Richfield Residents Invited to Islamic Center to Discuss Concerns MEETING POSTPONED - NEW DATE TBD
Several months ago, a town hall was held between the City Council, residents of the Richfield section, and members of the Islamic Center of Passaic County on Pershing Road to try to resolve parking issues that impact the residents during prayer services on Friday afternoons. Concerns were discussed and solutions were offered, but nothing was ever formally implemented. The proposed remedies included the mosque hiring security to help with traffic, having prayer service attendees park on the grass, one-side street parking on Pershing Road, adding a paved parking lot, and having a shuttle bus for people who parked off-site, among other ideas and proposed remedies.
Mosques do not have regular congregations, but rather required prayer times, so at these times Muslims in the area who are unaware of the parking issues simply drive up and park; services being over capacity is another ongoing concern not yet resolved.
To date, according to area residents who regularly post pictures of traffic and cars blocking driveways and street corners, the problems are ongoing. Area resident Gina Matano-Scaduto has been very proactive in trying to work with the council and the mosque to find a mutually satisfactory solution. To this end, there will be a meeting on Wednesday, January 24th at 6:00 pm at the Islamic Center at 257 Pershing Road. She posted on several Clifton-specific Facebook pages asking for concerned neighbors to attend and to share in meaningful dialogue leading to a peaceful agreement.
In her post she wrote, “There’s a neighborhood meeting for all impacted by the parking and overcrowding at the mosque on Pershing Road. The staff is holding this meeting to hear all of our issues…and to explain their upcoming events and possible ideas they have.”
Matano-Scaduto urges everyone from the neighborhood to attend. Clifton City Councilman William Gibson will attend as a concerned citizen who lives just steps away from the mosque. The Clifton Times will be there and will update its readers on the outcome.