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En Español / En Español Message Boards
« on: June 01, 2004, 12:28:56 AM »
This board is designed to facilite participation by Spanish speaking residents. People of Hispanic origin make up a large part of the Hackensack population and participation by this segment of the community is welcomed and encouraged.

A new page is currently under construction which will be geared torwards the Hispanic Community.  Click here.

Hackensack Discussion / Linden Street
« on: May 25, 2004, 10:27:44 AM »
As printed in The Record, May 25, 2004:

HACKENSACK - The City Council has received a state grant of $8,375 to pay for the environmental review of a Linden Street property. The council has hired Malcolm Pirnie to investigate the tract, the former home of the Odyssey Body Works repair company.

City Manager James Lacava said he's not sure what the city will do with the property once it's evaluated. But he did say the property is an "eyesore" and that the city may acquire the tract so it can fix it up.

Before the city does that, however, it has to determine the extent of contamination, Lacava said. The city has reason to believe materials used on the site were hazardous.

- Tom Davis

What would be a good use for this property?


at the
Hackensack Cultural Arts Center
39 Broadway, Hackensack

June 11-18

M-F hours are 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.  

Saturday/Sunday the hours are Noon to 5 p.m.  

Books will be available for sale (cash or check) for $34.95.  
Proceeds to benefit the Hackensack Blue & Gold Scholarship Fund.

Events & Calendar / 6/18/04 Book Launch: City History
« on: May 24, 2004, 12:46:29 PM »

at the
Hackensack Cultural Arts Center
39 Broadway, Hackensack

June 11-18

M-F hours are 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.  

Saturday/Sunday the hours are Noon to 5 p.m.  

Books will be available for sale (cash or check) for $34.95.  

Proceeds to benefit the Hackensack Blue & Gold Scholarship Fund.


at the
Hackensack Cultural Arts Center
39 Broadway, Hackensack

June 11-18

M-F hours are 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.  

Saturday/Sunday the hours are Noon to 5 p.m.  

Books will be available for sale (cash or check) for $34.95.  

Proceeds to benefit the Hackensack Blue & Gold Scholarship Fund.

Events & Calendar / 5/23/04 Fabulous Too Sweet in Paterson
« on: May 20, 2004, 10:34:02 AM »
Too Sweet's On The Move

Sunday, May 23rd 2004
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Play House Lounge 166 North Main Street, Paterson


Hackensack's Legend, the Fabulous Too Sweet will perform a FREE concert on sunday May 23, 2004 at the Play House Lounge, 166 north Main street, Paterson, NJ. Showtime: 7 & 9:00pm.
For information, please contact Zena at  973-389-1800 or 201-487-8740.

Mr. Martindale asked me to post the following excerpt from Parade Magazine's "Ask Marilyn" segment.  A writer asks:

What's worse: neglecting responsibilities or avoiding them?  I am irresponsible.  However, I'm also homeless, broke and unemployed.  Thus, I have no rent to be late with, no money to owe taxes on and no boss to call in sick to.  I am happy as a hog in mud. - U.J. Lewis, Forth Worth Tex.

Marilyn responds:

Maybe we need a new word for you, U.J.  How about unresponsible?  It is more accurate and less derogatory.  Anyway, given your lifestyle, it's better for everyone if you don't take on duties that you are unwilling to perform or obligations that you cannot discharge.  I'm glad that you're happy, but I suggest that you work to put something away for a rainy day.  And in your case, I mean that literally.

Hackensack Discussion / Results of City Council Meeting 5/17/04
« on: May 18, 2004, 01:06:22 AM »
Monday, May 17, 2004 - 8:00 P. M.

1.   Roll Call

2.   Flag Salute

All of the following resolutions were unanimously approved:

3.   Approval of Minutes - May 3rd, 2004

4.   Resolution #123: Approval of Refunds.

5.   Resolution #124: Authorization of Transfer Overpayment of Taxes (Routine).

6.   Resolution #125: Approval of Raffle Application.

7.   Resolution #126: Authorization of Library Grant Agreement. ($61,000 - not city funds). The city must authorize the receipt of a grant.  

8.   Resolution #127: Authorization to Award Emergency Contract and Place Miscellaneous Tax Lien.  (This pertains to 222 Clinton Avenue - the home that was destroyed by fire.  The city paid $42,000 to have the home destroyed due to the danger it posed to the surrounding properties.  The city paid the demolition contractor and will seek to recoup this money from the homeowner or its insurance company.  

9.   Resolution #128: Authorization to Execute Grant Documents - Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation.  (This pertains to the former Odessey Auto Body Works on Railroad  Avenue near Target.  The city will consult with a remediation company to determine the nature and extent of contamination on the site before it decides to condemn the property.  This is part of the Brownfields program.

10.   Resolution #129: Professional Service - Ferraioli, Wielkotz, Cerullo & Cuva, PA. (Routine - Accounting firm for city).

11.   Resolution #130: Authorization of Refunds from Escrow Deposit Account. (Routine).

12.   Resolution #131: Payment of Bills.  (Routine).

13.   Resolution #132:  Emergency appropriation for collapsed sewer line at 420 Washington. ($3,778).  

14.   Resolution #133:  Temporary appropriations (Routine).

15.   Resolution #134: Authorization of Family Leave Act for an individual city employee until  July 7, 2004.

Official Comments: none.

Public Comment Portion:

Mr. Eric Martindale alerted the council to an article that appeared in "Parade" concerning the "homeless".  Click here to read the quote. (scoll to last message)

Mr. Philip Roberts again questioned the council on the S. Goldberg Property (proposed County DPW/Police HQ site) and asked who would pay for enhancements to the surrounding sewer system if changes were necessary on River Street as a result of the proposed new construction.  Generally, the council thought the question was premature but one councilman opined that the burden would most likely rest with the County.  

Another resident questioned what the city was currently doing with respect to installing wheelchair accessible curb-ramps throughout the city.  The city manager advised that no ramps were currently being installed.  Click here for more information.  The same resident also requested that the city do more to force homeowners to repair uneven and cracked sidewalks throughout the city.    

I addressed the council seeking clarification of certain resolutions, above.  

FYI:  There is an article in the most recent County Seat about the city's tree program.

Hackensack Discussion / Segregation in Hackensack Schools?
« on: May 17, 2004, 11:17:06 AM »
The following quote appeared in a recent Record article:

By 1981, 80 school districts were under desegregation orders, according to Marcellus Smith, a consultant to the state Department of Education and its former lead desegregation expert. Today, 38 districts remain under the order, including Hackensack, Englewood, Paterson, and Passaic. Other districts such as Teaneck have met state guidelines to reduce racial isolation.

Does anyone know why Hackensack was included in the order?  What does the order decree?  

I requested more information from author of the article.

Hackensack Discussion / Zoning Board Meeting Results 5/19/04
« on: May 17, 2004, 10:27:37 AM »
The following is an abbreviated Zoning Board docket for May 19, 2004 at 7:30, City Hall, 65 Central.  Results appear in italics.  

1. Roll Call
2. Approval of Minutes
3. Memorialization of Resolution
4. Payment of Bills

5. 240 Jackson Avenue: Louisa Lorenco.  Applicant requests to subdived the existing property which is a nonconforming structure and construct a 2 family dwelling.  Use variance is required because the subdivision would result in the expansion of a nonconformity.

Results:  Denied, despite a very persuasive argument on behalf of the applicant.  This site was formerly Michael's Market.

There was simply too much opposition from the the public in the Jackson Avenue community.  More than 20 people appeared against it and about 5 people spoke out.

Largely, opposition related to parking issues.  Although the revised plan included parking on site, (3 or 4 spaces), photographs brought by one member of the public led at least one board member to question the feasibility of the plan as proposed.  

The applicant had argued that the existing use on the property required no parking at all, and the new proposal made sense because half of the lot would be purely conforming.  

Concerns persisted however, that the site would ultimately expand the nonconforming use by increasing business, and thus traffic, in the neighborhood.  Moreover, the proposed residential portion would contain 5 bedrooms, as opposed to two currently.  Arguably, each bedroom would mean a potential car.

For a discussion of the applicant's prior application several months ago, visit the Hackensack Now archives.  Click here. (Scroll to number 3).

This application was argued for about two hours, causing many of the other applications to be postponed.

6. 35 E. Broadway: Rafeal Paniagua and Juan Baez.  Applicant seeks to demolish the existing dwelling and construct a new two family dwelling.   Generally, applicant's lot size is to small and a variance is requested.  

Result:  I left before this was heard.  Someone please let me know.

7.  383 Central Avenue:  Marie Charlier - Applicant request to construct a 20x22 addition to the rear of the existing dwelling. Generally, setbacks are deficient and variances are requested.

Result: Adjourned.

8. 50 Jay Street: Savouglou - Applicant requests to convert the existing one familiy to a two family dwelling.  Generally, setbacks are deficient and variances are requested.  

Result: Adjourned.

9. 315 Second Street:  Applicant, V&V Realty, c/o Nick Sekas, Esq., seeks to install a 5' x 24' sign.  Code maximum size is two sq. feet.  Proposed sign is 120 Sq. Ft.

Result: Adjourned.

10.  164 Pine:  Victor Chuqui.  Applicant requests to building a 25 x 15 addition to the rear of the existing dwelling.  Generally, setbacks are deficient and variances are requested.  Land coverage amounts are exceeded.

Result: Adjourned.

11.  100 Polifly Road: Omnipoint Communications.  Applicant request to install 12 communication antennas and three equipment cabinents.  This is not allowed by code in the R-3B district.  Antennas are also higher than maximun of 55'.  These are 70'.  Applicant needs variance.

Result: Adjourned.

12.  873 Main:  Omnipoint:  Same as a 11, above, but on Main Street.

Result: Adjourned.

13. 11 East Anderson:  Enterprise Car Rental.  Applicant wants to convert existing business to a rental car facility.  Needs a use variance.  Setbacks are deficient, sq. footage is deficient.  Several variance are needed.

Result: Adjourned.

14. Consideration of previous matters.

15. Consideration of new matters.

16. Adjournment.

This week, The Post's Andrew Marchand spoke with TNT's NBA commentator, Mike Fratello. The 57-year-old Fratello grew up in Hackensack:

The full interview may be found here:  Interview

This is the quote that I like:

Q: What did you learn growing up in Hackensack that has stayed with you your entire life?

A: Hackensack was a tremendous place to grow up. If I could grow up again, I would pick the same exact spot, because we had a really diverse group of people that we went to school with. It was a mixture of nationalities, races and just a great blend of all this without any of the problems that we saw in other communities.

I found this online:

Ten Cities Initiative - The Ten Cities Initiative is designed to establish Urban Forestry Programs in some of NJ’s most tree challenged communities. This project is working with seven communities (Garfield, Plainfield, Union City, Jersey City, Hackensack, Passaic and Keansburg) to develop a community forestry management plan, train local residents and city officials, establish a tree commission, and coordinate a tree planting or educational event.

I also note in the "Hackensack Community Link" newsletter (Fall 03), it reads:

Promoting Shady Streets: If you would like a shade tree planted between the curb and sidewalk in front of your home, please write to the Hackensack Shade Tree Advisory Committee c/o City Hall, 65 Central Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601. If possible, please include a drawing to illustrate where you would like the tree planted.

I was at the carnival before any disturbance took place.  I noticed about 4 Hackensack "Special Police" on the premises.  Are "special police" also called "auxilary police"?  

I did not find any mention of the "riot" in The Record.

Hackensack Discussion / Re:Corner of Union St. & Central Ave.
« on: May 13, 2004, 12:55:40 PM »
The following article by a Hackensack Now contributing writer mentions the Union Street Project (see bolded text below):

December 24, 2003:

By Lauren Mitreski

Call it Anthony Carrino’s Christmas gift to the City of Hackensack. A long-awaiting groundbreaking has finally occurred on the most lavish and upscale apartment building ever proposed in the vicinity of downtown Hackensack. Seven worn-out two-family homes lie in various stages of spectacular ruin as demolition continues at the southwest corner of Union and Sussex Streets, just north of Essex Street.

The project was originally approved in the Spring of 2002 by the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment, which then granted an extension a year later. Although the Master Plan recommends multi-unit development, the antiquated zoning code still technically calls for two-family zoning at the site. The city is planning to adopt an ordinance which will bring the zoning code into conformity with the Master Plan. The entire length of Union Street is expected to be rezoned for 5-story multi-unit development.

Carrino’s new 5-story building will house approximately 40 spacious 2-bedroom units. The units are expected to be high-rent apartments attracting households earning in the $100,000 per year range. The targeted market is young professional couples as well as empty-nester households. The project is one block west of the Court Plaza office complex, and an easy 1.5 block walk to the Essex Street train station. There will be a 25-foot setback from the curb, and 15 feet of landscaping around the side and rear perimeter. Thanks to the diligence of the board members, the building will have a detailed architectural façade (mostly brick) and a peaked roof. "The only comparable building in Hackensack is the new condo complex at Clinton Place and Grand Avenue, but the Clinton Place building has less extensive landscaping and smaller units", said Eric Martindale, a community activist who regularly attends board meetings. Martindale, who said he testified in favor of the project at the hearings, said it will be the first building on the east side of Hackensack of comparable quality to Prospect Avenue.

City officials are optimistic that the new development will mark a turning point for Union Street. Earlier in December, the city Planning Board approved 19 units at the southwest corner of Union Street and Central Avenue, and groundbreaking occurred on an 8-story tower at State and Clay Streets. Several more projects are in planning stages.

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