Tuesday, December 25, 2012

State of NJ Bill to double fine to $200
Ban cell phone use or fines and points on your license is the question I ask readers.  After reading many articles States are banning cell phone use while driving with one hand on the wheel, I personally am for doubling the fine to $200 and for 2 points on your NJ State License.  Speeding, driving under the influence also cause accidents so why is this any different.
Other solutions, with 12 rest areas on the  New Jersey Turnpike, how about the addition of a cell phone pull over zones, could be paved area for cell phone users.  With 12 rest areas, possible 12 additional cell phone pullovers could help decrease the number of texting one hand drivers,
How about a lane to the far right similar to that of an HOV lane with a barrier that drivers who want to text with one hand drive into, taking them out of general roadway and if caught outside that lane suspension of license and $500.
I'm against banning cell phone usage on our roadways, but I am about fines and alternative solutions for drivers to avoid the fines and points on their licenses.
From a previous post:
Texting While Driving Causes:," found on texting and driving safety DOT com.

1. 1,600,000 accidents per year – National Safety Council
2. 330,000 injuries per year – Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study
3. 11 teen deaths EVERY DAY – Ins. Institute for Hwy Safety Fatality Facts
4. Nearly 25% of ALL car accidents


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Monk Parakeets back in the News

Photo by Stephen Puibello, November 1, 2012
location-Cliffside Park, NJ High School Utility Pole
Known as South American Monk Parrots or Wild Quaker the nest in the photo above was triple that size post Hurricane Sandy.  Where did they come from, a crate of them is said to have broken open at John F. Kennedy International Airport. in the 70's. 
I first noticed these parrakeet's in Edgewater as I frequented a Mexican Restaurant now closed.  There a Chase branch near there and I noticed them there as well when cycling my bike to and from, those pictured above were located on a utility pole opposite the bus stop between Cliffside Park Public Housing and Cliffside Park High School on Palisade Avenue.
I was saddened to venture out after hurricane Sandy and see the nest was about one-third its size, the parrots must have moved as today the nest is gone.
These parrots are once again in the news on December 14, 2012m just two days ago.  This is not the first time, please visit the following links and get involved in saving their homes.





Monday, October 15, 2012

Come See Gordo... At WoofStock 2012 Amazing Recovery

Gordo walking and running, yeah!!!!

Three weeks after surgery, Gordo went to a private home and was taken to River Pet for therapy 3 times a week the first week and 2 times a week after he showed amazing improvement.  He is now walking and actually running and THANK THE LORD urinating without any difficulty.  From the depths of despair, we are looking forward to a normal life ahead for the thankful little fellow thanks to the generosity of so many who cared and the diligent work done at River Pet under the direction of Dr.Karen Zelinski as well as follow up health care from Animal General in Edgewater.  
Gordo's foster is finding it difficult to transfer his care as her setup is perfect for him.  SO Gordo is probably going to have a forever home right there.

He can be seen next Sunday the 28th at Woofstock in Tenafly, (see attached flyer above)  New Jersey along with Daniel the beagle who walked out of  southern gas chamber, flown up north and saved by Pet Res Q Inc and Eleventh Hour Rescue.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Update on Little Gordo

Fellow Friends and Pet Lovers

Thank you one and all for all your support and love in our campaign to save GORDO. Little GORDO had surgery performed on his spine and is now resting and receiving physical therapy to regain his strength in order to walk again. His progress has been slow, but he is beginning to place weight on his back legs with support. Today he actually stood on his legs for the first time for a couple of seconds!!! He's a picky little eater but has a particular affinity for chicken which he woofs down with ease. But he is also now eating regular dog food with ease as well.  He is such a love and has captured the hearts of everyone that is involved in his care. He returns affection affection, with abundant kisses and wags.

We continue to receive generous donations for his care, but we still have a long road ahead.
If yo care to help us help Gordo please send your donations today to:
 Animal Specialty Center
9 Odell Plaza Yonkers, NY 10701
ATTN: Jennifer Kelly. 
Please place Gordo/Pet RES-Q  in the memo section of the check. 

If you wish to donate by credit card please call call the hospital at 914-457-4082 and speak to Jennifer Kelly. Indicate you are donating to Gordo and Pet RESQ Inc., Monday through Friday between 9:00 and 3:00 PM only. In order for us to send you a charitable contribution receipt, kindly leave your address with Jennifer.

Again we thank you for what you can do, and all you who have already donated for our little GORDO.

Kandy and Karen

Please visit previous post for photograph of Gordo.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


This little 1 ½ year old cutie was surrendered to a high kill Manhattan shelter in excruciating pain from a spinal injury that left him unable to walk.  PetResQ Inc stepped in to save him.  Gordo has been transferred to The Animal Specialty Center where he will undergo surgery so he may walk again.  His surgery alone is $3000.00.   Gordo is now at River Pet rehabing.

Please help Gordo today with your tax deductible contribution. To donate by credit card call the Animal Specialty Center (914) 457-4000  and ask for Melissa Maggipind,  Keri Flores or Rhiannon Duda  Mon-Fri. from 9-5.  Please mention your donation is for Gordo and  Pet ResQ Inc. 
 Checks may be mailed to Animal Specialty Center, 9 Odell Plaza, Yonkers, NY  10701.  Please include Gordo/Pet ResQ Inc in memo of the check. 
Pet ResQ Inc relies solely on donations from the public to save animals’ lives. Please donate what you can today.
For More information about Pet-Res-Q-Inc., and the dedicated volunteers who make this happen

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Texting while driving is quickly becoming one of the country’s top killers

Fellow readers,

The following link says it all texting and driving Kills.

"Texting While Driving Causes:," found on texting and driving safety DOT com.

1. 1,600,000 accidents per year – National Safety Council
2. 330,000 injuries per year – Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study
3. 11 teen deaths EVERY DAY – Ins. Institute for Hwy Safety Fatality Facts
4. Nearly 25% of ALL car accidents

What more needs to be said.

Fellow Residents please drive safely.


Sunday, July 15, 2012

It's Required by the Law, subject to fine or imprisonment

The mystery question has been found.

Okay, we read week after week after week in the Cliffside Park Citizen about picking up after your dog is the law, but no where can it be found what is the fine. Many citys, towns and boroughs have ordinances pertaining to dog poop.

Attached to these ordinances are fines, here's a sampling:

San Francisco up to $320
NYC                        $250
Boston                     $  50
Chicago                   $500 max.
Baltimore, MD        $1,000
Hoboken, NJ           $2,000 max.

Ah! let me visit the  Boroughs website there you will find all ordinances. 

CLIFFSIDE              Ordninace # 7-4-6, excerpt.
PARK                       "not to exceed one thousand ($1,000) or imprisonment for a period not to
                                     exceed 90 days or both."

To read the entire ordinance titled Dogs and Animal waste click here Ordinance 7-4 revised 2005.

Who else is curious how many tickets have been issued, and how much money in fines have been collected and or person(s) have gone to prision for up to 90 days.



Sunday, June 10, 2012

Borough Replaces Cliffside Park South Side welcome sign

When entering Cliffside Park on Palisade avenue from North Bergen the old sign was knocked down, today the location as well as a brand new sign is in place.  In addition to the sign that was knocked down, there are brand new signs located on the borders of Cliffside Park.

Special thanks to Joe Rutch Borough Administrator and Sercan Zoklu Borough Clerk for the excellent constituent services they provide for his Honor the Mayor and all our elected town Councilors.  Both work behind the scenes, without them this community activist letters would fall on deaf ears.

When driving home take note of the new signs at all of the Boroughs borders.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Two weeks now, the story what's up with Cliffside Park's Towne Centre.  This past Friday, May 18, 2012 the article titled, "HUD rejects project," was part two offering answers to the residents and business owners who live around the "pit."   It also effects the entire town as the owner isn't paying taxes, had it been and if it were today maybe all property owners would be paying less.  I mean each parcel of land has a value, the value is what determins the taxes, if all of Cliffide park didn't pay taxes how long before our services came to a halt.

So I'm upset on the fact that the taxes are being paid as it fuels laziness on the project, oh were not paying taxes, so we put it aside for now attitude.

Then there's what I said in my blog, okay the town owns the land, lets use it for some other project, something that will generate income, generate foot traffic for the businesses, generate jobs, best yet generate taxes paid to the town.  If I had this thought, and John Mirtchell, Chairman of the Bergen County Freeholders, shared last Friday, "Until they have a plan, the space could go to good use." 

If the two of use are thinking this, how many others are, that we should landfill the pit maybe a park with parking meters around it, that's pretty basic.  Add to that revenues and foot traffic from things like farmers markets, an Ice skating pavillion in the winter, a town poll and town health club / community center, there's so many possibilities other then a pit, an eyesore a drain on our town budget, the lose of new business owners and the loss of property value for everyone living around the pit.

Folks, the Cliffside Park Citizen has kept this story alive for two weeks now, the paper is empowering residents to act.   Visit the Boroughs website http://www.cliffsideparknj.gov/Documents/AgendaMinutes.html  and invite your neighbors both residents and business owners,let your elected local officials know, they are there to help you, things like business coalitions, neighborhood groups, trust me...if we had these, the pit would get the attention it deserves.

Monday, May 14, 2012

No Taxes, Tax Exempt, Questions

"Questions Still Lingers for Towne Centre," Cliffside Park Citizen, Friday May 11, 2012.  I bet many of have questions other then what was written by Stacey Rosenfield. 

When I read, "As previously advised by the municpal clerk the property question is owned by the borough of Cliffside Park and therefore there are no tax bills generated, I for one said, I bet the shop owners and residents taxes didn't have to be paid as well, or how about 1 quarter no taxes anything that would lite a fire under this project.

I'd challenge the town build by a determined date or lose it in the form of a park, anything but more years of this eyesore of a pit.

How about level it off and lease the land until something is built, or how about a new project, our town center could use a movie theather, ice skating rink, park that could be used to bring back the carnivals held in town, parking meters, flea markets, anything that would generate foot traffic and bring dollars to the surrounding store owners.

Lets make money not lose money, Cliffside Park like so many municiplaities are raising taxes, why well I guess it needs to offset the deadbeat properties who can't pay because they are broke and I guess because of the properties such as the one where this development is planned also not paying taxes.

These are my two cents, what's yours.  Town shop owners should start a coalition and lobby the town at the Borough Hall monthly meetings, talking inside your shops, talking while siting there sipping coffee and tea while looking at the pit does very little, attend a meeting and let your voices be heard.


Up comming meetings and minutes of old meetings can be found in the above link:

Up comming meetings:

May 8, 2012

June 12, 2012

July 10, 2012

Call Borough Hall for the times in the evening 201-945-3456

Monday, May 7, 2012

Who says there's no such thing as magic!

late Winter
last week 5/5/12

May,7, 2012

Borough of Cliffside Park
525 Palisade Avenue
Cliffside Park, NJ 07010
ATTN: Sercan Zoklu
Borough Clerk, Mayors Office

Dear Sercan,

Thank you for making the magic happen.
As we discussed  the stones will protect the residents waiting for buses as well as  the new bus stop.

Respectfully ,

Stephen Puibello
Friends and Neighbors of the
Back Bay NAG
Neighborhood Action Group

Saturday, April 28, 2012

New Bus Stop and Bolder Barrier to Protect Pedestrians

April 28, 2012

Borough of Cliffside Park
525 Palisade Avenue
Cliffside Park, NJ  07010
ATTN: Sercan Zoklu
Borough Clerk, Mayors Office

Dear Sercan,

Thank you for agreeing to meet me at the new bus stop that replaces the bus stop that was destroyed by a recent car accident.  As we discussed I asked if the boulders from a nearby construction site could be placed in front of the bus stop to create a natural barrier to protect the residents who wait for the 156 and the overcrowded 156R express buses to New York.

I appreciate the two of us agreeing to my proposed suggestion and look forward to the moving of the boulders by the nearby construction crew.  Once in place the stones will protect the residents and the new bus stop.

Respectfully ,

Stephen Puibello
Friends and Neighbors of the
Back Bay NAG
Neighborhood Action Group

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Workings of a Neighborhood Activist

April, 9. 2012

Good Day, if you've made it this far possible you've seen one of my flyers. The issue is an alternative mode of travel for commuters riding the over-crowed 156 R & 159 R buses. The altermative being the NY Waterway Ferry providing FREE shuttle is provided as part of the coat of the Ferry Ride.

I'm asking for a trial of a Gorge Road route that starts at Edgewater Ferry, goes up route 5, makes left on to Palisade Avenue, quick right up to Anderson Avenue through town Center onto Gorge Road to the bottom in Edgewater. There it will make left on River Road heading North to the Edgewater Ferry.

I seldom get seats, possible you to haven't gotten a seat yourself or gotten the last seat and just at by the Cliffside Park Post Office Stop and then have had 20 people standing and if your on the aisle, hit in the head by a back pack.

If you would use the ferry provided it included a FREE SHUTTLE please read down to earlier post and send NY Waterway a request. I'm hoping the more we can stir up--hence text, tweet and share.

Thank you for you,

Stephen A. Puibello,
Founder Friends and Neighbors of theBack Bay NAG.
Neighborhood Action GroupCommunity Activist since 1996

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

NY WaterWay Free Shuttle Buses, Please consider

Fellow Commuters, neighbors of Cliffside Park

Would you take A FREE SHUTTLE to the FERRY

Please help me make this happen

Thank You


April 4, 2012

NY Waterway
4800 Avenue at Port Imperial
Weehawken, NJ 07086
ATTN: Arthur E. Imperatore

RE: Expanding Free Shuttle Service to the Edgewater Terminal via Route 5 and Gorge Road

Dear Sir,

My family home is in the South Side of Cliffside Park, I used to catch the free shuttle service that still operates today along Woodcliff Avenue, past Hudson County Park and down 60th Street.

I moved and now live on Gorge Road, Gorge Road is serviced by the 156R & 159R (NJ Transit Express Buses). By the time the buses reach Edgewater and Gorge Road, you are lucky to get a seat.

Sir, I'm hoping you'd consider extending your Free Shuttle Service, from the Edgewater Terminal, up Route 5, though the Center of town on Anderson and then south onto Gorge road to the bottom and then make the left heading back to the Edgewater Terminal. Please give it a trial period. I think you'll see a full bus and new Ferry Riders.

Thank you for your time and consideration of my letter today.

I urge others to call NY Waterway at 800-533-3779 or via their webpage:



Days Gone Bye

Dear Neighbors:

For those just moving here welcome, for some like me who came in the early 70's, and the historians still around, and trust me they are still here. I found this on YouTube and thought you would like to view it as well. You notice an old fire house (it's still there) and the Episcopal Church at the intersection of Riverview and Palisade Avenue. Can you pick out others.

When you view the clip you will see references to Grantwood, from what I've found, "
Grantwood is a name used for an a part of town, taken from Grant's Tomb, located on the opposite shore of the river."


Enjoy the post, next time your on a bike, in your car, on the 156 or 159 NJ Transit buses see images from the clip and think back.


Stephen A. Puibello,
Founder Friends and Neighbors of theBack Bay NAG.
Neighborhood Action Group Community Activist since 1996

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

On Top of the Palisades

March 27, 2012

Honorable Mayor Gerald A. Calabrese

Borough of Cliffside Park

525 Palisade Avenue

Cliffside Park, NJ 07010

Re: Sercan Zoklu, Borough Clerk

Dear Mayor,

Today's thank you is long over do, and it goes to our Borough Clerk Sercan Zoklu for his assistance last year in regards to Pedestrian Safety which is in the news again, this time from our neighbors to the North in Fort Lee. It's nice to see motorist stopping for pedestrians all over Cliffside Park, especially where the cones and signs stating the State's new law, regarding motorists stopping while Pedestrians are in the very visible widely painted crosswalks through out the Borough.

Next issue which I've been working with Sercan as the Back Bay NAG, Community Activist is the replacement of the Welcome to the Borough of Cliffside Park, Located on top of the Palisades. In tribute to you Mr. Mayor I feel all signs should add, Home of New Jersey's longest Elected Mayor of the State of New Jersey.

The picture above is just one of the Welcoming Signs located in the South Side of Cliffside Park, since the the one at the true border of North Bergen our neighbor to the South was knocked down, Sercan has been working to have it replaced.

Thanks to Sercan, to our Mayor and Councilmen and Councilwomen for their continued work for all residents of both Cliffside Park North and South, often referred to as the South side.


Stephen A. Puibello
Founder Friends and Neighbors of Back Bay NAG
Neighborhood Action Group Community Activist since 1996

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Fort Lee Chief of Police Proactive on Pedestrian Safety

Chief of Police
Thomas O. Ripoli
1327 16th St.
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Dear Chief,

I didn't see the article about pedestrian safety in the paper, I saw it on the door at the Dunkin Donuts at the intersection of Route 5 and Anderson avenue, thank you for your pro active stance on Pedestrian Safety.

These past few evenings I've been walking up Gorge Road onto Anderson Avenue through Cliffside Park, heading past Winston Towers towards Fort Lee. I must say I didn't feel safe (as I'm a community activistbig on pedestrian safety), at the intersection Anderson Avenue and Columbia Avenue. The intersection had an island down the center with traffic at the intersection turning left and right onto Anderson Avenue, with many cars doing just that while I was in the crosswalk. May I suggest a few of Cars Must Stop when Pedestrians are in the crosswalk and adding a few more seconds to the timing of the traffic light.

I thank you for being pro active and urge other local Boroughs to be as proactive by asking folks to contact you.

From the article I Googled before writing this post, "http://www.cliffviewpilot.com/editorial/3448-fort-lee-chief-ripoli-urges-pedestrian-safety "

"If there are any intersections that raise a public concern (such as dimly lit or potentially dangerous intersections) please contact our traffic division at 201-592-3515. The Fort Lee Police Department will work with the County and State Agencies in order to rectify any problems. As always, the safety of our residents is the Police Department’s primary concern. Please stay safe and stay aware."

I'd like to add the Cliffside Park Police Department phone number 201-945-3600 as ask readers to do the same as above regarding "any intersections that raise a public concern."

Thank you Chief Ripoli and all members of the law enforcement officers in Fort and my town of Cliffside Park.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bus stop added to Ferry Route, Cliffside Park Citizen


Response to the Editor of the Cliffside Park Citizen, March 9, 2012

Dear Editor,

I'd like to thank his Honor the Mayor for responding to the "interest expressed by Cliffside Park residents who commute to New York City. I'd ask that he go one step further and reach out to the Mayor of North Bergen which borders the South Side of Cliffside Park. NY Waterway's original free shuttle continues to pick up residents of the South side who walk as far as Walker Street to Woodcliff Avenue that runs along Boulevard East. Expanding the route would benefit property owners who rent their properties as well as the numerous new condos built below Walker Street by offering residents of the South Side who commute into NYC another alternate mode of Transportation.

I suggest two routes to better serve all residents. Have the North Route at the top of route 5 turn onto Palisade Avenue, proceed to the turn onto Gorge Road, throw the Town Center on Anderson then right towards route 5 to the Edgewater Ferry. The second route from Woodcliff Avenue along Hudson County Park would turn onto Palisade Avenue to Edgewater Road, and then down Gorge Road on the very over-crowded 156 R and 159 R (express buses) that originate in Englewood Cliffs. Cliffside Residents Mayor stand as there are no seats, or worse the bus drives past them with their signs reading bus full.

Thank you Mayor Calabrese for reading this, as the State of New Jerseys longest elected Mayor, my Mayor I thank you for your attention on my letter to the Editor and it's readers of the Cliffside Park Citizen..

God Bless America

Stephen A. Puibello,
Founder Friends and Neighbors of theBack Bay NAG
Neighborhood Action Group
Community Activist since 1996