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Hackensack History / Teddy Roosevelt, Hackensack Elks Outing
« on: November 11, 2023, 04:54:04 PM »
Roosevelt in front row, at a Hackensack Elks outing in Mt. Whitestove, L.I.

Thanks to Fred for sending.

(Click on image for proper orientation and to enlarge)

I reversed the image.

Great picture. Thanks for posting!

Take a look:

There are some good Hackensack-related forums on Facebook.

I think this site has run its course. I do not have the time or inclination to compete with other social media platforms. If you do, let me know. See:,3934.0.html#new

(You'll need to cover hosting and domain fees now approaching $200 annually).

Hackensack History / HHS Veterans
« on: December 06, 2021, 10:55:59 AM »
Sent to me for posting by Bob Meli:

It is a story of Thomas Cameron 1937 HHS graduate who had joined the service before the war and was stationed in Pearl Harbor when it was attacked on December 7, 1941.  The tanker Neosho which he was serving moored on Battleship row navigated out of the Harbor during the attack.  He subsequently died during the battle of the Coral sea which story is told here.  The ship protecting the Neosho during the Coral Sea battle was also sunk was the Destroyer Simms which a Alfred Sanzari who lived in Maywood and had a street named after him in Maywood. he is a cousin of the Builder from Hackensack.  More details are explained in the material I will send on both veterans the introduction explains most and the article in the paper at the time tells of Neosho at Pearl Harbor.  If you google Neosho ship it shows location ect. during the attack interesting story.



The articles which appeared in The Record in June 1942, which are linked below mentions the fate of the little known story of the tanker Neosho and the destroyer Sims, which was called upon to protect the tanker.
Two Hackensack sailors crossing paths in one of the greatest Naval battles in history. Maybe they knew the other was there, maybe not, but one thing is for certain the heroism and tragedy of war is revealed in the pages that follow.
Thomas H. Cameron was stationed aboard the tanker Neosho, Alfred A. Sanzari was stationed aboard the destroyer Sims when they were engaged in a battle with the Japanese.

The Neosho had a crew of 293 men of which 182 were either killed in action or perished at sea, and 111 survived.

The destroyer Sims had a crew of 252 men of which 239 were killed in action defending the tanker and only 13 survived. All told on the two ships 545 men serving 124 survived, while 421 men perished.

Thomas H. Cameron Gunner's Mate Third Class, died while drifting at sea on a group of life rafts with 68 other men.

They had abandoned the Neosho on May 7, 1942 and were not found until May 16, 1942 with only four survivors. Two of these men died shortly after rescue and were buried at sea.
Alfred A. Sanzari was Killed in Action while on board the Destroyer Sims defending the Neosho.

Written by:
Bob Meli
August 5, 2006             

Sorry, I'm just seeing that this picture was waiting for post approval.  My bad.

Hackensack History / Re: George Scudder Materials
« on: June 14, 2021, 01:37:51 PM »
One more. Thanks to Tamara for sending.

The 20th Century As I Remember It
by George Scudder

(Note this was written decades ago and not "politically correct". It is offered here for reference.)

Hackensack Discussion / Re: 2021 City Council Election
« on: May 10, 2021, 06:14:55 PM »
I am voting Column 3 tomorrow.

I'm proud of the work that this administration has done over the last eight years and hope we can continue on our current trajectory.

If anybody is undecided or confused by all the mailings, feel free to message me.

I will miss Ted. We all will.

When he started in 2016, it did not take long for City Hall employees to see his level of commitment, his genuine desire to make a difference, and his ability to get things done. "Done" was his favorite word. He put an emphasis on setting goals and seeing them come to fruition. He put a lot of confidence in his department heads to establish goals and was willing to trust and support their vision.  He was a true manager who expected results but was also compassionate and understanding with those that worked for him. He was a creative thinker and never afraid to float ideas. He could be very determined but also patient. One expression of his that I will retain is "patience is what you do while you are waiting." Another one is, "this job will never be cheaper to do than it is right now." He could be very decisive. He was an early riser and had a long commute. Despite the drudgery, especially in the wake of Covid, he kept up morale. He was responsive to concerns from the council, employees, and the public he served.

And so we will miss him.

Hackensack Discussion / Councilman Charles McAulliffe
« on: February 09, 2021, 07:13:48 PM »

Hackensack Discussion / Gene "Skip" Puntasecca
« on: January 03, 2021, 07:43:45 PM »
I just saw this on Facebook. Very sad and to hear about Skip's passing. He was a big part of our community.

Rolling Stone: Leslie West, Mountain Guitarist Who Belted ‘Mississippi Queen,’ Dead at 75.

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