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August 02, 2015
One more thing about the much touted new downtown park that would be built on Paterson Plank Road: This park would be a tiny pocket park, and a significant part of its 1.55 acres is unusable. The useable part offers very little in terms of recreation and it will have a lot of synthetic surfacing. Its location is on busy Paterson Plank Road, atop a hill the 12-21-14 Hudson Reporter said slid down in a mudslide, closing Tonnelle Avenue. Same thing happened about 30 years ago. On 6-23-14 The Jersey Journal did a story about residents' fears that Paterson Plank Road will collapse. The loopnet.com real estate listing for this intended park land says it is "Located on *High Traffic* road, that runs through multiple cities." The view from the park benches will be of truck parking lots, warehouses, traffic on busy Route 1 and the New Jersey Turnpike and swamp. Before the landslide, in December, 2010, this land sold for $797,500, but incredibly, a 10-19-2014 North Bergen Reporter article says the North Bergen Board of Education will buy the land (after the landslide of January, 2014), for $1,675,000 - a 210% markup. This property currently has a car wash on it - has toxic testing been done on it? The next door property, the site of the former Hudson News has "significant contamination", according to the NB Board of Education. Residents of downtown North Bergen deserve a better park than what is planned.
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August 02, 2015
Dear Ms. DeLeon, Before you run a smear campaign and call people liars, you really should do some research. What you call false statements are not - they have been been substantiated or have been taken out of context by you. I am particularly offended by your callous remark about "cancer causing chemicals" - formaldehyde, which should have been tested for, when the trailers were new. It's not something that is visible as you say, neither is the cancer it can cause in both teachers and preK students. This is not about losing the quality of the Preschool, it is about the County's residents losing more and more of a great park to municipal development, in this case to a school that never should have been brought into the park and was only supposed to be there temporarily. It is possible to have both a great Preschool (elsewhere) AND keep the Park intact - one shouldn't be at the expense of the other. You asked what motivates me - that's my motivation. Shame on you. Braddock Park was meant for public recreation and open space - not for schools, city halls or any other municipal buildings. I am interested in saving the park from municipal development so that future generations can also enjoy it and so are many other people, including the descendants of James Braddock. Anyone interested in doing the same should sign the petition and speak to their neighbors about this: https://www.change.org/p/jose-munoz-save-james-braddock-park-in-north-bergen-nj For anyone unfamiliar with what Ms. DeLeon's letter is responding to, here it is: 15 years ago the North Bergen BOE scrapped plans to build a high school in Braddock Park after a referendum showed many citizens were against it. Deceptively, officials violated NJ DEP regulations and moved 17 trailers into the park, called them the North Bergen Preschool and promised they would be there temporarily. They are still there and now North Bergen is seeking a “diversion” to build a permanent school there. They say a preschool, but anything is possible. We are losing our park. The current $6 million dollar renovation project is replacing acres of natural grass with artificial grass. These open fields will be fenced off, unavailable to the general public, for use by permit only. Less park is available to the general public, causing overcrowding in other areas. People, wildlife and flora are being evicted and building a school in the park will worsen the situation. A school in the park is unsafe. Officials refuse to say if the trailers were ever tested for formaldehyde, a cancer causing chemical used in trailer construction. Officials refuse to comment on the unsafe design of the Preschool road where 1 lane is used by vehicles for 2-way traffic and pedestrians (no sidewalk). No traffic signal or stop sign is at the busy intersection of JFK Blvd. East and the Preschool Road. Chances of bites from ticks, rats, groundhogs, skunks, snakes, etc. is much greater in the park than the community. The school site is secluded – no neighbors to report suspicious activity. Drug paraphernalia, alcoholic beverages and condoms surround the site – the park is not cleaned as well as city streets. In 2014 a 10 person homeless encampment was found near the preschool. Almost every year, bodies are found near the preschool – not homicides, but a traumatic sight for children. Schools belong in the community. Parks do not make schools good – teachers and learning materials do. North Bergen currently has a $9 million dollar budget surplus. North Bergen gives unnecessary tax abatements to rich developers, depriving the Board of Education of tax dollars. This diversion would set a bad precedent; municipalities everywhere will “raid” park land. Braddock is the only large green park for miles around in the most densely populated county in the country.
DEPASCALE, MARY NEUMANN
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A funeral mass was offered July 23 at Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church for Mary Neumann DePascale, 93. She passed away peacefully at Seabrook Village in Tinton Falls on July 20. Born in Brooklyn, she married Louis DePascale in 1946, and moved to Hoboken where he later became mayor in 1965. Mary served as his valued assistant and first lady of the city during his two terms. She will be profoundly missed by her children, Edward and his wife Diane, Paul and his wife Mary, and Thomas and his wife Geraldine. She wass predeceased by her husband Louis in 1980, her son Joseph who passed away in 1997, and her brother James Neumann. A special joy in her life were her grandchildren, Jessica, Paul, Camille, Nicholas, Justin and Ashley and her great grandchildren, Emily, Madeline, Jackson, Mason, Thomas, Tessa, and Louis Mary was a founding member and the first President of the St. Mary Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. She was actively involved in several charitable and civic organizations during her husband’s two terms as mayor of Hoboken. Services arranged by the Failla Memorial Home, Hoboken.
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Scott L. Selleck joins Keller Williams Town Life
Sets up shop at the company’s new Fort Lee Market Center
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Keller Williams Town Life has added veteran industry professional Scott L. Selleck to their sales team. A well-known and respected presence in local real estate, Selleck will work out of the company’s Tenafly office before moving to the company’s new Fort Lee Market Center. “I’m excited to be affiliated with an industry leader like Keller Williams and thrilled to be an integral part of their continued expansion throughout northern New Jersey,” said Selleck. “I strongly believe the Fort Lee office will develop into a sales powerhouse, possibly exceeding 200 agents. I look forward to having the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience in order to help fellow agents reach greater heights in their careers.” By utilizing all the advantages Keller Williams has to offer, including training, technology and support, Selleck delivers a superior level of service to his buyers and sellers, a must in today’s demanding and highly competitive marketplace. His passion for social media and web marketing complements Selleck’s vast network of local and national contacts accumulated from more than 20 years in the industry. Selleck specializes in residential sales, rentals and relocation matters throughout Bergen and Hudson counties, and has particular expertise with the waterfront properties and growing urban centers along the New Jersey Gold Coast. Formerly with Gold Coast Active in real estate for over 22 years, Selleck is a licensed broker who was most recently part owner of New Jersey Gold Coast Real Estate, with 281 closed sales and rentals in the New Jersey Multiple Listing Service as of July 2015. Throughout his career, Selleck has been honored with numerous awards acknowledging his sales success, among them the NJAR Circle of Excellence Sales Award at the prestigious Gold Level for 2013 and 2014. He is an e-PRO agent and holds the SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) designation. Scott L. Selleck may currently be reached by calling Keller Williams Town Life at (201) 894-8004 (office) or (201) 970-3960 (cell). The office is located at 25 Washington Street in Tenafly.
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DREWA, WIKTOR J.
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A mass of Christian burial was held July 22 at St. Anthony of Padula Polish RC Church in Jersey City for Wiktor J. Drewa, 80. He passed away July 18 at his home in Jersey City. Wiktor was the president of the Liga Morska of Jersey City and was an active parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua Polish RC Church in Jersey City. Wiktor leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of 57 years, Daniela; children Aneta Hazen and her husband Timothy of Arlington, Mass., Alicja Hein of Bernardsville, and Wojciech Drewa (JCPD) of Jersey City; brother Ryszard Drewa and his wife Halina and sister Halina Okwiet and her husband Wieslaw; grandchildren Julia and Daniel Hazen; and many nephews and nieces and great-nephews and nieces. Services arranged by the Evergreen Funeral Home, Jersey City.
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