Friday, November 13, 2015

Readers get more crime news, doubts about rail tunnels

Euclid Avenue is a two-way street in Hackensack's Fairmount section that forks into one-way streets before Summit Avenue -- Euclid Avenue North, right, and Euclid Avenue South. A long story on Euclid Avenue in The Record on Thursday devotes only a couple of paragraphs to the street itself.

Since at least 2007, the owner of 177 Euclid Ave. has defied all attempts by city inspectors to get him to repair his front steps.


Readers find more local news on the front page of The Record today and Thursday, but much of it is the same old sensational crime and court coverage.

Check out the tortured first paragraph of today's lead story on squatters in the Englewood home of a veteran (A-1).

And why is Editor Martin Gottlieb wasting all this space on a proposal to curb smoking in public housing (A-1)?

The story questioning how new Hudson River tunnels will be financed is another in a long line of anti-mass transit pieces in a daily paper that relies heavily on ad revenue from car dealers and automakers  (A-1).

Transportation reporter Christopher Maag also covered a news conference urging extension of NJ Transit's light rail to downtown Englewood, and the hospital and medical center (L-3).

But The Record has a history of writing anti-light rail stories, and slanted its coverage to support Tenafly's decision to reject the project.

Getting nauseous

In today's 3-star review of Jack's Cafe in Westwood, just the description of the desserts sampled by sugar-obsessed Restaurant Reviewer Elisa Ung is making me nauseous (BL-16).

Seafood lovers who don't eat meat or poultry apparently are out of luck unless they want a lobster roll padded with cheaper langoustine tails ($20). 

A corner house for sale on Euclid Avenue in Hackensack.

Awful headline

The lead Page 1 headline on Thursday -- "Hard drive a clue to GWB defense -- flummoxed readers.

The word "drive" had nothing to do with driving or the George Washington Bridge.

The "hard drive" was a reference to a "computer hard drive," but readers didn't know that until they actually read the first paragraph, defeating the purpose of the headline to tell the story at a glance.

Local news

In Thursday's Local, The Record reported the swearing in of Deborah Keeling-Geddis as a Hackensack city councilwoman two days earlier.

By focusing on Route 17 traffic jams, Road Warrior John Cichowski is, like the editors, in denial about the growing crisis throughout North Jersey, and the need for more mass transit (Thursday's L-1).

Euclid Avenue 

Thursday's Better Living cover story on Euclid Avenue in Hackensack's Fairmount section is typical of the superficial local reporting the paper is known for.

Freelancer Jeffrey Page devotes most of his Name-Dropper column to Euclid, the Greek mathematician who is called the father of geometry.

To outsiders, the Euclid in Euclid Avenue is hard to pronounce and even harder to spell. 

The street is under the flight paths of Newark and Teterboro airports, and aircraft noise is a major quality of life concern.

Page calls Euclid "a wide, quiet street."

The Fairmount section was named after a park of the same name in Philadelphia, and many of the trees in the neighborhood came from that city, as reflected in street names:

Poplar Avenue, Elm Avenue, Pine Street, Cedar Avenue and so forth.

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