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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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: March 10, 2019, 03:36:15 PM »
I didn't know the Whole Foods / Amazon merger resulted in lower prices. 

great shots, thanks for documenting the construction.  And I see that the Current On River will not block your rooftop view of Manhattan. I'm sure you are happy about that.  It's still too close to River Street, imho.  I hope the proposed redevelopment of the Toyota property is not going to be so close to River Street. The Board just needs to stand up to them, and say "NO", we need at least 15 feet set back from the sidewalk, and 20 feet setback from the curb.

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 »

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