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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Holy Trinity School Closing in June
« on: November 11, 2011, 05:58:40 PM »
Sorry, I forgot my real question:  What ever happened to the HTS Convent next door??  I can't imagine it serving any school function.  I was in there a few times helping Sr. Anne Roberta carry stuff to their dining room downstairs.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Holy Trinity School Closing in June
« on: November 11, 2011, 05:51:50 PM »
Hey Warren from Summit, I guess we went to HTS together for 1/2 year as I started at HTS after Christmas in 4th grade and graduated from there in '62!  I believe I was in 4A that first year.  AND,  in late '62 we moved to Ramsey and went to St. Paul on Wyckoff Ave. while I went to Don Bosco.  I remember Mrs. Benson (5th grade) and Mrs. Fiore (7th grade, had a white '60 Dodge Phoenix that she let me try to move out of the funeral zone one day!).  Sr. Anne Francis was 6th grade. Sr. Anne Roberta was 8th grade, and of course ancient Sr. Louise presided over all.  Those were the days...
Sorry KathyG (nowP), I don't recall anyone in other class years.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: New tenant at Holy Trinity School
« on: October 20, 2011, 05:29:16 PM »
What ever happened to the convent to the right of the picture?  Charter Convent?????

In 6th Grade here at HTS I remember taking down the chalkboard erasers and cleaning them by beating them together many afternoons - about 100' down the courtyard from this pic.

Hackensack History / Re: Hackensack Car Dealerships
« on: August 24, 2011, 07:36:19 PM »
Well, what about a Plymouth dealer?  I remember my parents bought a '60 Plymouth from a small dealership on (I think) Passaic St.  They sold Plymouths and maybe Chryslers and maybe DeSotos.  Was it called McGahey???

Hackensack History / Re: Old Candy stores
« on: August 06, 2011, 06:53:17 PM »
Down the hill on Essex St. there was another candy story just past the Hackensack line in Maywood.  It was just past the tracks and across from Modell's.  Anyone remember it?  Small store, strip stores, on the right side near the tracks...

I used to sometimes 'sneak' in here (in the late 50's) and ride the elevator after school (HTS).  Anyone know if the building is still there and what condition it is in?  It used to be quite luxurious......

So this is where the street name "Banta Place" (in front of Holy Trinity School) came from!

Hackensack History / Re: Bradlees Hackensack Ave.
« on: December 17, 2010, 06:59:06 PM »
Modell's was really the best!!!  I always rode my bike over there and spent lots of hours 'shopping'.  As I recall, there were individual vendors signed up for different departments.  I spent lots of time visiting the different 'stores', and I remember buying my first set of 'luggage' there just before I left for college.

Hackensack History / Re: The Record's mini-nod to Packard's
« on: June 28, 2010, 06:49:41 PM »
Nice! Thanks Record!  The pic is of course somewhat dated as it predates general use of scannining and the UPC codes.  Wouldn't it be great if the Record would do a whole series on what Packard's meant to generations of Hackensack shoppers?  With pictures??? 

Boy I miss those hot dogs and shakes from the counter under the escalator......

Hackensack History / Re: The "A Stroll Down Main Street" exhibit
« on: May 28, 2010, 06:21:46 PM »
Yes, I do believe it was called 'The Print Room'.  I remember the windows into the Packard's entry were covered with white curtains to give it a little privacy, and the tables were all white tablecloth.  It was a real special occasion to dine here!!!

Hackensack History / Re: The "A Stroll Down Main Street" exhibit
« on: May 27, 2010, 06:29:34 PM »
"Awesome Packard's Christmas memories... just plain awesome... I concur!!!"  I also concur!!  Packard's was always a treat.  I somehow doubt the hot dogs and chocolate shakes from the snack bar under the escalator could really have been that good!  And for that special occasion the restaurant in front (was it Sam's?  The Green Room??) was the epitome of class (of course looking back, a restaurant in a department sore entry couldn't have been that classy!).

I clearly remember escaping to the 3rd floor to fantasize in the toy department while my mom did the more pedestrian grocery shopping downstairs.  Those shopping carts were pretty weak...  But at Christmas time, Packard's was a real fantasy world both outside and in!

Well, I was at HTS from '58-'62, but Prospect girl must have been 2 classes ahead, and as I recall, we had only fear of upper classmen!  But I'm sure we had a lot of the same teachers, all of which were under the eagle eye of the principal, Sr. Louise.  I ended up at HTS in the 2nd half of my 4th grade year which I guess started in January '58, and managed to stay until graduating in June '62.  Did you get a miniature Lane chest back then?  Not sure where it came from, but I think a classmate's parents must have owned a furniture store and talked a supplier into providing these mini chests for the entire 8th grade (and yes, I still have it).

You talked about living on Prospect Ave. near Central Ave.  Because my Mom worked, I was sent to a 'pre-school' on the corner of Prospect and Central.  It was an old converted house parallel to Prospect that backed on to the railroad tracks.  It's the white & green house in the pic of the old prospect Station on this site ( ).  I do remember the house across the street as the one you mentioned in other posts.  It was on the NE corner of Prospect & central, a big white house set back from the road with a big curving driveway and lots of shrubs.  I was really impressed with the '47 or '48 Black Packard that was often parked there. 

Hackensack History / Re: Maplecrest Beach
« on: May 17, 2010, 08:28:16 PM »
This topic and the other color pic of the Maplecrest dock really jog my memory.  I went to CYO summer daycamp in Hasbrouck Heights for a few years, and we would be bussed to Maplecrest for swim mornings.  I do remember this 'mudhole' as not being a prime swim place (eg:  not like Arcola Pool in Paramus).  There was about 2 feet of mud on the bottom if you were unlucky enough to touch it! 
The pic of the dock reminded me -- I was on the dock with probably 20 others on a beautiful summer morning in 1961 when all of a sudden there was a big cracking noise and the entire dock started sinking!!!  I dove off the side to escape and went underwater a while, and when I re-surfaced and looked back the dock was empty and at a really odd angle as a bunch of the supporting posts had rotted enough to collapse!  What a hoot!  I think the CYO substituted a pool in Fairlawn the next summer.  Ah, memories...

BLeafe- This is a familiar pic!  I was sent to a 'day school' back in the '50s for a while  when my Mom went to work.  It was located at the corner of Prospect Ave. and Central Ave. (not sure which direction, but I think it was on the SE corner).  It was owned by a woman who lived up Central Ave. in a Tudor-style house  in Maywood.  Anyway, the backyard/playgound backed on to the tracks, and when we would hear a train we would all rush to the fence back there to see it.  The station was just down the tracks across from us.

I looked on Google Earth at the site, and it now seems to be a 3 story apartment complex.

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