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Hackensack Discussion / In my mail 4 days ago..........
« Last post by BLeafe on Yesterday at 12:00:01 PM »
Hackensack's Future must want me to vote in the past..............

Hackensack Discussion / Re: 24-story tower for Summit Avenue
« Last post by on December 02, 2023, 01:11:54 PM »
Some old but welcome news from State of New Jersey Department of Health (

September 22, 2021


Richard Pineles, Managing Member Bergen Passaic LTACH, LLC
55 South Newman Street Hackensack, NJ 07601

Re: CN# ER 20040905;07
Former CN#s ER 2019-12666-02, ER 040905-02-43 E/T
Bergen Passaic Long Term Acute Care Hospital

Dear Mr. Pineles:

Please be advised the Department of Health (Department) is in receipt of Bergen Passaic Long Term Acute Care Hospital's (facility) certificate of need (CN) application, which was submitted as a request for an extension of time under the expedited review process. Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 8:33-3.10(a)(2), and for the reasons set forth below, the Department hereby denies the facility's request for another extension.

The original CN which was granted on December 10, 2004, for the establishment of a 72-bed freestanding long term acute care hospital at the facility in Bergen County, was set to expire on December 10, 2006. However, the CN was extended to June 10, 2008, then to December 10, 2009, and further extended by the Permit Extension Act of 2008 (Act), P.L. 2008, c. 78, as amended by P.L. 2009, C. 336, P.L. 2012, C. 48, and P.L. 2014, C. 84. By way of
history, the Act was signed on September 6, 2008, and provided that, for a CN specific to development in existence during the period of time from January 1, 2007 through July 1, 2010, the running period of the approval was automatically suspended for the extension period through July 1, 2010. Amendments to the Act extended the expiration date of the Permit Extension Act through December 31, 2012, and December 31, 2015, respectively. Pursuant to the Act, as amended, the expiration date of CN# ER 040905-02-43 was extended through June 30, 2016.
Thereafter, following the expiration of the Act, the Department further extended the CN to June 29, 2018, then to January 24, 2020, and finally to July 24, 2021. The Department indicated that the July 24, 2021 date would be the final extension granted, subject to the conditions noted. Those conditions included the understanding that the project would be fully implemented on or before July 24, 2021. Further, the facility was required to implement the first phase (25 beds) as soon as the available medical-surgical floor at the facility could be converted with minor renovations, as outlined in the submission and that the final phase (47 beds) was to be implemented prior to July 24, 2021. The facility was also advised that the Department would not consider another extension of time. The facility was also reminded that, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 8:33-3.10(a)(3), "f the project has not been licensed by the Department's Office of Certificate of Need and Healthcare Facility Licensure, within the original or, if applicable, extended time frame identified within this subchapter, the certificate of need shall automatically be deemed to be terminated.” The facility has presented no evidence that either of the above­ described conditions have been satisfied, nor that any progress has been made toward implementing these beds. Accordingly, the Department hereby denies the facility's request for another extension of time regarding this 17-year-old CN. As such, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 8:33-4.5(b), the fee submitted by the facility for the extension is enclosed.


Bergen Passaic LTACH, LLC is entitled to a hearing at the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) to challenge the denial of the request for an extension of time.

Bergen Passaic LTACH, LLC must advise the Department within 30 days of receipt of this letter to request an OAL hearing regarding this matter.

Please forward your OAL hearing request to:

Attention:   OAL Hearing Requests
Office of Legal and Regulatory Compliance
New Jersey State Department of Health
P.O. Box 360
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0360
Please note that corporations are not permitted to represent themselves in OAL proceedings. Therefore, if Bergen Passaic LTACH, LLC is owned by a corporation, representation by counsel is required.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, please do not hesitate to contact Michael Kennedy at
There are a LOT of Hackensack images in this one. A short photowalk turned out to be about 3 miles. Assuming you know Hackensack streets, here's the itinerary:

Start at Union & Ward, to State to Berry to Main to Camden to State to Salem to Main to the Courthouse to the Court Street Bridge to River to Camden to Main to Ward to Union & Ward = 66 postable pictures in an hour and a half.

Hackensack History / Teddy Roosevelt, Hackensack Elks Outing
« Last post by Editor 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)
Note: there are NOT 300 pix/vids in this post. The post-editing number is 1/6 of that.

Two from October 9 within a couple of blocks of each other:

1. The EXTREMEly-weighted end of the huge crane at the Main-Berry-State-Camden project (looks like buck teeth).

2. A crane at the Middle School - I couldn't tell you if the payload was coming or going (but I hope it was the latter).

Three from October 14:

3. Yet another crane - this time near the Passaic St side of the First Baptist Church - delivering what I'm guessing is a cooling unit to the church's roof. I took this (and the next two) from home.

4. A zoomed-in night shot of the roof sculpture atop 210 Main. The white streak is from a plane going by during the 6 seconds that the shutter was open.

5. This shows the Empire State Building, Hudson Yards and the parking garage of the Current On River project on River St. The two bright red lights to the right of the ESB are on the smokestack of the old paper company just across the Hackensack River in Bogota. Parts of Hudson Yards appear to be out of focus, but that's actually due to whatever's emanating from the PSE&G facility in Ridgefield by the NJ Turnpike (the two sets of red lights on the right.............notice that the "out of focus" sections are directly above those smokestack lights).

One from October 19:

6. The new 95 Anderson St fits right in the historic block, don't you think?

Four from October 23:

And three of them are from the same scene in the B&W Bakery window.

7. Here's the full PANO view:

8. This is a PANO view of the NY Times story from 2006 in the middle. Click it until it's readable.

9. While I was reading it, I noticed a bee landing on the woman's forehead and shot this one at point-blank range. He stayed there a long time (probably wondering why his stinger couldn't penetrate an old lady's head).

10. A block east of B&W on Hackensack Ave sits an old car dealership building, just north of Burger King and on the other side of the street. I looked into the locked front door and this is what I saw. Most of what's on top is just reflection of the street behind me, but the top middle part has to be some sort of mirror because it shows the checkerboard floor and me standing by the door.

The last two are from October 28:

11. Taken from home, this shows nice Fall colors on State St, just south of Passaic St.

12. Also taken from home, this shows absolutely no colors at all.........but it does show the Hunter's full moon AND that white dot on the lower left, which is the largest planet in our solar system (and you know which planet that is).


Photography...........the way I see it (Moderated by BLeafe) / Sunset/Moonrise 9-27-23
« Last post by BLeafe on September 29, 2023, 11:55:01 AM »
About 4 hours apart...............

(click to enlarge)

1. I shot this looking east at 6:46pm yesterday. I couldn't see the whole rainbow when standing inside near the window, so I opened it and stuck my arm out almost as far as I could and shot a wide panoramic (almost north to south) with my phone 7 or 8 times.

This shot was actually almost twice as wide - it included the Middle School - but I had to crop them all because of too much non-linear arm movement on both ends. Besides, I really only wanted the rainbow - which wasn't very bright - but was now centered.

The clouds on the horizon must be the cold front moving through. I've never seen one that was that clear before AND seemed to be connecting both ends of the rainbow.

2,3. Six or seven minutes later, I tried to get good shots of each end of the rainbow. I like the Sears one better (cloud color is WAY better that the other one), but that other one has something else going on. The Modern 1 and 2 (Fort Lee twin towers near the GWB) are reflecting the setting sun, but 2 is directly in line with the sun and REALLY reflecting it.

4. Five minutes later, here's all that's left of the right side of the rainbow. I don't recall ever seeing a strong-colored piece of a rainbow "suspended" in the air like that.

5. Now that all the action to the east is finished with, it's time to look west, where the sun has just set, but is still illuminating clouds.

6. At that moment, I noticed it was drizzling and that the colors shown in the previous picture were reflected in the roof puddle.

Fun shoot........

Click to enlarge.

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