CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. – Greater Bergen Community Action in Cliffside Park is challenged by locals using private parking during school hours, despite signs and verbal warnings.
“I used to take down license plates of the Juke, the BMW ... and then try to find out if the supers can call them, but it is just ridiculous,” said Carl Doliscat, a school security officer who patrols the parking situation most mornings.
“I try to warn people – some leave their cars after 10 or 10:30 a.m. Then we have students’ parents trying to park and no places for the teachers,” he said.
According to school officials, the school has access to a portion of the Church of the Epiphany parking lot for the school's 22 regular teachers, and three floaters. But limited parking backs up traffic on Lafayette Avenue.
Police officers occasionally knock on nearby residents’ doors at around 7 a.m. on school mornings to attempt to alert them that remaining vehicles will be ticketed and towed.
Despite the signs warning residents, a View Auto Body tow truck returned to the scene three times on Mon. Sept. 28 in the morning to remove vehicles. The school may call at their discretion.
“They ask me all of the time to help with the problem, and I warn my residents not to park in the lot, but there is only so much you can do,” said Sammy Stroth, a building supervisor who lives in the area. “People are adults and have to be responsible.”
“That’s the one drawback of living here — the parking, especially in the winter — but I see those signs,” said Marion Lee, who lives in a two-family house.
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