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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Holy Trinity School Closing in June
« on: February 19, 2009, 10:41:18 PM »
I hope there won't be long lines at the Nunemployment Office.


Hackensack Discussion / Holy Trinity School Closing in June
« on: February 19, 2009, 04:02:23 PM »

A Catholic elementary school in Hackensack will close in June because of declining enrollment, the Newark Archdiocese said today.

Holy Trinity School, on Maple Avenue, has experienced about a 24 percent decline in students since 2000 and currently has an enrollment of 183, said Jim Goodness, a spokesman for the archdiocese.

Church officials plan to merge Holy Trinity with St. Francis School, a parish school on South Main Street that also has suffered enrollment loss and is down to about 118 students.

The archdiocese decided that St. Francis School would be the one to stay open because it has received extensive renovations in recent years. The school is under a flight path for Teterboro Airport and received government grants for soundproofing, Goodness said.

“To try and level off the costs of providing education and stabilizing enrollment, which has fallen at both schools, the natural solution is that the parishes should combine their schools into one,” Goodness said, adding that such issues as transportation and staffing were still being worked out.

Holy Trinity is the sixth parish school that the archdiocese plans to close this year and the only one in Bergen County. The other schools are in Hudson, Essex and Union counties.

Goodness said that schools with declining enrollments typically turn to the parish for financial assistance. But with parishes also struggling with changing demographics and increased costs, their ability to support schools is limited.

“It is reaching the point in some parishes where they cannot support the school in the way they might have in the past,” Goodness said.

The pastor at Holy Trinity said the parish was contributing about $150,000 to $200,000 to the school, but the enrollment was still falling. The tuition is about $3,200 a year for parish families.

“The economy hasn’t helped us out much,” said the Most Rev. Charles J. McDonnell. “People can’t afford the tuition.”

A parent at Holy Trinity said he was concerned that his tuition would rise if he sends his third-grader to St. Francis next year but retains his membership at Holy Trinity. Catholic schools typically charge a higher tuition to families outside the parish.

Joe Barreto said he expects his tuition could rise by as much as $175 a month. He’s also worried that Holy Trinity Church will suffer if he and other parishioners join St. Francis to get the lower tuition.

“My fear is that my church is not going to get the funding and donations they need, because families may feel forced out of the parish,” Barreto said.

Goodness, however, said Holy Trinity parishioners should get the lower tuition at the St. Francis School.

 “That’s typically the way things work,” he said. “I don’t anticipate a problem.”


Hackensack History / Kates Bros.
« on: February 16, 2009, 11:17:10 AM »


Hackensack History / Hackensack Stimulant Package
« on: February 16, 2009, 11:13:16 AM »


Hackensack Discussion / Squadron over Main St............
« on: February 12, 2009, 11:15:25 PM »
..............and headed for Teterboro:

Cover those engine intakes!


From eBay: this program is from the First Annual Hackensack Horse Show, held on October 27, 1900 at the Oritani Field Club grounds. I guess we all missed the 109th Edition a few months ago on the tennis courts.

Here's the auction if you want this program:


No, not the one in The Record this week - this one's from four score and seven years ago:


This 230-page survey covers the public school education plan and the school building program, dated November 1921.Covers population growth, groups of students, types of desks, heating systems, blackboards, classroom size, toilets, gyms, teacher lounges and so much more! If you are an educator or administrator anywhere, but especially in and around the Hackensack NJ area, be sure to check this out. Loaded with historically-significant information regarding the deplorable school conditions of the era.

Want it? Here's the eBay auction:


Hackensack Discussion / A Hackensack Girlfriend
« on: January 19, 2009, 07:17:43 PM »

Beauty, ain't she? That's what you're missing out on by living in Hackensack NJ instead of Hackensack MN.

She's 17' tall and she's Paul Bunyan's girlfriend. Babe the Blue Ox might be cuter.

The town held a contest to name her and they came up with this gem: Lucette Diana KENSACK!

One day, Paul just couldn't take that face anymore and called in "Extreme Makeover: Statue Edition". This was the result:

I guess that's an improvement, but it looks like they left the spackling crew under her skirt. Maybe they house the town's snowplows there or perhaps THAT'S what a kensack is! Whichever, it's not exactly flattering.

She looks like she's Italian now, so I guess this is appropriate:

Of course, the pizzas are 5' in diameter and cost $83 each.

I think I'll stay put.


Hackensack Discussion / Re: Teterboro Airport
« on: January 16, 2009, 02:27:12 PM »
If the pilot had chosen the Teterboro Airport option, the flight path may well have taken the plane right over Prospect Avenue.
You can figure out the rest of the this scenario.

Plus, even if it DID make it to Teterboro, would the runways have been long enough for an Airbus A320?

I think either scenario would have been a disaster.


Hackensack Discussion / Re: Hackensack Facts & Trivia
« on: January 12, 2009, 11:18:43 PM »
You must have had Sister Mary Hart in Holy Trinity.

Nope - after my time, but loved her on ET.  ;)


Hackensack Discussion / Re: Hackensack Facts & Trivia
« on: January 12, 2009, 10:32:11 PM »
Wally Schirra died a year or so ago, so the paragraph should read in the past tense for him.

What about Nelson Riddle? He died nearly a quarter of a century ago. But Debby Boone is still alive, she's in the same sentence, and the verb has to be consistent, so how can you write the sentence to reflect past and present?

Aren't ALL births in the past?



Torn down, trains running...........and a spiffy new bus shelter has risen from the ashes:

From the other end:

The requisite shot of the two destroyed cars:

Some Green Caboose stuff:

It was "Santana's Greatest Hits" (I looked):


This was personal.

I've always loved this place. I live 3 blocks down the street from it, I've enjoyed photographing it............I even met the great love of my life face-to-face for the very first time there when she got off a train.

After I saw justwatching's post in another thread here about a problem between Anderson St and Hoboken, I checked The Record's site, and was horrified to find out that this great structure was destroyed.

After posting about it, I ran right over to take pictures with my cell phone. I'm glad I didn't wait. The snow has since gotten heavier and I wouldn't be surprised if what's left is torn down today so train service can resume without fear of collapse from the vibrations.

A woman I spoke to on the scene told me her son, who she indicated lives in the vicinity of Maple St by the tracks (It's hard to tell exactly where from just a wave of her hand in that direction), was woken at 5:30am by what he thought were firecrackers.

She said the noises came from the back of the station - the side furthest from Anderson St.

A cop told me the call came in at 5:53am. If you look at the first picture, the sidewalk clock is stopped at 6:05am, when the power was shut off.

A man in a wool cap, who sported a bluetooth phone on his right ear, came around the corner from Linden onto Anderson and saw the scene. His jaw dropped as he stopped dead in his tracks.

"Oh my God! What happened?"

I told him.

It truly is a sad day for Hackensack and its residents.

Here's what I saw when I first got there around noon:

Water in, smoke out:

This is almost 7 hours after the fire started:

As I was leaving, I took one final photo. Its angle is vaguely reminiscent of that of the antique colorized postcard from 99 years ago posted above in this thread:

On a personal photographic note, one of the pictures I took today reminded me of one I took a couple of years ago when I horizontalized on the track with my camera:

(all images and text are ©Bob Leafe)


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