Thursday, December 20, 2012
Four Bergen men worked to find a buyer for pricey weapons believed to be owned by Iraqi dictator's family, prosecutors charge.
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- Noah Cohen
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Two Bergen County men were charged in a scheme to sell guns believed to have belonged to the family of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced Thursday. Carola M. Quirola, 55, of New Milford, and 74-year-old Fort Lee resident Howard A. Blumenthal were charged along with David Phillip Ryan, 48, of Miami, FL, and Karlo Christian Sauer, 42, of Pittsburgh, PA. Federal prosecutors allege the foursome worked together to try to find a New Jersey buyer for the "Hussein Family Firearms," appraised at $250,000 to $350,000, authorities said. "During the course of the conspiracy, seven firearms were shipped to New Jersey for viewing by potential buyers," said a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office. …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Teaneck residents opposed expanding the New Milford eatery.
NEW MILFORD - The Zoning Board reaffirmed its approval of variances sought by Sanzari's New Bridge Inn Tuesday, adding certain conditions. In October, the Zoning Board granted variance approval to Sanzari's New Bridge Inn to expand the restaurant and knock down two residential houses to make room for a new parking lot, only to suspend it a month later citing that the restaurant "misrepresented" the total number of seats. During its November meeting, Zoning Board attorney Scott Sproviero said that the site plan represented 130 seats when, in fact, a borough official reported that there were 200 existing seats in the restaurant. Citing significant objections to the application by the residents of Teaneck, Sproviero said the board "wants a …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
The Elks are hosting their annual national free-throw shooting contest for children ages 8 through 13
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Sunday, December 9, 2012
The New Milford/Teaneck Elks Lodge will be hosting the 41st Annual Elks “Hoop Shoot” competition for children ages 8 through 13 on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 9 am at David E. Owens Middle School. Over Three million children from throughout the country entered last year’s national free-throw shooting competition for boys and girls in the age categories 8-9; 10-11; and 12-13. (Contestants must provide proof of age such as birth certificate or U.S. Passport.) Boys and Girls ages 8-9 will shoot at 9 am; 10-11 year olds at 10 am; and 12-13 year olds at 11 am. Contestants should arrive a half hour prior to their age group for registration. Each contestant has 25 shots at the hoop. The boy and girl in each age group with the best scores will …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Anticipating potential litigation, the New Milford Zoning Board suspends variance approvals and moves to re-open the hearing to re-examine the restaurant's floor plan and seating. Teaneck residents had opposed the expansion plan.
The New Milford Zoning Board of Adjustment on Monday suspended its approval of a variance to expand Sanzari's New Bridge Inn, saying the restaurant "misrepresented" the number of seats in the restaurant. The site plan represents 130 seats when, in fact, there are 200 existing seats, according to Zoning Board Attorney Scott Sproviero. Citing significant objections to this application by the residents of Teaneck, Sproviero said the board "wants a clear record so if there's a legal challenge, the record is clear." Although Sanzari's is in New Milford, the property borders Teaneck and faced opposition from the township and area residents. The board had initially proposed adopting an ordinance to rescind the approval, but agreed to suspend it…
Friday, October 26, 2012
With Sandy headed our way, New Milford's mayor asks Gov. Christie to order the reservoirs be lowered in advance of the storm.
New Milford Mayor Ann Subrizi has sent a letter to Governor Chris Christie asking him to lower the reservoirs in advance of Hurricane Sandy, a nor'easter that the National Weather Service forecasts could hit Bergen County between Sunday and Tuesday. "The full capacity of the United Water Oradell Reservoir is 23.16 ft.," Subrizi said. "It is currently at 18.07 ft." Subrizi states that it is not only important that the reservoirs be lowered to make room for the rain, "but more importantly, to make room for the runoff that will surely occur on the following days." Prior to the arrival of Hurricane Irene, Christie agreed to order the lowering of the reservoirs to ease flooding, and Subrizi is hoping that he will do it once again. "This could …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Alleged burglar, Jeremy Buttigieg, arrested at the food court of the Garden State Plaza after eluding police for a month.
Police Chief Frank Papapietro reported that New Milford police arrested Jeremy Buttigieg, age 27, of New Milford, Thursday, Sept. 20, in the food court at the Garden State Plaza. Buttigieg is wanted in connection with a burglary that occurred on July 12 in a house on North Park Drive where jewelry and cash were taken from the master bedroom, Papapietro said. According to Papapietro, after learning from an informant that Buttigieg was at the Garden State Plaza, Officer Kevin VanSaders and Det. Lt. Frank Ramaci were joined by Paramus detectives who located Buttigieg in the food court where he was taken into custody and removed from the mall without resistance. "The detectives involved in the arrest of this suspect ensured that the safety …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Joined by the township manager, residents of Teaneck voiced opposition to the expansion of Sanzari's New Bridge Inn in New Milford.
Teaneck Township Manager William Broughton appeared before the New Milford Zoning Board Tuesday to amplify the concerns raised by the residents of Teaneck regarding the proposed expansion of Sanzari's New Bridge Inn. The expansion calls for the demolition of two houses to make room for a parking lot, build a roof deck and expand the restaurant by approximately 600 square feet. Broughton cited flooding and increased traffic as the main concerns and stated that because most of the residents in the vicinity of the restaurant are from Teaneck, the proposed development is an issue for the township. Broughton said that the area surrounding the houses slated for demolition, and Sanzari's New Bridge Inn, have historically been prone to flooding…
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Jeremy Buttigieg was arrested in Bogota on burglary charges, but released on bail before New Milford's charges were filed; loaded gun recovered at his home.
New Milford police are seeking the public's help in locating Jeremy Buttigieg, 27, of New Milford who is wanted on charges of burglary, theft, unlawful possession of a weapon and receiving stolen property. Buttigieg is wanted in connection with a burglary that occurred on July 12 on North Park Drive where jewelry and cash were taken from the master bedroom, Police Chief Frank Papapietro said. The homeowner reported that some time between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., someone entered the house through an unlocked first floor window, ransacked the master bedroom and took numerous pieces of jewelry. Papapietro said that the homeowner later reported that $300 in cash was also missing from the residence. Papapietro said that New Milford police …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Teaneck residents start petition against restaurant expansion--concerned that knockdown of two houses to create additional parking will increase flooding and traffic.
A plan to expand Sanzari's New Bridge Inn in New Milford is facing opposition from Teaneck residents who claim the project will increase flooding and traffic in the area and they have started a petition against it. Robert Costa, principal and owner of Costa Engineering in Hackensack and engineer for Sanzari's expansion, appeared before the New Milford Zoning Board of Adjustment Tuesday in continuance of a hearing seeking preliminary and final site plan approval to construct a parking lot where two residential dwellings are currently located and expand the restaurant by approximately 600 square feet. Sanzari's is seeking variances that would allow the restaurant to add 66 parking spaces by knocking down two houses. Based on recommendations…
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Staff at River Road nursing home received the letter Wednesday. Bomb squad called to the scene.
NEW MILFORD - The Bergen County Bomb Squad and K-9 units were called to the Woodcrest Center Nursing Home on River Road shortly before noon in response to a letter received by the staff Wednesday referencing the recent theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado. "A letter was sent to the staff in general referencing the recent events in Aurora," Police Chief Frank Papapietro said. "We are taking this very seriously and using every precaution." In addition to referencing the Aurora theater massacre, Papapietro said that the letter, addressed to no specific person, made reference to guns, knives and explosives. According to Papapietro, the "threatening, yet non-specific" handwritten letter was signed, but authorities are not releasing the name or…