency rooms because it can be transfused into anyone. Universal donors with O-Negative blood make up just 6 percent of the population, officials say.
The Hoboken Police Department is providing lunch and dinner from local area restaurants, free of charge to all blood donors.
If anyone needs an additional incentive, donors will be entered into a raffle with six drawings and a $20 Target gift cards as the prize.