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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Ode to Hackensack (Seriously)
« on: January 05, 2009, 06:06:02 AM »
Good Morning...I am hoping you will be interested in sharing memories of your 30 years on Prospect Avenue. If you read my posts you will learn that I lived in one of the "lesser" mansions on the Avenue throughout my childhood years. I attended Fanny Meyers Hillers for kindergarten and then Holy Trinity- well before they built the new school.The building drive, however, was ongoing through my entire elementary attendance. I think we all believed we would never see the new school actually come out of the ground. I am hoping we can share teacher names and experiences from Trinity. You are the age of some of my younger siblings (six children), so I am sure the old school would have been down by the time you started elementary. Am I right? I wonder if you know anything of the Maple Avenue inhabitants of old?

Hope you will engage in conversation with me. I miss Hackensack very much, too. Sadly, I believe "our" Hackensack is quite unlike the experience of its newest denizens. I am very excited about sharing info and memories of that time period.

P.S. Wasn't that essay posted by Susan Norton inspiring. I wish we could learn more about her, or even locate her. I would wager that she is closer to your age than mine. She has a clever breeziness to her writing style, doesn't  she? Tell me what she made you remember. For me, wow, I had forgotten all about the slate sidewalks. Do you remember playing hopscotch on them?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Services for the homeless...
« on: December 29, 2008, 10:26:35 AM »
Amazing commentary! Thank you for the service you do by raising awareness of a truly brutal national problem. I was in awe after reading of the altruism of Mrs. Reilly and her husband. Please keep the information flowing so that some of us can find our own way to make a contribution to this situation, however small or large. I have been told by my Asian students that during the IMF crisis in Korea during the late 90's, very well-to-do men fell into homelessness. How that could happen in such a tightly-knitted culture, I am unsure. Nonetheless, with our current economic situation, we should all be conscious of the misfortunes of others. I find it hard to believe that all of the homeless are drinking, doing drugs,emotionally disturbed, or are war-torn veterans. Where will young single mothers go when they lose their jobs? Will the government be able to subsidize and shelter those who will surely lose their jobs in this coming year? I hope someone has an argument to counter my concern,for we are all aware that the growing ranks of the homeless will soon worsen. response to the Atlanta article you posted, do you know if a homeless man such as "Byrd" is typical of what is seen in the Hackensack area? I guess I thought the article implied that some persons like Byrd cannot or do not make adjustments if they even get a solid opportunity. Can you speak specifically to the current situation in Hackensack? Incidentally, I remember how often police blamed any incidents that occurred at our Prospect home (in the 1950's), attributing incidents to "prowlers" and claiming that those who lurked were homeless. You may have noticed that I mentioned such incidents in one of my earliest posts,before I found this thread of posts,and not knowing Hackensack has had such a struggle with this current issue. So, has Hackensack been more blighted than most cities for a long time, or has its problem with the homeless community developed in more recent years?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Historic Buildings - Where were they?
« on: December 26, 2008, 10:58:20 PM »
Thank you sir...
Do you think membership records for the early years of the Elk's Club (1900 through 1950') might still be available?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Christmas in Hackensack...past and present
« on: December 26, 2008, 10:55:26 PM »

       Sad to share that in the greater Orlando area the spirit of Christmas is much diminished. :(
 Please,"Say it ain't so!" in Hackensack; please help me believe Christmas still shines brightly there.

      My personal Christmas Eve experience brought me a cold jolt of reality. As daylight was receding and as I was paying for my last purchases at, Publix, a pricey upscale supermarket, I cheerfully wished the remaining few employees "Merry Christmas". To my surprise, each of their faces froze at the politically incorrect expression. The  cashier, bag-boy and the young assistant manager waiting to close the register, en masse, each withheld any reply. A surreal silence encompassed their embarrassment and as eyes met eyes, a sad commentary on the lost innocence of Christmas Past, and a rude awakening of Christmases to come lingered in the air.

Was their silence an effect of corporate "policy" enforced, or three grinches who no longer respond to the small niceties of the Advent, I wondered?   

As a retired teacher, I have often offered my sincere expression of good-willed wishes to those who celebrate other customary holidays and have never before felt the sense of separation that I carried to my small abode this Christmas Eve.

Thus, on Christmas Day, I posted my hope to hear that it "ain't so" in my beloved hometown city. I still imagine the glowing warmth of many years of Hackensack Christmases in the late 40's through the 60's. Please post any warm experiences that you encountered so I may know they still exist. I know "you all" had true winter "Christmasy" weather. And I am NOT bragging when I share that our day was in the 80's and brightly sunny until late afternoon. It just takes away some of the spirit.

Once again, I wish a wonderful holiday to all... and hope each of you know that my "merry christmas" was never intended to offend. How sad my heart is to even have to make an explanation for the openheartedness  of my Christmas wishes.   

Hackensack Discussion / Re: "Climate Change"
« on: December 26, 2008, 09:34:16 PM »
     Good point....hehehe !  :laugh:

     If he doesn't address climate change, there won't be any moose left for any purpose, or delight...

  Great photo...  hehehe :laugh:

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Historic Buildings - Where were they?
« on: December 26, 2008, 09:07:55 PM »

    Wow, JW, I'm impressed at your knowledge. Indeed, I remember my grandfather telling stories of his friend Mr. Conklin. Somehow, I believe Mr. Conklin is also connected to the Public Service company or its building. My grandfather shared a regular connection with him. Do you know Mr.Conklin's first name? Perhaps they were generational cohorts as well, as my grandfather was born in 1884.I am still trying to reassemble fragments of other pieces in my memory. Each new piece jostles a new fragment. Thank you for your kind help.

   Also, would the edited portions of Mr. Scudder’s Elk’s Club writings have been kept somewhere else that you, Mr. Editor, may know of?

Hackensack Discussion / Christmas in Hackensack...past and present
« on: December 25, 2008, 05:36:01 PM »

                              MERRY CHRISTMAS HACKENSACK

                                      HOHOHO !
please share your Christmas thoughts and memories  :angel:

Hackensack Discussion / Re: White Manna
« on: December 21, 2008, 10:52:40 PM »

Does anyone know if there is still another White Manna at Nungesser's across from the Hudson County Park on Bergenline Avenue?
Does that structure at Nungesser's still exist. Whether it still exists or not, does it, or did it, have as interesting a background as does the Jersey City structure? Might it have been owned by Louis Bridges as well?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Historic Buildings - Where were they?
« on: December 21, 2008, 10:35:16 PM »
Thank you...

Although the name Rocciola is familiar to me, I could not remember it from own memories.

What about the name Mr. Conklin? Could he have been affiliated with the Children's Home. In his later years my maternal grandfather worked at Hackensack's Public Service and somehow from that connection, he knew a Mr.Conklin. In my mind I have that wired to the Children's Home. If he is not connected, might you know the name of the administrator of the Children's Home in the 1950's.

Oh, do you know if the Rocciola's did sell grave blankets?

Hackensack History / Re: GAMEWELL Fire Alarm Telegraph Station Box
« on: December 20, 2008, 10:18:57 PM »
Does anyone else know any other details to contribute to the historical role of Gamewell on September 11th, 2001? I learned that on 9/11 Gamewell was able to use its  still-then-existent telegraph system for emergency communications when most of the nation's phone service was jammed. A close family member of mine told me about it during the first few days of the crisis. Imagine my surprise to stumble on this posting! Heretofore, I had been unaware of Gamewell's history in Hackensack NJ.

Furthermore, I was saddened by the reminder of the story of the horrific event at the Ford dealership; it weighed on my heart at the time of the event and saddened those of my family members whose lives touched the victim's families. Hackensack's firemen are of the highest caliber and have been esteemed in my family all the years of our residence and remain in my heart today.

Great historical posting. Hackensack Pride!

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Historic Buildings - Where were they?
« on: December 20, 2008, 09:55:15 PM »

Would anyone remember the NAME of the FAMILY who owned the funeral home in 1952, next to the Children's Home on Essex?         I thought that children from that family were classmates of my siblings? Nevertheless, I am not quite sure of  my memory of them. Maybe my impressions are coming from the time  of the death of my very young uncle. Somehow, I seem to remember spending time at that property, aside from the obvious purpose, and it seems to have been connected to my younger brother, perhaps scouting. Does anyone recall who sold grave blankets, and where, at that time?

                                                                  Thank you

Hackensack Discussion / Re: "Climate Change"
« on: December 20, 2008, 09:38:24 AM »
oops... guess I don't know my way around yet, hmm. Hopefully JustWatching will notice it's meant for him...sorry for the mix-up; thought I hit the correct reply.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: "Climate Change"
« on: December 20, 2008, 06:07:48 AM »
Editor...Thank you for your nicely articulated point of view on climate change. Yay,for you and your opinions! I am pleased to see a student of science who is not afraid to voice his spiritual view as well. Keep your strong voice going; people like me need a little prompting to keep on top of this subject as it does not always feel so immediate. With all the glaring politics of corruption these days and our economy completely tanked, we can barely do the intellectual shuffle it requires to maintain our vigilance to our blessed planet.
Do you have any current data on Florida's threats in this regard... Sometimes I get the feeling that we do not address this subject more readily because it is just too big to get our thoughts around the whole picture and how we can make our own difference.

PS: This site is one of the few truly decent places I have encountered on the web. :) :) :)  Great Job ....

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Historic Buildings - Where were they?
« on: December 20, 2008, 05:32:50 AM »

When I was a small child the Children's home was located on the lower part of Essex Street, I believe. It was very far from the road and was on the lower side of the hill opposite the old hospital building. Just above the Home on the hill, but a bit closer to the road was a large family-owned funeral home that I remember at the time of my uncle's death(1952).I have not lived in NJ for 50 years, but I think it is the same property,if not the same structure.

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