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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: March 10, 2019, 03:36:15 PM »
I didn't know the Whole Foods / Amazon merger resulted in lower prices. 

great shots, thanks for documenting the construction.  And I see that the Current On River will not block your rooftop view of Manhattan. I'm sure you are happy about that.  It's still too close to River Street, imho.  I hope the proposed redevelopment of the Toyota property is not going to be so close to River Street. The Board just needs to stand up to them, and say "NO", we need at least 15 feet set back from the sidewalk, and 20 feet setback from the curb.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Goodbye, Geri's Deli
« on: January 31, 2019, 08:17:36 PM »
It's a visual improvement, I'm very happy the hideous blue is gone. Now, what really needs to happen is (1) remove the invasive billboard, and (2) restore the house to it's historic identity and give it a plaque.  If my memory serves correct, the house dates to 1836 and was home to a historic figure.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Hackensack Real Estate News Thread
« on: January 30, 2019, 04:19:54 PM »
Nice, an article about a building sale, without reporting the price of the sale. Reporters these days are brainless.

Whew, another fountain of knowledge is gone. I was just thinking after "Homer Jones" passed that Wysocki should be interviewed for his take on the history of Hackensack, before he passes. My psychic was spot on, again. He takes with him an enormous amount of information on Hackensack. Especially the city's studies on urban blight in the early 1960's. There's was a plan to seize and level over 700 homes, which were mostly in the First Ward and Carver Park neighborhoods, and the area between Target and FDU. It was very controversial, and it was shut down by opposition. And rightly so. Hackensack elected it's first African-American councilman as a result. Virtually nothing is written in any official "history of Hackensack" about this, probably because it was too controversial to even write about. And the studies aren't even located at the Johnson Library any more. I think that whole collection was moved to Felician College.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: boycott
« on: January 22, 2019, 05:38:26 PM »
I used to read your blog more, before you merged them all.  I am less interested in restaurant and food, and more in Hackensack stuff.

As for the referendum, I honestly believe the Zisa's have nothing to do with it, and I wouldn't even be sure that Jack Zisa would vote YES. I think it's more the Democratic Municipal Committee, the Hurwitz's, Mark Stein, and Rick Salkin. And basically that is what is left of the Zisa machine. Jack Zisa is currently chair of the Bergen County Republican Organization, which I think has no elected officials on the County level.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Michael Mariniello
« on: January 18, 2019, 09:09:41 AM »
Copied from facebook: ...Those of you that knew him knew a man with a friendly smile and a kind, genuine soul. He lived his life with no regrets, spending much of his time and energy supporting and raising money for a miriad of charitable organizations, with a special fondness for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. He had a loving, devoted family, many adoring cousins, nieces & nephews, and countless loyal friends and business relationships....Our Family will receive friends on Friday January 18, from 3:00PM-8:00PM at G. Thomas Gentile Funeral Home, 397 Union St. Hackensack, NJ
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10: AM at
St. Francis RC Church, Hackensack, NJ with burial to follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery
Our Family asks that you Honor his memory with a donation to:

Hackensack Discussion / Michael Mariniello
« on: January 18, 2019, 09:08:16 AM »

Great pictures. Thanks for photo-documenting.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: boycott
« on: January 15, 2019, 03:01:44 PM »
Mike, going incognito got me to view 10 articles, and then apparently I still have to pay. That'll be in just a few days, I'm sure.

I do appreciate you trying, and I gave you one "clap" point on your karma.

Hackensack Discussion / boycott
« on: January 15, 2019, 05:36:33 AM »
I want to encourage readers and those who link articles for public viewing on this website to utilize news sources that are FREE. is charging me to view articles.  I am unsure if this is because I viewed too many articles for free this month, or if they are now doing this across the board to everyone.

It's great that people are posting news articles of interest, but at least some of us can no longer read them.

There are other news sources that have news articles which can be viewed for free.  Hell, I'd rather read Victor Sasson than have to pay a few dollars per month. Go ise running an intro special, but the actual price is higher than 99 cents per month.

43 no longer allows people to read their articles online. There's a pop-up screen that says you have to pay.

Now I see why they stopped this website, years ago, from posting the full articles. 

Hackensack Discussion / Re: "Homer Jones"
« on: January 07, 2019, 06:11:54 PM »
Homer Jones was a tremendous source of information, and he has contributed greatly to the body of knowledge on the history of Hackensack. There's not even a handful of people alive with his level of knowledge on Hackensack. His passing is a huge loss for the rather small historian community.

My first meeting with him was in 1986, and it went very different than the Editors, but the irony is that my meeting was also my firm and instant resolve to get involved with public affairs. Some day I'll tell that story. I will respect the Editor's desire to keep his identity secret. 

Editor, if you are in contact with any surviving family members, perhaps there are documents and maps that could be donated to the City of Hackensack.  I have tons of documents to give when my time comes.  I bet ol Homer has his own stash.

For public information, here is the most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the Hackensack Public Schools, that I could find online.

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