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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Education/Charter Schools/Testing
« on: March 07, 2011, 05:04:22 PM »
While I agree that they could easily cut two VPs, there are about 1500 kids in that school.  The ratio of administrators now is 200/1, which is alot, but going down to 375/1 is shortchanging the school a bit, in my opinion.  It's much worse, however, at the elementary level where, in one case, the ratio of administrators to kids will be 620/1.  That's just irresponsible.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: 2010 Census Data
« on: February 10, 2011, 08:20:12 PM »
I was wondering about the African American count.  We have a very large population of African immigrants and black people from the Carribean.  Do they count in this number, or is there another way of counting?  I also suspect the African American population won't change much, but I can imagine growth in the African population.  Either way, I love our diversity.  It's part of why I'm here.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Railroad and Central?
« on: February 10, 2011, 08:17:16 PM »
Thanks for the replies.  Sounds promising!

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Education/Charter Schools/Testing
« on: February 09, 2011, 12:23:24 PM »
I learned recently that one of the reasons many unions are voting against the pay freeze is that there is no legal way to insure that the BOE will spend money saved on staff.  In other words, they may agree to have their pay frozen with the hope that other teachers' jobs will be saved, and that class sizes will be kept at a productive level, but the BOE might turn around and use that money for facilities or anything else they want to. 

I'd be interested to see Gov. Christie put something in place that requires any money saved through salary freezes to be spent on staff.

Hackensack Discussion / Railroad and Central?
« on: February 09, 2011, 12:19:25 PM »
Forgive me if this has been discussed before, but does anyone know what is being built on the northeast corner of Railroad and Central?
I heard a rumor it was more projects, but know if it's valid.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Hawk
« on: February 09, 2011, 12:17:18 PM »
FABULOUS pictures!  I love the talons in motion!  Thanks for sharing!

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Snow being plowed?
« on: February 05, 2011, 01:42:01 PM »
I really don't understand how snowfall has become an emergency that FEMA has to bail out.  Last year, southern NJ counties failed to budget properly for snow removal, and Gov. Christie made sure they were bailed out, so it seems that all the other municipalities in the state jumped on board. 

I wonder what the "taxpayers" are saving vs. paying for in auto insurance claims, car repairs, and injuries.

Hackensack is an absolute mess.  I know the December storm was big, but for weeks after, the snow was left in the streets, and is now covered by more snow and ice.  There is no parking, and most city (not county) roads are down to one lane/one direction at a time. 

The city manager claimed that plowing couldn't be done because of parked cars.  I wonder if the police department suspended issuing summonses on cars parked on street sweeping days?  Does anyone know? 

There are many, many streets that have not been plowed to the curb despite no parking any time or no parking on certain days and hours.

This has gone way beyond an inconvenience.  It is a real danger that we seem to be stuck with until it all thaws in the spring.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Gangs
« on: February 01, 2011, 05:19:31 PM »
I wonder if the 21 people arrested in the "Hack en Sack em" sting were counted in this number?  Not even sure those people were in gangs.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Snow being plowed?
« on: January 30, 2011, 10:49:17 PM »
Does anyone know what the usual annual budget is for Hackensack's snow removal?  It may be cynical of me, but I can't help but to think that municipalities in NJ cut their snow removal budget and chose to rely on FEMA instead.  I'm perfectly open to being corrected.  ;)

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Snow being plowed?
« on: January 06, 2011, 12:17:09 PM »
Thanks for the info - I will do that!  :)

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Snow being plowed?
« on: January 05, 2011, 09:13:19 PM »
Your points are well-taken.  I understand the need for the meters, it's just very frustrating.  I frequently use the library for consultations and have been ticketed 4 times in the past few months.  I always have my quarters, but if I'm a minute or two late, I'm too late.  I have found a few "safe zones" where I can park without getting ticketed, and they were all buried in snow this time.

And as far as snow removal goes, I hope the sanitation department will keep an eye on safety during the next storm.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Hawk
« on: January 05, 2011, 09:07:37 PM »
LOVE these pictures!  What an amazing creature.  I may have seen the same one in a tree on State Street today.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Snow being plowed?
« on: January 05, 2011, 11:49:07 AM »
The metered parking along Main Street is largely plowed.  Seems priority was given to freeing up meters, including the municipal lots, and the same meter enforcement is down there lying in wait for the meter to run out.   Come eat and shop in our city.  You have exactly 120 minutes.  Relax and enjoy.

The corners and the side streets around the library and the downtown are a mess.  Prospect Ave, Union Street, Clinton Place, and side streets throughout the city are still very poorly plowed.  The side streets remain one lane only in most places.  You'll notice you cannot even see the word "STOP" painted at several intersections.  Also, many, many fire zones are covered in snow, notably in front of Fairmount School. 

Mounds of snow at intersections make visibility difficult for drivers and nearly impossible for pedestrians.

I understand it was a big storm.  Had they taken the same number of trucks they put out for street sweeping with a plow on them and followed the usual street sweeping route, it would be done by now. 

And I'm not particularly interested in comparing Hackensack to Hoboken.  There are nearly as many people living in Hoboken as in Hackensack and they have 1.28 miles to live in, not 4.1. 

Hackensack Discussion / Snow being plowed?
« on: January 04, 2011, 11:12:39 PM »
I hate to whine, but I'm going to.  The snowstorm was a week and a half ago, and still, there are many, many streets in Hackensack that are narrowed to one lane with the snow.  Why have the plows not been through to finish the job?  There hasn't been street sweeping.  I wonder if cars that were parked in the street sweeping areas were ticketed? 

There is no where to park on Main Street or near the schools.  Yet tickets were being given out along Main Street to every overtime meter.  There are snow drifts in streets, on corners, blocking crosswalks and handicap-accessible curbs. 

Where are the priorities of this city?

Events & Calendar / Hackensack Jr. Football Beefsteak
« on: October 18, 2010, 11:16:33 PM »
Hackensack Junior Football
invites you to our
3rd Annual Beefsteak
Saturday, October 30, 2010

American Legion - Post 170
33 West Passaic Street
Rochelle Park, NJ
Tickets - $45.00  
Beefsteak Catered by Giresi's Caterers. Inc.
Tricky Tray, 50/50, Door Prizes

For tickets, contact:

Tickets will also be sold at the door.
All proceeds will benefit the Hackensack Junior Football program.

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