Monday, September 24, 2012
Weight limit imposed on Anderson Street Bridge after review finds major repairs needed, officials say.
Eleven bus routes serving about 2,000 riders have been detoured indefinitely off the Anderson Street Bridge between Teaneck and Hackensack after officials ordered a 15-ton weight restriction on the busy crossing, NJ Transit said Monday. A state review found the 41-year-old bridge required significant repairs, prompting Bergen County officials to lower the allowed weight limit, according to Jeanne Baratta, chief of staff at the county executive's office. The county alerted NJ Transit of the weight limit Monday afternoon, a transit agency spokeswoman said. County officials opted not to close the bridge entirely because it serves upwards of 30,000 vehicles a day, Baratta said. The county is doing design work to determine how the bridge can …
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Police say 17-year-old hit by a vehicle near Hackensack Avenue.
A 17-year-old Oradell boy killed on Route 4 late Saturday was a senior at River Dell High School, River Dell Schools’ superintendent confirmed Sunday. The teen, whose name was not released, was fatally struck by a car near Hackensack Avenue around 11 p.m., authorities said. Officers rushed to a report of a person hit on the highway's westbound lanes and found the teen, police said. The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene. The vehicle involved remained at the scene and witnesses gave statements to investigators, according to the Bergen County Police Department, who are investigating the crash. “It is a tragic loss that remains under investigation by Bergen County authorities,” River Dell Superintendent of Schools Patrick Fletcher …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Quick action by Teaneck man credited with saving woman.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The Teaneck man who dove into the Hackensack River to rescue an 82-year-old woman from her sinking car was honored for his heroics Tuesday by the town council. John Goez, 40, was working at Spotless Auto Laundries in Hackensack when he saw the woman's car plunge into the river after going through the wash. Goez and a customer, River Edge resident Jay Orsino, jumped into action and pulled the woman to safety. "When the car went into the river I thought about my mother…and I told myself how can she get out of there," Goez said. Deputy Mayor Adam Gussen presented Goez with a certificate of recognition from the council. "From everyone in Teaneck, I can't tell you how proud we are to have you as one of our fellow residents," the deputy …
Friday, August 3, 2012
The event on Aug. 18 starts at MetLife Stadium and ends at Ross Dock in Fort Lee with proceeds to benefit the Emergency and Trauma Center at the hospital.
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Friday, August 3, 2012
The Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC) Foundation is holding its 12th Annual Charity Run and Motorcycle Raffle on Saturday, Aug. 18. More than 1,000 people are expected to participate in the event that begins at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford and ends at Ross Dock in Fort Lee, with registration starting at 9 a.m. on the 18th and a rain date of Aug. 19. Proceeds from the event benefit the Emergency and Trauma Center at HackensackUMC. Tickets to participate in the run are $25 per person, and raffle tickets are $100. They can be purchased by contacting Sharon Scimeca at 551-996-3722 or sscimeca@HackensackUMC.org. For More information, visit the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation online. Follow Patch on …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Utility seeks approval for $883M investment to increase solar capacity in New Jersey
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
By Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight Public Service Electric & Gas is hoping to remain a big player in helping New Jersey achieve its ambitious solar energy goals. In a groundbreaking for a new solar farm at a brownfield next to the Hackensack River, the company announced Tuesday it wants to invest $883 million over the next five years to build an additional 233 megawatts (mw) of solar capacity in New Jersey. The event in Hackensack meshed well with a top priority of the Christie administration -- trying to reclaim abandoned industrial properties and landfills and converting them into facilities producing clean solar power to help meet the state’s electricity needs and creating well-paying jobs in the process. PSE&G, the state’s largest utility …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Bergen Democrats have doubts on county executive's building plans.
Bergen County is looking for ways to do more with less by consolidating certain buildings and moving others – a move that could potentially save Bergen County tax payers $46 million. According to plans announced Monday by County Executive Kathleen Donovan, the Bergen County Police Department, which is located on Zabriskie Street in Hackensack, will be relocated to the county’s former Health Department building in Paramus on East Ridgewood Avenue. Also on the move is the county’s Department of Public Works (DPW) building currently located behind County Police headquarters in Hackensack, which will move to the Mosquito Control Department building in Paramus. The county’s Health Department is being also moving, but will remain in …
Monday, July 23, 2012
Teaneck man helped pull woman from sinking car, witnesses say.
HACKENSACK -- A carwash employee and an unidentified man pulled a woman from her sinking car after the vehicle plunged into the Hackensack River at a carwash Sunday afternoon, according to witnesses and authorities at the scene. The woman apparently hit the wrong pedal as she drove out of the wash drive-thru, sending the vehicle into the river and narrowly missing a parked car around 3:30 p.m., authorities and witnesses said. Employee John Goez, a Teaneck resident, and another man at Spotless Auto Laundries, near the East Anderson Street bridge, immediately jumped into the river and brought the woman to safety as water flooded the sinking car, said Willie Goez, John’s brother and the carwash manager. Willie Goez said the car was almost …
Friday, July 20, 2012
Hackensack native behind new tech start-up.
The transition from college life to the real world helped two former roommates dream up an idea for a small business they think will help both businesses and consumers in the local area. Scott Consentino, a former Hackensack resident and Hackensack High School graduate, and Michael Lieberman lived together while studying at Boston University. After graduating in 2001, the two stayed friends, keeping each other in the loop on personal, and purchasing, decisions they were making. When Consentino got married and bought his first home in Mahwah last year, the two began dreaming up a new business model. “There were just so many projects I needed to hire people for at the house,” Consentino said. “It was pretty overwhelming.” Around the same …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Scorching heat predicted across North Jersey, officials warn.
Four cooling centers have been opened around Bergen County as the heat index is expected to soar, officials said. The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Bergen County from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Heat coupled with humidity is expected to make it feel as hot as 104 degrees. Residents who need rides can call Community Transportation at (201) 368-5955. The centers, open through Wednesday 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., will operate as needed: County Administration Building One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack 1st Floor (201) 336-7300 Northwest Bergen Multipurpose Senior Activity Center 46-50 Center Street, Midland Park (201) 445-5690 Bergenfield Senior Center 239 Murray Hill Terrace, Bergenfield (201) 387-7212 Southwest Bergen …
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Three men wearing masks and carrying flashlights were caught after police surrounded the residence and found a pillowcase full of jewelry, authorities said.
FORT LEE - Police interrupted a burglary in progress Thursday night, finding three men and a pillowcase filled with jewelry, authorities said. Derek Edwards, 45, of Hackensack, Steve Saulter, 44, and Walter Southerland, 39 —both of Teaneck— were charged with burglary, theft and possession of burglary tools. Police described the men as “known career burglars throughout the county,” Fort Lee police units responded to a call of a burglary at 150 English St. at about 10 p.m. Thursday after a neighbor heard a loud noise, according to Fort Lee police. When they arrived at the scene, officers set up a perimeter after determining that the front door of the three-unit, three-storey condominium had been forced open with nobody at home, police said…