construction project to add several new rooms to the exist- ing building. This was met with serious debate as to the need for such an extensive addition due to the static enrollment history of the town and the project cost.
Family of Benard Tucci (1907-1962, former Councilman and Fire Chief). (l-r) Pete Tucci (11 year old son), farmhand George, Molly (nee Longo, wife), farmhand Hans, Willy Ricker, Dominick B. Tucci (13 year old son), Tony Tucci (uncle), farmhand William. The house in background is Horseline House. Location is Redneck Avenue (east side), Moonachie, which is where Federal Express is now located. 1942 photo is from the Dominick B. Tucci Collection.
There were several truck farms in Moonachie that sold produce in the Bronx Terminal Market and 14th Street, NYC. Typical farms were 8 to 10 acres. Here are the Redneck Avenue Farms: West side Redneck Avenue starting at Moonachie Avenue going north to Little Ferry: Dalenna/Margarella, Forma Sauna Farm, Dominick Longo Farm, Slobo Farm, Dominick Tucci (Grandfather), Semika Farm. East side Redneck Avenue starting at Moonachie Avenue to Little Ferry: Hoderman Farm, (Hose Co. # 3 firehouse & schoolhouse was between these farms) Jimmy and Todd Ferno/formerly Caparuso Farm?, Henni Meyer* Farm, Philip Hellbic Farm, Bernard Tucci (former Councilman and Fire Chief) (photo above) Farm**, John Meyer* Farm,
Henni Eckel Farm.
On Moonachie Avenue there was the Longo Farm (Jet Aviation), Finke
Farm (Metro Trailer Court Park).
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*Brothers **Also farmed property in South Hackensack.
History of Moonachie
The firehouse also was the recent recipient of a new addition and face-lift, improv- ing the door layout to allow vehicles easier access. The building also received a sec- ond floor over the ladder truck room, providing much needed offices and training space and freeing up space on the ground floor.
Most of these improve- ments were the result of the Borough’s diligence in obtain- ing state and federal grant funds to offset some or all of the construction cost.
The primary source of grant funds has been the Ber- gen County Community De- velopment Program which is a function of the U.S. Depart- ment of Housing and Urban Development. Much of our financial support is a result of that program.
Over the past forty years, many improvements were made to the town’s recreational activ- ities. The Joseph Street Park is always being improved for the benefit of the residents.
(Editor’s Note: In celebra- tion of its 100th Anniversary, over the course of the next year, The Gazette Newspaper is providing a multi-part series of Moonachie’s history. The fol- lowing is reprinted as written, from the 2000 Ninetieth Gold Anniversary Journal.)
The municipal building and Police headquarters have
undergone many improvements over the years since the original construction in 1953.
Most recently, a new addi- tion to the front of the building was the main part of a major renovation of the building, which included new barrier free bathrooms, new windows, a new roof, a complete renova- tion of the Police headquarters and a resurfacing of the park- ing lot.
The size of the Police De-
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partment has increased over the years with the need for increased police services and traffic control. All of the newer officers grew up in Moon- achie.
The school system is now housed in one complex, which began with the seven room Robert L. Craig School in 1955.
The Dante P. Zirpoli An- nex was added in 1960 and the Edward G. Terragni Gymna- sium was added in 1972.
Both additions were named for men who did much to shape the curriculum and philosophy of our education system.
The curriculum offers pre- school, art, music, physical education, enrichment and computer programs, in addition to basic foundational courses.
In 1993, the school board took on a very controversial
The addition of the Civic Center, in 1985, gave the civic organizations a place to meet and hold recreation programs.
Attached to the Civic Cen- ter is the Senior Center, which is the regular meeting place for the Moonachie Senior Citizen Club, one of the most active civic groups in the Borough.
Many different activities are held there including bingo, line dancing, and ceramics.
The seniors hold their monthly meetings at the center and such events as the annual summer picnic, which brings out many seniors for an enjoy- able day in the park. The Joseph Street Park includes a variety of recreational features including basketball and tennis courts, shuffleboard and, at one time, even a bocce court, which has been replaced now with an area for horseshoes.
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has modern play structures with swings and slides and other rides for the enjoyment of everyone.
Even now, the Mayor & Council have obtained grant money to provide for further upgrades and improvements to the park.
There are two other parks in Moonachie, one on Concord Street and also one on East Joseph Street. Both parks are equipped with the very latest playground structures for the safe enjoyment of the children. Here again, the Borough is even upgrading them further to keep them within the latest safety standards.
Located on Redneck Av- enue, the Borough has four ball fields, which were built many years ago through the sweat and fortitude of the parents, and friends who wanted to provide their children a place to hold their various sports activities.
Moonachie has produced many quality athletes who have advanced to the college and even the professional level.
For many years, our fields have provided the home field of the Moonachie Braves, a semi- professional ball club that plays in the Metropolitan Baseball League in Bergen County.
Just this year, the Borough constructed a new field house on Redneck Avenue, which will provide the athletic programs an excellent facility for their sports programs.
Moonachie has also been the home, for many years, of the Hackensack Valley Fliers Model Airplane Club located at the end of Empire Boulevard. You can always hear the model planes flying and it’s a favorite place to stop and watch them.
In the 1950s, this same area was part of the Blauvelt Estate, which was one of the largest pheasant hunting preserves in the country.
People would travel from all over the country to hunt pheasant on the estate, which was privately stocked with birds. You might still be able to spot a pheasant in the meadows along State Street or near the end of Empire Boulevard if you were lucky.
The meadowlands, along the eastern side of the Losen Slote Creek, is home to a na- ture trail that was constructed recently by the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission.
(To be continued in the January issue of The Gazette Newspaper. Previous issues of The Gazette Newspaper are online at: www.the-gazette- newspaper.com)
Editor and Committee for the 2000 Ninetieth Anniversary Journal: Editor-Paul Hansen, Committee-Fred Dressel, John J. Tucci and Maureen Flynn. ###