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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Goodbye, Geri's Deli
« on: January 31, 2019, 08:17:36 PM »
It's a visual improvement, I'm very happy the hideous blue is gone. Now, what really needs to happen is (1) remove the invasive billboard, and (2) restore the house to it's historic identity and give it a plaque.  If my memory serves correct, the house dates to 1836 and was home to a historic figure.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Hackensack Real Estate News Thread
« on: January 30, 2019, 04:19:54 PM »
Nice, an article about a building sale, without reporting the price of the sale. Reporters these days are brainless.

Whew, another fountain of knowledge is gone. I was just thinking after "Homer Jones" passed that Wysocki should be interviewed for his take on the history of Hackensack, before he passes. My psychic was spot on, again. He takes with him an enormous amount of information on Hackensack. Especially the city's studies on urban blight in the early 1960's. There's was a plan to seize and level over 700 homes, which were mostly in the First Ward and Carver Park neighborhoods, and the area between Target and FDU. It was very controversial, and it was shut down by opposition. And rightly so. Hackensack elected it's first African-American councilman as a result. Virtually nothing is written in any official "history of Hackensack" about this, probably because it was too controversial to even write about. And the studies aren't even located at the Johnson Library any more. I think that whole collection was moved to Felician College.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: boycott
« on: January 22, 2019, 05:38:26 PM »
I used to read your blog more, before you merged them all.  I am less interested in restaurant and food, and more in Hackensack stuff.

As for the referendum, I honestly believe the Zisa's have nothing to do with it, and I wouldn't even be sure that Jack Zisa would vote YES. I think it's more the Democratic Municipal Committee, the Hurwitz's, Mark Stein, and Rick Salkin. And basically that is what is left of the Zisa machine. Jack Zisa is currently chair of the Bergen County Republican Organization, which I think has no elected officials on the County level.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Michael Mariniello
« on: January 18, 2019, 09:09:41 AM »
Copied from facebook: ...Those of you that knew him knew a man with a friendly smile and a kind, genuine soul. He lived his life with no regrets, spending much of his time and energy supporting and raising money for a miriad of charitable organizations, with a special fondness for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. He had a loving, devoted family, many adoring cousins, nieces & nephews, and countless loyal friends and business relationships....Our Family will receive friends on Friday January 18, from 3:00PM-8:00PM at G. Thomas Gentile Funeral Home, 397 Union St. Hackensack, NJ
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10: AM at
St. Francis RC Church, Hackensack, NJ with burial to follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery
Our Family asks that you Honor his memory with a donation to:

Hackensack Discussion / Michael Mariniello
« on: January 18, 2019, 09:08:16 AM »

Great pictures. Thanks for photo-documenting.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: boycott
« on: January 15, 2019, 03:01:44 PM »
Mike, going incognito got me to view 10 articles, and then apparently I still have to pay. That'll be in just a few days, I'm sure.

I do appreciate you trying, and I gave you one "clap" point on your karma.

Hackensack Discussion / boycott
« on: January 15, 2019, 05:36:33 AM »
I want to encourage readers and those who link articles for public viewing on this website to utilize news sources that are FREE. is charging me to view articles.  I am unsure if this is because I viewed too many articles for free this month, or if they are now doing this across the board to everyone.

It's great that people are posting news articles of interest, but at least some of us can no longer read them.

There are other news sources that have news articles which can be viewed for free.  Hell, I'd rather read Victor Sasson than have to pay a few dollars per month. Go ise running an intro special, but the actual price is higher than 99 cents per month.

10 no longer allows people to read their articles online. There's a pop-up screen that says you have to pay.

Now I see why they stopped this website, years ago, from posting the full articles. 

Hackensack Discussion / Re: "Homer Jones"
« on: January 07, 2019, 06:11:54 PM »
Homer Jones was a tremendous source of information, and he has contributed greatly to the body of knowledge on the history of Hackensack. There's not even a handful of people alive with his level of knowledge on Hackensack. His passing is a huge loss for the rather small historian community.

My first meeting with him was in 1986, and it went very different than the Editors, but the irony is that my meeting was also my firm and instant resolve to get involved with public affairs. Some day I'll tell that story. I will respect the Editor's desire to keep his identity secret. 

Editor, if you are in contact with any surviving family members, perhaps there are documents and maps that could be donated to the City of Hackensack.  I have tons of documents to give when my time comes.  I bet ol Homer has his own stash.

For public information, here is the most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the Hackensack Public Schools, that I could find online.

I saw that on Facebook.  It's short-sighted. Yes, taxes go up but you'll get it all back when you sell the house in 5, 10, or 20 years. Hackensack will be a much better place with schools that are not overcrowded, with free pre-K for 4 year olds, with a stunning "magnet" school for grades 7, 8, and 9, and with all the schools having air conditioning and security upgrades. All of that is surely worth something when you sell the house

So who's going to vote against it. Renters are going to vote "yes", and especially those with children. Homeowner families with children in the school system or soon to enter will vote "yes". Many people who plan to sell their house in a few years and retire somewhere will vote "yes" because it'll increase their house sale value. It's people who meet ALL of the following criteria that are most likely to vote against it, which are no kids in the schools, own their house, and not planning to move for at least 20 years. And some of those people will still vote YES because they are very progressive minded and want to support public education. And the vote is deliberately timed for the day after MLK Jr Day to tap into the feeling that education is a civil right.

And even then, people who are thinking of voting "No" will still flip and vote "Yes" because a No vote passes up over $40 million in State aid.

Folks, it's going to pass, and the turnout will be much higher than most people think.

I find it astounding that the famously liberal Democrat, Victor Sasson, is coming out against public education. The same liberal who blasts Christie and Trump repeatedly on his blog and supports all the most liberal Democratic politicians.

Has Victor ever thought that the value of his house would GO DOWN in a school district so overcrowded with kids that the school system eventually resorts to renting trailers for classrooms. That's what they do in the majority-Latino neighborhoods of Newark when classroom space runs out.  And by the way, you can be sure that the 3 sending districts will stop sending if the high school is absurdly overcrowded and the school has to start renting trailers. And what do you think will happen to the high school's performance and test scores if there are classes in trailers and the 3 sending districts contribution reduces even further.

Also key to the entire plan is to create a new junior high school (grades 7, 8, and 9) so prestigious and filled with new technology that it will be sort of like a magnet school. This contrasts greatly with the existing Middle School (grades 5, 6, 7, 8) that has been somewhat stigmatized for decades. Most parents in Hackensack feel that the Middle School is "the weak link", and perhaps that is not justified, unsure. In any case, that entire problem will be gone. And that's also something that affects property values.

So readers, if you don't care about your kids, and if you are not a liberal and don't care about  defending public education, vote YES to preserve the value of your house.  I think that everyone planning on selling their house within the next 5 or 10 years would be eager to vote YES, because they'll get it all back and then some when they sell their house.

Oh, and I mentioned one more thing. If the referendum passes, the State kicks in over $40 million towards the construction. If the referendum fails, lots of the work will still be done, but without any State contribution. Oh wait, that's another reason for the taxpayer-conscious voter to vote YES.

I'm not 100% on board with their decision on what and where to build, and I would have done something different, but to vote "NO" at this point would be insane.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: HUMC Expansion
« on: December 25, 2018, 01:54:55 PM »
I'm interested in Reiner's comment on the combined stormwater and sanitary sewer system.

"If a developer comes and proposes a project, then they’re going to have to fix the system along Second Street and Atlantic Street and separate out those systems so the stormwater can go into the river and the sewage can go into [the Bergen County Utilities Authority], like it’s supposed to," Reiner said at the meeting.

To me this is a good sign that people are now thinking in the right direction. I have long advocated that the best way and cheapest way to solve this problem is to get stormwater out of the system, not build a new sanitary sewer system with literally thousands of major plumbing connections. The number of storm sewer grates draining into the combined system is only in the dozens. I continue to believe that a major discharge pipe can be built from the vicinity of Railroad Ave direct to the river, and it will drain east by gravity.  It would be relatively shallow at Railroad Ave, and pretty deep around State Street, but that's OK. As long as it is fairly straight, at good 5' in diameter, and drains by gravity, it will work.

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