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Hackensack Discussion / Re: John Zisa competing on American Idol!
« on: February 20, 2005, 11:15:41 AM »
Thanks Hammer.  I needed that.   

Apologies to Pattie for deleting the post.


Hackensack Discussion / Re: John Zisa competing on American Idol!
« on: February 20, 2005, 10:01:14 AM »
Pattie's post:  "It was exciting to see someone from Hackensack on the show...but i am sorry to say that I agreed with Randy...John has no vibrato, no tone and no strength with weak projection and no stage presence....hey, not everyone is a relative or a friend...sorry, i was not impressed."

Yes, I deleted this post last night and slept on whether or not it would ultimately stay. As much as I hate it here, it will stay. 

John, to his credit, held himself out to national criticism by competing on American Idol. It's not like he didn't ask for it.  Nevertheless, I initially deleted the post because I think at this point he's probably been through enough and is feeling pretty badly about not making this city as proud as he had hoped.  For the record, the vast majority of us are very proud.

The other reason I deleted Pattie's post was because this was a "feel good" post with everyone expressing hope and congratulations.  It was, more or less, a "greeting card" of positive sentiment. 

Question:  If someone handed you a get well card to sign for your co-worker, would you write, "I never really cared for you anyway. Please drop dead" ??

While Pattie's post is obviously tactless, I'll leave it in place.   


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Free Classifieds and Announcements / Live Chat Room
« on: February 17, 2005, 09:24:56 PM »
Check out the:

Live Chat Room (Click)
Chat in real time with other Hackensack people.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: John Zisa competing on American Idol!
« on: February 17, 2005, 06:09:43 PM »
Not a bad run John.

I'm sure the craziest rollercoaster ride pales in comparison to the highs and lows of American Idol.  Are you happy to be on solid ground again?

Best wishes for your continued career.


Hackensack Discussion / Re: EXCELSIOR III
« on: February 17, 2005, 02:37:44 PM »
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Free Classifieds and Announcements / Re: City's Official Web Site
« on: February 17, 2005, 12:19:17 AM »
Someone mentioned to me that a high school student wrote an opinion piece  that was critical of the City's decision to hire someone (me) to maintain the City's official website.  It doesn't appear on North Jersey Media's site (as far as I can tell) or in the February 16th edition of the Bergen News (published every Wednesday). 

If anyone can find it, please email it to me and/or post it as a follow-up post to this topic.  Discussion on this issue is welcome. 

Thank you. 

Albert Dib
Editor, Hackensack Now

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Services for the homeless...
« on: February 16, 2005, 10:52:47 PM »
The Freeholders passed a resolution tonight authorizing the expenditure of $400k for an architectural firm to review/design plans for the homeless shelter on Kansas Street. 

Hackensack Discussion / Re: John Zisa competing on American Idol!
« on: February 16, 2005, 10:50:06 PM »
I missed American Idol.  What happened?


Hackensack Discussion / Re: EXCELSIOR III
« on: February 16, 2005, 07:42:49 PM »
The Excelsior application was adjourned pending the hiring of an architect/planner to review the plans.  Costs to be borne by the applicant.

March 16th unless there is a special meeting.  Re-notice may be required.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: EXCELSIOR III
« on: February 16, 2005, 03:25:16 PM »

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Main St.: "Exciting Times"
« on: February 16, 2005, 10:12:08 AM »

Hackensack Discussion / Re: John Zisa competing on American Idol!
« on: February 15, 2005, 09:33:26 PM »
Yet again, John makes it to the next round.  This is getting interesting. 

A review:

Next in my list of favorites is John Zisa also of New Jersey who sang “Baby, Come to me,” an early 80’s tune. John was definitely my most favorite contestant of the night. This is the first time in a first round audition that I have ever sincerely wished the contestant would keep on singing. Typically you hear a good audition and it’s like “that was nice.” John Zisa was singing a cheesy 80’s soft rock hit and I was thinking: “sing the rest of that, record it, and I’ll buy it.”   (

Hackensack History / Maplecrest Beach
« on: February 14, 2005, 05:56:17 PM »
Thanks to Barry for sending this:

In the 1950's, Maplecrest Beach was located in Hackensack, just north of Route 4 on Hackensack Avenue. It was not a "pool" but a spring surrounded by sand. It was chlorinated but the bottom was dirt and we referred to it as a mudhole. It was originally owned by the Whitehouses, a couple who lived in Teaneck. They sold it  in 1955 to a group from NYC, who ran it as a swimming hole for a few years then sold the land to developers.

Does anyone remember this?

(See pictures below)

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