Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin, Superintendent of Teaneck Public Schools Barbara Pinsak and Lennox Small, principal of Benjamin Franklin Middle School, were on hand April 29 to honor BFMS Teacher Monica Joffe and student Alex Lecky for winning Barnes and Noble's local "My Favorite Teacher" contest. Lecky submitted a winning essay in the contest.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Mayor to receive award for efforts to bring together local religious and ethnic groups, congregation says.
Congregation Netivot Shalom will honor Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin for his work to build bridges between religious and ethnic groups, the shul announced. Hameeduddin, Bergen County's first Muslim mayor, is set to receive the Special Tribute Award at the congregation's March 9 annual dinner. “As a Muslim mayor in a very religiously and racially diverse town, it is very important to find ways—through words and gestures both large and small—to bring the various communities together and foster a greater understanding and appreciation for one another,” Hameeduddin said in a news release. The ceremony will also honor Mark and Ilene Pollack, and Galit and Jeff Cohen. Follow Patch on Twitter, Facebook and click to sign up for Teaneck …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Residents and council members say more communication is needed in future storms.
Public Service Electric and Gas funneled incorrect information to Teaneck officials in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and the township should work to expand its own communications for future disasters, town council members and residents said Tuesday. Despite numerous conference calls and a meeting with PSE&G’s chief executive, Teaneck still struggled to glean any useful information on the company’s power restoration efforts, officials said. “We were misinformed and misled, whether it was due to incompetence or intentional misinformation, I am not entirely sure, but the result is the same,” said Deputy Mayor Adam Gussen. In one briefing with PSE&G, Gussen said he was told crews started work at a Teaneck power station following the storm. In …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Zain Hameeduddin born without complications only hours after Sandy makes landfall.
With Hurricane Sandy battering his town, Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin had enough to worry about. That was before his pregnant wife started going into labor early Oct. 30, hours after the storm made landfall. “It was scary. The winds were howling and I was hoping it wasn’t contractions,” said Hameeduddin's wife, Faiza Poshni. “But as they got closer, I knew we had to go right then.” Hameeduddin, in a Hackensack University Medical Center press release announcing the birth, said at first he couldn't believe what was happening. “I said, ‘are you serious,’ and she said, ‘Yes. I think I’m having the baby!" The mayor called 911 and phoned the family doctor. As high winds lashed Teaneck, downing electrical wires and making roadways …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Toffler, Honis honored by state lawmakers.
Two ongoing Teaneck council members were honored for their years of service this week, days before new members will be sworn in at a reorganization meeting. Barbara Toffler and Monica Honis, who lost their bids for re-election, were honored with a proclamation from District 37 lawmakers at Tuesday’s council meeting. Toffler lost her bid for a second term, while Honis was denied a third term. Councilman Elie Y. Katz, who often sparred with Toffler, noted how the two found common ground on some projects. Katz credited Honis with tackling a range of community initiatives, including a township clean-up event. “You're young, you're dedicated and you have a very good heart," Katz told Honis. Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin thanked both members for …
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Teaneck Community Charter School beat more than 1,000 schools nationwide.
Local officials and actresses from the hit Broadway Musical “Wicked” joined Teaneck Community Charter School students and staff Friday to celebrate the school being awarded a grand prize in NBC’s "Smash" Make a Musical program. The win will bring nationally recognized master theater teachers to the school to lead two workshops for teachers and students as they produce a show from Music Theatre International’s Broadway Junior collection. At the end of the program, multiple public performances will be staged for the school and local community. Broadway performers Donna Vivino and Kate Fahrner, who star as witches in the popular production “Wicked,” sang for the crowd, as did TCCS alumna and 2010 Teaneck Teen Idol winner Sumner Perera. Area …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Purple Heart recipient speaks at township ceremony.
Click to see a photo gallery from Teaneck's Memorial Day observance and Cedar Lane festival A retired Navy petty officer’s rousing speech filled with admiration and gratitude to all those who died in the line of service was just one of the touching moments at this year’s Memorial Day Observance held on the Municipal Green. Hosted by the Township Council and the Patriotic Observance Advisory Board (POAB), Monday’s ceremony reminded those in attendance to be thankful to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their freedom. John McGilchrist, chairman of the POAB and a Vietnam veteran and retired colonel of the U.S. Army, presided over the event, which featured stories of local veterans who died in combat, a Gold Star List Roll Call, and …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Voters deny re-election bids of two council members.
Note: This report has been updated with new numbers provided by the Township Clerk Wednesday morning. The updated numbers now include vote-by-mail ballots. Teaneck’s mayor, a town ambulance service volunteer and a school board member won seats on the Township Council Tuesday night. Mohammed Hameeduddin, Bergen County’s first Muslim mayor, was re-elected by a wide margin, netting 4,501 votes, according to unofficial totals released by the town clerk. Mark Schwartz, a council newcomer and Planning Board member, won his first four-year term with 3,254 votes. Henry Pruitt, a school board member and former board president, also won his first term on the council with 2,943 votes. Councilwoman Barbara Toffler lost her bid for a second term with …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Collaboration with the school board also at issue.
With days left before the municipal election, the six council hopefuls detailed some of their ideas to boost Teaneck’s business climate and handle development at a candidate forum this week. Incumbents Monica Honis, Mohammed Hameeduddin and Barbara Toffler, along with council election newcomers Alexander Rashin, Mark Schwartz and Henry Pruitt, have recently faced questions on how they would spur economic development in a town where residents have voiced concerns about the tax burden and shuttered storefronts. At the Teaneck Community Charter School’s forum Tuesday, Schwartz pointed to the need for increased foot traffic. Schwartz, a planning board member and real estate consultant, said the Cedar Lane and Queen Anne Road business areas …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Tuesday event scheduled for 7 p.m.
Two more forums are planned for the six candidates vying for three seats on the Teaneck Township Council this week. The Jewish Center of Teaneck will host a forum at 8 p.m. Monday. The forum will include prepared questions for the candidates from the Teaneck Clergy Council as well as a question and answer session with the audience and candidates. Rabbi Lawrence Zierler will moderate the forum. The Center is located at 70 Sterling Place, near Cedar Lane. On Tuesday, the Teaneck Community Charter School will hold a forum at 7 p.m. The school is located at 563 Chestnut Avenue, between Kipp and Terhune streets. Incumbents Monica Honis, Mohammed Hameeduddin and Barbara Toffler, along with council election newcomers Alexander Rashin, Mark …