Sunday, February 23, 2014

Is the Council excluding residents from a limited public forum? Are they censoring residents and engaging in personal attacks against private residents?

Is the City of Hackensack Mayor & Council purposefully excluding residents from a limited public forum? Sounds like a potential First Amendment and NJ Civil Rights Act violation to me! And who is this council to talk of decorum, does anyone remember when in May 2010 Mrs. Canestrino addressed the council (watch all the way through....)?

The following video is compiled of snippets from multiple council meetings, edited, and shortened for your convenience.


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Is the Council being forthright regarding their use of city emails?

On November 25, 2013 the City Council adopted an ordinance regarding the Open Public Records Act and retention of communications.  I addressed the Council regarding that ordinance and noted certain deficiencies as they pertain to the public's Common Law Rights to Access.  

The Council, and many employees, fail to use their city email addresses to conduct city business.  Failing to do so makes it nearly impossible for the City Clerk (the custodian of records) to store, maintain, and produce these records (yes, emails are public records) when requested by the public pursuant to the Open Public Records Act and Common Law Rights to Access.

It appears that rather than address the deficiencies I see with the ordinance, or remediating the issues as they pertain to the City Council and employees utilizing city email servers, they have ignored this resident's concerns.

The following video is compiled of snippets from multiple council meetings, edited, and shortened for your convenience.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

BVMI seeking clinical social worker volunteers



Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative is seeking a licensed clinical social worker to volunteer 3 to 4 hours twice a month at the BVMI Healthcare Center located in downtown Hackensack. BVMI provides free primary and preventive care to low-income working Bergen County residents who have no health insurance or the means to pay for care. Over 65 volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other clinicians treat 1,000 patients in 6,000 medical visits annually. Social workers will be using their clinical skills in a positive, stress-free, professional setting supported by BVMI’s outstanding administrative staff.

Proof of a New Jersey LCSW is required. Interested individuals should email info@bvmi.org or call 201-518-8486 and ask for Dale

Monday, February 17, 2014

Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative seeking nurse volunteers


The Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI) is looking for currently licensed Registered Nurses to volunteer for a four hour shift (9:00 – 1:00 pm or 1:00 – 5:00 pm Monday –Friday or 3:00 – 7:00 pm on Thursday). Nurse volunteers will be able to choose their schedule and can volunteer as much or as little as they want. Nurses will be using their one-to-one skills in a positive, stress-free, efficient setting supported by BVMI’s outstanding administrative staff.

Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative is a volunteer nonprofit organization providing free primary healthcare to low-income working adults in Bergen County without insurance or the means to pay for care. BVMI is guided by the “Culture of Caring” and believes that how people are treated is as important as the care they receive. Last year 65 volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, nutritionists and others treated 1,000 patients in over 6,000 medical visits.

For more information, visit www.bvmi.org, email info@bvmi.org or call 201-342-2478 and ask for Michelle or Hilary. Current RN license required. BVMI Healthcare Center is a state-licensed ambulatory care facility. Patients are seen by appointment at the Center, 241 Moore Street, Hackensack, NJ.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Hackensack Student-Athletes Enjoy Signing Day

VIA Hackensack Public Schools:

On February 5, 2014, National Letter of Intent Day, HHS Student-Athletes Aaron Guzman, James Alston, Jalen Wheeler, Chris Coles and Chris Mascetti signed their official letters of intent to play NCAA Athletics.


In the picture from Left to right Back Row Andrea Guzman, Hester Alston, Tabitha Wheeler, Timothy Wheeler, Robin E. Coles and Reverend Robert C.Coles.
Front Row Aaron Guzman, James Alston, Jalen Wheeler, and Christopher Coles.

Aaron Guzman is going to Long Island University
James Alston  is going to Virginia Union University
Jalen Wheeler is going to Virginia Union University
Christopher Coles is going to C.W. Post University
Chris Mascetti is going to Lehigh University