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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Holy Trinity School Closing in June
« on: February 20, 2009, 07:17:51 AM »
I am sure that the Editor will warn you that there will be nun of that type of humor allowed on this website.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Holy Trinity School Closing in June
« on: February 19, 2009, 09:25:51 PM »
And maybe even the convent.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Holy Trinity School Closing in June
« on: February 19, 2009, 06:37:58 PM »
Truly a sad day in the history of Hackensack.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: 24-story tower for Summit Avenue
« on: February 08, 2009, 07:55:59 PM »
Old Homer has a question here.

Are we playing at Yankee Stadium or Shea Stadium? What I mean is that when parties make application for relief from a zoning ordinance, they are generally looking for a bump such as 8 parking spaces instead of the required 10; or placing an antenna for wireless phone service on an apartment building . In cases like these, the Zoning Board of Adjustment is the correct venue. These types of applications appear to be in keeping with what an ordinance calls for; but with a little breathing room. Let's call that Shea Stadium (at least very temporarily).

Now on the other hand; with this Summit Avenue application, might the applicant be in the wrong stadium? Doesn't this application really represent a re-zoning of the properties involved? Didn't this Planning Board and this Mayor and Council pass a new zoning ordinance within the last two years? Who owns these properties? How long have they owned them? Are we looking at an assemblage to countervene the intent of the zoning ordinance?

Maybe this game should be played at Yankee Stadium instead of Shea, and the powers that be send the applicant to the Planning Board and request that they advise the Mayor and Council that maybe, just maybe, they were wrong and recommend that the subject lots be rezoned to a Prospect Avenue type zoning designation and let the mayor and council make the final legislative determination by amending the ordinance.

Why waste everybody's time and start the application at Shea and then send everybody back on the Major Deegan to Yankee Stadium?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: 24-story tower for Summit Avenue
« on: January 26, 2009, 05:56:36 PM »
Does anybody know what happened with this application on the 21st?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Teterboro Airport
« on: January 16, 2009, 04:53:34 PM »
No need to my good man. A couple of keystrokes and I am back on Runway 4 heading back into the wild blue yonder or in my case, the the deep blue sea.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Teterboro Airport
« on: January 16, 2009, 03:30:54 PM »
Here is something really interesting, if not prophetic.
Microsoft has a program  known as FLIGHT SIMULATOR X which allows a player to select a type of aircraft, an airport, time of day and weather conditions from a list. I have the program and one of the aircraft that you can select is an Airbus 321 which is almost identical to the plane that went down yesterday. You can select an airport including Laguardia. Coincidentally the default runway is runway 4 which is the same runway that the US AIR flight used. The default time for the afternoon is 2:37 PM which is almost an hour before the US AIR flight departed.
What this all means is that a player can simulate almost the exact route in almost the same plane and experience what the pilot experienced within the same time frame.
The scenery component is true to life including the location and runway configuration at Teterboro Airport as well as the Hudson River location where he set the plane down.
Of course I have tried to duplicate the flight on the simulator with the expected results for one who has never flown a commercial aircraft.
The one thing that becomes apparant is that this pilot only had a few seconds to make his decision whether to try Teterboro or ditch the plane in the River. Luckily for Hackensack, he made the right decision.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Teterboro Airport
« on: January 16, 2009, 12:54:21 PM »
By now everyone has heard about yesterdays crash of an airliner into the Hudson River and the heroic efforts of the pilot to save the passenger's and crewmember's lives. If you read the articles in all the papers today, you can see that an air traffic controller "suggested" that the pilot attempt a landing at Teterboro Airport. The suggestion was made while the aircraft was somewhere over the Bronx.
As we know, the Bronx is north of Hackensack and Teterboro Airport is south of Hackensack. Fortunately the pilot disregarded the suggestion and ditched the aircraft in the Hudson River.
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.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Obit: John Solari
« on: January 15, 2009, 10:24:55 AM »
John was a true gentleman. Whether you stopped in once a day, once a week or once a month, he knew your name and treated you as a guest and not just a customer. Marco has learned well from his father.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: UFO siting in Hackensack
« on: January 03, 2009, 05:34:21 PM »
Could the siting have been an UFF -- an Unidentified Flying Funeral along Anderson Street?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Teterboro Airport
« on: December 19, 2008, 02:49:08 PM »
If that ordinance is still in effect, why not send Constable Norm Levin on to the roof of the Excelsior, take down the tail numbers of the offending aircraft, then rush to Teterboro or Newark Airport and hand a warning to the pilot telling him that he shouldn't do that anymore or he will get a ticket. Problem solved! 

I apologize for the typo. PROSPECT AVENUE

Bill Niclas used 261 prospect Avenoe as his address.

I believe that the gentleman you are referring to was Bill Niclas. Bill's wife was Mildred Niclas.
If my memory is correct Bill was a senior staff accountant with a major corporation, which may have been Mobil. During the 1970's Bill was a fixture at City Council meetings both as an officer in the Homeowners Association and representing himself. I am sure that if you search the City Council minutes from the 1970's and look under his name, you will find his name and address which he gave when he spoke.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: The Eyes of Hackensack
« on: December 06, 2008, 09:03:51 PM »
The ayes have it. We've been framed.

Signing off.

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