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Clifton Folks On Ellsworth St. Don't Want Name Changed To Dick

The Clifton City Council will decide on Tuesday if Dick Street will continue on to Ellsworth.
The Clifton City Council will decide on Tuesday if Dick Street will continue on to Ellsworth. Photo Credit: Cindy Capitani
Park of Ellsworth Street in Clifton  could be renamed.
Park of Ellsworth Street in Clifton could be renamed. Photo Credit: Cindy Capitani

CLIFTON, N.J. -- What's in a name? Everything, according to residents on a Clifton street who could be faced with a new address.

Ellsworth Street is just a few blocks long but not contiguous and divided by several blocks, making it a safety concern for emergency personnel, City Manager Dominick Villano said.

The Clifton City Council has proposed renaming the one-block of Ellsworth off Dick Street.

The name "Dick" didn't sit well with Ellsworth Street residents, who immediately took a dislike to the name.

"Calling it Dick Street makes sense but if some people find it offensive we can just as easily name it Katherine Avenue," Villano said.

"We're being laughed at already," said Lata Rana, who was standing outside her Ellsworth Street home with her husband and daughter while media cameras interviewed people across the street.

News of the possible name change had people complaining both on air and online.

"People laugh when they think of Dick Street," Kenneth Roman told News 4. "It's not exactly a good name for a street. They can name it anything they want except for Dick Street."

Anil Rana doesn't want any change at all.

"It's a hassle. Having to change things like credit cards, insurance cards, it's a lot," he said.

He proposes changing Dick Street to Ellsworth Street if the divided name poses a problem for first responders getting lost.

"No one ever has trouble finding us," said Neha Rana. "I don't even see how that is a problem."

The Clifton City Council will discuss the matter at its regular meeting on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

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