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Hackensack History / James A. Romeyn
« on: January 03, 2020, 11:40:29 AM »
Thanks to Susan for sending this.  Susan is an ancestor of James Romeyn, a notable figure in Hackensack's History with an impressive resume.

Writings, Poetry, Musings, clippings of James Romeyn (Searchable)

Article in the November 13, 1925 Republican about his life.

Hackensack Discussion / 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
« on: September 11, 2019, 11:49:15 AM »
9/11/2019 - 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Taking Place at 3:30pm

The City of Hackensack is holding a 9/11 remembrance ceremony and World Trade Center Steel Artifact Monument dedication on Wednesday, September 11 at 3:30pm outside Fire Headquarters at 205 State St., Hackensack.

Mayor John Labrosse, members of the Hackensack City Council, members of the Hackensack Fire Department and Police Department, members of the public.

Fire Headquarters at 205 State St., Hackensack.

Wednesday, September 11 at 3:30pm.

9/11 remembrance ceremony and World Trade Center Steel Artifact Monument dedication.

Hackensack History / Staib Park History
« on: June 01, 2019, 06:04:22 PM »
I had done some research for a reporter doing an article about Staib Park that ultimately wasn't used in the article.  So it doesn't go to waste, I've pasted the links below.  Keyword search "Staib" in each file.  (Ctl + F). (1927) (1946,- earliest reference to “Staib Park” in Historic Meeting Minutes) (1948,- Reference to “Philip C. Staib Park”) (1949) (Obit for Philip C. Staib in 1949) (Resolution in honor of Philip C. Staib).

If you only read one, read the last one (Last resolution in the file).

Hackensack Discussion / 50-52 Main, Demo
« on: February 05, 2019, 11:33:12 AM »
In progress...

Hackensack Discussion / MLK 2019
« on: January 21, 2019, 01:44:22 PM »
If you search these boards, you'll find several topics about MLK. 

I run along the Hackensack River often. I have to say that I really appreciate having the MLK statue there.  It's life-sized, against a picturesque scene which will only be enhanced when FDU soon replaces the pedestrian bridge across the river.  There's a quiet, reflective place to sit, read, think. Students pass the statue on the way to class and can't help but feel inspired and encouraged. It feels personal,- like he's there saying, "Don't give up. You can do this. You are not alone."

MLK Statue

MLK Effects at HHS

Hackensack Discussion / "Homer Jones"
« on: January 06, 2019, 07:31:06 PM »
About 20 years ago, I called City Hall to try to find out what purpose the lane between Clinton Place and Euclid Avenue served. I was referred to someone in the planning office who I had known.  I went to school with his son and daughter.  He gave me the facts, the conjecture, the opinion and the anecdotes which led to a different topic, then another and another. After a half hour or so, I thanked him and we said goodbye.  The next day, I came home to find a copy of Hackensack's "Three Centuries of Prosperity" in my mailbox with a note to call if I had any more questions.

I delved into the book, reading it cover-to-cover.  I drove past the places in the illustrations, trying to match up landmarks.  I was fascinated with the idea of transformation, for better or for worse. I was intrigued by how people could change a landscape over time and how a community could grow. I volunteered to be the city's Municipal Historian when the vacancy opened which ultimately led to full-time employment. By then, my friend was long retired.

The one simple question, and the willingness of someone to answer it, set me off on a mission.  With the internet then expanding in leaps and bounds, but with very little in the way of localized information, I started this website with the goal of repeating, on a larger scale, the simple exchange that took place during that phone call with my friend at City Hall.  After a couple years, he would join the online discussions, imparting what he knew to any one who cared to listen. He contributed hundreds of posts, sometimes funny, sometimes insightful, sometimes both. We emailed often.

He loved this city and never failed to see the "diamond in the rough", constantly chipping away the grit so that others could see it too.  He knew how to read tea-leaves with many of his predictions coming true.  He was a mentor to me. He was there for me when things looked bad. 

You know this person as "Homer Jones" because that's how he wanted it.  If you read the recent obituaries, it won't be hard to figure out.

I will miss him tremendously. Hats off to Homer.

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