|Vol. IX, Issue 22.
||Friday, November 8, 2013
Open for Business
The dinner meeting between the Board of
Education and The City Council suggested
by Councilman Peter Eagler as a venue
for open discussion on some of the challenges
faced by our city has been an on again
off again affair. Well the RSVP's are
in and Peter can put away the china and
silverware and fold up the good linens
because company isn't coming to his dinner
party. The event has been canceled because
the idea of an informal meeting and open
discussion has been rejected by the Board
of Education Commissioners. They looked
upon the invitation as an "olive
branch with thorns". Rather than
meeting over dinner, the bureaucratic
system has been activated once again and
meetings have been scheduled. There is
a meeting of the joint committee on January
30th to discuss and formalize the agenda.
This meeting will take place in City Hall.
On February 5th, the full compliment of
Board of Education Commissioners and City
Council Members will meet at the Board
of Education Chambers to conduct their
business. With all this formality let's
hope they get something accomplished.
The City is in dire need of leadership
and direction. We have hit what is probably
an all-time low. We need something to
rally around . . Hey, how long until the
basketball season championships?
January 26, 2007By:
Nicholas J. Veliky
is beginning to build in the Board of
Education Election. Potential candidates
are starting to test the waters before
jumping into a race against three incumbents
that is sure to be a screamer. Kim Renta,
Keith LaForgia and Norm Tahan have all
expressed interest in keeping their seats
on the board. Local political strategists
see a number of groups of concerned citizens
coming out to make sure the right people
are given seats on the BOE dais. What
will also be interesting is how this election
will play out with a Top School official.
Word has it that there is some romancing
of potential candidates for his lair.
One would think that with three incumbents
in the running there would be some sense
of loyalty and he would be true to his
team. Maybe there is some doubt as to
who will be returned to office, or who
knows, maybe someone has lost their taste
for Kool-aid. As usual with Clifton Politics,
it's got a plot, story line and characters
that challenge the best fiction. You just
can't make this stuff up.
the "same old - same old" files
. . . Kids First Clifton NJ still no quarterly
filing . . . Heard this one around the
water cooler; a group of Clifton's BOE
commissioners are looking into adopting
the phrase "Build We Must" as
their new mission statement. This will
most likely be discussed in executive
session. . . Rumors of Mikey's retirement
(dream on) after the building project
is complete are greatly exaggerated .
. . Fact or fiction, was there discussion
of a gigantic Kool-Aid sale as a fundraiser
for items outside the scope of the regular
budget? . . . NJ.com regulars acting under
the cloak of anonymity continue their
name calling, ethnic slurs, personal attacks
and accusations. There is no end in sight,
there will be no winners, only losers
and ultimately the entire community suffers.
. . Clifton's reputation has already suffered
greatly from this black eye. Promoters
looking to bring an extraordinary event
to our fair city have even questioned
the great divide wondering if the community
can come together. . . Clifton can truly
boast "Laughing Stock Status"
among North Jersey communities. . . There
is talk of a name change for Latteri Park
to Mustang Field.
As the saying goes a rose by any other
name would smell as sweet. . . Just asking,
what happens to Clifton's $600,000 in
green acres funding as a result of the
BOE lease cancellation?. . . And just
for clarification purposes, Rosemawr is
one of the neighborhoods that make up
the City of Clifton.
a new school building fix all the shortcomings
and problems with Clifton's school system?
How about "No child left behind"
forgetting one child is a problem, however,
the bus loads that got left behind is
a tragedy. With so much emphasis on the
physical plant, what's being done to remedy
the academic shortcomings?
Avenue Special Improvement District (SID),
the Clifton Downtown Economic Group is
making some great strides. The latest
news is that the program which currently
runs from the Passaic border to Piaget
Avenue will be expanding towards Crooks
Avenue. This move will incorporate many
additional businesses and extend the redevelopment
efforts to areas that would have been
otherwise left out.
Bellin's Pool redevelopment project was
before the Passaic Country Planning Board.
This mixed use retail and residential
use will be a much needed boost to the
section of Main Avenue closest to the
Passaic city line.
Progress is being made at the fire site
at the corner of Main and Clifton Avenues
- inside word has it that an IHOP (International
House Of Pancakes) will be taking the
space formerly occupied by the Main Clifton
Restaurant and the H&R Block. This
could be the boost to bring shoppers back
to the area.
Historic Botany District seems to be suffering
the "After the Holiday Blues".
When a call was placed on January 17th
to the SID's office to see if there was
anything we could report on, we were told
nothing was happening in Botany Village.
So much for that.
looks like the property "left over"
after construction of the Allwood Roundabout
will not be sold to adjacent property
owners as originally thought. Instead,
the land will be held for the possible
construction of right hand only turn lanes
to be built at a future date - maybe -
if they are needed. Will the County ever
get this thing right?
Briad Project along Route 3 east just
west of Liberty Lincoln Mercury is closer
to being developed. The current proposal
calls for a lifestyle shopping center
featuring up scale merchants the likes
of Brooks Brothers, Talbot's and Trader
Joe's to name a few. Previous proposals
included a retail and residential mix
which was dismissed by the City. This
level of shopping will be a welcome addition
to Clifton's business community. Just
down the road from the Briad project,
the Mad River Development is nearing completion
with Bed Bath and Beyond, Pizza Uno, Michael's
and Clifton's first Starbucks. Liberty
Travel, H&R Block and Harmon cosmetics
are just a few others that have set up
shop. If you have a chance stop by to
take a look at the bridge the developer
had to construct over the third river,
it's really a thing of beauty.
steal a line from Seinfeld, as Jerry holds
a black and white cookie, "Why can't
we learn a lesson from the cookie".
Well the cookie maker may be coming to
Clifton. Joey's fine foods, producers
of some of the best packaged cookies,
brownies, blondies, pound, marble and
crumb cakes is considering locating a
bakery facility on Kuller Road. More on
this sweet story in issues to come.
city council is busy evaluating fees looking
for ways to raise much needed revenue
for the city. This is a yeoman's task
with the end result being some much needed
tax relief. The challenge here is that
many fees and fines are determined by
statute. Maybe naming rights to city properties
and advertising on city vehicles wasn't
a bad idea after all.
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