12/14/2016 - City News and Notes: HFD Briefs and more

HFD Fire Brief, 12/23/16
On Thursday December 22, @ 1922 Hrs. members of the 4th Platoon responded to 400 Main Street for activated fire alarms. First arriving companies found light smoke coming for the E. Ward Street side of the building. Companies began searches, ventilation and fire attack on the 1st floor. Command requested Engine 1 to feed the sprinkler system and requested a 2nd alarm bring Englewood truck to the scene and a Teaneck FAST team. Companies found fire in the walls on the 1st floor due to a electrical problem. Companies checked for additional extension. Fire was brought under control in 30 minutes. Additional recall members along with Bogota and Ridgefield Park answered additional alarms in the city during the fire. No injuries were reported.

HFD Fire Brief, 12/13/16

On Tuesday December 13th @ 1518 hours rescue 1, engine 2 DC 3 and safety responded to 204 Russell place for a man with his hand caught in a printing press. Upon arrival companies found man with left hand stuck in the rollers. Companies used lock out tag out to secure power than used small hand tools to take machine apart to free hand. Extraction took about 15 minutes. Patient was turned over to Hackensack UMC BLS and Holy Name AlS. He was alert and responding during the extraction. He was transported to Hackensack UMC.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 7th, 2016
CONTACT: Philip Swibinski, 201-864-0600

Over 1,000 Residents attend Hackensack Holiday Tree Lighting

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Over 1,000 residents crowded the Courthouse Green on Monday night for the annual Hackensack Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, presented by the City of Hackensack and the Hackensack Main Street Business Alliance. The event was a tremendous success and was attended by Mayor John Labrosse, City Council members, City Manager Ted Ehrenburg, Cultural Arts Director Greg Liosi, members of the Hackensack Police and Fire departments and many others. Attendees were treated to a night of musical performances, refreshments provided by generous donors, free photos with Santa Claus and family fun for all.

"It was wonderful to see so many residents join us this year for this annual tradition, which is the beginning of the holiday season here in Hackensack," said Mayor Labrosse. "From the children who enjoyed taking pictures with Santa Claus to the residents who were treated to musical performances and much more, everyone had a wonderful time enjoying our great city." 

The event began with a performance from the Victorian Carolers. Free refreshments were available, including coffee from McDonald’s, cookies from Stop & Shop, and hot chocolate from Starbucks, as well as popcorn and cider. Free rides on the Hackensack Trolley were available up and down Main Street, and attendees were treated to entertainment from the Hackensack High School Choir and the cast of Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” Mayor Labrosse gave a welcome message and was joined by Council members, and they were followed by the tree lighting and a visit from Santa, who posed with children for free photos (courtesy of Stop & Shop). In addition, the Johnson Public Library gave away 250 free children’s books.

For any additional information please contact Philip Swibinski at 201-864-0600 or philip.swibinski@vmmi.net.
CONTACT: Philip Swibinski, 201-864-0600

Hackensack Mayor and Council honor Undefeated Pee Wee Football team

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Mayor John Labrosse and the City Council presented a Proclamation honoring the city's Pee Wee Football team at Tuesday's Council Meeting. The team recently completed an undefeated season, posting an 11-0 record. Mayor Labrosse and Councilman David Sims presented certificates to each of the team's coaches and players honoring them for their accomplishments.

"Hackensack's Pee Wee Football program is incredibly important and we are all so proud of the young men and their coaches who made this dream season possible," said Mayor Labrosse. "Football teaches discipline, helps kids develop their bodies and keeps them off the street and out of trouble. Our administration has made a strong committment to improving and expanding Recreation programs because we know how important they are to our children's and our city's future."

For any additional information please contact Philip Swibinski at 201-864-0600 or philip.swibinski@vmmi.net.







Prevent Theft ~ Lock Your Vehicle

The majority of vehicle break-ins occur outside private homes in driveways or on the street in front of the victim’s home. Thefts from vehicles would be drastically reduced if people would lock their car doors and stop leaving valuables inside their vehicles. Leaving items on display, whether in or on a dashboard or in a mounted cradle, or sitting on the passenger seat, is an open invitation to opportunist criminals.

Tips for Protecting Valuables:

If You Have a Garage ~ Use It rather than parking outside where your vehicle is more vulnerable.

When parking in a garage lock the garage door and your vehicle. Locking both the garage and vehicle doors, the chances of deterring a thief greatly improve.

Remove All Items of Value such as handbags, wallets, cell phones, MP3 players, iPods, laptops, GPS’s from the car when you are not driving. Take out removable radios and faceplates. Engrave expensive accessories. Don’t leave anything in your glove compartment or center console – it is the first place thieves look.

Don’t Cover Items in Your Car with a Blanket or Jacket. Ideally, you should take them with you, but if unavoidable, place them in the trunk prior to arriving at your destination.

Completely Close All Car Windows

Park in a Well-Lit Area Close to Your Destination

Avoid Parking Between Large Vehicles they provide cover for thieves.

Use Outdoor Lighting - porch and motion lights help deter crime.

Don’t Leave the Registration or Title in Your Car. Your car registration has your address on it. File the title at your home or office, and carry registration in your purse or wallet.

Record Serial Numbers of Your Valuables

Get involved! Be your neighbor’s eyes and ears. Talk to neighbors regarding activity in the neighborhood. By becoming familiar with those who belong in your neighborhood, you can help reduce crime.

Call 911 When a Crime is in Progress.

By taking simple precautions and just a few moments to remove valuable items from your car you can significantly improve your chances of not becoming a victim of this type of crime even when your car is left unattended in your driveway, outside your house or place of work.


HFD Thanksgiving Donations

On Monday November 21, 2016 members of Hackensack Fire Department IAFF LOCAL 2081 & 3172 donated 100 turkeys and hundreds of pounds of Thanksgiving dinner fixings to the Center For Food Action in Hackensack. The members assisted with the loading of cars, stocking shelves, and distributing over 200 Thanksgiving Dinners to the citizens of Hackensack and other Bergen County residents. “It feels great to give back to the community” said Tim Rice local 2081 delegate. Thank you to all the members that participated and donated to assist our residents.

Justin Derevyanik HFD PIO

Hundreds of Seniors Enjoy Hackensack's Annual Novemberfest Senior Luncheon

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Approximately 270 local senior citizens attended the City of Hackensack's annual Novermberfest Senior Luncheon yesterday and were treated to a day of great food, music and time to spend with friends. The event is organized each year by the city's Recreation Department, Recreation & Cultural Board and Senior Citizen's Advisory Board. The event was held in the M&M Recreation Center and was also attended by Mayor John Labrosse, Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino, Council members Leonardo Battaglia, David Sims and Deborah Keeling-Geddis, City Manager Ted Ehrenburg, Recreation Director Patricia Ruggiero and dozens of volunteers and city employees helping to show the seniors a good time.

"Senior citizens helped build Hackensack into the great community it is today and they deserve this special event to recognize the contributions they have made and continue to make to our city," said Mayor Labrosse, who delivered a welcome message to attendees. "I would like to thank our Recreation Department and everyone who helped make this event possible."

Seniors who attended the Novemberfest Luncheon were treated to a full meal of turkey, pasta, salad and much more that was catered by the Hackensack High School Culinary Arts program. Musical entertainment was provided by Fred Guarino. The event is one of several each year designed to celebrate Hackensack seniors, and is just part of the city's excellent senior services.

For any additional information please contact Philip Swibinski at 201-864-0600 or philip.swibinski@vmmi.net.

Mayor and Council honor late Councilman James H. Leverett