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Centuries-Old Oak Coming Down, Blue Laws Petition in Top Teaneck News

A look back at the week's top stories in Teaneck

Experts Agree Centuries-Old Teaneck Tree Should Be Removed

A centuries-old red oak tree at Cedar Lane and Palisade Avenue is set to be removed by the end of the month after independent experts agreed with a county report that the tree posed a safety risk, officials said Wednesday.

A tree expert hired by Bergen County concluded the oak was decaying and presented a hazard to people and property, Patch reported last week. Experts hired by the Puffin Foundation, which donated money to preserve the tree, agreed with the county's report after an inspection on Tuesday, said Jeanne Baratta, chief of staff at the Bergen County Executive’s Office.

Gerry Stamatelatos, the longtime owner of Louie's Charcoal Pit on Cedar Lane, died Saturday. He was 75.

Anti-Blue Laws Group Seeks Support in Teaneck

A group working to have Bergen County's Blue Laws eliminated through a voter referendum will collect signatures at Teaneck's Memorial Day festival on Cedar Lane. 

A 26-year-old Teaneck man was in custody Thursday after he led Bogota police on a chaseending on Interstate 95, according to a NorthJersey.com report.

Uri Elam was charged with eluding and was being held at the Bergen County Jail on $10,000 bail, records show. Bogota police also reportedly charged him with reckless driving and failure to yield.

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Donald W. Wicklund June 03, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Some of my neighbors and I have had trees down sized to less than half and they eventually grew out again because of the strong root system and location. I think that should be tried first before totally destroying the old tree that has had so much attention. Big haircut and see what happens. Don Wicklund - Teaneck

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