|From the minutes of the executive board and
General meetings, here are a few of the records of the NJ chapter of the HRFA:
10/71 The oldest copy of an HRFA newsletter. It was
written by HRFA President Pete Barrett (now editor of the New Jersey
Fisherman Magazine). From the date, we can assume the issues were monthly because
this issue had Volume 1 number 2. That would lead us to believe volume 1 issue 1 was
September of 1971 and this might just be the origin of the HRFA. When I talk to Pete
Barrett, Don Eckert, Larry Danziger, none of those guys can put a date on the startup date
of the HRFA NJ. I don't know what they were doing back then but they all seemed very
confused about the starting dates for the club. Anyway, I have a copy of the oldest
club newsletter in the files.
|Vic Alasio and Pete Barrett at the May 2004 General meeting of the HRFA
NJ. Pete was the first president of the club and Vic was the first Vice President.
This was the first time these two had been together in 30 years! Vic heard that Pete
was giving a talk at one of our meetings and just had to come and see his old friend.
also told us some great stories about them forming the HRFA early in 1969!
Claims that his uncle, Matt Starapoli had written the club newsletter before Pete
took it over. The meetings were held in Pete's dining room with about 5 guys.
Soon after they moved the meetings to Doc Helden's office.
Pete Barrett has written an article on the Early days of the
HRFA. Click Here.
11/71 2nd Oldest copy of HRFA Newsletter on
file Volume 1 number 3. It tells of the meeting being held in a Dr. Heldens office
on Anderson street in Hackensack. The subjects of the day were a plan to stop the Storm
King plant from opening. Another subject was complaints about the town of Edgewater
dumping into the River. There were fishing reports and tips on spots.
1974 US FDA sets safety threshold at 5 parts per million PCBs in fish for
human consumption. An EPA study finds high levels of PCBs in Hudson River fish.
10/30/74 Don Eckert" presided over the nomination and
election of officers. Pres. Larry Danziger... 1st VP George Chapman... and
2nd VP George Graf. Pete Barrett was also given
the title of President Emeritus.
11/14/74 "COD Fish trip will cost $16 and will cover the cost of the
boat and the Bus. The bus will leave from the GARCIA parking lot in Teaneck."
3/18/75 "Newsletter adds were discussed. The price will be $25 per
year. Writing the newsletter was discussed, Bob Terhune volunteered."
2/25/76 NY DEC makes it illegal to fish in the upper Hudson
from the Ft Edward dam to the federal dam at Albany, closes Hudson River commercial
fisheries, and warns people about the dangers of eating Hudson River fish.
2/76 Administrative hearing finds that the PCB pollution was
from the General Electric Corporation.
1/77 Upcoming Banquet tickets are $8.50 per person or $15 per
1/77 Elections...Paul Gamba president.
1/77 to 11/2/82 No minutes are available.
It would appear that no records were kept during the presidency of Paul Gamba, Jack
Lipton, Larry Van Dyke, or Jack Denny.
1979/80 Somewhere in this time span, the name of HRFA was changed to the
East Coast Anglers Assn. This name remained until 11/82. 80-81-82.
1981 Jack Denny President...A vote was taken to disband the club and
split up the treasury.
11/82 A vote was taken to change the name back to the HRFA NJ, and give
the club new life. Serge Radossi became
president and decided to treat the association more like a business with more of a
"regimentation". New rules and by-laws were drawn up.
1982-1991 HRFA Newsletter River Views - Editor Sergio Radossi
11/82 It is decided to raise the club dues to $12.
11/2/82 New address for the HRFA to P.O. Box 421, in Cresskill.
12/14/82 Design change on club logo from two fish to one with much less
1983 - 1984 HRFA President Sergio Radossi
3/8/83 A letter stating "I am very interested in the H.R.F.A.
activities. Will you please send me some brochures and also date of your next meeting.
Thank You. Ray Marione, Guttenberg."
3/10/83 Serge responds to Rays request for info.
10/26/83 George Graf suggests giving an award to the member who works the
most for the club. He suggests calling it the "Pete Barrett/Shimano Award."
11/83 73 members with $467 in Treasury.
12/25/83 Talk about reviving the Hudson River Fishing Guide. "Do we
want to revise it?"
1983 Talk of incorporation at several E-Board meetings. George will look
into it. It is brought up again and again until Ed Domkofski incorporates the club on
April 15, 1988.
1984 First Pete Barrett Award given to Sergio Radossi
6/29/84 A letter from HRFA member Bob Mallory to the Army Corps of
Engineers urging them to stop Westway.
8/20/84 US FDA revises safety threshold for PCBs to 2 parts per million for
human consumption in wake of new risk data.
9/84 First mention of the name Joe Curvino.
10/84 "It was decided to " have a banner made up with the HRFA
logo on it." It wont happen until 1996!
3/11/85 An Auction is suggested in
the E-board minutes, "Perhaps and Auction. In May."
7/85 First club jackets arrive at the general meeting. 40 jackets are
handed out that evening.
10/85 Howard Leehmann Jr. and Sr., along with Bob Jones are announced as
new members at the general meeting.
10/85 Rick Englesbe becomes HRFA president.
12/3/85 First Annual HRFA Fishing Auction.
4/20/86 The HRFA Hudson River Seminar at the Fort Lee Historic Park
becomes the first of the "Hooked on Hudson" Series of events. Guest Speaker, Tom
Lake. Sunday 12:30 till 3:00 pm. The Original name of the event is "Fishing the
Hudson." Sergio Radossi
1/6/87 HRFA Secretary Sergio Radossi writes letter
suggesting a bill be introduced making the Striped Bass a Game Fish. The letter goes to
several congressmen and legislators as well as sports magazines, newspapers, the J.C.A.A.
3/87 New members Tony Evangelista & Pete Orenzo are announced
at the General meeting.
10/87 Don Anderson becomes new HRFA President.
4/12/88 Club banner still not made yet. "Kirk Bradley will
look into it"
4/15/88 Incorporation of HRFA with Ed Domkofski as officer.
6/88 Don Anderson resigns as HRFA president due to health reasons.
7/88 Fred Edwing announced as new President.
11/15/88 E-Board meets in Ridgefield Park VFW to check out new
12/88 General meeting is held in the Ridgefield Park VFW for the first
1/89 Fred Edwing resigns as HRFA president. VP Bob Mallory becomes
9/12/89 First mention of Charles Stamm on the E-Board.
10/10/89 The name Pete Orenzo first appears as a board
10/17/89 ESPN TV Show The Fishing Hole with Jerry McKinnis films
episode of show with HRFA Director Charles Stamm.
12/12/89 Pete Orenzo volunteers to help Jim Carney at the door for future
1/25/90 HRFA members Ray Marione, Dan Bontemps, Wally Haase and
Tony Evangelista represented the HRFA, attended and spoke up at the NJ senate committee on
making the striped bass a game fish in New Jersey.
8/14/90 Charles Stamm
organizes HRFA Raffle. Chooses two nights in Atlantic City as first prize.
2/12/91 President Bob Mallory announces to general membership that
"Gov. Florio has signed the Bill making Striped Bass a Game Fish in N.J."
2/12/91 Kevin Morgan resigns from E-Board.
4/91 HRFA Atlantic City raffle won by Marge Finacarro who was
present at the dinner.
6/9/91 Curvino Resigns from the Board.
11/12/91 Propose making Carl Bruger a member of
11/91 Carl Bruger Volunteers to write the newsletter.
2/11/92 George Costa Jr. will attempt to get banner made up. He is
authorized to spend up to $200.
6/14/92 Charles Stamm
informs board of certain grants available.
4/93 First calendar appears in "River Views" newsletter.
6/6/93 Constant absenteeism by George Costa Jr., Charles Stamm takes over
duties of Recording Secretary.
7/13/93 HRFA members Tony Evangelista and Ray Marione escort Mr. Bill
Neyenhouse of the NJ DEPE along the shoreline of the Hudson discussing his Walkway
7/17/93 Infamous Fluke trip with the ELCO Club, ends all relations
between the two clubs.
11/93 Tony Evangelista becomes new HRFA President.
11/24/93 Charles Stamm announces he has obtained a grant from the
Norcross Foundation for $2000.00 to be used to by two TVs and some video equipment.
1/94 A new updated club logo is suggested by Charles Stamm in the "River
Views". One that puts more emphasis on a Striped bass than the old logo which
featured a Tree.
1/94 NJ DEP Bill Neyenhouse asks HRFA for input on improving Hazards
Ramp. Charles Stamm puts together a package and along with Tony Evangelista and Ray
Marione, present it to the DEP.
4/11/95 A new updated layout and design for the Club Constitution was
presented by Charles Stamm.
8/9/95 HRFA participates in Clearwater Festival at Sandy Hook.
10/95 Charles Stamm
elected new HRFA president.
10/3/95 Alliance to Save Fisheries is introduced to the HRFA though the
11/95 Meeting in Toms River to Stop netting of Striped Bass was well
attended by HRFA members.
2/12/96 Charles Stamm
designs new banner, Bill Sheehan orders new club banner. First displayed at E-Board
2/14/96 HRFA participates in the Meadowlands Sportsman Show in Secaucus.
2/20/96 HRFA through the DEP obtains $150,000 in funds for
improvements to Hazards Ramp in P.I.P. Nothing is done by P.I.P. Funds will be lost if not
3/20/96 Hudson River Park Conservancy contacts HRFA for advice on
their Park Project.
8/96 P.I.P. design changes for Hazards Improvement are
questioned by HRFA. Question if design will hold up to forces of Hudson River. Chas
responds with alternatives.
9/15/96 1st Annual Hudson River Maritime Heritage Festival is held at
Liberty State Park. HRFA Sponsors fishing contest. Bicycles and VHF radios are used to
weigh in the fish along the length of the walkway.
1/97 HRFA Web Site
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/HRFANJ instituted &
maintained by HRFA NJ president Charles
3/97 First six orders for Official HRFA NJ
Embroidered Jackets are taken by Gerry Hujber.
3/19/97 Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Guest speaker at Hooked on Hudson Part One.
3/17/97 Sign up first member through the internet web page Gary Scocco,
3/27/97 Hooked on Hudson Part Three moves to Sunday at Alpine Boat Basin.
4/26/97 First "up-river" Striper Trip on the MV. Waiverly. Trip
produces very few fish.
4/97 US Fish and Wildlife Service releases study showing tree
swallows breeding near GE Hudson Falls plant have high concentrations of PCBs in their
body and eggs. Levels up to 55ppm were documented qualifying them as hazardous
5/6/97 Purchase wood carving of striped bass, for displaying at club
events, from HRFA member Bill Alstete.
6/3/97 Boat lettering kits "HRFA NJ" become available to
6/3/97 Free rental of Sports Videos available to members from HRFA video
6/10/97 Chas. Stamm suggests at E-Board meeting sponsoring an offshore
wreck in NJ artificial reef program. "The HRFA NJ Wreck."
8/12/97 P.I.P. signs agreement with State for $240,000 improvements to
Hazards Ramp. Construction to begin fall of 1997 and completed in spring of 1999.
8/17/97 First "One Day Contest" set up to get non-boat owners
out on the River for a one day fishing contest. Main requirement...Must fish from a boat
& must have an HRFA non boat owner with you.
9/1/97 Ocean dumping to end. Talk of an HRFA award to Cindy Zipf for her
9/27/97 US Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbit holds a
press conference along the Hudson Demanding that GE stop trying to delay the clean up of
PCB contaminated sediment.
11/4/97 G.E. sends Hudson River Site Engineer John Haggard as guest
speaker to general meeting about their participation of the PCB problem in the Hudson
12/97 E-mail network set up with HRFA members for immediate response
actions to political issues.
3/98 John Cronin the "RiverKeeper" guest speaker for H.O.H.
2/98 Roger Ridenour Premier rod builder joins HRFA.
3/98 Move HOH Part One to Saturday to encourage more kids. Creates
new HRFA event...Friday night fishing at the Englewood Boat Basin.
4/98 HOH III sponsored by Active Life Fishing show. Gives
HRFA $1500 to put name on poster. Chas
6/98 HRFA purchases button making machine to create
and sell HRFA Buttons
9/98 Work begins on improvements to Hazzards
Ramp at the GW Bridge.
11/98 Mt Sinai asks HRFA President Chas Stamm to have HRFA Members participate
in tests for PCBs in humans. Testing to begin at January 1999 meeting.
12/98 HRFA gets its own domain name on the internet
www.hrfanj.org Chas Stamm webmaster along with HRFA member Fred Rung. Site will be hosted for free by Net
History of HRFA Web Site ...click here!*
1/99 George Graf new president of the HRFA NJ.
2/99 E-board moves meeting place to River Edge
Knights of Columbus
7/99 HRFA members Chas Stamm, Norm Andreasen, Fred Rung set up a mass e-mail project protesting
the delays in cleanup of the Hudson by the General Electric company of the PCBs it dumped.
New format enabled the same editable message to be sent to 12 individual legislators.
8/99 NY State considering re-opening of commercial
striped bass fishing in Hudson River. New PCB tests which test only the fillets of striped
bass has PCB level results lower than two parts per million. Eggs and skin of fish
were not tested which originally closed down the fishery in 1976.
10/99 NY State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer files suit to force G.E. to
finance the cost of cleanup toxic dredging of the Upper Hudson. Extra cleanup costs
because of the toxic PCBs in the sediments dumped there by the General Electric Company of
the dredging cost.
10/99 HRFA E-mail Campaign against the re-opening of the Commercial
striped bass fishery in the Hudson River by New York State. The letter was set up on the
HRFA Web Site for people to sign on to. 1400 letters are sent to 25 legislators in the
first two days. Over 17,000 letters are sent in the first two months of project. Letter
was sent to Governors Pataki, and Whitman along with 23 other elected and appointed
officials in order to get our opinions heard.
12/99 Five Manhattan fish wholesalers are
arrested for selling contaminated PCB laden striped bass to prominent NYC restaurants.
Fish were caught by shad fisherman Ron Ingold under the George Washington Bridge and sold
to the Fulton Fish Market.
1/2000 E-Mail campaign begins sending
electronic messages to 25 legislators protesting the attempted sandmining operation off
the Jersey Shore by the Amboy Aggregate Corporation. This permit, if granted would
allow a private company to strip mine the ocean floor in an attempt to gather and sell the
gravel taken from the ocean floor. The disruption of the sediments would have been
catastrophic on the ocean life in the area which may take decades to recover. As a
result of this issue being placed on the HRFA Web Site, Thousands of letters protesting
this issue were sent in the first two months.
6/22/00 HRFA NJ Newly appointed Youth Angler Committee takes
kids on first fishing trip aboard the Elsie K Princess.
7/2000 The US secretary of the
Interior, Bruce Babbitt, siting the enormous amount of e-mails and letters sent in protest
of this sand mining issue, refuses to grant the permits to the Amboy Aggregates
corporation. Mr. Babbit sited strong opposition from environmental groups, sport and
commercial fishermen, residents, public officials and recreational user groups.
8/15/00 Award presented by the HRFA to the CRABHOUSE
Restaurant in Edgewater. The award recognizes the restaurant for providing a welcome
to all who visit their portion of the Hudson River Walkway. The management of the
CRABHOUSE makes every effort to make not just fishermen, but all visitors feel welcome on
their pier. The walkway has benches provided an a fish cleaning station.
visitors have access completely around the restaurant. HRFA Access Committee members Chas Stamm, Tony Evangelista and Ray
Marione make the presentation to manager of the restaurant Victor Rezabala.