Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Be thankful that you don't already have

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers

A Thanksgiving Poem:
Be Thankful
Be thankful that you don't already have
everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

—Author Unknown

Friday, November 15, 2013

Edgewater and Cliffside Park, New Jersey Riddle # 1

How do you know when you are crossing from Cliffside Park
into Edgewater.

Hint, if you drive you will miss it.

take a tour, check out 
my blog or say hello.


If you know the

contact me, the winner 
will be posted here.

Be Safe, Be Kind 
God Bless

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Which Hat is he wearing today?

Homeowner,  Community Activist, Columnist

Here's the situation, your a homeowner, your paying taxes, possible condo fee's and you feel like your section of town doesn't look like another section of town, yet you both are paying the same tax rate.  You notice things like no trees, no litter baskets, lack of bus shelters, over flowing litter across the street in front of your neighbors house, cracked sidewalks, different street lights to name a few. Then you look down the block, you see store fronts, bakeries, and other homes, it's a mixed use neighborhood, there's public buses, public schools, it's one of the reasons your moved here, all good but you see little in the way of improvement, and when you do notice improvement, it's never in the neighborhood you live in.

Well if your married you talk to your partner, if you own a dog and out for a walk you talk with your neighbor.  That neighbor talks with another and another runs into you and now both of you are talking about the same thing, this is a good thing, but you need to take it one more step and that's calling town hall, explain the problem and with any luck the problem will be solved, most are, but others well these seem to linger and everyone is still talking about these and you notice these issues are ones that are common to all in the neighborhood, I named a few above, there are others.

So what do you do, you all start calling and still little changes so you are all still talking.  The talking to each other is good, but if you want results you need to make yourself and your issue be known, call the news both newspaper and TV.  Invite them to your neighborhood to see the unsolved problems, sometimes this is all it takes and in the process of making this happen a community group or community activist is born.

This is how I got involved in community activism, check out , click on the Boston button and look for the letter button and see what I did in my area of Boston between 1999 - 2001.  Was it work yes, did it pay off yes in many ways the biggest is when I sold my condo it sold in three weeks as my section of town was the most pristine, it has crosswalks, littler baskets, no over flowing garbage, street lights that were clean and worked, no rodents, it had trees and everyone knew everyone and best of all it landed me a freelance writing job as the Neighborhood Guy (see the picture above).   Even better I earned the respect of my town Council who looked at me for assistance when they ran for office.   I made a donation, voted for who was representing me, but I never endorsed anyone, I stayed neutral.


One of the many town council hearings I attended I asked everyone in Council Chambers who owned a cell phone, everyone raised their hands.  Then I asked how many have the number to the Borough Clerks office, the town Councilors but no one else..  I said folks please take out your phones and please put in this number, I repeated it, and said after the meeting if anyone didn't get it to please see me for the number.  I ended my talk by saying when you are out and about, please call and large a complaint.  

Folks this is empowerment, giving others the same tools I learned so that as a group we will make an impact. That's one person, me.  Imagine 12 of Me's each representing a neighborhood association with a combined voice of 6,000 friends and neighbors.   In a town of 22,000   6,000 people calling, others reminding each other of City Council meeting tonight and 200 show up, well if it's Cliffside Park they will need a bigger hall as it holds half that.   

"I must say, of all the neighborhood groups and individuals I have had contact with this first year on the job, the Back Bay NAG, has to be the most effective one man operation, to rectify a major problem practically single handed." James Cahill, Director Code Enforcement City of Boston


"Instrumental and effective, Steve Puibello and the Back Bay NAG have proved to have the pulse of the city on the quality of life issues that effect us all."Boston City Councillor Maureen E. Feeney Chair,
Committee on Government Operations 

I love my town, back then it was Boston, today it's Cliffside Park, some days I could be at a street fair in Manhattan, it's the same principles no matter where you are.   Phone, write a letter, if you need to do it again do so but write it and copy your State Representative or the Editor of a local paper--why you want the person you've been calling and writing to know that everyone else received the same letter.   Always be polite, they are elected officials and always say thank you.  The process is that simple, but it can take several of these cycles before it happens, all you do is add another copy and like I said above contact the media, show them the audit trail of letters you've written, there's a story to be told, a.k.a. NEWS.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

"Soon-To-Be-Implemented Beautification of Palisade Avenue

Palisade Avenue CR 27 by Stephen Puibello

Twice in one week, election week 2013 to be exact I'm reading about the, "soon-to-be-beautification of Palisade Avenue, CR meaning County Road 27.  The first appearance was on a post card, the second from Mayor Calabrese which arrived today, addressed to Dear Friends and Neighbors.  

I applaud our Mayor and the town Council which over the years have done amazing from $3,600,000 in Federal Grant Money for the borough, but I see very little of these projects in what's referred to as the ""South Side,"," which runs from Edgewater Avenue to North Bergen borderline, Hudson Place and Palisade Avenue the last intersection before entering our neighbors to the South, North Bergen,

Beautification projects are beautiful, especially when they save tax payers money.  They are also appreciated, truly but they need to be balanced in that there are to sides of town, the South and the North and many of these projects benefit the North.  

One example was the "Cliffside Park Announces New Tree Initiative" back in 2010 

“If the Borough undertook this project at its own expense, the cost would be over $40,000,” said Councilman Corcoran, Liaison to the Green Committee. “This project will not only save taxpayers money, but will help preserve the environment for generations.”

I'm hoping that this next beautification project on Palisade Avenue encompasses "all" of Palisade Avenue between Hudson Place on the North Bergen / Cliffside Park border in the South and Marion Avenue on the Fort Lee border to our North.

If you feel that your block is left out of the Palisade Avenue beautification projects show up at next Borough Hall town meetings, the next one Tuesday, November 12, 2013 or call the Borough Clerk's Office at
(201) 945-3456

For a complete list of the dates, and also the minutes of past town meetings click Here.

Other Helpful Links:

Who's Who in Cliffside Park Elected Officals

Who's Steve Puibello

More About Steve Puibello  and Even More about Steve Puibello

For a free consultation on how you to can set-up a neighborhood group or a block association please contact me at

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Unsafe, Dark Street and Sidewalk as you Exit Cliffside Park Senior Housing

Between Lincoln Avenue & Division Street
on Gorge Road

November 2, 2013

Borough of  Cliffside Park
525 Palisade Avenue
Cliffside Park, NJ    07010
Attn:  Borough Clerk, Mayors Office

Dear Sercan Zoklu,

It's been several weeks since we communicated about the street lamp not working between Lincoln Avenue and Division Street along Gorge Road.

Many residents in the area, especially those who walk from the Cliffside Park Housing Authority, many who are senior citizens as well as myself who walk to and from the center of town feel unsafe. 

Please follow-up on the repair of this street lamp which will make the area safe for all residents young and old.

Thank you for you attention to this matter.


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