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Hackensack Discussion / George Floyd, BLM protests
« Last post by Editor on June 04, 2020, 09:12:06 PM »
Hackensack Discussion / Re: Masked citizens - the Coronavirus
« Last post by Victor E Sasson on May 29, 2020, 11:05:51 AM »
Various and sundry.............

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1. Going to work


2. State St becomes Crane Lane.

3. No balconies on the State St side, but at least small children won't fall out.

4. Masks, gentlemen..........

5. Old curbing gets ripped out.

6, 7. He cuts a mean rug, but needs a longer shirt.


8. More bars get installed.

9. Moving the fences in advance of new curb installation

10. Looks like an outdoor art exhibit

11. Three shots - same guy


12. Hey, bar-installers! You missed a spot!

13. The bar-installers are off today.

14-17. The new curbs are in (try to curb your enthusiasm).


18. The last set of bars are installed.

19. These workers are looking down on Main St from the building's highest point at Main & Ward.

20. First look inside (the white lights on the left are reflections of the E municipal parking lot's lights).

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1. Basement baggies

2. Shadow sharing


3. from Main & Ward

4. from Ward & State (stitch)


5. Masked jumper?

6. Masked measurer


7. Rainy day electronics for everyone (stitch)


8. from P.C. Richard?

9. First Presbyterian Church steeple's shadow at sunset


10. The elegant front door

11. The inelegant rear door


12. The State St door


13. The roof at sunset


14-17. The dismantling of the extended temporary sidewalk covering on Main St

18. Window scraping

19. Exterior work, basement level, Passaic St side

20. Kitchen sinks?

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Property Taxes
« Last post by Victor E Sasson on May 26, 2020, 05:34:15 PM »
Eric Martindale, can you elaborate on these statements?

"But the real story is the tremendous increase in tax revenues. A lot of that has to do with properties in the immediate proximity of new construction in the downtown and vicinity."

Are you saying properties next to new construction will be paying more in taxes? When do the buildings under construction start paying taxes, when they are finished, during construction or both?
While sitting at my computer at home yesterday, I heard some strange music outside. I looked out and saw this oddly-decorated vehicle. But then I noticed that the decorations were in the Hackensack High School colors and I could make out the word "GRAD" on the car (I think it's also on the balloon).

I guessed it might be the start of a drive-by-and-wave graduation caravan of sorts (it wasn't), so I started the video, which is just 3 sewn-together parts.

A masked girl emerged from the building, signed something and posed with another masked person, while Mom(?) had them pose for her. The girl walked over to the car, the mask vanished and she posed for Mom(?). She leapt in the air and that seemed to signal the end of the ceremony. She walked up the few steps to the door of the building, turned around and she and Mom(?) waved, blew kisses, whooped it up and went inside.

The car cranked up the music and took off. I could see it said "Congrats 2020 Grad" on the side and had a platform attached to the back with some healthy-sized speakers on it. The music continued as it passed my building.

It doesn't make up for the loss of the graduation ceremony with all your friends, but it was certainly a very nice gesture and I hope she appreciated it.

I wonder if that vehicle went to EVERY graduate's home.

Hackensack Discussion / Robert Kern Curtis
« Last post by Editor on May 20, 2020, 10:40:17 PM »
I never personally met Robert but he provided encouragement via email very early in the development this website. 

Obituary of Robert Kern Curtis

Robert Kern Curtis of Hackensack, passed away May 17, 2020. Born June 11, 1940 in New York City. Loving husband of the late Beverly Meadows Curtis 2018, father of Phyllis Beverly Curtis, father-in-law of Louis Daidone, grandfather of Robert Louis Daidone-Curtis, nephew of Tecla M. Kern and son of Sargent and Phyllis (Kern) Curtis. Graduated from Xavier high school 1958. Entered the society of Jesus (Jesuits) 1958 and left in 1969. Robert loved learning and earned degrees in the classics, mathematics, physics and philosophy at Fordham University in 1964. Earned his licentiate in philosophy at Woodstock College 1965. Then graduated Seton Hall law school 1985. But his true passion was teaching. He taught at Brooklin preparatory school (1965 - 1967) and at Xavier high school (1967-1969) Then taught physics at Hackensack High School (1969 - 1999) Became the Computer Education Coordinator (1999 - 2004) and continued on to be the Chair of mathematics and science department (2004 - 2006). Robert was the Former president of the HEA (1979-1981 & 1997-2004), board member for the Holley Center (1980-1987), board member of the Holmstead school (1986-2020) Local secretary, Northern New Jersey chapter of American Mensa. (2012- 2020) and a practicing attorney from 1985 to present. Robert will not only be remembered for his accomplishments but as a kind person, a loving father and caring friend. Burial will be private.
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