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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 11:49pm
When will the politics cease? Councilman Joe Bianchi seems to believe he’s already been elected mayor, but that’s not surprising since he was calling himself “councilman-elect” in 2006 only to lose the election in a landslide! All hat and no cattle. All sizzle and no steak. That’s Joe Bianchi. He couldn’t find political accomplishment if he buried it in his own backyard. A political “wanna-be” who’s endless bark is tiring and his bite non-existent! This is the same guy who doesn’t actually march in the Girl’s Softball parade, but just shows up to throw out the first ball after failing to deliver on lights at Allan Park! Joe Bianchi is prepared to go to war with hundreds of residents who live around that facility and disrupt their quiet time! He’s prepared to do just about anything to win this election people! Will Councilman Richard Hughes go along with this attempt to disrupt the lives of homeowners now paying close to $10,000 annually in property taxes thanks to three consecutive...
Rip Collins Field
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Monday, April 21, 2014 - 10:25pm
In wake of news reports that the construction at Rip Collins will include artificial turf and grass on the same playing surface, Mayor Peter Massa is asking that a public presentation of the status of the project take place (click here for letter). Voters approved $3.3 million dollars in upgrades and renovations, but doesn't appear to include any investment in the river bank that protects the field from flooding. Some are wondering if flooding will still be an issue after the work is complete. The Board of Education remains mum on the progress of the project while many of the supporters of this referendum were highly critical of the county's $5.3 million renovation of Riverside Park which was on time and without cost overruns. "They couldn't wait to be critical of the county's work while turning a blind eye to the Rip Collins facility. Is that a coincidence or just politics as usual?", questioned one Democrat when asked to comment. Most importantly, the issue of EPA approval remains...
Mayor Pete Massa
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Monday, April 21, 2014 - 10:01pm
Mayor Peter Massa joins several North Arlington residents in ensuring a good time was had by all at the NAVES Annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Recreation Commission and the governing body. "I want to thank all who made this day a wonderful event for our kids. It is these kind of community events that make North Arlington a special place to live," offered Massa, himself a life-long resident and retired North Arlington police officer.    
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Friday, April 18, 2014 - 2:35pm
This letter was sent to the Mayor & Council in 2010:       Dear Mayor Massa and Council Members,     Thank you for allowing my neighbors and I the opportunity to speak at your meeting of March 25th to oppose the installation of field lights at Allan Park. It was an impassioned debate with the viewpoints of both sides well represented. While there was much disagreement over whether the lights should be installed, there was a suprising amount of agreement regarding the impact the lights would have the surrounding residents, and the existence of alternatives.     Just about everyone who spoke for both sides of the debate acknowledged that the quality of life of the area's residents would suffer substantially. In addition, there were a series of alternatives that were either being pursued by the recreation commissioner (for which we are very grateful!) or were proposed by objective residents. Some of those alternatives were the following:     1. Installing the lights at the north end...
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Friday, April 18, 2014 - 12:58pm
The satellite photo pictured here demonstrates exactly why installing lights does more harm than good.   This facility was carved out of a residential neighborhood long before two properties were converted for recreational use.   As you can see, Stratford Place homeowners would be unduly burdened not to mention Schuyler Avenue homeowners as well.   For whatever reason, Councilman Joe Bianchi and Councilman Dan Pronti continue down this path of dividing the community over an issue that was resolved decades ago.   Tearing the bandage off this wound is about politics, not recreation.   It's also important to note that Councilman Bianchi after six years in office now has decided along with Pronti that reopening this wound for the purposes of a campaign only seems to makes sense to these candidates for public office.   To compound matters even worse, Pronti now wants lights on the field as well as lights on the parking lot, only increasing costs without a funding solution.   Lights...
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BIANCHI PLAYS POLITICS ONCE AGAIN!

04/17/2014 - 7:24pm

Seeks to place lights on a field that will disrupt the lives of hundreds of homeowners, Pronti wants lights for empty parking lots! Saturday’s opening ceremony for the North Arlington Recreation Girls’ Softball season took on a political twist. Mayor Peter Massa, a Democrat,...

Adults Acting Like Children

04/17/2014 - 6:30pm

Shame-on local Republicans. Politics has no place in our community events. With the break of spring finally here, North Arlington hosts a series a community events designed to bring the community together, not be drenched in the stale smell of local politics! Mayor Pete Massa...


Weekly Poll

How would you grade the improvements being currently constructed at Rip Collins Field?

The North Arlington school district is failing and they really don’t seem to care! Insulated from political accountability and scrutiny with contests buried at the bottom of the general election ballot, it is almost impossible to run and win a seat on this floundering five-member body. Refusing to comment on the fact that just 68% of all NAHS seniors even bother to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) according to the South Bergenite, what happens to the remaining 32% of seniors who don’t even consider college as a life option? Even more pathetic is the fact that just twenty percent of those who take the test score 1,550 or more, the recognized benchmark of those students who will in all probability will graduate from a four-year college or university! Is it now safe to say that just twenty percent of North Arlington seniors will graduate from college in four years? Isn’t it time for some real answers from the North Arlington Board of Education? Maybe instead of spending millions on the renovation of football field in a flood plain, that those dollars go to SAT preparation and increasing the chances of North Arlington seniors having a speck of a chance in the most competitive of job markets in the history of the workplace? In a global economy students may not go to college, but they must be prepared. That means real skills to compete, earn a living and become part of the middle class. Just what is this school district doing other than concentrating on artificial turf on the banks of the Passaic River? And just what is the status of this project nobody seems to know, especially the voters and taxpayers flipping the proverbial bill? North Arlington currently has the lowest participation of high school seniors taking the SAT’s in all of South Bergen! We’re not comparing North Arlington to Ridgewood or Mahwah, but to Wallington, Lyndhurst and Rutherford and NA still lags behind! This is a school district led by a board president seemingly obsessed with becoming...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 11:49pm
When will the politics cease? Councilman Joe Bianchi seems to believe he’s already been elected mayor, but that’s not surprising since he was calling himself “councilman-elect” in 2006 only to lose the election in a landslide! All hat and no cattle...
Rip Collins Field
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 10:25pm
In wake of news reports that the construction at Rip Collins will include artificial turf and grass on the same playing surface, Mayor Peter Massa is asking that a public presentation of the status of the project take place (click here for letter). ...