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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: November 10, 2019, 12:00:11 PM »
SUGAR SHOCK

READERS OF THE RECORD, (201) MAGAZINE OVERDOSE ON COVERAGE OF DESSERT


In the past week, The Record promoted pies, extolling bakeries as close as Englewood and as far away as Morristown, and (201) magazine devoted an entire glossy issue to desserts. The Dessert Issue was labeled "The Best of Bergen."

Last Wednesday's Better Living cover story, written by Food Editor Esther Davidowitz, praised 10 North Jersey bakeries for their pies. Davidowitz, a fashionably thin woman who could pass for a Jewish grandmother, looks like she never eats desserts.

(By the way, Davidowitz and the other food writers at The Record and NorthJersey.com call themselves @NorthJerseyEats. I suggest a change to @NorthJerseySucks.)

The cover of the November 2019 issue of (201) only shows glazed donuts and lemon slices for some reason, but inside you'll find lavish praise for more bakeries with photos of their owners, some of whom look like they've eaten too much of their own sugary desserts.

Readers who are diabetic likely were repelled by the sight of so much sugar in one place. I never eat dessert, and felt like throwing up.

One could argue the editors of the Gannett-owned Record and (201) magazine are irresponsible in publishing so many pages devoted to pies and other desserts. Too much sugar, like excessive salt, can and does kill.

Industry lobbyists have spent millions bribing Congress to hide the amount of sugar listed on the government-mandated nutrition labels. Sugar is the only ingredient listed in grams, but unless you know how many grams there are in a teaspoon (about 4), you may not realize that 5-ounce cup of yogurt with fruit you're enjoying has 4 or 5 teaspoons of sugar in it.

Now, The Record and (201) are complicit in this coverup.



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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: October 20, 2019, 12:18:21 PM »
LOL

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: The Ling is listing...
« on: October 19, 2019, 01:50:26 PM »
VOLUNTEER GROUP BREATHES NEW LIFE INTO THE USS LING
REPAIRS TO BALLAST TANKS MAY EVENTUALLY FLOAT WWII SUB

https://thesassonreport.blogspot.com/2019/10/repairs-on-uss-ling-have-potential-of.html

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: October 17, 2019, 12:20:11 PM »
Mr. Leafe: Please stop beating a dead horse. Yes. I recommended your posts, but now, you've become so repetitive, you are annoying. And I still object to you advertising your photography business on this message board. I guess you have to advertise it because so few people actually hire you, and with all the free time you have, you spend most of it playing gotcha with the nameless, faceless Gannett Co. production people hundreds of miles away from Hackensack who put out The Wretched [The Record of Woodland Park]. In short, get a life. I'd like to see more of your photos as downtown Hackensack is made over. Look, I get it. If you are in my age group (Seventies), there isn't much to do and people pay you no mind. What can I say? This isn't the way to get attention. Thanks, Victor Sasson.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Area in need of Rehabilitation
« on: October 15, 2019, 11:03:59 AM »
2 MORE BLOCKS OF MAIN STREET OPENED TO 2-WAY TRAFFIC

GENERAL POOR'S TAVERN HOSTS FREE COMEDY NIGHT

[url]READ: https://thesassonreport.blogspot.com/2019/10/more-blocks-of-main-st-get-2-way.html[/url

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: October 13, 2019, 02:26:20 PM »
ERRORS IN NEWS STORIES ARE REALLY WHAT MATTERS

Reducing local news and boosting sports coverage is a development that really impacts readers, not an endless series of gotchas on every single typo, broken syntax and other errors in the bloated sports section of The Record of Woodland Park, formerly of Hackensack. The elimination of the staff at the Hackensack Chronicle and other weeklies now put out by Gannett also is troubling.

When I worked as a copy editor at The Record, I often heard writing headlines is an art, and although I did it for many years, writing headlines has always been a challenge. The Record probably no longer has any copy editors who write headlines, and the paper is put out in a design studio many miles away from New Jersey.

Here's a hilariously stupid headline in Friday's Hackensack Chronicle, one that proves names are rarely appropriate in headlines unless it's Trump or other well-known figure:

"Hackensack chamber
honors Tank as a
Distinguished Citizen"


How does a tank become a distinguished citizen? The recipient being honored is Dr. Lisa Tank, chief medical officer at Hackensack University Medical Center, the hospital that ate Hackensack. I'd wager few people outside the hospital have ever heard of her so "Tank" isn't a headline word, and should have never been used in the headline on Page 4 of Friday's Chronicle, which reprints stories from The Record.



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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: October 13, 2019, 11:30:37 AM »
What an incredible waste of time.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Maywood no longer sending to HHS
« on: October 13, 2019, 11:28:02 AM »
HACKENSACK DROPS OPPOSITION TO WITHDRAWAL OF MAYWOOD STUDENTS

POTENTIAL LOSS OF $3.6 MILLION IN TUITION ANNUALLY

READ: https://thesassonreport.blogspot.com/2019/10/hackensack-school-board-drops.html

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: October 04, 2019, 10:08:51 AM »
DID GANNETT FOLD THE HACKENSACK CHRONICLE?

Another delivery error this morning at my home in the Fairmount section or did Gannett fold the Hackensack Chronicle, the weekly that no longer has its own staff and reprints stories from The Record of Woodland Park?

This morning, I picked up from the driveway a plastic bag containing the Northern Valley Suburbanite, which supposedly covers a territory that includes Alpine, Cresskill, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Teaneck and Tenafly. This is labeled "South Edition."

This tabloid also reprints stories from The Record, but seems to have many more pages than the Chronicle.

The last delivery error brought me the Sunday Record (I dropped my subscription eons ago), as I said in my blog:

"Shit in the driveway wasn't from dog walkers"

http://thesassonreport.blogspot.com/2019/06/shit-in-driveway-wasnt-from-dog-walkers.html









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Hackensack Discussion / Re: The Ling is listing...
« on: September 20, 2019, 08:32:33 PM »
Of course, with the interest expressed by the proposed Louisville Naval Museum and the non-profit's supporters already trying to repair the U.S.S. Ling, the letter from the Hawthorne man is outdated. The Save the USS Ling group seems determined to save the boat.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Our horrible streets, roads and highways
« on: September 20, 2019, 10:06:52 AM »
REPAVING OF EUCLID AVENUE IS COMPLETE (PHOTOS NOW AND THEN)

https://thesassonreport.blogspot.com/2019/09/repaving-of-euclid-avenue-in-hackensack.html

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: September 19, 2019, 10:26:52 AM »
THE RECORD'S FOOD COVERAGE PANDERS TO ADVERTISERS, IGNORES LOCAL RESTAURANTS

Here is a shocking development at The Record of Woodland Park and Hackensack Chronicle, the weekly that no longer has its own staff and reprints articles from the once-great daily newspaper:

"Enjoy a 'Taste of Alaska'" was the headline on the front of the Chronicle last Friday the 13th, reporting a promotion at Oceanaire Seafood Room, the fine-dining restaurant in the Shops at Riverside, referred to by its old name, Riverside Square Mall. Since when did a fixed-price dinner of Alaska seafood constitute the most important local news in Hackensack? OK. This article is no different than The Record designating a retailing reporter many years ago and running all of the front page news about the malls in Paramus to pander to advertisers.

Wednesday's Local news front in The Record carried a breathless story by reporter Stephanie Noda, offering a 'first look' at a new Stew Leonard's in the sleepy Paramus Park Mall. The 80,000 square-foot-supermarket invited Martha Stewart to the private preview, and a photo with the story showed the queen of food manhandling a whole salmon (farmed or wild?, the caption doesn't say).

The ultimate insult to Bergen County readers who keep kosher was published on the Sept. 11 Better Living front in The Record -- a long story on kosher restaurants in Lakewood, a 75-mile drive from Hackensack on the insanely crowded Garden State Parkway.

Why didn't The Record report on all of the kosher places in Teaneck and Englewood? Because the owner, a newspaper conglomerate called Gannett, also owns the Asbury Park Press and decided to run the APP's long, rambling piece instead of one focusing on kosher food in Bergen County.

Oy! At one point, the writers, Kelly-Jane Cotter and Sarah Griesemer, say they are ready for "an Anthony Bourdain-like experience" at an Israeli restaurant they call a hole-in-the-wall. All I can think of is Bourdain's suicide, and stop reading. Anyway, who in their right mind is going to drive 75 miles for a falafel sandwich, kosher or not?


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Hackensack Discussion / Re: The Ling is listing...
« on: September 15, 2019, 11:22:00 AM »
GROUP TRYING TO SAVE THE LING HOPE FINAL VOYAGE WILL BE TO KENTUCKY MUSEUM

https://thesassonreport.blogspot.com/2019/09/group-trying-to-save-uss-ling-hope.html

LINK TO SAVE THE USS LING FACEBOOK PAGE

https://www.facebook.com/groups/338689653415753/

LINK TO LOUISVILLE NAVAL MUSEUM FACEBOOK PAGE

https://www.facebook.com/louisvillenavalmuseuminc/

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Area in need of Rehabilitation
« on: September 13, 2019, 07:50:11 PM »
This post has been updated to add more projects

'GREETINGS FROM THE SACK' AND OTHER DOWNTOWN TALES

NEW APARTMENTS AND RESTAURANTS, BUT WHERE DO YOU PARK?

https://thesassonreport.blogspot.com/2019/09/a-stroll-on-main-street-new-restaurants.html

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: September 10, 2019, 11:05:24 AM »
READERS OF THE RECORD GO BEGGING FOR BERGEN NEWS

Last Friday's edition of The Record was another slap in the face of Bergen County readers looking for local news.

The front page carried a long column on challenges facing the George Washington Bridge paint crew [yawn], and an even longer anniversary story about a Camden man who killed 13 of his neighbors 70 years ago. In a royal FU to readers looking for local news, the mass-killing anniversary covered an entire page inside (along with 3 ads), showing once again how newspapers love anniversaries, using them as an excuse for not covering local news or anything else of interest to Bergen County readers.

Readers of the Local section found a story about a lawsuit filed by the former Elmwood Park borough clerk on the section front along with a fundraiser involving Passaic County first responders at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson.

Stories about the city of Passaic, Paterson, and Montclair were on 2L and 3L. No local town news from Bergen County except Elmwood Park (on 1L) appeared in the section, unless you count two Fair Lawn teenagers hospitalized after their car crashed (3L).

An entire page of Local is devoted to a house ad promoting northjersey.com "revealing truth" about pollution left behind by the DuPont plant in Pompton Lakes -- a story the paper has covered for many decades.

What about the "truth" of Gannett company buying up daily newspapers like The Record, slashing their staffs and then ignoring news that holds county and municipal officials accountable to residents who are paying some of the highest property taxes in the nation?



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