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Governor Murphy Declares State of Emergency, Hackensack Schools Closed Tuesday

February 12, 2019

HACKENSACK, NJ -- Earlier on Monday, Governor Phil Murphy declared that New Jersey will enter a state of emergency beginning tonight at midnight ahead of the winter storm, which is expected to start tonight and continue throughout the day Tuesday. Executive Order No. 55 declares a state of emergency across all 21 counties in New Jersey, allowing resources to be deployed throughout the state ...

Hackensack Voters Resoundingly Vote No on $170 Million School Bonding Referendum

HACKENSACK, N.J. --  Tuesday night, Hackensack voters definitively rejected a $170 million school bond referendum, with an unofficial count of 78% of the vote against the proposal and 22% for it.

The referendum would’ve allowed the Board of Education to finance repairs to existing schools, and build a new 7th-9th grade school next to Hackensack High School. According to estimates ...

BREAKING: Hackensack School Referendum Defeated in Landslide

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- The controversial school referendum that would have allowed the Hackensack Board of Education to bond $170 million was rejected tonight by approximately 77% of participating voters. According to early unofficial results, 620 "Yes" votes were cast to 2,135 "No" votes. 

The measure, touted by the school district as a way to build a new school and ...

Election: The Fate of the Dramatic $170M School Bond Referendum Will Finally Be Decided Tomorrow

HACKENSACK, NJ -- Tomorrow, voters will have a chance to weigh in on the proposed $170 million bond to upgrade existing public school facilities, and build a new Junior High School next to the High School.

The $170 million bond would mean the average homeowner would see a property tax increase of $308 per year. But language written by the BOE implied the $308 would be spread out over the 30 ...

Hackensack School Parent and Council Member Opposes Tuesday's Referendum

HACKENSACK, NJ -- As a parent of two and soon to be three public school children and a former educator, Hackensack Councilwoman Stephanie Von Rudenborg is taking a stand against a $170 million school construction referendum taking place this Tuesday.

“We all recognize that our schools desperately need major repairs and upgrades, but this plan creates adverse educational issues and is ...

Local Builder Opposes $170 Million Hackensack School Construction Plan

Dear Editor,

My name is Frank Belgiovine. I own 140 Overlook Avenue and 140 Comet Way. For over 40-years I have built public and educational facilities and I know about construction costs and cost overruns. I had no knowledge of this nor received any notice that such a mammoth project was being planned until Ms. Spathe phoned me to ask if I was attending a meeting being held with the BOE ...

Group Will Host Community Service Event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

PARAMUS, N.J. -- A Bergen County-based organization will host a Day of Service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for middle school aged students.

We The People, which was organized in 2016 by Bergen County Freeholder Tracy Zur, is hoping 400 children in grades five through eight will be in attendance at this year’s event.

Activities will include making blankets for seniors and young ...

Breaking News: Long-tenured Hackensack High School Principal Harold Bloom Dies at Age 89

HACKENSACK, NJ -- Former Hackensack High School Principal Harold Bloom has passed away at the age of 89. He was an HHS alumnus, and long time Social Studies teacher and Principal of the school.

Bloom began his teaching career in Hackensack after receiving his Master of Arts from New York University. He was appointed Chairman of the Social Studies Department in 1963, Assistant Principal in ...

Judge Orders Hackensack BOE to Fix False Referendum Language and Warns Against Illegal 'Advocacy'

HACKENSACK, NJ -- In a stunning rebuke to the Hackensack Board of Education, Superior Court Judge Estela M. De La Cruz ruled yesterday that ballots in the January 22nd referendum must be changed to correct “misleading” language that a citizen group called part of an "intentional campaign to deceive voters." 

The Judge also said she is “concerned” about ...

Hackensack Public Schools To Host Information Sessions about the School Bond Referendum Tonight, Tomorrow

HACKENSACK, NJ – In its continued effort to help residents understand the January 22 bond referendum, leaders from Hackensack Public Schools will continue to share information with the public during a Referendum Fair Tuesday, January 15 at Hackensack High School and at its seventh Town Hall Meeting Wednesday, January 16, at Jackson Avenue School. These sessions are part of an ongoing ...

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