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Someone is selling a Holy Trinity High School Reunion mug from 1975 on eBay:


Hackensack Discussion / Re: Newly released: Hackensack History Book
« on: March 02, 2009, 10:48:26 AM »

Hackensack Discussion / Clay Street Fire
« on: February 25, 2009, 03:49:50 PM »
There's a fire going on right now on Clay St near Park St. I just took a couple of shots with my cell from my apartment.

In this one, the wind is blowing the smoke northwest as a plane comes in above it on the way to Teterboro. The Gentile Funeral Home is in the foreground:

This photo shows the steeple of the First Presbyterian Church at Union and Passaic. Above it is the Channel 7 chopper, so maybe it'll be on the news:


Hackensack Discussion / Re: Holy Trinity School Closing in June
« on: February 22, 2009, 07:25:10 PM »
I not only went to the old Holy Trinity School but moved into the brand new one for my fifth grade.  I graduated in 1961.

Ditto! :o

You can probably figure out who I am, but which Kathy might you be? I remember a Kathy G. and a Kathy H. from 8A.

Did you attend the "reunion" we had in December 1979?


Hackensack Discussion / Re: Holy Trinity School Closing in June
« on: February 20, 2009, 11:40:39 AM »
There's hope:


Hackensack Discussion / Re: Holy Trinity School Closing in June
« on: February 20, 2009, 09:05:10 AM »
I won't make a habit of it.


Hackensack Discussion / Re: Holy Trinity School Closing in June
« on: February 19, 2009, 10:41:18 PM »
I hope there won't be long lines at the Nunemployment Office.


Hackensack Discussion / Holy Trinity School Closing in June
« on: February 19, 2009, 04:02:23 PM »

A Catholic elementary school in Hackensack will close in June because of declining enrollment, the Newark Archdiocese said today.

Holy Trinity School, on Maple Avenue, has experienced about a 24 percent decline in students since 2000 and currently has an enrollment of 183, said Jim Goodness, a spokesman for the archdiocese.

Church officials plan to merge Holy Trinity with St. Francis School, a parish school on South Main Street that also has suffered enrollment loss and is down to about 118 students.

The archdiocese decided that St. Francis School would be the one to stay open because it has received extensive renovations in recent years. The school is under a flight path for Teterboro Airport and received government grants for soundproofing, Goodness said.

“To try and level off the costs of providing education and stabilizing enrollment, which has fallen at both schools, the natural solution is that the parishes should combine their schools into one,” Goodness said, adding that such issues as transportation and staffing were still being worked out.

Holy Trinity is the sixth parish school that the archdiocese plans to close this year and the only one in Bergen County. The other schools are in Hudson, Essex and Union counties.

Goodness said that schools with declining enrollments typically turn to the parish for financial assistance. But with parishes also struggling with changing demographics and increased costs, their ability to support schools is limited.

“It is reaching the point in some parishes where they cannot support the school in the way they might have in the past,” Goodness said.

The pastor at Holy Trinity said the parish was contributing about $150,000 to $200,000 to the school, but the enrollment was still falling. The tuition is about $3,200 a year for parish families.

“The economy hasn’t helped us out much,” said the Most Rev. Charles J. McDonnell. “People can’t afford the tuition.”

A parent at Holy Trinity said he was concerned that his tuition would rise if he sends his third-grader to St. Francis next year but retains his membership at Holy Trinity. Catholic schools typically charge a higher tuition to families outside the parish.

Joe Barreto said he expects his tuition could rise by as much as $175 a month. He’s also worried that Holy Trinity Church will suffer if he and other parishioners join St. Francis to get the lower tuition.

“My fear is that my church is not going to get the funding and donations they need, because families may feel forced out of the parish,” Barreto said.

Goodness, however, said Holy Trinity parishioners should get the lower tuition at the St. Francis School.

 “That’s typically the way things work,” he said. “I don’t anticipate a problem.”


Hackensack History / Kates Bros.
« on: February 16, 2009, 11:17:10 AM »


Hackensack History / Hackensack Stimulant Package
« on: February 16, 2009, 11:13:16 AM »


Hackensack Discussion / Squadron over Main St............
« on: February 12, 2009, 11:15:25 PM »
..............and headed for Teterboro:

Cover those engine intakes!


From eBay: this program is from the First Annual Hackensack Horse Show, held on October 27, 1900 at the Oritani Field Club grounds. I guess we all missed the 109th Edition a few months ago on the tennis courts.

Here's the auction if you want this program:


No, not the one in The Record this week - this one's from four score and seven years ago:


This 230-page survey covers the public school education plan and the school building program, dated November 1921.Covers population growth, groups of students, types of desks, heating systems, blackboards, classroom size, toilets, gyms, teacher lounges and so much more! If you are an educator or administrator anywhere, but especially in and around the Hackensack NJ area, be sure to check this out. Loaded with historically-significant information regarding the deplorable school conditions of the era.

Want it? Here's the eBay auction:


Hackensack Discussion / A Hackensack Girlfriend
« on: January 19, 2009, 07:17:43 PM »

Beauty, ain't she? That's what you're missing out on by living in Hackensack NJ instead of Hackensack MN.

She's 17' tall and she's Paul Bunyan's girlfriend. Babe the Blue Ox might be cuter.

The town held a contest to name her and they came up with this gem: Lucette Diana KENSACK!

One day, Paul just couldn't take that face anymore and called in "Extreme Makeover: Statue Edition". This was the result:

I guess that's an improvement, but it looks like they left the spackling crew under her skirt. Maybe they house the town's snowplows there or perhaps THAT'S what a kensack is! Whichever, it's not exactly flattering.

She looks like she's Italian now, so I guess this is appropriate:

Of course, the pizzas are 5' in diameter and cost $83 each.

I think I'll stay put.


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