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Summer 2007

Hometown News

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March 2006    February 2006    January 2006   December 2005   November 2005 
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* mpg movie clips included

HHPD Chief Colaneri Completes Command & Leadership Program
Hasbrouck Heights Police Chief Michael J. Colaneri graduated from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police West Point Command and Leadership Program on September 18, 2007.

[Story & photo]

Town Day 2007 September 29 @ Woodland Park
[Story & photo]

MDA Labor Day Telethon Volunteers @ VFW Post 2007

The 42nd Muscular Dystrophy Telethon began Sunday, September 2, 2007 at 9 p.m. and ran through Monday, September 3rd until 6 p.m. Over 300 volunteers helped answer 100 phones and stuffed and mailed letters. [Photo & story]

In the Nick of Time

The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department responded to a smoke condition at Nick’s Quick Stop, 183 Boulevard, about 11:30 a.m., Sunday, September 2, 2007. A small fire in the storage area was extinguished by the owners. The cause of the fire was undetermined and under investigation. No injuries were reported. [Photo]

First United Methodist Church Welcomes New Pastor

My name is Iraida Ruiz de Porras and was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 1, 1965 to Irma Rodríguez and Nestor Ruiz de Porras, in a Methodist based home. [Photo & story]

The Almost Disaster
It could have been a disaster. But wasn’t. On Friday afternoon, August 24th, about 2:18 p.m., a fully loaded gasoline tanker collapsed on Route 17 at the jug-handle across from White Castle.

[Story & photo]

HHFD Search & Rescue Drill

On the evening of August 22, 2007, the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department conducted training at a Kipp Avenue house scheduled for demolition. The exercise was led by First Assistant Chief Mike Ratowski, Rescue Lt. Chris Halloran and Ladder Company Capt. Brian Morrow. [Photo & story]

Lenox Recovers Jet
The Aviation Hall of Fame (AHOF) received a 36 foot long, 12,500 lb. forward fuselage of a Convair 880 (N803TW) on Tuesday, August 7, 2007. It was transported from Atlantic City Airport by Lenox Corporation. Bill Lenox started working on this project with the AHOF in November 2006.
[Photo & story]

Handicap Accessible Park
Comfort Station Dedicated
Community Access for All Committee dedicated the new comfort station in Woodland Park on August 5, 2007.  The new brick comfort station is fully handicap accessible with extra wide doors, mobility space for wheelchairs, oversized stalls and new safety lighting.
[Story & photo]

Youngsters Enjoy Listening About the Lady Bug

The Junior Women’s Club of Hasbrouck Heights hosted Story Hour at the Hasbrouck Heights Free Public Library. [Photo & story]

256 Attend Potter Party
At the stroke of 12:01 a.m., before a crowd of 256 eager readers at the Free Public Library of Hasbrouck Heights, J.K. Rowling’s final volume in her Harry Potter series was released to the sound of excited cheering. The long-awaited “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” is sure to be an instant classic and enjoyed for many years to come. The Library’s Harry Potter Party and Book Sale was the place to be, where Muggles and Wizard wanna-bes of all ages came in droves on July 20th from 9:30 p.m. till 2 a.m.
[Story & photo]

Rt. 17 Accident Injures Eight

On July 9, at about 2:17 p.m., the HHPD received calls of a multiple motor vehicle accident on Route 17 North.  It was reported that a car with six passengers came in contact with a tractor trailer while changing lanes, overturned, slid on its roof and was then rear ended by another vehicle that then crashed into a pick-up truck parked at Kundert Motors. The tractor trailer continued down Rt. 17 striking two more vehicles.   [Photo & story]

Farmer's Market 2007
Area Residents Enjoy Fresh Produce From Heights Farmers’ Market [Photo & story]

July 4th Children's Parade
About 70 entrants participated in the Annual Children’s Parade held July 4, 2007 at Washington and Burton. [Story & photo]

Patriotism Unfurled ...

Memorial Day
2006 [Parade][Service][FD Service]
2005 [Parade][Service][FD Service]
2004 [Parade][Service][FD Service]
2003 [Service]       2002 [Parade][Service][FD Service]
2001 [Parade][Service]      2000 [Parade][Service]

July 4th Children's Parade
2006 [General] [Parade] [Awards]
2005 [General][Parade][Awards]  2004 [General][Parade][Winners]
2003 [General][Parade][Winners]  2002 [General][General][Winners]
2001 [General][Parade][Winners]     2000 [General][General]

July 4th Fireworks
(includes mpg movies)
2006 [Rained out][Program][Fireworks]
2005  [Event][Program][Display]

2004 [Program][Display]
2003 [Story + Fireworks] [Setting up] [Detonation]  
1999 [Program][General][Setting up]

Veterans Day Service

Loyalty Day Service

About Loyalty Day   ˇ   About Buddy Poppies
History of Our Flag by Rose Marie Heck

Veterans Honor Roll   ˇ   Fire Department Honor Roll
Vietnam War Memorial Dedication [1][2]
American Legion Post 106
  ˇ  VFW Post 4591

Annual Senior Citizen Picnic
A picnic is a picnic whether it is held outdoors or indoors. The decision to hold the Annual Senior Picnic indoors this year, did not take anyone by surprise.
[Story & photo]

HHPD Fingerprints 2nd Graders
Since the 1970’s, the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department has conducted the "Project Kid Care ID Program" for all Corpus Christi, Euclid and Lincoln School 2nd Graders beginning in April and ending in June. About 150+ students participated this year.
[Story & photo]

HHPD Jr. Police Academy
The Hasbrouck Heights Police Department held their 8th consecutive "Junior Police Academy" for Hasbrouck Heights students. About 29 students participated.   The one week program was held from June 26th through July 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
[Story & photo]

HH Little League Picnic

The Hasbrouck Heights Little League held its Annual Picnic for the 400 town families involved in the 2007 season, on Saturday, June 23, 2007 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Little League Complex.
[Photo & story]

Flag Day 2007
Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, Hasbrouck Heights Lodge #1962 and Hackensack Lodge #658 held a combined Flag Day Ceremony at the Hasbrouck Heights Lodge on June 14, 2007.
[Photo & story]

HHFD Trains at American Legion Post

Insert body content here.The American Legion Post building made its final contribution to the community on Sunday morning, June 10, 2007, with the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department conducting training. The building was slated for demolition. [Story & photo]

Hasbrouck Heights Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony 2007
The Hasbrouck Heights Girl Scouts held their 2006-2007 Bridging Ceremony at 7:00 p.m.
on June 4, 2007 in the Kiefer Auditorium located in the Hasbrouck Heights High School.
The opening ceremony began with a procession, flag salute, Girl Scout Promise and comments by the Service Unit Manager. [Story & photo]

Fred Depken Retires After 75 Years
After 75 years on the job, Fred Depken is retiring from his family business at K & D Oil.
As the patriarch of the company, Fred Depken III’s memories go back to the days of coal.
It was his great grandfather, Gerhard Depken and his two sons, Frederick and Gerhard Jr., who founded the G. Depken and Sons Company over a century ago. [Story]

HHPD & WRPD Join Forces for Special Olympics
On June 1, 2007, about 9:30 a.m., the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department accepted the “Special Olympics” torch from the Lodi Police Department. Several members of the HHPD carried the “Torch” to a brief ceremony held at Shop-Rite, then proceeded up Williams and along The Boulevard past the Circle. The torch was then presented to the Wood-Ridge Police Department near the border. The HHPD run was about 2.4 miles.[Photo & story]

HHFD Memorial Day Service
Following  the Memorial Day Parade along Terrace Avenue and a Service at Veterans Memorial Park honoring Veterans, the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department marched to the Fireman's Memorial at The Circle to honor those who served in The Department. [Story & photo]

Memorial Day 2007 Observed

Memorial Day activities began with a parade from Williams Avenue, along Terrace Avenue, concluding at Memorial Park on May 28, 2007. The parade was led by recently returned Iraq servicemen and the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department Honor Guard. Marchers included the Mayor and Council, Veterans from the VFW Post 4591 and American Legion James B. Scarr Post 106, Knights of Columbus, B.P.O Elks 1962, Hasbrouck Heights High School Band, and several Boy and Girl Scout units followed by the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department. This was the 89th year that the citizens of Hasbrouck Heights observed Memorial Day at this monument. [Photo & story]

13th Annual 24-hour Memorial Weekend Bicycle Marathon
The Marathon was held at Depken Field starting on Saturday May 26 at 10:00 a.m. and concluded Sunday May 27 at 10:00 a.m.   About 200 boys & girls participate in over 50 teams. The Marathon was sponsored by the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department. [Story & photo]

Youth Week
Students conducted a Mayor and Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 

[Story & photo]

HHFD Annual Inspection 2007

The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department conducted its Annual Inspection at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2007. Department personnel were in full dress uniform. The equipment and new headquarters were presented for inspection and Department personnel were available to answer any questions.
The event was attended by local officials, as well as Fire Chiefs from mutual aid towns.
[Photo & story]

Moving A Piece of Heights History

Members of the American Legion Post 106 with the DPW crew that moved the 2,743 lb. 57mm Anti-Tank Gun on April 30, 2007 [Story & photo]

28th Annual Plant Sale
St. John the Divine held its 28th Annual Plant Sale/Flea Market on April 28th offering top quality nursery grown plants and a large selection of hanging pots. Several flea market dealers offered various items. ###

HH Men’s Softball League -- 50 Years of Hits
The 2007 Season Opener softball game between The Sportsmen and New Balance Teams began on a rainy Tuesday, 8:30 p.m., April 17th at Depken Field. The opening game was scheduled for Monday, but the week-end’s Nor’easter made the field unplayable. [Photo & story]

Rau-Fitzgerald 5K/Terlemezian
1 Mile Run and Family Walk 2007

The rain from one of the worst Nor’easters to hit our area didn’t dampen the spirits of the runners as they poised at the starting line. The 9th Annual 5k Run and One Mile Walk, inspired by the memory of Hasbrouck Heights teachers John Rau, Cheryl Terlemezian, and Robert Fitzgerald, was held on April 15th with registration beginning at 8 a.m. The Rau-Fitzgerald Memorial Run started at 9:30 a.m. on the Boulevard, followed by the 10:30 a.m. Terlemezian One Mile Family Walk. [Photo & story]

American Legion Closes "The Hut"
On April 14, 2007 at 11:11 a.m., the American Legion lowered the American Flag for the final time.  After 50 years, the Post sold its home which will be demolished and replaced by two houses.  The Post comander Michael Cahill vows to continue the Post. [Story & photo]

Little League Opening Day 2007
Spirits were high as the The Hasbrouck Heights Little League held their 54th Opening Day Ceremony Saturday, April 14, 2007.[Photo & story]

Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Over 9,000 brightly colored Easter eggs dotted the Gary Depken Field for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt held on Saturday, March 31st. [Story & photo]

Springtime in Heights ...

2006 [Easter Season Displays][Easter Banners]  [Blooming Easter]
2006 [Annual Easter Egg Hunt]
[Hat's Off to Mom!] -- Mother's Day 2006

[Easter Displays] [First Day of Spring]
[Annual Easter Egg Hunt]  Mpg Movies [1][2][3]

2004 [First Day of Spring]  [It's A Banner Easter]
[Easter Decorations]  [Easter Flowers] [Churches Celebrate Easter]
[Exploding Trees][More Exploding Trees]

2003 [Early April] [Mid-April] [Spring Surprise]

Easter [1][2]  Patriotic Displays 
[Early May]

2002 [Early Spring 2002] [Easter 2002][Easter Around Town 2002]

2001 [Early Spring 2001][Spring work][Easter Season 2001]

Springing into the Century [2000]  [Century Series Index]
[Photos] Spring scenes - Early April     [Photos] Easter decorations    
[Photos] Spring surprise
[Photos] Spring scenes - Late April     [Photos] Spring scenes - Late May  
[Photos] Spring Flowers 1 [Photos] Spring Flowers 2   

St. John's Plant Sale --[2006] [2005] [2004] [2003] [2002] [2001] [2000] 
Jesus Story Passion Play -- 2002[1][2]  2001[1][2]  2000[1][2]

HHFD Responds to Car Fire
Fiery Exit Claims Vehicle: Driver OK.  [Story & photo]

State-of-the-Art Fingerprinting

The Hasbrouck Heights Police Department has acquired an automatic "Livescan" fingerprint system that is online all the time. [Story & photo]

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Hasbrouck Heights First Year
Here is a glimpse of our hometown during the first year of the 21st century.    Throughout the year I  had photographed some interesting tableaus reflecting our community life. Take a glance around Hasbrouck Heights, NJ during 2000 A.D., and see some of the people, events and places that  make our town a special place to live and work. [Photo Essay]

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