27 Nov Free Christmas trees for first-responders and teachers in Hudson County; discounted parking in Hoboken
A real estate development firm with roots in Hudson County is offering free Christmas trees to Hudson County police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders, as well as frontline medical workers and teachers.
DT Allen Contracting, partnering with the township of North Bergen and Freeholder Chairman Anthony Vainieri, will distribute the trees as a thank you to the essential workers in Hudson County for their efforts in a tumultuous year.
Trees will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Bruins Stadium Soccer Field parking lot Saturday, Nov. 28 starting at 10 a.m. Identification must be shown to receive a tree. Masks will be required and social distancing protocols will be followed.
“This year has been incredibly hard for all of us, but the sacrifices the people on the front lines of the pandemic continue to make are truly inspiring and we wanted to do something to give back and spread some holiday cheer to our frontline heroes,” said Dan Allen, principal of DT Allen Contracting.
“Whether they are patrolling our streets, working in our hospitals or teaching our children in unprecedented circumstances, these men and women deserve our thanks and this was the least we could do to show them how much we appreciate them.”
The Allen family has been part of the Hudson County community since 1960 and has been involved in many charitable causes over the past six decades, including donations to the foodbank at St. Josephs and Michael’s Parish, rebuilding the Blue Chapel Wall in Union City and supporting the former Veronica’s Veil in Union City.
Discount parking in Hoboken on Saturdays
The city of Hoboken is offering discounted parking at select garages on Saturday’s through the end of the year, Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla, the City Council and the Hoboken Business Alliance announced.
Hoboken residents and visitors can park in municipal parking garages at a rate of $5 for four hours. The $5 parking rate applies to Garage B (28 Second St.), Garage D (215 Hudson St.), and Midtown Garage (371 Fourth St.) Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19 and 26.
“We are thrilled to see the city supporting our businesses by providing parking incentives for consumers to shop in Hoboken,” said Greg Dell’Aquila, president of the Hoboken Business Alliance. “This should be a great opportunity for all businesses and customers.”