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Continued on Page 13
Hackensack Comet Wrestlers Undefeated
Hackensack High School varsity wrestling coach John Stallone has watched his team take one simple man-tra to heart this season: “One day at a time, one match at a time.”Such a philosophy is, as Stallone described, the meth-od to his team’s success so far this season. The Comets currently hold an undefeated record and Hackensack is now ranked No. 1 in its divi-sion and sixth in the county  by the
 Recor
.
Photo Courtesy: Michael Cohen
Gavin Connolly of Northern Valley faces off against Hackensack’s John D’Elia.BY MICHAEL COHEN
 
Publisher
Gail Marie Zisa
Editor-in-Chief 
Lauren Zisa
Art Director
Donald Hatcher 
Deputy Editor
Melody Travisano
Sales Managers
Karen BurkeAvis LoVecchio
Writers
Joy BelgiovineJason CohenMichael CohenPaul HummelGloria JohnsonKathleen KaneLaura Knipping Patti McNamaraGail VachonJuliann Weston
The County Seat 
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The County Seat. The County Seat 
, L.L.C. assumes no nancial responsibility
for typographical errors in advertisements if it is our error. Advertisers must notify the editor within seven days of publication of any error.
77 Hudson StreetHackensack, NJ 07601www.cntyseat.com
Tel: 201-488-5795 • Fax: 201-343-8720
info@cntyseat.com
Volume 10 Issue 5
Serving Hackensack, South Hackensack, Maywood, Rochelle Park, Paramus, Teaneck, Teterboro and Little Ferry
 
Classifed .............................
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22
Community Calendar ...........15
Dining Out ............................. 6
Games
 
..................................18
Main Street
 
............................ 8
Meet Maywood .....................10
Obits .....................................19
Real Estate .......................... 23Home Improvement .............. 21
Valenzuela Takes Mayor’s Ofce
Photo Courtesy: Paul Hummel
Newly-appointed Rochelle Park Mayor Frank Valenzuela being sworn in by Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan as his wife, Davia, and children look on.
Veteran Committee-
man Frank Valenzuela was
unanimously elected by his fellow members to once again lead Rochelle Park as its mayor during the body’s
annual reorganization meet
-
ing on Jan. 5. Valenzuela
 previously served as mayor in 2009 and 2010 and has  been on the committee since 2006 when he was appoint-
ed to ll a vacancy.
Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan admin-
istered the oath of ofce to Valenzuela while Deputy
Mayor Jayme Ouellette and Committeeman Jay Kovalcik were sworn in by Township Clerk Virginia De Maria.In his mayoral address,
Valenzuela thanked Joseph
Scarpa, the outgoing mayor, for a job well done and not-ed some of the township’s  progress during the previ-ous year.“We had some major ac-
complishments in 2013,” Valenzuela said as he
thanked the school board and police department. “We had the wet down of our new ladder truck and the  passage of the school bond referendum which enabled
us to x our infrastructure
with a 40 percent contribu-tion from the state.”He also noted the dedica-tion of the 9-11 memorial which honors all the victims of the tragedy including the two residents of Rochelle Park who lost their lives. Construction of the memo-rial was possible thanks to the efforts of Township Ad-ministrator Robert David-son and donations totaling
$35,000, Valenzuela said.Valenzuela also made
special mention of the town’s volunteers.“Without them we would not be able to provide the services that we have for the  people of Rochelle Park.”
 As mayor, Valenzuela
said he would be dedicating 2014 to the town’s volun-teers and will be regularly
recognizing organizations
and individuals for out-standing service.The new mayor also wants to move forward in upgrading the section of the town near Lodi that has sev-eral vacant stores. “The rehabilitation area is one of our top priorities,”
Valenzuela explained. “We
hired a planner to help us engineer this plan to have a successful rehabilitation of this area. We do good work here in Rochelle Park and I’m going to continue that.”Also during the meeting, special plaques were pre-
sented to Fireghters Rob
-
ert Holzmann and Michael
Stearns for 25 years of ser-vice. The leaders of the vol-
unteer re department and
ambulance corps were also
sworn into ofce.
BY PAUL HUMMEL January 31 at the Fiesta, Rt. 17 South, Wood-Ridge from 7:30 - Midnight. Dinner, Dancing, Raffles, 50/50 and more Tickets $45/in advance - $50/at the door 
For Information contact: Barbara J. Gooding, Charity Ofcer
Hackensack Blue and Gold Scholarship Fund at 201-587-9797 ext. 315 or bjgooding@hackensackblueandgold.com.
Saudino Starts Term No. 2
Photo Courtesy: Bergen County Sheriff’s Ofce
On Jan. 5, Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino was sworn in for his second term
in ofce at the Bergen County Justice Center in Hackensack. Pictured: Lt. Gov.
Kim Guadagno, Saudino, his wife, Gina, his son, Michael Jr., and Michael’s wife, Amanda.
Annual Beefsteak 
Sports ...................................13Town News ........
..................... 2
 
Family and friends of
Deborah Karlsson gathered at Hackensack City Hall to witness her being sworn in as the new city clerk during the public council meeting on Jan 7.As her sister and daughter looked on, Karlsson nervous-ly recited her oath as her fa-ther stood by her side holding the Bible. Karlsson replaces Debra Heck, who, at the re-quest of the council, resigned
on Dec. 6, 2013. The council
claimed that Heck failed to adequately perform her job duties, although she believes she was targeted for politi-
cal reasons. Heck has led a
legal notice with the city in-dicating she may sue for al-leged civil rights violations.Karlsson, a Hackensack resident, previously worked as a secretary for the police department and as deputy city clerk. “(I’m) excited. It’s good to be back. I feel like I’m home,” she said.Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino warned Karlsson that the council planned on keeping her very busy.“Hopefully it’ll be a pleas-ant experience for you. We look forward to lots of good things in the future for the city of Hackensack.”In the meanwhile, Karls-son’s predecessor is arm-ing herself for a legal battle against the city that ousted her. Her legal case will in-clude alleged defamatory statements and invasion of  privacy based on 60 pages of e-mails her attorney and
ancé, Richard Salkin, ob
-tained through a public re-cords request. The e-mails, mostly from Councilwoman Rose Greenman to other city
ofcials, discuss Heck’s job  performance, political aflia
-tions and personal life.“Apparently Debbie got engaged to Richard Salkin on Monday. She is showing everyone her ring,” Rose Greenman wrote in a Sept. 11 email to city spokesman Thom Ammirato and cop-ied to the city’s director of economic development, An-thony Rottino. She accused Heck of “conducting an af-fair on the city’s dime” with Salkin, the board of educa-tion’s attorney and a political foe of Greenman.In another e-mail, Green-man targeted Heck and Ste- phen Lo Iacono — the former city manager. “Both of them are politi-cal operatives — it’s as plain as day,” Greenman wrote to Ammirato. “They are trying to destroy us from within. Don’t listen to their prom-ises, just watch their actions. Like two coiled snakes. You may give them food and keep them warm. They will strike at you, nevertheless, given a chance.”In regular meeting busi-ness, the council introduced an ordinance establishing a
ve-year property tax abate
-ment and exemption pro-grams for developers and residents who build new con-struction in the city or make improvements to existing structures. Rottino noted that the tax abatement is moving forward after positive feedback from a town hall-style meeting held the previous night with  property owners in the tar-geted areas. The council also approved a new labor contract with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1158. The city is also seeking designation as a Transit Vil-lage under the Transit Village Initiative Smart Growth revi-
talization and redevelopment
 program created by the state Department of Transporta-tion.
BY JULIANN WESTON
At the beginning of each  New Year comes the oppor-tunity to improve and change. At
The County Seat 
, 2014 will be a time of fresh starts. Although this print edition of the newspaper will be our last, our Web site, www.cntyseat.com, continues to offer loyal readers the latest local news and features. By liking our
Facebook page, you will stay
up to date on the latest hap- penings and jump in on the conversation.Most exciting in 2014 is the expansion of
The Spot 
,
our glossy magazine. Due to
the overwhelming positive response received follow-ing the publishing of our in-augural edition last fall,
The Spot 
 will now be printed on a quarterly basis. Look out for our upcoming Winter/Spring edition next month.
The Spot
will be delivered via direct mail right to the mailboxes of our residents and businesses in our full circulation area throughout Bergen County. Copies will also be available at our advertisers’ locations, municipal government build-ings, community centers, sup- porting hotels and libraries. To learn about advertising op- portunities for
The Spot 
, call 201-488-5795. We are looking forward keeping you informed, enter-tained and engaged in 2014 and beyond. Happy New Year!
T e  C o un t   y S  e  a t  - J  an u a y 0 - a g e  3 
Photo Courtesy: Juliann Weston
Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse administering the
oath of ofce to Deborah Karlsson as her father holds
the Bible.
Karlsson Named Hackensack City Clerk 10 Free Flowering Trees
Residents of New Jersey can ring in the New Year
with 10 free owering trees
 by joining the Arbor Day
Foundation any time dur 
-ing January. New members will receive two Sargent crabapple, three American redbuds, two Washington hawthorns, and three white
owering dogwoods.
“These beautiful trees will give your home in New
Jersey lovely owers with
 pink, yellow and white col-ors,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive
of the Arbor Day Founda
-tion. “These trees are perfect for large and small spaces, and they will provide food and habitat for songbirds.”The free trees are part of the foundation’s Trees for America campaign.The trees will be shipped  postpaid at the right time
for planting, between Feb. 1 and May 31, with enclosed
 planting instructions. The 6- to 12- inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.Members will also re-ceive a subscription to the
Foundation’s bimonthly
 publication,
 Arbor Day
, and
The Tree Book 
, which includes information about tree planting and care.To become a member of the foundation and to re-ceive the free trees, send a
$10 contribution to Ten Free Flowering Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave.,
 Nebraska City, NE 68410,
 by Jan. 31. New Jersey resi
-dents can also join online at arborday.org/january.
County Seat 
 Announces Exciting Changes
Las Escuelas Públicas de Hackensack están dedicadas a ofrecerles a todos sus estudiantes una excelente educación basada en las normas estatales.
HACKENSACK PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Hackensack, New Jersey
Early Childhood Registration
2014-2015
Registration for Hackensack’s Preschool Program will begin on
March 10, 2014 and continue through March 12, 2014
, at the Early Childhood Developmental Center, 100 S. Main Street.Children must be four years of age by October 1, 2014 to participate in the half-day pre-kindergarten program. Kindergarten registration begins on
Monday, March 10, 2014
 at your local school. Children must be five years of age by October 1, 2014 to participate in the full-day kindergarten program.
Hours of registration: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM and 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Inscripción para el programa de medio día Pre-Kinder se llevará a cabo desde el
10 de marzo de 2014 hasta el 12 de marzo de 2014
 en el edificio para Primera Infancia Early Childhood Developmental Center, 100 S. Main Street. Reglas de Inscripción para Pre-Kinder: haber cumplido cuatro a
 
ños de edad antes del 1 de octubre del 2014. Inscripción para el programa kinder comenzará el 10 de marzo de 2014 en su escuela elementaria local. Reglas de inscrip-ción para kinder: haber cumplido cinco años de edad antes del 1 de octubre del 2014.
Horário para inscripciónes:
8:00 AM-11:30 AM y 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
ESCUELAS PÚBLICAS DE HACKENSACK
Hackensack, New Jersey
Inscripciónes para Primera Infancia/Pre-Kinder y Jardín de la infancia/Kinder 
2014-2015
Hackensack Public Schools is committed to providing an excellent, standards-based education for all children.

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