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Obituary: Goodman Hardware’s Richard Singer

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Richard Singer, owner of Goodman’s Hardware in Fair Lawn, N.J., died on Nov. 13, according to an article in the Bergen Record.

Singer, age 60, was diagnosed with cancer in October. He was a second-generation hardware dealer. The store, which has been in the family for 40 years, has been closed, the newspaper reported. Mainardi Management Co., which manages the shopping center at Fair Lawn Avenue and Plaza Road, broke the news in a letter posted on Goodman’s door.

Singer was known as a feisty defender of the independent hardware dealer. He kept a sign in his store window that said, “Thank you for not shopping at Home Depot.”

Twenty-one years ago, when a Bergen Record columnist wrote about a bad shopping experience in a large Rickel Home Center in Paramus, N.J., Singer wrote a letter to the editor saying, “Mr. Ahearn can find good times at his local hardware store. The service and knowledge are still there, as well as the merchandise in bins. Getting good service and not being insulted by waiting on long checkout lines may not make good cocktail-party conversation, but it will definitely make you think twice about running out to Route 17.”

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Bosch announces Hammer Drill recall

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Mount Prospect, Ill.-based Robert Bosch Tool Corp. in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have issued a voluntary recall on Bosch-branded Hammer Drills that pose a shock hazard.

The drills affected were manufactured in Switzerland and include model numbers HD19-2, HD19-2D, HD19-2L and 1/2-in. 2-Speed Hammer Drills with model number HD 21-2.

According to the release, the models have a grounding system and trigger switch that could cause ground wire abrasion and ground connector failure. In addition, the switch trigger could become stuck in the on position, posing an injury hazard to the user. No accidents or incidents were reported.

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Hardware store owner appointed to City Council

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Sue Roberts, owner of Ace Hardware of Grand Ledge, Mich., has recently been elected to the City Council, according to the Lansing State Journal.

Roberts, who is used to being the go-to person in town for wing nuts, bolts, washers and keys will now serve the town member’s needs for parade permits, zoning change or street repairs, the article said.

Roberts, who took office Nov. 22, ran unopposed to replace Sloan Banfield-Knight who decided not to seek re-election.

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