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Hackensack Discussion / Hackensack City-Wide Clean-Up Day: Photos
« on: April 24, 2004, 12:03:44 PM »
Click the following link for photos of the 15th Annual Hackensack Clean-Up Day:

Clean-Up Day

Thanks to all of the volunteers.

Hackensack Discussion / Re:School Board Election Poll (Participate!)
« on: April 23, 2004, 01:19:03 PM »
This topic is now closed since the election is over.  Please feel free to start new, related topics.


Events & Calendar / 6/2/04 Hillers PTA Meeting
« on: April 23, 2004, 01:15:20 PM »
Hillers PTA meeting.  6:30

Events & Calendar / 5/5/04 Hillers PTA Meeting
« on: April 23, 2004, 01:14:24 PM »
Hillers PTA meeting.  6:30

Events & Calendar / 4/27/04 Special Zoning Board Meeting
« on: April 22, 2004, 09:36:57 AM »
A special Zoning Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 7:30 PM, City Hall, 65 Central Avenue, concerning the application by Commerce Bank to construct a bank branch on the former "Guy Ross Chevrolet" site on the corner of Atlantic Street and Moore Street.

Click the following link for more information:

Record Article

Hackensack Discussion / Re:School Board Election Poll (Participate!)
« on: April 21, 2004, 01:13:19 PM »
Well, that's over.

Some observations...

1.  Not one candidate contributed anything to the online discussion, although all of them knew it existed.  One candidate told me he would not contribute to the discussion because he did not want to participate in a "negative campaign".  With one exception, I think the posts were constructive, and did not amount to electronic "mud-slinging".  

One would think the candidates would have taken advantage of the cheapest, most convenient, effective and far-reaching campaign tool available, - the internet.  None did.  

2. Since no questions were allowed at the live debate at Nellie K. Parker (which was not widely publicized), I thought this would have been a great way to get some questions answered.  I wonder if more participation by the candidates in this forum would have changed the result.  After all, the highest vote getter for the "Better Education Team" only lost by 141 votes.  Could the "Better Education Team" have changed the minds of some of the 1000+ voters who visited Hackensack Now? Enough to make a difference?  

3. The poll results were wrong.  Although, from the extremely limited participation, I doubted the sample results could have provided any useful information.  I had hoped to predict the election. Maybe the poll in the Freeholder election or City Council race in 2005 will be more accurate.

4.  Only 8.3 percent of the voting population voted.  Due to the limited campaigning and lack of effort to get the public involved, I'm surprised voter turn-out was that high.  Voters without children in school were never even notified of the live debate.  

5. There was more participation in this topic than any other topic on Hackensack Now, by far.  More than 1400 views, and about 45 posts! People seemed genuinely interested in the discussion and the debate was organized and civil (with a few exceptions).  This, to me, is very encouraging.  Thank you all for your participation.  

Hackensack Discussion / Re:School Board Election Poll (Participate!)
« on: April 20, 2004, 09:51:25 PM »
Who won?

News 12 NJ hasn't posted the results as of 9:50 pm, but you can check results HERE.

Hackensack Discussion / Re:School Board Election Poll (Participate!)
« on: April 20, 2004, 09:28:28 PM »
For the record:

I removed an earlier post because I received an email, purportedly from the individual who posted it, saying he (or she) had second thoughts.  

It was not an editorial decision.  

Events & Calendar / 6/28/04 Police Youth Academy
« on: April 20, 2004, 09:19:25 PM »

Begins today.  Click here for more info.

Hackensack Discussion / Streets to be paved: 2004
« on: April 20, 2004, 06:20:47 PM »
Following is a list of streets funded for paving for the year 2004.

1. Hamilton Avenue, from Summit Avenue to Vanderbeck
2. Martin Terrace, from Pine Street to End
3. Pine Street, from Roth Avenue to Catalpa Avenue
4. Herman Street, from Ross Avenue to So. Lake Drive
5. Dean Street, from Owens Road to Lodi Street
6. Moore Street, from Mercer Street to Church Street
7. Berry Street, from Haynes Street to Railroad Avenue   
8. Main Street, from Temple Avenue to Spring Valley Avenue
9. Railroad Avenue, from Eastside to Entire Length
10. Union Street, from Atlantic Street to Railroad Tracks
11. Vreeland Avenue, from Hudson Street to South Hackensack border
12. Van Orden Place, from Hackensack Avenue to Woodridge Avenue
13. Dyatt Place, from Hackensack Avenue to Woodridge Avenue         

Thanks to:
Mr. James Lacava
City Manager
Mr. John Flannigan
Project Manager

Follow-up:  Although not on the list, Passaic Street will be paved from Summit, west to The Esplanade.

Hackensack Discussion / Results of City Council Meeting - 4/19/04
« on: April 20, 2004, 01:48:04 AM »
Monday, April 19th , 2004 - 8:00 P. M.

1.   Roll Call

2.   Flag Salute

All of the following resolutions were unanimously approved:

3.   Approval of Minutes - April 7, 2004.

4.   Resolution #106: Final adoption of Ordinance 2-2004 (establishing salaries and titles of
municipal employees).

5.   Resolution #107: Approval of Refunds.

6.   Resolution #108: Approval of Health Department Annual Report.

7.   Resolution #109: Authorization to release performance guarantee.

8.   Resolution #110: Payment of bills

9.   Resolution #111: Emergency temporary appropriation.  

Official Comments: The mayor announced that the city will be participating in an asthma screening program which will take place at schools, parks and other public meeting places.  The program is sponsored, in part, by Hackensack University Medical Center.  More information will be posted soon.

Public Comment Portion:

Mr. Eric Martindale advised the council of the unsightly state of the railroad corridor between State and Union, behind City Hall, and asked if the situation could be remedied.  He also raised an issue about 1st and Clay Streets, although I was distracted I couldn’t get it.  Eric?…

Mr. Philip Roberts questioned the council on the S. Goldberg Property (proposed County DPW/Police HQ site) and whether the city could conduct a feasibility study to help determine whether the proposed site is better situated than the current site (in terms of tax ratables, quality of life issues, etc.)  The City responded that it had no such plans to commission a study and that the S. Goldberg site on River St. was clearly the better location for the County facility.

Another resident questioned which streets the city would repave this year and complained that many streets (even those recently paved, like Spring Valley) are quickly deteriorating.  The mayor shared his observation that this problem appears to be county-wide, perhaps state wide.  He opined that it may have to do with new paving methods that are apparently inferior to the old method.  

The next day, the city forward a list of streets to be paved in 2004.  Click HERE to see the list.  

It was a relatively short night.    

Events & Calendar / 4/21/04 Freeholder Meeting
« on: April 18, 2004, 01:40:34 AM »
Freeholder Meeting at 8:00 pm.  County Offices are on Hudson Street, across from courthouse.

Hackensack Discussion / Baseball - Opening Day: Photos & Movies
« on: April 17, 2004, 07:54:28 PM »
Click the following link for photos and movies of:

Hackensack Baseball: Opening Day

Hackensack Discussion / What happened to this idea?
« on: April 16, 2004, 03:00:41 PM »
Community action committees are needed for every geographic community in Hackensack. I would love to see concerned residents create committees, one for each of the following geographic areas:

(1) FAIRMOUNT (all areas north of the Anderson business district, OR north of Passaic Street
(2) PROSPECT/HLLERS(Prospect high-rise corridor and west to Maywood, all areas on the hill south of Passaic Street)
(3) CARVER PARK (HHS to Passaic Street)
(4) DOWNTOWN AREA (Main, State, Union, Park Streets, vicinity of Anderson Park)
(5) "FIRST WARD" (all areas south of Essex and east of Green Street)

What happend to this idea?  What's the next step?

Events & Calendar / 4/24/04 Town Hall at the Mall
« on: April 16, 2004, 12:06:09 PM »


Prospective volunteers looking for ways to help our community are invited to the "Town Hall at the Mall" on Saturday, April 24, 2004 at the Westfield Shoppingtown Garden State Plaza, Paramus.  Coordinated by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County and sponsored by the Westfield Shoppingtown Garden State Plaza, the event will showcase programs and volunteer opportunities at approximately 45 area nonprofit agencies whose services encompass a full range of health, human service, animal welfare, educational and cultural needs.  

All of the agencies represented depend on volunteers to help provide quality services to the community.  Volunteer opportunities are available for people of all ages and abilities.  The Festival will be located throughout the Plaza from 10am - 4pm.  The mall is located at the intersection of Routes 4 and 17 in Paramus, NJ.

            The mission of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County is to strengthen the community by connecting people with opportunities to serve, operating model volunteer programs, building capacity for effective volunteering, and participating in strategic partnerships that meet community needs.  

            For additional information about Town Hall at the Mall or about volunteering, please call the Volunteer Center at (201) 489-9454 or visit our web-site,

Contact: Donna Derewianyk or Kristen Hepsen 201-489-9454

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