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Hackensack Discussion / In Memory of Bill Di Lunardi
« on: August 03, 2004, 03:35:17 AM »
In Memory of Bill Di Lunardi

1962-2004

________________

For about two years, I would start my day at Court House News on Main Street. Iced-tea with lemon and a buttered role. That was my routine.

Still half asleep, I would hear Bill shout my name from the far end of the narrow, crowded shop where he prepared countless breakfasts orders. I can’t remember introducing myself and, for the longest time, I wondered why he would take the time to remember my name. After all, I was just another customer.


Turns out, as the weeks went on, I noticed Bill said hi to everyone, - by name. Bill made it a point to learn the names of his customers,- what they did, where they came from, what their interests were. Bill served hundreds of customers.

Over the next several months, we became friends. Eventually, I introduced him to other people in my office. He remembered their names too. If someone didn’t come in with me as usual, Bill would notice and ask about them.

It dawned on me that Bill’s success was due in no small part to his ability to interact with people and connect with them. Throughout his three shops on Main Street, I saw photographs of Bill with such notables as Governor George Pataki, President Bill Clinton, and Gary Busey, to name a few. Aside from being an accomplished entrepreneur, Bill was also a distinguished photographer and was frequently asked to photograph high profile functions.

Bill got to know everyone. He went out of his way to make people feel comfortable, appreciated, even loved. After a year or so, when I would stop by the shop, he’d pull the cigarette out of his mouth, wrap his arm around my neck and hug me. Always interested in what was happening, we’d chat for a while before some emergency would pull him back to one of his three businesses.

Three businesses! Shoulder to shoulder with Eleanor, his mother and several employees, the adjacent shops were always teeming with activity. Swarms of customers, deliveries, and phone calls. Even though he was constantly plagued with dozens of responsibilities, he always took the time to ask about me and the people in my life, as he did with so many others.

Last summer, Bill and Eleanor hosted a few get-togethers at their place on Main Street. One time Bill rolled his bar-b-que grill out front and started grilling on the sidewalk. He always thought Main Street could use some night life, so he made some. One person stopped by, then another and before long, we had a party and everyone was invited. Bill was very inclusive. Later that summer, we had a few more. Each one a little more elaborate. Truly memorable. Just last week, we talked about having another one.

While I can’t claim to have been one of Bill’s closer friends, I can say that in the short time that that I knew him, he inspired me. He showed me what was possible with determination, hard work and vision.

Bill had vision. He had plans, not just for his family business, but for the Main Street business community as a whole. He had grand ideas of what Main Street could be. He talked about what businesses would do well on the strip and what people would enjoy. He had ideas about expansion and community involvement. In fact, he received numerous accolades in the press for promoting a downtown revitalization, including an award from the New Jersey Small Business Development Center.

In many ways, Bill embodied the idea of "community". As ambitious and self-motivated as he was, he always had time for others. He fostered a sense of community and belonging that seems hard to come by these days. I wish I told him this.

The circumstances surrounding Bill’s sudden passing aren’t clear. What is clear is that he will be sorely missed by all who had the great fortune of knowing him,- even briefly.

We extend our deepest condolences to the Di Lunardi Family and pray for them in this time of grief.

Albert Dib


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Events & Calendar / 2nd Annual Hackensack River Day Celebration
« on: August 02, 2004, 11:54:25 AM »
2nd Annual Hackensack River Day Celebration

Hackensack - Hackensack Riverkeeper, the citizen-steward of the Hackensack River, announces that its second annual Hackensack RiverDay will take place on Sept. 18, 2004 from noon to 6 PM at Foschini Park in Hackensack.  Begun last year, this festival is a celebration of the Hackensack River and the communities that have grown up around it.

Admission is free and will feature activities of interest to people of all ages:

·       Canoeing, kayaking and fishing on the river
·       Musical entertainment by a variety of artists
·       Dunk tank and carnival games
·       Live animal presentations including flying hawks and falcons
·       Environmental speakers and displays
·       A special presentation by the Center for Modern Dance Education & dance workshops
·       Puppeteers and puppetry workshops
·       Special children’s activities
·       Food vendors

“The City of Hackensack is both the county seat and the capital of our watershed,” says Capt. Bill Sheehan. “It’s the perfect place to celebrate RiverDay.” Co-sponsored by the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program, Hackensack RiverDay is one of many events taking place throughout the region in commemoration of National Estuaries Day.

The Rain Date is Sunday, September 19.

As part of  the 2nd Annual Hackensack River Day Celebration,  the Center for Modern Dance Education will present free dance performances and free dance classes, in  Foschini Park, September 18, between the hours of noon and 5pm. There also will be boat rides, refreshments, and live music.  Call (201) 342-2989 for further information.

“Dunk the Riverkeeper” at Hackensack RiverDay
A chance for people to say that Captain Bill Sheehan is “all wet” on September 18

Hackensack, NJ - On Saturday, September 18, members of the public will have a unique opportunity to support the ongoing work of Hackensack Riverkeeper and have a lot of fun at the expense of its founder. For one hour between 2 and 3 PM, Captain Bill Sheehan will take his place on the hottest seat in town - in the dunk tank at Hackensack RiverDay. For a very small investment, folks can try their skill at sending the captain tumbling off that seat into a tank of cold Hackensack River water.

“The tank was our most successful activity last year,” said RiverDay coordinator Lisa Kelly. “Plus, it was just lots of fun seeing folks line up to dunk my boss - something most other employees can only dream about.”

RiverDay 2004 will take place at Foschini Park in Hackensack on Saturday, September 18 (Rain date: September 19) from noon until 6 PM and admission is free. On that day, the park will be transformed into a hotbed of activities celebrating the heritage of the river. In addition to the dunk tank, there will be canoe and kayak rides, fishing, music, live animal displays, environmental speakers and displays, food, games, crafts, special children’s activities and a special dance performance created especially for RiverDay.

The dance presentation, entitled River of Many Bends, is a collaborative project created through the Hackensack-based Center for Modern Dance Education. It is designed to explore the relationship between people, arts and nature.

In addition to Captain Sheehan, Ms. Kelly and other members of the Hackensack Riverkeeper staff will take their turns in the tank at various times throughout the day when they aren’t working other venues. The dunk tank, however, has become the focal point for their boss.

“I understand that Hackensack and many of the surrounding communities have successful Little League and Recreation League baseball and softball programs,” said Captain Sheehan. “I hope some of these kids show up at Foschini Park on September 18 so I can see just how good they really are!”

When asked if he was putting out a challenge to local ballplayers, the Captain simply smiled and said, “Yeah, I guess I am.” It remains to be seen if he will truly be “all wet” on RiverDay.

Hackensack Riverkeeper is the leading environmental organization working on Hackensack River issues. Founded in 1997 by Captain Bill Sheehan, the organization’s mission is threefold: the protection, preservation and restoration of the Hackensack River watershed. Hackensack RiverDay was begun last year as a celebration of the river, its history and culture.

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Free Classifieds and Announcements / wanted: used quad
« on: August 01, 2004, 10:56:00 AM »
A friend is looking for an older model ATV Quad in decent shape.  Will pay max: $1500.


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Hackensack Discussion / Trestle Flooding
« on: August 01, 2004, 10:03:04 AM »
The following opinion appeared in the August 1, 2004 edition of The Record:

Regarding "Trestle is higher but not any drier" (Page L-1, July 27):

My question is how would the pumping of water under the trestle on River Street in Hackensack back into the Hackensack River alleviate flooding if the Hackensack River were overflowing.

That's like shoveling something against the tide, isn't it?

Mary Hauptman


I don't know the answer to this question, but I assume that the area around the trestle is lower than areas farther down stream.  The pump would move rain water (not river water) into the river that wouldn't naturally flow there.  I don't think river water collects under the trestle.

I'll try to get a better response. 

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: How about that 4.5% tax increase?
« on: July 31, 2004, 10:29:43 PM »
Wetochwink writes:

"Most of the recent increases are due to rising health care costs. "

See a related story in The Record:  Health care costs likely to boost Hackensack tax

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Thanks Eric.

I had annouced my appointment in a prior City Council report here:
http://www.hackensacknow.com/forums/index.php/topic,207.0.html

I'm working with a former Hackensack Historian, Dr. Richard Lenk, in reviewing the archives at City Hall.  I'm also making inquiry into how these archives can be preserved both digitally and in hard copy.  Eventually, I'd like a portion of these archives available on the City's official site.   You may have noticed that I posted some pictures on Hackensack Now.

I'm open to suggestions about forming a Historic Commission. Those interested in being on the proposed Commission should contact me.  (editor@hackensacknow.com). I'm not sure if the Council would need to adopt a formal resolution creating a Commission.  I'll find out.

As for the museum, people within the City Administration suggested that some of the more interesting documents, photographs and artifacts be displayed at City Hall and rotated on a regular basis.  This is something I am currently exploring. 


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Events & Calendar / The Lion in Winter
« on: July 25, 2004, 05:55:00 PM »
THE LION IN WINTER

OPENS AT HACKENSACK CULTURAL CENTER



James Goldman’s critically acclaimed The Lion in Winter  is being presented by the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center and Boz and the Bard Productions, Inc. at the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 8 p.m. August 6,7,8,13,14,15, 20, 21 & 22.  The Saturday, August 21st perforrnance will be interpreted for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

It’s Xmas 1183, England’s future is at stake and an aging and wily King Henry II convenes his fractured family to name a successor.  Henry’s young mistress Princess Alais, his three flawed sons Richard, Geoffrey and John and his equally conniving wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (whom Henry has imprisoned) resort to various forms of deception and treachery to influence the succession.

The production stars veteran actress Karen Asconi of Bogota as Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine and seasoned actor Andrew Lionetti of Westwood as King Henry II, and features Larry Kadish of New Milford as Geoffrey, Meena Dimian of Old Bridge as Philip, Amoy Christian of New York as Alais, Brad Fraizer or Manhattan as Richard, and introduces young Grant MacDermott of Teaneck as John in his first dramatic stage role.

Director Steve Hess and Producer Frank Avellino, residents of Hackensack, created Boz and the Bard Productions in 2000 in honor of their favorite writers, Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare.  Previous Boz and the Bard projects include Off-Off-Broadway productions of Like Bees to Honey and critically-praised world premieres of Marjorie Conn’s Miss Lizzie A. Borden Invites You to Tea and Warren Green’s Harry Consumed.   Their production of The Lion in Winter marks Boz and the Bard’s first full-length production as theatre-company-in-residence at The Hackensack Cultural Center.

Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors, and are available at the door or in advance.  For advance ticket sales and directions to the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, please call 201-646-8042.  The Hackensack Cultural Center is located at 39 Broadway, Hackensack, NJ.  For further information please visit http://www.bozandthebard.com

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Events & Calendar / The Lion in Winter
« on: July 25, 2004, 05:50:57 PM »
THE LION IN WINTER

OPENS AT HACKENSACK CULTURAL CENTER



James Goldman’s critically acclaimed The Lion in Winter  is being presented by the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center and Boz and the Bard Productions, Inc. at the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 8 p.m. August 6,7,8,13,14,15, 20, 21 & 22.  The Saturday, August 21st perforrnance will be interpreted for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

It’s Xmas 1183, England’s future is at stake and an aging and wily King Henry II convenes his fractured family to name a successor.  Henry’s young mistress Princess Alais, his three flawed sons Richard, Geoffrey and John and his equally conniving wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (whom Henry has imprisoned) resort to various forms of deception and treachery to influence the succession.

The production stars veteran actress Karen Asconi of Bogota as Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine and seasoned actor Andrew Lionetti of Westwood as King Henry II, and features Larry Kadish of New Milford as Geoffrey, Meena Dimian of Old Bridge as Philip, Amoy Christian of New York as Alais, Brad Fraizer or Manhattan as Richard, and introduces young Grant MacDermott of Teaneck as John in his first dramatic stage role.

Director Steve Hess and Producer Frank Avellino, residents of Hackensack, created Boz and the Bard Productions in 2000 in honor of their favorite writers, Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare.  Previous Boz and the Bard projects include Off-Off-Broadway productions of Like Bees to Honey and critically-praised world premieres of Marjorie Conn’s Miss Lizzie A. Borden Invites You to Tea and Warren Green’s Harry Consumed.   Their production of The Lion in Winter marks Boz and the Bard’s first full-length production as theatre-company-in-residence at The Hackensack Cultural Center.

Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors, and are available at the door or in advance.  For advance ticket sales and directions to the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, please call 201-646-8042.  The Hackensack Cultural Center is located at 39 Broadway, Hackensack, NJ.  For further information please visit http://www.bozandthebard.com

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Events & Calendar / The Lion in Winter
« on: July 25, 2004, 05:41:00 PM »
THE LION IN WINTER

OPENS AT HACKENSACK CULTURAL CENTER



James Goldman’s critically acclaimed The Lion in Winter  is being presented by the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center and Boz and the Bard Productions, Inc. at the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 8 p.m. August 6,7,8,13,14,15, 20, 21 & 22.  The Saturday, August 21st perforrnance will be interpreted for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

It’s Xmas 1183, England’s future is at stake and an aging and wily King Henry II convenes his fractured family to name a successor.  Henry’s young mistress Princess Alais, his three flawed sons Richard, Geoffrey and John and his equally conniving wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (whom Henry has imprisoned) resort to various forms of deception and treachery to influence the succession.

The production stars veteran actress Karen Asconi of Bogota as Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine and seasoned actor Andrew Lionetti of Westwood as King Henry II, and features Larry Kadish of New Milford as Geoffrey, Meena Dimian of Old Bridge as Philip, Amoy Christian of New York as Alais, Brad Fraizer or Manhattan as Richard, and introduces young Grant MacDermott of Teaneck as John in his first dramatic stage role.

Director Steve Hess and Producer Frank Avellino, residents of Hackensack, created Boz and the Bard Productions in 2000 in honor of their favorite writers, Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare.  Previous Boz and the Bard projects include Off-Off-Broadway productions of Like Bees to Honey and critically-praised world premieres of Marjorie Conn’s Miss Lizzie A. Borden Invites You to Tea and Warren Green’s Harry Consumed.   Their production of The Lion in Winter marks Boz and the Bard’s first full-length production as theatre-company-in-residence at The Hackensack Cultural Center.

Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors, and are available at the door or in advance.  For advance ticket sales and directions to the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, please call 201-646-8042.  The Hackensack Cultural Center is located at 39 Broadway, Hackensack, NJ.  For further information please visit http://www.bozandthebard.com

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Hackensack Discussion / Riverwalk and other Beautification Projects
« on: July 23, 2004, 09:53:23 AM »
As reported by The Record:

HACKENSACK - City officials have applied for two $1 million state grants intended to help improve the quality of life in the city.

One grant would help pay for a walkway that officials want to build along the Hackensack River. The other grant would help pay for a beautification project along Main Street, City Manager James Lacava said.

The City Council approved the applications during its Monday meeting.

Lacava said the beautification project could include tree plantings, benches, and sidewalk improvements for the city's downtown. Some have criticized the city for not doing more to beautify Main Street.

As for the walkway, Lacava said the city wants to build a section that extends from Johnson to Foschini parks. It would complement separate quarter-mile sections behind Costco and Pep Boys and the Riverfront Plaza shopping center on River Street.

- Tom Davis


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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Proposed plan for County DPW/PD
« on: July 22, 2004, 09:49:42 PM »
River Edge has some concerns about this project:

See Record Article

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Results of City Council Meeting 7/19/04
« on: July 20, 2004, 11:30:47 AM »
The City Clerk, Debra Heck, was in attendance. (far left).

Councilwoman, Juanita Trammell, was not in attendance. 

In all fairness, I did not see a distributed docket when I got there just before 8pm.  It is possible that all the copies were taken before I got there.  If so, this is the first time that's happened since I've been attending the meetings.  There was a "master docket" posted on the wall.

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Hackensack Discussion / Results of City Council Meeting 7/19/04
« on: July 20, 2004, 02:45:04 AM »
City Manager, James Lacava, was commended for his 34 years of public service (15 as City Manager).  The City passed a resolution of appreciation for Mr. Lacava's dedication and for "A Job Well Done". In addition, many residents wished him well and thanked him for his service.


The following summary is from my notes.  There was no distibuted docket.  As such, my report is sketchy.  Please report any inaccuracies and/or additional information.  All of the following resolutions were passed:

1. Johnson Public Library improvements: $400k, much or all in the form of bonds or grants.

2. $689K for general improvements (bonds).

3. Ordiance for sidewalk improvements (Approx. $600k).

4. Construction Safety Zones: $238k.

5. Refunds.

6. Emergency expenditure for water main break at Holt and Pink Streets $6500

7. Additional repair to fire ladder engine: $24k (There was an issue here concerning whether or not an official from the Fire Department certified the needed repairs.  The Council considered "tableing" the resolution, but ultimately considered the repair emergent).

8. Raffle authorization

9. Louis Garbaccio re-appointed.

10. Police Officer Mike Mordaga (correct title?) was granted a 12 month leave of absence to pursue work for Bergen County.

11. Insertion of $48k to Budget (NJ Depart. of Agriculture).

12. DOT grant of $1M for Hackensack River Walkway.

13. DOT grant $150k for Spring Valley Avenue improvements.

14. NJ Bikeway Program: $1M Main Street Improvement Program

15. Conversent Communications: approval of Operational License Agreement.

16. Bills Paid.

17. State Street School: Extension of Time request from DOT for improvements.

18. DOT $100k in "Safe Streets to Schools" Program.

19. Formal Resolution of appreciation for Retiring City Manager, James Lacava.

Public Comments:

Residents commented on the following issues:

1. Johnson Park Project:  One resident felt that much of the land reclamation (from the river) was unnecessary.  The new land, he argued, makes more room for unwanted geese.  Other portions of project exceeded expectations.

2. All Points Towing:  Seeking to obtain a permit to tow for the Police Department. 

3. Redevelopment Zone:  Many residents expressed concern about whether or not the city should purchase additional properties in the redevelopment area and questioned the council on the process.

4. Home use certification: One resident suggested a resolution mandating that home owners certify that homes are being used in accordance with zoning (not allowing illegal apartments).  Some members of the Council, while questioning the legality of the resolution, seemed to like the idea.

5. Teterboro Airport: another redident inquired about whether any Hackensack residents were attending meetings in opposition to Teterboro Airport traffic and volunteered to attend. 

6. Finally, Larry Rielly of the Boys and Girls Club, announced that the proposed Boys and Girls Club would accommodate Hackensack children only, not children from other towns.  Another resident expressed concern that the proposed Club would bring unwanted traffic from neighboring towns.

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Hackensack Discussion / July 21, 2004 Zoning Board Meeting Agenda
« on: July 18, 2004, 11:29:20 PM »
1. 50 Jay Street:  Applicant wants to convert 1 family home to two family home.

2. 315 Second Street: Applicant wants to install a sign larger than that permitted by ordiance (V&V Realty)

3. 164 Pine Street: Applicant wants to construct a 25x16 foot addition.

4. 368 Sussex: Applicant wants to demolish one family home and make a one story retail shop.

5. 54 Fair Street:  Applicant wants to operate a day care center in the basement of Christ Temple Church.

6. 144 Elm:  Applicant wants to build 6 foot fence where only 4 foot is permitted.

7.  236-240 River : Applicant wants to build an 88 unit townhouse complex with several variances required.  (Achorage Cove LLC, Trobiano).
(See related message board topic)

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For more about the Redevelopment Area, click:

Hackensack's Essex plan advances (Record Article)

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