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Messages - Victor E Sasson

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Community Soapbox / Re: The Sasson Report
« on: October 02, 2021, 03:55:43 PM »

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: August 28, 2021, 03:01:36 PM »
I'm seeing red over the Hackensack Chronicle's front page

As if the Aug. 21, 2021, front page of the Hackensack Chronicle wasn't silly enough -- reporting on 2 frivolous lawsuits -- desperate Gannett editors couldn't find anything else for the front page of Friday's edition (Aug. 27. 2021) except to repeat the story of the woman who is suing a Hackensack pizzeria, claiming she was scalded by a spilled cup of marinara as her husband was driving her home from picking up a takeout order.

The preposterous plaintiff claims that for some reason she was holding the cup of marinara in her lap when she felt the burning. The plaintiff was identified as Martha Valdez of Englewood, and she is suing over an alleged incident that occurred in May 2017.

The courts usually are closed in August so courthouse reporter Tom Nobile probably tried to look productive by re-filing the red sauce suit and hoping his editors wouldn't notice they had run it before.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: August 22, 2021, 01:38:23 PM »

Greedy lawyers hope to cash in on a mask fight, spilled marinara

The front page of the Hackensack Chronicle on Friday (Aug. 21, 2021) carried "news" of two lawsuits in state Superior Court in Hackensack.

The first suit involves "a woman who broke her leg over a face mask dispute" in Staples "last year."

I'm not sure how you can break your leg "over" a dispute, but lawyers desperate for collecting up to one-third of big judgments will find anyway to get their clients into court.

The second suit was filed by a woman who claims she was scalded by spilled marinara in a takeout order from Brooklyn's Coal Burning Brick Oven Pizza in Hackensack.

Tom Nobile, who wrote both stories, doesn't explain why the plaintiff had "the scalding hot sauce on her lap while driving home with a takeout order." Her husband apparently was driving, but that isn't clear from the story.

Both stories raise more questions then they answer.

The Gannett editors who put out the Chronicle by reprinting stories from The Record probably thought this was a strong "local news" front page.

The real news is that legal fees are a scandal.

They're totally unregulated by the courts, because all of the judges were themselves lawyers chasing big judgments and charging their clients hundreds of dollars an hour before they were appointed,

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Teterboro Airport
« on: June 13, 2021, 07:02:52 PM »
Low-flying planes, but no photos of Hackensack

The Hackensack Chronicle's front page on June 11 carried a story on the FAA's second attempt to steer business and celebrity jets away from Hackensack University Medical Center and the high-rises along Prospect Avenue, where residents fear going out on their balconies in good weather lest they get an earful from a screaming jet headed for Teterboro Airport.

The story includes 2 photos of low-flying jets, but neither was taken in Hackensack. I guess The Record's file doesn't contain any, even though this controversy is many, many years old, and the newspaper was based in Hackensack for 110 years.

The story does include lots of belly aching from Mahwah about the new flight path, but no one from Hackensack besides Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino is quoted.

She decried the "noise pollution and danger from low-flying planes..."

Hackensack Discussion / Re: 2021 City Council Election
« on: June 03, 2021, 01:43:30 PM »
City Clerk certifies results of City Council election

3,133 of the more than 27,000 registered voters
in Hackensack went to the polls on May 11

Community Soapbox / Re: The Sasson Report
« on: May 28, 2021, 08:34:23 AM »
Woman out for her daily walk wasn't warned about turning vehicles

None of 4 crosswalks at Passaic Street and Summit Avenue have "Walk/Don't Walk" signs


Community Soapbox / Re: The Sasson Report
« on: May 23, 2021, 09:56:31 AM »
Pedestrians are sitting ducks
on poorly maintained county streets in Hackensack

A second pedestrian fatally injured by careless drivers

Hackensack Discussion / Re: 2021 City Council Election
« on: May 12, 2021, 08:38:55 AM »
Hackensack reformers win a third term
despite pathetically low voter turnout

Voters would rather bitch, bitch, bitch than vote, vote, vote


Despite 2020 quarantine, more readers
drop The Record and North


Community Soapbox / Re: The Sasson Report
« on: May 04, 2021, 07:01:34 PM »
Zisas rear their ugly heads in May 11 election for City Council

15 candidates on three slates fight for 5 seats as campaign turns nasty


Hackensack Discussion / Re: 2021 City Council Election
« on: May 02, 2021, 09:21:16 AM »
Campaign for City Council
in the May 11 election has turned nasty

Three slates seeking 5 seats trade charges


Hackensack Discussion / Re: Masked citizens - the Coronavirus
« on: April 12, 2021, 03:31:36 PM »

When I worked as a copy editor at The Record, we discussed the phrase "died suddenly." The style of The Record and many other newspapers is to write died "unexpectedly."

Everyone dies "suddenly." You are alive one moment, dead the next.

Well said.

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