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Events & Calendar / 6/28/04 Police Youth Academy
« on: April 20, 2004, 09:19:25 PM »

Begins today.  Click here for more info.

Hackensack Discussion / Streets to be paved: 2004
« on: April 20, 2004, 06:20:47 PM »
Following is a list of streets funded for paving for the year 2004.

1. Hamilton Avenue, from Summit Avenue to Vanderbeck
2. Martin Terrace, from Pine Street to End
3. Pine Street, from Roth Avenue to Catalpa Avenue
4. Herman Street, from Ross Avenue to So. Lake Drive
5. Dean Street, from Owens Road to Lodi Street
6. Moore Street, from Mercer Street to Church Street
7. Berry Street, from Haynes Street to Railroad Avenue   
8. Main Street, from Temple Avenue to Spring Valley Avenue
9. Railroad Avenue, from Eastside to Entire Length
10. Union Street, from Atlantic Street to Railroad Tracks
11. Vreeland Avenue, from Hudson Street to South Hackensack border
12. Van Orden Place, from Hackensack Avenue to Woodridge Avenue
13. Dyatt Place, from Hackensack Avenue to Woodridge Avenue         

Thanks to:
Mr. James Lacava
City Manager
Mr. John Flannigan
Project Manager

Follow-up:  Although not on the list, Passaic Street will be paved from Summit, west to The Esplanade.

Hackensack Discussion / Results of City Council Meeting - 4/19/04
« on: April 20, 2004, 01:48:04 AM »
Monday, April 19th , 2004 - 8:00 P. M.

1.   Roll Call

2.   Flag Salute

All of the following resolutions were unanimously approved:

3.   Approval of Minutes - April 7, 2004.

4.   Resolution #106: Final adoption of Ordinance 2-2004 (establishing salaries and titles of
municipal employees).

5.   Resolution #107: Approval of Refunds.

6.   Resolution #108: Approval of Health Department Annual Report.

7.   Resolution #109: Authorization to release performance guarantee.

8.   Resolution #110: Payment of bills

9.   Resolution #111: Emergency temporary appropriation.  

Official Comments: The mayor announced that the city will be participating in an asthma screening program which will take place at schools, parks and other public meeting places.  The program is sponsored, in part, by Hackensack University Medical Center.  More information will be posted soon.

Public Comment Portion:

Mr. Eric Martindale advised the council of the unsightly state of the railroad corridor between State and Union, behind City Hall, and asked if the situation could be remedied.  He also raised an issue about 1st and Clay Streets, although I was distracted I couldn’t get it.  Eric?…

Mr. Philip Roberts questioned the council on the S. Goldberg Property (proposed County DPW/Police HQ site) and whether the city could conduct a feasibility study to help determine whether the proposed site is better situated than the current site (in terms of tax ratables, quality of life issues, etc.)  The City responded that it had no such plans to commission a study and that the S. Goldberg site on River St. was clearly the better location for the County facility.

Another resident questioned which streets the city would repave this year and complained that many streets (even those recently paved, like Spring Valley) are quickly deteriorating.  The mayor shared his observation that this problem appears to be county-wide, perhaps state wide.  He opined that it may have to do with new paving methods that are apparently inferior to the old method.  

The next day, the city forward a list of streets to be paved in 2004.  Click HERE to see the list.  

It was a relatively short night.    

Events & Calendar / 4/21/04 Freeholder Meeting
« on: April 18, 2004, 01:40:34 AM »
Freeholder Meeting at 8:00 pm.  County Offices are on Hudson Street, across from courthouse.

Hackensack Discussion / Baseball - Opening Day: Photos & Movies
« on: April 17, 2004, 07:54:28 PM »
Click the following link for photos and movies of:

Hackensack Baseball: Opening Day

Hackensack Discussion / What happened to this idea?
« on: April 16, 2004, 03:00:41 PM »
Community action committees are needed for every geographic community in Hackensack. I would love to see concerned residents create committees, one for each of the following geographic areas:

(1) FAIRMOUNT (all areas north of the Anderson business district, OR north of Passaic Street
(2) PROSPECT/HLLERS(Prospect high-rise corridor and west to Maywood, all areas on the hill south of Passaic Street)
(3) CARVER PARK (HHS to Passaic Street)
(4) DOWNTOWN AREA (Main, State, Union, Park Streets, vicinity of Anderson Park)
(5) "FIRST WARD" (all areas south of Essex and east of Green Street)

What happend to this idea?  What's the next step?

Events & Calendar / 4/24/04 Town Hall at the Mall
« on: April 16, 2004, 12:06:09 PM »


Prospective volunteers looking for ways to help our community are invited to the "Town Hall at the Mall" on Saturday, April 24, 2004 at the Westfield Shoppingtown Garden State Plaza, Paramus.  Coordinated by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County and sponsored by the Westfield Shoppingtown Garden State Plaza, the event will showcase programs and volunteer opportunities at approximately 45 area nonprofit agencies whose services encompass a full range of health, human service, animal welfare, educational and cultural needs.  

All of the agencies represented depend on volunteers to help provide quality services to the community.  Volunteer opportunities are available for people of all ages and abilities.  The Festival will be located throughout the Plaza from 10am - 4pm.  The mall is located at the intersection of Routes 4 and 17 in Paramus, NJ.

            The mission of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County is to strengthen the community by connecting people with opportunities to serve, operating model volunteer programs, building capacity for effective volunteering, and participating in strategic partnerships that meet community needs.  

            For additional information about Town Hall at the Mall or about volunteering, please call the Volunteer Center at (201) 489-9454 or visit our web-site,

Contact: Donna Derewianyk or Kristen Hepsen 201-489-9454

Events & Calendar / 4/17/04 Women's Health Care Forum
« on: April 16, 2004, 10:05:30 AM »
A women's health-care forum, featuring cholesterol tests, glaucoma exams, glucose screenings, and other examinations for women will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Hackensack campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Click Here for more information: Forum to focus on health care for women

Hackensack Discussion / Re:School Board Debate
« on: April 16, 2004, 09:57:35 AM »
The following comments appeared in the April 16, 2004 edition of The Record.

At the April 12 Hackensack school election debate, I was shocked by some words of hostility made against teachers and administrators. Poor test scores were being blamed on teachers and principals.

I know measurable test scores are part of the new initiative to evaluate how schools are performing. However, just focusing on test scores is not a barometer to measure a good school.

As a volunteer with a literacy program, I meet with two students once a week at the Fairmount School. I am impressed with the school's teachers and office administrators. There seems to be a genuine concern for the children. Secretaries put themselves out every morning handling various emergencies. Reading specialists and teachers are easy to talk to and concerned with children's progress.

Roselyn Altman

Hackensack, April 13

Events & Calendar / 4/20/04 Coalition Meeting
« on: April 15, 2004, 03:41:43 PM »

TIME: 7:00PM
375 Larch Avenue
Seniors' Center - 2nd Floor
Bogota, NJ

In attendance at this meeting will be:

Alan S. Kao, Ph.D.                 Samuel A. Wolfe
Manager                         Assistant Commissioner -
Environmental Regulation
Environ Corporation                 State of NJ - Department of
Environmental Protection

Eileen A. Murphy, Ph.D.                 Alexander Polissar, Ph.D.
Director, Div. Science, Research         Research Scientist
           & Technology                         State of NJ - Department of
Environmental Protection
Department of Environmental Protection


Events & Calendar / 5/15/04 Car Show at HHS
« on: April 15, 2004, 12:51:41 PM »
There will be a car show at the Hackensack High School on May 15th.

Does anyone have more info?  Please email me.

Hackensack Discussion / Planning Board Meeting - Results
« on: April 15, 2004, 12:20:23 PM »
Planning Board Meeting - Results

300 Elm Avenue: approved for a subdivision.  Picture:

175 Berry St.: approved for a subdivision on condition that the Board approves the "foot print" and plans.  There was significant public turn-out on this proposal.  A representative from the Berry Street Community condoned one home for this lot, not two.  Also, the representative disapproved of the design of the homes which was "out of keeping" with most homes in the neighborhood.  The applicant seeks to build two homes on a sub-divided lot, each only 37 x 100 (50 x100 is required by code). Although most homes in that area were built on similar sized lots, the city changed the requirement to 50 x 100.  One Board member voted to reject the proposal and opined that an approval would be "a step backwards" for the city and that the homes were too close together.   The community representative also cited fire concerns.  The applicant was a city employee, represented by Mr. Joseph Zisa, cousin of Mayor John Zisa.  Mayor Zisa recused himself from voting on the application.  The Berry Street Community may appeal the decision.

144 Hopper Avenue: approved for a subdivision on condition that the Board approves the "foot print" and plans.  Each home will be built on 50 x 100, within code requirements.

96 Coles - South Lake Drive: Applicant sought permission to build home on undersized lot.  The proposed home was 15-20% bigger than allowed by code.  Applicant conceded that there was no real hardship that would warrant a variance.  There are also some environmental concerns due to the proximity to Coles Brook.  Applicant will appear at next meeting with revised plans (I think).  

273 State Street: 8 story condominium.  See Picture:

Applicant sought to amend the plans due to sub-surface conditions that prevented the prior-approved landscaping plan.  The board expressed some frustration over the change because much time was spent discussing landscaping in the initial approval process.  The applicant agreed to hire a professional landscape architect to come up with a brilliant landscape design that was guaranteed "not to disappoint."   This condominium complex is widely anticipated to be a showpiece for what is possible behind Main Street.  It is believed that strong, affluent communities behind Main Street will bolster commerce on that strip.  Click HERE for more information.

Moore Street: Commerce Bank application was adjourned until April 27th.  Click HERE for more information. (Requires free registration with The Record)

473 Essex: Applicant seeks to convert home to medical office.  Adjourned.

9 Lafayette: adjourned.  

76 Lodi: adjourned.

Attendees: please supplement and correct this report as necessary.

Events & Calendar / 5/8/04 Danceathon
« on: April 15, 2004, 10:30:49 AM »
Center for Modern Dance Education
84 Euclid Avenue, Hackensack
201 342-2989
Contact: Elissa Machlin-Lockwood

Irving Burton' s New Piece:  
"It's About Me & All My Friends"
Debuts At CMDE Danceathon May 8

Irving Burton, celebrated performer/choreographer living in Bergenfield, will debut his newest piece, “It’s About Me and All My Friends", dealing with the idea of communication, inspired by sign language and other non-verbal forms of speaking, during CMDE'S exciting Annual Danceathon May 8, 1:30pm & 4:30pm at Bergen Community College, Paramus.

In addition to Mr. Burton's work, there will be Ballet, Hip-Hop, Afro/Modern and Middle Eastern pieces choreographed by Karen Silvano, Little Falls; Roger Turner & Connie Youngmann, Hackensack; Frances Herdman, Bergenfield; Elissa Machlin-Lockwood & Janelle Smith –Reed, Teaneck; and Jeffrey Bynum from New York.

CMDE's 21st Annual Danceathon is a day of dance celebration in which all students, children, teens and adults, including those with disabilities, have the opportunity to perform.

Tickets for the Danceathon may be purchased in advance for $12 by calling 201 342 2989. They will be available at the door for $15.  For further information visit

Events & Calendar / Meet the Leaders
« on: April 13, 2004, 05:30:27 PM »
FRIDAY: United States Small Business Administration, "Meet the Lenders," 9 a.m., Ciarco Learning Center, 355 Main St., Hackensack. On hand will be counselors from the Bergen Small Business Development Center and the Service Corps of Retired Executives. Free. Call (201) 489-8670.

Hackensack Discussion / Candidates Debate - Results, summary, photo.
« on: April 12, 2004, 10:49:22 PM »
I went to what was supposed to be a School Board Meeting Monday night at 7:30 at 355 State Street and find out it was postponed until tomorrow night at 7:30.

I find out through a posting on "Save Hackensack" that there was a debate scheduled for 4/12/04 (same night) at Nellie K. Parker.  I get there an hour late and  the debate is in progress.  Apparently, it was two hours long , moderated with questions, with a 2 minute summary for each candidate.  

I asked people how they knew about the meeting and they said someone simply told them. As far as I know, there was NO PUBLIC NOTIFICATION of the debate.  Someone please correct me if I am wrong.  Moreover, THERE WAS NO OPPORTUNITY TO QUESTION THE CANDIDATES.  

Below is a summary of the questions and answers I had an opportunity to hear.  I did my best to "get the gist" of the question and answer.  


Topic:    Out of town children attending Hackensack Schools and what to do about it:

Walter H. Carroll:    Three pieces of proof are required for registration, currently.  Over 100 illegal students were discovered this year.  Parents were charged tuition, so the taxpayers get some of that back.

Francis W. Albolino:   Hackensack Youth Police currently try to discovery illegal students and wait outside the registered home to see if students come out for school.  This should continue.

Jorge E. Meneses:    All children should be registered.  (with better system of proof?)
Rhonda Williams-Bembry: Incumbents are not doing a good enough to combat illegal students from coming to Hackensack Schools.  An outside agency should be used to combat illegal students.

Junemarie Ramp:    Incumbents are not doing a good enough to combat illegal students from coming to Hackensack Schools.

Jenny Marin:      Incumbents are not doing a good enough to combat illegal students from coming to Hackensack Schools.  An outside agency should be used to combat illegal students.

Topic:    Student Achievement: How to improve it.

Walter H. Carroll:    Parents and teachers should communicate more with their children.

Francis W. Albolino:   Parents need to be more involved.

Jorge E. Meneses:    Listen to the experiences of the student.
Rhonda Williams-Bembry: Extra-curricular activities need to be increased.

Junemarie Ramp:    Students need to feel like they are part of the programs designed to help them.

Jenny Marin:      Students should be challenged and rewarded.

Topic:    Why is a "D" a passing grade.  Should children with straight D’s be passed.

Walter H. Carroll:    Something about "no child left behind".  This was not clear to me.

Francis W. Albolino:   This should be explored and can always be changed (I think).

Jorge E. Meneses:    Response was  not clear to me
Rhonda Williams-Bembry:  When children reach a certain point in failing to turn in homework, teachers need to call parents sooner, rather than later.

Junemarie Ramp:    Something about social promotion being wrong. ??

Jenny Marin:      Passing D’s should be changed.

Topic:    Failing Test Scores and how to correct the problem

Walter H. Carroll:    Before and after school programs should be employed.  One hour extra can do a lot to improve test scores.

Francis W. Albolino:   Test scores are increasing city-wide.  Middle school remains a problem, but "we’re working on it".    We need to start at the bottom (elementary and middle) before we try to improve high school test scores.

Jorge E. Meneses:    A better curriculum may be needed.  
Rhonda Williams-Bembry: Incumbents are not doing a good enough job to improve test scores.  No adequate progress, according to prior reports (from State?).

Junemarie Ramp:    Teachers need to work on improving test scores in September, not 7 weeks before the state/fed tests are administered.

Jenny Marin:      A better curriculum may be needed.

Topic:    Laptops, computers, books and supplies in school.

Walter H. Carroll:    We have them in schools already.  We have a complex budget.  Special Education is great in Hackensack and accounts for 25% of budget.  

Francis W. Albolino:   We don’t have laptops yet, but plenty of computers.  Each lasts 3-5 years. Mr. Albolino asked people to see the computers for themselves.  Teachers are getting the books and supplies they need.

Jorge E. Meneses:    I missed the response (Sorry).  
Rhonda Williams-Bembry: She reviewed budget and was angered for having to pay for a copy of it ($27).  She was unable to reconcile certain expenditures and promised to "find our money".  

Junemarie Ramp:     I missed the response (Sorry).

Jenny Marin:      More computers are needed.

Topic:    Goals of School Board: What should they be?

Walter H. Carroll:    School board devises and implements policy.    

Francis W. Albolino:   School board devises and implements policy and should not "micro-manage" teachers and classrooms.

Jorge E. Meneses:    The School Board should provide a better education for the children.    
Rhonda Williams-Bembry: The School Board should provide a better education, more efficiently.

Junemarie Ramp:    The School Board should stabilize taxes and hire teachers based on qualifications, not political connections. The School Board should provide the best possible education.

Jenny Marin:      The School Board should stabilize taxes and hire teaches based on qualifications, not political connections. The School Board should provide the best possible education.

Topic:    Students opportunity for college.

Walter H. Carroll:    We should not pressure students to go to college, but the opportunity should be there.      

Francis W. Albolino:   Many students should be commended for military services, trade schools, etc.  But, the opportunity for college should be available.  

Jorge E. Meneses:    85% of students go on to college.  This is good.  
Rhonda Williams-Bembry: 100% of students should be going to college (or at least have opportunity).

Junemarie Ramp:    100% of students should be going to college (or at least have opportunity).  

Jenny Marin:      100% of students should be going to college (or at least have opportunity).


Walter H. Carroll:    As far as hiring practices go, some students eventually want to be teachers.  Board hires people it knows because it understands the background of the applicant (I think).  

Francis W. Albolino:   As far as test scores go, tests should not dictate all policy.  We must "do right by the student".  When we do, we do right for the taxpayer as well.  

Jorge E. Meneses:    We should provide students with the necessary programs and technology to do well in school.    
Rhonda Williams-Bembry: When you consider the economic costs and the children, the "Better Education Team" is the better choice.

Junemarie Ramp:    It is unacceptable that education has become so political and that politics dictates the job market in Hackensack Schools. High taxes for property owners are not fair

Jenny Marin:   Tired of negative comments.  Wants to focus on what can be done.  

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