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Old Hook Road Unsafe For Son, Father Says

Joe Malley said he does not want his son to walk to school down busy Old Hook Road.

A Westwood father is fighting to get his 11-year-old son permission to ride the bus so the student does not have to walk down Old Hook Road to .

Joe Malley and Lou Qualliu asked district officials last week to , which are both located close to the state-mandated 2-mile mark that determines whether or not students are entitled to ride the bus.

Since then, officials went back to examine routes and found that Qualliu's home is far enough away for his son can ride the bus, but decided Malley's home was still 200 feet too close to the school.

Malley told Patch he believes his home is more than 2 miles if the measurement does not have his son walking down Old Hook Road, a busy street which is partially without sidewalks.

"Old Hook Road is unsafe for someone to get to school," Malley said.

State law requires the district to measure the distance to school along the shortest route possible.

Malley said he is hoping Westwood Police Chief Frank Regino will determine the Old Hook Road route unsafe and tell the district they have to measure from a different path.

The men previously offered to pay for their children to ride the bus. Currently, the district does not have a subscription busing policy. Superintendent Geoffrey Zoeller said that their odds of getting a seat then would still be "vanishingly small" because the district would have to make them available via lottery to all students under the 2-mile limit.

In the meantime, Malley said his son would not be walking to school.

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Barry Black September 07, 2012 at 12:27 PM
My kids were also under the distance limit, but on days when they didn't sneak onto the bus and I drove them to school, we'd make it a fun morning by stopping at the bagel store and sharing a bagel in the car (parked of course)----one of the better 10 minutes spent with the kids----and they never forgot those days.
S. Morgan September 07, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I lived on Old Hook and walked to the original middle school. I don't recall the lack of sidewalk unless you walk on the side adjacent to the cemetery. That being said, I remember constantly looking over my shoulder to check the flow of traffic because people always drove too fast between Kinderkamack and 1st Ave./Jefferson. It really made me nervous when it rained! So I guess depending on the maturity of the 11-year old makes a difference in the safety. The father may want to try getting the speed limit dropped; might be quicker. Or start a carpool if other children go the same way...
Robert G September 08, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Too bad "natural selection" hasn't selected Heywood yet.
Robert G September 08, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Heywood is probably one of the speeders on Old Hook Road, and drunk also.
angelo September 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Hey Patch Editor. Did you read the posting on this page from Heywood. Read Heywood's first and last name quickly and then ask your self why he's allowed to post with a crude, offensive screen name!!!!!!!!!!!!
Barry Black September 27, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Thank you! I thought I'd bring this offensive screen name to their attention with another offensive post directed at Heywood.
Jim Leggate (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Yeah, thanks for the heads-up, guys.

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