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Happy New Year!

Well, here's a first.

About an hour ago, I heard something outside that sounded like a high school band, but I couldn't see anything and the sound just vanished after a minute or two.

15 minutes ago, I heard it again and much louder. It seemed to be coming from Anderson St. Suddenly, I saw some sort of procession with a police escort going east on Anderson between Union and Main. They turned left on Main and the music stopped. I don't know what happened after that.

Anybody have any idea what that was?


Hackensack Discussion / Re: Services for the homeless...
« on: December 29, 2008, 12:05:18 PM »


 Monday, December 29, 2008
Last updated: Monday December 29, 2008, 6:36 AM


The FAITH Foundation is looking for a home again after it was kicked out of the First Reformed Church of Hackensack following a Christmas dinner for the homeless where heated words were exchanged between church and foundation officials.

 "Maybe it's God's way of telling us we were in the wrong place," said Robin Reilly, executive director of the non-profit group that helps the homeless.

 Church officials countered that they weren't scrooges and said Reilly refused to follow church rules.

 The foundation held a Christmas party for about 100 homeless people at the church. Behind-the-scene tempers were short when Reilly insisted that the homeless be fed before the singing of Christmas carols and a sermon.

 The Rev. Timonty Ippolito, pastor at Faith Reformed Church in Lodi, which holds Sunday worship services at the church, said the "itinerary" called for "worship, word and prayer" first, telling the food servers in the chow line to "drop" the utensils.

 Reilly said she was concerned that some of the homeless had not eaten "for 24 hours."

 Ippolito said he would call the police if Reilly tried to interrupt the service.

 While Ippolito delivered his sermon tempers flared in the back of the room when Reilly said, "This is not what I would call a Christian service."

 That riled the Rev. Leonard Masquelier, the pastor at the Hackensack church, who roared, "Robin, you're out of here!"

 That didn't sit well with Eric, a foundation volunteer and ex-boxer, who got in the reverend's face, blurting, "You don't speak to a lady that way!"

 Two days after the event, the church council sent Reilly an e-mail, telling her "effective immediately, your organization is no longer welcome in our church facilities."

 On Saturday, foundation volunteers moved five van loads of clothes, food and gifts out of the Hackensack church.

 Reilly said the items are "hidden'' in a church which she declined to identify because she didn't want it to get into trouble.

 Church elder Ted Kallinikos, who oversaw the removal, said Reilly "didn't follow anything we requested of her."

 "We gave her three simple rules: respect the church property as if it were your home, no cursing" and follow the Dec. 21 itinerary, Kallinikos said.

 Masquerlier said there's no chance the church would reconsider its decision. The church will cancel its variance request with asking the city to allow the foundation to use its facilities, Masquerlier said.

 "She's doing a wonderful thing [for the homeless], but she refuses to follow the rules," the reverend said.

 The city shut down the foundation's former location on State Street, saying its certificate of occupancy did not include serving food food that Reilly said was often sent by the city as a helpful gesture.

 Since the holiday blowup, Reilly said citizens, outraged at the way she was treated, have been sending gifts and donations.

 Reilly vowed to continue her work with the homeless.

"We'll keep going," she said.


(Be sure to click the link at the top so you can read the reader comments - especially the ignorant first one)


Hackensack Discussion / Re: You-Tube: Hackensack Dancer
« on: December 28, 2008, 12:13:38 PM »
Which Hackensack Dancer is this.

James is the original. I used to be able to see him from my apartment all the time dancing on the State St side of that social care building at Main, Ward, and State before he upgraded to Anderson and River (bigger audience).

I probably have video of it somewhere.

Where does the new guy dance?


Hackensack Discussion / What Passes for Humor in That "Other" Hackensack
« on: December 26, 2008, 11:28:36 AM »


Events & Calendar / Re: Columbus Day Parade/Street Fair
« on: December 23, 2008, 08:47:06 PM »
Better late than never.

I just had some film - yes, film - developed and found this overview of Hackensack and the Columbus Day Parade's finish line that I took from my living room. You can see the reviewing stand on the right which contained all the local and state officials, including Governor Corzine.


Hackensack Discussion / Re: White Manna
« on: December 22, 2008, 12:37:44 AM »
Does anyone know if there is still another White Manna at Nungesser's across from the Hudson County Park on Bergenline Avenue?

As far as I know, there are only the two White Manna/Manas that the Editor mentioned.

Are you thinking of the White Castle at Nungessers that's catty-corner to Hudson County Park? I went there in the 60s and I'm pretty sure it was there a long time before that.

You could take the 165 bus from Hackensack and be let off a very short block from it.

You still can - it's still there.


Hackensack Discussion / Re: George Stimmel: Riverside/Foschini Park
« on: December 09, 2008, 10:19:44 PM »
The thing that's throwing me off is that there are what appear to be mountains way in the background, which would suggest that he's facing west or north instead of south toward the cement factory.

From the little I know of his work, Stimmel did not seem to be given to artistic license - he seemed to be almost photographic with his local imagery.


Hackensack Discussion / George Stimmel: Riverside/Foschini Park
« on: December 08, 2008, 03:11:12 PM »
I found this George Stimmel landscape on eBay.

Here's the auction:

The seller identifies it as "River Side Park. Hack", which I imagine would be Foschini Park, and thinks it's from the 1950s. That may very well be, but I'm wondering about those buildings and smokestacks (?) behind them.

Does anyone recognize them and might this be from an earlier time?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: The Eyes of Hackensack
« on: December 06, 2008, 06:02:10 PM »
Interesting..........Rt 4 didn't exist during the era of 3-digit phone numbers in Hackensack.  ;D

Hackensack Discussion / Re: The Eyes of Hackensack
« on: December 05, 2008, 04:48:18 PM »
So he couldn't see you, huh?

Hackensack Discussion / The Eyes of Hackensack
« on: December 04, 2008, 10:53:46 AM »
"Cross eyes made straight without using knife or drugs" (!)

Just call 972:

Free Classifieds and Announcements / The Hunger Site
« on: November 27, 2008, 10:06:42 AM »
This is my annual Thanksgiving reminder (first time here) for you all to go to and click the button to give food EVERY DAY. It's in my Favorite Places and has been the first site I visit daily for about 8 years now.

That's it! You don't have to give any information and no one will ever contact you. It takes two seconds. It's 100% hassle-free and won't cost you a penny.

How can anyone say no?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Holy Trinity Alumni
« on: November 26, 2008, 10:50:09 PM »
I took these probably in early 1961. The 8A teacher was Sister Anne Roberta and the girl is Linda Guerra, whose father had a furniture (?) place on Passaic and Haynes that I think is some sort of religious place now. The smiling girl in the background is Kathy Gingras, who lived on Maple, up the street from the school.

Out that window behind her, I remember being able to see the motorcade for Richard Nixon as it went by, heading south on Main St. during the previous Fall's presidential campaign.

Sister Rose Felicia was the 8B teacher.


Mom strikes again!

I just found the negatives for these. She took pictures in 1956 and 1957 of the old and new Holy Trinity School.

The first image is the old building where the parking lot is now. The second is the foundation for the new HTS. You can see the backs of the apartment buildings at 46 and 50 Anderson St. These were taken on August 9, 1956:

The next two images show the convent, which looks almost completed, and the school, which has a way to go. These were taken on February 25, 1957:

The "new" school, according to her Daily Events book, opened a half-century ago on Monday, September 8, 1958 ("half-day!", she notes).


Any of you guys in here?  ;)

This was the only familiar surname I saw:

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