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Eric, then make drinking, smoking and high cholesterol foods illegal. Reduce the speed limit from 65 to 45. You'll save countless lives. Where does it end?

Here are the prior discussions on this if anyone is interested:,1683.msg5269.html#msg5269 (started in 2010),2563.msg7728.html#msg7728 (started in 2012)

Looking back, my thinking hasn't changed much.  I have no objection to a fence but I question its effectiveness. However, if the account above is accurate, a fence would have likely prevented this tragedy.

But then my questions are: Couldn't this have just as easily been a bus on the street? Why are we necessarily treating trains differently? Since 2010, there have been 4 deaths in Hackensack by train, including the latest 2. There have been at least as many killed by cars, probably more. (See What infrastructure would need to be erected to prevent vehicular/pedestrian deaths? Will people eventually begin to think that they are allowed to walk wherever they don't see a fence, even when other obvious warnings are present? Where does it end? At what cost?

For me, the better solution is personal accountability. Without it, we can't erect enough fencing. Ever.

Hackensack History / Old DPW Equipment
« on: May 06, 2018, 08:28:44 PM »
Hanging in our Project Manager's office. Click to enlarge.

If I'm not mistaken, they entered the train's path at a controlled intersection.  How do you fence a controlled intersection apart from the automated gates that are there now?

Free Classifieds and Announcements / Re: 4BR house for rent?
« on: May 02, 2018, 12:27:58 PM »
This link might be better:

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Sister Emily's Way
« on: April 30, 2018, 02:00:29 PM »
Office of the Mayor of the City of Hackensack
WHEREAS, Sister Emily Marie Walsh has left her indelible mark upon Hackensack and the parishioners of Holy Trinity Church and is one of the City’s most dedicated and giving residents for over fifty years; and

WHEREAS, Sister Emily Marie Walsh was born in Montclair, New Jersey, the oldest of nine children in the Walsh family; and

WHEREAS, after graduating high school from St. Vincent Juniorate at Convent Station, Sister Emily entered the Community of the Sisters of Charity and became a Sister of Charity in 1941.  She furthered her education by completing her undergraduate degree at the College of St. Elizabeth and attaining a Master’s degree in Education at Seton Hall University; and

WHEREAS, throughout the years, Sister Emily taught in elementary schools in Jersey City and South Orange and in 1958 she was assigned to St. Andrew’s School in Westwood as Superior and Principal; and

WHEREAS, in 1964, Sister Emily came to Holy Trinity in Hackensack and served as the Principal for the next twenty years.  In 1984 Sister Emily was chosen to be a Pastoral Associate at Holy Trinity Parish; and

WHEREAS, in her “spare” time, Sister Emily has always been extremely devoted to the citizens of Hackensack, during not only their joyous occasions but also during their sorrowful occasions attending to the needs of the elderly, homebound, and the welfare of the poor; and

WHEREAS, after retiring in 2015 at the age of 94 she now lives in Convent Station and sincerely misses Hackensack where her heart will always reside; and
      NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mayor John P. Labrosse, and the other members of the City Council, do hereby wish to honor Sister Emily Marie Walsh for her outstanding dedication and service to the citizens of our community by renaming a portion of Maple Avenue to Sister Emily’s Way.

Presented this 28h day of April, 2018

Hackensack Discussion / Sister Emily's Way
« on: April 28, 2018, 08:06:54 PM »
Pictures from today's commemorative ceremony for Sister Emily's Way.

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