Saturday, May 11, 2013
County to add nearly seven miles of new walking paths at Overpeck Park
Bergen County has received a $500,000 state Department of Transportation grant to pay for new walking paths in Overpeck Park, County Executive Kathleen Donovan announced Friday. Funds will be used to finish a missing link of walking paths across Overpeck and link all of the park's venues, Donovan said in a statement. The project calls for a continuation of a paved pedestrian path and bridge along Overpeck Lake in Leonia and Palisades Park. Plans also include continuing paths near the Equestrian Center, along with unpaved nature trails, lookouts and rest areas, according to the county. In all, 6.7 miles of new paths will be added. "The new paths will ease travel within the park areas and offer opportunities to better enjoy park facilities …
Monday, January 21, 2013
GWB-bound traffic backed up through Teaneck
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Monday, January 21
A truck fire on the New Jersey Turnpike northbound in Leonia caused traffic delays in the area Monday morning. The fire was reported on the highway's northbound lanes, south of Exit 71, according to the state transportation department website. The left and center local lanes were closed around 7:15 a.m. The right express lane was also blocked. Traffic was backed up on the highway through Teaneck.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Leonia and Palisades Park police officers shot and killed the suspect Sunday, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor.
A knife-wielding assailant was shot and killed by three police officers after he robbed a CVS pharmacy in Leonia Sunday afternoon, authorities said. In a statement issued late Sunday, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli identified the alleged robber as 47-year-old Leonia resident Rickey L. McFadden. Police were called to the Broad Avenue pharmacy around 4:30 p.m. after McFadden pulled a “large knife” and stole cash along with other goods, the prosecutor said. Three Palisades Park police officers and one Leonia officer “engaged” McFadden, who was carrying the knife and had fled on foot northbound along Broad Avenue, then down Hillside Avenue, according to Molinelli. About two blocks from the store three of the four officers opened …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
With many gas stations out of fuel, those that remain open have lines stretching over a mile long and police standing by making sure panic does not set in.
The Shell, Delta and Sunoco gas stations that line River Road in New Milford are all out of gas and closed for business, making residents with cars and generators wondering where they can gas up. Stations that still had gas this morning were limiting distribution to generators only. The Hess Station adjacent to the DoubleTree Hotel in Fort Lee is the only gas station open on Route 4 East between Teaneck and the George Washington Bridge and, as of 3 pm, had a line of parked cars stretching well past the Grand Avenue exit in Englewood. Port Authority and Fort Lee Police, along with Fort Lee Fire Prevention, were on hand to maintain order at the pumps. However, when one car tried to ease its way into the middle of the wait further down the …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Woman was armed with a knife in Overpeck Park, police say.
RIDGEFIELD PARK -- A Bergen County security officer helped save an armed suicidal woman in Overpeck Park late Saturday, police said. Security Officer Keith McGovern was closing the park around 10 p.m. when he noticed what appeared to be a man and woman hugging near the amphitheatre, according to the Bergen County Police Department. “As he drew closer, he could hear the male asking for help. When [McGovern] exited his vehicle, the male party told him the female was in possession of a knife,” a police statement said. McGovern noticed that the man, identified as the woman’s boyfriend, was holding her hand, gripping the knife and restraining her, police said. The officer carefully approached and was able to take the weapon. The woman began to…
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Teaneck emergency crews assisted in hours-long rescue after two people were trapped in crushed car, officials say.
Three people were hospitalized Saturday after an early morning crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, including a teenage girl who was thrown from a car and a motorist trapped in the wreck, authorities said. The injured were in a Nissan Altima traveling on the highway’s northbound express lanes through Leonia around 12:30 a.m., according to state police in Newark. When the Nissan slowed for traffic, a tractor-trailer smashed into the back of the sedan, pinned it against the concrete divider and dragged it before slamming into a Lincoln Navigator. State Police Staff Sgt. Michael Rohrman said the teenager was ejected from the back seat of the Nissan before it became crushed between the truck and divider. An adult female driver and adult male …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Project to be finished in September.
A bridge installed Wednesday will give motorists and pedestrians direct access to the northern end of Overpeck County Park for the first time since the park opened in 2010, the county executive’s office said. The bridge will link the park’s internal roadways and connect with another bridge that was installed about one month ago. The county said the opening is scheduled to be completed on Sept. 15 and is two weeks ahead of schedule. A large crane was used to haul the 170,000 pound bridge to its home off Fort Lee Road in Leonia, not far from the Teaneck border. The project will cost the county about $8 million and is under budget, northjersey.com reported. Follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter or subscribe to our free daily newsletter.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Event seeks to raise awareness about pet adoption while treating dogs and owners to day of fun.
Overpeck Park went to the dogs Saturday as Bergen County hosted its annual "Bark in the Park" featuring fun and food for pet owners. The North Shore Animal League America and Bergen County Animal Shelter were in attendance to help raise awareness about animals in need and share information about adoption and volunteering. For more information on adopting a pet in Bergen County, visit the shelter's website. Check out the gallery above and click "upload" to add your own photos from the event. - Follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter or subscribe to our free daily newsletter. News tip? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-918-8574
Friday, July 6, 2012
The dog had been missing for about 12 hours since it took off from its Leonia home on the 4th of July, apparently frightened by loud fireworks.
Port Authority police rescued a dog from a catwalk on the lower level of the George Washington Bridge Thursday morning about 12 hours after it ran away from its home in Leonia, apparently spooked by 4th of July fireworks, authorities said. The dog, which NJ.com reported is named “Charlie,” had been bitten and sprayed by a skunk and was scared. But it was ultimately reunited with its owners at an animal shelter in Cliffside Park, said Port Authority police spokesman Al Della Fave. At about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, construction workers called Port Authority police to let them know they had spotted the dog running in traffic on the lower level of the bridge, Della Fave said. “Port Authority police officer [Kameel Jumar], who has a couple dogs of …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Several vehicles destroyed when car carrier ignites.
Teaneck firefighters faced heavy traffic and extreme heat as they worked to get a car carrier blaze under control on I-95 Friday afternoon, officials said. The car carrier's tire first ignited and quickly engulfed the rest of the truck around 1:45 p.m. in the northbound express lanes at Teaneck-Leonia border, according to state police. Township fire crews reported a large smoke column visible from Teaneck Road as they rushed to the scene through major traffic delays. Several vehicles on the car carrier were destroyed by fire and two others sustained heavy smoke damage, Teaneck Fire Chief Anthony Verley said. "The temperature was 98 degrees. The road surface was reported to be 115 degrees. The responders had to work in heavy turnout …