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Hackensack History / Re: The Old Judge
« on: August 13, 2007, 09:07:03 PM »
The Old Judge became Giaquintos for years. I used to crave the pizza badly. Now you can find the pizza at Tony G's in south hackensack. Tony G is Anthony Giaquinto, son of Mary Rose who used to run Giaquintos. I think his wife even ran for Mayor recently.

As I understand it, they have the same cooks that made the thin crust pizza at old judge and giaquintos.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Questionable Properties
« on: June 23, 2005, 07:44:42 PM »
I want to add the white boarded up building on main street by the railroad tracks. It is across the street from B&W Bakery, almost in-between B&W and Fairmount Diner. This property has been boarded up for quite some time now and is just after the redevelopment area. Will the city ever do something about it. There isn't even a fence around it and I heard a rumor that a homeless citizen was found dead in their about a year ago. He had died of natural causes. (I remember hearing this conversation one night at the Fairmount diner) I think it was true because the next day someone put up new wood, boarding it up tighter.

I think it was a car repair shop previously. I don't recall if there were any gas tanks on the premises or not. I'm just tired of passing that eye sore everyday.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: City Council Election (Updated 5/10/05)
« on: May 10, 2005, 04:51:37 PM »
It's sad but true, Mr. Defalco passed away this morning from a heart attack. My son attends HHS and called me to let me know they made this announcement at school.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Hackensack Economic Development Committee
« on: March 30, 2005, 09:36:00 PM »
jezz jazz, who peed in your cereal bowl? I haven't seen so much negativity since...actually, I have never seen so much negativity in one day of posting!!!

If I was editor you would have a -1 karma!!!

Hackensack Discussion / Re: John Zisa competing on American Idol!
« on: February 20, 2005, 07:10:42 PM »

Regardless of your performance (which I truly enjoyed) You did a fantastic job representing Hackensack!!! Some of the other communities across America cringed when they saw their representation. 

You made us proud!!!

Keep up the hard work, remember...Clay won second place and outsells Ruben.


Hackensack Discussion / Re: BORGS WOODS
« on: February 09, 2005, 06:34:18 PM »
I believe Charlie is now retired...

Isn't it so Johnny???

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Main St.
« on: January 03, 2005, 08:11:37 PM »
sayhey, please explain my relationship to someone in the administration for all to read.

I know I'm very interested in finding out what/who it is...

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Main St. downfall
« on: January 02, 2005, 07:46:20 PM »
Sayhey, I think you are off base this time. Think about it, over the past 6-8 years Zisa & administration has brought us Target, Costco, Musically Yours, Commerce Bank, Pep Boys & The Hackensack Shop-Rite Mall. What was the administrations "Motive" then? We currently have in development and discussions many more community enhancing projects including townhouses and more retail. There's that "Motive" again. The Fox theatre has finally been demolished and will soon be a productive use of land. This Zisa guy is just too much!!! Finally a law to help us get rid of all the illegal apartments in this town. He's up to no good again!!

I never shopped at Prozy's in the 36 years I've lived in Hackensack. And I couldn't care less that it is closing. (i hope that doesn't sound cold hearted) The owner of Prozys is in his 70's and his son is in his 50's. You really think it was gonna go on a lot longer??? I read in the article the father said something about getting an offer he couldn't refuse. God Bless Him! I never heard mention of a next generation ready to take the helm.  I don't think Zisa is to blame for the owners aging.
Redeveloping a large store like that may be exactly what's needed.

Who are you going to blame in 5 years when the SID was a complete success and Main Street is once again a place to be proud of?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: High School
« on: November 29, 2004, 08:25:11 PM »
If you review the posts it's clear, posts from parents with children attending HHS are not so favorable. While the posts of friends of Administration and Teachers claim everything's ok.

Let's get back to what's important here!!

Everythings not OK. Anyone claiming so is blind. In spite of it's problems, HHS provides students with an excellent foundation for any college they desire. As well, it has a diverse student population to interact with, further enhancing social education. But Yes Virginia, there are fights! There is police activity. If anyone can find a school where there isn't...send your kid there! (and then post this "mystical place" so we can all dream with you)

I have a child currently attending HHS. I worry that his education is hampered by his fear for his safety. But, he enjoys HHS very much (so did I...class of 86) He is on the Honor Roll and has EXCELLENT teachers that I believe truly care about my childs education. As I mentioned in a previous post, last year he had a rough time with some kids. Those issues were addressed immediately by the staff and handled. It's behind us, but shouldn't be covered up!!

I also mentioned "If I could afford to send my child to a private school, I would". It would only be to improve his future education opportunities.  It's like a resume, a private school would look better on college apps.

HHS is a tough place that can be very intimidating to new students. But if you go to school with a desire to learn and a support network at home, you WILL get an excellent education.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: High School
« on: November 19, 2004, 06:47:38 PM »
Lab94 makes the important point. We could have the best teachers in the world in Hackensack and still have poor test grades if the children aren't getting the support, love and attention they should be getting at home.

Teachers can only work with what they have been given. If a child comes to school with too little sleep and having had nothing for breakfast, how are we to fault the teacher? The parents aren't always supplying teachers with children that are properly prepared to learn.

I think most of us would be surprised how low the scores would be if the State had a rating system for Parents!!!

Hackensack Discussion / Re: High School
« on: November 09, 2004, 07:34:02 PM »
My intention was to answer the question and state a fact about what happened to my child.

In NO way was it intended to spur a racial conversation. Hackensack has a diverse population, if that's not for you, you shouldn't be living in a city like Hackensack!!

Fact is, because of the events that occurred, I am concerned my son's ability to focus on his classwork is hampered by his fear for his safety. I wish the circumstances were different, but they're not. And again, if I could afford to have him in private school, it would be to improve his education and not an attempt to get him away from any particular racial population.

Your links have great info and lots of pretty graphs, but they do not relate true personal experiences, and that's what I was trying to do.

I'm sorry you feel as though this was a racial conversation, but I think that's on you!

Hackensack Discussion / Re: High School
« on: November 08, 2004, 08:37:26 PM »
My son described the following:  A male student and a female student were arguing near the school parking lot. The argument got heated and the male student hit the female student in the head and pushed her to the ground. She was not injured and got back up immediately.

We have some horror stories of our own. Over the course of last year 8 kids were suspended for harassing my son for being white.  This year the school has adopted a stronger racial harassment code and everything seems a little calmer.

I must admit I LOVED attending HHS (1982-1986) and even though all of this happened to my son last year, he too enjoys attending HHS.

However, If I could afford private education, he would be there tomorrow!!

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Holy Trinity Alumni
« on: October 25, 2004, 07:28:01 PM »
Wow, Johnny Redstone...YOU!

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Hackensack Cultural Art's Center Part 2
« on: October 15, 2004, 09:09:48 PM »

Let me be brief here...

I think you are doing an EXCELLENT job!!

Keep up the good work and this will just be the start of many more great things to come.

I'm looking forward to Seussical the Musical in December.


Hackensack Discussion / Garbage Collection/Street Cleaning Schedule
« on: September 30, 2004, 06:13:07 PM »
I have to vent..

Why would the city of Hackensack have my street sweeper come every week 1 hour before the garbage is collected. It's worse on recycling days. 2 weeks ago the recycling truck stopped in front of my house and compacted what was already in the truck. It left behind a mess of glass chips and a smelly disgusting spill from the truck that has badly stained the street in front of my house. (Even with all of this rain it hasn't gone away!!!!)  Of course my street sweeper came 30 mins before the recycle truck that day. Maybe if it had come 30 mins after the truck the stain wouldn't be there.

I've called and complained, with no usual!

As my Mother would say..."They ain't right!"

Thanks for letting me vent!!! I feel better?  :-\

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