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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Hackensack University Medical Center
« on: May 13, 2022, 07:42:23 PM »
But visitors still are out of luck at Hackensack University Medical Center, I guess you are saying. Then, there is the factor of the medical center being so busy that going to one of the health providers is an ordeal. The main parking garage is always packed, and some areas were closed for renovation when I was there in January and February to go to a dermatologist. I had to go to the top deck to find a space. The hospital has four electric chargers for visitors in one garage, but when I tried to use one all were taken. Ten other electric chargers are reserved for doctors. Who is "addicted" to valet parking?

The parking at Englewood Health (Englewood Hospital and Medical Center), whether valet or self-park, is free.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Costco
« on: May 09, 2022, 03:08:56 PM »
Special hours for seniors at Costco Wholesale in Teterboro

The Costco warehouse in Teterboro eliminated early hours for members 60 years old and older on Tuesday and Thursdays during the week of April 18, 2022, rolling back the opening time to 10 a.m. from 9 a.m.
The crowds are noticeably bigger than before and checkout lanes are unusually busy during the first hour.

My wife shopped there this morning and reported Costco members formed 2 lines to await the 10 a.m. opening -- one in the direction of the tire shop -- until an employee instructed them to join the single line. We've been shopping there on Tuesdays and Thursday to avoid these frenetic Mondays.

I've seen no lines on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 10 a.m. And even if you have a full basket, employees are on hand to help you through a self-checkout lane -- the fastest way to get out of there and head for the exit./size]

What is the one thing real estate agents don't mention
about living in Hackensack's Fairmount section? Aircraft noise

You'll be living under the flight paths of 2 major airports


Hackensack Discussion / Re: Recycling
« on: May 08, 2022, 03:06:25 PM »

I guess you can call the city's Public Works Department and speak to someone in recycling. This happened only once?

Community Soapbox / Re: The Sasson Report
« on: May 07, 2022, 10:53:45 AM »

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Recycling
« on: April 11, 2022, 08:57:53 AM »
And how did you know it wasn't contaminated by dog shit or something else? Was the cardboard tied up as it should be? Was there any styrofoam in there (it isn't recyclable any longer) or stained pizza boxes?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Recycling
« on: April 08, 2022, 10:21:26 AM »
OK, I called the Hackensack Department of Public Works this morning and was told the only reason recycling is put into a truck loaded with garbage is when the recycling put out by a homeowner is contaminated with dog poop or other stuff thrown in there by a neighbor or other passer-by, for example.

The decision is made on the spot and left up to the men who are collecting the recycling.

So, I guess in the instance you sighted, one of your neighbors is to blame. The woman I spoke with said contaminated recycling is encountered a lot, and I imagine that would include bottles and cans that aren't rinsed out or restaurant takeout containers that aren't cleaned of food.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: April 06, 2022, 11:05:22 AM »
From the New Jersey Globe: Gannett charging more
for the newspaper it has turned to shit


Community Soapbox / Re: The Sasson Report
« on: April 01, 2022, 01:33:35 PM »
A 5-day hospitalization for pneumonia was an ordeal and an unwanted brush with my mortality:

Click link:

Community Soapbox / Re: Consumer Reports' 2022 Auto Issue
« on: April 01, 2022, 01:29:39 PM »
Yesterday (March 31), I filled the tank of our 2010 Toyota Prius at the Costco gas station in Teterboro for $3.99.9 a gallon -- a dime less than my previous fillup.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: March 18, 2022, 08:26:34 AM »
Also, "passed away" is a huge no-no on newspaper copy desks (The Record and don't have copy desks any longer). People "die." Obviously, it was done to fill space in the headline.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Recycling
« on: March 18, 2022, 08:04:05 AM »
Well, they pick up the garbage and recycling around 6 a.m. I'm usually having my first cup of coffee and don't go outside. Are you saying they put garbage and recycling in same truck?

Hackensack Discussion / Costco
« on: March 17, 2022, 02:45:29 PM »
Costco Wholesale members who live in Hackensack are doubly blessed with access to 2 Costco warehouses, not just one.

The Costco Wholesale warehouse in Hackensack -- which dated to the early 1990s -- closed in October 2015 and a new, far bigger Costco Wholesale opened the next day a few miles away in the Teterboro Landing shopping center near the busy business airport.

Then in March 2016, the original warehouse reopened, but this time as a Costco Business Center, which caters to small and big businesses, but which is also open to any Costco member and stocks about 30% of the items sold in Teterboro. Today, there are only 24 Costco Business Centers in the United States and the one in Hackensack is the only one in the Northeast. The next closest one appears to be in Bedford Park, Ill.

Costco is a membership warehouse and the basic one costs $60; Executive Members pay $120 a year. Your membership fee is refunded each year in cash back from using the no-fee Costco Visa credit card: You get 4% back at the Costco gas station in Teterboro, where a gallon of gas is 15 cents to 20 cents less than elsewhere, as well as at any other gas station, 3% back from restaurants, and rebates for Costco Travel purchases and on whatever you buy in the warehouse.

And only Costco members can take advantage of sale items every month (the discount is taken at the register). As a non-member, you can accompany a member into the warehouse and buy items, but cash isn't accepted.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to shortages at both Costcos and price hikes, but the trend toward more organic items continued.

Kirkland Signature is Costco's house label and you will usually find it on items that are superior to and selling for less than competing national brands, as well as on many organic items and wild-caught seafood. One glaring exception is the $4.99 Rotisserie Chicken sold in Teterboro. Read:

The Business Center in Hackensack is far less busy than the bigger Teterboro warehouse, opens earlier and closes earlier, too. The Teterboro warehouse has been opening at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays during and after the Covid-19 pandemic to accommodate members 60 years old and older, as well as health care workers and first responders, but that will end starting the week of April 18, 2022, when the normal starting time of 10 a.m. will return.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Recycling
« on: March 17, 2022, 02:14:41 PM »
Why do you think it is all show?

As far as I know, Hackensack has single stream recycling, where paper, cardboard, cans, bottles and recyclable plastic are comingled before they are shipped off to a recycling plant, where the sorting occurs.

Hackensack also recycles yard trimmings and debris into compost.

Community Soapbox / Re: Consumer Reports' 2022 Auto Issue
« on: March 12, 2022, 10:41:14 AM »
A Consumer Reports Top 10 list devoted only to gas-electric hybrids and electric vehicles makes even more sense in light of higher prices for a gallon of regular gasoline: "The nationwide average for regular gas is now $4.32 a gallon, according to AAA. On Wednesday, the cost was $4.25, once again eclipsing the previous all-time record of $4.11 set in July 2008. When adjusted for inflation, that would be around $5.25 today, USA Today reported.

On Thursday, I paid $4.09 for a gallon of regular at Costco in Teterboro, where the full service station is open to both Costco members and non-members. On Tuesday, the price was $3.91 a gallon.

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