Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A New Year's Wish

 A New Year's Wish
Author Unknown

At the sound of the tolling midnight bell
a brand new year will begin.
Let's raise our hopes in a confident toast,
to the promise it ushers in.

May your battles be few, your pleasures many,
your wishes and dreams fulfilled.
May your confidence stand in the face of loss
and give you the strength to rebuild.

May peace of heart fill all your days
may serenity grace your soul.
May tranquil moments bless your life
and keep your spirit whole.


Wishing you peace, love and hope—
now and throughout the New Year.  

Stephen Puibello
Neighborhood Activist
Cliffside Park

Friday, December 6, 2013

Community Wide Streetscape Improvement Tax Rebate Program (Proposal)

December 5, 2014

Borough of Cliffside Park
525 Palisade Avenue
Cliffside Park, NJ 07010
ATTN: Acting Mayor Thomas Calabrese
Council Woman Donna Spoto
CC: Borough Clerk Sercan Zoklu

Re: Community Wide Streetscape Improvement Tax Rebate Program (Proposal)

Dear Acting Mayor Thomas Calabrese and Councilwoman Donna Spoto,

I wanted to follow-up with my appearance at the last meeting held on Tuesday, November 12. I inquired about the Grant secured for the streetscape improvement project mentioned in the last election promotional materials, the project between Crescent and Lawton Avenues or what's now come to be known as restaurant row, the six properties 7-11 up to the bar on the corner of Columbia and then EmergiMed and two others heading North to Lawton Avenue.

As I stated, beautification projects are an improvement, they help the business and homeowners in the neighborhoods as well as the over all community, in addition to those benefits it also improves the property values of all structures in the improvement zone, again paid for by Grant Monies, not the owners of the properties, a win, win for everyone, truly as I walk and bike to the Palisadium and would add that you include one or two bike racks, as parking is limited, cycling will generate foot traffic as well, foot traffic brings customers, please if you haven't thought of that, rethink and add one or two, thank you.

I'd like to talk about other improvements made in the community along Palisade and Anderson Avenues, these aren't by Grants, but are paid out of pocket by the property owners, the goal streetscape improvement which will increase their property values, like their neighbors elsewhere in town, lucky enough to be in a Grant that does has the same results.

In reading the ordinance 13-2-2 Failure to Repair"

What I'm reading is that the Council verifies the costs conducted by the town department doing the inspection, this is fair. Then the Council then certifies the repair expenses which get placed on the land owners as a lien, and then gets added to their taxes with interest until all taxes and liens are paid off.
I'd like the Council to consider the following, thank you..


Offer the property owners who are proactive the opposite of a Tax Lien, that being a Tax rebate to help cover the costs, this could be spread over a period so that the entire project is paid off by tax rebate monies.
The council approves similar rebates on property owners who over-pay their property taxes, the Council should be able to come up with a property owner tax rebate landscape program, that is spread out over a few years of tax payments.

All residents would be saving money, net result those who sign on board this program assist in a community wide streetscape project.

Thank you for your time today and also for your consideration.

Stephen A. Puibello
Community Activist since 1996,

from the City of Boston's City Council for his community work
for Boston's Back Bay Neighborhood and the City of Boston.
September 12, 2001

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Happy Holiday, The Answer to the Riddle

Happy Holidays

A few weeks ago I posted this riddle;

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

Hint, if you drive you will miss it.

The answer:  There's a gap where there are no sidewalks, forcing pedestrians to walk in the street This is easy noticed when you walk up both Gorge Road from River Road and also when you walk up or down Oxen Hill

Reminder: To all my readers,  next Town Hall Meeting is Tuesday December 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM.    The Process if you never attended a meeting is at the end, any in attendance are asked if they have anything to say, just raise your hand and talk to our elected officials, they are there to listen.

Focus on the issue, be respectful and thank them for their time and consideration.  

Follow-up with a handwritten letter reference the meeting and ask for a reply.

Good Luck with any proposals, suggestions, requests

Community Activism can be time consuming, but you gain from it, you meet your neighbors, you meet your elected officials and together the community can grow as we move forward.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thank You for Repairing the Broken Street Lamp

December 1, 2013

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

Dear Sercan Zoklu,

Re:  Blog Post  http://www.thebackbaynagletters.blogspot.com/2013/11/unsafe-dark-street-and-sidewalk-as-you.html

I was out for evening walk  and noticed the street lamp between Lincoln Avenue and Division Street along Gorge Road replaced and working.

Thank you  for your assistance in making the area safe for the pedestrians, many who are seniors who live in the surrounding area.



Stephen Puibello