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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Clean Communities Day ?
« on: October 27, 2019, 03:40:23 AM »
there was the most phenomenal turnout ever for the Cleanup Day. It looked like 250 - 300 people, so many that the organizers are having a hard time keeping up with everything. They ran out of plates, they ran out of shirts and give aways, but they did have enough food. The Riverkeeper group alone turned out 79 volunteers to clean the riverfront from Route 4 to the northern tip of Hackensack. I saw Councilman Sims down there, greeting some of the volunteers.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Clean Communities Day ?
« on: October 25, 2019, 05:54:38 AM »
CLEANUP DAY: Saturday 10/26/2019 is Clean Communities Day, aka Slam Dunk the Junk. The event is held twice a year, and draws over 200 people. It's mostly non-profits and churches that are organizing volunteers to clean various areas.  We clean most of the city's parks, nature areas, the riverfront, the railroads, etc.

9 AM: Registration & Free Breakfast: Volunteers meet at the HACPAC Performing Arts Center on State & Atlantic Street. They give out bags and gloves.  Lots of food.

10AM; Volunteers disperse to their designated cleanup locations. My group is sponsored by The Summit Church, and we are cleaning Borg's Woods.

12 noon: Return to HACPAC, free lunch, T-shirts, and other gifts. Tell them how many bags were left to remove. Free lunch is provided, again lots of food.

It's all paid for by a State grant available to any city or town that wants to participate. Come hungry, there's always lots of food. Hackensack has one of the largest and best programs running. It's coordinated by Greg Liosi, Director of the Arts Dept in Hackensack.

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I know that guy. His name is Chris, and he is a home improvement contractor who lives on Summit Avenue near Golf Place.

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great wildlife pictures !!!

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Question for Mr. Reynolds. I was unaware that there was a residential apartment in the main storage building. Is that the apartment that you lived in?  OR did you live in the house on Maple Ave. And when was that house torn down? I don't remember it, all I remember was the truck storage. I also vaguely remember stores on Main Street being torn down and replaced with the tall brick wall of the storage complex. Those additions were not very popular among Hackensack residents. Folks liked the stores, and didn't like the blank and imposing walls along the retail corridor. I hope you will continue the story. And tell us everything about the political career of George B. Holman. I believe he served as a city councilman. Thanks

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I was astounded to learn recently that a large section of Second Street stretching south from Atlantic Street will become a tunnel under a new hospital addition.  That's even worse than a zero-foot setback. Now they even have the air over the street. And I can't find any information if they bought the air rights from the city, or was that just conveniently overlooked.

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wow, that construction really did destroy your view of the river.  That's a major loss for your photography sessions, and overall quality of life.  Well, at least THEY will have a stupendous view of the river, until the next one goes up on the other side of Main Street....lol

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: HUMC Expansion
« on: July 19, 2019, 07:48:33 AM »
Solar is getting much more economical, meaning the cost to install versus the yield. I recently looked into selling solar to homeowners, and what I learned will send a jolt to every environmentally concerned person. The manufacturers and sales organizations are tightly monitoring the profit curve in the industry, which is swinging up. They only want the homeowner to save just enough money to make an incentive to install the system, and there is only so much that the sales organization will allow the salesperson to earn. The more economical that solar becomes, the more that the manufacturers and sales organizations will charge, and if there's really profit, you'll see most of it spent on advertising for a sales organization to get name recognition. That last step is just starting to kick in. That's where the money is going as the technology improves. It's never going to go to the salesperson. And it's absolutely never going to go to the homeowner. So right now, with electric prices so high in parts of New York, the most profit can be made on Staten Island and Long Island. North Jersey is far behind, and electricity prices are so low at the Jersey Shore that there's hardly any incentive that at all.

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Oh, I was just there last week buying wood for a deck build in Demarest

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: HUMC Expansion
« on: July 16, 2019, 10:05:29 PM »
I was astounded to learn recently that a long section of Second Street south of Atlantic Street is going to be encased in a hospital expansion project, and the street will effectively become a tunnel. This will be the largest expansion ever of HUMC.  What's the point of approving a hospital parking tower, perhaps 20 years ago, with a lawn and a normal setback from Second Street, if that entire setback and even the air over the street is going to be a future hospital project.  This project is approved, and 100% will be built.  I wonder if the city is being paid air rights for use of the air over the street?

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Information Resources / School Data Records
« on: May 26, 2019, 09:25:13 AM »
One can find enrollment information on any school in New Jersey. https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/

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If it's more economical to ship product by train than by truck, why not ???  There are no restrictions on railroad use, and the laws governing railroads are quite enigmatic. Basically they can do whatever they want. Local communities and even States don't have too much jurisdiction or rights to say anything.

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Hackensack Discussion / April 13, 2019 Easter Egg Hunt - Staib Park
« on: March 24, 2019, 01:34:44 PM »
Last year, 500 kids (300 families) attended this huge annual event in Staib Park, located at the northern end of Summit Ave. The Summit Church (@ Summit Ave & Spring Valley Ave) is sponsoring the event, to be held Saturday April 13 from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Families from all over Hackensack and Maywood are welcomed, and folks are coming in from other places as well. It's a huge "family day" for the community.

There will be 2 Easter Egg hunts.

Other events include Goalie Soccor, Paper Plane Toss, Football Toss, volleyball, Korn Hole, Potato Sack Race, Giant Connect 4, Face Painting, Craft tables, Music/AV, and of course a gospel talk for everyone.

There will be Welcome Bags, church info, and raffle tickets. There will be cold food, and the public bathroom in the park will be open. All permits have been secured from the City for the event.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Property Taxes
« on: March 24, 2019, 08:44:15 AM »
It's good news, but the announcement is not accurate.  The rosy fiscal picture is not so much the result of cost-cutting as it is a forecast of tax revenue coming in.

What's happening is they are expecting the city's net evaluation to go way up over the next five years.  Let's say for arguments sake, 20%.  If spending was held the same, the tax rate would go down 20%. The article is written as if the public doesn't understand tax math, and that's probably true for most people. Not true for me.  So spending will go up a little bit, and inflation will factor, but revenues coming in are forecast to go up much higher than spending and inflation.

I am not faulting them, as they deserve the credit for their end of it, holding spending down.  But the real story is the tremendous increase in tax revenues. A lot of that has to do with properties in the immediate proximity of new construction in the downtown and vicinity.

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thanks for addressing this issue. Few people do. It's also a waste of energy

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